May’s Taurus New Moon Grants Permission to Slow Down, Savor Everything

Come back to your senses—all five of them—as a Taurus new moon on May 19 focuses your attention on the physical and material worlds.

2023’s only new moon in Taurus is on Friday, May 19 (11:53am EST). It’s basically an invitation to “get back” into your body.

Slow down and savor the pleasures that you might normally rush right through, like:
– the first sip of morning coffee
– the feel of your softest sweater against your skin
– a tree-lined view on your commute to work

This megadose of Taurean sensibility couldn’t come at a better time, since the first half of May has been filled with so much radical change brought on by
– the beginning of a 5-month Pluto retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn,
– the final Scorpio full moon lunar eclipse in a two-year series, and last but certainly not least,
– the beginning of Jupiter’s 12-year staycation in Taurus!

Oh, and let’s not forget we also wrapped up the Spring Mercury retrograde on Mother’s Day in the U.S., May 14!

Taurus new moon energy

What can you do to leave behind the fraught energy of the start of the month, to move into the power of this new moon? Start by taking a clear-eyed look at the practical pieces of your life.

Budgets: Could you cut back on expenses or contribute more to your retirement fund?
Schedules: Arrange your appointments so they don’t disrupt your most productive work hours.
Habits: Since new habits are supported by this lunar liftoff, try adding a practice like morning meditations or cardio workouts that you do the same four days every week.

A few tweaks in the above areas will produce real-life results in the coming six months. Create simple, sustainable plans. Remember: less is more!

Not sexy enough for you?

We get it. Budgets, schedules and habits: necessary but… yawn? Stalwart Taurus isn’t all business–this sign is also about pleasure. Tactile Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of romance, making this new moon a beautiful starting block for springtime amour!

Set the mood:

Since Taurus is in charge of our bodily senses, you can heighten erotic energy with attentiveness to detail. Wear fabrics that feel delicious against your skin (and when you brush up against theirs). Dab on a perfume oil or signature scent. Adjust the lighting and have seductive music playing in the background. Make sure to exfoliate and lotion up your skin since little caresses can set off major frissons of attraction during a new moon in Taurus.

Touch them there:

Every zodiac sign rules an area on the body, and for Taurus it’s the neck, throat and shoulders. Don’t underestimate the power of a massage, which could have your love interest purring with appreciation. (And who among us doesn’t have tech neck these days?) Light kisses to the nape of someone’s neck could get the party started. Still testing the waters? See how that coffee date cutie responds if you gently brush their hand during a connected moment.

Go the extra mile:

As much as this sign loves the basics, if you’re invested in a relationship, a “luxury gesture” is certain to be impactful during the Taurus new moon. It can be a smaller treat, like a pretty leather wallet, a lush bouquet of peonies or a pair of beaded earrings. But if you have the coin to spring for a weekend getaway or a dinner at a buzzy bistro, the effort is sure to be swoon-worthy!

Try a ritual for the Taurus new moon

Pragmatic and efficient, a Taurus new moon whips our lives into shape. Focus on how you nourish yourself, manage your time and do work with integrity so you can enjoy the results. Set some Taurus new moon intentions with our ritual designed specifically for the new moon in this sign.

Tell me what the May Taurus new moon means for my zodiac sign.

The 2023 Taurus new moon is on Friday, May 19, at 11:53 a.m. Eastern time. Just as the springtime buds have exploded into leaves, this new moon invites us into nature’s al fresco temple.

The first of the earth signs, Taurus is about creating fertile soil to plant seeds in—both literally and metaphorically. Under the influence of the Taurus new moon, focus on foundations. How can you get to the root of the matter? Where could you use more stability in order to grow in a healthy, abundant way?

