In the ancient stories of India, Daksha was the father of many daughters — 27 of whom were the Nakshatras, who divide the zodiac into 27 equal parts. These Nakshatras are specific to the astrology of yoga — and they’re what you hear me talk about on each full and new moon cycle. Rohini (which sits entirely in the sign of Taurus) is literally where the Moon is in the sky on the evening of November 26th, 2023.
Daksha presented his 27 daughters as a gift to the Moon god, Soma under one condition: that he was to love each of them equally. (Note: Stories like this, when taken literally, have a patriarchal feel... so I recommend keeping your understanding on a more symbolic level whenever possible!)
Despite the agreement, in Soma’s eyes, one daughter reigned supreme when it came to charm, charisma and beauty. Her name was Rohini. And now the trouble starts...
The other 26 wives of the moon were forlorn that Soma’s attention was more in favor of their sister, rather than spread equally amongst the group. Daksha got word and cursed the moon for his oversight of the original agreement.
The way the stories go, curses on gods like Soma play out in the archetypal realm — so when Soma was cursed, all the functions of the moon went awry... the tides, plant growth, guidance in the night sky, etc. After he was begged to have mercy, Daksha reversed the curse — but of course, nothing in life is completely reversible.
Thus, Soma was sentenced to wax and wane each month — essentially going through the entire process of birth, growth and death every single month. This is the story of why the moon is the way it is.
This is what feels real to me about this Taurus Full Moon...
Full Moons = high energy — we are our most attractive, and we have the opportunity to launch whatever we’ve been working on the previous two weeks. It represents the phase of manifestation and putting yourself out there, while also representing the start of the moon’s waning.
Although we bring a “full” energy to this time, we can also benefit from letting things go and shedding layers we won’t need as we move toward the New Moon over the next two weeks in this particular cycle.
In true Rohini fashion, charisma, charm and creativity all reign when the Moon shows up in her Nakshatra. This moon carries a vibration of sensuality and devotion, so we are served well by indulging in the things that make us happy with the people we love the most.
In the same way, Rohini feels a lot of pressure — being the most loved sister of 27 — and as such, her shadow sides is jealousy, frivolity when it comes to material pleasures, and an overall dissatisfaction with life. This is what we are destined to feel if we seek connection only outside of ourselves, in life AND in love... our journey is to discover connection *within*. If we resist the urge to stick to our spiritual path, we’ll spend our whole life searching and wondering, “Is this it?”
Consider which side of the coin you’re feeling this Moon cycle, especially mentally. Perhaps you are happy to indulge in things that make you feel happy, whole and sensual... or perhaps you’re feeling resentful, jealous and of lower vibration.
If the latter, be willing to let that go over the next few days, remembering that when our exterior world triggers us to feel a certain way, it’s merely a reflection of an inner feeling we have the opportunity to acknowledge.
Overall, Taurus represents the desire to make a full, safe and abundant life — and fertility is indicated here, too. If you’re struggling to create *literally anything* in your life, take a pause, take a breath, and consider putting one of my favorite affirmations on repeat in your head:
✨ All in perfect time. ✨
See if you can feel the shift! Sending love 💕
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mollie is a cheesehead transplant to Northwest Montana, with degrees in Retail and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, she lives off the grid, half the year in a Tiny House & half the year in a yurt — both of which she and her husband, Sean, built by hand. Nonprofit Executive Director by day, Mollie also owns and teaches at Yoga Hive — a chain of community yoga studios in the valley.