All about the Halloween Full Moon in Taurus

Nothing makes Halloween more Halloween-y than a Full Moon, and with 2020 killing off a great deal of the Halloween holiday that could be just the boost we need.  (Some history: The holiday of Halloween has nothing to do with astrology – the holiday of Saints Day on November 1 was created by Pope Gregory III to distract the peasants from their fire festival of Samhain, which is actually held at the midpoint between the September equinox and December solstice around November 6.  The distraction didn’t really work as the peasants still celebrated their fire festival on the night before All Saints Day, calling it All Hallows Eve which then became Hallowe’en.)

In any case, we have a big Full Moon on October 31st at 10:49 EDT in the sign of Taurus, an earth sign, amplifying the earthy energies of the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all in Capricorn.  The earth element tends to pull our focus to the practical foundations of life – the structure and organization through which all of the other elements flow.  Pluto has been wreaking creative destruction in Capricorn since 2008, with Saturn as an ally for the past year or so.  Jupiter joined the party in early 2020 and expanded the work of Saturn and Pluto to challenge and re-imagine the very basis upon which we craft the solid elements of our lives.

Where Capricorn builds structures for human existence for the sake of the work, Taurus inspires us to ground and center into our very being – to fully inhabit our physical form and enjoy the pleasures of the senses.  With the Moon in Taurus, the Sun is in Scorpio, opposing the Moon and reflecting its light so that the […]

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By |2020-10-31T07:02:43-04:00October 30th, 2020|Moon|0 Comments

Planetary news this week: Ground and center for creative focus

Image from Deviant Art

Last week’s harmonious alignment between Saturn and Neptune is still in strong effect.  I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: Where Neptune can inspire us to dream and imagine, Saturn encourages us to put those dreams to work.  And where Saturn’s influence can become somewhat dull as we work steadfastly towards our goals, Neptune adds a coating of magical fairy dust to take our goals and wishes into a new dimension. The harmonious interplay between these two energies is a great boon for anyone living on planet earth in human form.

Mercury, planet of the mind and communication, is also very active this week – transiting the Sun in its retrograde journey.  With both the Sun and Mercury in Scorpio, sign of truth and power, a hidden truth is likely to be revealed and some steps retraced as we strive to repair any damage done.  Mercury harmonizes with both Neptune and Saturn to facilitate all communication with grace and efficacy, so any eruption of inconvenient truths will be eased by this harmonious interaction with Mercury.  In mythology, Mercury carried messages between the gods and was the only one of the gods granted the ability to traverse between the worlds.  He facilitates the communication which perfects the other planetary cycles and helps us to assimilate them with greater ease.

In the midst of this arrives the Taurus Full Moon, locked in a powerful embrace with the planet Pluto which adds a transformational dimension and a portal for change.  Taurus inspires us to ground and center into our very being – to fully inhabit our physical form and enjoy the pleasures of the senses.  Under the Taurus influence we rediscover our love […]

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By |2019-11-11T06:42:54-05:00November 11th, 2019|Planetary news this week|1 Comment

Taurus Full Moon Awakening, October 24 2018

Full Moon Art from Etsy.   The October Full Moon is sometimes called the Hunter’s Moon – in the northern hemisphere this is the time when the deer are rutting and behave wildly, and humans are preparing for a long winter by stocking up on food.

This Full Moon occurs at zero degrees Taurus – the very beginning of the astrological sign which more than any other connects us to the Earth.  Under the influence of Taurus we seek to become more grounded in our physical incarnation; enriched by the pleasures of the physical world we learn to live in synchronicity with all of the other natural beings with whom we share this earthly domain.

The Taurus Moon is opposite the Sun at zero degrees Scorpio.  Scorpio is the sign of intense emotional experiences that transform us from the inside out, and along with Taurus are two of the fixed signs, the signs that carry the most power.  Full Moons are the apex of the lunar cycle, and the opposition  (180 degree) aspect requires integration of two opposing polarities.  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 between the conscious solar energy and the lunar instincts and feelings that creates the emotionality for which Full Moons are famous and with four planets in Scorpio right now, the passion and drive of our feelings will be intensified even more.

This Full Moon is made even more powerful by the connection to Uranus, planet of radical change, which is aligned exactly with the Taurus Moon.  Where the Taurus Moon instills us with a longing for peace and equanimity, Uranus acts as the […]

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By |2018-10-23T09:36:29-04:00October 23rd, 2018|Moon|7 Comments

The Taurus Full Moon showers blessings on November 4, 2017

A glorious Full Moon in Taurus showers its blessings on November 4th. Ruled by Venus, Taurus calls upon us to put aside the extremes of our ideas and emotions and find a harmonious balance of peace and comfort.

Venus is well known for its association with love and beauty, but also governs the manner in which we view our life – our aesthetics, our self-esteem and, our ability to create resources out of the raw material of our day to day existence.

Under the Full Moon, the Scorpio Sun and its opposite, the Taurus Moon, struggle for supremacy and ultimately find integration.  The intensity of Scorpio finds balance against the placid nature of Taurus, softening some of Scorpio’s hard edges and urging us to ground and center into the Earth.

Venus is very active in this Full Moon: a Venus/Saturn combination offers stability in our relationships, but a stressful Venus/Uranus aspect could be divisive and require us to put space in our dealing with others where needed.

In addition, the challenging square between Saturn (restriction and tests) and Chiron (wounding and healing) is culminating now, facilitating our own transition through the healing journey into the comfort of the healed. Because this Full Moon is so centered on the influence of Venus, our relationships will be critical and areas that have been difficult could blossom into something magical.

This is a good time to bring people together over food, or in the enjoyment of beauty such as a trip to a museum or park. The pleasures of the physical realm will help to smooth any rough edges that Uranus may infuse into the Full Moon experience.

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By |2017-11-03T20:11:55-04:00November 3rd, 2017|Moon|2 Comments

The November 14th Supermoon in Taurus – Building a solid foundation

Taurus Supermoon November 14The 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 […]

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By |2016-11-13T08:31:44-05:00November 13th, 2016|Moon|2 Comments
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