FULL MOON IN TAURUS – Lots of support for healing our nation and ourselves (November 14, 2016)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 5:52 a.m. on Monday, November 14.  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 23° of Scorpio and 23° 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.

The two signs involved in this Full Moon are Taurus and Scorpio, and our goal is to find a balance between the qualities of both signs.  In some ways, these two signs couldn’t be more diametrically opposed.  Taurus is all about what is MINE; i.e., what do I own, what money do I have, what possessions are mine, and what areas are mine that I personally find beautiful.  Scorpio is all about what is OURS; i.e., what do we own together; what resources do we share, what do I inherit from others, and what areas have we created together through our partnership.

Taurus is an earth sign and uses its fixed nature to be determined, dependable, and reliable.  It is often symbolized by a bull.  That bull moves slowly and carefully deliberates about which direction it chooses to go.  Scorpio is a water sign that is also fixed in nature.  Its multifaceted symbols are the scorpion, horse, eagle, and phoenix, which were described in the last Moon Update (so I won’t bore you by repeating that information here).  Seemingly different, they are similar in one important way:  Although slow to anger, they will use their incredible power to make a point when needed (e.g., a bull will charge, a scorpion will sting).

Our job with this Taurus Full Moon is to find balance and integration between these seemingly opposite parts of our lives.  If we are successful, then there will be no need for the bull to charge or the scorpion to sting.  In order to work toward this integration and balance, both ends of the continuum must be included.  Questions we might ask ourselves include, “Am I giving enough attention to my personal resources or am I relying too much on others to provide for my needs?” and “Am I trying to rely too much on myself and not reaching out for support from my partnerships?”

At the time of the Full Moon in Taurus, the Moon is trine (120°) Pluto and sextile (60°) Chiron.  Our healing process (Chiron) may involve finishing some unfinished business (Pluto), particularly if it has to do with either our emotions or daily habits (Moon).  Both trines and sextiles are supportive aspects, so now is the time to dive in and get the job done!  New growth is possible if we are courageous enough to take out the pruning shears and removing whatever is no longer working in our lives.  And a sweet sextile (60°) between Mercury and Mars the day after the Full Moon (Tuesday, November 15) will likely fill our minds with ideas about how to get rid of whatever isn’t working and how to encourage that new growth.

All of these issues are amplified during the time of this Taurus Full Moon because it’s also a SuperMoon.  But this SuperMoon is more powerful than most SuperMoons because the Moon is making its closest approach to the Earth until 2034.  The closer the Moon is to the Earth, the greater its gravitational pull on things like tides, tectonic plates, and our psyches.  It is providing us with an opportunity to reboot our subconscious world in some way.  But just a little warning:  All Full Moons tend to be emotional times, and with emotional Scorpio involved, we all need to make sure our emotions don’t take over and cause us to use force instead of power.

OK, let’s be honest:  These last few months in the United States have been tough ones due to the political climate.  Astrologically speaking, there is good news for the time period after the election.  Regardless of who you were hoping would win, the remaining weeks of November provide support for us to let go of resentments and remind ourselves that we truly are one nation that can be powerful only if we find ways to work together.

  • The first positive influence happened the day after the election (Wednesday, November 9), when Mars moved into Aquarius. Aquarius is described as the humanitarian planet, so we are all being reminded that we are part of a brotherhood and sisterhood called humanity.  If we use this energy wisely, it will help us move (Mars) back toward unconditional love and acceptance (Aquarius).  (More about Mars in Aquarius can be found in last Moon Update)
  • Then on Friday, November 11, Mercury moves into ethical Sagittarius, and Venus moves into responsible Capricorn. This could increase our ability to think positively with a calm, practical focus.  (More about Mercury in Sag and Venus in Cap can be found in last Moon Update)
  • Additionally, the Taurus Full Moon on Monday, November 14, does provide a calm, grounded, practical, reliable energy. If we can embrace these Taurean qualities and wisely use the power provided by Scorpio, we have an opportunity to tap into a steady pulse of consistent and calm energy.  The goal with any Full Moon is to move away from anything that supports polarization or division, and move toward integration, which is what our country needs right now.
  • An additional positive sign is that during the entire month of November, we are under the influence of a square (90°) between Jupiter and Pluto. The exact square won’t happen until Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.), but we will feel its effects for several weeks before and after the actual event.  And this same aspect will reoccur on March 30 and August 4, 2017.  Squares mean that change is needed, and we do need to be careful not to apply excessive force to make those changes.  But with Jupiter in diplomatic Libra and Pluto in responsible Capricorn, there is the potential to gain power if we are willing to challenge our beliefs and see things in new ways.  This powerful aspect can also provide us with a fair and balanced view of life in general and our relationships with others.  It’s also a very positive energy that could lead to fortuitous events and outcomes.  Personally and as a society, if we can tap into this aspect, we may feel empowered to expand some area of our lives.  And luckily, the presence of Libra and Capricorn helps provide a level of emotional detachment that will be refreshing after the political drama of the last few months.

