First Quarter Moon in Taurus ☽ Feb 3, 2017

Friday, Feb 3 at 11.19pm EST

Click here to learn about the Moon. Click here to learn about Taurus.

The Sun in Aquarius squares the moon in Taurus. The moon will rise at noon in the north, peak at dusk and set at midnight in the south. Quarter moons prompt definitive change. According to CafeAstrology, quarter phases represent a “crisis of consciousness.”

From Taurus we learn the art of rest and abiding; from Aquarius, radical living. Taurus lives slowly, simply and deliberately. So the first quarter in Taurus means grounding and precious stability amidst whirlwind traveling within/without.

Taurus is ruled by Venus, but she was also co-ruled by Mother Earth in ancient Rome. In ancient Greece, she was Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty. And in ancient Egypt, Taurus was known as Hathor, Goddess of Joy and Motherhood. In any case, the First Quarter in Taurus is an incredible hostess. This transit is all about good company, good food, fine aesthetics – whatever makes you feel at home.

Most ancient civilizations wove the bull into their cultural fabric by way of art, worship or mythology. There are books written on this subject, some of which directly link the ubiquitous worship of the bull to the Pleiades constellation, contained within the constellation of Taurus. These accounts posit that encounters with Pleiadians are more than myth and actually describe an extra-terrestrial civilization with whom we continue to have contact…

Anyway! After studying Hathor I found that she has a special connection to music, turquoise AND a type of necklace called a menat. Even when she is depicted as a bull, Hathor wears the menat. In ancient Egypt, the menat was a special musical turquoise piece exclusively for women. All of these aspects are still associated with Taurus today. The bull is a natural artist and musician who loves to dance and sing; Taurus rules the neck in the body; and Taurus also rules colors found in the throat chakra, especially blue tones such as turquoise. I suggest wearing a blue scarf or simple necklace to invoke Hathor’s gentle power. Take proper precautions and protect the throat. If you don’t already, I highly recommend using a neti pot daily. This will ensure immune health and prevent colds which began in the back of the throat, as they all do!

A few hours before the quarter moon comes exact, Venus moves into Aries. The next day, late on February 4 the moon enters Gemini. On February 6 the moon forms an opposition (180 degrees) to Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn is the Moon’s most difficult opponent, so when these two come head-to-head, tension mounts noticeably. This is evidenced by blocked expression. Inability to properly communicate thoughts and feelings leads to acute feelings of being misunderstood. This is a low energy day best spent with minimal social contact.

On February 7 the moon returns home to Cancer, the sign she rules. One day later, February 8, the moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon and Pluto are very friendly in astrological terms, but once in opposition, Pluto in Capricorn’s icy crush liquefies the Moon’s resolve. Every month, this proves to be a tumultuous and intense transit. Past issues and neuroses surface from a spring deep below the conscious mind. Patterns which were once too dark to see come into view. Energy vampires search hungrily for emotionally bedraggled victims. This is the time of month when we feel most bogged down, gasping for air. Let go of what you cannot control. Immediately disengage from those who cling and suffer in masochistic delight. Be wary of explosive confrontations and manipulative individuals. Be especially mindful expending sexual energy.

Lastly, on February 9, the moon enters Leo and thus begins the real frenzy of the lunar eclipse!

Celebrate the moon with Taurus Yoga. To ascertain your personal Moon sign, click here.

Mantra:  take root

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