April 16, 2010: Moon conjunct Venus in Taurus

Moon conjunct Venus in Taurus

A beautiful transit that usually happens only once a year.

  • Venus – natural significator of love – is very strong in her own Sign.
  • Moon – natural significator of busyness – is strong in her Exaltation. But she is near the fixed star Algol (26 Taurus), which shows mental distress or faulty thinking.
  • Moon relays the light – or essence – of Venus by sextile dexter to an excellent and serene Jupiter in Pisces. Being in Pisces, Jupiter highly esteems Venus.

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42).

Two sisters, both women of powerful presence, invite an honored guest (Jupiter) to the home they share. He will not be with them – or with the world – much longer, so this will be a visit of singular importance. How should they welcome him? In Martha’s way, making a flustered “to do” out of all the busy work of hospitality (Moon with Algol)? Or in Mary’s way, expressing her love for the guest with her immediate attention (Venus in Taurus)?

In Jesus’ regard, both ways are good (Moon and Venus both highly dignified). But Mary’s way is the better one. Why? Because perfect love (Venus in Taurus) knows what things are worth, and this moment is too precious waste to expend on drudgery. And it’s because Mary’s way gives Jesus the opportunity to honor her in return with his love and respect (Jupiter in the exaltation of Venus).

When you find yourself distracted by many tasks, stop for a moment – interrupt the “complaining mind” – and gently inquire what (or whom… or Whom!) your busyness is ultimately for. Are you serving the kitchen instead of the Guest?

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