Taurus New Moon: Manifestation Madness!

Taurusimage25The Taurus New Moon happens on Friday, May 6th, at 12:29 pm MST/PDT at 16 degrees Taurus 41 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  TaurusNewMoon2016.

Taurus rules our essential needs for survival and teaches the lesson of self-reliance.  We all have unique gifts, skills, natural talents or abilities.  If we value ourselves, we’ll develop these gifts or personal resources and share them with the world.  As others value what we have to offer and compensate us accordingly, we’re able to garner the resources we need to take care of ourselves.  Self-reliance is personally empowering.  It builds confidence, assures a healthy relationship with ourselves and in turn enables us to manifest and attract all that we need and desire in healthy ways, not through co-dependency.

On a surface level, Taurus symbolizes resources.  This sign rules our money, assets and personal possessions.  On a deeper spiritual level however, Taurus represents our core values.  What we value will represent what gives meaning to our lives.  Valuing ourselves is of the utmost importance to our ability to manifest the resources we need to not only survive, but thrive.  What’s most important in life to you?  What gives your life meaning?

Venus rules Taurus and is therefore the ruler of this New Moon.  She’s strong now as she currently moves through her own sign of Taurus.  She joins the Sun and Moon in Taurus, as well as retrograde Mercury and the asteroid Vesta which symbolizes devotion.  Altogether, this New Moon chart has five celestial bodies in Taurus comprising a ‘stellium’ or a group of planets all in the same sign.  So Taurus energy is super abundant now!  Empowering this Taurus stellium even further is its connection to both retrograde Jupiter in Virgo and retrograde Pluto in Capricorn .  Together, they form a Grand Earth Trine.

GrandEarthTrineMay2016Grand Trines are a closed pattern of three or more planets all trine (120 degrees apart) one another.  Geometrically, Grand Trines look like a triangle.  Trines are the most favorable angular relationship between two planets.  When trine one another, planetary energies are harmonious and flow easily.  The natural benevolence of trines can be easily utilized to achieve what we want.  However, trines can also make life so easy that their energetic influence is often squandered through laziness.  When things are going really well we can fail to continue in our efforts.

This Grand Trine is in the Earth signs:  Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.  The Earth element is associated with physicality and real material things so this Grand Earth Trine provides LOTS of manifestation energy!  What do you need or want right now?  Chances are, if you make a sincere effort, you’ll be able to easily attract and manifest what your heart desires.

Since Taurus rules our values and valuables, this Grand Trine also supports investments in what we value most, including ourselves!  Virgo assists self-care and self-improvement efforts.  Those who take good care of themselves and who diligently seek to improve themselves are likely to experience good health, vitality and success through meaningful work in the world.  Capricorn supports those who take complete responsibility for ALL their choices, actions and experiences.  It brings recognition and rewards to those who are mature, accountable, self-determined and wield their personal authority wisely.  This Grand Earth Trine is truly a magical manifestation machine so make the effort to take advantage of this magnificent celestial influence and reap the rewards!

Unfortunately, there are also some BIG obstacles contained in this New Moon pattern.  The Sun and Moon are both inconjunct (150 degree angle) retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, and Venus, the New Moon’s planetary ruler, is inconjunct retrograde Mars, which is also in Sagittarius until the 27th when it re-enters Scorpio.

Inconjunct angles typically reflect crises.  Crises have a natural purpose relative to our evolutionary growth.  Crises alert us to the fact that something’s awry.  Something’s not aligned with reality and requires personal changes and adjustments for resolution.  MAJOR changes will be necessary in the coming weeks relative to both resource and relationship issues.  If the necessary adjustments are made, things are likely to go well.  If required changes are stubbornly resisted, a common trait associated with Taurus, expect ‘manifestation madness!’

DetroitTeachersSickOut Also expect these issues to be reflected in headlines like the current dire financial circumstances of Detroit Public Schools.  Now at a crisis point, fed up Detroit teachers protested with a ‘sick-out.’  They marched outside the district headquarters earlier this week.  Nearly all of Detroit’s public schools were closed and more than 45,000 students missed classes after about half the district’s teachers called in sick to protest the possibility that some of them will not get paid over the summer if the struggling district runs out of cash.  Since then, city officials have assured them that funds will be found to cover the cost of their salaries.

