The Dance of Earth and Venus

The Cosmic Story: Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon 2019 & Mercury transit to Sun 11.11.19

The Cosmic Story: Taurus Full Moon: Mercury conjunct the Sun

Listening Within For What Fulfills Us


This Scorpio season started off with a bang. The Scorpio New Moon on October 27th was opposed by Uranus in Taurus, breaking down our emotional barriers so something new and interesting can occur. Did the week of Halloween/Samhain bring you unexpected insights? Was your intuition especially strong then? On the Day of the Dead, could you connect with any ancestor spirits hanging around?

Uranus tilts to the side
Uranus is the closest it gets to Earth all year and if you live under a dark sky, you can even see it dimly shining between the constellations of Taurus and Aries. Being close to Earth, Uranus brings us the unexpected and unusual and can make you more rebellious than usual. Since Scorpio stands opposite Taurus, these two signs resonate together, so they'll both be vibrating at high levels for the next 6 years. In fact, all the fixed signs will be vibrating at higher levels.

While the Scorpio New Moon was intense, the energy calms down a bit as we get to this week's Taurus Full Moon. Taurus likes to take things at a leisurely pace. Peace, love and the sensual pleasures make for a happy Taurus Full Moon. The Moon is 'exalted' in Taurus, meaning that its energies are powerful now, so take advantage of its bright light next Monday night. Shut off your technological toys and go out into nature – not matter how cold it is. A Taurus Moon bath will open you up to the pleasures of being alive. 

Frosty Taurus Full Moon
How can you find your own inner peace in these tumultuous times? Turn within and dive deep! As you know, the only way to really change the world is to change yourself. With the Taurus Full Moon, we are reminded that it is the quality of the things we want that is more important than the quantity of what we have. Enjoy what you have to the fullest. Open all your senses. Live large!

Scorpio brings us passion and intensity and the ability to dive deeply into our emotional hangups. The Taurus Full Moon wants to release those hangups and replace them with promise. The promise that something new is on the horizon. Taurus is the Builder of the zodiac. So build something new to last.

The Taurus Full Moon occurs on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 5:34am PST/ 8:34am EST/ 1:34pm GMT.


The Sabian symbol for the Moon at 20* Taurus is: Wisps of clouds, like wings, are streaming across the sky. This is an image of mystical self-expression and awareness. Use the power of the imagination to see the positive future.

The Sabian symbol for the Sun at 20* Scorpio is: A woman flings open dark curtains closing sacred pathways. A mystery revealed. It's time to look at the spiritual legacy you brought into life with you.

The Moon's helpful trine to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn turns our eyes to the things that really give us peace and pleasure. As we approach the end of the Saturn/Pluto cycle, we prepare ourselves for a new way of living by really getting down to the nitty-gritty truth of what makes for a happy life. By now, we all know that 'things' can't fill up the empty places in us. As the Beatles sang more than 50 years ago “money can't buy you love”.  

The Taurus Moon asks us to take time for ourselves. I am being reminded of its sensual energy by my new kitten. She loves to stretch her little body and delights in my petting. She loves to play and explore. Everything is interesting. She snuggles up against my neck and face and purrs loudly when I go to sleep. She is bringing me back to my own pleasure in my body, stretching and moving and hugging and loving. That's Taurus energy!

On November 8th, Neptune retrograde in Pisces and Saturn in Capricorn sextile for the 3rd time. Whenever these two opposing energies sextile, it makes it easier for us to bring Spirit (Neptune) down to Earth (Saturn). Saturn provides a container for all that Neptunian energy and imagination. This is a great time to write, paint, dance, make music. Art as a spiritual discipline! Play with these cosmic energies while you can.

Neptune in Pisces is a big player in this Taurus/Scorpio Full Moon chart. It trines the Scorpio Sun and sextiles the Taurus Moon. What this means is that the imagination, spiritual vision and going with the flow are easily available to us now. What do you do with your imagination? Worry and fear are the negative use of the Imagination. Our task is to stop getting caught up in the collective chaos of politics – let the politicians play. Our task is to ground in Spirit and let its light shine out of each of us.

It is always darkest before the dawn.

Mercury passes over the face of the Sun\

Mercury is making a rare pass (about 13 in a century) over the face of the Sun on Monday, November 11thin the morning hours in the States. It's exactly in the middle of the Sun at 10:22am EST and 7:22am PST. When the Sun lights up Mercury in this way, we could say that symbolically we need to pay more attention to how we think and talk about ideas and people, about how we process our lives and about how we communicate in general. We need to recognize and see where we aren't speaking out truth. Since this rare event occurs in the water sign of Scorpio, we might want to process what's going on inside through any of the arts. Once again, we see the truth that art is a path to our spirituality and growth. 

