Taurus Full Moon: Grounding, Nurturing, Sensuous

IMG_9036The Full Moon in Taurus takes place on Tuesday, November 12th at approximately 8:34 AM EDT, ushering in grounding, nurturing, and sensuous energy! This Full Moon calls us to slow down, to take in, to appreciate, and to be. Full Moons, in general, are periods for pausing and appreciating, but this one especially, presenting in Taurus, asks us to do so! As we are also nearing the end of this year, taking this time to slow down, to reflect, and to appreciate all that has transpired and manifested seems even more appropriate.


Grounding, Nurturing, Sensuous

Taurus is an Earth sign, one that supports connection with the physical senses and plane.  A Full Moon presenting in Taurus encourages a deep sense of grounding and tuning into physical feelings, senses, and pleasures, slowing down to really be present with our physical experience in every aspect. This energy is one of nurturing, both body and soul, and through this ‘down to Earth’ energy, we have the opportunity to lean into the simple pleasures of life and cultivate a sense of comfort and enjoyment, appreciating our experience fully and connecting with everything and everyone that feels like home.

Taking time to pause and reflect on this past year is also very appropriate during this Full Moon, and through this reflection, using the Moon’s illumination, truly appreciating all that has taken place, all that has been learned, as well as every experience and manifestation. This requires slowing down, being, and intentionally reviewing this year, espeically all that has come to fruition over the past six months when the New Moon took place in the zodiac of Taurus. With this reflection, we may ask ourselves, ‘What am I currently enjoying that I wasn’t experiencing only six months ago?’ And ‘What have I created for myself over this past year that I intentionally set about to cultivate and experience?’ With these questions, we should pay attention to how we feel emotionally and energetically when we answer them and focus on any feelings that create joy, warmth, and satisfaction from within ourselves, to fully benefit from the energy of this Taurus Full Moon!

As stated previously, Taurus fosters tuning into the sensuous side of our experience – physical feelings and pleasures. By doing so, we have the capacity to more deeply connect with ourselves, with others, and with the Earth. This Full Moon is calling us to greater presence through our physical senses, really taking in and being with every feeling and physical experience, fully appreciating each moment in a mindful way. During this time, it’s beneficial to focus on enjoying the comforts of our home environment and those we share it with, as well as being with and enjoying time with those we are closest to, nurturing those deep connections. As long as we intentionally place our focus on what we are enjoying and what feels good, it’s likely we will receive the optimum benefits from this Full Moon!

Wishing you abundant Full Moon blessings!

“Practice presence – embrace the place where life happens.” -Eckhart Tolle 

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Scorpio New Moon: Intuition, Depth, Clarity

IMG_9037The New Moon in Scorpio takes place on Sunday, October 27th at approximately 11:38 PM EDT. This New Moon will highlight the energies of inuition, depth, and clarity, in particular. It feels really appropriate to experience the start of a new lunar cycle under the influence of Scorpio – as the New Moon phase is one of fresh starts and new perspectives, we really have an opportunity to dive deep (if we are willing) in order to take a look at things that may be difficult to face, possibly confronting our shadow side or aspect. While this may seem daunting for many of us, we are being assisted with this lunar presentation in Scorpio, and through doing so, we may discover things about ourselves that will really give us new insights and perspectives as we welcome this New Moon.

Intuition, Depth, Clarity 

As we allow ourselves to dive deep with the assistance of this Scorpio Moon placement, we may also find that doing so assists us to more deeply connect with our own intuition (another prominent characteristic of not only Scorpio, but also the Moon – so this New Moon will particularly highlight inuition). We are being called to temporarily shut out the rest of the world, in order to go within ourselves and really access the depth of our intuition – what we know to be true for ourselves, without the interference of anyone or anything else. That’s why, with this New Moon in particular, it will be important that  we create space for ourselves to do this inner exploration. 

Although it may not be an easy task to look at what faces us when we dive deep into the depths of our intuition and who we are at a soul level, doing so presents us with an opportunity to gain/receive much clarity. As we understand ourselves more intimately, as well as challenges that face us, we are then able to work with these perceived challenges, instead of feeling like they are working against us. Instead of looking at them as ‘challenges’, we have a chance to flip our perception and experience them as ‘gifts’.

