Friday, July 11, 2014

Introspection and Honesty: Full Moon in Capricorn 2014

A full moon is visible in this view above Earth’s horizon and airglow, Photographed by Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao on the International Space Station on (24 February 2005). 
Full Moon @ 20 degrees Capricorn 03'
July 12, 2014
4:23 AM Pacific
7:23 AM Eastern

While those of us in the northern hemisphere are likely feeling a little warmer with the onset of the Summer season, this Capricorn Full Moon brings in a different archetypal influx, a cold and serious tone. Accompanied by Pluto in Capricorn, the Full Moon takes on a tint of Pluto’s icy, distant aura.

There may be a desire for deep and introspective solitude alongside this Full Moon. There are shadows to face, demons to acknowledge, addictions to fess up to. What are those things covering up? They’re concealing pain, lots of collective and personal pain. It seems that suffering is a natural part of the human experience. Few of us ever get off the wheel.

Don’t get me wrong here; I seem to be painting a rather negative picture, generating dread for this Full Moon. That’s not the whole story, but I put it out there because it seems a prominent theme—fessing up to addictive tendencies to cover up something painful, possibly traumatic.

At the root of it, this Full Moon brings to culmination and brings to light, aspects of our reality we don’t want to acknowledge. There’s a need for raw, uncensored honesty here, whatever that looks like for you. It may be some small thing, but whatever it is it should be dealt with truthfully by seeing it the way it actually is.

The Full Moon squares Mars, Ceres, Vesta and the North Node in Libra. This prominent conjunction points to relationships and the compromise needed to sustain them. Too often, we get into relationships because we feel that they’ll somehow fulfill something missing within us and we commit to others without understanding ourselves.

Eventually, the hormonal spell wears off and we’re left to deal with that void, usually projected onto the other person. Ceres and Vesta speak about nourishment and passion. Mars points toward directed and willful action.

How can we nourish others without first nourishing ourselves? How can we find passion in a relationship without first connecting with our own inner passion? When we place too many expectations on a relationship to fulfill our inner needs, we end up disappointed and sometimes angry that it isn't working out the way we desire.

The New Moon seed that was planted two weeks ago brought our attention to the need to recharge and connect with the soul energy. Now, that seed is culminating, bringing to light those desires and fears that block us from successfully integrating with the world.

Check in with your compulsions, what’s motivating them exactly? Instead of acting on the compulsion, sit with the thing you don’t want to feel. Go into it, acknowledge and nurture the void.  When other people aren’t cooperating or falling into alignment with your expectations, ask yourself whether there’s something you need to look at within yourself first.

The people in our lives are powerful mirrors of our internalized stuff. Look around at those you associate with daily, and see what they’re showing you. Sometimes a little solitude and self-reflection is all we need to get a clearer perspective. Capricorn’s highest expression is the mastery of desires, taming the beast within us and directing its energy toward some higher calling.

That’s certainly no small task, but we may get a taste of that process with this lunation in some way. When feeling angry or frustrated, it’s probably best to take a time out and check in with yourself first. That could save everyone from a lot of grief later on. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Recharging The Soul: New Moon in Cancer 2014

Me (Chad) enjoying the sunset behind the distant mountains.
I wasn't really meditating, but it made for a good picture.
Mt. San Jacinto, Ca, 2010. Photo by Ashly Smith. 

New Moon @ 05 Cancer 37'
June 27, 2014
1:08 AM Pacific
4:08 AM Eastern

This month’s New Moon occurs in the tropical sign of Cancer, just proceeding the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere. Thus, this lunation ushers in a new chapter, a marking point in the Sun’s annual cycle through the zodiac. Everything sentient takes notice of this change; we feel it mentally, emotionally and biologically.

Our cells know that something has shifted. If we listen carefully we might just  hear what they have to say about it. That might take some practice, but I think it’s possible. Here in the northern latitudes, the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year; the Sun is at its highest ascent in the sky; it will never be as exalted in the heavens as it is on the day of this transition. It begins its descent at the Fall Equinox.

