taurus solar eclipse

collage by Emily

Tonight’s Solar Eclipse is a super-potent New Moon, planting a seed for a new beginning that will develop over the next six months and even the next 19 years.

At every New Moon, the Sun and Moon – the cosmic Father and Mother – unite at the same degree of the zodiac, giving birth to a new cycle. At a Solar Eclipse, their union is so precise (from our perspective on Earth) that the Moon’s shadow temporarily blocks the light of the Sun:  a profound re-setting of consciousness, a regeneration of the creative life force. What wants to be “eclipsed” (released, composted, transformed) to free up energy for a rebirth?

In earthy, sensual Taurus, this Eclipse marks a turning point in our relationship to the material world – our own bodies and the body of our home planet; money, possessions and other resources; food. High-vibration Taurus is the fertile, life-giving Earth Goddess, the Environmentalist, the Lover and Protector of the Natural World.

Shadow Taurus is living large in our culture in the form of treating nature as a “resource” to be consumed and exploited rather than an extension of, and inextricably connected with, our bodies. The illusion of the separate self turns us into “consumers,” stuffing ourselves with food that’s not nourishing, hoarding more and more crap that doesn’t actually make us feel better. “You can never get enough of what you don’t really need,” says mythologist Michael Meade (I’ve been listening to his latest CD, Finding Genius).

It seems appropriate that the Food Revolution Summit, hosted by John and Ocean Robbins and with the tagline “heal your body and the world with food,” coincides with this Taurus Eclipse. I’ve been tuning in intermittently and just this morning heard anti-GMO activist Andrew Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety channeling high-vibration Taurus: “We’re not consumers, we’re creators.

taurusThis Eclipse wants us to tap into that abundant, fertile, flowing creative power that comes from loving and being rooted in our bodies and the Earth. The glyph for Taurus – which looks like the head of the Bull – was also traditionally associated with the female reproductive system, the womb and fallopian tubes. What new life are you incubating in the dark womb of this Eclipse?

For more specific insight into what this Eclipse means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 9 degrees Taurus (that’s 8 degrees 51 minutes, for my fellow Virgos). The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: regenerate your creative power; realign with your values and priorities; reevaluate your needs and let go of what you no longer need but are holding onto out of fear; work on deepening your self-love, self-worth and inner security. The best time for setting intentions is after 11:14 pm (Pacific) tonight, or all day tomorrow (Tuesday).

– Emily Trinkaus