2023-05-19 Taurus New Moon – Northern Hemisphere

Editor: Robin Armstrong


Taurus New Moon

Northern Hemisphere

The New Moon

When your feelings about the past, memories, and your sense of security

conjunct or meet up with

Your confidence,  purposefulness, and your hopes for the future

A profound impression is made.

A note on the harp of the soul.

A seed moment in celestial manifestation.

The Horoscope for the New Moon is for the exact moment of the New Moon.

There are no houses in this chart because the Moon is in all 12 houses at the same time when viewed globally. So this is the true New Moon chart for anywhere on earth. You can add the houses to it according to where you live.

Most computer printouts will draw the horoscope with the houses as appropriate for where you are on the planet. This was not done here in order to focus on things valid for everyone on the planet.

New Moons are the peak  points of subjective impressionability in the month.

Receptivity to core insights and to God, are accentuated.

Chanting (or even drumming) on a New Moon will give an extra vitality to your efforts over the following month,

until the next New Moon.

A holy  environment and spiritual companions are a great blessing.

The New Moon accumulates and reflects on all of the experiences of the past month. On the New Moon the conglomerate of experiences past, creates a high tide of intuitive impressions. At the moment the Moon meets the Sun, light is  shone on these impressions creating a new sense of purpose. It is the Sun than effects the Moon.

From our worldly consciousness we cannot see the combination or aggregate of memories, but we can certainly feel it.

Unfortunately our habit patterns are too gross or physical to allow us to attune to this phenomenon consciously, but we certainly can feel it.

Only the initiate or one established in spiritual disciplines can clearly witness the New Moon within.

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Zodiac Pattern Types


All the planets on one side of a chart, within an opposition. One half to almost two thirds of the chart is empty.

The Bowl Type has a deep sense of being separated from one half of existence. Half seems to be with you and the other half not. Because this pattern is based on the op­position there is an inherent awareness of duality. You will embrace your concerns strongly. You will also be powerfully aware of what does not concern you. You clearly see who you are, and who you are not! You tend to champion causes and will usually go out of your way to give to others on one level or another. Your sensitivity to duality will find you questioning the purpose of existence.


45° – 0°, 3 1/2 to 0 days before the New Moon.

            This is the last phase of the lunar cycle before the new moon. It is often called the balsamic moon phase and it lasts for three and one half days from the crescent to the new moon. The light finally disappears into the mystery of silence and darkness. Completion becomes important. Your own projections seem to disappear in the vastness of all that is happening around you.

            You are searching for something new but are unsure of how to end the old attachments. Your awareness of others begins to lose relevance as you approach renewal. Try to understand what needs to be left behind. This should be a daily meditation. You have the uncanny ability to know when anything is ending or about to fall apart. Unfortunately it is not usually wise to tell others about it. They would probably consider you to be too negative. You need to learn why things come to an end. It is important for you to mind your own business or you will keep seeing everything that is going to collapse on everyone. Learn to look within for the new vision. Trust silence. Take steps to move towards your vision. Be very selective. Listen and wait.

            Often people will not appreciate you until you have gone. Try to insure that your influence is a positive one. Watch what you say. Often you will seem overwhelmed by useless or futile commitments. Do not try to save face. Be honest and let go.

            The quality of ending will directly effect the nature of the new beginning just about to come. So be wise. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. It may not make sense to others but if you trust your conscience, you will see the way. Hold on to your principles. Do not make promises that you cannot keep, especially long term promises.

            You have the tendency to lose yourself in others only to be left very insecure when they do not have the answers. You want to become completely involved with someone. You will constantly search for or wonder about the ultimate love of your life. Often you will feel that what you have is not enough, and then you will wonder why you bother to stay within it.

            You are looking for completion and fulfillment and are not likely to embrace freedom comfortably. You want to burn your past for future goals. It is amazing though how long you can procrastinate and wait. You want to help but often do not know what to do. You will probably not bother until somebody else cares.

            A little encouragement can have profound effects. To attract positive feedback you must be positive towards others. If you must end a situation, it is important for the reason to be correct, otherwise your problems will reoccur in the new arena.


