Category: Moon Cycles Written by Jamie Partridge
The Scorpio full moon on May 16, 2022 is a total lunar eclipse. It makes a challenging aspect to Saturn. So the spiritual meaning of the full moon May 2022 astrology is about taking responsibility and facing your fears with patience, determination, and emotional maturity.
The May 2022 lunar eclipse in Scorpio is also well-aspected to Mars and Neptune. This means you can face any adversity with courage and a fighting spirit. The lunar eclipse May 2022 astrology points to spiritual war but also a moral victory over evil. The full moon meaning for each Sign is at the end of this post.
Full Moon May 2022 Astrology
The May 16 full moon at 25°17′ Scorpio has both positive and challenging influences. The red square aspect to Saturn is one of the most challenging aspects possible. Yet there is a harmonious trine aspect to two planets, Mars and Neptune.
This same contrast between positive and negative influence is found with the fixed stars. The Moon is conjunct the fortunate and friendly fixed star Agena, while the Sun is conjunct the most dangerous star in heaven, Algol.
The polarity in the full moon May 2022 astrology between good and bad would seem finely balanced. There are more positive aspects than difficult ones, but the fixed stars joining Mars-Neptune, and even Jupiter, are all challenging.
Lunar Eclipse May 2022 Meaning
Like a regular full moon only stronger, the Sun opposite the Moon of a lunar eclipse brings your home, family, and intimate relationships into sharper focus. And the lunar eclipse May 2022 astrology is especially strong because this is a total lunar eclipse.
Opposing forces such as work versus home, or what you need versus what you want, create inner tension and external pressures. This can lead to conflict and crises that drain your energy.
The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a lunar eclipse. So use your increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome any relationship challenges. Subconscious awareness allows for an impartial and balanced look at your personal relationships. You will clearly see any relationship dynamics or negative feelings causing disharmony. A lunar eclipse represents a resetting of your emotions, clearing away the emotional baggage of the previous six months.
Lunar eclipse square Saturn can bring hardship and suffering. There may be delays, criticism, separation, loss, and grief. Extra responsibilities and pressure from superiors are possible. Such tests of character can make you feel disappointed, discouraged, pessimistic, guilty, sad, and lonely.
This restricting and depressing influence requires hard work, patience, determination, and emotional maturity. If you shy away from your responsibilities you will only feel more guilt, fear, bitterness, and self-pity. And the nagging and bullying won’t get any better either.
Lunar eclipse trine Mars gives the courage, initiative, and instincts to fight for your rights and take on more responsibility. Extra confidence and emotional strength will help you deal with any Saturn challenges or relationship problems, and avoid disappointment and sadness. You can be more assertive and direct in your dealings to avoid being used or abused.
Saturn’s influence on the full moon May 2022 astrology makes it harder to reach your goals and share your feelings. But now Mars gives you the energy and enthusiasm to get what you desire. Increased charisma and sex appeal will also make your relationships more passionate.
Lunar eclipse trine Neptune also eases the restrictive influence of Saturn. Emotional sensitivity and compassion will help you share your feelings. You will feel more inspired and idealistic to follow your dreams and turn them into reality. And enhanced creativity and imagination will help you more fully express yourself.
This aspect also heightens your intuition and psychic awareness to break through any Saturn barriers. It will help you connect in a more spiritual way with others. Your relationships will also benefit from a shared understanding that may be non-verbal.
Mars conjunct Neptune can have negative manifestations like paranoia and delusions. But not when this conjunction is trine the lunar eclipse. Instead, the harmonious aspect gives the confidence and motivation to chase your dreams and spiritual goals. Love relationships will benefit from more romance, sensuality, and sexual magnetism.
You can draw on strong spiritual courage and a fighting spirit to defend yourself and your loved ones. You can win battles now but more through acts of kindness than attacking others. This spiritual warrior aspect is excellent for fighting again injustice.
Full Moon May 2022 is in the Sign of Scorpio. But as the star map below shows, it is actually in the Constellation of Libra. This discrepancy is due to the precession of the equinoxes. It has moved the Sun Signs almost a whole Sign out of alignment with the Constellations from which they were named over 2000 years ago.
Lunar Eclipse May 2022
Moon in the Centaur
Even though the Moon is in the constellation Libra, it does not align with any major fixed stars in the Scales. It does, however, align with Beta Centauri, fixed star Agena at 25°06′ Scorpio. Its official name is Hadar, as used in the image above, but astrologers use the traditional name Agena.
Moon conjunct Agena: Sarcasm and bitter speech, strong passions.
In general, Agena gives position, friendship, refinement, morality, health and honor. 
Constellation Centaurus is said to give hard-heartedness, an inclination to vengeance, love of arms, strong passion, and energetic nature. It may be connected with poisons.  The constellation gives wisdom and proficiency in botany, music, astronomy, divination, and medicine. 
Sun in Medusa’s Head
Fixed star Algol at 26°28′ Taurus is conjunct the Sun at this lunar eclipse. It represents the head of the Gorgon Medusa who was slain by Perseus. The unfortunate influence of this star Algol on the lunar eclipse May 2022 astrology is strong for other reasons. The last lunar eclipse in November 2021 at 27°14′ Taurus was conjunct Algol. And Mercury stations direct on June 3, 2022, at 26°05′ Taurus conjunct Algol.
Sun conjunct Algol: Violent death or extreme sickness.  Very difficult to avoid accidents and severe injuries. 
