A Taurean New Moon: Loving the Planet, Remembering and Awakening our Senses
Lord of the Underworld, Pluto, stationed on April 24 to begin a five month journey backwards in Capricorn, dredging up karmic lessons and a wealth of shadow material in the process. Transformation on the deepest level is the role of Pluto in the personal realm. This can manifest through some sort of surrender of the ego’s addiction to power. With nearby Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, also retrograde from Wednesday the 1st of May right through until the 18th of September, it’s a good time to revisit our responsibilities, reflect on the extent to which we are masters of our own destiny and take a look at how we structure our reality. Pluto, its own South Node, Saturn and the South Node of the Moon are all bunched up close together in Capricorn suggesting that the process of working through past karma in relation to domination, power and control will be highlighted for some time.
Nevertheless in the short term the lead up to the New Moon next Sunday is fairly positive and energetic, with lots of potent, cardinal energy. The inspiration of fire (via Mercury, Venus and Chiron in Aries and Jupiter in Sagittarius) and the ability of earth to bring ideas into reality predominate (with Sun, Moon and Uranus in Taurus and Pluto, Saturn and South Nodes in Capricorn). On the other hand Mars remains in Gemini until the 17th of May encouraging us to express and assert ourselves verbally. Words can become heated with Mars in Gemini, and there can be a tendency to speak before we think – especially if we believe we have a really good point to make. Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars form an easy series of aspects from May 1st through the 5th, right around the Taurus New Moon. This period offers a reduction in tension and an ability to communicate openly. Somewhat diplomatic in nature, the beginning of May could present opportunities to reduce tensions in personal and collective matters.
The Taurean New Moon occurs at 8:45 am on Sunday the 5th of May at the 15th degree of Taurus, giving the capacity for imagination and for journeying into the imaginal world. This may produce something concrete and embodied to reflect a higher energy or purpose. This can be at the root of the enormous creative efforts associated with this sign, and in addition coincidences and lucky accidents characterize this degree of Taurus. The fixed earth that constitutes Taurus is associated with getting things done and value is assured, given the association of Taurus with Venus. The Sabian Symbol is A Man with a silk hat, muffled against the cold, braves a storm – which speaks to building character out of adversity.
Venus in turn is being challenged by Saturn in Capricorn, making it particularly important for us to be kind to others. Meanwhile Venus and Jupiter are moving towards an inspirational combination at the New Moon and this becomes exact on the 10th of May.
Gillian Dwyer is a Melbourne astrologer Agent 25 of the C*I*A and frequent participant at Kundalini House