Full Moon in Scorpio April 21-22 2016
April 21st, 2016
“What do you need power for? What are you afraid of?”
– Stephen Harrison (from his book “Doing Nothing”)
"Did they get you to trade, your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change? Did you exchange a walk on
part in the war, for a lead role in a cage?"
"Wish You Were Here" - Pink Floyd
I’m approaching this blog like a prosecuting attorney preparing for a long trial. I’ve prepared my case, and I am currently examining witnesses and taking depositions. My research will cover the next few months at least. A verdict won’t be rendered until all the facts have been thoroughly vetted and testimony heard.
The Full Moon will occur at 2 degrees of Scorpio at 6:22AM BST (5:22AM UT) in the United Kingdom on April 22nd, 2016. Keywords for Scorpio include power, secrets, manipulation, obsessions, deep emotion and attachments, passion, and death. Pluto and Mars are the co-rulers. With both planets in retrograde motion since this past weekend, conventional wisdom would lean towards a time of serious soul-searching and reflection. However, Full Moons have a track record for revealing hidden things…making the invisible quite visible, and with Scorpio in the mix, there could be some spilling of the beans about to take place.
The funny coincidence is that this day is also Earth Day. I find this somewhat serendipitous with the Sun in Taurus. We do need to love the Earth, but not just from being grateful for all this orb supplies for us, but to what the Earth actually is. Deep ecology is one manifestation of coming to the awareness that our very survival is not in our hands, but resides in this amazing, diverse, sometimes capricious, living planet. To view the Earth as just a planet would be a miscalculation. In the Gnostic and Pagan traditions, Mother Earth is just that; our Mother, a living goddess that partly transformed itself into all manner of organic and inorganic life. Perhaps one of the more worthwhile rituals we could concoct for this Full Moon would be to cultivate the possibility that we can communicate and cooperate with whatever this world could show us about the art of living fully and thriving. Just saying…
Meanwhile, within the human dramas unfolding which are in lockstep with the ecological and social crises we have by the bucketful, our beliefs and habits in every aspect of our lives that will now undergo cross-examination. This lunation is like the starter’s pistol going off at the beginning of our Five Planets Retrograde one-legged sack race. Any hidden agendas will be deposed. Uncomfortable truths will be revealed. Unsound ideals and systemic beliefs must be questioned. Business as usual is over. What is sustainable will come to the forefront of our awareness. We can no longer afford to ignore what is obvious. If we do, our hearts will hurt even more than they do now.
We are seeing through the games, seeing how we have given our power away to entitlement and privilege, thinking that in exchange we will be taken care of and looked after. That way won’t work any longer. We are charged with not only reinventing ourselves, but with re-envisioning our entire way of living. It begins with us, and our beliefs, and our attachments to security…as we have known it.
Be prepared for more shedding of skins, but by no means are we in this alone. While the level of the conversation may be internally, we will need to fashion some way to communicate with each other…Mercury Retrograde or no. Sometimes instead of a bunch of fancy analysis or platitudes, the simple offer of a hug, a kind word, or making someone a cup of tea, will have far greater effect. Giving of ourselves and even some of our resources if needed, will not diminish us, it will enhance our ability to appreciate and receive even more.
Ultimately Taurus is about being in love with Nature, and harmonizing with it and living symbiotically, not unlike so-called ‘primitive’ peoples. There’s a beauty and rhythm to that, which is often missing in our busy-ness. Scorpio is about transformation and rising from the ashes of separation and competition, unfurling as a beautiful phoenix, resplendent in the glory of its rebirth.
Expect the best, while preparing for the unexpected. Do not isolate, but also embrace and utilize solitude with compassion and patience. Letting go of power is powerful. What are we afraid of?
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