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Transformation is at hand! But don't expect sudden changes that only happens in the movies, usually. This transformation is gradual, intense, deep and very real. It comes in two parts, marked by two Full Moons in Scorpio! The first part is the Full Moon today, Apr.20. The second part comes at the second Full Moon in Scorpio on May.19. We have the Alpha and the Omega of the Scorpio energy the first Full Moon is in the first degree of Scorpio; the second Full Moon is in the last degree.
This current Full Moon ushers us into this phase of change, which has been building for some time. The Mars-Pluto opposition, which was hovering in the skies for about 7 months, sensitized us to Plutonian energy. It challenged us to confront our issues about anger, assertiveness, action and attitude. We've had months of struggling with the more challenging elements of Pluto and its transition from moral, philosophical Sagittarius into structured, realistic Capricorn.
We have just begun to experience Pluto energy in a new way, however. Pluto moved into Capricorn on Jan.30 the first time it changed signs since 1995. Pluto seems to be bringing tremendous change to the economy, ecology and political agendas, and challenging each of us to get serious about the structures and "constants" in our lives. Pluto is now Retrograde, heading toward a final brief visit in Sagittarius from Jun.14 to Nov.26, after which it will remain in Capricorn until 2023.
Now comes not one but two Full Moons in Scorpio, the sign ruled by Pluto (using modern planetary rulerships). These events bring us into even more awareness of Plutonic energy intensity, emotional authenticity, intimacy and power. Do you see how we are exploring Scorpio and Pluto energy from all different angles this year?
That's not all. The Full Moon forms a Grand Trine Kite aspect configuration with... you guessed it Pluto and Saturn. Saturn is also a very significant player here because it is the planetary ruler of the sign where Pluto now resides: Capricorn. Full circle! Pluto and Saturn weave together the whole Pluto-in-Capricorn theme with the Full Moon. The Grand Trine Kite contains enormous potential to combine its planetary energies in creative ways. It is composed of a Grand Trine in Earth signs (Sun and Mercury in Taurus, Saturn in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn), plus the Sun-Moon opposition which forms a Kite shape (hence its name).
This Kite therefore gives us the chance to explore the great potential in these combined energies. This potential reflects a bit of the ways you can utilize these energies in the years to come, as Pluto travels through Capricorn. The activities, events and experiences that occur around this Full Moon and for the next 2 weeks (until the next New Moon) can show you something that could be developed and made manifest in the long run. Think of this as the chance to scry into your future potential and growth.
What's the catch? The trick is that in order to tap into the potential of the Grand Trine, you will need to master the Sun in Taurus in opposition to the Moon in Scorpio. So what is the challenge of Taurus versus Scorpio? Both signs seek a depth and endurance of sortsTaurus in terms of material stability and Scorpio in terms of emotional perseverance. Both signs are pleasure seekersTaurus in terms of the physical senses (food, touch, visual beauty, music, aroma) and Scorpio in terms of intimacy (emotional, physical, psychological, mental, spiritual). And both can get stuck in their obsessionsTaurus in possessiveness and materialism, and Scorpio in jealousy and revenge.
In many ways they are two sides of the same coin, although they aim in rather different directions. Taurus wants tranquility, peace and simplicity. Scorpio desires intensity, passion and power. Both need to be balanced by the other. Too much Taurus and you could lose your survival edge that gets you through stressful times. Too much Scorpio and you might forget how to just enjoy life and trust your place in it.
The Full Moon challenges you to find that balance within your own life, and in doing so, you will find you have access to a far greater potential than you realise. Manifestation and structure (Earth Grand Trine) become not something to tie you down or oppress you, but a foundation of power on which you can build a sense of security, strength and certainty. This is a supportive structure that can feed your Fire and life force, not suffocate you.
However, you might begin this journey by feeling the absence of that Fire or the lack of a supportive foundation. Before you can build your Fire, you may need to first understand how it is missing in your life and why it is important to your well-being to acquire it. Or, you might find your Fire and foundation are overbearing and stuck, requiring you to break free of old patterns before you can pursue new ones. This is the influence of the T-square between Venus, Mars and Jupiter, also present at the Full Moon.
The Full Moon in Scorpio is ultimately about transformation and exploring your depths. A personal reading can give you insight and awareness that can guide you through this process and help you take advantage of this intense and revealing energy.
Your sense of purpose is strong now, as you are able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality is likely to be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so much in situations requiring delicacy or subtlety. Your ability to see below the surface of things is especially clear, and it may be possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours or others'). This is a time when your personal presence may come across as somewhat "larger than life," so you need to remember that a little goes a long way during this transit. This could be a time when you suddenly find the strength to stand up and assert your personal power in a situation that has felt overwhelming or discouraging. On the other hand, if you are still struggling to learn how to own your power, without using nuclear bombs to make your point, you may still feel a bit overwhelmed or daunted by this transit. In that case, take smaller steps and don't try to push the river.
