Day in and day out, the vast majority of people in our culture are participating in what is known as ‘the rat race’. Essentially, it equates to living a life of enormous stress in the process of trying to get to some mythical place. I mean, has anyone actually ever won this race, and if they did, what was the prize?
This full Moon in Taurus (Tuesday, October 27th at 12.05 UK time) highlights the need to remember the simple pleasures of life. After all, the quality of life is to be found here not in the ‘big events’.
Pleasure is what nurtures our senses. What makes our eyes swoon? Or our taste buds go ‘yum’? What appeals to you when breathe in deeply? How do you like to be touched? What sounds nourish you?
This journey through life is based on individual days. If we’re racing through them trying to keep up with the Jones family next door (who the hell were they anyway?), incurring unmanageable debts, feeling frazzled with the children, and taking on too many commitments because of our inability to say ‘no’ to others instead of saying ‘yes’ to ourselves, then we’re highly likely to miss the details.
It is in the small moments that the exquisite beauty of this glorious life can be found. You can not experience it in any way that is deeply fulfilling if you’re speeding through life. Slow down. Learn from the bull archetype of Taurus: walk through the wildflower meadow, and breathe.
Ours is a culture which doesn’t value silence, stillness, slowness or quality pleasure. Hell, we even have speed dating!
In all this hustle and bustle, there’s very little we need do to connect with the food we eat: ready-made meals to go. Heck, you can even buy mashed potato (gag). What has become of us that we don’t take the time and pleasure to make meals from scratch? Seriously, how hard is it to peel a potato or chop some vegetables? (Injuries withstanding)
The simple pleasures of life are all around us. They haven’t disappeared, but we’ll miss them if we don’t pay attention.
All around me is a world filled with wonder. The huge holly tree outside my writing room is rich with red berries. They’ll adorn our festive celebration this Winter Solstice.
The oak tree in the centre of my village is wearing a crown of mustard-coloured leaves. Nearby is a purple beech. Together, the colours are magnificent.
Geese fly in a v formation across an apricot-hued sky.
The cat purrs contentedly in my lap.
Woodsmoke tells me Autumn is here.
My garden offers up Autumn raspberries and plump blueberries. It’s almost November, and I’m blessed with sunflowers in my front garden. Each morning, I start my day by burning incense in the lounge room. It’s a little thing, but it nourishes me deeply to have my home smell of this delightful scent.
Throughout the day, my husband stops to hug me, kiss me or simply to look in my eyes so he can tell me he loves me. It is a love I can believe in. Pleasure.
I pick up a novel, snuggle on the sofa by the woodstove, and read. Pleasure.
A friend phones to chat. Locked away in our little psychic sound chamber, we laugh. Pleasure.
Hot steaming peppermint tea soothes my senses. Pleasure.
I rip fresh basil leaves to go in the tomato salad. Pleasure.
Lying in bed watching the starlight and waxing Moon, and feeling my connection, my rightful place in this incredible Universe, is bliss. Pleasure.
Having a friendship circle of people who are kind, honest, loyal and wise. Pleasure.
Hearing my daughters laugh. Witnessing them creating their lives. Pleasure.
My mother’s lyrical voice on the answering machine. Pleasure.
Listening to my intuition. Pleasure.
Creating a pot of delicious soup. Pleasure.
Walking barefoot upon the grass. Pleasure.
I water my houseplants, grateful for their beauty and ability to remove toxins from the air. Pleasure.
Essential oil of eucalyptus swirls up in the steamy water as I mop the kitchen floor. Pleasure.
Conditioning my hair with rosemary. Pleasure.
I light a beeswax candle, and surrender to the mesmerising light. Pleasure.
Noticing the peace lily, my friend Clare gave me, come into bloom. Pleasure.
Moving barrows of firewood and knowing we’re going to be warm. Pleasure.
Slow down. This is where life is.
Celebrate the Full Moon in Taurus by honouring all the ways in which you can bring pleasure into your life. Soak in a hot bubble bath. Buy yourself some flowers. Go for a walk in the woods. Bake a cake! Nibble on that dark chocolate. You deserve it.
Full Moons bring light to the dark: they provide revelations.
The Sun is now in Scorpio, shining its light on that zodiac sign’s themes: debt, death, sex, endings, transformation, loans, taxes and so on. It is the area of life where we have to ‘share’ with another if we expect to be truly intimate.
The Moon in Taurus is all about pleasure, wealth, riches, resources, damn good food (be careful not to overeat on comfort foods), massages, and anything else that nourishes the physical body. Taurus rules the throat, so if you have thyroid issues use this full Moon to seek guidance on how to heal this. For example, have a daily intake of kelp.
Draw down the Moon, and send your blessings and wishes out to the Universe.
You can ground yourself with the energy of this full Moon by acknowledging the Sun and the Moon, and their messages. This is what it means to live in balance. This Moon will make you aware of what it is you VALUE.
You can also use this energy to find a way to take ‘what you love’ and earn an income from it.
Use this energy to re-evaluate the areas of your life to do with the themes of Scorpio and Taurus: debt, credit, wealth, poverty, struggle, pleasure, passions, fears, joys, intimacy, traumas, beauty, values, self worth.
Embrace all aspects of your life, and you’ll find yourself empowered.
Authenticity comes from honesty within and without. This can be achieved by being conscious of your thoughts and actions. To understand what might be locked in your subconscious vault, look at what patterns keep appearing in your life. The full Moon is a great time to shed light on this. Find a balance between the deep emotional world of Scorpio and the physical world of Taurus. Manifest what you want by improving your self worth.
Full Moon Blessings!