The Full Moon arrives at 8 degrees Taurus on October 31st at 10.49 am ET / 3.49 pm CET. This Full Moon is exactly conjunct Uranus, also at 8 degrees Taurus. This Full Moon is a major astrological event. At least for some individuals (yours truly is one of them), depending on your personal chart. Even if this Full Moon is not major for you personally, it’s still a major one for the human collective. And there’s some interesting archetypal meaning to be found in this celestial event. This article is a long one. I wanted to explore the archetypal astrology of this Full Moon and share it with you. Be ready for stories of powerful women. The stories of the very first women, our ancestors, our Mothers.
Before I go on to the storytelling, here’s how you can delineate if this Full Moon is a big one for your personally. If you have the Sun, Moon or ascendant or ascendant’s ruler between 6-10 degrees Taurus, this is a big and impactful Full Moon for you! You are about to break free from chains. Your soul is breaking free. It’s a process. It has already begun, actually. It started two years ago. It will continue. But this Full Moon is a major moment in that process. This also goes to a bit lesser but still major enough extent if you have the ascendant at any other degree in Taurus. To somewhat lesser extent, but still impactful, this also goes for the ones with the Sun, Moon, ascendant and/or ascendant’s ruler at 6-10 degrees Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius and the ones with the midheaven, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn between 6-8 degrees of any of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius). Some part of you, small or big, is about to break free from chains. It’s a process, it doesn’t happen overnight, but this Full Moon is a moment to mark in that process.
The Moon Goddess in Taurus conjunct Uranus
The Full Moon is in Taurus. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, which means she’s honored. The Moon is strong in Taurus. The Goddess can do her work in Taurus, supported by the cool earth surroundings of Venus her home. Venus, at the moment, is in her other home Libra. Which means that the ruler of the Full Moon is also strong and well equipped. In Libra, Venus is approaching an opposition with Mars and a square with Saturn and Pluto. However, Venus is still guarded (but not for long anymore) by Chiron and Jupiter. Chiron offers Venus a bit protection from Mars, Jupiter offers Venus protection from Saturn and Pluto. So, at the moment that the Full Moon arrives, her ruler Venus is still quite strong and safe. She’s impacted by Mars, Saturn and Pluto, but the offered protection leaves her powerful and quite safe. In other words: this is a Full Moon with a lot of divine feminine strength! The Full Moon is the exalted Moon Goddess, Selene, supported by the Goddess of Love Aphrodite. And unlike the New Moon from two weeks ago, this Full Moon is surrounded by challenging astrology but much less impacted by it. In other words: the potency of this Full Moon is (not completely but almost) unbothered by malefic energy. There’s powerful energy waiting to be channeled. However, there’s one but or and.
The but/and: this Full Moon is conjunct Uranus. Uranus is the outer planet that brings revolution, change, sudden events, upheavel and breakthroughs. On the exact moment that the Moon is Full, she’s exactly aligned with Uranus. Which means the Full Moon is infused with the energy of Uranus. Which means that this Full Moon comes with anything from sudden unexpected events to revolutions and breakthroughs. The energy of Uranus can’t be captured or predicted. Taurus is the most stable sign of the zodiac, stubbornly resistant to change. The Moon, known to have her ups and downs, is emotionally secure in Taurus. Uranus however, brings anything but stability. Uranus wants to break the status quo.
So, let’s talk a bit about Uranus. The planet Uranus is, considering archetypal qualities, related to the Greek God Prometheus. Prometheus is an important figure in the birth and history of mankind. I’m giving you a short simplified version of the story: The Greek Gods at Olympus one day created men. Mankind at that moment consistent only of males. Mankind lived on Earth and mankind was at peace with one another, but mankind was also miserable and dependent on the mood swings of the Gods. At Olympus burned a sacred fire. The fire of the Gods. This fire holds wisdom. Prometheus was fond of mankind. Humans were ignorant and living under the ruling of the Gods. A situation not much different from Adam in the Garden of Eden, maybe just less blissful. Prometheus felt like humankind would do better if the men had wisdom and crafts. So he stole the fire from the Gods and gave it to mankind. In many ways, fire symbolizes wisdom and craftsmanship. It’s because of the discovery of fire that humankind was able to remain alive in cold climates, to cook food, to keep himself nourished and to protect himself from wild animals. Humans got together around fires. Fire supported storytelling. Which supported the development of language and knowledge. Because the humans received the gift of fire, from Prometheus, they were no longer the naïve children of the Greek Gods. Humankind gained divine power by receiving the fire of the Gods. Humans finally could take care of themselves. Zeus, Father of the Gods and Lord at Olympus, was pissed at Prometheus and the humans. What follows is the story of Pandora, which I will share with you. But first, let’s talk a bit more about Prometheus his role in astrology.
