NEW MOON IN TAURUS – Don’t try to push past external restrictions (May 17, 2015)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 9:13 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 27° of Taurus. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 27° 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.

As with all New Moons, this one provides us with opportunities for new emotional starts and a chance to set new intentions within the sign involved. Given Taurus is a fixed earth sign, everything on the Earth plane is emphasized, including our bodies, our relationships, our values, and personal resources (e.g., money, time, energy). We may feel more patient than usual, as well as more persistent and productive. It’s a good time to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of Taurus, such as being responsible, reliable, and loyal. This New Moon occurs toward the end of the Sun’s transit through the sign of the bull, so take a day or two to enjoy life’s simple and physical pleasures (e.g., good food, a massage, going out in nature). When the Sun moves into Gemini on May 21 (see below), we’ll be off on a new adventure, so take time now to recharge your batteries.

At the time of this Taurus New Moon, Venus is also trine (120°) Neptune. Venus is the ruler of Taurus, so it is also very focused on our bodies, our relationships, and our values. Neptune, on the other hand, symbolizes our 6th sense and the things that cannot be perceived by our five senses. The free-flowing trine brings a powerful spiritual dimension to this New Moon by enhancing communication between the earthly and spiritual realms. Venus is also square (90°) the Lunar Nodes, which encourages us to look at both (a) where we need to be more patient and sensitive and (b) where we need to focus on being a co-creator with Spirit.

Saturn is also opposing (180°) both the Sun and Moon during this Full Moon. Oppositions can produce challenges, and when Saturn is involved, we may encounter obstacles to our plans. This can include blocked feelings or challenges with authority figures. Using the patience provided by the Sun and Moon in Taurus will go a long way now. Also, you may feel discouraged or pessimistic, have self-doubts, or feel lethargic. This is just further evidence that this is a good time to focus inward and engage in some Taurean self-care rather than trying to push past external restrictions that are unmovable at the present time.

On Monday, May 18, Mercury begins its second of three retrograde periods during 2015, which will end on June 10. This extends Mercury’s stay in Gemini (the sign it rules) from April 30 through July 8. Mercury is in the air sign of Gemini, so we will be going inward to review our thoughts and perceptions in an objective and neutral way. All re- words are relevant now (e.g., rethink, review, release, reflect, redo, reorder, restore). Occurring in Gemini means that this is an exceptional time for generating new ideas, although not a good time to act on them. We need to rewire our minds and release old thought patterns. Spiritual messages may also increase as our thoughts turn away from the external world and focus inward. However, as is true with all Mercury retrograde periods, during the next 3 weeks, it is important to be careful about what we say, check and double-check all written correspondence (e.g., emails, contracts, travel plans), and be patient with all-things electronic and electrical. We are all being challenged to be very clear and extra thorough with your communication. It’s important to keep in mind that if we do the mental reworking now, we’ll be ready to move forward with more clarity once the retrograde period is over.

The Sun moves out of Taurus and into Gemini on Thursday, May 21. Typically, the Sun in Gemini means thinking and communication of all kinds will increase. However, with Mercury (the ruler of Gemini) in retrograde, we (and those around us) may be thinking a lot but not sharing those thoughts externally. Or we may find that people or ideas from the past come back to be reevaluated or refined. Given the inward focus of Mercury retrograde, we may be insatiably curious about our own inner workings until Mercury goes direct on June 10. Once Mercury begins moving direct again, our interest in external social activities, sharing our ideas with others, and the pursuit of external knowledge will gradually increase again.

Venus continues as a focal point during this 2-week period. On Thursday, May 21, Venus is in opposition (180°) to Pluto and will then square (90°) Uranus on Monday, May 25. This may mean an increase in suspicion that undermines trust. However, we are being encouraged to look at issues in a new way (Uranus) and face our fears so we can truly heal (Pluto). The presence of Uranus may mean sudden and unexpected changes in our relationships, sources of pleasure, and/or finances (for the good or not-so-good). Given Venus’s focus on our physical world, finances, and values, she is asking us to take responsibility for our lives, including our emotional, physical, and spiritual worlds. Especially given Mercury is in retrograde, we might find ourselves reviewing whether we are living in alignment with our true values.

Monday, May 25, also sees a weak mutable grand cross. Grand crosses mean that there are at least 4 planets forming a geometric square in the sky above us. Two oppositions (180°) are formed by the 2 planets located across from each other in the square, with all 4 corners squaring (90°) each other, which forms a cross (aka grand square). When a grand cross is present, it is like a mobile over a baby’s crib; all 4 objects must be in balance or the entire mobile goes cattywampus. Finding balance is key. With this grand cross, there are more than 4 planets involved: the Sun, Mars, and Mercury are in opposition (180°) to Saturn. And on the other axis, the Moon is in opposition (180°) to Neptune. All of these planets are located in mutable signs, which helps us find that balance through being flexible and adaptable. The issues that need attention are multifaceted: faith, philosophies, communication, activity, emotions, and ego all need to be addressed, although not all at once. Any actions that are taken (Mars) need to be focused on building a solid foundation (Saturn), which will likely require not taking on too much at one time. Neptune’s presence in the mix will cause us to want to escape, feel insecure, or unfocused; but we can turn this around if we take spiritual actions based on compassion.

Then on Wednesday, May 27, retrograde Mercury conjoins (0°) Mars. This may give us a 1-day window in which we can put some of retrograde Mercury’s new ideas into action in the external world. However, it could also lead to emotionally-charged communication, so it becomes even more important today to be careful in our written and oral communication. Say what you need to say, but be sure to say it with grace and compassion.

Another window of opportunity opens on Saturday, May 30. Retrograde Mercury will be conjunct (0°) the Sun, which will help us communicate clearly and feel more open and mentally sharp. We may be able to see solutions to problems that seemed previously unsolvable due to the added light provided by the Sun. Be aware, though, that Mercury still is in retrograde; therefore, even though the Sun provides us with more power behind our words, we need to think about how our words might impact others.

Overall, this New Moon in Taurus is ushering in a few months when many of us will see our intuitive/psychic skills going to the next level. The Mercury retrograde period starts things off by providing a time to tune inward, which also means tuning upward to connect with Divine sources of information and wisdom. Given the strong emphasis on Venus during this time, we need to focus on our values and make sure that we are honoring ourselves and our gifts. We should explore how we can create more beauty, peace, and balance in our lives, and then trust that our emotional reactions will show us if we are on the right path. If it’s the right path, it will feel good. If not, Mercury being in retrograde will help us reevaluate and revamp our approach. And remember, “Always trust your first gut instincts. If you genuinely feel in your heart and soul that something is wrong, it usually is.” (Unknown)


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New Moon at 27° of Taurus

  • Sunday, May 17, 9:13 p.m. PDT
  • Monday, May 18, 12:13 a.m. EDT
  • Monday, May 18, 4:13 a.m. GMT

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