An interesting question Western astrologers face is that of the Southern Hemisphere: how, when this system was designed to describe the seasonal shifts in the Northern Hemisphere, does it translate to the opposite? When Scorpio season is there to describe death that accompanies the leaves falling off trees, how can it describe Springtime in Melbourne, particularly when so much of the Southern Hemisphere doesn’t have the same kind of cold and snow that is common in much of the North?
This week, I started thinking about how the full moons always occur in the opposite sign to the sun. So here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s spring and this is described by Taurus season: Taurus is Venus-ruled, has to do with the earth, gardens, and comfort. In the Southern Hemisphere, Taurus season describes a time of year of seasonal winding down, particularly in higher degree latitudes.
I’m often perplexed by this problem! But then I realized that it means the full moon takes on a different meaning. Instead of the sun’s sun describing the season, the moon’s luminous culmination describes the time of year.
So, while the warm energy of the sun in Taurus signals to our bodies that it is time to plant, gather, and nourish, the cool reflection of the moon — our solar system’s other luminary planet — reminds us that these two do not exist without each other. The comfort of Taurus relies on the depths of Scorpio, and transformation is only possible when we feel safe enough to emerge.
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