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Scorpio Lunar Eclipse

May 5, 2023


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Lunar Eclipse
in: Scorpio 14°
May 5, 2023 @ 05:33 pm GMT
May 5, 2023 @ 10:33 am PDT -7
Sun is Taurus, 14° 58'
Moon is Scorpio, 14° 58'

This full moon in Scorpio is also a Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be a penumbral, and still in its early building stages as the original only started in 1608. Actually August 25, 1608, and so we may not get to see much of the moon's changing colors during this eclipse since the eclipse angle won't be in the zone of a partial or total eclipse. The slight change of color that will be visible will only occur over the earth's eastern hemisphere with the best visibility occurring between the eastern countries of Africa and Europe over to the eastern portions of China, including all of Australia and New Zealand. Lunar Visibility

The last time this Lunar Saro Series occurred was April 24, 2005. The next Lunar Eclipse of Saros 141 will be the first occurance of a partial eclipse of the series, on May 16, 2041. The original eclipse series of 1608 was at 2 degrees, 41 minutes in Pisces and the chart's influence carries over through all the eclipse events of saros 141, similar to a natal chart. The original eclipse brings up feelings of mystic, mystery, and sensuality with the sign of Pisces in the first decan, being ruled and sub ruled by Neptune, along the second duad sub ruled by Mars. These traits will be carried over into this lunar eclipse in Scorpio.

The Farmer's Almanac identifies this full moon as the Flower Moon, along with the old adage of April Showers bring May Flowers? The Sun is in Taurus, causing us to reflect more on our personal possessions, as well as our safety. We may feel stuck with "what we have" as we wrestle with feeling any sense of satisfaction. The Sun is conjunct with Uranus in Taurus, adding a layer of instability that amplifies our feelings of insecurity. The Moon, opposing this, from Scorpio, does very little to reassure, fueling these feelings with potential jealousy or desire to take revenge, in hopes of finding some sense of satisfaction or justice. While we wrestle with these feelings, some of the other planets line up with some productive influences to provide us with some sense of balance. It is recommended that we lean in on those transits to create a better sense of positive outlet.

Mercury, in Taurus, is currently motioning retrograde, causing us to second guess recent decisions. It is, however, sextile to Saturn in Pisces, and this connection gives us some sense of stability by helping us to solve problems while we "rethink" everything. Mercury will station direct on May 15th.

Venus, in Gemini, may not be so helpful, as it is forming a square to Neptune in Pisces and an inconjunct (quincunx) to Pluto retrograde in Aquarius. This could challenge our abilities to resolve conflicts (internal and external), but we may find some sense of peace by working through these by tapping into our natural talents by potentially writing a song or poem, or even in our journal, that lets us express emotions so that we can explore them better in the future. Even activities such as knitting, or sewing, can help us release our frustrations by letting us be creative. Anything that taps into our creative side can be useful under this eclipse. PLUS, there is a productive side from Venus, as well. Venus is sextile to Jupiter in Aries. This connection is likely to expand on our creative talents, and potentially help us to connect with others who are feeling the same types of frustrations we are feeling. There's a potential release in proactively expressing our feelings with others, and not being angry or violent in the process. If we can nurture productive outlets during this full moon, we are likely going to be rewarded for them before the next series of eclipses arrive later in the year.

Mars, in Cancer, is sextile to Uranus in Taurus, which is another productive facet of this eclipse. We are more likely to find courage to step up and take on issues that we have struggled to address in the past. This could flip into something negative, though, if we are not careful about how we approach the issues. Be prepared with a plan b to address any negatives that might result from our attempts to "fix" something that others may not want fixed.

Jupiter in Aries, and Neptune in Pisces, are forming out of sign aspects to Pluto retrograde in Aquarius. Until the second week of June, Pluto in Aquarius will be moving backward into Capricorn. So, at the moment of this eclipse, these out of sign aspects carry less weight, but may still be felt to some degree. Jupiter's square to Pluto may lead us to try to "convert" others into believing what we believe. Neptune's sextile to Pluto may cause us to see and feel the unexplored, the confusing unknown, or the nebulousness of spiritualities that are less than understood. On May 16th, Jupiter will ingress into Taurus, and the square to Pluto, in Aquarius, will become much stronger, as we seek to connect with others who will believe, as we believe. We need to be careful, as we may be drawn into a situation that could be unsafe, without realizing that we are losing our sense of self and our control over our personal safety. Pluto moving back into Capricorn will begin to feel more "customary" to us, until Pluto leaves the sign for Aquarius again in January, 2024.

This lunar eclipse will bring a variety of situations to light that we will need to address in order to move forward into the year until the next eclipses occur. The planetary placements will have us working through these on an internal basis, with seven planets in the feminine receptives. In other words, we can't expect others to carry us through. While they might emotionally support our choices, they will not be the ones doing the heavy work for us. The majority of the planets are in the Earth and Water signs, and, as such, life might get kinda mucky. Add in the fact that there are five planets in the Fixed signs, causing us to feel stuck in the muck. Rather than lashing out, or merely twiddling our thumbs, we can tap into our natural talents, (or develop new talents) that allow us to be productive as we ease our way out of the eclipse influences.

Meditation for the May 5th Lunar Eclipse
If you pick the wrong path, just backtrack and try a new one.

© J. McCaul - Lunar Living Astrology, 2023 (All Rights Reserved)

1) Goldschneider, G.  1994, The secret language of birthdays, New York, NY; London, Engl.: Victoria, Austr.: Auckland, NZ., Penguin Studio Books.

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