In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 12:58 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. With this Full Moon, the Sun in Taurus will be 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 6° of Taurus and 6° of Scorpio in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.
Every six months, the orbits of the Sun, Moon, and Earth align and form an eclipse. The eclipse interrupts the flow of electromagnetic energy that is flowing toward Earth. During these times, it is believed that Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants have an opportunity to “reboot” and “upgrade” our levels of consciousness. Old programs can be more easily erased. New pathways become available. We can suddenly see things in a different light. Higher dimensions become more accessible. Eclipses mark important turning points and opportunities to advance our evolutionary journey.
Therefore, eclipses always result in extra-potent New and Full Moons, signaling major endings and beginnings. This spring, we have three eclipses in a row (watch for the next two Moon Updates for more information!). This, along with the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square (90°), provides extraordinary impetus for change and transformation.
This Full Moon highlights the signs of Taurus and Scorpio. As is the case with all Full Moons, our challenge is not to focus on one sign at the exclusion of the other, but, instead, to find balance between the two. Taurus is a fixed earth sign that seeks to develop a healthy relationship with ourselves and with the physical world – our body, senses, and resources. We are being asked to live in alignment with our true values. Scorpio, on the other hand, is a fixed water sign that seeks to develop healthy partnerships of all kinds (e.g., marriage/committed relationships, business) and to learn how to share our resources. We are being asked to explore how we can align with others in ways that make the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
Not only is the Sun in Taurus right now, but so too are Mars, Venus, and the South Node. This focus on Taurean energy is a call to come back to our senses – to what feeds our hearts and our souls. We are being asked to discover what we must have in order to be happy. The Moon is joined in Scorpio by Saturn and the North Node. This focus on Scorpio is asking us to confront what we must leave behind in order to change and transform in essential ways.
Scorpions live below ground, and they are most comfortable in the darkness. This month’s Full Moon in Scorpio is helping us go down into the darkness of our psyches. If we hide out in the darkness in order to avoid discomfort and/or to preserve the status quo, then we will miss a major opportunity to grow, both personally and in our relationships with others. Any tension we might feel is meant to help us clarify what must be done to meet life’s challenges more effectively. Change can be both exciting and scary. It is important now to remember that whenever we let go of something that is important to us, it is eventually replaced with something that is more aligned with who we are becoming.
And the Universe has “set us up” for change. The day before the Full Moon (Wednesday, April 24), a free-flowing trine (120°) between Venus and Pluto will provide support for deep healing. This creative alignment between the planets of love and transformation/healing will make it possible for us to descend into the darkness of our wounds (Pluto) to recover meaning and regenerate relationships (Venus). Underused gifts and talents may also surface during this deep psychological dig. But this journey will likely be a gentle one due to a sweet sextile (60°) between the Sun and Neptune just hours later. This will allow all of us to address ego issues with tenderness. Imagination and forgiveness are also assets of this soulful alignment.
Luckily, at the time of the Full Moon, Mars is conjunct (0°) the Sun in Taurus. And both Mars and the Sun are in opposition (180°) to the Moon, which is conjoining (0°) Saturn in Scorpio. Consequently, at the time of this Full Moon, we are being given the courage (Mars) required to move forward and view our lives realistically (Saturn). We are being asked to take an honest look at our lives and release what we have outgrown (e.g., a job, a relationship, a place, a way of life, a belief system). It is important that we have the courage now to let go of anything that is out of balance and out of integrity.
On Sunday, April 28, the Sun will exactly oppose (180°) Saturn, and then on Tuesday, April 30, Mars will exactly oppose (180°) Saturn. At this time, many of us will feel like we have reached a stop sign or even a dead end. We could feel resistant to any differing viewpoints or even the slightest hint of criticism. But any oppositions and challenges we encounter are meant to slow us down so we can re-evaluate our plans. We should ask ourselves, “What do I need in order to accomplish this goal?”, “Do I need more training in a specific skill in order to be successful?”, “Are there resources I’m not tapping into?” (e.g., money, assistance), and/or “Do I need to make adjustments to my plans or even abandon them so I can focus on what truly matters to me?” We are being asked to slow down and make sure we have a clear and responsible plan so we can be successful. Additionally, if you find yourself “reacting” during this period of time rather than “taking action,” remember that you don’t have to respond right away. Use the motto: “Introspection first, then action.” Overall, boundaries, commitments, and goals will be clarified during this time. Although this may be a stressful time, this can also be a very productive time. And if you are ready and have a solid plan, then this could be a time when strong alliances are formed or you could launch a significant project.
On Wednesday, May 1, Mercury moves into the sign of Taurus. This is a wonderful placement given what is going on right now. For the next 14 days, our thinking will likely be more down-to-earth, solid, and grounded in “reality.” Our communication with others will be more deliberate and serious. Our minds will slow down and be capable of focusing on one thing at a time, which will help simplify our lives. The only challenge will be that our thinking can become too rigid or conservative, causing us to overlook creative solutions to old problems. So do your best to keep an open mind!
The next day (Thursday, May 2), the Last Quarter Moon occurs (Moon squares (90°) the Sun). Given the involvement of both Mars and Saturn, it is likely that this will mark a critical turning point. Professional matters could come to a head. If significant decisions are required, then make them. But first, make sure you have what you need to achieve your goals even if the details may have to be worked out later. And remember that making a decision to not act is still making a decision.
On Sunday, May 5, Mercury opposes (180°) Saturn. We will not be able to escape the consequences of our words and the weight of “reality.” Yes, if you are willing to address what truly is rather than how you’d like things to be, you will be standing on solid ground. Thankfully, a wonderful trine (120°) between Mars and Pluto occurs later that day. This is an ideal alignment for eliminating distractions, getting to the core of the matter, and empowering us to act with resolve, purpose, and concentration.
Overall, this Full Moon in Scorpio signals that we are ready to explore alternatives and new levels of consciousness that were not accessible to us before. The Lunar Eclipse is providing us with a window into this new level of consciousness. Our free will choices will determine if we squander this opportunity by hiding out in the darkness or whether we are courageous enough to look out a different window . . . and perhaps even climb through that window! The involvement of Mars and Saturn during and immediately following this Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse means that we are being asked to be brave and to make sure that our feet are firmly planted on the ground when it comes to our plans and dreams. At this time, do your best to remember what was said by Rumi: “Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry if your life is turned upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”
New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
Full Moon at 6° of Scorpio
Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 12:58 p.m. PDT
Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 3:58 p.m. EST
Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 7:58 p.m. GMT
INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
Various online sources