Perhaps another financial scandal currently brewing is related to political fundraising.  Ah, money and politics!  Hillary’s ‘Victory Fund’ is a joint fundraising committee comprised of Clinton’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and 32 state party committees. The setup allows Clinton to solicit checks of $350,000 or more from her super-rich supporters at extravagant fundraisers including a dinner at George Clooney’s house and a concert at Radio City Music Hall featuring Katy Perry and Elton John.   A recent investigation found that only a fraction of funds raised have actually been given to state parties for down-ballot democrats.  Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/clinton-fundraising-leaves-little-for-state-parties-222670#ixzz47iK8yoXe.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump has achieved presumptive nominee status after another big win in Indiana’s primary election.  Of course as presidential candidates get closer to winning their party’s nomination, they’re subjected to greater and greater scrutiny.  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tom Robbins just published an article in The Marshall Project, chronicling Trump’s decades-long history with individuals associated with organized crime.  https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/04/27/trump-and-the-mob#.j6P1F2tYl.

While the Grand Earth Trine may well be a magical manifestation machine, the potential for crises for those whose choices (Pluto) are less than honest (Jupiter) or lack integrity are also YUGE!

MotherEarthTaurus is the quintessential sign associated with Mother Earth, our most precious and valuable resource.  Many of our current planetary crises including wars, disease outbreaks and climate change, are the result of decades of over-use, mis-use and outright abuse of natural resources and natural habitats.  We NEED a healthy planet to SURVIVE!  The Earth doesn’t need humanity; humanity needs, and belongs, to the Earth!

Further analysis of the Grand Earth Trine brings us to Jupiter.  Currently traveling through the sign of Virgo, which itself rules crises, health and the environment, Jupiter is reflecting some high-profile legal battles like the class action lawsuit filed by young people claiming that the U.S. government is denying them their constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness due to inadequate federal policies and actions to combat climate change.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene, Oregon, just rejected motions by the U.S. government and trade groups representing the energy companies to dismiss the lawsuit by 21 plaintiffs ages 8 to 19.  http://www.seattletimes.com/business/climate-change-lawsuit-by-21-youths-takes-big-step-forward/.

AmazonJungleFortunately, many other grassroots political and legal efforts in support of the environment are gaining in strength.  A recent example of great success in protecting the environment was achieved by indigenous women of the Amazon:  http://www.pachamama.org/news/over-500-indigenous-women-of-the-amazon-and-allies-march-for-climate-justice-indigenous-rights?utm_source=April%202016%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Ecuador

MutableT-SquareJupiter also continues to be part of another significant and longer-term planetary configuration called a mutable T-Square.  This T-Square began last September and will continue until this August.  The T-Square is comprised of planets occupying three of the four mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces).  Jupiter in Virgo is opposite (180 degrees apart) Neptune in Pisces.  Both are also simultaneously square (90 degree angle) Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius.  Lines drawn to reflect the opposition and square angles between them form what looks like the capital letter “T” upside down in the chart.  Astrologers are calling this a ‘Spiritual T-Square’ since it is made up of planets and signs that are associated with the search for higher truth and the natural spiritual evolutionary path.

Altogether, this heavenly pattern reflects the need and opportunity for humanity to review all of our belief systems to discern what’s really true.  We’ll need to discover the lies and deceptions we’ve been taught to believe for thousands of years by man-made religions.  Ultimately, we’ll need to throw off these conditioning influences that are co-creating distorted realities.

On Monday, May 9th, Jupiter stations direct at 13 Virgo completing it’s annual four month retrograde period that began January 7th.  Jupiter is always searching for the truth which is why it also rules the natural laws of the universe, the laws that are self-evident in the natural world or what we call ‘Nature.’  Accordingly, this planet is associated with higher-minded paths of study like philosophy, theology and cosmology.  On a mundane level Jupiter and the sign of Sagittarius reflect man-made religions, laws and social justice systems.  On a personal level however, Jupiter rules our right-brain, the source of intuition.  Personal intuition leads each one of us to our personal truth.

