"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sustainability, Random Acts of Kindness & Senseless Acts of Beauty

  Welcome to the New Moon in Taurus! Very early this morning, the Moon joined the Sun in this fixed earth sign of the zodiac. When the focus is here, we tend toward practicality and slowing down to take stock of our finances and gardens and anything else that needs tender, loving care to grow and sustain us. The Taurus New Moon sets the stage for the month ahead as a time of hard work and enjoyment.

  The mundane nature of this fixed sign speaks to the gifts of the earth and how we utilize what's been given to us and what we can claim ownership of, as well as how we use what we have, to bring beauty and harmony into our daily lives. Taurus attributes are loyalty, patience and perseverance, but when afflicted, can become stubbornness, self-indulgence and possessiveness!

  There are many ways to enjoy the gifts of Mother Earth and all her beauty. Visit an art gallery, plant a garden, fashion something out of clay or paint a macaroni necklace with the kids!! You can beautify your body or your home with fresh cut flowers, that seldom-worn bracelet or gem-stone earrings or by changing your sheets to something new and colorful. Supporting your local Farmers' Markets or buying a community share in a CSA project are other ways to build sustainability and help support your community.

  Supporting and using the resources you have is a Taurean virtue, incorporating loyalty and practicality to sustain what is important. This is also the sign of money, resources and belongings and when the Moon is traveling through this sign and/or the Sun is here, it is wise to adhere to the old saying... "neither a borrower nor a lender be..." Banks do not want to share their (your..) money just now!

Venus, goddess of beauty and love is the ruler of Taurus and she knows how to tend her gardens and care for herself. A little pampering to soothe body and soul will go a long way now; the same holds true in your garden where a little extra weeding will show off the magnificent flowers blooming forth. If you have too much Venusian influence, there's a tendency to self-indulgence, stubbornness or pride. Too much self-reliance can keep one from asking for help when we need it.

Taurus rules the throat, so singing and speaking are aspects that get attention this month. Go ahead and join that choir, band or sing louder in the car! Do you need to speak your piece/peace... which is it... piece of mind or peace to restore harmony...?! Stop swallowing your pride or self-doubt and just find a way to express what needs to be said. There are ways to talk about what's important to you and still show consideration for others without expectation of how they will react or treat you. Understand that they have their own needs and wants and aren't there just to please you. State your feelings and avoid expectations.

  The Sabian Symbol for thirteen degrees of Taurus, the New Moon point, is " a porter carrying heavy baggage". Dane Rudhyar says that this symbol speaks to self-mobilization for social advantage and there is within it a compulsion for gain. The questions here are: "What burdens am I carrying? Is this all my burden or is it partly someone else's? Am I expecting someone else to carry my burden for me?"  The porter in this image speaks to having someone to load our baggage down with. Is there some way to lighten our own or someone else's load? At any rate, we don't need to add to another's burdens or let others burden us unduly.

  We are in the throes of another long void-of-course (VOC) Moon period lasting until Wednedsay at 1:09 p.m. when the Moon moves into Gemini, staying in that adaptable, talkative sign until Friday afternoon at 4:12p.m. So... ready yourself today by finishing up what is important or has been hanging over your head and tidy up your studio, office, yard or house. Then, when the Gemini Moon takes over, get busy with plans, phone calls and any communication or errands that need to get done to help secure your stability in the world.

  Late Friday, Saturday and Sunday finds the Cancer Moon directing things, especially our emotions, and affecting home and hearth. One way we tend to nurture ourselves is with food and a way to include others is by inviting family and/or friends over for a cookout or pot-luck. With the self-indulgent background of Taurus this month, make sure you're not over-doing efforts to try and keep the peace by stuffing your feelings with food, or taking them out in waterworks on un-suspecting family members!

  You are probably not the only one on the ropes this week. Try and maintain balance by creating as much harmony and beauty around you, first by instilling a peacefulness within yourself, then radiating it outward through random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty. A little will go a long way and last all month long!

  Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

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