A portion of this article was posted last week but has been updated. All Full Moons are formed by a polarity between the Sun in one sign balanced against the Moon in the opposite sign. Each opposing pair is a cycle of energy that flows from one sign to the other, each sign containing what the other lacks. Scorpio and Taurus are both fixed signs, both are highly personal signs with one being ruled by Mars (Scorpio) and one by Venus (Taurus). Both are concerned with matters of earthly life, but in Taurus we hold on to who we are, and in Scorpio we must let go of who we think we are in order to become transformed in the purging fire. Taurus seeks harmony and serenity, and Scorpio seeks passion and drama.
Tonight’s Full Moon (culminating at 11:30 pm EDT) is a SuperMoon (™ astrologer Richard Nolle). The SuperMoon occurs when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth – the Moon appears bigger than usual in the sky, and the qualities of the lunar influence intensifies – higher tides, heightened emotions, etc.
Until Mars entered Cancer last week there was a lack of the water element in the skies – we have lots of Aquarian air of the intellect, and some Taurus earthy grounding energies, but the watery energies of feeling and emotion have not had an easy conduit through which to flow. The Scorpio Full Moon will change all that: Scorpio is the sign of intensity and passion, the impulse that pulls us into the deepest part of our soul and forces us to experience life in the most profound way possible.
At the Scorpio Full Moon we find every aspect of our being intensified under Scorpio as the Taurus Sun encourages us to ground into the earth and find pleasure in simplicity. There is a stellium in Taurus right now – a grouping of planets (Sun, Uranus, Mercury and Venus) all within eight degrees of arc – a tight focus of Taurean stubbornness and strength that will oppose the Scorpio Full Moon, intensifying the natural tension between these two fixed signs which arguably are the most powerful of all of the zodiacal signs. The Moon will form a harmonious trine to Mars at the Full Moon which is significant because Mars is the ruler of the Scorpio Full Moon and therefore a great ally. Mars provides the courage required in order to face that great landscape of the subconscious through which we travel at the Scorpio Full Moon. This is not a time for superficial niceties – here we go deep into the hard truths and in the process we discover more about the nature of life itself.
Underpinning all planetary cycles in 2021 is the square from Saturn in Aquarius to Uranus in Taurus, a force of disruption which challenges our ideas about the integrity of the structures which underpin our society and much of our lives. The limits of autonomy and freedom, the boundaries of liberty, the necessity of change – all of these ideas are the theme for the astrology of 2021. Both Saturn (repression) and Uranus (liberty) are locked into the chart of the Full Moon (geeky astrological details: Saturn squares the Sun and Moon, and Uranus conjoins the Sun to oppose the Moon) which suggests that the energies of this lunar event will accelerate the power of the Saturn/Uranus square. This is especially true because the Moon is at perigee, a SuperMoon and closest to the Earth, with an increased potency.
So let us gather our courage and be ready to dive deep into the waters of life at this Full Moon, and emerge reborn on the other side. ❤️