“The times are urgent. We must slow down.”  –African proverb.

Watercolor by Isobel Lillian Gloag

What are you doing these days to stay relaxed and connected? Lately I’ve been taking afternoon siestas in the garden (when it’s not raining), where I created a sitting area. Stretching out my bare legs in the warm sun, I close my eyes and release all tension as the songbirds lull me into oneness with nature. It’s helping me remember that all is well, no matter how things might appear.

I got the idea from Maddy Harland, editor and co-founder of Permaculture Magazine, who loves sitting in her abundant garden in the southern UK.  “I do it every day to attune all my senses,” she told Kosha Joubert in the GEN Communities for Future Summit earlier this year, and she recommends we do the same. “Feeling this joy of being immersed in the land reactivates a deep part of our DNA,” she explains. “It reminds us that we live in an interconnected web of life, and as we expand into that consciousness, something deep within us changes. It gives us a sense of our own well-being and enhances our capacity to act constructively.”

This sage advice is even more applicable now that most of us are stuck at home, trying to hold things together and nervously wondering what’s next. With the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day at hand, it’s a good time to remember that although we won’t be able to gather in person this year, Mama Earth needs us more than ever. Re-learning how to relate to our planet as a living being is more crucial than it’s ever been, given that so many of our ecosystems are gravely threatened.

The upcoming Taurus New Moon (April 22, 7:25 p.m. PDT) happens in the earth sign most connected to nature. And, the Sun and Moon join Uranus, agent of awakening and change. There’s a quickening in the air, which could either intensify anxieties or help us cut through them, especially related to Taurean matters such as money, values, nature and the body. With Uranus involved, some kind of letting go may be required. But as we divest ourselves of non-essentials in a quest to stay healthy and secure, we create space in which to awaken to our inner wisdom. The Sun, Moon and Uranus will square Saturn in Aquarius at this New Moon. This kicks off a cycle of progressive change for the next two years, when we’ll need to stay patient and focus on what matters most, and commit anew to Gaia. Uranus and Aquarius are associated with the angelic realm, so it’s safe to say that higher beings are working overtime on our behalf right now, and innovative ideas and solutions are available for the asking.

Since it looks like we’ll be “sheltering in place” for most of this year, as the pandemic-prone Jupiter-Pluto conjunction continues through November (although there may be a temporary reprieve around June) I asked Maddy Harland for her take on things now that Covid-19 has entered the picture.

She replied, “I hope that one of the positive outcomes is that people are questioning their lives – the work they do, their ecological impact, and the effect the human race is having on the planet. Covid is not an isolated event but an indicator of how we live in ecological imbalance, consuming at a frenetic pace in over-populated regions, in a polluted environment. It is forcing a pause and I hope an opportunity to reframe our economic system. People are also rediscovering their gardens and the pleasure of growing food, exercise and being outside in clean air. They are discovering the value of neighbours and their local community. We know that when we love something we tend to look after it. Let’s hope we are learning collectively to love and appreciate each other and our planet more and that this shift will make us review our whole lives and how we engage with the world.”

So here’s to the abundant Taurus New Moon, which connects us to the life-giving power of nature. You might want to honor the New Moon by starting a daily practice of sitting in your garden, or any place where you can hear the birds and feel the sunshine. Allow nature to awaken new life in you! And if you need some guidance and understanding, please let me know.

20 thoughts on “Taurus New Moon: Oneness with Nature

  • April 18, 2020 at 6:45 pm
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    I have said this merely once before and thus, not nearly enough, how much I love your work, Simone! Thank you for all you contribute to my life and the lives of so many others. Thank you, thank you.

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    • April 18, 2020 at 7:03 pm
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      Bless you, Lorinda, for saying so!! I always quake in my boots a bit when putting out a new essay, afraid I’ll catch flak for one thing or another (the legacy of a very judgmental father). So it means a lot to hear how much my work is appreciated. Happy New Moon to you!

