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The Cosmic Story: Taurus New Moon, May 17-18, 2015

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Make Love, Not War!

It's significant that this year the planets Venus and Mars come together three times in the sky, signifying a re-balancing of these two archetypal energies. Our collective destiny (the North Node of the Moon) will be finishing it's sweep through Venus-ruled Libra this year, modeling a more just, diplomatic and balanced way of handling relationships, while the old war-like habits of the South Node in Mars-ruled Aries need to be let go of. Our cosmic instructions are clear. Love rules the day. Compassion and Wisdom have to be brought to the table.

Venus also rules (directs its energies) this New Moon in Taurus and she is all for making love, and not engaging in war unless love is at stake. The planet Venus is named for the Roman version of the Greek Aphrodite, the primordial Goddess who arose from Mother Ocean's union with the severed phallus of the sky god, Uranus. This myth tells us a deep spiritual truth about life here on Earth: In the Beginning, our collective unconscious (Mother Ocean) took in heaven's generative codes (Uranus' phallus) and gave birth to our collective evolutionary purpose, which is to embody the archetypal energy of Aphrodite: Love, Beauty and Wisdom and the awakening of Psyche/Soul within each of us.

Sadly, patriarchy's need to repress this spiritual goddess energy has created inequality between the sexes as well as an imbalanced reliance on left-brain rational thinking. This vital, feminine archetypal energy has been twisted into unconscious, violent sex, pornography and a constrictive ideal of beauty. And even more important, our ignorance of the importance of right brain, feminine consciousness has brought about a loss of Wisdom.

Re-balancing the masculine doing energy of Mars with the feminine being energy of Venus entails centering ourselves in our true being before deciding how we want to do things differently. Mars is at the service of Venus; our actions arise from our essence; our head is at the service of our heart. These energies are part of our makeup--we can redeem Venus' archetypal powers by engaging in sacred sexuality, by creating beauty in our lives and by tapping into the Wisdom of the Anima Mundi/ World Soul. A re-valued Venus can free the Imagination, help you know yourself and your values, and acknowledge your role as caretaker of Mother Earth.

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The archetypal energy of Taurus is The Garden--a place of beauty and wonder and peace. In the Garden, we can let go of the world's worries and surrender to our senses. In the Garden, we just have to BE. Venus rules the senses and her ancient temples were Gardens. As that wise man Jesus once said Look at the lilies of the fields. They neither toil nor spin and yet they are arrayed in more splendor than even Solomon in all his glory. The magic of beautiful flowers is that they can make us forget our cares and center us in the moment.

What would happen if we set up our tents in the Garden for a while? Long enough for us to remember our sense of wonder and delight at Earth's bounty and beauty. Long enough for us to step outside our cultural conditioning and discover other visions of Being. Sadly, that moment of beauty will make us more aware that our culture destroys that beauty and peace for the sake of expediency, selfishness and greed.

The sign of Taurus asks us to be Stewards of this Garden Paradise which is our Home. We are failing at this.

This Taurus New Moon offers us a chance to change the way we relate to Mother Earth, and our own bodies, personally and collectively. Humans are part (an unruly part) of Earth's biosphere and we can choose to be her spokespersons. With Mercury's retrograde a day after this Taurus New Moon, spend time thinking outside the box and open up to new ideas and visions of living and loving. As we shake off the patriarchal paradigm of life, we have to find a new vision to take its place--a more holistic, just, compassionate, sustainable vision of life here on Earth.

Mercury is retrograde from May 18 to June 11. So prepare yourself to re-think your life, re-do what needs doing and re-orient yourself to a new world. The Sabian symbol for Mercury going retrograde at 14* Gemini is: Bridging physical space and social distinctions, two men communicate telepathically. This symbol asks us to consider transcending the limiting beliefs of our culture and connect (a Venus trait) to each other in new and seemingly mysterious ways. We are here to evolve!

Taurus New Moon, May 17-18, 2015

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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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