There is a climactic quality inherent to the Summer Solstice, a sprouting forth of energy and potential. With each solar cycle we are creating something, whether we’re conscious of it or not. When the Sun enters Cancer we’ll have some sense of foundation—of being rooted and grounded, ready to move forward with the full manifestation of that creation.

When the Sun and Moon conjoin in Cancer we may feel the urge to “withdraw” into the more intimate chasms of our personal life. That may manifest as a desire for more alone time—to reflect and connect with some deeply internalized process; or that may show up as a need to stay within a more close knit group of souls—tribe, kin or family.

The dark of the Moon in Cancer is intimate, but gentle. Cancer is a “sensitive” sign; it emphasizes feelings and transient moods. Like the perceptibly slow undulation of the ocean’s tides, Cancer is sign that amplifies the constant fluctuation of emotion.

Needless to say, our feelings and gut responses need much more attention at this time because we’re checking in with ourselves, fine tuning intuition and recharging our souls. Let that sink in a bit—the notion of feeding and nourishing the soul’s energy.

With Mercury retrograde in Gemini, the need for some time out, to step back and take in all the pieces, is greatly emphasized. While Gemini is all about the mind, disparate facts and logical conclusions, the power of this New Moon in Cancer draws us deeper into more sensitive and vulnerable territory.

Give the mind a break, and most of all, give yourself and your soul, some time out. Cancer, and by extension, the Moon, governs the enteric nervous system—which controls our digestive processes. Think of this New Moon as an opportunity to properly digest your life in some way.

Let all the elements sink in; absorb the complexities via osmosis as opposed to trying to sort them all out manually. If we get caught up in the extraneous stuff, we’re likely to experience the more negative side of Cancer—exaggerated emotionality or emotional isolation, feeling disconnected from the world and as a result, disconnected from our true nature, the soul’s energy.

In order for proper digestion to take place, we need to be in a more parasympathetic state—that is, we need to feel safe. Environmental stressors can wreak havoc on digestion, drastically slowing the process. Mercury retrograde reminds us that there’s no need to rush—that would be quite detrimental to the process.

Mercury turns direct on July 1, just three days after the New Moon. This opens up space for healing and integration. Within a few weeks we’ll be ready to take on the world. But for now, tune in and listen to your soul. A trine to the New Moon from Neptune in Pisces opens up channels to “higher” perceptions—ecstatic visions, spiritual insights and something transpersonal.

That transpersonal component may invite us to see beyond our own personal cocoon—to consider some larger sense of purpose. Whatever it is it will come to you with this lunation; there’s no need to go looking for it. The answers we seek now are to be found within us—in our bodies, in our souls. Sink in and find a comfortable, safe place you know well, if that’s possible.

If not, find that safe place within yourself—that well of abundant nourishment and joy. Remember what that feels like, what it does to your nervous system; and as the Moon continues in its waxing phase, try to hold on to that space and carry it forward as best as you can throughout the rest of the solar journey. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mars Direct in Libra: Taking the Reins

An original card from the tarot deck of
Jean Dodal of Lyon, a classic "Tarot of Marseilles" deck.
The deck dates from 1701-1715.

I'm excited to introduce Kosmic Mind's new guest writer, Elizabeth Michaud! Elizabeth will be writing in-between my lunation articles, whenever she feels compelled. I hope you enjoy the additional updates; I know I will.

For the rest of the month of June the astrological energy is offering up the chance to tap into our strength and direct our course with dynamic purpose. Mars, the planet of driving force, is moving forward through Libra, and getting our personal motors running as it makes its last contact with the Uranus/Pluto square.

Mars entered Libra last December, turned retrograde from March 1 through May 20, and is now building momentum as it chugs along in the cardinal air sign. Libra seeks harmony in relationships, but not codependency. It is the sign of balance-- meaning equal expression of personal desires while still meeting the needs of others. With Mars the Warrior transiting partnership-oriented Libra, this time period may have disrupted or reoriented the way we feel about the relationships we are in.

Perhaps we've wanted to protect or maintain something in our lives, but realize we can no longer play that role. Or maybe we've finally become aware of some part of ourselves that has been stifled or ignored-- and we see that it just isn't fair to hold back anymore. The idea that "that's just the way it is/I am" is no longer valid.  Whether in personal friendships, intimate bonds, or professional teams, there can be some tension as the planet that fights for "I" and "me" churns up the sign of "us."

