The Scorpio Solar Festival
Subtle Meanings of the Full Moon in Taurus 2006
Malvin Artley, our regular esoteric commentator examines the subtle meaning of the Full Moon in Taurus for 2006. This is Scorpio's Full Moon, as the Moon is Full in the sign opposing the Sun. The Full Moon of Scorpio (the full moon at Taurus 12°58') takes place on the 5th of November at 12:59 hrs GMT. We have presented a short version here with the bare astrological minimum, so for those who wish to download the complete text which contains a beautiful analysis of the inner meaning of this Full Moon, please click here.
This will be an initiatory and revelatory full moon. The full moon axis activates the South Node lunar eclipse of 4 May 2004, an eclipse that is associated with one needing to take responsibility and control over one’s own destiny and of accepting any commitments that might come along. There is a distinct possibility of health problems with this full moon stemming from one’s unwillingness to deal with the subconscious outflow which is bound to come out at this time of the year (this is the ‘shadow stuff’ of the Scorpio interval). In addition, there will be an opportunity – indeed, a compulsion – to resolve all sorts of double-bind situations. Above all, the energy of this full moon will press people to see beyond what has been held up to be real, but which is actually false or concealed. This will apply as much in one’s own life as in the lives of those around us. In other words, people’s curiosity will be aroused and all manner of inconsistencies in people’s stories and lives will bubble to the surface. Don’t be surprised at business scandals. People will be over-sensitive this full moon period and for the next week or two afterward. If you find yourself in a tense situation it is probably best to either ‘lance the boil’, and be done with it or to keep a low profile otherwise. Scorpio types will prefer the former method over the latter.
The full moon of Scorpio will take place on the 5th of November 2006 at 10:59 PM AEDT (12:59 PM UT). As is usual, the symbol of the degree of the Sun sets the general tone of the solar festival. It reads thus:
“An inventor performs a laboratory experiment.” 13 Scorpio
An inventor is one who can connect seemingly unrelated pieces of information into something that is useable and unique at the same time. There is a Uranian ‘feel’ to this full moon. Essentially, people will begin to make connections with things in their own minds. Bits of information that would not ordinarily seem to go together will all of sudden begin to make sense. One should be careful, however, not to put facts together in ways that result in fallacious stories. Just because something seems like it should be a certain way does not necessarily make it so. On the other hand, if one’s own life has seemed a bit out of kilter lately, there may perhaps be an opportunity with this full moon to find a missing link – something that could possibly give just that little something that makes everything come together.
The symbol for the degree of the Moon shows us what we are leaving behind and what is being reflected back to us (the shadow, in other words). It reads thus:
“A porter carrying heavy baggage.” 13 Taurus
There is a strong ambition and compulsion for gain represented in this symbol. There is also an allusion to the emotional baggage that we have so willingly carried for ourselves and others and that now must be given up or handed over to its rightful owner(s). Emotional ‘baggage’ is of the heaviest sort, and it so often keeps us from our spiritual progress and birth right. How many times have we stood at the doorway of something new and wonderful, only to be dragged back by the last minute by someone else’s needs or our own unresolved issues? It has happened to all of us at one time or another.
With the tone for the figure thus set, the following aspects are in evidence:
- The Sun is still at the midpoint of the Sun/Venus/Mars stellium. The stellium is separating, though, and is beginning to lose its punch. Symbolically considered, people are beginning to drift apart. The unions represented by the stellium are starting to be seen in their true light. Venus is square to Neptune, bringing disillusionment in affairs of the heart. Mars is separating from a square with Chiron, which has brought its own share of frayed nerves and wounded feelings in the past week or two. Venus is at the midpoint of Mercury and Mars, giving a propensity to make snap decisions in love matters, but also a tendency to argue. This is not the happiest of configurations at the moment, but it will do brilliant work in getting people to take stock of themselves and their relationships with others.
- This next configuration is of more than a little interest. The Sun is at the apex of a novile triangle involving Saturn and Chiron as well. Noviles are an aspect that bring about initiatory experiences, especially when they are found in regular patterns. In this figure we find two such triangles, both interlocked. This produces a powerful initiatory and transformative dynamic, especially since the Sun is in Scorpio. The first triangle with the Sun will be intense and potentially very painful because Saturn and Chiron are involved.
- The Moon forms an interesting triangle with Neptune and the South Node in an aspect series known as the undecile. An undecile is an aspect of 32°44' (the circle divided by eleven) and its general indication is one of excess. It is said to indicate the tension produced by double-bind situations, which can be either external or internal.
- Mercury is in a t-square with the Moon and Neptune (Neptune apex). This t-square can indicate a very active imagination and a rich dream life, which is brilliant for creative work. On the other hand, it can indicate deception, and especially deceit of women. Ladies, turn on your radars and pay attention to the hairs on your neck. Write that novel you have been thinking about writing, too. (The latter goes for the men as well.) Be very wary of a tendency to think the worst, however.
- The stellium is trine to Uranus. This is a very bright feature of the figure. It brings scintillating flashes of intuition. It is the crowning aspect to the meaning of the symbol for the solar degree because it heralds the new and allows us to integrate new conditions easily. It is a great humanitarian and ‘inventor’s’ aspect.
- Mercury is at the midpoint of a Mercury/Venus/Jupiter stellium. This is also a bright and happy feature in the chart, and its indications are a love of entertainment, optimism and happiness in thought. The only problem with it is that Mercury and Jupiter are both square to Saturn, which pretty well cancels the optimistic tone. One the other hand, this little stellium serves to offset some of the heavier patterns in the chart. On the whole, if people can tap into this stellium, it gives the ability to rise above any negativity that might be felt through the period and it calls us to smell the roses every once in a while as we move through the remainder of the Scorpio interval.
- Lastly, Ceres is conjunct Neptune. The two of these together form a powerful point of psychic projection. Ceres should have a kind of sub-rulership over Scorpio, in my opinion, as its action can be markedly like that of Pluto at times. Its degree symbol is of interest, and reads:
“A big businessman at his desk” 16 Aquarius
- Herein lies the basis for the reference I made before to business scandals. There is still a marked fixed sign emphasis with Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, and with Ceres square to the full moon axis there is a good possibility that some hidden business dealings could come to light—or that some bad decisions could come about that might have some big repercussions down the road.
In all, be up front with people in the weeks to come, let us be true to ourselves and forward in our thinking. There is much good that can come from this full moon. Pay close attention to what people say and what they do, because there is a very distinct trend to incongruous behavior during this period. As a friend of mine once said (and I am fond of including my friends in these letters), “Listen to their words, but watch their feet. Their feet will do the talking.” Actions will tell us the truth of things in most cases. Most of all, though, may we all uncover a passion that has lain undiscovered or dormant for some time—a passion that will expand us, take us in a new direction and bring us new-found joy in life. Goodness knows we could all use that!
We have presented an abbreviated version here. For those who wish to download the complete text, please click here. In the full version, Malvin examines the issues in much more depth.