Aries New Moon: Seedlings Take Root

AriesGlyph17The Aries New Moon is the first New Moon of the natural year!  It occurs on April 18th, 2015, at 11:57 am MST at 28 degrees Aries.  Here’s the chart:  AriesNewMoon2015.  This New Moon carries a powerful ‘slow burn’ energy pattern that wants to establish and secure what’s been recently begun (November 2014 and January 2015) so that it will not only survive but ultimately thrive.

This New Moon juxtaposes opposite Yin and Yang energies.  Aries energy is quintessentially Yang, instinctively initiating actions that create new directions and new beginnings in life.  However, Mars, Aries’ ruling planet, is currently in Taurus, a pure Yin energy that deliberately slows action and consolidates forces to ‘ground’ new beginnings and manifest them into physical reality.  What Aries begins, Taurus establishes and stabilizes.

Happening at 28 degrees of Aries, this New Moon is actually void of course, meaning that the Sun and Moon will not make any more aspects with other planets before leaving Aries and entering Taurus.  Accordingly, you should wait at least a couple of days, or until the Sun enters Taurus, before taking any important steps or actions

The coming month will require patience as well as the ability to act spontaneously as alternating energies both drive you to action and draw you to stillness.  To successfully combine the best of both Yin and Yang influences, allow your intuition to be your guide.  By listening to your inner guidance, you’ll know when it’s time to act and when it’s time to wait for further insight or understanding before moving forward once again.

The Sun enters Taurus on April 20th increasing the consolidating and stabilizing forces available to nurture what’s new.  This is the time to ‘transplant’ your ‘seedlings’ into a loving ‘garden’ where they’ll put down roots that will sustain their continuing growth.  As thoughts increasing turn to matters of security, invest in what’s most meaningful and valuable to you, including your self!  Make the effort now to nurture and steadfastly care for what’s really important in your life, knowing that if you do the work, Autumn will bring an abundant harvest!

Indeed many recently initiated goals and projects embody high-minded spiritual values and universal principles. It’s really crucial now to ‘walk your talk.’  Let inspiration be your guide.  Keep moving forward – ONE STEP AT A TIME – implementing necessary actions in pursuit of noble and worthy personal, professional and spiritual goals.

This advice may seem counter-intuitive to those who follow in lock-step with mainstream ideas and expectations especially when it comes to ‘conventional wisdom’ about how to develop a business, pursue meaningful goals or invest in personal growth.  However, those who are wise know that the r-evolutionary influence of Uranus square Pluto is still quite active, and will continue to be so for several years to come.  In fact, ironically, now that the seven precise square aspects between these two are finished (June 2012 to March 2015), their peak influence has really just begun.

Progress now requires that we break free of old paradigms, particularly patriarchal paradigms that favor exclusion over inclusion, self-interest over sharing, hierarchy and control over equality and fairness.  Perhaps even more important however is a shift away from an almost exclusive left-brained, deductive way of thinking that has long favored logic over intuition and ‘cold hard facts’ over dreams.  Of course it’s always wise to stay tethered to reality, but equally important is the power of our right-brained holistic, intuitive thought processes that see beyond the limitations of the physical world.  Our right brain sees the whole picture – not just the parts, and can conceptualize and imagine what’s possible, not just what’s practical.  Intuition and imagination are the fuels that manifest our dreams.

Pluto just stationed retrograde on April 16th.  It’s still ‘stationary’ or appearing to stand  still in the heavens from our point of view here on Earth.  Stationing planets are super powerful.  Pluto symbolizes the Soul and the evolutionary process.  Until September 24th, Pluto retrograde will encourage a review of our Soul’s deepest desires.  Pluto retrograde in Capricorn (structures) will bring our attention to the nature of our current realities.  Capricorn rules the structural nature of human consciousness.  Consciousness creates reality.  Between now and September, we have an opportunity to honestly self-reflect upon what’s working and what’s not working in our world.

Want an example of how our consciousness, individually and collectively, creates our realities!  Consider how all of us are conditioned, almost from birth, to be afraid.  We’re taught to be afraid of power and authority, of losing our jobs, or not having adequate insurance, or losing our investments or even a loved one.  We’re taught to be afraid of strangers and of people from cultures that are different.  We’re taught to fear disease and identity theft and even asteroids that could destroy the planet!  For heavens sake, if you watch the news, you’re probably terrified on a daily basis!  Now consider how much ‘terrorism’ there is in our world.  This is NOT a coincidence.  Or to be more precisely accurate, I should say that it is indeed a ‘coincidence’ (coinciding incidents)!  Global terrorism is simply a reflection of the quality of our individual and collective consciousness.  Global terrorism is an outer manifestation of our inner terror and fears.