Mars formed an exact square to Pluto in Capricorn this past Saturday, June 14, and will oppose Uranus in Aries on June 25. This potent T-square symbolizes a powerful opportunity to break away from old forms that no longer serve us, old skins that need to be shed in order for us to align with our inner truth. We are in a phase of transformative healing-- but Mars demands that we make the move.

It's important to be aware of this energy. It can feel like a pressure cooker as the planet of action ignites the revolutionary and destabilizing influences of Uranus and Pluto. If we can direct the passion to create what we want, rather than destroying what we fear, or lashing out in chaos and confusion, we will be harnessing the power of these transformative times. So steer wisely, be mindful of your vision, and aim high.

Elizabeth Michaud is a writer and astrologer based on the New England coast. She is a contributing writer and editor at Planet, and has been studying astrological cycles for 15 years.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Wider Perception and What Really Matters: Full Moon in Sagittarius 2014

Yodo-gawa from Setsugekka, Snow, Moon and Flowers. A traditional concept that provided the subject for sets of paintings and prints by Ukiyo-e artists. Shows boats being hauled up the river, which flowed passed Osaka, under a full moon. Hokusai, circa 1833, via Wikimedia Commons.

Full Moon @ 22 Sagittarius 06'
June 12, 2014 
9:11 PM Pacific
June 13, 2014
12:11 AM Eastern 

The current lunar cycle culminates on June 12/13 with a Full Moon in the tropical sign of Sagittarius. What is blossoming for you now? What great, gestating truth emerges into the light for you to embrace? It may be some small thing, but that does not negate its relevance by any means. 

With the Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Sagittarius, we come to a point of integration, a confrontation of the mind with the truths of a higher awareness.With a Full Moon in the Gemini/Sagittarius axis a truly profound, unfathomable awareness can now be mentally processed and integrated into a logical construct and form.

With Mercury retrograde in Cancer those intellectual filters are momentarily cast aside, widening intuition and empowering our gut responses. We are feeling and thinking in some new and different ways—opening doors and widening perception.

A square to the Full Moon axis from Chiron in Pisces opens up channels to numinous dimensions; but the “spiritual insights” it offers must be intentionally sought through the active pursuit of truth. Chiron’s awareness brings healing and integration to the mind, which may extenuate certain wounds or blocks that have stymied the flow of higher consciousness.

But the most poignant aspect present with this lunation is an exact opposition between Venus in Taurus and Saturn in Scorpio. As the Full Moon seeks to widen our field of perception, Venus and Saturn create yet another confrontation which may play itself out quite dynamically in certain relationships.

Venus and Saturn shed light on what really matters between those we are relating to. Once you cut away all the clutter and all the facades you wear for social appeasement, you’re left with the bare essentials: what keeps you connected and engaged with another soul.

It may be something “karmic”—that is, something unresolved or seemingly incomplete. Whatever we choose to call it, there’s “glue”, a gravitational force that attracts us toward others that is truly beyond conscious awareness.

Venus and Saturn ask us to get real about that cohesive bond, to look beyond intellectual rationalizations to see to the heart of the matter. That realization is something we simply feel, somatically. It’s simple and primal. It doesn’t need to be analyzed to death.

While the Gemini influx is strong now, the Full Moon’s power momentarily supersedes the mind’s grip on awareness--broadening its reach in ways that doesn’t overpower it. Sagittarius seeks to break free of limiting routines and beliefs that keep us stuck in a rut.

Perhaps that urge for freedom manifests in our relationships. Perhaps it manifests as a desire to expand our personal worldview, or modify some theoretical framework. Maybe we see something from a broader vantage point, opening up space for acceptance of what is and an anticipation of what could be.

As this Full Moon culminates remember that what you know is limited. What you see is always filtered, but we’re always given what we can handle. We see only what we can deal with. There is a need to jump off a precipice and take a leap of faith on some level, but don’t take that literally.

There is a need to exercise caution with this lunation, because Sagittarius’ fiery passion can sometimes go to extremes. It can break off more than it can chew. Too much awareness can be overwhelming, sometimes perilous.

