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Blessings of the Taurus New Moon!

Dark of the Moon
New beginnings

Dark of the Moon

Plant a seed tonight

Dark of the Moon

What we envision

Will come to be by the Full Moon’s light.

How divine! Now, with the New Moon in Taurus, we can connect to a powerful upsurge of magic. Astrologer Lynn Hayes writes of this Moon, “We are flooded with new ideas and excitement about creative possibilities now, and a great deal of creativity is unleashed…New Moons, when the Sun conjuncts the Moon and the conscious Will (Sun) fuses with the emotional instincts (Moon), are times of new beginnings. In Taurus there is a sense of fertility, of comfort, of a sense of place and a dislike of change.”

Okay, so maybe change is hard. But I think we are also longing for it with all our hearts. We have spent the past days reviewing the painful past, the ways that shaming and hurt may have thwarted our inner artist. It’s time to move forward now, and by the juicy, fertile dark of the Moon, we plant our intentions for healing and growth.

First, we must acknowledge a few things about the actual nature of growth. It is not a steady, linear thing. “Growth,” Julia writes, “is an erratic forward movement; two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself. A creative recovery is a healing process. You are capable of great things on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, you may slide backward. This is normal. Growth occurs in spurts. You will lie dormant sometimes. Do not be discouraged. Think of it as resting…Marathon runners suggest you log ten slow miles for every fast one. The same holds true for creativity.”

She promises, and I do, too, that if you will remember that “easy does it,” meaning “easy accomplishes it,” you will be fine. This means quit while you still have energy; don’t wear yourself down to a nub. You need only write your three morning pages every day and be kind to yourself. Slowly, you will begin to feel lighter, less burdened, and more hopeful about your path.

I love this particular passage which concludes the chapter. “The expression ‘God helps those who help themselves’ may take on a new and very different meaning. Where in the past it translated, “God only helps those who earn help,” it will now come to signify the amazing number of small free gifts the creator showers on those who are helping themselves to a little bounty.

“If you do one nice thing a day for yourself, God[dess] will do two more. Be alert for support and encouragement from unexpected quarters. Be open to receiving gifts from odd channels: free tickets, a free trip, and offer to buy you dinner, a new-to-you old couch. Practice saying yes to such help.”

In other words, if you will prime the pump, so to speak, by treating yourself to a little kindness, you can expect a big affirmative from the Goddess. Things will happen. And you will come to feel more and more justified in having a lifelong case of Pronoia: the sneaking suspicion that the Universe is conspiring to shower blessings upon you.

So on this New Moon, I suggest you spend a little time considering what new seeds of hopefulness, creativity, and joy you want to plant. You might even do a ritual for this, using sunflower seeds or something else that is easy to germinate. At least write down a wish for your inner creative artist child. May this be a quiet, powerful beginning that takes deep root, to blossom and thrive in the warm days ahead.

Also, this weekend, we begin some fun homework to recover the powerful dreamer and creator we are meant to be. Julia calls this “a little sleuth work to restore the person we have abandoned – ourselves.” I’m posting the first ten today, and the next ten tomorrow (so if you’re only a weekday visitor, I hope you can stop by Saturday).

As you complete these, you can expect some powerful emotions to come up. Do this in a brainstorming mindset. Allow free-form, non-sequitur thoughts, phrases, memories to pop up. Write them all down without judging, but do allow yourself to feel what you feel. And delight us, if you wish, by sharing any and all here.

1. My favorite childhood toy was …
2. My favorite childhood game was …
3. The best movie I ever saw as a kid was …
4. I don’t do it much but I enjoy …
5. If I could lighten up a little, I’d let myself …
6. If it weren’t too late, I’d …
7. My favorite musical instrument is …
8. The amount of money I spend on treating myself to entertainment each month is…
9. If I weren’t so stingy with my artist, I’d buy him/her …

10. Taking time out for myself is …

And if any of these inspire you to sing a song, make a collage, sketch, dance, or write a haiku, so much the better! See you tomorrow!

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  • April 24, 2009, 10:29 am Madeline

    1. My favorite childhood toy was … my DOLLS

    2. My favorite childhood game was … CLUE

    3. The best movie I ever saw as a kid was … Beauty and the Beast

    4. I don’t do it much but I enjoy … WRITING POETRY

    5. If I could lighten up a little, I’d let myself … EAT BY INTUITION INSTEAD OF CONSTANTLY TRYING TO EAT THE “PERFECT” OR “RIGHT” DIET.

    6. If it weren’t too late, I’d … BECOME A TEACHER.

    7. My favorite musical instrument is … PIANO

    8. The amount of money I spend on treating myself to entertainment each month is… NOT ENOUGH!

    9. If I weren’t so stingy with my artist, I’d buy him/her … THE EXPENSIVE WRITING CLASS IN SEDONA I WOULD LOVE TO ATTEND!

    10. Taking time out for myself is …SOMETHING I HAVE GOT TO DO MORE OF THIS THIS NEXT 6 MONTHS.

  • April 24, 2009, 1:11 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Yay! Hi, Madeline! It is great to see you! Sending you waves of good energy to manifest that Sedona writing class!!!
    – Beth

  • April 24, 2009, 11:46 pm Thalia

    1. My favorite childhood toy was Legos.

    That’s what my brain said, first thing. Except I never had Legos.

    2. My favorite childhood game was? I don’t honestly know.

    3. The best movie I ever saw as a kid was…

    I don’t remember being taken to movies hardly at all as a kid. The babysitter took us to Star Wars. We had to beg and beg my father to take us to Empire Strikes Back, and he fell asleep during it.

    I think this is pushing a few buttons with growing up poor and having parents who were, frankly, misers.

    4. I don’t do it much but I enjoy riding my bicycle.

    5. If I could lighten up a little, I’d let myself wear crazy clothes and sing in the supermarket.

    6. If it weren’t too late, I’d move to England and have a torrid affair with a bonny bonny Scottish lad.

    7. My favorite musical instrument is the harpsichord. They make me weep they sound so beautiful.

    8. The amount of money I spend on treating myself to entertainment each month is pretty much zero.

    9. If I weren’t so stingy with my artist, I’d buy him/her some kind of New Agey retreat somewhere, or tickets to a Pagan festival or a massage.

    10. Taking time out for myself is what I am constantly doing because I am lazy and selfish. Yet I never do.

    Ugh.

    On a happier note (I think) there has been a bit of a financial shakeup in the past couple of days (something completely out of my hands) which is making me rethink all my business-type stuff (i.e. my web site/store &c.) I could be panicking (and looking at the loss I expect to take I can't understand why I'm not) but I just keep getting Bill Murray's line from Groundhog Day:Any change is good.Must be this Taurus new moon.

  • April 25, 2009, 9:19 am Madeline

    Thalia, sounds like you are being very hard on ourself! One of my favorite inspirational quotes is from Anthony Robbins– he says “YOUR PAST DOES NOT EQUAL YOUR FUTURE!”

    I am excited that Beth is offering us this chance to work together on our inner artists– yours in in there! Why not dress up in something colorful as you hang around your house this weekend, or go outside even, and do something wonderful forY OU today–maybe light a pretty smelling candle and play some cool music that you love?Blessings!
    MADELINE