April 16 to 23, 2015 Visible planets: Morning: Saturn Evening: Venus, Jupiter
A late degree Aries New Moon – which will always take place in the final week of the Aries zodiac month – is a good time to really get going on spring projects. The primal thrust of early Aries at spring equinox wakes us up, stimulates impulse and propels action, but it’s not necessarily focused action. By the time the Sun and Moon move through the first twenty days of Aries and begin approaching the zodiac sign of Taurus, all that get-up-and-go for the sake of getting up and going morphs into something a bit more focused and controlled. The desire to create metaphysically shape-shifts into the desire to manifest.
New Moons represent perpetual opportunities to start over, start fresh and begin again. The days just prior to and following any new Moon are days in which to plant actual and metaphorical seeds of intention and desire. Depending upon the sign and degree of the lunation, each new Moon tells us what types of energies and projects will be most favorable, as well as the types of activities and actions that promise to bear the most abundant and delicious fruit.
The April 18th New Moon at 28°25’ Aries takes place just 40 hours prior to Sun’s entrance into the fixed earth sign of Taurus the Bull. Taurus is the first earth sign of the tropical zodiac, and just like Aries represents primal fire, Taurus represents primal earth. It is here the Aries seed thrust forth finds ground upon which to land and settle down, establish roots and begin the process of sustenance. Of course, the seed must be nourished, nurtured and energized in order to grow, and eventually bear fruit. Patience, perseverance and steadfast action are necessary for this to happen, commitment and stability are keys – all of which are characteristics of Taurus. The slower pace and calmer, more peace-loving approach to life and living that Taurus offers Aries can be amazingly rewarding and bountiful. As long as Aries has had the opportunity to explore and experience life in whatever manner its reckless, “me first” heart desires, “sow its oats” and in the process discover the genuine and true-blue yearning for a quieter, more simple, stable and physically productive path, the Taurus-Aries partnership works miracles. Thus the magical blend of this week’s highly evolved, late degree Aries New Moon and the budding natural earth-energy of fertile, sustainable Taurus.
So…everything is in place, the stars are aligned and the cosmos are willing. Take an hour or two, a day or a few minutes to consider your intentions and desires. What would you like to see manifest in the next month, six months, year or 5 years? Whether it’s an actual garden with fruits, vegetables and flowers, a long cherished dream idea or project, or a newer, healthier, more physically fit body, mind and spirit, the Universe awaits your input. Why not concoct some sort of ritual, prepare your actual or metaphorical soil, gather seeds and plant them in the fertile womb of this lunation? And then, as you do this, make a commitment to the ethers that you will water, feed, nourish and sustain the fragile seedlings that come forth. Born of action and desire [Aries] and nourished with focused attention and daily commitment [Taurus], it’s all in the making.
Good luck and may we celebrate the Mother Earth’s great natural, nurturing and sustaining power with a happy, earth-healthy Earth Day. Good luck!
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) The Aries New Moon of every year heralds a powerful personal rebirth for the Ram. Lunar light illuminates feelings and emotions, hopes, dreams and fears. Issues of security and insecurity, as well as home, family and inner self are themes. This is an excellent week for getting in touch with yourself and how you feel. Consider who you are today in light of where you came from. Be kind and gentle as you go.
Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) Surrender and self-motivation are themes as the April 18th New Moon initiates a fresh lunar month. Mars in Taurus encourages action and productivity while a posse of planets in Aries dictates that you accept life on life’s terms. Many things we cannot change, including other people, but we can change what we think and do.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) Welcome to a lunar month of inspired action and new hope. Planetary power in your solar 11th house of friendship and camaraderie encourages associations with people of like mind and spirit. This is an unusually exceptional influence as it tempers idealistic goals with realistic action. Mercury now in Gemini stimulates creative thoughts and ideas. Make a plan, write it down and craft your designs.
Cancer (June 20-July 22) Another important lunation rolls around as the Sun and Moon conjoin in late degree Aries on April 18th. This New Moon favors anything and everything having to do with goals, achievement and success. Consider your current career and professional direction. Determine whether or not you are happy doing what you’re doing. Yes or no, it’s an excellent time to craft strategies and come up with plans. Do what you need to do.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) As mental Mercury joins up with motivated Mars in steadfast Taurus, recognize the connection between thoughts and action. Knowing what you want is the first, most important step toward getting what you want. Manifestation is the materialization of spirit, bringing hopes and dreams into form. The April 18th Aries New Moon reiterates this theme and provides plenty of inspiration for achievement. Enjoy the journey.
Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) Action is the name of the game when it comes to intimate partners, business associates and financial investments this week. A fresh New Moon in your solar 8th house of shared resources provides plenty of fertile soil in which to plant a joint venture project. Whether it’s a vegetable garden or a shopping mall, investigate what it takes to make it work. Do the math, research, network and prepare to dig in.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) With so many planets in the opposite side of your solar chart, you may feel strongly pulled toward engagement with other people and their agendas. However, deep inside, you know that you must first take care of your own personal responsibilities and commitments. And with the north node transiting Libra, it’s exactly what you need to do. Slow down and focus on progress, one day and one project at a time.
Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) You may feel pushed and pulled by partners and/or mates as both Mercury and Mars in opposite Taurus magnetize outside forces in a whirling dance of action and attraction. Follow your heart and enjoy the music as Venus encourages deepening relationships and more intimate sharing. New Moon in Aries encourages fresh starts in programs of self-improvement. Health is wealth and you know it.
Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) Uplifting, exciting and fun, springtime is a perennial favorite season for the Archer. Only problem: You just can’t find the time to do everything you want to do! Hello. These are chronic issue for the Archer: organization and commitment. But that’s OK. It’s all about discretion and priority. Learning how to say no. Don’t put so much on your plate. Feel and listen to your heart. Work on self-improvement. Prune the bush.
Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) Favorable aspects for doing some serious inner work fall into place as the Sun and Moon join force in your solar 4th house of personal self and security. This is the perfect time for building solid foundations at home and in the family. Feel your feelings and recognize the feelings of others. Do what you can to nurture healthy relationships and environments. Cultivate life’s simple pleasures, express love and enjoy joy.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) With a New Moon and pack of planets in Aries, you may feel highly motivated and ready to go fast. However, Mercury and Mars in Taurus instruct us to slow down and focus on quality rather than quantity, sustainability rather than novelty and ease instead of strain. That said, take it one project at a time rather than trying to do too many things at once. Brainstorms and inventions abound. Write it down, save it for later.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Mars, traditional ruler of Aries, is associated with war, initiative, action, passion and courage. This week, you find it all. Main thing is to remain calm amidst the storm. Mars transiting Taurus favors patience, peace and perseverance. Utilize caution on your daily round. Live in the present and trust your instincts, but take pause before jumping or jousting. Look before you leap and consider the consequences.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com
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