New Mon [21 Taurus 18]
London – May 11, 2021 (20:00 GMT+1)
New York – May 11, 2021 (15:00 GMT-4)
Sydney – May 12, 2021 (05:00 GMT+10)
New Moon alert! It’s that time of the month when we await a new lunar cycle which begins with the New Moon. This New Moon is possibly one of the best of the year. This is because it takes place in Taurus, a sign that’s much loved by the Moon. It’s thought of as a ‘safe harbour’.
Plus, this New Moon stands alone, supported by helpful planetary aspects. The Sun and Moon sit side by side in the zodiac, the perfect team; the King (Sun) and Queen (Moon) of the sky, the Sun ruling the day and the Moon the night.
7 top tips on how to make the most of the Taurus New Moon
1. Set your intentions for the month ahead. Launch a project, start something new. The best time to do this is a day or two after the New Moon when the New Moon energy kicks in. The following fortnight is great for being pro-active and taking the initiative in all areas.
2. Make a wish on the crescent moon. This will appear in the night sky on May 12th/13th. When you first catch a glimpse of the Moon, make your wish as New Moon wishes can come true.
3. Write an abundance cheque. You can do this with any cheque. Write your name where it says ‘payee’, add how much you want to receive, choose any figure you like, the more abundant the better and sign it ‘with love from the universe’.
Tuck it away and wait and see what manifests by the time of the Full Moon in two weeks. This is doubly advantageous because Taurus is the sign that rules money so make the most of this potentially abundant New Moon.
4. Be in nature, garden & grow fruit & vegetables. Taurus is one of the earth signs so revel in simple pleasures, the glory and beauty of nature that’s all around you. Stop what you’re doing, sit or walk outside, give thanks for the constancy of nature
5. Sing, be cheerful. Taurus rules the throat and there are many amazing Taurus singers with unique voices. Adele (b. May 5 1988) is a great example. Sing in a choir, sing to your children, sing in the shower.
6. Eat, drink and be merry. Taurus is one of the sensual earth signs linked to food and produce. So make this a special New Moon and savour good food, enjoy good company and share in good times. If you’re a budding chef, knock up a special meal for your loved ones. Be happy.
7. Tend to the earth. Taurus is a slow and steady earth sign but the planet of revolution and innovation, Uranus, is also in Taurus. Take care of the environment, use less of the earth’s resources and be more thoughtful about your waste.
Here’s a quick guide to the areas of your life that are highlighted during the New Moon. Read both your Sun & Ascendant sign:
- Aries – money & values
- Taurus – personal goals & self image
- Gemini – solitude & secrets
- Cancer – friends & wider society
- Leo – career & status
- Virgo – travel & study
- Libra – joint finances & sexuality
- Scorpio – love & relationships
- Sagittarius – job & health
- Capricorn – birth i.e. kids, romance, creative project
- Aquarius – home & family
- Pisces – local community & ideas
Wishing you happiness and abundance on a glorious New Moon in Taurus.
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The New Moon occurs at 19:59 (UT) on May 11, 2021 at 21°Ta17′.
The New Moon in Taurus gives us an opportunity to make a practical new start in the realm of finances, resources, possessions, self-worth, values and the body. The global 2nd house is where we discover what matters, what we think of as valuable and precious. Taurus as a sign is associated with farming and agriculture. It’s the land we live on and the body we live in. Here we learn how to survive and thrive in this material world.
The New Moon is tightly conjunct Black Moon Lilith. It’s fascinating symbolism as it is only when Black Moon Lilith is conjunct the Moon that she is ‘visible’ so to speak. In mythology, Lilith began life as a wraith – dis-embodied. This New Moon feels like the moment when she was given a body to inhabit, drawing down all of her chaotic, creative, powerful, raw energy into tangible form. So maybe we too are catching a glimpse of a ghost, something that has haunted us, something we know we need to give form and life to.
Perhaps too we are dealing with themes related to rejection, unfairness, demonization. It’s important that we look at where we demonise aspects of ourselves, split off or reject. Maybe we’re afraid of our power. Maybe were afraid of the void. But right now, wild witch Lilith is front and centre, reminding us that we have the power to manifest (Taurus) if only we accept who we are.
The Moon is trine Pluto, telling us that there is a natural flow of regenerative energy available if we tap into the magic within. When we dig deep into ourselves, there are precious resources available along with strength and fortitude. Taurus too is a sign that is associated with the ability to endure so whatever it is we want to start, there’s power available to bring it to life. We do however need to be mindful that Taurus can fall into patterns of consumerism and greed. Think Gollum and ‘my precious!’. Taurus finds it hard to let anything go but sometimes we do need to weed out what isn’t necessary.
This Moon is also square to Saturn – it’s wide but it’s there, presenting a challenge. Saturn squares tend to feel like there is a block that we can’t get past, an immovable object, authority or rule that forces us to delay or change our objectives. Yes, we may need to allow for time, delay, or restrictions but it doesn’t mean that we can’t start at all. This aspect is akin to a flower that grows through concrete, a tree that twists itself around a wall. Sometimes we need to alter our course – especially with Saturn in experimental Aquarius. But we can find a way. Don’t let anyone or anything tell you that ‘it’s impossible’.
