The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Full Moon in Taurus, November 12, 2019

Chart for the Full Moon in Taurus
Chart for the Full Moon in Taurus

Full Moon in Taurus
A Quest for the Nest

Preserve that
secret, homey spot
in your heart,
as sanctuary
where dreams may be softly tended,
and revived.
~ Hideaway, by Tara Estacaan

Nov.12 – FULL MOON in TAURUS (19:51 of Taurus)

Two weeks ago, the Uranus Explosives Engineers worked together with the Scorpio New Moon excavators to exhume the past and bring relics and debris to the surface. Now we're sifting through it, deciding which bits are worthless fragments to be disposed of and which pieces are actually treasures that can be cleaned off and added to our cache of goodies and resources.

This is the condition of the world and our lives that the Full Moon in Taurus finds us in: a chaotic jumble of bits and pieces scattered all over, with us in the middle trying to make sense of it and wondering if the job can ever be finished.

Thankfully, Taurus knows just what to do. Organize, categorize, methodize! Group the issues and problems, questions and possibilities, options and priorities, together in piles according to size, importance, ease, emotional impact, degree of understanding, and the skills and resources needed to deal with it.

Even that might seem like a lot of work, but the Taurus side of you knows how to work the beginning steps so that the later work goes smoothly, easily and efficiently. The more you can set up a budget of time and energy now, the more you can relax later. In other words, organize what needs to be done so that you get things done quickly and effectively with a minimum amount of stress, effort and aggravation. Then you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours.

Moon conjunct Vesta, Sun conjunct Mercury Retrograde

The Taurus Moon has an ally: asteroid Vesta, who is all about creating a comforting space where you can warm yourself and unwind from the stresses of the day – even doubly so when she is in pleasure-seeking Taurus. Her contribution is to help you get centered and grounded, so you can stand solidly in your power.

On the other side of the chart is Mercury retrograde who is tightly conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon. Thinking seems to work better when it takes a big breath and dives deep, taking its time to explore what it finds "down there" in the obscure corners of the mind. This may require a direct self-honesty, but this energy's best potential is about multifaceted or reflective perceptions, rather than simple ideas.

Taurus's answer is to nourish the senses with soothing sights, tastes, touch, smells and sounds. Your mind tends to take its cue about your environment from your body. If your body is composed, relaxed, grounded and/or well-balanced, it tells your mind that all is well—and even if it's not, you get the message that you can handle whatever comes next. You've got this.

With the Full Moon adding her glow to Taurus' agenda, the goal is not just contentment but also to feel safe, secure, cared for and cared about. Even if you've "got this" it is even more reassuring to know you're not alone; that someone else has "got you" if you stumble or fall.

In short, this Taurus Full Moon is in search of the kind of nest where we can surround ourselves with a sense of love, caring, protection, order and stability. However, as much as Taurus prefers simplicity, order and something snuggly, the best solution to this quest will likely take us beyond the straightforward and very possibly outside our comfort zone.

I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail
Poisoned in the bushes an' blown out on the trail
Hunted like a crocodile, ravaged in the corn
Come in, she said, I'll give ya shelter from the storm
~ Bob Dylan

Another thing that makes this Quest for the Nest a bit complex is an aspect pattern called a Cradle. ("What's a Cradle?") It starts with the Sun and Mercury opposite the Moon (180°). Then we add the heavy hitters in Capricorn—Saturn and Pluto—and in Pisces—Neptune. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction is sextile to Sun-Mercury and trine to the Moon (60° and 120°), while Neptune is sextile the Moon and trine the Sun and Mercury. Saturn and Pluto are connected to Neptune through another sextile aspect.

Cradle aspect pattern

The Cradle energy is loaded with sextiles and trines, which are typically seen as the "good" aspects. Lots of cooperation and creativity can come out of the combination of the planets involved.

In fact, the apex planets (the ones with the sextiles, not the ones in the opposition) often provide a creative outlet for the stress and conflict of the opposition. With 2 apexes, the Cradle offers two channels through which you can discover fresh inspiration and motivation ...or diversion and avoidance.

And that's the trick with a Cradle configuration – it can bring a new dimension of insight and perspective, or it can distract you from the work that must be done to deal constructively with the opposition. And it's not always easy to tell which is which.

Change will force you to step off the path, to venture from the nest, to close your eyes and dive right in, knowing that the greatest opportunities in life are found in the sink or swim, do or die moments.
~ Stella Payton

In this case, the larger-than-life planetary dynamics that are gifting you with this added dimension are not exactly innocuous fluffy energies, but are forces to be reckoned with. Neptune can inspire with hope, vision, trust and faith ...or with compelling illusion, pretense, or a distorted view of what you're actually dealing with.

