New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Taurus

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus : 11:14pm PST

The moon turns new in the sign of Taurus just after the intensity of the cardinal grand cross of April begins to release and shift in another change-inducing solar eclipse. Quietude. Presence. Feeling. Sensing. Our bodies. The earth. These are all qualities and remembrances we can imbibe in the energy of this moon dark. In all the fervor and ferocity of change, of breakthrough, or breakdown, there is still a womb-like space within that is connected to soul and source, that is stable and quiescent, like the bull in the meadow. A space that is the earth, that has no need to speak out loud, draw attention or make big changes. This is the space of the deep self. It is in this new moon threshold that we can really come into contact with Mother Nature as a reflection, an extension, indeed, as THE vital web of connection that is ALL things. The way we treat our Earth Mother is the way we treat ourselves. 

The Moon as an astrological luminary, represents "the development of the ability to feel or to respond emotionally. The development of subjectivity, impressionability and sensitivity. The development of what we might call a soul." (Steven Forrest)

When the moon is dark, we are in that seeding time, that inward turning, that quiet before the storm. This new moon (and solar eclipse) once again asks us to step forward in bold beginning. How can we move from harmony? In a place that is still and grounded? How can we source from the deep self even when our "tide is high" and emotions are flowing freely? Can we keep perspective in the interconnectedness of all? In the gift that is this planet?

Sun in Taurus via Cathy Pagano:

"As we learned to control and use the Earth, we found that we could also control our instinctual nature, and the mind and the ideal of pure spirit became more important than the body and its experience of soul. We removed ourselves from living contact with our Mother Earth: by covering the land over with our cities and roads; by explaining Her mysteries as scientific facts and nothing more; by living in our heads rather than in our bodies. We substituted a one-dimensional observing of life for the wisdom of the experience of life.

Taurus is a fixed earth sign, concerned with the material world and life of the body. Our new story has to include the wisdom that the material world is just as full of spirit and cosmic energy as those ideals of the Mind that have shaped the best aspects of patriarchy. Our task is to find a balanced relationship with matter-with our bodies, with the things we possess and with the environment we live in.

Taurus is a sign that is ruled over by the Goddess Aphrodite/Venus, whose gifts to us are beauty and joy, sexuality and the mystery of the body, fertility and growth, connection and peace, love and wisdom. Very feminine values that need to be incorporated back into our culture at the most basic levels. We have created an ugly society because we haven't valued Aphrodite's gifts unless we are using them to enhance a patriarch objective-like ornate casinos in the desert that create an illusion of comfort as we gamble away our resources for their profit.

During the Sun's journey through Taurus, Aphrodite entices us to remember the Garden and the possibility of love, joy, beauty and new life.

So it seems only right that we start this cosmic new birth in Taurus, a sign most concerned with the environment (Earth Day is in the beginning of Taurus), with the Earth and with our bodies.

Earth Song

Listen to things more often than beings.
Hear the voice of the fire, hear the voice of the water,
Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush:
This is the ancestors breathing.
Those who are dead are never gone;
The dead are not down in the earth:
They are in the trembling of the trees,
In the groaning of the woods,
In the water that runs, in the water that sleeps,
They are in the hut, they are in the crowd.
Those who are dead are not ever gone;
They are in the woman's breast, they are in the wailing of a child,
They are in the burning log and in the moaning rock.
They are in the weeping grasses, in the forest and the home.
Listen to things more often than beings.
Hear the voice of fire, hear the voice of water.
Listen in the wind to the sighing of the bush.
This is the ancestors breathing.

(Traditional from Senegal, translator unknown)

Ancient societies knew that humans are intimately connected with our environment. At the root of all life is our connection to Mother Earth. And yet we live in a society that rejects that wisdom and misuses that gift.  

So let's begin this new creation by taking time every day to find a bit of Earth to be with, communicate with and care for. Whether you live in the city, the country or the desert, you walk on this beautiful Earth, feel the warmth of the Sun's fires, are blown away by the winds and refreshed by the rains. Re-Connect! Learn to understand the voices of the Earth. Perhaps you can help or heal something. Perhaps you will be healed."

-Cathy Pagano