Astrology

The New Moon in Taurus Kicks Off Eclipse Season, Bringing Change and Upheaval—Here’s What To Expect for Your Sign

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Hold on tight: The month of April is ending with an astrological bang. On April 30, the new moon in Taurus makes its presence known at 4:27 p.m., EDT, shifting in front of the sun from our perspective on Earth to form a partial solar eclipse. Almost like a supercharged new moon, a solar eclipse also signals new beginnings—but with an added dash of fated events. And in this case, the sun-moon alignment also activates Uranus (the planet of disruption, surprises, and innovation), adding to the unexpected vibe of the day.

With the arrival of this new moon in Taurus, we officially enter eclipse season, which is a time where things can feel off-kilter or wonky; a lunar eclipse in Scorpio will follow on May 15. In general, eclipses can speed up our timelines, pushing us through discomfort and toward change that realigns us with our purpose. And with Uranus's involvement in this particular solar eclipse, we may feel a stronger urge than ever to break free from others’ expectations and try things our own way. In other words? If something isn’t working in your life, take this as an open invitation to switch things up, however you see fit.

We may feel a stronger urge than ever to break free from others’ expectations and try things our own way.

Because this new moon and solar eclipse falls in the sign of Taurus, it will be governed by Taurus's planetary ruler, Venus, the planet of love, beauty, and value. And that's a good thing because, at the moment, Venus could not be having a cosmically better time. It's currently moving through Pisces, where it's known to be "exalted" or able to function at its prime, and as the new moon arrives, it meets up precisely with Jupiter, the planet of opportunity and expansion. Together, these planets are known as the two "benefics" in astrology, meaning they are harbingers of luck—and that energy will infuse this new moon in Taurus with positivity.

While eclipse season is generally a time to pause intention-setting and planning (as the shadow-y energy is considered unpredictable), the coinciding Venus-Taurus conjunction with this upcoming eclipse lightens the energy. Something you've been working toward may just land in your inbox, or you could otherwise come across the good news you've been anticipating.

To understand just how this ecliptic shift will impact your life, read on for your sun, moon, and rising signs. Then, pick up a bespoke self-care practice to make the most of this dynamic day.

What the new moon and solar eclipse in Taurus means for your zodiac sign, according to an astrologer

Aries

Your finances could be due for a shake-up, Aries. This new moon in Taurus activates your second house of resources, encouraging you to take your financial-planning to the next level. It's possible that a raise or promotion could be yours if you ask for it; or, maybe you're ready to meet with a financial planner or get more strategic about your retirement plan. If you are in a position where you can take a risk on something you believe will be an investment in yourself, this is the time to do it.

Your new moon self-care practice: Focus on your physical senses. Book a massage or incorporate daily grounding exercises into your routine. Our bodies carry stress in a physical way—and you could benefit from a cathartic release.

Taurus

Change is a-brewing, Taurus. With this eclipse in your sign, you're bound to feel it most intensely. Resist the urge to stick with what’s been and what’s comfortable; this is a cosmic shedding of past versions of yourself. Take a risk, and present yourself in a new, bold, or even shocking way. That might mean changing your appearance, putting together a different kind of outfit, or committing to a goal that might seem out of your usual character. In any case, don't be afraid of reinvention.

Your new moon self-care practice: Find a picture of you from your childhood that makes you happy, and reflect on any big dreams you had then. What did you want at the time? Journal about how you might change your current situation to make a younger version of yourself proud.

Gemini

As an intellect-driven air sign, your mind tends to move a mile a minute—but at this time, you may crave stillness. As this solar eclipse activates your 12th house of the inner psyche, it signals a period of closure and integration. Perhaps you’ve been through an emotionally draining situation, and you could use some extra rest or relaxation. Adopting a daily meditation or spiritual practice at this time could help you shed limiting beliefs or self-defeating behaviors that have been holding you back.

Your new moon self-care practice: Take a mental-health day, and give yourself permission to slow down. Doing so proactively, before your cup overflows, can help to prevent messy meltdowns in the future.

Cancer

Connecting with your social circle or broader network could spark a change that brings you closer to your dreams. That's because this eclipse highlights your 11th house of community, pushing you to put yourself out there, and see what comes of it. Remember: Life timelines speed up under eclipses. In your case, a social event could lead to a surprising revelation when it comes to your long-term vision, or it could introduce you to someone who will play a fated role in your life.

Your new moon self-care practice: Prioritize your friendships. Make a date with a friend and soak up their advice, company, and laughter. You’re craving connection.

