Lunar Eclipse [25 Scorpio 18]
May 16, 2022 (05:14 GMT+1)
This month’s Full Moon is special for different reasons. Firstly, it’s a Super Moon which means it’s one of the closest Full Moons to earth and spectacular to behold. Secondly, it’s a Total Lunar Eclipse, when the light of the Moon is ‘eclipsed’ in its relationship with the Sun & Earth. Thirdly, the Moon is in Scorpio, one of the hidden star signs emphasising the hidden nature of the eclipse.
This Lunar Eclipse will be visible to behold in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Check out timeanddate.com if you want to view the eclipse online or find out what time you can see the eclipse where you live.
In the UK, you’ll need to be awake at 4:30am to see the blood red eclipse. It will be very close to the horizon so ideally find a high point with a clear view towards the south-west. The Moon sets just after 5am and it will be at its maximum glory in that short period of time.
Lunar Eclipse Advice
During a Lunar Eclipse, the Sun & Moon are at opposite sides of the zodiac and the karmic nodes or points of destiny are pulled into the major planetary pattern.
The Lunar Nodes are an integral part of the eclipse cycle. In fact, it’s not a true eclipse if the nodes aren’t close to the eclipse degree. During this week’s Lunar Eclipse, the south node is at 22 Scorpio and close to the Moon at 25 Scorpio. The south node is where things can be released as an emptying out takes place.
Eclipses are not by their own nature good or bad. Yes, they can sweep in to move things forwards in life, sometimes at a fast rate and they tend to bring what’s hidden to light. It can be hard to plan for eclipses other than recognise that they often coincide with life’s highs and lows. Eclipses throw a shadow and a new landscape is revealed when the light returns.
Eclipses symbolise a time when the pendulum of fate swings dramatically and that can be both exhilarating and scary. Sometimes change happens close to the eclipse date or seeds are sown and events build towards a major turning point.
The influence of a particular eclipse can last until the next set of eclipses which occur this time around in October/November 2022. An eclipse has the most impact when it falls within 2º of a planet or angle in your birth chart. Sometimes, you can even allow a 5˚ orb.
Often, an event close to the eclipse date sets the wheels of change in motion and the eclipse energy plays out over the next few weeks or months. This is because eclipses take place in cycles that last for 18-24 months. What can happen is you get a run of eclipses triggering key points in your birth chart and your life shifts significantly within that period.
When you look back on the past, you invariably see that major turning points in your life, moments of destiny, coincide with important eclipse cycles. The current eclipse cycle began in November 2021 and completes in October 2023.
Traditionally, you’re wise to wait a few days after an eclipse before taking action and it’s not thought to be a good date to undertake a major project. Also, talk planet Mercury is already retrograde during this Lunar Eclipse.
Therefore, it may be wise to wait until June 3rd when Mercury turns direct before initiating events or taking action. Mercury turns direct at 26 Taurus, the same degree where the Sun is during this week’s Lunar Eclipse. The two dates are likely to be linked.
Also, note that the last Lunar Eclipse on November 19, 2021 fell at 27 Taurus, a similar point in the zodiac to this week’s eclipse at 25 Scorpio. Once again, these dates may be linked.
Eclipses are often feared because they bring what’s hidden to light, they represent the unknown. They can coincide with external events in your life, where you have to let go of control. Once you know this, you can be more in flow. Lunar Eclipses are often about endings, areas of life where you’re required to release and let go.
Taurus and Scorpio are the two star signs linked to money and power. Leading up to this week’s Lunar Eclipse, there was a major crypto-currency crash. Did you notice that one of the bitcoins that was almost wiped out was called ‘Luna’. Here we are with a Lunar Eclipse cutting across the money star signs of the zodiac. Eclipses are notoriously extreme.
Plus, Mercury is the planet linked to the markets. Its name can be found in merchandise and Mercury retrograde is often a time when the stock markets fall. A combination of Mercury retrograde and a Lunar Eclipse indicates a rocky period.
