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Beltane, Eclipses and Beauty - Oh My!

This Sunday, May 1st, is the pagan holiday known as Beltane, or May Day. It falls halfway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice, and in the Wheel of the Year, Beltane marks the moment when the Maiden Goddess marries the Green Man and is impregnated by him. It celebrates life in its most abundant, fertile, luscious, and sensual. Astrologically, we are in the midst of Taurus Season, and the themes of Taurus all echo this ancient mythology.

Meanwhile, Venus this week is transiting through Pisces, passing over both Neptune on Wednesday and Jupiter on Thursday in this sign of dreamy compassion and ideal love. This could be a sparkling week for romance, but it is just as likely to be one of more spiritual compassion, a feeling of connectedness to all living things.

Whether the good vibes are directed at the object of one’s affection or for the beauty of Nature unfolding around us, we can expect this week to be more of the dreamy, idealistic, visionary vibes we’ve been experiencing much of April. It is a magical time, where possibility seems endless and intuitive ability is at an all-time high.

This is particularly true because we are headed toward the New Moon in Taurus this week as well. In the Lunar Cycle, the New Moon is a time of going within, of connecting to our innermost self, of shedding and releasing anything that no longer serves us as we prepare for a fresh start in the sign of Taurus.

To make it even more powerful, there is also a partial Solar Eclipse accompanying this New Moon. Astrologically, eclipses occur when the Sun and Moon fall in the same sign as the Nodes - the North Node and the South Node, or the Dragon’s Head and the Dragon’s Tail, as they are called - which are points in the sky at which the orbit of the Moon around the Earth intersects with that of the orbit of the Earth around the Sun.

For approximately 18 months, the Nodes reside in a particular zodiac axis, that is, two opposing signs. In 2022, that is the Taurus-Scorpio axis. This is the axis of resources, of holding on as well as letting go. This particular eclipse will only be visible either very far north or south, but we will notice its impact nonetheless. It falls with the North Node, the Dragon’s Head, in the sign of Taurus. The North Node indicates where, on an evolutionary level, our soul is headed.

After all of the chaos, destruction, unsavory truths of the last few years and our nation’s Pluto Return, we are being asked to create something new. Something beautiful. Something hopeful. This is Venus-ruled Taurus: its fertility, its abundance, its belief in a world that is creative and loving.


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