Feeling flush?

If you won the lottery, what would you do? Most would go on a spending spree, and soon the money would be gone. (Studies have found that bankruptcy rates soar for lottery winners three to five years after their win.) But Rachel Lapierre did something quite different with her 2018 lottery proceeds. The Canadian nurse quit her job and started a charity, Le Book Humanitaire, which helps the homeless in Quebec and funds relief trips to India. Fueled by donations and supported by volunteers, the charity’s administration fees are paid for from Lapierre’s winnings.

“I grew up in a poor environment and saw misery and sadness,” she told the UK’s Mirror newspaper. “I told myself that, if we all made a small gesture, the world would be better.”

Recently I’ve been reading Vicky Robin and Joe Dominguez’ eye-opening book, Your Money or Your Life (2008 edition). In it, they teach people how to understand money and become financially independent. It is their fervent hope that once we achieve financial freedom we will contribute our time, talent and money to boost the welfare of our planet and her inhabitants.

In earlier times, the authors point out, security came from more than just money. There were other kinds of wealth to fall back on in hard times, such as close-knit families and communities, growing our own food, and knowing how to make and fix the tools of daily life. Over the past year or so, as much of what made our lives “normal” has been shaken or destroyed, a great longing to rediscover this kind of security has been building.

Taurus is the sign most closely associated with Mother Earth and the material world, with survival and security. It’s also a sign of manifestation, abundance, the fecundity of nature and the physical body. The upcoming Taurus New Moon (May 11, 11:59 a.m. PDT) puts us in touch with all of the above. This New Moon is significant, as it falls within ten degrees of Uranus, the liberator, and squares Jupiter at the “last gasp” 29th degree of Aquarius. This combo is apt to stimulate a sense of urgency to change things, or to move in an unexpected direction. At the very least, we should become acutely aware of our desires.

Black Moon Lilith (the point where the Moon’s orbit is furthest from Earth) is tightly conjunct the New Moon. Lilith was Adam’s outspoken first wife – who insisted on being his equal and got expelled from the Garden for her efforts. So we’re bound to see some strong women in the spotlight at this time – such as Melinda Gates, whose impending split with husband Bill Gates after 27 years of marriage just hit the airwaves.  Melinda shared in her 2019 book, The Moment of Lift, that she and Bill had often battled. “He’s had to learn how to be an equal, and I’ve had to learn how to step up and be an equal,” she said. As a strong advocate for women’s rights, she believes that “The world is finally waking up to the fact that none of us can move forward when half of us are held back.”

Women’s themes are being amplified by Venus, the New Moon’s dispositor, traveling through loquacious Gemini from May 8 – June 1. Mercury also traverses the sign of the Twins, from May 3 – July 10, an extra-long time due to being retrograde from late May through mid-June.  So now we have a powerful period for gathering info, researching options and assessing our true needs and desires. Before you commit to any big changes or sign on the dotted line, though, remember that Taurus the Bull (or as I prefer, the Tortoise), prefers to move slowly and deliberately. If unsure, take your time and wait for the plan to get clearer. Watch your dreams for clues (the Sun and Moon will be sextile dreamy Neptune).

The Taurus New Moon asks you to assess your possessions and finances. What’s your bottom line? What do you really need to be happy? And how might you help Mother Earth in the process?  These are the important questions to address at this time. And it might not hurt to buy a lottery ticket – you never know how the Universe may want to bless you!

4 thoughts on “Taurus New Moon: The Bottom Line

  • May 6, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    This feels so spot on Simone! The other day I started thinking about becoming an interior designer which was not on the radar and so random and out of the blue. Alas, your blog made me realize I am not crazy and will sit with that for a while and see what develops. Thank you for bringing wonderful stories and linkages. Julie

  • May 6, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    That sounds intriguing, Julie! A good time to explore the possibility. Glad you’re enjoying the blogs! Happy New Moon…

  • May 7, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Loquacious… I love it! 🙂 Kudos to you re ‘landing’ a couple of clear locations for possible future residence. May that exploration play out beautifully and lead you to your perfect home. I feel the wheels turning in me, clearing what’s in the way and clarifying my values, but not quite hinting at directionality. But I share your longing for those earthy values and what Vicki and Joe were espousing all those many years ago. Taurus energies are all calling my name and your post this month is particularly apropos for me, given my north node there at 23′. Thanks for a really great description – as usual!

    • May 7, 2021 at 2:37 am

      Ah, a New Moon on your North Node – that should start giving you some directionality, Sharon! Here’s to earthy values. 🙂 And so glad you’re enjoying the essays. Happy New Moon!


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