This is the kind of Full Moon that could pull some pretty deep emotions out of us, forcing us to face aspects of ourselves and others that we might prefer to tuck away in the closet and pretend they don’t exist. Full Moons are an emotional time of the month as it is, when anything that may have been simmering away under the surface can erupt or explode with varying degrees of force. The powerful energy of the Full Moon makes it hard to ignore whatever has been niggling away at us, as it shines a bright light into even the darkest shadows. This Moon in particular has the potential to illuminate the parts of ourselves that we deny in ourselves (repeat?) or are unaware of. It’s the perfect Moon for diving deep into our psyches and being completely and utterly honest with ourselves about what we want, what’s important to us and who we really are. We have the chance to acknowledge our fears and move past them so that we can follow the path of joy.
The Moon is in intensely emotional, probing and passionate Scorpio, sitting directly opposite the Sun in earthy, sensual and patient Taurus. Full Moons tend to highlight where we are out of balance between the energy of the two signs and they ask us to find the balance between them. It is Taurus season at the moment, which is a very fertile time of the year when there is new life all around us and we are able to revel in the beauty of Mother Nature. Taurus represents our values and the things that we hold dear and need for our security. She also shows what skills and talents we possess in order to survive and what we need to feel good about ourselves. She is the sign of self-worth and self-esteem. Taurus is very loyal, though she also has a tendency to resist change and can easily get stuck in a stagnant rut through fear of losing her sense of security. She holds onto things, people, relationships and situations even when she is unhappy and long after they have stopped being good for her. She likes to put her roots down and once she does it is very hard to budge her. Hence, Taurus have quite a reputation for being stubborn!
Scorpio, on the other hand, can rip the rug out from beneath us when situations, relationships or people are no longer serving us. Hers is a powerfully transforming energy that cannot abide stagnation and will destroy anything which is holding us down or not healthy anymore. While Taurus will desperately hold onto the status quo and bury her head in the sand for the sake of security, Scorpio cuts through to the heart of the matter with devastating accuracy, forcing us to face the truth. Scorpion is the magician, the alchemist who transforms lead into gold. She digs deep into the shadows and forces us to be honest about our fears, vulnerabilities and insecurities. It is this honesty and trust that allows us to get closer to people and form bonds. When we are brave enough to be truly vulnerable and show another person our warts we allow a much deeper intimacy to form between us. We may fear that telling the truth might alienate our loved ones, but holding back what we are really feeling can push them away further.
There is, of course, a part in all of us that fears change. All of us are guilty of falling into ruts for the sake of security. Sometimes things have to literally be ripped away from us in order for us to even recognise the need for change. It can be painful sometimes, but the end result is a new lease on life and the realisation that we have released something that was quite simply preventing us from growing. This is the perfect Moon for contemplating what is really important to us and what needs to go. It could force us to acknowledge where we are stuck and help us move past it. Scorpio won’t allow us to hide from the truth. The more we resist change and necessary growth, the more likely it is that they will somehow be forced upon us in a way that is painful and challenging. It is important to recognise the hidden treasure in any situation that we find ourselves in, however difficult or painful it may be on the surface. Sometimes something has to die for something to be born in its place. The phoenix always rises from the ashes. The snake sheds her dead skin and emerges shiny and new. This is the energy of Scorpio.
Pluto, the ruler of Scorpio, is forming a positive and helpful aspect to the Sun and Moon, which intensifies the Scorpio energy during this Full Moon. Pluto is the planet of the soul, power and transformation and since he has been in Capricorn he has been breaking down the structures of our lives so that we can live with more integrity and authenticity. His presence during this moon could help us empower ourselves, highlighting where we might be giving our power away or making ourselves small in order to make other people feel comfortable. This really is an ideal time to bring anything out into the open that may be bothering us and to redress the balance of power in our lives. It is empowering to be truthful rather than simply putting up with something so we don’t “rock the boat”. Pluto can help us face our fears, real or imaginary, and give us the courage to truly own our feelings, no matter how dark they may seem. This is a great time to delve into our psyches and bring up the past as a means to understanding the present situation we find ourselves in. We have a chance for some deep psychological insight during this Moon, as we are less afraid to face our shadows.
Neptune and Chiron in Pisces are also forming positive aspects to the Sun and Moon, which adds the spirit of unconditional love and compassion to this lunation. This is a welcome addition, as it will help us truly connect with one another and approach whatever comes up in the spirit of understanding and acceptance. Neptune and Pisces remind us that we are all the same when it comes down to it, so we should be kind to one another and indeed ourselves. It encourages true empathy as we are more able to put ourselves in another person’s shoes. Chiron’s presence will help us find forgiveness in our hearts and be understanding and accepting of human frailty in ourselves and our loved ones. This will help us to understand, accept and heal whatever comes up at this time.
Jupiter in Leo is forming an almost completely exact square to both the Sun and Moon, which creates a tense T-Square. T-squares tend to make problems feel very pressing and force us to find resolution which can then lead to success. This will add to the sense of things coming to a head during this Moon, because Jupiter will be exaggerating any feelings we might be contending with. He is the largest planet, after all, and has a tendency to magnify the energy of the planets he comes into contact with. As such, our emotions may be even bigger, more intense and dramatic, as will our sense of dissatisfaction with the status quo. This could give us a good kick up the bum to help us create necessary change in our lives! Jupiter wants us to listen to our hearts and follow our joy and he will be pushing this point home during this Moon, making us all too aware of where and how we are simply putting up with things through fear and keeping ourselves small. Jupiter in Leo is supremely confident and he may push us to take some risks and have enough courage and “heart” to face our fears and empower ourselves so that we can find the path to true joy. He wants us to shine in all our true glory.
What a powerful Full Moon this is, with such potential for truth and transformation! A lot could come out into the open that has hitherto been hidden, but the presence of Neptune and Chiron ensures that it will be done in the spirit of kindness and compassion and for the higher good of all involved. It is quite possible that situations that we have been putting up with will somehow become intolerable and we will be forced to be completely honest with ourselves and others in order to make the necessary changes to set us back on the right track. There is the potential for some deep insight and understanding to occur and for us to face some of our darkest fears so that we are free to follow the path towards true joy and fulfilment.
OUR DEEPEST FEAR
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
A RETURN TO LOVE
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