The phases of the moon are among the most fascinating astronomical behaviors we can observe with the naked eye and deeply rich sources of thought and interpretation in Astrology. Among the 8 phases – New, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter Half, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter Half, and Waning Crescent – the New and Full Moons capture most of the attention. This article will look at the current Full Moon and talk about the kind of “harvest” you should bring in emotionally during this full moon.
Full Moon – Reap What You Have Sown!
The Full Moon for November will occur on the 12th at 19 degrees and 51 minutes in the sign of Taurus; in my Eastern Standard Time zone, it will happen at 8:33 am. It takes 29.5 days from one Full Moon to the next, spending approximately 2 and ½ days in a sign. The day before and the day after comprise what would be the peak time of the Full Moon energy. The Full Moon is the time of “the harvest” when what began with the New Moon reaches full potential before waning, fading, and preparing for a new cycle.
Each month has a certain type of Full Moon; November’s Moon is the Beaver Moon. In the northern hemisphere, this name reflects the time when beavers become active preparing for winter. This Moon has other names: the Frosty and Oak Moon. It is the last Full Moon before the Winter Solstice.
There are also several special types of Full Moons: the Blood Moon, which happens during a total lunar eclipse; a Supermoon, which happens when the Moon is full and closest to the Earth; and the Blue Moon (“once in a blue moon”), which is a second Full Moon in a calendar month (occurring once every 2 and ½ years). The previous Blue Moon was March 31, 2018, and the next one will be October 31, 2020.
Full Moon in Taurus – Harvesting Resources
This Full Moon will take place in the 2nd Decan (middle 10 degrees) of Taurus, making it a Taurus/Capricorn Full Moon by modern Decan. The planetary influences involve Venus as the ruler for Taurus and Saturn as the ruler for Capricorn. Thus, this Full Moon will be about how our relationships help us achieve our goals. In essence, who are the people we count on and who do we know that can help us if we need help. And, conversely, how capable are we of giving help if someone near and dear to us needs help.
This Full Moon energizes us to look at our goals and where we find purpose in our hearts. With the energy occurring so deep (19 degrees) into Taurus, we want to explore our emotions around our financial situation, possessions, and sense of personal security. What does your bank account look like and how do you “feel” about it? What does your health look like and how do you feel about it? Taurus, as ruler of the 2nd House, deals with body, home (the physical structure), and resource issues.
With this Full Moon at 19d51m the Sabian Symbol is 20 Taurus, “wind clouds and haste”. Jones says, “This is a symbol of the transiency which characterizes life for the average individual, and the instability which results from the disinclination of most people to give very much of themselves to their experience.” (198). The keyword is EXALTATION.
This Full Moon encourages you to take inventory of what you have, both “in front of you” and what you may have stored away. Like the Beavers who are preparing for winter, you too should prepare for the transition from summer to winter, as this moon marks the end of fall. If you feel good about your resources, then you will feel more secure that you can “make it through winter”. If you feel you are lacking resources you need, the “inventory check” will help you identify where you need to direct your energy.
The Full Moon in Your Chart
The Full Moon will occur in a specific location of your chart and in special relationship with various points in your chart if you have points near the same degree in the same sign, at the opposing degree (180 degrees away from a point in your chart), three signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (90 degrees away), or four signs before or after the Full Moon degree and sign (120 degrees away).
Respectively these would be a conjunction (the Full Moon merging with a point in your chart), an opposition (the Full Moon seeking balance with a point in your chart), a square (the Full Moon challenging a point in your chart), and a trine (a point supporting a point in your chart). It is possible that the degree and sign of the Full Moon may not form any of these relationships and its effect, for this time, would be minimal or difficult to observe.
In my case, there are two significant impacts. One is consistent with all Full Moons because I was born during a Full Moon. So, I feel pretty much every Full Moon in some significant way. If you learn your birth Moon phase you will likely discover that the same phase each month has a strong impact on your emotional state. Full Moon individuals are constantly trying to “fulfill their potential”.
With this Full Moon, I will experience it passing over my Mars, Lilith, Descendant, and Part of Fortune in my 7th House of Partnerships. The 7th House also rules legal matters and contracts. This full moon will have me looking at the relationships that help me establish, gain, and maintain my security. Who are the people and what are the circumstances that help me feel and obtain security? Am I taking care of those people and circumstances in the best way; are they providing me with what I need, emotionally (Moon) and practically (Taurus)?
With so many points getting “hit”, including Mars, I can expect this Full Moon to be quite powerful, as it is for me each year. Usually, the season where I live (east coast of the United States) changes from Summer to Fall and it has always been my favorite time of year. Oftentimes this period of the year is one of packing away the summer clothes and tools and unpacking the winter clothes and blankets, making sure I have everything I need to get through another winter.