May’s Full Moon marks the passage of Wesak, the celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. After Buddha’s birth, the legend tells he took seven steps, and a lotus appeared in each of the steps. The forces of his enlightenment flood the planet on this day—a dispensation to all who are aware and open.
Appearing on May 18, the full moon is placed in the water sign of Scorpio, hinting at the power of transformation. The Sun is in Taurus, an earth sign ruled by Venus, and Moon in Scorpio bring fertility to the earth, encouraging germination, growth, and fulfillment. (It’s a wonderful time to add plants or seeds to the garden, and the same is true for tending and developing desires and dreams.)
Five planets in Taurus bestow a feeling of connection with nature and the heart. They also ground us, blocking from lower vibrations from the outer world. Taurus helps in creating abundance, feeling the goodness of the world, and discovering self-worth in the physical world.
A Grand Trine, which is both beneficial and harmonious, is formed between Moon (inner self, emotions), Neptune (illusion, mysticism), and North Node (spiritual direction and imperative). By aligning our emotions with the Divine, we can move in the direction of greater spirituality, which brings lightness, happiness, and relief.
Sun (life, light) trines Saturn (karma, time), enhancing our ability to focus, concentrate, and build new structures in life through heart-felt devotion. Sun trines (harmonious) Pluto (subconscious, transmutation); this aspect gives powers of rejuvenation, courage, and the ability to rebuild life in a new form. Sun conjuncts (close to, amplifies) Mercury (communication), and it sharpens the intellect and intuition.
Moon (emotions, feminine, moods) in Scorpio opposes Mercury (communication), creating a mixture of confusion and clarity. When our mood changes, we may feel mental confusion—or we may feel very clear, depending on the wave of energy. Moon sextiles (positive) Saturn (limitation, karma) and Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), which can aid with positive use of resources in rebuilding and/or recreating our lives. (Both Saturn and Pluto can represent resources.) Moon trines (positive, harmonious) Neptune (illusion, mysticism), and it can open our consciousness to deep states of devotion and focused meditation.
Mercury is highlighted in the chart through aspects with Sun/Moon/Saturn/Pluto. With this emphasis, it’s important to contemplate thoughts that align the heart and mind—and lead to expansion and happiness. Mercury (communications, higher mind) trines (harmonious) Saturn, and this aspect can add diligence and persistence to our spiritual quest as well as clarity of mind. Mercury trines Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), enhancing our ability to find hidden answers such as esoteric realizations and insights into subconscious patterns.
Venus, the planet of love and beauty, in Taurus conjuncts (close to) Uranus (sudden change, quantum field). This placement can open our hearts to universal love and/or make our emotions about love move erratically. (The challenge lies discerning in source of emotion—subconscious or higher self.) Venus’ influence is felt throughout chart with five planets in Taurus. It urges awareness of the physical world, grounding in nature, and learning the right way of creating a life that aligns with the heart.
Mars (action, male energy) is placed in Cancer, a feminine water sign, and it tends to heighten emotion instead of inspiring action. It’s important to know that emotions are not always real, and they change in accordance to various stimuli. Fortunately, Mars is in opposition to Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), and this aspect encourages boldness, forward movement, and confidence.
Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) sits in Sagittarius, encouraging spiritual growth and realization. Jupiter squares (tension) Neptune (illusion, mysticism). The aspect indicates a time for releasing old beliefs, illusions, and expectations. Confusion, disorganization, and illusion can accompany the square. When we move through illusion, we discover greater truths.
Saturn (limitation, karma, structure) conjuncts Pluto (subconscious, transmutation) in Capricorn. The conjunction can affect commerce, income, and resources. It also asks for rebuilding life in the areas of goals, dreams, and ambitions. At its best, it moves us through worries and fears, teaching us to replace limitations with success.
Neptune (mysticism, illusion) sextiles Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), which heightens our ability to transcend limitations through an exalted, meditative state. Neptune trines North Node (spiritual direction), which encourages finding and aligning with our inner compass on a higher level.
Many planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter) aspect Pluto, indicating the importance of observing our subconscious patterns, which cause limitation and darkness, while learning how to embrace, transmute, and integrate this energy on a higher level in the coming New Age. (Think of many people observing their personal darkness and illuminating it with light.)
The repetitive theme of reflection on love and thought is obvious throughout the chart. With five planets placed in Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, it’s wise to contemplate our definition of love and its expansion in life. It’s important to contemplate creating a beautiful life that we love. It’s also about feeling the flow of nature in daily life. (In alchemy, nature holds and demonstrates the secrets of inner growth.)
When the planets are peaceful and harmonious, the challenge lies in making time for devotion and creating change. It’s easy to relax in the beauty and float through life, but the universe asks for constant awareness of the inner self and evolution.
There are two strong energies within the chart. One asks for push and drive with ambition, projects, and creation a new life. The other asks for interpretation of mystical energies in a quiet, reflective state. It’s a way of combining the passive and action aspects of duality.
Sabian Symbols, based on the work of Lynda Hill
Sun is on Taurus 28, “A Woman in Middle Life Stands in Rapt, Sudden Realization of Forgotten Charms, in Unexpected Recovery of Romance.” It’s never too late to rediscover love or life; the potential always exists. The symbol depicts remembering a “lost” part of the self and finding it again when experiencing a higher vibration. (We integrate many parts of the self on the spiritual path.)
Moon sits on Scorpio 21, “Obeying His Conscience, A Soldier Resists Orders.” It’s a perfect symbol for the Scorpio moon, which opposes Mercury (thought). In this case, conscience refers to the inner self, and orders may refer to thought (Mercury) and moods (Moon). The heart is the place where we can literally review both thought and mood.
Mercury is placed on Taurus 24, “An Indian Warrior Riding Fiercely with Human Scalps Hanging at His Belt”. The symbol refers to vengeance, territories, and disputes. It also speaks of the importance of evolving beyond these types of basic needs.
Venus sits on Taurus 4, “The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow.” It’s a beautiful symbol, depicting the possibility of aligning with the Divine. We find the treasure through our imagination, spiritual yearnings, and consistent work.
Mars sits on Cancer 2, “A Man on a Magic Carpet Observes Vast Vistas Below”. The symbol suggests the importance of traveling through life on a higher frequency, which elevates consciousness above problems and the mundane in life. From this perspective, it’s possible to find unseen answers from this place of detachment.
Jupiter is on Sagittarius 23, “A Group of Immigrants Fulfilling the Requirements for Entering A New Country.” It could refer to the New Age and the requirements of higher consciousness. We are literally learning a new language through intuition and compassion as we become re-oriented to the new energies.
Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.If you would like to seek additional spiritual change and insight into your life, please contact me for information about an intuitive session.