NEW MOON IN TAURUS – Not a time to sit back and eat bonbons April 26, 2017
by Anne Reith, Ph.D.
In the Pacific Time Zone, the New Moon will occur at 5:16 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26. This New Moon finds the Moon and Sun in conjunction (0°) at 7° of Taurus. To further clarify how this New Moon will impact you on a personal level, locate 7° 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 represent new beginnings and a chance to set new intentions or goals in the areas associated with the sign. The keywords associated with Taurus include responsible, reliable, resourceful, patient, loyal, and down-to-earth. In general, a Taurus New Moon is known for being a time when we catch our breath after the fast-moving and motivating, even driven, energy of Aries. And yes, the Sun’s stay in earthy Taurus will slow us down and ground us in whatever we have been working on.
However, this should not be considered a time when we should quietly sit back and eat bonbons. At the time of New Moon in Taurus, Mercury and Uranus are both in fiery Aries. But more importantly, due to Mercury’s retrograde motion, these two planets are less than 1° apart from each other. This powerful conjunction (0°) will not only influence us strongly during the New Moon but will continue to impact us through mid-May!
Conjunctions represent a blending of the two energies involved, which in this case are thoughts and words combining with sudden insight and changes. Traditionally, Mercury represents the lower mind and Uranus represents the higher mind. So just imagine what is possible when you have these two mental energies working in tandem. Exciting possibilities!
Conjunctions also often represent a time when something is ending and something new is just beginning. Due to the joining together of Mercury and Uranus, some very interesting ideas may come to us during the next few weeks, and we will likely feel more willing than usual to think about problems in an entirely different way. And due to Uranus being present, “different” will be important. In some area of our lives, we need to shift our perceptions so we can consider solutions that we didn’t see before.
Additionally, both Mercury and Uranus are in a close trine (120°) to Saturn at the time of this New Moon, As with the conjunction between Mercury and Uranus, Saturn will continue in that positive relationship to Mercury and Uranus through mid-May. This wonderful aspect will help us make sure that any new ideas that are forged now will help create a solid foundation as time progresses. And the grounded energy of the Taurus New Moon means we will be encouraged to consider all possibilities slowly and patiently.
But remember, given Uranus’s involvement in this aspect, you can choose to passively wait for change to come “out of the blue” which will probably leave you feeling pretty shell-shocked, or we can take charge and look for where a new order is needed. In some way, the old order (Saturn) needs to be converted into a new order (Uranus), and the trine makes it easier than usual to make changes wherever adjustments are needed. If unsure where to focus, it might help to look to where there is chaos or upheaval in our lives. That chaos may be our conscious or unconscious rebellion against an old order.
Additionally, Venus is conjunct (0°) Chiron in compassionate Pisces at the time of the Taurus New Moon. Venus’s influence is more powerful than usual because Venus is the ruler of the sign of this New Moon (i.e., Taurus). Venus puts increased focus on our relationships, finances, and whatever we desire. The conjunct to Chiron brings with it the opportunity to heal, but only if we are willing to look inward, accept our wounds, and use forgiveness and compassion toward ourselves and others. We need to leave the past behind and move beyond issues of victimization, co-dependency, and/or martyrdom.
On Friday, April 28, Venus, which had re-entered Pisces during its retrograde phase, moves back into Aries, where it will remain until June 7. While in Aries, Venus feels more confident about going after whatever it desires. And after weeks spent in retrograde (Venus went direct on April 15), this Venus may not be the typical “gentle” Venus. We could be a bit more impatient than usual, like a horse at the starting gate of a race when the gate has been held shut a bit longer than usual. This Venus in Aries feels it’s time to start fresh. Our desires feel stronger than usual, and we may feel a spontaneity and enthusiasm that can be delightful. We may be particularly interested in things like exploring new creative interests, new ways to take care of ourselves, and new types of relationships.
The second of three squares (90°) between Saturn and Chiron occurs on Sunday, April 30 (the first occurred on December 28, 2016). Remember, squares always represent a turning point of some kind. It’s time for us to look at any structures (Saturn) in our lives that are limiting our ability to heal (Chiron). Individually, we need to express our own inner strength, but this may involve eliminating any behaviors, attitudes, or beliefs that no longer serve us. Societally, many astrologers feel that this series of Saturn-Chiron squares, which will culminate later this year, represents a turning point when humanity needs to accept the reality that we are all one people and that society needs to have compassion for everyone. Some of us may feel frustrated by the old structure, belief systems, or rules. It will be helpful to remember that the irritation we feel is simply a way of bringing to the surface an awareness of what needs to change.
Then on Wednesday, May 3, Mercury ends its retrograde phase and begins moving direct again. Mercury is still in a close conjunction (0°) to Uranus (see above), so we may have many new ideas swirling around us. If we’ve done the work of Mercury retrograde, we have reviewed our ideas careful to make sure they are both well thought-out and designed to actually get us where we want to go. As Mercury turns direct, it’s now time to start finding ways to implement our plans. But remember that Mercury’s change in direction may take a few days to pick up speed, so be patient as it finds its stride again.
Overall, this Taurus New Moon is ushering in a time when we will be shifting gears. In the next Moon Update (which will be published on Saturday, May 6), we will talk about how we are all entering a time when each of us will be called to use our gifts in new ways in service for the greater good. The seeds of those shifts in our life course may be planted now with all these new ideas coming to us. However, given Mercury is still in retrograde until May 3, we need to remember to think through these ideas before we jump in with both feet. The time will come for jumping. For now, remember, “The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” (Socrates).