New Moon in Taurus, April 2014
Tuesday 29th April 2014, 4.14pm (AEST)
and SOLAR ECLIPSE
The Sun entered the sign of Taurus on April 19th, just hours before the Grand Cardinal Cross began to perfect. This womb of transformative energies locked in to form a matrix which can energize a new sense of Self-hood within each of us as well as a strong vision for a new society.
The new story has to be about our relationship with the Earth and each other. The feminine values of relationship, connection and union are the foundation of this new society and new sense of Self. Patriarchy has promoted an ideal of individual self-hood that has lost connection with others and with the Earth. Along with that ideal arose the rejection of feminine values and the devaluing of women and feminine ways of knowing as well as the rape of the Earth.
This rejection of the feminine has led to a loss of Wisdom in our society. Sometimes we are sadly lacking in the compassion and wisdom that are basic moral and cosmic laws. That’s why we seem headed for dis-aster, which means ‘going against (dis) the stars (aster)’ or the ordained laws of life.
As we learned to control and use the Earth, we found that we could also control our instinctual nature, and the mind and the ideal of pure spirit became more important than the body and its experience of soul. We removed ourselves from living contact with our Mother Earth: by covering the land over with our cities and roads; by explaining Her mysteries as scientific facts and nothing more; by living in our heads rather than in our bodies. We substituted a one-dimensional observing of life for the wisdom of the experience of life.
Taurus is a fixed earth sign, concerned with the material world and life of the body. Our new story has to include the wisdom that the material world is just as full of spirit and cosmic energy as those ideals of the Mind that have shaped the best aspects of patriarchy. Our task is to find a balanced relationship with matter—with our bodies, with the things we possess and with the environment we live in.
Ancient societies knew that humans are intimately connected with our environment. At the root of all life is our connection to Mother Earth. And yet we live in a society that rejects that wisdom and misuses that gift.
So let’s begin this new creation by taking time every day to find a bit of Earth to be with, communicate with and care for. Whether you live in the city, the country or the desert, you walk on this beautiful Earth, feel the warmth of the Sun’s fires, are blown away by the winds and refreshed by the rains. Re-Connect! Learn to understand the voices of the Earth. Perhaps you can help or heal something. Perhaps you will be healed.
All native people created societies that lived in harmony with the Earth. Our modern society has fallen out of balance with nature and created great dis-harmony with the Earth.
Our ice caps are melting and flooding the oceans with cold sweet waters that can disrupt weather patterns around the world. We are poisoning the Earth—her soil, air and waters—for profit and power, laziness and complacency, stupidity and arrogance.
The lesson for the new moon in Taurus is to teach us how to be good stewards of the Earth and her bounty. What is being birthed within the matrix of the cosmic cross is the evolutionary need for humanity to once again reclaim our place in Earth’s ecology and discover our purpose, to live in harmony with each other and with all of nature and to learn from its wisdom. Click here for a kundalini yoga meditation to invoke the spirit of Mother Earth with your own body.
Taurus also gives us the gift of self-worth and the responsibility to have strong values. What do you value? And what values do you hold sacred? If we are to build (a Taurus activity) something new, we have to build it on values that are strong and secure.
One of the troubles with our world is that we aren’t living up to our values and ideals. People talk a good talk, but don’t walk the walk. And so we have a nation, and a world, of hypocrites who want to look bright and shiny on the outside for all the world to see, but who are really living out very negative desires for power, greed, and domination.
Until we change our priorities away from economic gain and back to community welfare and global inter-connection, we will fail to change anything. Our values form the basis of an ethical life and the ethical society we all imagine we live in.
If we want to change ourselves, we have to know what our values are and then strive to live them. Love, honesty, courage, courtesy, respect, hope, creativity, knowledge, wisdom, truth, honour, responsibility. These are just a few of the virtues that we need to live out our values, especially if we believe in equality and freedom.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon and Earth align as the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the light of the Sun dims. This disrupts the energy coming from the Sun and how it affects the web of life here on Earth, rebooting us with a new consciousness. A solar eclipse is an extra powerful new Moon, so plant your seeds with promises of a new connection to nature, to your body and to the interconnection with everyone here on Earth.
Change is always the key to eclipses. So watch to see what changes come your way—even if they seem sudden, they’ve probably been building for some time now. Stay open to the mystery and allow it to happen. A new beginning is indeed upon us.
Love and blessings to Cathy Pagano for this post.
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Ninth Duino Elegy
And the things, even as they pass,
understand that we praise them.
Transient, they are trusting us
to save them – us, the most transient of all.
As if they wanted in our invisible heart
to be transformed
into – oh, endlessly – into us.
Earth, isn’t this what you want? To arise in us, invisible?
Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly
there’s nothing left outside us to see?
What, if not transformation,
is your deepest purpose? Earth, my love,
I want that too. Believe me,
no more of your springtimes are needed
to win me over – even one flower
is more than enough. Before I was named
I belonged to you. I seek no other law
but yours, and know I can trust
the death you will bring.
– Rainer Maria Rilke