“I look into the world
In which the sun is shining
In which the stars are sparkling
Where stones in stillness lie
Where living plants are growing
Where animals live in feeling
Where humans within their soul
Give dwelling to the spirit.” Rudolph Steiner
Saturday’s New Moon in Taurus forms a harmonious aspect to both Saturn and Pluto , making this a time to reaffirm or commit to your values – what it is that is important to you now on a deep level . We live in a time of great change here on planet earth and often people remark that they are passionate about things or doing things they could not have anticipated before – in order to contribute their energy to creating a better world.
This has to do with a shift in values.
Taurus , being an earthy sign, governs, among other things, gardening and agriculture. At one time I lived on a farm and a couple came to live with us who traded their farm chores for room and board. When we sat down for dinner at night they would say a simple grace, “Let us think to the origins of our food,” which would then be followed by a moment of silence. This simple grace was a way for us to become more aware and more grateful for our connection to the earth – to the sun, and rain and plants and animals and all the earth provides to make life possible.
This New Moon is about our commitments to what sustains us. It’s wise to rethink daily routines and see if they can be moved in a more healthy direction with diet, exercise and quiet time and set intentions at the New Moon. Factor in your determination to follow through and persevere.
It’s also a good time to spend time in nature – to take a trip to a place in a park or garden or forest that is special to you.
“Your words and actions are magical- they create waves of energy that travel out into the world and nature.” David Spangler
“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch
Don’t go back to sleep.” Rumi
The Moon waxes new Saturday at 14 degrees of Taurus at 6:46 Pm EDT. The Taurus New Moon provides excellent timing for new initiatives and for the renewal of energy and vision for financial and material matters.
It is a time for the enjoyment of the sensual side of life and to grow in persistence and perseverance. The downside of Taurus is obstinacy or unwillingness to budge from a rigid position.
Other aspects indicate it’s not wise to hang onto things too tightly that are no longer working. Better to create a new, more vibrant and renewed vision for your life.
Pallas the asteroid goddess of diplomacy and planning is strong in the sky at this time and can be helpful with strategic thinking in creating long term plans.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A woman airing an old bag through a sunny window to give it air and sunshine.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill
“Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary, some in wrong directions. Practice resurrection.” Wendell Berry
Last week Pluto stationed retrograde and this week Saturn will. When Saturn is stationary in the sky as it is now, things can feel more serious and sometimes burdensome.
This duo in conjunction with the South Node is a caution about clinging to things that no longer work. This includes things like jobs or financial strategies as well outgrown patterns of thinking and feeling.
Pluto will travel retrograde through early October making this a good time frame for considering how to restructure your life in a way that feels more up to date, effective and in line with your soul’s purpose.
Mars continues to aspect Neptune this week and it bodes well to focus on what makes you feel empowered. Do keep in mind a positive view of the future.
Mercury makes a positive aspect to Mars this week indicating a good time for concentration and for working independently. It’s wise to keep doubt and self criticism at bay and focus on what needs to be done.
Do be aware that with Uranus in Taurus there can be a shift in what you value in your life – in terms of work, finances and relationships.
There is a powerful New Moon on Saturday at 14 degrees of Taurus. There is wind at your back for setting new intentions related to work, home and finances with at this time. Do take advantage of it.
One of the Sabian symbols for the Saturn station is,”A hidden choir singing during a religious service.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill
“Uranus’ transit of Taurus is redefining security, resources and values by abruptly shaking what’s been set and stagnant.” Nadia Gilchrist
“So as I learned from my journalism teacher and as I now teach others detachment is essential to accomplishing an accurate evaluation.” Carolyn Myss
“There are no problems, only solutions.” John Lennon
Uranus, the futuristic planet of innovation recently entered the sign of Taurus. This earthy sign governs values (what we own) and what we value – materially, emotionally and spiritually. Depending on which house in your chart Uranus is transiting for the next seven years, there is likely to be a shift or change in what you value in that area. Uranus is also the planet of detachment. It is wise in these rapidly changing times, to stand back when things get heated and reevaluate them from a different perspective.
The powerful transformative alignment of Pluto, Saturn and the South Node is calling for restructuring. We can see this influence in the disruptions to established structures in the outside world and it also has an influence on the inner life. It is wise to focus on what no longer works and creating a system that functions more effectively and appropriately for your current circumstances.
The Sun has been traveling with Uranus – do be open to innovative ideas and new directions for your life that open up a freer path.
