This month’s New Moon in Taurus occurs on the 14th May at 1.05am BST at 23TAU09. It’s time to consider what you truly value. Get in touch with your body and your senses; the scent of perfume, the feel of the ground beneath your feet, the skin of your lover…Ruled by Venus, this Moon is also about making yourself more comfortable in life; whether that means tidying the house or taking on a longer term project that will bring in more money. Taurus in interested in physical comfort, Venus dances to the tune of beauty. Surely life is meant to be a dance – a passionate tango, a frantic jive, a slow sensuous waltz.
In honour of the Moon today I went out and took photographs of the community organic garden outside my home, breathed in the scent of apple blossom, found flowers like tiny hearts, revelled in the vibrant blues and purples of forget-me-nots and hyacinths. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for ages but there never seems enough time. Today I made time, stopped questioning whether I had the time and just picked up my camera. Such dalliances make me want to write, to sing, to paint. I’m listening to Rio en Medio “I See The Star“. It tickles my soul.
Look to where Taurus is in your chart. This is the area of life in which you can invest yourself fully with the patience of a farmer. This is where you can show dependability, practicality and creativity and where you need to see some kind of material manifestation.
The Sabian symbol for this Taurus Moon is: –
An Indian Warrior Riding Fiercely, Human Scalps Hanging From His Belt.
Here we have a warrior who has already been successful many times. He rides fiercely because he can. He has faced death and won, smashed his enemies into the ground. Each challenge he has met has given him one more slice of wisdom, a little bit more status in the eyes of his tribe. Venus of course rather likes those status symbols although she would probably like them to be a little prettier!
He charges into the future buoyed by the knowledge he can protect himself from whatever he meets along the way. He has courage, passion and vitality. He is wild and primal. He brings us to our knees if we meet in him dreams. God help us if we meet him in the waking world. Yet most of us can relate to him for he is within all of us. We all have a warrier cry. Sometimes we simply need to fight for our goals, protect what we value most. This New Moon is encouraging us to defend what we hold dear. The farmer tends to life but must also be prepared to face death. The warrior reminds us that whilst the farmer may cultivate the land, he is never fully in control of mother nature. There’s a little of the wild in us all and we need that to survive.
The New Moon is square the Neptune-Chiron conjunction and square Mars. This combination brings up many questions to me.
What do I sacrifice in the pursuit of my desires?
Where am I deluding myself when it comes to my goals?
What habits keep me safe emotionally?
Do I identify with victim or persecutor – hunter or prey?
The New Moon is under pressure to conform to what feels like a conflicting purpose. How can I connect to my warrior side and allow myself to take centre stage without losing touch with my inner self (Mars in Leo)? How can I connect to the rest of humanity without losing my sense of individuality (Neptune in Aquarius)? Emotions may run high right now, as may the intuitive faculties. Listen to what your intuition is saying but take care not to over-react.
The trine from the Moon to Saturn gives us a clue. Look to what is emotionally stable in your life. What makes you feel settled? Which ambitions nourish you? What can you see growing, however slowly? The cheeky sextile to Jupiter makes me feel that if you stop for a minute to smell the roses, you may just catch the perfume of a rarer flower which leads you on a dance through the garden. Follow the stream you never knew was there and you might just find something truly unique.
Check the house in which the New Moon occurs. The house with Taurus on the cusp shows the area of life in which you need basic comfort and security and what needs your attention right now. Listen to your gut instincts, get in touch with your desires. Step back to look at what you are building. Do you like it? Is it pretty? Is your life a garden of roses or a muddy patch filled with nettles? If the latter, make some nettle soup and clear the way. It’s time to plant the seeds of the future. Inertia is the Taurean bane – the time will pass anyway so don’t be phased by how long things might take to get off the ground. Taurus teaches us patience as well as determination.
The Tarot Card associated with this decan of Taurus is the 7 of Pentacles. It speaks essentially of making time to stand back from your work, take time to smell the flowers. It’s also important to consider if the effort you have been putting in is worth what you are getting out of it. Do the rewards really justify the energy spent? The dynamism of the Indian warrior may be somewhat intoxicating yet one wonders whether he has ever stopped to check if he’s actually going in the direction he wants to go in? We all need to be in touch with our primal instincts, afterall fear and anger can keep us safe but we need more than that to truly thrive. A seed may need a bitter frost to crack it’s shell but gentle sun to bring it to bloom.
This months New Moon occurs in my 10th house. My career is on my mind. I’ve had several periods of ill health this year which have lead me to have little energy to write for my websites which is part of my true vocation. With my Sun in Taurus, I feel that this is ‘my’ Moon. A positive time for me to consider where I have got to so far and what I still need to do. Time for me to protect what I hold dear. The retrograde Mercury period also began in my 10th house so the emphasis has been doubled. Up until when I was sick, in many ways I was like the fierce Indian, doing what needed to be done to get myself to where I wanted to be – stopping short of collecting scalps I hasten to add! Unfortunately, under the barrage of heavy transits and progressions my body decided that enough was enough. This horse needed to stop and drink! This New Moon resonates with me deeply. I have done a lot of thinking about what I am willing to sacrifice, and what I am not, what I feel passionate about and where I need to have courage. Most of all I want to tend to this garden. My gift back to the Moon is to re-commit to my writing, starting here, right now with this post. Here is the seed.