“As we approach Wednesday’s Scorpio Full Moon and distance ourselves from the recent Sun/Saturn opposition we can best use this time to consider where in life we are skimming the surface in order to avoid the apparent darkness of depths we would prefer were not there. This is not an exercise in misery or some kind of morbid masochism but a gentle coaxing of our attention to the places where it does not naturally rest, for in doing so we expand the boundaries of our field of acceptance and soften a little more the rigidity which ego demands in order to stay safe and in control.
Think of it as tending to a painful wound. We don’t bash it with a mallet to make it better. We bathe it in soothing warm water. We perhaps apply herbs or creams to ease the pain and promote healing. We dress it carefully to protect it from the outside world until it is more able to cope with its challenges again. If the wound is deep cleaning it may hurt more than we would like. We may pull our injured limb away, only to know that we must surrender it once more for treatment in order for it to heal. Eventually we look back and recall the injury and the pain, but we look now at fresh skin and a healed wound. We are grateful that Mother Nature has had her way and we are whole again.
It is this wholeness towards which nature points us at all times. Our vital life force, which energises our every cell, seeks balance and healing in each moment. If we play our part Mother Nature plays hers many fold. But if we refuse to engage, pull away, deny or ignore, she cannot fulfil her mission to heal but is instead left trying to keep us in balance when we won’t play the game ourselves. And, given we are as much a part of our Mother as we are her child, we are left fragmented and drained rather than energised and whole.
A Full Moon in Scorpio shines its light in the darkest places, encouraging us to peer in and see what’s there, even if only for a moment. So as we approach the coming Full Moon we can invite it in rather than dread its arrival, prepare a place at the table and plan for it to stay a while. In so doing we are holding out the wound we’ve been trying to avoid dealing with and asking for a healing balm to be applied. If the wound is deep it may hurt at the cleaning stage. I can’t deny that. But this is the pain of progress, of increasing consciousness, of the growth of wisdom. It is the pain that says something is now happening which will bring you to wholeness in due course. It is a different pain to the one which says ‘go too deep here and you’ll never return’: the pain of fear, denial, of living a half life because so much is banished to the shadows.
Just as the power of the collective is becoming increasingly obvious as we journey into the Aquarian Age, so too is the power of collective unconsciousness to which we contribute when we deny our own wounds and refuse to embrace our own darkness. We always have a choice, of course, as to which we align ourselves with, but if we are to bring the burgeoning astrological age to the most positive fruition we must choose consciousness all the way and expose our wounds, whilst surrounding them with love, for the healing power of the universe to do what it does best.
Here’s wishing everyone a gentle and healing week.”
Image: Mahmoud Farshchian