Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio – The Flower Moon May 16, 2022

Odilon Redon, White Vase with Flowers, pastel on paper, France, 1916.

May’s Full Moon, also known as the Flower Moon, is a total Lunar Eclipse and is exact at 25º18’ Scorpio on Monday May 16, at 4:15 UT (May 15 00:15 EDT). The term “Flower Moon” perfectly describes this time, as the energies closely reflect those experienced by a flower opening to life after a long winter’s struggle. Watch a garden in the springtime, and you will see that Nature is ever determined to provide budding plants with the challenges they require to grow into their strongest version. This Lunar Eclipse presents us with a time of considerable potency, offering just the right amount of difficulty and inspiration we need to move forward into our best future.

Lunar eclipses are watersheds; decisions have to be made, something must be left behind, and our destination remapped. In the case of a budding flower, the state of dormancy must be left behind, and the urge for life apprehended. For us, it is similar; eclipses present us with new ideas and directions of growth, often through irrefutably important events, thoughts or interactions. What had once seemed like vague possibility becomes a point of central focus, particularly if it benefits our evolution. Things which seemed so important in the past shift out of focus, moving into the background to support the new vision which pulls us ahead into the future. And so, we evolve.

This Full Moon Eclipse is marked by a tight T-square with has Saturn at its apex. Saturn stands at a crossroads, looking left to the deeply emotional Scorpio Moon, and right to the Sun/Uranus/Mercury Retrograde conjunction in Taurus.  This is a time of heavy consideration, and the Moon in Scorpio wouldn’t have it any other way. What we value most on an emotional level, where we find security, meaning and connection is now highlighted by the undeniable urge for forward motion and growth. We cannot suppress the life force, and the Full Moon allows us to see clearly what must be shed and what must be allowed to come to life. 

Mars and Neptune are conjoined in Pisces, diffusing energy so that rather than clearly seeing what is happening, we need to intuit, reaching with senses little used.  This aspect can be very inspiring, giving us the energy to work at manifesting our dreams, but it can also be very delusory, fogging real action and perception with untruth.  Faith in the growth process is required, and a bit of caution not to get lost in the fog.

Venus conjoins Chiron in Aries, which creates a second-guessing effect for the normally demanding Venus in Aries experience.  Venus seeks to please herself, she wants beauty, adoration, peace and pleasure. As natal ruler of Taurus, currently locked in conjunction with Chiron, we find an undertone of doubt in what where we find pleasure. Something must change in what we find enjoyable, collectively, for there is a woundedness associated with what we seek.  Every time we reach for something we want, there’s a pinch involved.  While certainly an uncomfortable aspect, it allows us to collectively find a sense of true empathy as we go about chasing our desires. What we value as a society is changing – our urges for consumerism, glamor, and over-consumption are clearly no longer working out, for the economy or the planet. The “me-first” urge of Venus in Aries is being given a pause as we find other, more equitable ways of seeking pleasure and enjoyment, particularly in light of the mass suffering the world is currently experiencing.

Pluto in Capricorn stands high above it all, looking down with an unrelenting desire to see everything turned upside down.  The changes that are currently being wrought are fundamental, deep and permanent. Pluto lends support to the Retrograde Mercury, indicating just how deeply we need to dig in order to ensure that costly, time-wasting errors are not made, but this aspect also gives us a wonderful opportunity to thoroughly review old work, plans and ideas for potential breakpoints and pitfalls. Mercury Retrograde in Gemini is a tough placement, as Gemini rules our communication, our thought processes, daily interactions, business, contracts, writing – all the things we rely upon to get our point across and gather the information we need on a daily basis.  Communication is challenged during this Full Moon, but that may not be a bad thing, as the overall energy right requires us to slow down, consider, be open to inspiration and evaluate what lies ahead as clearly and thoroughly as possible. Saturn dominating the day adds a sobriety and discipline that is required, ensuring that we will take our time with this eclipse.  Envision where it is you want to be three months, six months, one year from now, and use the energy now available to put your vision into motion.

An interesting observation – the Uranus/Sun conjunction in Taurus is yielding surprises every day, it seems.  A remarkable news article surfaced just this week, discussing how scientists have discovered a black hole at the Galactic Centre, in Sagittarius.  This will certainly set theorists on the path of wild speculation for years to come, but it is these sorts of discoveries and innovations which occur during heavy Uranus transits, and in Taurus, the manifestation in concrete reality is even more evident. Read the article here: Black Hole: First Picture of Milky Way Monster


Full Moon Forecast for Each Sign of the Zodiac

Aries:  Your persona comes across loud and clear, and you are in the midst of healing what it is about yourself that causes you the most grief, Aries.  You are all about the money now, finding new ways to diversify your assets, and opening to things you had never dreamed would be important to you.  However, this Eclipse is shining light on the fact that you need to contend with how you feel about significant others in your life – particularly any friends who may be causing challenges to your overall MO.  Be careful not to escape into overindulgence as you try to escape the pressure of reality, it’s not worth it in the long run.  Listen to your dreams, and watch for Freudian slips as communication can prove challenging.  Say what you mean, say it again, and one more time for good measure, otherwise misinterpretations will be hard to unravel later on, which would be a waste of time – anathema to any self-respecting Aries.

Taurus:  Taurus, it’s pretty hard to ignore you folks these days.  You are coming into your own, and for all those who thought they had you pegged – HA.  This Eclipse, the spotlight is on how those closest to you affect who you want to be, and how you want to be perceived.  You may have a bit of trouble communicating your values right now, but don’t feel rushed. Take your time to work out the nitty-gritty.  Career plans get serious as long-term details crop up, and you need to sort through what’s best for your overall development.  Old beliefs need revamping, but don’t necessarily look to your circle of friends for answers – that bunch may seem a bit foggy right now, so take what you hear and see with a grain of salt.  Deep healing of old, gnarly wounds is highlighted right now.  Take time with yourself – meditation, ritual, prayer and grounding will be especially fruitful right now. Embrace yourself – all of it – even the bits you wish you could forget.

