April 22: A new moon in Taurus
It’s appropriate that this day of celebrating and honoring the Earth happens during earthy Taurus season. Coinciding with the new moon in Taurus, it’s a good day to recharge and reflect upon how we ourselves are a part of Nature itself, and how we can improve our connection to our precious Earth.
The moon is square both Pluto at 2:31 a.m., and Jupiter at 5:32 a.m.
During the very early hours, the moon in its last degrees of Aries forms a square with both, Pluto and Jupiter, in the late degrees of Capricorn. This brings a fleeting passage of emotional friction and restlessness into the beginning phases of the day. Because these occur during a time when most people are still sleeping, these transits may not be felt directly, leaving only a lingering tension in the air as we wake. This morning, the sense may be that our inner, yet active emotional life is coming into conflict with the material challenges of our times, once again, as we learn to ride the waves of feeling and reaction as the days go by.
The moon enters Taurus at 12:36 p.m., and is square Saturn at 3:39 p.m.
Just after noon, the moon shifts into earthy, grounded Taurus, the sign of the moon’s exaltation. This could be expected to add a little more steadiness to the emotional tone of the afternoon, until the moon maneuvers into a hard-square angle with Saturn in Aquarius. The always stern Saturn holds a rather obstinate position in the fixed air sign of Aquarius that can cast a heavy, contrarian, and seemingly immovable presence over our society. This tone presides for part of this year and all of the next, so when the moon, which represents the current emotional mood, is in a difficult aspect with Saturn, it can represent moments when we are feeling frustrated.
New moon in Taurus at 7:26 p.m.
By the evening, the moon joins the sun in a conjunction, causing the phenomenon we call the new moon. It is more accurately described as the dark moon phase since the light of the moon is obscured for three days and becomes truly new, and reborn, when the first light of the waxing crescent phase appears.
The darkening of the moon in Taurus symbolizes an area of our lives that will be up for renewal as a new project, development, or intention begins to unfurl. We can check back in late October to see if there is a culmination of some kind that mirrors what we will be working on in the upcoming days, as the moon gains light again. For now, it’s time to rest, surrender, and recharge our energy, honoring Taurus’ love for nourishment and security, and a little luxury. It could be something simple like a candlelight bath, a cozy sweater and a hot tea, or listening to soothing, inspiring music tonight while resting safely at home.
All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location.