The days before the New Moon in Taurus
set the stage and can guide us toward our own personal intention for this next lunar cycle.
On the 15th, Mars in Gemini opposes retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius. One real experience of this might be that we come up against an authority figure who squelches our desires, maybe even our desire to talk. The boss says, “Keep it down” or “Get off the internet.” With an opposition there is resistance from the World.
Then on the 16th, Venus in Cancer squares the Karmic Axis, or the Lunar Nodes of the Moon. With the South Node in Aries, a loved one may stand in the way of our freedom. There might be good reason for that. A family circumstance could put us in a situation where we have to suppress our desires, which we may happily do; however the North Node of the Moon in Libra, the pattern of the future, prefers finding balance and collaboration in relationship. Our beloveds present us with a couple of days of drama or tension.
In the days before the New Moon, Sedna, another celestial object with a feminine archetype and mythology is conjuncted (highlighted) by the Sun on the 15th. I don’t normally look at Sedna, but found her compelling for some reason this month. Sedna, is an object in the Kuiper Belt, and was discovered in 2003. Sedna’s name comes from Inuit mythology. The stories vary a bit, though the theme is roughly one of betrayal and abandonment, and anger that is suppressed at the bottom of the ocean. Sedna, was a beautiful woman, who was betrayed by Father by being forced into marriage with a Raven Man, then rescued from the marriage by Father. In the end, (there are different versions of how this plays out) Father flees with Sedna in a boat on the ocean, tosses her into the ocean after cutting off her fingers, which later turn into dolphins and seals. She cannot get back into the boat and ends up sinking to the bottom of the ocean.
During the balsamic Moon cycle, prior to the New Moon, the masculine (Mars) and the feminine, (Sedna and Venus) expression may feel blocked.
And yet, Venus, the natural ruler of Taurus, is also trine Neptune, (vision and the ocean) the day before the New Moon on the 16th. We can use this trine to tap into non-physical realms for inspiration. Connecting and experience our Divine Self in meditation or through explorations of beauty and music. Vision boards, come to mind. A woman posted messages all over her apartment with affirmations of what she wanted. I moved into the apartment after she left and would come across these great messages unexpectedly. Perhaps the intention is not about wanting something material, rather to change the feeling of something uncomfortable with continued low self-esteem or loneliness. We could tape messages with loving words on our water cooler or water bottle, so the fluid we bring into our body resonates with our own water-laden body and we osmose messages that promote self esteem.
A few years back I took a class based on the Artist’s Way book and one of our tasks was to send ourselves a card in which we wrote something to make us feel loved (Venus.) I have the card to this day and when I feel lonely or not listened to, I read that card and it cheers me up. I am reminded that there is always someone who will love me and take care of me.
We might use this lunar cycle to initiate a new level of self-sufficiency or discover a sense of self-worth. This is a terrific time to use the practical Taurus energy to change some habits. If life feels like a battle (South Node in Aries) bring a positive Venus energy into our lives. Shawnsky Farmer, for example, may vow to bring more artistic expression into the home (Venus in Cancer) and balance “work versus play” time.
This New Moon’s blessing is the ability to be persistent and resilient while experiencing the pleasures of life on Earth including feeding our hearts, so that they are filled with love to share with others.
Share, please and thank you.