The Sun has now entered Scorpio, a sign that brings purging and transformation, and we now have the second of two Eclipses, which also represent a time of releasing and letting go so that we can embrace the new cycle that is now beginning. Eclipses bring about a new chapter, although beginnings also bring endings, so it is important to let go of whatever needs to pass away so that we are fully able to move into the next phase. Now we have the Sun, Mercury and Mars all in intense, soulful Scorpio, we are being called to really be honest with ourselves and others, to be as transparent as we can possibly be and to face any uncomfortable material within ourselves that we might usually find it hard to own. Scorpio forces us to strip away self-deceit and to be truly honest about the parts of us that we may struggle to accept, or that we believe that others will struggle with or reject.
A Taurus Full Moon calls for us to truly know our worth. While the Scorpio energy is prompting us to face our shadows and to recognise any unhealthy or unhelpful power dynamics that might be playing out in our lives and relationships, Taurus encourages us to develop a healthy sense of self-worth, self-esteem, self-sufficiency and self-confidence. Rather than deriving our power from others, we are called to empower ourselves and to develop self-reliance, so that we are less vulnerable and less able to be toppled over by other people’s behaviour, games or tactics. Taurus just wants a simple life, free of games, drama or unnecessary power dynamics. Scorpio season can certainly bring a certain amount of emotional intensity, calling for us to peer into the darkness and look at our shadows so that we are less prone to projecting them out onto others. As such, this Moon could be quite cathartic, exposing and revealing!
The Taurus Moon could bring up issues around our needs, calling us to contemplate what we need to be happy and healthy, and how to express those needs in a healthy way. We may also contemplate how we might meet our own needs rather than relying too heavily on others. We all have our idiosyncrasies, psychological complexes and “stuff” that is unique to us, based on our childhood and life experiences. We all have parts of us that we struggle with and that can wreak havoc in our personal relationships at times. We all have our own unique set of needs that help us to feel safe and at ease. Combined with the North Node in Aries, this Moon can help us to be honest with ourselves and others about those parts of us that we may usually feel ashamed about and tend to keep hidden from view. Scorpio is the part of us that seeks intimacy and deep emotional connection, and in order to have true intimacy we are asked to be brave and to bare our souls, which could make us feel quite vulnerable and exposed.
As I mentioned, Eclipse season is a period of transformation, helping us to end one cycle and bring in a new one. Scorpio is very adept at purging and releasing old, unhealthy attachments, patterns and habits, while Taurus is the part of us that holds on and sticks with situations, relationships and patterns of behaviour long after they have stopped being good for us. This is a very good time to look at our attachments and recognise which are serving us and which are keeping us stuck in a rut, stagnating and unable to move forward and grow. What are we struggling to release so that we can move forward and grow? What patterns of behaviour are holding us prisoner and need to be transmuted, purged and transformed? What, when we are completely honest with ourselves, do we want and need in order to be truly fulfilled? And how can we make that happen?
The good news is that Uranus is forming a helpful, supportive trine to Venus, the ruler of this Moon. Uranus is also in Taurus, helping us to release unhealthy attachments and limitations, and to liberate us from stagnant habits and patterns, especially within our relationships. Venus in Virgo can help us to see what needs working on, while Uranus can help us to step back somehow so that we can see ourselves, our relationships and our patterns much more clearly. This is the planet that brings those “aha” moments, whereby we are somehow able to see ourselves and our situations with greater clarity, awareness and insight. It can bring sudden epiphanies and shocks that jolt us into a greater awareness. It can help us firstly to see clearly and secondly to liberate us from old programming and conditioning that have held us prisoner for so very long.
We are encouraged, during this Moon, to step outside of our comfort zone and do things differently, especially within our relationships. What have we got to lose, especially if the old way simply isn’t working! Uranus encourages us to be true to ourselves, and to be utterly authentic and “real”, even if that feels a bit uncomfortable at first. It can help to clear the way for the new energy to come in. Those of us with personal planets and angles around 21° of a sign will be feeling the erratic, authentic, liberating, insightful energy of Uranus the most acutely, especially the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius and the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. It’s quite exciting, really, as it could free us from a cage that we have been in for so very long, as long as we allow it.