Below is a horoscope for every zodiac sign for the Taurus new moon.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Is it time to upgrade? The annual Taurus new moon on May 19 powers up your second house of work, money and practical luxury. Look for clever ways you can save and budget—without depriving yourself of pleasure. While you don’t want to break the bank, part ways with objects that have a broken-down feel to them. You might even make a pledge to support ethical companies from here forward, even if that means sacrificing a few of those fast fashion fixes. Also, Aries: Ready your resume and perfect your pitch. You could land a promotion or field an enticing job offer under these moonbeams.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Happy cosmic New Year! 2023’s only new moon in Taurus on May 19 electrifies the skies and refreshes your emotional feed. Time to leave those painful situations behind you and adopt a “What have I learned from this?” outlook. Certain relationships may come to an end, or you could finally bury the hatchet and stop talking about THAT subject…like, ever again. Sit down on this day and make a wish list: What personal milestones and accomplishments would you like to manifest by the corresponding Taurus full moon (a game-changing lunar eclipse) on October 28? Be “greedy,” Bull and ask for what you REALLY want.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Take a pause, Gemini, and a few deep inhales and exhales. The annual new moon in Taurus energizes your twelfth house of closure and healing beginning May 19. New moons mark beginnings, but the twelfth house rules endings, making this one a bit of a paradox. Our advice? Honor the transitions in your life. Sometimes closing one door is your access to opening another. Gently release an outmoded situation and welcome new adventures—even if they take time to fully reveal themselves. Need to bring more ease to your life? This would be the perfect day to start a meditation or yoga practice.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Ready to make the world a better place? On May 19, 2023’s only new moon in Taurus lands in your humanitarian eleventh house and awakens your inner idealist. Volunteering or jumping into a community service project would be a great way to meet new people. A budding collaboration could lead to an amazing team effort or world-changing project by the corresponding full moon (and lunar eclipse!) on October 28. Get ready for a meeting of the minds, even a virtual one, as the eleventh house also rules technology. Do your devices need a refresh? Update system software or shop around for new equipment.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Bring on those #LeoGoals. On May 19, 2023’s only new moon in Taurus spotlights your tenth house of career, structure and long-term ambitions. Over the coming two weeks, you could receive an enticing job offer or a project that helps you solidify your reputation as an industry disruptor. Got your eyes on a lofty ambition? Since new moons can take up to six months to unfold, aim for a slower but steady ascent. As you climb, it’s important that you align yourself with the power players and decision makers instead of making them feel threatened by your grabs at the brass ring. Build those relationships and you will soon be among their ranks.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Wanderlust hits you hard under the vibes of May 19’s new moon in Taurus and your jet-setting ninth house. There’s a wide world out there, so start making plans to explore a new or far-flung corner of it. Don the rose-colored glasses too. This new moon restores your optimism and gives you the courage to explore a visionary path. Whether you’ve been dreaming of a startup venture, pondering a degree program or fantasizing about a year abroad, no globally minded goal is too lofty starting now. Plant the seeds of your intrepid adventure now and watch them bloom by the Taurus full moon (also a galvanizing lunar eclipse) on October 28. Virgo writers, mediamakers and teachers will be especially blessed by these moonbeams.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Ready for an inside-out transformation? On May 19, 2023’s only new moon in Taurus pings your alchemical eighth house, helping you spin those heavy-as-lead situations into pure gold. This won’t happen overnight, but if you start tackling those stumbling blocks now, you’ll see genuine results by the corresponding full moon in Taurus on October 28. This new moon also spotlights long-term finances and investments as well as shared resources. You could be inspired to buy or sell real estate or to find ways to earn passive income. Perhaps you’ll just creatively cut costs with a “co-op” model. Think: potlucks, carpools, shared community-supported agriculture (CSA) boxes and babysitting trades.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Two is your magic number—well, if the annual new moon in Taurus and your partnership house has anything to say about it! Whether for business or romance, teaming up can take you far in the coming six months beginning May 19. But don’t go casting for someone just like you. A complementary force would be a better fit for dynamic duos that get fired up on this day. Already attached? This new moon helps you find inspiring new ways to co-create. Relationships could go from casual to exclusive, both in the romantic or joint business venture realms. Make no assumptions though, Scorpio—you need to hear that your sentiments are echoed or ask for a contract in professional pairings.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Lace up those cross-trainers and get ready to break a sweat. On May 19, the annual new moon in Taurus fires up a six-month wellness mission. Whether you’ve been a sedentary couch potato or the gold star student at your hot yoga studio, you can still make a fresh start. Set some manageable goals—and avoid fad diets and punishing workouts. As you start making small daily changes, you’ll build new habits that become part of your long-term lifestyle. Remember, creating vibrant well-being is a marathon, not a sprint. Rather than eliminate entire food groups, add more clean, green options to your plate. This new moon could also inspire you to get organized. Go on, Sag—tackle that office reno or basement reorg!

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Swoon! The romance factor goes through the roof staring May 19, thanks to the annual new moon in Taurus and your fifth house of passion, self-expression and fertility. Set clear intentions for your love life and watch them unfold over the coming six months. A proposal or pregnancy is also possible at this fruitful new moon, or you may “birth” a creative idea that blossoms into something major. Single? The universe rewards action, so take a step in the direction of manifesting a rewarding bond starting now. Pose for dating profile pics or clear a weekly space in your calendar for attending events where you could meet a good match. Your romance may also be with the muse. Take your talents seriously and you could find some fame by October 28’s full moon (also a lunar eclipse!) in Taurus.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Matters on the homefront demand your attention, thanks to May 19’s new moon in Taurus and your fourth house of family and roots. New moons bring fresh starts, so turn a clean page with a loved one or spend quality time with a female relative in particular. You may also crave more “mother energy” on this emotional day, so prioritize self-care and surround yourself with the nurturers in your squad. This new moon could also spark a move or a home decor project. Perhaps it’s time to hang your fedora on a new hook or swap out a few blinding brights for a crisp, white palette.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Bring on the mic drops! On May 19, the annual Taurus new moon lands in your third house of communication, sharpening your gift of gab. Do you have a message or creative talent to share, Pisces? Writing, teaching, blogging, podcasting—the medium doesn’t matter as long as you’re putting your ideas out to a wider audience. A conversation with a friend or a synergistic person could spark a much bigger collaboration in the coming six months. Today’s brainstorm could end up being tomorrow’s joint venture, so get a lunch date on the books to discuss teaming up.

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