Leo

As a fixed sign, you like predictability—but if you’ve been eager to make changes at work, now is the time, thanks to this new moon's activation of your 10th house of career. Whatever moves you might make, allow them to push you closer to your calling or your dreams. You may be surprised to find out that others in your sphere are ready to invest in your future, too. In any case, you'll be rewarded for taking a risk when it comes to your greater purpose.

Your new moon self-care practice: Don’t be afraid to celebrate yourself, whether in a private or public way; perhaps, you write down your wins from the past year or compose a love letter to yourself. You’ve worked hard to get to this point.

Virgo

A wanderlust-y mood could infuse this day for you, Virgo. As the new moon touches your ninth house of travel and adventure, you may be motivated to consider how you might expand your horizons. Yes, that could mean booking a bucket-list trip, but it could also mean committing to a new project, craft, or class of interest. When you invest your energy into areas of your life that matter to you, the universe is more likely to meet you halfway and open up possibilities that feel in alignment.

Your new moon self-care practice: Commit to taking a risk. Schedule something different in your weekend plans, whether that’s adventuring to a new hiking location or trying out a new type of cuisine. You could benefit from a routine shake-up.

Libra

You could be pushed to do some deep reflecting, Libra. With its activation of your eighth house of transformation and mysteries, this new moon in Taurus could summon a serious "a-ha" moment—perhaps an indication from your past of why you operate the way you do. You're tasked with being courageous enough to sit with your fears, pains, or past traumas, and examine the ways they might be holding you back from your potential. What habits can you shift to create a supportive environment for yourself and your mental health?

Your new moon self-care practice: Don’t be afraid to lean on someone for support. Get vulnerable, and open up with a trusted loved one. It will feel like a weight has been lifted.

Scorpio

An ecliptic shift will show up in your relationships, Scorpio. As this new moon in Taurus touches your seventh house of partnerships, you could have the realization that you're ready to up-level a romantic relationship—or, by contrast, end it. If you're single, pay attention to who enters your life at this time, as eclipses tend to surface people that we are destined to meet. Allow yourself to be surprised, and don’t resist leaning into your vulnerable side when the opportunity arises.

Your new moon self-care practice: Get to know a partner, friend, or other loved one more deeply. Spend time asking each other questions about your values and life experiences. You may be surprised by how the answers bring you closer together.

Sagittarius

It's your day-to-day ritual that could stand to change this eclipse season, Sagittarius. With your sixth house of routines and health activated, you could find yourself seeking out a new role at work or creating a new daily routine that invites more excitement into your life. Focusing on your physical, mental, and spiritual health is also important at this time. Do you have healthy habits in place that will help you ultimately reach your goals, or are you getting in the way of your forward progress?

Your new moon self-care practice: Reflect on your morning routine. Where can you cut out activities that work against your physical and mental health, or actively add in new ones that support it? This is a good time to take a break from screens and get some fresh air, if you can.

Capricorn

Fun and play might not be your natural modus operandi, but you could use a little more of both during this new moon, which touches your fifth house of creativity. If you didn’t have to work for a living, what would you do with your time? This eclipse allows you to reconnect with your inner child or with hobbies from your past. Relatedly, the fifth house is also the fertility sector of your chart, so if you're hoping to expand your family, this is a cosmically aligned time to do so.

Your new moon self-care practice: Engage in any activity that gets your creative juices flowing. Whether that means writing, painting, dancing, singing, or anything else, it’s time to lean into play as a natural stress-reducer.

Aquarius

Your home and family are under the microscope, Aquarius. This new moon in Taurus hits your fourth house of familial roots, generating a push-pull between your public and private lives. On an emotional level, you may find yourself reflecting on your psychological foundations. What is the history of your lineage, and how do your ancestors' lived experiences impact the way you operate? This can be an incredibly introspective time that increases your psychic sensitivities and calls for extra rest.

Your new moon self-care practice: Practice saying "no" and maintaining strong boundaries. You may feel like you’re in need of recharging your social batteries; just know that real friends will not be offended if you miss a social event or two.

Pisces

Touching your third house of communication, this new moon in Taurus could send you out-of-the-blue news. Expect it in your inbox, DMs, or, heck, with unpredictable Uranus involved, maybe even at your doorstep. This information could serve as the final piece to a puzzle, bringing you mental clarity about a situation or person in your life. Separately, this is also a wonderful time to sign up for a course of interest and feed your intellectual side. Your intuition is operating at an all-time high with Venus and Jupiter simultaneously moving through your sign—so, whatever you do, trust your inner knowing.

Your new moon self-care practice: Starting or reinvigorating a daily journaling practice can prompt major breakthroughs at this time. Try to write in a stream-of-consciousness or automatic style, following wherever your thoughts may lead; you could be surprised by what you find.

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