Mercury, the planet of mind and communication, and Mars, the warrior planet, are joining forces in intense and penetrating Scorpio during this Moon, which could be interesting! It could help us to find the courage to bring some uncomfortable, thorny issues out into the open and to really get to the heart of the matter. Firstly, it can help us to be completely honest with ourselves and to bravely face anything that we may usually shy away from out of fear or an unwillingness to “go there”. Scorpio isn’t afraid to get under the carpet and eke out anything that may have been there for so long, festering away and causing damage in our lives and relationships. It can help us to have open, candid, brave, intimate, exposing conversations that may not paint us in a pretty light, but which are raw, vulnerable, honest and real.
It is easier to hide parts of ourselves from view, from a fear that if we are truly seen, warts and all, that we will be rejected somehow. However, all this Scorpio energy is encouraging us to be more transparent and to expose our tender underbelly, even if it is scary or uncomfortable. To be seen is to be known. We are all light and dark and various shades in between, and Scorpio encourages us to accept and love it all, most importantly within ourselves. This combination can take us to places within us that we would rather not go, but we could come back with some buried treasure! One thing to be aware of is that Mars is a direct, forceful, potentially angry energy, so there is the potential for confrontations that force the darkness out into the light. Scorpio does have a sting in its tail, after all! However, it could help us to have some difficult conversations and to face some uncomfortable truths.
Jupiter and Saturn are both lending a helping hand during this Moon, which is very welcome! Jupiter brings the potential for growth, expansion, the capacity to see the bigger picture and not sweat the small stuff. It is possible that some jigsaw puzzle pieces could fall into place during this Moon. Saturn’s influence is on the wane by the time the Moon is exact but can help us to see things as they really are and to create healthy boundaries. Saturn in Pisces also helps us to see the long view and to be patient and compassionate with ourselves and others. We are all struggling in one way or another, and all have our own cross to bear. It is important to remember that, before we judge. Of course, it is so easy to be our own judge and jury, and so Saturn encourages self-compassion as well.
The Sabian symbol for this Moon, at 6° Taurus, is a very powerful one, speaking of compassion over judgement: “The woman of Samaria at the ancestral well”, which Rudyar describes as “The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future. The symbol refers to a most important, but usually narrowly interpreted (or interpreted away!) episode of the Christ mythos. Early in his ministry, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at an ancestral well. This woman belongs to a tribe despised by the Jews; moreover, she is unmarried and therefore on the fringe of even her own society. It is to just that kind of woman that Jesus reveals that he is the Messiah: “I am He,” a revelation that he apparently will not bestow even upon his disciples, at least not in words. (Words in occultism are the creative factor.)
What does this mean? Jesus, as the Avatar incorporating the Christ-Impulse, came to replace the old tribal order with a new order based on universal Love. It is not to representatives of, or even to men still attached to, the old order that Jesus could reveal his spiritual, evolutionary and society-transforming status; they had instead to reach a point where they could discover his avatar-ship – as did Peter just before the Transfiguration scene. But to the woman of Samaria – who, in her openness to love’s urgings had already repudiated any narrow subservience to the old order – Jesus could reveal his function. The highest meets the lowest when this lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first to that which has become chaos. An old order is never open to a new Revelation until it has accepted disorder in the name of that Power which subsumes all forms of order, i.e. Love. A NEW QUALITY OF BEING is revealed which renders old patterns obsolete.”
What a symbol! And so relevant in so many ways. Love is the answer! Let Uranus do its work, and free us of our chains of conditioning and judgement! Let Scorpio help us to see our own shadows so that we are less prone to being triggered by situations and people outside of us! Let Jupiter help us to see the bigger picture! Let Taurus remind us to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and to step away from drama and power games. Both personally and collectively, we have a chance for a “new quality of being”, if we have the courage and willingness to look at ourselves and recognise what needs to be released, and to choose love over power. Love is the most powerful force of all and will hopefully conquer all.
Painting: Liberation, by Anael Sunny