Taurus New Moon, April 21, 2012: Earth Day

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Taurus New Moon, April 21, 2012

“Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."
   Attributed to Chief Seattle


Just in time to celebrate Earth Day, the Taurus New Moon arrives on Saturday, April 21 at 12:18 am PDT/ 3:18am EDT/ 7:18am GMT.  This Taurus New Moon evokes the Goddess of the Earth, our home.  This New Moon energy calls forth the new King who belongs to the Earth – Taurus as the Bull of the Mother.  This new King is the Earth’s defender, a new consciousness that will focus on doing what is necessary rather than maintaining the old user and abuser system by continuing to hurt the Earth and hurt ourselves. 

Listen to your bit of Earth this weekend.  Visit a garden, a window-box, a forest, a mountain or a farm; go to a lake, the ocean, a river or stream. Smell and taste the air which is full of Spring here in the north and Fall in the southern hemisphere.   Open your senses and your heart and ask our mother the Earth what she needs from you.  And then do it, because it’s necessary and you’re the only one who can do it.  You’ll find companions along the way that have heard the same voice and are also doing what is necessary.

Taurus is the sign of the zodiac concerned with the Earth and being good stewards of the Earth.  Unfortunately, more and more people are losing touch with Nature, staying indoors, focused on technological toys rather than opening themselves to the healing influence of Mother Nature.  Taurus is a good time to turn off our computers and TVs, put away our iPhones and just go outside!   

The Wisdom of the Earth

The Earth has been communicating with us all along about the problems our consumer lifestyle causes her. But we haven’t been listening.  Or else, we’ve listened and chosen to ignore her call.   But the devastating effects of climate change have intensified world-wide.  Our biosphere is suffering, forcing us to reconsider our relationship to the Earth. 

Connecting to the Earth entails more than keeping our carbon emissions low and recycling, although these are ways we try to clean up the pollution generated by our modern life-style.   Connecting to the Earth isn’t just going for a hike in the mountains or swimming in the ocean, although these are times when we can commune with nature.  Connecting to the Earth demands that we become conscious of our bodies, our own private bit of Earth, just as we have to become stewards of the Earth.  Connecting to the Earth begins when we can feel reverence for our land, our air, our waters, when we can ‘love all our relations’ and the Earth.  We need to see ourselves not only as the problem but also as the solution.

Connecting to the Earth begins when we re-examine our beliefs about our place in Earth’s ecosystem.  Can we use the Earth’s resources however we want without consequences?   Or are humans just as much a part of Earth’s ecology as wind and fire and water?  We need to discover what our relationship to the Earth is.  Are we the stewards of the Earth or perhaps Earth’s consciousness itself?  Unless we discover our place in the Earth’s living biosphere, we won’t know how to honor the Earth.  We won’t be able to fulfill our function for Her.       

Before humanity looked to the heavens for their gods, we looked to Mother Earth as the supreme Goddess of life.   We were Earth’s children, just as the animals, land, plants and waters were hers.  As we face the results of our own misuse and abuse of the Earth, we have to admit we haven’t treated our mother very well.  Who among us would rape, degrade and pillage a beloved mother and nurturer in this way?  And yet we do, because our forefathers told us that the Earth was dead matter and we were special, meant to rule the Earth, not care for it.   And so we kill off species without a thought.   Unfortunately, as we kill the Earth, we kill ourselves.

Mother Earth Is Our Home

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are held and sustained within the arms of Mother Earth.   Just as surely, the life of planet Earth is now in our hands.  Earth is the only home we have.   How have we gotten so detached from our home that we could come close to destroying it with our poisons and our waste, our wars and our unsustainable economy and population?  We are faced with the results of global warming, which are disrupting weather patterns, melting glaciers at alarming rates and heating up the gulf stream, which could bring on another Ice Age.  By allowing governments to ignore the signs of global warming we are taking away our children’s future and destroying the matrix of life as we know it.

Most ancient cultures that lived close to the Earth - the Celts, the Aborigines, the Native Americans, and Western culture itself until the last Millennium - and revered Earth as the Mother.  They knew they were made from the dust of this Earth, that they shared this Earth with the other animals, the trees, the rivers and seas.  They knew that they were part of the Great Round of Nature, one with all the other works of the Mother.  They knew that just as the animals gave up their lives to feed and nourish human beings, so too, human beings gave back their lives to the Great Mother when death took us.  They understood the wisdom and necessity of the cyclic processes of Her mysteries, and they lived within that cycle of gestation, birth, death and regeneration as in the protective circle of a mother's arms.  For them, the Earth was animate and divine; She set the rhythms of life for all Her children; She was the matrix from which life grew.  She was the Divine Nurturer and Sustainer, giving humans beautiful children and plentiful harvests; She was also the Divine Destroyer, taking back Her own.  She was, and is, the bedrock and foundation of all that draw their life from Her.  Rejecting the death aspect of Her life cycle, our patriarchal paradigm tried to create everlasting life and constant progress.  But it is time for this paradigm to die, so a new vision of life can arise.  This new vision must come from the Earth herself.  We need to reintegrate ourselves back into her cycles to find balance and new life.

