• Moon Day – May 4th New Moon

    Sun in Taurus ~ Moon in Taurus 14º.  Saturday, May 4 at 6:45 pm EST. We’re kicking off the month of May with an astrological event that’s all about new beginnings: a new moon. Every New Moon is your opportunity to complete a chapter and start a new one. This New Moon is in Taurus, and Taurus is the producer of the zodiac that’s all about groundedness, pleasure, and indulgence.
    Taurus has this uncanny ability to turn something ephemeral like an idea, into something real. The New Moon in Taurus is a time to get focused and produce! It’s time to get real.

    Take this cycle to remind yourself of how deserving you are of feeling powerful and sensual and grounded and do whatever feels right for you. Anything that engages your senses and your physical body, like massage, aromatherapy, and indulgent food.  Reassessing what can be tweaked about your daily routine to make it more supportive and nourishing is a great thing to consider during this new moon. You may wish to perform a grounding exercise on this night to channel the restorative and stabilizing energies of this moon phase. Meditate on what pleasure means to you and how you might attract more of it to create more balance in your body and spirit.

    Now is a fertile time to set intentions around your commitment to become more aware, responsible, proactive and present. Work with the questions of who, where, what and with whom as an exercise to focus your awareness of where you are in your life right now. If you get clarity regarding a needed change, move into that change with ease and grace.  This new moon is unique because it occurs so close to May 1, the holiday of Beltane or May Day. It’s the midpoint between spring and summer, a time of fertility, abundance, and warmth. Taurus is a Venus-ruled Earth sign, the hedonist of the zodiac that’s all about the physical. This new moon, merging with the energy of Beltane especially, really gives us the chance to make pleasure and embodiment our priority.

    This new moon is grounded and offers a chance to accept change as the norm rather than a random act. As you become more aware of your process of growth, you have also become aware of a new sense of stability that comes from within instead of relying on the known and familiar aspects of your external environment.  The good news is that May is much more upbeat than April! It is not that May is less intense – with a Full Moon in Scorpio and with Mercury and Venus conjunct Uranus – we will for sure have our share of fun! May will be intense, but it will undoubtedly be less heavy.

    May also comes with some fantastic opportunities.  If there is one word to describe the month of May, that is opportunity. Why so?

    • In May we have Uranus and Venus (the father and the daughter) together in Taurus – for the first time in 80 years!
    • Mercury will also be conjunct Uranus in Taurus again, for the first time in 80 years.
    • We have an intense Full Moon in Scorpio opposite the fixed star Algol.
    • And we’re also in the middle of the Mercury cycle, with Sun conjunct Mercury at 0° Gemini. There is no better place for Mercury to be in; yes to Mercury!

    Beautiful, steady Taurus, you teach us to enjoy the riches of the Earth plane, to be resourceful, to know what we value, to dig in and work for what we want, to use the fertility all around us to create abundance, and to value stability, consistency, and loyalty. A fixed, earth sign, Taurus with the ruler ship of Venus, Goddess of Love (and pleasure) is a fertile combination to begin a new cycle. In this midpoint between spring and summer in the North (fall and winter in the Southern Hemisphere). Plants and animals are busy growing and reproducing, and gratitude is strong for our beautiful home planet. It’s a time to celebrate and dance and sing our joy to be alive and in a body.

    It’s a luscious time this Taurus New Moon cycle ruled by Venus. Make some tangible goals for bringing enjoyment through the body and for bringing more beauty into your life. Receive the abundance you are offered and honor your havingness and the resources you have accumulated. Send love and gratitude to Mother Earth, Gaia, Pachamama for all her gifts.

    By Danielle Hicks

    Danielle Hicks is an adventurer, writer, creator, and explorer of the unknown. RYT-200hr and longtime yoga practitioner, she came to Ashtanga Yoga right before embarking on a year-long van-life journey two years ago. Danielle is on cloud nine as she is an apprentice, assisting, and guiding others in their Mysore style practice at The Yoga Shala in Orlando, Florida. A zany magnetic off-beat intuitive Danielle is learning to share and embrace her side of the inner world. Cultivation of her fruits will be gifts to share as she is on the verge of something new. To read more about Danielle’s journey visit, elfeatheryoga.com @el.feather.yoga