Full Moon in Taurus: Beasts of Burden

Full Moon in Taurus: Beasts of Burden

The Full Moon in Taurus occurs the 14th of November, 2016 at 22°37’’ of Taurus.

Try checking what area of your birth chart is ruled by Taurus, as well as Libra, or the house where your natal Venus is found for more insight.

If you are new or new-ish to astrology, this post is a good place to start for generating your birth chart and checking out which part of your chart is being touched by this lunation.

You can also find out more about Full Moons here.

Full Moon in Taurus

An old man is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old man simply replied, “The one you feed.”

The Beast Locked in the Labrinyth

Many of us are familiar with the parable about the two wolves – one of envy, greed, and ego, the other of goodness, peace, and love – and the fight between them that threatens us all. We are told that only one wolf will win – the one that we feed.

This Full Moon is a fight between beasts, of that you can be sure, but these are bulls, not wolves, and they come dressed in rather deceptive fineries at first glance.

In the last lunation, we explored how the Scorpio archetype is oversimplified and misinterpreted; I suspect that Taurus suffers from the same plight for similar but different reasons. Whereas we may wish to ignore the deep, dark realities that Scorpio produces, many of us wish for the stability and fertility that the Bull-sign promises.

Taurus’ distillation is derived from an aspiration instead of an aversion, appropriate for a sign ruled by Venus.

In one way or another, we all wish to believe in these types of binary polarities: good zodiac signs and bad ones, good people and bad ones. With this kind of mindset, we can get pulled into the farce of zodiac signs as soundbites: Aries becomes arrogant, Gemini becomes quick-witted, Cancer becomes moody, and so on, and so on.

And what of Taurus?

Most would say you can expect a relaxed, stubborn, fertile, indulgent, life-loving, food-eating, dependable lover of love.

How charming, and indeed lucky, it would be to have such zodiacal ingenuity on your side, if it were not, of course, for the shadow side of Taurus.

To explore this further, and really dissect where Bull may meet bullshit, we’ll need to dip further into the mythical backgrounds of Taurus.

But first, a word on our stout-bodied sponsors:

Bulls provide a rich, vivid tapestry in the mythical landscape, weaving their way from ancient Sumeria to the Babylonians, to Egypt, Ancient Greece and beyond. It is indeed rare to find an ancient society that did not at one point venerate, if not worship, the Bull. Well-known Bull deities include Apis, one of the original Bull-gods, to Ra, Osiris, Hathor, and Alu. Bulls have long provided a deep connection to fertility, conception, and strength; the Age of Taurus heralded the development of agriculture, the stabilization of more urbanized communities and the advent of personal ownership and assets.

The circle was not broken but became divided: at this time, we developed a sense of this being ‘my’ land, or ‘my’ house. Accordingly, the key statement for Taurus is “I Have.”

The Myth of King Minos & the Minotaur

There is one Bull myth, that of King Minos and the Minotaur, which is particularly demonstrative of the spiritual challenges we face in the sign of Taurus.

After his father’s death, Minos found himself in stiff competition with his brothers to become the next King of Crete, and so he prayed to Poseidon for a divine sign that would ensure his success. His request was relatively simple – if Poseidon would make a Bull appear from the sea, Minos would take that as his sign and sacrifice the beast as an offering to the God of the Seas.

On sight of the Bull, the newly minted King Minos realized that the Bull was just too beautiful to sacrifice – this one would become his own. King Minos took the Bull into his own herd and sacrificed another of his bulls in its place, hoping this beastly switcheroo would trick Poseidon.

Poseidon, of course, did notice and was none-too-pleased, sensing that some serious bull was taking place (forgive me, pun-haters, it was just too easy). With the help of Aphrodite, Poseidon conspired to make Minos’ wife fall deeply, madly in love with the sacred Bull.

Perhaps that could have been the end of the story, but Minos’ wife inevitably fell not just in lust with the sacred Bull, but also pregnant with its unborn child. Out of this arrangement, she birthed the infamous Minotaur: a half-Bull, half-man monster that fed on human flesh.

Deeply ashamed, King Minos built an intricate labyrinth to house the Minotaur, dropping a few human snacks into the maze every now and again to pacify the beast’s hunger.

