As the star sign of the sensual Bull, earthy Taurus grounds us in what is ethical and sensible. There's a reason basic ideals like "do unto others" have stuck around through the centuries. As a powerful supermoon, the Taurus new moon is a lunar lift that brings a much-needed dose of sanity back to the world AND a generous sprinkling of practical magic.
Where has your life become overly complex? Break those unwieldy plans back down to the basics. Pay attention to schedules, timelines, and budgets, making sure you've got a solid foundation built. Taurus is the first of the earth signs, so think of this new moon as a prompt to stabilize efforts on the ground floor. Once that's handled, you can build as high as you want! (Need a little extra help planting your feet back on terra firma? Try our guided meditation for Taurus season.)
Remember, there's no rush to build or renovate Rome just yet: Slow and steady Taurus would prefer we play the long game and arrive at our goals with integrity and quality in check.
Pragmatic and efficient, the Taurus new moon helps us whip our lives into shape. Are we eating fresh, healthy food? Managing our time accordingly so we aren't total stress baskets? Doing our work with integrity so we can enjoy the luscious results we create? There's another "green" that this new moon is concerned with too, since budgeting falls under Taurus' domain.
There's no time like the present to call up that financial advisor to help ensure that we don't burn through every penny we earn. Since Taurus also rules practical luxury and financial stability, make a few wishes toward abundance—and then take concrete actions to start building that nest egg by earning AND saving more. This earthy Taurus new moon reminds us to value the natural resources around us as well. Get back into an eco-chic groove.
New moons are sparks that light a fire, so circle November 4 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 maximize the mojo of the persistent Bull and harness the energy of the Taurus new moon. (Try these new moon and full moon rituals for a more in-depth activation.)
1. Make some "micro-resolutions."
Taurus is a creature of routine, 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 "micro-resolutions"—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 micro-resolution of packing your sneakers in your bag or walking around the block. The seismic shift is caused by making this tiny effort, which creates a snowball effect in the long run.
2. Get your green thumb on.
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 have only a 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, 925 million people on the planet 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 whether your efforts yield a bumper crop or a few misshapen (but delicious) sprouts.
3. Hit your local farmers market.
During Taurus season, 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 and make it in an intentional way. Chanting—which involves repeating a phrase or mantra with conscious breath work—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."
Humming can also create a meditative and soothing vibration that energizes the body. You might even check out the practice of "toning" and sound healing, as specific tones are believed to heal and move forward intentions. 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?
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. Make some noise.
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-parts from Beyoncé's "Lemonade," 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. The current state of political affairs between the United States and North Korea is just one of many examples that could use some stabilizing. 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. There's no denying it: Luxury goods have a special quality to them. 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 luxury brings a rich and special dimension to our lives. While this is not about being a trend junkie or breaking the bank, invest in one luxury item under the light of this new moon.
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 it is utilized.
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 life's little things—a Taurus specialty.