FULL MOON IN SCORPIO-A time to reflect and reassess before even more new changes arrive (May 5-6, 2012)

This Full Moon on May 5-6 finds the Sun in Taurus in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Scorpio.  To further clarify how this Full Moon in Scorpio will impact you on a personal level, locate 17° of Taurus and 17° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most affected by this Full Moon’s presence.

This Full Moon in Taurus is the second of five SuperMoons during 2012, which intensifies the impact of this Full Moon.  SuperMoons occur when the Moon’s orbit is closest to the Earth and when the Moon is in line with both the Sun and the Earth.  SuperMoons greatly intensify the gravitational pull on the tides, tectonic plates, and on our psyches.

This Full Moon highlights the need for balance between the down-to-earth energy of Taurus and the watery energy of Scorpio.  This Taurus-Scorpio polarity deals with the balance between (a) all that is mine (Taurus) and all that is yours (Scorpio), (b) collecting (Taurus) and sharing (Scorpio), and (c) what is simple (Taurus) and what is complex (Scorpio).

This Full Moon in Scorpio also emphasizes the concept of material form (Taurus) versus transformation (Scorpio). While Taurus deals with “what is,” matter, material goods, personal values and possessions, and security, Scorpio rules “what might be,” shared possessions, change, transformation, and death and rebirth.  Both Taurus and Scorpio deal with money, but in two very different ways.  Taurus is about personal resources; i.e., what we earn and what we own based on our individual values.  Scorpio is about shared resources; i.e., what we share with others and what we value inside our partnerships. 

The Sun in Taurus urges us to discover what we most require.  The Moon in Scorpio urges us to learn what we most desire.  The Sun in Taurus wants us to be happy with the simple, tangible things in life, while the Scorpio Moon draws our attention to complexities, intangibles, and mysteries.  Neglecting either end of the axis will surely backfire on us.  Ideally, a balance should be found between the two energies, and this is what the Full Moon invites us to do.

On Tuesday, May 8, Mercury shifts into pragmatic Taurus.  During this time, our thinking will slow down.  And after the intensity of the last few weeks, this will likely come as a blessed relief!  It will help us look back at what we’ve created during the past few weeks and constructively see it through to the end.  Although Mercury in Taurus can cause resistance to new or different ideas, it can also provided us with much-needed patience, including an increased ability to think before speaking.

On Tuesday, May 15, Venus begins its retrograde phase, which will continue through June 27.  Venus Retrograde calls us to reassess our values and relationships, our attitudes toward money and possessions, and our desires regarding aesthetics and love.  This is a time when we need to look at what is true for us in our heart and soul, rather than what is true for us based on the influence of parental upbringing and societal influences.  Venus retrograde gives us a chance to return to our essential truths and desires.  We are being called to ask ourselves:  “What really matters to me?”, “What am I undervaluing or overvaluing?”, “Am I making a living or making a life?”, and “Am I walking my talk?”  Because Venus will be backtracking through the sign of Gemini, we may see changes in how we communicate about money, love, and what we value in life.

With (a) the Full Moon in Scorpio, (b) Mercury shifting into Taurus, and (c) Venus moving into her retrograde period, we are all being given a chance to catch our breaths.  It is likely you will find yourself being pulled toward finishing some projects that need your attention.  Finishing things is important now because it clears the way for new things to begin with the New Moon and Full Solar Eclipse on May 20.  Additionally, my may find yourself looking deeply into how you are feeling about all of these changes.  Full Moons in Scorpio are known for bringing to the surface our deepest feelings in order for healing to occur.  During this time, it may be impossible to avoid having intense feelings, but do your best to observe them objectively; this will help make those emotions useful rather than destructive.  Finally, at this time, it may be beneficial to remember the wise words of Maya Angelou:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

REMINDER:  New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.

Full Moon at 17° of Scorpio
Friday, May 5, 2012 at 8:36 p.m. PDT
Friday, May 5, 2012 at 11:36 p.m. EST
Friday, May 6, 2012 at 3:36 a.m. GMT

The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
Various online sources
Anne’s interpretations