"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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Moon Solar Eclipse At Twenty Degrees Of Taurus

   Tomorrow's New Moon in Taurus supplies the focus for beautifying your environment, expressing your affection for loved ones and securing your finances. With a Solar Eclipse, which always occurs on a New Moon, we get the added oomph that can find us heading in the right direction as long as we apply the elbow grease. For you younger readers, elbow grease is a term for putting some effort into your labors, as in bearing down and scrubbing hard to clean a dirty pan! Working with Taurus takes your efforts and rewards you for them - with stable relationships, money in the bank and/or pleasant surroundings. An eclipse can jump-start your efforts or really bring home the areas you're lacking in.

   As a reminder, New Moons are seed times, when we begin things having to do with the current planetary energy. The focus when the Sun and Moon come together in this Fixed Earth sign is on beauty, security and loyalty. Tauruses can be patient or lazy, practical or filled with inertia. That's because of a tendency toward stubbornness; if it isn't their idea, it'll take some time for it to become their idea, then they'll see the wisdom of trying something different. Just don't hold your breath while you wait. Instead, take a page from the Taurus playbook and practice patience!

   Another shift tomorrow is with the indulgent energy of Venus, Taurus' ruler, going into sociable Gemini for the next three weeks. It gives a green light to having a good time with friends and neighbors and perhaps doing a little flirting as well. Yes, this is social butterfly time, so expect plenty of distractions if that's what you've been needing! Just remember to keep a good grasp on your purse strings or you may regret it when the bills come in. Getting out and walking in the fresh air, going to or hosting a barbecue or engaging in a community theater event, are a few examples of fun times that won't break the bank.

   Thursday has some really good energy for taking a leap of faith and beginning something new, due to positive alignments of the Moon with Mars and Mercury prior to eclipse time, as well as a harmonious aspect with transformative Pluto adding another layer to the day. However, the alignment of the Sun and Moon at 8:28 p.m. ushers in a VOC period lasting until Friday at 5:21 p.m. when the Moon drifts into Gemini for two and a half days. Friday is a good day for researching and finishing up everything on your almost-completed to-do list, but it's not the time to start anything new, unless it's after 5:21 p.m.! Resolve to practice patience and enjoy being with the people around you over the weekend or doing one of the activities mentioned above.

   Agreements can be reached and creative projects can be started on Saturday if you're so inclined. Expect a sudden opportunity from a conversation or phone call mid-afternoon, that can change things for the better. Thinking outside the box is not only allowed, but encouraged here! Gemini Moon becomes inactive on Sunday morning after its' only interaction of the day with giant Jupiter at 9:32 a.m. It's a laid-back kind of day to spend with family or friends anyway you want. Stay open to spontaneous invitations and/or an opportunity to spend some quiet time on your own, perhaps writing or reading a really good book!

As the weekend morphs into the work week, the Moon moves into watery and active Cancer, bringing an emotional depth to your efforts. Remember that we are on the upside, or waxing phase, of the lunar cycle, so everything is increasing in energy, including emotional needs; be as nurturing as possible to yourself and others. And remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!



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