NEW MOON IN TAURUS
First, a few brief announcements:
I’m co-teaching a workshop with my dear friend, the astrologer Colin Bedell (aka QueerCosmos) about Mercury / Mercury Retrograde. It’s on zoom via Unplug Meditation on May 22nd. We have a blast together and we have different approaches to astrology, so I think this workshop will be quite cool. Details and sign up here.
Michael Newton and I just released the first issue of our new digital magazine, ASPHALTE w/ really amazing contributors — art, music scores, poems, etc. You can read the first issue here. IG: @asphalte.magazine
As I write this, the moon is nearly new in the sign of Taurus, moon inching closer to the sun. They’re beside each other, almost touching when I look at the glyph chart.
If the new moon were part of a book, it would maybe be the introduction, clues about what’s going to happen contained in the first few pages, moments of a lunar cycle. In the introduction to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s collection of essays Touching Feeling, she writes: “Among the forms of stubbornness this book embodies (yes, I’m a Taurus), one of the most obvious is its fixation on a small number of theoretical texts….”
I like her Taurus confession, and that she speaks of “forms of stubbornness” that a book can “embody.” Taurus, a fixed earth sign, is a kind of container or a form….
“FORM,” writes Anne Dufourmantelle, “is not a static given; it is that by which variation becomes visible; it is the frame of the image that traverses the same landscape over and over again, ceaselessly."
Repetition and difference, visible variation, a frame which traverses, the new moon in Taurus. Who or what is knocking on the door? Which frame? Whose? What variation becomes visible as the moon repeats the cycle each month, cruising through the same degrees differently?
Back to Eve Sedgwick’s introduction to Touching Feeling, where she writes that the book is less interested in “beyond” or “beneath.” Instead: BESIDE: “Beside is an interesting proposition also because there’s nothing very dualistic about it…” and beside “comprises a range of desiring, identifying, representing, repelling….”
Astrology is also a spatializing discipline — a generative clue, a textured pom pom that’s easy to forget if we’re thinking of the cosmos as (only) internal, psychological, or pointing to some world beyond or beneath this one. The houses and the signs exist beside one another, variations in light and texture.
And on the new moon, the sun and the moon are BESIDE one another, the moon darkened by the sun’s rays. And as vaccines continue to roll out, we will be beside one another, differently spaced.
In the ancient astrological texts, the moon is said to be “exalted” i.e. lifted on high in the sign of Taurus. This doesn’t mean anything “good” or “bad” about the Taurus moon’d person or moment. But: it offers sweet information about the astrological moon itself, how it likes to be notated and housed, what textures it might have an affinity for.
The moon is extra lunar today because exaltations and falls are both said to be of a lunar nature, so: given to change, flux, flow, touching-feeling, slippage. It’s not: exalted = good and fall = bad. More like: exaltations and falls are different moments in the same texture. They’re always becoming each other. Depends on the frame, speed, ride, light. When we get beside the moon instead of claiming it as ours, we can maybe see it better, its surface marks which tell a whole story about endurance and light and recording. As it moons around us.
What’s around us? What’s around the moon? What repeats and in repeating, makes variations? The moon is the record of the time, the textured body of itself. The moon is the moon!