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Full Moon in Taurus: Don’t Cry Over Spilled Syrup

full moon taurus spilled syrupYesterday, I bought a fancy glass bottle of pancake syrup at the supermarket. When I got home, I tried to gather up too many of the grocery bags at once instead of simply making a second trip from the car to the house. Naturally, I dropped one of the bags — and of course, it was the one that contained the bottle of syrup, which smashed, covering everything else in a fine layer of goo. A shard of broken glass tore a small hole in the bag, and as I carried it into the house, I left a trail of organic Canadian maple goodness along the sidewalk, onto the porch, and across the length of the living room and kitchen.

I yelled. I cursed. I think I probably stomped my feet. I was already in a bad mood; I’d spent the morning moping about some problems I’d had with checks that hadn’t arrived, or which had arrived and promptly been lost, and spending twice as long as I’d planned at the hair salon because I’d forgotten it was a “color” day. Now I was behind in my work, feeling broke, and would have to spend time I didn’t have on cleaning up syrup. Tallying my grievances against an uncaring universe, I stamped my feet some more, sending the cats running for cover.

Then, I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon scrubbing maple syrup from tile and wood floors and hosing it from the sidewalk. But this morning I hit a few residual sticky patches in the living room, and while I was still grumbling about my newly adhesive shoes, a website problem came up – just minutes before an out-of-town friend was scheduled to arrive for a visit. I was ready to sit down on the floor and have a good cry.

I’m not a sun sign Scorpio, though on the days when my Moon/Pluto square acts up you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Such emotional drama; so much throwing of crockery and swearing! I’m pretty intense to live with.

Fortunately, I married a guy with the Moon in Taurus. Taurus’ super power is the ability to deflect tension and drama. My Taurus mother was particularly adroit at countering my tantrums and emotional firestorms with patience and humor. She liked my husband the moment she met him, perhaps sensing that here was someone to whom she could pass the torch, who could talk me down from the occasional emotional ledge without being intimidated by my … shall we say, passionate nature.

And bless him, he’s very good at it. Without getting excited, he offered to help me with the website problem. He cracked open his laptop, but before he’d gotten very far, an easy fix had already occurred to me. Something about his stabilizing presence always calms me down enough to think clearly, so that the obvious solution has a chance to present itself.

If Taurus could be distilled and bottled, the manufacturers of Xanax would soon be out of business. Before you get the wrong idea — because Taurus is forever being compared to things like rocks, and they don’t always take it as a compliment — I mean this as a tribute to the Bull’s calm and steadying influence. When Taurus walks in to a room, the level of melodrama plummets. Situations that previously seemed impossible to resolve suddenly seem completely under control.

Taurus brings with it a degree of confidence and practicality that simplifies what’s overwhelming and demystifies all that is vaguely terrifying. Taurus would have laughed about the trail of maple syrup, settled the visiting friend with a cup of tea and a friendly cat, and calmly diagnosed the website problem. There would have been no flapping of arms, no dramatic cries of victimization. Things would simply have gotten done, with no fuss.

This has been a really intense Sun in Scorpio season. It kicked off early, on October 5, 2012, when Mercury and Saturn moved into Scorpio. When the Sun entered Scorpio on October 22, it immediately set on a collision course with Saturn, making even the smallest tasks feel absurdly difficult.  We sometimes forget that Scorpio’s traditional planetary ruler is Mars; it’s a fighting sign, and for several weeks, nearly everything has felt like a dramatic struggle. But as we move toward the Full Moon in Taurus, with Taurus’ Venus ruler in even-handed Libra, maybe the tide is slowly beginning to turn in the direction of calm and sanity.

It has for me, anyway. In the end, I decided that the reason I was feeling so overwhelmed and victimized by trivial things was simple: I haven’t been sleeping well, and I was just plain tired. So I set aside my writing for a little while and took a nice, long nap. When I woke up, I got out a cleaning rag for one last go at some maple syrup residue I’d found on the living room floor. I checked my email and found that the checks are, as they say, “in the mail”. I calmly cored the last of the tomatoes from our garden for tonight’s marina sauce. With these small, homely tasks, performed methodically and serenely, I cultivated my own inner Taurus – and regained my balance.

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22 comments to " Full Moon in Taurus: Don’t Cry Over Spilled Syrup "

  • Carol

    I really enjoyed your latest Full Moon article – it made me laugh – at myself. I AM a Scorpio Sun and it’s exactly square Pluto, so I can get very dramatic on occasion too. The tendecy has lessened and lost it’s luster over the years since I just turned 65, and I too, was ‘saved’ by a husband with a Taurus Moon. I’ve long thought of him as the string on my balloon and your comments have confirmed that calming, stablizing influence. Thanks 🙂

  • Thanks, Carol, and I’m happy to hear that over time my Pluto rages may lessen. 🙂

  • Angel

    I haven’t appreciated my Taurus Moon much…until now. Thanks. 🙂

  • Kim

    I’m a Cancer with her moon in the 8th trine pluto, mars/uranus in Cancer in the 4th conj. Jupiter in Leo and can get a bit “emotionally dramatic” from time to time 🙂 yes…I like the term passionate myself! Thank God I married a Taurus…with a Taurus Venus and Mars to boot…he is my rock that I tie my balloon to. He accepts my sensitivity better than I accept his placidness. Sometimes I get so moved by a movie or a piece of music and he doesn’t get it. But when my world is a tsunami of emotions…he is the eye of the storm. Thank God for Taurus!

