The Aries New Moon cycle has ended, and the Taurus New Moon cycle begins. Tonight just past midnight (PDT) the Taurus New Moon peaks. Now is the time to commit to personal goals and express energy and ideas positively. Connect with the natural world, and enjoy and appreciate the simple pleasures of life. Taurus time encourages us to connect with what brings us more pleasure. Comfort and beauty help us define and organize our homes. We ask ourselves during this time, “where do I feel at home?” Listen to the inner answer.
Slow your pace and enjoy the beauty of the physical experiences that put us in touch with our spiritual nature and callings. We may find ourselves reevaluating our relationship with what we value, how we earn money and and all the we say we value. How we use our time, talents, energies indicates where our values are manifesting.
Determine where necessary and important changes need to be made....changes that will allow us to succeed in attaining the goals that are in alignment with what we have started. With five planets in Earth signs, we find the energy and sense of well being to follow through with solid and realistic plans. Time is right for putting imagination into form so we enter the stream of movement for reaping the rewards of new beginnings and set projects into motion.
This New Moon is at 1 degree 35 minutes of Taurus on April 21 3:14 A.M (EDT) just past midnight PDT. The Sun’s entry into Taurus opens a month when it is more beneficial to defend or resist actions than it is to attack or push up against challenges. As the Taurus Sun makes its way through the Heavens, seeds planted take root, determination grows, and security needs foster wise choices and a healthy, harmonious perspective. Loyalty and longevity are key elements of Taurus energy, and both qualities are valued in your own make up and that of friends and family. Avoid being stubborn or bull-headed. Get out in the garden and dig around, take a long walk or swim, or just get outside and enjoy the natural world’s healing energies. The New Moon falls on Earth Day, a good time for clearing space for a garden, working the soil, planting for spring and summer harvests, and for taking in the beauty of the Earth in some way.
Venus transits Gemini from April 3 to August 7, encourages us to seek involvement on many paths. We may feel more romantic or may have more social urgings. Gemini energy seeks to bring opposites together. When we are acting out of the shadow or undeveloped part of our personality, we may seem to feel or act more fickle than usual. Remembering that what attracts us in the outer world, is in part, something within us that is awakening or an aspect of ourself that needs tending. While others may seem to hold the key for us, now is the time to appreciate our own desires, talents, motivations, and challenges. Venus cycles mark major shifts in our collective experiences.
On June 5, 2012, Venus will reach the half way point of an eight year cycle initiating major changes in our collective perspective. Venus’ transit through Gemini lightens and brightens our communication. You may find yourself saying aloud what normally your process within. Saying one thing, meaning another...or simply putting a number of options or ideas out for perusal with no intention of acting on any. Consider this when sharing your thoughts; also when listening to others. A confusing square with Neptune on April 5, and a square to Retrograde Mars on April 7, may have started the month off with some upside down kinds of situations, decisions, or communication. Consider the Neptune is the archetype of illusion, and may muddy the waters of both communication and thinking. In matters of romance or desires of one kind or another, keep your head on straight. Separate stated facts from wishful thinking. Keep your communication honest, based on well-discerned and thoughtful consideration.
Maintain inner clarity and keep external communication above board. Watch for sharp edges from the areas of your chart ruled by Pisces and Virgo. For example, if Venus in Gemini is transiting the 9th house, there is a strong interest and involvement in spirituality and faith in God. Development of the higher mind includes dedication to education, interest in philosophical and abstract ideas, and involvement with and interest in foreign cultures and peoples. The passion that drives 9th house interests, is now activated by Venus’ passage through this house, affecting this area of life more intently. The growing edge comes when the conflicts with earthly matters, active, but grounded energy and resources (Virgo and Mars’ transit through Virgo) and creative ideas, imagination, and ones’ desire to enjoy life may be clouded by transits of Neptune and Chiron through Pisces. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, at 8 degrees of Pisces, triggers much-needed healing experiences necessary for moving on in certain situations. Look to the areas of your life where Gemini’s Venus transit is highlighting, and watch the areas of life that may be making you feel like you’re hitting your head against a wall or meeting the “same old, same old” issues, challenges, or relationships snags once again. Thought that was dealt with? Maybe some more attention, some clear thinking and reliance on one’s faith is needed to ease this passage.
Mars in its direct motion in Virgo, continues to promote the worker bee mentality in us. As we work, we focus on Virgo-like detail in our desire to create perfection. With Mars fire energy, this may create some anxious or upsetting experiences. We further continue in our quest for creating, achieving, or doing the right thing at the perfect time. This is a good time to be focusing on completing projects. especially that work that require more precision and concern for quality.
Jupiter in Taurus through mid-June, 2012.
Jupiter, the archetype of benevolence, abundance and good fortune, continues its transit through Taurus until mid-June. This week we entered Taurus time. We may expect the greatest manifestation of goodness, resources, abundance, supplies, and feelings associated with our desires to rise up within and around us. We seek out ways to express beauty, to increase creativity, and to manifest dreams, visions, and worthy plans. As Jupiter has been making this transit since last June 4, 2011, we have experienced more and more expanded awareness.
Opportunities for educations, knowledge, understanding, and expansion have increased and been more grounded in whatever areas of life Taurus is situated. For example, if Taurus in your 7th house, you may have had more opportunities for partnerships, alliances, even marriage. Taurus in the first house might have changed the way you appear in the world, and actually brought benefits and prosperity to your door. Depending upon what other signs and aspects are active in your life/chart, Jupiter’s transit through Taurus has softened this area of life and made for a more lucrative and rich sense of connection with the material world, the natural world, one’s home life, and all areas that are ruled by Taurean energy.
As I write, the New Moon is at 6/53 Taurus, the Sun is at 1/57 Taurus, Pluto at 9/31 Capricorn, Jupiter is at 18/1 Taurus, all forming a Grand Trine in Earth signs. This powerfully strong earth-centered energy, coupled with the New Moon’s rising energy in Taurus makes this New Moon an especially potent time for creating, working together, discovering and articulating (writing, speaking, illustrating, forming, planning) our most treasured dreams, our most sought after desires, and our inner truth. Now is not the time to rationalize or hide in the shadows with our dreams and desires. It is time to put a positive, concrete plan into form, to work on worthy and satisfying projects, and to move up to the next step to create movement in areas of special interest. Move forward on the major plans that need to come out of the shadows, our of the mental fog, out of the “some day, if only” kinds of thinking.
Find concrete, solid ways to allow yourself to dream aloud, put forth your wishes, make concrete plans, and plant the seeds of your desires in fresh and fertile soil. Listen to your heart and mind with an open mind, a willingness to be honest with yourself and others, and the courage to put yourself out on the path of your true destiny. Listen, respond, and act now on that which you truly know you are meant to do, be, and manifest.