We see the Prometheus archetype reflected in the planet Uranus. Prometheus broke the status quo. Prometheus wanted humankind to be able to revolutionize, to gain wisdom, to break free from the entrapment of the Gods. Whenever Uranus is strongly present in a celestial event or in a transit in a personal chart, we see these sudden changes or revolutions taking place. This can happen globally (when Uranus was discovered we saw the sudden rise of feminism; there was a Uranus transit with the fall of the Berlin wall; and there are many more examples) or it can happen individually by means of an inner revolution, changing life events or the breaking free of whatever is holding that person back. Uranus uproots. That’s often uncomfortable. Especially while Uranus is in Taurus, because Taurus is the most stable sign of the zodiac that doesn’t really like change. People with major Taurus placements (the ascendant, ascendant’s ruler, Sun and/or Moon) are going through big changes in the period 2018-2026. These people are offered the chance to revolutionize themselves. Change often is a difficult and painful process. We need to remind ourselves that Uranus, more specifically Prometheus, wants to revolutionize. Prometheus wanted to break the humans free from the chains of the Gods. Prometheus gifted the humans knowledge and craftmanship. He gave freedom and wisdom. He brought revolution.
Pandora, the first woman in Greek mythology
Like I mentioned, the story of Pandora follows on that of Prometheus. I’m sharing this story not just because I love mythology and storytelling. The story of Pandora is as connected to this Full Moon as the story of Prometheus is. So, let me share with you the story of Pandora. I’m sharing the story with you as told by Hesiod, an ancient Greek poet. I’ve shared that Prometheus gave the fire of the Gods to humankind, to break them free from the chains of the Gods. You need to remember that humankind, at that point, consisted only of men. Zeus, the Lord at Olympus, was furious. He was furious at Prometheus and at humankind. This is where the story of Pandora begins:
Hesiod’s story runs as follows: “Son of Iapetos (Prometheus)”, quoth Zeus, “thou art wiser than all of us, thou rejoices that thou hast stolen fire and hast deceived me. This shall work harm unto thyself and unto men yet to be. For they shall receive from me, in retaliation for the theft of fire, an evil thing in which they will all rejoice, surrounding with love their own pain.” Thus spoke the Father of Gods and Men (Zeus), and laughed aloud. He bade Hephaistos straightway to mix earth and water, to set in it a voice and strength, and to create a desire awakening beautiful maiden, whose face should be like those of the immortal goddesses. Athene was ordered to teach her womanly crafts and weaving. Golden Aphrodite was ordered to encompass her head with the radiance of lovely charm and rending desires. Hermes had Zeus’s command to fill the figure with bitchy shamelessness and treachery. They all did as the ruler had bidden. The famed master craftsman fashioned from earth the likeness of a bashful maiden. Pallas Athene adorned it with girdle and raiment. The Charites and Petho set golden necklets upon it. The Horai wreathed the maiden with spring flowers. In her breast Hermes planted lies, flatteries and treachery. The Messenger of the Gods furthermore gave her a voice, and named the woman Pandora, since all the Olympians had created her as a gift, to the bane of men, eaters of bread.
When once the threatening wile, against which there is no defence, was made ready, the Father sent the glorious, swift Messenger, taking with him the gift of the gods, to Epimetheus (brother of Prometheus). This latter paid no heed to what Prometheus had once told him, that he should accept no gift from Zeus, but should send it back again, so that no evil for mortals should grow out of it. He took the gift, and only later perceived the evil. Formerly mankind had lived on earth without evil, without troubles or sicknesses such as bring death to men. Now the woman removed the lid from the great vessel, and caused it to overflow everywhere, to the sore grief of mankind. Only Epis, “Hope”, was left inside, in unbreakable captivity, beneath the rim of the vessel, and did not fly out. The woman clapped the lid down upon her – for such was the will of Zeus. The rest of the swarm, numberless and sorrow bringing, roams everywhere amongst mankind, the earth is full of evil, full of evil is the sea. Sicknesses visit men by day, uninvited they come by night – doomful and soundless, for Zeus, full of wise counsel, withheld speech from them. And all this means that there is no way of deceiving the insight of Zeus.
