The Full Moon conjunct Vesta in Taurus

temple of Vesta in Rome

The Full Moon at 19 degrees of Taurus on November 12th forms a trine to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, bringing unfinished works closer to fruition. The pressure is on as these various cthonic forces seem to intermingle and collide. The opposition of the moon to Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio heightens mental faculties and stimulates intriguing conversations.

Uranus in Taurus is not close enough to the Moon to form a conjunction but it has definitely been making its presence known on the earth lately. There have been multiple raging fires in California, recent tornados in Texas, flooding in England, earthquakes and extreme weather in various parts of the globe. Mars in the late degrees of Libra is slowly forming an opposition to Uranus, exact by November 24th. There is a sense of urgency that this aspect entails, which may be become increasingly noticeable when Mars enters Scorpio on the 18th. Conflicts may be arising between groups involving their finances, corporate business affairs or legacies. Tension is ready to erupt in ways that were inevitable given the way things have been going for so long.

The good news is that Venus, ruling planet of Taurus is happily transiting Sagittarius and when she makes a conjunction to Jupiter and the Galactic Center will likely be the saving grace to weaken the severity of what appear to be ominous prospects for later this month (on the 24th).

The Full Moon forms a sextile with Neptune while Venus forms a square to it. Some things are just too difficult to either see or accept as they are, and so embellishing, camouflaging or taking an overly idealistic stance are possible dangers. On the other hand, these combined energies make a rather potent recipe for unlimited creative abundance. If you’re an artist, have at it! The moment is ripe for expressing what normally cannot be expressed or made manifest in a particular way.

Vesta, the asteroid goddess associated with devotion, focus and sacred sexuality is Retrograde forming an exact degree conjunction to this Full Moon. Vesta is a fire goddess currently transiting an earth sign. There are such incredible amounts of energy arising from within the earth and within our physical vehicles that may seem difficult to channel properly or to contain. For some this may have recently led to feelings of nausea and in others ecstatic sensations. Vesta in Taurus is very “hands-on”. Massage and stretching the body with yoga or other methods could help to better circulate the energy. Ginger tea can also be helpful for this. Emotional responsiveness is greatly increased right now so it may be easier to work through emotional or sexual tensions, frustrations and wounds. Self-worth and preservation are also themes being highlighted.

Overall this Full Moon highlights the capacity to ground, nurture and sustain ourselves despite what may be going on in the world and in our lives. It is also a reminder of our humble place in the Universe, simultaneously showing us the impact that we each have on the environment with the things that we choose to wear, buy, grow, eat, the vehicles that we drive, the products we use, etc. Discovering your power spot in nature, designing an altar or spending time in a garden would be appropriate methods of tuning in to Vesta during this Full Moon.

The Taurean theme also points toward what we have vs what we think we have or wish we had. In truth, whatever physical things that we have will all return to the earth, just as our bodies will. It may be useful to contemplate what kinds of things we have or may develop that are timeless in nature. This is not meant to be a morbid or depressing thought but one that stimulates an awareness of values higher in nature than those that many of us are accustomed to. It is these higher values that may assist in propelling us forward in the months to come.

Mercury Transit 11/11: A Change of Perspective

Today Mercury has begun transiting across the Sun, making its closest passage to the Sun since 1973 and before the year 2190, according to astronomical sources.

Due to Mercury’s Retrograde motion in Scorpio the impact of this transit is extra profound. This event is also occurring just a day before the Full Moon in Taurus, and amplifies all thoughts, emotions and endeavors over the next few hours leading up to it.

The transit of Mercury to the Sun could be said in effect to be a sort of eclipse by Mercury, bringing about radical changes in perspective, deep insights, messages from beyond, and life-altering “AHA” moments.

This could mean that:

  • long held views on certain topics are changing
  • hidden agendas are surfacing
  • solutions to old problems are appearing
  • warnings and guideposts make themselves known
  • important messages are being conveyed
  • inspiration lights up your heart and life

Don’t shrug off those nagging hunches as insignificant…it is becoming loud and clear that some things cannot be ignored any longer.

Jupiter is also nearing the Galactic Center which raises the chances of receiving highly important information at this time. This information, whatever it is, is unique to each person, family, country, group or region being registered by them in their respective ways. It is likely to be a combination of helpful and disconcerting at the same time.

