Most of us (if not all) are familiar with the adage “as above, so below” – which is likely as ancient as human knowledge itself.
The latin formula “Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius / et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius / ad perpetranda miracula rei unius” was originally recorded in the Tabula Smaragdina (Emerald Tablet), a fragment of the Hermetic Corpus; the latter is a series of sacred texts attributed by the enigmatic, fascinating figure of Hermes Trismegistus.
This simple axiom discloses an equally elementary, yet vast and transcendental Truth: microcosm (us) and macrocosm (the Universe) are subjected to the same Laws. The visible phenomena we can observe on the earthly surface are not separated from the realms that elude our empirical experience. Coarse, unrefined matter, and Spirit/intellect are everything but completely unrelated.
The Emerald Tablet was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art; in the eyes of Hermetic practitioners, alchemy was (and is) a spiritual craft, aimed towards the transmutation of the human Soul.
The whole Zodiac can be considered as a sequence of stages of transmutation; however, few would hesitate to consider Scorpio the sign that embodies the torturous, tireless process of the Great Work.
Metamorphosis, cleansing and epiphany are the keywords for the upcoming Full Moon, arriving on May 10, at 9:42 PM UTC, 20°24 of Scorpio. “As above, so below” could be this Full Moon’s motto.
Full Moons expose, reveal, illuminate: a Full Moon in the most occult, secretive sign of the Zodiac is capable of shining a torch into the darkest pit, pushing unspoken feelings, hidden agendas and the overall subtext of our current reality, to the surface. Anything suppressed or bottled up is pushed to the overflow point, erupting on the outside, making itself known, undeniably, unmistakably. As within, so without. What laid dormant below the surface, suddenly emerges above, in plain sight. A Full Moon in Scorpio can be an experience of emotional catharsis: it allows us to purge negative feelings, flush out emotional toxins, and release the energy trapped in our subconscious. Facing the truth, we confront the shadow of our grudges, compulsions, obsessions, and, ultimately, reclaim our darkness as part of who we are. We reclaim our wholeness, through loss. We take back our power.
But a Full Moon is also an energetic peak, which shines a bright beam on whatever is coming full-circle in our Life, highlighting culminations and manifestations in the world of five senses; in this sense, this Scorpio Full Moon might also coincide with the peak of a process of transmutation of which the seeds were planted long ago. It’s a turning point in our personal Great Work, the vigorous push for evolution, the acceleration of a situation or relationship all the way to the next level, or the final amputation that allows us to release our emotional grip, mourn the loss, and make room for the new. Again, the theme is wholeness, and coming into wholeness through the disengagement from the toxic, detrimental dynamics / patterns that keep us enslaved.
This Full Moon is like the athanor – the tall, self-feeding furnace of alchemists; her concentrated, slow-burn intensity erodes the rotting impurity that pollutes our mental clarity, our emotional health, our spiritual mastery. Nothing that crosses her threshold of fire remains unchanged – especially if it’s something that no longer serves any purpose.
The only close aspect made by the Full Moon is to (Rx) Pluto, modern ruler of Scorpio, via sextile – a gently supportive connection that adds some ease to the proceedings. There are no other influences interfering with this delicate, poignant gestation – not even ours’. In fact, Mars, the ancient ruler of Scorpio, receives a square from nebulous Neptune, an aspect that dissipates energy and willpower. Once lit, the athanor can run for a long time without any human supervision; similarly, once triggered, the powerful transformation activated at this Full Moon will come into completion on its own. We will see that it’s meant to be.
Those with planets, nodes or angles between 15 and 25 of Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) and Fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) signs will feel the impact of this Full Moon the most.
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