Beltane and the Scorpio Full Moon May 6, 2012
Beltane and Wesak
This year’s Scorpio Full Moon arrives during Beltane (May 1-5), the Celtic earth festival that celebrates the beginning of Summer. The Wheel of the Year describes the process of life, death and rebirth here on Earth. Beltane is the time when "sweet desire weds wild delight." It is a time for our hearts to rejoice in life and love and passion. We are called to engage in the wild flow of life, our blood pumping through our veins with renewed strength, our hearts opening to delight as we become one with the blossoming Earth.
At Beltane, we dance around the Maypole, weaving the masculine and feminine energies of life and love, hope and expectation. And so, each year Life is renewed. Beltane is another fire festival, symbolizing the next leap of light here in the northern hemisphere. You’ll notice that the light will increase dramatically now as high summer approaches. The bonfires we light at Beltane give us back the light of renewed hope for the coming year. When we leap over the Beltane fire, it cleanses us of any lingering darkness, and brings us luck and fertility. It is during Beltane that the veils between the worlds open and the Faerie folk come out to dance with us. So go outside and enjoy this time of beauty and delight.
This Scorpio Full Moon is also called the Wesak Moon, the most auspicious day in Buddhism, for it celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. In this energetic opposition between Taurus and Scorpio, we are all called to the great union with Nature and the heavens, celebrating the Divine within Nature and within ourselves. Like the Buddha, we are called to acknowledge the divine spirit in our human nature as we overcome and release the emotional demons that plague us and separate us from our spiritual inheritance.
Taurus and Scorpio
Taurus and Scorpio are both powerful signs, fixed in nature, strong in intent. Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) ensure the continuity and solidarity of life. They concentrate the energies of the four seasons. Taurus concentrates the dynamic springtime fire of Aries into viable life forms. Scorpio concentrates the dynamic autumnal energies into emotional strength.
When the Sun journeys through the sign of Taurus in the northern hemisphere each year, the Earth adorns Herself in beautiful flowers, sweet breezes, green leaves and grass, colorful creatures, trailing vines and warming waters. Taurus seduces us into going out into Nature, calling to the sensualist in all of us. All our senses come alive with the up-rushing energy enlivening Nature. Nature calls us to pay attention to our bodies and our planet. What we discover is that our truest Self is wild and beautiful and wants to dance! Is that how you see yourself? If not, you’re missing out on the greatest joys of life.
Taurus, the sign of the Bull of the Mother, is fertile, lush and abundant. It wants to manifest something that sustains and values life. It cultivates steadfastness, love of the material world, beauty (especially in physical forms), the Muses and Art, stubbornness, security and even enlightenment, because Taurus is also associated with illumination and the opening of the third eye. As a Taurus, I learned about opening my third eye through a dream in which someone nailed eagle feathers into my third eye. I had to learn to use my creative imagination with wisdom and spirit. Otherwise, the imagination gets colonized by the capitalist imperative to BUY THINGS instead of creating beauty.
In Taurus, we learn to tame our carnal appetites and use our creative imagination to feed our souls and build a life that brings us beauty, peace and happiness, because it knows what’s of value. Taurus values the body, the senses, as well as the eternal truths of the cosmos. Conscious Taurus values Life, unconscious Taurus values possessions. Since we all have Taurus energy in our birth charts, you might want to look at what you really value and how you’ve expressed that in your life. At this point in our history, we need to understand Taurus’ lessons, because our accumulation of too much ‘stuff’ is endangering the world. There’s always time to change, even though the Taurus within each of us can get stubborn about giving up its many things. A balanced Taurus knows which one thing is of more value than all the many things on sale. It will choose the ‘pearl of great price’ every time. And that is the security of knowing our own soul’s desires.
Scorpio sits opposite Taurus on the astrological wheel. It is the sign that ushers in the winter, a time of growing darkness and the death of the year (in the North). Where Taurus is a fixed earth sign, Scorpio is a fixed water sign. Since we all know that water is in constant motion, the fixed nature of Scorpio has to deal with some stagnant emotions. These are the demons that the Buddha had to face and release. This is why we describe Scorpio as the sign of death and rebirth. It is an emotional death that Scorpio seeks. All those long-held, negative feelings festering in our souls - betrayal, loss, death, bitterness, disappointment, anger, resentment, revenge, loneliness, fear. In Scorpio, we can’t deny these feelings anymore. But what do we do with them? We can either let them make our choices for us, or we can choose to release them. The liberation that comes from releasing these feelings brings us to a re-birth and a renewal of our emotional lives.
