Today I was transplanting tomato and pepper plants from the seed starter container to 4” pots, stage two on the way to the garden. I’m the nursery person in our family because I start with seeds and get the baby plants to the stage where they are ready to go out in the hard cold world. In many ways this is a wonderful example of what the Full Moon in Scorpio represents, starting with a seed idea, nurturing it in warm fertile soil (Taurus Sun) until it is ready to present to a larger audience. On April 21-22, 2016 we have a Full Moon at 02° 31′ Scorpio at 10:24 PM PDT, an excellent time to meditate on the mysteries and honor the feminine within in all of us.
The Taurus Sun and the Scorpio Moon are off dancing by themselves with Neptune in Pisces who adds a note of compassion and empathy that only deepens the desire to celebrate the beauties of this Full Moon in solitude or with those we share a deep sense of connection. Otherwise this is a rather contentious lunation with plenty of squabbling going on between the other planets.
Both fiery Venus in Aries and Mars in Sagittarius are way out of their depth on this lunation. Mars sits at the apex of a mutable T-Square with Jupiter in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces as the base. Poor Venus conjoins Uranus in Aries and is squared by Pluto in Capricorn. Impulse control could be the key to staying sane because this is not the best time to make spur of the moment decisions.
Earlier in the week, Venus was exactly trine Saturn in Sagittarius and exactly square to Pluto but by the Full Moon she is hours away from exactly conjoining Uranus and is far more under Uranus’s influence. Uranus brings out Venus in Aries’ wild, rebellious side and she may attract all the wrong kind of attention. Good time to ask yourself if what you’re thinking of doing is worth it in the long run. Mercury in Taurus is exactly semi-sextile Venus and she is the best candidate for being the voice of reason in this situation.
Retrograde Mars in Sagittarius is mired in confusion with Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces sending him very different messages. Jupiter in Virgo is noted for producing an endless stream of minor details he considers extremely important while Neptune in Pisces is busy erasing every boundary he comes across. Mars is still stalled out and won’t begin to pick up speed in reverse until the end of April. Thankfully the Jupiter-Neptune opposition is rapidly waning and will soon leave poor Mars alone. Depending on where Mars is currently transiting your chart will affect how debilitating this T-Square is for you on a personal level. Take baby steps and conserve your energy until the way forward becomes clear again.
Jupiter in Virgo has a fading trine to Pluto in Capricorn for support and a waxing square to Saturn in Sagittarius to keep his excesses in check. In both instances the best course of action is to focus on keeping it simple. Choose the least complicated option when considering new projects, whether personal or business.
Full Moons are when we usually have opportunities to see whether of not what we set in motion on the New Moon is going to work out OK. However this Full Moon in Scorpio has so many mixed messages, we may be better off in a holding pattern for now. What might help is spending time alone and doing an internal inventory rather than focusing our attention on other people and the world at large. We have an extremely well grounded Taurus New Moon coming up on May 6 that looks much more promising for making sound, practical decisions.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
Image: Moon Water