The Beaver Full Moon will illuminate the sky on Tuesday November 12th in the Northwestern Hemisphere. It is named as such in the Farmer's Almanac as this was when the beavers would begin to build their dams as they prepared for the winter ahead.
This full moon is in the steady and sturdy house of Taurus, which will come as a welcome respite for those of us feeling the collective intensity, which astrological experts note is particularly high.
Each full moon has the quality of abundant light. Emotions, thoughts, and (often most uncomfortably) lessons our highest self needs to experience rise to the surface. This full moon has a loving lesson to offer to us, and it is a time tested wisdom that we cannot hear enough: quality over quantity. This includes how we spend our time, the relationships we invest in, what we buy, and what we take into our bodies via food and information. This moon is reminding us that though we are in a fast paced modern moment, we do not have to do anything more. We can take our time and be extra particular about how we are showing up in the world. And we can better show up in the world when we take care of ourselves by slowing down.
We all have dreams and desires, and they are changing all the time. Though the full moon reflects abundance and possibility, the message of this Beaver Moon is that you can take the pressure off of "figuring out" the big vision and instead pause to relish in the moment you are in. Instead of taking action steps, this moon asks us to be in conscious thought. Notice what we spend time thinking about and ask, is this thought nourishing my highest self? For many of us, this moon will be about taking the time to cherish where we are at as we slow down the pace of our lives.
This full moon shares the sky with Mercury in Retrograde. Even though this celestial event has developed a negative connotation, Mercury Retrograde and this full moon offer us a beautiful invitation to go inward. We are asked to pause the stories about everything "we need to do and have done" and instead leave a lot of space for contentment to greet you in the present moment. Now is the time to notice where in our lives the "if only" syndrome is present. If only I had a better job, if only I had a partner, if only I was single, if only I lived somewhere else, if only I lost ten pounds...then I would be happy.
These two weeks are a time to release the need to be different. It is not the details that create the container for contentment, but rather stillness infused with the knowing that right as you are, you are enough.
It's worth repeating. Right as you are, you are enough.
Let this be your mantra for the next two weeks as you trade the google calendar for the meditation cushion, the night out for a spa day, and you start to cherish the pieces of you that just want to be be loved.
There is no need to resist the energy around you. Lean into the bright light of the full moon illuminating the richness of the present moment. Commit to noticing the moments when the mind wants to be in go-mode. Especially as 2020 creeps near, we can spin ourselves into a whirlwind of resolutions. Instead, pause in the present moment and take stock of your energy. Make decisions on how and when you move and act that are in alignment with your highest self. Knowing what is in alignment only requires a pause and a willingness to listen. Based on the energy of the collective right now, you may find you want to be saying more no than yes.
Pluto plays a part in the affect of this Taurus full moon. Pluto is known, according to experts, as the energy that loves to know we are doing things the "right way". There is a desire to control and be certain. However, as we prove to ourselves time and time again, striving to control outcomes leads to burn out, resentment, and ultimately pain. It is much more enjoyable and rewarding to lean into the flow life, opening our vision and taking in the scenery rather than closing in on a specific end point.
There is a difference between showing up fully to the moment and trying to control it based on an agenda, especially when the agenda is ruled by fear.
Notice the times when you are tense or gripping on to how things "should go", and sit with what it means to unravel that need. Journaling will be extremely valuable during these next two weeks. Consider it your own sacred laboratory for working through what is present for you.
Know that even as things come up that present discomfort, everything that is happening is for your highest good, and you are being taken care of. Trust that you have everything you need in this moment, that what you desire will be brought to you the more you connect with the deep love that resides inside of you.
It is the same love that created the planets and all the stars. It is the same love that holds you in every moment, including right now.