Such was the sequel to the story of the creation of woman, the sequel telling how the young creature, newly arrived in the world, in sheer curiosity removed the lid of a receptacle similar to the great earthenware jars in which to this day we keep oil and grain, and how she thus let out the swarm of evils which – like Ares in a former occasion – had been shut up in it. With these evils – that is to say, with the sicknesses – death also came into the world of men. Thus was completed the separation between men and the immortal gods. The female figure, who is the ancestress of all mortal women, was called Pandora, of which the correct interpretation is “the rich in gifts”, “the all-giving”: a name also of the Earth itself, of which she was made.
Words by Carl Kerényi in The Gods of the Greeks p. 217-219.
I wanted to share the story of Pandora here, because it’s so closely related to the Uranus/Prometheus archetype. I also wanted to share the story of Pandora here, because the Full Moon in Taurus is conjunct Black Moon Lilith. Pandora and Lilith both were the first woman on Earth. Pandora is the first woman in Greek mythology. Lilith is the first woman in Jewish mythology. Black Moon Lilith isn’t a celestial body but a mathematical point related to the travels of the Moon (like the North node and South node). The qualities of Black Moon Lilith are reflected in the archetypes of the first women and of the dark Goddesses. There are a lot of similarities in the stories of Pandora and Lilith.
Lilith, the first woman in Jewish mythology
In Jewish mythology Lilith is the first woman and she was Adam’s first partner, before Eve was there. Both Lilth and Adam were created from the Earth (just like Pandora; while Eve was created from Adam’s rib). Lilith’s only appearance in the Christian Bible of today is in Isiah 34:14, where she is referred to as ‘the night creature’. There are varying accounts of Lilith’s history but most concur that she wouldn’t lie beneath Adam during intercourse due to her belief that they were created equally. Lilith and Adam argued about this equality, with Lilith finally retreating to the Red Sea. God sent three angels to return Lilith to Adam, however when they found her, she would not return, stating that death would be preferable to submission. Stories tell that Lilith would kill the offspring of humans. Other stories tell that she disguised herself as the snake in the Garden of Eden, persuading Eve to eat from the apple. Eliezer Segal (1995, in ‘Looking for Lilith’) posits Lilith’s story as originating in a medieval book called ‘The Alphabet of Ben-Sira’ which seems designed to upset the sensibilities of traditional Jews. In particular the heroes of the Bible and the Talmud are frequently portrayed in the most perverse colours. Segal writes he cannot rule out that this book may have been an anti-Jewish satire. He claims that through bad scholarly studies, Lilith ended up in the Jewish Midrash (the canon of works that are written to elucidate and explain Bible stories) without her origin being questioned. Even as a story Lilith becomes abject in transgressing storylines and not staying in her place. Both Lilith and Pandora are examples of the abject female. The abject disturbs identity, system, and order; does not respect borders, positions, rules.
As an astrologer I work with the Black Moon Lilith and the asteroid Lilith. The Black Moon Lilith is related to the Moon and thus our soul’s embodiment. I treat the asteroid Lilith similarly as I treat other asteroids (I only take them into account if they are within a one degree conjunction with a personal planet or point in a chart). The Black Moon Lilith can point to where we feel ashamed, where we experience or have experienced taboo, where we are or have been repressed and where we might have experienced trauma. The other side of the coin is that the Black Moon Lilith can show us where and how we can stand up for ourselves, break taboos, refuse submission and claim power. More specifically: feminine power, dark feminine power. The Black Moon Lilith is a mathematical point that can be calculated in two ways; one can work with the ‘mean’ or ‘true’ Black Moon Lilith.
