By Brandon Alter:
The New Moon in Taurus is a portal to rekindle your relationship with the Earth. And without the Earth, there would be no Astrology, there would be no Tarot, there would be no Shamanism or Crystals or Magick Candles, and so on and so forth. This New Moon wants to remind you of your inextricable link to this planet we call home. Taurus is a fixed Earth sign, meaning it is the most grounded, deeply rooted and fully present energy of the Zodiac. If Aries asks the question, "Who am I?" then Taurus asks the question, "Where am I?" It’s not enough to know who you are, you must learn where you are and what you stand for.
Taurus Season is our opportunity to take action from our new identity, to evolve our lofty ideas from an intellectual exercise into a generative practice.
The image I received for this New Moon was of a person crawling out of a grave. That, in and of itself, feels very Taurus: to emerge from the dirt, reborn, and gaze up toward the sky. But there’s a deeper communication happening with this symbol. You see, Taurus and Scorpio, as polar opposites, are linked signs. Together they create the continuum of death and rebirth, light and darkness. Remember when you were young and you thought that if you dug deep enough you could reach the other side of the world? Well, in Astrology, that’s actually true. If you go deep enough in Taurus, you end up in Scorpio and vice versa. Scorpio teaches us the necessity of death to release that which no longer serves. Scorpio turns inward, Taurus opens outward. Taurus teaches us the value of new life. Together, Taurus and Scorpio speak the language of transformation, how we continue to evolve and expand or else decay and contract.
This New Moon is both a grave for your old, tired shit and the birth canal for your fresh awakening. Can you become more aware of how interconnected we all are? Can you begin to see yourself deeply mirrored in the natural world? Taurus is ruled by Venus, goddess of love, and as a result this sign’s energy is incredible sensual, seductive, fleshly, and lavish. The more you can relate to your body as a little Earth, orbiting around all the other little Earths, the more truly yourself you will become. And because your flesh is made up of the same cosmic stuff as the wind, the trees, the mountains, and the ocean, your body is an incredibly psychic instrument. Unlike the mind, which deceives easily, the body cannot lie. This New Moon could initiate your psychic body into deeper levels of awareness, but you must pay attention. Where Scorpio dives into deep waters to experience psychic downloads, Taurus knows that the same level of insight is available in the physical world. We need not ignore our reality to perceive a deeper layer of existence. All we need to do is wake up our skin and tune in.
When we go against nature, we go against ourselves. In the dark of this New Moon, we can start to see where we have been sabotaging our own best interests. This is the moon to get right with Mother Nature and your own nature. Where does your food come from? What about the crystals you love so much? How are you actively participating in caring for this larger body we call Earth? We can no longer afford to be passive consumers. We must be Earth warriors. We must become conscious of the debt our own life creates. If we can wake up to the crisis that we are in now, right now, there may be some chance that we can change the story to come. But if we remain in fear and denial, we will turn our back on the thing we love the most, the source of our own life. I mention this not to guilt or shame you into changing your ways. I am writing this because there is no more joyful experience of life than when you are truly working with yourself and nature. And the New Moon in Taurus believes you are ready for that bliss.
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Tarotscopes, May 2019
Please find your individual Tarotscopes below.
Read for your Sun sign and consider it your outer compass for the next moonth.
Read for your Moon sign and consider it your inner compass for this next moonth.
COLLECTIVE CARD FOR THE MOONTH
Two of Swords
This New Moon feels BIG, bigger than your usual New Moon. So this moonth’s collective card was pulled in response to this specific question: HOW CAN WE WORK WITH THE ENERGY OF THIS NEW MOON? The card I pulled was the Two of Swords. Two of Swords is a stalemate. It’s a draw. It’s two tectonic plates trying to force the other to shift. There’s no forward movement available in this card. You can’t go forward, you can’t go backward. The only place you can go is inward.
This card is known as the meditation card; its invitation is into non-action, to be still, contemplative and passive. This card is the space between stories. It’s allowing the chrysalis to form. Simply put, this moon doesn’t want your rituals or your ceremonies. It wants your attention and your presence. Nature speaks in a language we are continuing to remember. Only in silence can we translate the message she is trying to convey. This Taurus New Moon wants silence, stillness, and deep contemplation. Are you brave enough to sit under the dark sky and listen? Will you give up the show, the elaborate distractions, and simply feel into all the energy around you? Feel the pulse of your own blood and feel for the pulse of the moon. Find the invisible bridge between the outer world and your inner heart, and you will be walking through the two of swords.
Ten of Pentacles (Reversed)
This is your Season, shining Taurus, and you plan to enjoy it, don’t you? The Ten of Pentacles is everyone’s favorite card. Why? Because it’s the abundance card. It speaks to the fruits of your labor finally ripening, and there’s more than enough to go around. Remember that Pentacles speak to our physical reality, our bodies, bank accounts, careers, and so on. With the Ten of Pentacles, you can be sure that your hard work is going to get noticed—your initial investment is about to pay out with dividends.
The Ten of Pentacles is so sweet a card that even a reversal can’t stop its party. But the reversal may imply that you are having some trouble trusting the abundance showing up at your door. Perhaps the work for you this season, gentle Taurus, is to really receive how far you’ve come. You see, Pentacles isn’t just talking about cash and prizes; at its core, this suit speaks to us about the work our soul came here to do. And you’ve been working a deeper journey lately. This card is a sign that your efforts are not in vain, but you must be the one to stop, face yourself, and receive your own progress.
