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Scorpio Lunar Eclipse: Snake in the Grass, Dragon in the Heart

My mom, a robustly optimistic Sun in Taurus person, was fond of saying that it’s the bad times in life that make us appreciate the good ones. That’s a fine theory; but a certain amount of Moon/Pluto, Neptune in Scorpio skepticism persuaded me early on that bad times can, in fact, taint the good ones – by making us distrustful, jaded, and regretful.

Consider Adam and Eve.

They are naked and happy in the Garden of Eden. All is beautiful and serene. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Enter a serpent – a nasty snake in the grass – that tempts them with forbidden fruit. Adam and Eve succumb to temptation, leading to their expulsion from the Garden, awareness of their nakedness, and introducing humanity to the concepts of sin and death (and inevitably, “Project Runway”).

Relatively speaking, the rest of their lives were probably something of a let-down.

Who – or what – is your serpent?

We’re born Adam or Eve, naked and usually pretty happy, I imagine, though my memory of the event is sketchy. There is that unpleasant business of getting through the birth canal, but quickly enough you’re snuggled up to some soft, friendly person and given something to drink. You’re in Eden.

And, being Eden, life will introduce you at some point to a snake in the grass. Something that tempts you with a luscious and forbidden treasure. Something that leads you to realize you’re naked, possibly sinful, and that the garden of beauty and love and innocence that you’ve called home is lost to you forever.

For many young women, this serpent takes the form of a young man who is charming, crafty, and clever. He knows just how to lead you into temptation and engineer your downfall.

For instance, according to evolutionary biologist and Harvard professor Steven Pinker,

“The most desirable man of all, in many woman’s eyes, is ‘tough-tender’ – nice to her, aggressive with everyone else.”

It’s a pretty irresistible apple when a good-looking, venomous serpent shows you his sweet side. You feel incredibly special. You will do anything to ensure a steady supply of these apples!

Before you know what hit you, your family is threatening to disinherit you, your friends won’t return your calls, and there are fang marks all over your body.

That’s a nasty serpent. Some of us are still pretty young when he arrives on the scene and leaves with our innocence.

There are nastier serpents, though, and sometimes they arrive when we’re even younger. Serpents who tempt us, boys and girls alike, with toys or candy or games, and then handle us in a way that makes us feel dirty. Serpents who rustle through the grass, hardly detectable until they suddenly leap from a bush and bite you.

And the next thing you know, you’ve been expelled from the Garden. The world isn’t so pretty or benign anymore, not so safe or secure. Your eyes have been opened to your nakedness and vulnerability. You’ve been tricked and made to feel foolish. You’ve been told your natural state is an abomination, and told it in such a convincing way that you kind of believe it.

Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio: A serpent in your garden

This Full Moon (May 15, 2022, 9:14 pm Pacific time) is a total lunar eclipse in Scorpio. There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with Scorpio; all signs have a balance of bright and dark. Scorpio is strong, loyal, and perceptive. But it’s also a sign of secrets, temptations, and mysteries – and those are the apples that our serpents like to use to ensnare us.

So this is an eclipse that tends to present you with either a choice to eat forbidden fruit, or the consequences of having already eaten it. Sleeping with the married lover, or realizing the lover you’ve slept with is married. Lying to a friend about something that really matters, or perhaps discovering such a lie.

There is an opportunity in this eclipse, though, that’s characteristic of eclipses in general and Scorpio eclipses in particular. It’s the opportunity to transform yourself into something even more formidable than a crafty serpent: a fire-breathing dragon. Dragons are wise, magical, and supernaturally adept. And here’s the good part:  legend has it that they taught humans how to speak.

Scorpio’s greatest gifts are the ability to perceive what others can’t see, and the bravery to speak out about it. Scorpio energy in its lowest expression is a cunning snake in the grass, but Scorpio energy in its highest expression is a dragon.

Other eclipses fell near this degree as recently as May 1984, November 1993, May 2003, and November 2012. Perhaps you met a serpent then; possibly, it helped engineer a fall from grace, your expulsion from the Garden. (Where are you likely to stumble across your serpent? The house of your chart where 25º18′ Scorpio falls. If you’re not sure how to find it, this blog post  should help.)

Did you show that serpent how a dragon behaves when threatened? Did you shout and hiss and drive it out? Did you breathe fire and call the National Enquirer to blow the whistle on that serpent’s ass? (Note to self for further research: Do serpents have asses?)

Well, here’s another chance. Because there is a snake rustling through the grasses of your garden. Something that wishes you ill, that wants you to fail, or just some free-floating spirit of malevolence that takes an impersonal delight in seeing a good person brought low.

The work of this lunar eclipse is to stare that serpent down. To summon every unshakable, sensible, life-affirming impulse you possess. To call on that dragon you carry around, just behind your breastbone – the one that breathes fire, straight from your heart.

Writing and images © 2013-22 by April Elliott Kent

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6 comments to " Scorpio Lunar Eclipse: Snake in the Grass, Dragon in the Heart "

  • Sherry25

    Lots of work for us to do! 😉
    Thanks April for another fabulous article.

  • Sylvia Bogart

    Thank you very much. I am the Dragon and I definitely know who and what the Demon Snake is all about. Thanks for the heads up. 💘 and LIGHTNING! BLESSED BE.

  • Karen

    Just what I needed to see! Gave my notice last week and neither the owner, his brother or HR who are all “the big boys club” acknowledged it or thanked me. I feel used just hanging around and that HR Manager is the snake in the grass and that after Monday I just won’t return! I am also a Scorpio so emotions are running high!

  • Katherine

    Very insightful April. And, as usual, just what I needed to hear at this exact moment in time. Thank you.

  • I’m on board with Sylvia Bogart. I too, am a “dragon”; a Sagittarian fire dragon.
    I’ve known for years, if pushed inappropriately or especially if taken advantage of or used; watch for that Sagittarius Fire Dragon to awaken.
    As a youngster, I watched the general population take advantage of my hearing impaired parents. I learned I did not like it. Not One Little Bit! Because of that “life” experience and that Sagittarius fire,…
    Ah hem!
    Need I explain?

  • RonjaThePigeon

    I remember a few years ago commenting on how the Scorpio moon ended up being exactly embodied by some staging/ performance in the Eurovision Song Contest. Well this year it became embodied again. In what might be the most catastrophic staging failure in Eurovision history, the centrepiece of the stage / light design was a “kinetic sun” that was supposed to rotate in arched segments. But just as everyone turned up for the tech rehearsals – around the time of the solar eclipse – the organisers realised that the rotational motors were too slow, so they decided at the last minute not to use it – or remove it. So the non-functioning “sun” just sat there blocking everyone’s spectacular LED backdrop light shows. It was nicknamed the “black rainbow of death” but really, it was a literal on-stage eclipse! I think this Eurovision moon watch (*Moooooooon waaaaaatchhh*) is something I’ll have to make an annual fixture as part of my ESC party package. The symbolism is so satisfying, like playing astro-bingo.

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