New Moon in Taurus April 2017 – The Good Life

the-garden-at-bellevue-1880The New Moon in Taurus occurs at 12:16 (UT) on April 26 at 06┬░Ta27′.

Those of you who are around my age in the UK may remember the wonderful 70’s TV show, The Good Life, featuring the antics of a couple who decided to leave the rat race and go self-sufficient. Every time I look at this chart, I get an image in my mind of Tom Good, stomping around in his wellies, happily whistling even though he hasn’t got two pennies to rub together.

Taurus is the first of the Earth signs and it is associated with basic survival and security. In Taurus, we’re conscious of using our resources wisely and need to see tangible results for our efforts. This is a practical sign that can create something from nothing. The bleak soil of winter becomes the verdant green oasis of spring. Taurus is the patient farmer who gets up at the crack of dawn to tend to the fields then returns to eat home-cooked food and enjoy some quality time with a partner. Taurus adores simple pleasures – the scent of bread rising in the oven, a lover’s kiss, a warm soft blanket. Ruled by beautiful Venus, there’s a desire to live in harmony with the land and others.

New Moon in Taurus Chart April 2017
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The lack of aspects in this lunation chart is akin to leaning on a spade and pausing to admire your garden for a moment whilst chewing a piece of grass. Even though there are bigger movements going on in the skies such as the painful square between Saturn and Chiron which perfects on April 30, this New Moon is about taking time out. Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are retrograde so we can anticipate that life will be a little slow. Taurus likes to pace itself, take it’s own sweet time.

With the Moon and Sun conjunct asteroid Urda (Norse ‘fate’), sometimes you just have to wait for life to play out as it will. You can till the soil and set seeds of intention but you can’t control the weather, nor how many fruits will ultimately sprout from your seedlings. This Moon says rest, look at what you have, let go of worrying about what you don’t have. A wide trine to the North Node from the Moon suggests all is as it should be right now. Just keep following the signs. Focus on what is right in front of your nose and forget the rest. Venus, ruler of this lunation is on the anaretic last degree of Pisces. Surrender with an open heart.

The Sabian symbol of this New Moon is :-

The Woman Of Samaria At The Ancestral Well

This Sabian draws upon the Christian story of when Jesus spoke to the Woman of Samaria, showing her how she could quench her spiritual thirst by accepting him as the son of God. It is a reminder that even when we have the basics in life, we can still experience lack if we feel spiritually unfulfilled. During this lunation, we are asked to draw from the endless inner source of joy within and reconnect with our core values which filter through every aspect of our lives. Our beliefs can either fertilise the soil in our metaphorical garden or drain it, leaving it barren. Venus in oceanic Pisces is sextile Grain Goddess Ceres; the more compassion we have, the more love grows.

Painting – ‘The Garden At Bellevue’ by Edouard Manet