On Sunday just gone I was swept up for a surprise meal out – a thoughtful thank you gift. When the taxi pulled up, I still had no idea where we were going until he pointed to the sign above the takeaway which featured an outline of a horse. It was a Portuguese restaurant ‘Lusitano‘, a little slice of Lisbon in the centre of Manchester that I never knew about – heaven!
And of course heaven for two Taureans who like their food 😀
The lilt of Portuguese music, the rich colours of the décor, the texture of new and familiar food in my mouth, wrapping my tongue around foreign words that taste like love, picking at appetizers, licking my fingers, savouring the sweetness of Licor de Beirão, listening to the sound of European Portuguese – the swallowed vowels and the soft shhhh at the end of sentences that make it seem like the endless sea the ancestors navigated has filtered into the soul of the language itself. These are Taurus experiences.
Taurus, as the first of the Earth signs, is associated with basic survival needs – food, shelter, warmth, love. These are the things that make us feel safe and secure. Taurus holds on to these things, knowing that it needs them in order to survive. “Mine!” says the Taurus in every child.
Taurus is also about LIFE as opposed to its opposite sign Scorpio which is connected to death. In the Northern Hemisphere, Taurus connects to the festival of Beltane, late Spring with heady perfume of flowers, love and delight. It revels in blossom and the knowledge of what will fruit after hard labour. But part of the Taurus love of life is its underlying knowledge of death.
And so, at this lunation, the Sun sits in Scorpio, the Moon in Taurus and you are drawn to those physical things that you can taste, touch, see, hear and smell. It stirs the senses, confirming that you are indeed ALIVE.
The Moon, needing security and nourishment, is exalted in Taurus, extra comfortable.
Full Moon in Taurus November 2014 – Chart
This lunation sees a trine to Pluto, giving an extra helping of intense earthiness to the mix. Stick with the practical, the tangible in order to find your power. Ruler of this Full Moon, Venus is still in Scorpio so isn’t quite comfortable here. A square to Jupiter may tempt Venus to pull the covers up and pretend it’s all good and there’s nothing to worry her pretty little head about. Maybe you just don’t want to shift out of your comfort zone but sometimes you have to in order to allow for new growth. Sometimes you have to change in order to deal with changing circumstances. But Taurus doesn’t like change at all. It’s inclined to dig its hooves in the mud at the very thought. A healing sextile to Chiron however allows you to recognise that sometimes it’s a case of no pain, no gain.
The Sabian symbol of this Full Moon is :-
Head Covered With A Rakish Silk Hat, Muffled Against The Cold, A Man Braves A Storm
The keyword that Dane Rudhyar gives this symbol is ‘Character’.
Silk is not the most practical of hats to wear in a storm but there’s a sense that this is about ploughing on regardless. Character here is defined by facing adversity with flair. And why is the man braving the storm? It makes me think that there’s a reason. It’s got to be worth it.
Taurus is linked to the concept of worth – both self worth and material value. At this time of year, it can be useful to do a stock check of your life. What do you value? How is your bank balance looking? Does it reflect your own measure of self-worth? What do you want to preserve? What needs to be released? Venus in Scorpio might love it, but is it really giving you a return on your investment? It could be material, it could be emotional. Either way, questions are raised on whether you would be willing to brave a storm to rescue it.
Take your time. Taurus likes to move slowly and savour the experience. It’s about appreciating every moment of life in order to be able to accept the inevitability of death. Be patient with others, with yourself. Make your moves deliberate and considered. Indulge your senses and know that you have the staying power to survive whatever comes next.