And what might we do with all of this new-found clarity and discovered gifts? As it’s a New Moon, setting our intentions for the new lunar cycle is the perfect place to start! After doing this inner work, we may ask ourselves, what is really standing out here to me? What am I now recognizing as a gift that I may work with instead of a challenge that is working against me? How might I use these gifts to more fully align with who I am and what I am here to do? What direction is my intuition telling me to move in at this time? As we answer these questions for ourselves, it’s quite likely our intentions will take form from our answers – and from there we have a solid foundation to build on during this new lunar cycle.

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!


“Inuition is a sense of knowing how to act spontaneously, without needing to know why.” – Sylvia Clare 

If you would like to dive even deeper with the energies of this New Moon in Scorpio, considering ordering a copy of my most recent New & Full Moon E-Workbook! This E-Workbook provides background information about the significance about the New & Full Moon phases, in particular specific information about this upcoming New Moon in Scorpio as well as the Full Moon in Taurus that will take place mid-November. There are journaling questions that relate to each phase, to assist you to connect more deeply with your own intuition, as well as information about rituals and setting intentions. For more info or to order, visit the MOON WORKBOOKS of this site!

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Aries Full Moon: Determination, Passion, Independence

IMG_8495The Full Moon in Aries takes place this Sunday, October 13th at approximately 5:07 PM EDT, and marks the first Full Moon of the Autumn season. The energy of Aries highlights the qualities of determination, passion, and independence, and under the influence of a Full Moon, there is a call for pausing, appreciating, and shedding light on our emotions. As we take time to pause and appreciate all that we have experienced and manifested in the recently past Summer season, we also are called to tune in to our emotions in order to assist us to work with the energy of determination, passion, and independence along our personal path, and move into the final months of the year with a strong sense of confidence and empowerment.


Determination, Passion, Independence

In the zodiac, Aries is a strong, bold, fiery energy – with this energy, a lot of determination is present. Aries does not like to feel held back or like there is anything standing in the way. A Full Moon presenting in Aries is very powerful – with the Moon’s full illumination present, the determination of Aries energy is heightened even more! During this period, we may feel a strong sense of confidence, coupled with determination, as well as a strong knowing and feeling that nothing will stand in our way as we move forward into the final months of this year. We are able to simultaneously pause and appreciate where we have been over the course of this year, and all that has come as result, while also experiencing a sense of clarity about where we are headed and the direction our path is currently heading. 

It’s likely that this confident determination will spark a sense of passion in many of us during this Full Moon – a strong desire to continue moving ahead toward what we really want to feel and experience in our reality. We may even feel physically energized, igniting more of this passionate response, especially if we have created a lot of momentum during this past year in the direction of our dreams. We may feel like we are really on the brink of some big breakthroughs, as well as able to appreciate all that we have brought to fruition up until this point, realizing how it all ties together.

This Full Moon in Aries also brings a great focus to independence. Aries energy does not like to wait around for anyone else to decide or give input – there is a call for clear action and forward movement, independently. Aries recognizes that while it is valid in some situations to seek outside advice or direction, that the true answers always lie within, not without. As the Full Moon phase also typically heightens emotions, we would do well to really pay attention to how we feel during this powerful Full Moon, appreciating that our feelings are our internal guidance system, and if we really listen to them, we cannot go wrong, and that our feelings really lead us deeper into independence. We do not need anyone or anything outside of us to tell us or indicate to us what to do or where to go, our feelings will guide the way if we allow them to do so!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!

“Independence is loyalty to one’s best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.” -Mark Twain

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Libra New Moon: Balance, Harmony, Relationships


The New Moon in Libra will take place Saturday, September 28th at approximately 2:26 PM EDT, and marks the first New Moon of the Autumn season! This is a period of fresh starts and new beginnings, as we have just recently entered a new season, and we are now experiencing its first lunar cycle. As both the New Moon phase and the Autumn season represent a withdraw of energy, as nature begins to release all that it no longer requires and draw its energy inward, and the Moon also becomes darkened and is not visible to us in the night sky – with this in mind, we may think of the highlighted energies of balance, harmony, and relationships, that Libra represents, from a more internal perspective during this New Moon, as we also draw our energy inward.


