FULL MOON IN TAURUS – Can you feel it? New patterns are beginning to emerge! October 24, 2018
by Anne Reith
In the Pacific Time Zone, the Moon will be full at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24. 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 2° of Scorpio and 2° 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 shed light on two areas of our lives and ask us to “check in” to see if we have a good balance between them. This Taurus Full Moon is asking us to look at the Taurus/Scorpio axis. Taurus is about responsibility, being grounded, patience, security, loyalty, and the enjoyment of material possessions and sensual activities.
Scorpio is about determination, investigation, intensity, passion, and healing deep issues that lead to transformation. As is true with any signs that are opposite each other, neither approach is wrong or “bad.” At the time of this Full Moon, we are simply being asked to look at both ends of the continuum to make sure we are not over-emphasizing one end of the teeter-totter over the other. Balance is the goal in all areas of life.
Typically, Full Moons in Taurus tend to be enjoyable. We are focused on doing what we need to do in order to live a good life, as we define it.
However, several factors point to this being a rather extraordinary Full Moon in Taurus:
- The Sun is conjunct (0°) Venus in Scorpio. This means that extra light (Sun) is shining on all types of relationships and our finances (Venus) so we can better see what needs to be changed. We may feel inclined to work toward reconciliation with someone, or they may feel guided to approach us for the same reason. There is a charm and gracefulness to this conjunction that serves any type of social interaction well. There can be a tendency toward jealousy or envy. However, if we experience this, we can reframe these feelings as a way to help us understand what we desire and then make plans to gain more of that in our lives. Additionally, we may be ready (and need) to dig deep into our financial situation to determine what adjustments might be needed for a healthy, prosperous future.
- The Moon is in a very tight conjunction (0°) with Uranus in Taurus. This would indicate that we need to explore our own individual needs (Moon) and probably make some changes (Uranus). Whenever Uranus is involved, it is best to expect the unexpected. This isn’t a bad thing. When things stay the same, we don’t change or grow, which is the goal of our soul in this lifetime. Uranus’s role is to shake things up so we can view things differently. However, unexpected events can be unsettling for most people, unless we are into astrology. If we know that something unusual might happen, then we can better adjust, when needed. Given the sign involved is Taurus, those changes might include stepping outside our comfort zone, redefining what we need in order to feel safe and secure, and/or doing something truly unique that brings us unexpected physical rewards.
- The way to find a balance may be found in the squares (90°) between both ends of the opposition and the North Node in Leo and the South Node in Aquarius. This forms a fixed Grand Cross in the sky above us. Given the Nodal Axis is involved, that often indicates that there will be elements or lessons from the past (South Node) that will play an important role in guiding or illuminating our future goals and endeavors (North Node). The fixed modality likely means we are ready to hunker down and get to work on an idea that needs focus and determination. When taking into consideration of the signs involved in the Nodal Axis, this may mean that we will be using what we have learned in the past about our unique gifts in order to make a unique contribution to the world.
Additionally, the Moon/Uranus conjunction is trine (120°) Saturn in its home sign of Capricorn, making it extra powerful. This also means that the Sun/Venus conjunction is sextile (60°) to Saturn. Trines and sextiles are very positive, and the supportive presence of Saturn will help us overcome obstacles, feel grounded, and make headway on any important long-term projects or commitments. Progress may be slow, but it will be steady. Because Saturn has to do with the past, this re-emphasizes that something from the past may help us understand what is happening in the present or guide us into the future. Saturn, though, is rule bound. Therefore, even though there is a strong Uranus emphasis with this Full Moon (which normally indicates a tendency toward breaking the rules), we might want to remember that some rules and traditions come from much past experience and are there to guide and support us. As they say, don’t seek change simply for the sake of change.
Several other aspects are supporting this Taurus Full Moon. For example, there is a conjunction (0°) between Mercury and Jupiter. This will be a good time for long-term planning and coming up with expansive ideas because we can more easily see the “big picture.” We are likely to feel optimistic and hopeful, partly because we feel like we are taking steps toward our desired goals. Additionally, Mercury is in a sweet sextile (60°) to Pluto, which will provide us with the psychological understanding and insights needed to be successful. This aspect also provides us with mental strength and helps us to be patient with the process and strategic in our decision-making. And providing even more support is a trine (120°) between Mercury and Chiron, which will help us express and confront our fears or hurts from the past so we can start enjoying a more successful future. And if all of that wasn’t enough, further support is provided by a trine (120°) between Chiron and Jupiter, which helps us understand that we are all doing the best we can and that the “right” thing to do is support each other as much as possible.
During this two-week period, the following planetary changes occur:
- The Sun enters Scorpio on Tuesday, October 23, right before the Full Moon. This is a month where we will want to go after whatever we desire most in life, and we will do this with passion, emotion, and intensity. We aren’t interested in anything superficial. We are willing to “dig deep” to find the “truth.” We want to feel secure in our relationships and are interested in shared resources. We can be more strong-willed than usual, which can help us be very determined . . . or it can veer into obsessiveness. We also need to be careful not to let ourselves get swept away by jealousy or take any actions that would be manipulative because they will often have long-term negative consequences.
- On Tuesday, October 30, Mercury leaves the heavier energy of Scorpio and enters uplifting Sagittarius. Because Mercury will begin its next retrograde period on November 17 (through December 4), that means it will remain in Sagittarius for over two months . . . until the beginning of 2019. When Mercury was in Scorpio, it wanted to deeply examine everything. But when Mercury is in Sag, we become mentally curious and want to have the freedom to explore many different subjects and ideas, and to do so in a light-hearted, superficial way. This can, at times, be diametrically opposed to the Sun in Scorpio’s desires for depth, so there may be some internal conflict for the first 3 weeks of November until the Sun joins Mercury in Sag. But over the next two months, we will be more inclined to “believe” than to “persuade.” Emotionally, we often feel more optimistic and hopeful when Mercury is in Sag, but our thinking can become a bit imprecise, especially when Mercury goes retrograde as of November 17.
- Due to its retrograde motion, Venus will move backward into the sign of Libra on Wednesday, October 31. It will remain in Libra the entire month of November. If we are having relationship challenges, now is the time to go inward (retrograde) and seek a compromise (Libra) that could potentially transform a seemingly impossible situation. Seeing both sides of the situation can sometimes be challenging. We often have to be willing to look at our own inner woundedness before we can be successful in doing this. But Venus in Libra usually brings charm and cool detachment that can lead to successful negotiations.