The positive side of Scorpio is that we listen to our emotions and follow them. Scorpio is strong on introspection. It’s all about what’s going on inside us. So many people tune out their feelings and instincts when they come up against society’s values. Scorpio gives us the emotional power to stand up for what we really need and want. Scorpio’s sexuality is based on emotional intimacy, not on how sexually promiscuous we can be. The sexual revolution of the 60s, especially for women, got hijacked by the patriarchy. Sexual freedom isn’t about treating casual sex as an itch that needs scratching – it’s about making each sexual encounter meaningful. Women’s sexuality is still under attack by the patriarchy, and so our wild sexual authenticity gets twisted into our little girls giving blow-jobs to the boys in schools. Scorpio’s sexuality is meant to create deep emotional bonding, and until we all feel comfortable in our skins and our sexuality, sex will continue to be about domination rather than partnering.
Venus and Mars
Eros is “the drive toward union with what we belong to---union with our own possibilities, union with significant other persons in our world.” Rollo May
Venus and Mars are the ruling planets of Taurus and Scorpio, meaning they focus the energies of these two ways of being. Both of these planets go retrograde this year, renewing themselves and their goals. It’s interesting that both Gemini and Virgo, the signs Venus and Mars retrograde through, are ruled by Mercury, the god-energy of Mind and Intuition. It seems we have to start using our minds and our hearts together if we want to fulfill our highest potentials this year. We have to let Aphrodite and Eros awaken us to our Divinity.
Mars is also the ruler of the sign Aries, which is concerned with our self-identity. With Uranus traveling through Aries, our Mars energy has been trying on new identities to live by. Whether we feel we are leaders, warriors, healers, bards, mystics, adventurers or farmers, we are being asked to assume a larger identity in the world. This Mars in Virgo retrograde has been a time to fine-tune that identity and the desires it constellates.
Mars went retrograde on January24, 2012 at 24* Virgo and turned back to direct motion on April 13 at 4* Virgo.
Mars symbolizes our desire nature Eros, as well as our warrior nature Aries. Mars is the god who grapples with life, bringing us those things we desire enough to work and fight for. The retrograde Mars turned within to fine tune those things within us that needed to be healed and analyzed. Now that Mars is moving ahead again in Virgo, Mars can help us become a master at whatever we do. Virgo is the sign of the craftsperson, someone who takes the time to perfect what needs doing. Virgo is analytical and practical, wanting to find the best solution to problems. Mars in Virgo is the master craftsman, striving for perfection in order to achieve his desires. Mars in Virgo is modest, helpful, analytical and willing to be of service to others and to the world, but we have to watch out for self-criticism and perfectionism if we want our Mars to work competently. When Mars goes retrograde in Virgo, our desires are scrutinized and carefully considered, since we want to show the world the best that we are. It isn’t about perfection, but rather wholeness.
Venus is the planet that symbolizes our ability to connect with what we love. The goddess Aphrodite/Venus is not only the goddess of Love, Beauty and Sexuality, she is the goddess of Wisdom and Wholeness. It is the call of Venus that awakens Psyche within us; it is Love that shows us how to be whole. Venus calls us to the deeper realities of the Spirit Incarnate. She is the goddess who knows that Love is the most central Law of the Cosmos and she is the gift the Great Spirit of Life has given us. What a dry, bitter world it would be without Love!
Have you seen Venus shining so brightly in the evening sky? She is slowing down now, about to turn retrograde on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:33am PDT/ 10:33am EDT. She will begin to move back toward the setting sun until she disappears in the sun’s rays. Then Venus will move across the face of the Sun on Tuesday June 5th at 16* Gemini. (More on this in the next few newsletters – we’ll see her toward sunset in the western USA.) Venus moved over the face of the Sun back in 2004 and now eight years later we’ll see it again for the last time in another 100 years. Venus, which is now the Evening Star, will become the Morning Star once again.
Venus is traveling through the sign of Gemini, retrograding from May 15 to June 27, from 24* to 8* Gemini. When Venus goes retrograde, we re-evaluate our values and our relationship, which were formed by our family, our culture and our religions. Now we get to see what our hearts really yearn for, our true feelings about what is important to us.