Balance, Harmony, Relationships

A new season, a New Moon – it’s likely many of us are thinking of what we may wish to cultivate during these last few months of the year, and the New Moon is also a perfect time for intention setting. As we focus on what we wish to move in to, as far as cultivation and creation, during this season, it may be beneficial to go within and determine how balanced and harmonious we feel on the inside, within our internal world. Doing so will likely assist us in feeling more supported, as we we hone in on that which we want to move toward. If we do not feel balanced and harmonious in our internal landscape, it is likely we will not experience either balance or harmony in our external reality.

It may be, that for many of us, this is a period best suited to less doing and more being, as we draw our energy inward and place less emphasis on an external focus, especially if we have expended a lot of energy in other areas so far this year bringing to fruition other dreams and intentions. In order for us to create this internal balance and harmony, the energy will likely call many of us into a greater state of being, with less activity and external influence. If we allow our intuition to lead the way, we will know what we need, what we need to release, and where we need to free up energy. If we feel any indecision, which is likely with such a significant influence from Libra, we may use this feeling of indecision and reframe it as an opportunity to receive clarity – clarity which will assist us with forming our intentions for this first lunar cycle of the Fall season!

Libra also has a significant influence upon relationships, which includes the relationship we have with ourselves. Since the energy is one of a more inward focus, we may be asked to really evaluate this most-important relationship. As we do this, we also have an opportunity to examine how the relationship we have with ourselves mirrors the relationships we have with others. It’s quite likely they are a close match! As we look at the relationship we have with Self and realize what feels good and what doesn’t feel good, we have an opportunity to more closely align to what feels good, as it relates to how we think, how we talk to ourselves, how we treat ourselves, how we nourish ourselves, and what we allow within this relationship. As we do this, we will likely discover many parallels to how we treat others and how others respond to as well as treat us. From here, we have a framework to make any necessary adjustments in order to experience a richer relationship with ourselves during these last months of the year, which will only enrich our entire experience, both internal and external.

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings and a beautiful Autumn season!

“Balance isn’t something you find, it’s something you create.” -Jana Kingsford 

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Pisces Full Moon: Intuition, Creativity, Self-Appreciation


The Full Moon in Pisces will take place this Saturday, September 14th at approximately 12:32 AM EDT – the final Full Moon of the Summer season, taking place just a little over a week before the Autumnal Equinox on September 23rd! The energy of this Full Moon is likely to heighten both emotions and intuition, something Full Moons tend to do anyway, but especially influenced by the energy of Pisces, which also typically enhances both. This Full Moon will ask us to embrace our intuition, connect with our creativity, and really pause and use its illumination to appreciate ourselves and all that we have accomplished and experienced over the Summer season.

Intuition, Creativity, Self-Appreciation

Intuition will likely be very heightened for most of us leading up to, as well as during this Full Moon! This is an ideal period to really create some space for ourselves to ‘tune in’, listening to and following any intuitive guidance or insights we receive, especially as we are moving into the transition from Summer to Fall, a time where the veil begins to thin, so to speak, and we usually have greater access to the non-physical realms. We would do well to lean into trusting ourselves and our guidance, also protecting our energy in any way we need to, not out of fear, but out of love for ourselves and for all that we are connected to as well. 

This is also an amazing opportunity to connect with our creativity, especially if our intuition leads us more deeply into it! The Piscean energy here is directing us to ‘go with the flow’ of our creative urges, which may even offer solutions to problems we feel we have been experiencing recently or haven’t been able to quite figure out. This energy of the Full Moon brings illumination, and it’s very likely that a Pisces Full Moon will bring this illumination about through a creative spark!

Full Moons are typically also a time for pausing and appreciating, and with this one presenting in Pisces, which provides a more internal focus and energy, this Full Moon is definitely calling us into self-appreciation, pausing to appreciate who we are, as well as all that we have experienced and accomplished over this Summer season, which will soon be coming to an end! This is another good reason for us to create some space for ourselves, to go within, to reflect, and really appreciate where we have been and what we have brought to fruition over this Summer season. By doing so, we will hopefully receive renewed energy and focus as the energy of nature, and our own energy, begins to shift as we enter the Fall season!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings that will continue into the Equinox!



“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.” -Andrea Dykstra 

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