Welcome to this astrological breakdown for the new moon in Taurus, April 23rd 2020.
Position: 3.23 degrees of Taurus
Aspects: Conjunct Uranus in Taurus (orb 3 degrees) Square Saturn in Aquarius (orb 1.82 degrees)
This configuration feels like walking up hill with sandbags around your ankles. You know it’s going to be worth it, but my goodness it’s frustrating!
Coffee stop anyone?
This new moon first and foremost throws light onto our values and resources. Much is impermanent in this world but true values should be like roots, unwavering and holding us firm in the storm. Taurus warns against being wasteful of our resources and encourages us to protect our assets. I remind you that our utmost resource is ourselves, our health, innate talents and freedom. We must all cast superficilaity aside and tend our foundations this month.
You will note Uranus conjunct the new moon and squaring Saturn, yes? Both planets are feeling incredibly challenged by the sign that they’re in, and the square aspect between two doesn’t help. Know the saying “Banging your head against a brick wall”? Well, both planets will be doing this in their own way throughout this year and into the next. What’s actually happening here is that the conflicting energies are being forced to learn from one another. They may both want to throw their dummies out of the pram at times, I think we all will!
Take heart, if we persevere through this time we will all end up with tools in our toolkit that will serve us through the most challenging times in our lives. This new moon offers us a hard-won opportunity that will be so incredibly valuable for those who perservere.
Bring on the sandbags!!
This new moon indicates a steady reformation, a gradual turn for the better. We may well see a change of perspective and direction by those in authority under this influence. To cling to the old ways at this time would not serve us, this is a call to upgrade systems and processes so that they can better meet the physical and material needs of the people. We will all have to remain open to prospect of doing things differently under this new moon if we want to see !steady!) progress. We have a wonderful opportunity this month to assess our personal values and resources in order to discern which are likely to stand the test of time and really aid us.
The rights of individuals to exercise free choice may well come into conflict with the constraints imposed upon them. Restriction may become difficult to endure at this point, a rising of Uranian energy may well have people champing at the bit! Alternatively, if the Saturn energy dominates we may experience personal and societal resistance to change itself.
This is such a great time to sit and consider your future, the change that you want to bring about in your life. Don’t expect to put anything into practice just yet, the brakes are somewhat on, but plan how you will manifest your ideals over the coming years. Start planting seeds, and yes, think long term!
Let’s go into a little more depth…
Let’s break this new moon down and tackle some of the key questions:
What does it mean to have a new moon in Taurus?
Don’t be hasty with this new moon, Taurus doesn’t rush and neither does it take change and new beginnings lightly. The reason for this being Taurus is concerned with quality. This new moon is encouraging us to look carefully at our values and our resources, to assess which are likely to stand the test of time and really aid us. What is the point in building a vehicle that won’t get you to your end destination?
Not concerned with quick fixes or botch jobs, this new moon is pushing us to put in place solid foundations for the future because at it’s core it’s concerned with survival needs. Life is full of unpredictablility and the control we have over such things is negligible, so what can we amend, build or adopt to ensure that we can withstand the currents? We’re encouraged to focus on change that will bring us lasting stability and true, lifelong wellbeing. What can we do as individuals and as a species to be more self-sufficient?
If used unwisely a new moon in Taurus will see us clinging to the known, even though it no longer serves us. It can be territorial and possessive for it sees that which it owns as being intrinsic to its survival, so try to remain open and giving. The challenge of this new moon will come in the form of compromise, being conjunct Uranus we are encouraged to remain open to new ideas, even if they don’t fit the mold!
What happens when the elements of earth and air take to the main stage?
This is a very efficient combination, it allows us to stand back and look at what’s working in our lives or in the wider world. We’re encourages to set about improving that which isn’t currently serving us. Bestowing a mature yet innovative outlook, this combination increases people’s capacity to make things happen!
It doesn’t come without its tensions though. If the balance tips in favour of air then unpredictable changes in direction and “too much too soon” can cause nervous tension in those who prefer gradual progress. It can also indicate that ideas are unable to materialise, they stay in the ether (in the air!) If it tips in the favour of earth, then a short-sightedness and a stifling of progress may be seen. Those keen to see advances in their lives may perceive excessive caution as a threat to their freedoms. So, these are themes that we will have to contend with over the coming month.
The Saturn-Uranus square, is it all that bad?
You’ve already had a taste of these energies coming together. When Saturn entered Aquarius on 23rd March, and mars triggered the square over the first week or so of April. So, we’ve already started to see these archetypal themes merge. As a quick recap Uranus is future orientated, idealistic and unpredictable by nature, this radical energy often does not combine well with the traditional values of Saturn that seeks to preserve the tried and tend systems and practices of the past.
A compromise is due!
It has been such a challenging time as I’m sure most of you will agree, with unprecedented social restrictions being put in place to help tackle COVID-19. Everywhere we look we’ve seen structures and systems put to the test and come under tremendous strain and people across the world have all been given the responsibility of playing their part in order to prevent the collapse of public services. Here we have the textbook Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn.
Though now make way! Under this new moon we see a new player being thrown into the limelight of the current world scene, Uranus. Giving added emphasis to the Aquarian influence, it challenges Saturn to upgrade systems and processes so that they can more effectively meet the physical and material needs of the people. Not one for limitation or conforming this energy is eager to see impediments managed so that we can move forward. The Saturn and Taurus energies however are warning against haste, they’re saying “Hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s wait for the best solution.” Controlled change is key with the meeting of these energies and a practical idealism can be a powerful thing indeed. Did you know that it’s under this influence that new inventions and societal reform often take root? Uranus can bring sudden breakthroughs in areas where there has been opposition or stagnation.
On the flip side should these energies decide to lock horns rather than work together we may see challenges to authority as people begin to find restrictions to their freedoms too much to bear. Alternatively, we may see resistance from people to change itself, maybe even a combination of the two. Be prepared, we can expect to see our previous ‘ways of doing things’ being proven to be unsustainable and if attempts aren’t made to adapt then the old ways may be lost all together.
Let’s talk squares, what does it mean that Saturn ‘squares’ the new moon?
Whilst the union of these two planets can bring about tremendous and lasting change my concern is that they are in a 90’ aspect to one another, the square. The very nature of this aspect is that of high energy, tension and conflict. I want you to picture a band being stretched and stretched until it snaps, or there being such an excess of energy that it can’t help but bubble over at some point. This rising tension is why the square has a way of bringing about very real events, it’s a catalyst. It resonates with the numerical value of 4, materiality and manifestation. By this I’m suggesting that the effects of this square should be very plain to see. That which is currently existing in potential will be realised through the period that this square is in aspect.
Top tips to make the most of this new moon
1. Plant Seeds for the Future
This is such a great time to sit and consider your future and the changes that you want to bring about in your life. Don’t expect to put anything into practice just yet but rather plan how you will manifest your ideals over the coming years. Start planting seeds, and yes, think long term.
2. Reach Out to Others
Find your humanitarian streak. Look past your immediate friends and family and to society. What ills do you see and is there anything you could you do to help?
3. Centre Yourself
This time might be quite fraught for many of us and this new moon being in the introverted sign on Taurus, encourages us to take time out to relax occasionally. The energy of Taurus emphasises nature, a short walk or time in the garden, or dip your toes into the arts, be it home décor or just listening to music. Also don’t forget Taurus commonly loves cooking, look up some recipes and get creative.
4. Be Patient
Don’t resist change, remain flexible but do not be rash. Please take time to carefully consider your options so that you can make well informed decisions.
If you can think of anyone that will benefit from this article, or my top tip below, please share.
Best wishes for this new lunar cycle!