Gemini:  This Eclipse may feel a bit confusing for you, Gemini, as you seek to solidify your self-concept. Just who are you, anyway?   There is much subconscious material springing up at you, causing some compulsive reactions that you need to sort out later.  This is a good time to take a look at any habits that might be better left by the wayside, and tightening up routines and daily tasks will be highly beneficial.  You may feel burdened by old beliefs that you can’t seem to shake, but rather than railing against them, meditate on what holds you back. Take your time and look at this stuff.  It’s all about how you deal with power issues, what’s fair and what’s not.  Friends inspire, and you can make peace with circumstances that once seemed inaccessible.  You may just find that previously closed doors are suddenly open – it’s up to you whether you step into that new reality or not.

Cancer:  This Eclipse is a great opportunity to start seeing some positive progress on things you feel like you’ve been working on forever.  The tide is just about to shift, as you find new opportunities opening up for you in social settings, and in manifesting your dreams and wishes.  Power issues, particularly with significant others, will feel tough, but a little discipline and a hard line is sometimes just right to define much-needed boundaries.  Let your creativity come to life this Full Moon, Cancer, and open to the inspiration you feel welling up – what you create now will serve as fuel for your fire as you continue through the months ahead.  Subconscious material can crop up, and it’s a good time to review old, long-standing problems that seem to have been evading practical solution.  Mediation, journaling and therapeutic talk can be very productive now in allowing you to finally unearth those nasty old stones that have been weighing you down.

Leo:  This Eclipse, the spotlight is on your home, Leo, and how you balance home life with career.  Everyone needs a solid, secure home base, though things are emerging in your public life which require integration.  Relationships feel serious, as the lay of the land is evident to all involved.  You know what you are dealing with; either commit or quit.  The depths feel particularly heady these days, as issues of sex, death, power and control slip through your consciousness.  You are in an intense learning phase, and your horizons are broadening, allowing you to finally embrace new ideas, visions and beliefs.  It feels good to know that you are on the right track – and you are!  Don’t be afraid to revamp your approach with daily work habits, getting rid of what holds you back, and stepping up to better ways.

Virgo: The spotlight is on your daily communications, Virgo, and how your belief systems are being revamped and manifested in your day-to-day life. It’s a good time to start a new job, a new course of study, or enroll in a program that can help you with your career, or personal development. It is time to revamp how you think and talk about things – especially yourself. Are you stuck in repetitive, negative thought processes? Look to your creativity for ways to break free – deep things are welling up inside, let them out, and let yourself communicate freely. Be sure that you are meticulous in career matters – especially contracts, as things may go backwards for a while. Work habits and methods are due for a stringent overhaul. Clean out and rearrange what’s a mess in your immediate environment, and make space for something new and more beneficial to arrive.

Libra: What do you value, Libra? That’s the question you need to ask yourself this Eclipse. What is important to you? How do you define your sense of self-worth? Surprises come from power-plays, as intertwined values press upon what it is that compels you to feel good about yourself. Issues in the home, ancestral memory and the father rise up for you to evaluate. The impact of these matters runs deep, and now is a good time to see how such things influence your belief system. Communicating may feel difficult, but sometimes you need to let ideas breathe before sharing them with the world – now is one of those times. Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate what you think you believe. Creativity feels serious – you want to manifest, but it’s hard work. Habits may be somewhat undermining; you think what you do on a regular basis is inspiring, but it may actually be diffusing your energy. Relationships feel sweet, as you have power available to heal old wounds.

Scorpio:  The spotlight is on your persona, Scorpio, as it seems that how you feel is what you are.  If you were ever going to wear your heart on your sleeve, right about now would be the perfect time – this Eclipse is highlighting just how you feel about your closest relationships, how they impact your daily habits, your creativity and your home life.  Power plays are gnarly, and you want to talk them through, but now’s not really the time.  Meditate on the details, and let these things rise to the surface before sharing your thoughts, otherwise you run the risk of misunderstandings and complications which will need to be sorted out later, if at all.  This is all about how you communicate.  You want to get deep, but start with yourself before unleashing on those around you.  Work habits feel good, health is fine, and creativity is inspired, if a bit nebulous at this time.  Solidify your home base, even if it feels hard.  What you do there within the next few months will result in a holding pattern that will last at least until the end of the year, if not become a permanent state of affairs.

Sagittarius:  This eclipse is allowing you to really get into your subconscious mind, Sagittarius.  You have the capacity to drill deep into what makes you tick, and you will be able to see just how things you hadn’t quite grasped about yourself surface in your health, work and daily habits.  Compulsive behavior can undermine your best abilities – now’s the time to focus on that stuff, even if it comes as a surprise, perhaps an outburst or announcement from a work colleague, employer or employee. Your values are being reshaped, and you want to communicate, but that feels hard, especially in relationships and partnerships.  Hold those thoughts for at least a month, because what you think is important right now probably won’t be later– if you can remember the details at all.  Look out for inconsistencies in matters dealing with home life, and beware of overspending, even if that splurge seems like a great idea now.  Let yourself feel creative, your pleasure principle is at a high level, so enjoy what feels good, and let the guilt go.

Capricorn:  The spotlight is on your society this Eclipse, as you seek to break through to new forms of creativity and pleasure.  What may have suited in the past no longer serves, Capricorn, and you know deep down that it’s time to move on and unleash all that you have pent up inside.  Work issues are tricky, and your daily habits need some reconsideration, especially things that tend to obfuscate what you should really be doing.  Don’t waste precious time, and don’t bother talking about it – just make the changes you know you need to make.  Your persona is in the midst of a total overhaul, and you can’t see the forest for the trees right now as you seek to define your values, but keep doing what you are doing.  You are motivated by what is serious, and results that matter for the long-haul.  Home life supports your efforts, and feels full and sweet at this time.  Enjoy and dig deep into your foundations, for they support you all the way.