The dark female archetype
It’s interesting how the first women on Earth tend to be feared and judged. Even Eve, though not so rebellious in nature as Lilith, has been pointed to as the cause of human suffering. Eve, just like Pandora, was created by divine power and, like Pandora, had a natural curiosity. Eating the apple and opening the box, these two events led to the confrontation of humankind with disease, suffering and death. Both women were created as beautiful creatures, by Christian and Greek divine powers. However, their beauty and sexuality have been judged as evil; the curiosity and capacity to think as dangerous. As I quote from the story of Pandora in the above, Zeus created “an evil thing in which they (men) will all rejoice, surrounding with love their own pain.” Men came to love and fear women. Men throughout history have dominated women, building patriarchal societies. Those women that rebel, like Lilith, often have faced loneliness and sometimes even worse: aggression, exile or death. In some societies on Earth it’s still unsafe for women to stand up for equality. In other societies the inequality is more subtle, and standing up for yourself is less dangerous, but even these societies are patriarchal. And also in these societies there are a lot of unsafe places for women behind closed doors out of the public eye. Feminism is still needed. Not just for women, by the way. Feminism is about equality for ALL.
Anyway, back to the first female archetype, the dark female archetype. The power of this archetype is present in this Full Moon. This Full Moon is drenched in Lilith and Pandora vibes. You can also think of the Greek Goddess Medusa or the Greek witch Circe, they embody the same kind of archetype as Lilith. Both Medusa and Circe were feared by men. Circe lived alone on an island, her need for freedom wasn’t understood and her sexual ‘aura’ was feared and judged. Circe was a gifted sorceress and she would lure men into her bedroom after which she would turn them into animals. Medusa, known for beauty and sexuality, was cursed by the jealous Athena: growing snakes from her head and turning anyone who would look at her to stone, Medusa was forced to live outside of society in exile. (Medusa by the way is related to the star Algol which resides at 26 degrees Taurus, in the same sign where this Full Moon takes place. Algol is part of the constellation Perseus. In mythology Perseus was the one who killed Medusa and chopped off her head. The star Algol is known as the most evil star and in Arabic known as raʾs al-ghūl or ‘the demon’s head’.)
The Egyptian Goddess Isis and the Hindu Goddess Kali both also embody the dark female archetype and unleash death and suffering upon the living. Although Isis and Kali are Mother Goddesses, while Pandora, Lilith and Eve were Mothers of humans. The Goddess Isis freed the God of Death Osiris from a box. Isis didn’t do anything different than Pandora did. Unleashing death has been a blessing in disguise. Life is meaningful because it is limited. Kali and Shiva have a similar relationship as Isis and Osiris. Kali also teaches us not to be afraid of the death, the dark and suffering. All these archetypes: Pandora, Lilith. Medusa, Circe, Isis and Kali have in common that they aren’t submissive, have a need for freedom, have their own will and act upon it and aren’t afraid ‘to show us how it is’. That last one is an important one: they aren’t afraid to show us how it is.
Pain, death, the dark, the taboo, trauma, suffering: it’s all part of life. Nothing really changed in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve ate from the apple. The only thing that really changed was: their eyes were opened. Suddenly they were aware of their nudity. Suddenly they felt the need to cover their private parts. Suddenly they became aware of their sexuality. And suddenly they were confronted with suffering in life. The dark, from the pleasures of sex to the pain of illness and death, is as much part of life as the light is. Goddesses and other females who open our eyes, are being judged, ridiculed, exiled, harassed or worse. That’s how it is in mythology and that’s how it has been on Earth since almost forever. That needs to change. And I hope this Full Moon provides a powerful surge of energy pushing us in the right direction.
This Full Moon is infused with the energy of change for the better (Uranus and the archetype of Prometheus), the fight for equality and the need to bring the dark into the light (Black Moon Lilith and the archetype of dark Goddesses). Furthermore, this Full Moon takes place in the feminine sign Taurus that’s ruled by the Goddess Venus (out of the twelve zodiac signs only three are ruled by Goddesses, the other nine signs are ruled by Gods; yes feminism is also needed in astrology). The sign Taurus is getting a makeover from 2018-2026, with this Full Moon being a major event in that period. The surroundings of Venus are getting a makeover. Aphrodite is faced with the need to change her divine chambers. The sweet Goddess of Love needs to remove the pink from her walls and stop reading romance novels: she needs to put up some BLM posters and read up on Simone de Beauvoir.
There’s a lot going on in the world and most of the astrology at the moment sucks. But this Full Moon is very beautiful and dear to me. I hope it rays down some inspiring light on Earth. Light that will reach into dark corners, to show us what kind of darkness we really need to fear and what kind of darkness actually is beautiful.
