By Madame Dana Zia
“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
–From Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese
We have a New Moon with a partial eclipse in Taurus blooming on Saturday April 30th at 1:28pm PDT. This is the first Eclipse of the year and it has the extract of a dozen New Moons sparkling in it. This New Moon is exactly what we all need, it is the tonic for the times. It is filled with love, possibilities and new beginnings with the juiciness of a ripe mango.
New Moons are all about getting a fresh canvas to start painting on and eclipses are awakenings. Imagine yourself in an art class of your dreams with the expectation of learning with the wide-eyed openness of a child. The room is filled with flowers, delicious food is laid out for snacks, the teacher is amazing and you just met the most wonderful new friend. That is the magic that is wrapped up in this New Moon.
Taurus is the sign of the lover that deeply enjoys drinking in the pleasures of Earth. It is ruled by Venus, the planet that represents desire, relationships, pleasure, beauty and balance. Venus is conjunct (right next to) Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces during this New Moon and this is considered one of the most auspicious of transits. With Venus so beautifully highlighted during this New Moon, we have the blessings of her to drink and feast in the joys of Earth and dream up a fruitful future.
Uranus is also very close to the New Moon in Taurus and which is a fresh breeze that carries with it change and clean laundry, dried in the Sun. Uranus can be a wild card bringing surprises that create a radical shift. Its intent is to reveal where we are stuck and bring us freedom from that rut. Uranus propels us toward the liberation that we desire. If shocking and unexpected events transpire on this New Moon, go with them. Do not resist and keep an open mind and heart.
All the beautiful planets, Moon and stars align this week to give us the opportunity to wash our tattered souls clean of the grime of living. Breathe, bathe in flower petals, walk barefoot in nature, sing out loud, do things you love. Rinse your Spirit in the well spring of this New Moon. Do it unabashedly.
I’ll leave you with another verse from Mary Oliver’s poem “Wild Geese” that I feel perfectly encapsulates this New Moon energy.
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”