full moon

full Moon in Sagittarius by jill mckenna

This Full Moon offers a tone of play, but play in the form of practicing what we’re manifesting. We have run through something so many times in our minds, tried it out in safe places in our life, and are now understanding how we need to move forth based on now feeling prepared. This moon can draft up the schematic for a maturity we have been working towards, but it might require more discomfort first. Sagittarius is curious, open, moral, yet physical and grounded. At the same time it can be tactless, overly optimistic, and irresponsible.

At this full moon we might be feeling a little uncertain about where to go next. We know we can't go backwards--those behaviors are poorly tailored to us now, but moving forward feels awkward and confusing. This moon’s illumination can lend optimism, new vision, adventure, and expansion in the coming weeks. We can suddenly understand the concrete steps we need to take, versus endlessly spinning ideas and fantasy. This full moon crystallizes our inspired vision and lends realizations about how to make our hopes and dreams for the future begin to coalesce.

This moon is a little bit like finding a steady, large boulder on a beach that we can climb upon in order to gain vantage. We might suddenly be able to see a larger horizon than the one we were perceiving. True to Sagittarius (perhaps the sign best at looking at the big picture, along with Aquarius), this moon can move our minds past the immediate to our future and faith, allowing us to clearly imagine the ideal reality we want to experience.

Odilon Redon, Centaur Taking Aim at the Clouds, 1895, AIC

Odilon Redon, Centaur Taking Aim at the Clouds, 1895, AIC

A major influence on this full moon is Jupiter square Neptune the day before. This aspect happens three times this year, with this being the 2nd. The 1st was on Jan 13th and the final square will be September 21st. When planets create a series of 3 aspects to each other, there’s a story being told and a lesson being taught. Look back at your calendar in the fist through mid-part of January to understand what was going on for you regarding beliefs, new opportunities and thinking, growth, hopes and dreams, and new inspiration. What felt exciting and fresh, but also scary due to being new?

Since then, how have you engaged with and expanded those new paths of inspiration related to personal hopes and dreams and emotional connection, or where have you regressed back? This full moon is profoundly asking us to grow, again, especially when it’s uncomfortable. Sagittarius forges forth because it has such an incredible ability to see the landscape. It can put itself through significant discomfort and learning in order to achieve its vision, especially when that vision relates to its values, faith, and hope. We can gain an amazing upgrade to our perception here, if we follow Sag's urging, point to a new star and allow it to become our point of orientation.

This full moon illuminates the space between our actions and our hopes, and asks us to determine where we are behaving in agreement with or against ourselves and our hoped-for future. Where are we telling ourselves what we should do, based on outdated, default habits and thinking, and how do we need to start honoring our dreams and desires so that they can manifest? Where can we be more in alignment with who we are now and where we want to be in 5, 10, 15 years? The July eclipses in Cancer and Capricorn will underline, highlight, and bold these themes (again), especially with regard to our family of origin and our own, personal family we are making or have made.

Neptune stations retrograde just a few days after the full moon, and then stations direct in late November. Outer planet retrogrades are less intense than those closest to us. We can observe them keenly in the zeitgeist and are already doing so with regard to Neptune’s themes of illusion/disillusionment, fantasy versus reality, idealism, cognitive dissonance, and vision.

Ask yourself how you want to behave, manifest, and think differently, with regard to faith, personal philosophy, beliefs and actions, because likely you already know and have begun positioning yourself accordingly. Observe which possibilities you have denied or pushed away since January due to believing the risk was too great, it would be too difficult, or felt unlikely to result in success based on past traumas. Each of those feelings is a different way of allowing fear to rule actions.

Sagittarius is an all-star, gold medal pro at risk/reward. The themes related to belief, hope, habits, wishes, and dreams that are arising now don’t ask you to have it all figured out or to get it all correct now., but it does ask you to take aim and ready. Sagittarius knows better than any other sign that everything is a learning process. We will fail often before building muscle memory, and that’s what needs to happen. Our aim improves every time we miss, until we don’t miss at all. We are allowed to miss and we are allowed to get it wrong, but Sagittarius teaches us to never stop growing and learning and never stop aiming for our hopes and dreams; never give up faith that we are able, and can. Neptune lends us the ability to dream, and Jupiter enlarges that vision and also grounds it. We are being asked to examine and parse the foundation of our emotional habits and beliefs, and upgrade our structure.

full Moon in Scorpio by jill mckenna

wellcome collection

wellcome collection

The Full Moon in Scorpio is sextile Pluto, opposite Sun and Merc in Taurus conjunct fixed star Algol, w/ Venus conjunct Uranus in Taurus conjunct dwarf planet Sedna. Whew. Leave Sedna and Algo out for a second, though they are super interesting. Let's just say they add potency here.

This Scorpio Full Moon is happening at 27 degrees of Scorpio. The Sabian symbol of the Full Moon is “The king of the fairies approaching his domain.” This is a moon of returning to some part of ourselves so long-lost, that we had forgotten it ever existed, but encountering it again means a rush of old familiarity and potentially (if we use this energy) gaining a huge, huge portion of our true selves back.

Scorpio is the dark, rich, teeming water we are afraid to enter let alone touch the bottom of. This much light in such a dark place reveals us to ourselves. What is the thing we keep trying to walk around, ignore, move past in our lives & say we are done with that just keeps pulling us back? Here, things we haven't been able to see about ourselves or wanted to look at become clear. Feelings we have ambled around with, ignoring or thinking we will get to later, are like rocks in our shoes... if we just stop and get them out, we feel so much better. This moon is about vulnerability, intimacy, truth, and our personal power and liberation which spoiler alert, exists exclusively within our vulnerability.