Venus enters the sign Aries this week. Aries is the go- getter sign of the zodiac, likes to start things and has courage and drive to accomplish them. This week Venus conjuncts Chiron in Aries which can bring us in touch with longstanding or inherited wounds related to self esteem, finances and love. If this occurs it’s wise to take a detached view of the situation in order to see more clearly what needs to be done to move in a new direction. Sometimes it is a matter of a shift in perspective. There is a lot of courage available now for this kind of process with this duo.
Illumination, Breakthroughs and wake up calls are on the table now!
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”Natural steps to a lawn blooming with clover. “
“It later became clear to me that no matter what we do in science or any other area, it will not help if we don’t find a way to be related to each other on a deep level.” David Bohm
“I like it better here where I can sit just quietly and smell the flowers.” Ferdinand the Bull
This weekend I attended a workshop led by Lynn Bell who teaches at the Centre for Psychological Astrology in London. The workshop was about the Pluto/Saturn conjunction and the cycles of these two planetary power houses throughout history. In the course of her lecture Lynn Bell spoke about JK Rowling’s chart and the publication of her first book about Harry Potter. When originally she was writing the story, JK Rowling heard a voice tell her that if she could manage to get the book published it would be very successful. She was rejected by publisher after publisher but persevered until she finally found the one who would put her book out into the public and lead to its wide recognition and success.
Monday and Tuesday are a good time to heighten awareness to receive intuitive messages with Mercury semi-sextile Uranus in Taurus. Do be open to messages related to the higher visions in your life – information which can point the way forward in a way you may not have anticipated.
Mercury enters the sign of Aries on Tuesday. This sign is associated with direct speech that can at times be unaware of its influence on others. It is wise to take extra care in communications now for this reason and also because we are entering into a Full Moon phase which is very much about relationships and the strains and stresses that can be encountered in that realm.
The Moon Waxes Full on Friday at the karmic degree – 29 degrees of Libra. The Moon will be making a challenging aspect to Venus -almost at that degree- at 28 degrees of Pisces which can make this a testy time for relationships of all kinds – romantic, work, friendship etc. The Moon is opposing Uranus at this time as well indicating the likelihood of sudden endings or beginnings and separations as well as revelations or breakthroughs about relationship issues. Hidden information can come out.
This theme is also emphasized by Mercury moving up to a conjunction with Chiron in Aries. Best to be open to the possibility of breakthroughs that enable your to move on more freely.
Saturday the Sun moves into Taurus the sign of the bull.
The Sabian symbol for the Sun’s entrance into Taurus is,”An electrcal storm illuminates the heavens and the forests.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill
“In a shrinking world that needs a good shrink , we don’t need another theory of evolution. What we need is the practice of evolution.” Swami Beyondananda.
“Soul loves the journey itself. The textures and undulations of the path it has made through the landscape by hazard and design are nurturing in themselves.” David Whyte
The Sun is now squaring the Lunar Nodes and Jupiter stationed retrograde this week. All told it is a good time to think about how you want to handle challenges and obstacles as you move forward. It is a good time for the renewal of energy, vision and courage.
Mercury is making a harmonious aspect to the North Node which governs , among other things, the soul’s journey of evolution in this lifetime. It bodes well to note any information which surfaces through intuition now which points the way forward for you.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”An open window and a net curtain blowing into the shape of a cornucopia.”
Sabian symbol form Lynda Hill
“Pluto brings in the powerful redefinition of old rules and traditions. The current structure is dying and old versions of authority are falling away.” Nadia Gilchrist
“The universe is evolving towards and even greater destiny and we are the means of the global transformation.” Pir Vilayat Inayar Khan
It’s best to approach this week with good boundaries in place as Venus will be conjunct Neptune – the planet of dreams and visions. Venus rules love and affection and Neptune rules divine compassion. This duo is aware of the suffering of the world. It’s a good time to look at how you contribute to making the world a better place or how you would like to. It’s a good time for spiritual growth, mystical journeys and creativity. The downside of this duo is feeling victimized. The pull of addictive behavior can be strong.
It’s a good week to use more discernment when i comes to financial matters.
The Sun is squaring the Saturn this week and then will move up to a square with Pluto and the Lunar Nodes indicating a very karmic time. Old obstacles may present themselves in a new form. It’s a good time to look at what you need to release in your life in order to move forward . If there are issues you have wanted to work on and have been putting off, now would be a good time to start.
