• just hours before Uranus and Mars both change signs and continue to square each other

    It’s time to set your intentions for the New Moon at 24°36’ Taurus that will occur on the 15th May. The Moon is exalted in this Venus-ruled, Fixed Earth sign.

    As the Cardinal Mars-Uranus square morphs into a Fixed modality (Aquarius-Taurus) as from tomorrow we are urged to bring our physical and emotional security needs into the forefront and face them head on as we aim to be as flexible as possible to any sudden or unexpected changes that might challenge us.

    Venus, the New Moon’s dispositor, is in social Gemini and in mutual reception with Mercury who has recently entered Taurus, it’s almost as if they are hand-in-hand as grace and tact enhance our social skills. Careful about the other side of the coin too….flattery, if too thick, often fails.

    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 5-8° of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.

    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.

    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 25° Taurus: “A vast public park.” Indicating the cultivation of natural energies for collection use and rereation.

    “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.” William Arthur Ward



    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. 85, Vintage Books Edition, Random House Inc., New York, USA


    Image: Mother Earth by Jenness Cortez