April 2020: Tarot spread for the new moon in Taurus

Tarot spread for the April 2020 new moon in Taurus

The April 2020 new moon falls in the sign of Taurus. The Taurus archetype is grounded and steadfast, calm and composed, firm and also somewhat stubborn. This is a sign that is practical and earthy, and is associated with material pleasures, desires, luxuriousness, and abundance. 

Spiritually, the Taurus archetype teaches the principle of belonging through presence…our presence as sacred human beings…honouring the body temple…honouring the flow of life. This can be difficult given the society we live in, which praises the hustle over reverence and treats time as money rather than a finite resource that should be used wisely in the pursuit of the things that give us meaning.

The April 2020 new moon also stirs up the deepest layers of our unconscious {which connects back to The Underworld card that came up in the April forecast} and makes apparent our inherent weaknesses and triggers. This new moon can help us to significantly transform the patterns that make themselves apparent at this time in our life. Since this a Taurus moon, this transformation is likely to happen in an embodied state, through deep contemplation, which can only happen when we are present in the here and now. These triggers are likely to be more karmic in nature, and this new moon is an opportune time to release and shift these patterns.

Astro-tarot influences for the April 2020 new moon

To throw some more light on the astrology of the new moon in Taurus, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The Taurus new moon falls in decan 1, which is represented by the 5 of Pentacles. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with The Hierophant, which is associated with Taurus.

The 5 of Pentacles typically represents difficult times and a feeling of insecurity – this could be financial, but also psychological or physical discomfort and difficulty. It could also indicate deep loneliness and a sense of alienation. The Hierophant is traditionally associated with religious order and social and hierarchical structures. It is also associated with teachers, healers and gurus, and with conforming to societal norms and expectations. More pertinently, The Hierophant represents initiations or rites of passage, and an initiation can come only after something has ended.

Put together, these cards speak to the need to orient ourselves in our spiritual centers. The times we are in currently, with a global pandemic making it necessary for us to isolate ourselves and remain indoors, is a rite of passage. Like it or not, this experience is going to change us, and it is bound to change the world.

There is a lot of anxiety and a lot of fears swirling around currently. No one knows how and when this pandemic is going to end. In the blink of an eye, our world, our routines, everything we took for granted has been pulled away from us.

This is, at its heart, an initiatory experience. We are grappling with numerous unknowns, without any sort of map to guide us, with no idea of when and how things will go back to normal. It is natural to feel anxious, angry, helpless, and perhaps even afraid.

But, as in any initiatory experience, we have to move through these feelings and come back to centre; to the core of ourselves. We have to, eventually, learn how to become our own authority.

And that is what The Hierophant in our current global context is pointing towards.

While it traditionally represents organized religion and authority figures, it also serves as a reminder to us to not give our power away to someone or something else. Instead of blindly following the herd, this card serves as a reminder to take responsibility for our own life and our own spiritual beliefs.

A big part of the current anxiety is stemming from the constant news cycle and the steady uptick in the number of people who have tested positive for the virus. There is no denying that the numbers are alarming.

It is also true, however, that social distancing is what is keeping us safe. The less contact we come into with other people, the fewer are our chances of getting the virus.

So instead of giving our power away to the fear, can we bring it back in? Focus in on our blessings – our home, more time with loved ones, the simplicity of life in these times, and the technology that allows to remain connected {virtually} with our loved ones.

Yes, some of us are at higher risk if we contract the disease. Some of us are working at the front lines of fighting this disease – and a huge, heartfelt thank you for your service at this time. But most of us are, actually, ok. And that is something to be grateful for.

So, the invitation here is to acknowledge the fears, to shine a light on them so they lose their power over you, and to navigate forward from a place of rootedness.

This is an initiatory experience, so the ultimate invitation here is for us to think about building a better future, and dreaming of – and planning for – what we wish to create next. In this context, how can you be your own guru?

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Sabian Symbol for the April 2020 Taurus new moon

The Sabian Symbol for Taurus 3 degrees is The Pot Of Gold At The End Of The Rainbow

This symbol conjures up the innocence of childhood. Of the time when we believed in the tooth fairy and magic. And even into adulthood, the sight of a rainbow just fills us up with wonder and awe.

This speaks to me, then, of wonder and mystery. Of the possibilities that open up before us when we make time to invite that wonder in – be it through our creative practice or simply by taking the time to observe and reflect on the beauty and wisdom offered by the natural world. 

There is also an element of faith here – something that comes to us much more easily as children, when we believed in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy. It is an inner assurance that is built on belief and trust. When we lose it, we are easily rocked by fear, anxiety, and the flood of emotions. When we have a bedrock of faith to lean on, we find it much easier to find our center and regain our footing.

{P.S.: Faith has nothing to do with religion.}

Tarot spread for the April 2020 new moon in Taurus

Here’s a tarot spread to tap into the energy of this new moon.

Tarot spread and journaling questions for the April 2020 new moon in Taurus

1. The pattern: The Karmic pattern that is currently coming up for healing.

2. The lesson: What you need to understand or learn to release this pattern.

3. The evolution: The new reality you are ready to create

4. Mamma moon says: This is always a message of inspiration/motivation

Journaling questions for the April 2020 Taurus new moon

You can use these journaling questions instead of the tarot spread, if tarot isn’t your thing. Cardslingers, you can also use these journaling prompts for further reflection:

In what ways has your life changed during this lockdown?

What have you learnt about yourself from this experience?

Have some things felt simpler during this lockdown? How can you invite more of this simplicity into your life?

What changes would you like to make in your life based on this initiatory experience?

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