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Life Arts    H4'ed 4/27/10

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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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)

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