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Today, as the Moon shines Full in earth sign Taurus, we are called to Gaia – the Grandmothers – the Great Mother. This Full Moon contains a powerful capacity for manifestation and a golden opportunity to create new ways of being in the world.
There is a great awakening of the divine feminine energy, in both men and women. The grandmothers know the phases of the moon and how the earth speaks through the elements. They say we have forgotten the sacredness of the animal and plant kingdoms. We are being called to honour the ancient pacts we made with the earth to be guardians and earth keepers. It is time for us to come back into balance. (from movie The Sixth Sun)
Vesta sits at the same degree of the Moon – an asteroid that represents the sacred flame of devotion and care – calling us to care for ourselves and for the planet we live on.
To even begin to honour the earth requires that we come from a place of our own self worth. We have become separated from both ourselves, and the very planet we depend on for our survival. Indigenous peoples walked on this planet for thousands of years without causing her harm – yet in a few hundred years we have used up her resources, killed off her creatures, and are destroying her ecosystems. How did that happen? It seems as we moved away from our connection to Gaia, we became very un-grounded and began to live more and more in our heads. We bought into the myth of materialism (pun intended) that told us our satisfaction was somewhere outside of us.
The Taurus/Scorpio polarity (Moon/Sun opposition) can activate survival fears – fear of lack – poverty consciousness – as Uranus in Taurus brings sudden change and instability that threatens our sense of security. It is doubly important now to find ways to ground, centre and calm those fight, flight or freeze mechanisms (especially after weeks of Mars/Pluto antagonisms).
Taurus calls on us to find a deeply felt sense of inner self worth. It seeks a connection to life through nature and through the physical senses. We have the gift of this body – how can we best inhabit it? Taurus at its best brings us a sense of fullness and abundance that helps us land in our physical form in a way that celebrates being human. Our sensuality is heightened under this Full Moon – it’s ok to be a bit self indulgent at this time. Nature and nurture are important as we take a break from the fray to eat, drink and be merry.
“Fate comes when it will- and thus we are ready.” (I ching)
We all need a bit of a break from a year that has been even more polarized than ever – and especially as the heavy karmic-reckoning of Saturn Pluto builds toward total impact in January 2020. Thankfully, despite how dire things seem to be in the world, there has been a parallel energy available of exceptional inspiration, creativity, and grace – courtesy of Jupiter/Neptune. While the former can wear us down- the latter can trigger escapism and unrealistic expectations. This Full Moon beautifully links both energies together now in a positive blast of dynamic creativity energy to help us actualize our visions and dreams.
Picture a pregnant young woman , full to bursting. She’s come though the thicket and over the hills – ready to give birth and looking for a safe place to bring forth something new that has been gestating for a long time.
Where shall she go? Who is there to support her?
Full Moons bring to a peak the intentions planted at the previous new Moon. The New Moon in Scorpio two weeks ago began a process of coming face-to-face with some of the more difficult aspects of our psyche. A Mars/Pluto square at the same time didnt make things any easier (conflicts, power struggles). Like Step 5 of 12 step programs – we were being called to make a ‘searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves’. This is not always a comfortable process, as we journey into the underworld of our own subconscious.
There are many myths and fairy takes where the hero or heroine must face challenges and loss as she undergoes a deep journey that tests her faith, strength and fortitude. She is often stripped bare and left to call on supernatural help to find her way of the forest and into the light. Amazingly – help usually does arrive – if she asks with humility and is willing to follow instructions. It is often his or her innocence that attracts the help. If we do not believe in super-natural beings/forces, we can perhaps see them as inner resources/parts of our own higher self that arise to support us in difficult times. I suspect the innocence is the willingness to ask for help, and to admit we do not have all the answers. The benefit, besides overcoming adversity, is that we get to discover resources we never knew we had.
As the Sun in Scorpio takes us an inward journey, the Moon represents our unconscious mind, and Sun the more conscious self. In Scorpio, we are in a land in-between the conscious and unconscious mind. This is a liminal world – where parts of ourself dwell that we don’t even know of – some have been buried a very long time. We may be afraid of the repressed parts that we were shamed into burying – our anger, our fear, our neediness, our despair. Some of us put on a brave face but underneath we are all a little bit afraid of our own shadow.
