Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.
“If you would see a man’s heart, knock him down. Then observe how he rises. If you would see his soul, do it a thousand times more.” – Lance Conrad, “The Price of Nobility”
Effective Date: April 26, 2017, 6 degrees Taurus
Are you going to get back up? Come on, we’re not even close to being done with this fight, and more opponents are gearing up to join you in the ring! The problem is that you’ve allowed yourself to become another of those enemies and have begun self inflicting damage because you’ve just fucking had it – you just want to go to sleep now. The problem is, once it’s over it’s over, and you will destroy the bliss alongside the pain; they literally cannot exist without each other. There will be “nothing” as opposed to pure ecstatic illumination. You must decide that life is worth fighting for, that your puddle of depression is because you truly want to live and experience the vastness of life, then you’ll regain strength if you’ll keep trying to ignite that fire – no matter how many times you’ve fucked it up. Persistence and friction is what gets the fire going and what will warm your bones and help you get through, but you need to stop being one of your own worst enemies first. Your ideas and your dreams may crumble – things you fought hard to uphold may turn to shit and ideologies you thought you backed fully may be infested with armies of psychos, but what you must realize is that the map is not the territory. Ideology is not reality, and pain and suffering must exist in order for there to be transformation, that great fire of cleansing, that transformation that is eternal. It’s always painful and bloody to birth, but if you remain static and choose to be unmovable, you also choose death. You have to breathe through it and suck up the pain to create something beautiful. You must allow the old to crumble away and for the new to enter you – that is the only way to breathe life back into your body. Now get the fuck back up, and let’s face this new moon, Heretics!
The Sun (Temperance), The Moon (5 of Swords), and Mars (Knight of Cups)- The Sun as Temperance asks us to review our actions and create a plan. There is a formula to be learned here, and we may have missed it by freaking the fuck out instead of focusing. Panic will only make figuring out how to obtain your needs all the more stressful. It’ll give you half the brain capacity instead of allowing you the flow of your entire mind. One step of the formula at a time; move too fast and you cause an explosion, and move too slow and the chemicals don’t mix correctly and you create poison. It really is an art-form to know exactly what you need to do, how you need to do it, and in what order. Taurus demands that you develop a pace. But first, you have to muster up some more of that spirit and keep on rising every morning, even if you really, really don’t want to. I know, I’m asking for the fucking impossible when the hoards from the autumn/winter have been keeping you seized up behind your castle walls for gods’ know how long and you are running out of provisions and eating shoe leather, but truly the only way to have a “break through” is to fucking BREAK THROUGH. So take on the persona of the mighty bull, and fucking charge even if you are bloody and battered! Charge like your life depends on it, because it does.
5 of Swords. This New Moon has a heavy Ceres, thus Plutonian, influence on it, meaning we have a lot of Underworld energy in the air. Death and “taxes”, lovelies, that is what Pluto rules – and at some point the planets Ceres and Pluto shared the same area of space – then separated. That is, earth and our experience of it and the underworld split. You will want to pound on the doors of fate, but this new moon is here to teach us that there surely is a thing called permanence. You can actually fuck things up, and fuck them up for good, and lose people and by that lose them forever. Well, at least in the form you are familiar with them in. Although our universe is perhaps eternal, there is also the paradox of impermanence within that eternal world. The thing that we must learn when we become seekers is that the things we see will surely hurt us in some way. In Tarot, the suit of swords also rules over “truth” because truth is a cutting bitch. There is no amount of logical reasoning that can keep you away from the pain that you feel when you witness harsh truths about yourself and those around you, but you must keep up the perseverance during this moon. Things are going to die, people are going to die, dreams are going to die, but this is what is needed right now. This is the shedding of the skin before the Scorpio Full Moon on May 10 when your next transmutation will begin, and you must be open to it in order to reap the benefits. You have to make peace with death, with permanence, with the physical world.
