Moon with scorpio sign and planet mars with eye and lips over laid on a stars background
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If these last couple of weeks have felt more emotional, heavy, or challenging than usual, you can thank the planets and stars above. It's one of the most intense astrological moments of the year: The first eclipse of the season hit on April 30, and then Mercury retrograde kicked into gear on May 10. And on May 15 at 9:15 p.m. PT/May 16 at 12:15 a.m. ET, a lunar eclipse and full moon in Scorpio (the passionate, powerful fixed water sign) will be exact, an event that will surely add fuel to the fire.
Most full moons offer a chance to process your deepest feelings, reflect on your closest bonds — including the one you have with yourself — and wrap up a chapter of your life so you can start another in a clearer headspace. As such, full moons can make it easier to connect your heart with your body, such as through meditation , therapy, yoga, running, or all of the above, which will help you gain clarity and feel more centered.
Because eclipses crank a full moon's introspective energy into high gear, there are certain must-knows you'll want to keep in mind if you want to thrive during this change-spurring astrological event. Here is your guide to making the most of the May 2022 lunar eclipse and full moon in Scorpio.
What Lunar Eclipses and Full Moons Mean In Astrology
First, some basics on the astrological significance of a full moon. Because the moon acts as your emotional compass, ruling over your intuition and sense of security, it tends to amplify all of those themes when it's at its most full and luminous.
However, when a full moon coincides with a lunar eclipse, the moment is intensified. During this type of eclipse, the Earth passes between the sun and the moon, preventing the sun from shining its light on the moon and casting a shadow over it. This conflict between light and dark turn, combined with the heightened emotions courtesy of the full moon, can lead to breakthroughs, dramatic change, and crises. Your shadows may be more apparent, and the light — re: the change that needs to occur — can be as well.
Every eclipse is part of a series of eclipses that takes place over the course of about two years and speaks to an ongoing narrative in your life, which you might feel more or less intensely depending on where it hits your natal, aka birth, chart . This month's May 15 to 16 lunar eclipse is a part of a series occurring in Scorpio and Taurus, which began on November 19, 2021, with a lunar eclipse in Taurus .
The themes of this lunar eclipse series include nurturing your sense of security and comfort, reflecting on issues of intimacy and joint resources, and reevaluating what you value. In other words, this lunar eclipse in Scorpio will encourage you to do inner, deep emotional work, which is undoubtedly necessary to hit any mind-body goal.
Wellness Themes of the May 2022 Scorpio Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon
Fixed water sign Scorpio, which is co-ruled by Mars (the planet of action and energy) and Pluto (the planet of power and transformation), is one of the most razor-focused and deeply feeling signs. Uniquely comfortable with the shadow side of life, power and control issues, and the natural cycle of death and rebirth, the Scorpio sign is known for its magical, magnetic, intuitive, sexual, and psychic nature. It's also associated with possessiveness, jealousy , and obstinacy, as Scorpio is the ruler of the eighth house of emotional bonds and intimacy. And all of those themes could get drummed up now, given the heightened energy of the moment.
Full moons — and certainly lunar eclipses — that happen under the influence of Scorpio tend to be about your inner life, emotional vulnerability, and how toxic patterns or relationships might be holding you back from achieving your fullest potential. They're a chance to better understand what needs, wants, fears, and traumas you've been hiding under the surface.
While you can count on a Scorpio full moon to occur annually, the planetary aspects — or weather, if you will — shift from year to year. In addition to falling with a lunar eclipse in 2022, the moon forms a harmonious trine to go-getter Mars and is currently moving through the ethereal water sign Pisces. This escapist sign is all about getting swept away by imagination and mysticism. And because Neptune (the planet of dreams) is also traveling through Pisces, you might very well find yourself fantasizing about signing up for yoga teacher training, going on a fulfilling mind-body retreat , or mastering that meditation course you've always wanted to take.
Because the lunar eclipse encourages concrete change and Mars is all about taking bold action, it's very likely that simply musing about what you want to do next won't feel like enough. It's time to tune into your intuition, then go for it.
How to Thrive During the May 2022 Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon In Scorpio
With powerful Scorpio at the helm of this astrological event and its trine to Mars providing inspiration to move the ball forward, this lunar eclipse could turn out to be incredibly cathartic and empowering. No matter your sign, here are a few ways you make the most of the lunar eclipse and full moon in Scorpio.
Spend more time talking to your therapist and loved ones.
Scorpio will settle for nothing less than complete and total vulnerability. Even if you're not 100 percent clear on what might be rattling you emotionally and mentally right now, you'll do well to talk it through with a confidant. What you come up with could shed light on the roadblock you may not have realized was preventing you from achieving your greatest fitness and wellness aspirations. (P.S. setting intentions could help you reach your goals too.)
Go all-in on mind-body workouts.
Since energetic Mars is playing a major role in this lunar eclipse, consider trying upbeat ways to get your body moving, such as Zumba or trampoline workouts . But because action-oriented Mars will be in mystical Pisces, you might be inspired to move in a way that helps you cultivate the connection between your spiritual and physical sides (think: Kundalini yoga or The Class ).
Tune into your sensual side.
While Taurean energy, offered up by the sun right now, teaches you to explore with all five senses, Scorpio encourages you to work through your deepest emotions in a physical way. That's why this lunar eclipse and full moon in Scorpio is the ideal time to take a soothing bath, enjoy different kinds of self-pleasure , or get a healing massage.
Zodiac Signs the Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon In Scorpio Will Affect Most
If you were born when the sun was in the sign of the Scorpion — which occurs annually from approximately October 23 to November 22 — or with your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, or Mars) in Scorpio, you'll feel this full moon and lunar eclipse more than most. (BTW, you can find out all this info by looking at your natal chart .)
If you want to get even more specific, check to see if you have a personal planet that falls within five degrees of the full moon and lunar eclipse (25 degrees Scorpio). If so, you could sense that massive changes are on the horizon.
Similarly, if your rising sign/ascendant falls in a fellow fixed sign — including Taurus (fixed earth), Leo (fixed fire), or Aquarius (fixed air) — this could be a productive moment for checking yourself on relationship and security issues. The reason: This Scorpio full moon will affect your fourth house of home life (Leo), tenth house of career (Aquarius), or seventh house of partnership (Taurus). It's also worth checking your natal chart to see if any of your personal planets ( your moon sign , Mercury, Venus, and Mars) fall in a fixed sign; if so, you'll feel this full moon more than others.
The Astrological Takeaway for the Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon In Scorpio
Given that full moons often give way to volatility and drama and lunar eclipses may feel even more daunting than the average full moon, this astrological event is set to be seriously mind-blowing and game-changing. That said, you can cope by channeling Scorpio's steady, resolute, commanding vibe and keeping an open mind. Remember, once the dust settles, you may be faced with unstoppable change — but you'll surely have bolstered strength to flourish through it.