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Cultivate more joy by arranging your life so that more joy will be likely. George Witkin

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. Luther Burbank

Would that the little flowers were born to live conscious of half the pleasure which they give. Longfellow

Cultivate peace first in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness, and jealousy. Then only those who come in contact with you will be benefited by your vibrations of peace and harmony. Sivananda

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity. Vernon Howard

For the benefit of the flowers, we water the thorns, too. Egyptian proverb

Some of the sweetest berries grow among the sharpest thorns. Gaelic proverb

Occuring on April 30 in the US and May 1st in Australia, this new Moon in Taurus is a partial lunar eclipse. The path of the eclipse shadow includes south west south America, the southern Pacific, southern Atlantic and Antartica. It’s not only partial but also very far south and moves across sparsely populated areas. Although this doesn’t necessarily decrease the strength of the effect of the eclipse on people, it does have quite a ‘remote’ feeling about it.

This new moon/partial lunar eclipse feels very promising. Although, as we know, the world is facing some, shall we say, interesting challenges ahead, this is a new Moon that has Venus, the ruler of this Taurean new Moon, exactly conjunct Jupiter on a particularly lovely, fertile and creative Symbol – Pisces 28: A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON. Venus and Jupiter are both benefic planets, and, being exactly conjunct, they can confer luck, love, added benefits, breakthroughs in understandings, renewal of hope and faith, in amongst other things. This conjunction can, also, bring about excesses: Too much food (either good or bad), weight gain, too much spending, too much confidence perhaps, too much of anything. However, I sense that in the main it will bring wonderful things to many as opportunities open up, especially if we have a good rein on our thoughts and emotions – positivity and balance bring good results always, but especially now.

The idea of the Moon holds a very strong role in this period. Neptune is soon to be stationary (and then retrograde) for some months on Pisces 26: A NEW MOON REVEALS THAT IT’S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS (of course, Venus and Jupiter have just recently been on this degree), Pisces 27 is A HARVEST MOON ILLUMINATES THE SKY, and, Pisces 28 is A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON. All these moon degrees at the end of Pisces (and, of course, we know the Sabian Symbols were brought through totally randomly and not in order of the zodiac – so it’s pretty stunning). Further, when the harvest moons literally appear is right at the end of Pisces. Again – stunning.

Neptune, of course, is right there along with this conjunction, Venus and Jupiter having both just passed over it.  We will do well to get a hold of any fantasising that may be leading us astray. Sticking with our intuition and not listening to the monkey mind can work wonders now.  Neptune’s message (and Venus and Jupiter recently) is to see who deserves a place at the table as someone that’s trusted and welcome for the ‘right reasons’. Pisces 25: THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD can see us seeing straight through those who are normally given a place of ‘authority’ – either with or over us directly in our personal lives, or, those who inhabit high places that perhaps they are abusing, rorting or using for their own personal gains.  We are being given opportunities to distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad, the desired vs the undesired, etc. (For those interested – Australia will have a federal election on May 21, so these Symbols are perfectly apt for that).

We also have Mars in Pisces in a sextile with this new Moon. Mars is on another degree that asks that we examine not only others’ actions, but, we can do well (as always) to take a good look at our own motivations, desires, expectations, etc. Mars is on Pisces 12: AN EXAMINATION OF INITIATES IN THE SANCTUARY OF AN OCCULT BROTHERHOOD – this can lead to us thinking that, perhaps, others are judging us, while we might be judging them. Seriously interesting insights can come about with Mars here, and, one of the messages is to follow our own path while being mindful of those others that might be intersecting with ours.

So, this is an excellent time to be seeing through the self-interested and narcissistic traits that might be hanging in the air. Identification of what might have been hidden from us until now can bring big realisations about who and what you really want in your life.

Further to the conjunction of Neptune, Venus and Jupiter in Pisces (a rather ‘dreamy’ alignment for sure!) is the sextile of these planets to Pluto. Pluto is asking (perhaps demanding) that we take a good hard look at what might have been hidden up until now. Pluto is on Capricorn 29: A WOMAN READING TEA LEAVES, and, we will do well to be paying attention to things that, perhaps, others do not so readily see. Again, faith and hope and an adherence to our beliefs and philosophy about life can see us piercing through the veil to things that were previously not very clear.

