NEW MOON IN TAURUS – It’s time to decide on your priorities (May 6, 2016)

Astrology-New-Moon-Full-MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 12:39 p.m. on Friday, May 6.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 17° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 17° 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.

Whenever we have a New Moon, we are being given an opportunity to create something new in the area associated with the sign.  A Taurus New Moon is all about determining what we value most.  And really, isn’t that what living an effective life is all about?  Once we know what matters most to us, then we can set our priorities and take action.

As was discussed in the last Moon Update, five out of ten planets are in retrograde during early May.  This provides positive and powerful support for going inward to determine what we truly need in order to thrive at this point in our life, which has very likely changed over the last few years.  It is time to make sure that the direction(s) we are going in and who we are sharing this journey with are actually supporting our soul.  Any action(s) taken now will likely be either internal (e.g., making decisions) or doing the necessary prep work for changes that will begin later this month and continue through the summer.

Taurus is a fixed earth sign that is represented by the bull.  Overall, Taurus doesn’t like change.  The bull prefers to stay in its own pasture, and it wants that personal space to meet all of its needs (e.g., physical health, abundance, beauty).  And yet, the bull is also very practical.  It knows that if the pasture has dried up due to lack of water, it’s time to move to a greener area.  The decision to move for Taurus may take time.  However, once a decision is made, it is recommended that you get out of that bull’s way.

At the time of the New Moon, not only are the Sun and the Moon in Taurus, but so are Venus and Mercury.  That’s a lot of bullish energy!  And this is the third of six SuperMoons during 2016, which is when the Moon travels closest to the Earth.  This intensifies its pull on the Earth’s gravitational fields, including tides, tectonic plates, and our psyches.  SuperMoons always amp up the power of the New Moon, so the energy of Taurus is even greater right now.

Overall, the first three weeks of May are very potent, but it’s an internally-directed energy due to all the retrograde planets.  We are being asked to deeply explore what really matters to us and determine where we want to focus our resources (e.g., time, energy, money).  Due to various other astrological influences, this exploration will likely involve a new level of spiritual understanding regarding the changes we have recently been experiencing.  And as many of us begin to “take stock” and face the reality of what isn’t aligned with who we are, we could become a wee bit grouchy and irritable.  And given that others are going through this same influence, it could make for a stressful and challenging time.  Additionally, given Mercury is still in retrograde, things may not be expressed clearly, which could make matters worse.

But there is good news!  For those of us who are interested in the astrological, this increases our awareness, which means that we can be prepared.  Although it can be challenging at times, we can be the ones to be patient, tolerant, and help others sort out any tangled communication.  It would be beneficial for all of us to remember that the only thing we have 100% control over is our thoughts.  Now is an excellent time to take control of our mental patterns as we face the challenges that we encounter.  The Law of Attraction really can benefit us.  It says that if we focus on the negative, then more negative energy will likely be drawn to us.  However, if we can keep our thoughts positive, search for the silver lining, and use the Serenity Prayer, then more positive energy will flow to us.  And with Mercury still in a sweet sextile (60°) with Chiron, opportunities for healing will be present, particularly when it comes to healing our thought patterns.

This New Moon in Taurus is an excellent time to create new disciplines and habits in any area of our life (e.g., physical, emotional, mental, spiritual).  It would benefit all of us to make new commitments to self-care.  The Taurus energy is very related to the Earth and our earthly experience, so this is a good time to get a massage or get out in nature, take off our shoes, and feel the earth or grass beneath our feet.  Also, we need to listen to our bodies because they are often giving us feedback about what is aligned or not aligned with our inner values and needs.  Although we often don’t want to hear what our bodies have to say, it’s a wonderful feedback mechanism.  And while determining what we value in our life, it’s important to ask ourselves, “Do I value myself?”

