Taurus New Moon

Saturday the 7th of May 3.31am (AWST) brings us the annual Taurus New Moon. Balance is key to life, and so to astrology. The sign opposite Taurus is complex and emotional Scorpio. The Scorpio Full Moon of two weeks ago (when we lost Prince), along with the stationing retrograde of Pluto, bestowed real depth on the cosmic vibe. We were reminded of our inherent connectedness to others, and of the limits imposed on our human condition.

Now the energies balance somewhat as Mercury, Venus, Vesta and the Sun convene in Taurus, and the New Moon draws our attention here. Taurus: the sign of self-sufficiency. Simplicity. Peace. Sensuousness. A reliability that is comforting. No need to push for change, or move quickly. Relax. Breathe. Be here now. Like Ferdinand the Bull, taking time to sit quietly and smell the flowers.

Fountain in Nice, France
Fountain in Nice, France

Low-road Taurus can be stubborn and unyielding, but the Bull’s ponderousness is not always a weakness. Mindfulness, care and consideration require us to slow down. Stillness should not be mistaken for laziness: in silence~solitude~stillness we find peace and fulfilment that cannot be accessed any other way.

As an Earth sign, Taurus is practical and linked not only to money and material possessions, but also to skills as resources. All of these contribute to our sense of security and survival as well as our self-worth and confidence. The acquisition of skills requires effort, patience and practice = Taurus in action.

Finally, tapping into Taurus means we learn to heed the wisdom of our bodies. The body is a physical link to the divine and its ailments and impediments contain messages direct from the Source. A little loving attention can reveal the message within our somatic concerns, whatever they may be. There is always something we can gain from an apparently negative health situation.

My own story: about a decade ago I sought professional opinion for my chronic goitre. I immersed myself in the biomedical model’s diagnostic process and after many tests, doctors appointments and sleepless nights I was informed that my thyroid nodules may be cancerous and advised to have my thyroid gland removed. The throat (including the thyroid gland) is ruled by Taurus and my wise father is a Taurean. He encouraged me to investigate my enlarged thyroid from a more mystical and anthroposophical perspective. Rather than allowing fear to get the better of me (a brush with my own mortality) and consenting to the surgical removal of a gland that is yet to be fully understood, I followed my dad’s advice.

To cut the long story of an arduous, sometimes frightening, process short, I no longer have a goitre. But I still have my thyroid gland and I have found my voice. The sadness and self-loathing that once plagued me now exist only in my memory. These emotions that surfaced as part of exploring the deeper meaning of this “lump in my throat” pointed me towards conscious transformation of an unprocessed and unintegrated past. So even though I didn’t understand any of this at the time, attempts made to interpret my body’s messages led me on a journey of healing and metamorphosis. And this journey~process continues… I pray that it will for a long time. If it weren’t for my big fat neck, perhaps I’d’ve never awakened.

My intention in sharing this story is not to advocate that we should shun modern medicine. As a trained theatre nurse I understand and appreciate that there is a time and a place for surgery. I am not saying that making this choice was easy, or that it would be right for everyone. I share my story to make the point that our bodies have wisdom to share, and if we “hear” the messages we will benefit in ways that we cannot imagine. I believe each body possesses the capacity to heal itself, given the right circumstances. Foundational to these circumstances is openness. Resistance to the condition of the body exacerbates any and all problems, and creates further blockages.

This New Moon is Earthy ~ a Grand Earth Trine that involves the aforementioned planets in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter and the Lunar North Node in Virgo ~ so all pursuits that ground us are valuable now. Connecting with our Earth Mother in nature trumps! The energy supports intentions set that are grounded in reality and being built upon strong foundations. We can certainly dream big (thanks Jupiter~North Node!) but there needs to be effort, determination, pragmatism, discipline, integrity and responsibility at the heart of our aspirations.

Happy Taurus New Moon

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