New Moon in Taurus

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 7:18 AM central

The new moon is a time of beginnings and opportunities. This is a time of manifestation, making choices, making plans. Jan Spiller published a book, New Moon Astrology, which is one of a few books I keep close. I recommend getting a copy, if you don’t already own it. I also recommend you go to Jan’s website to calculate your Grandaddy Power Period. This period is unique to each person’s chart, based on when the Sun is transiting the 11th House of your birth chart. The 11th is the house of Karma. Follow her suggestion and use this as your first wish, “I want to easily cut through any fears or negativity that may arise in the month following my Power Period, and emerge with flying colors.” This truly will help ease your mind when the powerful changes start happening.

Retrograde Planets

Four planets are currently retrograde: Jupiter (which goes direct on June 9th), Saturn (direct on August 25th), Mercury (which is direct next week on the 3rd), and Pluto (direct September 28th). Most retrogrades offer us the challenge of an internal journey. There are also gifts in these backward and internal movements. Jupiter asks us if we’re really headed in the direction we want, and gives us time to decide what and how we want to change things. Saturn helps us evaluate our commitments and plans from the past, to see if they suit us or are still serving us. Mercury has its own gifts of giving us a second chance to finish those things we have left unfinished, everything from projects to relationships to the great American novel. Finally, Pluto offers us transformation by showing us our shadow selves and giving us opportunities to make amends. So, take this time to look deeply at what you want now and where you want to see yourself in the future. New Moons offer new beginnings. This New Moon offers you a chance to look closely and choose an authentic life.

What to do

You have until 3:18 PM (central) to write down 2 – 10 wishes by hand. Write them simply and in plain language. Let your intuition guide you, not logic. Wish what you mean, not what you think you should, not what you aren’t sure about. Date and keep what you write (I use sticky notes in a paper calendar). Don’t waste your wishes on other people, they are yours and yours alone, and they should never be used to influence the will of anyone else. Once you have written down your 2 – 10 wishes, let the Universe have them. If you notice new opportunities, take them. They are the gift you asked for. Change can be a little difficult, especially if you’re afraid or don’t believe you can have what you want. Try your best to remain calm and believe this can be yours. I write to get myself through fearful or uncomfortable times. If you’re not good with words, draw, dance, sing, get out in nature, whatever you need to do.

What’s special about a moon in Taurus?

Taurus is a very earthy sign. Wishes you might want to think about involve money and possessions, sensuality, contentment and gratitude, persistence, patience and dependability, personal boundaries, possessiveness, and health issues related to coughs, thyroid, the voice, and anything around the neck. You might want to chant, sing, or talk through some issues before you sit down to write. Seat yourself in a comfortable place, allow yourself to feel grounded and supported by the earth.

Something yummy

April is a good month for root vegetables, like beets and new potatoes. Prepare them simply, so you can really taste these earthy treasures. Simply roasting them with a little fat, salt, and pepper, will bring out their sweetness. Taurus is all about pleasure and gratitude. Set aside a little time to thank the earth for these gifts. Blessings on your journey!

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