Saturn and Pluto can provide reassurance and support through realism, honesty, clarity and authenticity ...or you might see authority, certainty, power and invincibility as absolute and above reproach, when in fact it deserves to be questioned, examined and perhaps challenged. And whatever you do with their combined energy, it's gonna get real. Really real. So you'd better be prepared for whatever results or consequences come out of it.

The "bough" holding up the Cradle is the Sun-Mercury/Moon-Vesta opposition. That's where the stress and tension are. Here is the need for a reassuring life raft (Taurus) in response to the undertow of power and passion that may feel like they're trying to pull you under (Scorpio).

If you have developed the skill of thriving in the depths of the Scorpio Shadow, that Taurus life raft is meant to remind you that life must also have pleasure, contentment and satisfaction on the surface, not just learning how to scry into the darkness of the deep below. But if you're feeling a bit swamped by the heavy energies that abound these days, you may feel the need for that Moon-Vesta life raft to be a cozy nest, not just a technical solution that keeps you from getting lost in Scorpionic waters.

So, here's the trick with this particular Cradle. The world today is a heavy place to live. So much change. So much heavy, larger-than-life dynamics rising to the surface from the Collective unconscious. Humanity is undergoing a period of transformation and evolution that is frightening, thrilling or just overwhelming, depending on your perspective. What it's not is boring, mundane, easy or simple. And with energies this deep coming up to be reckoned with, it's not going to resolve itself quickly.

So: this Cradle is a quest to find safety in an atmosphere of chaos. Ease in an environment of struggle. Satisfaction and tranquility within a state of constant flux. A calm centre within a hurricane of transition and transformation.

In other words, these transpersonal planetary energies (Neptune and Saturn-Pluto) that counterbalance the stress of the opposition are best used not as distractions or escape mechanisms, but as a challenge to find peace within conflict and harmony within uncertainty.

There is a saying in Tibetan,
'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'
No matter what sort of difficulties,
how painful experience is, if we lose our hope,
that's our real disaster.
~ Dalai Lama XIV

The planetary ruler of Taurus, Venus, is striding through Sagittarius. The idea of a quest of any kind appeals to her, especially if it involves exploring some kind of uplifting adventure or fresh perspective on life. And she loves the idea of a quest for a nest, as long as it means she can still go galivanting off to exotic places and pursuits, and then return home in between excursions to a comfy, cozy bed where she will wake refreshed and ready for a new adventure.

Venus square Neptune

The drawback is that Venus is square Neptune (90°). In fact, she is channelling Jupiter who was in that same degree last January and stationed very close to it last August. Jupiter even made its first square to Neptune within about a degree of where Venus is at the time of the Full Moon.

Jupiter square Neptune has brought some struggles this year around trying to find a healthy bridge between faith and fantasy, hope versus illusion, knowledge versus intuition, and shame versus regret.

So, last January and August, Jupiter's quest for understanding about life was met with cosmic questions about what was real, what was wishful projection, and what was truly a "higher" perspective. What you hold dear and believe in—is that a reliable Truth or is it based on how you want things to be? Do you see a path of redemption for all that is wrong with yourself and the world, or must you continue to tiptoe through the minefield and deal with each moment as it comes?

With Venus now going through where Jupiter was when it began its square to Neptune, this could bring up some similar questions and doubt, as well as reactivating your search for answers through a sense of faith in the Universe. Since we're dealing with Venus now instead of Jupiter, it might be a time when you feel the need to seek out like-minded people who can debate and discuss these concepts with you. Or, it might cast some shadow on a close relationship, if you feel that someone close to you isn't investing as much in your connection as you would like.

Likewise, you might find you're questioning how much value you're getting out of your possessions or how you're spending your hard-earned cash. Or, you might be seeking better ways to find a satisfying sense of pleasure and satisfaction in things, people or parts of your life that normally bring you joy.

Sometimes a journey is not about the traveler. It is not about a destination.
It is about the bringing together of worlds. It is about lighting a path.
~ Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen

There's one other Venus factor that adds some more intrigue and mystery to this already-enigmatic energy. Venus goes Out of Bounds by Declination from November 13 to December 13. ("What is Out of Bounds?") Venus Out of Bounds (OOB) means her signature harmonious, diplomatic, sensuous, interactive energy can veer off in an unusual, unexpected or extreme direction.

