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Taurus New Moon 2010

The New Moon in Taurus occurs on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 6:04pm Eastern/9:04pm Pacific time at 24* Taurus. We are living in the midst of the Garden of Delight days (in the Northern hemisphere) are getting warmer, plants and trees are flowering, life is good. More than anything else, Taurus loves the peace and security of these beautiful days of May.

Taurus the Bull is an ancient constellation, one of the first imagined by our ancestors as they looked to the heavens. Known in ancient times as The Bull of Light, the Taurean Mother Goddess takes the creative phallic energy of Aries, the spark of life which animates matter and the mind, and embodies it as the power, grace, fertility and strength of the Bull. Taurus is the Mother's response to that first creative spark of the cosmic fires of life, making it blossom here on Earth.

The Bull has been an important mythological and astrological symbol since the age of Taurus, from approximately 4,000 to 2,100 BC., the age of the builders of the Pyramids and Stonehenge. The cow-headed goddess Hathor was worshipped during this age as a goddess of fertility, joy and love. The Egyptians believed Taurus symbolized the perpetual return of life, and they identified this time of year with Osiris, the promise of eternal life. They believed the celestial Bull incarnated as the Apis Bull and associated it with Osiris and the Pharaoh, sharing its qualities of a courageous heart, great strength, virility, and fighting spirit.

The Persians also worshipped the Bull and their god Mithra, the protector of Truth, was the god of cattle, wide pastures and the waters that nourished them. In sacrificing the Bull, Mithra offered this potent life to his followers.

In Crete, they trained their priests and priestesses to be bull dancers, leaping and twirling over the bull's horns to claim the power and agility and strength of the bull. The great bull leapers of Crete learned to dance with the bulls. They learned how to express power, balance and skill in the ways of the physical world. That's the Taurus lesson.

Later during the age of Aries, warrior societies counted bulls as a major source of wealth, power and potency. There are stories of the famous bulls of Ireland - the Brown Bull of Ulster and the White Horned Bull of Connaught and the wars fought over them. Bulls are still sacred in India.

Power, peace, wealth, security, Spirit incarnate, the perpetual renewal of life, these are the gifts of Taurus. How will we use them?

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Cathy Pagano is a spiritual advisor and Jungian psychotherapist, storyteller, author and teacher. She is the author of a book on the return of the Goddess, "Wisdom's Daughters: How Women Can Change the World". Cathy trained at the C. (more...)
 

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