FULL MOON IN TAURUS – Time to face the music (November 6, 2014)
In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 2:22 p.m. on Thursday, November 6. 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 15° of Scorpio and 15° 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.
Full Moons ask us to review the goals and intentions that we set with the last New Moon (October 23) in order to see if we have made progress. If yes, that’s great! If not (or if we haven’t made enough progress), then this is when we will be given a last chance to take needed steps and to make necessary changes. As is true with all Full Moons, the key is finding a balance between the qualities of the two signs involved.
With this Full Moon, our focus is on the signs of Taurus and Scorpio.
- Keywords for the fixed earth sign of Taurus include responsibility, resourcefulness, reliability, patience, loyalty, and resistance to change. It is the sign most associated with our relationship to the physical plane of existence (e.g., body, money, resources). It is ruled by Venus, which puts the spotlight on what we value. For some people, money or what they possess is what matters most. For others, the energy of Venus reminds us that our greatest possessions are self-worth, self-respect, and self-esteem. When the Moon is in Taurus, it’s a good time to ask ourselves, “What matters most to me?”, “What leads to my greatest happiness?”, and “Am I creating the life that I love?”
- Keywords for the fixed water sign of Scorpio include intensity, depth, passion, transformation, healing, and secretiveness. It is the sign most associated with our subconscious, including what needs to be healed in order for us to progress on our spiritual journey. Whereas Taurus puts the spotlight on what we value, Scorpio shines the light on what we desire . . . and on what we fear. Because Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, the issue of power will often “come up to be healed.” When the Sun is in Scorpio, good questions to ask ourselves are, “How am I handling power in my relationships?”, “What am I passionate about?”, and “What fears are holding me back from moving forward into the light?”
Again, with all Full Moons, our goal is to find a healthy balance between the two signs involved. With Taurus and Scorpio, an important issue is identifying what might be hiding in the shadows of our subconscious (Scorpio) that might be sabotaging our ability to attain what we want in this lifetime (Taurus). What is not acknowledged often will wreak havoc (e.g., depression, anger, self-sabotage, addictions). However, once we shine the light onto those shadows, what we once feared often evaporates and we are able to move forward quite easily. Shining that light, though, often takes courage. If you are having a difficult time identifying what might be lurking in that shadowy part of your consciousness, you might want to ask yourself, “What do I idealize or demonize?”, “What do I negatively judge in others or in myself?”, “Where am I struggling with power or authority?”, and/or “What recurring patterns/problems do I see in my relationships?”
Now is the time to do this because this Full Moon in Taurus is being supported by trines (120°) between the Moon and Mars and the Moon and Pluto. These positive connections will help us see how to build a bridge between what we desire (Taurus) and what we are passionate about (Scorpio). The presence of Mars will give us the energy to take any necessary steps toward our goals rather than get lost in the Taurean desire to stay put. Additionally, Pluto’s presence will support our transformation and may reveal ways to make more money or use resources we weren’t even aware of.
Venus is also a key player in this Full Moon in Taurus. It is conjunct (0°) the Sun and in opposition (180°) to the Moon. Venus has been tracking very close to the Sun for a while now, which has motivated many of us to keep our focus on choosing love over fear. However, expansive Jupiter is squaring (90°) all of these planets (forming a t-square or right triangle), which can help us expand beyond our current comfort zone. Yes, Jupiter could also cause us to overindulge if we go too far, but a healthy way to utilize Jupiter’s energy is to make sure that our efforts are focused on helping others in a moral and ethical way.
On Saturday, November 8, Mercury moves out of peace-loving Libra and into passionate, intense Scorpio, where it will remain until November 29. Overall, our thinking will become more analytical, sharp, and focused . . . sometimes, though, it can become obsessive. We may also become more skeptical and secretive during this time. We will crave meaningful conversations, and idle chit-chat will be more difficult than at other times. This is a good time to engage in research. We are more able to recognize hidden emotional patterns and motivations both within ourselves and others. This can lead to becoming judgmental or critical, but it’s better to use this information to move toward understanding, forgiveness, and compassion.