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So, harmony might be sought or found in atypical or experimental activities. A sense of intimacy could be found with people you don't normally get close to. Negotiation and compromise may require a more creative level of problem-solving to work well. Your libido might get kicked into overdrive, seeking exciting new experiences.

So, this hunger for sensory, sensual, sexual or other mutual experiences beyond your usual norm, just might be part of how you seek out a more creative comfort zone in the midst of the surrounding storm.

So, the overall message of this Taurus Full Moon seems to be to encourage you to step outside your circle of familiarity a bit. Surprisingly, you just might find some new ways to bring ease, reassurance and confidence into your life. It's not likely to happen because the stormy waters suddenly become calm. Rather, there is potential to find ways to balance out your fear, intimidation, disillusionment or disappointment with new coping skills.

For example, try framing what's happening in a different way that opens up the door to new ideas and possibilities. Or, simplify how you see the situation by organizing the factors into more manageable chunks.

Feather your nest with the best of Neptune: art, music, spirituality, universal love, compassion.

Feather your nest with the best of Pluto: focus on something you can invest your most loving passion in, engage in deep concentration that lets the din of stress fall into the background for a while, and remind yourself that it's okay to own your personal power.

And feather your nest with the best of Saturn: get back to your routines, fall back to the tried-and-true when you're overwhelmed, and bring yourself back down to earth through honesty, integrity and doing what you know is the right thing.

And finally, use your nest to feed your needs, pamper yourself and give respite. When you've recharged your batteries, even a bit, you can go back out into the fray ready to take on the day.

Fear behind you, Life before you,
Faith befriend you, Prayer becalm you,
Truth be with you, Love become you, God be in you.
(This be for you. Repeat until chanting for others; then begin again.)
~ From Dimensions Magazine, author unknown (if you know who wrote this, please let me know)

Day to Day Transits for the Next 2 Weeks

Nov.12 – Mars sextile Jupiter (25:41 of Libra/Sagittarius)  (Nov.13 in AU)

There is potential for optimism, cheerfulness and increased energy during this transit. You will probably have to go after it (rather than it just falling into your lap), but you can probably increase your mood and energy level by applying a bit of effort. Your self-confidence and general attitude can improve, although be careful you don't become so caught up in feeling good that you ignore common sense, caution or realism. This is a good time to consider the moral, philosophical or greater implications of your actions, and then make adjustments to bring your behaviour into alignment with your beliefs, aspirations and ideals.

Nov.13 – Mercury Retrograde sextile Saturn (16:22 of Scorpio/Capricorn)  (Nov.14 in AU)

It can be easier to take a logical, practical approach to problem-solving and decisions now. It's a good time to make plans and work out the logistics of how you're going to get from "here" to "there" in pursuing your ambitions. Or, you may find it's time to bring closure to finished goals, by distilling and systemizing what you've learned in the past several months. This will probably require a bit of effort on your part to make it happen, but the opportunity is there if you choose to take it. This transit can bring mental stability and the ability to apply your mental focus in a practical and grounded way. It may be easier to see things realistically and objectively. Creative energy can become productive and rewarding, if you use it methodically or logically.

Nov.13 – Sun sextile Pluto (21:03 of Scorpio/Capricorn)  (Nov.14 in AU)

Your sense of purpose is potentially strong now, being able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality may be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so much in situations requiring delicacy or subtlety. You have greater ability to see below the surface of things now, although it may not be as easy to put it all together and understand what it all means. It can be possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours and others'). However, you'll have to work to harvest the fruit of these potentials, and some of the insights and benefits may not become apparent until later.

Nov.13 – Venus goes Out of Bounds (14:59 Sagittarius to 20:35 Capricorn; OOB until Dec.13)   (Nov.14 in AU)   ("What does Out of Bounds mean?"   "What is Declination?")

Venus goes Out of Bounds (OOB), which could affect your relationships, love life, finances, possessions and your sense of harmony, both within yourself and with the world around you. When it works well, you could gain unique or unusual insights and ideas about these areas, although getting these to work in the everyday world is something else again. When it's not working so well, those areas could become a problem due to unrealistic, outlandish or counterproductive attempts to push beyond familiar territory.