As this planetary giant resumes forward motion in the heavens after a four month retrograde period of review relative to beliefs, greater insights and intuitive understandings are readily available.  Perhaps in addition to religious or spiritual beliefs, you’ve also been reflecting upon personal beliefs you have based upon lifelong conditioning from family, society or your own personal experiences?  What current events happening in your life have caused you to more deeply question your personal beliefs?

MercurytransitstheSunAlso happening on May 9th, Mercury reaches the halfway point of its current retrograde period with a rare transit to the Sun at 19 degrees Taurus 25 minutes!

A ‘Mercury transit of the Sun’ takes place when the planet Mercury comes between the Sun and the Earth.  Astronomically, this phenomenon is similar to an eclipse.  But because Mercury’s size is so much smaller than our massive Sun, when it moves across the face of the Sun it will appear as a tiny speck or small black dot.  Transits of Mercury to the Sun always occur in either May or November and happen 13 to 14 times each century.  The last Mercury transit of the Sun occurred in Scorpio on November 8th, 2006.  The last time Mercury transited the Sun from Taurus happened on May 7th, 2003.  What were you experiencing then?  Perhaps similar events will repeat in your life now.

You should NEVER look directly at the Sun.  But this amazing celestial event is well worth watching!  View it safely in real time at http://www.space.com/.

Mercury’s transit of the Sun will tremendously energize mental capacity.  Expect inventions, discoveries, AHA moments, revelations and all manner of breakthroughs in thought and understanding.  Perhaps some truly significant information or knowledge will be revealed.  Retracing its steps through Taurus, Mercury has our attention focused on essential needs and core values, especially pertaining to resources and relationships.  Again, what do you really value?  What do you truly NEED, not only to survive, but to THRIVE?  Be mindful of all incoming messages especially on the 9th!  Remember to pay particular attention to intuitive information and divine guidance coming from spiritual sources.  Mercury will complete this current retrograde period on May 22nd at 14 degrees Taurus.  Then it will be full speed ahead again with the manifesting process!

May 22nd will also mark Mars reaching the halfway point in its current retrograde that began at 8 degrees Sagittarius 56 minutes on April 17th, and will continue until June 29th when it stations direct at 23 degrees Scorpio 3 minutes.  Mars rules our desires.  Moving through the signs of Sagittarius and Scorpio, Mars is also energizing the Spiritual T-Square further emphasizing the need to review and reflect upon beliefs.  As it returns to Scorpio, the focus will turn to deep emotional matters often associated with losses, abandonments and betrayals.  It’s time to ponder personal choices and personal power.  WHY have you made the choices you’ve made?  What desires motivated those choices?  Were they empowering or disempowering, constructive or destructive?

Scorpio is the sign opposite Taurus in the zodiac so these two signs for a natural ‘evolutionary pair.’  The lessons associated with Taurus and Scorpio, namely self-reliance and self-empowerment, are learned through discovering and developing personal values, learning to meet our own needs, and learning right use of power.  All human beings possess power.  That power is our ability to make free will choices.  Unfortunately, the primary model for relationships in most cultures today is one of co-dependence – expecting others to take care of us and to be the source of our fulfillment.  Most of us are conditioned to believe that we’ll be happy when we meet the right person. 

This distorted belief often produces power imbalances in relationships.  And when power imbalances reach an extreme, they actually begin to interfere with our evolutionary growth.  Then our Souls will naturally co-create circumstances that remove whatever we’re giving our power away to.  The result is loss, abandonment or betrayal that throws us back upon ourselves to learn an essential self-reliance and re-empowerment.  From a spiritual developmental point of view, Taurus and Scorpio teach us to correctly and wisely use our intrinsic power of free will choices to manifest that which we desire.

So I’m declaring May ‘Manifestation Madness’ month!  What do you need or desire?  Make the effort!  And be sure to make whatever necessary changes and adjustments crop up along the way.  Imagine, in full detail, using ALL your physical senses, with deep and profound gratitude, that you already have what you desire.  Empower yourself to manifest and manage your resources and relationships – including your relationship with the planet. 

