NEW MOON IN TAURUS – Time to pick up the proverbial shovel and get to work (May 4, 2019)

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 15° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 15° 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 and setting new intentions in the areas associated with the sign.  This time, we are focused on the sign of Taurus.  The higher expression of this fixed earth sign includes being down-to-earth, responsible, resourceful, reliable, patient, persistent, focused, and loyal.  The lower expression can result in us being stubborn (e.g., “bull-headed”), materialistic, overly cautious, and resistant to change.  Remember that the beauty of astrology is that we are aware of the higher and lower expressions of any sign, and that means that we can consciously choose which one to express.

Think about the symbol of a Taurus:  The bull loves its pasture and has a very down-to-earth, single-minded approach to enjoying his life there.  Taurus energy wants to bring ideas into concrete form.  One of the best ways to use the energy of the Taurus New Moon is to think of something new that we would like to build, and then we can cultivate Taurean calmness, persistence, and focus to make progress toward completion.  However, this isn’t a quick energy, and our goals are often not short-term.  Taurus is all about long-term perseverance and focused determination.  Nothing is rushed with the sign of the bull, and we need to flow with this slower, calm energy in order to reap its benefits.

The emphasis on long-term goals is reinforced by a free-flowing trine (120°) between (a) the Sun/Moon conjunction (0°) and (b) the powerful conjunction (0°) occurring now in Capricorn that we’ve been talking about during the last two Moon Updates (i.e., the conjunction of Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node).  Capricorn is a long-term type of energy.  And with Saturn just turning retrograde on Tuesday, April 30, this means we are being encouraged to slow down and deal with some unfinished business that very likely has a practical focus.  There are probably some projects that we have either been avoiding or have abandoned.  Now is the time to pick up the proverbial shovel and get down to work.  If we do the work of Saturn retrograde in Capricorn, we will have created a firmer foundation once Saturn turns direct in mid-September.  Additionally, the South Node is drawing us even further into the past.  We may find that we are using skills and abilities we have already developed in order to be successful in this “wrapping up” process.

And now is a good time to do this because there’s a great deal of support for us!  In fact, we may find that new resources are suddenly available to us that help us work toward completion.  The Sun and Moon conjunction (0°) is in a sweet sextile (60°) to Neptune, which means that some of those unexpected resources may involve intuitive insights.  Another possibility is that we might be inspired by someone or something that guides us in the right direction.  However, as with all sextiles, we need to make sure we consciously use this energy because it is gentle and can be easy to overlook.  In this case, it means not ignoring the subtle messages that are being given to us in the form of intuitive insights or synchronicities.  They may even come to us in the form of dreams.  Our creativity will be heightened, which could be another avenue through which those insights come to us.

Then, on Monday, May 6, Mercury will move into Taurus, where it will remain until May 22.  Our thinking will become very grounded and solid.  This will slow down our thoughts substantially, which will give us time to carefully ponder all the new things that have been happening in our lives and use common sense to determine where we need settle down and do some work to bring something to fruition.  Sometimes, Mercury in Taurus can make for some rigid or overly conservative thinking.  However, that’s unlikely around the time of the New Moon because on Wednesday, May 8, Mercury will form a conjunction (0°) with Uranus in Taurus.  This is a wonderful combination for inspired ideas and establishing new ways of thinking or communicating.  It may feel like we have the right idea at the right time.  The chance of this happening increases because Mercury is also trining (120°) Jupiter in Sagittarius, which means our thoughts will be more inclined toward optimism, and we would even experience something very fortuitous.

Overall, this Taurus New Moon is a time of slowing down, enjoying the sensual pleasures of life, and using focused determination.  After the strong Aries influence of the last month, this slower energy will very likely feel peaceful and calming.  There are many indicators that we need to pay attention to our intuitive insights and tap into old, established skills or abilities in order to make progress toward wrapping up some unfinished business.  But don’t forget that Taurus is a sensual energy, so this is a good time to do things that take care of our bodies and stop and smell the roses  But the Taurean focus on our senses means that we can also experience sensory overload.  We need to use the positive qualities of the bull to set healthy boundaries regarding our resources of time, energy, and money.  But the bottom line is that we shouldn’t waste this wonderful, positive, calm energy by doing nothing.  It’s time to get to work on cleaning out some old projects in order to create a firmer foundation that will open up opportunities for new growth.


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New Moon at 15° of Taurus

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019, 3:45 p.m. PDT
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019, 6:45 p.m. EDT
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:45 p.m. GMT

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