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The New Moon in Taurus occurs on May 4th at 15 degrees (rounding up). Taurus is an earth sign known for its determination and stubbornness, among other things. With this new moon we have the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment and to stand steadfast with our goals, even having suffered some recent setbacks, and we probably have suffered recently.
Let me step back from the new moon for a moment and discuss the planetary backdrop for a moment. About two weeks ago Pluto went retrograde at 24 Capricorn, then this past Monday Saturn went retrograde at 21 Capricorn, with the South Node betwixt and between causing all sorts of frustration, depression, and downright apathy lately. We have felt defeated, somehow, somewhere in our lives. We may have felt it’s useless or pointless to keep fighting. We have been in the darkness before the dawn and it’s been really, really dark. But dawn comes and this time it’s in the form of this lovely new moon in Taurus.
There are some strong vibrational patterns being activated by this new moon and they come down to two basic themes. First is that we can Create a Life and an Environment that is Ideal for us if we Focus our Thoughts and Daily Actions towards Manifesting this Reality. We can and we will, if we so choose. Second is that we can make a commitment to ourselves with Big Love that we are Worth It and that We Deserve both Harmony and Stability, Optimism and Pride. There is a Spiritual Undertone to all of this saying that hey, if we turn it over to the Angels that they have our backs. But if we ignore or bypass the spiritual support that is our Divine Right we are missing an Opportunity for Greater Connection in the Moment and for Growth in the Future.
These patterns might sound a little woo woo but let me tell you what’s really go on here. If we take the time every day (sun) to invest in feeling safe and comfortable (moon) and to make this a practice and pattern that we do daily then there is nothing that can stop us (Taurus). What habit or pattern can you imagine for yourself that would really up the quality of your personal life? It doesn’t have to be elaborate. What it really needs is to be practical and doable on a day to day basis.
For myself I have decided what this is going to look like in my own life. Each night after my kiddo goes to bed I often watch tv for an hour while my husband goes and works out. I figure it’s time for me to relax and I can unwind that way. But allergy season here in Dallas has been hard for me to adjust to and I have felt more stress in my body lately than usual and so I have a simple idea to take care of both of these issues at once. So as the new moon in Taurus begins I personally begin a new regimen of an evening shower to wash the allergens of the day off of me while de-stressing and taking some time for some much needed pampering that I admit I often neglect doing. How much healthier is it for me to allow myself an hour of spa time instead of an hour of tv? Do you agree that such a simple change in behavior can bring about a lasting improvement of how I feel each day? Added bonus it should help me sleep better as it sets up a lovely evening ritual of unwinding by honoring my own physical body and it’s needs. Enough about me and I think you get one example at least on how to implement this vibrational energy patterns into your own life.
The Sabian Symbol for the degree of the new moon is this: “Head covered with a rakish silk hat, muffled against the cold, a man braved a storm.” What better symbol for our current climate? We are all living in our own personal and collective storm. And we must bravely persist. I have seen some other astrologers jokingly remark that we should hunker down and take shelter with Saturn weighing down on us so much. I get the joke and I agree that you can do that for a brief moment, if it helps get you back up and on your way so that you can reach your destination. Don’t stop. Keep going. Brace against the metaphorical winds and onward we go. If we persist we will succeed. That sentiment is more Saturnian than anything. And by the grace of this new moon we get the cosmic support to keep going, keep striving, to not give up and see that we can in fact continue on with Taurean determination despite any and all obstacles that may or may not appear in our path.
So as you can see things haven’t been easy but there is a way through. There is relief in the form of practical reinforcements by our own stubbornness to let go of the goal as well as the fact that to be honest we have no choice but to continue. If we stop here the story ends. But it isn’t over. We embrace strength and we move forward, steadily, toward our goal.
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(also known as hey I know it’s been a struggle but hey, there is hope!)
We deserve some lightening up after being bombarded by the heavy energies of Saturn station retrograde on Monday and Pluto station retrograde last week. We have been feeling the pain, one way or another! But the next day or two we have the opportunity to reframe our thoughts to be able to face the our obstacles with newfound determination and if we are lucky, even a sense of humor!
