On May 16, 12:13 AM ET, the Moon in Scorpio opposes the Sun in Taurus: as they align with the Nodal Axis, we experience an intense Full Blood Moon which comes with a Total Lunar Eclipse at 25°16’ Scorpio. This is the second Eclipse of the season and brings to maturation the cycle that started on April 30, with the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus.
We have been navigating through two liminal weeks of transition, uncertainty, change, and intensity that might have felt disorienting and chaotic. The Full Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse may reveal to us what the process has been about, bringing moments of revelations while indicating the possibility of more unexpected shifts, culmination, closure, and disclosure. The journey is going to keep unfolding for the upcoming six months, until the next cycle of Eclipses.
This Lunar Eclipse is the first Eclipse in Scorpio since April 2013, and it could bring up similar themes, patterns, and situations as those we were dealing with back then. It will be visible, at least in part, from most of North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the western areas of the Middle East.
Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio: Emotional Purification
Lunar Eclipses are supercharged Full Moon that happen when the Moon opposes the Sun while the luminaries are aligned with the Nodes of the Moon, the two opposing points in space indicating the intersection of the Moon’s orbit with the Ecliptic.
Full Moons are moments of culmination, revelation, and clarity: they indicate that the maturation of a cycle is taking place, and invite us to begin to slow down and let go of our efforts until the next New Moon. This Total Lunar Eclipse is happening in Scorpio and on the Lunar South Node, where the Moon is transiting, while the Sun is conjunct the North Node in the opposite sign of Taurus. When planets join the South Node, they bring up unsolved issues and emotions from our past that we are being encouraged to purge and release.
While the previous Solar Eclipse was partial, this Lunar Eclipse is total, as the luminaries are tightly conjunct the Lunar Nodes. The Moon will get completely red as she will be covered by the shadow of the Earth, which will be preventing sunlight from reaching the Moon for approximately three hours.
Lunar Eclipse on the South Node: Releasing the Past
When the Moon crosses her South Node, we are being encouraged to release habitual patterns of reaction and emotional responses that, in the past, represented a way to generate safety and security.
The South Node has to do with our karmic past, with what we are familiar with, with what we know a lot about and have already experienced. Its pull is very familiar and it is hard to resist, it has to do with something we tend to unconsciously repeat again and again in a way that has an element of compulsion.
In Scorpio, the South Node indicates an urge to establish deep emotional ties and a tendency to try to empower ourselves by joining forces with powerful others. The North Node in Taurus points to the necessity to self-source and empower ourselves by deepening our self-knowledge and the awareness of our inherent worth.
Our task is not to leave the South Node behind, but to reach a better balance between the North and the South Node. In the case of Taurus and Scorpio, we are learning to find a balance between relying on our resources and relying on the resources of others, between being autonomous and being interdependent, between empowering ourselves through association with others and empowering ourselves by becoming more self-sufficient and resourceful.
Full Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio: Creation and Destruction
The Moon’s transit through Scorpio intensifies our experience of emotions. Scorpio is deep, visceral, and raw: it is about transmutation, metamorphosis, and regeneration. It has to do with the processes of elimination and destruction, with the death and rebirth cycles that are part of our empowerment process.
This Lunar Eclipse is bringing the spotlight on the Taurus-Scorpio axis, which is about life and death, creation and destruction. Taurus builds and consolidates, while Scorpio destroys, eliminates, and breaks down. Taurus season is when nature blossoms and blossoms, while Scorpio season is the time when what was alive decomposes and decays. Through Taurus, we relate to sexuality as a physical need, linked to procreation and the survival of the species, while through Scorpio we discover the power of conscious sexuality as a way to merge with others on a Soul level and achieve a deeper union.
Both signs have a connection to finances, resources, and possessions: Taurus is about what we personally own, while Scorpio is about shared ownership. For this reason, this Eclipse could mark unexpected, significant shifts in our finances, income, and possessions, as well as in global economic policies and financial markets.
Sun, Moon, & Nodes square Saturn: Emotional Maturation and Self-Responsibility
Saturn has been squaring the Nodal Axis for approximately a month, and on this Eclipse it is squaring also the Sun and the Moon. The Saturn-Nodes square has been bringing up the need to deal with the limitations of the 3D material reality, take responsibility for our desires, and move forward in our maturation process. The importance of becoming our own authority and creating boundaries that can contain and promote our growth has been highlighted by this transit.
On this Lunar Eclipse, Saturn squaring the Sun and the Moon could indicate feelings of restrictions, low energy, and a tendency to repress our emotions and hold in what we feel. Positively, these aspects offer us opportunities to better structure our creativity, gain more mastery over our energetic management, and achieve a better awareness of our emotional needs.
The Role of Venus, Chiron, Mars, Neptune, and Pluto
As the Eclipse takes place, Venus is tightly conjunct Chiron in Aries, an aspect that brings the spotlight on wounds relative to relationships, feelings of rejection and non-belonging, and low self-worth and self-esteem. In Aries, it has to do with learning to trust our instinct and reclaiming our right to exist, take space, and assert ourselves, our needs, and our desires. This alignment has the potential to help us see where we abandon ourselves to please or be accepted by others, and invites us to heal any fear of direct confrontation and of being rejected for showing up as we are.
Meanwhile, Mars, the ancient ruler of Scorpio, and Neptune are about to perfect their conjunction in Pisces, which is going exact on May 18 but is already active. The Mars-Neptune conjunction reminds us of the importance of aligning our actions with our ideals and values, being aware of our true intentions, and learning the difference between soul-centric desires and ego-centric desires.
The Moon in Scorpio is trine Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune in Pisces. The Moon trine Neptune magnifies our sensitivity and empathy, while the Mars-Moon trine grants us the courage to separate ourselves from attachments that aren’t nourishing us. Meanwhile, the trine between Moon and Jupiter adds optimism to our emotional processing, supporting our faith in a positive outcome. The Moon is also sextile Pluto, the modern ruler of Scorpio, currently on the last degrees of Capricorn: this aspect supports our intuitive psychological understanding of ourselves and others. Pluto trines Sun and its influence is strong on this Eclipse, helping us become aware of issues of power and control, and inviting us to reflect on where we are at in our own empowerment journey.
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Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio: Opportunities for Empowerment
This Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio will bring our awareness to what’s lingering in the shadows, offering us opportunities for deeper self-knowledge and emotional catharsis. It has the potential to help us see more clearly subconscious patterns of behavior that we adopted in our childhood in order to feel secure and aid in our elaboration of past trauma.
This is a time of deep reevaluation of our attachments, of our partnerships, of the way we live our sexuality, of our relationship with money and wealth. Scorpio reminds us of the inevitability of impermanence and loss and brings more awareness to the importance of not holding on too tightly to what we have. During the upcoming days and weeks, we may be asked if we are willing to lose something in order to gain something that could be much better. We may get to reflect on what we are willing to sacrifice to make space for what we truly, deeply desire.
The Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio offers us a chance to let go of old emotional patterns, old security attachments, old ways of being, and undergo a process of purging that will allow further transformation to happen. We will be invited to reflect on our attachment style, and on how we create intimacy with both ourselves and others. Issues of trust and vulnerability could emerge, and allow unresolved emotional issues, resentment, anger, and grief to come up to be finally released.
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