April 2018 ends with a Full Moon in watery and passionate Scorpio. This particular phase in the soli-lunar calendar will take place on 30 April at 01h58 BST (02h58 SAST).
Scorpio is a fixed water sign associated with underground streams, sewers and hidden springs. As such, it has dual associations, both light and dark, with deep feelings, hidden sensitivities and secret longings, as well as profound emotional relationships and seductive connections.
Because it is also synonymous with concealed motivations/intentions and strategic behaviour, the sign of Scorpio is also associated with qualities such as manipulation, calculation, paranoia, obsession and even sinister behaviour.
However, we all fear what we don’t know about, so sometimes this sign gets a bad rap when it isn’t entirely deserved. Being misunderstood, especially with regard to loyalties and/or true intent, is often the tragedy of this sign, and with the moon about to wax to full in this area of the zodiac, don’t be surprised if you encounter scenarios in which these themes arise.
From a mundane astrology perspective, Full Moons are generally about culminations, climaxes or ending points, so you can expect the April Scorpio Full Moon to coincide with some form of emotional crescendo or situational high point, or indeed the conclusion of a matter related to psychology, crimes/criminal investigations, surgery, healing or in-depth research work.
It is also possible that you find yourself finally able to let go of a deeply buried hurt or emotional scar. It may also herald a physical healing of some kind, since Scorpio is a sign associated with rebirth and regeneration. On the negative side, there could also be a fair amount of intensity and inter-personal drama around, so take care not to get dragged into unnecessary conflicts or draining relationship dynamics, especially with family members.
With Pluto, modern ruler of Scorpio, currently retrograde, it does seem likely that whatever occurs now will involve a degree of looking back, or involve a past situation or scenario. With any luck, you’ll be shedding old baggage like a snake sheds its skin, ready to begin a new psychological phase by the time we reach the New Moon in May.
This April, the Scorpio Full Moon falls in the 10th degree, the Sabian Symbol for which is:
A fellowship supper re-awakens unforgettable inner ties.
Lynda Hill describes the symbolism, as she sees it, around this Sabian symbol:
This Symbol shows getting together with people with shared visions and histories which can be very rewarding and renewing. A “Fellowship Supper” can help connect with old friends, or provide a place for meeting new ones. Often with this degree, issues around food come up, whether it’s providing food and drink or sharing it with others. It’s important to find time to socialize with like-minded people as true friendships can come from simple gatherings. Also, there can often be the sense that one’s known people before, on a karmic level, or, stretching back into a past life. True fellowship and fraternity can bring a sweet sense of nostalgia and uplift to each individual’s life.
Keywords: Renewed bonds. Feeling like you’ve known each other before. Reunions and memories. Past life connections. Fated meetings. The Last Supper. Reaching out to others.
The Caution: Only feeling comfortable with your past. Not changing with the cycles. Not joining in. Feeling excluded. Feeling uneasy about having to face people from the past.
At the time of the April 2018 Scorpio Full Moon, the Sun and Moon will form a mini grand trine to Saturn, planet of old age, karma, time, structures and the established order.
The upshot: You may well find yourself healing/reconciling difficult situations or solving a mystery by following established traditions or tried and tested ways of dealing with such matters. In other words, there is no need to reinvent the wheel here.
There is that old saying ‘Time heals all wounds,’ and it is also possible that Saturn here represents the passage of time and its ability to help us gain perspective on old conflicts and/or difficult, even traumatic, situations.
Saturn is also very good at instilling limitations and setting emotional boundaries. It is also a planet known for instilling a sense of responsibility and bestowing longevity and emotional maturity in relationships. Perhaps you may find yourself having to to be ‘grown-up’ right now? If so, the positive aspects associated with this transit suggest that your long-suffering but patient attitude will more than likely pay off, even if this is not evident immediately.
At this Full Moon, the best strategy to success is a mixture of thoughtfulness and common sense, combined with instinctive responses. So listen to strong gut feelings and then act on them, but so cautiously and systematically. Employing this strategy could see you earning respect from peers; and recognition from bosses. The key is consistency, so start as you mean to go on – and then keep it up until your work is done and dusted.