For example, you might become more adventurous, unconventional or undisciplined when it comes to friendships, amorous relationships or finances. If you have unspoken, unacknowledged or unconscious yearnings for "something different," this can be the time when those desires break free and make a run for it! This could be a positive thing, in that it gives your relationship or your wallet some breathing space and expands your range of experience. On the other hand, those yearnings could lead to upheavals and disruptions, like hastening the end of a relationship, or spending beyond your budget on something that turns out to be more whimsy than workable. This can be especially true if these areas are already struggling or hanging by a thread. It might help to get a reality check from someone you trust, or at least have your eyes wide open as you embark on your flight of fancy.

Nov.13 – Mercury Retrograde trine Neptune (15:58 of Scorpio/Pisces)  (Nov.14 in AU)

This is the second of three passes of this transit, which generally opens up your imagination, dreams, sensitivity and intuition. This time, Mercury is retrograde which on its own will amplify your creative, non-rational mind, making it a bit of a challenge to use your logical, methodical mind. Combined with a lovely trine to Neptune, at its best, this can be a time when your dream life becomes especially active. You might find you're picking up things from people and situations around you, which might sometimes be a bit confusing. This can also be a very creative time, if you let your mind go with the flow. You might just find you feel a bit fuzzy, sleepy or lethargic. At worst, you might feel a bit depressed, discouraged or bored, or you might indulge a little too much in escapism (e.g. alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc). Feed your brain with music, art, dance, meditation, nature and compassion.

Nov.14 – Venus square Neptune (15:58 of Sagittarius/Pisces)  (Nov.15 in AU)

Money, material resources, relationships and pleasure could be subject to confusion, deception, or unrealistic wishful thinking under this transit. It may seem that what you thought you had (love, friendship, pleasure, money, resources) has suddenly disappeared or isn't as dependable as you thought it was. You might feel disappointed, disillusioned, sad or alone, but this is more likely to be a passing phase than a serious crisis. The question is: what are your secret longings and subtle desires that may be operating unconsciously? These could be clouding your ability to relate to people and situations in your life. Old addictions, depression or idealism may surface as way of dealing with feelings. A better outlet would be to channel your feelings and experiences into creativity, beauty, inspiration and compassion; for example, art, music or helping others.

Nov.19 – Mars enters Scorpio (until Jan.03.2020)  (Nov.18 in HST, AKST, PST)

Mars now swaggers through Scorpio – its own sign, by traditional rulerships. Our impulses, willpower and forceful intent are more likely to be intense, passionate and controlled (or controlling) under this transit. Sexual energy may run high, although this may be a hunger for emotional intimacy and deep closeness, as much as it is a drive to satisfy a physical urge. Jealousy, anger and revenge may be more easily triggered, since passionate feelings and instincts are closer to the surface and may be harder to keep under discreet control. This can also be a time of potent creative and transformative energy, since the same emotions and drives that can be so destructive can also provide fuel for powerful self-expression and growth. This energy can also provide a formidable resource when used to fight for a cause – just be sure that the cause (and your methods of fighting) are consistent with your ethics, principles and integrity.

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Nov.20 – Mercury Stationary Direct (11:35 of Scorpio; Direct until Feb.16.2020)   (Nov.21 in AU)   ("What's a Station?"   "What does Retrograde mean?"   Read more about Mercury Retrograde.   Read more about Retrograde planets.)

Mercury finally turns direct! Yippeeee!!!! ;-) But we're not out of the woods just yet. For up to a week before and after today, you may experience mental intensity, confusion, and miscommunications or simply changes in your outlook. After being Retrograde for the last 3 to 3½ weeks, Mercury is now taking a slow turn to resume Direct motion. This period has challenged you to rethink and rehash things that required some fine-tuning or revision. The Direct station can be a time when clearer decisions start to emerge from the issues and struggles you've encountered during the retrograde period. Or, it might turn your perspective around so that you're seeing your situation fresh again.

Over the next couple of weeks, while Mercury is still in the Shadow, your brain may feel a bit like it's gradually waking up after a deep sleep. During this time, you can gradually put into practice the learning and knowledge you've gained from your retrograde "dreams" and moonlight visions. It will take time to get fully back into sync with the Mercury direct energy. So, take it slow, one step at a time, and untangle yourself one strand at a time.

