New Moon begins the month of Taurus, Mercury goes Retrograde!
Vedic Astrology Forecast for Sunday, May 17th, 2015:
The New Moon happens this evening (Sunday) at 6:12 pm Hawaii time. The New Moon happens each month when the Sun and Moon join in the exact degrees of a sign and thus marks the beginning of a new month. This Moon is in the practical, sensual earth sign of Taurus ruled by Venus, and awakens a month of pleasure-seeking and connection. The Moon is exalted in the beginning of Taurus, where the New Moon will take place, in the nakshatra of Krittika, which is ruled by the Sun and means "the Cutter". The Moon is exalted in Taurus because the stabilizing, yet connective sign of the Bull makes the Moon, our ever-changing emotions, feelings and thoughts, feel safe and grounded. It is exalted in Krittika because this nakshatra cuts through the illusion of these thoughts and feelings and puts us in touch with our true nature. Being ruled by the Sun it has the sattwic intention of purifying through its burning rays.
The Moon is not only joining the sun in Taurus, but Mars and Mercury as well and while this month promises to be much gentler and more grounded than the preceding months, we still have to be on the lookout for our communication being black and white and cut and dry. Mars at its best, is disciplined and focused, he doesn't really know how to settle down and graze his way to his destination, so watch out for feeling angry at yourself for not being disciplined enough and taking it out on others. Especially in the form of communication, as we've been experiencing, while Mercury and Mars have travelled together through the zodiac most of 2015. To make communication even more confusing, Mercury is turning Retrograde tomorrow (Monday) at 3:44 pm Hawaii time and will cause the next few weeks of anything related to communication and information gathering and processing "backed up" and delayed. These periods of Mercury Retrograde help us take time to internalize and process the ways in which we give and receive information and knowledge and especially in the Venus-ruled artistic sign of Taurus, this can be a period of great insight and creativity. This will also help us hold our tongue if Mars' aggression rears its angry head! Try to stay unattached to the results of your actions while this alignment is in place and remember the point of the journey is not to arrive. Enjoy the relative peace of this Taurus New Month and relax in the arms of self-nourishment, instead of wrestling against it. Hare Om
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