A few words about the Full Moon in Scorpio, exact tonight at 11:35PM ET because…well…I said I would write something. And because a few readers are wanting to know what a Supermoon is. Credit astrologer Richard Nolle with coining that phrase to describe “a new or full Moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (called perigee)”. Look up and that Moon will look very BIG in the sky. Closer to Earth suggests a more intense Full Moon than usual, and experience shows that we often see weird, wacky weather along with it. Another fun fact, especially for Scrabble buffs: With the Earth, Moon and Sun all in a line (called syzygy), and with the Moon in its nearest approach to Earth, a Supermoon is also called perigee-syzygy. I challenge you to play “syzygy” in your next Scrabble game.
- Syzygy: Astronomy . an alignment of three celestial objects, as thesun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet: Syzygy in thesun-earth-moon system occurs at the time of full moon and new moon.
- Perigee: Astronomy . the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, especially the moon, orof an artificial satellite at which it is nearest to the earth.
This Full Moon leaves me speechless. It’s in Scorpio, which needs depth and substance. I could flippantly say that Scorpio wrote the book on intimacy, the kind that draws people in like a magnet or sends more skittish and scattered types running screaming down the halls. Got a planet in Scorpio? Whatever it rules in your horoscope it can take you all the way down to hell or all the way to heaven…but oh, what you will know as a result.
Taurus and Scorpio are both concerned with values and other assets. Taurus is concerned with the values of the individual; Scorpio refers to values/assets/resources that are shared. It is in these areas that you may find illumination suggested by a Full Moon.
The Sabian Symbols for the Sun at 16 Taurus opposing the Moon at 16 Scorpio are “a battle between the swords and the torches” and “a woman the father of her own child” and as usual, Blaine Bovee is the go-to guy for further explanation: “strife between powers of the mind and powers of spirit and passion” vs. “a spirited sense of self-fertilization and independence” . Possible manifestations include “matters of spirit over ideas….denial, such as teenage mothers who insist they have never had sex….Gothic romances where passions collide with social and political realities; campaigns to supplant cold technology with agrarian simplicity…choosing between cutting away from or twisting together”.
If you have a planet around 16 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, you’ll likely feel the pull of this Full Moon more personally. I have Neptune at 15 Scorpio, so a need for depth of spirit and other intangibles, such as music, have been driving this day. I’ve been listening to the soundtracks of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita — talk about “passions colliding with social and political realities”! On impulse, I looked up the horoscopes of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (3/22/1948 4pm Westminster UK) and lyricist Tim Rice (11/10/44 5:45-?- Amersham, UK). Serious astrology buffs, you are going to seriously flip out (everyone else, just play along): Lloyd Webber has Venus, Saturn and Midheaven (career point) at 16-17 Taurus AND Mars-Saturn at 16-18 Leo. Rice has Sun, Mars and the Jupiter/Saturn midpoint (which refers to one’s sense of purpose) at 18-19 Scorpio.
Last, but not least, minutes ago this fascinating story about prisoners in Louisiana mounting a musical production about the life of Jesus Christ
just hit the NYT home page: At some point I’ll write more about matters of spirit manifesting in works of art, as suggested by nebulous Neptune’s recent entry into Pisces. Suffice it to say that it is no surprise to see revivals of Godspell
and Jesus Christ Superstar
currently playing on Broadway, along with a musical remake of the Steve Martin movie Leap of Faith
If you’re a serious student of astrology, consider getting Bovee’s book, The Sabian Symbols and Astrological Analysis.