New Moon in Taurus — April 21, 2012, 07:18 UT

A New Moon is a potent time for new beginnings. The Sabian symbol for the current New Moon at 1+ degrees of Taurus is supporting the idea of a powerful start-up: An electrical storm. Furthermore Mars in Virgo is in direct motion again, after its three months long retrograde period, and forming a favourable trine to the New Moon. Mars helps you to get things done. It is the planet which you use to get what you want. So, you would expect that everything works for you really well at the moment. This is not automatically the case. Let’s take a look at the obstructions.

Mars is conjunct asteroid Psyche, one of the ten most massive main-belt asteroids. Astrologically Psyche represents a vulnerable spot; a sense of a wound which we mistakenly think cannot be healed. Don’t surrender to feelings of powerlessness coming from Neptune opposite and Pluto trine to the Mars-Psyche conjunction. The wound can be healed, though the recovery may take time.

The New Moon is in conjunction with asteroid Tantalus. Tantalus was discovered in 1975 by Charles T. Kowal, who two years later found also Chiron. In mythology Tantalus was a mortal king, who did some bad things against the gods. His eternal punishment in Tartaros was to stand in a water pool beneath a fruit tree. Every time he tried to drink the water, it lowered. Wind blew the branches out his reach whenever he tried to eat. He would always be hungry and thirsty. The word tantalize comes from his name. Asteroid Tantalus indicates times when something that you badly want is just out of your reach.

The combination of Mercury and Uranus in Aries refers to originality and speeds up thinking. You are eager to express your views. Yet you may have difficulties in getting your voice heard, as there is asteroid Kassandra conjoining those two. The asteroid is named after a prophetess in the tales of the Trojan War. She had the gift of prophecy, but no one believed her predictions.

The New Moon in Taurus (the conjunction of the Sun and the Moon), the Mars-Psyche conjunction in Virgo, and Pluto in Capricorn form a grand trine in the earth signs. A grand trine represents patterns that hold, but sometimes are difficult to get out of. The earth signs tend to be cautious. In addition, Saturn has been hanging opposite the Sun like an anchor. This aspect is already receding, but you may still feel some of the weight.

The way out of stuck patterns of a grand trine is a planet at the midpoint of two planets, making sextiles to them and opposing a third. This aspect figure is actually called a kite. Asteroid Panacea in Pisces is at the forementioned midpoint, showing a way. Mars at the tail end acts like a power source.

Panacea is a healing asteroid. It represents cures for all kinds of problems and difficulties. It symbolizes the philosopher’s stone, the legendary alchemical substance which would enable the transmutation of lead into gold. In the chart, asteroid Panacea suggests what you believe it takes to find solutions. Chiron conjunct Panacea adds awareness and healing, Neptune suggests that you can find solutions in your unconscious.

Don’t let frustration take over. Let the kite fly!

2 Responses to “New Moon in Taurus — April 21, 2012, 07:18 UT”

  1. Joel Henry Says:


    Good interpretation, thank you. I was wondering how or where did you get the information on the asteroids. What is the best resource for understanding acquiring the myths of these asteroids. Also what software program details these on a chart?

  2. admin Says:

    Dear Joel,
    Thank you. A good resource for Greek mythology is the Theoi Project, . I use Wikipedia a lot for getting astronomical information, and for mythological as well. The astrological delineations of asteroids go beyond the mythology. Eric Francis, Martha Lang-Wescott, and Demetra George, for example, are astrologers, whose work I trust. The software is Astrolabe’s Solar Fire Gold.
    Thank you for your interest.

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