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Scorpio Moon Beats the Drum for Beltane! by Sarah Fuhro

protestors in baltimore

Is this a picture of protestors protecting police from protestors? Or is it protestors protecting protestors from police? Whatever happened on this street yesterday, it illustrates the high pulse of the full Moon. Perspective is everything, and each full Moon allows us to see things in two very different ways at the same time. The Sabian Symbol for this Scorpio Moon is a further illumination of this moment in time: ‘Telephone Linemen at Work/The need to establish new channels of communication.’ Are these men ‘Linemen’ at work?

fiddlehead

photo: Bob Fuhro

The Full Moon in Scorpio falls at Beltane this year!  Beltane! the fire festival that cleanses our souls and releases spring energy of growth and joyful greeness aligns with the heartbeat of the dance between the Sun in Taurus and the Moon in Scorpio.  And,  like the Aries/ Libra full Moon of last month we have the opportunity to explore feminine (Venus) and masculine (Mars) energies as they swirl within and without. Are they pitted against one another,  or are they woven into our psyches and how we view the world?  The tradition of the Maypole dance to celebrate Beltane is a reminder  how intricate this process can be! Maypole dancing is a moving meditation on the spring energies, and the fertile mix of male and female. The dance around the Maypole involves the intricate pattern of the spiral, like the fiddlehead of a fern in the picture above.  The dancers weave in and out, up and down  with the ribbons from the pole which reaches up to the sky.  Having made a Maypole for my Druid Grove, I know how complicated this spring tradition of weaving and dancing can be. The picture below is of the woven ribbons around a Maypole when the dance is finshed.

Maypole wrapped

photo and Maypole by Susan McNeil Spuhler

At this moment, when Sun and Moon watch each other across the zodiac, we are reminded that the earth, our mother, our home, our body celebrates spring (Beltane) and autumn (Scorpio) at the same time. Northern Hemisphere is full of the budding and opening of new life, while the Southern Hemisphere is releasing the seeds for the next spring as winter approaches. This particular full Moon on the Taurus/Scorpio axis falls close to the 15th degree of Taurus, the Fifth Day of May, the moment of Beltane fullness.

‘I married Isis on the fifth day of May

But I could not hold on to her very long

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away

For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong.

I came to a high place of darkness and light

The dividing line ran through the center of town

I hitched up my pony to a post on the right

Went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down.’

Bob Dylan, Isis, 1976

Willow Full Mon 2015

Beltane in the North is celebrated as the Pleiades rise at sunset. The Pleiades are a group of stars to be found in the constellation of Taurus, a decoration on the neck of the Bull.   This was the time cattle were moved to summer pastures, and new life was bursting into flower. Here are pictures of spring flowers (Blood Root) from my garden:

blood root

photo: Sarah Fuhro

and from the woods: (Trout Lilly) .

Trout lily

photo: Bob Fuhro

Meanwhile in the Southern Hemisphere the celebration of Samhain bids farewell to a year of growth and expansion, and begins a new cycle in the darkness of short days and harvest. The World is united in celebration of the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter.   Like this full Moon, we are also in the midst of the joys of Taurus and the sorrows of Scorpio.   Taurus is happy with stability and comfort and beauty. Scorpio demands truth and transformation. We swing back and forth between these two poles and at the full Moon we embrace them both!

Ginger's full Moon

photo: Virginia McEachern

April’s flowers celebrate Beltane as we too flower At this moment of the full Moon, Jupiter makes an exact square to the Moon and Sun. Like an archer who uses the energy of both luminaries, Jupiter is ready to integrate the earth loving values of Taurus and Scorpio’s deep recognition of the Underworld. His Sabian Symbol for his position in Leo helps us to understand the potential in this moment of opposition and high manifestation:   ‘A Human Soul Seeking Opportunities for Outward Manifestation/ the yearning for self-actualization.‘   Could we ask for a more powerful voice of support than this!

willow in scorpio phase

Willow, for this is the Moon of Willow is a cauldron of ancient spells and healing medicine. She is both tender and fierce like this full Moon of Taurus and Scorpio, and like our hearts at springtime as they dance to the Beltane beat!

Sarah Fuhro

Keeping our Ancient Wisdom Alive

The Wisdom Tradition evolved over the centuries to address our deepest human needs. Sarah Fuhro is a practitioner of its many forms; including Astrology, Tarot, Flower Essences and Druidry. In addition to personal consultations, Sarah teaches workshops and private classes, offering both clients and students knowledge powerfully rooted in the past, presented in the language of the present.  To learn more, please visit www.sarahfuhro.com.