The Karmic Condition (the previous degree) of Pluto, which is stationary and about to go retrograde, is Capricorn 28: A LARGE AVIARY. This is also the degree of Pluto in the chart of the US. I have long seen the aviary degree as being about social (and other) media. And, of course, we have Twitter (cheep cheep) recently being purchased by Elon Musk (a multi-billionaire – couldn’t get more Pluto than that). Many are concerned about censorship or privacy concerns, or, possibly more importantly, about the power and control of owning Twitter. Only time will tell what will come of this, but, Pluto transiting Capricorn 28: A LARGE AVIARY certainly speaks of many having ‘voices’. Who those many are going to be is going to be interesting. I feel to add that about a year ago, I made the prediction that social media would change in some major way or, take some major hits with some platforms perhaps disappearing altogether.

It’s interesting to note that around eighteen food processing plants have burnt down in the US in the last several months. Along with food shortages (which I made a prediction about in April 2020 and got laughed at on Facebook – go figure) and inflation and trucking issues, etc, we can very reasonably be worried about what is to come. This new Moon holds some promises along the lines of food (at least that’s my hope) = Taurus 11: A WOMAN SPRINKLING LONG ROWS OF FLOWERS and Pisces 28: A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON (Venus and Jupiter), both hold the promise of having our needs fulfilled – often in ways that we may not have suspected. Of course, these Symbols can and do also speak of looking after our health – our physical body. We need good nourishment and good water in order to bloom and grow. So do our creative endeavors.

Bringing some much needed clarity is Uranus conjunct this new Moon. In the days following the new Moon, first the Moon and then the Sun will transit over Uranus. We are likely to get some surprising news, insights, breakthoughs, etc, but, we may need to be ‘rugged up’ for it with Uranus on Taurus 15: A MAN WITH A SILK HAT, MUFFLED AGAINST THE COLD, BRAVES A STORM (this somehow reminds me of the Johnny Depp trial – not that I’m particularly into it or watching it – but, it certainly feels like a ‘storm’ and the need to ‘muffle’ oneself against it).

Mercury’s placement on Gemini 1 gives the feeling of being able to see into other realms that others don’t even know to look. Gemini 1: A GLASS-BOTTOMED BOAT REVEALS UNDERSEA WONDERS is one of the most ‘clair’ Sabian Symbols. We can see, hear, feel and sense things that may take some concentrated attention. We need those ‘goggles’ in place in order to see what’s really going on beneath obvious apparences.

The idea of ‘splitting off’ from some ‘others’ is reinforced by Saturn squaring the nodes (see the Symbols below). Maintaining a sense of balance and being able to see things from all angles really helps, especially with Saturn on Aquarius 25: A BUTTERFLY WITH THE RIGHT WING MORE PERFECTLY FORMED. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily have to reflect politics, although it definitely can, this Symbol can also be about physical, emotional or mental ‘handicaps’ that can have us feeling rather ‘all over the shop’ – finding our center is probably the big message here.

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The Sabian Symbol for the partial lunar eclipse in Taurus is Taurus 11: A WOMAN SPRINKLING LONG ROWS OF FLOWERS – the following is my full interpretation of this degree from my book The Sabian Oracle: 360 Degrees of Wisdom

Commentary: ‘A Woman Sprinkling Long Rows of Flowers’ is a lovely picture of the rewards that come from tending a garden and being responsive to its needs. This takes perseverance and can be hard work as there are weeds or other unwanted elements to keep an eye out for. However, tending to the ‘Flowers’ gives the ‘Woman’ time to pause for a moment and breathe in the beauty of nature and her place in it. She can relax into nature and enjoy the moment as a lot of the hard work is finished; her garden has now come into bloom.

