I doubt if there is a better time to start working on a long term project demanding endless patience than this New Moon Solar Eclipse at 19° 54′ Taurus on 9 May 2013 05:29 PM PDT. Pallas, the supreme organizer, tightly conjoins the luminaries as well as both Mercury and Mars in Taurus. That’s a lot of Taurus, baby! No one can work as hard or as long without losing focus on tough, repetitious tasks like the Bull.
The Taurus stellium goes its own way this time which works out fine for this most practical of signs because that makes for fewer distractions and distractions can interfere with getting the job done. Jupiter in Gemini will try to disrupt Taurus’ concentration with glib jokes and witty commentary via a semi-sextile. Chances are the bull will brush those off and get back to work because Mercury conjunct Mars in Taurus is close to impossible to sidetrack.
Earth signs are the best for giving wonderful, warm hugs. The healing power of touch is well established and the sextile from Chiron in Pisces to earthy Mars in Taurus highlights the importance of a loving embrace. Hug your loved ones, cuddle your children and enjoy the warmth. This extends to our four footed companions. Petting your dog or cat is wonderful for reducing stress.
Venus reluctantly leaves the comfort and security of Taurus for witty Gemini where she is much more fickle and unpredictable. Softening the transition this time is a waxing square to Neptune in Pisces, exact on 13 May. Blind trust when it comes to love and romance could seriously backfire, so be careful flirting with sexy strangers. We can still enjoy the lovely illusions as long as we keep one foot on the ground. All those other planets in Taurus will help with that.
A calming influence is a slowly waxing trine between Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces which will not be exact until summer. Reason conjoined with a compassionate perspective can go far towards finding positive solutions to our problems. Listening to our hearts as well as our heads is the key.
The big picture situation is beginning to heat up as the third exact Uranus-Pluto square tightens. Those who have personal planets and Angles at 11° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are very likely already dealing with the effects of the life changing square. Frustrations are on the rise. There are those who feel controlled and oppressed whilst others believe more control is the only answer. Maybe it’s time to find some detachment rather than feeling forced to choose a side?
This is a rare and special celestial event in bountiful Taurus. Live in the moment and feel the power of the earth beneath your feet. Take time to enjoy the pleasures of good food, wonderful music, beautiful vistas and sweet, fragrant flowers. Embrace those you love with enthusiasm and joy. Namaste.
On a personal note: The Taurus stellium falls in my sixth house opposing my Mars in Scorpio bringing up all those “suffer or serve” issues once more. It is a great time for me to continue to work on improving my physical well-being. Exercising, eating right and taking time to play are all part of this.