Taurus Full Moon: Fearless

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dreamstime_xs_52562639There’s a movie that, for me, elegantly sums up the Scorpio/Taurus struggle to transcend difficulties while continuing to live fully. Fearless tells the story of Max, a man who survives a horrific plane crash. His survival has convinced him that he’s immortal and this belief has made him utterly (and dangerously) fearless. He does seem almost supernatural – for instance, his life-long, deadly allergy to strawberries seems to have miraculously disappeared since the accident. But he’s also become harsh, utterly intolerant of dishonesty, and frighteningly blunt. Having come so close to death, he’s shattered – and he can only seem to connect emotionally with people who are in great pain. He seems cold to his own wife and son, yet shows remarkable tenderness to a fellow survivor who lost her baby in the crash.

Gradually, both the shock and his sense of immortality begin to wear off. With his help, the crash survivor with whom Max has formed an attachment finally overcomes the worst of her grief, returns to her life, and urges Max to do the same. As the film reaches its conclusion, Max has decided to rejoin his life and reconnect emotionally with his family – but he’s still not sure he can find his way back. He tests the waters of mortality by indulging in a fat, tempting strawberry – and promptly falls into anaphylactic shock. His wife manages to save him, and his final line, gasped through ecstatic, sobbing laughter, is “I’m alive.”

Living through traumatic events can make us as harsh, unforgiving, and angry as Max. These traits can be Scorpio’s shadow side, natural reactions to constant exposure to hard truths, mortality, and lessons about the limits of personal power. The work of Scorpio is transcendence – but sometimes, in the process of facing and overcoming fear and weakness, we lose track of the simple human connections, joys, and frailties that tether us to life on earth. In other words, the Taurus experience.

Each year while the Sun moves through Scorpio, the scene is set for facing fearsome realities and possibilities that we’d rather avoid. The days are short and the shadows long, the trees are losing their leaves, and melancholy easily gains a toe-hold. But at the Full Moon in Taurus, life regains some of its flavor and color. We are reminded of life’s blessings, not just its perils. We find ourselves opening a window to simple, happy pleasures, letting go of obsessive angst and allowing the world to simply be what it is. We are alive.

Nurturing and caring for living things, an unshakable, unshockable stability in the face of life’s challenges, are Taurus’ birthright. The Taurus souls among us help us accept the world as it is and to commit to being part of it – to celebrate experiences and knowledge that can only be gained through being embodied. Transcendence is all well and good, Taurus might say, but you still have to get food on the table and make sure everyone has clean socks for the next day.

When we were first getting to know one another, many years ago, I showed a Taurus friend a flash of my legendary crankiness. She looked at me and calmly said, “I’m not afraid of you.” Taurus is as fearless as Scorpio, but in a subtly different way. Scorpio sees everything – including things that aren’t visible to the naked eye – and fears nothing. Taurus’ vision is confined to what is before her – and unless you’re being chased by a saber toothed tiger or a tsunami, there is rarely anything in the present moment that’s worth being afraid of. (Imperious Leo divas don’t count!) That’s a comforting attitude, one that, whenever I encounter it in someone, immediately makes me feel as though life is a lot more manageable.

I still remember a long-ago episode of Frontline that profiled patrons of a hair salon in New York City, all of whom had lost jobs, businesses, homes, and retirement savings in the past year. These are people who have had all sense of normalcy and security ripped out from under them. The owner of the salon is exactly the sort of sensible Taurus type who, for an hour or so every few weeks, provides these lost souls with comfort, continuity, and the sense that everything will somehow work out. I could understand why they kept making appointments with her, even though for many it meant charging her fee on their credit card. She was providing something much more than a haircut, and much less expensive than therapy.

We face difficult times. But at this Full Moon in Taurus there are opportunities for inspiration and joyful release, for community through music, art, and fellowship. So set your harvest table for dear friends and family, share simple food and drink, and laugh together – because where there is laughter, fear is impossible. The Full Moon in Taurus invites us to get out of our heads and to commit to being and living in the moment; to enjoy everything we have – and maybe to wash a load of laundry.

