Taurus New Moon – May 19, 2023

The New Moon on May 19 is at 28 degrees of Taurus. This New Moon features a great deal of Taurus energy. Not only is the New Moon in Taurus (both the sun and the moon) but so are Mercury, Jupiter, Vesta, Uranus, and the North Node! That’s a lot of Taurus energy! Taurus rules money (banking, securities, investments) things of worth (jewelry, art, collectibles), and farming. It’s not just worth in the outer world that Taurus rules, but also in our inner world. How we value ourselves, how much we have been caring for ourselves, and showing ourselves self-respect. In fact, our inner worth is often reflected in the outer world, eg our net worth may give us an indication of what is going on inside. This New Moon in Taurus gives us an opportunity to set intentions for securing, protecting, and increasing both our inner and outer worth.

On one hand, the New Moon is trine to Pluto giving us a feeling of power and self-mastery. We will feel capable and innovative, guided by recent transformations in technology, science, and within the collective. However, two things we need to be aware of during this New Moon are the impulse to take on more than we can handle and the feeling of victimization and resentment. This is because the New Moon is Conjunct Phaethon, the asteroid associated with overconfidence, and Sedna the planet (minor planet) associated with the Inuit goddess who transcends her adversity only after letting go. These two energies ask us to take our time, measure our abilities, and surrender to what is. Surrendering does not mean accepting. It means that we don’t fight against the reality.

Much of the swing between these two approaches will be as a result of Mercury, Jupiter, and the North Node in the early signs of Taurus squaring Pluto. In fact, Mars at the last degree of Cancer is also squaring Pluto creating a T-Square. We may witness (or experience) things going sideways with money, the banks, and/or the food supply. We may have attacks on our sense of self and self-worth. What we witness or experience will likely trigger impulsive, intense, and even violent feelings.

However, there is something about this moment in time that is giving us an opportunity to do things differently. This is because the North Node is involved and when the North Node is involved it is giving us an opportunity to follow a new path and correct past errors (even past live errors). Normally the way to deal with the T-square is to look at the sign opposite the focal planets. In this case that opposite sign is Scorpio. But Scorpio leads us either to Mars, the classical ruler, which tells us to fight for our traditions, or to the modern ruler which is Pluto, which tells us to destroy our outdated traditions. And these two planets are opposing each other pushing us to go one way or the other… which will lead to problems. The trick is to find the middle ground. And this New Moon is suggesting that we lean on the loving planet of Venus.

Venus is the ruler of the North Node, but more importantly is it the ruler of the New Moon. Venus is in cancer and in mutual reception with the moon. This means they are helping each other out and strengthening each other. Venus in Cancer is caring and values family and people who they consider to be their tribe. Venus in Cancer likes the security that these relationships bring. Venus is also making many positive aspects that, if we lean on her, will help us to be stable, strategic, inventive, and willing to talk through a compromise.

We don’t have to do this alone. This New Moon is sextile to the spiritual planet of Neptune and opposite the Galactic Centre (where galactic information streams into our universe) reminding us to lean on our spiritual guides and galactic wisdom!

The Sabian symbol is “Two cobblers working at a table”. A cobbler is a maker or mender of shoes. Another meaning of a cobbler is a workman who is clumsy. This suggests that there are two ways to approach the situation. A clumsy workman will make mistakes, sometimes even fatal. A maker of shoes will take steps to build something solid and secure giving us good footing.

Happy New Moon in Taurus!