Native Americans treasured the wisdom of the Earth.  Luther Standing Bear, a Lakota (Sioux) medicine man, wrote:

             The Lakota was a true Naturist - a Lover of Nature.  He loved the earth and all things of the earth, the attachment growing with age.  The old people came literally to love the soil and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to a mothering power.  It was good for the skin to touch the earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth.  Their tipis were built upon the earth and their altars were made of earth.  The birds that flew in the air came to rest upon the earth and it was the final abiding place of all things that lived and grew.  The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.

            That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life-giving forces.  For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly; he can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him. . . .

            Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle.  For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them and so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.

            The old Lakota was wise.  He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.  So he kept his youth close to its softening influence.  

            If corporations are now considered ‘people’ then they represent the part in all of us that is ‘hard-hearted’ concerned only with their personal gain rather than our common good.  To let that part of our psyche go, we need to go outside and make peace with Nature again.  And listen to its wisdom. 

Taurus New Moon

Most of the planetary action is taking place in the cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) and mutable (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) signs.  These energies provide the backdrop for this New Moon occurring in the fixed sign of Taurus.  While cardinal signs initiate action, fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) concentrate the energies of earth, fire, water or air.  Mutable signs distribute these newly developed energies.  Taurus deals with fixed earth energy, the dense energy of material reality, wanting to build something for the future. 

That’s probably why Earth Day was established in the very beginning of the sign of Taurus.  Taurus is the sign where we bring the fire and passion of Aries into manifestation.  That first spark of life wants to manifest and Taurus knows how to do it.  But first Taurus helps us develop a sense of self-worth and values, because we need to know what we want to build with the fires of life.  If we remain unconscious of our Taurus energies, we get swept away by our cultural values and measurements of self-worth – consumer capitalism at its worst gives rise to greed and the need for more stuff to prove our worth. 

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun and Moon at 2* Taurus speaks to this: An electrical storm illuminates the heavens and the forests.  These are the lightning strokes that bring fertility to the land.  Lightning causes ionization in the air through which it travels, leading to the formation of nitric oxide and ultimately, nitric acid, which is of benefit to plant life.  This fire from heaven builds life!  It is also a symbol of a sudden realization that attunes us to cosmic law and wisdom.  It momentarily lights up what is above and below, uniting them with electrical energy.  This New Moon is the time to open up to the powers of heaven and let the image of what you value fill your heart.  The heavens want to nurture it.

The dwarf planet Ceres joins this New Moon, with Jupiter still traveling through Taurus as well.  Ceres is the Roman Great Mother like the Greek Demeter.  Ceres’ energy is nurturing, and brings us lessons about attachment and separation.  The good mother knows when she has to let go of her children and let them thrive on their own.  The negative mother cuts off life by cruel rejection or smother love.  We need to learn to nurture and love ourselves and our gifts so we can love others in the right way.  It shows up as our ability to share, both our love and our gifts.  In loving the Earth, we are taught to accept both the blessings and the appropriate sacrifices of life.  Not every day is a holiday!  Sometimes death takes away something precious just as Hades abducted Demeter’s daughter Persephone.  But what was lost can be found and will return at its proper time.  Learn to let go of what isn’t serving your life.  Something new wants to take its place.

This is supported by the earth energies of Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in Virgo.  These energies will help form the matrix of new life for us.  As our culture descends into the chaos of death and rebirth (Pluto), we hopefully disciplined our life’s energy (during Mars retrograde) to concentrate on our essential nature. Once you know yourself, Taurus’ energy field connects your individual purpose to the greater whole.

Although Saturn is still retrograde in Libra, it opposes the New Moon, making sure we remember ‘all our relations’ in our new venture.  Otherwise, our partnerships will pull us off-center.  Mars in Virgo opposes both Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, grappling with the issue of how to make sure your purpose serves the greater good of the world.  Mars also has to take into consideration both Mercury and Uranus in Aries, which are pushing us to stand on our own and make a difference.  Just remember that ego can get in the way – and then you’re right back in patriarchy where you started.  It’s not about being the only leader – it’s about accepting that we’re all leaders and have to operate with that level of mutual respect.  The 2002 movie Whale Rider is a beautiful example of both the patriarchy’s unwillingness to share leadership and the power that comes from everyone having a purpose and using it to make our communities strong and viable again. 

Venus is in a wide conjunction to the south node in Gemini, pulling away from old categories of relating that have been based on ownership and possessiveness.  Juno, the asteroid of true partnership, is conjoined with the north node in Sagittarius, pointing the way to an equal partnership between masculine and feminine consciousness and male and female relationships.

The energy is beginning to pick up speed, even as it seeks to manifest our dreams.  Bringing your dream down to earth is the most important issue this year.  If you’re not yet sure what you want to manifest, don’t worry.  Venus, the planet of love, connection and wisdom will turn retrograde in May and backtrack through Gemini, so don’t consolidate your plans yet.  Just plant them in good soil, water them with your love and bless them with your spirit.  And watch them grow!

Merry Meet, and Merry Part, and Merry Meet again!


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