FULL MOON IN TAURUS & LUNAR ECLIPSE – If changes are meant to happen, now may be a magical time to take action! (November 19, 2021)
In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 12:57 a.m. on Friday, November 19. With this Full Moon, the Sun in Scorpio will be in opposition (180°) to the Moon in Taurus. To further clarify how this Full Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 28° of Scorpio and 28° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart. The issues associated with those two houses are going to be most impacted by this Full Moon’s presence.
All Full Moons involve finding a better balance between the two signs involved. This time, those signs are Scorpio and Taurus:
- The best qualities of Scorpio include intensity, depth, passion, determination, transformation, and healing. The lower expression can involve being secretive, over-bearing, and intolerant.
- The higher expression of Taurus includes being down-to-earth, responsible, resourceful, reliable, patient, and loyal. The lower expression means being strong-willed, overly cautious, and resistant to change.
Scorpio seeks out healing and transformation no matter what secrets need to be revealed or how turbulent the process might be. Taurus, on the other hand, strives for peace, calm, and serenity. Neither of these goals is “wrong.” In fact, both are “right”, and this Taurus Full Moon is reminding us that we need to find a balance between them for a happy, healthy life.
For example, the healing process often requires Scorpio’s approach of digging down deep into our psyches to discover what needs to be healed. But Taurus reminds us that after we make those intense discoveries, we often benefit from taking a break, coming up to the surface to bask in the sunshine, and enjoying our earthly bodies, including our five senses (e.g., get a massage, go for a walk, breathe). This break will help us regroup so we are ready to dive into the depths again. It’s all about balance.
This Taurus Full Moon is also a partial lunar eclipse. Although a partial eclipse isn’t as powerful as a full eclipse, it still amps up the energy associated with the lunar event. And just a reminder that eclipses always occur in pairs, so this partial lunar eclipse is very likely getting us ready for the full solar eclipse coming up in 2 weeks.
Eclipses typically occur twice a year, and the time around the actual eclipse often coincides with an event(s) that serves as a catalyst for what unfolds for the following six months . . . a type of “wake-up call.” Something needs to change in order for our soul to learn its next lesson. (NOTE: If you have your natal chart, the houses involved in the Full Moon may give you a sneak peek at what issues might be involved.) Lunar eclipses often coincide with endings or culmination points, and solar eclipses are often associated with new beginnings. So, in this case, the endings may be happening in order to prepare the way for some type of new beginning.
Lunar eclipses are almost always more emotional than solar eclipses. That makes sense given endings are often emotional times. When the Moon is located in grounded Taurus, as it is now, this often softens any emotional reactions. However, this Taurus Moon is part of another t-square (i.e., right triangle). In the last Moon Update, we discussed a t-square that had Saturn as the “focal planet” (i.e., the planet being squared [90°] by both ends of an opposition [180°]). This time, the focal planet is Jupiter, which gives the t-square a very different “feel.” Saturn is a heavy energy that demands a lot of responsibility. Jupiter’s influence is usually much lighter and more optimistic.
However, this doesn’t change the fact that t-squares always demand change, even if Jupiter might be easier to handle than Saturn. The focal planet provides insights regarding avenues of expression for the planets in opposition. The higher expression of Jupiter includes expansion, abundance, ethics, wisdom, and even luck. So, even if the t-square is demanding that change occurs, we may find that the resolution of any issues might actually be easier than with most t-squares.
However, the lower expression of Jupiter is also important to mention because it can lead to excess. Given the Moon is squaring Jupiter, this combination could lead to a lot of emotions. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when you combine that with the fact that the Moon is in an opposition (180°) to Mercury (communication) and Mercury is in a wide conjunct (0°) to Mars (action), we may find that those feelings are expressed (Mercury) a LOT (Jupiter) and possibly in a very forceful manner (Mars). We need to be patient with those around us who need to talk about their feelings; but we also need to find outlets for our own emotional expression, without going to extremes and overwhelming the person listening. If we are experiencing strong or confusing emotions, it may be best to journal about them, find non-verbal ways to vent excessive feelings, and/or talk to a counselor who can help sort out our thoughts and feelings.
As we have been discussing in recent Moon Updates, Pluto is currently very active and will remain that way until March 2022. However, there are pockets of time between now and March when the influence of Pluto may actually be helpful, and this is one of them. Pluto is in a supportive trine (120°) to the Moon and in sextiles (60°) to both the Sun and Mercury. This could have several positive impacts:
- Pluto has many meanings, but one of them is learning the difference between using force versus personal power. It’s not that power is a bad thing. We all need to effectively access and utilize power to get things done in our lives and in the world around us! However, no one likes to be forced to do anything, including forcing ourselves to do something that doesn’t feel right. Therefore, Pluto always encourages us to develop/enhance our ability to use our personal power rather than force.
- Additionally, given that Pluto is in such supportive aspects to the planets involved in this Full Moon, we may have the power we need to overcome any obstacles involved in making the changes demanded by the t-square. This could include transforming seemingly insurmountable problems into something that leads to great healing, which is another aspect of Plutonian energy.
- And a last comment about Pluto’s positive influence. Pluto often reveals what his hidden from view that is an important component in the healing process. The trine and sextiles may make it much easier for us to adjust if Pluto reveals something that normally would be very distressing.
