Sunday, Apr 29 at 5.59pm PST
This full moon is called the Flower Moon or, according to The Farmer’s Almanac, “Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon, mark[ing] a time of increasing fertility with temperatures warm enough for safely bearing young, a near end to late frosts, and plants in bloom.” The moon will rise at sunset, peak at midnight and set at sunrise.
Luna seethes, roils and snarls at the Full Moon in Scorpio. With sun and moon in opposition between Taurus and Scorpio, this is the axis of all that can be seen, versus all that cannot. Together these two constellations narrate tangibles and intangibles, form and dissolution of form, conscious thought and subconscious desire, straight paths and winding staircases.
This full moon is also about quality of life. Both the bull and the scorpion crave skin-to-skin, soul-to-soul living. Scorpio is the force within which overcomes all fear, the tidal wave which rips our psychological complexes out by the roots and then carries us, screaming and naked and bewildered, over a waterfall of change and joy and more change. Taurus is simpler. She nurtures our bodies and the local environs. Taurus is here to work and beautify, to eat and make love, to relax and sigh deeply into her mountain of pillows and blankets and cats.
Scorpio is the infamous plumber of the lower chakras, like a submarine from the sea of mystery. She slinks through total darkness, through tombs and invisible oceans. She is an agent of inquiry, manipulation and lust. She is a winged creature, clawing her way out of a chrysalis that has become much too small. But she can become trapped here, in the past, in obsessions and fears.
The lessons of this full moon emanate from ancient recesses of the psyche. Issues of power and control may arise, though not necessarily from without. At its heart, this phase teaches us to employ better self-control. The scorpion journey is so inescapable and irreversible that it often feels like a part of us has died in the process. This is part of the great shift, the great transformation of the ugly inner voice, the inner child holding on for dear life, the habit or addiction you can’t break. This is another celestial opportunity, another turning point, another chance.
Full moons are high energy and felt not just the day of, but for days before and after. They heighten emotions and intuition, such as women experience before menstruation. This full moon should be very interesting. Something else auspicious is happening: the Sun in Taurus forms a friendly trine to Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn. This is a time to embrace responsibility, self-discipline, method and respect for process. I think this aspect will help enormously in balancing out the intensity of this full moon.
Scorpio is often bedraggled by deep suspicions, but it is herself whom she must learn to trust. Push through it, trust yourself, shadow and all. Emerge from your cocoon fearlessly with Scorpio Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.
Mantra: I surrender