Art by John Hyde Phillips
Art by John Hyde Phillips
“Our opportunity to build a better future is here. Under the power of the Taurus New Moon, we are being called to think about what we wish to create. We are being asked to set a goal and take small, methodical steps in order to achieve it.
The Taurus New Moon on April 22, reminds us that a grand new beginning is on the horizon. This grand new beginning has not yet arrived, but it is slowly drawing closer, and this New Moon is our stepping stone on the path towards it.
There are challenging energies that are being stirred in the world around us now. We don’t need astrology or Mother Moon to tell us that. But what we can understand and learn from the cosmos above, is that a new cycle is on the way.
Just like the Moon goes through its own phases, so do we all, and so does the state of the world.
Uranus, the planet of change is very active under this New Moon. Uranus likes to shake things in order to awaken us, but its presence can also feel upsetting and chaotic.
Uranus wants the ways of the past to crumble so it can revolutionize and rebuild something new.
~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious
“It’s during the darkest hours that we must focus on the light. The full moon of April 7, (7:35 pm PT) is the closest and brightest super moon of 2020.
In Vedic Astrology, this full moon is in Chitra, a nakshatra of inner wisdom, truth, and clarity. Chitra is symbolized by a shining diamond, a jewel that’s created under tremendous pressure and heat. Chitra full moon gives solutions to our problems, and precious insight, even under the pressure of crisis and tragedy.
Historically, eclipses in Mula, like a scorpion’s sting, accompany shock and upheaval. Incidentally, there was a Mula eclipse in 1918 at the beginning of the Spanish flu pandemic. Another Mula lunar eclipse occurred just 6 weeks before the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, and before the 9/11 attacks as well. The most recent eclipse in Mula occurred just last December, at the onset of the tragic COVID-19 pandemic.
Though frightening, Mula is also the star of Divine Mother Kali in her all-loving and spiritually awakened form. Mula literally means root or foundation, and asks us to get to the root of what sustains us, to make sure it’s healthy, strong and resilient.
It may feel like the foundation of the world is cracking now, but it’s also an opportunity to rebuild a stronger, deeper foundation from the bottom up. Slowing down to assess your life’s path, and meditating on your root chakra is a grounding way to use this transformative time.”
Art by Vladimir Kush
Art by Katherine Smit
“We’re at the dawning of something strange and transformative, and the new moon of March 24th is a powerful gateway through it.
The new moon will be in the area of the sky known as Uttara Bhadrapada, at the final degrees of watery Pisces – the last sign of the zodiac. The stars in the constellation of Pisces are ancient symbols of the beginnings and endings of great cycles. Uttara Bhadrapada is associated with loss, death and fire, including the funeral pyre at the end of life. This is a new moon that burns, but also calls forth the Piscean waters of rebirth.
The new moon falls just 4 days after the equinox, and is at a critical juncture that marks a whole new Vedic astrological cycle — the Vedic New year. We are now leaving behind the Year of Vikari, a word that literally translates as “Sick, ill, or diseased,” and entering the Year of Shavari, which translates as “twilight or night.”
Twilight is a mystical time, with deep spiritual potential, and this certainly is a transitional time between darkness and light. A pull toward the inner realm is growing in the year to come, especially for those who seek knowledge and self-understanding.