Full Flower Moon in Scorpio May 2020

Flower Moon, a beautiful and highly appropriate name for the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 7th. This Full Moon focuses on removing obstacles to spiritual growth so that we can move forward and flower into our potential.

A new growth cycle started with the new moon on the 23rd April. Every new moon delivers a small seed of potential and this potential sits quietly at first, unconscious. Think of it as a little seed beneath the soil or a small flicker of light in the darkness. The first half of the lunation-cycle prepares us for the conscious manifestation of this potential which we will experience at the full moon a fortnight later.

Quick Recap – Taurus New Moon in April

A seed of desire to bring about controlled change was planted at the New Moon. We have been encouraged to acknowledge sources of tension in ourselves and in our lives. Planted in our subconscious was an impulse toward freedom, an urge to be free of constraint and attachment that limits our development.

For an in-depth look into the themes of the Taurus New Moon, please refer to my article “Cautious Reform.”

What to expect from the Scorpio Full Flower Moon in May

Through the waxing period we have now fully embodied the New Moon, the themes are fully available to our conscious mind.

I know it’s hard but dig deep and let go, this full moon tells us. Many of you will feel a deep conviction and determination at this time, an inner courage to face sources of internal tension and release unnecessary attachments. Where in your life are you stagnating for fear of what change may bring? Are you walking around with a sack full of emotional baggage, living so much in the past that you barely dip a toe into the potential of your future?

This Full Moon brings the revelation that life could be so much more! It also urges you to look inwards because true change starts with an honest appraisal of the self and a willingness to overcome personal limitations. Only after you have done this will you bring about the desired changes in the external world.

The flower must grow into it’s potential before it can make the world a brighter place.

What do the other aspects bring to this Full Moon?

We have some beautiful supporting influences this Full Moon. A conjunction between the Sun and Mercury and a sextile to Neptune assist with the conscious processing of psychological information. It paves the way for open and non-judgemental conversations. You may find that at this time your defences come down and you’re able ‘open up’. A wonderful sensation of spiritual cleansing is available to you, to release a weight that has been holding you back.

What happens if we choose not to engage in this cycle?

If you are unwilling to engage in this process of growth then the Uranus conjunction present at the New Moon could bring some shocking changes to propel you forward. It is time to let go, clean the slate and build it again, stronger! Taurus is concerned with physical security and Scorpio with emotional resilience, but neither are interested in superficiality. If you, or aspects of your life aren’t strong enough to withstand the tides, then it’s time to make some improvements

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Taurus New Moon, April 2020: Cautious Reform

Welcome to this astrological breakdown for the new moon in Taurus, April 23rd 2020.

Position: 3.23 degrees of Taurus

Aspects: Conjunct Uranus in Taurus (orb 3 degrees) Square Saturn in Aquarius (orb 1.82 degrees)

Contents

First Impressions

Key Themes

What does it mean to have a new moon in Taurus?

What happens when the elements of earth and air take to the main stage?

The Saturn-Uranus square, is it all that bad?

What does it mean that Saturn ‘squares’ the new moon?

Top Tips

 

First Impressions

This configuration feels like walking up hill with sandbags around your ankles. You know it’s going to be worth it, but my goodness it’s frustrating!

Coffee stop anyone?

This new moon first and foremost throws light onto our values and resources. Much is impermanent in this world but true values should be like roots, unwavering and holding us firm in the storm. Taurus warns against being wasteful of our resources and encourages us to protect our assets. I remind you that our utmost resource is ourselves, our health, innate talents and freedom. We must all cast superficilaity aside and tend our foundations this month.

You will note Uranus conjunct the new moon and squaring Saturn, yes? Both planets are feeling incredibly challenged by the sign that they’re in, and the square aspect between two doesn’t help. Know the saying “Banging your head against a brick wall”? Well, both planets will be doing this in their own way throughout this year and into the next. What’s actually happening here is that the conflicting energies are being forced to learn from one another. They may both want to throw their dummies out of the pram at times, I think we all will!

