NEW MOON IN TAURUS & SOLAR ECLIPSE-Freedom comes to those willing to let go of the past and transform structures (May 9, 2013)

In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:29 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.  This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 20° of Taurus.  To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 20° of Taurus in your birth/natal chart.  The issues associated with that house are going to be most affected by this New Moon’s presence. 

Whereas Aries is often associated with initiation, the sign of Taurus is associated with substantiation.  Aries may be the pioneer, but Taurus is the settler.  Typically the annual New Moon in Taurus is experienced as a peaceful, grounding time.  After the often intense energy of Aries the month before, we are given a “breather” in which to find the tools we need (e.g., physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) in order to turn the ideas of Aries into reality.  The New Moon in Taurus is a time when we have opportunities for a new emotional start and to set new intentions regarding our relationship to our bodies, the Earth, and each other.  We are also being encouraged to discover what is valuable to us and to explore what brings us joy. 

Although all of the above may be true, this New Moon in Taurus also coincides with a Solar Eclipse.  As discussed in the last blog post (i.e., FULL MOON IN SCORPIO & LUNAR ECLIPSE-Are you ready for some windows?), eclipses provide us with opportunities to receive upgrades in our level of consciousness due to the energetic gateways that are opened to the cosmos.  Using the analogy of a computer, we have a chance to upgrade to a whole new operating system.  Solar eclipses mark the end of a 19-year cycle.  Can you remember what was going on in your life around May 10, 1994.  What was happening then?  What are you ready for now?

As with last month’s Lunar Eclipse, this Solar Eclipse involves the lunar nodes, which are points in space where the Moon’s orbit around the Earth intersects with the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.  The North Node points to the future.  It identifies what will help us to evolve into greater consciousness and connection.  The South Node points to the past.  It identifies our gifts that we brought into this lifetime, but it also points to the patterns and beliefs that are holding us back.  Due to the proximity of the Sun and Moon to the South Node, we may feel a need to cling to the past right now.  For example, we may want to hold onto old values, relationships, property, and ways we have defined ourselves.  However, given that the Sun and Moon are in opposition (180°) to the North Node in Scorpio, this means that true healing and progress will occur when we are able to release the accumulation of negative beliefs that are blocking our evolution.  We are being given an opportunity to purge long-standing patterns, which will allow us to tap into revitalizing energy.

The Sun and the Moon are also conjunct (0°) Mars at the time of the New Moon.  When in this position, the Warrior planet can fall into the trap of being defensive.  However, it can also give us the impetus and the energy to let go of those old patterns and create the foundations that will lead to success. 

Additionally, on the same day as the New Moon in Taurus, Venus moves into social Gemini.  This will help us to recognize that there are many different paths to pleasure, rewards, and relationships.  Communication of all kinds will be fun for the next three weeks, and you may find yourself becoming a social butterfly and even a bit flirtatious.  

On Saturday, May 11, Mercury conjoins (0°) the Sun.  This will give more weight than usual to our words.  This can either (a) allow us to think and speak with confidence (higher expression) or (b) prevent us from being objective enough to see ourselves clearly (lower expression).  Then on Monday, May 13, Venus will square (90°) Neptune, which may bring a feeling of uncertainty to some of our relationships and even to our self-worth.  However, the higher expression of this square is romantic feelings and an increase in inspirational dreams, while awake or asleep.  Just be sure to carefully assess any new ideas so you can be sure that you are not wasting your resources or affections. 

Two days later, on Wednesday, May 15, Mercury moves into its home sign of Gemini.  After the relative peacefulness and slow-plodding nature of Mercury in Taurus, this shift into Gemini may feel like being caught in a wind tunnel of ideas and information.  If you are able to remain flexible during this time, you may reap great benefits from the mental freedom that is indicative of Mercury in Gemini.  However, being realistic about all these new ideas will be particularly important when Mercury squares (90°) Neptune on Saturday, May 18.  Unless we ground ourselves, we may suddenly find ourselves heading off into unrealistic directions. 

On Monday, May 20, the Sun moves into “easy breezy” Gemini.  Having the Sun in this socially adaptable and light-hearted sign is to our benefit because that same day is the next in a series of seven Uranus-Pluto squares (90°), which will continue to influence us into 2015.  We are, once again, being given an opportunity to “change or be changed.”  For example, in order to have the freedom we crave to do what we want to do (Uranus in Aries), we will need to transform the structures in our lives and in our societies (Pluto in Capricorn).  For more information about the impact of the Uranus-Pluto square, see my blog post NEW MOON IN GEMINI-The beginning of the most significant planetary influence in a generation. 

Overall, this New Moon in Taurus and Solar Eclipse are providing us with the support that we need in order to recreate ourselves, our environment, and our world.  However, the involvement of the South Node in Taurus and the North Node in Scorpio reminds us that making fresh starts are possible only if we are willing to let go of what no longer serves us.  And this is further reinforced by the next Uranus-Pluto square, which is exact on May 20.  As was so wisely stated by the late David R. Hawkins, “To let go of the known for the unknown requires great commitment, willingness, and devotion to surrendering one’s faith to God.”


  • New Moons and Full Moons often influence us for the 3 days before and 3 days after the actual event.


  • New Moon at 20° of Taurus
  • Thursday, May 9, 2013, 5:29 p.m. PDT
  • Thursday, May 9, 2013, 8:29 p.m. EST
  • Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:29 a.m. GMT


  • The Mountain Astrologer (magazine)
  • Various online sources
  • Anne’s interpretations