The Moon and Sun will join in exact degrees of sidereal Taurus on Saturday, June 4th at 5pm Hawaii Time (-10 GMT). This New Moon in Taurus is the official starting point of the Taurus cycle even though the Sun has been in Taurus since May 14th. After a very challenging period with multiple planets in Aries and then a pretty dramatic Full Moon in Scorpio, we are all in need of this much more mellow and comfortable time. Taurus is an earthy, artistic sign that brings out both our practical side and our pleasure-seeking self. Taurus is also the sign of the Bull. The bull has a bit of a bad rap, but he is actually an easy-going character who really just wants to graze and lay around and do as he sees fit when he feels like it. He only gets angry when someone puts him in a pen and waves a red flag in front of his face; deprive the bull of food and comfort and watch out! Definitely don't attempt to tell the bull what to do, they are very stubborn, but ultimately they are socially adept creatures who are happy to share a story over a blade of grass or two and enjoy the scenery. The nakshaktra this New Moon is happening in is Rohini, the main star of which is Aldeberan. Rohini is “The Red One”, referring to a beautiful young woman rosy red with fertility and creative potential. This star is the most fertile and beautiful of all the stars, and in Vedic mythology was the favorite star of both the Moon, who is said to be the husband of all the stars, and the creator Prajapati or Brahma who is said to be the father of everything. The Moon is a feminine Graha (the planets, Sun, Moon and eclipse points are referred to as Grahas: that grasp you with their energies), yet is ruled by a masculine diety.
In the story of the Moon and Rohini, he spent all his time with her in that part of the sky and refused to move equally amongst the stars. It is said that if you looked up in the sky at that time the Moon would be Full every night in the star Rohini. The other wives complained to their father who told the Moon he better share himself or else. When the Moon still could not pull himself from the place of Rohini, he was cursed to wane as punishment. When the waning of the Moon was harming all of life on Earth and our collective life force was also waning, the curse was amended with the caveat that the Moon now travel equally amongst his wives, spending one night with each wife. If he fulfilled this promise than he would wane for only half the month, resulting in the darkest night of the month and then he would begin to wax again until he came into his full brightness.
This New Moon we will have the ruling planet of Taurus itself, Venus, joining the Sun and the Moon in Exact degrees. This is a sweet contrast to the Full Moon two weeks ago when Mars was joined in exact degrees to the Moon in its own tumultuous sign of Scorpio...we are all about ease, comfort, harmony and sensory pleasures now! While the moon was debilitated in Scorpio, it is in its sign of exaltation in Taurus, enjoying the stable ground this earth sign offers, as well as the connectivity the Moon craves. While New Moon's are usually the time to connect with ourselves and go into a more meditative state as our own Psyche and Emotions wane to dark, this Moon being in the social, friendly sign of Taurus joined Venus, we might want to bring our partners into our meditation. You can meditate in many different ways: Make Love, Take a Bath or Swim, Rest, Cook, Eat, Make Art, Play in the Garden...allow your inner bull to enjoy peace right now to restore and rejuvenate both body and mind after all we've been through.
Directly across from Taurus, we still have Saturn and Mars Retrograde in Scorpio, and their position causes what we call a dristhi, or an energetic glance at our planets in Taurus, and vice versa. Saturn in particular is in close degrees, giving our Soul Power and Psyche his stern glare. Saturn can cause a drying effect and make us tired and low energy. These two natural malefics gazing at our trio in Taurus is a bit of a diversion from the peace and ease we are otherwise experiencing, reminding us that despite our willingness to take a break right now, there are still pressures lingering. Latent anger and fear loom beneath the surface, coming out in short spurts, but then are quickly covered back up with sweetness and affection. Mercury is still in Aries, causing us to occasionally voice those fears and angers in harsh, clipped segments of communication, that are direct and to the point. This feels “out of sorts” with the general air of harmony we are trying to cultivate. On June 8th, Mercury will be moving into Taurus as well, bringing our communication in tune with the harmonious, sweet vibe of the Sun and Venus.
Mars will be going back into Libra on June 17th for almost a month, bringing us less discipline, causing us to base our actions more on how they suit others rather than just ourselves. Backing out on our own strength and compromising more may make us more fun to be with, but is likely to catch up with us in the long run when we feel we haven't taken care of what truly needed to get done. This is a time to really nourish ourselves with self-love and self-care: hydrating, getting plenty of rest, and honoring our commitments to ourselves above those to others. Happy New Moon! Aum Shanti Shanti Shantih
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