On Monday November 14th, the Super Full Taurus Moon arrives. It is also known as the depressingly titled, but very seasonally appropriate, Full Mourning Moon. Last year, I found a cool explanation of this particular moon name at an unexpectedly place – Refinery29 (yeah, the fashion and style website – I was wicked surprised too!). The article is called, Why You Should Care About Tomorrow’s Full Moon by Sara Coughlin, and it looks like she updated it for 2016. Here’s the bit I found the most intriguing –
While its placement varies, November’s full moon is always a signal of the changes to come; as the last full moon before the Winter Solstice, it’s seen as the final bit of light before the darkness of winter. It’s also known as the “Mourning Moon.”
While many modern-day superstitions surround the moon in general, the full version has long been upheld in Paganism as a time, every month, to reflect. People who follow Pagan traditions spend autumn preparing for the colder months, and the final step in this process is the letting go of old things — the things we must leave behind before we reach the new year. Hence, the “mourning.”
Cleansing rituals, during which you take note of what you don’t want in your life anymore, are commonly conducted in observance of the Mourning Moon. These discarded things can be anything from the most frivolous (a nail-biting habit) to the deeply profound (the grief over a lost loved one). The point is to think of these things one last time before resolving to move on from them. You can make a list and drown it in a jar of water (the element associated with this full moon) or perform a modern adaptation: Put your list in a note on your phone, and then delete it. (We don’t recommend drowning your phone in a jar of water.)
Next, a little bit about the whole, “Supermoon” thing, from the EarthSky website –
What’s a supermoon? It’s a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. An astrologer, Richard Nolle, coined the term supermoon over 30 years ago, but now many in astronomy use it as well. Are supermoons hype? In our opinion … gosh, no, just modern folklore. They’ve entered the popular culture (check out Sophie Hunger’s music video in this post, for example). And they can cause real physical effects, such as larger-than-usual tides. In ancient times, astronomers used an instrument called a diopter to measure the moon’s angular diameter, noting the variation in size of close and far moons. According to the definition of supermoon coined by Nolle, the year 2016 has a total of six supermoons. The new moons of March, April and May and the full moons of October, November and December all qualify as supermoons.
Now, for a little info about this Taurus Supermoon, from someone more well-versed in astrology than myself. From Forever Conscious, a snippet of the article Intuitive Astrology: November Full Moon 2016 by Tanaaz
Even though Supermoons are often highly emotional, this Taurus energy is going to bring a calming and grounding effect.
In fact, November’s Supermoon is going to help us to see things from a more practical and logical point of view and will even help us to put some actionable plans into place.
Finally, here is the graphic I created for the occasion, using a picture I took of the moon last November. Bright Super Full Taurus Mourning Moon Blessings!