Taurus New Moon at 12:31 PDT on Friday May 6, 2016
Happy mid-spring! The first week of May in 2016 is a potent one. While there are frustrations and challenges linked to this cycle as the majority of planets in our solar system are in retrograde, there is also a lot of beauty and abundance to be found.
May 1st is Beltane, the cross quarter holy day that marks the middle of Spring, exactly half way between vernal equinox and summer solstice. This celebration is a joyous one, full of fire, water, flowers and frolic. We dance around the May pole, leap over the Beltane fire. It is an opportunity to shed our cares and play “wildly” with the energies of nature.
This entire month, the climax of spring, is ruled by Taurus. The sun entered the Earth Goddess vibe a few weeks ago, and on Friday May 8th, the moon joins in. Taurus is a fixed sign, because she holds the power of the current season. She is deep earth, like ancient tree roots, and her worship is one of the senses. She is the reason for mantras like, “stop and smell the roses,” and Taurus asks us to pause in the busy-ness between spring and summer to enjoy the delights that abound.
Wildness is on my mind, it is stirring in my soul and my body, and is eager to play. After all, it is Beltane, and I have always associated this ritual with naked pagans running around the fire, making love in the grass, laughing and singing. This does occur at many a Beltane gathering, and may it continue every year! But the truth is, wildness is not always what we think it is.
In this culture, “wildness” is associated with a certain rebellion, danger or disregard for the rules. It is aligned with powerful predators like wolves, lions and hawks. Wildness is sometimes feared, sometimes admired and often, we attempt to stifle, control or domesticate it. This is interesting to me, because again, wildness is not always what we think it is. Sure, yes, one would consider it wild to watch a panther hunt or you might be shocked at people running around a bonfire naked, but these are extreme examples. I recall the days of the “girls gone wild,” ads on the TV and again, this word is associated with blatant disregard for cultural norms and ideals.
Extreme thinking, black and white thinking, us vs them thinking, wild vs tame thinking — these are all mental constructs that can do more harm than good. It creates separation, compartmentalization and the idea that we can only be one kind of being. The real wildness in this society, is to honor your intuition. The real wildness is to trust your body. The real wildness is to love the earth.
Are fish any less wild than sharks because they don’t cause a threat to humans? Is the deer less wild than the lion because she is a vegetarian? In order to fully reclaim our innate wildness, a task absolutely appropriate for this cycle, we must be willing to re-define what it means. Retrograde times are not the months we want to do new things in the outer world, they are an opportunity to dive deep into our inner world. Mercury went retrograde in the sign of Taurus, so we are being asked to look at our relationship to our senses, home, sexuality and how we express our wildness in the world.
There was absolutely a time when I thought I was “wild” in the extreme sense. I have stories that might shock you. But just because I don’t behave in that way now, does that mean I am tame? That I have been domesticated? Or have a I just changed my relationship to my wild self? These are questions we all need to ask ourselves right now.
Perhaps I have allowed myself to ignore my wilder instincts as I have aged. Maybe it’s time to let them out again. But it’s also okay if I am less hawk and more hummingbird in my wildness now. It is perfectly beautiful to celebrate Beltane with a solo walk along the beach or by picking wild flowers than to have to make love outdoors to feel like we fully demonstrating our wild side.
The most important thing about wildness is that we let it guide us. We allow the wild one within us — and we all have one — to have a say in our lives. Her ideas might not always be appropriate, but we can allow our senses inform us, support us and encourage us to take time to be wild. Whatever our wild looks like today.
Honoring the Taurus new moon is offering reverence to nature. It is loving our body and the bodies of all beings. It is taking time, making space to play, laugh and let our innate wildness dance with us. It doesn’t matter who sees the dance, where it happens, or how, only that you let her dance with you. If we are ever to step away from our ingrained sense of linear time, we must move towards our ancient, wild roots. These roots remember how to follow the moon, the stars and the seasons. They remember how to live and love wildly in the world, no matter if you are a lion, a lamb or a being in between. Wildness is wildness. It is our nature. It is our truth. It is our blessing.
Sending love and abundance to all on this new moon. And in the closing words of my ecopsych professor, Dr. Tina Fields, “be more wild than good this month.”
About Bekah Finch Turner
Bekah Finch Turner is a regular contributor to chakraboosters.com, home of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™. She is a yoga teacher, shamanic practitioner and moon devotee. For more information on her work and writing please visit www.sacredwayyoga.com.