May 9: Lunar Nodes enter Leo-Aquarius; Mercury conjunct Uranus (26º Aries)
May 10: Full Moon 2:42 PM PDT (21º Scorpio-Taurus)
May 11: Mars square Neptune (14º Gemini-Pisces)
May 12: Mars trine Jupiter (14º Gemini-Libra)
May 13: Sun square 2/10 Lunar Eclipse (23º Taurus-Leo-Aquarius)
May 17: 2nd Jupiter quincunx Neptune (14º Libra-Pisces)
May 18: Saturn trine Uranus (26º Sagittarius-Aries)
May 19: Sun at 29º Taurus squares Lunar Nodes (29º Leo-Aquarius)
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. — Confucius
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. — Jim Rohn
The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself. —Rita Mae Brown
May 8, 2017
Another geomagnetic storm is predicted for May 10, this one sparked by a CME (coronal mass ejection) which left the Sun on May 4. As described in my last update (Taurus New Moon, April 26, 2017), geomagnetic storms are precipitated by solar explosions of highly ionized particles, which are capable of disrupting power grids, telecommunications, satellites, pipelines, and navigation systems. They also restructure the Earth’s magnetic field, which in turn affects our personal magnetic field, DNA, and consciousness as well. Along with the alignments described below, this offers added tailwinds for transformation.
The next full moon peaks on Wednesday, May 10 at 2:42 PM PDT at 21º Scorpio-Taurus. All full Moons bring light to the dark, to what has been in the shadows of our awareness. Scorpio is the sign most associated with the dark, the unconscious, and the spiritual truth that life is an endless cycle of birth, death, and transformation. The Sun moves through Taurus at the height of spring in the northern hemisphere, when the Earth is at its lushest and most fertile expression. Six months later, as the Sun moves through Scorpio in autumn, leaves fall, temperatures cool, and nights grow longer. If we didn’t know about the cycle of the seasons, we would think the Earth was dying. We experience much larger cycles as well: the 26,000 year precession of the equinoxes, the 230,000,000 year orbit of our solar system around the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, and the 16 billion year creation of our universe, identified by the ancient Mayans. This full moon reminds us that life and death are inseparable; that in order to have what we really want, we have to let go of something else. What do you want to grow in the garden of your life? What do you need to prune or weed out?
Several alignments facilitate our recognizing what is ripe for change. Pluto, the planet most associated with Scorpio, closely trines the Sun. Pluto always impels us to go deeper, to identify and eliminate the root cause, so we can evolve, rather than repeat old deadening patterns. Pluto in Capricorn reminds us that we must let go of victimhood, to reclaim our power and authority. Pluto trine the Sun helps us see how issues around money, resources, and security are intimately connected to self esteem. The healthier our sense of self-worth, the less we use material things as a substitute. In the West, the religious doctrine of original sin is deeply embedded in collective consciousness. Even if we were not raised in a Judeo-Christian religion, we are continually exposed to news and advertising which is designed to make us feel insecure and inadequate. For an eye-opening, life changing documentary on how the media delimits girl's and women’s value to youth, beauty, and sexuality, watch Miss Representation; see the trailer here. To understand how boys and men are indoctrinated to value dominance and aggression, watch The Mask You Live In; see the trailer here.
Increased cosmic support for a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-love continues, as the Lunar Nodes shift from Virgo-Pisces to Leo-Aquarius just before this full moon. The Lunar Nodes mark where the Moon crosses the ecliptic, symbolizing the interrelationship between the Sun (Spirit), Moon (Soul) and Earth (Matter). The Lunar Nodes have an 18.6 year cycle, so stay in a polarity for about 18 months. They remain in Leo-Aquarius from May 9 to November 6, 2018; the last time this occurred was October 19, 1998 to April 8, 2000. The North Node in Leo urges us to be lion-hearted — courageous, sovereign, and generous in sharing our gifts; to be guided by the wisdom of our heart, with joy as our GPS. The South Node in Aquarius prods us to let go of fears of ridicule or alienation; that by shining our light and being authentic, we attract our true tribe and family, who share our dreams and visions. May 13, the Sun squares the degree of the February 10 Lunar Eclipse, which occurred at 23º Leo-Aquarius, and on May 19 the Sun squares the Lunar Nodes at 29º Leo-Aquarius; both illuminate what we need to release in order to move forward on our path.
Several other aspects stimulate our recognizing and breaking free from old patterns. May 9 Mercury makes its third of three conjunctions with Uranus this spring, inspiring us to ‘think out of the box’. Both Mercury and Uranus in Aries closely trine Saturn in Sagittarius, exposing where we need to question limiting beliefs and trust our own authority. Saturn is still closely square to Chiron in Pisces (see my April 26, 2017 New Moon Update), further dissolving fallacies and misperceptions, while Mars in Gemini closely squares Neptune in Pisces on May 11 and trines Jupiter in Libra on May 12, fogging our linear, left brain while expanding our intuition, enabling us to see things from a broader, more spiritual point of view. May 17, Jupiter quincunxes Neptune, blurring boundaries, softening hearts, and facilitating new understandings and alliances.
For millions around the world, this is the Wesak Full Moon, a commemoration of the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha, and a time when the Buddha is believed to descend close to the physical plane, to accelerate humanity’s awakening. According to Theosophical teachings, during the Full Moon of May, Christ and the Spiritual Hierarchy gather in the Wesak Valley in the Himalayas to support human evolution, and that "Wesak links east and west, Buddha and Christ, Shamballa and Hierarchy, purpose and love.” (Alice Bailey). Meditations, ceremonies, and prayers are amplified during this full moon period, as we align with the Buddha and Christ consciousness within each of us.
This full moon reminds us that life prunes our lives in order for our souls to blossom, and that we need to live in accordance with spiritual as well as material realities. If you feel uncertain, stuck, or depressed, do something that moves energy in a positive way -- sing, dance, drum, exercise, weed, declutter your workspace, clean out your car and closets. Watch The Story of Stuff, a fascinating 20 minute video that “may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever” here. Eliminate whatever drains or distracts you; create more time and space for what really matters.
Angie Arrien, in her book: The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary offers a simple but powerful heart-opening practice, called Cradling Work: "a four-part practice in staying connected to the good, true, and beautiful aspects of one's nature. In cradling work we lie on our back and place both hands over our heart. Silently, we acknowledge the character qualities that we appreciate about ourselves, we acknowledge our strengths, we acknowledge the contributions that have been made and continue to be made, and we acknowledge the love given and the love received..." Do this first thing in the morning and/or last thing at night, and watch how your self, life, and world changes. Check out the resources below for more transformative tools, and remember: "In a world of endless questions, love is the only answer."(Matt Kahn; watch his latest video, The Essence of Forgiveness here.)
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Stephanie Austin M.A. is a full time astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings and astrology tutorials since 1986. She wrote the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer magazine for 15 years, and taught at John F. Kennedy University from 1989 to 2004. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, visit www.EcoAstrology.com.