The Moon is approaching fullness, and a Full Moon means that there’s an opposition between cosmic forces that create physical form. A New Moon represents a seed of karma planted in the collective consciousness, seeking expression from within ourselves out into the world. A Full Moon represents the external flowering of that seed of karma, seeking harvest and integration from environment back into consciousness. The point of everything in Vedic science is to align with nature, to merge the microcosm with the macrocosm. As above, so below.
This cycle began in Vishaka Libra, which represents a “fork in the road”, where a choice needs to be made. Up until this point in the zodiac journey, we’ve felt like each obstacle in our path was an opportunity to develop something personally (or interpersonally); to get stronger physically, emotionally, or mentally, to be a better communicator, to be more confident, and to have greater compassion for others. Whatever the problem, the solution has always involved some kind of addition. Vishaka represents a completely different kind of fork in the road. Sometimes life throws us into a situation with no possibility to honor every string that’s pulling on our heart: first and foremost is the string of our physical body and it’s safety, which is referred to as the guna (strand or quality) of “tamas” in Samkhya philosophy. Secondarily is the string of our emotional mind and its desires with other people, which is referred to as the guna of “rajas”. When either one of these two strings are being pulled, we’re hard wired as animals to respond with our personal “willpower” and gather resources to ease the tension in these strings. The Bhagavad Gita is a story about this type of fork in the road, but it also describes what makes human beings unique in the animal kingdom; the ability to transcend our primal, animal needs and gain access to the world of spirit. This isn’t a path of addition, it’s a path of subtraction.
The Sun is now in Scorpio, where it illuminates our compulsive need to “get rid of”, “push away from”, or “sever our relationship to” something, because of how it’s making us feel in the moment. But let’s get back to the Full Moon and its location in the sign of Taurus, an earth sign that originates from the energy of Venus. This is an environment that craves stability and seeks permanence in a world of constant fluctuation. When the Moon is in Taurus, it wants us to “hang in there”, giving time an opportunity to heal our pain and remove life’s obstacles. Did you try a few deep breaths? A cup of tea? A nap or a good night’s rest? Sometimes the best solution is found with a little pause. Not every problem requires an immediate intervention. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says to Arjuna, “Dear Arjuna, understand that I am the all-powerful entity known as Time, which destroys all beings in this universe. Even without the help of your actions, all of these warriors standing before Me in the opposing armies shall cease to live!” Many times, especially when our safety and/or sense of belonging is compromised, decisions are made from a feeling of lack; a seed that cannot grow into the fruit of abundance.
The Full Moon will appear in a section of the sky called “Rohini”, which means generating or growing. It’s located near the Alpha Star in the Taurus constellation (Aldebaran), which is governed by the Vedic deity, “Prajapati” (later known as Brahma) creator of all things living and organic. – see what I did there, leading into this paragraph with a sentence about seeds and fruits? 😉 Rohini was Prajapati’s most beautiful, charming, and easygoing creation; his favorite mind-born daughter. This Full Moon is asking us to harmonize our fixation on “doing the work”, with an easy acceptance with what is, as it is. It’s Thanksgiving week here in the USA, but the entire cosmos is asking us to focus on the resources that are already available, accessible, and abundant within ourselves. The grass is always greener where it gets watered, so if we can bring our animal mind under control, seeing that our basic needs are already being met (if you’re reading this, they ARE being met), then we can operate from a more solid foundation, making choices and planting seeds that originated from “enough”, which has the opportunity to grow into the fruit of abundance. One of my favorite quotes is, “no amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance”, and THAT is the essence of what this Full Moon is requiring of us.
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