  • dar

    FYI – for those of us,who are ‘taurus-less’:
    …Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system. With this, it is frequently used to promote good sleep. But more importantly, it can be used to calm irritated and over-excited nerves. This is especially useful with epileptic seizures, convulsions in pregnant women and the ‘shakes’ in alcoholism… If magnesium levels are low, the nerves lose control over muscle activity, respiration and mental processes. Nervous fatigue, tics and twitches, tremors, irritability, hypersensitivity, muscle spasms, restlessness, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and irregular heartbeat all respond to increased magnesium levels. A common phenomenon of magnesium deficiency is a sharp muscle reaction to an unexpected loud noise. ‘Memory pills’ have been marketed that consist mainly of magnesium…
    [NB transdermally,epsom salts via bath or scrub are great]

    • Good call, Dar. I’ve been taking magnesium supplements for five or six years, and they immediately vanquished the anxiety attacks that I had assumed were psychological in nature. Amazing.

      • dar

        good on ya,Prof April
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        In studies using 3,000 milligrams of niacin a day,
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  • TwoBull

    I am smiling at this article and the responses. I have a Sun in Taurus 12 degrees and a Moon in Taurus, 8 degrees, in the second, and I think my family and friends would agree with your descriptions. I have just had a horrible week when I found it hard to hold onto my horns and hooves but it has passed and I am my solid self again. I love being a double Taurus. I usually smile when I see a chart with a Taurus moon as I know that moon will get that person through many difficulties.

  • helen

    okay, i laughed…. and laughed…. and i have Taurus Moon…. and Scorpio Mars… always good in a crises (freakout later!)…. and yes i have had those days where it’s pure anguish spending time being out of sync, cleaning up messes i have no time or energy for. Now in my old age, i am learning “the pause”…. to come back into my body and pay attention to “right now”…. though i have had “ssoooo tired” moments where i have beetled down to my car after work and realize i have left my keys at my office desk and am now locked out of building, car, everything… waaahh….now the keys are on pink underwear elastic around my neck when i go out… so i always have them on me… no chic for me, i am going for “simple”….p.s. the worst messes are when glass has smashed and i didn’t get all the pieces and find them with my bare feet (oooweeeeee!!!)…. so you’re okay!!!! well done!!!

  • Gia

    Thanks April. Even reading this article seems to be soothing me. It has been a tough last few weeks, months years. I’m a Taurus sun with Scorpio rising so I’m well aware of this cosmic tug-of-war. I think people assume I’m calmer than I really am especially with a frantic Gemini moon and Mars conjunct Saturn in Cancer in the 8th House. So, I can swing dramatically from one extreme to another especially below the surface. I’ve always been drawn to Taurus moons though, I think they are the ones who possess that inner calm that I wish I had.

  • I was also smiling at the wonderful rap you gave to taurus – sun, venus, jupiter plus two or three asteroids in taurus – and I am the anti-drama queen. Friends and family know to cut the bullshit when I’m around – although apparently it ramps up when i leave. As long as it isn’t happening when I am there…although I have a four year old daughter who sounds just like you April (are you an Aries?), and although she has both sun and moon in taurus, her pisces rising has made her super melodramatic. I’m hoping she grows out of it!

    • Sara, I’m a Leo with a Sag Ascendant and an angular Mars. Short-tempered and inclined toward dramatic displays! 😀 Best of luck with your daughter… I must say I do have fewer temper tantrums than I did at that age (thank goodness), so I’m sure there’s hope!

  • michelle

    My daughter is a Taurus with Scorpio rising…. She is farm from calm! lol

  • Jen

    As a Taurus moon, Taurus Ascendant (yes, they are conjunct, moon in first house), with Pluto and Jupiter next to my Virgo sun, I truly appreciate this article, on more than one level. I really needed to remember the Taurus in my chart.

    April, you are the best! I am always happy to see a new posting from you!

  • Les

    Humph. Must remember to channel my Mars in Taurus more often. My Leo Moon/Ascendant/Uranus conjunction is not known for calm. Puttering in the kitchen is a good Taurus calming thing, no?

  • Bella

    I have a Taurus Moon. This year I went to the wedding of the daughter of my friend of 30 years, a double Taurus, but with a Gemini Moon. She was losing her mind with guests and all. I was told by her daughter that the moment I arrived a calm settled over my friend and the whole prep. environment. I have other Taurus friends, but based on my years of observing this aspect I have concluded that even more than the Sun it is indeed the Taurus Moon that rules emotional calm. I also have a daughter with Scorpio asc.@5 degrees & Mars@19 & Sun/Pluto @ 20 degrees of Scorpio, it really has taken my moon to raise her, 21 next month, WHEW!

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