Pluto also symbolizes power and learning the right use of power.  As humans, our greatest power is our power to co-create which we do in nearly every waking moment through our free will choices.  The choices we make inherently reflect the quality of our consciousness.  Free will choices co-create our reality, consciously and unconsciously and facilitate our ongoing evolution.  The really awesome power of free will choices is when choices are made CONSCIOUSLY, not unconsciously.  Clearly its time to reclaim our power and use it consciously to co-create what we WANT, not what we don’t want!

So consider that the best use of this retrograde period is to take complete responsibility for what you’re co-creating in your life.  If you’ve experienced it, you can be sure that your consciousness helped to co-create it.  Pluto retrograde in Capricorn is a chance to re-empower your self by CONSCIOUSLY CO-CREATING your realities.

Of course in order to succeed at co-creating more desirable realities, you must determine what part of your consciousness (thoughts, beliefs) has been responsible for creating the reality or experiences that you don’t want or that’s no longer working or serving you.  The ultimate evolutionary lesson of Pluto in Capricorn is realizing that to change your reality, you must literally change your mind!

Mars, the ruling planet of this Aries New Moon, currently in Taurus, just sextiled (60 degrees) Neptune in Pisces and squared (90 degrees) Jupiter in Leo.  Together, these aspects provide the ‘juice’ to overcome the doubts of naysayers (including our own inner critic) and truly believe in your self and your dreams. It’s time to reach higher and see farther, trusting your Higher Self to guide and inspire you to create what really matters.  It’s time to realize (make real) your greatest Soul level desires.  Its time to manifest your greatest personal potential.

Further favorable support for your efforts is an upcoming waxing trine aspect (120 degrees) between Mars and Pluto on April 21st.  Mars and Pluto are a natural planetary pair.  Astrologically, Mars is known as the lower ‘octave’ of Pluto.  Again, Pluto symbolizes the Soul and its deepest desires, which for most of us reside at an unconscious level.  Mars instinctively acts upon our Soul’s deepest desires.  Mars trine Pluto reflects a tremendously positive and beneficial planetary influence that brings rewards for past efforts while simultaneously empowering current efforts.  Mars can act successfully now to manifest what really matters most.  Mars trine Pluto is an awesome invitation to evolve forward in leaps and bounds relative to your Soul’s evolutionary growth intentions in this lifetime!

So Spring has sprung!  It’s time to transplant all your new seedlings so they can take root.  Make the effort to really nurture and tend to them.  Seedlings are the perfect metaphor for our dreams and desires.  All they really need to grow is our conscious loving care and attention…

This article is written a summary of my live public presentation that explains and analyzes the energies and influences of the New Moon in-depth.  The audio recording is available in CD or mp3 file formats for $15.  Contact me if you wish to purchase the audio recording.

The Taurus New Moon occurs on May 17th at 9:13 pm MST!

Copyright 2015 Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting All rights reserved.

Taurus New Moon/Solar Eclipse

Taurusimage2The Taurus New Moon is also an Annular Solar Eclipse!  It happens at 11:14 pm MST/PDT at 8 degrees Taurus 51 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  TaurusNewMoonSolarEclipse2014.  Annular Solar Eclipses are different than Total Solar Eclipses which completely cover the face of the Sun.  The Sun and Moon typically appear to be the same size from our perspective here on Earth.  But the Moon, whose orbit around our planet is elliptical, is currently at such a distance from us that it appears slightly smaller than usual and is therefore unable to completely cover the face of the Sun.  The result is an ‘annular’ eclipse that creates an extraordinary ‘ring of fire!’  http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap020610.html.

New Moons always ‘seed’ new beginnings.  Solar Eclipses are always associated with New Moons and further energize their intrinsic initiatory energy so this Taurus New Moon/Solar Eclipse will double the power of new beginnings now. Visible only in the far Southern reaches of our globe this eclipse will nevertheless impact all of us on planet Earth.

The symbol for Taurus is the bull who represents fertility, sexuality, survival, steadfastness, resources and values.  In ancient times before the advent of money, valuable natural resources were used to trade for needed goods and services.  These resources inevitably multiplied through natural breeding or propagation ensuring an ever increasing quantity and supply.  They were truly renewable resources!  It’s no wonder the bull has become a powerful iconic symbol of wealth and asset growth for Wall Street, the center of global financial markets.