Mercury in Scorpio helps us to be more curious than afraid; after all, it is only ourself we are exploring. The Taurus Full Moon can provides a sense of grounding and safety along with the message to take care as we deal with these tender parts of our being. Feed yourself, nurture yourself, make yourself strong for the inward dive. This may mean taking time out from the daily hustle and bustle – to retreat, renew, review, with the intention to emerge even stronger than before.
Within the archetype of Scorpio is the image of the Phoenix, who rises again and again. I’ve been reading a book called ‘Journey of Souls – Life between Lives’, where people under hypnosis explore and review their past life experiences and choose the next lessons to learn on planet earth. Whatever your belief system around these things, it’s a very fascinating exploration of the possibility that we come here again and to evolve as human beings, and describes how we come from the source, then leave the source, yet continually long to return to the source (whether we’re conscious of that or not.)
Which begs the question why, if it’s so beautiful on the other side, why do souls even come here? When asked that, they say that it’s such a beautiful place and there so many amazing experiences you could have in a body. There’s a recognition that this is a very special place where we get to experience creation and manifestation in concrete form. Yet they do also complain of how hard it is here, due to human beings being so out of harmony with themselves and with the planet. Unfortunately, once a human body, we can get so caught up in day-to-day struggle and survival that we often forgot where we came from.
It seems that part of our task here is to reconnect to something, whatever you want to call it, that lives at the core of our being, that a part of us remembers – yet has mostly been forgotten. Our task now it to re-member ourselves- and bring back together that which has become separated. I wonder what we will find hidden in the depths?
As Mercury’s retrograde journey back through in Scorpio – yesterday it passed directly between the Earth Sun – sending a blast of illuminating clarity to whatever it is we are processing. ormation from the shadows; what is normally hidden becomes revealed. Perhaps you came to an understanding of what is holding you back- or discovered a new angle to whatever you are processing. Or maybe you remembered why you came here in the first place. (Look at the house as in tab at top of page to see what area of your life you are seeking new insights into. For a free birth chart go to astro.com)
I have had ongoing health issues for years, which I generally attribute to having Saturn (karma) in the 1st house (in Scorpio). The 1st house is the body, and how we go into the world. Saturn is about the blockages, challenges and life lessons that lead us to Self Mastery (eventually, after a lot of hard work . Its position shows where we are working out our karma(if you believe in that) and where we may have to come to terms our limitations. This Mercury Retrograde began right close to that point in my own chart – and I sure have been deep diving! Body shut down- flu (or whatever) keeping me on an inward keel. Sometimes things get worse before they get better (sigh) yet as Carl Jung has said- there is always ‘gold in the shadow’. Interestingly – Saturn is linked to Lead- and lead poisoning was part of what caused my health issues. In Alchemy – lead is transformed into gold.
Carl Jung saw the alchemical process as symbolic of the transformation of self – from deep unconsciousness to becoming awake – as we move from darkness to light. The alchemical process involves a stage called the Nigredo- the darkening – where all is seems lost and everything is breaking down. At a key point – once the dark mess has fermented enough ( it is different in each case) – Mercurious/Quicksilver is added – to create the Quickening – that activates a process of deep transformation from lead to gold. The image at the top of this blog is called Aurum and is actually about that process. I love that the symbol for gold is the same as the symbol for the self! It is ourself we are birthing- out of the darkness and into the light.
Yesterday’s conjunction of Sun and Mercury represents an alchemical quickening – an awakening- where something light emerges out of what was heavy and leaden. Like a New Moon – it symbolizes a seed time out of which something new can emerge and new visions and ideas can be planted. This process has to emerge out of a dark passage – it is just the way it works. Invite Mercury- the winged messenger – to fly into your dreams or into your day – to bring you a message of hope or bring insights around that which you ar grappling with. He is here to guide us across the abyss.
“You cannot solve a problem on the same level of mind that created it.” – Albert Einstein.
There is always hope! Jupiter – planet of hope, expansion and good luck - is currently approaching the Galactic Core - which lies at the center of our galaxy. This point at 27 degrees Sagittarius is sending out a beacon - a call to remember who we are and why we came here. Jupiter in Sagittarius is the seeker of truth - a seeker of the true meaning of life. As it travels over the Galactic Core - it will amplify and expand that clarion call - so all can hear- reminding us that it’s never too late to wake up!
You know you want to :)
The full moon doesn’t reach the exact degree of opposition to the Scorpio Sun till tomorrow morning. However, things often pop in the hours leading up to a transit. The quicker moving the actors, the less time you’ve got in … Read More…