We’re here at an exciting new moon in Taurus on May 19 at 11:53 a.m. eastern time! Then again, every new (and full) moon is exciting to me. My sun and moon are in Taurus, where the moon is exalted, and my rising sign is Cancer, which is ruled by the moon! All new moons are associated with new beginnings but this new moon in Taurus has so much going for it that it feels like it will bring a super duper fresh start!
It’s interesting to note that since we had two new moons in Aries this year, the order of the new and full moons on the zodiacal axis has changed. We had the full moon/eclipse in Scorpio a couple of weeks ago, so for the time being, the new moons, like this Taurus new moon, will be later in the astrological month instead of the other way around.
Also, even though the north node is still in Taurus, this Taurus new moon is not on the eclipse point. In July, the lunar nodes will shift out of Taurus/Scorpio and into the Aries/Libra axis.
In addition, there is a lot of astrological energy right now that is supportive of this new moon. For instance, Jupiter, the planet associated with expansion and good fortune, is newly in the sign of Taurus since May 16. The north node, which is still in Taurus, is associated spiritually with qualities that we should embrace at the moment (as opposed to the energies of the south node). And of course, at the time of the new moon, the sun, giver of light, will be in Taurus.
So how can we work with the energies of this new moon in Taurus cycle? The characteristics about Taurus that I would like to point out are the ones that are related to value and worth.
Among other things, Taurus is about the appreciation of the physical world— what we can see, taste, touch, smell, and hear. These things can bring pleasure, which the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus loves. Yes, the Taurus energy can be about indulging in food and drink, but it’s also about looking good, and enjoying other good things in life, like music and art. It can be about manifesting money and the pleasurable things that money can buy.
The shadow side of Taurus is that it can equate self-worth with material wealth and success in all its forms. But at its highest expression, the Taurus ideal is to find value in being your smart, funny, practical, and beautiful self
During this new moon cycle, manifest a healthy sense of self-worth, regardless of how much material wealth you possess. If you begin a new lucrative money making venture, by all means,go for it with all your might! But also make sure that it expresses who you are honestly and authentically—and that you feel good doing it.
Finally, here we are at the new moon/solar eclipse in Aries—or at least we will be soon, as I’m posting this article before the big show begins! The journey of the moon eclipsing the sun starts at 9:36 p.m. Eastern time on April 19 and ends at 2:59 a.m. April 20. The new moon will be exact on April 20 at 12:12 a.m. To make things more exciting, the sun enters Taurus a few hours later at 4:14 a.m. and Mercury retrograde in Taurus starts the next day, April 21, at 8:35 am.
As I mentioned last month, this is the second new moon in Aries we had this year. The first was at 0 degrees of Aries on March 21 and this one is at 29 degrees. Solar eclipses are defined as a new moon that is within 17 degrees of a lunar node. In this case, the new moon will be very close to the north node, which is at 1 degree Taurus.
Astrologically speaking, solar eclipses are about new beginnings, just like any new moon—except on steroids! Eclipses are associated with dramatic life changes, but it really depends on your individual birth chart whether or not you will be affected. Not every eclipse brings dramatic changes for every single person, and by the same token, some eclipses trigger a global event where many people are affected. Keep in mind that there could be welcome changes coming your way. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
A topic of debate is whether to try to manifest new beginnings during a solar eclipse/new moon. If you want to make manifest something specific and you typically do rituals or meditations for that purpose, I suggest not doing it on the same day as the new moon/solar eclipse. The eclipse energy is strong enough by itself, the moon is still dark, and your efforts may not produce the results you are looking for. Instead, wait to do any manifestation rituals at least 24 hours after the new moon when the first sliver of light from the new moon appears in the sky.
However, this time around, Mercury retrograde starts right around the time that the new moon is visible in the sky. And Mercury retrograde in and of itself is not an ideal time to start new projects! I suggest not starting anything brand new during the retrograde period, but it will be a great time to take a closer look at what you are already working on. Improve and make changes as needed.
