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Full in Scorpio: Moon of Flowering Branches


As the Sun transits from Aries into Taurus, we shift from I am into I have. The Spring is unfolding, and we are moving from an inquiry into who we are, into our identity, to an inquiry about what we have, what we need, our resources. Aries' Fire, kicking off the zodiacal year with its urgency, its confidence and its drive to move forward, has ignited us, given energy to our goals, our desires, and our passions. Now that initiating Fire has to transform into something more sustaining and sustainable, or its initial force will just burn itself out into nothing,


            In the middle of the Spring, the Sun moves into Taurus. Being both an Earth sign and a Fixed sign, grounding and stability are hallmarks of Taurus. The actions initiated during Aries begin to manifest and grow, aided by Taurus's patience and steady support. We begin to see the fruit of our labors, and we watch as out projects grow and develop.


            Ruled by Venus, Taurus brings us back to the body, to the pleasures of the flesh. With Beltane on the horizon, it is very easy to slip into the sheer hedonic enjoyment of the moment, especially when the whole world around us is reflecting back Spring’s lush sensuality. Taurus reminds us that pleasure and enjoyment are positive values, and we should into deprive ourselves of the things we love. Good food, rest, good sex, play, safety, loving relationships—all of these things are necessary for us to be healthy and whole, they are not luxuries. Yet so many of us find ourselves deprived—and sometimes deprive ourselves-of things that we want. Taurus can be indulgent, but she is always firmly rooted in those things closest to us.


            Tonight’s Full Moon, with the Sun in luxurious Taurus illuminating the Moon in intense Scorpio, is one of the most passionate Full Moons of the year. Coming just a week before Beltane, the collision of desire and passion, the dance between what we have and what we long for, gets even more heated up. It is the time I call the Moon of Flowering Branches.  Right now, all the flowering trees—apple, pear, crab, cherry—are in full bloom. The air is gently scented with perfume. Catching early morning sun, or glowing under the Moon, the tree blossoms are with us for just a moment. Their beauty fades quickly as they are supplanted by leaves and their swollen buds begin to ripen into fruit, nuts or seeds. The trees grow into their Summer foliage and the blossoms are gone. They remind us that our passions might rise up and enflame us, bring light and heat and beauty, but that intensity will flicker out and ground itself into what can be sustained. The blossoms drop, but the tree grow and produces fruit. We too feel attraction, infatuation, passion, but over time those feelings mature into something that lasts, that transcends the momentary flare. This Full Moon is the time to celebrate that fleeting, magic moment, where the Earth reveals the depth of her beauty, and all we can do is kneel in awe.


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Leni Hester is a Witch and writer from Denver, Colorado. Her work appears in the Immanion anthologies "Pop Culture Grimoire," "Women's Voices in Magick" and "Manifesting Prosperity". She is a frequent contributor to Witches and Pagans and Sagewoman Magazines.


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