Astrology: Moon Phases and Eclipses

Moon Phases diagram courtesy of University of Iowa

Working with the Moon puts us in harmony with our world, and awakens in us deep understanding of our innate connection with life.  The Moon governs our emotions, our need for nurturing and our capacity to nurture others, psychological habits, body consciousness and habits of personal care, psychic connectivity, dreams, the Unconscious, women in general and how we relate to them, food, anything to do with water from baths to the oceans, our idea of home and home life, our inherited habits and proclivities, menses, the public and how we relate to the public, our digestive and reproductive systems, one’s wife, tides, and how we protect what we care about. Important stuff that bears careful attention!

The Moon changes sign within 48 – 60 hours, making it the fastest moving factor in our charts. Watch as people’s moods fluctuate: a grumpy, touchy Moon in Scorpio on Monday gives way to gregarious and philosophical Moon in Sagittarius on Wednesday, and all is well again with the world. Working with the Moon can ease our passage as we learn to go with the flow, and give up futile attempts to push the river where it’s not going. Particularly keep an eye on the major phases detailed below to allow deep personal work and development to occur more effectively, bringing greater success, peace and satisfaction.


New Moon: The moon stands between the Sun and the Earth, and the face that we normally see is almost invisible while the dark side that faces away from us is fully illuminated, so we rightly call this the Dark Moon. The Sun and the Moon are conjoined and will appear at the same zodiacal degree, creating a powerful one-note vibe. Ego and Emotion are aligned as we experience the most subjective time of the month, and we feel a sense of invigoration and spontaneity, ready to go on any new adventure that arises. However, this time can also reflect the idea of something being too close to see – we cannot separate Ego from Emotion, and this can lead to believing that what we feel must be who we are. This is a time to consolidate our energy and focus on positive visions. Strive for objectivity if possible, and consider your habitual blind spots. Listen to what feels out of balance, for it is now that sticking points can arise. Set pure intentions as the combined force of Sun and Moon allows us to access personal power at this time, but understand that patience and deliberation are required before fruition occurs. What is planted in the dark will grow with the light of the waxing moon, so do be careful what you wish for. Don’t wallow in darkness, but rather protect what needs nurturing. Plant your seeds.

First Quarter: Also known as the Half Moon, as the Moon appears as a half-circle in the sky. (Sometimes also erroneously called the Second Quarter Moon). The Moon is waxing towards Full, and is 90º into its monthly cycle, placing it at a square aspect to the Sun. Ego and Emotion are at odds with each other. This is a time for action, as tension spurs us to change, but do not expect culmination now. A good time for hard work, motivated intentions, building up and adding substance to existing foundations, but beware workaholic or obsessive tendencies, as well as impetuosity or callousness in our striving. People get pushy, but don’t necessarily have details that back up their direction. Watch plans take nascent form and nurture their development.

Full Moon: The Moon is at its greatest visibility, and is directly opposed to the Sun at 180º, standing behind the Earth as we face the Sun together.  The Sun illuminates the entire visible hemisphere of the Moon amplifying light, shining a spotlight in normally dark, unconscious places. This phase allows us objectivity and insight into things which usually remain hidden, as the power of Ego reveals the recesses of the Heart, showing clearly what needs to be understood.  A time of fulfillment, we are empowered in our ability to see more details of our situation than usual, though the Full Moon can also bring disillusionment if we are not following our heart’s path.  Poorly executed motivations can be fully viewed now, and adjusted.  Anything which has been a source of distress can rear its ugly head, driving many to escapism as they seek to dive deeper into unconsciousness and avoidance to get away from things we may not wish to see (think lunacy).  A good time to harvest what is working well, or to cull what is unnecessary or unhealthy, allowing dissemination and release of the energy back to earth. Intentions blossom now, whether they were consciously seeded and beautiful, or unconsciously strewn and self-negating.

Last Quarter: Also variously called Third Quarter or Fourth Quarter Moon. The Moon is waning, and has moved 270º away from the Sun.  This is also a square aspect, full of dynamism.  We have the impetus to clear up what we haven’t dealt with and address things that tripped us up with the recent Full Moon.  The insights gained with the Full Moon’s brightness give us a checklist allowing further refinement of our goals. If we haven’t followed our best interests, high tension and compulsion to change can occur at this phase; beware anxiety and spinning out in high stress. This is a good time for working with details, and outlining what needs to be addressed at the next New Moon. As we define our situation, we find ourselves descending, drawing back into a state of concentration which can become tunnel vision if we don’t come up for air occasionally.  Release negativity and think ahead to the next Moon cycle, considering what worked and what did not with previous intentions.