Venus in Gemini knows that good communication skills are an important part of any relationship. In Gemini, Venus advocates for a meeting of the minds before deep intimacy can be achieved. Venus here wants to be a good companion, using her intellectual talents as well as her enthusiasm for life in all her relations. This airy Venus wants to play with everyone and certainly doesn’t want to be ‘tied down’ unless she does the tying. Venus says we need to find new ways of relating that fit our new sense of ourselves. There is nothing possessive or dominating about Venus here – it’s all about the ability to partner up and play with ideas, feelings, intuitions, purposes and each other. Nothing is set, nothing settled. It’s all about curiosity and experimenting. Of course this can lead to shallow interactions and indecision when it comes to feelings. But at its highest levels, Venus in Gemini calls us to open our minds and hearts to each other and see what we can learn about new ways of relating, new ways of giving value to things and people (our money system) and new ways to be creative.
Scorpio Full Moon 2012
The Scorpio Full Moon occurs on May 5, 2012 at 8:35pm PDT/ 11:35pm EDT and May 6th at 3:35am GMT.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 17*Taurus is: A symbolic battle between ‘swords’ and ‘torches’. On one level, this symbolizes a battle between physical desires and the desire for spiritual illumination. Dane Rudhyar sees this image as the need to face issues as if there are two opposing sides such as good vs. evil, a polarization of values. The warrior’s Sword of clear thought and Truth, the magician’s Wand of intuition and willpower. I would like to contend that it is the energies of rational thought (swords) and intuition (wands) that are symbolically opposed to each other. And they don’t have to be. We can learn to bring our intelligence and our intuition into balance. Our rational thinking is best served when there is an intuitive understanding of the situation, just as our intuition needs a rational foundation to build with. These two ‘opposing’ sides of the mind need not be mutually exclusive. They are meant to complement each other as all oppositions are. This serves our Venus in Gemini well, since Gemini can describe both the mortal (rational) and the immortal (intuitive) mind.
The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 17*Scorpio is: A Woman, fecundated by her own Spirit, is ‘Great with Child’. This is another image of the ‘Woman Clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon, crowned by 12 stars, giving birth to the Savior’. This is Lady Wisdom, the innate potential within us all to give birth to the god-consciousness within, just as the Buddha did under this full Moon. This image of Lady Wisdom is an important one at this time in our history. She brings into being a new paradigm, a peaceful Earth.
This potent full Moon, which is also another superMoon, meaning it is close to the Earth and therefore exerts a stronger pull on us, calls us to give birth to the powerful destiny seeded within each of us. This is the year to do it and now is the time to let go of the fears and the demons that keep us caught up in the delusions of our patriarchal society. We can band together with like-minded people (Venus in Gemini) and create a life that is meaningful, creative and strong (Mars in Virgo).
This Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon asks us to become aware of the people and things we give the highest value to, and to look at the emotional trauma that keeps us apart. It’s time to question our values and beliefs about money, power, happiness and our connection to each other and to the Earth. There are powerful forces at work determined to keep the old system alive, regardless of how many people and places it destroys. But we are equally powerful, and the Cosmos is lending us energy to break-through our paralysis and stand up for our beliefs.
The background energies supporting this full Moon continue to be: the pursuit of justice and the balance between masculine and feminine consciousness, between men and women (Saturn in Libra); a more inclusive vision of well-being for everyone (Neptune/Chiron in Pisces opposite Mars in Virgo opposing the lunar nodes in Gemini/Sagittarius); more care of the Earth (Sun, Ceres, Jupiter and Sedna in Taurus) in our society (Pluto in Capricorn); and a strong sense of our place and purpose in the larger scheme of things (Uranus in Aries).
As I wake up every morning from my dreams, I try to remember where I had traveled to that night. We all can carry the mystery and beauty of the dreamworld back into our waking reality, bringing the truth of our essential being to light. That’s what dreams tell us about – that essential reality. That’s the initiation we are all going through this year. So bring back your deep Self to share with the world.
Happy Beltane! May the Fires of Life burn brightly for you.
What to Remember When Waking -- David Whyte
In that first
to which you wake,
to this life
from the other
there is a small
into the new day
What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.
What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.
To be human
is to become visible
what is hidden
as a gift to others.
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
than the one
you have just emerged.
Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
that can be,
calls you to your
one love? What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
against a future sky?
Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
In the open
on the waiting desk?
~ David Whyte ~
(The House of Belonging)
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