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The Old Moon in the New Moon’s Arms
Credit & Copyright: Laurent Laveder

Thursday’s New Moon falls in Taurus on the afternoon of April 27. Taurus is a fixed earth sign, and represents all the sensual pleasures that life on earth has to offer: good food, comfortable clothing, soft touch. New Moons represent beginnings, and this New Moon squares the Saturn/Chiron opposition which is applying (coming together) until it is exact again for the second time in June. The Saturn/Chiron opposition puts pressure (Saturn) on us to face areas of our life that need healing (Chiron), and will challenge us to take seriously any new ventures that we begin now.

This New Moon will be a good time to honor the challenges and emotional crises we may be experiencing, particularly if the Saturn/Chiron opposition is affecting our own charts, while taking a step back and realize the perspective of a human being living on Planet Earth. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing. Farmers markets are open and we can take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables. Taurus teaches that sometimes the simplest things are the ones that give us peace and serenity.

The expansion of Jupiter is nearly exactly trine the radical ideals of Uranus, so don’t be surprised if you encounter the unexpected, particularly during the next week. With Venus in sensitive Pisces moving into a square to the intensity of Pluto, though, relationships could be challenged. This is not a time to skim the surface – either dive in and get intense or take your space. Layers of the onion are peeling back and exposing what’s real right now.

As Robert Wilkinson writes,

[W}ithin the sphere of the New Moon influence, be ready to turn a corner in some relationship, and follow the mental tension, riding the feeling of striving into a new view, a new mental environment, and new understandings of how your discoveries need to be exteriorized in the near future. Drop everyone and everything getting you lost in loose ends or preventing you from getting the concrete results you want from your life and efforts. Move into a deeper compassion and/or empathy, and allow whatever needs to be refined to go through its modifications, taking care of the details.

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