Everything contains the seed of its apparent opposite

Full Moon in Taurus

Thursday, November 6th
14º26′ Taurus
2:23 pm Pacific
5:23 pm Eastern

Apparent opposites and the Taurus Full Moon

I learned this lesson a long time ago, and I’m revisiting the concept again as we come up to the Taurus Full Moon. After all the drama of the Aries Full Moon Lunar Eclipse which was followed by the intense Scorpio New Moon Solar Eclipse, this apparently ho-hum Full Moon in Taurus might seem rather boring. I’m here to tell you (as a Scorpio fixed-sign woman) that it’s those still times that can bring about major and lasting transformations.

Everything contains the seed of its apparent oppositeThe reason apparent opposition is still such a resonant teaching for me is that it helps me with perspective, with myself and with everyone else.

I have learned that while I may be feeling unsure of myself, what others see is often brash, brave, and confident. I have learned that when I’m anxious, my external affect may look calm. Knowing this about myself helps me see everyone in my life with so much more compassion. When someone reacts with anger, I can see past the anger to the hurt inside. When someone expresses elation, I remember that there might be some sadness underneath, or behind, it.

This week’s Full Moon invites you to lovingly look inside.

What changes are ready to be made? In your business, in your relationships? In your wellness?

Remember, this Moon is bringing the Taurus energy, with its themes of security, stability, possessions, health, and wealth. What’s working? What’s not so much?

Here’s where the apparent opposites come in.

Don’t let the Taurean desire to hold on to everything keep you from embracing change. Remember and embrace the opposites. Holding tight to what is and to what you have can hold you back from stepping into the next unfolding of your highest good. And don’t forget: the Sun’s in Scorpio, Venus is in Scorpio, and Mercury will finally re-enter Scorpio on the 8th after the last retrograde. Embrace change, beloved. So much easier than holding tightly. And as I learned in a 12-step meeting, “When you walk around with your hands clenched shut, you can’t receive the abundance that’s coming your way, that’s meant to enrich your life.”

As one of my favorite teachers, Jen Louden, said in her recent blogpost: “I keep trying to open to the ache of being alive. I mostly fail. I don’t stop trying.”

Start with gratitude.

I find that when I stand in and express my gratitude, I’ve made a good start. Gratitude opens my heart and oh-so-resistant mind to what is, what’s moving, what’s changing, and what’s coming.

  • I am grateful for learning the WordPress keyboard shortcuts. Life is much better now! 🙂
  • I am grateful for my birthday tomorrow, and for the dinner party I am having tonight.
  • I am grateful for the smell of the pork shoulder that’s been s-l-o-o-o-o-w-l-y cooking in the oven for the last 18 hours.
  • Ok, I’m also grateful for taste of that roast. At this point, I am hoping there’ll be some left by the time my guests arrive in 3-1/2 hours!
  • I am grateful for a sense of humor around this position I’ve put myself in for the thousandth time, of cooking something I’ve never made before and serving it to guests. Good thing I’m a decent cook. Good thing I ran to the butcher this morning to check out what I was doing. Good thing my friends and family are patient with me! (They’re gonna love it.)
  • I am grateful for my daily walks and for the Map My Walk app I have put on my phone. Now I know how long I walk, and the distance I cover.
  • I am grateful for my improving strength.
  • I am grateful for having doctors in my life with whom I can be completely honest.
  • I am grateful to be learning all the time.
  • I am grateful for my increasing html and css skills. I am rocking making style changes in my website and for others.

I’d love to know how this Full Moon is shining in your heart. How will you enjoy the stillness and invite change? I’d love to hear from you. Please share your insights and your gratitude in a comment.

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  1. Hey Sue, I can really relate to watching with compassion while others are in their struggle. I rode the energy of the last month like I was riding a wild bull and got lots of stuff done, but is seemed that so many of my clients and peers were having serious tragedies happen in their life. It was a lesson in sacred witnessing for sure. I am looking forward to this full moon in Taurus because I tend to weigh my goals with Taurus. I will make sure to add gratitude in the mix. I really enjoy your newsletters please keep sending them.

  2. I knew there was a reason why I’m drawn to you Sue – Scorpio sister 🙂 I had a shamanic healing and letting go ceremony 2 weeks and I am ready to invite in the abundance and goodness this full moon brings, for my highest good. In finally stepping forwards and letting go of past hurts, reclaiming my personal power and freedom as a result I was guided by my intuition to create my own face to face workshop. This is something I don’t think I could have ever done with integrity, unless I let go of the baggage and burden. My shamanic healing ended with gratitude for the lessons and all the love in my life. I’m practicing presence by just going with the ebb and flow of things 🙂

    • Happy birthday to you, and welcome, beautiful Scorpio.

      You inspire me, so glad you took the time to comment.

      Love and healing,

  3. Belated Happy Birthday Sue! Am sure your roast was yummy! Enjoyed your post.

    Thanks for all of the fascinating information, for sharing the Map my Walk App and your wonderful gratitude statements. I so relate to the power of being grateful and to your call to embrace change. Thanks also for your thoughtful insights regarding how we behave often not revealing our underlying emotions.

    Warm Hugs,

    • Hi Pam, welcome here.

      The roast was amazing!! So were the crispy roasted potatoes. SeriousEats.com is now my favorite food blog!

      The power of gratitude is just that, isn’t it? That’s the kind of power I want to manifest in this now moment, and the next.

      So grateful for your comment, and for your insights.


  4. This post is really speaking to what is happening in my life right now, thank you for your beautiful insight! “Its those still times that can bring about major and lasting transformations.” I will be carrying this wisdom with me going forward. 🙂

    • Brandy, welcome. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      May the Full Moon shine brightly in your heart. May the quiet ripple outward and bring you the change you crave, and more!

      Blessed be,

  5. Sue
    You continue to amaze me. Your strength, your insights.
    “When someone reacts with anger, I can see past the anger to the hurt inside. When someone expresses elation, I remember that there might be some sadness underneath, or behind, it.”
    amen and thanks for the balancing!
    And Pork?? I love it. belated happy birthday!

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