a time to be born and a time to die-A Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse in Taurus

Every month the Full Moon reflects the strength of the Sun back to us and as the Sun sets, the Moon rises in the opposite zodiac sign. Reigning through the night, the Moon holds the throne of the dark skies; under her gaze nothing remains hidden, all becomes revealed. Illuminating the duality of both zodiac signs involved, the Full Moon sheds light on hidden secrets and covert agendas, the energetic polarisation draws out the extremes necessary for the culmination of events.

The next Full Moon is also a Lunar Eclipse, which means that the shadow of the Earth extinguishes the light of the Moon for a period of time. It will not be visible in Europe or Africa, but will be seen to some degree across most of Australia, Asia and the US. More accurate details as to how much of the eclipse you will be able to see at your location can be by typing your location in at the following web page: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2022-november-8

We are currently in the middle of a two year period where the eclipse cycle is focussed on the fixed signs of Taurus and Scorpio, joined by the restless and unpredictable energy of Uranus, which remains in Taurus until the spring of 2026.

The transit of Uranus across the nodal axis and it’s participation in the eclipses has expressed itself through the collective in the form of civil unrest, much of it unreported by mainstream media and the spiralling situation in regard to energy supplies which is now a problem that is facing much of the world. Traditionally, eclipses were not fortunate events, and in ancient times were looked upon as portents of evil, or at the very least, danger. 

Looking at the astrology of the eclipse, the chart below is set on a 0 degrees Aries chart. The emphasis can clearly be seen between the opposing signs, with the Moon in close application to Uranus and on the other side, Mercury closely applying to the Sun along with Venus in her detriment and still suffering combustion. As the ruler of Taurus, Venus is the dispostor of this particular eclipse, her unfortunate condition only adding to the difficult energy of this event; the whole configuration is squared by Saturn, newly turned direct and strong in his own sign. T-Squares in fixed signs are notorious for challenging events, and anyone who has personal planets in the mid degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius is likely to be impacted by this event. 

I love to look at the ancient authors in a bid to gain alternative insights to my more modern understanding of astrology, images that are more closely rooted in the foundations of the practice. The Picatrix is a book of magic and astrology originally written in Arabic under the title Ghāyat al-Ḥakīm, probably in the middle of the 11th century. The Arabic title translates as The Aim of the Sage or The Goal of The Wise, though since its Latin translation in the 13th Century it has been commonly known as Picatrix. Within it is a section that refers to the decans or faces of the signs, each astrological sign containing three 10 degree decans and each decan having a particular symbol or image. 

In the Picatrix we find that the second face of Taurus is explained  by “ the image of a man whose body and face look like those of a camel, his nails similar to the hoof of a cow, wearing an old garment, interested in developing land and buildings, and using cows for planting and cultivation. This is the face of the Moon; it is a face of ability, honour, viceregency, destruction and the oppression of constituency”, while the second face of Scorpio shows “The image of a man riding on a camel and holding a Scorpion in his hand. This is the face of the Sun, and it indicates disgrace, scandal, tragedy and Anger.  

Taurus is a sign associated with the earth, with agriculture, the production of food, fecundity and with all those who are associated with such matters and it is interesting to note that the Taurus/Scorpio eclipse cycle has coincided with farmers demonstrating all over the world as plans are being put in place to limit the size of cattle herds. We also hear of the need to move away from traditional farming methods that have supported us since the dawn of time, towards more reliance on insects for food, with the establishment of factories to process protein derived from so called bugs. New Zealand is the latest country to see farmers come out in protest at restrictions on cattle farming, joining farmers across Europe and Asia who are kicking back against the restrictions being placed on their practices. 

The confrontation between the Picatrix images of a farmer wanting to use cows for cultivation and planting with a man on camelback holding a scorpion in his hand could hardly be more descriptive! 

In square to the eclipse is Saturn, domiciled in the air sign of Aquarius and described by the following lines as “The image of a tenacious man who looks like a powerful king emerges in its second face, and this is the face of Mercury. It portrays beauty, nobility, goodness, complete form, complete religion and manhood”.

Saturn here is found in the role of the ferryman, who masters the space between one shore and the other, in fact Ibn Ezra, one of the most distinguished philosophers of the Middle Ages, described this image as a bearded man, “possessed of purses that contain precious stones and gold”. From this we might imagine that there is some gain to be made from navigating between extremes and in fact Mercury, who is the ruler of this particular decan and giving us the root of the word merchant is close to the Sun and directly opposing Uranus.