Take heart, if we persevere through this time we will all end up with tools in our toolkit that will serve us through the most challenging times in our lives. This new moon offers us a hard-won opportunity that will be so incredibly valuable for those who perservere.

Bring on the sandbags!!


Key Themes

CONTROLLED CHANGE

This new moon indicates a steady reformation, a gradual turn for the better. We may well see a change of perspective and direction by those in authority under this influence. To cling to the old ways at this time would not serve us, this is a call to upgrade systems and processes so that they can better meet the physical and material needs of the people. We will all have to remain open to prospect of doing things differently under this new moon if we want to see !steady!) progress. We have a wonderful opportunity this month to assess our personal values and resources in order to discern which are likely to stand the test of time and really aid us.

TENSION AND RESISTANCE

The rights of individuals to exercise free choice may well come into conflict with the constraints imposed upon them. Restriction may become difficult to endure at this point, a rising of Uranian energy may well have people champing at the bit! Alternatively, if the Saturn energy dominates we may experience personal and societal resistance to change itself.

MANIFEST YOUR IDEALS

This is such a great time to sit and consider your future, the change that you want to bring about in your life. Don’t expect to put anything into practice just yet, the brakes are somewhat on, but plan how you will manifest your ideals over the coming years. Start planting seeds, and yes, think long term!


Let’s go into a little more depth…

Let’s break this new moon down and tackle some of the key questions:

What does it mean to have a new moon in Taurus?

Don’t be hasty with this new moon, Taurus doesn’t rush and neither does it take change and new beginnings lightly. The reason for this being Taurus is concerned with quality. This new moon is encouraging us to look carefully at our values and our resources, to assess which are likely to stand the test of time and really aid us. What is the point in building a vehicle that won’t get you to your end destination?

Not concerned with quick fixes or botch jobs, this new moon is pushing us to put in place solid foundations for the future because at it’s core it’s concerned with survival needs. Life is full of unpredictablility and the control we have over such things is negligible, so what can we amend, build or adopt to ensure that we can withstand the currents? We’re encouraged to focus on change that will bring us lasting stability and true, lifelong wellbeing. What can we do as individuals and as a species to be more self-sufficient?

If used unwisely a new moon in Taurus will see us clinging to the known, even though it no longer serves us. It can be territorial and possessive for it sees that which it owns as being intrinsic to its survival, so try to remain open and giving. The challenge of this new moon will come in the form of compromise, being conjunct Uranus we are encouraged to remain open to new ideas, even if they don’t fit the mold!

What happens when the elements of earth and air take to the main stage?

This is a very efficient combination, it allows us to stand back and look at what’s working in our lives or in the wider world. We’re encourages to set about improving that which isn’t currently serving us. Bestowing a mature yet innovative outlook, this combination increases people’s capacity to make things happen!

It doesn’t come without its tensions though. If the balance tips in favour of air then unpredictable changes in direction and “too much too soon” can cause nervous tension in those who prefer gradual progress. It can also indicate that ideas are unable to materialise, they stay in the ether (in the air!) If it tips in the favour of earth, then a short-sightedness and a stifling of progress may be seen. Those keen to see advances in their lives may perceive excessive caution as a threat to their freedoms. So, these are themes that we will have to contend with over the coming month.

The Saturn-Uranus square, is it all that bad?

You’ve already had a taste of these energies coming together. When Saturn entered Aquarius on 23rd March, and mars triggered the square over the first week or so of April. So, we’ve already started to see these archetypal themes merge. As a quick recap Uranus is future orientated, idealistic and unpredictable by nature, this radical energy often does not combine well with the traditional values of Saturn that seeks to preserve the tried and tend systems and practices of the past.

A compromise is due!

It has been such a challenging time as I’m sure most of you will agree, with unprecedented social restrictions being put in place to help tackle COVID-19. Everywhere we look we’ve seen structures and systems put to the test and come under tremendous strain and people across the world have all been given the responsibility of playing their part in order to prevent the collapse of public services. Here we have the textbook Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn.