O°- 45°, 0 to 3 1/2 days after the New Moon.

This is the beginning of the lunar cycle and lasts for three and one half days. The light is emerging gently. From the depths of the darkest moment up to the first slim crescent of light, and a little farther until the crescent is smiling brightly.

            This is a highly intuitive time filled with deep impressions and new beginnings. This is a time of seed moments and powerful insights. There is a predominant undercurrent of anxious anticipation. A new moon cycle is born.

            Born under this phase you need to feel that your life is just beginning to open up. The challenge is subjective: are you prepared to advance your own cause? You should readily adjust your lifestyle to support any new sense of direction that you feel is emerging within you. You will be constantly having to make new starts in life. You will be sensitive to new beginnings and uncertain about your present surroundings. You are inclined to leave old attachments and memories behind. You want to move forward towards your goals and will be frustrated by any setbacks.

            When you begin a project it is important to advance with care and gentleness. Make sure that you nurture and protect the germinating seed; ie. the new you. It is usually easier for you to do things than to talk about them. Remember that you do not have to achieve everything right away, but it is important for you to feel that you are advancing toward your goals.

            You are the kind of person who plants ideas in the minds of others. You will reach out and impress others subtly. You will always be able to sense the new path that should be taken. As long as you are moving along this path you will feel relatively secure. Worries and problems will surface when you crystallize or stop growing. Do not look back or hold on to the past. Nurture the light within. Protect your own development and do not throw your good ideas out to fools who will not appreciate them. Neither should you follow the dreams of others. Trust your own inner sense of direction. Whenever you can make the effort to be creative, you should. Do not try to explain the process, just do it! Consistent effort will accumulate. Reach out. Rely on your instincts. Grow. Break out of old patterns. Move on. Move on. New beginnings always seem small against the vastness of life around you, none-the-less every journey starts with one small step. Try to find friends who will support and acknowledge your efforts. Always be cautious about what you say. Words can come back to haunt you.

            You will always be trying to start something. Make certain that you take time to water the flowers and plants in your garden of hopes and dreams. The end does not always justify the means so make your daily life creative. Take time to smell the flowers along your path. You will be able to draw encouragement and inspiration by listening to birds singing.

DAYLIGHT IS INCREASING            = Momentum towards freedom

MORE DAYLIGHT THAN DARKNESS = Individuality predominates

FIXED                                            =         Resists change, determined, (stubborn)

EARTH                               = Practical, materialistic, down to earth, tactile.

FEMININE = Reflective

RULED BY = VENUS: Desire for satisfaction and appreciation/ self worth

KEYNOTE: = “I have”

PART OF BODY = Throat, & female sexual organs

COLOUR = Red-orange

GEMS = Emerald, coral, moss agate, jade, and lapis lazuli.

METALS = Copper

HERBS = Sage, thyme, plantain, coltsfoot, goldenrod, silver weed, bearberry,

and garden mint.


Some Taurus Considerations:

 Taurus is a Fixed sign. Because it is a Fixed sign, it is where Cardinal and Mutable energies meet (at 15º Taurus).

The first half of Taurus is Cardinal or assertive and driving. There is a tendency to make things happen and to act on one’s desires.

The second half of Taurus is Mutable and will be inclined to adapt, adjust and talk rather than force issues.

Cardinal is assertive. Mutable is perceptive. Taurus has one foot on Cardinal ground and the other foot on Mutable ground.

It is Spring and as days get longer and warmer, there will be increasingly more things to do. Taurus will forcefully impose their desires but will adjust their performance whenever it will improve their choices or their quality of life, or when they have a better opportunity to express themselves and their values. 

Taurus is ruled by Venus the planet of choices, values, and of attraction and repulsion. This is Taurus: strong magnetism and increasing curiosity.

They will not push for something that they do not value.

If something they don’t want is forced on them, they will express anger.

But why force issues when one can accomplish more through the use of charm?

The first half of Taurus is Martian by nature. Mars is the planet of power, impulse, strength and aggression. The first half of Taurus is inclined to be forceful and blatant.

