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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Goodbye Venus Retrograde, Hello Venus Direct

William Blake, Venus and Anchises, 1889-1890. Venus falls in love with Anchises, who sired her son Aeneas, hero of the epic poem by Virgil The Aeneid

Many people are familiar with the phenomenon of Mercury Retrograde, but most don’t consider that astrologically, we take note of retrogrades of all the planets (except of course The Sun and The Moon, these do not retrograde). Venus is one of the brightest elements of our sky, appearing as the Morning or Evening Star, and moves around the Sun in 584 days, taking just over a year and a half to do her circuit through the zodiac. So what does Venus Retrograde mean for us anyway?

In mythology, Venus (or Aphrodite to the Greeks) is the goddess of love, sex, beauty, fertility, lust, luxury, passion and desire.  She was a fickle goddess, seeking pleasure above all, and was amoral when it came to the ideas of commitment and fidelity.  While married to Hephaestus, the god of fire, craftwork, metal work, blacksmithing, Venus was none too faithful, and frequently entertained suitors, most famously, Ares or Mars, Hermes (Mercury), Poseidon (Neptune) and Dionysus, the god of ecstasy, wine, fertility and madness.  

In our charts, Venus indicates where we find our pleasure, what we value, and how we focus on what brings us sensual and aesthetic fulfillment.  What is it that we desire?  What kind of art and designs appeal to us most?  What sort of fashion do we enjoy? What do we want most in a lover, what turns us on and motivates us sensually? Venus shows where we find beauty in our lives and where we strive to express it personally. Fulfilling material desires involves spending money, so Venus also shows us how we relate to money matters. While generally positive, Venus is also vain, and can be fickle in pursuit of desires (less so in a fixed sign like Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius). She can be vindictive if not violent when scorned. Don’t be fooled into thinking this goddess is a soft touch.  Withhold what she desires most and watch the vengeance fly. Venus is one of the most important personal factors in our charts as it indicates the fundamentals of why we like what we like – from bubble gum to bed sheets, and everything in between.

We began 2022 with Venus Retrograde, an event which happens every 18 months. The planet entered retrograde on December 21, 2021 at 26º 29’ Capricorn, and turns direct on January 29, 2022 at 11º4’ Capricorn.  As this placement has been carrying a conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn, we’re feeling a very goal-oriented vibe, an unrelenting desire to obtain what we want how we want it, with a definite emphasis on luxury and power.  This placement is active in everyone’s chart, either by direct contact with personal points or through inhabiting whichever house contains Capricorn, so it’s worth looking up.* 

Venus of Willendorf, oolitic limestone, 25,000 years BP. Found in Willendorf, Austria by Johann Veran, August 7, 1908. An early rendition of the Goddess, likely a fertility fetish object, though her actual purpose remains a mystery. Another face of Venus to consider in her most primordial essence.

Heavy, almost overpowering desires are common with Venus/Pluto contacts, especially the hard aspects, and even more so when colored by Capricorn’s Saturnian vibe, bringing a tendency to brood, nurture obsessive desires, engage in compulsive spending, get caught up in overwhelming infatuations and the like.  When Venus turned Retrograde, as with any planetary retrograde cycle, the action of the planet was arrested, causing an internalization and reconsideration process to take effect.  So how does this play out?

In existing, stable  relationships, Venus Retrograde brings a period of distance as both partners turn into themselves to accommodate personal desires, wishes and pleasures.  Love is still there but a bit distant and quiet as each in the partnership focuses on their own thing.  In new, or casual relationships, on the other hand, can often see a change of heart, a cooling off period, a realization that what we had expected of the other is perhaps not the real deal. We come to see things differently, noticing that what we have before us is not what attracted us in the first place, and often end up with a classic case of buyer’s remorse.  This can either lead to a break, or at the very least a shift in how the relationship plays out. Things will change as necessary to protect Self’s best interests.

In either new or existing relationships, we are presented with a different facet of the other person than we had previously known.  It may be flattering, unflattering, off-putting, or a welcome realization, but any which way, there is a reconsideration that takes place during the duration of the retrograde period which thenceforth colors our perspective of that relationship. Established couples learn to do things a bit differently, honoring “the space in their togetherness.” People we thought we knew surprise us, and we find a different level of relating. Frequently, brand new relationships are scrutinized and found lacking, requiring change that can even mean a permanent break.

One thing to keep in mind with Venus and relationships in general is that a relationship doesn’t necessarily mean with a person.  We have relationships with our work, our hobbies, our ideas, our memories.  We have a relationship with ourselves, and it is this fact that can activate interesting Venus retrograde experiences.  Are you having a relationship with your old memories? How do you relate to yourself?  How do you have fun? What gives you pleasure?  What do you do to feel good about yourself?  Do you spend too much money, or do you tend to hold back on spending? These factors can change when we go through Venus Retrograde, sometimes permanently, as we find different ways of understanding our pleasure principle.

Venus Retrograde is not the time to make large, luxury expenditures like buying a car, house or apartment etc.  Also not a great time for going on a pleasure trip, as your natural desire to have fun feels inhibited.  And Venus Retrograde is really not a good time to get married, go on a first date or try to break into the dating scene.  Anything to do with pleasure, like gourmet dining, attending art galleries or museums, shopping for luxury items or fine clothing will feel off, like we can’t quite connect even though we feel we should.  We feel internal and quiet, with an underlying need to tamp down on extravagance.

When Venus turns direct, an opening occurs as once again we feel interested in reaching out and connecting.  We’ve done the reflection, considered how we approach relationships, desires, pleasure and money differently, and we feel a resolution to incorporate what we’ve learned as we consolidate changes in our behavior. Maybe we’ve figured out that we don’t want to talk to that guy down the hall anymore because he’s just not who we thought he was.  Maybe we’ve resolved to spend less money on frivolities, and realized that we’re just fine without constantly consuming. It could be that we decide to let bygones be bygones and try again with an old friend, eyes wide open.  Perhaps we once again feel like connecting with dear loved ones, and do something new together.  Or we finally decide to go ahead with that big ticket purchase, the new hairstyle, coat, pair of shoes etc. we’ve been considering for so long.  Whatever was stalling our desires resolves and we can move forward with ease.

Venus direct is the time to step out again with the understanding that your perspective and what you expect from relationships is just a bit more evolved than it was a few weeks ago. Venus turns direct on January 29, 2022 at 8:46 UT, at 11º4’ Capricorn and won’t be retrograde again until July 23, 2023 at 28°23’ Leo. The next time we will have Venus Retrograde in Capricorn will be eight years from now, December 16, 2029 – January 26, 2030, as Venus follows an eight year cycle of returning to the exact same place in the sky on the same date.

The Five Petals of Venus, or the Pentagram of Venus, a diagram reflecting the eight year cycle of Venus. Image Guy Ottewell. An interesting article on the Venus cycle.

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For detailed information on planetary events in 2022, visit here: Planetary Events 2022