The Full Moon on May 6 2012 is at 16º Scorpio 01’ on the star Zuben Elgenubi in the southern scale of Libra which has a rather dramatic reputation of one who acquires an immortal name but by tragic circumstances rather than through honest success. This Full Moon is opposite her purple-ness Asteroid Ianthe. A dark cherry tinge to this full moon then since we also get an opposition to the black moon. Our looney Lilith can be a vengeful minx, but no worries; Venus is exactly on the fixed star Phact, the peacemaking dove that is trine Saturn on the lucky and triumphant fixed star Arcturus. Venus makes for good, tough-love counselling here. Arcturus doesn’t beat about the bush either and should shake some sense into that wavering and whimpering Mercury opposite Saturn.
Full Moon Aspects
Moon opposite Lilith “Because the Moon and the Black Moon are such polar opposites, in an opposition they could actually end up cancelling each other out. A successful balance of these two would mean that the domestic moon can restrain Lilith from going too far off the rails and lusty Lilith could break some of the moons stagnating habits. The bad side of this aspect could be projecting the attraction for the forbidden fruit onto partners by falling for addicts.” This theme is repeated in this Moons conjunction with teen vamp Ianthe, breaking away from the family mores often means a few rebellious flings with bad boys.
A Full Moon means Sun conjunct Lilith however “With the rejection of the dominant male, the dark female energy can eclipse the father figure altogether. The fiery creativity of the Sun fused with the piercing intuition of Lilith makes these subjects sexually magnetic and intense. They are closely bound to the spirit world, and can sometimes see people’s shadows.”
Full Moon May 2012 on Zuben Elgenubi
Robson gives Zuben Elgenubi with Moon as “Trouble through opposite sex, wrongful accusations, disgrace, ruin, mental anxiety, loss of relatives, many disappointments.. “ This to me just reeks of the about Lilithy rebellious behaviour causing scandal. But I thought I’d check out whether this infamy was warranted by looking at the famous.
Moon on Zuben Elgenubi ; Jimmy Carter (03’), Jennifer Gibbons (10’), June Gibbons (15’), Bob Monkhouse, Elizabeth Taylor, Nathan Lane, Titus Salt, June Redfern, Julie Andrews, Eric Burden, Shannen Doherty, Barry Gibb. There are some indications of crime if you take the “Silent twins” June and Jennifer into account. Beverly Hill’s actress Doherty was taken to court for bouncing 70 cheques and pulled a gun on her ex. We don’t know the rest of this list personally to know if tragedy was the motivation or the stepping-stone to their success.
In my opinion the two stars in Libra’s scales work like the Gemini twins. I would not brand the Southern Scale as being wholly unlucky as Pollux is not totally “Evil”. The Scales of Libra are interesting because they have a dual significance anyhow since they used to be part of Scorpio and represented the claws.
“It is well to remember here the association of this star with a scorpion’s claw, used for making love as well as for slaying its prey. It does not let go until one or other matter is complete and onlookers are not sure which of the two acts are in process. Sometimes even the Scorpion seems to get it wrong along the way! It frequently shows up ill-aspected in many unfortunate situations, from domestic strife and miscarriages of justice to psychopathic killings that started out in the guise of love.”  How often does love turn to hate in particularly Scorpionic/Plutonic individuals?
We have a love/hate relationship with our parents when we are trying to forge our own personality. This also occurs in a marriage when one of the partners grows as an individual and the other tries to control that change because they are fearful they will loose the other.
May 2012 Full Moon opposite Asteroid Ianthe
There are three figures in Greek mythology with this name; Ianthe was married to a girl disguised as a boy who was then changed into a boy for real, but for a while Ianthe was in fact gay. Another Ianthe was so beautiful that when she died the gods made purple flowers grow around her grave. The third Ianthe was one of the nymphs that witnessed Persephone’s abduction by Pluto.
Tween-age girls tend to like purple. Since it can be a colour of mourning I suggest this preference could subconsciously be related to the loss of childhood innocence once those hormones start kicking in. To me this asteroid’s meaning has that budding, experimental sexuality about it. Purple is also associated with mysticism of course, which maybe those psychic years some children experience just before puberty. Ianthe is a springtime rite of passage, like her companion Persephone. But I think Ianthe is more like a practice Persephone, for she is but a nymph. Persephone is full on loosing ones virginity, whereas Ianthe is just your first popstar crush
Full Moon Astrological Meaning
This moon comes 5 days after the pagan feast of Beltane. Beltane is a fire festival with maypole dancing to signify fertility and the beginning of the farming calendar. It is a time for courting couples to collect flowers in the fields. So it’s very apt that the main aspects of this moon call for a daring rite of passage. Ianthe the spring nymph had her innocent eyes opened as she witnesses Persephone being pulled down into the fires of Pluto’s Etna.
The daring ritual of leaping over the Beltane fire seems to mirror this, as does the fact that Beltane is overtly a sexual festival. This Full Moon is all about not loosing our heads or our sovereignty to sex then. What with the claws of Scorpion and the Lilith opposition, it’s a good job we do have Venus trine Saturn. Someone has to chaperone the urge for rampant fire-toasting of bums. The sweet and sour mix of Venus and Saturn help tone down the hormones and bring some sense to the situation.
1. The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.76-77.
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