“Suppose… the body is a God in its own right, a teacher, a mentor, a certified guide? Then what? …. Are we strong enough to refute the party line and listen deep, listen true to the body as a powerful and holy being?” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves

On April 20th, the Sun moved into earthy Taurus, initiating the season of the Bull — a time to slow down, appreciate simple pleasures, and nurture your body and the planet. The Taurus Sun energizes sensory awareness, reconnecting you with your body’s wisdom and guidance, with the beauty and magic of the natural world, with the miracle of life on Earth in every moment.

Taurus is the sign of stewardship, cultivation and building, and tonight’s New Moon (11:51 PDT) asks you to prioritize and get practical. How you can best support the new growth that sprouted during the Aries season? What’s worth sustaining, and what’s in your way? What really matters?

While Mercury was Retrograde (March 30-April 23), the desires, ideas and intentions that got stirred up at the Spring Equinox weren’t quite ready to come into form. This felt like a particularly obvious Retrograde — not surprising since Mercury was in Aries, a sign not known for its subtlety. The purpose of this Mercury Retro was to realign with your passions, restore your vitality, and re-inspire you to create what you really want.

Now that Mercury is moving forward again and getting back up to speed, and especially after the New Moon, it’ll be easier to bring your plans into reality. The Taurus New Moon has a lot of traction, and carries a kind of “be careful what you wish for” energy. While the Sun and Moon unite in Taurus, five planets — including Venus, Taurus’s ruler — are still in fiery, passionate, risk-taking Aries. As astro-blogger Elsa P writes, “this is just not the kind of fire you want to play with” (New Moon in Taurus).

The line-up of Aries planets inspires honesty and authenticity and can help cut through an over-attachment to security — Taurus’s shadow. Are you going after what you really want, trusting your body’s wisdom and guidance, or are you playing it safe and following your fears?

In the context of escalating global crises (see Earth Day), you might as well go for it. And between now and June 4th — while Jupiter is still in Aries (see Jupiter Enters Aries) — you have an ideal window for taking the initiative and acting on your passions.

On a practical, astro-technical note, if you want to set New Moon intentions, it’s best to wait until after 10:09 am PDT on Wednesday. The Moon will turn “void-of-course” just after the New Moon and all day Tuesday, which, according to Jan Spiller (author of New Moon Astrology) is an inauspicious time to make wishes.

Patience, patience. Taurus is all about slowing down enough to be able to tune into the intelligence of your body and of the Earth. Today and tomorrow are perfect for spending time in nature, cultivating your garden, sending gratitude to the planet, and indulging your need for pleasure, affection and beauty.

– Emily Trinkaus