With all that is going on, having the sun, Mercury, and the north node in Taurus may have a stabilizing effect for the eclipse energies. Also, Gemini is now in Venus, the ruling planet of Taurus, while Taurus is in Mercury, the ruling planet of Gemini. That is called a mutual reception, which can provide a stabilizing force for Mercury retrograde in Taurus.
All in all, in honor of the new moon cycle and in true Aries fashion, continue to assert yourself as a mover and shaker. In addition, now that Taurus season is upon us, know that you as a person are more valuable than any of your material possessions.
This new moon in Aries—and indeed this entire Aries season—are especially powerful.
Today’s new moon perfects at 1:22 p.m. eastern time at 0 degrees of Aries. With the sun and the moon entering Aries at nearly the same time (the sun entered Aries yesterday at 5:24 p.m. eastern) and Aries being the first sign of the zodiac, this astrological new year is off to an exciting start!
In addition, on April 20, there will be a second new moon in Aries at 29 degrees of the sign. As new moon cycles are great times to start new things, this second new moon in Aries will give you the chance to solidify anything you put into action during this first Aries new moon cycle.
Aries traits are related to the self and at its best, the healthy ego. The archetype is about knowing who you are, trusting your instincts, and taking decided action to get what you want. Aries is a fire sign ruled by the fiery planet of Mars. The fire burns within and like a dragon, Aries is eager to breathe the fire out into the world to make change. At its highest expression, the fires blaze a trail for yourself and others who want to follow you, as opposed to burning through relationships or causing other types of destruction.
To work with the energy of this new moon cycle, feel into the Aries experience, no matter what your sun sign is. Take bold action. Be a forerunner. Make friends and influence people, keeping in mind that the greatest influence you have is over your own behavior.
With the sun entering the sign of Pisces—the last sign of the zodiac—yesterday, and the new moon in Pisces perfecting on February 20 at 2:06 a.m. EST, we are effectively saying goodbye to another astrological year.
New moon cycles are ideal for new beginnings. However, this new moon in Pisces can also be a great time to let go of beliefs that hold you back from being your best self. Such contradictions are part of the Pisces archetype.
As always, you will have to look at your natal chart to see how this Pisces new moon cycle may impact you on a personal level. But on a collective level, it is helpful to understand the overall traits of the Pisces energy as a guidepost.
Generally speaking, Pisceans are emotionally sensitive, empathetic, and intuitive. At its highest expression, Pisces is guided by an understanding that logical reality is not the only reality and that subjective reality is just as valid. That may not seem to be an admirable trait in a world where hard facts and tangible results are highly valued, almost to the exclusion of everything else. Yet, it is part of the human potential to see beyond what is in front of your face.
To work with the energy of this Pisces new moon, dare to be a dreamer. Trust your emotions as a valid source of information. Realize that the line between up and down, here and there, reality and fantasy doesn’t exist. It’s all part of one continuum. Empathy comes from the understanding that there is no real difference between you and the other.
Some say that the Piscean vibe can veer off into delusion. The truth is that there is no such thing as delusion. Only perspective.
Today’s new moon in Aquarius is exact at 3:52 pm EST. It’s the first new moon in the calendar year of 2023, and many people are excited about this event. On a spiritual/metaphysical level, new moons represent new beginnings. As such, a great way to work with the energies of the new moon cycle, which lasts for 2 weeks, is to start new projects or to add something new to a project you are already working on.
It also helps to look at the sign that the moon is in. For this new moon in Aquarius, think about what Western astrology has to say about the zodiac sign of Aquarius.
Generally speaking, the Aquarius archetype is known for unique, original ideas and for independent thinking. As a fixed sign, Aquarius is not swayed by others opinions but rather stays true to their own beliefs, even if it means rejecting the norms of society. Because Aquarius respects the rights of each individual person, it is a sign that is often associated with being a humanitarian.
With this new moon in Aquarius, think about who you are as a unique individual. Make sure that anything you initiate during this new moon cycle expresses who you are. Being authentic right now is more important than trying to please the crowd.
By the same token, respect the individuality of all the people you come in contact with. Individuality is not just your right—it’s everyone’s right. With this mindset, It’s possible to resolve differences in cases where you don’t agree or to advocate for equality.