Too much enthusiasm can lead to regrettable mistakes. Mercury’s retrograde cycle reminds us to take our time to process and integrate whatever we’re working on. Remember that as you navigate this terrain

Friday, June 6, 2014

Open Hearts, Open Minds: Mercury Retrograde In Cancer/Gemini 2014

Guido Bonatti, De Astronomia Libri X
(Basel, Nicolaus Pruknerus, 1550)
Stationary Retrograde: June 7 @ 3 Cancer 10'

Stationary Direct: July 1 @ 24 Gemini 23' 

Mercury is about to turn retrograde on June 7. That flighty, witty and lightning fast archetype is coming to a standstill and changing directions. While we’re likely still recovering from Mars’ retrograde through Libra and its dynamic interaction with the Uranus/Pluto square, Mercury gives us a chance to reflect and reexamine.

All this retrograde activity often results in a profound shift of energy in our personal lives. The most reliable attribute of any retrograde (from an inner or outer planet) is this “shifting of the tides”. That usually manifests as a rerouting of our focus and attention—sometimes altering our life path in quite significant ways.

We may feel more reflective during a retrograde; we may also find ourselves forming a connection to the past, to something unresolved or incomplete. This is why many astrologers advise us to refrain from embarking on new territory at these times; there may be some loose ends that need to be tidied up first; though this is not to be treated as dogma.

When we’re dealing with Mercury, we’re playing with a highly mutable energy. Things are never so black and white in Mercury’s realm; the world is an ever changing reality. Congruent with this mutable nature, Mercury will retrograde through two signs this cycle: Cancer and Gemini.

Mercury will spend about 19 days retrograde in Cancer as it gradually shifts gears. Cancer, a sign we associate with the Moon, adds more emphasis to the tidal influence of this process, this shifting of the tides. Cancer is a realm of feelings while Gemini a realm of thoughts.

This switch from emotion to mind lends itself to a reexamination of our feelings, and then a focus on what we think about it. Obviously, astrology is more multidimensional than that, but that simple phrase sums things up quite well.

While Mercury is in Cancer, thoughts take on a fluid-like quality, feelings and subjective impressions override logical and analytical processes. Mercury retrograde through Cancer can feel rather nostalgic, as well as allowing for a reconnection to our basic feelings and inclinations.

Ask yourself how you really feel about anything that comes up. Really explore that feeling or reaction more than you usually would. Reconsider your basic needs and ask yourself whether they’re being met effectively. Mercury retrograde in Cancer can open us up to feelings we may have held back, allowing us to process and integrate deeply embedded emotional material.

Mercury retrogrades into Gemini on June 18—shifting from the heart and back to the mind. It’s a rather curious thing that Mercury retrogrades often correlate with a process of retracing our steps. Keep that in mind as Mercury moves back into Gemini. Keep your mind open to missing bits of information you may have left behind, or unresolved communications reemerging to be clarified.

And consider that Gemini, the purest zodiacal representation of duality, tends to consider multiple perspectives. As I stated above, things are never so black and white in Mercury’s realm (and by extension, Gemini’s too).  

Intuitive and emotional insights can be properly analyzed when Mercury dips back into Gemini. We are being gifted an opportunity to see things from a renewed perspective, to learn something we didn’t know before. This requires an open heart and an open mind.

Of course, we can’t forget the other aspect of Mercury retrograde. Yes, shit happens. It’s hard to explain sometimes. Though I believe everything in life is symbolic of some “higher” process, sometimes Mercruy, the trickster, likes to keep us baffled. So as usual, Mercury retrograde is going to keep us on our toes.

Technical or mechanical breakdowns, changes in plans, delays or cancellations can be expected. This is just a common side effect of Mercury retrograde. But the breakdown is a part of the process.  Perhaps that problem with your car is simply a reflection of what’s going on deep within you.

But Mercury doesn't just leave us hanging. If we’re persistent and open to new ways of doing things, a solution is likely to be found—but perhaps in the most unexpected of places. Also, be cautious of signing important contracts, making big business decisions and purchasing electronic devices or appliances—especially anything costly.