Oracle: This Symbol often speaks of the need to take time to nurture the physical self. Along with smaller, less able things that need care, your body needs water, sustenance and nourishment, too. Drinking plenty of water and nourishing yourself with good food is part of this. Hence there may be the need to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Sometimes the mind needs to take a rest, and the body needs to be allowed to come to bloom and bask a little in the sunlight. Now is the time to enjoy the fruits of one’s work. Also, looking after younger and smaller things so they may grow to maturity and fullness brings its own type of reward. This might require patience and a determination to work at something. Keeping an eye on things that you are responsible for will ensure that they don’t dry out and fade away ahead of, or before, their time. Weeding out undesirable factors is often a necessary part of this process. Taking time out to actually water plants or the garden may bring some wonderful realizations to your life. As fairies and nature spirits are said to live in gardens, meditating whilst ‘Sprinkling’ the garden, or pot plants, may bring nourishing insights to the question that brought you to the Oracle.

Keywords: Having patience and care. Nurturing and fertilizing creativity. External evidence of internal beauty. Looking after small details to reap treasures later. The Tree of Life. Stopping to smell the roses. Paying attention to detail. Flower essences. Sprinkling love and sustenance. Watering and fertilizing. Tending the soil. Care and love.

The Caution: Giving superficial attention just to keep up appearances. Neglect of things once they’re established. Giving up on projects half way through. Dehydration and neglect. Droughts or energy, love or feeling. Neglecting things in favor of other priorities. Water restictions.

The Karmic Condition (the previous degree) of this new Moon is Taurus 10: A RED CROSS NURSE WITH WARM SYMPATHY

This Symbol shows caring, sympathy and nursing others so they may find health and comfort. You probably have a lot of work of your own, but you have to give your time to those needing help first. A great deal of inner healing can be achieved when helping, however, this can be difficult when you have to do too much. You may have to cross over into the ‘dark side’ in order to bring light to situations. Adopt a hands-on attitude to looking after others and ensuring they get their needs met.

Keywords: Unconditional and compassionate understanding and caring. Breaking down the borders between self and others. Always having to find reserves of energy. Looking after people’s physical, emotional, spiritual welfare. Giving and also receiving. Volunteer work. First aid kits. Bedside manners. Having a mission to fulfill. Having a shoulder to cry on.

The Caution: ‘Fussing’ around and doing more than one needs to. Always butting in, even when it’s not necessary or wanted. Being a doormat and doing more than your share. Not caring how others are coping, even when it’s really necessary. Being officious and bossy. Feeling used.

The Quest Degree (the degree following) of this new Moon is Taurus 12: A YOUNG COUPLE WALK DOWN MAIN-STREET, WINDOW-SHOPPING

This Symbol shows an image of a young couple window shopping, imagining and picturing what they want for their future. Some things may be out of reach, but that doesn’t stop you looking, planning and dreaming of what might be. Enjoy the interlude, then get back to your real life where you can take steps to make money or put your plans into actuality rather than just looking. Jealousy and greed can rise up when there seems to be so much, so close.

Keywords: The longing for “things”. The allure of ownership. Consumerism. Trying to raise money. Worrying about the “cost” of things. Weddings and engagements. Credit cards. Finances that are shared. Shared dreams. The future and its possibilities. Young people. Planning. Shopping. The honeymoon period. So much so close and yet so far.

The Caution: Denying happiness because of material deficiency. “Keeping up with the Jones”. Not focusing on your partner/friend. Unsure of where one stands. Being unwilling to commit to anything just yet. Avoiding the heart of one’s relationship. Focusing on the financial side. Issues of ‘who pays for what’. Arguments over money or possessions. Merely ‘Window Shopping’ not committing. Overspending. Being in debt. Monetary distractions. Missed opportunities.


This Symbol speaks of being able to see into things that other people don’t see. You have both the ability and the desire and the lens to be able to pierce beneath outer levels of things in order to get a grasp of what’s going on beneath the surface. It can also show that you look at the issues at hand from an objective, uninvolved perspective. A distant, possibly uninvolved position is probably much safer for you and the situation you are observing. It may be that situations are often out of your natural environment, so this is much safer – for you and those you are watching.

Keywords: Being able to see “within” to forms that are not usually observed by others. Clairvoyance. Observance of psychic phenomena. Connecting with the collective unconscious. Spiritual gifts that enlarge ones perspective. Amusement and wonder at natural beauty. Glass, lenses, refractions of light. Panoramic views. Water. Boats. Vehicles of discovery.

