Today is Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. The Moon is in Taurus all day, waxing to full at 3:16 pm EST. We’ve been working with this energy all week, noting in particular that centaur planet Nessus is square the configuration. One other distinctive feature of today’s Full Moon is how many planets in the sky right now align with black holes.
We asked astrologer Alex Miller — a specialist in deep-space objects — about that and this is what he had to say:
“The Full Moon of November 10th is unusual in having a preponderance of exact conjunctions and aspects to black holes, signaling an advanced degree of instability and change for the lunation period. Although neither the Moon at 18 Taurus nor the Sun at 18 Scorpio make exact aspects, the Moon is within two degrees of the anomaly at 16 Taurus, and still reverberates with its power, albeit in a more chaotic, less precise manner, eliciting greater randomness over all in the level of manifestation.
“But the unique character of the lunation stems from the many deep space contacts by the other celestials of our system: Mercury and Venus together exactly conjoin a black hole at 10 Sagittarius; Jupiter at 3 Taurus is exactly square a black hole at 3 Leo; Uranus at 1 Aries is in exact opposition to a black hole at 1 Libra; both Neptune at 28 Aquarius and Pluto at 5 Capricorn exactly conjoin others; while Mars at 29 Leo and Saturn at 23 Libra are within a degree of exact conjunction to two more.
“Alteration and change in the status quo reality are the hallmarks of black hole interaction, which also indicates energy drain or attraction. Change is likely to be swift, unexpected and dramatic, although it can also be transient in its effects. The essence of black hole activation is the substitution of a radically different reality for the one that had previously pertained, often at great cost in energy or resources.
“Having so many planetary bodies in exact aspect to black holes indicates a period of extreme turmoil, which can also be a highly creative period; one where the manipulation of reality is at once more easily facilitated, and more difficult to control or predict the ramifications of.”
“Alteration and change in the status quo” seems already to be the dominant theme in the astrology this fall, and we’ve been watching it play out in the news like never before. Kind of makes you wonder if everyone involved in the Occupy movement is an astrologer. Any change the Occupiers effect will certainly take a lot of energy and resources, but will it necessarily be transient? With Uranus square Pluto, that harbinger of upheaval behind the scenes, there may be some longevity – although even those two planets are aspecting black holes right now, too.
You may be feeling this energy palpably, especially the part about increased creative energy. After all, many astrologers are noting that the traditional themes of Taurus and Scorpio for this Full Moon are sensuality and sex. We create using our senses; sex is the original creative energy.
Stephanie Gailing, at planetaryapothecary.com, dives right into this angle. She writes:
During the Taurus Full Moon the question “Does this feel good?” takes high precedence, becoming a compass with which we can navigate the choices we make. We can use it to evaluate relationships and situations, reflecting upon whether they help us to feel safe, secure, and inherently appreciated and affirmed.
With the heightened sensuality that this Full Moon yields, we can also ask ourselves “Does this feel good?” from a physical perspective, allowing ourselves to further assess the foods, aromas, sounds, and kinesthetic experiences through which we find valuable nourishment. With both signs relating to between-the-sheets experiences — Taurus because of its affinity with sensual pleasures, Scorpio because of its alignment with our sexual nature — we may feel more drawn to express passions of the heart (et al.) today.
“Does this feel good?” is an especially relevant question given that Taurus likes comfort while Scorpio oftentimes finds regeneration inspired by discomfort. The Taurus Full Moon can provide an opportunity to help us identify how to strike a balance — to nourish ourselves without resting in stasis while inspiring our inner transformation in a compassionate, rather than ruthless, manner.
John Townley at astrococktail.com slows things down a notch. He makes the association between the Choctaw tribe’s name for this Moon – the Frost Moon – and two hallmarks of the signs involved: a measured pace (Taurus) and deep transformation (Scorpio). He says,
This “Frost” Moon makes the usual full Moon craziness turn into slow motion, and a lot of the action is happening beneath the surface, hidden from view. Like moles in the ground, everybody’s pursuing an agenda that may not be entirely clear but is clearly plowing up the vicinity. The challenge is to get all of it working for you and not against you and to keep your pace up even if it seems like you’re wading through molasses. Nevertheless, when all is said and done the scope of accomplishment available now is both large and long-lasting, directly proportionate to the extra labor involved making it all happen.
Molly Hall keeps with the “chilled out” take on this Moon. “This is an ideal Moon to find your patch of calm, in the chaos,” she notes. “Try standing or sitting on the ground, and surrendering all the crazy/anxious/worry/rage down to the magma of the Earth, to be mixed and transformed. This is the most tranquil of Moons, if you avoid sketchy situations, and media that is playing on your fears. There’s something deeper here, to draw comfort from, that’s fortifying and a path of growth. What’s your way of finding it?”
Meanwhile, Cathy Pagano takes us deeper into the creative cycle of death and rebirth inherent in this lunation:
This month’s Taurus Full Moon stands across from the Scorpio Sun, making us aware of life flashing before our eyes during this season of death. The Taurus Moon energizes the beauty and possibilities of life that we want to conserve and protect during the coming months of darkness and cold, so they can blossom again next May. At this Full Moon, we stand at that moment before death when we see what we have chosen to believe is important in life. Look deeply at what you value and decide if it’s still important to you. If it is, conserve it; if it’s not, let it go – let it die.
Nadia Gilchrist adds, “What’s working will bring rewards and what’s not will bring endings.” These ideas are even contained in the Sabian symbol for the Full Moon’s degree, 19 Taurus. It is “A new continent rising up out of the ocean,” and Dane Rudhyar gives it the keynote, “The surge of new potentiality after the crisis.” Goodness — continents rising, surging potentiality, oceans… kinda sexy, huh? Is all this talk getting you fired up to get that black hole-syled change energy moving? In the vein of the ‘spiritual warrior’ model we mentioned yesterday in this space, Michelle Pillar writes on Sasstrology.com, “This Full Moon’s got balls, and it’s telling you to grab a set. Own who you are; love who you are; and if you’re still not content, then keep on growing into the you you want to be.” You heard the woman.
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