May 5, 2023, 11:34 AM Central—Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 14° Scorpio 58′
Maya Angelou spoke from her IC* in Scorpio when she wrote, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Of all the signs, Scorpio knows how to bury a secret. In Angelou’s case, she stopped speaking for five years after her uncles murdered the man that raped her. 7-year old Angelou had testified against her attacker and believed her words killed him. So she buried her words inside of her. Eventually, she resurrected these words and phoenixed them into her masterpiece I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings which went on to powerfully influence a generation of women.
If Scorpio can bury a secret it can also excavate it. The purging that accompanies this process is transformative. It takes a lot of energy to conceal, pretend and ignore. When this energy to bear down is no longer needed, we reclaim our power. Part of this reclamation requires identifying the hidden commitments that work at cross purposes with what we desire in the future. These deep seated and often unconscious loyalties strategically protect us from change, even if change is exactly what we need.
Resistance to change
This lunation falls in the very middle of a very fixed sign which is the deepest, most embedded section in the Zodiac. Scorpio holds on tight to its loyalties and resentments. Since the beginning of 2022, the eclipses have been catalyzing this part of our charts. With the South Node in Scorpio, that might have meant unearthing deep, emotional wounds—an untold story—to let it go and let us grow.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio is the last eclipse in Scorpio for a while. This Full Moon culminates into a time of decision, one which might see some of us releasing someone or something that has siphoned too much of our precious bandwidth. The South Node can have a spiritualizing effect as we release energetic and emotional baggage. What kind of baggage do we find in Scorpio? The kind that sinks way down deep: hurt, anger, resentment, bitterness, betrayal and grief. This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse offers us an opportunity to let things rise to the surface. Once brought out in the open, we can choose to skillfully address issues that might’ve felt like a “dark passenger”.**
Blowup to breakthrough
The Sun is just four degrees away from Uranus at the Full Moon eclipse. As we know, Uranus signifies abrupt change either through disruption, chaos, breakthrough and/or awakening. Whether it be a flash of insight, an emotional outpour or simply just reaching our limit, the electrifying presence of Uranus jolts us out of our routines and habits, forcing us to try something new.
It would be helpful to watch the days just days before the Full Moon when Mercury has his Cazimi with the Sun on May 1st. What messages did we receive at that time? What insights were suddenly available to us? The Venus-Neptune square on the 4th may also have us feeling disillusioned around Venusian themes such as friends, love, creativity and abundance. Have we numbed ourselves in the name of diplomacy? Or does smoothing the harsher edges in the name of compromise ensure compatibility? With the emotional turmoil roiling beneath the surface, perhaps these questions are preparing to answer themselves.
We can use the energy of this releasing eclipse in Scorpio to emancipate ourselves from resentment, hurt and misunderstanding. Doing so will feel restorative, especially as we prepare ourselves to receive the blessings and opportunities Jupiter has in store for us as he ingresses into the opposite sign of Scorpio, Taurus.
* Imum Coeli (IC; from Latin for “bottom of the sky”)
** Dexter reference
Illustration “Uncaged” made by me in Midjourney