Artwork- Susan Seddon Boulet
On the tails of Beltane- the celebration of Sun at 15’ Taurus, we find ourselves at the Scorpio Full Moon. Taurus is like the fresh breeze in spring. Scorpio is the rushing stream. Intently subtle as it surges unto everything and nothing, unto the ocean, the deep waters of the primordial where it may return to itself. He is the Green Man, yearning in our bones for love, for truth, for the eternal penetrating below every surface that he touches. For him, quiet hours can only lead to deeper contemplation and hidden truths are revealed.
Taurus is the breeze. She is the lush magnetic force of plants. The florescence of flowers fully blossomed, singing out to their winged lovers to taste of their nectar. She beckons us into comfort, into stillness, into Beingness. She is content to receive the gifts that Scorpio has dug up from the deep dark secret places in exchange for her sweet scent. Hers is the magic of manifestation and the Earthly Realms. The scorpion knows of magic, a knowing beyond the mind.
We cannot explain the things we know without knowledge or experience. Deep within our psyche lies a serpent that is wise beyond anything a mortal life could attain. The serpent holds a deep and penetrating knowledge, some would call it the knowledge of Good and Evil. A knowledge of unseen, of dreams and visions, of things some would rather not see.
But the serpent reserves all judgement. To her still gaze the mysteries of the cycles of time have been revealed. First, as a single thread of time. Then, as many strands woven into a braid, and then braids woven with layers upon layers of time cascading, as if across a great tapestry. Revealing the turning of ages as the masterpiece of a great weaver in the sky.
The serpent holds the secrets of how life force moves through the threads of the Great Tapestry. She radiates this pure creative life force. She undulates with the rhythms of time, knowing them to be cyclical, not circular. And she basks in the warmth of the seemingly still Sun, knowing all of the secrets of its inner fire.
The Sabian Symbol for the 18th degree of Scorpio is
“A PATH THROUGH WOODS BRILLIANT WITH MULTICOLORED SPLENDOR.
KEYNOTE: The exalted feeling of a work well done and a truly consummated life.
The person who has lived with faith the transpersonal life — the life through which spirit radiates creatively — can experience blessedness and peace, even though his or her cycle of experience nears its end. It has been a life full of seed. The seeds are hidden perhaps, yet they are filled with the power to overcome cyclic death. The soul is at peace. The clear autumnal sky silently intones the great message: “Well done, little man!”
-Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala
To know of the deeper secrets of this reality belongs to the Scorpio Mysteries. The sign signifying Mystery itself, and the deep yearning within each of us to know it more closely. Taurus is what makes us go “Mmmmmm.” Scorpio is what makes us howl. What sends jolts of ecstasy through our being so strong we think we might die, and don’t care. For it is in these spaces we can glimpse something of the other side, and can take inspiration in the small and great deaths that remind us of the forgotten truth of what lies beyond this dimension.
The coming week is full of major shifts with 2 planets changing signs and 2 planets turning retrograde. Most significantly Venus, retrograde on May 12/13, is spending months in the sign of Gemini and in a square with Neptune. With the North Node of Destiny recently in Gemini, this Venus retrograde will have a lot to teach us about what the eclipses of the next couple years will be about.
How we relate is in a deep process of transmutation. This includes how we communicate, gather and engage in groups, express our deepest feeling of fear and love, how we relate to the Earth, our embodiment and our divinity. On this Moon, intentions around knowing our creative life force and cultivating the will to direct it are amplified. First, we must contend with our duties to the collective, and reflect on our personal philosophy on the right use of that power. Pluto retrograding until October will afford us plenty of time.
We may be confronted by delusions of things seeming too good to be true or like a nightmare come to life. We may feel tempted to swing in one direction or another, to latch on and then detach. Maintain focus on what is truly important to you. Cultivate compassion for everything and one that you see, most of all yourself. Feel into your heart for truth.
In a time of budding trans-humanism we need not reject or cling to our humanity, nor our divinity. We are both and both must be honored. The collective evolutionary up-leveling we are experiencing right now does not require our participation, but can be shaped and directed with our consciousness. Like the serpent we can see the deeper truths spiraling. Like the human, we can cherish and celebrate this life and all the things that are dear to us in it, and live in a way that honors and protects it, while knowing that all things have their time.
We can all help anchor the new celestial visions streaming in by grounding into our bodies, hearts and minds. Wolf is said to be symbolic of the balance between our instinctual natures and pack mentality. It is the attention to our inner knowing in balance with the highest good of the tribe. It is independent and loyal.
Call on Wolf medicine this lunation as you feed your senses and your soul in whatever healthy ways you can but most importantly- maintain a true heart connection with those you love and the things that light you up. Social responsibility and the power of the individual to affect the whole is a powerful lesson for all of us right now. I know we are in varying circumstances and I send my prayers out to all who have lost loved ones in these times, I share in your pain.
This is a dawning, and a setting. Decorative visage is not cutting it anymore. We need a truth that is unshakable, for it is malleable and adaptable to being. It is a new expanse upon which our gaze must open to seeing something new. It’s discovery is apparent only in the search. It is a Full Moon rising. It does not come of surrender or controlling, but of assuming our own authority, purifying the will, aligning with love and directing the serpent fire within. The valor that rises is like a brilliant sun amidst dawn’s grey-scale sky.
Through inspiration and inner-reflection may we rise in a collective howl to the Scorpio Moon- Moon of power, moon of the mysteries of life, death and rebirth. Whatever is birthing in you, I wish you the most beautiful opening and unfolding <3