On a more personal level, Taurus symbolizes the resources needed for survival and the confidence we develop as we learn to value and offer our unique individual skills and natural talents to the world. As we learn to take care of ourselves we become truly self-reliant. Instead of projecting our needs onto someone or something outside of ourselves, we learn to trust and rely upon ourselves to meet our needs and in so doing establish a healthy, loving relationship with our self.  In the process we become truly self-empowered. Because Taurus is extremely magnetic in nature, our relationship with our self creates our unique individual vibratory frequency or ‘personal magnetism.’  In turn, this vibration is the causative factor in whom and what we attract in life.  Indeed our relationships with others reflects our relationship with our self!

As the quintessential earth sign, Taurus also represents Gaia or the totality of consciousness of our Mother Earth. Her precious natural resources are limited. We’re currently experiencing increasing environmental crises of our own making that will ultimately lead either to our demise, or an awakening regarding the wisdom of effective stewardship of the natural world. Our survival depends upon her so at some point, we must learn to value her and to live in harmony with, not domination over her.

It’s perhaps timely to remember a wise old Cree prophecy:  “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted and all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.” 

Deepak Chopra recently shared another very wise metaphysical insight regarding the troubling increase in turbulent weather we’ve been experiencing much more frequently.  He said, “We’ve been taught for thousands of years that we’re separate from nature.  We’re not separate from nature.  When we settle down, nature will settle down!”

Venus rules Taurus and is currently at 25 degrees Pisces in a waning semi-square aspect (45 degrees) to the New Moon. This symbolizes the need to throw off materialistic consensus values, beliefs and expectations in exchange for more meaningful values and ideals. ‘Outer’ things will necessarily continue to lose meaning as we are inevitably drawn towards more unconditional, timeless natural laws and universal spiritual values.  Devote time in the coming weeks to meditation and prayer, or the pursuit of philanthropy, artistic endeavors or simply dreaming and imagining what you want to manifest for yourself or others.  And spend more time in nature — the ultimate salve for the Soul!

This New Moon initiates new directions relative to what’s most important and valuable personally and collectively. What we need, we’ll value. What we value will reflect what has great meaning in our lives. The more we value ourselves, the more we’re able to fully develop our unique capacities and relative value to the whole of society. How we are valued by others reflects how we value ourselves. Do you know what your natural gifts and abilities are? Have you invested in yourself to develop them?  How well do you share these gifts with the world? Do you meet your own needs or expect someone else to take care of you and make you happy?

The Sun and Moon are connected to several planets now including Mercury which is also in Taurus, Venus in Pisces, retrograde Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn. All but one of these planetary connections are highly supportive. They can help us to take greater personal responsibility for our needs and goals and to ‘get real’ in order to move forward successfully in the many new directions recently chosen.  Still important is the influence of the extraordinary Grand Cardinal Cross that reached precision last week but will continue to energize major personal and collective changes and reforms for many months to come.

Perhaps the greatest difficulty will come from retrograde Mars inconjunct the Sun and Moon. This uneasy alignment may create even more crises that require hard choices and adjustments in relationships to accommodate different needs, values and goals. The challenge will be to listen effectively (people and nations alike) to others so that projections are minimized and everyone’s needs are equally considered and met through collaboration instead of conflict.  Compromise may have become a dirty word in our politics, but it is indeed the only way forward in our rapidly changing and evolving world.

Mars is really center-stage this month as it finishes up its current retrograde period (since March 1st) on May 19th. As it changes direction it will powerfully energize and kick-start stalled projects and initiatives. Make sure your intentions are right and proper for all involved as Mars is the planet of self-interest, force and desire that can devolve into war and conflict just as easily as it can muster the courage and drive to initiate positive changes and new goals.

May is a propitious time to meditate on peaceful resolutions to personal and global conflicts.  Focus your energy and attention on what you want, NOT what you don’t want.  And remember, the most valuable ability and the greatest power we possess as human beings is free will choice.  Free will choices facilitate human evolution and drive the manifestation process.  Make choices deliberately, consciously and intentionally!  Co-create the change you wish to see in the world.  BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD!

This article is a brief summary of my live presentation/analysis of the New Moon chart in an approximate hour-long audio recording that includes dates/descriptions of significant upcoming astrological aspects for the month. The audio recording is available on CD or mp3 file formats for $15. Contact me if you wish to purchase the audio recording.

The Gemini New Moon is on Wednesday, May 28th at 11:40 am MST.

Copyright 2014. Donna Lee Steele. All rights reserved.