The Moon’s sextile to Neptune gifts us with an opportunity to listen to our intuition, transcend the limitations imposed by Saturn and serve a higher purpose. It gives us the chance to dip into the pool of the collective unconscious for inspiration and to go with the flow. Neptune also quietly reminds the Moon and Sun in Taurus that the material world is not the be all and end all. We are more than what we perceive with our five senses. The presence of Neptune (and Lilith too) adds ‘spirit’ to the other elements of fire, water, earth and air. The five elements are what are represented in the five-pointed star – symbol of protection and magic. We are just two days before Jupiter first enters spiritual Pisces. The atmosphere is expectant, anxious, urgent. We’re in danger of being too in the head, too stuck in our beliefs but soon we will have to explore the mystical worlds. Perhaps this New Moon helps us see that reality can be shaped and moulded. It all begins in the invisible world of our unconscious and in other unnameable dimensions.
Sextiles are helpful aspects but we need to actively engage with them to bring them to life. Given that this is a very fixed chart which brings out the Taurean tendency to stubbornness, it’s important that we know where to yield, surrender or give it over to the Gods (Neptune). Continuously trying to bulldoze Saturn out of the way isn’t going to work. We need to relax and engage with our imagination to see other possible paths of exploration, other solutions, other ways of accomplishing what we have set out to do.
The Sabian symbol of this lunation is ‘A White Dove Flying Over Troubled Waters’. This elevates the message of Neptune and points us to where we need to ‘rise above’. When we rise above and see life from a higher perspective, we can tune into the karmic lessons behind the difficulties we encounter. Ruled by loving, harmony-seeking Venus, Taurus is a peaceful sign and the dove too is a symbol for peace. When we have peace in our hearts, that is when walls fall, and magic becomes real.
This week’s major aspects
10-May-21 Mercury conjunct North Node
Listen to what is said. Karmic stories are in the air.
11-May-21 Mercury sextile Chiron, New Moon in Taurus
An opportunity to learn from a mentor. Healing conversations. A new start to bring greater security.
12-May-21 Mars square Chiron and sextile Uranus, Mercury trine Saturn
Vulnerability yet an urge to branch out. New goals that challenge old wounds. Make a plan.
13-May-21 Sun sextile Neptune. Jupiter enters Pisces
Magical, ethereal vibrations. Increased faith. Creative inspiration.
14-May-21 No major aspects
15-May-21 Mercury enters the shadow zone
We will return to this point at a later date. Pay attention to what occurs as these themes may repeat.
16-May-21 Venus square Vesta
Unsure of whether the heart is still invested in what was once sacred. Take time out to lighten the load and pinpoint the problem.
There are unsuspected depths to this New Moon at 21° 18′ Taurus on 11 May 2021, 12:00 PM PDT. The reason why is the Taurus Sun and Moon are closely sextile Neptune in Pisces and widely trine Pluto in Capricorn. One of the best ways we can access those depths is through making art of one kind or another. Tactile, physical types of artistic expression are favored by earthy Taurus, such as dance, sculpture, playing a musical instrument, etc. This works as well for ordinary folk as well as professional artists. It is participating in the creative act that is the key to helping us reach the hidden places deep within us. Be bold and let your inner artist out to play!
An interesting thing is going on with Taurus’s ruler, Venus. Venus is now in Gemini and the only aspect she makes is an out-of-sign square to Jupiter in Aquarius. Out-of-sign aspects means the numbers say one thing and the signs another. In this case, Venus and Jupiter are trine by sign (Gemini and Aquarius) while being square by the numbers. One way to translate this is fixed Aquarius being somewhat miffed by mutable Gemini’s fickle ways, while still being able to talk about those differences. The tendency to overindulge typical of Venus-Jupiter squares is toned down quite a lot too.
The other two planets in air are caught up with Mars in watery Cancer. Mercury in Gemini is trine Saturn in Aquarius as well as semi-sextile Mars in Cancer, while Mars in Cancer is inconjunct Saturn in Aquarius. The Mercury-Saturn trine in air is excellent for making well reasoned arguments, always a plus. What can trip us up is anger that wells up out of feeling resentful and put upon. Mars in Cancer does tend to take what it sees as slights very personally. Firming up our boundaries and tending to our self esteem can help us avoid the worst side effects of this odd triangle.
Mars in Cancer is also tightly sextile Uranus in Taurus. Mars-Uranus aspects are highly energetic and the best way to manage that energy is to direct it in healthy ways. Physical activity is an obvious way to do so, and with Uranus in Taurus involved we may come up with fun, innovative methods to exercise safely. Being physically active is also a good way to work off anger too . . . a product resulting from the frustrations generated by the Mars-Saturn inconjunct.
Since Saturn in Aquarius is still squaring Uranus in Taurus choosing sensible outlets for our energy is even more important. There are so many things happening in the world at large we as individuals have no control over, it is critical we manage our self care as best we can.
We are going to have lots to contemplate as the impact of this New Moon in Taurus unfolds. New Moons encourage us to look for ways to make a fresh start in some aspect of our lives. Looking to the house in our natal charts where Taurus New Moon falls can give us an idea of where we might need to make some adjustments. Other than that, put on your favorite dancing music and dance out your problems! As always, remember to practice kindness, tolerance and patience. Peace and love to all.
Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.
Image: Tree of Light © Jenny Woodward