Weekly Forecast May 2: New Moon in Taurus

Rhododendrons, the essence of spring in full bloom. © Pat Paquette 2011.

The biggest news this week – the only news, really – is Tuesday’s New Moon in Taurus (late Monday on the West Coast of the United States).

The Taurus New Moon represents the fertility of nature and the full bloom of spring. This year, it falls close to the Celtic cross-quarter day of Beltane, celebrated with bonfires and an anything-goes spirit similar to our Mardi Gras. Taurus, the Bull of Heaven, was the divine consort of the Mother Goddess, who in very ancient times was associated with Venus.

As ruling planet of Taurus, Venus rules this New Moon, but unfortunately she’s not at her best, so I don’t foresee a week of dancing, drinking, fine-dining, and lying around on the couch. To start with, she’s in Aries, sign of her detriment. She also is fresh out of a cardinal T-square with Saturn and Pluto. If even goddesses can get stressed out and exhausted, what’s that say for the rest of us?

Still, I’m expecting this week to be better than most of last month, as we’ll certainly get a little bit of relief from all that fast and aggressive Aries energy – not much, mind you, as most of the planets are still depositing to Mars. There will be an edginess to life until the end of next week, when Venus moves into Taurus and takes over the show. In the meantime, take any opportunity for a small break, as it will help you hang in there for another couple of weeks.

Also, pressure on relationships will drop a notch as Venus moves beyond the cardinal T-square and gets well out of the way of an opposition with Saturn. What’s done can’t be reversed, but it’s easier to accept the fact and move on.

For those whose relationships reached a new level of duty and commitment, you can begin to settle into a new routine – although, again, it may be the end of next week before you feel substantial relief from the pressure.

The New Moon in Taurus highlights what we have and urges us to be mindful of how and what we manifest into reality, and why. I was reminded of this message many times over as I watched the royal wedding last Friday. The clothes, the jewels, the cars and carriages – do they support personal growth or hinder it? What’s important is how each of us uses the gifts we were born with. Learning the appropriate role of money and material resources in our personal and spiritual development is an important lesson now.

This concept is reflected nicely in the Sabian Symbol** for this New Moon: a man handling baggage, with the keyword INDUSTRY. Ultimately, we have to depend on our own strengths and resources to fulfill our purpose in life, and there may be many ways to do so, all of which are equally important. Some people need a lot of money and material wealth to fulfill their role, and some don’t. How much is enough and at what point material desires start getting in the way of spiritual growth is a big lesson for Taurus.

Sunday is Mother’s day, with the Moon appropriately in Cancer. There may be some tension at family gatherings, as the Moon forms a temporary cardinal grand cross with Saturn, Pluto, Uranus, and other planets in Aries. The worst is over on Saturday, though, so hopefully everyone will be able to rise above dysfunctional family dynamics and appreciate one another’s uniqueness.

Wishing you all much love and courage,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

P.S. I don’t need a diamond tiara to be a decent astrologer, but I’ll nevertheless be writing my abundance check!

** From The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, by Dr. Marc Edmund Jones. The author, an astrologer, channeled this work in 1925 with the help of Elsie Wheeler, a gifted psychic. There’s one symbol one for each degree of the zodiac, and we can use them to gain insight into charts.

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