New Moon in Taurus: Be here now



New Moon, Tuesday, May 7, 

11:21 PM EDT/8:21PM PDT 

18° 02 Taurus

This evening, Tuesday, May 7, a luscious New Moon in Taurus enfolds us in the power of the present moment.  This Moon invites us to simplify, to ground ourselves, to pause and reconnect so we can more fully open ourselves to the world both within and around us. 

Taurus season takes place at the height of spring when everything is blooming with possibility. Words like rich, lush, abundant, and fecund spring to mind.  Taurus doesn’t rush in like Aries, it savors the moment. Taurus urges us to sensually feel the moment and embody it fully.  It is the first of the earth signs, all of which are about making things real, better known as the art of manifestation. Taurus likes things it can touch.

Historically the bull was worshipped throughout ancient cultures. In Egypt, the bull was a symbol of the fertility God Apis.  In Mesopotamia, the storm god Ishkur/Adad is called the “bull of heaven” and “grand bull.” In mythological texts from the ancient city of Ugarit, the bull is associated with the high god El, symbolizing both strength and fertility. Spiritually the bull represents not just physical strength but also inner resilience, the ability to find calm in the middle of the storm. 

This New Moon, a truly delightful New Moon, one of the best of 2024, is a time to recenter our vision.  

During this New Moon slow down and explore what you truly desire.  

To harness the energy of the New Moon we must simplify. 

Rather than endlessly multitask, Slow down for the next few days. Allow yourself to ground into the present moment, into the instinctual wisdom of your body. Feel this moment within your life with all of your senses. Connect with the stillness and presence that is your essence. From this inner space, this center, set your priorities accordingly. 

Taurus falls under the rulership of Venus. The essence of the Taurus Venus is worship–we worship what we truly value and vow to maintain it. It is the true meaning of the word ‘husband’–to take care. So care for yourself.  Profoundly. 

This shouldn’t be a radical thought but for so many of us, this is a foreign concept. We don’t know where or how to begin. And, believe it or not, this is a powerful place.  It is the space of beginning, of stretching beyond our current way of being as we most often do what we know over and over again.  And of course that can only create what we already have experienced and known. 

It takes resilience to reimagine your life and build it from that vision rather than what you have known before. 

The trick to working with this Taurean energy is distinguishing what is truly of value: Ask yourself and explore "What do you really want?” 

Getting to the core of what you really want, truly assessing that, is a very complex thing for many, if not most of us. While we might know there is never an external solution to an internal dilemma, it is still challenging when we have to let go of the unconscious expectations we have placed upon the outside world for fulfillment as feeling an embodied sense of satisfaction and completeness is an inside job. 

There is no perfect career, partner or place that will completely nourish our desires. In other words, wherever you go there you are.  So, as we evolve we have to let go of the conscious and unconscious roles we have been playing that maintain our own fixed state. We have to be brave enough to let go of the familiar, the comfortable, to let go of the past. We have to be willing to not “know” ourselves but instead to discover who we are in this moment, to embrace how we are evolving. To actually welcome, rather than fear, this emerging unfamiliar part of ourselves. As Einstein stated the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. It is our own complicit behavior that has been keeping us in the very circumstances that are no longer fulfilling because we have outgrown them. 

Ironically, we have to be here now with what is, in particular with what is within us that is so very uncomfortable because it has outgrown the life we have been living. The life that was good, that felt like it was leading somewhere. And it was: To the moment you need to gracefully let go of it as you evolve. 

The image of the princess and the pea springs to mind. This type of change is like the pea layered under twenty mattresses. We may be able to barely feel it but it is just uncomfortable enough that we cannot rest. It is a persistent unease and we don’t even know what is causing it because we can’t yet consciously see it. 

What do you really want?

Remember, love, and desire, are not logical, they are embodied. And that embodiment is a powerful force. You want to 'feel' this not think it. 

Journal, take walks and talk with close friends, and explore this territory over the next month.  And if you feel compelled to rush into a specific position ask yourself “What is so threatening about being open and not leaping forward for just a bit longer?” Being open requires that we be vulnerable, even to ourselves and dreams that we have discarded because…they scare us, as they really matter. Thus all too often we rationalize why something won’t work. We’re too busy, too old, too poor, have too many responsibilities…the list goes on. But the truth usually is that we are scared and that makes us feel vulnerable which we find intolerable. So we in essence run away from the feeling. Through busyness, through drinking, through taking care of others rather than attending to ourselves, etc, etc. 

Moving a vision into manifestation requires developing the spiritual and emotional muscles to hold it, particularly when it is challenging. Saturn, who symbolically is in charge of time (and manifestation), is exalted in Libra, the other sign Venus rules. What this points us toward is how powerful it is we make time for what really matters to us, even when it seems impossible. What really matters to us is worth fighting for, worth rushing at with open arms, worth finding a way to make it work. And while that sounds glorious, it too can be scary. I get it. Personally. But this is the essence of what makes life glorious. Something truly to leap out of bed for first thing in the morning with an open heart.

May you find stillness and peace during this moment.  It’s waiting within.




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