 

The Gemini New Moon occurs on June 4th at 7:59 pm MST!

                               Copyright 2016.   Donna Lee Steele and Threshold Consulting.   All rights reserved.         

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leo New Moon: Love is All We Need

LionCecilThe Leo New Moon happens Friday, August 14th at 7:53 am at 21 degrees Leo 30 minutes.  Here’s the New Moon chart:  LeoNewMoon2015.  The Lion perfectly symbolizes this regal sign as Leo has long been associated with royalty and those who rule, lead others, or are otherwise in charge.  As top predators, Lions are often called, “King of the Jungle.”  Throughout human history, Kings and Queens have ruled over human kingdoms.  Not surprising then is the natural tendency of Leo to have a ‘pyramid consciousness.’  Naturally seeing themselves as leaders, their perspective puts them at the top socially, and at the center of their universe with everyone and everything else revolving around them.

Leo is the only zodiac sign ruled by a star, our Sun, not a planet.  Accordingly, Leos feel special and shine when they are the center of attention receiving love, appreciation and recognition for their unique gifts, talents and abilities.

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However, the evolutionary lesson of Leo is SELF-LOVE.  Instead of looking for love and attention from outer sources, Leo must learn to be the source of its own recognition and validating feedback.  Leo must learn to love itself first.  Leo must also learn the lesson of objectivity through realizing that it is a PART of the WHOLE of humanity, not a universe unto itself.  This occurs when Leo links its special gifts and purpose to a socially relevant need.  Unless and until Leo learns this, it will suffer mightily due to frustrations associated with an utter lack of recognition and appreciation by others.

The Sun and Moon are joined by Mars and retrograde Venus also in Leo now.  Mars energizes our desire to play, Play, PLAY!  Accordingly, August is traditionally the time of year for vacations!  So take some time off.  Get away from work, obligations and responsibilities and ‘recharge your batteries.’  Venus recently reached the half-way point of its bi-annual retrograde (July 25 to September 6, 2015).  This Venus retrograde period encourages a review of personal needs and core values.  Its also about reflecting upon past relationships and resources issues, especially those experienced as crises, upsets and/or traumas.

Also important during this Venus retrograde period is remembering the hermetic law of correspondences, or “As Above, So Below” and “As Without, So Within.”  Remember that the OUTER ALWAYS REFLECTS THE INNER as you contemplate past relationship and resource crises.  How you relate to and value your self is ultimately reflected back to you by and through your relationships with others, money and resources.  If you’re not satisfied with these areas of your life you need look no further than the quality of your relationship to yourself to make necessary self-improvements.

Ultimately, Venus teaches SELF-RELIANCE and SELF-EMPOWERMENT.  Through self-reliance we boost self-worth and self-confidence.  Through owning and wielding personal power wisely, we develop a stronger, healthier relationship with our self.  Ultimately, we’re better able to recognize, value and share our unique personal skills and natural abilities with others.  Leo’s lessons of self-love and objectivity are both supportive and timely to this Venus retro review process.  Now is the time to do necessary inner healing work.  Now is the time to learn to love our selves better.

Thankfully, this New Moon is also very favorably connected to retrograde Uranus in Aries.  The ‘juice’ to bust out and break free of old patterns is surprisingly abundant now.  Use it to try new things, to think outside the box and to liberate from outworn habits and beliefs that have kept you ‘stuck in neutral’ unable to make new and different choices in your life.  Take advantage of this r-evolutionary energy and do something different.  It may actually result in you discovering something new about yourself.  There’s plenty of courage available now too so JUST DO IT!

Of course, there’s nearly always some difficult aspect in each month’s New Moon pattern.  This month the ‘fly in the ointment’ comes from a square (90 degrees) between the Sun in Leo and Saturn in Scorpio on the 21st.  The energy of this planetary connection is likely to manifest as ‘hitting the proverbial brick wall!’  Resistance or push back from some outer authority, rule, regulation or some other set of limiting circumstances may threaten your success or the completion of an important goal.  Don’t worry.  And don’t abandon your goals or dreams!  Just make whatever necessary adjustments or changes are required and then simply continue to move forward.