(See Full Moon in Scorpio for diagram.) This is another variation of the T-square from Apr.07-12, which initially included the Sun and Mercury, and now has Venus instead. Mars opposite Jupiter challenges you to find the middle ground between your "fighting spirit" and your "spiritual fight." You may need to keep mastering the urge to swing between extremes in reaction to new information. Or, you might be tempted to assume an attitude of confidence and righteousness that teeters between faith and arrogance.
With Venus as the apex of the T-square, you are challenged to "fight the good fight" using diplomacy, fairness and mediation. However, Venus is in forceful Aries, where she must be more antagonistic, vigorous and self-contained than she is usually comfortable doing. You likely won't be able to resolve that Mars aggression by simply retreating into Venus diplomacy and gentility. Even Venus must still grapple with the challenge of integrating force and passion with her usual win-win strategies.
This is a great time to apply yourself to serious work. You may feel especially self-sufficient and independent, with a strong and clear sense of self and purpose. There is support for your ambitions as long as you stay grounded and practical in how you approach them, which should come easily right now. Your ability to cooperate and feel comfortable with authority figures is likely to be high, along with your capacity to embrace your own authority and make solid decisions. This is a time when you are more likely to feel grounded and deal with problems in a practical, decisive way. Your energy may be more serious than "party animal," but even if you are in "party mode" it will be easier to realistically know your limits and not overdo it. If you've been waiting for the right time to move forward with or manifest a project or plan that you've been putting together (or wanting to), this could be the time when that happens. The final launch or manifestation may or may not happen now, but you will probably be able to at least move forward in some important steps.
This is a very high energy time, although not necessarily predictable or reliable. Your energy may come in spurts or in response to situations that don't normally affect you very much. You may find an upsurge of daring and confidence that seem to come out of nowhere. Or your sexual desire might suddenly come alive. This transit can inspire motivation that is spontaneous, sudden or unexpected. It might make your physical or emotional energy fluctuate or feel a bit "wired." However, it can also give a burst of courage and drive that can propel you out of a rut or inspire you to break free of limitations. Freedom, liberation and asserting your individuality are key areas that can ignite this energy. You might also find yourself involved in group activities, possibly in a leadership role or in a way that your ideas have a greater effect than usual on others.
We saw a preview of this aspect back in November 2007, when Mars and Uranus went stationary retrograde. They were within just over 2 degrees of trining each other then. Opportunity may have seemed within reach at that time, yet it seemed to slip away or shift in a different direction for a while. Now you have the chance to approach those opportunities again, but this time you have a broader perspective of knowledge, experience, information and renewed energy to find your best direction.
Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with -- peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives.
Your receptive, diplomatic side is arguing with your assertive, decisive side. The result is either a battle of wills between your Yin and Yang, or a new creative energy that harnesses both. This could manifest in the form of relationship problems, financial struggles, arguments about control, or you are propelled to take action with plans that have been percolating for a while. If you're usually more comfortable with your Yin side (receptive, diplomatic), you might feel a bit backed into a corner or forced to negotiate under pressure. If you're more at home in your Yang side (assertive, action-oriented), you may feel compelled to blunt or sheathe the sword you would prefer to smite your enemy with. Either way, this is about balancing the two sides and finding a new cooperation that works for both.
"Your eyes are bigger than your stomach" (as Mom used to say). That means you are more likely now to over-indulge, especially in the areas of relationships, spending, desires, pleasure and social contact. Your desire for fulfilment and satisfaction may exceed your resources, and you might not even realise it until the bill comes in later (probably under a Saturn transit ;-). You may also find you require more knowledge, understanding, faith, freedom or optimism than you have available, making it tempting to compensate by inflating what you really have. For example, you might want to resort to flattery, manipulation or over-optimism in an effort to make up for a lack of genuine confidence, rapport or preparation. However, this can also be a time when your creativity is running high and you are able to pull rabbits out of your hat on a moment's notice. The problem is that you could over-extend yourself by doing so.
Both inspired action and brash overconfidence characterise this transit. For up to a week before and after this date, you may find that your energy, anger, libido and ability to take action are amplified -- so much so, that you may be pushing yourself beyond what is realistic or unable to deal with reasonable boundaries to prevent them from getting out of control. What is needed is to find that fine line of balance between ego-based desire and spiritual inspiration; between will power and focused faith; and between righteous anger and arrogant pride. Strive to bring both your ego's desires and your spiritual aspirations into what you do, for each has its own validity and won't operate well without the other.
Artistry, romance, creativity and faith have the potential to flow freely now. Your creative Muse is whispering in your ear, although it will still take your own elbow grease to turn it into something real. Socially and romantically, things could run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear in yourself about what you really want. This can be a time of blessings and abundance (in all areas of life) ...but there is also the risk of overspending and being overly optimistic in your assumptions about money and relationships. Your natural beauty and warmth can be brought out by this transit, but don't just waste it on creating a faηade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms!
