NEW MOON IN TAURUS – Stay calm and carry on (May 11, 2021)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Intermediate Astrology CourseIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun conjunct (0°) at 22° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 22° 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 an opportunity for a new emotional start in the areas associated with the sign.  This time, we are focused on Taurus, which is a fixed earth sign.  The higher expression of the sign of the bull is associated with being down-to-earth, responsible, resourceful, reliable, patient, and loyal.  The lower expression can include being overly materialistic, strong-willed, and cautious.

The bull is also known for being resistant to change.  This is partly because Taurus is very focused on security issues.  Its life is spent enjoying all the pleasures of its pasture through the use of its five senses.  Anything that disrupts this can be perceived as a threat to its goal of a peaceful, enjoyable lifestyle.  A simple life is preferred.  If change is needed, it usually requires a major “kick in the butt” in order for the bull to be willing to disturb this tranquil scene.

However, with this Taurus New Moon, there is a “disruption in the force” of the bull’s peaceful pasture.  We currently have Mercury, Venus, and the North Node grouped together in Gemini.  As a mutable air sign, Gemini is telling us that we need to be adaptable and flexible, which runs contrary to the bull’s nature.  Although Gemini’s energy can feel pretty chaotic at times, we can’t ignore the needs of Taurus.  In order for change to happen, it needs to be done in a Taurean way.  The silly expression “keep it simple stupid” would fit the energy of this New Moon.

Actually, for many of us, the entire month of May could feel a bit chaotic, especially after the Sun moves into Gemini on Thursday, May 20 and then Mercury goes retrograde in Gemini on Saturday, May 29.  All the Gemini energy could have us mentally spinning and over-thinking.  “Information overload” and “analysis of paralysis” are real possibilities if we let our mental gymnastics get away from us.  Luckily, the time around this New Moon on Tuesday, May 11, is a special gift.  Having the Sun and Moon in grounded Taurus will help us slow down and be practical in our thinking.

For the first week of May, Mercury was the only planet in Gemini.  This may have been a time when we benefitted from thinking or writing on our own.  But as of Sunday, May 9 (2 days before the New Moon), Venus will join Mercury.  Venus brings with it a focus on relationships.  Consequently, although solitary inner communication may still be important, we may also benefit from communicating our ideas to trusted others.  They may not have the answers, but “talking it out” may help clarify things a bit.

At the time of the Taurus New Moon, we shouldn’t worry if the goal isn’t completely clear yet.  Change can be messy, and we may not feel like we have all the pieces of the puzzle in place yet.  To support us in sorting this all out, there are numerous aspects occurring at the time of the New Moon.  These may provide us some insights into what might need to change or how any changes might unfold:

