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TAURUS – SCORPIO Full Moon (Nov 3 / 4): Finding our Ground, in the Changeful

3 Nov

Happy TAURUS Full Moon tonight (Nov 3 / 4)!

It’s also called the ‘Hunter’s Moon’.
What’s special about it astronomically? Is it a ‘SuperMoon’? Check out this cool article.

The Full Moon will be exact at 10:23 pm PDT on Nov 3 / 1:23 am EDT on Nov 4!

TAURUS is where the MOON is the strongest (called exalted in Astrology)! 
Nurturing Earth Mother energy. 
We certainly need grounding grounding grounding, with so many erratic, unprecedented, unpredictable vibrations swirling around (esp. in the cyber sphere, affecting the human mind).

NATURE is calling, (not only) this gorgeous Fall, and always here to support and hold us.
Go out, and en-JOY!


Dance of Change – Photo by Melanie, Oct 31, 2017


So important to hold the ground (TAURUS), and be the Centre, in a world of ‘opposites’ and oppositions… (we literally see strong opposing energies in the Full Moon chart – and of course: feel them!), yet also process in the Scorpionic Alchemy that transforms ‘lead into gold’, or depressing, heavy states into pure consciousness.


In the last few weeks, have you come through lots of emotional transformation, yet processed it faster than before?

Maybe because there’s such a collective acceleration and momentum (URANUS in AR)?
And we go now to deep core issues that are usually ‘left alone’ (SUN, MERCURY, and since 10/10 also big JUPITER in SCO!).

The key for the fixed energy of SCO is not to be ‘afraid of the dark’, not resist the dive and change (which is what TAU could easily do), or get stuck somewhere in the process, take it out on yourself, but process ‘all the way through’, to allow the Alchemy do its thing.
And yes, it goes in waves and isn’t a ‘final result’.
With NEPTUNE in PISCES we can open into the surfing and surrendering.
Perhaps we could start with honestly and gently asking: ”What’s even deeper than this?”

The SUN and JUPITER in SCORPIO go into supportive Water Trine with NEPTUNE this month which helps with dropping into the depth, and letting things ‘wash out’ and dissolve.

Yesterday morning, I came to Day 3 of a self-directed, online guided 30-day Yoga challenge (with Victoria based Do Yoga With Me).
The practice (a journey to the Firefly pose) was a perfect metaphor for the Full Moon in TAU – SCO:
Loved what happened in this process, even though I didn’t ‘make’ it into the pose. It was my first time playing with Firefly, and I stayed with it (TAU), ‘even though’ arm balances have been always a challenge, since my wrists hurt when I put too much pressure on them (SCO fear of hurting myself). But the prep in the previous two days, and the teacher Fiji’s clear, precise, motivating guidance helped me see what’s essential (shooting the body into two directions from a strong core) which in itself is a great awareness to practice with in daily life (esp. for tall people, ha-ha). Now it needs to land more in the body, with practice. Good to see how that’s already in place with other poses that are feet-grounded, like squat. I loved consciously finding genuine contentment in the place I was at – and being in the patience it’s calling for (TAU).

It all was indeed beautifully aligned with and metaphoric for the TAURUS – SCORPIO Full Moon:
Energies pulling us into two directions, as we’re invited to balance dropping into something that might feel scary but can be so transformational, and feeling the contentment in and patience with the Earth body for where it goes, currently.
And all the while holding ground from the core of our Being.


Speaking of Alchemy:

Just today, I felt called to do a physical (TAU) card spread on the TAU – SCO Full Moon chart, incl. LILITH going into CAP next week. 
The Black Obsidian crystal skull and heart had to ‘join the party’ in the SCO realm, of course.
See what showed up – for all of us:



I started with an Animal Spirit card (paintings by Susan Boulet) – brought in for LILITH crossing over the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG into CAP next week (yet also connected to SCO and TAU):

SCARAB – Regeneration.
“To the Egyptians, the scarab, a type of beetle, symbolized the powers that governed the celestial bodies; a great scarab was thought to roll the Sun across the sky. This belief arose from the scarab’s habit to of shaping a piece of ox dung(!) into a ball, into which it laid its eggs, and rolling it about – generally from East to West. Scarab-like jewels were often placed in the tombs of deceased relatives to give hem the power of the Sun, and to facilitate their resurrection.”