Aquarius:  The spotlight is on your career, Aquarius, and this Eclipse offers you the opportunity to do what it takes to manifest your ideals in what you do on a daily basis.  Creativity seems a little confusing right now, as you seek to root out the details which have been eluding your grasp. Don’t bother discussing, just let everything that seems like a good idea now float to the surface – you will sort out the important stuff later, once it all becomes clear – but be sure to document everything, lest that genius idea slips away.  You want to communicate, get out and be busy in your community, and this is a perfect time to do so.  You will likely find yourself very involved with short-distance travel, errands, weekend vacations and shopping, visiting friends and relatives.  Your persona may come across as rather serious at times, but don’t worry – you are manifesting your true self.  Stick to your guns!

Pisces:  This Eclipse is focused on your most deeply held beliefs, Pisces, and you may receive some surprises from your friends, relatives and daily contacts that shake things up for you.  If you have been wanting to travel, now’s a good time to put a big trip into motion.  It’s also a good time to go back to school, take some personal development courses, learn a new language or meet people from places you have never been.  Think consciousness-expanding, and you’ll get the picture.  Finances are in order, and you are happy with making a splurge right now, particularly for something big-ticket.  Home life needs a bit of communication, but the details of what’s necessary are hazy right now.  Be very clear with any plans you put together that involve home, family and health care, as you will need to repeat instructions, processes and procedures if you don’t take extra care to double check and ensure things are in order at this time.  Your long-term dreams are changing, and as such, your persona feels a bit hazy right now, but no worries, it’s a good time to enjoy yourself Pisces.


For more information about this year’s Lunations – Full Moons, New Moons and Eclipses see: Lunar Events and Eclipses 2022

See also Moon Phases and Eclipses for more information about how to work with the different phases of the Moon.

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Solar Eclipse April 30, 2022 – New Moon in Taurus

Whatever gets you through the night
It's all right, it's all right
It's your money or your life
It's all right, it's all right
Don't need a sword to cut through' flowers
Oh no, oh no

Whatever gets you through your life
It's all right, it's all right
Do it wrong, or do it right
It's all right, it's all right
Don't need a watch to waste your time
Oh no, oh no

Whatever gets you to the light
It's all right, it's all right
Out of the blue, or out of sight
It's all right, it's all right
Don't need a gun to blow you mind
Oh no, oh no
 - John Lennon, 1974

We have a New Moon/Solar Eclipse on Saturday April 30, exact at 10º28’ Taurus, at 16:29 EDT/20:29 UT.  This is an unusual lunation, as it is the second New Moon of April, an occurrence which is only occasional. There seems to be a trend with people calling this “The Black Moon” which sounds great, though as that term can be used for various reasons, I will not be referring to it as such. In fact, one of the old names for the New Moon is Black Moon. When the Sun and Moon are conjoined, our capacity to see is hindered, we are in darkness. Everything is perceived very subjectively, and is often too close to see with any realistic perspective. With a high energy solar eclipse like this, it’s a good idea to take a step back, allow yourself some breathing space, and know that everything is just fine. The ancients always marked New and Full Moons as days dedicated to meditation, prayer, ritual withdrawal and silence. Do not be afraid to give yourself a rest, and retreat for this day, particularly if you have been feeling stressed lately. While you may be feeling a strong sense of urgency, or confusion right now – let things settle and don’t jump to any conclusions.

Solar Eclipses are a powerful time to initiate new directions, and put to rest old, worn out ways of being that no longer serve you effectively.  Sometimes all this takes is to allow ourselves to think about things. Meditate. Delve. Do whatever feels most comfortable to honor the importance of your life, as the heavens support your efforts. This Solar Eclipse, those with planets or personal points that fall between 7º and 13º of the signs listed below will be most strongly affected, particularly any who have direct Sun/Moon or angles involved.   

Any planets or personal points in fixed signs between 7º and 13º Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius

Any planets or placements in earth signs between 7º and 13º – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

This is the second eclipse on the Taurus/Scorpio axis, a series which will be completed May 5, 2023, with a Lunar Eclipse at 14º58’ Scorpio .  Those born in the first two weeks of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius will particularly feel this as a highly charged lunation, and are especially affected with forces of challenge and change. These signs have been doing deep, hard work and the foundations for new directions are showing their bones now, whether you are fully conscious of this or not. Taurus and Scorpio are preoccupied with self-definition, and issues of partnership vs ego needs. The signs Virgo and Capricorn can use this eclipse to further plans of manifestation and transformation, while Cancer and Pisces should have a refreshingly inspired lunation, allowing the chance to see your ideals coming to life.   Enjoy.

Any notable events that have occurred within the last month should be considered seriously, as the most challenging, exciting and charged concepts recently faced will form a signature of new directions manifesting, pointing the way to things which will become increasingly important in your life over the course of the following year. Think back – did any interactions particularly strike you as important or deep – any arguments, outbursts, ruminations, ear worms? Any message or idea which is uppermost in your mind now deserves your full attention. Take your time.

This New Moon is conjoined with Uranus, which adds a sense of surprise and chaos to the mix.  Innovations, sudden changes, emotional outbursts, surprise meetings, arguments and confessions can arise with this influence.  Discoveries and brainwaves can happen as solutions to old problems are found. People suddenly break up, or suddenly decide to be together.  You learn things you didn’t know about those closest to you, and they in turn also make discoveries about you.  This can affect our feelings of security, as we either want to throw caution to the wind, or else retreat in shock as we try to process what is new and unusual. 