The second half of Taurus is Mercurial by nature. There is a need to communicate and express oneself freely.

As daylight increases so will the value of independence. The freedom and confidence to make one’s own choices and to express oneself will also increase. There is a tendency to direct ones energy into independent and creative pursuits.

Two trigrams meet in Taurus. They are The Joyous and The Creative; pleasure and freedom. There is a need to enjoy oneself and increase personal creative expression.

Two paths converge in Taurus:

Right Livelihood and Right Thought.

The challenge is to avoid causing harm (Mars) and to maintain noble thoughts (Mercury).

Negative actions and negative thoughts will precipitate humiliation and ruin.

One must strive to qualify one’s use of energy and to express what is worthy. 


Pentans are five degree divisions of the Zodiac in which the zodiac repeats itself creating a sub-level  of meaning. Sub-pentans divide each 10 degrees of the zodiac into 12 sub-sub-signs adding a third level of meaning. The Zodiac sign is the Main Theme, The Pentan is the Special Focus and the Sub-Pentan is the Intimate Detail.

To Understand Pentans watch this video: (Click on the title Pentans)

Zodiac Faces

Today we see

the Face of Indolence

Aries:   Today you will be judged by the company you keep. If you embrace or hang around with lazy slugs your progress will be impaired. Make an extra effort to work with those in authority. Responsible initiative will make gains.

Taurus: Count your blessings for what you have and work hard to protect it. Do not degenerate to indolence. Help others when you can but be sparing of words or explanations. If you do something right you will increase your rewards.

Gemini: There is no sense in waiting for other people to change! Let sleeping dogs lie! Be careful about what you say and to whom you say it. Exaggerated opinions will come back to embarrass you. Don’t speculate!

Cancer: You will have to make a choice today. Your options will be either indolence or opportunity. Opportunity will require principled initiatives. You do not have to swim upstream, but you do need to swim.

Leo: You will perform to an audience of slugs! Don’t expect an enthusiastic response. Life is a continuous battle against inertia. If you don’t fight it, who will? You will need to make an effort on your own behalf.

Virgo: You can’t please everyone, but you can satisfy yourself. Take care not to over extend yourself. Self control is not the same thing as indolence. Pay no heed to the opinions of others.

Libra: Talk is cheap! Serious strategy will be in order. Listen well and don’t be frivolous. If you can plan out your day in advance and then follow the plan, your ideas will gain respect.

Scorpio: You will run into inertia today. The sloth of others will delay your initiatives. Try to understand. Negative values will lead to poor results. Treat everyone fairly and you will end up looking good!

Sagittarius: Too many directions will be as bad as no direction at all. Procrastination will be interpreted as indolence. You will be misled today if you think that you need to save anyone. Save yourself! Don’t moralize!

Capricorn: It will be necessary to give first, in order to receive later. Do not convert the inert. Leave the indolent to their own morass. Secure your friendships before you ask for something. If the quality of your life will be improved, an adventure is justified.

Aquarius: There is a big difference between restraint and sloth. Timing will be essential today. Wait for your moments, don’t try to rush them. Don’t let peer pressure talk you out of what you know to be right.

Pisces: Good will and pleasant manners can positively effect even the most indolent of people. Moderate generosity will be sufficient. Reinforce the talents of others. A little consideration given to others will have a profoundly significant effect.

Hexagram Degrees

28 Taurus 26

Main Theme:

TAU  28°-29° (IC)  WAITING (FOR NOURISHMENT): W.5, Line 2: Active.

            Special Focus:

28° 20’-28° 30’ Tau (Pi  IC-lvl2)  REVOLUTION, MOLTING: W.49, Line 4: Firm.

     Intimate Detail:

      28° 25’ 00”-28° 26’ 40” Tau (Aq IC-lvl3)  BITING THROUGH: W.21, Line 4: Projective.

