Winter feels like it may finally be retreating. The clouds are clearing, the skies are blue again and the harsh freezing winds are becoming “almost-but-not-quite-yet” spring breezes.There’s a fresh optimism pushing out the wintery need to snuggle, be cozy and stay warm.
As the Sun shows up earlier, hangs around later and gives us more daylight, we have choices to make about which projects to start and who we give our spring-time energy to. We can use this warmer weather to plant our personal seeds- both veggie and spiritual- in preparation for the spring/summer season. Or, we can frolic freely in the sun’s rays with no concerns for what we will or won’t reap when the weather changes once again.
This New Moon is part of a Pisces stellium (a grouping of three or more planets) that is residing in the 2nd House of Taurus. The energy is strong and is directing us to embrace our human existence as we connect with other community-focused souls and calibrate what’s needed for our collective futures. The name of the game is resources- spiritual, emotional and material and how we acquire, store and share them. How we choose to play the game is up to us but our choices will have an effect on more than our individual self.
Surrounded by Neptune (the planet ruler of Pisces) the Sun and Venus, this New Moon shows us that we’re connected in so many ways. The way we communicate, stockpile our resources, maintain our homes and show up for others is a direct reflection of how we feel about ourselves ie. our self-worth. Good food, good music and good times are great- it’s how we share space and align, but are we prepared for when the socializing is over? Spending all that we’ve got to hang out, only to be too broke to get home may feel Piscean- who worries about tomorrow when we’re all so connected today- but it moves against Taurean sensibility. To not be self-contained, self-nurturing and emotionally self-reliant seems a rather high price for the Taurean Bull to pay.
The intensity of these four planets-Venus, Neptune, Sun and Moon- in the 2nd House points to the things that make us feel stable and secure ie. the foundation we stand on and how we manage our hard worked for and hard earned resources- money, food, home. Showing up for others is only productive when we’ve done the work of showing up for ourselves. After all, we don’t plan and work hard for the things we don’t feel we’re connected to and deserving of.
Watery Pisces (Venus, Neptune, Moon, Sun) wants us to find our connective happiness, while earthy Taurus (2nd House) wants us to take careful stock of the seeds we’re planting for the future and what those yields may be. Because there’s a much larger picture that requires the few to dream big enough for everybody, we’re being urged to stretch our winter limbs and wake up our emotional radar to find and connect with folks that feel like family and help bring these big dreams to fruition.
Humans aren’t meant to be alone for the sheer sake of survival and being in communion with others is how we gauge where we are on our personal journeys. Although searching for this familiar/familial energy feels prescient and urgent- we’ve had a year of Covid lockdown on top of our usual winter hibernation and the need to socially connect is strong- the New Moon asks us to slow our collective roll to fully digest how comfortable and prepared we are to show up and be present in public spaces.
By looking across the wheel at the polarity of the 8th House, (natural home to Scorpio and it’s planet ruler of Mars), we see an empty house with no planetary placements at the time of the New Moon- but don’t let the “empty” house fool you. More than a vacant “pie piece”, vacant houses are open and allowing- almost as if anything is possible. The lack of opposing planets means there’s less conflict, we’re able to explore and discover- and in this case an open 8th House pushes us to explore and discover what’s hidden and a bit taboo about ourselves.
The 8th House gets a bad rap. The prevailing narrative is one of being hungry for power, deception, manipulation, death and sex. In this narrative there’s nothing but destruction, money problems, insecurity and a neurotic need to be in control of how others see us. When 8th House placements are in a natal chart or come up in a reading folks tend to think death is on the horizon- for them or someone they love, and that they’re surrounded by lies.
In truth, the 8th House is where we make our greatest strides in our Astrological evolution. There is death in the 8th House yes, but in a more cyclical way. The death of old habits, outgrown relationships, changes in our lives that seek to push out what no longer serves us. Personal growth can be gradual or take place in dramatic shifts. With the 8th house open and clear this New Moon, it allows us to focus on what we have and how we can use our resources to establish and reinforce our self- confidence, ie. strengthening our base.
Use these tentative “pre-spring” days to take stock of your material and emotional resources- how prepared are you for the coming days of Spring and Summer and the inevitable Winter that will follow? Are you confidently coming out into the world to bring your talents to the table to share with others? Or, are you showing up hungry for external validation?
External validation is tricky- on one hand it can affirm what we think about ourselves to help us gauge how we’re moving through the world. On the other hand the real goal is to fine tune our internal barometers so that we’re full, self-reliant, self-sustaining and don’t rely on the fickle opinions of others. The goal is to expand the way we see ourselves by refining our self-reliance, redefining our self-image and strengthening our self-confidence because our self-worth is how we feel about ourselves after all.