May 15, 2018: Taurus New Moon
When the New Moon occurs in Taurus we have a great opportunity to look within and see what it is that brings us comfort and a greater sense of security. Taking the time to examine what activities and earthly delights yield pleasure can help you discover a sense of rootedness that can serve you well in the coming year.
As part of this exercise, think about your habits: Do they actually serve your personal needs for health and happiness or is the pleasure they provide mostly linked to their familiarity? Do they assist you in productively structuring your life or are they on some level limiting, as they don’t let you move readily outside of a narrowly defined comfort zone? Reflecting upon your routines and rituals can be a great fount of awareness during the yearly Taurus New Moon.
As Taurus is a very sensual sign, it’s a good time to listen to music, surround yourself with fragrant flowers, work for hours in the garden, or engage in other experiences that give you pleasure. Your kinesthetic senses may be especially heightened today and can serve as an additional tool to tune into how you feel about certain situations and people. For example, if you’re wondering whether you should pursue a certain project, let the idea of it sit within you and tune into how your body feels. Do you feel relaxed and comforted or jumpy and agitated? Your body may be able to help you filter truths that your mind is unable to clearly perceive.
Now, this day is far from your regular Taurus New Moon. The reason? Also today, cherish-the-irregular Uranus moves into the sign of Taurus, where it hasn’t resided since 1942. And with Mars zipping into Aquarius today, and making a square aspect to Uranus, the feeling of being shaken out of the ordinary is likely being activated. On any given day, that stirring may feel chaotic, creative, and keep us on our toes. Yet given that Taurus isn’t the biggest fan of surprises, unexpected shifts in rhythms, and change in general, it seems like there’s a delicate balance that may want to be maintained this week if we’re not to feel too riled up.
Here are three perspectives to consider that may help you to maintain this sense of balance:
1/ Remember that the knowledge itself that it may be necessary to detour from well-laid plans can help us have confidence in our ability to be adaptable should we need to call upon it, allaying the stress that comes from feeling caught off guard.
2/ See how opening up to a new level of connection to your body, and connection to the earth, can give you a greater level of personal security than previously known.
3/ Reflect upon how being nimble and flexible can actually be quite practical and pragmatic.
Uranus’s entry into Taurus on this day doesn’t signal its fixed residence in this sign of fixity. It’s actually a preview period since Uranus actually charges back into Aries on November 6. It will firmly plant itself in Taurus next year, on March 6, where it will dwell until 2026. Look for more reflections on Uranus in Taurus in upcoming articles that I will share with you.
This Taurus New Moon falls at 25 degrees of Taurus (Sun and Moon). While everyone experiences the energies of the New Moon, if you have planets or pivotal points (i.e., Ascendant/Descendant or Nadir/Midheaven) around this degree in Taurus or the other fixed signs—Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius—it may impact you more intensely.
Taurus New Moon Apothecary Suggestions
Taurus rules the neck, throat, inner ears, and thyroid gland. Pay extra attention to these parts of the body around the time of this New Moon.
Chestnut bud flower essence: Sometimes habits can be supportive and necessary to create productive structure in our lives. Other times they can hold us back or keep us in an unsupportive loop of behavior. In the latter case, we may derive great comfort from doing the same thing again and again, even if we know that it’s not necessarily something that is in our highest interest. If you find yourself stuck in a “been there, done that, but I’ll do that again” rut and would like assistance releasing it, consider Chestnut Bud flower essence. It’s a great natural remedy to use when we need a little assistance breaking out of well-tread but unsupportive routines. (Flower essences are made from flower-infused water and work energetically to restore emotional and mental balance. You can find them in natural food stores or holistic pharmacies.)
Honey and lemon tea: Enjoy a soothing cup of honey and lemon tea. Its warmth is nurturing while the honey and lemon serve as wonderful balms for the throat. If possible, use raw honey (unless you’re pregnant or immunocompromised), which has more antioxidants, and juice from a fresh lemon rather than a bottle. For more throat support, add a tea bag of slippery elm or marshmallow root, two herbs known for their palliative qualities.
The New Moon is exact at 7:48 am EDT
Uranus shifts into Taurus at 11:23 am EDT