The New Moon in Taurus -“Pray For Us”-

As you sow, so shall you reap”


The next New Moon falls on May 11th, falling in the last decan of Taurus, beginning the next lunar cycle which will culminate in six months, with the Full Moon in the last decan of Taurus on the 19th November 2021. This particular cycle is connected with the tarot card of The Seven of Disks, associated with Saturn in Taurus. The number seven in the Tarot has a strong affinity with personal development, the evolution of the mind and the soul and the drive towards maturity.

The energy of this particular six month cycle comes from the challenge to face the wider world, sure in the strength of the seeds that you have sown in the world and with the confidence and conviction to be patient while you wait for your harvest to come to fruition, even though this may take months, or even years. It can be difficult to stand up for what you believe in and to hold strong in the face of adversity to your own path. In a world that is becoming more and more deeply polarised it can become difficult to hold fast to your personal inner vision, whatever that is for you, amidst the conflicting beliefs and agendas that may be held by those around you, even by those to whom you are close.

In Thoth Journey-The Oracle of Change, I found myself on an empty stage, thankfully invisible before a vast adience. My fear was one of being unable to “perform”, to fail in the requirement to stand up for myself and to falter on my own lifes path.

The secret of this card, I feel, is the challenge of developing the story, to carry on from the foundations that have been laid, in the face of both fortune and disaster. No matter how well we may tend a garden and nurture our plants, it is the forces beyond our control that may, if we are unfortunate, wreak the greatest havoc and lay all our loving work to waste. Through such experiences, both great and small, over which we apparantly have no control, we develop an inner strength and maturity that helps us to develop the foresight and wisdom necessary to weather the storms that face us, and the humility to offer prayer, reparation or to seek practical assistance, so that our work may come to something that we would be proud of. Such trials and experiences help us to develop a deep inner resiliance which in it’s action, ties us ever more closely to the rhythm of the earth.

New Moon Blessing

I am the power of the bursting seed, dancing in the beckoning void, ripe with limitless potentials. A kaleidoscope of outcomes seduces, invites and tempts you, but be still in the darkness of the Moon. Sense the power of her black womb, and wait. Trust that in the stillness that I, the right “seed” for now, will find you, a vision for your soul to nurture…… In Taurus-I Possess: The strength and fertility of the budding earth; I am the song of love, the sensuality of life itself. Taste me, touch me, take me, yield to me, and give yourself up to my creative and passionate desires. Through me experience the Goddess of love, the love of life, the love of the earth, and all that clothes her.  ©JKG.

At this New Moon, take a moment to pause, to reflect, to look within. Taurus is associated with agriculture, process, healing, nurturing and stability. Moving away from fiery Aries, the Taurean approach to life is slower, Taurus likes to go at its own considered and thoughtful pace, and dislikes being goaded into action by others. Taurus only acts after careful consideration of all the issues, and once committed to a course of action, tends to stay with it through thick and thin, even when it seems that a change of course would be beneficial. This behaviour can often bring a reputation for stubbornness, which more positively can be seen as patient endurance.

Taurus is associated with the Goddess Venus and with fertility in general, and now Aries love of rushing headlong into new situations has passed, this sign is characterised by a gentle receptivity, an appreciation of physical experience, and a reluctance to speed. Sometimes even seen as being simplistic, Taurus can often sense really well, the fundamental value of life, and needs to take it’s time to enjoy the process. As the first Earth sign in the Zodiac cycle, Taurus is deeply rooted in the world of the senses, usually feeling very much at home amongst nature, beautiful things and people, music and art, delicious food and lush surroundings

Read the story of The Hierophant

The Astrologers Diary

The New Moon every month offers an opportunity to sow new seeds, and as an Astrologer, I find it to be a useful exercise for myself and in working with others, to use the energy of each particular New Moon, according to where it falls in the Natal Chart. Such considerations can be invaluable in steering through ups and downs, and in becoming “easy” with the ebb and flow of what life brings.  

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is as follows:


KEYNOTE: The spiritual inspiration that comes to the individual in the overcoming of crisis.

This New Moon falls on the cusp of my own 12th House, signalling the beginning of a phase of seclusion that I naturally drift into at this time of year, although for this year it seems a little earlier. Now more than ever, it seems to me to be important to strengthen personal resolve and to focus on what really does matter most; very little really if the truth be known. In some ways I feel rather out of kilter, with lockdowns ending here in Ireland, but hey, whats new, it has ever been the case! My first ever Astrology teacher, Mary Bridges died last week, which is a very sad loss for those of us who knew her. An extraordinary woman and a huge inspiration to many, she served and healed tirelessly for most of her life, generousley passing on her knowledge free of charge to so many. Countless are the afternoons that I would spend sat at her feet listening to stories and teachings, sharing knowledge and discussing books that we had shared. She guided me through some very difficult years, and was a huge influence on my formative years.

My focus beginning this month will be on reviewing the past year, catching up on matters that have been waiting for my attention, as I begin the last quarter of the year before my Solar Return… always a time for review in the yearly solar cycle. I love this idea of astrological housekeeping, and for me, I find that it works really well.

Read about my new Book & Deck

Thoth Journey-The Oracle of Change HERE

Joanna Grant. D.F.Astrol.S

My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the beautiful Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practicing some new form of divination whilst burning the dinner! My children probably wish that I was “normal” but may well remember my eccentricities fondly when they come to face the challenges of their own paths. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice, in offering guidance, empowerment and healing, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.

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