The most important path the Ten of Pentacles speaks to is the one of gratitude. We are what we pay attention to. Take this moonth and count your blessings—literally, out loud. Even if your savings account is meager, the abundance of nature never fails. The sun rises and sets each day, the cactus flowers are blooming, and you are beautiful. Take stock of your riches, and you will feel rich. This is the season for luxury, excess, and sensual pleasures: remember, as Coco Chanel said, "The best things in life are free; the second best are very expensive."
Ten of Swords
The Buddhists are experts in suffering. They respect it. They accept it. They live their lives trying to root it out at its source. What most Buddhist practices teach is that our suffering is created out of our attachment. The Ten of Swords is where we feel the extent of those attachments. The Ten of Swords is simultaneously the pinnacle of our suffering and the absolute release of it. Remember that Swords speak to our mental realm. Swords are the stories we tell ourselves, they are our identities. The Ten of Swords is when we realize how hung up we’ve been on maintaining these stories instead of just living our lives.
In my book, which I swear I’m writing, this card is actually good news. The Ten of Swords only shows up when you are ready and able to step out of your old wheel of suffering. You’ve stabbed yourself enough, sweet Gemini, time to pull the swords out one at a time and feel the sweet relief of being your true self. Swords can also be the masks we wear, the modulations in our personality that we intuit others require. Well, I’m telling you, gentle Gemini, it will never be easier to burn every mask you’ve ever worn than right now. Trust the Ten of Swords and burn all your false selves to the ground.
At its essence, the Ten of Swords is a moment when we are fully aware of our mental gymnastics. This is a graduation of the mind. Spend this moonth observing how attached you are to other people’s opinions and points of view, notice how entrenched you’ve become in your own personality. You can be free if you want to be free. Simply say, "fuck it" and start being yourself, as you are, moment to moment. No attachments, no script, and best of all, no suffering. Remember, only your authentic self can win your true life. If it’s meant for you, there’s nothing you can do to fuck it up—and if it’s not meant for you, no amount of panache can bring it around.
Eight of Pentacles
Buckle up, cute Crab, it’s time to get to work. The Eight of Pentacles means you are going to be a busy little bee this moonth, working on your craft and keeping your bank account in the black. But there’s more to life than just the grind, am I right? So the real invitation here is to make sure your work is continuing to deepen. The Eight of Pentacles is where we begin to develop more refined skill in our area of expertise. That may mean your current projects are challenging you to move beyond your comfort zone. Don’t panic! I can feel you panicking. You are ready for this leveling up.
Eights in the Tarot are mega expansions. They show up when we are ready to grow outside the box. It’s an expansion we couldn’t prepare for or predict. This is the moment when all your hard work and technique gives birth to something unexpected and divine. That’s not to say there may not be a few stumbles here and there. But that’s how you learn a new way, by tripping, falling, and getting right back on path. Fours in the Tarot are foundations. Eights are the double foundation. What you do now is creating your new professional and creative foundation for years to come.
Here’s the deal: you’re already pretty fucking accomplished. You have a big bag full of neat tricks. But if you keep using only those tricks, people will eventually figure out how you made the magic happen. Any true professional knows that if we aren’t growing, we are stagnating—and that shit is stinky, gurl. Use this moonth, use the challenges in front of you, to figure out ways to become even better at your job. Being busy has no intrinsic value. But since you’re gonna be busy as hell this moonth, you might as well use these opportunities to level up your game.
Page of Pentacles
A few years ago I made a radical decision. I chose to forgive my parents of their shortcomings. I released them of their responsibility to parent me in any way. I took the Earth as my mother, the Sky as my father. And I just let my Mom and Dad be these cool people in my life who love the hell out of me. I have to tell you, this simple act did wonders for our relationship. Now, it’s not like I told either one of them about this. But for me, I had to stop getting stuck on where they would fuck up. By allowing myself to be a child of the Earth and the Sky, instead of a child of Bill and Barbara (not their real names!) I began to feel a freedom I had never felt before. This is the freedom the Page of Pentacles offers.
You see, this card is the double Earth card of the deck. Pentacles are Earth and the Pages are Earth. When this card shows up, the Earth is trying to get your attention. Perhaps you’ve been feeling like life is out of control, perhaps you’ve been feeling disconnected—Earth will fix that. This moonth is all about getting your feet in the dirt and grounding yourself. When you start to spin off the deep end, get outside, breath clean air, hug a tree (no, seriously, hug a damn tree, you’ll feel so much better).
In the Tarot, the Pages function as the openers and the grounders of the deck. The Page of Pentacles is opening you and grounding you to the element of earth. Now that you are aware of what your work in the world will entail, you need to find a sustainable and measured way to move toward the fulfillment of your goals. Nature moves at its own pace. Learn from the different flowers; they never bloom before their time. Accomplishment comes from a pure source, reconnect to yours, and there will be plenty to celebrate soon.
The Hermit (Reversed)
This is your card, capable Virgo! Literally, the Hermit is the card connected to Virgo in the Tarot. So why is your birth card showing up? Maybe because, as a compatriot Earth sign, Taurus season is an opportunity to touch your own essence after a few months of fog and confusion. Being presented with your own card can act as a mirror to remind you who you really are. And if you aren’t sure who you really are, the Hermit can help. The Hermit appears when we are ready to completely turn inward and follow our heart.
Some Tarot readers see this card