Another astrological influence with major long-term consequences just got underway and takes center stage in this New Moon chart.  Jupiter entered Virgo on August 11th where it will stay until September 9, 2016.  Jupiter rules many things including personal intuition, truth and lies, nature and natural laws, beliefs, cosmologies, philosophies, religions, man-made laws and their associated justice and legal systems, journalism, higher education and long distance travel.  Virgo also rules many things including reality and denial, crises, critical thinking and analysis, humility, self-improvement, pets, health, health care services and providers, the environment, the workforce and employment, sadism, masochism and the psychology of inferiority.  Over the coming year, we will ALL be challenged, and perhaps even forced, to honestly analyze our shortcomings relative to many of the issues just mentioned above and to come to terms with REALITY in order to resolve crises and improve the health and well-being of ourselves and our planet.

Further adding to the importance of Jupiter’s entry into Virgo and it’s critical analysis of past mistakes and errors in judgment will be its inclusion in a powerful celestial pattern known as a “T-Square.”  T-Squares are comprised of two planets that are 180 degrees apart or opposite one another, and are both also 90 degrees from or square a third planet.  If you draw lines connecting the three planets involved they form what looks like a capital “T” thus the name “T-Square.”  The three planets coming together in this astrological configuration are Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.

Having recently entered Virgo, Jupiter is now opposite (180 degrees) Neptune in Pisces.  Beginning on September 17th, when Saturn, now finishing up in Scorpio, returns to Sagittarius, it will square (90 degrees) both Jupiter and Neptune.  Together these three planets will form a MUTABLE T-SQUARE for almost a year.  Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) require the development of GREATER ADAPTABILITY IN THE FACE OF NECESSARY EVOLUTIONARY CHANGES.

This mutable T-Square will challenge us all to review and reflect upon our beliefs, our personal truth, how well we trust our intuition, how we interpret reality and how we must adapt and change to improve or resolve ongoing crises.  It will also bring into sharp focus how we are relating to the environment and the natural world.  What’s true for you?  What’s true for everyone?  How are you interpreting reality based upon your personal beliefs?  Are you seeing people and circumstances as they truly are?  It’s time to get real as we increasingly face the consequences of an ever more corrupt, dysfunctional and polluted world.

Two very timely examples of these patterns of influence occurred just this past week as the T-Square is beginning to form and the New Moon in Leo connected with retrograde Chiron (wounds) in Pisces (water and chemicals) through an inconjunct angle (150 degrees) which typically manifests through crises for the purpose of bringing about necessary adjustments and changes.

People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDITThe first crisis occurred here in the United States.  An interesting tidbit of astrological trivia reflected in this event is that the Sun and Leo are both associated with gold, the most precious of all metals.  I already mentioned that Leo also rules Kings and Queens.  Tragically, on August 6th, a toxic spill triggered by EPA inspectors released an estimated three million gallons of deadly mining waste water from the GOLD KING mine into the nearby Cement Creek.  Cement Creek flows into the Animus River, which flows into the San Juan River, which flows into Lake Powell, a major recreational site on the Arizona/Utah border.

Indeed this is an EPIC wound to crucial Southwest water supplies as the dam at Lake Powell releases water into the Colorado River, which flows through the Grand Canyon, supplying drinking water, irrigation for crops and recreational opportunities to every state in the Southwest including California, a state that supplies a majority of our nation’s fresh produce and is already reeling from one of the worst droughts in its history.  Additionally, the entire Navajo Nation is now asking for water donations as a result of having to shut off its entire water supply from the San Juan River.

The second crisis happened yesterday in the tenth largest port in the world located in Tianjin Province in China.  A petro-chemical storage warehouse suddenly exploded with a force that registered 2.9 on the Richter scale, took the lives of over fifty people and injured another 700.  Eighteen people are missing.  The chemical-laden air is so toxic that fire-fighters have left the scene allowing the fires to burn on their own.