Main Theme

5. WAITING FOR NOURISHMENT (Alternative Name: Work to Stay Positive)


Zodiac:……….24° – 30° Taurus

Calendar:…….Northern Hemisphere: May 15 to May 21 approx

……………….Southern Hemisphere: Nov 16 to Nov 22 approx

House 11:……144° – 150° rising from IC

Time of day:…09:36 to 10:00 AM (Local Mean Time or Sun Dial time)

Aspect:……….144° – 150° Waxing (Inconjunct – applying)

Moon Phase:. Waxing Full Moon Phase (135° – 180°)

…………………..(10 ½ to 14 days after the New Moon).


Storm clouds above, heaven below

Danger above, strength below.

The use of force will increase difficulties.

Be discriminating about what you do and when you do it.

Wait for the right time.

You will not have long to wait.


Dark clouds in the sky,

No rain.

To embark now will invite danger.

No satisfaction.

Control your temper.

Smile in the face of adversity.

Nourishment will come.

Wait for the rain.


Discontent without, creativity within.

Progress is blocked.

Too much freedom can be dangerous.

One faces difficulties.

To push forward will increase adversity.

One cannot get what one wants right away.

The voice of criticism will increase opposition.

One’s influence without will be delayed.

One can use the time for self improvement.

In this way one will be able to welcome the storms of life

And benefit from them.

Even flowers need rain.


The father to the second son.

The father is direct. The second son is not.

Any disapproval or discontent expressed by the father,

Will have an alienating effect.

The father wants the second son to solve his own problems.

The second son’s biggest obstacle is his older brother.

The father talks and laughs.

The second son analyzes and broods.

What is easy for the father will be difficult for the second son.

The father speaks freely.

The second son is critical

And will find more support from his mother.


24-30 TA: 5. Waiting for Nourishment

To think that one knows is sickness.

Only when one becomes sick of this sickness

Can one become free of it.

One must listen and wait for the right time.

When your heart is in the right place

You will advance.

Until then you must wait!


Nine in the second place: (28° – 29° Taurus)

Firm in the face of adversity

But without support.

To push forward will create opposition.

Do not challenge authority.

Do not increase adversity.

…..The second place: 28° – 29° Taurus:  49. Revolution, Molting

…..Water is boiling. Food is cooking.

…..If it is not watched

…..It will boil dry or burn.

……….Nine in the second place:

……….One laughs

……….And speaks freely in the face of adversity.

……….Someone will take offence.

……….To ridicule or criticize others

……….Will only make matters worse.

Technical Considerations of Line 2:

Solid in an even place

Inappropriate action

Firmness at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 3 and 4)

No Holding Together

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Lower Primary          Lower Nuclear

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Second Place:

Special Focus

49: REVOLUTION, MOLTING (Alternative Name: Emotional Clarity


Water above, fire below.

Nothing will stay the same.

Laughter above, clarity below.

One sees what one wants.

To welcome the new and to be considerate of the old

Would be wise!

Too much pleasure will diminish credibility.

Too fanatical an approach will weaken support.


Footprints in the snow.

The temperature is rising.

One has to consider the force of water,

If one is to reach the goal.

It is important to avoid extremes.


Pleasure without, clarity within.

In anticipation of spring people are enjoying themselves.

In the midst of frivolity one becomes conscientious.

One meets laughter with sincerity.

If one does not withdraw,

One could be ridiculed for being so concerned.

One will not be heard.

The light within must be nurtured

Until others of like mind and values arrive.


The second daughter to the third daughter.

The second daughter likes to be noticed.

The third daughter likes to have fun.

Just as a flame can be put out by water,

The second daughter’s opportunities can be diminished

By the fun-loving nature of her younger sister.

Clarity versus pleasure.

Dependency versus happiness.

This is not a comfortable relationship.

The second daughter will not want the obligation

Of bringing her younger sister along.

She wants to have her own fun.

The third daughter will want to come along.

When coming to meet others,

Their approach differs and creates conflict,

Like fire and water.


18-24PI: 49. Revolution

Defending what is right.

Different people will have different priorities

And different motivations.

That things get done will seem more important than how.

Without rules, regulations and time demands

Security will be diminished.

Be cautious.

Revolution will have consequences.


Nine in the fourth place: (20° – 21° Pisces)

One takes something that is not theirs.

One pays no heed to what is appropriate.