The next day (Sunday, November 9), a square (90°) between Venus and Jupiter becomes exact. Many of us will long for more food, more fun, more play, more creating, more money . . . more of everything! Although we may be tempted to push beyond our limits in various ways, it is wiser to use this marvelous energy to explore new ways to bring joy into our lives. Avoid impulsive buying today, and be careful about making promises you can’t keep later on.
On Monday, November 10, Mars will be conjunct (0°) Pluto in the hardworking sign of Capricorn. This may add a sense of urgency to the day, but it also will help us be responsible and to concentrate on what we most want to achieve. We may be able to overcome obstacles by making a firm commitment to developing the skills we need to transform our lives. Because Mars (the planet of war) and Pluto (the planet of power) are involved, power struggles are possible. We don’t want to take “no” for an answer. However, it’s important to remember that the true battle is to find the necessary passion to make positive changes within ourselves. You may feel a strong desire to get rid of anything that you feel is not necessary.
Wednesday, November 12, is a day of very mixed energies. Venus conjoins (0°) Saturn, which can increase feelings of self-doubt, mistrust, and fear about inadequate resources. A healthier use of this energy is to become clearer and more responsible about the management of all of our assets. This energy can help us patiently earn the love and respect of another. Patience is key now, and that quality may be difficult to access because on the same day Mars will square (90°) Uranus. This is a rebellious pairing and we may be uncomfortable following the rules. We want to break free of all expectations now, but you may find that pushing against something only leads to frustration because your path may be filled with blocks today. Try thinking about long-term goals rather than push against present circumstances.
Then on Thursday, November 13, a square (90°) between the Sun and Jupiter will fan the flames of restlessness and a desire for change. This is a very powerful aspect, and creative energy is more available than usual. However, we could be feeling very elated one minute and frustrated by circumstances the next. It’s important today to not take ourselves too seriously and find ways to laugh at our “idiosyncratic wackiness.” And if any grand ideas come up, take time in the coming days to make sure they are realistic and not simply the result of this “over-the-top” alignment.
Neptune ends its yearly retrograde stage on Saturday, November 15. The slow and gradual resumption of forward motion will result in a subtle shift toward acting on our ideals instead of simply thinking about them. Therefore, in the coming weeks and months, we may see an increase in our ability to externally express our faith and dreams in concrete ways.
The next day (Sunday, November 16), Venus moves out of intense, passionate Scorpio and into exuberant, buoyant Sagittarius, where it will remain until December 11. This can result in feeling restless due to the adventurous nature of Sag, but it can also widen our social and romantic horizons. We may also discover new forms of pleasure, beauty, love, and liberation. Our love relationship can take on a straight forward (should I say blunt?) quality, and truth becomes a top priority in all of our partnerships.
On Tuesday, November 18, the Sun will exactly conjoin (0) Saturn. We may feel the heaviness of responsibility on our shoulders for a few days leading up to and after this aspect. Obligations and delays may seem unending, which leads to frustrations and even self-doubt. This is a serious energy, and we are being asked to “get real” about our lives. It is time to “put our noses to the grindstone.” Past projects should be the focus rather than creating new ones, at least for a few days. This is a good time to use our increased discipline and commitment to address unfinished projects in order to clear the way for new energies. Saturn provides patience, which is a must now.
In sum, this Full Moon in Taurus is an intense energy. We are being asked to identify our soul’s desires (Scorpio) and then bring them into our physical reality (Taurus). This may require that we face our “shadow self” or “wounded inner child” in order to move forward. Although there are a few lighter aspects during the next two weeks, overall, this is a serious time that is asking us to “dig deep” and “face the music” about how we are using our resources and which relationships are requiring our attention (or too much attention.) Healing is key whenever Scorpio is involved, so remember, “Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” (Akshay Dubey)
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THIS BLOG POST WAS WRITTEN BY
- Anne Reith, Ph.D. (AnneReith.com)
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 15° of Taurus
- Thursday, November 6, 2:22 p.m. PST
- Thursday, November 6, 5:22 p.m. EST
- Thursday, November 6, 10:22 p.m. GMT