Luckily, the Moon, Sun, Venus, and Mercury in Taurus are part of an earth grand trine (equilateral triangle) with Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn.  The problem with a grand trine is that the energy can feel so good that we don’t want to do anything about it, which is a waste of great potential.  If we consciously take advantage of this very supportive energy, we can access a great deal of grounded, pragmatic energy.  The grand trine means that the energy is flowing freely, and we, therefore, won’t encounter as much resistance if we exert the effort needed to make desired changes.  Jupiter in Virgo encourages us to be discerning, while Pluto in Capricorn urges us to use our power responsibly.  The grand trine can help us feel more secure and empowered, better able to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves, and ready to do whatever is needed to achieve our goals.  It can provide us with the determination and inspiration to make solid progress.  But keep in mind that Mercury is still in retrograde until Sunday, May 22; therefore, we need to use this time to carefully review our plans and make sure that we have the resources we need to be successful.

On Monday, May 9, Jupiter ends its 4-month retrograde period (since January 7, 2016) and begins moving direct again.  If we have used the retrograde period wisely, then we have looked for areas in our life where our beliefs have been holding us back and where we should be more in touch with what our soul needs.  As Jupiter gains speed over the next few weeks, we can start to apply what we have learned and choose activities and responsibilities that are aligned with our true nature.  And because Jupiter is in a rather long-standing mutable t-square (right triangle) due to its opposition (180°) to Neptune and square to Saturn (90°), we are being urged to continue the process of exploring our misperceptions or misunderstandings about ourselves or others.  Saturn in Sagittarius is the “focal planet” in this t-square (i.e., where action is needed).  It tells us that we need to become our own authority and not rely on others to determine what is true for us.  This doesn’t mean that we should judge others as “wrong.”  With Neptune in Pisces, it’s vital that we remember to let go of judgment and use compassion instead (with ourselves and others).

The same day (Monday, May 9), the Sun conjoins (0°) retrograde Mercury.  This again emphasizes our need for inner reflection on what is important to us and what we truly value.  We may also find that we need to re-work our plans.  Luckily, a trine (120°) between the Sun and the North Node later in the day may help us get a better idea of what we need to change in our lives in order to move toward what we want.  And given both are in earth signs, the actions needed will very likely be very practical and down-to-earth.  Also, keep in mind that Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, which means our mental review and revamping is likely to focus on our personal resources, including our own money, time, energy, and possessions.  Again, the emphasis is on finding out what is important to us.

On Tuesday, May 10, Venus forms a free-flowing trine (120°) with Jupiter.  Although we may not feel motivated to do a whole lot of work, we will likely be feeling cheerful, hopeful, and optimistic.  This is a good day to get together with someone you enjoy and do something fun.

Two days later (Thursday, May 12), another beneficial trine (120°) occurs between retrograde Mercury and Pluto.  This could help us uncover some previously hidden but very important information with relative ease.  This could cause us to reformulate our plans.  Due to the support of the trine, any needed adjustments will be made without much resistance and will help us be successful in executing our plans after Mercury goes direct on May 22.

A conjunction (0°) between retrograde Mercury and Venus the next day (Friday, May 13) suggests that our plans are likely aligned with what we truly want and desire.  That evening, a trine (120°) between Venus and Pluto may help us deepen our relationships and give us hope about something that we are passionate about.  And when the Sun and Chiron form a sweet sextile (60°) on Saturday, May 14, this aspect will help us be more compassionate and accepting both with ourselves and others.

In sum, the first three weeks of May are filled with inner reflection and lots of supportive energy, if we choose to use it.  We need to look carefully at what is important to us and what is aligned with our personal values.  If needed, we should create new daily habits that support our physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being.  Then we need to use discipline to integrate those new routines into our life.  Research shows that we need to repeat something for 21 days before it becomes a new habit.  If we start now, then we’ll be better ready for the powerful energy that will begin to enter our lives around the 21st and 22nd of May when Mercury will go direct and we have the Full Moon in Sagittarius.  So for the time being, don’t shy away from doing the inner work associated with all these retrograde planets.  This will include determining what makes our souls sing, finding spiritual meaning to whatever is happening, and deciding how we can best use power rather than force in our lives.  And remember that in true Taurus New Moon fashion, “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” (Mandy Hale)


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New Moon at 17° of Taurus

  • Friday, May 6, 12:29 p.m. PDT
  • Friday, May 6, 3:29 p.m. EDT
  • Friday, May 6, 7:29 p.m. GMT

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