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May 2023 Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio Meaning For Zodiac Signs

May's Lunar Eclipse Is Bringing Some Major Emotional Breakthroughs


For all of you who have been recently feeling all your feels, you can blame it on the dramatic lunar eclipse happening right now in fixed water sign Scorpio. This lunar eclipse is the second one of the year, and also happens to be the sixth one from a series of lunar eclipses that started on Nov. 19, 2021 and end on Oct. 28.

As you may already know, full moons tend to crank up the intensity of the moment, encouraging us to speak our truth and dive deeper into our feelings. But approximately twice a year, we get potent full moons that coincide with lunar eclipses. And these supercharged events are known to fuel gasp-worthy shake-ups, creating shifts that have likely been brewing for some time.

Eclipse seasons happen twice a year and generally encompass one solar eclipse and one lunar eclipse per season. We were in the heart of the first eclipse, which kicked off with a solar eclipse in Aries on April 20. But now, we're currently in the depths of this lunar eclipse in Scorpio.

Read on to learn more about lunar eclipses and specifics about which signs will be most affected by this game-changing astrological moment.

What Do Lunar Eclipses Mean in Astrology?

Full moons offer the perfect opportunity for tuning into a meditation, putting your crystals out to charge, or making moon water. If you're not at this level, maybe you've found that visualization techniques, deep breathing, or yoga classes help you manage the energy of the moment. But unlike regular full moons, lunar eclipses only happen approximately twice a year, and they stir up vibes that are far more intense than the average full moon's energy.

Eclipse energy is so heightened, in fact, that you'd do best to steer clear of involved rituals. You don't want to work with it so actively, because it's simply too tough to harness (think of it as a bolt of lightning or a powerful windstorm). The best way to handle it is to simply step out of its way and let it do its thing, even if it plows down your perfectly laid plans and leaves you with a chaotic mess. Eclipses teach us that there's actually a lesson to be learned — and possibly even a new path forward — once the dust settles.

Lunar eclipses, in particular, can feel full of upheaval, especially when it comes to your closest relationships. In astrology, the moon represents emotions, while the sun represents our core identity and self-image. When the shimmering moon is at its most full and luminous, and is also simultaneously battling it out with an ominous shadow (aka an eclipse), we may be nudged to more clearly see our own shadows, patterns, behaviors, or issues that play out in our bonds with others.

That said, not every lunar eclipse will heighten your emotions and leave your life altered. It really depends on how the astrological event is interacting with your birth chart. You generally feel the eclipse most if it's "hitting" or matching up with a part of your chart at a particular angle. To get a sense of how it might affect you, you'll want to familiarize yourself with your sun, moon, and rising signs, as well as other planetary placements and angles in your chart, such as your Mercury, Venus, and Mars signs.

How the May 2023 Lunar Eclipse Will Affect the Zodiac Signs

People who have placements in any of the fixed signs — Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius — will feel the May 5 lunar eclipse more than others. If you want to get even more specific, see if any of your natal-chart placements fall around 14 degrees of a fixed sign. If so, you'll really feel this one.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You've been going through it with this eclipse series over the last couple of years, Taurus, so chances are, you're already pretty familiar with what you need to tackle emotionally right now. Unfortunately, you know it likely has to do with your sense of self and partnerships. After all, you're in the midst of trying to reconcile your personal brand, drive, and needs with a partner — perhaps a significant other, platonic connection, or colleague. You could find that reciprocity and compromise are more necessary than ever when it comes to moving the ball forward within your most cherished one-on-one bonds.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The lunar eclipse falls in your fourth house of home life, Leo, which could spur you to reflect on how far you've come with healing wounds related to your roots and family. It's a theme you have likely been exploring for a while now. Think back to Oct. 25, 2022, for a sense of the themes you'll be dealing with once more. An electrifying situation involving loved ones or your home could rock your sense of security. But the path back to feeling fully centered is encouraging you to open yourself up to a new narrative and let go of the past even more fully.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This lunar eclipse activates your first house of self, which could make the moment feel rather overwhelming — emotionally, mentally, and even physically, Scorpio. But tuning in and honoring whatever's coming up for you now could be the best way to figure out where to go from here. Remember, you've been here before, as this eclipse series and narrative in your life has been in play since Nov. 19, 2021. While you might not be the biggest fan of big shifts, it could very much be on the horizon now, especially when it comes to how you're expressing your needs and experiencing partnership. And with the eclipse opposing revolutionary Uranus in your sign, significant change — especially in your relationships — could occur more suddenly than expected.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This lunar eclipse falls in your 10th house of career and public image, Aquarius, signaling a noteworthy shift related to your professional trajectory and how you're seeking and receiving recognition. You might decide that the track you've been on just isn't serving your big-picture goals or, perhaps, you're ready to step into the spotlight and go after more ambitious projects or a leadership position. Even if you have your eye on the prize, a willingness to embrace a new way to make your mark can lead to emotional fulfillment.

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