TIME TO LET GO OF FAMILIAR SUFFERING
We know full moons are always a time of release. We also know that, at its core, the Taurus archetype is about value.
When I say “value,” I mean that this archetype, above all–because it relates to the earthy Taurean concept of the physical body–encompasses within it the concept that it’s through our physical five senses that we derive pleasure.
And what makes us feel good becomes that which we value.
Often, however, what makes us feel good does so because it is familiar.
Say, for example, that if you have an argument with someone. You feel better if you eat some chocolate or a piece of cake, or anything sweet that makes you forget your troubles and/or dispels or distracts you from your anger or frustration.
Essentially, you value taste as a way to please yourself out of a confrontational or—shall we say—less pleasing experience.
Here we have a scenario where it might be healthier to replace our old familiar pattern of reaching for something to eat—something that tastes good and therefore pleases us when we feel angry, sad, abandoned, or any other negative emotion—with a different pattern of behavior. Say taking a walk or talking it out with someone who’ll listen, understand, and offer positive feedback.
THE SHADOW KNOWS…
The Sun in Scorpio is all about change. But it’s not about sudden change. Rather it’s the Scorpio reminder to us all that we must evolve through adaptation or we’ll become extinct.
Ruled by the planet Pluto, known as Hades, the god of the underworld to the Greeks, this is not exactly someone you want to mess with, at least on a regular basis.
There’s a kind of “you can run but you can’t hide” quality to Scorpio energy, which—if it finds you’ve been ignoring or denying your need for change or adaptation can become ruthless.
Many of us modern astrologers don’t really go there, we use words like “transformation” and “change” and “new perspectives,” and all these are completely valid. In fact, “transformation” IS the major keyword for Scorpio energy.
So, when the Sun is in Scorpio, which it has been since October 22/23 (depending on your time zone), and will be until November 22, we know that at least a part of our ego identity is being asked to die in order to be reborn again.
This happens on an annual basis, and because Pluto is a planetary energy that registers with us on the level of the subconscious rather than the conscious mind, we get that some transformation in our individual lives will be more momentous than others…at least on an annual basis, since the Sun is in Scorp for a month every year.
WHAT’S YOUR SHADOW REALLY LOOK LIKE?
Just before the Sun moved into Scorpio, Jupiter moved from partnership-oriented but potentially polarizing and polarizingly indecisive Libra energy on October 10. The two met up on October 26—a fortuitous kind of meeting between the king of the gods and the Sun in the archetypal sign of the underworld.
This told us we had a shot at making the best out this year’s transformative energy at this time of year, primarily by allowing Jupiter’s expansive energy to cast light on the dark bits of our psyches—the parts often we keep hidden, both from ourselves and others…
Both Scorpio and Taurus are fixed signs: they like to get the job done, but they can get stuck, remain stagnant or fixated, depending on the natal position of any planets/angles in these two signs and the houses ruled or influenced by Pluto and Venus in your chart.
Scorpio says “change or be changed,” or run the risk of becoming obsolete, which is a kind of death. And Taurus says “I’m very happy right here on my sofa with my bon bons, thank you very much, and while I might entertain the idea that change is ultimately necessary, I think I’ll do it later.”
So, the Taurus Full Moon, as with all full moons, carries a double message: one is that it shows us the high side of the opposite polarity of Scorpio energy, and as such it reminds we can’t stay in a state of transformation forever.
On the other hand, the Taurus Full Moon asks us to get in better touch with our body, to physically ground ourselves as part of the physical, tangible, concrete world and BECOME.
LETTING GO OF FAMILIAR VALUES
As the Scorpio Sun asks us to evolve, the Taurus Moon reminds us that to do this we might have to examine–and jettison–some of our previously held “values.”
When I say “values” I mean, again, that which give us pleasure.
Taurus, at its core, is related to our five physical senses, and through our reception and perception of such sensory experience–sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste–we become aware of our likes and dislikes.
This then translates into what we believe, or feel, both consciously and intuitively, is of value to us.
The Moon, after all, is an energy based around memory, particularly from our earliest moments after we’ve physically incarnated on this Earth—but isn’t always necessarily representative of our soul’s inner “truth.”
So, if the Sun’s energy is transformative, and the Full Moon in Taurus opposes it, it asks us to release what no longer serves us in terms of old values…
…values to which we may cling, based on old familiar patterns that no longer fit our present life, and from which we may inadvertently be “suffering.”
And, in doing so, we may thereby usher in new, healthier, ones…
This means we have the opportunity at the Taurus Full Moon to let go of that which is familiar to us, but does not necessarily serve our future evolutionary growth.
