Dear Friend and Reader:
This Thursday, May 9, at 8:28 pm EDT the Taurus New Moon will form an annular (not annual) solar eclipse. Although it may not be visible from where you are, astrologically this is still a powerful moment — and we’ve entered the on-ramp into that vortex already.
Photo by Anthony Ayiomamitis.
In today’s Moonshine horoscopes, Genevieve Hathaway has interpreted this Taurus New Moon solar eclipse for each of the 12 Moon signs. Your Moon sign is where the Moon was when you were born, which you can find out by entering your birth data into Serennu.com. It helps to have your birth time but often that is not necessary. You can also try reading these horoscopes for your Sun and rising signs for additional layers of insight.
Because this week’s eclipse is a South Node eclipse — meaning that the Sun and Moon are conjunct the lunar South Node in Taurus (a calculated point) — the emphasis is on releasing what is no longer serving you (beliefs, things, relationships and especially values) to make room for what fits your life now. It’s also a time to remember and recognize the gifts and talents you have that are so second nature, you tend to take them for granted. Appreciate them by putting them to work for you.
There’s an impressive collection of planets aligned with this eclipse. Many are in Taurus, including Mars (if you allow about 5 degrees of wiggle room), Mercury, and the asteroid Pallas Athene. If you broaden your lens to look at a larger array of minor planets, it turns out there are quite a number in the four fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) hanging out near the eclipse degree.
You can see a listing of those planets here on Eric’s Facebook page, where a discussion about them is forming. Eric will also be covering some of the themes they represent in his broadcast of Planet Waves FM later tonight (Tuesday), and Genevieve will offer her take on the eclipse in a blog post Thursday morning.
One last thought, just to emphasize the point of the current astrology: we are in a period of being able to engage in willful, progressive decision-making from now through Thursday’s eclipse. In other words, this is a time when you can recognize and let go of what does not work — and just as importantly, you can integrate what does work. There are two steps to the process, but both steps require being willing to see what you’re being shown — which, in truth, are things you already know.
New Moons and eclipses may create darkness in the sky above us, but metaphorically that means you get a clearer view of what’s within, minus all the shiny, bright distractions around you. The idea is to make decisions on what truly matters; you know exactly where those things live.
Yours and truly,
These Moonshine Horoscopes are written by Genevieve Hathaway. Genevieve is an astrologer and Planet Waves contributor. She is available for astrology readings. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Moonshine Horoscopes by Genevieve Hathaway
Aries (March 20-April 19) — What do you value? Pull out a pen and paper and make a list of that which is most important to you. Making a list will provide a concrete way to gather your thoughts and sort through new information regarding what you think of as important. Are you at the top of that list? At the moment, you are connecting with a certain doubt that has been floating around your psyche for a long time. So long it may have seemed like the normal state of your existence. I’m not referring to any kind of self-esteem crisis, rather a deep and pervasive sensation that you could not quite measure up to the vision you held for yourself and your place in the world. There has been some block that you thought you could not get around. As the Taurus New Moon takes place this week, you come into contact with the fact that this is only perception, not truth. This realization will bring you a long way in resolving any doubt you’ve held about yourself, bringing a greater sense of confidence in your ability to be an active and successful participant in guiding the direction of your life. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Taurus (April 19-May 20) — You are moving through a period of time where your life may seem to accelerate, almost too quickly for you to comprehend. It’s like you are moving through a series of doors, quickly going from point A to point D, at a speed so quick you may not even register doors B or C. For you, who likes to take your time before making any changes or decisions, this could be disconcerting or frustrating. I propose a question: what additional benefit does examining the intermediate steps along the way bring? Doors B and C are just means to reach your final destination. I suggest going with the flow of the quickly-moving events. Let go of expectations of where you will end up, instead flowing with where the changes take you. What is on offer is a rapid re-alignment of your core values, bringing you into contact with a deeper and richer sense of who you are and what you desire. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Hello Taurus Sun, Moon and rising sign folks! Your Taurus 2013 birthday reading is ready. I cover Saturn in your opposite sign Scorpio, as well as the current eclipses, and what it means to have so many planets in your sign, rising sign or Moon sign at this time of year. I speak to you for an hour about your relationships, your quest for independence and what looks like some special motivation to grow and become. It’s a beautiful reading, recorded with a warm, intimate feeling. You may listen as many times as you like, or download it into iTunes or another MP3 player. The tarot reading reading includes photos of the spread, the chart and access to last year’s reading if you want to check my accuracy. You can order your birthday reading here for just $24.95.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) — A pattern or habit, which may not have been apparent to you before, is now becoming obvious, like it’s moving out of a blind spot and into full view. A door opens that allows you to step in and examine this material, allowing you to decide how to re-arrange the system by which you operate. For a while, there has been a gap in information that has affected your life story even if you didn’t know it. You are gaining insight into the ways you unconsciously tried to please other people at your own expense, ignoring one of your own boundaries in the process. Gaining this awareness allows you to now address this habitual response to others. Focus on how you can make different choices and decisions in the future. You have a lot of help at the moment to do things differently. I suggest taking one decision at a time, making one change at a time. Before long you’ll be able to look back and see how far you’ve come, through a series of small changes. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Who is in your larger network and why? That last part is of particular significance. Part of standing in our own personal authority is taking ownership over the process of selecting who is around us. I suggest you take this one step further — rather than only selecting who enters your personal sphere, take steps to seek out the kinds of people you wish to fill your network. You can think of this as building a community of mentors, friends, colleagues and even acquaintances who add something of benefit to your life. The first step is identifying who you want around you and then reaching out to build relationships with those types of people. You are in a particularly influential moment and it won’t take much of a reach to connect with some people with whom you’ve wished to surround yourself. Focus on who you want around you, rather than whether or not the person will reciprocate your efforts to build a relationship. I suggest not getting distracted by any sense of doubt as to whether or not every person will respond to your efforts to connect; ultimately, enough will. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) — An important work or career opportunity is presenting itself. This opening may seem to have arrived suddenly, though in truth you’ve been preparing and working toward it for a while. You are wrestling with a lingering sense of uncertainty about whether you have the skills and personal resources to capitalize on the rapid changes and progress in your work. I propose quickly dropping this notion and not questioning whether you can accomplish the new task ahead. Any sense of not being able to seize this opportunity is based on attitudes and perceptions from childhood. What you are running up against is a wounding that goes back many generations in your family. Identify it for what it is and realize that it does not inform who you actually are and where you are going. Instead, stay grounded in the experiences and skills you do have. You have more than enough knowledge and skill to make the leap. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) — You’re at your happiest when the little things in life are ironed out. When details are straight and your environment is orderly and those around you are appreciating how hard you work, you feel good. Yet, this can at times lead you to over-plan, or to place too much emotional attachment into details of situations. The specifics are important in life, but can’t provide an entire picture of the landscape of any series of events. Space is opening for you to access a greater perspective that allows you to appreciate the larger picture rather than focusing too much on the details. You can also think of this as giving yourself and others grace to move within nuances of developments rather than following a set script. Take note of how you feel when you test out this new perspective on the events in your life. What you are connecting with is a new philosophy based on a greater degree of acceptance for the imperfections in the world — it isn’t just a new viewpoint but also a resource enabling you to apply greater flexibility to situations. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) — You are working through a kind of sexual negotiation based on what you value rather than present rules of society. Part of approaching any sexual relationship from an authentic place is treating yourself and the other party as distinct individuals who are growing, changing and learning. Negotiations are a form of relating that helps both parties understand where the other is coming from. It involves giving something while also having your needs met. It’s a type of conversation and dialogue where both parties ultimately benefit. This type of communication takes practice and patience in holding space for you and your partner to share such intimate desires. At the moment, you have the necessary language to move this sexual negotiation along quite far. As you work through these negotiations, remember — the truth is erotic. Working from that premise will help facilitate an open dialogue that can lead to some truly erotic, intimate and soul-fulfilling sexual experiences. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) — You are someone who values depth and unhindered honesty. You respect the truth. You are being called to bring this level of depth and straight-forward honesty to your relationships. A current situation with a partner may be challenging you in ways you had not expected. It’s pushing you to share a part of yourself that you have been scared to share in the past. Your internal world has many secret layers or hidden rooms that you rarely let others enter because of the deeply personal and vulnerable material contained there. Available at the moment is an opportunity to rewrite some very old patterns of only sharing filtered parts of yourself with partners. This is a form of intimacy, one that comes from showing up as vulnerable and honest in your relationships. Sharing yourself in this way with a partner may feel like a risk, but it’s one that is worth taking. Trust that a partner will show up and answer you with his or her own vulnerabilities and insecurities. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) — This week as the Moon and Sun meet in Taurus, your astrology is indicating a burst of energy in your emotional and physical bodies. This may come with the sensation of your body and emotions working as one unit. You can also think of this in terms of balance, with both aspects of you working together in a healthy harmony. Part of working from this balanced place is listening to the signals that both parts of you are sending. Consciously know what nurtures each and build that into your daily life. At the moment, what you are accessing is a well of energy, a type of renewable power source, that you can draw on to achieve your goals. Shift and alter routines and habits to facilitate these two parts of yourself working increasingly as a cohesive unit. Once you set these new structures and patterns, it won’t take much to keep this internal energy source charged and accessible. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) — You are tapping into a willingness to experiment and take new approaches to situations. It’s as though a certain rigid structure you have lived with is dissolving, leaving you with the flexibility to try a few new ideas. I suggest applying this new sense of open possibilities to an important project you’ve been working on. For a Moon sign that is used to fixed structures, having many options could feel somewhat disconcerting. I suggest following that feeling and pushing ahead out of your comfort zone. Experimentation is a process that involves testing the waters and seeing what happens, then making adjustments as a result of what you learn. Through this process of trial and error you will be able to continue to refine your project’s evolution. Keeping your options open will enable you to shift and move with the new information you learn. As you continue to work the fine edge of the options at your disposal, you will hit on the one that leads your project to the progress you want. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You are in a moment of realization about a question you’ve been wrestling with for a while. This has to do with the nature of your internal world. At times it may have felt like you were having endless heated discussions with yourself about your place in the outer world. You’ve fought a doubt you’ve had about your ability to attain your highest goals or vision for your life. What you desired may have seemed impractical or too out of reach. I pose a question: who defines what is possible? You have a lot more creative power than you think. Think of what you envision for your life like a piggy bank. Each time you invest time and love into where you wish to go, a penny gets added to the bank. The piggy bank won’t be full of pennies right away but, as you continue to add pennies and hold your vision, eventually you’ll have a full bank. In terms of the real world, this represents your arrival at your final destination; you are much closer than you think, so remain focused on what you want no matter now impossible it may seem. — by Genevieve Hathaway
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — As someone with a Pisces Moon, you are heavily influenced by your environment. You’re a kind of psychic and emotional sponge, soaking up the energy around you. Lately, you’ve been learning quite a bit about the connection between your environment and how you feel. By environment I mean everything from who you are around to the kind of neighborhood you live in. You pick up on the energy given off by people and places. An opening is available to make some lasting changes in terms of what is in your environment and how it provides you with grounding for a balanced and nurturing emotional state. First, start from a point of living each day in mindfulness. You can think of this as consciously observing who and what influences your energy. Then take steps to choose what surrounds you; limit your exposure to situations, surroundings and people that deplete your energy. Ultimately, you are learning to be the steward of your emotional energy as well as your environment. — by Genevieve Hathaway