Happy, happy Full Moon in Sagittarius and penumbral eclipse. We all may be struggling to find joy in our lives right now. The past few months have felt a lot like the Spanish flu, the roaring 20s, the Great Depression and the beating of racial war drums all converging upon a painfully short time period, a series of events that would otherwise manifest over the course of decades.
I personally always hold out hope that if we tend to our health and the happiness and well-being of our family and friends, we are pretty much guaranteed a certain level of joy and peace regardless of outside circumstances. We like to imagine that money, career, prestige, etc equates to happiness, but we rarely find that to ever be the case. We are clearly being called as a larger collective to acknowledge certain truths and consider the health and happiness of our neighbors on a larger scale as well.
For those of us in the United States, the Full Moon occurs right across the Sibly Asc/DC axis. This axis has been activated time and time again during important events in America. Furthermore, Venus regressed through the Sagittarius 12th part just as widespread protesting and rioting were heating up last week across the country. It occurs to me that an activated Gemini 7th house, in addition to signifying foreign relations, could also signify members of the community who are disenfranchised for any reason, or who feel like foreigners in their own country, such as minorities or members of the LBGTQ+ community.
I bring up the latter group, because a fellow astrologer, the author of the Seven Stars Astrology blog, brought up in one of his posts the correlation between gay rights and the transit of Venus which occurred in 2012. Again, this transit tightly engaged the the Sibly ASC/DC axis. In this respect, the Venus transit dealt with literal issues of marriage, and the issue of marriage as it relates to those excluded from it.
We are not being called to address marital issues now, but we are emphatically being called to consider the very real oppression we would like to ignore or never knew existed. We are being called to bring every member of our family into the fold, and cease treating them like foreigners, inferiors or enemies. (Probably on a micro level, we could generally consider the me versus you dynamic which exists for spouses, given that there is inherent opposition in the union, both practically and astrologically.)
With that said, there is very little that can be said for the Full Moon chart, other than that everyone is weak and no one accomplishes anything, except Mars. He continues to stroke the flames of conflict, by tightly squaring the luminaries.
I can’t do much else with this chart now, due to work and school, but I would encourage you to examine the Full Moon chart against the backdrop of the Sibly chart and the Venus transit chart. There is so much there. The good news is that our marriage laws were ultimately changed to reflect Venusian principles of love and fairness. It is my hope that we make progress with the racial issues that have plagued us since day one.
It is interesting to me that the rulers of the ASC/MC axis of the Sibly chart both occupy the eighth house in Cancer. We managed to achieve an enormous amount of wealth, often at the expense of others, and in stark contrast to the principles our nation was founded on. That is some serious karma.
I would suggest as a personal exercise that we all
examine where we are now on a personal level versus where we were in 2012. The nodes have flipped from Sagittarius to Gemini, so this axis is highly active for more than one reason, but reversed.
Last thing I have to mention in all three of these charts is the distinct lack of fixed sign energy. Other than that, stay safe, stay healthy and stay aware. Hug your kids, cats, dogs, spouses and love your neighbors as yourself, all of them. Not just the ones who look like you, love like you or think like you.
PS….We saw a transit of Venus in December of 1882 in Sagittarius. Just 7 months prior, when Venus was in Gemini, the first piece of legislation restricting immigration in the US was signed, the Chinese Exclusion Act. We always have the opportunity to get it wrong. Let’s not do that.
I toiled over this title for this post a bit, bouncing around different ideas to illustrate the themes of fertility and putrification, creation and destruction, growth and stagnation; all key contrasts in the Taurus/Scorpio opposition narrative. I settled upon this tongue in cheek example of Taurus/Scorpio prinicples at their worst; a lady with a debauched sense of value, which could be a fitting description of Moon in her fall in Scorpio. Of course, full moon in Scorpio presides over the most joyful, hopeful and fruitful time of the year in the Northern hemisphere, at the height of spring. I would conclude that a key problem with any feminine descriptors related to lusty, wanton women who challenge the power of men is that they were historically written by men:)
I do not wish to devote too much energy to broader astrological themes. The Moon reached her fullness several hours ago. The Washington DC full moon chart is actually quite fascinating, because it places the Sun and Moon in the 1st and 7th houses, the full moon having occured just after sunrise.
The Sun and the Moon are halfway through their courses through Taurus and Scorpio, so they fling their 12th parts to the opposite sign. The outer wheel of this chart is a 12th part wheel, so you see the Sun and the Moon in the opposite signs and houses. The 12th part Sun and Moon also align with the native Asc and DC line, so themes of identity and partnership and repeatedly highlighted. The Lot of Spirit and Fortune conjunct the DC, which is true of all full moon charts. The 12th parts of the ASC and DC occupy the 12th house, so themes of health, convalescence and imprisonment are also highlighted, but diminish in importance, or are perhaps issues that we ignore at our peril.
If I were to tap into my Anglo-Celtic roots, I would be more inclined to celebrate Beltane at this time of the month, rather than the more arbitrary day of May 1st. I would say the same for Imbolc, Lammas and Samhain. It would be a worthwhile endeavor to experiment with timing during these critical moments of the year, as it relates to sacred rituals. I would imagine any ritual would have been particularly fruitful at sunrise today. I probably should have mentioned that before today.
