Full Moon in Taurus

Egon Schiele, Still Life, oil on canvas, 1908

Full Moon in Taurus: The Harvester

October’s Luna illuminates the Venusian constellation of the Bull, heralding the descent of Spirit into matter, clothed in forms and qualities for evolution of natural phenomena. Consciousness seeks the solidity of the strewing soil, spirit grasps the roots of the fleshy earth. It feels for sprouts, for the planetary pull, for the tangible essence of life itself.

Taurus, or ‘Torus’ (meaning protrusion, akin to the protective barrier of the cerebellum), is the fixed modal expression and the first of the earthy trigon. Here, nature’s visual manifestation and objective fruition takes precedence. Yet the manifestation of this growth is steady, seemingly unswerving, and connecting to a vast reservoir of internal spaciousness. What, then, are the fertile Bull’s lessons? As the timeless simplicity nestled in the infinitely complex, its lessons bestow the embodiment of depth without the necessity for verbal translation. Excavating and maintaining profound serenity is the Venusian Bull’s task.

Taurus Decan I: The Industriousness of Venus and Mercury

At 1°13′ Taurus, this Full Moon’s first decan is surveyed by Venus and Mercury, engulfed in the quickening, germinating powers of silent thought and assimilation. Its chief cerebral characteristics are industry and application, and its material fecundity is firmly forged in the imagery ascribed to Taurus’s first decanate. Agrippa illustrates the ascension of a ‘Harvester or Husbandman, goeth forth to plough, build, people [populate] and divide the earth, according too [sic] the rules of Geometry…’ The Bull’s laboriousness is echoed by Picatrix, painting ‘a face of plowing and working the earth, of sciences, geometry, of sewing seed, and making things. And this is its form.’ As necessity summons form, Taurus is the first emanation of matter in its most etherealized, feminine expression. Thus, the Taurean full Moon embodies the consciousness of Divine selfhood: the spiritual reality within our conception.

Full Moon in Taurus

Giandomenico Cassini, Original Drawings of the Moon, 1671-1679

In this lunation, the patient industry of Venusian Taurus is curiously stirred by the conjunction of erratic Uranus. At less than 1° orb, the Luna-Uranus conjunction remains the most poignant aspect of this lunation. Upon the intellectual plane, Uranus governs idealized sentiment and imagination, qualities possessing extraordinary abilities in specialized paths. Uranus evokes earnest ingenuity of an unappreciated variety, for its talents and influences are not yet understood by this epoch. The eccentric orb of Uranus conjoined with Luna can summon justly rebelliousness from veritable reformers of humanity. Often, their contempt for surrounding conventionality generates active hostility from those who admire the forms, customs, and opinions of established society. This, in parallel, is part of the energy stirred by Uranus’s prior ingress into Taurus. Operating on sensation instead of action, Uranus in Taurus functions through a Venusian lens. However, Uranus transcends worldly matter, aligning with the elevated realms of thought. The innate incompatibility between worldly desires and transcendental exaltation is the impetus behind forthcoming revolutionary change. Historically, Uranus’ previous Taurean transit, from June 1934 to May 1942, ushered a plethora of revolutionary fluctuations, including economic shifts deviating from the U.S. gold standard coupled with bank closures, the lamentable rise of the Hitler regime, and the Great Depression (to the middle of World War II). In essence, values inherent in materialism were as challenged by the erratic undercurrent of Uranian transcendence as they are currently underway. Now, decades later, we arrive at a similarly pivotal precipice of change. As we experience individual (and collective) dissolution of the tyrannical structure of monetary transaction, newly inventive forms of exchange will be embraced, orchestrated by the principle of self-worth.

In the backdrop of the Moon-Uranus centerpiece, Luna opposes Venus retrograde at 4°15′ Scorpio. Likewise, in their early degrees of 1°21′ Leo-Aquarius, the nodes forge a potent grand-cross configuration with Luna-Uranus and Sun-Venus (conjunctions). As with any challenging aspect, this seeming resistance holds the capacity and potential for growth, considering we harvest the industry and application of Taurean momentum, impetus, and fortitude. Lastly, harmonizing with Luna and poised in his domicile, Saturn serves as a somber compass directing the limits of personal boundaries. Essentially, this tug-of-war impetus, propelled by the nodes, alludes to the dual possibilities inherent in traditional and revolutionary passages.