Eclipses:  Eclipses occur in repetitive cycles, which take approximately 18 years (or 223 synodic months) to recur. Solar and Lunar Eclipses occur consecutively, with a Lunar Eclipse always occurring fourteen days before or after a Solar Eclipse, with the complete eclipse cycle taking approximately 37.5 days.   On June 10 2021, we saw the last of the eclipse of the Gemini/Sagittarius cycle, and on December 19, 2021 we saw the beginning of a Taurus/Scorpio cycle.  The Aries/Libra cycle will begin on April 20, 2023, which will coincide with the ingress of the Sun into Aries, quite a potent day for early Aries natives.  Eclipses can be either total, partial or annular.  Total solar eclipses in particular are quite rare as the window of opportunity for the Moon to obfuscate the Sun is very short; most eclipses that we experience are either partial or annular.  Total lunar eclipses can last up to 2 hours, whereas total solar eclipses are only last for about 2 minutes. The next total Solar Eclipse will be April 8, 2023 and the next total Lunar Eclipse will occur on May 15/16, 2022.

Solar Eclipse: Also known as a New Moon Eclipse. Solar eclipses are conjunction of the Sun and Moon which occur on the axis of the Lunar Nodes.  The Sun and Moon are in the same sign as the North Node (within 15-18º)   and in opposition to the South Lunar Node.  Indicates an alignment of the Earth, Sun and Moon, with the Moon blocking visibility of the Sun from our perspective here on Earth. Traditionally considered malefic, as the Sun, source of power and life, is obscured and eliminated, however briefly. Significant in that issues of Destiny, Ego and Emotion are aligned, a Solar Eclipse is a powerful time to set intention for major change, altering life course, beginning new paths in directions previously untrodden.

Lunar Eclipse:  Also known as a Full Moon Eclipse. Lunar eclipses occur when the Sun and Moon are in opposition from one another and aligned with the axis of the Lunar Nodes (within 15-18º)  .  The Moon falls in the same sign as the Earth and the South Node, in opposition to the North Node and Sun, which fall in the same sign. The shadow of the Earth falls on the lunar surface and creates an impression that the Moon is being eaten up, either partially or entirely. Lunar Eclipses are powerful times for realization and manifestation.  Clarity of vision is profound, and many can experience watershed moments around these times if their natal placements are activated. If the process of change has been conscious, then Lunar Eclipses can provide a significant boost in direction, pushing one up to the next level. If change has been resisted, Lunar Eclipses can often provoke crisis that initiates one onto seeking a healthier, truer path. 


The effects of eclipses are most significant if the transiting Moon aspects natal points – particularly the natal Sun, Moon, or personal points like the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant, Imum Coeli or the Nodal Axis.  These points are usually sufficient to provoke a response, however, you can also look to Arabian Parts, Black Moon Lilith or asteroids for interest.  Such factors will usually only be of importance if aspect to personal planets or points anyway, so keep that in mind and spare yourself unnecessary digging. The Vertex is another point which some astrologers use as a marker of fate, destiny, or wish fulfillment as well as being an indicator of relationship matters.  It is always housed in the western half of the chart, usually near the Descendant, and if touched closely by an Eclipse could herald significant changes in relationship – either status of existing, or initiation into a new love relationship.  Also consider the house in which an eclipse falls, and look to the rulership of the house, the position of the house ruler and if it is aspected by the Eclipsing Moon.  The chart ruler, in particular, if aspected by an eclipse should be considered as significant, indicating an invigoration of approach to the core personality. 

If a Solar or Lunar Eclipse aspects a personal planet or point within an 8º orb, you may feel the effects anywhere from one to three months prior to the actual event.  Consider this as rumblings in the deep soul trying to be heard.  All change that we experience has deep roots, created by seed thoughts which may be conscious or unconscious.  As our soul ripens to the impetus for growth, we will find that events align around us to facilitate our development.  Oftentimes, we cannot consciously admit what we want, but the soul knows how to sort the wheat from the chaff, and will subtly steer us in the direction which is best for our personal development.  A person may offhandedly say something, we see an image or an article that resonates with something deep within us, and the path of change is initiated, however quietly at first. If we choose not to listen to these happenchance messages then often after enough chances have passed by, something jarring and overt occurs which snaps us to attention, forcing issues of change that we have been avoiding.  It’s best not to let things go that far, needless to say, so take the time to meditate and listen to your Soul’s yearnings.

