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December 12, 2019 — The Taurus Full Moon arrives on Tuesday at 8:34am Eastern Time, conjunct Vesta, asteroid of sacred sexuality. Falling in sensual Taurus, this Full Moon is helping us to ground, seek pleasure, and steady our paces as we continue the deep work of Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, who has been pulling us into our deepest shadows.

Via Ethereal Culture.

Now, the Scorpio Sun is conjunct Mercury retrograde while opposite the Taurus Moon. We’re experiencing the powerful tension between all that is complicated and all that is simple—the intricacies of our psychology grounding into the mere act of touching Earth.

The myth associated with Taurus is Persephone rising from the underworld, having faced her shadows. She tames Cerus, the wild Bull, and together they set the flowers in bloom. Because she has met her fears, she is able to be fully present with the pleasures of Spring, relishing in the beauty of the world.

Like Persephone, we can come back from our deep plunges into shame, trauma, and gloom. We can make time for ourselves to exit the bustle and drama of our lives and enjoy the richness and abundance that’s ever-present, no matter how much or how little we have.

How blue is the sky? How bright the Moon?
Does the cold air remind us of our awakeness? The warm Sun of our expansive hearts?

Mercury, though tiny by comparison, eclipses the Sun just before this Full Moon, in a rare transit that is helping to improve our communication, and also brings us important messages of truth. Now is the time to trust ourselves more, opening to the deeper truths that lie in our bodies, rather than the chatter of our minds.

Meanwhile, we’ve just recovered from Mars squaring Pluto, which exaggerating our passions and anger. Now, with Mercury retrograde trining Neptune, we’re finding gentler ways to communicate, even within ourselves. We’ve become more authentic and confrontational, yet also kinder, simpler, and more forgiving. The planets are helping us work through all sorts of fragility, becoming more honest with ourselves and others—owning our mistakes while understanding that we’re all basically good.

What more powerful work could we do in order to grow into greater maturation in our relationships? This personal work is ultimately leading to great change in the world—each of us adding droplets of awakening to an ocean of collective change.

As we do our parts in bringing about a major collective shift, we can remember again and again how much we love the world—how much we enjoy and appreciate our bodies and this beautiful planet. We can seek touch, warmth, and comforting foods as we continue to shed old skin, walk through the fires, rise from the ashes, and blaze our trails toward our fearless awakening.

On this Taurus Full Moon, may we slow down and embrace our pleasure. May we find the courage to face our depths, then return to our senses, luxuriating in our bodies and the magic of our precious Earth.

Read more of Juliana’s wisdom here, and check out her Astro-Herbal Calendar for Fall here!

Juliana McCarthy

For more than twenty years, Juliana McCarthy has been studying and practicing Western Astrology, finding it to be a powerful tool for self-exploration and examining how we relate to others. She loves working with people to help them understand their authentic selves—their complexities, gifts, karma, and life paths. In particular, she finds Astrology to be helpful for major transitions, unexpected life changes, and for better understanding relationships—romantic and otherwise. Juliana also practices Energy Healing, using a blend of Reiki and shamanic methods. She helps facilitate powerful breakthroughs by clearing blockages around physical, spiritual, relationship, and emotional difficulties. A longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, she's an avid meditator and spiritual practitioner.

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