  • The Sun and Moon in Taurus are in a square (90°) to Jupiter in Aquarius. Although the Taurean influence may increase our stubborn desire to not change, the square and Aquarian presence may mean that we are feeling restricted in some way and need to change something in order to break free of some restraints.  This may require that we have to face “reality,” which can be sobering.  However, we may also be able to see how to solve any problems, as long as we are willing to change directions (square).  We actually may feel this is our last change to make some type of change in our life because Jupiter is located in the last degree of Aquarius (29°).  Remember, we still have to work with the Taurus energy; therefore, unless we want the bull to resist, we can’t change too much or too quickly.
  • Luckily, the Sun and Moon are also in a supportive trine (120°) to transformational and healing Pluto in grounded Capricorn This will likely help us curtail any out-of-control enthusiasm, sort out any reality checks, eliminate anything that isn’t necessary anymore, and make realistic, responsible decisions regarding any new directions.  However, given Pluto is involved, sorting all this out may require “digging deep” to discover what was previously hidden from view.  We may feel that we are no longer willing to compromise and are striving to create a more meaningful life.  Pluto also provides us with the power and endurance to do the deep, inner investigative work.
  • Additionally, the Sun and Moon are in a sweet sextile (60°) to Neptune in Pisces. Although sextiles are subtle, it does mean that some of the answers may come in the form of intuitive insights that don’t appear to be based on logic or rational thought.  To increase the chance that we receive this Divine inspiration, participating in any type of creative activity may be beneficial.  This will stimulate our right brain (i.e., intuition) and take us out of the left brain (i.e., logic).  However, with all the Gemini energy present, we can’t NOT think.  Our goal around the time of the New Moon is to find a healthy and effective balance between intuition and thought.
  • Mercury and Venus in Gemini are conjunct (0°) the North Node and therefore in opposition (180°) to the South Node. This likely means that we are thinking (Mercury) about something we desire (Venus) in the future (North Node) that probably will require us to let go of something that belongs in the past (South Node).  (NOTE:  The New Moon’s supportive trine to Pluto that is discussed above will help us uncover what this is and to let go of what is no longer serving us.)
  • Luckily, Mercury, Venus, and the North Node in Gemini are in a wonderful trine (120°) to Saturn in Aquarius. This free flow of mental energy in Gemini will help us think clearly about those future goals.  We might even be ready to get organized and create an action plan.  Saturn, though, tells us that whatever changes we make need to be practical and may involve changes that could range from a preexisting structure all the way to changes that alter the foundation of our life.
  • Another support comes from Mercury and the North Node being in a sextile (60°) to Chiron, which means the South Node is in a trine (120°) to Chiron. Whatever we are thinking about that involves our future may be easier to express during the time of the New Moon.  We may also be able to see things from a new perspective that helps us heal wounds from past events or relationships.  Given Venus is also in Gemini, this may involve some heart-felt conversations.
  • Mars in Cancer is in a sweet sextile (60°) to the Sun and Moon. This could help us feel more courageous in our problem solving and confident in our abilities.  Additionally, a sextile (60°) between Mars and Uranus will likely provide us with an added dose of courage.  We may find we are ready to take a risk, make necessary changes, and/or possibly begin a new adventure.
  • One final note: Mars is also squaring (90°) Chiron.  We are being asked to move beyond our wounds and any tendency to play the victim role.  If we can find a way to embrace our vulnerability and reframe it as a strength, we may find the courage to take actions toward healing long-standing issues.

On Thursday, May 13, Jupiter leaves Aquarius and moves into Pisces.  Because Jupiter will begin its annual retrograde phase in a few weeks, it will only be in Pisces for about 11 weeks (i.e., until July 28).  It will then back-track for one additional visit with Aquarius before reentering Pisces at the beginning of 2022.  Before Neptune was discovered, the original ruler of Pisces was Jupiter; so Jupiter is extra powerful when located in its classical ruler.  Pisces is a water sign, so this again emphasizes the need to stay flexible and flow with life.  While Jupiter is making this initial visit to Pisces, we may find that good things happen when we focus on compassionately and generously giving to those in need.  It’s also a time when our values expand to include faith in the goodness of all people and an understanding that what impacts one person actually impacts everyone.  This is often a very spiritual time, and we may come to a new understanding of how the Universe works.  Our intuition, psychic work, and mediumship skills are all supported by Jupiter’s presence in Pisces.

On Thursday, May 20, we receive additional messages that we need to flow and adapt.  This is when the Sun leaves Taurus and joins Mercury, Venus, and the North Node in Gemini.  During the next month, our curiosity about everything will be enhanced.  We will seek out learning opportunities, and we are particularly happy if we can find like-minded others who will talk with us about our shared interests.  This transit through Gemini does make us more flexible and adaptable.  However, we can feel mentally scattered due to our diverse interests.  Having a difficult time focusing may be particularly true once Mercury goes retrograde on May 29.

Overall, this Taurus New Moon is asking us to mindfully use our five senses to be in the moment and stay in a peaceful place.  If we can achieve a degree of inner stillness, it’s more likely that ideas will come to us about where changes are needed and how to get there.  We can use the Gemini energy (a) to support us in thinking through our options and (b) to adapt and flow once we take actions toward making any changes.  However, we also need to respect the Taurean bull’s need to “go slow.”  We can do this by taking small steps forward rather than gigantic leaps.  The expression “stay calm and carry on” would fit perfectly.  We will all benefit from staying in the moment and focusing on doing what we can to take care of our physical bodies, including doing things to soothe any frazzled nerves.  Taurus also would recommend that we get out in nature and put our hooves on the ground, breathe in the fresh air, and remember that Rome (or a new pasture) wasn’t built in a day.


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New Moon at 22° of Taurus

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 11:59 a.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 2:59 p.m. EDT
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