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Full moon in Scorpio: intense emotional reactions

Full Moon in Scorpio Image Death and the Maiden by Takato Yamamoto.

The Full Moon in Scorpio will be exact just before midnight on the 3rd May 2015. With the Sun in earthy Taurus this Full Moon brings into play the polarity between material security and safety on the one hand (Taurus) and the deep, uncharted depths and darkness that lie beneath what we see on the surface of our reality (Scorpio).

The Moon rules our emotions and although we may not always see it on the surface Scorpio is a very emotional creature indeed! This is perhaps why the Moon is said to be in its fall in Scorpio, because here we find our emotions become very intense and yet are often unable to find any healthy outlet for expression.

The polarity between Taurus and Scorpio also has to do with what is mine and what is yours. A Full Moon in Scorpio can therefore bring up a range of issues in relationships including jealousy and possessiveness. In particular a lack of clarity around emotional boundaries is likely, so be careful of projecting your issues onto others or, conversely, taking responsibility for emotions that are not yours.

During this Full Moon in Scorpio the tension between these two poles will become very taut, magnified by a t-square from the Sun and Moon to expansive Jupiter in Leo. Jupiter in hard aspect has a tendency to overdo things and in Leo he can get very dramatic about it! Things that have lain dormant in Scorpio’s closet for months – old resentments, secrets or unspoken truths – may just burst out unannounced. It’s a combustible energy alright!

Fortunately there’s an outlet for all this Full Moon in Scorpio intensity. Scorpio’s ruler Pluto is brought into the equation via a sextile from the Moon and trine from the Sun, and being in Capricorn he’s in a take charge kind of mood. This is in contrast to Venus, the Sun’s depositor as the ruler of Taurus, which is unaspected and vacillating in Gemini. So while Venus struggles to make up her mind, Pluto gets things moving in a positive, transformative direction.

Notice I did not say pleasant! During this Full Moon in Scorpio an opposition from Saturn to Mercury has our options severely curtailed, and the choice you know you have to make may not be the one you really wanted. But know it you will – an intuition sharpening trine from the Moon to Neptune in Pisces takes care of that!

How will this Full Moon in Scorpio affect you?

This Full Moon in Scorpio will only hit you hard if you have natal planets or points involved. With the Moon at 13 degrees Scorpio, those with planets between 11 and 15 degrees of the fixed signs (Scorpio, Leo, Taurus or Aquarius) will be most affected. For example I have natal Uranus at 15 degrees Scorpio, almost right on top of the Moon! This suggests some big shifts for me, especially as it will trigger the sextile between Uranus and my natal Sun.

Those with planets between 12 and 16 degrees of the earth signs (Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo) will feel the Sun-Pluto trine. For example with transiting Pluto currently conjunct my 8th House natal Venus in Capricorn, I can expect some transformative shifts in my most intimate relationships. On the other hand, if you have planets between 0 and 4 degrees in the mutable signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces), the Mercury-Saturn opposition will affect you.

Remember that if you’re experiencing a major transit to your natal chart from a slow moving outer planet the intense but fleeting energy of the Full Moon in Scorpio must be interpreted within that context. A Full Moon may spark your emotions and bring certain things to light but it won’t resolve deeper issues on its own.

Check in which houses the Sun and Moon fall in your chart to get an idea of where the action of this Full Moon in Scorpio will play out in your life. For example if the Moon falls in the 4th House and the Sun falls in the 10th House you might expect some tension between the needs of your family and your career.

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Your turn…

Where does the Sun and Moon fall in your chart? Can you foresee any issues that may be brought to light during this Full Moon in Scorpio? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

The image Death and the Maiden is by Takato Yamamoto.

12 Comments on Full moon in Scorpio: intense emotional reactions

  1. ooooh yeah, my natal moon is 12 Scorpio in 3rd house! Returning Saturn is in 3 Sag also in 3rd house. This is also the 1st full lunation that I’ve become really aware of lunar energy and my Scorpio moon. It has been a lunar crash course with waves of new understanding about my personality.

    • Thanks for sharing Phillip. With the Full Moon and Saturn both in the 3rd House you may find yourself having some pretty intense conversations over the next wee while! Depending on how they’re aspected…

  2. Again thank you my my great reading. It’s fantastic! This Scorpio full moon is conjunct my Neptune in my 7th house. I think I’ll stay home for a couple of days hiding.

    • Glad you enjoyed the reading Rose :) Yes Moon conjunct Neptune and Sun opposed Neptune in the 7th House would probably turn the most emotionally stable person into a fool for love!

  3. I have natal moon in scorpio at 20…my 2nd house. I have a strong scorpio stellium with neptune at 9, and merc-mars at 25 and 26…I’ve been wondering how this full moon would play out for me. I’m already ‘intense” even though i’m a sun sag libra rising…

    • Thanks for sharing Marlene. There certainly will be a strong Plutonian influence for you during this full moon with the Sun also passing through the 8th House! A good time to explore your own depths…

  4. I’m a newbie, if my south node is 15 Leo and North Node Aquarius how will this full moon effect me (I am a Leo with Leo rising)? Thx, Sarah

    • Hi Sarah :) The axis of your North and South Node will be square to the Sun and Moon during this full moon period, stimulating you towards fulfillment of your Aquarian life lesson. This is all about expanding your concept of self from an egoic, individualistic perspective to one that understands your interdependence and connection to all of humanity. You may encounter fears and resistance to these ideas during this time and it will be tempting to fall back into the comfortable sense of self represented by Leo.

  5. I have natal moon at 13 degrees scorpio in 2nd house! What does it mean when the full moon is exactly conjunct my natal moon? Thank you!

    • Hi Marisa… When the full moon is conjunct your natal moon it signifies a time when your emotions are a little at odds with who you are. This is because the Sun is exactly opposite your Moon and thus there can be a tension between your needs and your wants, making you indecisive. It is a very fleeting energy and over within a day or two depending on your sensitivity.

  6. Sushumna // May 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm //

    Hi, I’m recently living a life with high meditation and yoga influence. I felt a lot of things during this full moon in scorpio. its like all my liars where sorted out. It’s like I was facing straight ahead all my character traits with a focus on disability to set up a powerful communication with my relatives, disability to speak up, trouble about being who I am, trouble in my beliefs, questions about expanding my creativity and sexuality, trouble in settings my limits and saying no.I cried, screamed and I felt something was going out. something that I was not even aware of for the past years but that I discovered recently, a huge weight that I actually felt in the back of my throat. i’m a sagittarius, born december 2nd at 12pm. It’s the second time I feel such an influence by the full moon. the first time was last full moon, when I felt it was time for some people to finish their life cycle. I’m wondering how to take the lead of this influence and not just be under its power. does any of that make sense? thanks a lot.

    • Thanks for sharing Sushumna… It sounds like you’re on the right track with the yoga and meditation, as these practices help us remain mindful and able to channel these energies in a positive way. The intense nature of your experiences makes me think there are also outer planet transits affecting you at this time. If you would like a reading feel free to contact me directly and we can work something out that suits you… x Faith

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