Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio
May 5 at 10:33 am PT
Gazing at the silky black waters of Scorpio, Luna sees her eclipsed shadow staring back at her. “Who are you now?” she asks. The edges of her bright face have begun to transform, and nothing is crystal clear. Waves of knowing come and go like ripples on the currents of time.
Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes, another door opens.” But it is equally true that when one door opens, another must close. In the aftermath of a dominant Aries season, including the total solar eclipse two weeks ago, the gates of change are cracking open. And yet, this last darkened Scorpio Moon at 14 degrees signals a finale. Turning herself inside out to give it her all in the wake of the South Node, she knows she must surrender to the inevitable. In this pivotal time of release, Luna’s emotional epilogue is subtly invaded by foreshadows of a new beginning.
Luna bids farewell to eclipses that began mid-May 2022 in this Mar’s ruled water sign—the last one until 2031. After this, there’s one more eclipse in Taurus in October, which will end the Taurus/Scorpio eclipse run that began in late 2021. Themes and patterns along these fixed signs are coming to completion over the next six months. As always, check the houses in your natal chart for a more personal understanding.
Highlighting the penetrating ask of scurrying scorpions, this eclipse brings with it a soul-stirring depth that has the power to temporarily lift our heads from any thought fixations or unhealthy attachments. A probing call from the deep complexity of emotional truth, the omens urge us to purge our darkest shadows and grieve what we are leaving behind. A catharsis imbued with feeling breaks on the shore, wave after wave.
The summit sings what is being spoken in the depths. - Tristan Tzara (Full Moon in Scorpio)
Mars in Cancer and the Moon in Scorpio have swapped their temples and fall into their depression. Homesick, Luna plunges into a nostalgia too extreme to bear while Mars languidly watches from afar. Mutually receiving a flood of feelings, they support each other in getting to the soggy muck that lies beneath the surface. Secret wounds that can no longer be pushed aside, justified, or denied bubble up to be scoured.
Like the crab, Mars approaches the issues at hand sideways in Cancer. If left unfulfilled, passive resistance or frustration may crest as passive-aggressive behavior. In an attempt to protect what we care about, Mars instinctively yields his sword blindly in all directions.
Be careful of the scorpion’s sting. It’s easier to be reactive than responsive. Largely muted by the active water element in the eclipse, verbal messages tend to sound muffled. Resist relying on your loved ones to have telepathic access to your thoughts and feelings. In the end, to avoid any misunderstandings, it may be better to remain silent until the tidal waves calm down.
Awakened by a sudden truth, Luna frees herself from the shackles she never knew she had. Always the wildcard, Uranus in Taurus, opposing Lady Fortuna, brings illumination fit for an impactful Full Moon, helping to free her from toxic sludge. Every so often, the liberation we seek from a lingering quandary is through sheer rebellion. Unintended emotional outbursts may lead to sudden breakthroughs, causing the fixed pillars of the Taurus/Scorpio axis to tremble with passion.
Anticipating the end of the eclipses in the earth and water signs of Venus and Mars, loose ends need tying. Resolution comes, whether we’re ready or not. By the time Venus enters Cancer on May 7, a recovering Luna will have renewed her enthusiasm and optimism in Sagittarius. Cooling down Mars, Venus adds a dose of compassion for self and others.
On May 16, Jupiter enters Taurus—a mighty shift after a feisty stay in Aries that began in May 2020 (with a slight two-month respite back to Pisces). It’s the kind of yearly shift that makes a palpable difference. In the Bull’s sign, Jupiter can help us integrate the events of this most recent nodal chapter. Let adaptability be your guide.
If you want to know what Jupiter in Taurus may mean for you, Michelle and Neva are both available for readings.
Full Moon Illumination, Mars-style
Upon researching interesting people born at a Scorpio full moon, we found Romanian poet Tristan Tzara, who offers a clever kind of bibliomancy (from Seven Dada Manifestos and Lampisteries). If you’re dealing with difficult emotions or simply looking for a Mars-ruled bit of illumination at this lunar eclipse, give it a try!
Take a newspaper.
Take some scissors.
Choose from this paper an article of the length you want to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Next carefully cut out each of the words that makes up this article and put them all in a bag.
Next take out each cutting one after the other.
Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.
The poem will resemble you.
And there you are -- an infinitely original author of charming sensibility, even though unappreciated by the vulgar herd.
If so moved, please share your poem in the comment section. The “non-vulgar herd” at AO would be most appreciative. :-)