The Mars-Jupiter opposition brings us yet another aspect configuration. This time we have crystal clear thinking and unconventional ideas being merged with the enthusiasm, passion and idealism of Mars and Jupiter. That is, there is the potential for that. In order to tap into the mental aerobics inherent in Mercury and Uranus, you will need to get past the struggle between your animal impulses and your civilized ideals. If your gut instincts are at war with your rational intellect, you will likely find it difficult to think beyond your immediate struggle enough to take advantage of the amazing insight, intuition and brilliance that can come from mastering that struggle. On the other hand, if you can catch glimpses of those unusual ideas flitting through your brain, they can give you new awareness and creative imagination to help you mediate the struggle between your will your wits.
Your mental focus and perceptions may feel a bit strained right now. You could find yourself locked in a struggle of indecision that stems from a "glass half empty" versus "glass half full" dilemma. It may be difficult to stay objective and evenly balanced in your perspective, but by working with this you could also find a new mental focus that gives you increased clarity. It might be tempting to sink into cynicism as a way to deal with what seems like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and frame of mind that have been problematic for you. Instead of reaching for extremes (hoping this will clarify the path in front of you), it will help more if you can take a few steps back to allow all the conflicting and out-of-sync elements to coexist together -- creative paradox. If you have been in denial about something, this could be a turning point that allows you to grapple with the complex reality of your situation.
There is potential for brilliance and excitement under this transit. You may be more spontaneous, upbeat and eccentric than usual. If you are used to a fairly predictable lifestyle, it is a time when you may be inspired to experiment with something out of character. If you are used to being whacky, zany and impulsive, this transit can provide opportunities to express this. You may have an increased ability to "think outside the box" if you stretch your mind a little, and there is the possibility of having an "ah-ha!" experience, when answers and realisations fall into place. There is also the possibility of being mentally restless, so that it's hard to slow down your thoughts or apply yourself seriously to your responsibilities. Your attention span may be a bit short for a couple of days. This energy can be used to consider new ideas that seemed outlandish or impossible before, and see new potential in them.
This transit can make you quite talkative and flooded with ideas, along with those around you. Your stream of consciousness can flow abundantly with optimism and visionary possibilities. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun now playing with ideas to want to stop and make them manifest just yet. Your outlook is usually optimistic and open-minded under this transit, although it might simply neutralize an already pessimistic frame of mind. You are likely to be more open to spiritual or philosophical perspectives, being more able to see yourself as part of something greater than yourself. You might even find that luck comes your way because you are more receptive to opportunities and possibilities.
Your mental focus may be a bit clouded, confused or lethargic right now, as your conscious mind struggles to grasp the formless, limitless expanse of the Universe and the unconscious. You may experience some disillusionment or disappointment, in your observations or communication with others. However, what is flowing under the surface of events right now is the need to dissolve away the crust of old expectations that blocks your view from seeing a greater Truth. If you're feeling off-balance, try to listen more than you talk, so that you can be receptive to your inner sensitivity. Left-brain analysis might be difficult to work with right now unless you balance it with a lot of right-brain intuition. You may have to let go of a rigid mindset, or give up what you think you understand about a situation in your life, in order to open yourself to a new perspective that is difficult to define but is ultimately in the best interest of your spiritual growth.
There is a potential now to find the courage to speak your mind and say what needs to be said, if you focus consciously on doing so. In fact, your ideas and words may come so quickly and easily that it's hard to stop them from tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to evaluate the best way to say them. Communication is probably easiest and most effective when it's direct, concise and quick, although it might also be a bit blunt or pointed. If you need to confront someone about a difficult situation, this transit can provide courage and clear words to help you do that -- although perhaps a bit too forceful when a more delicate, sensitive touch is called for. It is a time when you might find the nerve to take risks, or to defend yourself if the need arises (especially verbally). This is a good transit for creative problem solving and trying on decisions to see if they fit.
Venus rules the sign of Taurus, so she is very comfortable here! Your experiences of pleasure and sensuality are likely to be heightened...perhaps even a bit too much! You might be tempted to overindulge in sensory delights. On the other hand, you may feel the urge to be more grounded, practical and methodical in the way you handle relationships, money, possessions, material values, and attracting what you desire. It is also a time when your desires could manifest tangibly or at least become more apparent. It may be possible to see more clearly the ways that your self-worth is tied to material things, like income, savings, possessions and spending. Your finances and possessions could act like a "touch stone" to reassure you in times of stress. The trick is not to let this become a substitute for genuine self-respect. To make the most of this transit, take some time to relax and enjoy life! Take your time, smell the flowers, drink in the sunsets, listen to beautiful music, get an aromatherapy massage or explore new uses for chocolate. ;-)
This is a repeat of the Grand Trine that has been with us since mid-April. This time, Venus forms the third point of the triangle, providing a channel for all that power, strength and stable change into your relationships, finances and creativity. This may or may not mean specifically positive things happening in these areas, but it does indicate that there is potential for these qualities that you can draw on in matters of the heart and material abundance.
