Where has your life become overly—and unnecessarily—complicated? On May 15, 2018 at 7:47AM EST, the new moon in practical Taurus helps us pause for the cause and get back down to the basics.
New moons are sparks that light a fire, so circle October 24 on your calendar, the date of the corresponding full moon in Taurus. That’s when we’ll reap the harvest of what we plant this week.
Here are some tips to harness the sensual and steadying energy of the Taurus new moon.
1. Make a “microresolution.”
Taurus is a creature of habit, and while this can make us wonderfully persistent, it can also reveal where we’re stuck in a rut. According to the book, Small Move, Big Change, making “microresolutions”—instead of sweeping promises that quickly lose steam—can actually create lasting shifts. For example, rather than vow to get into killer shape for summer, create the microresolution of packing your sneakers in your bag, or walking around the block after dinner every evening. The seismic shift is caused by making one small effort then building on that, which creates a snowball effect in the long run.
2. Flex your green thumb.
While the gleaming produce displays at Whole Foods make for a delightful walkabout, most of us have little clue what it took to harvest those luscious and edible jewels. And while it’s great to buy organic, some of us may be far removed from the idea of sticking our hands in the pesticide-free soil, planting heirloom seeds, watering the crop, and nurturing it to full harvest. This earthy Taurus new moon sends an honorable nod to the food producers of the world, encouraging us to “get our farmer on” in some small way. While some of us may have sun-drenched acres at our disposal, others may only have small windowsill and a grow light to work with. Plant what you can, be it a giant bed of Swiss chard or a pot of rosemary. We love the book, The Dirt Cure by Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein for ideas on connecting with the source of your food.
On that note, according to The Hunger Project, 815 million people on the planet still do not have enough to eat. Growing food is an offering of gratitude to Mother Earth for filling our plates each day. Planting in her soil is an act of abundance—no matter if your efforts yield a bumper crop or a few misshapen (but delicious) sprouts.
3. Hit the farmers market.
During Taurus time, we are inspired to eat what’s in season, since the first of spring’s harvest is beginning to crop up all around us. The increasingly popular farm-to-table movement has more than just a hip, freshness factor as its appeal. Food that’s plucked directly from the vine is chock full of live enzymes that help us to digest and metabolize food. Slicing a freshly picked tomato over a summer salad? Yum. For those who can’t get that green thumb going, start a weekly practice of shopping at your farmers market or sign up for a CSA so you can have fresh seasonal produce delivered each week from a local farm.
4. Give your throat chakra a tune-up.
Taurus rules the throat and this new moon helps us free our voices. It’s time to open up our throat chakras, whether by courageously speaking up, singing and even hitting a karaoke lounge. A balanced throat chakra allows us to clearly express our truths and live from a place of free will and creativity. Who doesn’t want a piece of that?
Chanting—which involves repeating a phrase or mantra with conscious breathwork—is both soothing and energizing, and has been shown to boost immunity and reduce anxiety and depression. Many yoga and meditation studios offer chanting. Grab your mat, get into the lotus position and open up that passageway with some “om namah shivayas,” or try these Taurus inspired yoga poses. Humming can also create a meditative and soothing vibration that energizes the body. You might check out a sound healing class or download, as specific tones are believed to heal and help forward intentions.
P.S. Blue is the color associated with the throat chakra. If you want to work with crystals and gemstones to activate or heal yours, try these: sodalite, kyanite, moonstone, aquamarine, turquoise or sapphire.
5. Belt out a ballad!
If that sounds a bit too “woo woo” for your blood, here’s a lowbrow prescription: head to the nearest karaoke bar or go for a private drive in your car and belt out some ballads. As you breathe deeply, preparing to unleash your favorite power ballad, you’re giving your lungs a workout and freeing up that throat chakra, producing many of the same results as chanting. Who cares if you can’t keep a tune? You might actually learn to with some practice.
6. Use your voice for a cause.
Whether it’s in protest or a rallying cry, the power of your words can help heal the world. Taurus also rules finances AND our personal values, so put your money where your morals are, perhaps by donating to a cause. The Taurus new moon reminds us: Don’t underestimate your own influence. As anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of caring, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
7. Invest in practical luxury.
Ruled by sensual, decadent Venus, Taurus also loves life’s finer things. Bespoke and handmade goods have a special quality to them, and you might invest in something unique near this new moon. The craftsmanship that goes into their creation is human potential at its finest—the living result of some divinely inspired mastermind at work. Owning a piece of Taurus-ruled natural luxury brings a rich and special dimension to our lives. For those on a tighter budget, this could be something as small as tasting a delicious French truffle from the gourmet chocolate shop. For others it could mean investing in a signature piece, like an artfully crafted handbag or an incredible kitchen tool. Remember: Taurus is all about practicality. This purchase must be something that will be treasured but also used on a regular basis, bringing a bonus hit of happiness every time you encounter it.
8. Embrace the little things.
Let’s face it—we all SAY we want stability, but we’ll chuck it for a bit of excitement, turning our lives upside-down. Earthy Taurus rules security, so at this new moon, look where you can bring magic to the mundane—and even boredom! Savor the touch and feel of fabric, the scent of someone’s skin, a gorgeous song. It’s up to YOU to keep life interesting, so find ways to relish in the little things—a Taurus specialty.
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