Take your time over the next three weeks. This is a time for processing and integration. The tides are changing, and they bring new realities to our shores. What we’re usually blind to suddenly takes on a dynamic presence in our field of vision.

What wasn’t apparent may suddenly become blindingly obvious. Sink deep, reflect and reexamine your mind and emotions this retrograde cycle. Embrace any and all inclinations toward introspection and self-analysis. This is a natural time to tune in and check in. Like the tides, we are changing, fluctuating, growing and expanding. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Transcend the Prison of Perception: New Moon in Gemini 2014

Gemini by Johfra Bosschart

New Moon @ 7 Gemini 21'
May 28, 2014
2:40 PM Pacific
11:40 AM Eastern

Perception is a tricky thing. Our eyes can be rather convincing; yet, we know (from science and mysticism alike) that the world of our senses isn’t quite what it appears to be. Gemini symbolizes the root and foundation of our mundane, human perception. Mercury, a planet we associate with this sign, symbolizes the mind in its pure archetypal form.

For the most part, Gemini revels in this illusion that encapsulates consciousness. That doesn’t mean it is incapable of seeing beyond it, but that it can work with the illusion and master all the dynamics within it. The mind, while limiting our awareness to some extent, allows us to filter out the noise and focus on a very specific wavelength.

For us, the denizens of third density, that is an essential thing. Who could function in the world otherwise? An unfiltered perception would be like an endless psychedelic trip. I don’t think we could survive for very long in such a state.

While we know that we perceive only a small fraction of reality, we have the ability to become specialists of this fragment before us. In a way, as humans, that gives us some advantage over beings with more limited awareness than ourselves.

But those “lesser evolved” species have equally mastered their own niches in quite extraordinary ways. A dog’s sense of smell, for example, is truly beyond our comprehension.  There are many examples of this throughout nature. So sometimes, a limitation can be turned to an advantage.

Gemini is a mutable sign. That means that our perception can change. As our knowledge of reality increases so too does our awareness. We suddenly see things so clearly that once evaded us entirely. As scientific discoveries unveil ever wider perceptions of the world, our daily lives begin to change, the mundane becomes permanently altered.

As the Sun and Moon conjoin in Gemini, it sheds light on our awareness. It plants the seeds of an evolving and ever changing perception of the world. That requires the use of the mind, to compare and contrast old and new paradigms of perception.

Gemini’s ephemeral nature allows for the expeditious processing of information. When Gemini is active in the collective psyche, information is the most coveted of all things--for Gemini seeks knowledge, and knowledge gives a sense of dominion over the chaotic world around us.

That flighty, ever curious quality inherent to Gemini will be ubiquitous as this lunation develops. That means, perhaps, an increase of distractions. As we focus the mind on one thing, something else, more interesting, pops up, inviting us to investigate. So, in usual Gemini fashion, this lunation is likely to lend itself to a sense of restless curiosity and fascination with the world (the illusion).

And if there was ever a time to realize the ever changing nature of perception, this would be it. An exceptionally close square from Neptune in Pisces to this lunation greatly challenges our collective and individual perceptions.

While Gemini and Mercury seek facts and knowledge to create a seamless and stable perception of reality, Neptune and Pisces seek quite the opposite: a perception that transcends and dissolves the world of our senses. So there is a quality of intense uncertainty surrounding this New Moon.

It invites us to utilize caution as we acquire more knowledge and awareness, because Neptune in Pisces indicates that there is far more to our reality than we may realize. There is the risk of complete deception. Fact checking is in order here. The mind, eager to make rational sense of things, can often miss critical elements, much to its detriment.

Because, for the most part, we only see what we want to see; we see only what we know. But what we know is always limited, and so Neptune invites us to perceive a much vaster field of awareness. So don’t hastily come to any conclusions with this New Moon.

When confronted with new information, make the effort to go deeper and see beyond the superficial. Mercury’s encroaching retrograde is also a reminder to refrain from “jumping the gun”, so to speak. It’s back track through Cancer/Gemini (beginning June 7) will allow for a reorientation of our awareness and a tightening up of loose ends.

