On a stroll in the neighborhood, I turned the corner to see a large tortoise striding toward me. Hello! His guardian gave me a bemused smile; she’s used to the shocked expressions when people see her pet walking the streets.
Welcome to the season of Taurus, a fixed earth sign. The tortoise is one of my favorite Taurus symbols. Steady and determined, this charming creature gets where she wants to go, no matter how long it takes. The Sun, Venus, Mercury, and (soon) the Moon are in that slow, sensual sign, so it’s time to make like a tortoise. With five planets in retrograde, including Mercury and Mars, that means slowing down, revisiting old territory and finishing up the past. Greener pastures may beckon, but it’s probably better to bloom where you’re planted right now.
The New Moon in Taurus (May 6, 12:30 p.m. PDT) features a lovely Grand Trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Virgo. This suggests positive developments with existing projects, especially in earthly realms like finances, home and health – as long as we know what we want and are willing to stick with it. Jupiter turns direct two days after the New Moon, boosting health and work-related matters, especially those that have been stalled since early in the year. Just be cautious and patient, as quick, impulsive moves are bound to backfire this month.
Since Taurus rules money, this is a good time to get real about your needs. Exactly how much prosperity do you require right now? What form would you like it to take? Once you’re clear, write it down. Then fix up your home to accommodate that reality. Need beautiful new clothes? Give away the ones you never wear and make room in the closet. Need a specific amount of cash? Add at least one of the following to your Wealth gua (furthest left corner as you walk in the front door). Light a purple or green candle at the New Moon, giving thanks that the amount is yours.
- A healthy green plant – especially a jade or lucky bamboo plant
- A picture or statue of Lakshmi, or a golden Buddha
- A bowl of coins or “treasure chest” with jewelry spilling out of it
- A chunk of purple amethyst or green malachite
- A hundred dollar bill
For additional help with prosperity, check out the Taurus New Moon ritual from my book, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life. And watch the mini-video on that page showing how I helped one woman transform her bathroom to increase her wealth.