April’s New Moon in Taurus occurs at 8:16 AM EST on Wednesday the 26th, and you can do your New Moon ritual on either the night of Tuesday the 25th or the 26th at any time. Honestly, I’m just happy this isn’t one of those difficult-to-time Moons, and that I can just settle in on the night of the 26th and get things done. However, if you procrastinate until Thursday the 27th be sure to get it done before 9:18 PM EST because the Moon moves from Taurus to void-of-course to Gemini all in the space of about 20 minutes, that busy Moon.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to New Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.
New Moon in Taurus
Taurus is a very physical sign, a grounded, practical Earth sign, interested in tactile things, the good things in life, and prosperity. A Taurus wants it all and is willing to work for it, as well as being very loyal, stable, and tenacious. Taurus is one of the fixed signs, giving it steady energy and stability. It is ruled by Venus, making this full moon an excellent time to work on love, as well as real estate, money, or material acquisition. Since April’s Full Moon is all about the new growth of spring, the Taurus New Moon gives us the opportunity to set intentions for material growth.
Because of these Taurus traits, consider focusing your intentions on what financial goals you have for this six month lunar cycle, and discovering the steps toward achieving that goal. I’m very excited for this hard working energy, it feels like just the boost I need to overcome all of the recent Retrogrades (looking at you, Mercury) and general malaise.
Suggested Spell: Money Jar
The Money Jar Spell I’m posting here is one of the first spells I ever did as a baby witch way back in the day, and that I still do to this day. The Money Jar is just like it sounds, a jar that is meant to attract money, perfect for the Taurus energy of this New Moon. First, start by selecting a jar or bowl without a lid that is small enough to sit comfortably on your altar. If you don’t have an altar, putting it where ever you pay bills (like a desk) works too. Set the intention for it attracting money to you by either saying, “This jar will attract to me the money that I need,” or writing something similar on a small piece of paper and putting it in the jar. You can also set the intention by infusing it with the energy to attract money to you by holding it and visualizing a green light surrounding the jar. It’s important not to ask to be rich or get excessive money, just to be given the financial help that you need when you need it.
Next, charge the jar in the New Moon energy by placing it either outside or on the windowsill overnight. For an extra boost you can add a tumbled Green Aventurine or a Pyrite Included Quartz point to the jar, but this is totally optional. If this if your first or one of your first spells, I find that the extras are helpful. Additionally, you can burn a green candle to help infuse your jar with money attracting energy. Again, this is a good step for new witches, but if you’ve been practicing for a while there’s no need.
Once you Money Jar is charged in the Taurus New Moon, place it on your altar or money workspace. Now, the follow up, and this part is important. Walking around we always find loose change on the ground, right? I consider these coins as little gifts from faeries or the Universe, whatever you prefer, and largely symbolic. As you find coins, put them into your Money Jar. These coins are nice signs and keep fueling the jar’s energy. If you don’t like picking up tails-up coins, just flip them over and leave them. If you see them the next day you can take them home to your jar. I find tails to be my lucky coin side, so I take them. Do what works for you!
Suggested Beginner Tarot Spread: 2 Cards
Card #1: What type of project should I explore in the immediate Moon cycle?
Card #2: What can do I to get the most out of the Moon’s Taurean energy?
For card #1, Wands (Fire) are generally associated with action/spirit, Cups (Water) emotions and relationships, Swords (Air) your mental state, and Pentacles (Earth) the material world and finances. Note that if you are very new to tarot you can do a single card reading with either of the two questions.
Suggested Intermediate Tarot Spread: 1 Card
My suggested spread for intermediate-level tarot users can be done using only the Pentacle cards from the deck, since Pentacles represent Earth and coins/money. They are the cards that rule over the finances, perfect for the Taurus New Moon.
Card #1: What financial advice should I follow for the (2 week or 6 month, pick one to say) Taurus New Moon cycle?
Interpret the cards in the light of financial advice, ie: the Four of Pentacles would advise you to save money, Seven of Pentacles suggests that investment would be wise, and the Ace and Page of Pentacles would indicate a new financial opportunity. Shortcuts to all the Pentacles are here on Biddy Tarot.
With your intentions set and advice in mind, now you can go into the new moon cycle and put your intentions to work with actions! The Full Moon on May 10th 2017 is a good time to check in and review your notes, then in November 2017 we’ll meet again to see how we’ve done. It’s pretty much impossible to remember something like a six month old intention, our lives are just so busy, so remember to write it all down. I think you’ll find that checking in with yourself in six month is surprisingly rewarding.
“Taurus,” Plate 17 from Urania’s Mirror, Sidney Hall, 1825, restored by Adam Cuerden