by Nan DeGrove

The full moon in Scorpio (May 3, 9:43 P.M.) comes in the Maytime month of Taurus; the full moon always falls in the sign opposite the sun, reflecting the balance and integration of opposite energies as we travel the wheel of life. The lunar cycle is an approximate 29-day period from new moon, April 18th, to the next new moon, May 17th, with the full moon being the peak of the cycle, the time of illumination.

The Scorpio-Taurus polarity relates to the challenge of balancing forces of volatility and stability. Since the new moon eclipse of April 17th, which I wrote about in my last post, we have seen vivid examples of this theme, with a huge earthquake in Nepal and historic protests of injustice in a major American city. Pluto and Scorpio are dominant in the collective now, but we need the balance of Taurus with its healing gifts of beauty and communion with Nature. The full moon invites us to reflect, in the next week or so, on what needs to be released or pass away in our lives in order to support new endeavors and nourish the seeds of the future.

it is appropriate that the full moon in Scorpio comes in springtime with the rebirth of the soul of nature out of winter death and dormancy. The ancient Greeks observed with sorrow that vegetation arose from the Earth again after dying, but human life did not return. And so they had some of their dying gods transform into plants.

“The Awakening of Adonis,” J.W. Waterhouse, ca. 1900

The beautiful youth, Adonis, was loved by Aphrodite, but Persephone fell in love with him too, and refused to release him from Hades. Eventually he was allowed to spend a third of the year with each goddess, and the other portion wherever he chose. As the story goes, he was slain by a wild boar, let loose by the jealous Artemis, and from his blood sprung the anemone, or in some versions the poppy. In Normandy, France, rows and rows of poppies grow among the graves of beautiful youth slain in war, and so, the myth lives on. “Where have all the soldiers gone ─ gone to graveyards everyone / Where have all the graveyards gone ─ gone to flowers every one…” The association of flowers with death is an ancient one, and portrays the human longing for resurrection, which is the central theme of Scorpio.

Magnolia Moon Part 2

On the last full moon I wrote about my beloved magnolia tree. I was in Florida last week as the magnolias were in bloom. Here is a photo of a glorious blossom, taken by my brother, William.

Nan's magnolia against the shelf of dictionaries

La Vie en Rose

My daughter, Rose Anna, who lives in California, is a rosarian with a stunning garden. Here are three of her entries in her town’s rose show.


–“Opening Night”


Nan De Grove is a gardener, painter and astrologer. She writes the monthly full-Moon column for The Lore of the Garden, as well as other occasional contributions. She can be reached at