Though now make way! Under this new moon we see a new player being thrown into the limelight of the current world scene, Uranus. Giving added emphasis to the Aquarian influence, it challenges Saturn to upgrade systems and processes so that they can more effectively meet the physical and material needs of the people. Not one for limitation or conforming this energy is eager to see impediments managed so that we can move forward. The Saturn and Taurus energies however are warning against haste, they’re saying “Hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s wait for the best solution.” Controlled change is key with the meeting of these energies and a practical idealism can be a powerful thing indeed. Did you know that it’s under this influence that new inventions and societal reform often take root? Uranus can bring sudden breakthroughs in areas where there has been opposition or stagnation.

On the flip side should these energies decide to lock horns rather than work together we may see challenges to authority as people begin to find restrictions to their freedoms too much to bear. Alternatively, we may see resistance from people to change itself, maybe even a combination of the two. Be prepared, we can expect to see our previous ‘ways of doing things’ being proven to be unsustainable and if attempts aren’t made to adapt then the old ways may be lost all together.

Let’s talk squares, what does it mean that Saturn ‘squares’ the new moon?

Whilst the union of these two planets can bring about tremendous and lasting change my concern is that they are in a 90’ aspect to one another, the square. The very nature of this aspect is that of high energy, tension and conflict. I want you to picture a band being stretched and stretched until it snaps, or there being such an excess of energy that it can’t help but bubble over at some point. This rising tension is why the square has a way of bringing about very real events, it’s a catalyst. It resonates with the numerical value of 4, materiality and manifestation. By this I’m suggesting that the effects of this square should be very plain to see. That which is currently existing in potential will be realised through the period that this square is in aspect.


Top tips to make the most of this new moon

1. Plant Seeds for the Future

This is such a great time to sit and consider your future and the changes that you want to bring about in your life. Don’t expect to put anything into practice just yet but rather plan how you will manifest your ideals over the coming years. Start planting seeds, and yes, think long term.

2. Reach Out to Others

Find your humanitarian streak. Look past your immediate friends and family and to society. What ills do you see and is there anything you could you do to help?

3. Centre Yourself

This time might be quite fraught for many of us and this new moon being in the introverted sign on Taurus, encourages us to take time out to relax occasionally. The energy of Taurus emphasises nature, a short walk or time in the garden, or dip your toes into the arts, be it home décor or just listening to music. Also don’t forget Taurus commonly loves cooking, look up some recipes and get creative.

4. Be Patient

Don’t resist change, remain flexible but do not be rash. Please take time to carefully consider your options so that you can make well informed decisions.


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Best wishes for this new lunar cycle!

 

Live Your Best Life Using Astrology

Fully embrace life by heeding the deep psychological factors that drive you.

What really gets each zodiac sign up in the morning? In this article we’ll take a look at what motivates each sign to make the most of life!

But first, when I’m talking about characteristics sign by sign, I’ll often get asked something like:

“I’m a Gemini , so I read Gemini, right?”

Most people know what their sun sign is, whether it be Gemini, Leo, Pisces or whichever of the twelve signs, and this is a brilliant start! It’s important to know though that sun-sign astrology has long been popularised for mass-audiences but it really is only the tip of the iceberg (your sun sign is important don’t get me wrong!) but it is a long way from bringing you the whole picture. If this is news to you and you want to know more then bear with me, I’m in the process of designing some really user-friendly resources to help everybody to get to grips with astrology basics.

“But I already know a bit about my chart….”

This is always wonderful to hear! In this case, for making the most of this month’s mosaic, I encourage you to look at the following placements


1

Your moon sign and the sign ruling the house that it’s in

This will show what you need in life to feel safe and secure. Think of it as the soil conditions that the plant needs in order to grow.

2

Your sun sign and the sign ruling the house that it’s in

This will show how you strive to express yourself in a unique and truthful way. Your search for meaning in life is greatly influenced by the placement of your sun.

