NEW MOON IN TAURUS & SOLAR ECLIPSE – A super-charged New Moon focusing on reality, finances, responsibilities, and the P-word (patience) (April 28, 2014)

Astrology New Moon Full MoonIn the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 11:14 p.m. on Monday, April 28.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 9° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 9° 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.

Twice each year, the Sun, Moon, and Earth align precisely enough to block the flow of the Sun’s energy toward the surface of the Earth.  These Solar Eclipses result in a super-charged New Moon.  When the solar energy is blocked, it’s a time when our energy systems are taken “offline” and are often rebooted or even recoded.  Old programs are erased and new possibilities become available.  Because of this, Solar Eclipses often coincide with major endings and new beginnings.

New Moons always signal a time when we get to start fresh emotionally and set new intentions, and the Solar Eclipse just increases the opportunity for new starts in the issues associated with the sign involved.  Taurus, which is a fixed earth sign, has to do with developing a healthy relationship with all aspects of our physical world.  This includes our bodies, our finances, our possessions, our resources, and even Mother Earth.

The New Moon in Taurus is a good time to commit to personal goals that express the positive energies of the sign of the Bull . . . being responsible, reliable, resourceful, and loyal.  As a fixed sign, Taurus seeks to develop personal values and resources, patience and persistence, security and productivity.  This is a good time to explore what truly makes us feel happy and fulfilled and to enjoy life’s simple, physical pleasures (e.g., savoring good food, enjoying activities that bring you in touch with nature and with your body).  Make time around the New Moon to stop and smell the roses and to become more aware of what makes you feel comfortable and secure.

Mercury in Taurus conjoins (0°) this New Moon.  This urges us to think and talk about the issues associated with Taurus.  For example, some people could feel an urge to reevaluate their finances or how they are taking care of their physical bodies.  Although Taurus tends to want to accumulate goods and resources, some people may feel a need to engage in some purging of material goods.  This is a good time to think about our goals (Sun) and our emotions (Moon) and talk to like-minded others.

Pluto forms a supportive trine (120°) to this New Moon in Taurus.  Any endings and transformations that we need to make will likely be made more easily now than at other times.  The presence of Pluto, which is in retrograde, means that we may also feel inclined to resuscitate an old idea or revive abilities that haven’t been used in a long while.  Pluto will also support us in reinitiating a health regime that worked for us in the past, ridding ourselves of a nagging “bad habit” (e.g., addiction, negative thinking), or remembering the power achieved when we stay grounded.

It is important to keep in mind that this New Moon in Taurus and Solar Eclipse are occurring during a time that is still being impacted by the energy of the cardinal grand cross.  Although the height of the grand cross was April 20-23, the energies built up gradually for several weeks before the actual event and will gradually fade for several weeks to come.  To review the impact and recommended approach to the energy of this powerful cardinal grand cross, see Full Moon in Libra & Lunar Eclipse – An exact cardinal grand cross means radical change is almost inevitable.

So many have reported to me that the upside of this cardinal grand cross is increased energy to go, go, go and do, do, do!  For those who are flowing with the changes that the increased activity is bringing into their lives, great things are being accomplished.  However, I have also heard reports that the downside has been “crazy” energy in many areas of life as the increased energy has activated not only the good energies but the not-so-positive energies.  Those who are resisting needed changes express this with irritability, frustration, and even anger . . . in our homes and workplaces, as well as on freeways, in stores, and in society.