Knight of Cups. I can’t make you want to live on this planet. That has to be your choice. You have to be here and fight and push because there is that deep longing inside of you, like the Knight of Cups, for some spiritual truth. Thankfully we have Mars in Gemini to help us out a little. You aren’t stuck. You are going to be able to see the myriad of other options available for you, and opportunity will come out of fucking nowhere. Even though it’s Taurus season, things are going to be moving fast. You are going to get pushed toward the things you truly desire more than ever – and not just the fake ass plastic shit that will fulfill you for a few months and then rot your soul. No, this is Taurus season, it’s going to be the things that are going to nourish you to the core.You just have to have the stamina to push through and take the opportunities when they are presented to you. Yeah, in essence, I am asking for a bit of masochism from you, but afterword I promise you that you will see exactly why you had to suffer. Work hard, Heretics, and don’t slow down. Keep the pace, fight the bandits that try and hop on your train, and keep fucking going. Be like a Captain on a capsizing ship and fight like hell to keep your crew alive. You must keep inspired no matter the costs, no matter how bleak things may look, because this is Star Year and your faith in yourself and those you love is exactly what is being challenged in 2017.
Mercury (3 of Wands), Venus (8 of Cups), Saturn (9 of Wands), Uranus (Page of Cups)- Holy fuck, how many times do you have to be given vision before you actually act on it? I know, you’re tired, you’re always tired, because we live in a society that enslaves us into a paradigm that none of us truly feel comfortable in. We all know this is not the way things are suppose to be, so we whine and we pound our fists and hide under our covers and hope that others will do the work for us. I’m sorry, but if you shut yourself up in your high tower you will eventually starve and you will be deemed quite the coward by humans of the future. Who are the people we remember from the past, the ones who holed themselves up and quit or the ones who fought back against the system even if it got them burned at the stake? A lot of people are learning this lesson under our current political climate. If you sit back and laugh at the goons thinking that taking them as a joke will suddenly banish them, you are wrong, my friend.Giving the psychos space only spoils the pot, and just as a forest must cleanse itself with fire, so you must cleanse your life. This moon is asking for heroic bravery and a fight until your very last drop of blood.
Saturn Rx /Uranus/Venus (shadow period)/Mercury Rx will all be in fire signs, asking us to scorch the earth (yes, Taurus New Moon and Sun). It is time to start plan B, Heretics, and we must be far more assertive about our needs than we were before. We are literally re-molding ourselves once again, and we are remolding the cultural paradigm in the process. We cannot allow our Mother, the earth (macro), and our lives (micro) to be hijacked by scavengers. This is your home. This is your life. Fight for it, fight for your resources, fight for your chance to grow and to love and to expand. No one else is going to pick up the plow for you and til your field. This is your responsibility. You have a philosophy, now stick to it. You have a dream, now fight for it. There is a burning fever to this moon, even though it is in an earth sign – it almost reminds me of a rumbling volcano. Venus did her little dance and retrograded through our lives and showed us how we can live in delusions, how we can value things and people that truly don’t value us back. Now fucking stop it. Kill the past, cut the cord, stop moping about what could have been and how horrible things are, and start in this very exact moment. Where do we go from here? How do we survive this storm against our world and resources? Stop ignoring your intuition, stop ignoring your place in the battle, and pick up the goddamn sword and help fight – we are all under siege, so we can’t be fucking butchering each other. Stop forgetting who your allies are, and stop forgetting who your enemies are.
Jupiter (7 of Pentacles), Neptune (8 of Wands), Pluto (5 of Pentacles)- Money money money (or some random ass resource or opportunity), honey, and it will be coming out of pretty much nowhere. Snatch it up, darlings, for it’s a gift from Jupiter/Ceres/Venus/Pluto. You planeted some seeds a while ago, and now they are coming into fruition. Did someone just enter your life out of fucking nowhere with an opportunity? Are you going to fucking take it? You better. This is the point of your next transformation, and if you aren’t open to killing your past and taking a chance, you wont reap the benefits of this harvest.It takes ages to manifest something, and it takes a keen eye to see when your manifestation is coming into fruition. This will be a great time for eureka moments, especially in regards to redemption. How can you revive your soul and your life? Spring is here, and with it there is life and chance. If you wallow and hide, instead of decide to manifest a new perspective and devise a new story for yourself (try and trying again), you will only slip through the underworld cracks again. Instead, reap the riches of the earth from your last trip into the hell-fire, and put them to good use. Like Persephone, rise like a Queen after the torture you have been through. After everything, you still have your spirit – you still have your pride. Don’t forget the crown on your head, don’t forget your worth, and surely don’t take shit. As long as you have a tiny spark inside of you, there is still a great chance for a magnificent fire to start again.