by christina rai
April 26, 2017 CDT
The Taurus/Scorpio axis in the zodiacal wheel is considered to be one of the power pulses of the energy spectrum. Here is where birth and death are linked to produce transformation of the deepest kind. This birth/death can be literal or figurative. It is all about becoming and releasing. The becoming is the seed part of the initiation cycle into consciousness and the release part is where we allow old forms to dissolve so that the new consciousness can be fully embraced as it forms.
Taurus is one of the deepest and most sensual energies of the wheel. It holds form as no other can. In traditional astrology, this is the energy that was considered to exalt the Moon—the lunar force. Though most modern astrologers shy away from so-called ‘rulerships’, referred to as The Dignities, it is useful to make note of the various signs (energies) that were linked by rulership to the various planets. It can give us a hint as to how a particular personality impulse, as symbolized by the planets, can operate when in that particular energy. The exaltations (one of the aforementioned ‘dignities’), were energies where the particular planet in question was considered to be able to operate within the psyche at optimum capacity. It was kind of like a King or a Queen residing prominently within the sphere of the personality dynamic. So, persons born with the Moon in Taurus have the capacity to be fully ‘in the body’, grounded, practical on an emotional level, not given to histrionics and able to navigate life’s sometime treacherous journey with skill and reliability. There can be reactive tendencies as well but we’ll discuss them in another post.
When we have a collective NEW MOON in the sign of Taurus, we know it is the spring coming alive. The earth is waking up and green things are poking out of the slumbering ground. How fitting that this explosion of growth happens at this time of the year, when the Sun transits the entire 30 degrees of the sign of Taurus, that organic and glorious energy, and meets briefly, (about 2 ½ days or so) with the flighty Moon. (If you have been following the Lunar cycle, you have probably realized that the Moon will pass through all 12 signs of the Zodiac in a one month period and that at some point in any given month, she will join with the Sun to form a NEW MOON. It’s a lovely dance that we can follow both figuratively and literally since the two lights—the Sun and the Moon—are clearly visible in the sky.
This time period also marks the birth of the Buddha but I’ll talk more about that at the Full Moon. Suffice it to say, that this time period—late April to late May is an auspicious one. The earth is waking up, the Buddha has been born and is transformed, and really, all should be right with the world. We have been re-invigorated to begin again.
The call to action for this New Moon is Reflect and Re-do! We have had a rocky few months of frantic and chaotic energy. Our values have been upended. We have faced each other down. Lines have been drawn and crossed. How did it all play out for you? Well, here’s an opportunity to settle in, meditate on all that has been going on and re-envision your own process. Plant those little seeds and nurture them so that they grow into big beautiful flowers.
Mercury is retrograde, slowing down and ready to turn direct any day now, and within range of this New Moon, suggesting that we can meditate on just how we can more fully concretize the dreams, hopes and intentions that we have had since Winter Solstice. The mental energies are highly focused, ready to make fantastic leaps into unknown realms if need be (Uranus, the energy of invention & inspiration close to Mercury in Aries). Think about your strategies. How have they been working for you? Can you shake off those cobwebs of ‘the same, the same, the same” and try something different, even shocking? Shocking, at least, to you if you have been feeling like you are stuck in a rut. That is the key here. You are being asked to step outside the box and experiment. With Saturn trining this unpredictable but invigorating energy of experimentation, there is more than enough resourcefulness to actually get things in gear. And if you are feeling a bit shaky, somewhat vulnerable, that is coherent with this kind of fiery fuel. Saturn is also squaring Venus, demanding that your values be squeaky clean and true to the real you. If it ain’t working, then it must be broke. Now is the time to consider all the risks of making necessary changes so that how you live reflects the ‘who’ that you really are. This newly direct Venus energy is almost back in Aries, ready to take off on a whole new adventure of re-invention of the core self as expressed through fundamental life values. Make a promise to yourself that you will change at least one old and outworn part of yourself over the next little while. Which goddess would you like to be? An independent fiery huntress? A deep and resourceful partner? A fierce but loving nurturer? You choose and then do it. Little steps can take you a long way.
Mars has newly entered Gemini which lends freshness and youthfulness to the energy body. You are the little engine that could and with a fast moving Geminian Mars fueling all efforts to reconstruct and re-align, you have the sense that maybe, just maybe, you can get that train up that hill and start to really roll. Remember, life is process and it Is not the destination that you are seeking. Rather, it is the embodiment of the process that is key. Be the thing that you most desire to create in the world around you and before you know it, you will begin to see that thing all around you.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is 7* Taurus: A WOMAN OF SAMARIA
To understand this symbol, recall the story of how Christ first revealed himself to a Samarian woman at the start of his short ministry. The Samarians were not God’s chosen people so it is highly significant that Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah of the so-called ‘chosen people’, took his message of peace and love to a gentile, and a female one at that. This shows the highest degree of universality possible. To live our lives fully, we must recognize everyone as our family. We must embrace one another without exception. As we move through the world, we must avoid hidden agendas and live without an expectation that what we do will elicit some kind of reward. That’s not an easy way to live, by the way, but, even so, if we can do it, we should try to do it. Let’s all approach each other as little children do when they meet and greet. The expectation is that there is something good and exciting possible in every meeting. Like the Woman of Samaria, let’s all maintain an open mind when in conversation with ‘the other’. You never know, you just might meet the Christ and hear his message.