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Mercury lends the urge to get our feelings out, whether that's on paper, in an email or letter, journal, non-verbal communication, whatever, but we have a lovely window to use Mercury as a doula for all of the feelings Scorpio contracts and expands, ready to be born. It’s a chance for us to speak our truth to ourselves and for ourselves. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it has to made, outward.

The Moon's sextile to Pluto means we might suddenly be in touch with (or unable to look past) primal feelings and bone-deep knowledge related to transactions with others be it in sex and connection, finances, and resources we share or transact with others, especially psychic connections. Pluto transforms us towards our deeper truth.

With Venus and Uranus meeting in Taurus don't be surprised if there are striking realizations or shakeups around love and money. The sheen and narratives we try to convince ourselves of suddenly feel obvious and gauche. Authenticity wants to hit air; holistic feeling vs. manufactured decisions. This isn't tiny—we haven’t had a Venus-Uranus conjunction in Taurus in 80 years. Things we have been trying to brush past for a while or have felt like a small fly buzzing near us can suddenly bonk us on the head. Feelings or situations that have seemed slowly growing can begin to manifest in earnest. It's a good time to be open and honest about significant gifts the universe has been repeatedly trying to give us, especially if they feel awkward or hard. Venus here (or, our love and the way we love) can have a sudden realization about its identity and truth. We can grow tired of what we think and be internally honest about our desires.

Algol is a very interesting and potent fixed star. The full moon opposite Sun, Algol, and Mercury gives us a gift—a wonderful chance to know our deepest fear and therefore minimize its potency, allowing us to become deeply liberated and free. We can stop beating ourselves up for feeling limited or controlled by monsters-of-our-own-making. We can open up to begin experiencing compassion, and kindness in the areas related to this potent point.

All of this energy lends itself to seeing things that are all at once, known, and suddenly so obvious to us but we couldn't see them clearly... very forest for the trees, very dark side of the moon being revealed. Once we see and learn portions of our truth (or the truth that belongs to others and they taught us or imposed upon us despite our best efforts), we can't go on living the way we were. We must move forward. This is a moon that illuminates aspects of soul-needs and soul-longing. Scorpio always offers us the place where pleasure, pain, and Truth collide, deeply liberating us. Use this moon to say yes to what you feel, explore it, feel into the deep, raw ache, take chances, and liberate yourself.

Trust your body, trust its process. Do not hold back. Cry, speak, scream, show, act, manifest, get it out. Honor what rises. Get present in your hips and pelvis... slow hip circles and rooting, cradle your hips, stretch after a long hot shower or bath, do hot yoga, get into the deep connective areas where we store so much emotion we are afraid to release. Drink so much water. This moon makes the work a bit less biting and all the more beneficial. Less sharp, more easing. Do Starhawk's classic grounding meditation (youtube), pull red, orange, and yellow light up from the center of the earth and heal your own energy, root into yourself. Free yourself, and hold yourself in the real truth we spend so much time trying not to encounter and process.

I love this full moon already. Yesterday I administered EMDR to myself at home (do *not* do this... I have had decades of therapy and 3 years of EMDR, and my best friend and therapist's phone numbers were sitting next to me... if you want to know more about EMDR, DM me). I realize now that this was totally me slotting myself into this new moon, a place of pain, truth, and release I’ve been realizing slowly over years I needed to encounter. There was something so old, so primary that has been such an immense obstruction for me through my life that I instinctively knew I had to dismantle it completely, in an act of profound self-liberation.

Trust your own process, overturn the stones inside yourself, find the bruise and study it. Move into the thing you haven’t really been able to get around. Tenderly dissect your deepest fear. The only way through, is through.

full Moon in Libra, 4/19 by jill mckenna

the lovers, anima mundi tarot, megan wyreweden

the lovers, anima mundi tarot, megan wyreweden

Full Moon in Libra, 4/19 - Full moons are a culmination of feeling. Our emotions build up with the moon's increasing illumination, only to be slowly released again. This year we have 2 full moons in Libra (in tarot, The Lovers), a rare occurrence. One was on March 20th, the other happens Friday. Libra is self & other, individuality & partnership, where we end and another begins. With so much moonlight in Libra, we've been drawn to examine how we create balance (or struggle) when it comes to self and others. How can we keep the scales still and balanced or how do we overwhelm them? Much like Hanged Man in tarot, the balanced position is temporary; everything must come out of balance to be put back into it. Every person has Libra in their chart and wrestles with this.

One place to begin considering this full moon is by thinking back to March 20th. Where were your feelings regarding self and another? Where were you in or out of balance related to partnership? And, how has that personal narrative progressed to now? 

The full moon Friday happens at 29° Libra, the end of the sign, and it makes rough aspects to the planets of transformation and karma, Pluto and Saturn, as well as disruptive Uranus. We might be feeling regret or frustration based on how we've behaved in the past or even the distant relationships that have left us scarred. But this full moon is an opportune time to forgive yourself and others. We don't have to remain in a self-punishing or victimized or emotionally neutered stance, we simply have to learn from the image cast by seeing ourselves reflected in another and work methodically.

With the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Libra. we're asked where and how we can be fully us, and balanced by a peer partner. This doesn't mean casting our bad habits before us as a test and saying "Hmph! Take it or leave it!" (as that profanes the scales) but shining our vitality, will, and purpose, while reflecting back the vitality, will, and purpose of another. How and where do we become better for working to be in harmonious relationships? How does our individuality become more faceted, realized, and versed by providing that same mirror and illumination for someone else, by holding dynamic tension?

Think of the way scales balance with sand or salt and ingredients of alchemy. Think of how just a few grains make the difference; one too many and the scales slide barely off center. Scales are profaned when reactively, heavily weighted to one side or the other. But small actions, small movements, staying present with the individual grains, makes the work about fine-tuning and precision versus force.