Scorpio Full Moon, April 20, 2008
The important thing to remember about New and Full Moons is that they are part of a cyclic relationship between the Sun and Moon and Earth – the Soli-Lunar cycle. The Sun, which we on Earth can't look at directly, reflects off the Moon, in a waxing and waning cycle which begins at the New Moon, culminates at the Full Moon when it is opposite the Sun, and then wans back to the next New Moon. The Moon takes the Sun's light and tones it down to a silvery reflective light, like a mirror, which makes solar activity objective and clearly perceptible (like how dreams reflect back to us the truth of our conscious lives); she transforms the solar impulse into a thing to be analyzed and actualized. The phases of the moon represent how consciousness develops gradually throughout the month, as well as nurturing the purpose of the month's solar energy. Just like tomatoes, we can only grow in the dark. In Moonlight and Starlight. In our dreams and sleep.
Every 13 to 19 months the moon cycle flips, so that the Full Moon comes before the new Moon in a sign. During these months, things feel out of synch. It's not bad, just out of harmony – more like the difference between major and minor chords in music. The usual cycle is reversed. When a Full Moon comes in a sign before the New Moon, we have to take what's already been realized and make something new of it. We must become conscious first and then give our instincts room to play. So it feels more difficult and needs more consciousness. Did you feel like that for the past year and a half? As if there wasn't an easy flow to your life?
This Scorpio Full Moon will end the present reversed Moon cycle that began on September 22, 2006 with the second New Moon (a solar eclipse) at 29 Virgo. Starting with the Taurus New Moon on May 5th the cycle will revert back to 'normal' with another Full Moon at 29+ Scorpio on May 19-20. For the first time since July 21, 2005 we will have what is really a blue moon - two Full Moons in the same astrological sign - which is probably the original Blue Moon. What special significance would two full moons in a calender month have? It is special, however, to have two full moons in an astrological sign – signifying a shift in the cycle and an emphasis on the two archetypes constellated by these signs .
So when the shift happens, it concentrates energy in two signs, either as two new moons or as two full moons. This time it shifts in the signs of Taurus and Scorpio, the two signs that deal with life and death, summer and winter, values and worth-both inner and outer, acquisition and letting go, security and change.
When the Sun moves into the sign of Taurus the new year energy of Aries takes hold of materiality. Intuitive choices are made. Like the land in springtime, things start to grow again. Miraculous! Life! Aries energy contains the new cosmic impulse of life, which wants to explore and go off in different directions of discovery. Now that this year's Aries Fire was weighed in the Libran scales at the last Full Moon, the Taurus Sun feels it's potency – the bull is an apt symbol for the power of that incarnated energy. Horses are frolicking, flowers are budding, the winds are blowing.
So how is it affecting you? What gets you fired up? What's worth your time, your energy, your trouble? What new inspiration is going to flower in your garden? Taurus says that gardens sustain us, love creates beauty, beauty love; that life is meant to be sweet; that fragrance opens us to other worlds; that love, beauty and creativity are the essence of our existence. What is life telling you about your possibilities?
The Scorpio Moon reflects back the light of the Taurus Sun and looks for the hidden agendas of our Taurus values. Are the values we subscribe to our own, or society's? Do we really believe in them or do we just think we should believe? Are we denying our real needs and goals because of fear? Are we concentrating on the outer at the expense of our inner knowing? Scorpio gets down with our instincts, the motivations that lie deep within our unconscious. To what's essential. Scorpio is the sign where we are open to the depths of life - and death, and so it symbolizes the occult or psychic realms, as well as power and sexuality.