Arrogant dragon will have cause to repent.

…..The fourth place: 20° – 21° Pisces:  21. Biting Through

…..Obstacles to peace.

…..One must bite through the obstructions.

…..To be critical of one’s own words would be wise.

……….Nine in the fourth place:

……….Too much laughter.

……….Inappropriate action.

……….One speaks to the wrong people.

……….Gentle words will not be heard.


Technical Considerations of Line 4:

Solid in an even place

Inappropriate action

Firmness at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 7 and 8)

No Holding Together

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Lower Nuclear           Upper Nuclear    Upper Primary

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Fourth Place:

Intimate Detail

21: BITING THROUGH (Alternative Name: Shocking Insight) 


Lightning above and thunder below.

Clarity and excitement.

Obstacles to truth will be forcibly removed.

Inertia will be overcome.


Thunder and lightning.

Words shock.

Obstructed by a storm.

To do nothing is dangerous.

Movement towards light and clarity furthers.


Outwardly insightful, inwardly ambitious.

One can see what others are doing.

Mistakes will be dealt with immediately.

If doubt arises, it will be quickly silenced.

Opportunities abound.

One must seize the moment.

The elements of surprise and confrontation

Will overcome opposing or critical voices.

If one moves quickly and appropriately

One’s intention will not be questioned.


The first son to the second daughter.

He instigates. She clarifies.

He is the arousing force. She wants to be seen.

He explores and discovers. She gives directions.

He bites through obstacles without much forethought.

She is aware of what is appropriate and what is not.

He forces change. She clings to what is familiar.


00-06AQ: 21. Biting Through

A winter storm prevails.

Inertia must be overcome.

One does what must be done

To keep dry and stay warm.

One clearly sees what is needed and acts appropriately.

Obstacles will be dealt with as soon as they arise.


Nine in the fourth place: (03° – 04° Aquarius)

Great adversity.

The mind is clouded.

Obstacles prevail.

Do not rest in danger.

Actions will speak louder than words.

…..The fourth place: 03° – 04° Aquarius:  61. Inner Truth

…..One speaks before one has listened completely.

…..Difficulties increase.

…..Be sensitive about how others are affected.

…..Keep your thoughts to yourself.

……….Nine in the fourth place:

……….One speaks louder than one should.

……….Someone will be offended.

……….One acts severely.

……….If one has the welfare of others in their heart

……….One will find support from above and below.

Technical Considerations of Line 4:

Solid in an even place

Inappropriate action

Firmness at the wrong time

(Astrological note: This place concerns the affairs of Houses 7 and 8)

Holding Together with inappropriate energy below.

(Astrological note: Inappropriate reinforcement from Houses 5 and 6)

Holding Together with inappropriate energy above.

(Astrological note: Inappropriate reinforcement from Houses 9 and 10)

No Correspondence

Trigrams of Influence:

Lower Nuclear       Upper Nuclear        Upper Primary

Zodiac Considerations (Sub-Pentans) for the Fourth Place:

Aspect Hexagrams

Stars By Degree

Earth Zodiac

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Light of  Qabalah in this Degree

Ancestors by Degree

Movement by Degree

Drumming by Degree

Drumming by Degree

This hexagram reveals the drum rhythm by degree.  Play this  on your own or in a drum circle for the New Moon. Tune into the seed moment of the month. The Base at the red dot should be played louder!

Melodies (Scales) by Degree

Each degree has a very special melody or scale. You can play this with any instrument and tune into the feelings of this New Moon.

Watch the video:

TAU  28°-29° (IC)  WAITING (FOR NOURISMENT): W.5, Line 2: Active.

Chanting by Degrees

Chanting on the New Moon evokes a very special presence.

It is one of the most powerful and sensitive times to chant.

Chanting by Degrees

This is the Chant for the New Moon in Aquarius at 12Aqu 20.  By chanting you will tune into the essence of this New Moon in Aquarius.

——— 5 minutes of call and response chanting

——— 1 minute of continuous chanting

Watch the video:

TAU  28°-29° (IC)  WAITING (FOR NOURISMENT): W.5, Line 2: Active.

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