Close one-on-one connections with people (close friends, lovers, partners of all kinds) will tend to gravitate to a deeper, more intense level now. Instead of automatically doing the diplomatic, "nice" thing, you may find it is more fulfilling to share more of your authentic feelings. It may be possible now to connect with people on a deeper level, while still ensuring that your interests are equally balanced with theirs. The trick is to do this without trying to control or overpower the other person, and it may be easier to avoid those traps now. You could make some deeply intimate connections with people under this transit. Financial dealings with other people may also go smoothly, although it might be wise to get clear confirmation that you're both on the same page about the fine print.
Stability in relationships and finances characterises this transit. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and to invest the hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and interaction with others. Commitment and structure are easier to achieve and embrace than change or taking risks. Self-worth can benefit now because you are less inclined to give in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.
Mercury is the planetary ruler of Gemini, so the mind wants to fly fast and free. Communication and perceptions may come and go like a fresh breeze through an open window. This can create a wide variety of ideas but not necessarily productive application of those ideas. You might find it a little easier to articulate words, sharpen your mental focus, and collect and analyze your thoughts and information. This can give wings to your ideas and self-expression, but remember that you'll have to back up any promises and "fast talk" with action and substance. Let this be a time to explore possibilities and enjoy social interaction, rather than jump to final conclusions. Collect the raw data and exchange ideas, but be aware that understanding the broader meaning will likely come later.
Mercury is in Gemini for over 2 months! That's a very long time for speedy Mercury to be in one sign. This is because Mercury goes Retrograde in Gemini from May.26 to Jun.19. Luckily, Mercury is very at home in Gemini, since it is that sign's planetary ruler. This long journey gives you a chance to explore ideas in more depth than usual, including exchanging ideas and feedback with others and gathering perceptions of your own.
For up to a week before and after this date, Saturns energy is especially intense and strong. You might experience this as physical or mental heaviness or sluggishness. You might find you have to "get real" with some responsibilities, or make some difficult decisions. This can be a turning point in long-term projects and plans that you've been developing over the last 5 months or so. Or, you may start to deal differently with old limitations, either finding ways to move beyond them or finding ways to make peace with them. If youre dealing with closure or endings in some area of your life, this could be a time when you can finally start to let go and move forward.
Your thoughts, ideas and communication need to become structured, rational and discreet, although this may not be easy to achieve. You may have to work extra hard to get your point across now, since others might be resistant to your ideas or may not be familiar with the basic concepts. It is a time to be clear, objective and down-to-earth in your communication and thinking, but equally important to do this without going overboard and becoming rigid, autocratic or over-cautious. If you find yourself stuck in a "glass half empty" frame of mind, you might be sagging under the weight of melancholy ...Or, it might mean you are coming to terms with some hard realities and decisions and feeling the gravity of the implications. But also check to be sure you're not taking yourself and your situation too seriously. By applying your best efforts, this can be a very productive time, especially with anything involving communication, writing, organising or logic.
There is only one pass of this transit, but what makes it distinctive is the fact that Saturn is stationary and very strong right now. You may need to make some very difficult decisions now, or you might find you have to make a commitment to something that you have misgivings about. Your outlook might be a bit on the gloomy side right now, since pessimism might seem more realistic and predictable than placing your hopes in something positive. Realism and stability are good right now, but it's not necessary to let it push hope and faith completely out of your mind. If you get caught in a negative mindset, there is probably a gift in that for you perhaps just by coming to terms with something you've been avoiding for a while. Allow this transit to bring you back down to earth so that you can find new directions to take flight again.
2008 is a time when ideals, imagination, fantasy and your dreams may seem a little more present in your life. Your desire to surrender to a purpose greater than yourself can be stronger than usual, too. Thoughts about spirituality, God and/or the meaning of life are especially important, as you grapple with questions, ideas and experiences that inspire you to reach for a higher truth.
Today (May.04) is when Neptune is exactly conjunct the North Node, but they have actually been within a fairly close orb of conjunction since the beginning of March 2008. They are closest (within 1-degree orb) from Apr.23-May.15. They stay within a greater orb throughout this whole year, from January through November. This is the year when you can embrace a quest to discover ideals that enhance and enrich your life. This may come with some disappointment or sadness, as you let go of old ideals and beliefs that you have outgrown. That's okaythis is a natural part of growth. Trust the process, and resist the urge to stagnate and get stuck. There are new vistas to discover that will lead you to a greater understanding of your place in the Universe!
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