Astrology: Full Moon in Scorpio 05/07/2020

Scorpion, 15th Century Medieval Manuscript, source unknown.

“Never stop because you are afraid – you are never so likely to be wrong. Never keep a line of retreat: it is a wretched invention. The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer”.

Fridtjof Nansen, 1861-1930, Norwegian polar explorer

This year’s Moon in Scorpio falls on Thursday May 20 at 11:45 am BDT, Prime Meridian, Greenwich, London, UK, at 17º ♏︎ 40′. The Sun at 17º ♉︎ 40′ conjoins with Mercury in the Tenth House of this chart, opposing the Moon in the Fourth House of home, family, security. Uranus sits wide of the opposition in the Tenth, squaring Saturn, sitting on the Descendant, indicating difficulties arising from publicly disclosures of health related matters, so heavily on everyone’s mind these days as we continue to buckle down in social isolation due to Covid-19. The Full Moon opposition squares the Leo Ascendant at 15º 47′, and the Midheaven sits at 29º ♈︎ 02′. This is a hot, passionate and unpredictable set of energies, as people want to be heard, and they feel deeply about circumstances affecting their right to a stable, secure lifestyle.

Full Moon in Scorpio, May 7, 2020 11:45 BST, Prime Meridian, Greenwich, London, UK. 6:45 EDT. Chart courtesy of Astrodienst

Venus in the Eleventh house squares Neptune in Pisces, in the Eighth, which is dangerous combination for delusion, with a potentially dangerous romanticizing our situation, as people are ramping up to mythologize this event. Our isolation, represented by Neptune is at odds with our need for immediate love, social contact and affection. It seems that everyone has their heart in the right place, and yet there is a disconnect, as we repeatedly try to reach out for the contact we crave and yet find nothing tangible is there to fulfill our desires. The Moon/Mercury opposition means that people cannot decide which way to turn – do we follow the head, or the heart? All the activity is above the horizon, meaning that this situation is very public, and open, yet the Full Moon in Scorpio buried in the Fourth House acts as the fulcrum which drives this scenario, pushing the totality with a burgeoning sense of overwhelming emotion. Frustrations ramp up as we feel our feelings are not being heard, that nobody is listening, and that there are no clear answers to solve the problems that we face.

Overall, a potentially difficult lunation for those in the Fixed signs – Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius – particularly for those born during the second decanate of these signs. Difficult doesn’t have to mean bad, as the friction of this time can be the impetus to change things that have been bothering us. Irritation demands resolution, so use this time to push through to a solution to problems that have been lurking outside the realm of focus. Cardinal Signs – Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – continue to do the heavy lifting as their entire approach and philosophy of structure, efficiency and stability undergoes renovation. The Mutable Signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces – are apt to find themselves feeling a heady sense of connectivity at this time. If anyone really “gets it”, it’ll be the Mutable Signs, so enjoy – just remember to keep your heads screwed on and come up for air periodically. My money is actually on Virgo and Libra right now – we need Virgo and Libra to keep our values systems on the straight and narrow, and the social focus on communication to continue running smoothly.

We are experiencing a profoundly unusual time in the scheme of our collective memory, and given that humanity is a resilient species, we will come through this just fine, eventually, albeit somewhat changed. Any Full Moon is a time traditionally used to demarcate a shift of energies as lunar attention once more turns away from full expression to a more internalized and concentrated essence. It is in the nitty gritty, in-between moments such as these in which we find the impetus, those little bursts of “ah-ha!” that allow us to summarize patterns in our recent experience, and indeed, in cycles of being that may span years or even decades. It is all relative, of course, and not every lunation cycle will resonate with every individual, but the fascinating thing is that, even when we do not realize it, there is activity, growth and evolution occurring at all times, and if we turn our psyches towards a sense of gentle openness, our Full Moon experiences can truly be the manifestation of fertility and realization that were promised by the ancients.