12 Responses to “Taurus Full Moon: Fearless”

  1. Helen

    oooh April i love that… “providing something more than a haircut, and much less expensive than therapy” = i must find something like that to do for a living, ya…
    …oooh laundry! haven’t gotten to laundry, still cooking… tomorrow? no, groceries tomorrow, laundry tuesday then, close enough…. i have taurus moon.. . i neeeeeed all that stuff done xo ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Donna

    Wonderful, wonderful post! “Where there is laughter, fear is impossible” is about to become my new mantra. It’s important to remember the oasis spots in our lives, especially during these insane times. Community and fellowship are so important when we’re dealing with a system that’s determined to pit us all against each other so we don’t notice what they’re doing behind the scenes. Thanks so much, April!

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  3. Susan Bush

    Yels. My response to the election has been very Taurean.
    I’m a Scorpio, mom was a Taurus, we butted heads a lot, but at the end of the day, she truly was never afraid of all the shit I threw in her direction, and she got the things that needed to get done, done,

    This closet cleaning’s for you, Mom.

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  4. Sandra M Williams

    Thanks for this wonderful essay. As usual, it’s engaging, meaningful, well-written and tosses out some quotable nuggets! I had not heard of the movie, Fearless, but your recounting of the plot line and essential meaning jolted me back to an experience of a near fatal car crash, that in the aftermath we were left wondering if we were alive or dead. Weird feeling. Life is sometimes strange and wonderful and frightening and horrible, and it is a perception.The reminder to be present in your own life, here and now, is always a good one! Taurean grounded. Happy holidays to you and yours.

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  5. Ieneke van Houten

    Oh how I love this! My Taurus Ascendant has grown to the point where I find myself identifying with it almost more than with the Cancer Sun. Mediis tranquilla in undis is exactly what I aim for. I have been blessed with a stable, paid for home base in the country. I am not sure if I could be a source of strength for others if I lived on the street.

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  6. Trina

    I am a Leo. courageous is my mantra, laughter indeed inspires fearlessness and pure hope into whatever future may come and go to each of us on our journey here in this life! A “roar-cry” of mine- EVER ONWARD !! I am a Scorpio Rising so there ya go! But for what its worth, I have hope, (since the elections) and know that our fates and our future is quite dim if you lack hope! That is one thing no one can take from you, even though politically they have tried ,,, (by encouraging our differences and splitting us apart, divided we are weak and shall be ruled by the few) But WE the People, Mankind shall prevail! I am optimistic, and feel we shall move ever onward, the Universe is behind all our positive vibrations! Together we can accomplish much! So ROAR ON (within reason)Stay the Course and know all is well!

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  7. Pat

    Always inspiring and great to read your articles April – thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxox

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  8. Sara

    As a triple Taurus (sun, Venus and Jupiter) you have described exactly, exactly how I go about things. What’s the point of the what ifs and could be’s? So boring. Let us attend to what needs to be attended to, in the present. And when we’ve done that, the next thing will appear and we’ll do that too. Let us not waste our energy on intangible fears and hysterics about things that haven’t happened yet. If and when the worst does come to pass, then we will meet it in the present moment and respond accordingly.

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  9. Clairessense

    Great post as usual April. Thanks so much.
    Yesterday, and even more so today, my totally Taurean daughter and I have been luxuriating in the pleasures of home life, cooking up a storm and even getting some pampering in too.
    I sooo love the Taurean moon, especially a Super moon. It always delights and nurtures me and provides me with gifts untold, including my awesome daughter of 8 & 1/2 years.
    The darkness may show itself at times but as you skillfully say, the Taurus moon gives us a practical light of perfect possibilities for all things positive in a perpetually preposterous populated planet. Say that fast if you dare! Ha ha!
    Love and blessings xxx

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  10. Anne Whitaker

    “…an unshakable, unshockable stability in the face of lifeโ€™s challenges…” April, that’s how Scorpio/Taurus has evolved down the years for me. The Full Moon in my Taurus 9th House feels very supportive in a Big Picture way, as I go through some hard times for my loved ones at present. Thanks for this beautifully written, wise post.

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