This Full Moon in Scorpio heralds one of the most potent full moons of the year for transformation and change. This is also called the “Wesak” Full Moon , which commemorates the second of three major spiritual planetary festivals. It is the festival of the “Buddha’s Blessing” in the Himalayas. (According to the teachings of Alice Bailey, the Full Moon in April is known as the Festival of Christ, and the Full Moon in June is the Festival of Humanity). It is said that during the Wesak festival the Christ, Buddha and the entire Spiritual Hierarchy assemble in Shamballa to invoke the highest spiritual light and blessings and on behalf of Humanity, so that we may all truly embody divine Love, Wisdom and our highest purpose. Gathering together in mediation groups is an important part of the Wesak celebration.
Scorpio is the fixed water sign ruled by both the planet Mars and Pluto. (Pluto is the higher octave of Mars, as symbolized by the Egyptian Lion Goddess Sekmet, who is both ferocious and transformative in her healing aspects.) This is a highly charged full moon in two fixed signs (Sun in Taurus and Moon in Scorpio) signifying the need to break down long -held emotional, psychological and physical patterns. Scorpio has the capacity to move from the lowest depths to the highest peaks. It is the spirit of the Phoenix, which rises from the spiritual fire of its own ashes to be reborn into something new. Wherever a “system” is stuck (whether government, economic, religious or personal), it is time to let go, forgive, and move on to create something new. We will hear much in the coming weeks about global warming, climate change, food production (or lack of it), genetic engineering, economic and governmental chaos…the sounds from the third dimension are clamoring to distract us from what is real. We cannot “fix” all that ails the world; however, with the right intention, we can create the space for inner peace and harmony in our own reality. It is important to see past the challenges and remain open to new options and opportunities; freezing up in fear or retaliating in anger to things that we cannot control does not really serve our highest purpose. If we can give up the notions of emotional and physical security that we have inherited from our collective conditioning and see ourselves in a world where our security flows from our inner perception, then we have achieved mastery of the physical and can move on to a more enlightened reality. The Sun in the sign of Taurus symbolizes the New Earth, and the New Earth is a reality that is not dependent on the illusion of the matrix. The true teaching of Scorpio is all about self- mastery. This Full Moon gives us the opportunity to reflect on what we truly need to create inner and outer peace in our world.
Every Full Moon illuminates the positive qualities of the sign, as well as its shadow expressions. The Taurus/ Scorpio combination is Earth and Water. These are the fixed signs of fertility and sensuality; but they can also become prone to physical craving and excess.It is extremely important to walk the Middle Path wherever this combination is found in your chart.
In Taurus/ Scorpio we are dealing with TRUST issues and the basic building blocks of the human condition: LOVE and SECURITY. The seven deadly sins all revolve around Taurus/Scorpio axis. Scorpio rules the “hidden” side of life…what is behind the veil, taboo, secret and occult. Scorpio is known as the “sexy” sign, but that translates as inner magnetism, which can attract or repel at will. We all have an inner Magician, Priestess, Shaman, Psychic Detective, Dark Goddess, and Psychologist indicated by the house where the sign of Scorpio falls in your birth chart. With awareness, these archetypes can be used constructively for our own healing and transformation. The positive side of Scorpio teaches compassion and forgiveness for ourselves and others; the right use of power, loyalty, and self-discipline. We learn that true intimacy is not based on control or possessiveness, but on the desire for oneness, compassion and truth. The shadow side of Scorpio is abuse of power, secrecy, judgment, emotional repression, obsession, control, revenge and, manipulation. Recognizing and owning your Shadow, rather than projecting onto others, becomes a necessity if you have major Scorpio planets in your chart, especially the Moon (since the Moon rules the subconscious). Working with dreams is an excellent way to bring the Shadow into awareness.
The parts of the body ruled by Scorpio are the sex organs, the reproductive and elimination systems, and sweat glands. Psychological and emotional blockages commonly show up as physical problems in these areas of the body. Yoga, martial arts, body work and massage, especially lymphatic massage, can be extremely helpful in moving blocked energy. Psychotherapy and astrological counseling, rebirthing techniques, and past life regression work, help us move through the emotional fears that keep us “stuck”. This Full Moon in Scorpio is a great time to indulge in some quiet time on your own to “recharge your batteries”: schedule a massage, treat yourself to a reading, and spend time in nature… being good to yourself is a necessity, not a luxury.
Grand Cross Configuration: We are still in the grip of the powerful Grand Cross (See Grand Cardinal Cross Update). Venus in Aries is now added to the mix with Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter from May 14th to 18th. Venus in Aries gives the courage to create from the heart and blaze new trails not conforming to the “sheep” mentality. This alignment emphasizes the need to move past our fears. Nothing in the universe remains stagnant for very long. Change and growth is inevitable. The last Full Moon eclipse of April 15th ended a 19- year cycle. How has your life changed since April 1995? What have you learned? How have you been handling your relationships? This Full Moon of May 14th shakes us out of complacency offering yet another opportunity to let go of old beliefs, situations and circumstances that do not match our inner truth. As the physicist Max Planck said: “ When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.
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