In general, Algol causes misfortune, violence, decapitation, hanging, electrocution and mob violence, and gives a dogged and violent nature that causes death to the native or others. It is the most evil star in the heavens. 
Although “high spiritual rays” are emanating from Algol, only those who have already reached high spiritual development can receive them. Even then, there will be difficulties and obstacles in their way, and much energy must be used to overcome these handicaps. If their endeavors fail, strong counter forces and enmities will be present. 
Constellation Perseus gives an intelligent, strong, bold and adventurous nature, but a tendency to lying.  The constellation is indicative of events affecting large numbers of people, especially those events caused by major meteorological phenomena. 
Full Moon May 2022 Summary
The May 16 lunar eclipse square Saturn does bring the potential for hardship and suffering. And the Sun with Algol means it could be severe and affect large numbers of people. But the conjunction of Mars and Neptune trine the eclipse gives the courage and fighting spirit to take responsibility and accept any challenge head-on.
The planetary aspects and fixed stars of the lunar eclipse May 2022 astrology point to spiritual warfare. It could well describe the war in Ukraine or the abortion debate in America. But also a more personal battle again injustice, an abusive relationship, or addiction. By using your instincts, morality, and spiritual ideals, you can face your fears, battles your demons, and triumph over evil.
The influence of the May 16 lunar eclipse combined with that of the April 30 solar eclipse to form an eclipse phase that lasts until the solar eclipse on October 25, 2022. The solar eclipse is helping you initiate positive change and follow your passionate desires.
If the full moon May 2022 astrology directly impacts your horoscope decan you can read about it in your monthly horoscope. For more detail about how it affects your natal chart see full moon transits.
- Previous Moon Phase: Solar Eclipse April 30, 2022
- Next Moon Phase: New Moon May 30, 2022
- 2022 Moon Phases Calendar
Lunar Eclipse May 2022 Times and Dates
- Los Angeles – May 15, 9:14 pm
- New York – May 16, 00:14 am
- London – May 16, 5:14 am
- Delhi – May 16, 9:44 am
- Sydney – May 16, 2:14 pm
Full Moon May 2022 Astrology For Each Sign
Aries: Full Moon May 2022 can cause mood swings and an inability to truly relax and find harmony in relationships. Rising stress and tension can make you feel anxious, insecure and uncertain. Learning to adjust, compromise, and adapt your behavior will restore emotional balance and help avoid a crisis.
Taurus: Lunar eclipse May 2022 brings a strong need or desire to accomplish great things and succeed. But different areas of your life may not be working in the same direction. You may become emotionally sensitive. The key to success is compromise and cooperation.
Gemini: The lunar eclipse in Scorpio can cause mood swings and an inability to truly relax and find harmony in relationships. Rising stress and tension can make you feel anxious, insecure and uncertain. Learning to adjust, compromise, and adapt your behavior will restore emotional balance and help avoid a crisis.
Cancer: The May 2022 full moon brings self-confidence and inner balance. This helps you relax and feel more comfortable being yourself. All relationships should be more harmonious, and this is an excellent time for intimate relationships. This is also a good time for promoting yourself in public.
Leo: The May 2022 new moon brings to the surface any simmering relationship tensions. Some kind of annoyance may keep niggling away at you until you are forced to do something about it. Being more sensitive to the moods of partners, family members and close friends will help avoid such emotional drama.
Virgo: The lunar eclipse in May 2022 brings self-confidence, inner balance, and contentment. Seeing both sides in a fair and balanced way helps you resolve any personal or relationship problems. Intimate relationships grow through emotional bonding and mutual respect.
Libra: The Scorpio lunar eclipse helps you make more meaningful emotional connections with friends and family. You will learn new things about yourself and others that gradually improve relationships. Adapting to small but positive changes in circumstances improves your sense of security and emotional well-being.
Scorpio: The Scorpio Full Moon brings your intimate relationships into sharp focus. This is a good time to start a new relationship or energize an existing one. Your balanced approach to problem-solving makes this an excellent time to clear the decks and make a fresh start.
Sagittarius: The full moon in Scorpio helps you make more meaningful emotional connections with friends and family. You will learn new things about yourself and others that gradually improve relationships. Adapting to small but positive changes in circumstances improves your sense of security and emotional well-being.
Capricorn: The May 16 full moon brings self-confidence, inner balance, and contentment. Seeing both sides in a fair and balanced way helps you resolve any personal or relationship problems. Intimate relationships grow through emotional bonding and mutual respect.
Aquarius: The Full Moon in May 2022 brings to the surface any simmering relationship tensions. Some kind of annoyance may keep niggling away at you until you are forced to do something about it. Being more sensitive to the moods of partners, family members and close friends will help avoid such emotional drama.
Pisces: The May 16 lunar eclipse brings self-confidence and inner balance. This helps you relax and feel more comfortable being yourself. All relationships should be more harmonious, and this is an excellent time for intimate relationships. This is also a good time for promoting yourself in public.
Lunar Eclipse May 2022 Visibility
This lunar eclipse will be completely visible over most of North and South America. It can be seen rising over Northwest North America, and the Pacific Ocean, and setting over Africa, and Europe.
- Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923, p.37, 77, 117, 123.
- Fixed Stars and Judicial Astrology, George Noonan, 1990, p.21, 72.
- Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin, 1971, p.14.
My name is Jamie Partridge and I live on the coast of NSW Australia with three amazing kids. I’ve had an interesting life so far, with varied occupations ranging from nursing assistant to farm hand.
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