The New Moon May 18 is at 26º Taurus and falls in Taurus Decan 3
Artistic, Alchemical & Life’s Troopers. Ruler: Saturn. Deity: Litai (Spirits of Prayer).
This New Moon is a trooper, it gets knocked down, but it gets up again, and again and again. Irrepressible, irresistible and iridescent, it has the ability to bewitch. Sensual energy combined with Algol’s dark edge makes this Moon very alluring. It can be a dark knight (In twinkly armour) or a smoky-eyed gypsy with wild Medusa hair.
We have an exorcist New Moon with both a Yod to Pluto and a conjunction to the notorious fixed star Algol. So much has been written about this star elsewhere and I refer you to my feature post on Algol in which some of the keywords (starting from the lowest manifestations) are: “Creating monsters, mutation, genetic manipulation, playing god, perversion, getting out-of-your-head, mind over matter, ultra-creative, being your own god, soothing pain, caring for the suffering, exorcising ones demons.” This is a dark moon which takes us deep into the underworld to face our shadow. New Moons are dark moons anyhow, but the Saturn and Algol influence make it jet black. Mercury is also stationing retrograde at the same time, so there is a real feel of turning inwards, turning off the lights and being on the threshold between worlds. With this moon we have reached a turning point and we need to make sure it is our head that is making the decision with what direction one needs to take and no-one else.
To make this important choice we need to be sure our head is attached to our body. Infact it might be better to trust what the body is saying to you rather than your head at this time. Algol is associated with alcohol and getting out of your head, and if we have too many conflicting voices yelling at us inside our heads sometimes ts the only way to quieten it down. At the same time, you don’t want to leave your head so vacant that it attracts a nasty little squatter. Another problem is that getting out of your head on any sort of mind-altering substance can numb your body so much that you can’t feel any pain. Pain is actually the body’s way of speaking to you. The medical term Algology means the study of pain. Diana Rosenberg said of Algol “You will not be able to ignore suffering and horror, or brush it aside…” And interesting side note Princess Diana has Venus/Algol, William her son has Chiron/Algol and his own newborn princess Charlotte has Mars/Algol.
New moon rituals are perfect for planting new seeds and starting afresh. We are essentially working on the blank canvas of the dark moon where our ideas can gestate in the new moon soil. These thought-seeds are slowly awoken by the growing crescent moon as the days progress towards the illumination of the full moon. The darkness of the New Moon gives peace and tranquillity while our seed intentions slowly take root and sustenance form the fertile earth below. This period cannot be rushed and it is a great time to have some quiet dark-moon time to compose our goals and plans for the month ahead. Any wishes made at this time carry great force. The moon is waxing (growing). We are working in tune with nature if we set in motion things that we want to expand or blossom. This is also the best time to write a list of cosmic orders, which can be big or small. Large-scale projects can bare fruit in 6 months time when the full Moon is the same sign again. Smaller wishes have a two-week timescale to be birthed at the next full moon. The manifestation spell will be that much more powerful if the subjects that you want to birth resonate with the mood of the current new moon. Every month I will present the influences surrounding the current new moon and suggest ways of utilising its energy in order to make a powerful spell for manifestation or impregnation.
Just like the last New Moon in April we also have another Yod. This time it is to Pluto, with a quincunx from stationing Mercury. To me this represents the lancing arm of Perseus as he strikes out to behead Medusa. The house that this points to might indicate the area in your life that needs weeding to make room for the New Moon seeds to germinate.
The New Moon makes one loose aspect. Moon opposite Saturn: They have great elegance and poise. Family is very important to them and they will work their hardest while sacrificing selfish desires. Responsibilities and duty are taken earnestly, but they may also care a little too much about their status. Any young dissenters are given an abrupt clip around the ear if their antics should degrade the family’s reputation. But Moon opposite Saturn will defend their home and family vehemently. Bruce Lee is a good example of the focused self-discipline that is inherent in this aspect, he also shows the ambition that excels over many areas.
New Moon May Meaning
A very serious New Moon then, With Saturn ruling this decan, it may actually get so dark that the temptation to go into full blown Saturnalia mode may be great. Just remember to keep as grounded as you can because you really don’t want to loose you head at the New Moon or all the reasons mentioned earlier. Do read my various posts about Hyper-dimensional entities and Dark Cupid relationships if you haven’t already. This Moon is nothing to be afraid of, but the key is to keep spiritually aware. You wouldn’t wander down an alley in a rough side of town after dark, so protect yourself from the things you can’t see also. What that means is sharpening your intuition and listen to your gut feelings.
According to Philip Shepherd, “there is a good reason that we talk about “gut instinct.” If cranial thinking sets us apart from the world, the thinking in the belly joins us to it. If the cranial brain believes itself surrounded by a knowable world that can be controlled, the brain in our belly is in touch with the world’s mystery. The fact that the second brain has been discovered, forgotten, and rediscovered by medicine three times in the past century suggests how complicated our relationship with our bodily intelligence is.”  So if you feel someones stare is freaking you out, move away! Don’t dismiss it as paranioa. Listen to your body, and learn psychic self defence. Saturn is all about setting boundaries and keeping things in line.
Suggested Items For Your Altar*:
Snakeskin, Anne Boleyn’s 6th finger, a big curly ringlet wig, a microphone, a throat chakra, laaaa laaaa laaaaah!, the hair of a screaming banshee, Regans swivelling exorcist head, some flying green spew, holy water, a stake, a steak (cooked rare and bloody), a coin on the heads side, an axe, a chopping board, assorted dolly heads, Peter Cushing, a medium-sized hand-held crucifix device, a boundary, some serpents venom, some martial art, black tape.