The concept of the Supermoon, originally coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, has reached the mainstream as NASA calls this the biggest Supermoon since 1948. A Full Moon or New Moon is called a Supermoon when it is at its closest to the Earth . We don’t see the New Moon, of course, but the Full Moon appears larger and its astrological influence is stronger during a Supermoon than at other times, with higher tides and often extreme weather incidents.
Richard himself thinks that this is being overblown in the news:
The media have made a pretty big deal over this, but the truth is that the perigee (closest approach to Earth) for the November 14 SuperMoon occurs when the Moon is 356,511 kilometers away from our home planet. That’s only 1,348 km. closer than last month’s (October 16) SuperMoon; and only 66 km. (41 mi.) closer than the closest SuperMoon of 2011. This is really gilding the lily!
In any case, this Full Moon falls in the sign of Taurus – the sign of the Earth itself.
Taurus is the earthiest of all of the earth signs – it is a fixed sign so it encourages stability and perseverance, but is also stubborn and unyielding. As an earth sign, Taurus is concerned with practical matters and physical comfort. Sensual experiences of food and touch are important for Taurus, and for all of us under the Taurus Full Moon.
When the Moon is full in Taurus, the Scorpio Sun is exactly opposite the Moon. Full Moons are the apex of the lunar cycle, and the opposition (180 degree) aspect requires integration of polar opposites. Where Taurus longs for peace and comfort, Scorpio demands intensity and passionate involvement. Where Taurus seeks security, Scorpio is an emotional risk-taker. It is this tension that creates the emotionality that Full Moons are famous for.
This is a time for grounding and finding comfort in the senses and the beauty of the natural world. Neptune (mystical awareness) is aligned with the South Node of the past, suggesting a spiritual opening to teach and bring new awareness. The Black Moon Lilith (dark feminine) is aligned with the Sun, bringing out the rage against the patriarchy, and in a conflicting square to Pallas (higher wisdom). Under this influence we must release the dark emotionality of Lilith before the wisdom of Pallas can guide us into the light.
A harmonious Chiron influence will facilitate the healing and letting go of any drama that erupts under this Full Moon. The flow of breath opens up the heart for emotional healing, and the Taurus Moon bestows a gentle grounding influence making this the perfect time to for release and rebalancing.
“This is a time for grounding and finding comfort in the senses and the beauty of the natural world. ”
It will soon be time to clean the garden and plant my winter crops.