Astrology of the Full Moon: The Full Moon of May 31 – June 1

May 8, 2007 by  


The Full Moon of May 31/June 1 (depending on your location) happens at 10 Sagittarius. This is quite a powerful full Moon, for reasons that I will explain below. This is particularly true in the horoscope (see below) set for Washington, DC.

Full Moon May 31 - June 1, 2007

First, note that this full Moon is exactly square the lunar eclipse of March 3, 2007. This is the same lunar eclipse that fell on the Ascendant-Descendant axis in Washington, DC, a very powerful placement indicating dramatic changes in the country. So this full Moon triggers the sensitive points of the lunar eclipse, bringing the potentials promised by the lunar eclipse to life, and perhaps providing more specific timing as to the dramatic changes in question.

The full Moon promises an ending and a beginning; the Moon is conjunct the fixed star Antares, the heart of the scorpion. This is one of the Royal stars, but it is rather malefic, as you can imagine. Specifically, it brings about endings, and has a tendency to bring down people through their own vices. The Sun, being directly opposite the Moon, is conjunct the Royal fixed star Aldebaran, which is not as bad as Antares, in that it promises new beginnings.

The eclipse aspects Mars in Aries just inside the fourth house cusp, indicating that the United States will be very much dealing with the war in Iraq, with intensifying pressure from both the pro-war and antiwar camps. The overall flavor of the country is that they wish to withdraw; the ruler of the first house, indicating the people, is Jupiter retrograde. In this case, we can read retrogradation as the desire to return. The fact that Jupiter is so powerfully placed right on the ascendant indicates that the people are in a position to make themselves be heard.

It is also interesting to seeing this eclipse falling on the Mars-Jupiter opposition in Baghdad’s horoscope. Most likely, we will see both the fighting and the political brinksmanship escalate to previously unseen levels.


6 Responses to “Astrology of the Full Moon: The Full Moon of May 31 – June 1”

  1. Celice on May 9th, 2007 5:35 am

    In order to establish the effect this full moon would have on your chart is it best to progress your natal chart to 3 March 2007 and then look at the transits on 31 May or 1 June to see what the effect would be on you personal chart? Also, would you look at secondary, tertiary or minor progressions to get the best overall picture?
    PS: It’s good to have you back Nina.

  2. gryphonastrology on May 9th, 2007 6:57 am

    Dear Celice,

    Interesting question; thank you. I think a full moon by itself wouldn’t have an effect on the natal chart, unless that degree was already being activated by something else (a recent eclipse, a secondary progression, etc.). In both of the cases above (Baghdad and DC), the Full Moon degrees were already hit by a preceding eclipse, which is especially important for mundane astrology.

    My best,

  3. Celice on May 10th, 2007 12:17 am

    Nina, where can I learn more on traditional astrology?


  4. Gary C on May 12th, 2007 11:00 am

    Nina, do you know the answer to this? In traditional astrology the MC, is the party in power and the IC is the party out of power. This was easy when the Repubs controlled everything. But with a Repub president and the Dems having the edge in the house and senate, which is the party ‘in power’? My inclination is to still use the 10th as the Repubs. as they still have the White House, which is the ultimate national power. I assume we would still look to the 4th for the fortunes of the Dems. Any thoughts?

  5. gryphonastrology on May 14th, 2007 4:46 pm

    Hi Gary,

    Interesting question, as usual! Thank you. The answer would really depend on the context of the question. Do you mean in a mundane chart? In a horary? Let me know what you had in mind, and we can figure it out.


  6. gryphonastrology on May 14th, 2007 4:47 pm

    Hi again Celice,

    I like John Frawley’s work (no surprise there), but William Lilly is also a good start, depending on your tastes.


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