‘They ravaged neither the rivers nor the forest, and if they irrigated, they took as little water as would serve their needs. The land and all that it bore they treated with consideration; not attempting to improve it, they never desecrated it’ ― Willa Cather
Key Planetary Energies today:
The New Moon in Earthy Taurus forms numerous aspects in the sky today. These include being part of Grand Trine in Earth with Jupiter/North Node in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. It is also conjunct Mercury Rx (5’) and forms a quincunx to Saturn in Sagittarius. However, as there are 5 Retrograde planets right now: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto – this New Moon is more about Re-doing than Initiating! The last time we had so many planets retrograde at the same time was at the end of April 1984 when Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were all Rx!
So how is this likely to affect us?
I often think of the bottom 4 layers of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid as being a good representation of the gifts Taurus brings to our Birth Chart. The bottom two layers remind us of the practical necessities that are required for us to survive on this Earth plane of existence. The next two are the Venusian aspects of Taurus which are tied to our sense of connection with others and our values, including our self-value. The top layer, which could also be interpreted as consciousness/awakening, is the ultimate purpose of all the Zodiac Signs in our chart when expressed at their highest level.
Usually a New Moon in Taurus would invite us to start something new in any one of the four lower levels of the pyramid, depending where we are at in our lives. However, due to the powerful retrograde energies we are experiencing right now, we are more likely to be revising with a view to rebuilding in some of these areas at this time. This offers us the opportunity to clarify any confusion that may have arisen within us between the four layers. Their purpose is to build on one another, rather than equate to one another. Hence, shelter and food are not = love and self-esteem, although having shelter and food makes it easier to connect with both of these qualities within ourselves. Similarly money, which was originally created as a currency of exchange to obtain food and shelter in our society is not = love/belonging and self-esteem. It is merely a tool to provide for the basics and to assist us in learning how to exchange with our fellow humans and the planet. What eventually can potentially help us reach the top of the pyramid is the process itself, rather than the amount we accumulate. This New Moon invites us to stand in our personal power and re-think and revise some of our core belief systems and thought patterns that underlie how we approach the 4 bottom layers of the pyramid. This can facilitate us in creating some new structures that are both useful and of service to ourselves and others.
Paying attention to messages from our body can be particularly helpful at this time as well as getting lots of rest, healthy nourishment, gentle movement and time in nature. The general pace is likely to be slower than it usually is at the time of a New Moon.
You are more likely to resonate with these energies if your Sun, Moon and/or Angles are between 15’ and 22’ Taurus, Scorpio, Capricorn, Virgo and/or Aries.
In our Relationships:
This is an excellent time to reassess our intimacy patterns in relationships – including physical intimacy – without blame or shame! What are these patterns built on – our adult self or our child self? How loving is our ‘internalized marriage’? What – if any, unhelpful thinking and emotional patterns are we stuck in that prevent us from intimacy? What have we learned from past experiences? What would we do differently now? What do we need to do to heal and move on from them? What do we want now? This is the time to plant the seeds of what we would like, so that they can blossom when Mars goes Direct at the end of June.
Keeping a journal and/or painting, photography and other art forms are great tools to express ourselves at this time. Sending loved ones thoughtful notes is likely to work better than lengthy verbal dialogue. If we do feel the need to communicate verbally, expressing our truth with simplicity, patience and compassion is likely to be well received at this time with Mercury trining Pluto.
The Trine by the New Moon to Jupiter and the North Node in Virgo reiterates the theme of ‘being of service’ as a core value which the planetary energies have been highlighting for many months now. Although some of the extreme events in the world may cause us to doubt this becoming a global reality any time soon, it is worth noticing the ways in which this is in fact happening on a wider scale than the media would have us believe. The New Moon in Taurus also reminds us to take stock of the needs of our planet. Unless we change our thinking and prioritise the needs of the planet, versus the needs of a few to accumulate extremes of wealth, natural disasters on a large scale like the recent fire in Canada, are unfortunately likely to increase. As always we have individual choices which together create collective choices. This New Moon time invites us to focus on what our priorities are for the planet and for each other as a global community, as well as for ourselves as individuals.
I will leave you with this quote by Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’
Legal Copyright of Margaret Gray May 2016 MSW D. Psych. Astrology www.astrologypsychological.com