The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 9 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, Waning Crescent, and Balsamic – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for May will occur on the 16th at 25 degrees and 17 minutes in the sign of Scorpio; in my Eastern Standard Time zone it will happen at 12:14 am.
It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprise what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest”, when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning, fading, and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; May’s Moon is the Flower Moon. Other names for this moon are the Hare Moon, the Corn-planting Moon, and the Milk Moon.
There are also several special types of Full Moons: The Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years) or the second Full Moon in the same astrological sign.
Full Moon in Scorpio – Harvesting Change
This Full Moon will take place in the 3rd decan (last 10 degrees) of Scorpio, making it a Scorpio/Cancer Full Moon. The planetary influence involves Pluto as the ruler for Scorpio and the Moon as the ruler for Cancer. Thus, this Full Moon will be about transforming and deepening our feelings regarding the members of our family.
Since the Moon is in Scorpio, its energy is intense and penetrating. This Full Moon is going to require us to face the most difficult emotional aspects of our lives and relationships. The intensity of this Full Moon around needing to do some deep psychological work cannot be emphasized enough. Thanks to the decan placement, this Full Moon will be about what deep truths and pain (Scorpio) we need to address regarding family (Cancer).
With this Full Moon at 25d17m the Sabian Symbol is 26 Scorpio, “Indians making camp.” Jones says, “This is a symbol of man’s inexhaustible capacity for self-establishment and for finding everything he needs immediately at hand, as here given emphasis on the practical side. Reality is the result of each individual’s choices and rejections in his everyday dealings with the world at large, and the wide range of possible experience provides him with every facility he may need for the moment. His alertness to the potentialities of his being becomes the secret of his true self-fulfillment.” The key word is: EXTEMPORIZATION (to improvise).
When you think about your relationships; how do you need to transform them?
The Numbers of This Full Moon
This Full Moon will occur on 05/16/2022, which totals 18, which totals 9. Nine is the number for compassion and counseling, so this Full Moon encourages us to embrace the soul path work needed to help others through a “dark night of the soul,” or seek those who can help us through our dark night. Since the Full Moon happens on the 16th, which totals 7, we must look to spiritual advisers (7) for help or be spiritual advisers to others.
The Full Moon in Your Chart
The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or four signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (120 degrees away).
Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and a trine (the Full Moon supporting a point in your chart). It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
If you happen to be born during a Full Moon, then you will feel every Full Moon in some significant or acute way because it is consistent with your birth Moon phase. It is well worth your effort to find out the Moon phase at the time of your birth. If you learn your birth Moon phase, you will likely discover that same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state.
With this Full Moon, I get the impact of its energy in my 1st House of Identity (Moon placement on 05/16/2022) and my 7th House of Partnership (Sun placement between 4/20 and 05/19), so this Full Moon will energize me to look at my identity and self (Scorpio ruling my 1st House), and how I form relationships with others (Taurus ruling my 7th House).
As this Full Moon approaches, think about what you want to “harvest” regarding how you feel, understand yourself emotionally, and connect with the people closest to you. What do you need to explore deep inside and change (Scorpio) in relation to others in order to keep your relationships stable and trustworthy (Taurus)?