Neptune takes center stage for three days beginning on Thursday, November 17, when it will conjoin (0°) the South Node in Pisces (and therefore be in opposition [180°] to the North Node in Virgo).  Many of us will feel an increase in our intuition, sensitivity, and creativity around this time.  The most positive use of this aspect is to release the shadow side of Pisces, which includes codependency, addictions, escapism, and playing the role of victim or martyr.  In order to grow in new directions, we may need to let go of unrealistic standards and expectations for ourselves and/or others.  The energy of the North Node in Virgo can help us to analyze what might need to change in order for us to move in the direction of growth and healing.

The next day (Friday, November 18), Neptune squares (90°) Mercury.  This could make for a “foggy” day in terms of thinking and communication.  It does support focusing inward to use our feelings and emotions rather than our logical brains, and focusing “upward” to connect with God/Source/Spirit.  Any communication that is compassionate will be much more effective than logical, rational conversations.  However, we all should be on the lookout for times when our imaginations become a speed boat and reality gets lost in its wake.

Then on Saturday, November 19, Neptune will sextile (60°) Venus, which may leave us wanting to take the day off to do something creative, spiritual, or intuitive.  But the bigger event of the day is that Neptune will begin moving direct again after being in retrograde since mid-June.  Because Neptune is a very slow moving planet, this change in direction will likely be subtle and take time to manifest; and how it manifests is, for many, a mixed bag.  While moving in retrograde, our psychic and intuitive abilities are often heightened, and many of us found we were LESS likely to use coping mechanisms such as denial, escapism, or drugs/alcohol.  But moving direct isn’t without its gifts!  It is likely that we will gradually see concrete evidence of just how connected we are to spiritual sources of support.  We may also have been toying with a dream, and now that dream may start to come to fruition.

On Monday, November 21, the Sun moves out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius.  This is another support for the change in energy following the election earlier in the month, and it is a wonderful shift to start off what is the Thanksgiving week in the United States.  The energy of Sag can be playful, light-hearted, and optimistic.  We may feel freer to explore new forms of excitement or ready to learn about a lot of different topics, especially if they expand our consciousness.  And the Sun in Sag also helps us move away from the details of a “mundane” existence and see the big picture, which includes a desire to connect with something greater than ourselves.

Tuesday, November 22, brings a nice sextile (60°) between Mercury and Jupiter.  It’s likely that we will be feeling and thinking positively today.  This supports the Sun move yesterday into Sagittarius because it helps us feel inspired to start learning something new or having conversations that expand our minds.  New insights are possible, and activities that involve cooperation, teaching, studying, observing, and taking short trips are all highlighted.

The next day (Wednesday, November 23), Mercury will conjoin (0°) Saturn, and this could be a day for serious thinking or conversations.  We will want to slow down and make sure that our interactions with others are respectful and responsible.  Our ability to concentrate and focus will be enhanced, but we may also feel a need for solitude.  If we have to make any decisions, they are best approached slowly and methodically, with an eye on any long-term implications.

As mentioned above, Jupiter’s square (90°) to Pluto is exact on Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day).  The next day (Friday, November 25), Venus will conjoin (0°) Pluto and square (90°) Jupiter.  Without going into details, these three aspects work very well together.  This is a good time to focus on relationships and finances, which may include exploring our relationship TO finances.  Questions to ask ourselves included, “Do I have a prosperity mentality or a scarcity mentality?”, “Am I using the Law of Attraction to manifest what I want in my life or what I don’t want in my life?”, “Am I being straightforward in my dealings with others or am I being deceptive in ways that could come back to haunt me?”, and/or “Is my self-esteem related to the size of my bank account or is it anchored in my worthiness as a soul having an Earthly experience?”

With this Taurus Full Moon, the SuperMoon definitely turns up the volume.  But overall, the music associated with this Full Moon isn’t that bad!  The time period around the Full Moon actually is rather aspect-free, which will provide many of us with a much-needed break from the stressful energy of the last few months.  It’s a time for us to settle down, refocus our energy, and  flow with the supportive, humanitarian energy being provided by the cosmos.  It may help to seek out moments of solitude and explore what issues in our lives might need closure so we can move forward unencumbered.  And the energy moving toward what is Thanksgiving in the United States is very positive.  So, enjoy this lull in the astrological ocean and use the respite to explore what might need to be left behind.  And with the Sun moving in fun-loving Sagittarius, remember that, “When something goes wrong in your life, just yell “PLOT TWIST” and move on,” (Unknown).


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Full Moon at 23° of Taurus

  • Monday, November 14, 2016, 5:52 a.m. PST
  • Monday, November 14, 2016, 8:52 a.m. EST
  • Monday, November 14, 2016, 1:52 p.m. GMT

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