Monday, November 14th 2016 is the full moon in Taurus, which the moon entered on Saturday evening. The moon technically leaves Taurus at 8:52 AM EST on the 14th, so you may choose to do your full moon charging on the evening of the 13th (Sunday) for that bullish energy. That’s that I’m doing! On Monday night the moon then enters Gemini at 8:23 PM having spent the day in a state called “void of course,” so if you charge on Monday night, you’re not getting Taurus, you’re getting Gemini.
Until you get below the surface of astrology, you won’t hear the term “void of course,” marked “v/c” on astrologically-minded calendars. When the moon is “void of course,” that means it has exited the last major aspect of the previous sign, but is not yet in the first solid aspect of the next sign. Sometimes the process takes minutes, other times it takes hours; in the case of the moon moving from Taurus to Gemini it’s a 12 hour gap.
To put it simply, this energy is a bit wonky, so I highly recommend observing the full moon on the evening of November 13th. If you wait until the evening of the 14th, the moon isn’t even in Taurus anymore, it’s in Gemini, so keep that in mind. If you want to work with the full moon in Taurus at it’s peak, you will be working with it on the 14th at 8:52 AM EST. That’s also the exact moment it goes void, so get everything done before that time, if you’re the early-morning-moon-ritual type.
So, now that I’ve (possibly) confused you terribly, let me make it simple(r): even though the full moon is on November 14th (Monday), I recommend you observe it on the evening of November 13th (Sunday).
Even more interesting is that November’s full moon is one of three supermoons in 2016, where the moon appears to be both brighter and larger. While the final supermoon of the year is in December, November’s is set to be the largest (15% more than normal) and brightest (by 30% more than normal), with another moon of this size and luminosity absent from the skies until 2034.
About November’s Moon
There are many names for November’s full moon, but the two most common are the Beaver Moon and the Mourning Moon. The Native Americans called it the Beaver Moon either because it was the last chance to put out beaver traps before everything froze or because this was the time beavers were actively preparing for winter; they also called it the Frost or Frosty Moon. The November full moon is also called the Mourning Moon in the pagan tradition, representing the death of the old god (as in elderly) and the mourning of the crone. This can also represent Demeter mourning Persephone as she spends her time in the underworld, the full moon after Samhain and the Day of the Dead, or the beginning of winter’s shorter days meaning the loss of precious sunlight. Regardless of what you call it, the meaning of the November moon is clear: winter is coming and we must prepare for it.
While survival isn’t exactly on the line for most of us, it still makes sense to prepare for winter. If you live up north I hear that there’s this odd, powdery, white water that falls from the skies and makes snow tires a must. Down in Florida we still have (shudder) “snow birds” making our roads equally, if not more dangerous, than actual snow. No matter where you live you have those dreaded and wonderful winter holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas (Yule), and New Year’s (the solar one). My father (a psychologist) always called these three holidays “the Trinity of Self-Loathing,” since it’s the time of year when life can get very emotionally difficult. It’s hard for me as an introvert because it’s the time of year that my house is suddenly full of people – help! No matter what our “winter” is – literal, financial (holiday shopping), or of the soul – the Mourning Moon reminds us to prepare.
Full Moon in Taurus
Taurus is a very physical sign, a grounded, practical Earth sign, interested in tactile things, the good things in life, and prosperity. A Taurus wants it all and is willing to work for it, as well as being very loyal, stable, and tenacious. Taurus is ruled by Venus, making this full moon an excellent time to work on love, as well as real estate, money, or material acquisition. Since November’s full moon is all about preparing for winter, the Taurus full moon gives us the opportunity to batten down the financial hatches and get ready for the cold (and expensive) months ahead.
Since full moon is occurring in Taurus while the sun is in Scorpio you should watch out for stubbornness bubbling to the surface. Taurus and Scorpio are both fixed signs and are the opposites on the zodiac wheel, making them two halves of a whole and naturally compatible. This also means that the Taurus energy will have a calming effect on the emotional supermoon. As a Scorpio, I have found that Taurus’ energy does have a strong effect on me, as we saw with the spendy Mercury retrograde in Taurus I had in May. Since this is the good half I say, Scorpios rejoice!
What is Full Moon Magick?
New moons are used for setting intentions with a manifestation point at the next full moon and, way more importantly, a second, larger manifestation at the full moon at the six month mark (for this full moon it was the new moon in May 6th 2016). Full moons are an excellent time for cleansing, charging, protection, reflection, and spell work.
