taurusMercury and Mars are moving forward again, and 2012 is starting to kick into gear. Saturday’s New Moon in Taurus (12:18am PDT) invites you to clarify your priorities and set intentions for what you want to solidify, consolidate and stabilize. Out of all the possibilities seeded over the past month, what do you want to fertilize and bring into form?

The New Moon forms a harmonious trine (120-degree angle) to both Mars in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. This powerful Earth Grand Trine facilitates tangible progress toward your goals — IF you’re willing to do the work. Mars is still moving slowly as he recovers his mojo after just coming out of Retrograde (see Death and Renewal), and the external results may manifest less speedily than you would like. Mars in Virgo says, the best way forward is one small, precise step at a time. Simply take care of the next task that’s right in front of you, and then the next.

Pluto in the Grand Trine suggests that committing to your priorities might require letting go of something you’ve outgrown or that no longer feels aligned with your values. Mars’ square to the North and South Nodes — signifying your best way forward and what holds you back — reinforces this theme. Do you have the courage to leave behind what’s familiar but no longer serves you? Which course of action reflects and reinforces your commitment to the highest vision of your future self, and to your inner truth?

venusVenus, the ruler of Taurus, is in Gemini for an extra-long stay because of her upcoming Retrograde (see Reawakening the Goddess). Venus in Gemini, April 3-August 7, contributes to this Spring’s strong Mutable emphasis, calling for flexibility, adjustment and adaptation. With all four Mutable signs — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces — occupied and activated, the key word here is CHANGE.

The Sun’s entry into Taurus lends a welcome quality of fixity to all the flux, and the Taurus New Moon presents an opportunity to start crystallizing your ideas into reality. Stand strong in the goals that hold meaning and value for you, but be flexible when it comes to how you achieve them.

Set your New Moon intentions any time on Saturday after 12:18am PDT. To get more specific about what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains one degree of Taurus. The areas of life represented by that house are where you are being invited to:  clarify and commit to your values and priorities; create more pleasure, beauty, security and comfort; and take practical steps toward solid, lasting results.

– Emily Trinkaus

I’ll be a guest on Human Spirit Radio today (Friday) at 2:00 PDT — talking about the astrology of 2012, including Venus Retrograde, the Venus-Sun Eclipse, and the Uranus-Pluto square. Please tune in! If you miss the live show, you can listen to the recording here.