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Taurus New Moon

April 23, 2020


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New Moon
in: Taurus 3°
April 23, 2020 @ 2:27 a.m. GMT
April 22, 2020 @ 7:27 p.m. PDT -7
Sun is Taurus, 3° 24'
Moon is Taurus, 3° 24'

The new moon in Taurus pushes us to be practical and secure at the same time. Well, mostly, unless you factor in the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic!

The Sun and Moon are conjunct with Uranus in Taurus. Now, how much more appropriate could this all be? Uranus has a way of turning things inside out, or upside down. We are a bit more prone to accidents during this new moon. Distractions and inattention may be the cause of that. Add in the fact that this new moon is square to Saturn in Aquarius. Can we benefit from this square even though it is a challenging aspect? We sure can! It's all about remembering to reach out to others for assistance. Even though we may not be able to get the "physical" assistance we would normally want, we can still ask for a helping hand. Whether that means asking someone to help a family member with shopping and delivery to their doorstep, or just talking over the phone/internet for a comforting connection. Saturn wants us to think in terms of building something better than we had before. And even with a square aspect, that does not necessarily mean to tear apart what we already have in place. It indicates a time to change the way we used to do it. We may feel inhibited or challenged at first. The first step is always the hardest one to take.

Mercury, in Aries, is going to be transiting Out of Bounds (OOB) next month. For now, Mercury is encouraging us to think quickly. Now that does not necessarily mean that we are thinking clearly, or cohesively. Just quickly. We may make some bad decisions in the process. The key is to own them and adapt as necessary. Mercury is square to Pluto in Capricorn. We are likely to be considered as annoying to others as we brusquely share opinions that others don't agree with. But that's just the thing, everyone is sharing their opinion, and hardly any of those opinions are any more valid than our own. In other words, opinions are not facts. If we don't want to annoy others, then don't share opinions during this new moon period. All it is doing is adding to the noise.

Venus in Gemini is transiting OOB until June 2. Yes, that's a really long time to have to deal with this one. It started its OOB transit on April 2. Most likely, as it fades back inbounds, the first week of June, we will start to see some light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. Even if the crisis is not over, there will be a better understanding of the virus and how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. One of the most difficult facets of an OOB Venus is that we find it more difficult to be mindful of our environment because we have not used a lot of the skills that Venus brings to our lives. Venus is our romantic, creative, and business mind. Tapping back into those may actually be a source of emotional survival.

Venus is trine to Mars in Aquarius. While, yes, we would rather party and hang out with our friends, we need to look to the virtual ways of doing that. Another thought is to go back to "writing letters" and sending them through the mail. Inspire those old methods of connections with friends, loved ones, or even seeking out and connecting with penpals (people you have never met). Writing takes (fills) time and allows us to be expressive about our feelings so that we can acknowledge that these times have us filled with anxiety and fears. At the same time, it can help us to release those feelings.

On the other hand, let's also be mindful of Venus' square to Neptune in Pisces. This can accentuate our fears. Issues that we may not have been able to deal with in the past, could flare back up during this new moon (and into next week). Now this one could be a bit more tricky for us and we may need to reach out to get professional assistance if we realize that we are not handling it well on our own. Many clinics are now using telemedicine (talking to our doctors on the phone or over the internet). Just make certain that your insurance (if you have it) will cover the appointment. There are other outlets for mental health that are free, as well. Seek those options out so that the situation can be managed sooner, rather than later.

Jupiter in Capricorn is still forming a conjunction to Pluto in Capricorn. At this point, Jupiter has moved into a critical degree of Capricorn (Pluto is not at the same degree). While the term critical degree sounds ominous, it really isn't (always). It's a sensitive degree that can be found in each sign that is a bit of a tipping point of "transition." Jupiter's transit over this degree is more of a release of the typical Capricorn influence. The thought of this degree is less about crisis/reputation management, and more about reorganizing within our situation. This tipping point is partially what is contributing to the "I want out" feeling that some of us are feeling. While a few of us are acting out (demonstrating) in the streets, others are starting to find new ways to release the pent up feelings. We are going outside, exercising, bringing new pets into the family, making creative videos, and starting new activities that allow us to distance and connect at the same time. Yes, we are all tired of not being able to live our "usual life" but at the same time, Jupiter with Pluto's conjunction is not such that will allow for "status quo" to begin with. I don't remember who said this, but Jupiter conjunct Pluto is another way of saying "You can recycle old ideas into new ones that work." Perhaps one of the obvious facets of this pandemic is that the air around our Earth is getting an "Earth day" present (reprieve) from all the gas and toxic fumes. And, to the chagrin of the political pundits, humans actually were contributing to ozone depletion and global warming. Imagine that? It took a three-month health crisis to show us that!

The information above basically covers the transits and the aspects. Next let's look at the placements of the planets. There are six planets located in the Feminine Receptives that should help is to be more patient and resilient. We have the ability to work behind the scenes to accomplish important tasks without feeling put out. However, on occasion, we may experience bouts of depression that we would not normally feel. It should not last, but if it does, finding a professional to help navigate that depression is an important lesson within this new moon.

There is, at least, one planet in each of the four elements, Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. The majority of placements are located in Earth signs which also helps us to be practical with our decisions. Most of the planets are also located in Fixed quality signs but the planets are not overloaded there. This allows us to find balance in our attitudes and perspective in life. We can come up with new ways of doing things and create solutions to problems that normally would hinder us.

This new moon is a new start with Taurus traits as the focus. We may feel concerned about our safety and well-being, and we may be somewhat possessive about what we currently have, while fears cause us to worry about what we might lose. One resource to help us identify where we are emotionally is the "Feelings Wheel."

At the same time that we are exploring our emotions, the Jupiter and Pluto conjunction in Capricorn is pushing us to let go of outdated aspects of our lives. Balancing the two may feel difficult, but there are enough other facets of this new moon that allows us to adapt and adjust. But the bottom line is that it is up to us to take on these tasks of adapting and adjusting. Remember that the first step is always the hardest, but we can lean into the changes, and find the solutions that are most productive and healthy for ourselves until we all come out on the other side of this global event that is not merely impacting us, alone

Meditation for the April 23rd New Moon
There is a place to be alone.

© J. McCaul - Lunar Living Astrology, 2020 (All Rights Reserved)

1) Goldschneider, G.  1994, The secret language of birthdays, New York, NY; London, Engl.: Victoria, Austr.: Auckland, NZ., Penguin Studio Books.

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