Taurus Lunation: Lunar Forecast and Tarot for the Gibbous Phase

The Gibbous phase of the Taurus Lunation is about weighing what you know against what you don’t. This is the phase preceding the big reveal at the Full Moon of Scorpio on May 10th. In this preparatory phase, we need to dot our i’s and cross our t’s. Are things lined up the way they need to be for you? This is a fantastic time to get things in order since Libra is great at bringing things into balance.

Taurus Lunation 2017
Gibbous Phase
May 6, 5:16pm – May 10, 5:44pm EDT
01°31 Libra – 20°24 Scorpio

Forecast for the Phase

As the Moon enters Libra on May 6th, she is moving toward an opposition to Libra’s ruler Venus. This is the Taurus Sun’s ruler, too, which is semi-square Venus. There’s a lot of emotional angst about values, relationships, money in relationships, creativity, and what seems like everything else under the Sun.

Sunday, the 7th, is a good day for Luna. A trine to Mars and conjunction with Jupiter is rather upbeat and lively ~ some feel-good relief from the prior Venus angst.

Monday, the 8th, has a real Monday morning feel to it. Harsh aspects to Pluto, Mercury, and Uranus are a little devil on our Monday morning shoulder saying, “Stay in bed.” The Moon finds some relief by evening with a sextile to Saturn, allowing us to make some progress in what otherwise may be a very frustrating and anxious day.

The Moon enters Scorpio at 1:02am EDT on the 9th with a Sun/Pluto trine in the following hours. Great for Scorpio! And great for building confidence, too.

The phase ends with a trine to Neptune and  a sextile to Pluto for the Scorpio Moon on the 10th. She is full at 5:44pm EDT at 20°24 Scorpio. Let the fun begin!

Tarot for the Gibbous Phase

The cards for the Gibbous Phase are all Libra cards. Taking place at 01°31 Libra, there is a need for mental clarity and a perspective that leans toward fairness and equality. In the phase of study and final preparation, we have to be mentally acute.

Tarot of the Old Path

Card 1, The Current Circumstances: The 2’s of the tarot place an emphasis on duality, partnership, and union. Every relationship ~ whether to person, place, or thing ~ falls in one of those categories. Sometimes more than one. Even enemies, an obvious duality, can form a partnership or become unified. Partnerships aren’t always equal which can make Libra’s task of creating balance harder to do. In this phase, as we look for clues to what we’ve missed in our lunation journey so far, we are faced with a very difficult task ~ what do we not know? If you feel lacking in some way, there is help on the way when the Moon enters Scorpio, the detective of the zodiac, on the 9th. What to find something out? Scorpio’s your guy.

Card 2, The Guide: As our guide, the King of Swords places an emphasis on wisdom and considered choice/duality. He encourages us to look closely at our actions so far. If you made a list of pros and cons about your actions, which would carry more weight? The King of Swords, as a master mediator, is here to guide you toward making wise choices that will tip the scales in favor of the “pros.” He wants facts and documentation, without being influenced by what the heart wants. He already knows that great wisdom never overlooks the heart.

Card 3, The Hidden Factor: Justice is the hidden factor and the third Libra card for this phase. Imagine that you will soon be appearing in court. The King of Swords as the guide  represents your considered views and prepared statement. Justice is the Court to whom those views are presented. As we near the Full Moon and the “Big Reveal,” we’ll make an impression ~ either good or bad. Naturally, we want to appear in the best light possible. Dot those i’s. Cross those t’s. Get that final statement  ready for the Full Moon in Scorpio on the 10th.


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How the Cards are Selected

The cards for phase readings are not drawn randomly. Each phase is represented by three cards associated with the degree of the zodiac that begins each phase. The first card is the minor arcana card associated with the beginning degree of the phase. It gives a look at the current circumstances. The second card is the Court Card associated with the sign of that degree and acts as a person who can guide us through the phase. Cardinal signs are represented by the Kings, fixed signs by the Queens, and mutable signs by the Knights. The third card is a Major Arcana card that is associated with a 2½ degree span of the sign, called a dwaad. This card represents a hidden factor and an unacknowledged driving force.

The featured deck for the Taurus Lunation is Tarot of the Old Path with artwork by Sylvia Gainsford, published by U.S. Games in 1992. It is available in English and Spanish at Amazon and other bookstores.

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