The Caution: Putting up barriers of social safety to avoid involvement in deep emotions. Overemphasis on safety concerns. Watching things from a distance, leading to separation and estrangement. Looking in the wrong direction. Cool, detached attitudes.


This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to analyze things, to consider and draw conclusions from available data, to be perceptive of colors, light refraction or reflection, auras and light. You probably have the ability to break situations down into the simplest components in order to see the full picture. This can and often does lead to a greater understanding of the relationship between the whole and the many parts. Just be careful not to overanalyze, thereby losing the joy that’s inherent in the simplicities of life. Taking a single vision and turning it into many individual streams can be rewarding, but it can also confuse and distract.

Keywords: Spectrum analysis. Color and crystal healing. Rainbows. Light refraction. Side effects. Considering many facets of a situation. Endless opportunities. Optics. Sight. Seeing. Copying and sharing ideas or things. Disseminating information. Auras and aura photography. Triangles. Polarization of light. Reflection. Laboratory tests. Diffracted personality.

The Caution: Locked in to a set of parameters. Over analyzing things. Being blinded by ambition. Daunted by the task ahead. Mirages. Microscopes and binoculars but not seeing things as they really are.

The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occured on the previous degree right before this new Moon – Pisces 28: A FERTILE GARDEN UNDER THE FULL MOON

This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to enjoy nature and to enjoy the fruits of your life, your country, your culture. There’s often a sense that one has all that’s needed, and emotions running high. The “Fertile Garden” signifies that you have things that you need at your disposal. This Symbol has a strong clairvoyant sense to it, with the ability to pick up on subtle energies and life forms in the environment. You’ll get a lot of opportunities to be able to enjoy the moment, but keep a sense of equilibrium, as soon the energy will be on the wane and you’ll have to get back to more practical, everyday tasks.

Keywords: Fullness and fertility. Peak of energy and experiences. Brilliantly active unconscious life. Cycles. Waiting for the right time to approach or handle a situation. The effect of the moon. Astrology and predictive practices. The time for harvesting the rewards of hard work. Nature sprites. Vegetables, herbs and nature’s bounty.


This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to pass the tests that life, other people, spirituality or karma throws at you. You are likely to find at times in your life that you are being judged by those above you. It is difficult to see what their qualifications to judge you are, but this is often the nature of progression through the ranks. People being critical of one another can lead to better behavior, better performances or the like, or it can lead to feeling judged, violated and intruded upon. It can seem as though our lives are like lessons; we are periodically “Examined” to see how we are doing on our course. Be careful not to shut yourself away to avoid being seen or having to endure criticism.

Keywords: The ordeal that comes to any initiate for entrance into higher realms of being. Hermits. Tests, examinations, having to prove oneself. Being judged or being judgmental. Being cross-examined. Rarefied atmospheres that demand personal sacrifice. Initiations. Proving courage and purity. Trials. The attainment of knowledge. Apprenticeships. Being a candidate. Finding out how and where one fits in. One-eyed dedication. Trial by media. Cults. Rituals.

The Caution: Refusing advice. Arrogance. People saying “I told you so”. Invading other’s private space. Hiding away because of fear or social ridicule. Severe trials and tests that strip the joy of life. People assuming they know the truth about others. Fear of failure. Not living up to other’s expectations. Narrow mindedness. Harsh treatment. Going without.

The Caution: Jealous protection of possessions. Not being able to make one’s mind up because of the number of possibilities. Missed opportunities. Difficulty shutting down the mind. Emotions that get out of hand.


This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to find balance, to find your center so that you might be more effective, stable and organized in your life. As the “Butterfly” has a “Right Wing More Perfectly Formed”, you may be applying your rational logical mind out of balance to your intuitive and creative wisdom, or, vice versa. It is often harder to understand your intuitive messages, but reliance on logic can limit your possibilities. However, not applying logic can lead to big problems as well. There can be physical handicaps which may prevent one from truly doing what one wants, or strange imbalances on the spiritual level.