What a symbology!
I love the Scarab. A ‘small’ animal, yet it carries potent Medicine.
Having been in Egypt in Nov 2010 – two friends and I started our journey intentionally under the SCO New Moon, and ‘happened to be’ under the TAU – SCO Full Moon at the Hathor Temple of the cow headed Mother Goddess – also a birthing temple, with the Dendara Zodiac – what a gift that magical alignment was!!! What a sight, and what a process at the time… (which is a story for another day 🙂 ).
And yesterday, the news about this amazing discovery of a mysterious void’ in the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The winged Scarab beetle is also  a ‘Rising Phoenix’.
‘Winged’ MERCURY will leave dark SCO,  cross the ‘Phoenix Point’ from SCO to SAG, and ‘take flight’ on SUN-day Nov 5.

MERCURY will be for a looong time in SAG, b.t.w – you guessed it! Because it will go retro there (Dec 2 – 22), starting from the ‘Integrity Point’ from SAG to CAP, where LILITH is now (yep!)!
More about it below in the chart description, and in a separate M-r post, of course!

Early Morning Prayer – Lotus with Orb – Photography by Helga Hendricks

The Scarab illustration on the card has a Blue Lotus blossom with a (tiny) Ankh in the centre on its back.

The Lotus is such a beautiful symbol of  the SCO – TAU dynamic, as it’s rooted in the swampy pond of apparent ‘decay’, yet grows to the light with such beauty and purity.

It’s also what the Buddha (nature) ‘sits on’:
All the often unprocessed, dark, hidden, murky emotions.
Sitting with them (TAU) in meditation, acknowledging  them without getting pulled in and stuck, and doing processing (lots of that required, these very scorpionic days / months / year) helps them come to the light of consciousness, where they – like Vampires in the sunlight… eventually die (some harder than others…).

I’m stunned at how the Scarab, apparently just showing up for LILITH, connects to so many strands of the Full Moon ‘landscape web’.


The next card – this time from the Voyager Tarot deck – that I picked was for the SUN in SCO (close to JUPITER, freshly in SCO, and VENUS, still in LI):

Major Arcana XIV – ART.

‘Overseen’ by Pallas Athena – Greek patroness of the City of Athens, hence goddess of Art and Culture, Philosophy inspiration, and vision (rainbow) – ART is visionary. Life is ART in action.
ART is Alchemy – see the cauldron…
Creativity (the SUN) is an alchemical Art of ‘inter-weaving’ and combining ‘ingredients’ into new syntheses. The creative process is an inner alchemical process too, as it transforms and integrates us.

Of course, this card is very apropos (couldn’t be a better one actually, for) the ‘Alchemy Point’ from LIBRA to SCORPIO where VENUS in LI, and JUPITER / SUN in SCO sit.
All these Archetypes are here to help us ‘dive’ into the process of change – just as the stunningly beautiful foliage this Fall, on its ‘last dance’.

Pallas Athena even gives us a clue how to channel MARS – further ‘back’ and unaspected, in early LIBRA (until Dec 9), into decisive, determined, and ‘courageous’ acts of ART.
The Goddess Pallas Athena has a strong ‘Masculine’ – and was born not out of a female body but ‘out of her father Zeus’s forehead’.

As an ‘Asteroid Goddess’ (yep, Pallas is an Asteroid), she represents qualities of the ‘Father Daughter’. Let’s channel her energy not so much into compliance with the patriarchy but into Acts of Art (rather than war) to help the status quo alchemize and transform.


The third card that I picked was for the MOON in TAU, not far from URANUS in late AR (which it passed yesterday). From the West Coast perspective, with CANCER Rising at the exact time of the Full Moon, the MOON also ‘rules’ the chart, AND is in ‘her’ exalted position of TAURUS:

Major Arcana XVII – STAR.

For the photo, I held the card up …
Showing a most beautiful image of Kuan Yin, Chinese Goddess of Compassion, holding a Jade Rabbit, her dress flowing like / in the Star shower.
STAR represents Luminosity (like the Full Moon tonight, illuminated by the Solar Light). Kuan Yin stands in the Star shower, and transmits it – a compassionate Star-Mother-Goddess. She helps others with life giving nurturance (TAU), and brings light into the darkness to nourish the soul (SCO).
Kuan Yin is associated with AQ (and I once called the AQ – PI cusp ‘Kuan Yin Point’ of the Zodiac – blessings for Humanity – one of the manifestations). And the MOON is still close to URANUS, ruler of AQ.