Eclipses can be the tipping points that we require to grow into personal well being. As they occur in cycles, we have multiple opportunities for spurring growth, and each passing eclipse will build on the progress made with the last. The effects of eclipses can be permanent, resulting in changed paths, the opening of new doors and a deeper knowledge of self. This does not happen for everyone, every time, so don’t be expecting every eclipse to be a profound cataclysm. However, if you watch the cycles and see how they line up with the particularities of your own chart, you can work with the energy in a focused, concentrated way – opening yourself up to growth and greater self-fulfillment. For most eclipses you can expect to see culmination of change within six months to one year. It’s good to remember that sometimes even little changes, bit by bit, can result in positive shifts in direction, so be patient and be kind to yourself, always.

For dates of this year’s major lunations see here: LUNAR EVENTS 2022 – FULL MOONS, NEW MOONS AND ECLIPSES

For more information on the science of eclipses, see these references:

Wikipedia: Solar Eclipses

Wikipedia: Lunar Eclipses

Short video: PBS Solar Eclipses Explained

Short video: PBS Lunar Eclipses Explained

And for a good online Moon Phase calendar that you can customize to your choice of year and location see here:

Time and Date Moon Phase Calendar

ASTROLOGY: LUNAR EVENTS 2022 – FULL MOONS, NEW MOONS AND ECLIPSES

Caspar David FriedrichTwo Men Contemplating the Moon , Germany, 1819. metmuseum.org

January 2, 2022 – 18:35 UT, 13:35 EST, New Moon 12º 20′ Capricorn

January 17, 2022 – 23:50 UT, 18:50 EST, Full Moon 29º 51′ Cancer

February 1, 2022 – 5:47 UT, 12:47 EST, New Moon 12º 20′ Aquarius

February 16, 2022 – 16:58 UT, 11:58 EST, Full Moon 28º 60′ Leo

March 2, 2022 – 17:36 UT, 12:36 EST, New Moon 12º 07′ Pisces

March 18, 2022 – 7:19 UT, 2:19 EDT, Full Moon 27º 40′ Virgo

April 1, 2022 – 6:26 UT, 1:26 EDT, New Moon 11º 31′ Aries

April 16, 2022 – 18:56 UT, 13:56 EDT, Full Moon 26º 46′ Libra

April 30, 2022 – 20:29 UT, 15:29 EDT, New Moon (Solar) Eclipse 10º 28′ Taurus

May 16, 2022 – 4:15 UT/May 15, 2022 23:15 EDT, Full Moon (Lunar) Eclipse 25º 18′ Scorpio

May 30, 2022 – 11:31 UT, 6:31 EDT, New Moon 9º 03′ Gemini

June 14, 2022 – 11:53 UT, 6:53 EDT, Full Moon 23º 25′ Sagittarius

June 29, 2022 – 2:53 UT/June 28, 2022 21:53 EDT, New Moon 7º 23′ Cancer

July 13, 2022 – 18:39 UT, 13:39 EDT, Full Moon 21º 21′ Capricorn

July 28, 2022 – 17:56 UT, 12:56 EDT, New Moon 5º 39′ Leo

August 12, 2022 – 1:37 UT/August 11, 2022 20:37 EDT, Full Moon 19º 21′ Aquarius

August 27, 2022 – 8:18 UT, 3:18 EDT, New Moon 4º 04′ Virgo

September 10, 2022 – 10:00 UT, 5:00 EDT, Full Moon 17º 41′ Pisces

September 25, 2022 – 21:56 UT, 16:56 EDT, New Moon 2º 49′ Libra

October 9, 2022 – 20:56 UT, 15:56 EDT, Full Moon 16º 33′ Aries

October 25, 2022 – 10:50 UT, 5:50 EDT, New Moon (Solar) Eclipse 2º 00′ Scorpio

November 8, 2022 – 11:03 UT, 6:03 EST, Full Moon(Lunar) Eclipse 16º 01′ Taurus

November 23, 2022 – 22:58 UT, 17:58 EST, New Moon 1º 38′ Sagittarius

December 8, 2022 – 4:09 UT/December 7, 2022 23:09 EST, Full Moon 16º 02′ Gemini

December 23, 2022 – 10:18 UT, 5:18 EST, New Moon 1º 33′ Capricorn

Astrology: New Moon in Scorpio

 

