This full moon is at 11.58 Taurus at 1:22 AM on Saturday, November 4th.
It's Scorpio time and the season of Samhain, traditionally the last harvest before winter arrives. Astrologically, Samhain is the day the sun reaches 15 degrees Scorpio, when "the veils between the worlds are thin," i.e. magic and insight and the unseen are more accessible. So if you're hardcore, you can plan to be awake at 12:37 AM (EST) on November 7th when the sun hits 15 Scorpio this year to do some divination. However, because Samhain is traditionally recognized on October 31st, or October 31st through November 2nd, or the new or full moon around this time, or when the sun hits 15 Scorpio...it's a season, not a day, really. And we have our full moon for this season at 11 degrees of Taurus.
Taurus is a sign for food, nourishment, farmers, and the celebration of the real. A Taurus moon in the last harvest season is a wonderful time to "harvest" what you've accomplished since this time last year. Look back on old journal entries, photographs, calendars, and memories from last fall. What has changed since then? What material things have you grown for yourself? What immaterial insights, convictions, relationships, and goals have you reached since then?
This could bring back bittersweet memories, since we're coming up on the one-year anniversary of Drumpf's election. When I look back on that time, though, I see what I've been able to grow in my own life out of that giant pile of manure. November of last year was the last time I worked as a temp for extra money. Along with my exhaustion and political overwhelm came an increased resolve to make it as a newly self-employed person. I joined a local feminist group, reigniting my activist passions with real ties to other women, and I'm still actively involved. My husband and I gained a deeper level of commitment in our relationship and a bigger family through our marriage. I have, on a very material level, more work, more financial security, and more friends than I did last November. And (harvest it!) the world has not yet ended.
This moon is opposite Jupiter, indicating blessings, and sextile Neptune, the planet of dreams. It's a very nice time to gather with friends and family. It's quite literally a moon for counting your blessings. Since Neptune represents dreams and Taurus represents manifestation into reality, it's a time for both recognizing what you have manifested, and dreaming of future harvests. You can harvest on a smaller scale, too. What came up for you at the new moon in Libra on October 19th? This moon carries echoes of that one, with Venus, the ruler of Taurus and Libra, directly opposite Uranus. You can harvest the insights of the last two weeks. If something is not working, let it die and go back to seed, fertilizing the ground for more growth.
The harvest is important, as my coach reminded me this week. Shoutout to Liz Wieking: if anyone is looking for a coach to consult for a life transition, she's the lady to call! I'm coming up on three months working with her, and the changes I've made in such a short time feel miraculous. Recognizing what has changed is an important part of growth. You make the shift consciously. By taking the time to celebrate what you have grown, you recognize that growth is a process. You can harvest what is ripe and bite into the juicy goodness and know that you grew it in your very own garden.