Written by Pam Younghans
It's a quiet week in terms of exact astrological aspects. Perhaps this means we will finally have some time to catch up with ourselves, especially since Mercury goes direct on Tuesday.
On the other hand, we are very much in a building phase, leading up to the Pluto-Uranus-Jupiter-Saturn interactions this summer. This building of the energies means that over the next few weeks and months, we will likely continue to see events that shift our perspectives and rock our worlds. As seen already, sometimes these are literally earth-shaking events such as earthquakes, volcanos and other events of nature. Other times, they are the "accidents" and other unexpected twists of fate that occur to reveal something important to us.
In response to a reader's specific question, I'm in the process of writing a blog posting about the planetary energies we will be working with in late spring and throughout the summer. Since the topic requires deeper levels of consideration and will be much more than a one-paragraph answer, it will probably be a few more days before I've completed the post.
So check out my blog midweek to read about "This summer's planetary line-ups": http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com
The main astrological event this week is the New Moon in Taurus on Thursday. There may be some relief in this New Moon, since it's the first one of the new astrological year (March 20) that doesn't occur while Mercury is retrograde. Perhaps we'll finally get a bit of a jump-start in areas that have been feeling stagnant or directionless.
On the other hand (again), Neptune squares the New Moon, which means we will not succeed if we take only physical realities into account, or if we resist the changes that are needed. Taurus is known for its need for physical comfort and groundedness, but Neptune works to dissolve our reliance on the physical world to satisfy our needs.
The Sun is moving toward an exact May 19 square with Neptune, which means this dissolving process may occur gradually, over the five or six days following the New Moon. Neptune's intention is always to help us rise above the attachments and dramas of the physical plane, and we can help the process along by letting go of the typically-Taurean stubbornness, resistance to change, and strong insistence of what "should" be.
The Sun and Moon are aligned with the dwarf planet Sedna at the time of the New Moon. Sedna was named for the Inuit sea goddess "who protects and commands the creatures of the sea" -- and given the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we can certainly use any new awareness she might be able to provide now.
Sedna can also reveal where we have had a blindspot with regards to dealing with a certain area of our lives. She is currently in Taurus, corresponding with a lack of connection to what is of greatest value, and a tendency to over-consume or over-produce in an effort to fill that lack.
With Sedna's influence a part of Thursday's New Moon energies, perhaps we are ready to initiate a new phase in which we more clearly see, know, and support what is truly most important, including the health and well-being of our planet and her plant and animal kingdoms.
The Sabian symbol for the 24th degree of Taurus, where the New Moon occurs, describes the courage and single-mindedness that surfaces when we face an issue that strikes at the heart of who we are or how we define ourselves:
A warrior riding fiercely, scalps hanging from his belt: The aggressiveness of human instincts when fighting for their earthly base of operations.
While not the most pleasant to visualize, this image succeeds in evoking the instinctual reactions that arise when we feel that what we most value is being threatened.
But even if we feel provoked, protective or possessive, we need to remember that Neptune in Aquarius has the last say over how we express these New Moon energies -- which means we and the planet will be best served by channeling our inner spiritual warrior rather than defaulting to some of the more confrontational means we have chosen historically, either on a personal level or in political/social realms.
NorthPoint Astrology Blog: Be sure to visit my blog during the week for additional comments and perspectives at http://northpointastrology.blogspot.com/.