FULL MOON IN TAURUS – Accomplish something great now and some advanced recommendations regarding the upcoming Mercury retrograde period (November 3, 2017)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 10:22 p.m. on Friday, November 3.  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 12° of Scorpio and 12° 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 challenge with each Full Moon is to determine if we have a healthy balance between the qualities of the two signs involved, and then to make adjustments if changes are needed.  This time, the two signs involved are Taurus and Scorpio.  Taurus is an earth sign and has keywords associated with it such as down-to-earth, responsible, resourceful, reliable, patient, and resistant to change.  Scorpio is a water sign that is all about intensity, passion, determination, healing, and secretiveness.

Both Taurus and Scorpio are fixed signs, so they can be stubborn, but they also are determined to get the job done!  Therefore, now is a good time to get down to work on whatever needs to be fixed, and Scorpio’s investigative nature will help us determine what that is.  Taurus, in particular, can help us to make adjustments in our daily lives (e.g., habits, behaviors, thoughts) that could have far-reaching and permanent results.  Being practical, down-to-earth, and keeping it simple will help ground and calm what can often be very intense emotional energy when Scorpio is involved.

This Taurus Full Moon is also asking us to look at whatever is draining our power.  Some adjustments might be needed, and they may range from minor tinkering to major overhauls.  This Full Moon is also a SuperMoon, which means that the Moon’s orbit is in its closest to the Earth.  The Moon will, therefore, appear larger in the sky, and the influence of this Taurus Full Moon will be felt more strongly, including pulling on our psyches to make any needed changes.

Adding to the emotional power of this Full Moon is the fact that Jupiter is conjunct (0°) the Sun, which means it is also in opposition (180°) to the Moon.  Jupiter adds a wonderful dose of optimism and joyfulness, but it always turns up the volume on everything, which includes our emotions.  Jupiter is the “happy planet,” but it can also lead to excess.  If we truly want to expand, then finding that healthy balance between Taurus and Scorpio is essential, including letting go of whatever no longer serves us on our spiritual path.  Additionally, Taurus is about our personal resources (e.g., money we earn, our personal possessions), whereas Scorpio is about our shared resources (e.g., business or personal partnerships, inheritance).  We may need to make some adjustments between these two areas of our lives.

Another factor influencing this Full Moon is an exact opposition (180°) between Venus and Uranus.  Venus is the ruler of Taurus, which makes it highly influential during the Taurus Full Moon.  We may need to look at where we are holding on so tightly to “things” (i.e., material possessions, financial issues) that either we are missing the beauty that is already around us or we are stuck in a rut and not taking necessary steps toward change.  As was discussed in the last New Moon update, issues related to self-worth, self-love, and being willing to shed something in order to gain something even better will continue to be prominent.

An exact square (90°) between Saturn and Chiron at the time of this Full Moon reinforces the need to let go of something or heal an issue in order to make room for expansion and to create a new sense of authority over our own lives.  Chiron is in Pisces, which reminds us that healing inner wounds is something we all collectively must do before forward progress can be attained.  If we haven’t done so yet, our forward motion may require that we take time to grieve whatever has been lost.  Luckily, Chiron is in a supportive trine (120°) to Mercury, so talking with supportive others will help us heal and move forward.  Another trine (120°) between the Moon and Pluto will also help us emotionally transform and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.

It is worth mentioning that for several astrological reasons, the few days before this Full Moon (especially Wednesday, November 1 & Thursday, November 2) is a time when we all need to focus on being patient and tolerant.  There are some volatile energies involved that could result in reactions that range from grouchiness and irritability to anger and aggression.  Because we follow astrology, we are aware of this.  We can, therefore, consciously take the high road and do our very best to stay in a harmonious and detached place, no matter what we encounter externally.  The most positive use of this energy is that we may feel very energized during this time.  We may want to get in some extra physical activity (e.g., exercise), or better yet, we could also immerse ourselves in a major project.  Working hard during this time will actually feel good, so take advantage of this energy and great accomplishments could be the outcome!

