by Amber R. Balk, Ph.D.
Today’s New Moon occurred at 21 degrees of Taurus.
I had hoped that this New Moon would bring the pleasures of Venus-ruled Taurus–
hedonistic indulgences, creature comforts, and down-to-earth abundance.
Venus has already ingressed from Taurus into Gemini,
so I figured there would be an uptick of communication–
messages, emails, phone calls, and the busy buzzings of progressing spring.
Only about a month and a half until summer solstice, after all…
However, it seemed to me that the energies of Mars and Uranus took over.
Mars and Uranus combined can bring shocking events, sudden disruptions, erratic actions, impulsive and aggressive events.
(This combo can also be fun, exciting, and innovative… Just sayin’…)
Today’s headlines provided plenty along Mars/Uranus lines,
and these were not along the more pleasant manifestations:
Sudden fuel shortages in the US due to a pipeline hack
(leading to fuel hoarding and various unexpected delays and disruptions).
Bombings in conflict between Israel & Palestine (more here).
Another round of heightened tensions that result in explosions, fear, and fatalities.
Sudden eruption of bodies in the sacred Ganges river.
Sudden shortage of wood for India’s massive cremation needs as the country suffers another devastating wave of COVID-19.
These are the stories that caught my eye this morning.
I felt deeply saddened.
Along with these signatures of Mars and Uranus is definitely a heavy dose of the underworld tone of Pluto.
Pluto is currently trine Sun, Moon, & Venus.
Desperate attempts to survive.
Desperate attempts to deal with the aftermath of nightmarish conditions.
I didn’t feel much like writing today.
It was too much.
As I prepared my notes, I noticed I was especially drawn to listen to music with a distinctly juxtaposed vibe.
I was turning to the love songs of the 1960s for solace.
And it helped.
I wasn’t escaping the horrific realities. It was all still there; no denying that.
However, I was singing about love.
Songs of longing, of loneliness, but mostly of sweet, sweet, absolutely over-idealized love.
This made me wonder how Neptune was playing into the mix, and sure enough the Sun is sextile Neptune today.
So, I put together a sweet, sublime, comforting playlist of beautiful 1960s love songs to share (click here for my Spotify playist: Neptunian Reprieve).
Maybe we can sing these songs and tap into a Neptunian ideal that will transport us into a world where love rules, even if just for a moment.
And maybe that love can somehow help heal our war-torn, conflict-ridden, ruthless human world.
Maybe if we generate love it can somehow transmit to those who are afraid and suffering.
I don’t know what else to do but sing.
Amber R. Balk, Ph.D. is a transpersonal educator, writer, researcher, and independent consultant who combines diverse educational and professional backgrounds to provide well-rounded and unique individual and group psychospiritual services. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.