So take your time to stop, pause and consider what’s presented before you. Don’t just settle for the most logical and rational explanation. Neptune urges us to realize that there’s something more to the picture, something we may not fully comprehend, but something from which we can at least gain a modicum of understanding from.

Mercury, the “ruler” of Gemini, is out of bounds alongside this lunation--which relates to something called declination, or a planet’s apparent altitude compared to other planets when viewed in the sky. It’s a more third dimensional view of astrology, which takes it beyond the two dimensional perception of the horoscope on paper.

Quite simply put, when a planet is “out of bounds”; it is beyond the Sun’s highest ascent in the sky. It is beyond the reign and grasp of the “king” (the Sun), the gravitas of the solar system. It is free to express itself in ways it wouldn’t dare to otherwise.

Often the expression of an out of bounds planet is quite Uranian in nature, in that it tends to defy the accepted ways of doing things. Because Mercury, the ruler of this lunation, is out of bounds, we are invited, more than ever, to truly think outside the box. In fact, we’re invited to utterly transcend it, if not completely dissolve it.

There may be a feeling that our limited awareness is more akin to a prison--that the mundane perception is somehow overwhelmingly stifling. Trust that feeling, because this lunation is creating the opportunity for a mental prison break. 

That process is just beginning, as I said, and the seeds are being planted with this New Moon. Lastly, this New Moon makes a trine to Mars, now slowly and surely moving direct. That provides a jolt of mental momentum, and the confidence to ponder things outside the accepted paradigm.

Muster up some courage and challenge your own perception—truly look beyond what you see before you. The energy is readily available, and the tides are truly shifting now. Mercury’s retrograde will help us to rework our newfound awareness so that it fits perfectly into our ever evolving perception. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Poison is the Medicine: Full Moon in Scorpio 2014

King Scorpion, detail from his mace head. Oxford Asmolean Museum.
Photo by Udimu, Wikimedia Commons.

Full Moon @ 23 Scorpio 55'
May 14, 2014
3:16 PM Eastern
12:16 PM Pacific

The much anticipated cardinal grand cross has come and gone, though we are likely to feel its effects well into the month of May. The world didn’t end, the economy didn’t collapse, and aliens didn’t return to proclaim the truth of human origins. Well, at least we didn’t hear about it. 

But, this was by no means a non-event. April brought a high precedence of earth changes like we’ve never seen before. In fact, believe it or not, April was the most seismically active month in recorded history, with 13 major earthquakes shaking several regions across the globe.

Five of the 13 quakes were a 7.8 magnitude and higher—including an 8.2 that rocked Chile on April 1. This is really quite remarkable given the fact that such severe quakes generally occur once or twice a month.The cardinal energy seems to radiate throughout the world, expressing itself in some profound and dynamic ways. 

If you have planets situated in the direct line of fire (about 12-16 degrees of all cardinal signs, i.e. Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) you may have felt the full force of the event in your personal life. The cardinal energy is all about action and initiation—exemplifying the power of the will.

But with Mars retrograde, the floodgates were likely held back a bit; though that doesn’t mean that some big changes didn’t actually take place. Earth changes are a reflection of shifts in higher (and lower) densities or realities. Earthquakes are symbolic of changing, shifting foundations and infrastructures.

Economically speaking, the vast majority of the population isn’t privy to what’s really going on or about to happen. We’re usually the last to know, when it’s far too late to do anything to stop it.

So, let’s not write this event off and subjugate it to the realm of failed astrological predictions. In fact, the biggest, most significant changes happen within each of us. They’re incredibly personal. Since all separation is an illusion, personal change is just as significant (if not more so) than collective change.

Anyway, if you’re reading this, you’ve survived the main event of 2014, fully intact (or so I hope). Perhaps you lost a limb or two, but at least you can still read and operate a computer (It’s the 21st century, those are pertinent skills).

We’ve also safely passed the eclipse passageway. That portal to accelerated change and transformation has closed. This month’s Full Moon slams it shut, until next time. How has the past month affected you?

How have you changed? How has your life changed? Are you stronger, wiser? If the answer is yes, then you’ve successfully harnessed this energy into your personal life. If the answer is no, you may be clinging to something well outworn.