The Taurus/Scorpio axis has been the unnamed key player of the COVID-19 time period. If we recall, a possible patient zero emerged when Mercury transitted the Sun in November, 2019. The US’s Aries ingress occurred with the ASC/MC axis in Scorpio/Taurus. President Trump even signed the first economic stimulus legislation when the ASC/MC was on the Scorpio/Taurus axis. Not to discount the more obvious and dominant Capricorn/Cancer polarity, but Scorpio and Taurus seem to speak more to method, message and timing. Incidentally, Scorpio/Taurus was the predominate pacemaker during the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, which stained the water and the land and contributed to the downfall of the Soviet empire.
Saturn occupies the 10th house as does his 12th part. He is in hayz, culminating, and in his own domicile, so he is quite powerful. He is in phasis, because he will begin his retrograde course in a few days. A malefic who is changing course to a retrograde position becomes less malefic. Overall, Saturn is less malefic in Aquarius than in Capricorn. It will be interesting to note when Saturn falls back into Capricorn and consider the change in tone from warm, fixed, masculine air to cold, cardinal, feminine earth. Capricorn will likely not appreciate the changes to her plans brought about by Aquarius. Saturn will act as the arbiter of our actions as a society and of our rulers and government.
Jupiter will enter his in phasis stage a few hours after the full moon perfects. Jupiter has accomplished little in Capricorn. He falls here and he prefers to occupy masculine signs. He was beseiged by malefics before, so he is in better shape now that they are in Aquarius. In phasis, he becomes even less of a benefic than ever when turning to a retrograde course. It is not a surprise that Jupiter rules the 11th house here. We will not being enjoying much aid from friends here and will not be able to provide much aid. Social networks will tend to be strained and breakdown. Spending time on Facebook, I see a lot of talk that a person is stupid if they believe the government or conversely, they are stupid if they fall for counter culture arguments. Everyone is stressed and we see that people are really taking it out on each. There is little sympathy or compassion. Moon in Scorpio in the 7th really amplifies the abuse and even gaslighting. Jupiter also rules the 8th house of death. As Jupiter does not have the power to expand, this might be a blessing in disquise. The 12th part of Mars is also in the 8th, which actually implies death related to anger and violence.
Lastly, Venus is in phasis and will turn to backtrack on her course next week. Venus is less benefic than normal now, but never transforms into the quasi-malefic that Jupiter can when he is damaged. Venus also mutually receives Mercury by sign, which is a healthy, happy exchange. Venus lends more support to the Sun in this sense, although she is incapable of dealing with him directly. The 12th part of Venus is in the 10th with Saturn and Mars. Venus is granted some of her wishes here, because she plays nicely with these two bad boys, but she truly balances on a tight rope of diplomacy, being besieged by malefics. Despite some of the bad press about loosening social distancing, I think that we will find that people are mostly coming out of hiding in a responsible fashion. With Mars not well situated in Aquarius, we may continue to see arbitrary rules written and enforced.
I examined this from the perspective of my home state of Florida, placing Tallahassee as the chart location. There are some fundamental differences.
Scorpio and Taurus retain their overall influence on the matter, but the 12th part AC/DC remains in the 1st and the 7th, but transposed. I am always fascinated when native placements and 12th parts repeatedly exchange with one another, like a ping pong match. Saturn has already culminated in the DC chart and is moving away from the MC, whereas Florida’s Saturn is sitting directly on it. Sunrise has not yet occurred, so he is not in hayz, the Moon is. ￼Florida and many of her southern sisters have not payed the high price some of our northern neighbors have as it relates to COVID-19. Florida is also making more direct efforts to re-open. Florida is either right or wrong in this matter, and the results of that will shortly be revealed. Both Florida and the US as a whole see Venus ruling the 1st and 6th houses. Again, her condition is mixed, but she never behaves as a malefic. She works hard to appease and appeal to Saturn and Mars.
While poking around looking for some less obvious art relating the May-Day celebrations, I found the the feature pic of Guinevere as portrayed by John Collier, a 19th century British artist. We know Guinevere as the Queen of Camelot, who’s affair with Lancelot brought about the destruction of the Arthurian world. In this portrait, she is the May Queen. There is a warning here that every rose has a thorn and that beauty, joy and love can lead to decay, betrayal and destruction. Ancient Europeans understood that evil can be found during times of beauty and celebration and left bundles of flowers on their doorsteps to ward off evil as part of the Beltane ritual. The tale of Guinevere and the fullness of the Beltane story correspond nicely to the Scorpio Full Moon and Venus retrograde.
During the same time period that Collier created various masterpieces, Alfred, Lord Tennyson composed The Idylls of the King, which tells the story of Arthur, Guinevere and Camelot. Lord Tennyson had Moon and Venus in Gemini, and his ASC at 21 degrees, which is where Venus is currently stationed. Tennyson was the preeminent poet of his age. I am always amazed at how I rediscover these little snippets at just the right time, particularly when it fits in so nicely with current astrological events. Happily, this poem also deals with a lady, who was quite frankly, a tramp.