The Moon and Sun will join forces in exact degrees Friday, May 22nd at 10:39 am PST in sidereal Taurus, in the star of Krittika. Krittika is “Cut off” and is where the Pleiades is located. The seven wives of the sages are impersonated by Swaha, in an effort to win the love of the fire god, Agni. He only had eyes for them, and so seduces him in 6 of the 7 forms and takes his seed and puts it in a lake in the mountains. The 7th wife, Arundhati, had such strong love for her husband Vashistha, that Swaha's magic was useless. She then passed the rumor around of their infidelity, and the sages believed it, casting their wives to the stars. There they continue to sit, in prominence, having been cut-off from their husbands and their lives. The story continues that Shiva's own seed gets placed in this lake and eventually a wild and wicked child is born. He is so unruly that the gods decide he must be put to death and send him to the stars to these 6 women to kill him. They decide instead to nurse him and become his mothers. He then becomes the child-warrior that is able to defeat the great demon, Tarakasura, and he is reclaimed as the son of Parvati and Shiva, the Earth Mother, Ganga, Agni and of course the women who spared his life, the Krittika. He is named Kartikeya.
Krittika is where the Moon is exalted because, it is where we can cut through the excess emotion and feel what is true. It is where our unconditional love that connects us to others is strong and discerning. In the sign of Taurus, it is where we can relax into the physical comfort of needs well-met and feel grounded and happy. The ease and steadiness of the bull is a welcome respite from the chaos and confusion that exists in many of the other signs.
This particular New Moon cycle, the ruler of Taurus is Retrograde. Venus, along with Saturn and Jupiter began her retrograde motion last week and is hence bringing us to a more introverted and contemplative form of happiness. The ease and grace we have been experiencing perhaps in the garden, kitchen and in relationships is beginning to get backed up and we are wondering, “Is this too good to last?”. Truth be told, we don't like to run over old ground with any of our aspects, but perhaps least of all with Venus, because most of us prefer to keep the peace in our relationships. If it works well enough, then let it be. If we are happy enough, isn't that enough? Venus Retrograde teaches us the difficult lesson that good enough isn't. Comfortable isn't the same as happy and sometimes we have to run over old ground (and relationships) to understand why.
Mercury is also joined here and while the communication planet is one of the few that isn't retrograde right now, we can still expect the flow of communication in relationship to be halted. It is the internalization of Venus energy that is now outwardly expressing, and if we aren't clear on it, it is hard to express or understand in clear terms. If you want to know how Mercury is going to be bringing us a lot more discernment and clarity in the next few weeks, watch the video! Saturn and Jupiter Retrograde are also discussed in more detail in the video.
Both Mars and Jupiter retrograde are giving their one-way gaze, or dristhi to this New Moon and raising the potential for questioning relationships where our beliefs and ideas do not align. If you have friends, partners, and family members who strongly disagree with your world view or how you see the future social structures unfolding, this could be a fiery and disruptive time for that bond. While Jupiter has us, intelligently, questioning what beliefs we've been subscribing too, and moving in the direction of finding our hope and inspiration again, Mars has us fighting what we consider the “good fight” from the socially-conscientious sign of Aquarius. There we see how those in charge might be creating inequality and benefiting from it, but beware because others might see that too but from a completely different angle. We are all right, in some regard, and yet we are also all very misled by information. The opportunity to deepen relationships based on mutual respect and understanding is available, but of course, so is the potential to “cut-off” ties that you believe are no longer serving your ideal of happiness.
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