We are having a New Moon in Taurus on April 26th at 12:16pm Universal Time. New Moons are the beginning of a new wave of energy that lasts until the next one occurs 29 days later. However, the astrological configurations at this time mostly have a stronger influence over the following two weeks.
Mercury has been retrograde since April 9th/10th and will be finishing up during this window. It will slowly begin to change motion from moving backward to forward on May 3rd/4th, though it will appear stationary. From this point on it will pick up speed, and many of the lessons, insights, and changes that occurred over the previous three weeks will start to make more sense and things will start to fall into place and flow better. Some of the common Mercury retrograde complications can still occur during the following days after this shift in direction, but will minimize and then disappear as its speed increases.
Venus finished its retrograde on April 15th; however, it is still moving slowly, as some of the themes, both developments and challenges, around our relationships, money, values, worth, and beauty/creativity will continue to sort themselves out. Since Mercury is partially retrograde in the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus, it is giving some of the same themes an extended run. A few days after this New Moon, on April 28th, Venus returns into Aries at the starting point of the zodiac, which can possibly mark new beginnings for some and also more assertiveness toward the Venus-ruled areas mentioned above.
New Moon in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces
Taurus is an Earth sign of a ‘fixed’ quality. Therefore, it is like a rock: solid, strong, and grounded to the Earth. It is practical, dependable, determined, and it is associated with Venus-ruled areas such as values, beauty, money, and self-worth. The sign of Taurus is more invested in the physical/material world, as food, nature, and anything to do with stimulating the senses are all under the domain of this sign.
Taurus energy can also be stubborn and overindulgent. As a result of its ‘Fixed-Earth’ orientation, it can also be stagnant. Taurus is a sign that works best on momentum, and while this can be a key to productivity under the influence of this sign, it could also be a catalyst for consistent laziness.
Considering that Mercury retrograde is also partially in Taurus, and its ruler Venus is in its post-retrograde period, now and in the upcoming weeks we can see significant changes and beginnings in some of these areas that may have already been playing out in the weeks or months leading up to this period.
This New Moon is making a harmonious and supportive aspect to Neptune in Pisces, which is associated with spirituality and creativity. Taurus and Neptune energy combined in this way can suggest a great time to find tranquility and stillness, which can help us to receive insights from spirit during this Mercury retrograde period. This Neptunian influence will be strongest on the day of the New Moon as well as on May 3rd/4th, when Mercury begins to change motion.
Mercury Conjunct Uranus, Saturn Retrograde in a Tight Square With Chiron
Mercury retrograde is joining Uranus in Aries on the 28th, just over an hour before Venus enters the same sign at the beginning of the zodiac. In a positive light, it can represent a time of new or inventive ideas, sudden insights, or breakthroughs in communication. It can also manifest as conflicts with others, which could be rebellious, or with communications/agreements in relation to breaking free or separating from something. This Mercury-Uranus conjunction will still be prevalent over the following few weeks until it peaks again on May 10th at the Full Moon, when Mercury is in a ‘moving forward’ period.
Saturn is returning toward a tight square with Chiron. This square energy started in early winter and will conclude in early fall, but we are currently getting a strong taste of it this week following the New Moon. For many people, this has been a time for putting effort and discipline toward any types of personal healing, whether it is physical or spiritual, and it may be associated with negative patterns. Alternatively, it can also be time for us to improve any problems we have around Saturn-ruled areas of discipline, responsibility, and commitment.