Full Moon May 21/22* 2016 is at 1º Sagittarius Decan 1. This is quite a frisky Full Moon to say the least. Not only is in a fire sign, but it is also conjunct a flaming Mars Retrograde. It will draw attention to the themes of this Dragon-Slaying retro period.(Rx until June 30) Mars Rx is at the border of Scorpio and there is a definite feeling of bridging between these two signs. These energies meet in the constellation of Ophuichius, which spans much of Sagittarius decan 1. Austin Coppock calls this decan ‘Poison Arrow’, inspired by the fact 0º -10º of Sagittarius corresponds to the 8 of Wands tarot card. In the Thoth deck this card is named ‘Swiftness’ which is totally appropriate for this Full Moon. From the Scorpionic underground, we burst out onto the wild plains of Sagittarius 1. This is a fresh and urgent place for the Moon, but at the same time it is not blindly impulsive. This Full Moon will not strike until it is utterly sure of its target and then it will hit the bulls eye straight off. The Moon here is swift, graceful and to the point.
The Full Moon is likely to be competitive, but in a less physical manner than you would expect from it a sign with hooves. Scorpio’s influence is still fresh, with the shadowy wolf of the constellation Lupus prowling through this decan. There are also poisonous snakes in the grass, Hermes’ slinky Caduceus and voodoos dollies nailed onto trees… It is quite a garish Full Moon actually, like glow-in-the-dark make up. Imagine spooky shamanic face paint and gothy Mexican ‘Day Of The Dead’ type imagery. At this Full Moon the behaviour is unexpectedly covert. Even in the guise of a scary clown, they could actually get away with murder, because they look too obvious. Like a double bluff. Believe your eyes! If it screams villain, it is actually villain.
Full Moon May 2016 ~ Aspects
Moon conjunct Mars feels we are growing up in a war zone because of the amount of emotional domestic explosions. In work situations, managers are easily inflamed so that everyone else in the company feels like they are treading on eggshells. If we are working on red alert in the public domain, then it can be find quite hard to mellow out when we go home to our calmer roommates or partner. Those of us who grew up in explosive families will feel this Full Moon acutely. The moon rules memories and this one could remind us of walking through the domestic minefield of our youth. It is important that we don’t let ourselves be triggered into emotional flashbacks. You could now be picnicking in the most benign of pastures, so don’t let the angry Moon make you too paranoid.
Sun opposition Mars is often so at war with itself, that they can get caught in a never-ending spiral of self-sabotage and accidents. But if we manage to slay our own demons at this Full Moon, we will eventually learn to co-operate with others. There is success in the end, but only after a period of struggle. At this time it is best to work for ourselves, as those touched by this full moon will not be good team players at all. In fact it might even be quite dangerous to compete due the combative vibe in the collective. Sun opposite Mars can be so competitive that it takes really stupid risks just to get past their rivals. This Full Moon can make people egoistical and inconsiderate. At it’s worst, Sun opposite Mars’s hazardous behaviour, which puts others in peril, is never forgotten.
Full Moon May 22 2016 ~ Summary
At this Full Moon we need to have a target to aim for with our poison arrows. We don’t want that venom flying all over the place! Without a specific aim, the imagination and infinite, magical possibilities of this Full Moon are wide open for corruption. We will need to blinker our Sagittarius horse and keep focused beyond the fluoro spooks that are trying to distract us.
*Check your local times. Full Moon on the 22nd in the US. 21st in the UK.