Expect the Unexpected: October 2018's Full Moon in Taurus
How will this affect you?
This month's full moon will take place on October 24th at 12:45 PM EST at 1'13 degrees Taurus. How will it affect you?
What is a full moon?
Throughout history, full moons have been known to cause unexpected events and strange behavior. In fact, the word "lunatic," comes from the word "luna," meaning moon. This is definitely true of this full moon, which will take place just before Halloween.
In general, a full moon occurs when the Sun is opposite the Moon, representing the peak or climax of the lunar cycle. Because the two luminaries are in opposition to one another, full moons are known to highlight any opposing forces or polarities in your life, such as the balance between self and other, the balance between the masculine and feminine, and the balance between work and home.
Full Moon in Taurus
With the Sun at 1'13 degrees Scorpio, this particular full moon highlights the balance between other people's resources (Scorpio) versus your own (Taurus). Taurus is about security, stability and self-sufficiency; our basic every day material needs. Scorpio, on the other hand, is about shared resources. Scorpio isn't content on it's own. It seeks to merge with the other. This is why Scorpio is the sign of sexuality. Scorpio is about intimacy, both sexual and emotional, and intimacy involves risk, a risk that stability-seeking Taurus may not always want to take. Taurus hates change, Scorpio wants to transform. Likewise, while Taurus represents our physical resources, money, and our possessions in the material world, Scorpio is more about what's behind the surface. Scorpio is about secrets, the supernatural and emotional depths. You could say Scorpio represents the spiritual world, or at least the subjective and internal psychological world. Scorpio wants to know what makes other people tick. Taurus just wants to pay the bills. If Taurus is about acquiring the necessary resources for survival, Scorpio is about the political and economical relations between others. If we want to look at in a darker way, while Taurus wants to maintain it's own self-control, Scorpio seeks to control others.
This full moon will be joining the planet Uranus in a tight conjunction, less than one degree apart. So, expected the unexpected. Uranus is known as the great awaken-er. As the modern ruler of Aquarius, Uranus represents revolution, originality, creativity and change. With the full moon in the fixed sign of Taurus, we may not want to change, but Uranus is telling us we have to, or in a more conscious and positive way to look at it, we could be feeling very determined in the changes we do want to make. Taurus is an earth sign, representing things that are real and tangible, meaning that any changes we intend to make during this time will lead to concrete and tangible results.
That's not all. We also have Venus (which is currently in retrograde) conjunct the Sun and in opposition to Uranus and the Moon. This could lead to surprising or even shocking revelations about our relationships at this time. These revelations could be related to familial relationships as well, as the moon represents home and family. We may be seeking more freedom in our intimate relationships at this time, or else, we may find ourselves attracted to someone who we didn't expect, someone very different from us. Most importantly, however, we'll find ourselves drawn to people who allow us the freedom to be ourselves without the threat of judgment or abandonment. We'll find ourselves drawn to people who accept us for who we really are.
Another possibility, with the Sun conjunct harmonious and loving Venus in Scorpio, the sign of sex and intimacy, and with the Moon conjunct Uranus, planet of revolution/rebellion and all things “unique” and “different”, in the stubborn, individualistic sign of Taurus, is that there could be a conflict between what we want for ourselves and what would foster good relationships with those most important to us. Yes, we want people to accept us for who we are, but that doesn't mean we get to act selfishly. Freedom doesn't mean we get to do whatever we want without consideration for others and burn all our bridges, especially not with those closest to us. We need to learn to pick our battles wisely.
This full moon may bring up certain truths to the surface that we weren't expecting. There is nothing to fear, however. The full moon is aided by a positive aspect, a sextile, from the planet Saturn in Capricorn, bringing us grounding and stability. Any unexpected or scary changes at this time can and will be turned into something useful and beneficial in the long term.
How to Benefit from This Full Moon
Full moons in general are a good time to reflect on where you are in life and where you're headed. While the period between the New Moon and the Full Moon is a time for setting (and achieving) goals, the period between the Full Moon and the next New Moon is a time for letting go. It may help to make a list of things you want to release from your life at this time, especially around themes of security vs. risk (or transformation), the material world vs. the spiritual world, and perhaps most importantly, self-preservation vs. intimacy. Also, look at the houses where Taurus and Scorpio appear in your natal chart. This will tell you more about how the Full Moon is affecting you personally.
I also suggest thinking back to any goals or intentions you may have set around the time of the October 8th New Moon for they should be coming to fruition around this time. If not, don't worry, as you have time to revise these goals before the November 7th New Moon in Scorpio. Also, think back to any major themes or events that may have happened around the time of the October 8th New Moon or the New Moon in Taurus 6 months ago, for old themes may come back to haunt us, for worse or for better.