So, from a grounded, nurtured TAU MOON place, let’s transmit the Light into Darkness, show up with compassion, yet be detached enough (AQ Goddess) to not get emotionally pulled in, or attached to what’s sticky, nor to an outcome. 🙂 Everything changes in its own pace, yet we can offer light and care.


I just love how the ancient cultures of Egypt (Scarab), Greece (Athena), and China (Kuan Yin) came together in Alchemy for this spread!

Also pointing to LILITH moving over into ancient / timeless CAP next week:

We are the Ancients Ones. We are the Timeless Ones.
Let’s invoke the Ancestors (biological, star family, cultural resonance, and esp: the Inner Elder…) to live the Wisdom in the World, and Be the Change!


Here’s the chart of the Full Moon and ‘her entourage’:


… i.o.w., with all the cosmic, archetypal ‘Players’ of the Solar System.
Focusing on the SUN / MOON axis which is a ‘big deal’.

Re: SATURN square CHIRON, yesterday Nov 2 (of course catalyzed by the Full Moon), check out this Blog post.
Re: LILITH into CAP on Nov 8, see Blog post here.


A quick word about VENUS in late LIBRA opposite URANUS in late AR, exact also today Nov 3, at 10:02 pm PDT – just 20 min before the Full Moon, and actually quite close to the Full Moon axis (see cards):

How can we be in balance with our authenticity and freedom, and in right relationship with significant partners in our life (or in fact in any partnership that presents itself – even ‘just spontaneously, in the moment)?
Honouring that there can be a dilemma is a first helpful step.
Rather than wildly reacting (which URANUS in AR might do) stepping back, and seeing the situation from ‘the other’s’ perspective or even the mirror effect (sometimes strangely so) for us is really helpful. Been there…  even ‘just’ this week – at several occasions, in fact.


Now to the main theme:
SUN – MOON, at 12° TAU – SCO.

Just over the last days, we’ve entered the mid-SCO (10 – 20°) season, where potent energy ‘sits’ and deep change happens, incl. IN us. It’s the Centre of Fall!
The Full MOON is in mid-TAU where desires and wants might come up, and nourishment is important. Yet SCO says: Purge and change!
Finding our Ground – the deep Ground of Being – in the Changeful, is the way of being in Balance.

Maybe other potent (and admittedly often intense) TAU – SCO Polarities have come up for you too, to reconcile, ‘digest’, and transform.
Here are examples:


Nature – Culture.
In conflict? Or harmoniously integrated? Thought this morning, on that note: Here in Victoria, we feed to and on each other’s creativity, while being nourished by Nature that’s so inspiring and ever-changing. An on-going Alchemy.
Important to preserve Nature, i.m.o., with so much ‘City’ as in: ‘Construction culture’ pushing in. I call it: A contemporary Gold Rush.

Life – Death.
The seasons of Nature and of our Human Nature. A dynamic on-going process, actually. There’s always something dying, there’s always something new arising. Is Death the opposite of Life?

Pleasure – Pain.
Well, those! Sensations, feelings, they’re also changeable, of course, even though it sure doesn’t seem so, quite often, and one seems (for most of us) more ‘attractive’ than the other. Attachment to either causes suffering. Let’s ask the Buddha… and sit with it.

Habits – Change.
Well, that ‘dance’ could be a good thing – if we change habitual destructive tendencies – or not, if we abandon a healthy habit…. What comes to awareness? Which habits are you ready to change? What’s the deeper need in that habit, is really the question.

Stuckness – Transformation.
Similarly, if we’re emotionally, mentally, or physically stuck in a funk, we probably welcome tools for transformation. Like: Change the environment, go out, walk, breathe, move things through the body, take a rest, a bath… maybe it’s just energy that needs to shift, or be digested through all your ‘stomachs’ :-).

J / H

Stop ‘feeding the demons’ and ‘hungry ghosts’ as Buddhists call it, i.o.w., ‘sitting’ and and dwelling on (self) destructive thoughts and feelings.
SCO low vibrations are cynical, secretive, mistrusting, suspicious, manipulative, hurtful, basically out of fear of death, and loss of control (who’s talking here? The separate ego of course).
Shedding light on the core of the matter might be important, before the energy can shift / internally transform into a higher and more truly powerful vibration.

