New Moon in Taurus
May 19, 8:53 am PT (Your time)
On the outskirts of the great Taurean outdoors, where the Bull freely grazes from flourishing pastures, the exalted Moon meets the Sun. Adept at expressing a plethora of colors, shapes, and sizes, Luna revels in the lavishness Venus’ realm has to offer. In Taurus, Aphrodite’s seduction embodies a perpetual outpouring of alluring impressions. Copiously demonstrating the quintessential creative principle, wildflowers, plants, and trees contentedly reveal their beauty.
The fixed nature of this consistent proliferation is blessedly embellished by Jupiter, who partnered with the Taurean assembly when he entered on May 16. Promising a mushrooming effect during this new lunar cycle, Zeus’ support brings an inner conviction and aplomb bordering hubris, as his confidence is linked to Rahu. The hungry head of the Dragon, keen to further magnify Jupiter’s assets, might be a delusive force to be reckoned with. In true Jupiterian spirit, however, a leap of faith is sometimes necessary to discover new truths.
The imagination, backed by great expectations, can bring about almost any reality within the range of probabilities. ― Jane Roberts (Sun, Moon, Jupiter, and Rahu in Taurus; Mars in Cancer)
Venus attends to her guests from her Cancerian harbor through a balanced sextile aspect. With the help of Mars, emotional and psychic undercurrents erode the narrow path of the all-too-familiar. Untaught instincts flow through the heart of any matter and are more likely to inform our behavior during this lunar cycle. Theoretical or analytical inclinations are politely asked to take a backseat.
Mars, immersed in the Crab’s bath, is not here to use his strategic skills for logical reasoning. Here, he acts as the power behind a deep underwater current, driving unreflective desires and intuitions. Cognitive thought is gathering dust on a forgotten bookshelf as the intricacies of the subjective experience take priority over a cold reality reduced to objective facts.
It is very important that you understand the true innocence of all feelings, for each of them, if left alone and followed, will lead you back to the reality of love. ― Jane Roberts (Sun, Moon, Jupiter, and Rahu in Taurus; Mars in Cancer)
With the notable exception of Pluto, all of the planets reside in feminine Earth and Water signs, bringing forth the receptiveness needed for empathic intercourse. Earthy patience proficiently cradles all the emotions that come rushing in. Marked by the signature of a phlegmatic temperament, this lunar cycle is an invitation to turn to a quiet place and replenish your innermost space, the nothingness from which all comes.
Gather a shell from the strewn beach
And listen at its lips: they sigh
The same desire and mystery,
The echo of the whole sea's speech.
- Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Sun, Moon, Mercury in Taurus; Venus in Cancer)
Neptune, in a sextile to the King and Queen of the Zodiac, inundates their fertile turf, swallowing up past and future in the timeless present moment. If you decide to set any intentions during Luna’s rebirth, allow your magical Yin power to rise to the surface. No grandiose actions are needed to create a ripple effect of valuable change in your environment. Spend some time gardening, feeling the soil’s soul with your bare hands and feet. If your body feels grounded, you will radiate peace.
You are so part of the world
that your slightest action contributes to its reality.
Your breath changes the atmosphere.
Your encounters with others
alter the fabrics of their lives,
and the lives of those
who come in contact with them.
-Jane Roberts (Sun, Moon, Jupiter, and Rahu in Taurus; Mars in Cancer)
Mercury, still slow after recently stationing direct in Taurus, is making a tight sextile to Saturn. Gently, he tests the boundaries of the well-known territory. In Pisces, the limits are being pulled farther into the horizon. Piercing through superficial appearances, Saturn soaks reality with wonder and a thousand different undefinable moments of this-is-not-its. Hermes’ usual curiosity is tempered as he’s willing to accommodate the general mood. Picking up things without being fully able to grasp them, he continues to regain his strength.
Only Pluto, in the masculine sign of Aquarius, can disrupt the seamless flow of Yin. Still, given this particular setting, the God of the Underworld might unwittingly assist in our awakening to wholeness. The realization that what’s out there corresponds to our inner world.
Through a square aspect to Jupiter, however, the cosmic meaning of assistance may be felt on a more personal level as a crisis, opening a wound previously consigned to oblivion. Alternatively, the predominant aura of unity and cohesion may lend itself to overreaching or overextending ourselves. There’s the lurking danger of becoming overbearing or interfering in other people’s affairs.
The first words of a new chapter, written in Taurean sand, are quickly wiped away by the warm breath of the Twins, as the Moon enters Gemini less than three hours after conjoining with the Sun. Not long after, on May 20, at 8:32 am PT, Warrior God Mars finds his legs and dries his armor in the blazing flames of Leo. Ready or not, Ares will find himself opposing Pluto while being dominated by a square from Jupiter.
Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big. - Umberto Eco (Mars opposite Pluto)
This extraordinary Hulk moment will last about three to four days and may help you discover a strength you never knew you had. One archetype depicting this configuration could be the mystery of hysterical strength when a crisis gives rise to superhuman powers. Without hesitation, Mars, in an inferior position to Jupiter, will remove any obstacles that hinder Jupiter’s agenda. It’s an opportunity to do what you believe to be right and stand firm even if others mock or criticize you for it.
There is that leap of faith again…
Keep in mind that in this particular lunar cycle, our faith and self-empowerment are informed by subconscious Yin-intuitions. Pluto’s wider square to Mercury is a subliminal reminder that our intellectual qualities, while useful elsewhere, might disempower us and block the bridge to a deeper understanding of who we are. Experience the power of receptivity and let Jupiter and Pluto deliver their riches in whatever form you resonate with most.
Interested in tracking the New Moon based on your natal chart? My AO sistar Neva Welton offers thirty-minute New Moon readings that can offer valuable insights and direction for the lunar cycle ahead.
Thank you Michelle!
you are a true poet! Thank you