The Full Moon takes place on October 31st, 14.49 GMT at 8 38′ Taurus.
This is a Blue Moon, the second Full Moon to occur in a calendar month. It is also Halloween, Samhain, and Dia de Los Muertos. A time when the veils between the material and spiritual realms are believed to be very thin. The next Full Moon on Halloween is not until 2039.
Halloween originates from the Celtic festival Samhain. A celebration of the end of the harvest, the end of growth, and the start of winter, the coldest, darkest time of year, when the seeds of the harvest are deep in the earth, concealed. The end of one year and the start of a new one. The certainty, the inevitability that death is always followed by a re-birth. At Samhain the dead – our ancestors – are honoured and offered hospitality, the past remembered and divination of the future engaged in.
The Sun in Scorpio is shining a light into the underworld, the mysteries of life and death. How our existence connects through time to our lineage, our eternal ties to our ancestors that gave us life. We are drawn inwards, to explore our deepest realms. What we can’t control, what is inescapable. Embracing the dark, becoming aware of the wisdom it veils, leads to the light and healing.
The threads of the past, fated outcomes, how they combine with our dreams, desires and determination, to weave the future. Scorpio teaches us not only of the inevitability of death – change – but also that death isn’t an end. It’s a shift in energy, a change in its expression. Change can bring despair, a sense of loss, but equally joy and a sense of contentment. Death, loss and grief are part of the cycle of life, without which we would not fully appreciate our bond to others or happiness when life flourishes and fulfils us.
Taurus is associated with spring, the material realms, growth and stability, the bounty of the earth. The Taurus-Scorpio axis shows the ebb and flow of the seasons, life and death, abundance and survival, peace and crisis, our inner and outer resources, our material and spiritual values. The material world, our visible resources, and concealed beneath, the invisible, spiritual source of all we come into possession of. A balance between earthly pleasures and spiritual truths.
This Full Moon has a deeply karmic feel. Speaks not only of seeking healing for our personal pain, but also ancestral, collective sorrow, passed from one generation to the next. A need to re-balance how we collectively utilise and distribute Mother Earth’s resources. How we value each other. Acknowledgement of the fact we all have an essential need and an equal right to sustenance and shelter. An end to money and profit being more highly prized than the welfare of people.
The Moon is exalted in Taurus. Luna flourishes in the security and comfort provided by Taurus, is in a position of strength to bestow emotional and material blessings. But, in the sky, the Moon is conjunct Uranus.
Uranus is symbolic of, and underlines the disruption and turmoil we are experiencing in the material world. The financial hardships, the material instability being suffered. Uranus indicates shocks and surprises, secrets being revealed, as well as a desire for liberation from these precarious, fragile conditions. Change and unrest.
Fully Illuminated by the Sun, the Moon reveals, brings into the open, recognition of what has been concealed, traumatic or manipulative. How emotionally we feel vulnerable, strained. Supports us as we mourn, helps us let go, release, whatever is necessary. Invites us to reflect on the past and consider what lies ahead. Encourages the emergence of ideas – insight, intuitive awareness, inner guidance – to bring the future to the surface.
A potent Full Moon.
Venus, ruler of the Full Moon is in Libra, her other domicile home. Venus in Libra emphasises that relationships and finances are prominent. A wish for some truth, trust and integrity. Whilst Venus is in a position of strength the opposition to Chiron(Rx) in Aries (exact November 1st) exposes insecurities. Fragilities longing to be healed. Not an easy task, as ahead Venus will encounter crossfire from Mars and the trio of planets in Capricorn.
- Venus opposite Mars ~ November 9th
- Venus square Pluto ~ November 15th
- Venus square Jupiter ~ November 16th
- Venus square Saturn ~ November 19th
Mercury square Saturn is also exact on November 1st (& on November 6th due to Mercury stationing direct on November 3rd).
Frustrations and obstructions may be impossible to ignore. The best approach is tactful, diplomatic discussions and manoeuvres that aim to ease conflict and determine workable remedies.
Change is constant. To reach the light we have to go through the dark. Focus on sharing love, support and care, and that the barren fields of winter conceal the seeds that burst forth with new growth in spring.
The American election on November 3rd could certainly bring some shocks and surprises. With Mercury stationary direct, Mars Rx and at a virtual standstill as he prepares to go direct on November 14th, Eclipses on the horizon and the Full Moon conjunct Uranus – rule nothing out. The result potentially will be controversial, murky and dragged out.
Additionally on November 12th the third Jupiter-Pluto conjunction takes place. The election, Brexit in the UK & the ongoing global pandemic, may well see financial markets experience some turbulence. Jupiter-Pluto is associated with extremes (Pluto) of wealth (Jupiter) – vast profits as well as financial crashes.
Fixed Star ~ Hamal
Hamal is a yellow star on the forehead of the Ram, in the Aries Constellation. Hamal is of the nature of Mars and Saturn, and currently at 7 56′ Taurus.
“It causes violence, brutishness, cruelty and premeditated crime.” ~ Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson
“The Mars-Saturn combination appear to be fighting each other for domination, and this influence could be a dangerous one in the material sphere.” ~ Fixed Stars and their Interpretation, Elsbeth Ebertin
“Headstrong and often aggressive, yet potentially capable leaders and protectors of their community, all qualities of the Ram.” ~ The Living Stars, Dr Eric Morse
With Moon ~ “Patient, slow success through hard work, trouble through love affairs but favourable for marriage, marriage partner gains by business or speculation.” ~ Robson
With Uranus ~ “Pleasant, sympathetic, easily influenced, sensitive, strong passions, weak nature, mediumistic, drink or detrimental habits, many friends, love troubles, death under distressing circumstances.” ~ Robson
TAROT ~ 5 OF PENTACLES
The Full Moon takes place in the 1st Decan of Taurus ruled by Mercury (Venus by Triplicity). The corresponding tarot card is the 5 of Pentacles.
Book T calls this card “Material Trouble.”
Taurus Decan I ~ “There rises a woman with curly hair, who has one son wearing clothing looking like flame, and she is wearing garments of the same sort. This is a face of plowing and working on the land, of sciences, geometry, sowing and building.” ~ PICATRIX
In the tarot Taurus is The Hierophant Mercury The Magician – both cards illustrate the connection between the earthly and the spiritual. The essentiality of our plans being in harmony with both to achieve success.
The Rider-Waite-Smith card depicts two bedraggled individuals, traipsing through a snowstorm. They are passing by a stained glass window featuring five pentacles, but fail to notice it.
“It depicts the wounding and spiritual isolation that can occur from overreliance on material Pentacles energy. Look around and come in out of the snow, this card signals loudly. It’s time to change our attitudes, take personal responsibility, and start working toward recovery. There is potential for growth in every crisis.” ~ Spiritual Tarot, Echols, Mueller and Thomson, page 123
Top Image by John Silliman on Unsplash
5 of Pentacles from the Aquatic Tarot by Andreas Schroter
Fixed Star ~ www.constellationofwords.com