Keywords: Rising above life’s distortions. A need to bring some type of balance to situations. Injuries or problems with hands or arms. One side being more ‘Perfect’ than the other. The ‘Right’ being better than the left. Mutations. Handicaps. Challenges. Disabilities. Impediments.

The Caution: Imbalances and physical distortions. Asymmetry. An imbalance of functions leading to involuntary flapping around. Distortions of reactions or of the truth. Lopsidedness. Hindrances. Being at a disadvantage. Feeling incapacitated.


This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to transcend difficulties and things that lure you off your path and then turning around and being an example to others for how they can live their lives. At times in your life, you may feel that you can no longer survive the roller-coaster ride of your emotions. It is by controlling your “Passions” that you will be able to find an objective position that allows you to understand your life and to move forward. You can benefit everyone by teaching the new wisdom and understanding that come after having gone through some hard life lessons.

Keywords: Conquering one’s base nature. Changing through maturing realizations. Learning lessons the hard way. Realizing it’s time to let go of things that once mattered. Being an example so others may learn. Reforming one’s ways. Dignity. Guidance. Turning around. Dropping the lower ego or society. Leading a monastic life. Showing what you’ve learnt.

The Caution: Giving up on emotional growth. Being dissatisfied with life. Being forced to perform for another’s benefit. Sticking to things that are no longer worthwhile. Stubborn refusal to move forward. Misguiding others. Severe reactions.


This Symbol implies having to brave times of hardship and discomfort, while still having to remain confident and somewhat cheerful, even though one is unable to avoid the difficulty. There is the constant possibility of having to weather storms while maintaining that all will be ok in the end. Showing determination, confidence and hope for the future will help you move forward and it will encourage those around you at the same time. Wearing your best outfit while showing a brave face will win the respect of others who may not be aware of how difficult things really can be for you.

Keywords: Inner poise being more important than outer appearances. Braving stormy weather. Ploughing on through difficulties. Being willing to weather storms and take on the hard times. Having tasks or errands to perform when one would rather not. Hats, scarves and muffles. Sudden change of circumstances.

The Caution: Not showing your true feelings. Superficial shows of strength. Not noticing things improving. Always battling the “elements”. Complaining and whining instead of getting on with the task at hand. Wanting to be pampered and not face up to life’s storms. Considering appearance before all else. Superficiality. Insufficient or inappropriate clothing or apparel. Refusing to protect one’s self from cold or harm.

Neptune is on Pisces 25: THE PURGING OF THE PRIESTHOOD

This Symbol shows the ability, or the need, to be able to see through those who hold important positions yet abuse trust or those who make great claims but don’t live up to them. At regular times in your life, you’re likely to find yourself leaving others behind, kicking them out, or experiencing falls from grace. Periodically, there is a need to examine moral and spiritual sincerity. It is easy to allow those who don’t really belong to stay because of familiarity or habit. We can lose sight of the ideal through our rationalizing intellect, ego and emotive passion. There is a need to cleanse and purify your life, leading to better spiritual values. What side of the “Purging” are you on? Are you the one with the ‘right motives’? Who’s in charge?

Keywords: Revealing the truth of people for who and what they truly are. Cutting people off. Throwing out things that don’t measure up. Forced retirement and redundancies. Payouts at the end of employment. Dismissals. Opting out for moral reasons. Being fired. Holes left where someone took up a lot of space.

The Caution: Stressful battle over who’s in charge. Blackmail. The threat of being thrown out. Something being revealed. Evicting people because they deceive, lie or mislead or just because they’re not liked. Bringing somebody down. Scapegoating others. Corruption and scandal that threaten collapse. Wanting to appear to be doing the right thing. Coverups. The burning of books. Perversion.

Pluto is stationary and turning retrograde on Capricorn 29: A WOMAN READING TEA LEAVES

This Symbol shows the ability to, or the need for, being able to see things that others miss, and being able to use the intuition in order to receive the gifts that divination can bring. While others just see something simple like a tea cup, you can have the ability to weave a story for yourself and others about how life will, or can, be. One has to put aside skepticism and be able to embrace trust and intuitive knowing in order to be able to listen to the messages that are around you. Be open to seeing meaning through the catalyst of the simplest of everyday events. You will receive messages, if you are open to ‘seeing’ the signs. You may have to deal with skeptical people in your life.