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      • April 18, 2020 at 7:32 pm
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        I totally agree with Lorinda. Your words are very soothing. Thank you

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        • April 18, 2020 at 7:54 pm
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          Thanks, Blaine! You are the best. 🙂

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    • April 20, 2020 at 4:45 am
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      The sun in the backyard has been beautiful here in Australia. Thank you for your message!

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      • April 20, 2020 at 3:18 pm
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        You’re welcome, Kim! So glad you’re enjoying the sunshine and that things have calmed down, at least with the fires, in your neck of the woods!

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  • April 18, 2020 at 7:42 pm
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    You are insightful and appreciated! I love reading your perspective on what’s happening in the cosmos. And sometimes a little flak & feather ruffling is necessary to wake us up. Thank you for being brave and sharing your wisdom!

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    • April 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm
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      You’re so welcome, Ariel!

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  • April 18, 2020 at 11:38 pm
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    Thank you for writing this beautiful article! Such great words of wisdom that we can all digest.

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    • April 19, 2020 at 3:14 am
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      You’re so welcome, Cynthia – so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • April 19, 2020 at 7:06 pm
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    I remember being active at the first Earth Day in SoCal and being labeled a radical hippy. Yep. Wore it proudly and still do! Beautiful and insightful essay. I’m so lucky to live “in the sticks” where every opening of the door puts me in touch with Mother Nature. Rabbits, birds, coyotes, other critters of all kinds are my neighbors. I am not as alone as I think.

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    • April 19, 2020 at 8:32 pm
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      Sounds like you’re already getting into the Taurus energies, Diana! Glad you enjoyed the essay and thanks for letting me know. Happy New Moon!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 4:59 pm
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    Hi Simone, Such an uplifting message! I truly believe everything you said and have been practicing it. Just reading it brought a smile to my face and heart. Much Love

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    • April 20, 2020 at 6:11 pm
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      So glad that I brought you a smile, Diane! I hope you’ve been enjoying your garden. Much love…

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      • April 20, 2020 at 7:50 pm
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        Absolutely! It’s been cold here and I seem to feel the cold more since Chemo. Today is beautiful and we are going to toast the day on the terrace with . Cheers to you

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        • April 20, 2020 at 8:48 pm
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          Well if that’s the worst of the side effects I’d say you’re doing pretty well so far! Enjoy the terrace and stay warm!

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  • April 20, 2020 at 8:08 pm
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    Hi Simone,
    This article was perfect, I was in my garden yesterday imagining where to put that bench, to connect with Earth Mama and the Devas….
    One thing I would like to know more about is how you think the next pass of Jupiter/Pluto conjunction.
    Do you think it might manifest in another way? Or is lasting long enough to force us to make changes which are permanent?
    Thank you for your beautiful essays. Yesterday I finally listened to the reading I had with you back in December and took notes. It was so deep and insightful and definitely very helpful.
    Much love to you dear Simone,
    Ceslie

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    • April 20, 2020 at 8:55 pm
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      Oh I’m so glad you’re still finding value in your last reading, Ceslie! And also that you’re so attuned to the Taurus message. I do think that the next two passes of Jupiter-Pluto are going to continue the energy that’s already begun, perhaps in slightly different forms but it has proven itself to be connected to the virus. And yes, I think it will take till the end of the year for us to really get the message and make the changes indicated by Jupiter-Saturn in Aquarius at that time. Jupiter-Pluto means many other things as well, of course, but that would be a topic for a whole other blog. And my colleague Dana Gerhardt has actually already written it, which you can find at http://www.mooncircles.com. Big hugs to you…

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  • April 20, 2020 at 11:37 pm
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    Ditto to all of the above! So refreshing, even lilting, to imagine your setting, siestas, & equipoise. Exactly what Gaia has prescribed and the inspired, creative new solutions, lifestyles & revitalizing that will emerge from such reveries and deep dives. Thank you. 🙂

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    • April 21, 2020 at 1:37 am
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      Hope you’re doing the same, Sharon dear! Happy Taurus New Moon to you…

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