Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Follow the Moon: Full Moon Forecast May 10, 2017

Today, as I walked past the crabapple tree in my front yard, I saw one of the season’s first honeybees wriggling deeper into a pink blossom. That was a delight. There is nothing sexier to me than a bee bonding with a flower. I was so pleased the tree and bee had found each other after planting the crabapple last year hoping this would happen. This vignette says so much about the celestial season of Taurus. Sex, for sure, is a top priority, but all sensual experiences—the tastes, touch, scents, sights, and sounds of pleasure—are Taurean concerns. Why does one season get so much juicy life? What will come from all this wriggling and writhing in beauty? What lessons and gifts are offered through waking fully into our sensual bodies? Instinct tells us that we need this. We need this perhaps more than we know. And we need it now.

The past winter was hard. Transits reflected how hard. Cardinal sign squares and oppositions involving Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, and Jupiter in Libra rattled the cages. Dual retrogrades of Venus and Mercury through Aries shook up the ways we think and relate. The status quo no longer seems desirable to more and more of us, at least one hopes. Mundane events reflect the cardinal sign impulse to act. The U.S. Presidential election made it clear that we need to step up our activism and vigilance. This hyper-awareness takes energy and creates more stress, especially for people who have already been living stressful lives while the rest of us wake up. Resources may seem thin. We need to take an assessment of our lives. We need to restore resilience and reason for preserving precious life. What better way to do these things than through the wild and exuberant path of beauty? Taurus loads it on and we should pay attention.

I planted the seeds of a gratitude practice at the Taurus New Moon on April 26. That is the way I am paying attention. Inspired by an interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast (On Being https://onbeing.org/programs/david-steindl-rast-anatomy-of-gratitude/), my practice is to stop and behold the moment, to allow a small vessel in my heart to overfill with that moment, and to give thanks for that filling and spilling of awareness and connection to my surroundings. It is important to me that I do not have to be happy to be grateful. Neither do I have to be grateful for the things that make me unhappy. What I am focusing on is the vessel that spills and being grateful for that.
Which brings me back to Taurus. I paint this sign and season in glowing hues. How can we go wrong with beauty and bodies? We can’t, but Taurus also shows us the ways we try to hold on to these ecstatic experiences. If something is good, we want it to last forever. We want more of it. We want to put it in the bank, as it were. Own it. And that is a problem. The Buddha taught that attachment was the root of suffering. We grasp and try to hold. We make ourselves miserable. At the Scorpio Full Moon on May 10, we have the opportunity to integrate the opposing signs of Taurus and Scorpio. Scorpio teaches us about letting go (a bit). Scorpio is the season of dying. All this abundant life will return to the Earth eventually. Nothing lasts. The Scorpio season invites awareness of impermanence. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t try to hang on to the process of letting go. Fixed signs (Scorpio is fixed water) have a tendency to hang on. So, we hang on to the feelings of loss, or the intensity of death, or the desire to control how much will die. And we can’t. None of that is possible for long. So, this Full Moon, I recommit to my intention to be in the moment, knowing whatever it is won’t last, and letting that moment spill over. Filled, I can experience healing. Spilled, I let the healing move on where it needs to, grateful I am alive to feel this now.


Moon in Scorpio
May 10—Full Moon: Blossoming. The Moon in Scorpio opposes the Sun in Taurus. This opposition reminds us of the link between death and birth. These fixed signs—Scorpio is water and Taurus is earth—are the guardians of this birthing, living, dying, rebirthing process. Do you feel how precious life and death are in this moment? The fixed signs are also resources. We can draw upon them to replenish our souls. Right now, you may still feel the toll that winter and early spring took upon you. We’ve had a rough season of retrogrades. Venus retrograded through Aries back into Pisces. This planet of beauty and connection has stationed direct and will complete the Aries journey on June 7. Aries gives fire to our experience of pleasure and relationship. If we did our retrograde work, perhaps we know better how to tend those fires. Through Venus, we want connection, yet in Aries, we are less willing to compromise to be connected. You may have culled some of your relationships recently. What remains? What do you really value about your connections?

Mercury has also been moving backward through Aries (April 9 – May 2). During that process, the quicksilver messenger god conjoined Uranus, the planet of change and awakening, three times. Life has been a roller coaster and we are not in control of where it is going. This influence finally begins to diminish at this Full Moon, with the final conjunction. These planets bring breakthroughs if we can surf the chaos. At this Full Moon, notice what is new for you. How have you changed? What will you change? Both Uranus and Mercury are trine to Saturn in Sagittarius in the chart for the Full Moon. This is an encouraging connection to lasting and responsible change. Not everything is chaos. Form rises from the rubble.

Mars has been quietly navigating the early degrees of Gemini since April 22. At this Full Moon, Mars is exactly square Neptune in Pisces and closely trine Jupiter in Libra. Thoughts could be clouded. We may need to consider and then reconsider any decisions we want to make at this time. Jupiter influence encourages expression of thoughts and moving forward with plans. Neptune’s influence turns aside that urgency. There is another message coming through. Remain open as you consider your options. Non-attachment helps us go with the flow.

The Nodes of the Moon have changed signs. These points in space, marking the place the Moon’s orbit intersects the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, slowly retrograde through the zodiac. They are always in opposition and they are connected to the occurrence of eclipses. The North Node tells us about our growing edges. The South tells us about the patterns and influences we bring with us. Often, there is a sense of needing to clear up these patterns from the South so we can move more fully into the energy of the North. If that is true, we are looking at patterns from Aquarius (South Node) that may keep us from the gifts and lessons of Leo (North Node). What may be overemphasized: collective influences—going along with the group, feeling disconnected from emotion awareness, getting lost in our heads. What may be missing:  a sense of self worth, creative zeal, and a feeling that individuals can make a difference. Because of their connection to eclipses, the Nodes point to how we are evolving right now. An important solar eclipse in August in the sign of Leo could bring up issues around rightful pride and hurtful self-absorption. Stay tuned as this eclipse will fall on Trump’s Ascendant and natal Mars. Literally, anything could happen.


Take in the beauty of this Full Moon and try to let it go. We are blessed by bees and blossoms, for now. They, like us, are here for a moment. As we fill and spill with all this, may thankfulness arise.

Due to a week of family celebrations, the rest of the Taurus lunar cycle forecast will be published on May 11. 

Read about the beginning of the Taurus lunar cycle here. Contact Teri at teri@starsdanceastrology.com and visit her website at www.starsdanceastrology.com to book a reading of your chart. Follow the Starsdance Astrology page on Facebook to receive these forecasts daily and learn of other offers and events.

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