On Sunday, November 5, Mercury enters Sagittarius.  Although Mercury usually passes through a sign in about 3.5 weeks, this time it will remain in Sag until January 12, 2018 (i.e., over two months!)  This is because Mercury, which will continue to be in Sag, will embark on its final retrograde period of 2017 between December 2-22.  For many people, December is a particularly busy time of year due to the upcoming holiday season.  It would be advisable, whenever possible, to complete any holiday planning (e.g., event planning, shopping) during November.  Additionally, having Mercury in Sag may prompt some people to feeling the urge to travel.  If possible, it would be best to make any travel arrangements during November rather than December.  If that isn’t possible, then just be aware that everyone’s inward mental focus during the December retrograde phase will mean we need to double and triple-check everything to make sure things aren’t missed.

While Mercury was moving through Scorpio over the last few weeks, we wanted to think and explore singular subjects deeply.  Once in Sagittarius, our minds expand.  We want to learn about a wide variety of topics, and we get bored if we have to explore something too deeply.  Surface information is fine with us!  It actually may feel like our brains (& mouths) have their proverbial foot on the accelerator!  Additionally, we will likely feel more optimistic and have an increased sense of faith.  We want to have fun and feel free to think how we want to think!  However, when Mercury is in Sag, precision is not foremost in our minds, which could be even more problematic than usual when Mercury goes retrograde in December.  Another common response to having Mercury moving through Sagittarius is that we can become concerned with what we think is fair versus unfair.  We may also feel very attached to our own personal point-of-view.  This could lead to conflict unless we remain objective and remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions based on their values and experiences.

Unfortunately, remaining objective could be difficult once Venus enters Scorpio on Wednesday, November 8.  Luckily, Venus will only be in Scorpio until December 2, the day that Mercury begins its retrograde phase.  As is true of all planets that move into Scorpio, a big dose of passion and intensity is added.  In the case of Venus in Scorpio, this means that we will feel very passionate about relationships, finances, and whatever we desire.  Within our love relationships, we do not want anything superficial right now, and we also demand the truth, which may mean secrets are revealed.  We want all our relationships to have a “special connection” that preferably leaves us breathless due to its intensity.  However, there is a strange dichotomy when Venus is in Scorpio.  Yes, we want closeness, but Scorpio also has a fearful, distrustful side that causes us to fear being overpowered and makes it difficult to be too vulnerable.

On Saturday, November 11, Saturn will make its third and final trine (120°) to Uranus.  We are being given one last opportunity to be supported in making some changes (Uranus) to one or more structures in our lives (Saturn).  Most of this year, we may have been experimenting with new ways of doing things and integrating new concepts (Uranus).  If you take a step back and look at your progress, you will see that you’ve done this in a more retrained and responsible (Saturn) way than usual.  Trines support this easy flow of energy.  If you have made some changes, it’s likely you are feeling freer in some way (Uranus) while still honoring whatever has been working from the past (Saturn).  For those who aren’t feeling an increased sense of freedom, now is the time to take actions that will open some new doors and let some fresh air flow through your life.  And given it’s the last of the three trines, this may be a good time to start formulating concrete goals for the future that will lead to a firmer foundation by incorporating some of those unusual Uranus ideas.

We end this 2-week period with two planetary pairings on Monday, November 13.  Venus will conjoin (0°) Jupiter, which could usher in a magical day if we are willing to focus on being generous and optimistic.  Just be careful not to overdo Venus-related activities, such as spending money or expressing our feelings.  This aspect can bring in new or renewed relationships or financial opportunities.  However, we do need to be a bit cautious because Mercury will also be squaring (90°) Neptune today.  This could cause our minds to become a bit foggy, making it hard to follow directions or keep track of facts.  Although the conjunction between Venus and Jupiter could bring some unexpected opportunities, it would be best to avoid making firm commitments or signing on the dotted line until at least the next day when we can see things more clearly.

Overall, this Full Moon in Taurus is providing us with many different opportunities to change whatever still needs to be changed in our lives in order to bring in more freedom and healing.  Due to various connections between planets, whatever happens during this Full Moon is very likely linked to the last New Moon that occurred on October 17.  This Full Moon is a time when we are being asked to reflect back over the last two weeks and evaluate if we have taken steps toward a new level of personal freedom.  The final trine between Saturn and Uranus provides support for us to make any needed changes.  In sum, these last few months has called for us to make changes.  Did we make them?  If not, we may need to make them now.  So remember, “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” (Socrates).


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Full Moon at 12° of Taurus

  • Friday, November 3, 2017, 10:22 p.m. PDT
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:22 a.m. EDT
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017, 5:22 a.m. GMT

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