The Venus/Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces continues to imbue the world with a hazy glow. People want to feel luxury, glamor, emotional depth. Some will feel more empathetic, creative or dramatic than usual; it’s a good time to make amends, and look at the big picture, just beware of what seems too good to be true. It’s easy to be taken advantage of under this influence, drink too much, seek too much pleasure, and spend too much money, so consider yourself forewarned. On the other hand, it is a highly creative time, and you may find yourself drawn to beauty, quietude, peace and solace. Dive in, it’s a lovely energy.

Mercury just entered Gemini, so there is a sense of analysis in the air.  This will help to dispel some of the fog that is hanging around.  Communications will be high, people will be chatty, seeking details and comparisons.  Mars is also in Pisces, sextile the Solar Eclipse, so good energy is available for active discovery and change. Saturn and Pluto remain in the background, arms folded, solid and stern. Lean on them if you need to, they aren’t going anywhere.

As this is a New Moon in Taurus, the prevailing mood is wanting to find security, pleasure, comfort and stability.  Uranus may not allow for that, but sometimes we need to change where we find security.  This is a great time to overcome habits that may be holding you back, particularly anything that holds you down and makes you too heavy.  Look at your relationship with money, and the insecurities you may be holding there – this is a good time to renovate preconceived notions about need, want and desire.

As everyone has Taurus in their astrological chart by house placement, it helps to know which of your houses this eclipse falls in.  Always consider the house holding the Eclipse, as well as its polarity point to get the fullest idea of what to expect. If you haven’t already run your own astrological chart, Astrodienst offers free chart calculations and a wealth of information for anyone interested in astrology.

Eclipses in Houses:

Eclipse along First House/Seventh House Axis – the focus is on 1st House issues of identity, persona, how we put ourselves out to the world versus 7th House issues about our relationships, partnerships, open enmities. How you do you, personally versus how close relationships affect you and how you are perceived

Eclipse along Second House/Eighth House Axis – the focus is on 2nd House issues of what we value, what we strive for, what we want and how we go about doing it versus what we need from others, dependencies (including debt and sex), what others want from us, power plays in resource management

Eclipse along Third House/Ninth House Axis – the focus is on 3rd House issues of how we communicate on a daily basis, with whom, and where.  Immediate interactions including with friends, neighbors, community versus 9th House issues of what we learn from the world at large, how the world affects our thinking and communication, higher education, travel, foreign influences, law

Eclipse along Fourth/Tenth House Axis – the focus is on 4th House issues of our most personal life, home, inner sanctum, ancestry, place of residence versus 10th House matters of career, what the world sees and knows of you, how you are viewed by the public, what you do with your life and how it represents who you are in the world

Eclipse along Fifth/Eleventh House Axis – the focus is on 5th House issues of personal creativity, joy, children (including conceptual offspring – projects, hobbies), gambling, what we do to find pleasure and enjoyment versus 11th House matters about how society affects us, our sense of friendship, fraternity, community involvement, how the outside world impacts our hopes and dreams, especially how these play out in the world at large

Eclipse along Six/Twelfth House Axis – the focus is on 6th House matters relating to our sense of service to others, jobs, work, employment, habits, daily maintenance and tasks, pets, things that need taking care of for which we are responsible (including our health) versus 12th House issues about what we are unconscious of, things beyond our grasp, the collective, dream worlds, illusions, isolation, limitations, delusions, where we fool ourselves, or engage in self-sabotage

For a list of 2022’s lunations, including eclipses, see: Lunar Events 2022

For more about Moon Phases, see: Moon Phases and Eclipses

March 2022 Full Moon in Virgo with Forecasts for Each Sign of the Zodiac

Vasily Vereshchagin, Apotheosis of War, Turkestan Series, oil on canvas, Russia, 1872. Tretyakov Gallery

Note:  I discuss current planetary activities at length here, so if you are looking only for your astrological forecast, please scroll down. Thank you.

Since the last Full Moon on 16 February 2022, war has erupted in Europe, the likes of which has not been seen since World War Two. At this writing, 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine after Russia’s full scale invasion of February 24, 2022, and the world watches as Vladimir Putin wages a war which will surely go down in history as a crime against humanity. This month’s Full Moon is exact on Friday 18 March at 7:19 UT (3:19 EDT), and as we have seen so far this year, intensity is not abating.

Full Moon 27º40′ Virgo 18 March 2022, exact at 7:19 UT/3:19 EDT.
Chart courtesy of Astrodienst

Should this astrologer address war as it plays out on the eastern edge of Europe? Is it even ethical to discuss war astrologically? Is this not the purpose of astrological forecasting, to glean insight which is otherwise obscured by superficial events, or is that approach an archaism? I am not an entertainment-based astrologer, and I know that perhaps some readers find my posts too serious, but I offer no apologies. Whether or not my readers appreciate this proclivity in my thinking, I find it difficult to ignore the mass influence of the planets as they effect us universally. I will leave the reader to make up their own mind on these questions of ethics and entertainment, and offer my usual assessment of the sky as it happens, in the world as it happens. Otherwise, I run the risk of glossing over what I see occurring globally by just giving an account of what each individual sign should expect.  We are a global society, and I believe we cannot ignore the call of the trans-generational planets and their effects on the collective. 

For decades people have been talking about the Age of Aquarius, and unfortunately much of what has been bandied about on this topic has been overly idealistic.  Aquarius, ruled by Saturn traditionally, and by Uranus in modern astrology, while the sign of brotherly love, is also the sign of erratic and unpredictable events (like Putin’s invasion of Russia after promises otherwise), revolution, shock, tyranny, socialism, refugees, fanaticism, explosions, radiation and nuclear science, armaments, and incidentally, Uranus also rules Russia.  These are not light-hearted concepts, but rather some of the most serious things that any society can encounter.  While Saturn’s transit through Capricorn saw a tightening of governmental restrictions, and the imposition of higher-level rules for society, Saturn in Aquarius now butting up against Uranus in Taurus is testing the strength of the established order in ways not seen since the last time these two giants squared off in the late 1980s, a time marked by the Palestinian Uprising, the Soviet-Afghan War, the bombing of Libya, and the rise of Al Qaeda.   