When I think full moon, I think charging. My number one favorite activity to do at the full moon is charge my crystals. For your crystals and all of your magickal tools that you use on a regular basis, it’s good to give them a full moon charge. This includes crystal grids, magickal jewelry, cauldrons, tarot cards, scrying mirrors, candles, pocket rocks, and pretty much anything you can think of that needs a little boost. Working magickally with things over the course of a month can take the energy out of them, the full moon fills them back up.
While I recommend cleansing pocket rocks every day (running them under water is fine since pocket rocks are almost always tumbled stones) they should also be charged under the full moon. This imbues them with energy, like recharging a battery. While many people argue that crystals never need charging, I do believe that constant magickal use does “drain” them. For me, charging magickal tools under the full moon is like getting their chi realigned. It’s something that I can’t do by myself and is important for their magickal workings, like getting the oil changed in your car. You don’t have to change your oil, but your car isn’t going to be the better for it, and will eventually give out. Anyone who has had sturdy pocket rocks break in half for no good reason knows the consequences of never cleansing or charging your crystals.
I have two crystal grids in my house – one for physical healing for my pet fish and one to draw prosperity to Astra Anima – and they both get energy during the full moon. I don’t recommend moving crystal grids once their in their place, but you can visualize full moon energy gathering (I picture a white ball of light filling my hands). Then you can put the energy into the grid and visualize the crystals and invisible lines that connect them glowing with white moonlight energy. My prosperity grid should especially benefit from the Taurus energy, so I’m very excited to charge it under the November supermoon.
Just as a general rule it’s nice to dust off the energy in the house during a full moon. I use the classic, white sage, to cleanse my house, but some people really don’t like the smell (my cat hates it) or they don’t like the smoke. In this case you can use lavender incense or essential oil in a diffuser or spray. Thyme, palo santo wood, and cedar can also be used this way. If you absolutely cannot use anything that makes a smell, a cedar wand would be ideal for cleansing your space of negative energy.
Personally, I almost exclusively do divination for myself on new moons, but that’s just what I do. Divination is always good during full moons with many people using water to scry. This is because of the full moon’s powerful energy and it’s close association to water and the tides; it’s believed that magickal objects are given a little extra juice during the full moon. If you’re just starting out on scrying, pendulums, tarot, or runes, it’s good to work with them on a full moon. Remember to cleanse them and charge your magickal tools when you’re done.
Gratitude is getting a lot of hype lately, so the stubborn (Scorpio) contrarian in me wants to resist it, but no! I resist the urge to resist it because I feel like gratitude is too important. I believe strongly that like attracts like, and positivity, thankfulness, and gratitude work as a type of attracting spell: when you collect it, more of the same is drawn to it. Consider creating a gratitude jar to help attract more goodness to your life.
You can use a mason jar (or any container, box, file cabinet, you can even make a list on your phone) and, under the full moon, get a piece of paper and write everything on it that you are grateful for. You don’t have to be a big person and write “challenges” on your paper, especially if you don’t want more challenges, but feel free to write “trivial” things like ice cream, kittens, rainbows, finding hand lotion in your purse when you thought you were out, etc. Make a real list because no one is going to look at it but you. Fold or scroll your paper, seal it with wax or tape, or tie it with string, than leave it on the windowsill overnight to charge. The next morning, set it aside for another four weeks, on a desk or bookshelf would work nicely. Over time you’ll watch the gratitude pile up and it will work to attract more of the same to you. You can even write the date on your papers and reflect on them as the months and years pass, and when you’re feeling down, it’s a nice bottle to uncork.
I always journal on the full moon, reflecting on my grimoire entry from the corresponding new moon, discussing the results of the divination, and seeing how the intentions that I set manifested. It’s also good to look at the intentions from the recent new moon, in this case, October 30th’s new moon in Scorpio. Your grimoire is the perfect place to write your gratitude list if you don’t use a jar. I always try to set the evening of the full moon aside for “me time,” no matter what’s going on in the rest of my life. It doesn’t always work, but it’s important to try.
I hope you all found this guide helpful, I’ll be back at the next full moon and we can go on our journey together again. I would love to know how you commemorate the full moon and if you have any ideas for magickal workings. Please feel to share any (positive/constructive) thoughts that you have in the comments. Have a beautiful lunar cycle my friends!
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