With all the wild activity over the last 2 months, due to a preponderance of planets in the initiatory sign of Aries, this New Moon in Taurus gives us an opportunity to begin to nurture the seeds of revolution in our lives. New Moons are always seed times, and therefore potent times for instituting new structures for our ideas to manifest.
Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, is a fixed earth sign. The most solid and immovable of all the signs. While the function of Aries is to is to use all it’s energy to push out of the soil to express the plant’s being-ness, the function of Taurus is to build a root system for he newly sprouted plant. To create a foundation to stabilize and increase the chances that the new plant (idea) will survive and ultimately thrive.
The sign of Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus and speaks to us of our resources and values. So what we plant during this cycle must be in alignment with our core values and our available resources. With so many planets still in Aries, including Mercury (the conscious mind), Jupiter (the Higher Mind), Uranus (the Cosmic Mind), Mars (the energy that propels us to go after what we want) & Venus (what we want), there are ideas aplenty, from many different levels of our psyche. So the question is: Which ones can we truly nurture and have the resources to take care of?
Venus the natural ruler of Taurus is, as previously stated, in the sign of Aries. Venus is not at all comfortable in Aries. Venus prefers to use the power of magnetic attraction to get what she wants. To have to take direct action to get her needs met makes Venus uncomfortable, and Venus LOVES to be comfortable. Saturn, which is within 3 degrees of an exact opposition to Venus, is in Libra, a sign it loves to be in, making it a stronger placement for Saturn. What this means, is that Saturn has more influence in Libra than Venus has in Aries. So our relationships (Libra) to each other, to life, and to our higher selves (Libra) must be taken into consideration. Saturn in Libra is also inconjunct the New Moon in Taurus, requiring us to transform some aspect of our emotional and psychological attachments. How our needs are met and how their fulfillment affects others are all up for review.
This New Moon also makes a trine to Pluto in Capricorn, creating a harmonious flow to the energy of transformation (Pluto) of structure (Capricorn). Capricorn is a power sign, ruling the ‘powers that be’ which includes our own sense of authority. Since Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008 many of the structures we have come to depend on have begun to crumble, and as they do, long hidden secrets are revealed. The dark side of power is brought to the surface which can bringing up feelings of powerlessness for those of us not ‘in charge‘. However, with all the Aries energy stressing “being” we can tap into our own inner authority and not allow the darker forces to usurp our sense of what we want to become. This New Moon affords us an opportunity to plant a seed based on our changing relationship to power, our own personal power and our relationship to those in power. It is truly a time to take responsibility for our own life and how we are going to go about making it work for us, in alignment with the available resources and our changing sense of what we really need to be happy.
This past February the New Moon in Aquarius fell upon the pagan holiday of Imbolc, one of the cross quarter days of the Pagan Wheel of the Year. At that time the New Moon fell in the middle of winter (Imbolc is the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox). This new Moon in Taurus also falls on the cross quarter day known as Beltane (the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice). Cross quarter days fall within the middle degrees of the fixed signs, the most fixed point of the fixed signs and so these points act as foundational pillars for our relationship to power, sex, & money, in other words, our desire nature. The Pagan festival of Beltane is a fertility celebration, when the Great Goddess and her consort God perform the Great Rite. It is the coming together, literally and figuratively of the male and female polarities to bring forth new life and blessings on the land. This reminds us of the sacredness of the earth and the miracle of life we all share upon the planet.
May this New Moon be one in which the seeds of love are planted. Love for the Planet (Taurus/Capricorn), love for each other (Libra), and love for the self (Aries).