Taurus Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse | Tuesday 11/8/22 3:02 am PST, 16°01'

"Taurus is the sign of stillness. It reminds us to connect with Mother Earth to feel held, supported, and abundant." ~Spirit Daughter | Learn more about the Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse in Taurus, find Crystals for Grounding and Self-Love, discover rituals for connecting with the Earth.

"I invoke the spirit within me to illuminate my strength.
I am harvesting the fruits of my labor, that I've so diligently nurtured.
I know what to take with me, and what to leave behind,
so that I may move forward lighter, and freer than ever before.
My heart is open to change, and I am open to love."

Taurus Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse | Tuesday 11/8/22 3:02 am PST, 16°01'

“Sitting still is a way of falling in love with the world and everyone in it.”
~Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

"Taurus is the sign of stillness. It reminds us to connect with Mother Earth to feel held, supported, and abundant. It helps restore our inner peace when the world has thrown us a curveball, and it helps us feel our inner reliance in the face of any storm. Taurus is the energy to look to when life feels overwhelming, overstimulating, or just too much. It helps you connect to subtle energies of nature, like the Sun on your face, the breeze on your cheek, and the ground under your feet to feel your center.

As the eclipse energy culminates in Taurus, feel it soften you. Feel it hold you and become a container for the immense emotions stirred by Scorpio and Eclipse Season. Also, remember that this eclipse completes the energies put in motion during the solar eclipse in Taurus last April. Let it be a soft landing pad for your emotional journey that occurred in the previous six months. You may have experienced great upheaval in your life, or you may be feeling changes starting to stir. The eclipse is a time to center yourself and feel your inner stillness and strength."

~Spirit Daughter

"Gazing upon the Full Moon is to know stillness. In this moment there is no judgment, no desire to have it be anything other than it is. We have gazed upon this moon so many times. It is so much a part of our awareness that there is only peace as we arrive home. We are in a place of utter acceptance. The experience fills us to overflowing; boundaries fade and the moment becomes the unending sense of not two but one. The Full Moon in Taurus is the awakening of the self assured. “I have”.

~Anna Chapman

"Taurus teaches us to be our own anchor. Taurus is no nonsense strength. Taurus is our reserve of rocksteady. Taurus is a plethora of self-possession...This second and final eclipse of the season brings a power surge and a plot twist. Happening on the same day as a Mercury cazimi (aka a conjunction between the messenger planet and the Sun), this eclipse has a truth-serum quality to it. Because it comes with a call for radical honesty, the best approach will be to practice candor with yourself first."

~Chani Nicholas, author of You Were Born for This

Crystals for Grounding & Self-Love

Lunar Eclipses are transitional times when a little extra grounding and stability can be helpful. A dose of love and compassion (and patience!) for one's Self doesn't hurt either. To help you find balance, and bring more self-love into your life, here are some stones to hold, meditate with, or add to your altar during the eclipse on November 8th:

indian agate bracelets  paradise found santa barbara

Indian Agate is known as a stone for strengthening the body's connection to the earth, soothing and calming and bringing a sense of security. This crystal, like all agates, works with the heart to cultivate love, and has a warm, earthy energy. Indian Agate is thus a perfect complement to the Full Moon in Taurus, a sign associated with the hearh chakra and the element of earth.

red jasper | paradise found santa barbara

Red Jasper is also full of grounding earth energy, connecting one deeply with the vibrations of the Earth and bringing a greater understanding of natural events. Red Jasper calms the mind while stimulating the Root chakra, eases feelings of overthinking and emotional disconnection, and brings you back fully into your body.

peach moonstone palm stones | paradise found santa barbara

Peach Moonstone, which shares the same divine feminine energies as other moonstones, offers a special connection between your heart and personal will (solar plexus chakra). Peach Moonstone is a more inward-loving mineral and helps reignite your passion for the things that make you happy in this world.  As self-loving vibrations pour out of this stone every time you work with it, get in the rhythm of doing something positive for yourself. Reward yourself with a hobby you once loved or treat yourself to a place you once frequented. Try something entirely new that has been on your mind for days or even months now. These are all small things that reinforce the love you truly have for yourself, filling you up with joyful, positive energy that radiates outward to those around you.

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Elemental Ritual Inspiration

“I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body that have decided to be whole.”    
~Rupi Kaur, poet & author of Homebody

Leah Vanderveldt, author of the Magical Self-Care Journal: A Guided Journal to Nourish and Celebrate Your Body, Mind, and Spirit explores grounding practices for the Earth element in her article excerpted below:

"The four elements are what make up our world, they’re found in nature and are reflected back to us in many forms. The elemental system pops up as a framework everywhere from tarot to astrology to altar building. Every element exists within us and can be seen out in the world.

Air | Our thoughts, brain chemistry, and the ways we communicate.
Water | Our feelings, intuition, emotions, and inner world.
Fire | Our creativity, vitality, motivation and drive, movement, and sexuality.
Earth | Our sense of safety and security, purpose, self-worth, work ethic, abundance, and receptivity.

Earth corresponds with the Pentacles in the Tarot and Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn in Astrology. It's the Earth element that will help us balance out a racing mind and emotional overwhelm. Feeling our feet on the ground, being aware of our environment, dropping out of the chattering mind, and connecting to the Earth is essential when we feel like we’re living from the neck up.

It’s always the (sometimes frustratingly) simple things that can help us get grounded. But at the same time, simple doesn’t always mean easy. That’s why we talk about grounding in terms of a practice, because you have to come back to these things repeatedly to get the hang of it and maximum benefits."

Examples of grounding practices:

~Getting quiet for 2 minutes — no music, no other people, nothing
~Feeling bare feet on the floor or grass
~Looking at a tree
~Sitting or laying on the ground
~Breathing intentionally for 1 minute
~A walk outside
~Focusing on the food you’re eating (aka mindful eating)
~Putting your hands in water (make washing your hands feel like spiritual self-care)
~Drinking water and paying attention to how it feels
~Getting the sleep you need
~Dressing in something that feels great on your skin
~Putting on a favorite song and moving your bod

You can also place objects that represent the Earth element around your home or on your altar to balance out your space and remind you to check in with yourself. Things like:

~Plants and flowers
~Himalayan salt lamps or tealight holders
~Crystals, see above
~Greens and earth tones

“Enlightenment needs embodiment.
Wide-open insight needs deep-rooted instinct.
As above, so below.”  
~Kris Franken, The Call of Intuition
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