The 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.
The Scorpio New Moon occurred this morning at 5:50 am MST at 11 degrees Scorpio 15 minutes. This New Moon is also a rare Solar Eclipse! Here’s the chart: 2013ScorpioNewMoonSolarEclipse. Scorpio rules evolution. Scorpio rules choices. It also rules power. The most powerful human attribute is free will choice. Why? Because human evolution is facilitated through the power of free will choices. Of course the wisest free will choices use power to create, heal and evolve, not to control, manipulate or destroy. How do you use your power? How powerful or powerless do you feel?
Science now knows that consciousness creates reality. Religion teaches us that we’re made in the image of our divine Creator which makes us ‘co-creators.’ What are your thoughts, deeds and beliefs (free-will choices) co-creating?
Scorpio’s planetary ruler, Pluto, represents the Soul and its deepest desires. Every Soul has two opposite and competing desires; the desire to separate from the divine Source that created it and the desire to return to that same Source. Throughout countless lifetimes, Souls exhaust their separating desires (material world/matter) and turn their attention more and more to the desire to return to their divine creative Source (non-material world/Spirit).
Solar Eclipses are powerful New Moons that ‘reboot’ cosmic energies. Eclipses are evolutionary gateways. This Scorpio New Moon/Solar Eclipse also carries the energy of Saturn (limits, responsibility, authority) and Mercury retrograde (intuitive mind, hidden info/knowledge) in addition to the Sun and Moon. It will bring deeply held emotions and wounds to the surface and reveal powerful dark hidden secrets.
Whatever ‘comes up’ or ‘comes out’ will do so because of an evolutionary intention to metamorphose its associated limitations that are now preventing further growth. Scorpio always advises us to confront whatever comes to the surface or gets revealed, to face it squarely, head-on, because it’s ready to evolve, heal and transform.
Pluto rules this New Moon/Eclipse. It’s been transiting through Capricorn (social structures/systems) since 2008. It was squared (90 degree angle) for the fourth of seven total times by Uranus in Aries on November 1st reaching the mid-way point of this extraordinary celestial event that reflects worldwide social/political changes that have been unfolding over the past several years including: the global economic downturn, America’s first African American President, the Arab Spring/Summer and Syria joining the world treaty banning chemical weapons. Breakthroughs and changes of this magnitude will continue to powerfully manifest over the coming days, weeks and months, fueled by the power of Scorpio and the free will choices it represents, both individually, and collectively.
So be exceedingly mindful of choices made now as they will likely have far-reaching consequences and perhaps weightier outcomes than intended. Choose peace. Choose love. Choose healing. Choose self-empowerment. Choose consciously. Choose wisely…
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 meif you wish to purchase the audio recording.
The Sagittarius New Moon is on Monday, December 2nd at 5:22 pm MST.
Copyright 2013. Donna Lee Steele & Threshold Consulting. All rights reserved.
The Taurus New Moon occurs on Thursday, May 9th at 5:28 pm MST at 19 degrees Taurus and is a SOLAR ECLIPSE! Here’s the astrological chart: TaurusNewMoonSolarEclipse 2013
Eclipses are powerful New Moons (solar eclipses) and Full Moons (lunar eclipses). We’re already in ‘Eclipse Season’ as we experienced a Lunar Eclipse two weeks ago with the April 25th Scorpio Full Moon. The Taurus New Moon Solar Eclipse will soon be followed by another Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on May 24th at 4 degrees Sagittarius.
Eclipses interrupt the constant stream of cosmic energies bombarding our planet. These extraordinary celestial phenomena are like new heavenly ‘program downloads’ that regulate the evolution of human consciousness and dramatically ‘move’ events in the world personally and collectively. Things happen at an accelerated pace as eclipses unfold!
While New Moons always ‘seed’ new beginnings, this New Moon/Solar Eclipse is conjunct the South Node which always requires that we let go of something from the past in order to move forward. The Taurus New Moon/Solar Eclipse promises new directions but only if you’re willing to let go of what no longer serves you. So expect issues and people from your past to show up just to remind you of what needs to be released — for good!
Taurus is the sign associated with the Soul lesson of SELF-RELIANCE. This sign teaches you how to value your self enough to fully self-develop natural talents and abilities and to pursue what has real personal meaning in ways that allow you to garner the resources necessary to survive.
