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Beltane Scorpio Full Moon: Passion Magnified 

click to enlarge Full Moon over Cincinnati on August 31, 2012 - NASA/BILL INGALLS
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  • Full Moon over Cincinnati on August 31, 2012

You know how whatever you give your attention to tends to get magnified? That is, whether you see a lot of positive or a lot of negative often has to do with your attitudes, worldview and emotional situation, in addition to your choice of focus. Well, Full Moons can also have a magnifying effect, as can anything to do with Jupiter. We have both at play this weekend.

Sunday, May 3, is the Scorpio Full Moon (exact at 11:42 pm EDT). This is the Moon in Scorpio opposite the Sun in Taurus -- a set-up perfectly tuned to the more sensual and sexual ways to experience life.

Since the Sun is close to reaching the mid-point of Taurus (May 5), this Full Moon is a Beltane Full Moon. Beltane’s an ancient Pagan holiday timed with the middle of spring. In that agricultural culture that timed life with the cycles of nature, this time of year was about celebrating the fertilization of the fields and sowing seeds.

In terms of ritual and symbolic acts, this translates to having sex—preferably out in the fields or woods. As Eric Francis put it in his Planet Waves FM broadcast this week, it’s about “feeding the Goddess with sex.” If you can express your creative, erotic energy outside, so much the better, but indoor and solo celebrations count, too, as do conscious intention and passion.

So what’s Jupiter’s role in this astrology? It is in mid-Leo, exactly square the Sun and Moon. Jupiter aspects have a magnifying or exaggerating effect, and that’s extra true in Leo. Most Full Moons feel like a cresting wave or pronounced build-up of tension, pressure, emotion or passion as it is.

Thankfully, Jupiter squares are known to be pretty friendly, because they’re energizing and usually optimistic. Jupiter square the Moon can feel especially positive. With the Sun square Jupiter, your prevailing attitudes and tendencies heading into the astrology make a difference, because they will easily expand, develop and carry you along.

Now, don’t sit on your hands in a corner because you’re afraid of magnifying your doubts, fears or criticisms. Overall, this is a green-light Full Moon. But it is up to you—should you have a party, or frolic in the fields, or indulge in mind-altering substances (including alcohol)—to use your judgment. Your judgment won’t go completely AWOL if you’re remotely mindful; it’s just the part of the equation you might need to supply yourself this weekend.

It’s worth mentioning quickly that in addition to the indulgently physical/sensual energies and passionately emotional/sexual energies of the Scorpio Full Moon, it’s always possible that the more possessive or stubborn expressions of the signs involved could creep in. A little mindfulness will go a long way there.

Also, if you’ve been feeling down lately about lacking a sexual playmate, acknowledge those feelings. Honor them, and then honor yourself: figure out the most lush, nature-oriented way you can appreciate your body—even if it’s just how much you like the feeling of grass in your toes, or the scent of hyacinths in a vase—and then get to it.

One last quick note: Mercury enters Gemini today (Thursday), and will be opposing Saturn (retrograde in Sagittarius) at the same time as the Full Moon. Mercury’s at home in Gemini: quick, agile, and able to see both sides of the story—though its speed is beginning to slow.

Opposite Saturn in Sagittarius, the message I see is: Don’t underestimate your ability to think your way beyond your perceived limits. Sometimes it just takes a little time for your faith in your own authority to catch up to what you know intellectually you "should" be capable of. So start with the idea; then connect to your body; and let your body’s pleasure fuel your positive emotions. Jupiter can take care of the rest.

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