Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Taurus and Hawthorn Tree New Moon: Grounding What We Really Truly Want in the Physical

The Taurus/Hawthorn New Moon is exact at 4:11 am UT/GMT on Monday 18th may. The New Moon is a creatively potent time and is the perfect time to consciously make a wish or two. Mercury has begun its thrice yearly Retrograde period so for the next three weeks communication and the way our mind processes could bring challenges, or even some fabulous insights. Mercury is retrograding through Gemini, one of the signs it rules and is comfortable in, so I am feeling quite optimistic, and not experiencing any tech challenges yet. You can read something I wrote about Mercury retrograde a couple years ago here

Taurus is Fixed Earth and happens to be my Sun Sign. What was seeded in Aries is nurtured and built upon in Taurus. Aries creates something from nothing. Taurus grounds that something in the physical.

The Taurus New Moon is great for making wishes around manifesting physical comforts and personal resources. Taurus rules the physical senses so sensual pleasure is a big Taurus theme. Taurus rules “enjoyment of life on Earth,” says Jan Spiller in her book “New Moon Astrology” so the Taurus New Moon is a great time to make wishes around increasing or manifesting appreciation, gratitude, contentment and a greater rapport with nature. Taurus rules building and therefore wishes around creating solid foundations, persistence, resilience, perseverance and thoroughness are all supported. Taurus also rules patience, dependability and trustworthiness so now is a good time to make wishes around creating more of that in your life. Taurus rules self-worth, awareness of personal needs, appropriate boundary setting, strong values, self-acceptance and determination. A wish around this might go something like, “I wish to consciously experience feelings of self-worth in all areas of my life.” The Taurus New Moon is the perfect time to make a wish to release detrimental inflexibility, resistance to change, possessiveness, stubbornness, stagnation and holding onto dogmatic opinions. Taurus rules the throat, the thyroid gland, the metabolism, voice, vocal cords, chin and neck and wishes for health and healing in these areas will be supported at the Taurus New Moon..

In essence, Hawthorn, the Celtic tree sign at this Taurus New Moon, represents the energy of cleansing. Hawthorn clears the heart and mind of negativity, stimulates love and forgiveness and offers clarity. It brings patience and stillness.

Hawthorn is ruled by Mars, Venus and Vulcan. Hawthorn symbolizes purification, Sacred marriage and male–female unity. Hawthorn’s deities include Hera, Olwen and Mother Mary and it rules Blackbirds, Owls and Purple Martins. Interestingly I dreamt of a Blackbird today and last week I took some photos of the most heavenly light flooding Mother Mary’s Grotto in the forest nearby my house. I can see the influence of Hawthorn in my life at this time.

In healing and herbal lore, hawthorn flowers, leaves and berries have blood-pressure reducing properties, and can be used to treat heart and circulatory disorders, migraine, symptoms of menopause, insomnia and angina. The flowers are a strong sedative when taken internally and externally can be used to treat acne and skin blemishes. The berries contain Vitamin C and B-complex and can be crushed to treat kidney problems and diarrhea. 

Hawthorn, as a sign of both fertility and death, contains knowledge of both reproduction and transformation. The Hawthorn month is a time of fertility, masculine energy and fire. Male potency is high at this time, following Beltane/May Day, so this is a great month for conception. The original Maypoles were made out of Hawthorn.

The Hawthorn Tree, along with the Ash and Oak, form the “fairy triad” and together attract the Fae.  The Hawthorn tree holds strong magic and forms a portal to the fairy realms. This is also a powerful time to focus on keeping a barrier between ourselves and things we do not want in our life. It is a great time to push away lingering and old problems, thoughts and irritations.

Around this time, five years ago, ago I spent a day with a healer out in nature. We were surrounded by jungle and a lake as we worked. We talked about goddesses, spirals, dancing, the appropriate sharing of knowledge and wisdom, and how clear our energy becomes once we are in a natural environment.

As we sat I was asked, “What do I really want?" Did I want to leave the Earth plane, ascend so to speak, into heaven? Did I want to teach on top of a mountain? Did I want Heaven on Earth? My answer was quickly delivered. I have known since I was a small child that my mission this lifetime was aligning Heaven and Earth; Creating Heaven on Earth.

Heaven on Earth is not a new idea and I know others feel that creating Heaven on Earth is their mission too. There are many of us, but getting really clear on it was helpful for me that day. I spent the next hour mediating on bringing two equilateral triangles (one representing the Earth and the divine feminine, the other representing Heaven and the divine masculine) together in a 6-pointed star alignment in my heart of hearts. There are many dimensions to this practice, and deeper meanings to the triangles, or pyramids and beyond, but I want to keep it simple. We are each a little piece of Heaven on Earth. Know it. Keep the greater mission of your life clear no matter what little challenges are presented; These little things may seem like mountains at the time, but they pass, our greater mission is a constant, conscious or not.

The mandala below is another version of the same idea. The pink cross represents the collective Consciousness embodied within Christ Consciousness, which spans, and therefore connects, Heaven and Earth. The diamond within the diamonds represents the absolute heart of hearts and purity.

In a nutshell, this Hawthorn/Taurus New Moon is a time to let go of or discover solutions to old problems and irritations, play with the fairies, open our hearts even more, be clear on what we choose to create and start living Heaven and Earth as one; First with our hearts and then grounding into our full-being, and so the physical realm! 

Let’s dance! Feel! Wish! Love!!!!!!!!

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Mandalas and photos by Virginia

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