Full Moon in Taurus

From Dans le champ des ètoiles: Les Photographies et le ciel, 1850-2000

Fixed Star Mirach: The Sash of Andromeda

The Full Moon in Taurus is poised on fixed star Mirach, noted as the primary star of the Andromeda constellation. This brilliant star accentuates the splendor of fertility via receptivity, feminine power, intuition, and the arts. German philosopher Immanuel Kant, having Mirach culminating with Luna on his day of birth, parallels the influence of this reconciliatory star through his visionary works on the welfare of humanity. Mirach’s Venusian influence on Luna is echoed by Ebertin in its inspirational ‘base for artistic creations, altruism, cheerfulness, happiness, and love of company.’ Mirach grants inspirational influence, ‘making friends easily’, and helped by social spheres. In parallel, Robson’s interpretation of Mirach notes ‘personal beauty, a brilliant mind, a love of home, great devotion, beneficence, forgiveness, love, overcoming by kindness, renown, and good fortune in marriage.’ However, we are cautioned of Mirach’s shadow side: one of self-indulgence and personal obsession. Venusian themes are engraved in Mirach as she unites with Luna, illuminating aesthetic inclinations, intuition, and peaceful meanderings, noted in Mirach-governed natives such as the late rhythm guitarist and vocalist, J. Lennon. [5]

The industriousness of Mirach echoes the essential nature of Al-Thurraya, the third lunar mansion whose tropical boundaries extend from 25°42’ Aries – 8°34’ Taurus. Positioned in the Mansion of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, this mansion augurs abundance. Noted by Warnock in Mansions of the Moon, although Al-Thurayya is a positive indication regarding career-based prosperity, beauty, and creativity (again, note the Venusian correspondences), there is a warning against material and metaphorical over-indulgence. [4]

Taurus and Agate

The Kabbalistical gem of Taurus is the agate, a natural talisman for this lunation or those with the Venusian Bull on the ascendant. Agate is primarily of cryptocrystalline silica, chiefly chalcedony, alternating with microgranular quartz. Historically and culturally, moss agate has been known as the crystal of gardeners and agriculture, paralleling the chief characteristics of Taurus decan I. The laboriousness and fecundity of this Full Moon naturally merge with the properties of agate, fortifying the industrious nature of the Venusian Bull. Red agate is a suitable choice, in color correspondence to the third lunar mansion. [4] According to the Picatrix, reconciliatory talismans between opposite genders are suitably crafted under the first decanate of Taurus.[5]

Full Moon in Taurus

Rare copper alloy statuette of the God Serapis (Egypt, 1st century B.C.)

Serapis: God of Fertility and the Afterlife

Noted in 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings, at 1°13′ Taurus, this lunation’s decan is ascribed to Serapis (or Serapis), the Graeco-Egyptian deity said to have been constructed as a means to foster harmony between the Egyptian and Greek subjects of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Linguistically, Serapis is said to combine Osiris and the Apis Bull (the sacred bull of Memphis). In unison, Apis is the sacred Bull of the Egyptians, another conception of Taurus. Aspects of the Greek gods include Zeus, Dionysus, Helios, Hades, and Asklepios (god of medcine). According to Gods of the Egyptians, evidence suggests the cult of Osarapis surged prior to the Ptolemaic Period.

Serapis personified divine majesty and represented the Sun, fertility, healing and the afterlife. On top of Serapis’ head is a modius, commonly known as basket or a tall, dry corn measure. This was meant to symbolize Serapis’s fertility attributes and demonstrate his affiliation with Osiris. Occasionally, Serapis is portrayed with a pair of curved ram’s horns, along with instances where Cerberus is placed at his feet.

Full Moon in Taurus

The Taurean lunation, while overseeing the unpredictability of Uranus’s eccentric orb, is simultaneously grounded and exalted. The Full Moon in Taurus embraces the influences of Venus and Mercury, chiefly characterized by patient laboriousness and application. In the midst of Venus retrograde, this lunation serves as an opportune emblem of the forces of fructiferousness. The revelation of matter in its purification process and material fecundity is firmly forged in the imagery ascribed to Taurus’s first decanate. Reconciling matter as the humble servant of spirit, the flourishing of procreative forces in all planes of Nature envelop the earthly consciousness of Taurean endurance.

The Full Moon at 1°13′ Taurus occurs on the day of Mercury, October 24th, 2018, at 12:45 PM ET.


References:

1. Ezra, Ibn, The Beginning of Wisdom

2. Agrippa, Heinrich C., The Three Books of Occult Philosophy

3. John Michael Greer & Christopher Warnock, Picatrix

4. Warnock, Christopher, The Lunar Mansions

5. Robson, Vivian E., Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology

6. Ebertin, Elsbeth, Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation

7. Crowley, Aleister, 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings

8. Budge, Wallis, The Gods of the Egyptians

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