Currently, the most visible venue of change is Ukraine, a country which gained independence on 24 August 1991, when the Sun was at 0º 42’ Virgo. A country historically subject to the winds of war, Ukraine embodies the phrase “salt of the earth.”  It is known as the breadbasket of Europe, and holds many valuable resources in its broad lands.  This Full Moon in Virgo conjoins Ukraine’s natal Mars, pushing people to violence as they need to fight for what they love most.  Saturn in Aquarius is conjoined with Ukraine’s natal Moon, which intensifies the natal opposition to the stellium in Leo, all of which is further widely squared by transiting Uranus in Taurus, signifying a heartbreaking period of loss, upheaval, challenges to idealism, emotional pain and insecurity.  The passionate conjunction of Mars and Venus in Aquarius seeks material acquisition of progress, and is moving into full conjunction with Saturn, confounding the satisfaction of personal desire as it combines with the will to aggression.   The conjunction will be at its closest by the end of March, and will result in deep frustration as people seek to enact their personal desires but are thwarted by powers beyond their reckoning.  Mars and Saturn will travel together in Aquarius until the third week of April. Saturn stands as gatekeeper, the god of time pressing down on Mars as it struggles for its will to power.  Passion, nurturance and depth of emotion are dampened by harsh reality in this overall combination, and people are tired of suffering, tired of being oppressed and repeatedly told “No”. 

18 March 2022 transits to chart of independent Ukraine. Courtesy of Astrodienst

We must also recognize the continuing influence of Pluto in Capricorn, the most cathartic force impinging upon the established order with insurmountable tensions that are boiling over in a cataclysm of collapse. Pluto has a few years left before it moves into Aquarius, and will continue to undermine established structures, sometimes painfully so.  As a rule, people do not like change, and Pluto’s approach to transformation can be extremely powerful as it eliminates what does not serve evolution’s requirements.  What may or may not be useful in the arena of Ukraine/Russia politics is beyond the scope of this article, but at the very least, we can expect that the popular, romanticized global image of Russia will once and for all be shattered in the wake of a tyrannical dictator’s destructive quest for power. Russia has long been a complicated presence on the world scene, a nation that created some of the world’s most elevated art and literature, as well being responsible for perpetrating some of the most barbaric atrocities ever known. Whenever this war is over, the reputation of Russia will be irrevocably changed, and we can only pray that lessons will be learned which allow that country to grow into a more compassionate and humane nation.

Also at play is the tremendous power of the current Neptune/Jupiter conjunction in Pisces, and the delusion inherent in that aspect, the combination of idealism with illusory desires for sublimation and loss of consciousness, indicating a deep collective need for escapism in the face of unrelenting terror.  This conjunction in Pisces is exemplified in the opiate of mass media that has plunged the world into a state of insurmountable addiction, as social media, streaming, binge watching, the gobbling down of political punditry brimming over with opinion editorials, the sheer spectacle of it all keeping people placated and numb as they flip from screen to screen in the quest for just the right sort of balm that will get them through the night unscathed.  This addiction pales with the epidemic of drug dependency which has swept across the planet, fueled by the greed of big pharma.  The Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces is also embodied in the reality of the global COVID-19 pandemic, as the rapidly spreading, highly infectious disease has brought the world to its knees, necessitating global lock-downs, restrictions on movement, and freedom to enjoy normal life. How we perceive reality, historically defined as the material here and now, is being challenged as much of the world now perceives reality virtually. Our increasing connection with the nebulous world of living “online” defies what we once considered the bulk of our daily lives. We can reach out to people around the globe, share ideas and images which shape who we believe we are. This development in human consciousness is unprecedented and has created new definitions of what it means to be human. The concentration of Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces is blowing open collective consciousness, and everywhere, people are swimming in deep waters as they try to ascertain what is real and what is manufactured disinformation spun for the purposes of confusion, profit, propaganda and chaos-making.

Despite this grim constellation of planets, I truly believe in the interconnectivity of life on Earth and that despite the problems of the world today, we are growing as a species.   I believe that while we are multitudes, we are One humanity, regardless of any distinguishing factors which individuals may use to mark out their place in the world – nationality, color, creed, sexual or political orientation.  While we are all immured in the vicissitudes of our daily worlds, on a greater level, we all exist here on this planet at the same time as 8 billion other people, and whether we are conscious of it or not, we share in a fundamental collective mind.  Aside from the high-profile war in Ukraine, violence still rages in places like Pakistan, Myanmar, Syria, Afghanistan, East Africa, Yemen, Iraq, Mexico…and the list goes on, all with considerable loss of life, terror and pain. It is easy to forget the rest of the world’s suffering as we are inundated with media’s immediate attention on Ukraine, but if we could each say a prayer for all those who suffer, for the men, women and children who spend their days and nights in fear and uncertainty, then surely that energy will be of benefit, somehow.  Use the increased light of this Full Moon in Virgo to look at the details of the world around you, and in true Virgo fashion, find some way to offer service to the greater good, even if that begins with taking a crack at cleaning up your own personal reality.

The March Equinox occurs on Sunday 20 March at 15:33 UT (11:33 EST) and the Sun moves into Mars-ruled Aries.  Let use the heightened energies available now to be peaceful warriors – do what you can in your individual world to spread some love. No effort at peace is ever wasted.


Forecasts for each sign of the zodiac:

Aries:  You feel pressure to revolutionize your value system and how the world sees you, Aries.  No longer satisfied with what you have been, you look ahead to materialize your dreams, and there is considerable power available if you allow yourself to listen to the stirrings of your subconscious mind.  You will feel discomfort as you stretch into your new persona, but that will pass with practice.  There is considerable activity going on below the surface – take the time to listen to those quiet stirrings in the fringe moments of the day and night.  Let your imagination flow, for you have the power available to manifest the changes you wish to see – use that Aries courage and grab the future by the horns.  Beware seeking comfort in workaholic tendencies.  That’s old hat for you – try self-nurturing instead and see what a difference it makes in opening up your heart and life.

Taurus:  You are revolutionizing how you come across to the world, Taurus, and while old, hidden material in your deepest heart still feels tender, and there are secrets you want to bury, know that the tough stuff also gives you strength and fuels the energy now available to actualize your new persona.  Your philosophy and what you dream of achieving are in the midst of transformation, and it’s time to take to the open field.  Build it and they will come.  Support comes from your peeps – you have a lot of idealistic energy behind you, as you work on vocalizing the dreams of many.  Allow creativity to flow, and let yourself emote in tangible ways, you will soon have the specifics down pat.  Just let the energy flow, get it out and amaze yourself. Others will catch up with your changes eventually. Don’t take this energy for granted. Carpe diem, Taurus, carpe diem.

Gemini:  What you dream, you can achieve, Gemini, and you have the power to actualize some of your ideals, though perhaps not as fast as you’d like.  Don’t worry about delays, they will prove valuable later.  Inklings of new world views that have been playing at the edges of your mind over the past few months are starting to finally concretize, and you come across as inspired on the career front.  Home matters are key, as it is finally sinking in that you need some stability in your foundations.  Philosophizing is great, but the need to be grounded presses, as you understand that what you put out to the world has to come from a stable place deep inside first. Jolts of inspiration and the disclosure of secrets surprise, but they might just point you in the right direction, so pay attention.  Trusting others feels tender, and power struggles may come to a head once and for all.

Cancer:  The spotlight is on communication with those in your immediate environment as you seek to share your ideals and aspirations with those closest to you.  Your world view is inspired as surprising influences inform the development of a new system of philosophy, and you are hard-pressed to separate dream from reality.  Beware of inundation.  Partnerships are up for renewal, and interpersonal power plays feel like very high stakes, as you seek to actualize a new system of give and take.  You are flooded with ideals, but grounding has to happen somewhere.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, though beware the strings attached with any offers.  Any loans you take on now are going to be long-term commitments.  Mind the details and don’t get carried away. Assess what you really need carefully.

Leo:  You see the brass ring and want to grab it, and you are ready to commit to your ideals, as you finally feel that you can manifest what you actually want, not what others want of you.  Power plays feel energizing, and you may feel like you are winning, and you will if you stick to your guns, but take a good long look at what you really value before taking the fight to that hill.  If it glitters, it may not be gold, so double check before you commit.  Transformation in routine can bring up health care matters that need attention, and it’s a great time to start fresh approach on the work front.  Existing personal philosophies require maintenance and acceptance as you find some of your ideas fall short when put to the test.  If you put in the effort at work, you’ll find your attention shifts away from those tender spots, just beware of burying your head in the sand.

Virgo:  The spotlight is on your persona this month, Virgo, and you feel keenly the impact of others on how you put yourself out into the world.  Wearing your heart on your sleeve feels good right now,  and relationships of all sorts are energized, though you may get a bit confused as you can’t see straight what’s yours and what’s theirs.  This applies to friends, partners, lovers, and even people you consider enemies, so take note.  Look to exploring new influences in your world view as fresh impressions make themselves felt in how you find creative pleasure.  If there’s something you really want in your routine life – work, health, day-to-day – now’s the time to manifest changes, as energy is high and you are able to concretize inspirations.  Intimacy feels tender; don’t be afraid to transform what turns you on.

Libra:  Health, work, daily routine and how they affect you on a deep subconscious level are highlighted this month, Libra.  Subconscious material and obsessions can be seen more clearly, especially how they impact your work life.  There’s a lot of idealization happening, and you see that you can bring your dreams to life in your day-to-day setting, but beware of compulsions taking over and leading you down the garden path.  Home life is due for a shake up, be careful of any maintenance issues that may require attention before a serious breakdown occurs.  Much energy is available to help manifest your creative projects.  Don’t get frustrated by delays, but use the time to delve into details that may otherwise evade attention.  Shared resources can surprise, and partnerships feels tender.  This too shall pass.

Scorpio:  Personal values are up for transformation, Scorpio, and you may feel compelled to transform how and who you communicate with, especially on a daily basis.  Friends, fondest wishes and your regular social scene are highlighted, allowing you to see what’s what more clearly, particularly how these impact your creative output and pleasure principle. Desires for acquisition and dominance are compelling, but feel thwarted – a push/pull effect occurs as you see what you want but obstacles arise.  Work with the slow-down as you are now able to clarify details.  Things that look really good now in light of today’s idealism might trip you up later when everything calms down and the haze has lifted. Surprises pop up with partnerships, but new directions might be just the thing you need.

Sagittarius:  Your career is in the spotlight, as who you are and what you stand for shifts with powerful undercurrents of evolutionary transformation.  You are working hard at being the best that you can be, Sagittarius – roll with it and don’t be afraid to embrace change.  You are passionate about letting everyone know where you stand, particularly on the home front.  While you feel idealistic about your inner sanctum and what you need to feel inspired, you may also find yourself stymied as people around you want to be serious when you want to play.  Be careful of snags in short-distance transportation, car repair issues and getting caught in delays.  Attend to the details now to avoid hassles later.  Changes in daily routine, new co-workers and methods will crop up, but don’t worry, it’s what’s best in the long run.  

