This is where things start getting interesting. Here in the final run-up to the critical midterm elections in the United States, we come across a Full Moon that carries all the signatures of an “October Surprise,” in that a volatile and unpredictable Venus-Uranus opposition will be directly joined to the Full Moon on Wednesday.
With Venus retrograde nearing its conjunction with the Sun in Scorpio, we’re seeing the beginning of a shift in tastes in values even as this pair sits opposite the Moon and Uranus in Taurus where an element of surprise zaps us out of any sense of boredom or complacency. There is an impulsive, erratic quality to the Moon-Uranus conjunction, and located at the base of the Full Moon chart, suggests some form of trickery at work as well. Such a polarity suggests unforeseen circumstances that could influence how people make decisions based on their values, finances and relationships.
Complicating the picture, we also see the Taurus Full Moon forming a potent Grand Cross configuration with the Moon’s Nodal Axis, a potentially fateful combination that shows a confluence of the past and future with the here and now. This might also point to a change in allegiances and loyalties as well as the weight of past actions and their consequences in terms of public perceptions. The configuration takes place along the fixed points of the zodiac (Taurus, Scorpio, Aquarius, Leo), suggesting some form of disruption as the fixed signs tend to be resistant and not particularly fond of change and therefore, often need to be forced into doing so.
Fortunately, there are a few stabilizing signatures in this picture involving Venus and Sun in sextile aspect with Saturn (rising in the Full Moon chart), suggesting a state of grace, maturity and sober assessment. This will be important, particularly considering a strong impulse to throw things out the window without a backward glance. The downside of Saturn in such a prominent position is that the status-quo and business-as-usual crowd of plutocratic politics are likely to remain a dominant feature at this critical time as well.
On a personal scale of expression, the Full Moon is likely to have the greatest impact on our finances and personal values as the Taurus/Scorpio polarity involves personal as well as shared resources in the way of assets and debts. This could involve unexpected or surprising changes in fortune, but whether such changes will be considered positive or negative in nature rests completely with our own intentions and choices.
Another possibility resides in the realm of love, romance and sexuality with sudden attractions or a sense of restlessness and acute dissatisfaction with current relations, resulting in unexpected breaks. No matter where you stand in light of these possibilities, bear in mind that with Venus retrograde until Nov. 16, you’re likely to find yourself with a change of heart down the road. Therefore, act with a greater sense of caution and compassion moving forward.
The Taurus-Scorpio Full Moon will become exact on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 12:45 pm (Eastern), illuminating the first degrees of these signs (01Tau/Sco13). The key Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are as follows:
Moon: (TAURUS 2°): AN ELECTRICAL STORM.
KEYNOTE: The cosmic power able to transform all the implications of natural existence.This is a stage of existence in which "revelation" is implied, at least as a potentiality. The consciousness may be deeply disturbed by THE VISITATION, but the substance of the individual being can be fecundated by the experience.
Sun: (SCORPIO 2°): A DELICATE BOTTLE OF PERFUME LIES BROKEN, RELEASING ITS FRAGRANCE.
KEYNOTE: The accidental nature of opportunities that impel one to break away from a past, the remembrance of which is still poignant and cherished. To the excitement of novelty answers the memory of the graciousness of the past one has SURRENDERED.
Lunar Gardening Report
All day Sunday is favorable for anything involving planting, repotting, transplanting, germinating or fertilizing, particularly with marine-based nutrients under the auspices of the Pisces Moon. Activities then shift to weeding, raking, cutting, clearing, and pest control once the Moon occupies Aries on Monday through late-morning Wednesday. Although the Moon will be in fertile Taurus on Wednesday, the fact that the Moon will be in its Full Phase nixes the opportunity for planting due to the strong fluctuations in the Earth’s EMF. Better to wait for Thursday through mid-afternoon Friday to put stuff in the ground or apply fertilizer. With the Moon entering agriculturally-sterile sign of Gemini at 3:41 pm Friday through Sunday, it would be better to leave your garden to its own devices and maybe pick up a rake instead.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Daylight/-0400UTC)
Sunday, Oct. 21: The waxing Pisces Moon hosts a very quiet Sunday with an emphasis on a more receptive and reflected state of mind, ideal for meditation or a quiet walk in the woods. This theme appears to grow more expansive after sunset, ideal for good dinner company as well as games, movies or concerts.
Monday, Oct. 22: A more active pattern appears at the start of the workweek with the Moon now moving through Aries on this last full day of solar Libra. Late morning blockages and irritations are possible while you might find it true that you can’t always get what you want in the early afternoon. This gives way to a deep dive into the mental realms with an emphasis on study, research, investigation and tight, left-brain focus (Mercury sextile Pluto).
Tuesday, Oct. 23: The Sun says farewell to Libra as it crosses the cusp into the emotionally-intense sign of Scorpio this morning at 7:22 am where the overall focus will be on matters pertaining to shared resources, debts, gut feelings, reactions and sexuality for the coming month. Power-plays are possible in the early afternoon while we need to be alert to the Moon going void-of-course in Aries at 2:18 pm until 10:30 am tomorrow; be mindful of what you agree to during that 20-hour window. Unexpected developments and a sense of growing restlessness or rebellion are possible this evening (Sun opposed Uranus) suggesting a precursor event to tomorrow’s Taurus Full Moon.
Wednesday, Oct. 24: Be mindful of what you decide or agree to before 10:30 am due to the Aries Moon VOC until that time as there is nothing to move the impulse forward. Matters concerning love, sex and money could come under close scrutiny during the morning hours (Venus retro sextile Saturn) which might be a good thing in the face of any sudden increase in volatility ahead of the main event. The Full Moon becomes exact at 12:45 pm, illuminating the first degrees of Taurus and Scorpio (01Tau/Sco13), which also fall on Venus in Scorpio opposite Uranus in Taurus. This would suggest unexpected developments, revelations and changes in fortune which are likely to reverberate for weeks to come with a special emphasis on the upcoming midterm election. There might also be a fated quality to whatever unfolds as this Full Moon squares the Moon’s Nodal Axis, forming a Fixed Grand Cross configuration, indicating a doubling-down or digging-in. Whatever immediately unfolds at the surface is likely to persist well into the evening hours.
Thursday, Oct. 25: Yesterday’s Full Moon energy continues to find expression throughout the day, overruling any rose-colored glass responses during the morning hours. Irritations, frustrations, aggravations or outright rage are possible shortly before sunset with little to defuse the charge going forward. This would be a good time to use the Taurus Moon’s ability to ground and center ourselves in the face of a spike in collective ire.
Friday, Oct. 26: We continue to ground ourselves in practical applications while the Moon remains in Taurus for a good portion of the day. We also reach the midpoint of Venus’ retrograde period as her orbit brings her between the Earth and the Sun to form an inferior conjunction (Earth-Venus-Sun) with a more willful approach to matters involving relationships, partnerships, sexuality and values. Things grow a bit more animated once the Moon enters Gemini at 3:41 pm with news, information and an over-the-top chatter-factor taking our breath away.
Saturday, Oct. 27: A busy day is indicated in the way of short-journeys, errands, calls, emails, texts, breaking news and a host of incidentals dominating the proceedings under the auspices of the Gemini Moon. A mid-afternoon lunar aspect would suggest misunderstandings, misinformation or outright deception while another, more sober alignment takes place tonight to set the record straight for anyone willing to acknowledge it (Sun sextile Saturn). Even so, the Gemini Moon can still interject a lighter, more playful and energetic tone, boding well for costume parties and other social gatherings.
Copyright 2018 Gary Paul Glynn