• feeling comfortable isn’t always the best thing….

    It’s time to set your intentions for the New Moon at 21°17 Taurus (antiscion 8°43’ Leo) that will occur on the 11th of May. The Moon is exalted in this Venus-ruled, Fixed Earth sign.

    The New Moon falls on the 2-8th axis of the traditional zodiac (Taurus-Scorpio) which involves matters such as security vs temptation, calm vs crisis, sex vs taboos etc. It is significant for those who have planets or angles between 19-24° of Taurus or Scorpio.

    So, part of our intentions for this moment might involve building things (projects, relationships or whatever) to last by creating stability in that part of our lives illuminated by this New Moon. To do this we need to listen to our body and follow our heart.

    Taurus is a practical, comfort loving sign but the sextile the New Moon makes to Neptune in Pisces could mean that practicality takes on a dream-like quality or that we could kid ourselves that tasks are easier than they seem, or it could be a just huge opportunity to relax and enjoy the comforts of life!

    The dispositor of the Taurus Moon is an OOB Venus in the early degrees of social Gemini. Our security and physical wellbeing are tied into our social life (for good or for bad depending on your own personal take on social restrictions).

    The still ongoing square between Saturn and Uranus (both in fixed signs) could indicate unexpected responsibility for our own wellbeing and an urge for freedom from social distancing or an urgent desire to break free from social impositions.

    An OOB Mars in nurturing Cancer is applying a tight sextile to Uranus and is quincunx Saturn so there could be a lot of pettiness and sudden anger on the domestic front which arise from restrictions to our freedom.

    In the New Moon chart, Jupiter is in the very last degree of Aquarius giving a “now or never” feel to the Aquarian qualities that Jupiter expresses. These could result in the glorification of the individual spirit, the championing of human rights (BLM?) or an exaggerated sense of loneliness together with an embarrassing superficiality.

    The emphasis in on the Air/Earth elements with no Fire which could manifest as little hope in the future as well as difficulty in getting things started.

    Author Raven Kaldera, in his book “Moon Phase Astrology”, calls this New Moon the “Dryads Moon”, the Dryads are the quiet, shy spirits of the trees, and he states that “this Moon phase in the earthiest of the astrological signs comes forth in a form that is as close to Nature that a human can possibly be”. He suggests that on this day we should steep ourselves in Nature by going for a walk or just sitting in the garden or park when possible.

    The Sabian symbol for 22° Taurus: “White dove flying over troubled waters.” Indicating the spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of a crisis.

    For the antiscion at 9° Leo: “Glass blowers shape beautiful vases with their controlled breathing.” Indicating the need to involve one’s most spiritual and vital energies in the creative act if it is to produce significant and beautiful new forms.

    “Anything that disturbs your comfort factor is good for you.” Tony La Russa


    Kaldera R. (2011) “Moon Phase Astrology” pp. 27-30, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont. USA

    Rudhyar D. (1974) “An Astrological Mandala: the cycles of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases”. p. 84, 137, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA