Goddess Oya brings winds of change…

In her wonderful book, Jambalayah, Yeye Luisah Teish tells of a strange event that happened near the end of 1982. She was alone, bedridden with a severe upper respiratory disorder. Between the congestion, high fever and sore muscles, she was on death’s door and could not muster the energy to do anything about it. She later recalled wondering what her mother would do, before drifting into a near-delirious sleep.

After a time, she sat up. “As my feet hit the floor, I noticed varicose veins (which I do not have), and my muscles were not sore,” she wrote. “I stood up and felt my hips much larger than they are. It seemed as if I were wearing my mother’s body!” She walked into the kitchen to prepare some of her mom’s home remedies, like hot mint tea and peeled garlic, then went back to bed. Periodically throughout the night, she ministered to herself. Finally, she fell into a deep sleep and arose at noon, “fit as a fiddle.”

Teish suffered through a storm and came out the other side – with help from another dimension. In the Yoruba tradition of her ancestors, the dearly departed are known to serve as healers for us. Sometimes they introduce us to those who help us care for ourselves. Other times they come and heal us in our sleep. But what was unique about her experience was that Teish’s mother was not dead, just living elsewhere. Teish also knew from her African tradition that every mother contains her daughter and every daughter her mother – and she was aware that the power which lies between two people who love each other can catalyze miraculous results.

I can attest to this myself. While living in Los Angeles years ago, I received word that my mother had been in a car accident. She was in San Diego being rushed into surgery, so all I could do was lie down and connect with her. The intensity of my love and concern sent me into an altered state. It felt like my body had been hooked up via jumper cables to hers. For over an hour, high-voltage energy pulsated from me to her. It was invigorating, even ecstatic. Afterward, I learned that Mom was going to be fine.

There are indeed stranger things in heaven and earth than most of us dream of. Yet at certain times, we can more easily sense the presence of the Unseen. And that includes Samhain (the Wiccan New Year), also known as Halloween. Dressing up as skeletons and witches – or decorating our yards with these scary figures – help us acknowledge the Scorpionic energy of transformation that ushers us into the darker, colder months of the year. (This is also true of Dia de Los Muertos on November 2, which is dedicated to reconnecting with and honoring our ancestors.)

Since it coincides this year with the Taurus Full Moon (Oct. 31, 7:49 a.m. PDT), Halloween is sure to conjure extra magic and mystery. And, change agent Uranus exactly conjuncts the Moon – shaking things up, electrifying our bodies and preparing us for change. The time around this Full Moon may be a profound turning point, a vibrational shift of energy. With no barriers between the land of the ancestors (Scorpio) and the land of the living (Taurus), it’s also an unparalleled time to invoke ancestral magic.

In the Yoruba tradition, Goddess Oya embodies the Scorpio energy of death and rebirth, as well as sudden, Uranian change. As Queen of the Cemetery, she conjures storms to sweep away the past. Oya as Uranus may shake your foundation in unpredictable ways, especially if you have planets in Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius near 8 degrees. Yeye Teish warns that you should not invoke Oya unless you possess the courage to transform yourself. “Oya is not to be played with,” she says. “Oya will shake your soul loose from its foundation; hurl you from the tower of false pride; sweep you clean of debris and madness, and plant you on fresh ground.”

You may prefer to invoke your helpful ancestors instead. Your aim might be to ensure a fair, progressive outcome in the coming election, to help a loved one who’s suffering, or to catalyze a fresh start for yourself. As Mercury and Mars both station direct in the next two weeks, things could shift rather suddenly. The winds of change are in the air; it’s good to align with them.

Start by grounding yourself, standing barefoot on the earth. See a line of energy running from behind your eyes down through your pelvis and legs, into the ground. Feel that energy become like roots, winding down to the pulsating heart of Mother Earth. Anchor yourself firmly, and slowly breathe that loving energy up through your body. Send it out through the top of your head to the heavens. Call on your helpful ancestors (blood relatives, soul friends or famous figures you admire.) Ask for their help, and give gratitude. Affirm the highest outcome for all concerned, no matter how things may look at present. Listen for their guidance in the following days, paying particular attention to any unusual messages from nature or noteworthy dreams. You might even be used as a vehicle to heal someone you love. Either way, enjoy the magic and mystery of this intense season!

12 thoughts on “Taurus Full Moon: Ancestral Magic

  • October 29, 2020 at 1:42 am
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    Beautiful! Thank you!

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    • October 29, 2020 at 2:27 pm
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      You’re so welcome, Erica! Happy Full Moon

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  • October 29, 2020 at 8:54 am
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    My ascendant is 8 degrees taurus, eek!
    what on earth is going to happen?
    thankyou for your article

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    • October 29, 2020 at 2:30 pm
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      Sounds like you’re about to experience an awakening or jumpstart of some kind, Dawn! Make a a good one by blessing this Full Moon…

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  • October 29, 2020 at 10:26 am
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    Wonderful story ! The real time magic woven thru. Thank you

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    • October 29, 2020 at 2:32 pm
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      I thought it was a great story too when I first read it years ago, and again when it popped into my head in relation to this Full Moon! Teish has been a wonderful teacher for me; she’s been doing a lot of online talks lately that you might enjoy. The latest one was for the Shift Network’s Beyond the Veil Summit. Happy Full Moon!

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  • October 29, 2020 at 12:32 pm
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    Oh Simone! This is a spectacular piece of writing, insight, encouragement and recommendations! I am Taurus with Scorpio rising and a Sag moon. I can feel the change opening my eyes and shifting me to a place completely new to me. I looked at my business partner yesterday and said, “ Wait a minute! Do you mean to tell me that all of “this” is available to me and I never stepped into it?” Change is afoot and it can be good!! Thank you!

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    • October 29, 2020 at 2:34 pm
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      Wow Kathy that is amazing and wonderful to hear! And what a testament to the positive power of change! So glad you enjoyed the essay, and many further Full Moon blessings as the energy continues to unfold…

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  • October 31, 2020 at 10:37 am
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    Great article. As a Taurean with great interest in the orisha tradition, this is very helpful! Many thanks from England.

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    • October 31, 2020 at 2:35 pm
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      So glad you enjoyed it, Imani! I too love the orisha tradition, as you can probably tell – it’s so beautiful and deep! Happy Full Moon…

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  • November 3, 2020 at 8:16 pm
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    I feel so much good change is afoot and I welcome it! I did a ceremony on the Friday before Halloween invoking Aphrodite and solid rooting partnership. After 5 years of working on myself and my own foundations, I feel so sure of being ready! I am also deep into launching my soap business after it being an 11 year hobby after being furloughed from my sales job in March! I am Scorpio sun (11/1 birthday), Virgo Moon, Capricorn Rising with Venus In Libra and 5 planets total in Libra! I love beauty, self care and sharing nurturing with others. This time feels so pivotal to me. A dear friend of mine sent me your article and I’m so glad she did. Thanks for conveying this powerful message that resonates so deeply with me! ❤️

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    • November 3, 2020 at 9:51 pm
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      You are so welcome, Nikki! And how wonderful to hear that you’re making the most of this pivotal time. Best of luck on your Venusian ventures!

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