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Taurus-Scorpio Full Moon: Renewal of Personal and Collective Values

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This week brings us not only the intense Scorpio full Moon, but also the Celtic cross-quarter holiday of Beltane, (May 1), celebrating the powers of life and growth. "It's May, it's May, the lusty month of May." As Starhawk describes it: Beltane is the time when "sweet desire weds wild delight'.

What are you growing? You might already see it blossoming.

This month's full Moon occurs on Wednesday, April 28th at 8:18am Pacific/5:18am Eastern, between the signs of Taurus and Scorpio. With Venus/Aphrodite ruling Taurus, she brings us the sweet delight while Scorpio's ruler Mars/Eros brings on the wild desire. I might be a bit prejudiced since my birthday is early next week, but the Taurus-Scorpio full Moon is one of the most intense and beautiful full Moons of the year.

What happens when the Goddess of Love and Connection meets up with the God of Desire? At their worst, they gobble each other up turning love into lust and desire into perversion. At their best, these divine energies infuse and inspire us to connection with our passions, our truest Self. We blaze with Love for what we value and desire. We stand up for the beauty of Life.

Perhaps if we remembered that Earth is our Pandora, we'd stop the corporations from destroying our Mother and we'd transform our society. We need to leave behind our war-mongering, economically enslaving, women-hating, materialistic, soul-less society for a more balanced, creative blend of human rights, ecological sustainability, economic sanity, peaceful cooperation, and true equality between the sexes. Most importantly, we need to return the Arts to their original purpose to open us to a Spiritual Awareness of Life. The Muses who embody music, art, dance and writing are part of Aphrodite's entourage. Art connects (Aphrodite/Venus) us to Spirit.

These are all Taurus concerns protecting the Earth, equality between the sexes, the valuing of women and Feminine consciousness, the right use of resources, the values that drive us, money and its uses, and first and foremost, Peaceful co-existence. You might think, "Why does Taurus get to rule all the most important issues facing our world?" The answer is Taurus, a fixed Earth sign, is all about manifestation. Taurus wants to build something of worth and value, whether it's the pyramids or a beautiful and simple log cabin. So of course it influences what kind of society we want to build.

Taurus represents the Garden of Delight; Life lived as if we deserved to have the Best Life. Why do we feel we don't deserve it? Matthew Fox, the Christian theologian, asked "Why do we concentrate on "original sin'? Why don't we pay attention to our "original blessings'? Use the energy of the Saturn-Uranus opposition (see below) to break free of the limiting belief that we are not worthy of a better life.

The Scorpio Moon is the answer to why we feel we don't deserve to find Joy. Scorpio is the deep dark well of our obsessions and emotional pain. All those betrayals, losses, wounds, jealousies, cruelties and fears festering in a stagnant pool. But Scorpio can also release those dark feelings and transform our emotional bodies. And once we are free of our emotional bondage, we are free to listen to the voice of Aphrodite (Love), connecting us to Soul (Psyche) and our true desires (Eros).

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Another intense aspect occurring on Monday April 26th and affecting our whole week is the fourth Saturn-Uranus opposition (the first occurred on November 4, 2008 and the fifth and last one will occur July 26, 2010). These two planets are extreme opposites: Uranus represents revolutionary New possibilities awaiting humanity while Saturn represents Old power structures that need to be renewed. Pluto, the energy of death and rebirth is in Saturn's sign of Capricorn, which rules power structures. Cosmically, there's just no way to stop the changes. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was just before the American Revolution. Isn't it ironic that the "tea-partiers' are really backing corporate interests this time around?

As you can see from the news, there's a lot of resistance to change. The Old is fighting back for all it's worth, more often relying on hatred and fear-mongering to rouse the unsuspecting masses. False rumors about Obama are multiplying, Republican ads equate reforms with terrorism, the big oil spill in the Gulf is due to corporations squashing new safety regulations, and all Republican U.S. senators and one Democrat voted to block discussion of financial reforms. They won't even allow discussion because corporations own them and our government. They don't want to lose power.

But it is a cosmic law that the New will win out in the end every time. Our choices determine how we participate in it. Will we go gracefully into it or kicking and screaming and killing and destroying into it? And that's just what's happening in America. The rest of the world is in similar shape. We have to remember to keep what is still valuable to life, jettison the rest and build the New from there.

That's why this full Moon is so important. Its energy can help us release the old emotional baggage that is what really keeps us from the peace and beauty that is Taurus' gift. We want to build true and we want it to endure.

As with so much else in our unconscious society, we have been misdirected about the meaning of most symbols. Taurus has been given the bad rap of being all about possessions. And the more unconscious you are, the more it does turn into an attitude of whoever has the most, wins. Wrong!

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As a Taurus, I'd like to report that we really aren't completely concerned with possessions in themselves. What we do love is the unique value we place on our possessions, be they $5,000 or $5.00. Taurus says that something must affect my senses my sense of beauty, of smell, of taste, of touch, of sound to be of value to me. We are bowled over by beauty: the suppleness of silk, the intoxicating smell of lilacs, the subtle spices in homemade soups, the awesome expanse of the starry night sky, the babbling of a racing brook.

So to really understand Taurus you have to know what you value, and why you value it. The self-worth that Taurus engenders is about your talents and your sense of what's worthy of attention.

A full Moon is all about awareness. So with a Taurus Sun we are asked to become aware of what we value and want to manifest and why. This is the Scorpio Full Moon initiation. What emotions determine what we value? Is it power or love that determines what we value? Or is it just lots of hurt?

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Cathy Pagano is the author of a new book, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. G. Jung Institut-Zurich in dream interpretation, then got her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in Feminine Spirituality, and along the way became a certified Life Coach. As an astrologer and storyteller, she weaves the Cosmic Stories written in the stars and from The Bard's Grove, comments on emerging archetypal themes in movies. Cathy works with the tools of the imagination - dreams, alchemy, myths, astrology, symbolic language, storytelling, ritual - to awaken the Soul's wisdom.

I believe that Americans are called to a higher consciousness at this point in our history. We are called on to live up to our ideals and create the country our forefathers imagined. Inner consciousness needs to be acted upon for social justice.

Cathy believes that our writers and artists must take up our responsibility to create art that inspires, teaches and heals our humanity.

Cathy writes about political, psychological/spiritual, and cultural issues.

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