Monday 29th October brings this year’s Taurus full moon at 7˚ Taurus. As it is in Taurus it falls opposite Scorpio, the sign which has seen so much action over the past weeks. Scorpio digs deep and wants to understand the motives that lie behind people’s actions, the sign of the underworld that Persephone is abducted to. Taurus is the sign of the upper world, the ground beneath our feet, the spring that comes as Persephone returns to her mother – it is the sign that balances Scorpio – not so much its opposite as its complement. In terms of the full moon symbolism it brings a picture of how a journey into the depths that Scorpio indicates is followed by an opportunity to come into the light, to walk the surface of the world rather than stay in the depths of the underworld. Of course this is also the Hallowe’en full moon when old tales tell of the dead being allowed to walk on the earth – it is no accident that Hallowe’en is celebrated in the month that sees the Taurus full moon.
So this moon represents an opportunity to see things which are normally hidden, to understand hidden motives and to bring them into the open and to understand the subtle balance between inner and outer and the cycle of the seasons and how these affect us and our moods.
The theme of plumbing the depths in order to bring things to the surface is repeated in the Sabian symbols – we have the Sun at 7˚ Scorpio:
(SCORPIO 7°): DEEP-SEA DIVERS.
KEYNOTE: The will to explore the hidden depths of all experiences and to search for primordial causes.
This symbol essentially refers to depth psychology — a coming to terms with the collective Unconscious and its contents. This type of depth-plumbing adventure is basically different from the one symbolized by the gold rush, for it can take place within the individual and with no relation to social value. It refers symbolically to a quest for “under-standing” — i.e. for what lies under the surface waves of daily living. This quest may lead to great dangers. It demands a strong will and good breathing — i.e. a degree of spiritual strength. It usually challenges powers hidden in the depths of the unconscious.
The inward quest opposes the outward search for the great social symbol, gold. It should lead to a DEPTH REALIZATION of the very roots of consciousness.
Whilst the Moon, bringing things to the open has 7˚ Taurus:
(TAURUS 7°): THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA AT THE ANCESTRAL WELL.
KEYNOTE: The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future.
The symbol refers to a most important, but usually narrowly interpreted (or interpreted away!) episode of the Christmythos. Early in his ministry, Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at an ancestral well. This woman belongs to a tribe despised by the Jews; moreover, she is unmarried and therefore on the fringe of even her own society. It is to just that kind of woman that Jesus reveals that he is the Messiah: “I am He,” a revelation that he apparently will not bestow even upon his disciples, at least not in words. (Words in occultism are the creative factor.)
What does this mean? Jesus, as the Avatar incorporating the Christ-Impulse, came to replace the old tribal order with a new order based on universal Love. It is not to representatives of, or even to men still attached to, the old order that Jesus could reveal his spiritual, evolutionary and society-transforming status; they had instead to reach a point where they could discover his avatar-ship – as did Peter just before the Transfiguration scene. But to the woman of Samaria – who, in her openness to love’s urgings, had already repudiated any narrow subservience to the old order – Jesus could reveal his function. The highest meets the lowest when this lowest is free from traditional bonds and open to love. The creative future descends first to that which has become chaos. An old order is never open to a new Revelation until it has accepted disorder in the name of that Power which subsumes all forms of order, i.e. Love.
In this second stage of the five-fold sequence, a contrasting element enters upon the scene. It is no longer a collective-cultural effort based on past knowledge, but a “meeting” that introduces into the collective situation a totally new factor which transcends it. A NEW QUALITY OF BEING is revealed which renders the old patterns obsolete.
All in all the message of this full moon is about being unafraid to see what is hidden in our lives and our motives, to bring them to our conscious awareness and explore how they are pointing us towards a more creative and fulfilled future. As with the spectres and ghouls of Hallowe’en and the day of the Dead this might seem scary at first – and indeed the light of the full moon isn’t the bright, clarifying light of the Sun, it’s reflective and odd and can give rise to strange dreams and uncomfortable feeling – but it is also the light which brings inspiration and intuition, it is up to us and how we manage to recognise and deal with our fears and shortcomings that will help to decide whether this moon brings tricks or treats.