The New Moon on May 4th is in the sign of Taurus. The symbol for Taurus is the bull – wise, placid but powerful, stable, slow to anger, the bull is a majestic symbol of peacefulness in the heart of strength. Like the bull, under the influence of Taurus we seek experiences which will help us to find that sense of equanimity and comfort. We nestle into cozy spaces and hunger for pleasure that will be truly satisfying. No frankenfood will do under the Taurean influence, we must have fine wines and the best dark chocolates, food with pleasing colors and textures. We wrap ourselves in natural fabrics and enjoy the scents of flowers.
The New Moon is, of course, the beginning of a new lunar cycle. Over the past few months we’ve had a confusing retrograde period of Mercury, and an intense breakdown period of Saturn and Pluto which is just beginning to wane. With the Taurus New Moon, we are finally able to connect more completely with the physical – settle into our bodies, walk barefoot on the earth, hug a tree, sit quietly and just experience the very fact that we are alive.
Not all of the planets are supportive of the slowing down and smelling the roses – we still have the mutual reception of Mercury in Aries, ruled by Mars, and Mars in Gemini, ruled by Mercury – firing up the engines of the brain and making it difficult to relax. We still have a potentially challenging aspect (a T-square) involving Mercury (mind), Mars (action) and Jupiter (expansion) that demands action (Mars/Jupiter) yet blurs our sight to the point where we are unable to see clearly (Neptune). But none of that matters right now if we bring our attention to settling into the natural flow that Taurus inspires, and allow that flow to carry us effectively into our best future.
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