Jupiter stations retrograde this week. Wherever it is transiting in your chart indicates an area where things have become too limited and you need to push through obstacles to create new growth.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A nature spirit dancing in the mist of a waterfall.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill
“What you can do or dream or can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Goethe
“The bamboo for prosperity,” a friend explained to me,”the pine for long life and the plum for courage…the plum for courage because the plum puts forth blossoms while the snow is still on the ground.” Madeleine Engel
“I tell you, the past is a bucket of ashes.”Carl Sandburg
Mars is making a harmonious sextile to Chiron this week. If you have been wanting to move forward in your life but have been dealing with a nagging insecurity or if you have been dragging your feet to face an old or habitual obstacle in your path, Mars will support and lend courage and determination to any initiatives of this nature now.
Friday’s fiery New Moon at 15 degrees of Aries has a lot of power to support and help actualize strong intentions, given one caveat. The Sun and the Moon in Aries will be squaring Saturn, Pluto and the Nodes of the Moon. This indicates a karmic threshold of sorts and to activate this energy favorably it bodes well to be willing to let go of perhaps longstanding beliefs or assumptions from the past that hinder your forward movement and are no longer necessary. Make space for new perspectives or a new orientation with Mars now in Gemini. This placement can help considerably with considering things from differing perspectives.
The Sabian symbol for this New Moon is, “Brightly clad brownies dancing in the warm dancing light.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hi
that is ours and nature’s will come
If we are willing, if we are patient,
If we know the way, if we do the work.” Wendell Berry
“When we change inwardly we outgrow certain belief patterns and strengthen others. Evaluating our beliefs is a spiritual and biological necessity. Our physical bodies, minds and spirits all require new ideas in order to thrive.” Caroline Myss
The South Node in Capricorn has been transiting in close proximity to Pluto the god of transformation and rebirth for awhile now and this week the conjunction is exact, making this a significant time.
The South Node governs inherited tendencies that come down through the bloodlines. It also governs assumptions and behaviors that limit personal growth and evolution. Now in partnership with Pluto those attitudes and beliefs can be seen and experienced with increased clarity. It’s a good time to look at thought patterns and assumptions in general -especially those that may have become overly rigid, restrictive or limited. It bodes well to look at what’s standing in your way and disavow what is no longer necessary. Both the South Node and Pluto are associated with karma, destiny and evolution making this a potent time.
Feisty Mars, the god of energy and drive has moved into the sign of Gemini and will transit this sign through most of the month of April. Mars likes to take action and this placement and can be restless and a bit scattered. It’s a good time for travel and activities that broaden your perspective. Communications can become more lively and interesting – given you are open to two sides of the story. Gemini is one of the signs of duality in astrology and it’s best to keep moderation and equilibrium in mind at this time as this nervy placement can be scattered, impatient and at times abrupt.
The lingering effects of the Mercury retrograde can still be in play this week as Neptune and Mercury meet up for the final time this round – a reminder that thinking can be foggy, it may be hard to discern truth from fiction or outright deception. It bodes well to keep communications very clear.
The linear mind doesn’t operate as effectively with this influence but it is a very good time for spiritual pursuits, for meditation, intuition and artistic projects. This influence will be out of influence in a week or so.
One of the Sabian symbols for the Mars now is, “A glass bottomed boat reveals undersea wonders.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill
“We have this way of talking, and we have another.
Despite what we wish and what we fear may happen,
We are alive with other life, as clear stones
Take form in the mountain.” Rumi
“Hope is a memory of the future.” Gabriel Marcel
Venus enters the sign of Pisces on Tuesday this week indicating a time that bodes well for creativity as well as spiritual growth and evolution. The sign of Pisces – the final sign of the zodiac – is associated with wisdom attained traveling though the lessons of the previous eleven signs. Venus is exalted in this sign meaning it is a good time to expand consciousness, to grow in compassion and in unconditional love. This muse- type energy indicates porous boundaries however and it is wise to have strong boundaries in place for the few weeks or so.
Mercury will station direct – ending the retrograde period – on Friday at 16 degrees of Pisces. Mercury will station conjunct Neptune at this time indicating a foggy, smokescreen type environment. These two planets have been traveling together for awhile now and it can be difficult at times to separate truth from fiction and illusion from reality. The downside of this duo can be deception of some kind.
It bodes well to make an extra effort to stay centered and grounded this week because the atmosphere can lead to increased worry if not held in check.
It is wise to note any information that surfaces within a few days before and a few days after the Mercury station as this time frame is associated with a culmination of information. It’s best to assume not all the information is and to make extra space for down time and restorative time over the next several weeks.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “In a quiet moment, a creative individual experiences the flow of inspiration.”
Sabian Symbol from Lynda hill