The New Moon in Taurus falls at a time of year when, where I live, the air is lush and thick with lilac and scents of blooms and every shade of green bursts forth everywhere as life returns, and we tune our bicycles, turn our soil, and plant seeds in readiness for summer. We are reminded of the rich abundance offered by Earth.
But this Taurus season may feel different from those before, now that Uranus is here (for the first time since 1934), where it will stay ‘till 2026. Uranus signifies revolution, instability, nonlinear change, innovation, shock, surprise, genius, insight. Taurus signifies not only Earth and her wealth, but all physicality, materiality. So in Taurus, we might expect that revolutionary impulses ignited with Uranus in Aries, will get really real.
Uranus in Aries since 2011 (empowered by a square to Pluto) brought a growing awareness of just how corrupt and unjust are our financial institutions, governments, and corporations. And the red-faced liars afraid of losing their power may just dig their heels in and put on a show of bravado over this next year (with all the activity in Capricorn) but it’s not likely to last. Because the true power lies in the hearts of people who know love and who love Earth.
Saturn in Capricorn says: Earth isn’t a concept, it’s here, literally under our feet. Are you from here? How did you get here? What plants live here? What creatures abide? What forces shaped this land? What is the history of this land and its people? What is the history of your people? Who are your people?
We all know the history is violent and ugly. I think part of this Saturn-Pluto-South-Node (and soon Jupiter too) conjunction in Capricorn initiation we are undergoing is really sitting with that, facing it. Grappling with our ancestry: the traumas our ancestors underwent, as well as the ways in which they were complicit in colonization, and the ways the traumas and the colonizing spur each other.
Colonization of course runs through every part of our lives, from the mindset that sees ourselves as separate from each other, needing to compete and protect ourselves, to treating Earth as resources to extract, to the need to numb our pain from so many lifetimes of trauma.
We’ve already seen a surge in Earth activism, largely driven by youth (another Uranus signification), and perhaps we’ll see a deepening of activism that sees the relevance of colonial history, and that acknowledges our complicated complicities in that. May there be power and blessings to the people, often Indigenous, who are already deeply invested in the fight for Earth. I pray a deepening allyship between settlers and the indigenous people who never forgot their divine charge as stewards of Earth.
Uranus is sometimes connected with ancestral memory. Perhaps this transit will see more of us awakening to our ancient lineages; awakening to the horrors our people have gone through, and have perpetrated; and to what came before, to a time when we knew the land upon which we walked, and knew the plants and the creatures, and knew ourselves as necessary in a complex interconnected ecosystem-cosmos, supported always by our ancestors.
Saturn conjunct the South Node and square to Venus has us cleaning out the closets of Capricorn; it’s time to relate to Capricorn in a different way. For millennia, its energy has been in the grip of masculine dominance that contorts it into power hierarchies, rigidity, and top-down control. We’ve seen where that leads, I believe.
And now another way is offered: Capricorn as Earth God-dess, organizing its systems and structures in harmony with nature’s cycles, creating structures that hold us, systems that are efficient, respecting the wealth that comes from Earth, working for the good of community within community, honouring the connectedness of the whole, knowing that what’s good for you, must also be good for me, because we are intricately bound.
With Mars in Gemini opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius, this is not your ordinary park-lazing, garden-puttering Taurus cycle. We are impelled to take action, to speak our truth, to take a stand. The shadow side of this aspect may be dogmatic certainty in one’s own position. But tapping into the Taurean Earthiness may help us to also listen, seek harmony, and take the gentle route.
Big New Moon Blessings to you all. <3