This Scorpio/Taurus Full Moon addresses our shared values, our money issues and our ability to transform ourselves if we hold to a higher vision. So let's all vote again for that higher vision of change that was voted into office on November 5th.
Whether you voted for Obama or McCain, we find ourselves in the midst of a sea-change which began in the 60s and which will continue until at least 2015 if not beyond. This second phase began on Election Day with the Uranus/Saturn opposition, which will occur 4 more times through 2010. In 2009-2010, Saturn in Libra will square Pluto in Capricorn, and in 2012 Uranus in Aries will also square Pluto in Capricorn, bringing the three planets that initiated the 60s revolution into relationship once again. (More in future newsletters.) These astrological aspects will constellate the Hero's Journey I've been speaking of. The squares force the issue, asking us to move beyond old habits and ways of thinking to discover a new vision of our relationships (Saturn in Libra), of our collective structures (Pluto in Capricorn) and of our sense of individual purpose (Uranus in Aries). Thank goodness, it's happened just in time. We need to transform our society.
This Taurus full Moon will bring up some of the dark emotions that Sun in Scorpio is struggling with. What about our finances? Is Obama really a change agent or is he part of the establishment? Will the banks steal our money or is this bailout going to work? What is this change that we've voted into office? Now that the election is behind us, how do we get back to work and to our lives with a changed attitude?
Part of the issue is to understand how change works. First we have to understand what emotions and beliefs keep us stuck. The Sun is in Scorpio, a fixed water sign, opening us to mull (or obsess) over deep emotions. These are emotions that need to be released and transformed. With the financial crisis looming large, we need to transform fear into courage, indecision into focused intention, anxiety into centered stability. Mars, which rules Scorpio along with Pluto, gives us the necessary warrior energy to stand up for our freedom. Scorpio also rules shared finances, shared values and death and rebirth. So let's put our money where our mouth is and invest our energy into life-giving strategies in our work and personal lives and release what is old and outworn.
The Moon in Taurus asks, what do you value? What kind of life do you really want? (Taurus usually votes for a peaceful life filled with beauty and sensual delight!) Taurus is a fixed earth sign, the most dense and stubborn sign of the Zodiac. And yet, it is the sign of our values and is ruled by the Tarot card the Hierophant, the Teacher of the Sacred Ways. The mystery of Taurus is that this Earth we live on is also spiritual and sacred. Many believe that we are at the bottom of the Kali Yuga age of materialism, and that we're about to shift into a more enlightened age.
To do that, we have to understand how as a culture we have glorified the material at the expense of the sacred. Taurus wants to teach us how to get back into balance. The material is the Sacred if we have the right attitude. As our monetary system falls apart (there is rumor that soon we will have a new monetary system with Canada and Mexico called the Amero) it's a good time for each of us to really think about the value of money in our lives. If we all did, perhaps we'd decide that our obsession with making money has cut us off from real life.
If we don't have the money to buy our technological toys, perhaps our children will go back outside and play. If we develop a healthier attitude to work, perhaps we'd work less, buy less, and enjoy life more. We'll have time to be with the people we love. You can continue to play with the idea that maybe money is in fact worthless in terms of creating a fulfilled life. We need to begin to re-think our priorities so that the change we help create will be a REAL CHANGE, and not just a costume change.
This full Moon is also a Super Moon, when the Moon is closest to the Earth. So it will have an increased gravitational pull, generating more extreme tides, weather and emotions. Watch what comes up both inside you and outside. As we become more conscious of ourselves as a part of the Whole Earth, we need to discriminate between what is our individual feeling state, and what is part of the collective. Understanding collective need is a good way for artists to access their next project.
Stephanie Austin, in this month's Mountain Astrologer mentions that this Full Moon is also an important date in Mayan cosmology.
In Mayan cosmology, the Thirteen Heavens, divided into seven days and six nights, represent the fundamental stages of creation. From November 18, 2007 to November 12, 2008, we have been experiencing the 5th Night, a period fraught with economic upheaval as we witness the increasing breakdown of materialistic values and hierarchical structures. On the day of this Full Moon, we begin the 6th Day, representing the dawning of a new direction and a new era. Carl Johan Calleman, Mayan scholar and author of The Mayan Calendar and the Evolution of Consciousness speaks of this time as “the shift from chaos to the enlightened world.” He maintains that “we are talking about the emergence of an entirely new species of human beings” and that, during the 6th Day (November 12, 2008 to November 7, 2009) large numbers of people will move toward a more enlightened, global consciousness.
This is all in preparation for the alignment of the Winter Solstice sun with the Galactic Center on December 21, 2012. This alignment has happened in the past and symbolizes a time of spiritual enlightenment and evolution. Whether we believe this or not, it resonates with many people and inspires us to hope for a better future for ourselves and our world.
This full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio is squared by Neptune in Aquarius, opening us to our higher ideals of unity, freedom and equality for all. If we don't want big business and government to dictate how a unified world will look, we have to begin to imagine it for ourselves and then use all our talents to find ways to manifest real change.
Sabian Symbol for Sun at 22 Scorpio: A Gentleman wades through the belles at the garden party towards his love, who stands gazing over the lily pond. Attunement to life as a whole; sensitivity to the moods of nature. Stilling the heart so one's real desires can be heard. Emotional regeneration, reverence for life.
Sabian Symbol for Moon at 22 Taurus: Two tall trees frame the horizon, glowing with the premonition of dawn, a soft, peaceful wind blows toward the West. The 'angel of dawn'; breathing life into the sleeping world and awakening it to the fresh possibilities of the day; a sense of spiritual mission; the ability to calm and uplift people's emotions.
Sabian Symbol for Neptune at 22 Aquarius: A mountain man, in a multi-colored coat, running down a treacherous, zig-zagging mountain path. An overview of human evolution; catalyzing social change as an 'outside agitator'; fast maneuvering past obstacles to progress.