Keywords: Symbolism opening pathways to the spiritual center. Seeing the signs. Seeing signatures in small things that others miss. Intuition and clairvoyance. Creative visualization. Tea leaves and coffee grinds. Non verbal cues. Rituals. Tea and sympathy. Fathoming the depths of simple things. Predicting the future. Seeking guidance and changes of fortune.

The Caution: Reliance on superstition or esoteric advice. Constantly seeking assurance. Taking things literally, not symbolically. Looking for answers or significance everywhere. Small rewards for talents that should be more respected.


This Symbol shows that there is likely to be tense emotion, particularly around relationships. There can be a sense of tension, fear and passion. Situations may arise where something or someone can try to come between you and a beloved. This can be a person, an event or an emotion. You may need to learn to let go and find new depths to your ways of relating and relationships. Are you looking for your Garden of Eden?

Keywords: Enticement. Allurement. Revealing archetypal knowledge that may not be “socially acceptable”. Temptations. The Adam and Eve story. Jealousy. Sexual instincts. Life and death issues. Relating based on control. Kundalini energy. Realizing polarity. Individuation. Eating the Apple. The “knowledge of good and evil”. Having one’s eyes opened. Marking one’s territory.

The Caution: Feeling guilty. Being afraid to express one’s feelings. Basic instincts and sexual energy. The fear of knowledge, secret or otherwise. Using sexuality as a control device. Disgust or distrust of the body. Sexually transmitted diseases. Hiding nudity or sexuality. Being thrown out of paradise.


This Symbol points to an abundance of beauty, talent, riches or potentiality. This degree brings the message of admiring the achievements of others whilst also allowing yours to be recognized and admired as well. Realize that what you need is either at hand or soon will be. Also, something you create can last way beyond your own years. Believing in yourself and those around you can bring a wonderful sense of reward and fulfillment. Try wearing special jewelry to remind you of your self-worth, talent, ability and beauty.

Keywords: Great talent, wealth, rewards and gifts. Beauty that brings joy. Materialization of perfection. Judges of worth. Things that shine. Jewelry, stones, gold and silver. Shops, especially those that have beautiful displays. The rewards and bounty of the natural world. Treasure of any description. Purity. Genius. Crystals. Security guards. Window shopping. Personal Adornments. Things that glimmer.

The Caution: Wanting more than one’s share of rewards and spoils, even if there is plenty to share. Things for looking at, not touching. Always wanting more. Being dazzled by possessions. Greed. Stealing or wanting other people’s valuables. Superficial displays. The need for security. Jealousy. Theft. Beauty that covers up a lack of worth, talent or depth. Faking authenticity. Having to have bars on the windows. Longing for ownership. Objects of envy.

The Moon’s south node is on Scorpio 23: A RABBIT METAMORPHOSED INTO A FAIRY (NATURE SPIRIT)

This Symbol shows ascension or evolution to higher states of being. You may find your self, at times during your life, having a transformative realization that will take your focus away from the baser, animal instincts, to a more evolved, higher spiritual perception. This can lead to having higher codes of living; operating on elevated planes of being. Coming to terms with one’s vital energies can free you up to find a higher state of being. This can feel like a “Metamorphosis” – like you’re morphing into someone different, perhaps someone quite unique from others. Ascension in consciousness is likely to be happening – enjoy the ride!

Keywords: Revelation of hidden talents. Vegetarianism. Changing one’s lifestyle completely. Rapid and total transformation. Morphing. Giving up merely battling for survival. Ascension of consciousness. Elementals. Evolution. Moving into a new level of being. Raising one’s vibration. Complete changes. Psychic attunement. Losing one’s sexual charge.

The Caution: Being dissatisfied with transformation as not economically useful. Feeling ineffective or impotent, having one’s sexual power taken away. Feeling de-sexed or ‘neutered’. Losing one’s drive or libido. Feeling alone and misunderstood. Dumbed-down energies. Neglecting body in favor of spirit or emotion.