Wednesday, Jan 24 at 2.20pm PST
The Sun in Aquarius squares the moon in Taurus. The moon will rise at noon, peak at dusk and set at midnight. Quarter moons prompt definitive change. They represent a turning point or moment of truth.
The first quarter in Taurus brings grounding and precious stability amidst whirlwind traveling within/without. Taurus lives slowly, and with real richness. From Taurus we learn the art of comfort; from Aquarius, radical living. Taurus is an incredible hostess. This moon phase is all about good company, good food, fine aesthetics — whatever makes you feel at home.
We find the bull woven into ancient cultural fabric all around the planet in art, worship and 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 Pleiadians are hardly myth. Such accounts describe an extra-terrestrial civilization with whom we interact regularly.
Anyway! Taurus is ruled by Venus, but she is also daughter of Mother Earth. 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.
Hathor has a special connection to music, the precious stone turquoise and a necklace called 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 worn by women. Music, turquoise, jewelry and the neck are all aspects still associated with Taurus today: in the physical body, Taurus is said to rule the neck; as such, Taurus also rules the colors of the throat chakra, especially hues like turquoise.
I suggest a blue scarf or simple necklace to invoke Hathor’s gentle power. Take proper precautions to protect the throat. If you don’t already, I highly recommend using a neti pot every morning right when you wake up. This will ensure immune health and prevent colds, which all begin in the back of the throat, by the wayyy! When the moon is in Taurus, we feel extra sleepy. Don’t make ambitious plans, but rather plan to rest, eat good food and catch up with your earth folks.
This is going to be a great quarter moon. Some very fortuitous aspects are at play. One involves the moon herself, the other does not. That other aspect is a conjunction between Pluto and Mercury in Capricorn. This is the formidable commingling of the mind (Mercury) and our deepest soul drive to understand, to transform, to evolve (Pluto). We can accomplish incredible things under this influence. As for the moon, she’ll form a near-perfect trine to Saturn in Capricorn. Holy earth day! Yes, we might feel heavy and lazy, but there is potential to get some serious work done. With all these planets dancing together so harmoniously in earth constellations, we can shape, mold, manifest anything we please on the terrestrial level. This means peace in work/financial life. This means abundance and stability.
The moon enters Gemini on Jan 26, staying here until Jan 28, then moving on to Cancer. When the moon is “at home” in Cancer, we are especially sensitive and prone to mood swings. On Jan 30 the moon enters Leo. This marks the official beginning of the lunar eclipse period. Energy will be vastly heightened at this time. Prepare for cosmic inundation!? Be strong with Taurus Yoga. To find your personal moon sign, click here.