Dark of the Moon,
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.
Today’s New Moon is accompanied by an annular eclipse – a solar eclipse that is sometimes called a “Ring of Fire,” because, unlike a total solar eclipse, there is still enough Sun showing behind the shadowed Moon to create a spectacular ring effect.
(If you would like to watch it live, you can go here. The show starts at 5:30pm, Eastern time).
This is the 2nd eclipse in a three-eclipse “window,” which in and of itself is important.
Add to that the fact that this eclipse window will contain the third of the seven exact squares between unpredictable rebel Uranus in the sign of the war God, Aries, vs. Lord of Death and the Underworld, Pluto, in Capricorn, the sign of security and structure. That showdown will be exact on May 20, just before the Lunar eclipse May 24.
Many astrologers are calling the seven squares between Uranus and Pluto the biggest event in generations.
But meantime, what about today’s event? Here are some thoughts from two of my favorite astrologers (yes, you have probably noticed that I have many favorites!).
May your rites be blessed! ~ Beth
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Solar Eclipses and Lunar Intuition
By April Elliott Kent · May, 2013
During a solar eclipse, the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and temporarily blocks our view of the Sun. The Sun is furiously pumping away, emanating warmth and symbolizing spiritual and creative power to beat the band.
Then along comes the Moon, who instead of reflecting the Sun’s light back to Earth, jealously hoards it all for herself. At the solar eclipse, intuition (the Moon), wordless and irrational, overpowers your creative center and power (the Sun). The result is a bit like a short-circuit of your internal wiring.
Here in Southern California, we have a weather phenomenon called the Santa Ana winds, hot, prickly, dry winds that blow down off of the desert. The Santa Anas are especially prevalent during the autumn months, but happen at other times throughout the year, suddenly turning cold winter weather into false summer overnight – static, tense, surreal.
When I lived in LA there was a similar feeling in the air before and after any good-sized earthquake, and as kids we often made a connection between the two, calling the Santa Anas “earthquake weather.” Both made us feel a little queasy, off-center, and itchy.
A solar eclipse affects our emotional weather in a similar way. During an eclipse, the fundamental laws of the universe no longer apply. The Sun browns out, like a faulty wire that dims your kitchen light when you turn on the garbage disposal. Birds grow quiet. The world is shrouded in an apprehensive silence that you can almost hear.
In my observation, a week either side of a solar eclipse has us tiptoeing nervously through the graveyard, whistling a tune to keep the bogey man away. Solar eclipses seem much more physically affecting than lunar ones, more unnerving, and the past themes they evoke – themes from nine, eighteen years ago – are anything but subtle. The terrible accident. The death in the family. The ill-fated journey. The terrifying illness. Or more joyfully, the wedding, the birth of the first grandchild.
They are big events, and evoke the feeling that something big is changing in the landscape of your life.
At the solar eclipse, something is trying to get your attention – like the Moon, rising up in front of the Sun as if to say, “Just hold it a second – you’re missing something!” People from the past or the present appear on the scene to behave in inexplicable ways.
The person you used to be, the one you thought you’d outgrown, is trotted out in front of you as a reminder that you really haven’t changed all that much; you’re still the same old mess you were, back when you had the bad relationship, when you flunked out of school, when you best friend told you to get lost.
At this Solar Eclipse in Taurus, the earthy part of you may feel a little cold, compacted. Take a time-out; sit at the knee of the wise Moon and let her reflect the Sun in you. Is there a wildish ego that’s running around unchecked? What is the part of you that you’re trying to disown? Let the Moon guide you, like a wise mother, toward self-acceptance and humility.
© 2009-2013 by April Elliott Kent
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For some additional, brilliant ways to work with the magic of this particular Taurus New Moon, the ever-fabulous Rhea Wolf offers this:
New Moon in Taurus
May 9, 2013, 5:28 PM
19-20 Degrees Taurus
Sabian Symbol: Wisps of winglike clouds streaming across the sky. The awareness of spiritual forces at work. (Dane Rudyhar, An Astrological Mandala)
This New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse event. It is a super-powerful time to create some intentions. As you reflect on the issues and themes highlighted below, let your intuition guide you to see how you can create longer term intentions that serve your greater life purpose.
You can look at your Natal Chart to find which house holds the sign of Taurus. The meanings associated with the house that the eclipse is happening in can provide even more clarity in crafting your Solar Eclipse-New Moon intentions.
Taurus is the sign of the bull, and is cautious, slow and strong by nature. A New Moon in Taurus invites us into our senses, exploring the pleasures of the body and the beauty of the living Earth.
Use the energy of this New Moon on May 9th to call in abundance and the energy of stability into your life. What are the areas of your life that could use a dose of determination and perseverance? Is it time to let go of old habits and find new ways of creating health, happiness, and wellness in your life?
Intentions for this New Moon:
- Cultivating sustainability in your life
- Creating stability
- Focusing on gardens and food production
- Issues or healing for animals and pets
- Cultivating a healthy body image
- Inviting more sensual pleasure into your life
- Stepping out of emotional and physical ruts (depression, inactivity, over-indulgence)
- Material and financial security – inviting it in or letting go of fear
- Letting go of control issues and stubbornness
- Finishing projects
- Healing for throat, neck, and voice.