Happy Full Moon~
My laptop has been repaired and, at last, I am back to work - I couldn't be happier right now!! Here are the highlights for today and the week ahead with just a minor review of the energies that got us here over the last couple of days.
Sunday, May 15th, saw both Mercury and Venus ingress into Taurus, the fixed-earth sign of the zodiac where the New Moon took place on May 3rd. Taurus is all about nature, beauty, practicality, the coin of the realm, gardens and the goddess. OK... for all you left-brained people reading this, that means money, resources and love!! Venus is at home, quite literally, in this sign which she rules, influencing how we make our money, attract others and use our powers of persuasion to get what we want. Now that she's at home, Venus wants to know what we're putting aside for a rainy day, also how we're taking care for our bodies, as well as Mother Earth, and what we are doing to create harmony and beauty around us!
Perceptive Mercury entering Taurus, brings an airy quality to the earth realm, and having just traveled back and forth through Aries since March 10th, might be ready to slow down while gathering information to interpret facts and find a reasonable way to communicate. The adaptability of this spokesperson between mind and spirit, helps us understand ourselves and our relationships with more clarity as long as we speak, write or otherwise share the message. Mercury will defer to Venus' authority here and can be clever, versatile and reflective while moving through Taurus and collecting the facts.
Yesterday, Mercury and Venus joined in supporting Neptune to enhance the intuition and keep us on the path of caring and kind words. Working together these three planetary energies combine the sensual practicality of Taurus with the flowing intuitiveness of Pisces to imagine the possibilities for comfort and beauty in our surroundings. Take advantage of this creative liaison which lasts into the first week of June to re-envision the rough spots in your home or garden and how you can beautify them!
Today's Full Moon in Scorpio is also known as the Wesak Moon and celebrates the birth and enlightenment of Buddha as the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of light and the indicator of divine purpose. http://www.wesak.us/articles. The Sabian Symbol at 27 degrees of Scorpio is: A Military Band Marches Noisily, and according to Dane Rudhyar, indicates "the aggressive glorification of cultural values."
I want to speak to the symbolism of both the Wesak celebration of the Buddha as the most powerful Full Moon of the year and the Sabian Symbol of a noisy marching band and how they are both apropos to this time. Chanting and meditation are ways in which Wesak is celebrated and marching and drumming are elements of a military parade which brings out pride and excitement binding a community together in its' collective ability to impress. We are celebrating the return of Spring and the renewal of all that the earth has to offer and shortly, we'll be honoring our military forces with Memorial Day parades and celebrations. Whether chanting aloud or marching to a drum beat you can honor and celebrate this season of renewal by being attuned to the earth and maintaining your sense of stewardship for all her gifts and inhabitants.
As I already mentioned above, Venus has ruler-ship over Taurus and that's where the Sun is in opposition to the Moon, at this Full Moon. What you may not know, is that the Moon is also exalted in Taurus and May is Mother Mary's month, bringing even more Mother energy to the earth now. What a time of enlightenment is upon us for the next three days as the Full Moon energy pours down on mother earth! Definitely take some time to sit under a tree or in a garden and meditate on all that the earth has to offer you, ask for an enlightened understanding of your purpose here and how to co-creatively work with another (Scorpio) and... be thankful for whatever blessings you already have.
If you are fortunate enough to have children in your daily life perhaps you could consider giving them capes, hats, flutes and drums and lead them in a parade around your yard to celebrate the renewal of life as they gain a new awareness for the sacredness of our collective efforts to protect and maintain that which nourishes us. An appreciation of all life and the earth's beauty can be realized every day, if we but stop and smell the lilacs at the gates of the cemetery to honor the dead or plant the seeds for our gardens to sustain us during the harsher months.
As the Moon moves into Sagittarius early this afternoon, we can look forward to setting goals that help us plan in the long-range and then tonight Luna makes a harmonious connection to Neptune, further setting the stage for insight and enlightenment to stream down on your meditation. Whether alone or in a group, tonight is a great time to open up and ask for spiritual guidance. May you truly receive the abundant blessings of this Full Moon over the next couple of days and use these gifts to move forward in peace and harmony!
Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~