Below I will share with you my insights on the upcoming transits, between this Full Moon in Taurus on the last day of October and the New Moon in Scorpio that takes place in November. So if you want to to prepare yourself for the upcoming two weeks, keep reading on. Rests me to wish you a beautiful Full Moon day and lovely Halloween.
Mercury stations direct at 25 degrees Libra on November 3rd
Mercury stationed retrograde in Scorpio mid October and then traveled back into Libra. Now he stations direct. We’ve survived the third and final Mercury retrograde of 2020. Hurray! In the upcoming week Mercury will finish up a few last retrograde issues and things in Libra, before he move’s on into Scorpio (again).
Mercury enters Scorpio on November 10th
So, Mercury was retrograde from mid October till the start of November. He started his retrograde period in Scorpio and then entered back into Libra. Now he enters back into Scorpio again. In the next week or so we might need to revisit some themes or issues that popped up while Mercury was retrograde in Scorpio. But now we will get it right!
When Mercury is in Scorpio our minds get sharp and focused with emotional flair. Not sharp and focused as in crystal clear cold air thinking. But sharp and focused as in intuitive, deep, penetrative thinking. Mercury has the gift of getting into the darkest corners of the world and getting back out and into the light in a matter of seconds. Since he’s the messenger of the Gods he can travel from the underworld, connecting with Pluto, to realms of the living meeting with Venus. Mercury can get into places where other Gods and Goddesses can’t get. Scorpio is the zodiac sign that has a need to enter the deep, dark and hidden. Scorpio is a water sign and highly intuitive. When Mercury is in Scorpio we want to listen to our intuition. Mercury in Scorpio works best by following gut instincts. We might get a little obsessive on things, when Mercury is in Scorpio; but that doesn’t need to be a bad thing.
Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn on November 12th
For the third and final time this year Jupiter and Pluto are exactly conjunct. One last time Jupiter, the sage, travels into the underworld to shine his light into the shadows. What wisdom is there to be found in the dark? The wisdom we still haven’t uncovered yet? Pluto, being the Lord of the Underworld, brings transformation. After all, death is nothing else than another kind of transformation. The most significant one of all. Anything that Pluto touches will transform. Often by purging, by releasing that which is toxic. The transformation will only have the desired result if one is able to release the toxins. Holding on to the known, however, prevents the transformation. It’s like detoxing from drugs. It’s nasty and painful. That’s usually the energy that Pluto brings into play. Jupiter, on the other hand, is the greater benefic. He’s the bringer of light, wisdom, luck and health. A Jupiter Pluto conjunction might be an intense one (depending on where it takes place in your personal chart), but is not necessarily a bad one. Finding healing through working through trauma. Finding luck or wisdom by letting something go. Finding light in darkness.
Mars stations direct at 15 degrees Aries on November 13th / 14th
Finally! Mars stations direct at 15 degrees Aries. Mars stationed retrograde on September 9th at 28 degrees Aries. Anyone with personal planetary bodies (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn) or the ascendant or midheaven between 14-29 degrees of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn): this must have been a ride for you! Especially if you have these placements between 14-16 degrees and 27-29 degrees. Especially if you have these placements in Cancer and/or Capricorn. Yours truly is feeling it with her Sun at 28 degrees Capricorn and her midheaven at 15 degrees Capricorn. Mars exactly squared my Sun when he stationed retrograde and Mars will exactly square my midheaven when he stations direct (bracing for impact); the square is Mars his most lethal weapon. Those of you that follow me on IG, know a bit of the hell I’ve been going through. Every negative has a positive though: this all affirms the power of astrology once again.
Anyway, Mars stations direct. Finally! This doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows and sunshine from now on. But things will slowly start to get a little better. Till the end of the year we might need to revisit some of the issues or topics that Mars retrograde brought up. But, good news, in a less intense way. We will regain some energy where we’ve been lacking energy. We will regain motivation where we’ve been lacking motivation. Things that were stuck will start to get moving again. Mars will stay in Aries throughout the rest of 2020 and will move on into Taurus in the start of the next year.
The New Moon arrives at 23 degrees Scorpio on November 15th 12.07 am ET / 6.07 am CET
I’ll be back with you soon with information on the next New Moon.
Love you! xxx Maud