3

Your Ascendant sign

This shows how you set yourself apart from the crowd, the individual persona you present to the world. We all had to learn how to navigate through life in order to survive.


Now let’s take a slightly more in depth look into the motivational factors that drive certain signs to shape the lives they do;


Aries

Aries is driven by the need to individuate, meaning that they feel a vital urge to separate from others and follow their own path. Here we have the most independent sign in the zodiac, they are comfortable taking the initiative and are not easily deterred when in pursuit of something that they want in life. Their need to individuate leads them to perceive anything that holds them back as a threat and they react to this is an instinctual manner, adopting a defensive position or fighting spirit, they cannot conceive of succumbing to a challenge, as if to lose goes against the essence of who they are. This births a pioneering spirit and an innate need for ultimate freedem, including the need to express themselves through taking action and on a deeper spiritual level. Unwilling to entertain any form of repression Aries’ are always poised for action, ready to fight for that which they prize most, freedom – freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of being.

Taurus

Taurus is driven by the need to build a secure life for themselves and those they love. They see the strong currents of life, the highs and the lows that people traverse, as a waste of precious energy and an unnecessary diversion, being ruled by Venus they seek a more harmonious middle ground. They value a solid foundation in life and particularly want to channel their energy into projects that will last, so here we have a sign that is concerned with quality in the broadest sense of the word. Taurus’ desire self-sufficiency, to depend on others may be as an uncertain investment you see, and so they work hard to make constructive use of their resources, energy, time and their innate talents included.

Gemini

Gemini is driven by the need to learn about life, to understand what’s beyond their doorstep. From a young age they sense that they’re part of wider matrix and they are driven by the curiosity to learn more about it. Why, because on a deeper level they need to know what monsters might lurk ‘out there.’ Thus, they are driven by a to educate themselves, to make sense of things. Geminis soon realise that the best way to learn is to ask questions, here we have natural communicators and those who are innately curious, dedictaing much of their time to the hunt for more information information. Is it any wonder that we find many journalists with Gemini placed strongly in their charts

Cancer

Cancer is driven by the need to personalise life and so seeks emotional attachments, whether this be through people, places, objects… They feel the strong rhythms and unpredictability of life in outside world on a very personal level, so part of the drive here is to retreat in order avoid emotional stresses and to replenish their energy. As Cancer filter life through an emotional lens they know what it means to be hurt and so seek to make for themselves environment which is seen as safe. They will do this through investing their energy into support networks, their family, their friends and their loved ones. This gives them a sense of belonging, an emotional nest, and satisfies their primary need in life, to put down emotional roots.

Leo

Leo is driven by the need to create, if life isn’t up to scratch then in their eyes it’s high time they created the life they want. As we know there’s many forms of creativity but what motivates Leos is the prospect of actively participating in life, like the sun that rules this sign Leos are often found in the centre of things, warm and generous (and having a flair for drama!) they draw people to them. Leo is closely aligned with the process of self-actualisation and they pursue their goals with passion. This drive combined with their innovative streak gives them a strong aptitude for leadership

Virgo

Virgo is driven by a need to increase performance, they have an appreciation for all of the parts that comprise of the whole and admire their relation to one another. This could be the appreciation of skilled workers all using their individual expertise to function as a team to bring a larger project to fruition; or the small mechanisms unde a car bonnet, without which the car wouldn’t move. In the same vein they recognise limitation and are driven to make improvements through increasing the functionality of constituent parts. Hence their reputation for being a perfectionist! They are analytical with an incredible aptitude for detail, this sign belongs to the architect whose work provides a wonderful analogy for this sign. The architect who designs the building, takes minute details into consideration in their creative endeavours because they understand that power is in the detail, to overlook the minute is to see the great creation come tumbling down.