Yes, Taurus is about money. In fact, the Bull is Wall Street’s symbol for financial wealth. But most importantly, Taurus represents your relationship with your self which is what creates your own unique individual vibratory frequency (personal magnetism) which in turn is THE CAUSATIVE FACTOR for whom and what you attract in life.
With Mercury, Mars, the asteroid Pallas Athena and the South Node of the Moon ALL conjoining the Sun and Moon in Taurus for this New Moon, there’s going to be a LOT of focus on survival (like the three Cleveland Ohio woman held captive for over a decade who just survived that tragic ordeal). Resources, values and self-reliance in relationships will all come into prominence this month. Pay attention and notice how many times over the coming weeks you hear the words, ‘survival’ ‘resources’ ‘meaning’ and ‘values!’
What do you value? Are your relationships truly meaningful? Does your work reflect your personal values? Do you adequately value your self? Does your Boss?! Do you trust that you can rely upon your self to attract all the resources you need to not only survive, but to thrive???
This New Moon opposes Saturn in Scorpio which will bring up fears of lack and old wounds associated with abandonments, losses and betrayals. Memories of failed relationships and lost resources may resurface to taunt and haunt you but their real purpose is to spur inner confrontation, healing and release of those traumas for good. Saturn may also manifest through limitations due to oppressive authorities or ‘the system.’ However, there’s enormous metamorphic and evolutionary opportunities for growth if you’re willing to make the effort (Taurus is naturally inclined to be lazy) and to do the work which means facing your worst fears and empowering and believing in yourself enough to take charge of your life and move forward towards what you really want and know you deserve.
All of the Taurus planets are assisted by trine aspects (120 degrees) to retrograde Pluto in Capricorn and sextiles (60 degrees) to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Take complete responsibility for your life and your reality. After all, you’re the one who co-created it through the quality of your own consciousness! Ask for spiritual guidance (Pisces) to help you heal, to help you release old vestiges of victim consciousness and to support you in the achievement of personal goals.
Expect LOTS of helpful new resources, new information and new relationship connections to show up as well. In fact, as Mercury, Mars, the Moon, the Sun and Venus all move through Gemini over the coming weeks forming stressful aspects to both Pluto and Saturn, you may find yourself utterly overwhelmed with new information and needing to make some important adjustments to what you have previously thought or believed! Perhaps the most important self-adjustment you can make this month is to stop giving your power away to outside forces like family, friends, workplaces and society that want you to conform to their values and expectations. Events this month will all conspire to help you achieve greater self-reliance and self-empowerment.
All of these dynamic heavenly forces are laying the groundwork for the third of a total of seven Uranus/Pluto square aspects (90 degrees) between June 2012 and March 2015. This third Uranus/Pluto square occurs on May 20th at 11 degrees Aries/Capricorn. Breakdowns and breakthroughs relative to old patriarchal paradigms (like the global economic collapse due to corruption, the marriage equality movement and the Arab Spring/Summer) will continue to occur the world over. I’ll be writing another post on this upcoming Uranus/Pluto square soon…
Tremendous evolutionary forces are afoot! Revolution is in the air!! What will you do with the transformative influence of this New Moon/Solar Eclipse?!
On May 15th, Venus begins a remarkable retrograde in the sign of Gemini that lasts until June 27th. Venus retrogrades are the most infrequent of any planet in our solar system. This upcoming retrograde will be especially rare since Venus will also transit (eclipse) the Sun on June 5th completing an extremely unusual eight year Venus cycle that began on June 8, 2004. The last time this kind of Venus event occurred was in 1882; it won’t happen again until 2117!
Venus rules two signs, Taurus (feminine) and Libra (masculine), and is associated with both money and other people. Our experiences with both will be highly energized during this retrograde period prompting an intense and honest inner review of how well we’re managing our resources as well as how happy we are with our relationships from the most casual like friends and co-workers to the most intimate including lovers and family. And although Taurus and Libra natives will feel this retro the most, all of us will be affected in some way.
Join me for an insightful and inspiring 90 minute telephone presentation on the archetypal meaning and influence of Venus retrograde. I’ll explain the connection between Venus, core essential personal needs and values, and experiences with money and relationships. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities ahead for achieving greater inner peace and outer prosperity and more loving and meaningful personal and professional relationships.
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