The Jupiter-Pluto Square: The Beasts of Burden

What this story really expresses is the danger of greed: not satisfied with a gift from the Heavens, becoming a King, and the according levels of power and wealth that came with his new title, Minos wanted more.

And when faced with the reflection of his shameful greed, the Minotaur, Minos does what many of us do, with varying levels of success: he pushes the beast into a hidden place – like one’s subconscious, for example – where he can deny its existence and quietly feed it when required.

Sometimes, we all feed the wrong beasts inside of us – the ones of ego that promise power, authority, money, or prestige (Jupiter square Pluto). Or, we pervert our gifts, as did King Minos, for personal gain instead of transpersonal good (Pallas in Aquarius square to the Moon).

For all of its Earthiness, the middle ground between comfort and coveting can be hard to find in Taurus; “I Have” can easily become “I Hoard.”

As always, I wish to push you deeper into this Moon, not just to see it as ‘stable’ or even ‘exalted’ (yawn!), but as something to ponder, a moment that holds learning and healing (Moon sextile Chiron).

So –

What bull will be the one who powers you? Will you suppress your shadowy urges, or will you meet them face-to-face and let them dissolve in the light of day?

The only way to defeat the Bull is to meet it face-on. Denial is just a river in Egypt, my friend.

Taurus is never in a rush, and nor should you be in answering these questions, or meeting your shadowy bits.

Astrology is just the study of cycles, and this particular cycle is just about recognizing that even shiny, pretty, exalted Moons have a shadow.

Enjoy the ride.

Meet your beasts.

Current Events + Other Bits

Guys, it’s true. The Moon is in its *exaltation* in Taurus, which usually means all good things. I don’t write these moon posts in some twisted negative nancy-ness mindset, but rather, because that nothing in life is one-sided. A Scorpio Moon can create hugely transformative, emotional purges that clean out our system, and a Taurus Moon can see us sitting sofa-side with guac and chips, biding time and ignoring our issues. One is not necessarily better, but one may be more useful.

Does anyone find it weird that there is a crucifix in the chart??

Knowing the beast within – really seeing it for what it is – does that ring any political bells, dear American readers?

If for nothing else, Brexit and the U.S. presidential election have both helped our respective countries to flush out the beasts within, whether or not we have liked that process. Like the myth of Minos and the labyrinth, denying that the beast exists solves nothing, so even if we felt torn asunder by recent political events, we need to take heart in the truth that rings out from this chart – power is a ruthless beast (Jupiter square Pluto), indeed, and nothing heals but by degrees (Chiron positively aspecting Sun and Moon)

The real story about this chart is the inception of the first Jupiter-Pluto square, a powerful, and possibly transformational aspect that will build and re-build between now and next year (exact dates: 24th November; in 2017 3rd March and 4th August). Jupiter makes things bigger, and Pluto can be a control- or power-freak, so you can do the math here. This is one of the two ‘Bulls’ on offer, and one of the reasons why I never felt comfortable ‘calling’ the election using astrology. The Jupiter-Pluto square could have in a way represented either Hillary or Donald – but my feeling was that it was always going to be a bit more Donald. Brute force that is exerted through power, not wisdom.

Other possible iterations of this transit make for big transformations, huge drive, and on the shadow side, religious extremism and dogma. Success is possible with this transit, but risky, too; take a moment to make sure there are no subterranean ‘Plutonian’ cracks in your well-laid plans and that all your ships are in order (and aboveboard, so to speak). How this unravels politically in the next year will be…interesting…to see.

The ruler of this lunation, Venus, is quite noticeably solitary; she makes no significant aspects in this chart, and in this way, I believe she communicates most clearly through her placement in Capricorn that what matters now is concrete, conservative, even traditional values. Sincere efforts, aka hard work, made at this Full Moon will make up for lots that you may feel is otherwise missing.

*A good portion of this post was inspired by Liz Greene’s fabulous ‘The Astrology of Fate” – an astrological ‘must read’.


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November 14th, 2016, Taurus 22°37”

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If Taurus had a song, this would be it (the whole beasts copulating with one’s wife thing, notwithstanding). ♥