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Full moon Taurus November 2011photos stolen from Beth Owl’s Daughter. Since she is a friend she probably won’t mind!  The Moon will reach its fullness in Taurus at 3:16 pm Eastern time (7:16 pm GMT) on November 10, 2011.  The Sun is in Scorpio, and with the climax of the lunar cycle at the Full Moon a tension exists between the solar conscious mind, currently influenced by Scorpio, and the instincts of the lunar principle in Taurus.

The Taurus/Scorpio polarity offers a primal dance between Mars (traditional ruler of Scorpio) and Venus (traditional ruler of Taurus).  Mars is aggressive, assertive, rough, defensive, protective; Venus is soft, yielding, flowing, sensitive.  Where Scorpio is aggressive in its need to eliminate and procreate, Taurus longs for stability and security. These two sides of our nature are both equally important, yet for many of us they battle in our psyche and require periodic adjustments to achieve a balance that will offer us some peace.  Because Scorpio and Taurus are both fixed signs that do not adjust easily, there is greater tension in this polarity than in most of the other signs in opposition (Leo and Aquarius is the other fixed pair).

I like to think of Earth as being a ruler of Taurus, since Taurus embodies the love of Earth, gardening, and all things natural. And Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio.  So we are also seeing here the polarity between Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld, and Gaia, the mother of all living things. Life and death – generation and regeneration.  These are no small factors in the course of a life, and they are the primal factors underlying this Full Moon.

With the Full Moon being the peak of the cycle, we are at the peak of our manifesting power now.  Questions to ask in this Full Moon would include: “Where am I sacrificing comfort for a deeper experience of life?”  “Where are my security needs interfering with my desire for a life of real meaning?” “In what ways am I allowing my emotional dramas to sabotage genuine relationships that last?” “Where have I given my power over to others?”

The chart for this Full Moon features a conjunction of Mercury (the mind and thought process) to Venus (love and relating), both in the expansive sign of Sagittarius.  This helps us to find the larger perspective and embrace those around us as we find the internal balance promised by the Full Moon.  Mars, at the very last degree of Leo where it is finishing up the work of solo life and personal expression, is opposing Chiron (the Soul Healer®) and Neptune (the Soul Teacher) so we know that anything that occurs at this time will have a significant and lasting effect on us at the personal level.

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Above all, Full Moon periods (for a day or two before and after the lunation as well as the event itself) are times of emotional fullness and power.  They are never the best times to try to control our world with the mind, and this is even less so under the Taurus/Scorpio polarity.  So celebrate the fullness of your experience, and dance in the richness of the emotional world in which you live, no matter what it brings you.

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