Happy New Moon in Taurus! This sensual Earth sign asks you to set intentions for the month ahead that focus on the beauty of your body, your home, your physical environment, and your financial picture. It is a great time to get practical, but also a peaceful moment to connect with your inner desires and align your emotions, thoughts and action with the aim of meeting your needs. It’s an interesting time right now, as Uranus, the planet of breakdowns and breakthroughs is also transitioning signs on this day, moving from Aries into Taurus as well. Uranus hasn’t been in Taurus since 1942, so for most of us, this will be a never before experienced planetary energy. Uranus is an awakening, a new consciousness brought to a specific area of your life, and the next seven years will have us all exploring Uranus in Taurus. This is a new understanding of how we relate to our bodies, our planet, and the ideas of stability and security. I recommend reading this little May horoscope write up, if you’re interested in more astrology talk at this time.
For now, let’s get back to our New Moon in Taurus reading for today. Here’s some advice and guidance from the tarot for your moonth ahead:
Linestrider Tarot: V of Wands, King of Cups reversed, King of Swords
What does my body need to thrive in the month ahead?- V of Wands
You’re confronting much tension and conflict when it comes to how you want to treat your body right now. Sometimes you strive to be super active and healthy, and other times you just want to be a total coach potato. This back and forth, highs and lows of energy, is not your long term goal. In order to best serve your body, look for ways to make a more sustainable healthy lifestyle change. Oftentimes, we set ourselves up for failure when we say we’re going to go to the gym 5 times a week right out of the gate. What if you set your goal for something that actually fits into your schedule, like once a week at first? You can then build in more days (if you want to), as working out becomes a more natural part of your life. You don’t have to make a radical change overnight. Developing habits little by little means that they are more likely to stick as you integrate small wins into your life. It might look like nothing or too slow at first, but take a step back and try to look at it over the grand scheme of your entire life. Say it takes you a year to develop the habit of working out three times a week- that’s great! Now you have a healthy habit to use for the next 50 years and it only took you one year to make that habit!
The V of Wands can also indicate that your body wants to participate in some healthy competition. Maybe it’s time to join a sports group that plays together a couple times a week. Or perhaps a fitness challenge of some sort is called for, a 30 day yoga challenge or sugar detox could be great fun for your competitive spirit in the month ahead. There is a great positivity for change right now, and doing something that you are enthusiastic about will certainly help the transition go more to your liking. The important thing to focus on is de-stressing. Any activity you engage in to help your body is something that should have the aim of lessing the conflict and tension in your life. If sports are not your jam, maybe a 30 day meditation challenge could be the answer. Challenge yourself to sit for 10 minutes of meditation a day and see how this can help diminish your stress as the month goes by.
How can I invite more beauty into my life?- King of Cups reversed
There is a great opportunity now to delve deeply into your emotional world and feel the beauty in your life. This act of looking for beauty within yourself is not the norm, as you so often are looking for beauty all around you instead of inside. This inward focus might have you feeling moody and emotionally volatile until you accept that your emotions are valid and true for you. No comparisons! No reproaching yourself for feeling like you aren’t normal, that you don’t fit some stereotypes of what human beauty is, especially in your physical form. Your body is your perfect vessel, so trying to change it and treating it like shit, are not the best avenues for honoring yourself. Even if there are a million things you hate about your body, focusing exclusively on the negative isn’t going to help you make the changes you want to see if your form. If self deprecation and loathing were the answers, you would be totally perfect and beautiful by now, right?
Your feelings about yourself extend beyond just your perceptions of your body, including how you think of yourself emotionally and mentally. It is so common to hear people berate themselves for mistakes and for not living up to impossible standards. We treat ourselves terribly, saying mean things that we would never say to our worst enemies. The King of Cups reversed asks you take a pause before you evaluate yourself and then come at the situation with the truth, with compassion, and with integrity. You are doing your best. You are learning and growing. You are beautiful just the way you are. You’re also changing, we’re all changing all the time, and what is coming next can be a revelation of the beauty within yourself.
What abundance is entering my life this month?- King of Swords
We don’t always have an appreciation or gratitude for the abundance that enters our lives. We are so focused on manifesting a specific outcome, that we miss the amazing opportunities and lessons that come in an unrelated part of our lives. This month the spotlight on emotions and the body can really benefit from an analytical and logical gaze. What are the facts? What are the truths? What do you know? Use that. Use your knowledge, use your brain, use your sense of what is just and fair. There is a mental clarity and higher understanding possible in the month ahead, so be sure to get into your thinking mind and do some exploration of what you know at this time.
Since your emotions are a bit out of control and you’re feeling tense and conflicted, the King of Swords can really help you be firm and fair with yourself. When you start down a rabbit hole of berating or demeaning yourself, step back and ask yourself what the King of Swords would think of the situation. This is an energy that is stern, firm, fair, and authoritative. He takes the facts at hand and judges them without condescending, “So you didn’t accomplish your goal. Okay, you lacked the time and the skills do reach that goal. The solution is not to go into despair and hate yourself. The solution is to give yourself more time and to learn the necessary skills. Now go do that.” The King of Swords encourages you to make a concrete action plan, a logical step by step guide to how you are going to do your tasks. If you’re not capable of seeing the steps you need to take, find a King of Swords to help you, a mentor, teacher, counselor, or advisor. You’ll know whether your have the King of Swords energy within you or if you need to look to another person who has that energy to help you out. Either way, logic and reason will be abundant and useful in the coming month.
I hope you enjoyed this New Moon in Taurus reading for May 15th, 2018. I’m looking forward to the energy of the month ahead and definitely want to take the tarot’s advice to set a challenge to ease the tension in my life. I already meditate often, but a 30 days in a row challenge, no ifs, ands, or buts, sounds right up my alley!