On Saturday, May 4th(3:45 PM PST and 6:45 PM EST), the moon prepares to enter a new cycle in the aesthetically pleasing and peaceful sign of Taurus. The sign that delights in her senses and finds fulfillment in life’s simple pleasures. She knows the gift of a sunset and the beauty found in stillness. She’s the type that is likely to appreciate the silence found between the beats of a song just as much as the music. If she feels the crashing waves pulse through her body, she won’t need a single word to describe it. She’ll make sure to appreciate the ambiance of a place just as much as the taste of her food. If you haven’t figured it out, she’s earthy, and wants to enjoy the simple pleasures, but this isn’t to say she doesn’t like her comforts found in the material world; because, she does. In fact, they might even be what fill her with a lot of security. The only catch is that her shadow might appear if she falls into thinking that she needs these things to bring her joy. If this happens, then what she once possessed is now likely to possess her. Oh, and one other thing. You might even recognize her by the accumulation of things that she just can’t seem to let go.
So what does this mean for this New Moon?
New Moons are known for beginnings. They are the perfect time to set intentions and to place things into motion. While last month’s New Moon in Aries urged us to light a fire within, this one is telling us to slow things down and focus on our body. In other words, awaken your senses and make sure to rest if you feel like you need it. This certainly isn’t the time to rush to get things done. It is however, a good time to pause and soak up the sun and feel the warmth of the rays upon your back. Or maybe you need to take off your shoes and feel the ground beneath your feet. Or maybe you need to take a drive at night with windows down and music blaring or maybe you just need to simply drive in silence. Or maybe it’s time you attend that yoga class or go on a hike or work in the garden or maybe lighting candles does the trick. Whatever it is that you need that leaves you feeling recharged and refreshed. Go and do that.
Saturn is making a helpful appearance during this New Moon and so while you might find that there are many pressing needs that call for your attention, you will also likely feel that you can ease into the project without becoming too overwhelmed. We do need to address that Saturn is still mingling rather closely with the South Node and Pluto. So be aware that karmic material from the past is asking you to take responsibility and face what sits before you. As I mentioned, the good news is that this is a helpful alignment so transformation can occur.
If you don’t know your karma, simply look at what patterns you see repeating and ask yourself, “What is the remedy for healing this pattern?” or even “what do I need to face or how can I choose a different story this time?” The cool thing about Saturn is that he’s ultimately here to mature us. And now with him and Pluto retrograde, this is the perfect time for you to review any connections or commitments that have left you spinning in circles. Do your best to release what no longer serves you. Of course letting go is certainly a process and the best place to start is often through envisioning a different outcome. Michael Singer reminds us in his book Untethered Soulthat “in order to be who you are, you must be willing to let go of who you think you are.” This is the same idea with karma. It’s about letting go of your story so that you can find a more authentic one. It’s not about bypassing, but resolving what couldn’t be resolved before.
The key for this New Moon is to slow down and pay attention to the areas in your life that you may have neglected. There isn’t a set formula on how to get it “right.” The important thing is that you take some time to listen to what your body needs. Since Neptune is assisting this New Moon you might find that your imagination is awakened a little more. You might even find that you’re in a more inspired state that helps you express your creativity. I like the sound of that.
Lastly, Venus, the natural ruler of Taurus is currently in Aries making us feel a little impatient in regards to what our heart desires and it just so happens to also be making a challenging aspect to Saturn. This has the potential to bring up some areas of insecurity possibly in your relationships or in how you see yourself. If that annoying phrase – “I’m not good enough” creeps into your mind, be prepared to show yourself some compassion. Or it could even appear in the form of feeling an overall sense of lack. Not just in money, but in how you see yourself. Luckily Jupiter is making a helpful aspect and reminding us to have faith in who we are and in who we are here to become.
While we all might feel the need to slow down, we will each experience this lunar energy differently depending on where Taurus is located in your chart or if you have a natal planet associated with it. If you would be interested in a more personalized reading, I’d love to set up a session with you.
[*Note* The ABOVE contains a personification of the sign Taurus. The sign is not gendered and the SHE could just as easily be used as HE.]