Industrial chemical explosions are becoming commonplace including events occurring in mines, in storage warehouses and in oil and gas refineries.  And respected conservation groups now warn that nearly four out of every five waterways throughout the world are severely polluted threatening water supplies for billions of people.  The World Health Organization just this week asked the International Olympics Committee to test the waters surrounding Rio, site of this Summer’s Olympics, after an Associated Press investigation declared them potentially dangerous to athletes because of their high pollution levels from untreated sewage.  Some athletes who have been training in Rio have already experienced bouts of fever, vomiting and diarrhea.  Add in more frequent extreme weather events like historic droughts and wildfires due to climate change as well as increasing outbreaks of disease and the mounting evidence is overwhelmingly clear that our planet is in peril.

Just this week, I heard a well-known spiritual teacher say that humans are increasingly suffering from “NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER!”  Shamans the world over say that our sense of feeling separate from each other, from the divine Source that created us, and from the whole of Creation known as the Natural World or nature, is the source of all suffering.  Quantum science has proven that everything is connected.  Universally, spiritual leaders have always taught this same truth.  WE ARE NOT SEPARATE.  Believing otherwise may well be the greatest source of humanity’s current faulty interpretation of reality.

As the T-Square unfolds, we will be forced to face the truth about the damage being wreaked on the environment from our current business climate, political frameworks, economic realities and religious ideologies worldwide.  I just learned yesterday that twenty-one American students have filed a lawsuit against President Obama and several governmental agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency citing irreparable harm resulting from inadequate responses to climate change.  They allege that their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed by our constitution are threatened!

Prophecies regarding this time in human history are unanimous in their warnings that our very survival will depend upon us changing our destructive habits and lifestyles.  Its time to face facts, get real and deeply reflect upon our beliefs particularly relative to our relationship to each other and to the planet.

Wisdom traditions the world over teach that there are really only two choices:  FEAR and LOVE.  Clearly, our planet is in need of greater love, appreciation and recognition of the value of its natural resources that sustain life!

Leo rules the heart so its energy is all about LOVE!  And like most everything, learning to love begins with the Self.  We cannot truly love another if we cannot love ourselves.  Change always begins within and then is ultimately reflected back from outside.  Perhaps love is the change we need now most of all.  Indeed, all we need is love…

The Virgo New Moon is a Solar Eclipse on September 13th!

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

Taurus New Moon: Miracles Grow!

TaurusFlowerBullThe Taurus New Moon occurs on Sunday, May 17th at 9:13 pm PDT at 26 degrees Taurus 55 minutes.  Here’s the chart:  TaurusNewMoon2015.  Taurus is the first of the Earth signs and is the quintessential manifestation archetype.  What is begun in Aries is stabilized and secured in Taurus.  This is the sign of survival and self-reliance.  Through Taurus, we learn to establish our success by investing in and developing our own natural talents, skills and abilities.  As we share our gifts with others, we can in turn garner the resources we need to survive.  Taking care of ourselves is empowering.  Self-worth and confidence result as we value ourselves, develop ourselves and become increasingly self-reliant.

Like last month, this New Moon is also at late degrees so it too is  ‘VOID.’  Void planets have nothing left to do before changing signs.  Since the planets reflect reality, while they’re void, activities associated with them here on planet Earth are also ‘void’ meaning nothing of real significance will occur.  Activity will likely resume once the Moon enters Gemini on the 18th and the Sun follows suit on the 21st.

Meantime however, Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, will retrograde for the second time this year, this time in its own sign of Gemini.  Although general activity will begin again on or around the 21st, the circumstances involved are likely to regress, reverse or need review in some way.  Retrograde energy necessarily reverts us back to some prior issue or situation that needs review before forward movement can occur once again when the retrograde is complete, which will occur on June 11th.

So be prepared for things to unfold s-l-o-w-l-y over the coming weeks.  Be prepared and willing to go backwards before you can move forwards knowing that whatever needs to be reviewed, revised, re-worked or re-visited will, in the long run, prove to be important necessary and beneficial to the ultimate outcome.

