The Full Moon occurs at 11:45 (BST) on May 7, 2020 at 17°Sc20′.
We are at the peak of the lunar cycle and the natural emotional high tide is intensified by the Moon being in powerful Scorpio. With the Moon in the 8th global house, we know that what is illuminated around this time is for the benefit of our personal transformation. Often the Scorpio Full Moon suggests that we have reached the end of a chapter or need to come to a conclusion. Something must end to clear the way for a new beginning later down the line. One door closes and another door opens and all that jazz. And this is a jazzy Moon in many ways, a little edgy, at times discordant, yet also with some beautiful melodies thrown in.
Looking at the chart as a whole, it’s important to note that there is a lack of fire here – yes we have Chiron and Black Moon Lilith in Aries and the South Node newly ingressed into Sagittarius – but technically speaking this chart contains no fire as none of the major bodies of the solar system are in fire signs. For us then, this could speak of feeling like we’ve lost our spark, enthusiasm or motivation. It’s like candles wavering, in danger of being blown out. Part of the story behind this Full Moon is to find our way back to inspiration and reclaim our fire.
With the Moon and Sun opposite one another across the global 2nd and 8th house axis, we are exploring issues around what is mine (2nd house) and what is yours (8th house). It’s my stuff/your stuff. My money/your money, my baggage/your baggage. Maybe we’ve being carrying too much for too long. With the Moon in psychological Scorpio, it’s time to get underneath the surface, identify psychic complexes that hold us back. We need to get to the truth of ourselves and each other but the opposition to the Sun in Taurus tells us that to do so, we may have to face some insecurity to get there.
The Moon is also opposite Mercury in Taurus too so there is a split between what we think (Mercury) and what we feel (the Moon). Mentally we’re trying to keep things simple and practical but emotions are complex and we can’t just skirt around them. The Moon is also conjunct asteroid Memoria so we could find that a lot of old material surfaces around this time – old memories floating up from deep within as we try to figure out what we’re feeling and what that tells us about our lives.
The rulers of this lunation – Mars and Pluto are sat with asteroids Alice (Mars) and Marchare (Pluto) so there is a smattering of the weird and wonderful going on in the background with these Alice in Wonderland asteroids. We could feel out of sorts, odd, dumped in this crazy world where everything seems like it’s spinning out of control. Scorpio thrives on keeping everything in control so the absence of that could feel disconcerting. Mars is also in a square to Mercury which can allude to arguments and conflicts of opinion. Right now, everyone is thinking about their security – economic, physical or both – and Mars in Aquarius suggests that there are many differing ideas of our how approach things. Everyone wants to lead, no one wants to follow. Everyone wants freedom and we’re squabbling over the costs. We need to find a way to listen to one another, to assert ideas without shouting each other down.
With the Nodes now on critical degrees as they enter their new signs, we’re put on notice that the issue of listening, information and learning (North Node in Gemini) is going to be of vital importance for our karmic evolution over the next 18 months. We need to move away from making assumptions based on beliefs. Instead, it’s about having the facts to hand. Still, even though Mars is square to Mercury, Pluto is trine to Mercury. It reminds us that the right words can change everything. Knowledge is power.
The blessing is that the Moon receives a trine from holy Neptune, hanging out in cosmic Pisces in the 12th house of spirituality. It’s like an angel on our shoulder, a quiet kiss from the Gods. With Neptune’s support we can feel our way through, trust our intuition to guide us, look to our dreams to enlighten us. If we feel confused, overwhelmed or stuck, all it takes is a moment of peace to bring us back to a state of calm. In matters between head and heart, listen to your gut (although balance it with Taurus common sense).
The Sabian symbol of the Full Moon is :-
A Path Through Woods Brilliant With Multi-coloured Splendour
This symbol reminds me of that saying ‘you can’t see the wood for the trees’ and yet now we can see the path. Even though we might be fearful of things that go bump in the night, wolves in the forest, the strange rustle of leaves behind us, we have reached a moment where we can appreciate the beauty of this journey. Fear makes us sit up and pay attention and notice every detail. Look up to the skies. Marvel at the natural world. Trust that what is real, solid and truly precious will remain. Trust yourself! Change can be as beautiful as it is difficult.
Painting – In the Forest by Gustave Courbet