Apart from the direct farming theme that I have already alluded to, the most obvious and direct manifestation of this dynamic would be the general food and energy shortages and the cost of living crisis which is affecting everyone on the planet. Taurus is all about resources, and with eclipses in Taurus along with Uranus, there has been a great deal of disruption in the supply of the earth’s  resources, along with the power struggles between faceless corporations that are battling for control in the background. It might be useful to remember that off to the side and not directly in the picture are entities that stand to make vast amounts of money, people who have no loyalty to either “side” and who grow rich on navigating the shores between one place and another. The polarisation that is highlighted when eclipses occur can turn into mutually poisonous situations from which there is no escape with both sides are as powerful as each other; there is none so determined as the middle decans of the fixed signs, which plays directly into the hands of those with the detachment and foresight to exploit these situations for their own profit and power. 

Eclipses seem to be strongest when they are visible, they happen “above the earth” and this has already been proved dramatically with the attempted assasination on November 3rd of Pakistans former Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was speaking at a large rally in Wazirabad, close to his birth place of Lahore as part of his “Long March” campaign to regain his seat. At around 4.21pm in the afternoon, gunmen opened fire, injuring Khan and a number of his supporters.

We only have a noon chart for Khan, but the transits are very clear. His natal Moon Venus opposition is in Taurus/Scorpio, so is being strongly impacted by the last Solar Eclipse at the end of October and the coming Lunar Eclipse. Transiting Mars is in a partile opposition to his natal Mars and the coming lunar eclipse, with the Uranus Moon conjunction, is close to his natal Jupiter. Saturn, which squares the coming eclipse degrees is also conjunct his natal south node.

It is interesting to note that his Natal Jupiter is also conjunct the Ascendant of the national chart for Pakistan, and opposing it’s natal Jupiter (Source Nicholas Campion). The upcoming eclipse is strongly affecting the national chart, squaring the Leo Stellium, with weight added by Saturn opposing the stellium and it seems likely that this event will have further repercussions across the nation.

In the tri-wheel below, the national chart of Pakistan is in the center, with Imran Khans natal positions in the middle, and the event transits on the outside.

On a more personal level, the Taurus Full Moon in the autumn, provides an excellent focal point for revisiting any issues regarding one’s personal addictions and to recognise the emotional voids that we yearn to fill with them. Whether these take the form of physical, spiritual, intellectual or emotional dependencies, the time is ripe Take this opportunity to get fresh insight to your own situation, the dynamics involved and how others, or other parts of yourself, may be profiting from your pain and use this knowledge to free yourself just that little bit more.

The current Taurus Scorpio eclipse series continues until October 2023, so it seems likely that the general theme of our resources versus the resources of others, personal wealth versus debt and issues regarding control or loss of it, will be very much in the air until this time next year.

Full Moon Blessings to you all, and may The Goddess watch over you. 

Header Image by RENE RAUSCHENBERGER from Pixabay

Full Moon Blessing
In the glory of my fullness, I speak to you, revealing the truth as I see it at this moment. There are no secrets here, for if you are brave enough to look, all will be declared. Now it is time to turn away from all that is no longer fulfilling for you. I empower you to live your authentic self, to be unashamed of your fullness, to embrace your own power, to proclaim your true self, without fear. In Taurus-I Possess: The strength and fertility of the budding earth; I am the song of love, the sensuality of life itself. Taste me, touch me, take me, yield to me, and give yourself up to my creative and passionate desires. Through me experience the Goddess of love, the love of life, the love of the earth, and all that clothes her. 


Joanna Grant is an astrologer of some 30 years and gained her Diploma at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in 2012. Weaving her knowledge of the stars together with intuitive tarot techniques, she crafts highly personalised guidance for clients who are often navigating difficult life transitions. Lately, she has been very excited to breathe new life into her astrological practice through her study of Horary, where the traditional techniques of the ancients have helped her to interpret her knowledge in a whole new way. Having recently completed the STA Advanced Level Horary Diploma, she feels that in an uncertain world, the integrity of this tradition is an essential tool in giving clients the guidance they seek.

You can read more about her here.

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