Venus rules this New Moon and is in Cancer, the sign of home, family and inner emotional security.  Through Taurus, Venus develops a healthy relationship with our self that encourages us to learn to take care of ourselves.  Cancer is the archetype of inner emotional security that teaches us to become aware of all the sources of outer dependencies we have with people and things we hope will take care of us.  So Venus in Cancer is a ‘double dose’ of self-reliance!  This planetary combination points to the need for self-reliance not only on physical/fiscal levels, but also on emotional levels.

The Sun and Moon semi-square Venus symbolizes that for some, establishing emotional or financial security may feel like a struggle now. Connect inwardly with your Higher Self or inner divinity to find the truest source of your well-being. Then outwardly pursue what reflects your personal values and is most meaningful and important to you. Invest in yourself.  Make the effort to expand your sense of self-worth and confidence and empower yourself through greater self-reliance.

Fortunately, the timing couldn’t be better to work on ourselves because Venus is also trine Neptune in Pisces right now!

Venus and Neptune are a natural planetary pair.  Astrologically, there are planets that are known as higher and lower ‘octaves’ of one another.  This means that they share a certain archetypal energy, but express that same energy on different levels.  What Venus and Neptune have in common is LOVE!

Venus rules conditional love or earthly, human love.  All too often, we project our needs onto others expecting them to be the source of our fulfillment.  Indeed most of us were raised to believe that finding the ‘right person’ will make us happy.  This type of love often leads to a relationship dynamic that withholds love and affection when the partner does not meet our needs or expectations.  Conditional love is based upon another meeting our needs.  Conditional love says, “I will love you if…”

Neptune rules unconditional love or the highest level of love that comes from a spiritual source – from our Creator.  Neptune represents divine love.  It does not judge, reject, withhold or limit its love in any way.  It doesn’t base its love on conditions.  It simply loves unconditionally.  Unconditional love says, “I will love you no matter what.”

So Venus in a trine aspect (120 degrees) to Neptune reflects the most favorable and beneficial energetic connection between earthly and divine love possible!  These two bring together both higher and lower expressions of love.  Accordingly, this month holds the promise of finding and expressing love and happiness easily.  Offering love unconditionally to others will be returned many fold.  Receiving love can happen effortlessly if you simply allow it to enter your life through feeling worthy of it and deserving of good things.

Through Taurus, Venus reflects our relationship with our self.  If you can love your self enough, you can open up to receive love from others including from the highest source of all – the divine Source that created you.

Venus is also square the Nodes of the Moon symbolizing a necessary choice point.  Perhaps your choices are too numerous making decisions seem difficult.  Make choices based upon your own personal truth and values while while considering how others will be affected.  Choose what reflects the highest and best good for all concerned and watch magic happen.

Venus is also opposing retrograde Pluto in Capricorn (exact on the 21st) and will square Uranus in Aries (on the 25th).  Old realities, goals, ambitions or responsibilities may need to be released or let go of in some way before new directions can take root.  Don’t be afraid to make BIG, bold or radical changes.  Love yourself enough to take risks and make choices from your heart not just your head.   Trust and depend upon yourself more.  Don’t follow; lead!  Take full responsibility for what you want and need and what you’re going to do to manifest your greatest desires!

So commit yourself to connecting with what’s sacred this month including the Earth and your self!  Reach for the highest levels of manifestation you can imagine and expect miracles to happen because these energies are naturally and divinely supported now.

Readers and listeners probably know by now that I love to garden.  In closing, the best metaphor I can think of to describe this month’s New Moon pattern energy is one most gardener’s will recognize.  For your garden to grow you need good seeds, good soil, ample water and lots of sunshine.  However, in addition to all these crucial ingredients, for your garden to really flourish, you also need to feed all those vegetables and flowers.  Perhaps the most common, well-known all purpose garden fertilizer is ‘Miracle Grow!’

The ‘seedlings’ you transplanted last month are no doubt beginning to really grow now but still need LOTS of patient care and attention.  Feed them and soon they’ll be bloomin’ like crazy!   This Taurus New Moon encourages all of us to lovingly tend to our ‘garden’ and watch our miracles grow!

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 Gemini New Moon occurs on June 16th at 7:05 am 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.

 

Taurus New Moon Solar Eclipse

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?!