More support during the time of the Full Moon is provided by trines (120°) between Neptune and both the Sun and Mercury. In addition to enhancing our creativity, we may find we are feeling inspired and very intuitively connected. Neptune softens the energy of the Full Moon and the t-square by adding compassion, spirituality, and an awareness that what is done to one person influences us all. The possibility for honest communication is enhanced right now.
However, regardless of all the celestial support being provided, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the theme of change continues to be of paramount importance. Mars is in a very tight opposition (180°) to Uranus at the time of the Full Moon (just over 1° difference). This Mars-Uranus opposition can cause us to feel restless, impatient, or even rebellious, especially if we feel like our freedom or independence is being blocked. Uranus is telling us that something in our life needs to change, and this planet often means change will happen due to unexpected events. However, Mars is telling us that this is a good time to take action (Mars), and we will have the courage and energy to do whatever is necessary. Just a few cautions: As mentioned earlier, emotions could be quite intense right now (Moon-Jupiter square), and it’s likely that passions will be running deep with the Sun, Mercury, and Mars all in intense Scorpio. Therefore, we should all be advised to avoid making any impulsive decisions, and it’s best not to confront others unless it’s absolutely necessary.
But again, having Jupiter as the focal planet of the Full Moon’s t-square means that any well-thought-out changes that are made now will likely be easier to make than at other times during the year and will likely result in a beneficial outcome. The only potential obstacle is the fact that all of the signs involved in the t-square are fixed signs (i.e., Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius), and this often means that we feel resistant to making even beneficial changes. The good news, though, is that once we figure out what needs to change, then all that fixed energy will provide the determination we need to take any necessary actions.
Luckily, Venus, which is in responsible Capricorn, is in a trine (120°) to Uranus and a sextile (60°) to Mars. These supportive aspects will help us approach any relationship or financial responsibilities in a mature way. We may also find we can be more tolerant of each other’s “idiosyncratic wackiness.” Additionally, Saturn is in a supportive sextile (60°) to Chiron, which means we may be able to examine and heal any hurt feelings that are related to the changes going on in our lives.
As has been the case for most of this year, Saturn is in a square (90°) to Uranus. Some reminders: Changes made now will likely be to structures in our lives, and those changes will likely be made in responsible ways. However, because Uranus is currently still in retrograde, some of us will find that the biggest and most profound changes are happening internally and aren’t going to be ready to announce to the world, possibly until Uranus goes direct in mid-January.
One final note about this Full Moon. All eclipses activate the Moon’s Nodes. At the time of this Taurus Full Moon, the North Node in Gemini is actually conjunct (0°) the Moon and that means that the South Node in Sagittarius is conjunct (0°) the Sun. Given the Nodes are conjunct the Full Moon, this amps up the influence. Something from the past will definitely be involved in where we are heading in the future. For example, we are ready to take the wisdom we have learned from our past and use it to shine a light (Sun) on the emotional changes (Moon) occurring in our lives.
On Sunday, November 21, the Sun will move out of passionate, intense Scorpio and into its month-long stay in the lighter energy of Sagittarius. Scorpio loves to dig in the darkness and can be pretty pessimistic. Sag, on the other hand, is known for being optimistic, light-hearted, adventurous, and fun! Our focus will shift from a desire to communicate deeply with one person to reaching out to the world. We are ready to take the knowledge we’ve learned during the Sun’s foray through the depths of Scorpio and apply the insights we’ve gained and even create new ways of thinking. This can be a time when we experience increased faith and hope for the future. However, when the Sun is in Sagittarius, we do need to be aware that our focus is on the “big picture” and we aren’t very interested in details. Similar to when Mercury is in retrograde, this just means we should make a conscious effort to doublecheck important information to be sure we haven’t missed something.
Then on Wednesday, November 24, Mercury joins the Sun in Sagittarius, where it will remain until December 14. Having both the Sun and Mercury in Sag is happening at a good time because this time period coincides with several holidays (e.g., Thanksgiving in the USA on November 25, Hanukkah begins on November 28). When Mercury is in the sign of the archer, we tend to be more optimistic and open-minded. We are interested in learning about a wide range of topics, at least at a surface level. Although we may normally want “proof” in order to believe something is true or real, the Sag energy supports us in accepting something on faith. However, as mentioned in the last paragraph, the Sagittarian energy isn’t very interested in details, so we do need to be careful. We also need to “watch our words” and not be too blunt, which is a sometimes endearing and sometimes an offending tendency of Sagittarius.
Overall, this Taurus Full Moon and lunar eclipse is likely to be a powerful time. We do need to “watch our words” (written and oral) due to the potential for heightened emotions. However, remember that nothing is predestined in astrology. Given the fact that we are forewarned, it’s up to each of us to control how we view what is happening and to control our reactions. It’s also important to keep in mind that our thoughts are especially powerful right now, and we need to make sure we are focusing on what we want and not what we don’t want. Change is definitely indicated, and some astrologers are describing this as a magical time when changes may seem to occur more easily than usual. We should all do what we can to tap into this supportive energy!
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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY
- Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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SOME INFORMATION TAKEN FROM
- The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
- Various online sources (e.g., www.cafeastrology.com)
- New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.
Full Moon at 28° of Taurus
- Friday, November 19, 2021, 12:57 a.m. PST
- Friday, November 19, 2021, 3:57 a.m. EST
- Friday, November 19, 2021, 8:57 a.m. GMT
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