Most of the time change is voluntary. Astrology doesn’t really guarantee anything. We have free will and astrology is simply a guide to its ideal usage. What it does guarantee is the appearance of circumstances, desires or opportunities that invite us to do something with the energy provided. But ultimately, the choice is ours in the end.

This month’s Full Moon takes place in the sign of Scorpio, and yes, conjoins that frightening corner of the zodiac occupied by Saturn. In other words, this Full Moon sits next to the planet Saturn in the tropical sign of Scorpio. Cue the ominous music.

Well, it does look ominous. I mean, Saturn (the greater malefic) conjunct the mysterious Moon in the sign represented by a stinging arachnid. You can’t help but conjure up disturbing, uncomfortable images from that one. But fear not, as we will see, all things can be harnessed toward a much higher road.

Scorpio literally means to pierce, to unveil. A scorpion is a rather fitting symbol to represent that process; although the more archaic representation of Scorpio was actually a serpent. Archetypically speaking, venomous creatures (arachnids, reptiles, insects, etc.) often symbolize the emergence of a remedy, a medicinal substance that will lead us toward transformation.

The venom, the sting, is the medicine. It symbolizes what we need to move past failing circumstances. While the bite or sting may be unpleasant initially, if we survive, we’ve crossed a significant threshold; we’ve entered into a new realm.

In a way, Scorpio symbolizes a deeply spiritual and alchemical process. It symbolizes the desire to merge with something larger than our own personal power. The infusion is often overwhelming, and sometimes devastating or deadly. But with Scorpio, there’s always a risk involved.

That’s the nature of the beast. To become something more than we are, we have to take a leap. We have to defy our fears and face the unknown in some formidable way. The Full Moon culminating here symbolizes the blossoming of a leap we’ve already made or have been intending.

Saturn and the Moon aren’t terribly compatible planets. In fact, they symbolize two highly antithetical yet complimentary archetypes. But with the conjunction, we have a fusion of two elements—two ends of a spectrum: nurturance and tough love.  

That fusion is likely to feel a bit uncomfortable. If we take it too seriously, we may find ourselves overwhelmed by a sense of depression, even despair. That’s the disclaimer on this one. But, a water grand trine formed by the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Chiron creates a wellspring of (potential) deep emotional healing.
Feel your way through this one; connect deeply with your inner guide and intuition. All that cardinal energy, all that moving and shaking, takes a bit of a break with the fluid, psychic and intuitive energy that permeates the collective with this Scorpio Full Moon.

Be mindful of getting swept away by emotions, overtaken by real or imagined fears. This Full Moon may have the advantage of illuminating the darker corners of the psyche, allowing us to glimpse into places we are usually reluctant to gaze—to ultimately find a place of healing, to discover the remedy that can lead us further along the path of evolution.

Venus is approaching a conjunction with Uranus alongside this Full Moon and will be exactly square Pluto. This could represent some intense friction and tension within relationships. Venus in Aries conjunct Uranus seeks freedom, personal space and adventure.

Pluto’s square from Capricorn can incite power struggles from those threatened by another’s need for more room and independence; but again, there may be a need to take a risk, a need to go deeper and explore some dynamics within a relationship that are stifling personal growth.

But if such power struggles turn physical, it may be wise to step aside and let things cool down and unwind as the Moon gradually wanes over the next two weeks.

With Mars’ retrograde cycle winding down, that catalytic cardinal energy isn’t as intense as it normally would be. We are likely tying up loose ends with the processes we began less than three months ago (possibly in relation to relationships we’ve revived or are currently involved with).

But this Full Moon doesn’t bring things to a standstill by any means. It invites us to do some deep and possibly intense inner, emotional work. Allow this Full Moon to illuminate what’s real and help you see what you need to heal. While sometimes uncomfortable, these energies allow us to clear away what no longer works, to embrace something fresh, new and exciting.

Things may still be pending which is perfectly natural with Mars’ stationing direct; but we can really get clear here about some very important and critical elements within our lives, if we’re open and receptive to the process. Don’t fear the dark; you are the light that will illuminate the unknown and the forgotten.  All things can be transmuted; all darkness can be used for healing and transformation.