What do you do when you’re at your wits’ end? You step outside and howl. You howl for a front-line worker who died in a car wreck on her way to work. For your dog that’s about to be put down. For your wedding that had to be cancelled. For your grandma who died of the virus. You howl through divorce and your daughter’s first heartbreak. You howl for others, but also for yourself – because usually no one hears you when you cry.
Or maybe you howl to celebrate. Being three years off drugs. Your autistic son getting accepted to college. Your darling pets who keep you amused and comforted during the crisis. Someone close recovering from the virus. To remind yourself how blessed you are. Or simply to have a much-needed laugh when the neighborhood dogs join in.
From coast to coast, Americans have been taking to their balconies and porches each night at 8 p.m. to howl with one another. Inspired by those in Spain and Italy who sang on their balconies while under quarantine and applauded to thank health care workers for their sacrifices, people have been gathering to share primal emotions by howling like wolves. They’ve also been sharing their raw feelings and stories on Facebook groups like the rapidly-growing, Denver-based Go Outside and Howl at 8 p.m.
If you haven’t yet joined the chorus, the upcoming Scorpio Full Moon (May 7, 3:45 a.m. PDT) is a perfect opportunity in which to begin. Full Moons bring primal instincts to the surface; the Scorpio Full Moon is particularly skilled at this. As the Taurus Sun (life on Earth) opposes the Scorpio Moon (death and the next world), feelings and fears are apt reach a fever pitch. Howling at the Moon may be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Profound messages will be coming through, as messenger Mercury joins the Sun. And, since Neptune makes flowing aspects to both the Sun and Moon, it heightens the mystical vibe that blurs boundaries between this world and the next. This is an excellent time for doing detective work within your own psyche, researching deep subjects, solving puzzles and working magick.
Stay as safe as possible, though, since Scorpio is associated with danger – which is still very much present as the virus rages. If you find yourself angry, agitated or sad, don’t keep it inside. Journal or cry it out. Or, enlist your family and neighbors in a collective howl on Wednesday May 6 at 8 p.m. (the Full Moon peaks eight hours later). Even if you’re the only one, let it rip! You’re apt to inspire others – like the local canines – to do the same.