When we face our darkness we may discover our soul power.

Money – Power
Why is TAU related to Money? Because of the TAU association with value, gain, growth, assimilation, anything ‘green and growing’. Uhhh, those… Bull Market – yep, Taurean. Yet, when money is stuck it starts to ‘stink’ and needs to be moved and spread around like manure. Making money is rather Taurean, while spending, investing, paying taxes, and being in dept is Scorpionic. Which of course can bring up Power issues, like: “I owe them. They ‘own’ me / my freedom.
Is Money really Power? Is Value Power?

“Money is like manure. Does no good until it’s spread around.”

We (hopefully) have the Power to put the money into what we value, and offer truly valuable services in exchange for money.
In that case it’s rather the power of synergistic, ‘fertilizing’ exchange than the divisive association of Money with Power ‘over’ – which is on the way out anyway, in the Economy of Change.

Accumulating – Eliminating.
TAU is the gatherer, vs. SCO is the purger. TAU rules the mouth, SCO the large intestines (really!)

Both functions are needed in Nature and in our human biology. Shopping, cooking, eating, enjoying, and indulgence are all TAU related. The word ‘stuffocated’ came up for me a few weeks ago – a low vibration of our TAU consumer world.
Do you feel going through a purge, detox, decluttering would be on for you and your home / life, to allow the energy to move again more freely, and create space for the new?
Rather than just ‘dumping’ things (which can be also hard for the gatherer / horder in you), how can you creatively re-purpose and re-cycle what has outlived its purpose, what needs to go into the Alchemy, and perhaps have a new life elsewhere?

Sensual – Sexual.
Physical – Emotional Intimacy.
Clearly, a big and deep topic. How’s the balance of both in your life?
Of course, trust is required in the exchange of energies.
Nourishment of Body and Soul…


SCORPIO is BIG this JUPITER year (Oct 10, 2017 – Nov 9, 2018).

This is the first Full Moon of the JUPITER in SCO year, shining MOON light at SUN / JUPITER.
Being grateful (JUPITER) for the Life that’s given, the body and the place we currently inhabit, the Earth that sustains us, and the ever changing Nature are good ways of letting ourselves sink deeper into the Mystery of Life. 


Coming up in the SCO Show in the next while:

The SUN in SCO will go into Water Trine with NEPTUNE in PI tomorrow, Nov 3.

Rather than feeling overwhelmed by so much emotionally challenging stuff, and burying ourselves, let’s bring light and consciousness (SUN) to what’s revealing itself on deeper levels now – a gift perhaps – if you dare to look. Sometimes we have to feel things fully (SCO), stay connected (NEP in PI) to realize we’re ONE.

VENUS crosses the ‘Alchemy Point’, and starts ‘her’ underworld journey in SCO on Nov 7 – until Dec 1:
We’re drawn to go deeper in relationships, attracted to mystery, and might also attract lots of things that need processing. Dive in, and move through, with Love!

VENUS will join JUPITER in SCO on Nov 13.

JUPITER will be actually unaspected until then (no connection with another planet, except for MOON activations)!
A double-edged sword… Even though, VENUS – JUPITER is a wonderful connection (a la grand wedding etc), in SCO it’s not all Roses (and definitely thorns involved).
What attracts and bonds you to your loved and not-so-loved ones?
What are your soul agreements?
What can be brought out into the open and to awareness now? Perhaps to outgrow it?



How’s it going so far, with diving into the Alchemy?
Could you use support and perspective?

You’re invited to a private JUPITER in SCORPIO Deep Dive Session, during the first month of JUPITER in SCORPIO (10 / 10 – 11 / 11, 2017), where we intentionally, and with the astrological map & compass, plus the synchronistic support of Voyager Tarot & Animal Spirit cards, go into, and focus on:
  • What’s being cleared away now, from your ‘inner basement / closet’?
  • Where is deep transformation now possible in your Life, what does it take to go INTO it, and how do you meet the landscape you meet there?
  • What’s the Alchemy that presents itself?
  • What does that mean for your ‘outer’ world, above the surface?

You can find out more about the Deep Dive Sessions at my FB Page Event.
If you’re new to my services I welcome you to get in touch before booking, if you have preliminary questions, and to get to know each other a bit before we ‘dive in’.


© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger




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