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We get a taste of Taurus cautiousness on this New Moon at 06° 27′ Taurus on 26 April 2017, 05:17 AM PDT. Taurus is known for preferring the tried and true ways of doing things and that side comes to the forefront now. Questions we need to ask on this New Moon revolve around practicalities. Is this cost effective? How long will it take before there is a viable product? What do you expect from this relationship? All have to do with the bottom line and now is the time to do our homework to ensure we have all the necessary facts.

The luminaries only have Mars in Gemini aspecting them via a semi-sextile which is a source of minor irritation. That’s because Mars in Gemini is the ultimate multitasker who loves to jump from project to project without completing any of them, while Taurus prefers to slog through one thing at a time before moving on to the next. This time around it will work out better to follow Taurus’s example rather than Mars in Gemini even though it will probably be boring at times.

The two most important aspects in this chart are Venus in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius and Mercury conjunct Uranus in Aries trine Saturn in Sagittarius. Venus is critical because she rules Taurus, and has a big say in everything related to love and money. We have been living with the Venus-Saturn square for three weeks and this feels like the last big test of what we learned before Venus returns to Aries on April 28.

Don’t forget Mercury is still retrograde in Aries. Therefore all those brilliant, innovative ideas being generated by the conjunction with Uranus will need to be tested thoroughly before being put into practice. This is underscored by the trine to sensible Saturn. We have a unique opportunity to work out the bugs over the next few weeks because all three planets will remain in aspect until mid-May . . . a very good deal!

Jupiter in Libra is in an odd place on this New Moon. He is still making a waning square to Pluto in Capricorn while making a waxing inconjunct to Neptune in Pisces (exact on May 17 at 14°). It seems like Jupiter’s big plans to promote peace and equity are going to be thwarted for awhile longer. Yes, he is gradually moving out from under Pluto’s overwhelming need to stay in control but Neptune will be just as difficult in a very different way. Neptune undermines through lack of clarity, inertia and artful misdirection. Neptune’s influence is usually quite subtle so we need to be extra vigilant and have alternative ways to proceed at our fingertips.

There is no better time to get in touch with our natural rhythms and cycles than a Taurus New Moon. Moving through life at a deliberate, measured pace comes easily to Taurus, something most of us need to practice for our own sanity. Something to contemplate on this nurturing New Moon in Taurus is the importance of coming up with the right balance of effort and relaxation for each of us as an individual.

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

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