Meditation, mantras, prayers and other forms of introspection may be helpful in being able to more clearly decipher the messages and insights coming through this week.

Full Moon in Taurus 2015

Dementia, aka Daughter of Horror 1955

Dementia, aka Daughter of Horror 1955

With this Full Moon 3 degrees of Taurus on October 27th, opposite of the Sun in Scorpio, we are face to face with myriad aspects of ourselves. As Taurus is about acquiring and Scorpio is about discarding, we are confronted with all that we like and dislike, and all that we have embraced and disowned, what we have created and have tried so hard to undo. The veils between the worlds are thinning, as are the barriers to our own subconscious stews.

Under the influence of Taurus we seek security both financially and emotionally. We want to surround ourselves with beauty and experience luxury. Taurus understands there is a price to pay for such comforts and is willing to work for them. At the same time, we have the shadowy influence of Scorpio taunting or haunting us with sliding images, memories, and projections making the focus on goals a bit challenging. Halloween is upon us, and not just in a holiday sense.

The Full Moon forms sesquiquadrate to Jupiter, Venus, and Mars in Virgo, which could either seem to blow insecurities out of proportion or enlighten us as to where we have been giving our power away and how to stop it. The inconjunct to Saturn in Sagittarius further indicates where we’ve been rubbed or are rubbing “the wrong way” and how to shift this pattern.

It is as though we are on an arduous journey, a vision quest of a sort seeking to acquire something whether it be an object or a skill that will enhance our lives. What we are truly seeking is an aspect of our own selves, a sort of salvation for our own souls.

In their book The Luminaries, Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas offer an interesting analogy for the importance of finding and owning ones individuality through expressing the unique qualities of one’s Sun sign:

“The hero’s prize is sometimes an elixir, which he must steal…

There is something illicit about becoming oneself, because it involves stealing something from the mass psyche, something which was the common property of the collective unconscious. This dilemma can easily clothe itself in political garb, although the essence of all political ideologies is ultimately to be found in the individuals who formulate them.”

There is collective guilt we suffer from for the seeking out of money and other possessions, not to mention love (yet we condone those who would seek power and rulership over the masses – “yes Daddy, please take care of it for me”). Somehow seeking for anything more than basic security makes us extremely selfish…how dare we – unless we intend to share everything we have found and earned with everyone around us, immediately. Pay up, pay those dues! We hear it all the time. It has been said that the word guilt comes from an Anglo-Saxon root which means “debt”. What a coincidence that our entire monetary system is built on just that.

In his book, Slave Species of the Gods, Michael Tellinger speaks of money as the modern day whips-and-chains for the people to keep them in line, in service to the global elite. We’ve been guilt-tripped for so long that we don’t know any better than to base our whole lives on the principles of survival by the standards of the “gods” who have beaten us into submission.

Continuing on with a passage from the Luminaries:

“There is considerable guilt around expressing the Sun (oneself), because it means stealing an elixir which is the common property of all – albeit unused. The elixir can do nothing on a mass level until a hero comes along who knows what to do with it. But for an individual to possess it means that, at least initially, something is taken away from the mass. Of course it remains the hero’s task at the end of the story to give something back to the collective. But this does not mitigate the initial sense of sin.”

This analogy also relates to the saying “no good deed goes unpunished”, for in many instances when we have raised our levels of morality and married them to our greatest achievements we tend to become targets of slander, envy, shunning or public humiliation. Many of us live in societies where we have to prove ourselves worthy of rewards. If we’re not worthy of rewards we are punished for being contrary. We have to be beautiful or do something special in order to be loved. And it’s bullshit.

We have created many our own monsters by creating such terrible taboos about many aspects of life and its full spectrum of emotions that are completely natural. By failing to love and respect our selves, we have failed to do the same for the planet and other sentient beings. Our species has gone mad.

With this Taurus Full Moon we have the opportunity to take our power back and develop true self esteem that does not rely on outside factors and approval. Venus, planet named after the goddess of love and beauty is the ruling planet of Taurus, highlighting what is beautiful within, about and outside of ourselves. With her aid we experience more of the incredible sweetness and sensuality of life on earth.

The Moon’s sextile to Neptune further attunes us to the artistry… the random poetry of it all…so that no matter how crazy things may seem be, we can truly enjoy our treasures while they last. By taking care of what we have now, we enable future generations to appreciate what we have deliberately passed on instead of all the garbage we’ve accumulated.