The full moon is associated with key aspects of each sign’s archetype. This makes the full moon a good time to channel the sign’s positive energy so it supports us on our journey.
This full moon is another special moon this year, for a few reasons. First, it’s a micro full moon – which diminishes the energy slightly. But it’s also a blue moon, which counters some of the effect of the micro moon. A blue moon has a grand finale energy, whether it’s wrapping up goals or reaping a harvest. Take a look back at the last full moon reading and you may see how it represented a rough draft, while this is the final version – it’s deeper and clearer. In addition, this blue moon on Halloween (Samhain) is the first since 1944. (The last full moon on Halloween was in 2001, they occur about every 20 years.)
This is especially interesting. This time of year, between summer and winter, life and death, is when the veils are thin and the gates between realms are open. This blue moon is a final chance to remove a veil of ignorance or deception and wrap up what we should have been doing since the fall equinox.
But wait, there’s more! There are other significant astronomical and astrological events this season. Mars turns direct shortly after the election and squares with Pluto: don’t be surprised to see serious power struggles popping up as war and wealth butt heads. Not a good year for holiday travel plans; it might not be safe, even if we weren’t in a pandemic.
This moon is in Taurus but the sun is in Scorpio. Taurus wants simple, tangible things and basic emotional fulfillment, while Scorpio seeks complex mysteries and bold passion. This moon heightens the feelings of Scorpio from the perspective of Taurus: we’ve been in a steady and familiar pattern but we may feel a strong urge to break free from the old (stuck-in-the-mud) rut, explore new possibilities, and consider different options.
This can trigger a hard-to-define restlessness but hang in there. We’re focusing on positives for the next couple weeks, remember? This reading will explore supportive Taurus characteristics like nurturing, practicality, and persistence. Let’s get to it.
1. What can I nurture right now?
Thurisaz is Thor’s rune. It translates to “giant” but context decides whether it indicates the protection of Thor, defense, chaos, or threat from a brutal giant.
Usually, this rune is a reminder to work smarter, not harder. The worst enemies are those that want us to be ignorant and unaware. But Thor is a wise, enlightened warrior. Thurisaz brings brilliant clarity, like a flash of lightning, restoring our energy, revealing corruption and blunt chaos.
This rune calls us to break through barriers and channel our energy into self-empowerment and enthusiasm. Across the world, our “new normal” has allowed us to stagnate. Chaos and uncertainty have discouraged us and exhausted us. But this is not our destiny.
Right now, it’s time to build a little motivation. It’s been easy to avoid unpleasantness but it’s time to face some hard truths. This pandemic isn’t going away any time soon. The political climates of two great nations are highly unstable. We are recognizing systemic problems that can no longer be ignored.
Thurisaz lends us the psychological strength we need to get up, wise up, and take action. We didn’t start this fight, but if we’re smart, we can damn well finish it.
2. What’s the best way to do that?
Gebo literally means a gift. But in nearly every context, it means an exchange. This is the 7th rune and the basis of our “lucky number seven” superstitions: you must choose whether to accept or reject the gift and if you accept, be prepared to give something in return. The shape of this rune is about equals and opposites, left and right, up and down.
Of course, the X of Gebo is also the sign of a kiss, which could also be a gift if given to the right person. This kind of exchange is a trade of power and energy. Every gift costs something, but the ideal cost or sacrifice brings a greater good.
The best way to nurture our motivation is to be aware of what we’re giving, to whom, and how the cost compares to the benefit. If we’re giving attention to a news story that builds fear, we’re not gaining anything. Instead, we could choose to gift ourselves with some mental or physical activity, with obvious benefits.
Our energy is best spent on self-development in some way. In a tangible sense, maybe we renew some passion for an activity or hobby that benefits us in some way. Maybe we achieve a little enlightenment or awareness that allows us to make better decisions.
3. What will help me make steady progress?
Hagalaz translates to hail, and it often means a storm or disruption. This always sounds bad, but destruction allows for transformation. This rune may be the origin of the saying that every cloud has a silver lining!
Hail can do a lot of damage. But you can pick up a hailstone and watch it melt away into water in your hand. It can be a cleansing energy. This is not something to be afraid of, but to be faced. We all have our own inner conflicts and darker, stormier aspects; addressing them will help us make progress.
If we’re nurturing some sort of change, then this is not just another storm. This is a shift in the balance of power. It may be time to create an intentional storm and turn a pressure washer (or hail storm) on stuff we’ve buried or tried to ignore. It might be a little painful when the bright light of day first shines through, but once we break up some dirt clods, we’ll gain some perspective.
This is the cost of Gebo, and the best way to nurture our mental state so we can do what we need to do. As for the reward…
4. How will this pay off?
Laguz means lake, fluidity, or tides. It signifies natural ebbs and flows, the rhythms of consciousness and unconsciousness, and the nourishment and source of all life.
Water is the original mirror. It reflects the surface self, but hides the deeper aspects in the darkness. But like Hagalaz, Laguz encourages us to dredge up whatever we’re hiding in the murky dark so it doesn’t bog us down. We can let the current carry it away, or wash it clean to discover hidden treasure.
The context we’re looking for here has to do with an outcome. There is a common misconception that Odin lost his eye in battle. Actually, being always interested in learning, he sacrificed his eye to Mimir’s Well. The water in this well held all the knowledge of all the realms in the universe, but the price of a drink was an eye. And though he lost it, he gained knowledge of all things past and present.
While Gebo asks for an exchange (though rarely so extremely), Laguz represents the actual reward. Our unconscious, shadow selves may be a little scary. But Laguz, as the source of all life, removes fear and connects us to consciousness and to life. It frees us from the darkness so we can fully experience Light.
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