The next full moon will happen on November 23, 2018 at 5.39am GMT.
In the sidereal system that Vedic Astrology uses, this full moon will be in Taurus, in Krittika Nakshatra. Taurus symbolises stability and also whatever we own or take in – like food, belongings, money. The symbol for Krittika is a blade (such as scissors or razors) and the deity is Agni, the God of Fire.
It was Thanksgiving Day in the US on November 22 which began as a day of gratitude towards the harvest. The full moon in Taurus always happens around the same time of the year and it is a time to think about abundance and how to be grateful to one’s abundance in life.
This is also a full moon that celebrates Lord Shiva’s victory over the demons Tripuri so one of the symbols is destroying our negativity and replacing it with positive thoughts and deeds. Using the Nakshatra symbols, we can either think of cutting off our negative side with blades, or burn off and cleanse our negativity.
When we talk about abundance people tend to think about money. But joy, affection, friendship is also abundance, food we can eat, a roof to use as shelter, there are so many things to be grateful about in our daily life. Being in gratefulness during this period, if we have some surplus we can donate to worthwhile causes or if we have some time to spare, we can make ourselves useful to other people, which is called Karma Yoga or Seva. When we turn towards gratefulness, our mind which was wondering towards what we think we don’t have will come back to be a bit more stable. Om Shanti.
Further reading: my teacher Komilla Sutton’s article on this Full Moon called Kartik Purnima
One of the many worthwhile causes that I personally fully support about giving education to children in Kenya
and about giving education to children in India