In addition, the planet linked to the unexpected Uranus is halfway through its 7 year transit of Taurus. Uranus isn’t active in this week’s eclipse but it has been active since the Solar Eclipse on April 30th.
Scorpio is the star sign linked to sexuality and taboo issues and there are plenty of examples worldwide that are sadly resonant of Scorpio’s themes of power and control – a woman’s right to abortion that’s currently being threatened and the head-to-toe burqa becoming mandatory in Afghanistan. Body autonomy & the abuse of power is a huge theme of the Taurus/Scorpio axis.
Scorpio is the star sign linked to regeneration and waste products, including pooh. It’s the compost of life, liquid gold, as the leaves mulch down to bring sustenance back into the earth, ready for next year’s bounty. The cycles of nature and astrology remind us of the inevitable cycle of life, death and rebirth.
The signs are likely that this may be a tough Lunar Eclipse as both the Sun and Moon are square to Saturn at 24 Aquarius. This confirms the theme of endings and suggests a tough decision may have to be made. You might be caught in the midst of conflict or in a seemingly impossible situation. The reality could be that you can do one thing but not the other. There may be people you love at odds with one another.
There is a wider trine aspect to Pluto at 28 Capricorn and a positive Pluto theme can be about transformation or regeneration. Yet, the theme of power remains strong.
Our Queen is one person who’s in the eye of this eclipse as she has Saturn at 24 Scorpio conjunct her Midheaven at 25 Scorpio, the point at the peak of the horoscope. A definite theme of endings or a reality check in her life.
Also, the ruler of the Scorpio eclipse is Mars traditionally. And Mars is about to make a conjunction with Neptune at 24 Pisces on May 18th. Therefore, the Jupiter-Neptune themes of the last few months remain strong and are whipped up once again. The Mars-Neptune conjunction is also trine the Scorpio Moon.
Where are you being asked to surrender to life? Where are you feeling overwhelmed or emotional? Full Moons are often a time of heightened emotion and this Lunar Eclipse period goes deep.
Therefore, take good care of yourself and do what you can to keep your energy levels high. If you’re a Taurus or a Scorpio, you may be finding this eclipse season particularly intense. Yet, Scorpio is the star sign of the survivor, the phoenix who rises from the ashes, the knowledge that there’s always an opportunity to start over.
Go deep, turn within and let go of whatever’s no longer needed in your life. Go on a detox, declutter your cupboards, avoid toxic people, let go of resentment and do what you can to cleanse and refresh your body, mind and soul.
Key Areas To Note
Here’s a guide to the areas of your life where you may experience a theme of endings. Or, you’re being called forth on a path of personal transformation. Read both your Sun sign & Ascendant sign:
- Taurus & Scorpio: 1st/7th houses – RELATIONSHIPS/IDENTITY – your image & appearance, personal goals, your identity; love & relationships, significant others, agreements & conflicts, contracts & joint ventures
- Gemini & Sagittarius: 12th/6th houses – WORK/LIFESTYLE – retreat, quiet, solitude, a spiritual path; your health & work, what you sacrifice for others, being of service
- Cancer & Capricorn: 11th/5th houses – SOCIAL GROUPS/SELF-EXPRESSION – your friends, groups, politics & social issues; your children, creativity, love affairs, what you ‘give birth to’.
- Leo & Aquarius: 10th/4th houses – FOUNDATIONS/FUTURE PATH – your career & vocation, your status & reputation, where you’re heading in life; your home & family, your past & roots, where you come from.
- Virgo & Pisces: 3rd/9th houses – LEARNING/BELIEFS – your education, neighbours & siblings, how you communicate; the bigger picture, travel, philosophy, religion, where you find meaning in life.
- Libra & Aries: 2nd/8th houses – MONEY/SELF-WORTH – money, possessions, where your values lie; your joint finances, sexuality, all things hidden, the unconscious, the metaphysical realm.