“There are decades when nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” Vladimir Lenin.
Nothing could be truer of this year, as time will surely tell. This year’s New Moon in Scorpio, November 15 falls in the last Lunar decanate of the sign at 23º 18’ Scorpio, exact at 5:08 UT (12:08 EST). The overall motif of this year has been the transformation of our collective inner workings, and as we edge closer to the end of 2020 we will see more and more how the activity of earlier in the year manifests on the universal level. While all around the world this year has been incredibly hard, with so much tragedy, loss and conflict, we should nonetheless feel proud because we are doing very good work for ourselves, on an evolutionary level. Take this time to turn around and look behind you at the road travelled so far since January 1 2020. Take a deep breath, here on the occasion of this New Moon, and consider – we have come a really long way, people! Deep, structural level renovation is happening, and while it would be easy to slide back into complacency, shrouding ourselves in the emotional comforts of “how it used to be”, we need to let that all go. Be courageous and move forward and upward, both collectively and individually. We can’t go back to the way things were, and we must move forward with faith that the future will be better for all of us.
 
Interestingly, the Sabian symbol for this New Moon is 24 Scorpio: “Crowds coming down the mountain to listen to one man.” This is an incredible visualization for what is presently happening in the United States, though we must ask – which man is it that that crowds are coming to listen to – Joe Biden or Donald Trump? We have on hand, right now, the opportunity to access a higher level than we have previously settled for, as a society, and as individuals. I feel this is well reflected in the symbol of the eagle, a truly Scorpionic creature. Eagles live in the craggy heights and mountains of the world, aloof and secretive, but to feed, they must descend, quick and deadly, ruthlessly capturing their prey. But when they returns to those heights, they are nourished and can savor the view which can only be achieved after forays to ground level, or below, descending light bullets into watery depths to deliver death to the unsuspecting. Death nurtures, and fuels life, inspiration, and ascension. And so the cycle continues, eternally. Look at what needs to be released in your life, and envision what new life can come of that composting. Move towards it!
 
Chart ruler Venus is couched in the 12th house at 22º Libra, and wrapped in a T-square involving the Capricorn stellium, with Pluto at exactly 22º Capricorn, opposed to Mars at 15º Aries. Venus in Libra idealizes fairness, justice, beauty and the pleasantries of relationship, but this T-square is hard core and obsessive, sub-basement level energy. This is not unfamiliar, but it does feel a bit tawdry, at this point; we can do better. Personal philosophies, our collective sense of justice, fraternity, equality and security are all being deeply challenged, and rightly so. This is intense, uncomfortable energy, as compulsive tendencies for gratification, always taking the easy way out, and pandering to the superficial optics of a situation are being challenged. What we consider “truth” about our allegiances, patriotism, and loyalty, built over generations, is rapidly changing. Mercury conjoins the 29º Libra Ascendant, itself speaking of highly erratic and untenable energies eroding to Scorpio’s transformative power. Mercury stands opposed to Uranus in Taurus in the seventh house, and from there, makes an out-of-sign square to Saturn in late Capricorn. Communication is constricted yet compulsive, stodgy but erratic, terse and potentially perverse, with interjection of hidden matters and obstinate dredging into the underside of things. Testy times indeed, as we see people simply unwilling to back down, but not exactly sure why.
 
The first house Sun/Moon conjunction sextiles the Capricorn stellium, and further neatly trines a supportive Neptune in Pisces. That is all quite lovely, potentially inspiring and productive, but only if we acknowledge the executive power of Mars in Aries, pushing us to do the dirty work. Chances are, subconscious power struggles will continue to abound, with little of true substance being said. Sitting in the sixth house, Mars tells us that people are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work, revising systems, procedures, routines and habits. Grassroots level efforts can now shine as more people are realizing that it all begins at home. We must support our families, siblings, friends and neighbors at this time as we fight so many shadow enemies – from the pandemic, to elusive information flow, to the potential fall of democracy and the final rise of the plutocrats.
 
What we have right now is a recipe for deep down, home style revolution in the works, and this time embodies another quote – a phrase from Audre Lorde: “Without community, there is no liberation.” Look around you and consider who you belong to, and what is of real importance in your life. Be willing to part company, take a stand, and lend a hand. Above all, stay safe, and stay sane, people!
 
Aries – issues of power are highlighted now as you feel yourself forced to make choices between what you need to feed your home life, and what you want to manifest in your career. Relationships may be tense as you come on strong, though partners are willing to meet you half-way. Keep talking.
 
Taurus – Partnerships offer fertile ground for new beginnings, as new facets of you emerge. Sometimes this will come in fits and starts, no matter, as your personal philosophy needs time to catch up to your new persona. Spend some time giving yourself pleasure, take on a spa treatment, and consider a gentler approach to your health.
 