How does one transform one’s values? Ah, that my friends is so very easy to say but ever so hard to do! We transform our values by contemplating what it is that really truly pleases us.
First, we can go deep through whatever mechanism works for us. Meditation, creativity (or being in the moment) and channeling the divine, or in this case, the Scorpionic energies which may be showing us the taboos embedded in our psyche’s unconscious in ways that keep us afraid of allowing them to surface into consciousness.
The fear that if people knew what we’re REALLY like, what we’re REALLY thinking deep down inside–in short, the truth—they will neither like nor accept us and, worse yet, might run us out of town on a rail, is what we’re asked to let go of now.
Lunations—meaning New and Full Moons, which occur approximately every 14 days–are transits. Transits trigger our natal patterns or energies.
In order to answer the question for oneself, one must look to see in what house or houses the Taurus Full Moon occurs, and what messages those houses have for us.
Similarly, always we can look at whether or not any particular lunation is touching any of our natal planets or other sensitive chart points. That will give you a fuller picture of where you might go to discover which values are no longer of use to you as you attempt to move forward toward your highest karmic destiny in this lifetime.
This lunation is helped or hindered by whatever it touches, positively or negatively. However, it reminds us, as do all transits to our natal chart’s energies, that the time is ripe for change or transformation!
SELF-VALUE IS WHO YOU ARE, NOT WHAT YOU OWN
While the Taurus Full Moon reminds us that although transformation through the evolutionary process is all around us and in the air right now, still we must take time to consider what our soul values most.
Since our shadow side is that which we project onto each other, we know we’re being asked to go deep for this entire next year on just exactly how we can free ourselves through expanding our consciousness about this darker side.
A full moon is always an aspect of relationship. This Taurus Full Moon highlights the duality of the fixed archetypes of Scorpio’s watery, deep, intense, and potentially volatile but deeply loyal bonding against Taurus’s Venusian emphasis on the body, the five senses, the concrete physical world, and how determining what pleases us becomes that which we value.
Taurus provides us with a constant in a world surrounded by evolutionary change. But it also reminds us that if we cling too tightly to the things we think we value, be they material possessions, relationships, jobs, or anything else, we may deny ourselves the incremental slow evolution that Taurus is capable of demanding out of Scorpio’s need to continually transform.
When it comes to possessions, it’s easy to tie your own sense of self-worth into what you have. But Scorpio’s Sun reminds us that all things much change eventually, and Taurus can help us manifest slow, less upsetting, change.
At this lunation, Venus opposed Uranus, and we may have experienced a sudden flash of insight based on an unexpected happening, be it through relationship or any other outer circumstance.
Should you have experienced something shocking leading up to this Taurus Full Moon, something that made you feel a little bit like you’ve been on a sinking ship, or the fire’s just shown up at your door— you may have asked yourself “what do I grab and what do I leave behind?”
The answer to that question is that you take with you what you know deep down is important because it’s part of your soul’s overall sense of who you are and what you truly value…
At the same time, the Scorpio Sun sextiled spiritual, dreamy, psychically-oriented Neptune in Pisces, while the Moon trined the same planet, also known to encompass energy related to confusion, illusion, and delusion.
These energies provided us either with easy opportunities to follow our intuitively guided psyche’s sense of the truth north of our value system, or they obscured our need to let go through the illusory sense that we can keep our soul’s true needs hidden from consciousness…
Saturn’s square to Chiron reminds us that any internalized familiarity based on restrictive or overly repressive people or circumstances in our early lives–i.e., those embedded as “familiar”–may now be revisited in order to be released.
And Mercury’s trine to wounded healer Chiron allows us to give voice to any wounds to our inherent value system based on this oppression. Wounds sustained through that which we LEARNED is SUPPOSED to please us and make us feel good, rather than that from which our soul derives true pleasure.
Scorpio, a sign of deep bondedness and loyalty, also represents sexuality. The highest form of sexual expression is an intimate relationship with a significant other with whom there is a deep, loyal, unbreakable bond of trust.
Taurus’s value system reminds us that part of that trust comes through our attachment to our physical bodies and the fact that it’s about discovering what pleases us by allowing ourselves to receive on the physical plane.
Any relationship not tied to both physical pleasure and an unshakable trust is up for introspection now as we reevaluate that which serves–or doesn’t–our true self…
My advice? Allow the energy of this Taurus Full Moon–as it wanes over the next two weeks–to release what holds you back from uncovering the division between what your mind or ego THINKS it values and what the infinite wisdom of your soul KNOWS is of true value to you…