On April 23rd, 2020 we have a New Moon in Taurus. The New Moon is at 3° Taurus and it is conjunct Uranus, the planet of freedom and liberation.
New Moons are powerful prediction tools. A New Moon influences us not only on the day it occurs, but for the whole lunar cycle.
The previous New Moon on March 25th was conjunct Chiron, the Wounded Healer. So the whole lunar month (March 25th – April 22nd) was about healing, by coming to terms with our wound.
For some of us, the wound was literal. For others, the dramatic changes in our lifestyle forced us to find reconciliation with things we were perhaps running away from or have been brushing under the carpet.
When we can’t go outside, we HAVE to go inside. And inside there’s nowhere to run.
Also, at the time of the previous New Moon in Aries, Saturn moved in Aquarius. Saturn is the planet of restrictions and Aquarius, the sign of freedom and groups of people – so we got lockdown and social distancing.
That was then.
Now the New Moon in Taurus on April 23rd has a totally different vibe.
The upcoming New Moon is conjunct Uranus, the planet of freedom. So the upcoming lunar month (April 23rd – May 22nd) is not about being face-to-face with the wound. It is about freedom from the wound.
It is interesting that in astrology, Chiron (a symbol for what we’ve been through in the last lunar cycle) is the link between Saturn (restrictions) and Uranus (freedom, liberation).
It is only when we are face to face with the wound, and find creative ways to heal it, that we can find freedom.
If we look at Chiron’s myth, Chiron was a wise centaur and healer that accidentally gets shot by an arrow coated with the blood of Hydra. Arrows coated with the blood of Hydra would bring wounds that would never heal, so Chiron, even if he was a healer to other people, was not able to heal himself.
Also, because Chiron was a demigod, he was also not able to die. So Chiron got stuck in a difficult situation, hence the association with the “Wounded healer”.
But the story has a happy ending. Gods agree to free Chiron from suffering by allowing him to exchange his immortality for Prometheus’ life.
Prometheus was chained to a rock as a punishment for stealing fire from the Gods and bringing it to people.
In astrology, Prometheus is a symbol for Uranus, and the fire he stole from the gods is a symbol of the fire of knowledge – and yes, a symbol of freedom, because it is only the higher knowledge that can set us free from what is otherwise bound to nature, karma, and fate.
The morale of the story? It is only through Chiron that we can access the higher wisdom of Uranus.
It is only by embracing our pain, that we can set ourselves free.
Now the question is, what kind of freedom does Uranus bring. Is it the type of freedom Uranus brought at the time of its discovery, in the late 18 century?
The discovery of Uranus coincided with the French, American and other countries’ revolutions and fights for independence as well as with the era of Enlightenment, and the technological and industrial revolution.
Will the New Moon in Taurus bring us freedom from restrictions? Will it bring an end to social distancing? Or will it bring a different kind of freedom?