Capricorn:  The spotlight is on your personal philosophies, Capricorn, and you have the opportunity this Full Moon to see clearly what has been guiding you, what moves you, motivates and inspires you.  You come across as intense, as you want to discuss and share your ideas with the world, and you will certainly have a lot to say.  Your value structure is highly energized and if you want to manifest any changes in where you put your efforts, now is the time to build new foundations.  Think carefully as what you set in motion now will tend to stick.  Creativity surprises and new directions in how you find joy call you forward to your best new self. Discuss, share, open up and allow yourself to be all that you have ever wished for.  Not everyone gets such an opportunity – make the most of it while you can.

Aquarius:  Saturn’s rulership of your sign makes itself evident as you come across as no-nonsense and empowered, Aquarius.  Your dreams are what you value most, and your active value system is finally embodying your dreams, though how you communicate all of this may still feel a bit stifled and insecure. Let that develop on its own time, there’s no rush. Your voice will be heard.  Surprises on the home front can be inspiring, as new directions are hashed out in what you want to see actualized in your inner sanctum. Be careful of accidents around the home, as well as power plays with loved ones, as the interconnection between what you want and what others want of you is fully illuminated.  Depths that normally remain unseen spew forth transformative material which informs who you are becoming.  Let the purge happen now with the light of this critical and insightful Full Moon.

Pisces:  Your persona and how it impacts your closest relationships is front and center in your mind now, Pisces, and you seek to embody all the idealism that you hold inside you.  Normally shy about your dreams, you may come out with a few zingers that surprise those closest to you this Full Moon, as you are actively seeking to transform your social scene.  New wishes emerge from the depths, and you have the capacity to do deep and serious psychological work at this time.  Allow what is happening around you to pull forth from your core what has remained hidden for so long.  While your values are shifting, and it may seem you will never get what you really want, don’t fret.  You will, but do the foundational work first.  Avoidance tactics will only backfire and leave you (and those around you) surly. Let your dreams guide you, and shine.

Astrology: February 2022 Full Moon in Leo with forecasts for each zodiac sign

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The increased light available at each Full Moon allow us to see clearly what is otherwise obscured from consciousness, giving us the capacity to be more objective than at any other point in the month. For those who are consciously set on their course, this can be an encouraging time as pieces of our personal puzzles are more easily apprehended.  For those who tend to avoid personal responsibility, the Full Moon can flood the mind with an influx of imagery, thought and emotion that can be overwhelming, thus observations of “lunacy” that surface around Full Moons. Life feels more intense and strange things can happen as compulsions take over otherwise rational minds. These lunations are powerful times best dedicated to assessing and harvesting what is working well and for consciously acknowledging and letting go of what no longer serves us.

The Full Moon of February 16 is exact at 16:58 UT (11:48 EST) and we have a concentration of planets in Earth signs as well as Fixed signs.  This is a combination which gives density and seeming immovability to the time.  “Wherever you are, there you are” as the saying goes, and that sentiment holds especially true now.  Fixed Earth is all about security and manifestation, and the energy is executive, focused and fertile. Use this time to stand your ground, look around and thoroughly take in your environment.  Who are you in the midst of it all? Is this what motivates you every day? Would you be willing to fight for your circumstances, or are you yearning for something else? Can you see where you need to change things to find your most authentic self?   If there is something in your personal world that you don’t like, doesn’t fit, or otherwise bothers you, use the light of this Full Moon to soundly address your circumstances.

The Sun/Moon opposition between Aquarius and Leo strongly highlights issues of personal pride and identity versus what is important to those around us. People want to be heard right now – they want to tell their stories, stand up and be counted, but push-back comes from a weary population that is inundated with a flood of too much information from too many. The line between the individual and the collective has grown increasingly blurry, but this Full Moon in Leo allows personal definition to hold center stage. The energy at this time reminds us that it’s ok to be yourself, use your voice and be proud of it, but remember to consider those around you too. Everyone deserves to shine.

The Venus/Mars conjunction in Capricorn gives a passionate push to satisfy desire on a material level.  People are very focused on manifestation of their desires and willing to go to great ends to get what they want.  The out-of-sign Mercury/Pluto conjunction straddled between Capricorn and Aquarius creates an intense, potentially obsessive capacity for concentration, a deep tendency to brood and pick bones as we ruminate over slights real or imagined, adding to the Mars/Venus willingness to fight for what we want most.  This is a perfect time for concentrated work and manifestation of concrete change, as we have power available for important personal discoveries, but we must beware of fixating.  Know when to let go, and allow yourself to release burdens that are holding you down.

Uranus continues to square Saturn and we continue to feel a push/pull sensation. We seem to make progress then are stopped in our tracks as sticking points crop up, leading to mounting frustration.  Thankfully, Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces provide inspiring visions of better days to come. These two are at home in Pisces, giving us gentle reminders that we are all in this together, that creative dreaming and escapism can be beautiful and healing.  Remember to look for joy in your days.

February’s Full Moon follows close on the heels of Valentine’s Day, originally a Christian holiday celebrating St. Valentine, the patron saint of love, couples, happy marriages, and beekeeper. He is also the patron saint of the mentally ill, and plague, a very apt patronage which soundly reflects the status of our world today. Too many people are isolated, alone and experiencing trauma caused by the continuance of social restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19. Valentine’s Day is already a rather tough holiday for many, and likely a bit harder this year as options for contact remain limited. Let’s remember to be extra kind over the next few days as we get past this bump. A smile never hurts!


Forecasts for Each Sign of the Zodiac

Aries: Follow your bliss, Aries. You know where it lies, and you can see it clearly now as you feel the rumblings of revolution on the career front. You see a new future taking shape and you are driven to achieve concrete manifestations of your hard work. Who you are is changing, your values are changing, and things you never knew you cared about pop up and demand your attention. It’s all good! Remember though, you can’t push the river – it’ll happen in good time. Look inside and allow secret dreams to rise up and offer direction and inspiration. There’s gold there, you just need to claim it (even if it feels embarrassing!)

