Illustrations by Esme Blegvad.

Happy Taurus new moon! This new moon, on April 26, comes on the heels of a whopping four retrogrades this spring. They threw everything out of whack there for a bit, including the way we express ourselves, our relationships, our long-term goals, and our deepest desires. But this moon sets everything back in order, giving us a down-to-earth vibe that lets us sink deep into life as it is now and love every minute of it.

Luckily, Taurus’s patron planet, Venus, is direct for the first time since early March. She’s slowly easing back into her regular cycle, taking her time and making sure all the details of life—especially as it relates to love and beauty—are to her liking. She’s sextile smarty-pants Mars in Gemini and square grown-up Saturn in Sagittarius, so don’t be afraid to channel Hermione Granger under these moonbeams. This is an amazing moon for hands-on learning and getting some real-world experience in something new.

At the same time, keep in mind that Lady Luna will be loosely trine Saturn in Sagittarius. Here’s some quick Astrology 101 for you: Trines are aspects (links between two planets) that signal a good opportunity or a gift from the cosmos headed your way. Typically, the two planets involved in a trine will be in signs of the same element, like water or fire. When they’re not, it’s what we astrologers call “out-of-sign.” Essentially, it makes the vibe a little wonky. In this case, the Taurus moon wants us to curl up with a sheet mask, but Saturn in Sagittarius is pushing us to learn. Who’s to say the two can’t coexist?

The moon itself highlights the earthy, languid energy of Taurus. The Bull knows how to relax, so if you’ve been working nonstop, it’s time to slow down and care for yourself. Taurus rules the five senses, so treat yourself to some delicious sights, sounds, and smells. The stars are aligned for some pampering or an afternoon of catching up on favorite movies and shows. Whatever you do, your brain needs a break from the frenetic energy of early April, so give yourself the time and space you need to rest, whatever that may mean to you. The stars give us some clues in this month’s ’scopes…

Aries (March 21–April 19)

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Leo (July 23–August 22)

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Libra (September 23–October 22)

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Pisces (February 19–March 20)