Gemini – “Much communication in a motion” as you seek to find new ways to move through your routine environments. Subconscious stuff pops through, and you may find yourself wondering why you said what you said. Look to your ideals to guide you. Seeking joy is gratifying, and aesthetics combine with romance.
 
Cancer – Creativity, romance, and new directions in what you find pleasurable and fun, a new project or an involvement with kids of all ages (if you know them, or have them) is highlighted now. Your love life takes a new spin, as you realize what you have been looking for is not necessarily what you need. Watch for tricksters.
 
Leo – Home takes on renewed significance as you find a revolutionary push in how you approach all those boring, mundane chores, routine circumstances, and issues of health, diet and regular physical maintenance. Look to new philosophies, perhaps presented to you via siblings or neighbors for inspiration and direction.
 
Virgo – Communication is key now, and you feel the need to bring about new ways to address situations close to home, in your local environment, with neighbors and close relatives. Rumblings in creativity are mirrored in the people you identify with on a social level. You feel like indulging yourself, and luxuries feel good and perhaps a bit sexy.
 
Libra – You may feel the need to stand up for your value system, and take a stand in a new way, defining what means the most to you in a way that breaks new ground. Home life is supportive, but deep changes here cause a ripple effect in your perception of what’s important, and what’s not. Creativity feels hot, and draw influences from outside.
 
Scorpio – Something new emerges in how you put yourself forward, and how you communicate and share this is transforming. Draw on untapped creativity, deep inspiration and consider what you need to heal. Energy is now available for concerted efforts at self-revision. Dreams are balmy and luxuriant, enjoy, though surprises may pop up in conversation with partners.
 
Sagittarius – Subconscious contents rise up for consideration, and modify how you strive to hunt down resources, particularly those related to the basic structure of what you most value. Social life is enjoyable, and romance is high energy. Home life is murky, and needs a bit of focus, though tender feelings may surprise.
 
Capricorn – Your society is expanding, causing a domino effect in how you present yourself, which is radically changing, and in how you communicate your inspirations. Home life is energized, but don’t pick at the thorn in your side. Career is salubrious, and your efforts are well-received; keep it pleasant, open and focused on the greater good.
 
Aquarius – Career moves are highlighted, and surprising information can rise up from your home base. Subconscious contents continue to push forward, causing pressure, and your value system seems intangible as the ground shifts beneath your feet. Neighbors, siblings and local environment seems testy – take the high road and spread a little joy.
 
Pisces – A shift in philosophy, a new sense of adventure, a moving spiritual or religious experience awaits and reflects new directions and transformation in what you consider as your society. As a result, you may feel a foggy sense of self-definition, but lovers, and partners like what they see and respond accordingly.

Astrology: New Moon in Taurus 04/23/2020

Lascaux Cave Paintings, Great Hall of the Bulls, Montignac, France, Upper Paleolithic Era

This year’s New Moon in Taurus arrives propelled by the force of Uranus. With Aquarius rising, chart ruler Uranus is positioned at 6 º Taurus 24′ and his energy dominates the scene, conjoining the Sun and Moon at 3 º Taurus 24′. This makes a loose square to the disjointed Capricorn/Aquarius stellium which connects Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in the 12th house. As Saturn is traditional ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius, the heavy mood is even more pronounced. Mars at 16 º Aquarius 10′ in the first house conjuncts the Aquarius Ascendant and forces through a decidedly martial spirit, as the global mood of uncertainty, unpredictability, impatience and irritability rises.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rare experience; nothing like it has been witnessed by our generations. We are arguably at the height of technological advancement, and yet people are fighting over obtaining basics like toilet paper, flour and frozen foods. For all of our faith in science, there is a growing sense of Saturnian betrayal, as what we have come to rely upon no longer seems sure and valid any longer. It seems that the state of plenty that we assumed was available for all has failed us, science has failed us, the money that we have spent on resources has failed us, all supplanted and torn asunder by the force of nature in her unmitigated wrath. In the midst of what should be a time of technological fulfillment and mastery, the planet is gripped in the clutches of an illness that is not clearly understood by science, our assumed savior, and it is taking away those who are weakest and most vulnerable. Everything that is currently happening belies any real capability of the supposed advancements of our almighty economic power.

New Moon in Taurus, 3:26 am April 23, 2020, BST, Prime Meridian, Greenwich, London, England.

