StarGarden MoonWatch for the New Moon, April 27th, 2006
I’m Maria Theresa Maggi, intuitive astrologer on KRFP in Moscow, Idaho, and you’re listening to the StarGarden MoonWatch for the new moon of April 27, 2006.
The new moon of April is in the sign of Taurus, the sensualist of the zodiac. Taurus is symbolized by the bull, that grazes the pasture and fertilizes the garden, another natural Taurus habitat. The new moon occurs just days before May 2, the half-way point between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, known in the old ways as Beltane. During the next two weeks, as we approach the full moon, here in Moscow we will honor this new Taurus beginning at our annual Renaissance Fair, where food and beautiful things made from earth elements, like stones, iron, plants, and clay, will be displayed to be handled, purchased, eaten, and enjoyed. Taurus gives us the drive to acquire those sensual experiences we need to survive, and also generates the sensual attraction that draws those things to us. The Maypole dance at the Renaissance Fair is a Taurus tradition representing the dance of life that draws the bees to the flowers and lover to lover. Taurus symbolizes the sensual pull of the earth that makes the new beginning of Spring take root around us and within us, giving us the foundation that will ensure the fruiting and ripening of summer.
As the second sign of the zodiac, Taurus describes our possessions and most importantly, our values, and any raw material, literal or philosophical, that is ours to build with. Sometimes this is the quality of the soil in the garden, the literal foundation of our houses, or the generosity or stubbornness upon which we build our view of the world. While on a personality level, some of us with Taurus energy tend to hold on to what we’ve got and resist change, that same energy also helps engender the will to preserve resources for the future. If we broaden this out to the planetary community of earth, which is the domain of Taurus, then we’ve got a foundation on which to live from generation to generation, in kinship with the earth, our mother. Aspects to Jupiter and Saturn from this new moon give us the opportunity to renew those values by looking back into literature and history for a foundational structure that may have already been suggested to us if we are willing to take up responsibility for continuing the process of making it a reality. Taurus reminds us of the waste built into being hasty for the sake of a quick fix. Let’s go back to what poet Gary Snyder said 30 years ago in his award winning book Turtle Island, to find a literary and philosophical yardstick to measure our progress by this incremental yet tangible Taurean standard:
“More concretely: no transformation without our feet on the ground. Stewardship means, for most of us, find your place on the planet, dig in, and take responsibility from there—the tiresome but tangible work of school boards, county supervisors, local foresters—local politics. Even while holding in mind the largest scale of potential change. Get a sense of workable territory, learn about it, and start acting point by point. . . .”
This new moon also provides release for the tension that inevitably arises when individual efforts are made to bring group consciousness out of a constricting reality principle one step at a time, or when people are making huge life and death transitions. When working with such experiences as these in the next two weeks, it is always important to hold a vision that reaches beyond what Snyder admits is the often “tiresome but tangible” work necessary for change to occur. Venus, traveling in Pisces, helps us believe in the truth of a compassionate vision. Mars in Cancer helps us act on what will nurture us, both emotionally and sensually, not only personally but in our community life as well. Snyder offers us such a vision in the poem “For the Children”:
The rising hills, the slopes,
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up.
up, as we all
In the next century
or the one beyond that,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.
To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:
learn the flowers
Here are some suggestions for each of the sun signs for how to begin the work of transformation by digging in yet learning to go light at this new moon:
Aries: Even as you try to hold onto a dwindling supply of cash or resources, there could be opportunities to receive gifts or lessons in abundance. If you stay open and make room, you’ll find out exactly how less can be more.
Taurus: Some big life lessons with a partner may be available to you at this time. If you act from a more conscious will to nurture or allow feeling to flow from the heart, surprising healing is available to all involved.
Gemini: You may be unwilling to let go of an old belief at the same time the habits that created it are changing right under your nose. It may not be a lot of fun at first, but going with your gut feeling can help you shift.
Cancer: You’ve got energy to look into plans for the future concerning your home , at the same time an investigative or educational project has you digging deeper. You have to get past the fear there’s not enough to go around.
Leo: While you may have the feeling there’s too much work and not enough time for play, you also seem to understand that everything happens for a reason. A family member might also shift this reality in a surprising way.
Virgo: You may establish a solid base for a larger understanding of a friend or partner that, oddly enough, springs from change or surprise. This new emotional start is grounded by belief in responsibility for what you feel.
Libra: A partner or maybe a partner’s family member could change routine or behavior in a way that has you sensing a big shift is happening, while the others may be more set on ignoring it. Trust and act on what you feel.
Scorpio: You may be compelled either to investigate how to shift your own stubbornness with a partner. Or a partner holds steady for you through some surprising or disruptive event. Either way you have an new emotional start.
Sagittarius: Your stamina regarding a difficult procedure or change is complemented by a faith in the big picture. Family and tradition are important to you at this time. Yet you also feel you can free yourself from the past.
Capricorn: You feel good about being grounded in who you are, while also acting to nurture a partner or family member who needs it. Trust the practical compassion you feel. It can make a big difference because it’s real.
Aquarius: Work at home or on a public project has you shifting resources or duties. Or concerns about your health shift toward taking more active care of yourself. A partner might want you to take the lead on this.
Pisces: You could give or receive some practical advice from a woman or a group about how to act from a new emotional starting point. This could mean being more responsible for health or habits with children or work.This new moon is a time to stir up the sensual pot, both on the stove and in the town square. Everything tastes, smells and feels better when it is shared with others, so as we feel the grass grow and welcome the warming, lengthening days let’s also welcome a new chance, for the sake of our planet, to shine our own lights, shed some light, and keep it light!