Dark Star Astrology

The May Full Moon 2017 falls in Scorpio decan 3 and takes us back to the dark side.. Yes I know it’s a Scorpio moon, but the slithery fixed stars and the Moon’s kiss to Pluto add even more sorcery and sin to the mix. This Full Moon falls on the cusp of the decan, so is actually closer to fixed star Zubenelschemali (In Scorpio decan 2) than it is to Unukalhai. However since the actual Full Moon aligns exactly with Beta Serpens and Unukalhai is the alpha star of Serpens we really can’t ignore the serpent energy!


Full Moon on May 10 2017 at 20º Scorpio Decan 3. Aspects: Sextile Pluto. Fixed Stars: Zubenelschemali In Libra & Unukalhai In the neck of Serpens.


This Full Moon also falls on an extremely fortunate star Zubenelschemali in the northern scale. It’s a good start, and provides the sweet to the dark cherry bitterness of the rest of the influences. This star represents gain and “It gives good fortune, high ambition, beneficence, honor, riches, and permanent happiness.” As well as being so lucky, Zubenelschemali aptly shines a deep emerald green. Green is the colour of money, status and prosperity.

In Manilus’s day the constellation Libra fell at the Autumn equinox. He says “Balancing night with the length of day when after a year’s space we enjoy the new vintage of the ripened grape, the Scales will bestow the employment of weights and measures.” The contrasts between the two scales are significant of course. Now that they fall in tropical Scorpio, I think they take on the characteristics of Egyptian Maat.

Goddess Maat “was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities..”  She would weigh the souls of the dead against a feather to determine whether they could enter paradise. Of course Scorpio as a sign is associated with the Underworld anyway.
The scales of Libra used to be known as the claws of Scorpion, when Scorpio was far bigger as a constellation and Libra didn’t actually exist. The Full Moon is most closely aligned with Beta Serpens which at 20º Scorpio  falls in the head of the serpent held by Ophuichus (The snake charmer or medicine man.) “According to Ptolemy, Serpens is like Saturn and Mars. It is said to give wisdom, craft, deceit, malice, a feeble will and danger of poison.”

Full Moon Fixed Stars

Full Moon May 2017Unukalhai is a major star and found in the neck of the Serpens. This star has an unfortunate reputation according to the ancients. It is also connected with Lilith, Kundalini and sex magic. The Chiron medicine man is holding this forbidden fruit, which could be spiritual wisdom or poison. The Serpent is both deadly and sacred. The serpent revealed to Ophuichus how to bring the dead back to life, which could be seen as a transgression of natural law. The use of magic must be used responsibly and not for selfish purposes, which is why this star has the reputation that is does.

The Moon has a specific meaning when aligned with both of these stars.

Zubenelschemali 19º Scorpio “Active mind, organizing ability, benefits through new and influential friends, valuable gifts, uses friends’ names to obtain money but matter is amicably settled, high position, love of respectable women.”
Unukalhai 22º Scorpio “ Clever, evil environment, hatred of authority, involved in intrigues and plots, banished, imprisoned or hanged for crime probably by poisoning.” [1a]

Full Moon in Scorpio Decan 3

As if the stars of Scorpio 3 weren’t ‘evil’ enough, this decan alone is generally regarded as being one of debauchery! Agrippa says it signifies “ drunkenness, fornication, wrath, violence and strife”. This is supported by my research which found traumatic events and killers amongst the natives.

The Picatrix says this is “a face of evil works and taste, and joining ones attempts with women by force and with them being unwilling” [2] So that’s the bad news then.. The mysterious and sometimes eerie Full Moon is bound to emphasis the occult potential of this decan. The good news is that there is also an inordinate amount of talented singers with this placement. For the most part they are extremely slinky souls, using their serpentine attributes in the most erotic manner possible.

Full moon sensitive females might find that they cannot help but become the ultimate femme fatale. On the other hand, males touched by this full moon will play the typical Don Juan. Both sexes need to watch they don’t become too ruthless in the quest of bedding the object of their desire. This Full Moon position can almost be too cartoon-like in its potential to produce scoundrels. Yet the copious amount of artistry also stirred up by this bitter-sweet luna cannot be ignored.

Austin Coppock says those with their moon in Scorpio decan 3 “feel much of that what others refuse to and are open to states which most repress. As a result, they have an emotional range that many lack and are often quite sensitive, with many evidencing intuitive and psychic ability”.[2b]. We could find ourselves looking at the dark side of excess, with prominent people in the news behaving in quite a lewd manner.

This Full Moon in Scorpio 3 will open our eyes further to the degeneracy in the world (If they weren’t open enough already.) It is only after the stench of purification is revealed, that a new dawn is possible. It is interesting that director Stanley Kubrick had his Moon in Scorpio 3. His prophetic films show only too well what happens when people willfully keep their ‘eyes wide shut!’

Full Moon May ~ Sextile Pluto

fm-mayMoon sextile Pluto seems to have much more sinister undertones than one would expect from a soft aspect. This is still a Hades moon after all and Moon/Pluto aspects are never easy going. The sensitive moon combined with the sometime hellish transformation of outer planet Pluto is going to be hard for us to carry on a personal level.This combination can be very successful utilised in the advertising industry since it involves the creative use of sorcery.

Those touched by this full moon will find they have a natural ability with psychology, and use it to understand (or negatively to manipulate) base human instincts. The list of sextile examples include (Strangely) a disturbing amount of serial killers and sex criminals, but also occultists. Some are a bit of both Ie; Crowley. One thing that Pluto inspires above all (rightly or wrongly) is awe and power, the sizzling sextile and the mysterious nocturnal world of the moon make this Full Moon all the more magical and spellbinding.

Full Moon May 2017 Summary

There is a theme of rough justice here, but one where if you respect the laws of nature you can receive the gains offered by the fortunate star Zubenelshemali. Otherwise, it’s back to the compost heap! The themes of natural law and Maat, I will explore further when I make the YouTube version of this post..