Taurus is the sign of Fixed Earth. At its finest, Taurus is fertile, healthy, rich and nubile. Taurus loves luxury, comfort and security. At its worst, Taurus is hell-bent on hedonism, belligerence and obstinacy. When unbalanced, there can never enough money, food, sex, alcohol or luxury to satisfy Taurus appetites, as they teeter recklessly into the unknown depths of Scorpio, floundering in corporeal inebriation without the fundamental makeup to dampen the glut of profligacy. But with this New Moon, we find Taurus electrified, revitalized and born anew with the power of Uranus at its back. The excesses that have satisfied Taurus’ appetites in the past are no longer applicable. The hunger for security is not finding appeasement as the economic structures which have been relied upon to float us are crumbling and meaningless. This planet demands change and will not stand for any further complacency and torpor, which are hallmarks of the unrepentant Taurus. With Aquarius rising and Uranus sitting in the midst of New Moon revelries, this is a time to get over the weaknesses of flesh, master the real requirements of the material world, and infuse deep inspiration into how we conduct ourselves in our daily affairs. That COVID-19 is taking a particularly heavy toll on those who suffer from obesity, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure can be correlated with the earthy materialism that we associate with Taurus, currently being modified by the revolutionary leanings of Aquarius. Mutterings about “the means of distribution” and “equalization” flit about the ethers, and people look questioningly at structures which have failed them, the basic inequality of our social stratification and the very real suffering that is now happening in real time as material resources are not in the hands of those who sincerely need them most in a time of crisis, but are rather tied up in the upper echelons of economic ascendancy.

Mercury in Aries sits in sextile to Mars in Aquarius, lending support to the innovative mind, offering that spark of ingenuity and impatience that Aquarius loves so well. Venus in Gemini trines Mars, lending a taste of the erudite to pronouncements of transformation that call from the depths. The message is that we are all on board, and we can – socially and collectively – move forward with the idea of change. We all feel the work happening deep in the crucible of the unconscious collectivity. There is heavy work happening on a profound, core level, and while it is uncomfortable, while we see suffering and penitential hard labor occurring all around us, it is all seemingly silent and it is as if we are all observing this work through a veil, through water and great distance. We are isolated, and the stories of “our reality” arrive second and third hand. Even in the household of a first responder – a doctor, nurse, firefighter, police officer, cashier or cleaner – to understand is difficult. Our loved ones bring home with them an indistinct sense of fear, of pain and incomprehension, and unless we can physically see and experience what is happening out there in the world, their stories remain ephemeral and difficult to grasp. The fact that the front line workers are typically twelfth house people – those who operate behind the scenes, on an institutional level – is represented by that stellium bridging Capricorn and Aquarius. That very foundation, the working collective, and the core of our society is carrying the burden of transformation with each passing minute, hour and day that they witness the dying, the illness in its ugliness, in the cleaning up and fulfilling of the basic needs of society. While this heavy work happens behind the scenes, society itself chatters on, quipping and turning clever phrases, seeking out humor and amusement, languishing in the relative comforts of home.

This is a bowl chart – with the majority of the energy concentrated in the north east quadrant. Society needs to learn how to remake itself, and the fundamental lessons come from creating a totally new comprehension of the profound interconnection of life as it bears down on the understanding of what is Self. How does your welfare rely on the kindness of strangers? From the nurse who takes your temperature, to the cashier who is bagging your groceries, to the cleaner who is wiping down the handle of the grocery store freezer just after that old gentleman with the mask has touched it to get his frozen waffles; how do all of these seemingly meaningless, yet highly pertinent things bear upon you, as a discreet member of society?

It is in these very fine details of our lives that the most important matters transpire, and the message of this Taurus New Moon is this – take into great consideration the mundane and the earthy, the material and the practical, for it is in these things that we must change our assumptions and seek new ways of doing. Consider – what do you have? Do you have health? Wealth? Provisions? Love? What is it most important for you to have? And just what is it to “need”? And what are those things that despite all of our longing and striving which will remain forever out of reach? Are they wants, or needs? This New Moon is asking us to walk new paths in our having, and needing, and to embrace lighter, finer, more intuitive and efficient ways of communicating our wants and needs, which will only work so long as we express ourselves with integrity and authenticity.

“All present life is but an Interjection, an “Oh!” or “Ah!” of joy or misery, or a “Ha, ha!” or “Bah!” – a yawn, or “Pooh!”, of which perhaps the latter is most true.”

Lord Byron, Don Juan, canto 15, stanza 43, 1819-1824