Libra

Libra rules the 7th house of the astrological wheel, after going through the development of the self through house 1 to 6, Libra realises that we cannot be whole if we live a life of isolation. Libra is therefore driven to seek out differences in order to increase their sense of self through the insights and challenges associated with union, partnership and opposites. What people often don’t realise about Libra is that they are driven to experience things that are notably different from what they are, have or know. This makes them very open to ideas and come across to be very friendly as they’re naturally interested in other, rather than judgemental. Ultimately Librans are motivated to seek out polarities and make improvements through compromise and negotiation, unifying the opposing sides of the situation. The difficulty for Libra’s is that they appreciate both perspectives and if they can’t bring them into harmony then they can feel completely at odds, not being sure what route or whose side to take.

Scorpio

Scorpio is driven to overcome limitation, they recognise that strength is at our core and know that we must look inwards in order to overcome personal weaknesses and grow. They have little care for superficiality and are driven to get to the heart of all matters in order to discern if the individual, relationship or situation has the strength to withstand the tides of life. They come to their conclusions through thorough analysis and if it’s not considered strong then Scorpios will dismantle it, pull it back to basics and build it again, tougher and more powerful. This includes themselves, a Scorpio can reinvent themselves like no other sign! This is where the association with the phoenix originates. Scorpios are not intimidated by destruction because they see it as an opportunity to rebuild and create something stronger.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius is driven to find greater perspective and meaning in life, they seek to expand their horizons in order to see what life truly has to offer. Ruled by Jupiter this sign by it’s very nature is expansive, this breeds great optimism and there’s a general sentiment that the world is vast and has much to offer. Naturally explorative “who wouldn’t want to discover the wonders that this vast world has to offer!” they are often found seeking. They seek experiences and truth, a Sagittarius may be exploring the edges of the earth or they may be exploring the higher capacity of the mind. One thing is for sure certain though, they’re never doing nothing, there’s always more!

Capricorn

Capricorns are driven by standards of living and of being in life. They see their value and seek to put things in place to sustain and protect them. Capricorns are respectful of laws seeing them as preserving the conduct that they value and as a means of protecting a way of life that they want to endure. More than any other sign they envision something of value and are willing to work for it. They are masters of delayed gratification and will work long and hard for what they see as meaningful. Practical by nature they give form to ideas, they take concepts and make them work in reality. Their desire to give form is largely based in their instinctual desire to create something solid, predictable and knowable. They seek to construct a life devoid of threat but they must always be careful not to put so much focus on the tried and tested that they limit potential, most importantly their own.

Aquarius

Aquarius is driven by potential, it is motivated by development and seeks to brings the best out of situations and people. You could say that their motivation is to master life. This is why Aquarius has a reputation for being idealistic. They detest stagnation and need to feel as if things are moving forward in the right direction. Sometimes however Aquarians may need to be reminded that movement, or change for change sake, is actually counterintuitive to their desired ends. They set their eyes to the stars (literally this sign rules over astrology) they dream of a better life for everyone, these are the humanitarians within our society working to elevate standards of living for all. Their incredible ability to envision something that others cannot lends them a unique streak. They’re often seen as being alternative and ahead of the curve, but in being so often sets them apart from the crowd. Comfortable being so Aquarians are often seen as free and independent spirits.

Piscies

Piscies is a highly conceptual sign, they are able to conceive of ideas that many struggle to grasp, here we have our natural creatives and free thinkers. At the root of this is the fact that Piscies don’t limit themselves, they inuitively sense the vastness of existence, the forces of nature and the ebbs and flow of life over which we have little control. They are driven just to be, they see the futility in seeking to control life. They understand that true inpiration comes from being open and free, if we fear that which is out of our control we restrict ourselves and the potential that life has to offer. They do not seek to shut themselves off, rather they are inclined to forego boundaries and instead have an immersive experience of reality. This means that they feel the pain of others acutely and so their empathic natures often motivate them into the caring professions. Their innate capacity to experience the emotional plight of others, gives them a sense of connectivity. They personally experience how one person is not really separate from another, and throughout life come to appreciate the tendrils that branch out from all of us connecting us to everybody and everything.


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