The two weeks after this New Moon and the Solar Eclipse is very active astrologically, with many aspects occurring between planets and two planets changing signs:

  • On Tuesday, April 29, a wonderful trine (120°) between Mercury and Pluto will support us in overcoming the Taurean tendency to hold onto outmoded ideas, useless objects, and unfulfilling relationships.  We are able now to focus our minds on essential issues and discard concepts and commitments that have lost their utility.  Psychological understanding and insights will help us make strategic decisions.
  • The next day (Wednesday, April 30), Mercury forms a sweet sextile (60°) with Jupiter, which will create clear thinking and communication.  It is also a good time to engage in activities such as studying, writing, and teaching.  Our observations will likely be more accurate today than usual, and we will probably feel more optimistic.
  • On Friday, May 2, Mercury opposes (180°) Saturn.  This very tense aspect demands patient communication and command of details and data.  We may find it hard to get our point across today, and our thoughts may be more pessimistic than optimistic.  Any delays, though, are meant to help slow down our progress so we can make sure the structures we are building are sound and will withstand any future challenges.
  • But on that same day (Friday, May 2), Venus moves out of watery Pisces and into energetic Aries, where it will remain until May 30.  The pace of our relationships may seem to pick up during the next 3 weeks or so, and we may feel a desire for new experiences or different types of people.  Spontaneity and freedom will be the keys to satisfaction when dealing with things we love, whether that’s a person, place, or thing.
  • The next day (Saturday, May 3), the Sun will trine (120°) Pluto.  This will provide us with the power to recover from any recent difficult situations and turn them into opportunities.  Our ability to concentrate will be enhanced, which will support us in achieving whatever we set out to accomplish.  New projects started around this time are likely to be successful.
  • Then on Tuesday, May 6, the Sun sextiles (60°) Jupiter.  This will likely provoke optimism and possibly even expand our consciousness.  We may feel drawn to exploring our purpose in life, which can motivate us to take bold actions.  This will be a good time to promote yourself because you have an increased sense of self-confidence and a clearer sense of who you are and the principles you represent.
  • On Wednesday, May 7, Mercury moves into its home sign of Gemini, and it will remain there until May 30.  Mercury is very happy in Gemini, and our minds will likely kick into overdrive and our curiosity will be heightened about many different topics.  This placement of Mercury will support us in being more willing to consider new ideas and to be more flexible in our thinking when it comes to solving existing problems.
  • When the Sun opposes (180°) Saturn on Saturday, May 10, self-doubts may be present, as well as feelings of pessimism and guilt.  This difficult aspect may make it feel like a major dose of realism has rained on our parade.  The positive side of this aspect is that we are being asked to become clearer about what we want and what we don’t want, which will allow us to successfully move forward toward our goals.
  • Sunday, May 11, is a very busy astrological day with an opposition (180°) between Venus and Mars, and a square (90°) between Mercury and Neptune.  The former is all about relationships and romance, whereas the latter is all about illusion and fanciful thinking.  Given their proximity to each other, it will be important to not get lost this weekend in fantasies about our romantic relationships . . . or whatever it is that we are romancing in our lives right now (e.g., an idea, a possession).  Wait until next week to evaluate anything to which you are drawn.
  • Luckily the very next day (Monday, May 12), a wonderfully adaptable and efficient trine (120°) between Mercury and Mars will facilitate sorting out the real from the imagined.  It is likely that our communication will be energetic and enthusiastic.  We will also be very productive and mentally alert.  Many of our ideas might actually be turned into workable projects.

To summarize, in the wake of the cardinal grand cross, this New Moon in Taurus and Solar Eclipse are providing us with a chance to slow down the pace of life a bit and make sure that we have all the resources we need for any big plans or projects.  For example, you could ask yourself, “Do I have the financial resources to move forward?” and “Am I adequately taking care of my body so I have the energy to engage in these new plans fully?”  It may feel frustrating to go back and deal with any unfinished business, but our ideas won’t be successful unless we do this necessary reevaluation.  Taurus is all about realism, and once Mars moves out of retrograde on Tuesday, May 20, we want to have everything ready to go!  Remember, “Don’t try to overhaul your life overnight. Instead, focus on making one small change at a time.  Over time, those small things will add up to big transformation.  Don’t give up!” ~Unknown


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New Moon at 9° of Taurus

  • Monday, April 28, 11:14 p.m. PDT
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 3:14 a.m. EDT
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:14 a.m. GMT