The Moon enters Taurus shortly after midnight EDT on Saturday morning. Three hours later, Luna catches up to the Sun for their monthly conjunction known as a New Moon. Saturday’s Taurus New Moon continues a recent pattern of the luminaries conjoining shortly after both have entered a new sign. Contrary to recent pattern, this particular New Moon will represent the opportunity to find relief, both energetically and in practice.
Relief can take many forms. It is a release, like that which follows thunder or an orgasm. Relief is also help when you need it. Finally, relief can be distinction by contrast (as in sculpture or painting). The aspects to Saturday’s New Moon indicate the potential for all forms of relief. The initial release takes the form of an asteroid with a serendipitous name.
Saturday’s Taurus New Moon will be precisely and tensely squared from Aquarius by asteroid Toro. Although that asteroid is actually named after an astronomer’s spouse, the word ‘toro’ means ‘bull’ in Spanish. The character of a bull is also, of course, represented by Taurus. Hence, the nascent identity of a lunar cycle will be symbolically challenged by an asteroid just as that cycle is beginning.
Perhaps you are entering this weekend on the threshold of a new cycle of your own. If you find your self-image challenged by what you are about to begin, take relief from the astrology. The unlikely square of Toro to the Taurus New Moon is above all brief. The tension can be relieved simply by moving forward, releasing the beginning to the beginning, carrying it only as a memory which will ultimately find a unique and separate identity that, in some way, will inform rather than challenge yours. Further informing the nature of Saturday’s New Moon is another object recent to Taurus.
Only 10 days ago, dwarf planet Ceres entered Taurus, starting a new cycle for itself just as its symbolic rival Pluto was beginning a long period of retrograde retreat through the first third of Capricorn. That means Ceres will be close enough to the monthly merger of the luminaries to be part of the New Moon conjunction, effectively providing some relief by way of reinforcement.
Objects in conjunction not only begin a new, mutual cycle but also merge their energies. The energy associated with Ceres is that of the Earth, its cycles and fecundity. That characterization fits very well with Taurus, distinguished in part by elemental earth and occupied by the Sun during a season when both the northern and southern hemispheres are predominantly temperate and friendly to plant life. Ceres thus symbolically provides this particular Taurus New Moon with the kind of relief a farmer might receive from others in his community, a merging of energies at a crucial time for purposes of either planting or harvest, and that is part of what makes Saturday’s lunation stand out in stark relief.
Ceres was not part of last year’s conjunction of the luminaries in Taurus, nor will it be next year. On top of that, Toro’s defining square will probably not repeat so precisely in any of our lifetimes. In other words, Saturday’s New Moon will distinguish itself from others of its kind and that distinction will find expression in your life.
With the Sun and Moon conjoining so soon after both have entered Taurus, a new lunar cycle will begin almost precisely as the solar tenure begins, synchronizing their mutual duration rather precisely. That indicates a chance to time the cycles of your own life so that they begin, proceed and conclude in harmony and with the mutual support of others. Whether it be something as mundane as timing available income with out-going expenses, or something as special as being in the right place at the right time with the right resources to get the relief you need, Saturday will initiate a period when you should do your part by actively looking and positioning yourself to meet opportunity with preparation.
The release of asteroid Toro’s symbolic tension implies a parallel relief from the charged atmosphere we have all had to endure for so long. You can work with that astrology by releasing attachment to any issue that is not truly of lasting consequence or weighty import. Whether it be petty irritations or minor itches, leave them behind, loosen up, live and let live as though life depended on something more important than how the toilet paper is hung or how the dishes are stacked.
The symbolic chance Saturday’s Taurus New Moon is giving us is to distinguish ourselves from the background of wasted energy and aspire to be as Earth itself is at this time of year: fertile, productive and affirming to the continuation of life. If doing your part to make that happen does not provide relief to yourself and others, what will?
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