Starting early Wednesday morning (May 1st), or tonight if you are on the west coast, we begin a series of Mercury aspects that help us to better understand what’s going on. Mercury represents the thoughts we think and the words we say and when we go through the darkness often our thoughts and words similarly darken and we can choose to deliberately take responsibility (ahem … Saturn station) for what goes on in our minds and what we say to ourselves and others.
The first aspect Mercury makes is a sextile to Mars which happens early Wednesday/late Tuesday depending on where you are. Our mind is invigorated. Mars in Gemini reminds Mercury in Aries what freedom of thought truly is and what being unrestrained feels like. Ah it’s like a breath of fresh air, especially after the repression we have been going through lately. Our minds are powerful. Our thoughts create things. Our words shape our actions. Our mind is energized.
It’s appropriate that our warrior energy has been strengthened because this series of aspects truly is a mental battle. The next aspect which happens early Wednesday morning is a square from Mercury to Saturn. It’s like that rhetorical question: did you really think you could escape your responsibilities? Escape your burdens? The truth is we do need to take responsibility in our lives but we don’t have to suffer because of it. This is the chance to realize (enlightenment) that we choose how we think about what’s happening in our lives. We can struggle in pain and suffering or we can whistle while we work. It’s a choice and we should take responsibility for our outlook and mindset, too.
The next aspect happens on Thursday afternoon when Mercury squares Pluto. We do have to face our shadow, our unhealthy patterns of behavior, our core thoughts in order to create new, healthier, more supportive patterns. This makes uncomfortable but we can’t clean the floor by ignoring the dirt so we do have to turn within and pay attention to that which is coming up in an unsettling way right now. We pay attention so that we can take back the power of our own minds and transform our lives from the inside out.
The final aspect which peaks late on Thursday is Mercury making a supportive trine to Jupiter. Jupiter is the great benefic. He helps us remember what trust, faith, joy and optimism feels like. We have been fighting a mental battle with ourselves and we are, in the end, victorious. We can celebrate with gratitude and with generosity with ourselves in our thoughts and words. We can forgive ourselves for doubting our own capacity and we can congratulate ourselves for persevering and standing strong. Because even if we crumbled for a moment under the pressure we still managed to fight our way out and stand back up. Most of all we have learned just how powerful our thoughts are and just how much power we have in our own lives by taking charge of the thoughts we think and the words we say. We are amazing. All hail the king, Jupiter, for reminding us of our natural royalty and natural divinity.
All of this is happening the next couple of days while we sit in the dark of the moon, preparing for the new moon in Libra on Saturday, May 4th, which offers us the promise of a new relationship first and foremost with ourselves.
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(The Quest For) Emotional Freedom
On Friday, April 19th, we have a powerful, rebellious full moon in Libra. Rebelliousness and Libra aren’t normally used in the same sentence but here we have the sun at the last degree of Aries conjunct Uranus in early Taurus with the full moon opposing those two naturally rebellious placements. Emotional freedom? Why yes, thank you!
Often Libra tries to put others before herself. In this case there is the feeling that enough is enough and I need freedom right now! We may feel that we have given everything we have to give to our partner, our cause, our commitment, and that before we go down with the ship it’s time to save ourselves. Such is life. Our survival instinct kicks in naturally.
The vibrational patterns in the full moon chart correlate to looking analytically at your own wellbeing. If you feel that a situation is no longer working in your favor you will either decide to take a more analytical and scientific approach to fixing it or you will simply cut the cord. We desperately want a revolution now and if we cannot get said revolution we are willing to jump ship. The patterns repeat. Freedom it is … do or die.
Whatever you are obsessing about right now it’s time to take stock and be pragmatic. Stop the emotional investment and look at things from an outside perspective, instead. If things can be salvaged, fine, do it. But if you have been living in some sort of denial of the reality of a situation that is going to come to a head and be clear. Be honest with yourself, but remember that there is no need to be brutal with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up over the choices of the past. Remember that the point of power is always in the present moment and be there, in the present, now.
Both the sun and the moon will be moving into new signs shortly after the full moon is exact. Everything comes to a head … the things that we were unwilling to change are now, suddenly changing, and it might be out of our control. We feel things peak and then life goes on. It’s the nature of reality. Nothing remains the same. And that’s okay. This full moon, ultimately, is teaching us how to let go. The reward, after letting go, is emotional freedom.
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