NEW MOON IN TAURUS – It’s time for changes that are both practical and innovative (April 22, 2020)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 4° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 4° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most influenced by this New Moon’s presence. 

New Moons always provide us with opportunities for new emotional starts in the sign involved.  Taurus is a fixed earth sign.  The higher expression of Taurus includes being down-to-earth, responsible, resourceful, reliable, patient, and loyal.  The lower expression can lead to being overly cautious, resistant to change, and stubbornly bull-headed.  Taurus energy is slow to anger; but when it does reach its boiling point, the expression “a bull in a china shop” can be accurate. 

The symbol of a bull is very fitting because Taurus doesn’t like to move fast and would prefer to remain in its own comfortable pasture.  Its preference is to bring peace and beauty to what already exists and not take risks trying something new or different.  Unfortunately, our inner bull (and we all have one!) is not going be very comfortable with this Taurus New Moon because the Moon and Sun are closely conjunct (0°) Uranus in Taurus.  Uranus is the planet of “change or be changed.”  So, although the bull doesn’t want to do anything different, it’s going to have to adjust and adapt.  If it resists changing of its own accord, the bull may be forced into taking new or different actions through something totally unexpected and perhaps even shocking. 

These changes can relate to anything in our lives, although the house where the New Moon is occurring may give you some hints.  The changes could be internal, emotional shifts or external, structural shifts.  They could also be changes in our belief systems.  When Uranus is involved, it’s hard to say exactly what will happen.  But given the Sun, Moon, and Uranus are all in Taurus, the changes will need to be grounded and concrete.  This is emphasized because the Sun, Moon, and Uranus are all in squares (90°) to Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn.  The square says “It’s time for a change in direction,” and Capricorn tells us that this new direction needs to create a firm foundation in a responsible and practical way.    

Additionally, whenever Pluto is highlighted, we are being supported in letting go of whatever is no longer serving us.  Both Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn have been energetically connected to Uranus in Taurus for quite some time, which may be why I’m hearing from a lot of people who are feeling motivated to “clear out the clutter” (Pluto) and clean up their immediate environment (i.e., their pasture).  This has involved making important and sometimes painful choices about what is still important and relevant in their lives versus something that is no longer meaningful and is just weighing them down.  But Jupiter is demanding that we expand, so making space in our lives for that expansion is an important first step.  With so many of us “sheltering in place,” I believe that these astrological aspects are supporting us in doing some much needed “spring cleaning.” 

The Sun/Moon/Uranus “throuple” (LOL!) is supported by trines (120°) and sextiles (60°) to the North and South Nodes.  This will help us use the lessons we’ve learned from the past (South Node) to move forward into the future (North Node).  Do you see how this is related to the aforementioned “clearing out”? 

Saturn, which just recently moved into forward-thinking Aquarius, is also squaring (90°) the Sun, Moon, and Uranus.  Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, so it’s not opposed to change.  It’s an air sign that brings a certain amount of detachment, but it also will help us seek creative solutions that are “outside the box.”  Right now, we all need solutions that are both practical and progressive/innovative.  And while Saturn is transiting Aquarius for the next 2.5 years, it will be asking all of us to look at whether we are being responsible and taking a leadership role (Saturn) in any needed humanitarian efforts in our community, country, or the world (Aquarius). 

One warning:  Mercury will be in a square (90°) to Pluto around the time of this New Moon.  This could result in verbal power struggles, especially if one or both parties dig in their heels and isn’t willing to transform, let go, or release whatever is blocking their progress.  This is especially true around Saturday, April 25, when Pluto will begin its annual retrograde cycle.  Whenever a planet changes direction, the time right about that switch is very potent.  During this 5-month retrograde period, Pluto’s natural tendency to uncover secrets will become more pronounced.  Information that has been concealed or hidden from us (both individually and collectively) may begin to come to light.  This may happen quickly or slowly over time.  While in retrograde, we often do the inner work of realigning and healing that precedes external transformation, which often occurs when Pluto begins moving direct again (in early October). 

Then on Sunday, April 26, the Sun makes its annual conjunction (0°) with Uranus.  This aspect will influence us for a few days before and after the exact conjunction.  The Sun will shine its light on those recent changes, and we may feel a need to refine or alter them as we see things a bit more clearly that we did before.  Some of us may sense a stronger need to feel in control of our lives, and power struggles are possible if someone or something is trying to impose his/her/its will on us.  In fact, around the New Moon, it may be best to just observe what is happening, gain insights from any additional clarification provided by the Sun’s illumination, and plan a solid strategy that can be implemented later.  Reacting rather than acting could lead to problems down the road. 

The next day (Monday, April 27), Mercury will move into Taurus, where it will remain until May 12.  After the often-pressured mental quality of Mercury in Aries, this shift into Taurus will help slow down our thought processes.  Rather than feeling a need to decide now, regardless of consequences, Mercury in the sign of the bull will support us in taking our time to make decisions.  Our thinking will likely be grounded and down-to-earth.  We just need to be careful not to let our thinking become rigid or overly conservative. 

Overall, this Taurus New Moon is providing us with the determination and groundedness to approach any upcoming changes in a methodical and responsible way.  This energy can be very helpful at moving us past any blocks, obstacles, or areas where we’ve felt stuck.  These can be more easily overcome right now than usual, as long as we are willing to change at a reasonable pace.  If we try to go too fast, then the bull may react by digging in its heels (I guess that would be hooves).  It will behoove (LOL!) us to remember that the pasture on the other side of the fence may be even nicer than the one we are currently in.  Uranus will likely bring unexpected changes, and it’s up to us how we interpret them.  We can perceive them as overwhelming or devasting, or we can reframe them as opportunities for growth.  The Taurean energy will patiently support us in adapting to our new pasture and discovering the new beauty it provides in our lives. 


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New Moon at 4° of Taurus

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7:25 p.m. PDT
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 10:25 p.m. EDT
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020, 2:25 a.m. GMT

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