Today’s photo: Solar halos seen from Östersund, Sweden on April 25, 2014 (photo by Göran Strand, posted on SpaceWeather.com)
THE NEW MOON that begins this week is also a Solar Eclipse, magnifying its potential for inspiring and urging us to make a new start in some area of our lives.
Although this is an eclipse, which can intensify our emotions in general, thankfully several facets of this eclipse are supportive and soothing in nature.
To begin with, this eclipse is in Taurus, a very grounded and usually stable sign. Not that Taurus doesn’t have its faults — stubbornness and resistance to change being at the top of the list — but at its essence, Taurus is about creating a supportive life on the physical plane and finding a level of inner peace that is not controlled by outer circumstances.
WE OFTEN THINK of the phrase “bull in a china shop” when we think of Taurus the Bull — head down, perhaps clumsy, stubbornly following its course in spite of evidence that the current path is not leading in a positive direction. But — perhaps because I am a Taurus — I prefer to think of Taurus as Ferdinand the Bull.
If you are familiar with that children’s book by Munro Leaf, you know that Ferdinand’s primary desire in life is to sit on the hillside and smell the flowers, in spite of attempts to get him to fight in the bullring.
It tells you a bit more about this story — and about the higher-vibrational qualities of Taurus — to know that Mahatma Gandhi evidently considered “Ferdinand the Bull” one of his favorite books. And, when the book was released in 1936, it was banned by Spain (which was on the brink of civil war) and was ordered burned in pre-war Germany.
WITH A SOLAR ECLIPSE in Taurus, we are meant to find new stability through reconnecting with our peaceful centerpoint, establishing a stronger connection with the Earth, and staying true to what we most deeply value.
Although Taurus is a very realistic, practical sign, there are definite spiritual overtones to this eclipse. Venus, the planet known as the “ruler” of Taurus, is in other-worldly, sensitive Pisces. And, the Sun and the Moon are in close, positive aspect to Neptune — the most “spiritualizing” planet — at the time of the eclipse.
These factors will help us both find that grounded center of peace, and build on the spiritual growth and insights that have been our constant companions recently.
MERCURY is also fully involved with the eclipse energies, being conjunct (very close to) the Sun and the Moon. With Mercury’s involvement, we anticipate that new ideas and plans are woven into the fabric of this eclipse — especially those that strengthen our inner resources and support the Taurean goals of inner peace, self worth, beauty, and ease.
Adding to the supportive nature of this eclipse, Mercury is in positive relationship with Pluto, Jupiter, and Chiron. When these planets work well together (as they are this week), our conscious awareness is expanded and we are more sensitive to the needs of others. We are also able to see more clearly our own wounds related to themes of Trust and Faith, to participate in the healing of those wounds, and to emerge from that healing with increased hope and a stronger commitment to fulfilling our higher mission on the planet.
Not too shabby, eh?
THE SABIAN SYMBOL for the location of the Solar Eclipse increases our anticipation of the positive effects of this lunation:
“A fully decorated Christmas tree: The ability to create inner happiness in dark hours.”
Certainly, many have experienced some dark hours recently, as together we navigated the intensity of this month’s Cardinal Grand Cross. While our physical reality often takes a while to restabilize after change, it is good to know that this eclipse is meant to help us in that regard.
And, in keeping with the Pisces/Neptune/Chiron influences we’ve already discussed, the last line of astrologer Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation of this Sabian symbol tells us that the energy of this degree of Taurus “evokes our undying faith in cyclical renewal.”
Trust and Faith — always good companions to have on our journey.
EVEN WITH all this supportive energy, we should be prepared for a bit of a hiccup on Friday. Saturn will oppose Mercury, reminding us to do our research before we invest too fully (either physically or financially) in the ideas and plans that have inspired us this week.
This is not to say that our ideas and plans are faulty — but Saturn’s role is to make sure that we are grounded in reality before we commit to any endeavor. We can benefit from using the influence of this Saturn-Mercury opposition to check the facts and make sure we’ve understood all the ramifications of our decisions before we sign on the dotted line.