Here are the key dates of this Mercury cycle (for North American Eastern Time):

Nov.22 – Sun enters Sagittarius (until Dec.21)  (Nov.23 in AU)

Happy Solar Return to all Sagittarians! While the Sun is in Sagittarius, we all get to explore our horizons, seek our highest truth, discover our spirituality and gain fresh wisdom. Sagittarius energy encourages us to reach beyond our grasp, to exceed our limitations, and to rise above our primal impulses. Whether we are encountering other cultures, countries and languages, or expanding our horizons through new knowledge or spiritual awareness, this is a time to be uplifted and inspired. We are challenged to explore meaning in our lives and to connect with whatever we regard as sacred and sublime. In Sagittarius we also gather new knowledge and understanding, making sense of the patterns and themes within the raw information around us. It is not enough to simply have facts and data. Sagittarius presents us with the opportunity to reach for the highest truth we know, and then to exercise that truth in moral and ethical ways. The trap we must be careful to avoid is that it's easy to assume that our truth is truth for everyone else too, which is not necessarily the case. Our well-meaning wish for others to experience the inspiration and passion that we feel can seem to turn us into self-righteousness know-it-alls. It's tempting to believe that we are privy to knowledge that others are denied. There can be a fine line between sharing passionate knowledge versus shoving opinions down someone's throat. Everyone has their unique perspective on life, and therefore their own sense of meaning and truth that works for them. And yet, debating and challenging each other's knowledge, beliefs and values are also an important part of the Sagittarius passion for exploration. As the Sun journeys through Sagittarius, expand your awareness of how these issues play out in your life.

Nov.23 – Sun trine Chiron (01:35 of Sagittarius/Aries)  (Nov.24 in AST, NST, UK, AU)

This is a time when you may find that your recent efforts to mend and heal the chronic struggles in your life start to come together. You likely have the confidence now to try new solutions, or at least to approach problems from a different angle that sheds new light on the situation. Some of this progress may come from daring to walk your own path, or from finding the courage to face the hidden shadow of your worries and weaknesses (the hidden benefit that those worries give you). There may be a variety of different struggles and wounds in your life that could benefit from this kind of healing, although it can be tempting to let this transit pass by without taking advantage of it. Strive to reach a midpoint between merely dipping your toe in troubled waters and thinking that is enough, versus jumping in the deep end and marinating in it.

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Nov.24 – Venus conjunct Jupiter (28:11 of Sagittarius)  (Nov.25 in AU)

Romance is in the air, harmony is reflected in everything around you, and love and beauty abound! This can be a time of sweet mercy, pleasure and peace, both personally and in relationships. It can also be a time when your ability to attract money, resources and rewards into your life are especially strong. You might consider indulging in a lottery ticket! Or maybe treating yourself to some creature comforts, like a massage or a double chocolate brownie or anything that gets the endorphins flowing! Unfortunately, this can also be a time when you are prone to over-indulge in pleasures or overestimate your resources. By all means enjoy this lovely feel-good energy, but it's also wise to keep your "addictions" in check. Don't entirely disregard your diet, your budget or your realism in relationships.

Nov.24 – Mars opposite Uranus (03:32 of Scorpio/Taurus)  (Nov.25 in AU)

Your energy is likely to be rather unpredictable, fluctuating or just plain "wonky" under this transit. Your moods could swing back and forth in reaction to outside circumstances that trigger your feelings buried under the surface. In particular, anger, confidence and impulsive desires could suddenly appear and disappear for no apparent reason. If you feel your freedom is being taken away or if you think your individuality is becoming lost in the Collective shuffle, you might feel the urge to abruptly push against whoever seems to be blocking you. This can come across as arbitrary rebellion, and it may not be easy for you or others to understand where this is coming from inside you. It might be a good idea to take some time out to focus inward and find out what's really going on under the surface, especially if these reactions are starting to spiral out of control. On the other hand, this doesn't have to be a "negative" energy. You might also feel more spontaneous than usual and be willing to try new things more easily than you usually do. It can be a time to discover new courage to venture beyond your comfort zone of what's familiar. Flash arguments could clear the air, leaving the way clear to make a fresh start. Essentially, this transit tends to be a bit of a roller coaster ride, which can have you howling in protest or shrieking with excitement...or both!

Nov.25 – Venus enters Capricorn (until Dec.20)  (Nov.26 in UK, AU)

Friendly, abundant Venus travels through serious, structured Capricorn, bringing out her grounded, material side. It may be time to make new plans and commitments for material or relationship goals. It can be a time to get serious and make some solid decisions about what works and what doesn't. It may help to organise and systemise the way you approach relationships, finances, resources and pleasure. An example of systemising pleasure is to schedule regular time to pamper yourself, or to make a point of doing the hard work that will pay off in pleasure later (like eating healthier food or working out more). Although this might seem a bit unromantic or uninspiring, you'll find that laying the groundwork for what you want to attract into your life will provide support for the rewards to come.

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