it was the kind of moon
that I would want to
send back to my ancestors
and gift to my descendants
so they know that I too,
have been bruised…by beauty.
Sanober Khan, Turquoise Silence
For the second time in just a little over a month, the Wheel of Fortune comes calling for us again. And as it did before, it arrives all energized by a pending Sabbat.
If you want a more in-depth analysis, particularly of the symbology of The Wheel, you can refer back here.
But I intend to keep today’s post less didactic than that, instead focusing on what it might mean and how it may be in play during this magical week.
For this is indeed the week of the annual Taurus Full Moon – the Hunter’s Moon (among other beautiful, age-old descriptions).
And of course, this is the final week before Samhain, the ancient, most solemn Celtic holiday that marks the end of the year. During this turning time, the Wheel of the Year has come full circle, from the twilight and darkness of last Winter’s beginnings, through the renewal and hopes of Spring, to the full bloom of Summer.
The Wheel of Fortune last turned up at Mabon, the second harvest festival. But now we have reached the third and last harvest and the final proving of this year’s intentions, dreams, and labors.
The Ebb and the Flow
During this time, we mark the thinning of the veil between the living and the Beloved Dead. Our ancestors draw near to us, reminding us that all things must pass.
Thus the Wheel of Fortune acts as a way-shower regarding the single constancy in this life: eternal, perpetual change.
But this process of change is not random or chaotic (though it is also true that to our human eyes, we may experience much of its mystery that way).
As the Wheel of Fortune indicates, there is an ebb and flow to the nature of all that lives; what is up will eventually be down; what has been shadowed will come around into the dawning light. Fortunes rise and fall, and there is a greater order to things than we may perceive when seen in the context of linear time.
Life succumbs eventually to death, only to transform and be reborn. Seasons fade, and new winds blow. Round and round the Wheel turns.
The Scorpio-Taurus Lunar Polarity
On Tuesday, the Sun moves into the sign of Scorpio. That means that Wednesday’s Full Moon will be in Taurus, which is on the opposite side of the zodiac from Scorpio.
So on the one hand, we feel the Scorpion’s moody fascination with the power of shadowy secrets, underground depths, and even death. And, as Elisabeth Grace has frequently pointed out, a big need to be in control.
But Taurus is quite different, with its easy-going, sensuous joie de vivre. Both signs are apt representatives of the Sabbats they encompass: Samhain, in the sign of Scorpio, and Beltane in Taurus.
Annie Heese writes of this Scorpio-Taurus dynamic:
Full Moons always pit opposite signs of the zodiac against each other but also invite us to work to achieve a balance between the opposing energies.
The contrast between earthy, practical, peace-loving Taurus and emotional, transformative, crisis-oriented Scorpio comes full bloom [on this Full Moon].
The Moon in Taurus wants us to find emotional fulfillment through the simple, tangible things in life, while the Scorpio Sun draws our attention to complexities, intangibles, and mysteries.
The Full Moon illuminates this conflict between form (Taurus) and transformation (Scorpio), and between collecting (Taurus) and sharing (Scorpio). This is a passionate and creative Full Moon, ripe with possibilities and learning experiences.
Intimate relationship matters, such as personal comfort levels and values as well as sexuality, figure prominently now. The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon. It is an emotional time—a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships.
The Sun aligns with retrograde Venus and the Moon with Uranus around the time of the Full Moon, and there can be a strong urge, or need, to break free from old patterns in our relationships. Our feelings about a lingering problem or matter can become very clear now.
Our card certainly resonates with the astrology of this time. Power ripples throughout, for as above, so below.
What patterns are you ready to discard? What final harvest for this magickal year are you now gathering in?
Your life is a gift from your ancestors. As countless wisdom traditions emphasize, you are the embodiment of the dreams of your Old Ones. And what you do with this precious life you are loaned is your gift to those who come after.
In recognition of your place on the Wheel, what choices shall you now make?
Regardless of politics, media stories, or even our own current emotional temperature, humanity is now well into the Great Turning. Deep in our hearts, everyone reading this knows we are at the end of an Age, and, painful setbacks notwithstanding, we are in labor to bring forth the birth a new aeon for our species.
What do you feel you must release now, and what arrival will you aid? Things may be very much up in the air, but your ability to adjust to the forces of change will be essential for positive outcomes.
The most important component is flexibility, and to fully engage with what is, rather than what is no more. Finding the still center of this mighty Wheel, we can align with the Great Good that is the grace and the gift of life.
With this powerful Moon and the blessings of the Tarot, may our hearts and destiny be touched by gifts of beauty that reach across the ages.