FULL MOON IN TAURUS – Do your best to reframe this lunar event as an exciting adventure (October 31, 2020)
In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 7:49 a.m. on Saturday, October 31. 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 9° of Scorpio and 9° 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.
With all Full Moons, we are being asked to evaluate whether or not we are effectively balancing two seemingly opposite ways of approaching our lives. Taurus is about being responsible, down-to-earth, and patient, but its lower expression can include being overly cautious and resistant to change. Scorpio is the sign of intensity, depth, and transformation, but it can be intolerant, secretive, and over-bearing. As usual, the Full Moon is telling us that neither side of this continuum should be emphasized. Our goal will be to find ways to address both approaches to life.
This is the second Full Moon to occur during the month of October, which is an event referred to as a “blue moon.” With this lunar event, it simply puts an exclamation point on an already volatile month . . . and what an exclamation point this one is! At the time of the Full Moon, the Moon is exactly conjunct (0°) and the Sun is exactly opposite (180°) Uranus. And by exact, I mean only 3 minutes different (i.e., 0°3’). This incredibly close alignment intensifies the impact of Uranus on the Full Moon astronomically (pun intended).
We have spoken about the impact of Uranus in the past, but seldom is the effect this profound. Uranus is the planet of change. Its purpose is to stir things up so we go in a direction that supports our soul’s evolution. The challenge with Uranus is that we human beings don’t usually like change, especially if it’s unexpected. But during this lunar event, the Moon is in Taurus; and the sign of Taurus, in particular, doesn’t like change. If the bull encounters something new, it will often back up and stay in its emotionally (Moon) familiar pasture (Taurus).
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that the bull is going to be able to avoid change because the change (Uranus) is “right on top of us” (the exact aspects). Change is almost inevitable right now. This is true both individually and collectively. An important key phrase with Uranus is “change or be changed.” Therefore, even though we may emotionally (Moon) want to resist (Taurus), Uranus is telling us that we can either do this the easy way or the hard way.
No matter which way it happens, the change is likely to be sudden and rapid. That is the way of Uranus! In some area of our lives, we have reached a tipping point. Something that has felt stuck is about to get a big jolt of energy. Again, we can work with this energy by grabbing onto the rope being offered, holding on tight, and letting the rope pull us forward into a brave new world. Or we can turn our back on the change. If we do this, change will still find us, but in this scenario we may end up feeling like something has struck us from behind, like a bull charging and pushing us out of our comfortable pasture and into the next one. The Taurus Moon’s involvement means we may want to revert back to old behaviors and habits (i.e., return to our familiar pasture), but we will quickly see that we can’t “go home again.” We have been changed by the experience and can only move forward.
Whatever this change involves, it may be something that we are already aware of, but it could also be something that we have resisted facing until now. But Uranus’s intense involvement tells us that “resistance is futile” (Star Trek quote). Given the influence of the Scorpio Sun, it is likely that something in our lives symbolically needs to die and be reborn again. The sign of Scorpio has many different symbols. One of them is the phoenix. For some of us, our lives may never be the same again. Yes, it could be that profound and monumental! However, if we are already aware of the need for change and we embrace it, then this lunar event could just represent a time when we solidify the changes and/or feel our emotions (Moon) more intensely due to engaging in some deep healing work (Scorpio).
It’s important to remember that it’s our choice how we go through this next transition in our lives. I would like to propose that, as much as possible, we reframe this as an exciting new adventure! If we can take a step back and look at this as an “interesting” time, it may be easier to flow with the changes that are coming down the pike. We can’t really do anything to stop the inevitable, but we DO have a choice about how we perceive what is happening. If we feel victimized, then the Law of Attraction tells us that more victimizing experiences will be drawn to us. If, on the other hand, we can make the best of this by feeling excited, then exciting experiences will be drawn to us. It’s our choice!
It is very likely that our minds will be super active during this time. Mercury in peacemaker Libra is squaring (90°) the trio of planets in Capricorn (i.e., Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto). Given all the Capricorn energy involved, we will likely be thinking about issues related to practical matters and our responsibilities. Squares often represent turning points, and a change in how we are thinking would make sense given the changes being catalyzed by this powerful Full Moon event. In order to move forward, we very likely will need to think about things differently.
However, keep in mind that Mercury is still in retrograde, so our thoughts may not be ready for “prime time” quite yet. There will be time later to share our new perspectives with others, but it might be best to wait until after Mercury goes direct on November 3. In the meantime, we should allow our minds to roam and explore this new pasture that we have entered. The more mentally comfortable we become with our new terrane, the better we’ll be able to share it with others, when the time comes.
Finally, at the time of this Full Moon, Venus is in opposition (180°) Chiron. All of this change may be bringing up feelings of vulnerability in our relationships (e.g., what will people think?, does he/she/they still care about me?) and/or in our finances (e.g., how will these changes influence my financial world?). Because this transit is fleeting, don’t get lost in these thoughts. If needed, go inward and reassure your inner child that it is not alone and that all will be fine . . . because it will be fine!
As we have discussed in the last few Moon Updates, Mercury will end its final retrograde phase of 2020 on Tuesday, November 3, which is election day in the USA. Right before and right after this change in direction, Mercury will exactly square (90°) Saturn in Capricorn. Due to this and several other astrological influences, it’s likely that the news media is correct . . . we may not know the results of the election right away. Astrologically, there are indications that it might take a couple of weeks, so we need to bring our patience and faith with us!
On Tuesday, November 10, Mercury will leave Libra and enter Scorpio, where it will remain until December 2. This isn’t necessarily a great influence on the post-election time period in the USA. While Mercury was in Libra, we all wanted to find a win-win solution. However, when in Scorpio, Mercury can cause us to look at the world through glasses best labeled as “life isn’t fair.” On the plus side, this placement often indicates that we are motivated to dig deep in order to uncover the “truth.” We can be more perceptive than usual, and our thoughts can even be profound. One thing is certain: Our thoughts and words definitely are not superficial when Mercury is in Scorpio.
Overall, it’s likely that we will all look back at this Taurus Full Moon as a turning point in some way. Unpredictable Uranus is strongly influencing this Full Moon. This means that shifts are coming, and they could be radical and difficult to avoid. They are meant to destabilize and shake things up. However, Uranus can also bring sudden intuitive insights that bring clarity and move us to a new level of awareness. Whatever is changing may or may not make sense to us right now, but I encourage all of us to see it as a grand and exciting adventure. We need to have faith that there is a reason for everything, and the reason will become clearer as the year comes to an end and we move into a new phase of humanity’s evolution during 2021. Have faith!
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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 9° of Taurus
- Saturday, October 31, 2020, 7:49 a.m. PDT
- Saturday, October 31, 2020, 10:49 a.m. EDT
- Saturday, October 31, 2020, 2:49 p.m. GMT