Taurus:  You come across as a firecracker, which is unusual for normally placid Taurus. Well, too bad, people will have to get used to it as you find shifts in your personal philosophy taking hold.  A tendency to brood can make you feel heavy, but the spotlight is really on home and how what people know about you impacts your most private being. Secrets may be spilled, causing you serious reflections about public persona. Friendships lift you up and inspire, and old wounds feel tender. Center yourself, see what needs the most attention and get to work on the hard stuff while it’s bright enough to see.

Gemini:  You’ve got a lot to say this Full Moon as your dreams are stirred and budding new personal philosophies take shape. What’s hidden feels compelling, even sexy as you focus on the depths of experience that you normally skirt past.  Watch for power plays in close quarters, you may lay an ultimatum you regret later. Your subconscious mind will produce a few zingers – pay attention to your dreams and any sudden inspirations. Write this stuff down and surprise yourself later – you’ll be thankful you did.  A good time to break a bad habit, Gemini, and make a fresh start.

Cancer:  What makes you feel secure, Cancer? What do you want to nurture, and where does your duty lie? Most importantly – what are you going to do to protect this tender stuff? There’s a pull on your heart from what others impose upon you, and you are unsure which way to turn as you seek to do the right thing for all. Let your guiding philosophies and inner devotion help keep your head above water. Partnerships feel hot, and can bring you into deep waters as you skirt with issues of control and dominance. Don’t fixate on changing each other too much.   You know what’s what with career, you carry it daily.  Make peace and let it be as you see where your true priorities lie.

Leo:  Be loud and proud now Leo, this is your Full Moon, so shine on. Your persona is big and bright – use this time to let the world see the whole package that is you in your Leonine splendor.  However, it’s really through relationship that you will best understand yourself, so if you want to know something about yourself, just ask, people are more than willing to reflect back to you what you need to hear. Workaholic tendencies prevail as you seek to manifest your desires – don’t get squirrely, just remember to plan. Surprises pop up in career, expect the unexpected and think twice before speaking openly, especially if it’s not a sure thing yet.

Virgo:  Now is the time to take a good look at any habits that are holding you back, Virgo.  Look at your regular routines – are you working too hard, not eating well, not sleeping enough? Strong creative urges push you to chase what you desire most, and you feel committed to seeking joy, but it’s not an all-you-can-eat buffet, so slow down and savor the experience.  Intimacy feels tender but partnerships and closest friends inspire and provide solace. Be open to learning something new – you may just surprise yourself with a passionate new interest.

Libra:  Be willing to wear your heart on your sleeve Libra, and open up to new groups of people, ideas and associations, and be sure to take the time to do a good, thorough job of vetting any new connections. Doing so will support how you manifest your creativity, which is helpful, as you may be feeling that things have gotten a bit too heavy on that front. Home life is a source of passionate focus as you seek to keep balance – beware of control issues that crop up in surprising reactions to shared finances, taxes or sexual relations. Work can feel dreamy as inspiration flows freely but watch the details.

Scorpio:  Career is in the spotlight as you balance your outermost being with your home life, Scorpio. What you stand for is out there for all to see, and you feel passionate about communicating with those closest to you, even if you get occasional push back or blank stares.  You want to be heard, not just placated as you seek to probe ever deeper for the truth that you see before you. Focus on what gives you pleasure and allow inspiration to lift you out of the doldrums of routines that you cannot change. Surprises come in close partnerships, but don’t worry, it’s all for the best as your roots are strengthening.

Sagittarius: Your immediate environment imposes some restrictions, and your daily worldview may require some tweaking as you are dealing with fresh concepts and approaches, especially on the work front. You feel particularly passionate about what is important to you right now Sagittarius, and you are willing to go the extra mile to manifest your goals.  You want what you want and you see the finish line, but don’t allow yourself to fixate or you are courting burn-out, which surely would be a waste of your precious time.  Home life offers gentle solace, allow yourself to dream and feel connected on a core level.

Capricorn:  Your approach to what you value, your acquisitions and achievements gets serious. What’s important to you, and how that aligns with outside influences is highlighted this Full Moon. How does what you want match up with what others want of you? Can you accept the generosity of others without feeling beholden, or are you keeping tabs? You come across with great passion now Capricorn – don’t be shy, let your intensity shine as you communicate your ideals. Declaring your intentions proudly will create the momentum you need to achieve your goals. Make peace with the things you can’t change at home – it’s all still part of who you are, so don’t shun your roots.  

Aquarius:  While an individualist, Aquarius, who you are is directly related to who you know, and those closest to you, whether partners, friends, lovers or enemies. How do you process these influences on a conscious level, and how do others impact how you present yourself to the world? Pressure feels personal now – watch for intense feelings of compulsion in your reactions, emotional outbursts and compelling dreams this Full Moon. What you value most is deeply inspiring and rewarding, though communication feels tender as old insecurities rise. Surprises pop up on the home front – new announcements or arrivals.  Who and what are closest to you present new considerations.

Pisces: This Full Moon, allow your dreamy, otherworldly self to take center stage, Pisces.  Deep inner processing is going on, and you can’t quite see what it all means just yet, but keep the faith – it will see you through the darkest hours.  You feel the need to examine your daily habits – work, health, diet, routines – and make improvements once and for all.  Surprising communications from those closest to you may shed some light on the matter and spur you to new directions. Hopes and dreams feel passionate, and you feel compulsion to see interactions intensify.  Heavy subconscious material is floating up for your review, allow the light in where darkness has ruled for so long – you can break old habits now with greater ease than otherwise.


The next New Moon is Wednesday March 2, 2022, exact at 17:36 UT (12:36 EST).  Use the focus of this time to allow you to make the best use of the renewed enthusiasm that will come with the New Moon. Take stock of what is working and discard what is not, freeing yourself for a new cycle to begin in early March.

Full Moon in Leo February 16, 2022. Focused, productive and concentrated. Chart courtesy of Astrodienst