Full Moon in Taurus: HALT
The moon is on her way to being full in the earthy sign of Taurus this Tuesday, November 12, at 7:34 am CST. Full moons occur when the sun and moon are in opposite signs at the exact same degree and minute. For this particular full moon, the sun is in Scorpio, and the moon will be in the opposite sign of Taurus. Full moon moments can illuminate what is hidden and put everything out on the table, so to speak. During a full moon, we see situations as they really are and not as we’d like them to be.
So, what kind of tension might we expect with a Taurus full moon? Taurus is an earth sign, meaning the material world and material security are of utmost importance. While Scorpio—a water sign—places top priority on the internal world of feelings. In the arena of relationships, the partner playing the Scorpio role can accuse the other of placing material concerns over the discussion of feelings, while the partner playing the Taurus role sees all this talk about feelings as unnecessary melodrama. The Taurus moon needs a break from the chaos of everyday life and craves some quiet and rest, while the Scorpio sun needs emotional intensity and stimulation.
In 12-step programs, participants are told to check their HALT. Are you hungry, angry, lonely, or tired? If you’ve been burning the candle at both ends and feel you’re at wits end, a Taurus full moon is a time to check your HALT. HALT covers Scorpio’s emotional needs (angry and lonely), while also covering Taurus’ need to reconnect with the physical (hungry and tired).
In astrology, Taurus and Scorpio are the natural rulers of the 2nd House and 8th House respectively. Interestingly, both of these houses are tied to finances, so Scorpio isn’t just an emotional, feeling sign, it does have a physical, material side. The tarot card associated with this full moon is the Five of Pentacles. In the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the Five of Pentacles is a rather bleak card showing two homeless, maimed beggars hobbling along in the snow. In a reading, this card speaks of our real or imagined financial fears. If we’ve been in denial about our finances, the full moon in Taurus can bring us back to reality. It may be time to take a hard, honest look at our current financial situation. Do you need to make a much dreaded phone call to resolve a problem? Have you been on an extended spending spree that’s impaired your ability to take care of your financial responsibilities? Or, are you scaring yourself with horrible visions of a destitute life that has no basis in reality? Maybe you’ve had a financial hiccup, an unexpected expense, and immediately you envision yourself losing everything and living under a bridge. Either way, a full moon in Taurus can snap us back to financial reality.
Mercury Retrograde: Veto Control
Mercury, the messenger of the gods, went retrograde on October 31 and will return to direct motion after November 20. The spiritual purpose behind Mercury retrograde is to unplug and stop trying so hard. Let events take their natural course. I have found that during Mercury retrograde when I let go, the Universe almost always comes up with a solution I never could have dreamed up; things just seem to work out in a weird, kooky kind of way once I stop trying to control everything.