One thing is clear on this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 16° 01’ Taurus on 8 November 2022, 3:02 AM PST, earth and water completely dominate the chart. The Taurus Moon conjoins Uranus and the Scorpio Sun conjoins Mercury with both square Saturn in Aquarius, one of the two planets in air. We tend to forget how powerful feminine earth and water are, though all one has to do is contemplate earthquakes and tsunamis to remember.
The fixed T-square created by the luminaries and Saturn in Aquarius is a last, potent reminder of the issues we’ve been living with the past year with Uranus in Taurus squaring Saturn in Aquarius. That square is now waning and by December it will no longer be in effect. However, it is alive and well and actively involved on the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus! Having both the Moon and Mercury participating in this fixed T-square provides us a means to interpret how the Saturn-Uranus square is working in our lives. The Moon can give us insights into the role our emotions play and since Mercury is in intuitive Scorpio, it may help us translate our feelings into words, allowing us to externalize those feelings. It may be a painful process but it could be mark the beginning of true healing of old wounds. Overlooking the possibility that Scorpio and Taurus will join forces if they feel threatened by Saturn and present a united front would not be a good idea. One thing about fixed sign aspects is the results usually linger a long time, for better or worse.
The Taurus Moon’s ruler, Venus, is in Scorpio and has a part to play too. Venus makes a waning square to Saturn in Aquarius (exact on November 6-7), a waxing trine to Neptune in Pisces (exact on November 10) as well as a waxing sextile to Pluto in Capricorn (exact on November 13). Saturn in Aquarius does restrain Venus briefly but those restrictions won’t last long once the other two aspects kick in. This series of aspects will demonstrate how powerful earth and water are, and how quickly they will dissolve the impact of the fixed square. We may not realize what a difference these Venus aspects will make because most of the action will likely happen behind the scenes and the results won’t be visible for awhile.
Scorpio is ruled by Mars which is why it is important to look at retrograde Mars in Gemini on this lunation. Mars in Gemini is hampered by having just stationed retrograde on October 30 and is still sitting at its station degree. Not only that but Mars is also making a waxing square to Neptune in Pisces (exact on November 19) and is inconjunct Pluto in Capricorn. What Mars in Gemini excels at is being quick and agile, and between the confusion and denial generated by Neptune in Pisces as well as its ability to drain energy, Mars in Gemini is effectively neutralized. Not to mention Pluto in Capricorn acting an another anchor on Mars in Gemini’s need for speed. We may as well write Mars in Gemini off until December when it is back up to speed in reverse and well away from the square to Neptune.
Jupiter is still at 29° 13’ Pisces and other than a loose sextile Pluto in Capricorn which contributes some background noise, it has minimal influence on this lunation. The next lunation Jupiter plays a major role in is the New Moon in Capricorn on December 23 when Jupiter in Aries will square the luminaries. But that’s another story.
It is the uncertainty Uranus brings to the table that suggests we’ll find this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus frustrating and edgy. There is no good way of knowing what will be revealed and/or when either. Fun! Uranus is also the most powerful outer planet involved in the fixed T-square with the luminaries which strengthens the influence of the quiet, terrifying power of the feminine energies represented by all the planets in earth and water. We may as well resign ourselves to watching events unfold as they will. Please allow plenty of time to process the huge info dump coming with this lunation too. It might be a good idea to prepare for free floating anger swirling in the atmosphere that may result when people are unhappy with an unexpected outcome. For our own sanity, we’ll need to practice patience, tolerance and kindness as much as we can. Peace and love to all.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
Image: Full Moon in wintery sky © Diane Lang