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?
Another image for Taurus is the Garden, from its association with Venus/Aphrodite, Inanna, Ishtar, Hathor and the Tarot Trump, The Empress. These goddesses of Heaven and Earth, love and sexuality, fertility and joy all share the Garden as their landscape of choice. These gardens are places of green growth and peace, joy and beauty; the Garden welcomes us as a shelter for our Spirits. The Garden celebrates both the beauty of the Earth and the beauty of human sexuality.
Taurus asks us to reclaim our bodies and sexuality from the frivolous and the pornographic. Taurus knows Sex is Sacred. Taurus tells us that our body is the temple of our Spirit. How conscious are you of your body, your instincts, your senses? Now is the time to let them awaken, just as the Earth is awakening from its winter sleep.
As we imagine the beauty, peace, completeness, and joy of the Garden, we have to understand it within the context of the upcoming cardinal T-square between Pluto, Uranus and Saturn, the planets of the 60s revolution. We have arrived at the point where we have to fight for our vision in the next few years. So spend time imagining how this eternal Garden might begin to incarnate for us.
Pluto in Capricorn is at the apex of this T-square, and this planet of transformation will transform our culture and our lives, whether we like it or not. But we can't get rid of something if we don't know what to replace it with. We have to have a vision for the future. We've got to get ourselves back to the Garden, as Joni Mitchell sang.
Within this context, the transformation of the culture will not go forward unless we develop a sense of our independence and unique purpose (when Uranus and Jupiter go into Aries in June) while at the same time standing firm for fairness between people and groups (Saturn in Libra). We are called to become revolutionaries, holding the vision of the Garden as one of beauty, peace and cooperation, instead of death and power and destruction.