After tending to a sick relative for hours, Peggy came home exhausted and fell into bed. At some point in the night, a noise awakened her. Groggy, she stumbled into the hallway to investigate – where she encountered a stranger. “Are you lost?” she inquired, instinctively putting her hand on his arm. “Can I help you?” The stranger looked at her for a moment, uncertain what to do, then spun around and fled.
As she told us the story years later from her pulpit as a Unity minister, Rev. Peggy marveled at how fearless she’d been. After the intruder left she’d begun to shake, realizing that he was up to no good. But her rock-solid instinct to love had protected her – from what, we’ll never know.
New as I was to astrology, even I could catch the musty scent of Pluto – Lord of the Underworld – in the mix. Rev. Peggy was undoubtedly having a Pluto transit – or perhaps a Scorpio Full Moon activating her natal planets. She’d had a close encounter with a potentially dark force and lived to tell the tale.
At the annual Scorpio Full Moon (Saturday, May 18, 2:11 p.m. PDT), we’re reminded that darkness does exist…but also that we have tremendous power to influence events. This Full Moon has a lot to say, as the Scorpio Moon opposes both Sun and Mercury in Taurus. In fact, there are four planets in earthy Taurus, including Venus, strong and fertile in the sign she rules, conjunct electric Uranus, who’s making headway on his seven-year mission to awaken the Earth and all her inhabitants. Listen for sudden messages about your role in helping our Mother around this Full Moon.
Traditional astrology holds that the Moon is in its fall in Scorpio, wreaking all kinds of havoc whether natally or by transit. But I think of the Scorpio Full Moon differently. Yes, it’s an emotional time when primal desires are up for many. Those who are in thrall to unconscious or irrational urges may be in the spotlight. The old is passing away, leaving an empty womb-space from which new life can germinate. The Dark Goddess of transition is afoot.
Consequently, there is no better Full Moon for magic. This is especially true for those with Scorpio Moon, who possess a talent for cutting through surface distractions to discover what’s underneath and bring about change. According to Dorothy Morrison in Everyday Moon Magic, the Scorpio Moon’s real specialty is divination. So at this Full Moon, no matter your lunar sign, open yourself to receive important messages from Spirit. You might consult your favorite oracle, like the I Ching, Tarot or an angel deck. But with the Sun and Mercury in Taurus, messages are most likely to come from nature, whether the Moon, a special tree or rock, or a totem animal.
Our ancestors placed great importance on signs from the natural world and other unusual occurrences. Nature divination can be as simple as picking up a rock that calls to you and looking for images on its surface, or asking a question of your favorite tree and finding the answer in its gnarled bark. Trust your instincts implicitly now. Let them guide you as they did for Rev. Peggy. No matter what may transpire near this Full Moon, stay firmly anchored to the love within that protects you and reveals the way forward.
Collage art by Simone Butler