Full Moon in Scorpio — May 09, 2009, 04:01 UT

This month the Full Moon occurs in Scorpio, the sign famous for its attraction to deep secrets. Mercury in early Gemini has just stationed retrograde turning the focus inward. The Sun, Moon and some Centaur planets have formed a grand cross in fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius).

A grand cross is a challenging aspect pattern which calls for attention. This is a potent time to unveil, face and resolve hidden matters from the past.

A grand cross is formed by two oppositions and four squares. The Sun and Moon are opposing each other on the Taurus-Scorpio axis. Centaur planet Chariklo is in conjunction with the Moon. The other opposition is formed by two Centaurs, Nessus in Aquarius and Elatus in Leo.

From Tracy Delaney’s article on Chiron and Elatus you can learn interesting facts about Elatus. She writes:

“In its highest form I think Elatus is about communicating that which is deeply felt and comes through you, echoing the arrow passing straight through him in the myth, changing him as it does so. This is really all you can do with anything that comes from Neptune, where words are inadequate. The struggle comes when you try to do it the other way round; the frustrating process of grasping for the right words which seem out of reach, struggling to express yourself, not making yourself understood etc. You could look at it as a lesson about getting your ego out of the way, in this case to allow inspiration to come, for which you can take no credit. It seems to me that all the Centaurs have this same basic lesson, taught through their very different paths. I think Elatus could relate to learning through the whole creative process in that way, and the phenomenon of affecting others by it in ways you’ll never know.”

In the excerpt above, Tracy is referring to Neptune in the discovery chart of Elatus. Currently the Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius is tightening, and I think this planetary composition is making her delineation very apt just now.

Nessus was the third centaur to be found (after Chiron and Pholus). He was discovered in 1993 by David L. Rabinowitz, the same guy who in recent years as a member of Mike Brown’s team has contributed to many notable minor planet discoveries.

Nessus is a Centaur planet that assists with identifying and healing of abuse patterns which sometimes are invisible. The themes of Nessus can stretch over generations, or be collective. The pattern indicated by Nessus can be psychological, physical or sexual in nature. The theme of responsibility and not passing the responsibility to any point further, or to anybody else is important. Here is an excellent article by Eric on Nessus.

Chariklo is the largest known Centaur planet. In mythology Chariklo was a nymph, the wife of Chiron.

Centaurs are in dynamically unstable orbits that will eventually lead either to ejection from the solar system, an impact with a planet or the Sun, or evolution into a short-period comet. The orbit of Chariklo is more stable than the orbit of Nessus and Chiron, for instance. Also, in the discovery chart of Chariklo the aspect pattern reflects balance and harmony.

There is a grand sextile – a six pointed star — in the discovery chart of Chariklo, formed by Chariklo herself in one of the points and main planets in the other five points. A grand sextile is a rare aspect figure consisting of 60 degree aspects. Sextiles are considered to be beneficial. Juno at 4+ degrees of Taurus – conjunct the discovery degree of Chiron — is a symbol of the celestial marriage between Chariklo and Chiron.

Astrologically, Chariklo is about compassion, devotion and emotional connection, among other themes. Eric has noted that Chariklo can represent the inability to leave, or difficulty with leaving an inappropriate or hurtful companion. In the Full Moon chart the square between Nessus and Chariklo brings subjects like codependency and dysfunctional relationships into my mind.

Centaurs are agents of transformation, pushing us toward consciousness and change. Learning the art of communication, maybe in Elatus’ style, could ease the process.


Serennu, Chiron & Elatus

Wikipedia, 7066 Nessus

Wikipedia, David L. Rabinowitz

Eric Francis, Nessus, Small World Stories, 2008

Melanie Reinhart, Saturn, Chiron and the Centaurs, CPA Press, 2002

Wikipedia, Chariklo

Eric Francis, Chariklo, Small World Stories, 2008

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