Mercury retrograde transiting the Sun
The Sabian symbol for Mercury retrograde conjunct the Sun at 19* Scorpio is: A wise old parrot repeats the conversation he overheard. There's a transmission of knowledge available today if you turn within and listen.

And speaking of truth, the planet Jupiter is on the degree of the galactic center on this Full Moon. Jupiter in Sagittarius wants to seek out the truth and live by it. Jupiter is ending his year long stay in his own sign of Sagittarius on December 2, 2019, when it enters Capricorn and proceeds to catch up with Pluto by April 2020 and with Saturn in Aquarius at the end of 2020. Jupiter will either help us create a new forms of collective well-being or make the mess we're in even messier. That's why it's up to us to make sure our inner patriarchy is dead and buried this year. (Look for my special Journey offer to help you understand what you really believe as Jupiter leaves Sagittarius.)

Milky Way in Sagittarius

The Sabian symbol for Jupiter at 26* Sagittarius is: A flag-bearer distinguishes himself in hand -to-hand battle. A flag-bearer doesn't go into battle to fight; he goes into battle without a weapon to hold the standard of his king or lord. It is an honor that is dangerous, since he isn't armed. The image suggests that we have to be ready to stand up for what we believe in, even if we don't feel equipped to do it.

Venus in Sagittarius rules this Taurus Full Moon and she squares Neptune retrograde in Pisces, challenged to find the inspiration she needs to explore and grow. She gives this Full Moon a sense of adventure but also of truth and inspiration. Be inspired and have hope.

The Sabian symbol for Venus at 14* Sagittarius is: The Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. What is more inspiring than that. The Sabian symbol for Neptune at 16* Pisces is: In the quiet of her study, a creative individual experiences a flow of inspiration.

May the beauty and wonder of creation open your hearts and minds.

It is Hard to Have Hope ~ Wendall Berry

It is hard to have hope. It is harder as you grow old,
for hope must not depend on feeling good
and there is the dream of loneliness at absolute midnight.
You also have withdrawn belief in the present reality
of the future, which surely will surprise us,
and hope is harder when it cannot come by prediction
any more than by wishing. But stop dithering.
The young ask the old to hope. What will you tell them?
Tell them at least what you say to yourself.

Because we have not made our lives to fit
our places, the forests are ruined, the fields eroded,
the streams polluted, the mountains overturned. Hope
then to belong to your place by your own knowledge
of what it is that no other place is, and by
your caring for it as you care for no other place, this
place that you belong to though it is not yours,
for it was from the beginning and will be to the end.

Belong to your place by knowledge of the others who are
your neighbors in it: the old man, sick and poor,
who comes like a heron to fish in the creek,
and the fish in the creek, and the heron who manlike
fishes for the fish in the creek, and the birds who sing
in the trees in the silence of the fisherman
and the heron, and the trees that keep the land
they stand upon as we too must keep it, or die.

This knowledge cannot be taken from you by power
or by wealth. It will stop your ears to the powerful
when they ask for your faith, and to the wealthy
when they ask for your land and your work.
Answer with knowledge of the others who are here
and how to be here with them. By this knowledge
make the sense you need to make. By it stand
in the dignity of good sense, whatever may follow.

Speak to your fellow humans as your place
has taught you to speak, as it has spoken to you.
Speak its dialect as your old compatriots spoke it
before they had heard a radio. Speak
publicly what cannot be taught or learned in public.

Listen privately, silently to the voices that rise up
from the pages of books and from your own heart.
Be still and listen to the voices that belong
to the streambanks and the trees and the open fields.
There are songs and sayings that belong to this place,
by which it speaks for itself and no other.

Find your hope, then, on the ground under your feet.
Your hope of Heaven, let it rest on the ground
underfoot. Be it lighted by the light that falls
freely upon it after the darkness of the nights
and the darkness of our ignorance and madness.
Let it be lighted also by the light that is within you,
which is the light of imagination. By it you see
the likeness of people in other places to yourself
in your place. It lights invariably the need for care
toward other people, other creatures, in other places
as you would ask them for care toward your place and you.

No place at last is better than the world. The world
is no better than its places. Its places at last
are no better than their people while their people
continue in them. When the people make
dark the light within them, the world darkens.

~ Wendell Berry ~

(This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems)