Beyond the Reading

Beyond the Reading: Lunar Phases May 2023

Today’s reading encourages us to utilize the lunar cycle to our advantage by capitalizing on the themes that the different phases focus on. In May, we have a lunar eclipse happening during the Full Moon in Scorpio. Then the New Moon in Taurus two weeks later brings the start of something new.

Full Moon in Scorpio – Lunar Eclipse

As a sign, watery, mysterious Scorpio is intoxicating in that way that comes with an edge of danger. During a full moon we have heightened energy that we need to release. It’s a time of letting go whatever isn’t working and delving into things we normally don’t want to think about (this is the danger). To do that, Scorpio is asking us to get familiar with our shadows – figure out the energy that is keeping us in place or filling us with fear and explore what can be done about it.

In How the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse of May 2023 Will Affect Each Zodiac Sign, Mesa (2023) focuses on the impact of the energy during this time and what we should be asking ourselves. Make sure you read for your rising, sun, and moon signs – I read all three so I know exactly what I’m working with (and/or up against). If you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about or what your signs are here is a quick and easy birth chart calculator.

New Moon in Taurus

The New Moon in Taurus is going to be interesting. We go from highlighting the things that we have been trying to ignore, to then figuring out how we can boost ourselves up, by believing in ourselves enough to show self-love. There will be an urge to turn to the material, worldly things that Taurus is so fond of but the New Moon asks us to approach things differently – by finding solace and peace within ourselves.

How do we move forward and use this time wisely?

By trying our best to identify the limiting beliefs we keep holding on to. Limiting beliefs are the things that we tell ourselves as a defense mechanism that end up holding us back.

You know those people that always seem to have an excuse to not do something by rationalizing that it would have been a waste of time or they wouldn’t have been able to do it anyway, etc? They are implementing limiting beliefs. Getting in the habit of telling yourself why you shouldn’t do things will have you essentially talking yourself out of living. In 21 Limiting Beliefs Examples That Hold You Back in Life, Kristenson (2023) lists the most common phrases we are all guilty of telling ourselves.

The upcoming month is going to be a lesson in learning how to trust yourself first and foremost. Don’t allow fear and doubt to hold you back from doing the things that you know you should be doing. At the end of this phase you should have a better understanding of how your past (shadows) is impacting your present (limiting beliefs).

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