“First Buttercup” photo by Lyn Dalebout
This aspiring first spring Buttercup bursting through the detritus and old cobwebs of last year is a fitting image for this Aries New Moon. I am using my sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza’s (http://www.lunarplanner.com/ )word defining this New Moon cycle: aspiring. Nick writes: “This New Moon’s placement impels us to actualize a far greater potential and greater personal achievement, but to do so we must first release or bring to resolution any limiting mental-emotional patterns of the past. Success is accomplished both by maturing internally and aspiring externally. This lunar cycle may also inspire deep emotional clearing and physical cleansing, simultaneously encouraging relinquishment and attainment—the art of becoming all we can be.”
With the fiery launch of this new SolLunar cycle that started on April 18 in Aries, this cycle is already proving to be will hugely initiatory and catalytic. Here’s my brief definition of Aries from a recent article I published in Teton Spirit Connection (http://tetonspirit.com/magazine/) entitled “Coming Home to the Stars~The Astrological Signs: “Aries is unique in the Zodiac wheel of life in that it is both the alpha (beginning) constellation in the Tropical System of astrology yet the omega (completion) constellation in the Sidereal system. In Tropical astrology, Aries marks the beginning of our earthly new year with Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere. An Aries is a pioneer and has the courage to go out on their own and find exciting new pastures and possibilities. In Sidereal astrology however, Aries marks the completion of the soul’s journey to awakening, remembering oneself as a Being of Light. This is the sign of becoming enlightened. Both definitions of Aries require great audacity and confidence in oneself.”
I’ve already been inspired with a subtle but important change for this blog starting with the next New Moon of May 17. I will start posting according to the natural lunar cycles, following the natural 13 Moon calendar year rather than artificial 12 month Gregorian calendar. I have been working within this cycle of creativity for years. Hopefully I can help educate and inspire you to discover the benefits of honoring the natural flow of divine timing. Stay tuned my friends! And thank you as always for your readership.
Mon April 20
Mercury in Aries square Jupiter in Cancer: This aspect can spark exploratory conversations about which the direction you want your family dynamics/plans to move. Candor and directness rule today.
Venus in Taurus square Vesta in Aquarius: This is a financial planetary dynamic that might have some of you choosing to put your money into more green and socially responsible investments. Or you might decide to help a friend in need, or finally push to collect an outstanding debt.
Taurus Moon opposite Scorpio Saturn: Taurus Moon feels safe when holding onto money, while Saturn in Scorpio considers it a a good investment to align with others to build long-term wealth.
Tue April 21
Mars in Aries trine Pluto in Sagittarius: This is a superlative dynamic for applying your will, passion, physical drive in the direction you currently want your life path to move toward. Extraordinary athletic ability, forthright and cooperative conversations, and seemingly endless energy are all possibilities today.
Crescent Moon/Venus conjunction in Taurus: Lovely beauty dusk alert! Be outside at sunset and view this most exquisite crescent and diamond alignment of Moon ~ what you most need ~ and Venus ~ what you most desire ~ aligning in sidereal sensual magnetic Taurus. It’s a love-filled night ahead. Pamper yourself and your beloveds.
Wed April 22~Earth Day
Mercury/Mars conjunction in Aries: Earth Day arrives again, and this is the perfect aspect to celebrate this international holiday via activism. Mercury rules communicating and Mars always seeks to act. When these two unite once a year, you can become a passionate speaker about a cause you care about or follow through with action on your big idea. A key conversation may happen today as all are speaking their truth with verve.
Mercury trine Pluto: When these two planets align in any celestial geometry, the mind becomes more investigative, probing, obsessed. Luckily today’s positive trine indicates the ability to focus your thoughts and harness the extraordinary power of your mind toward your current goals.
Thu April 23
Sun in Aries inconjunct Saturn in Scorpio: One way to view this transit is in terms of the art of war/strategy as both these signs are related to warriors. Aries can be impulsive and act before examining the consequences, while Scorpio always has the longer range strategy in mind. The inconjunct geometry suggests some type of adjustment will need to be made so that both energies are accommodated. This dynamic might come into play in regards to a decision you might be faced with today.
Fri April 24
Gemini Moon opposite Pluto square Uranus: The ever social, communicative, at times, amoral, Gemini Moon is willing to confront righteous Pluto in Sagittarius and poke fun at the emotional, soft-hearted Uranus in Pisces. Gemini can either get caught in black and white thinking or be infinitely curious in a desire to explore all dimensions of something, no judgment. This sky drama is sure to spark any number of interesting conversations today.
Sat April 25
Sun in Aries square Ceres in Capricorn: Ceres is our planetary ruler of so many important aspects of life, from caregiving, parenting, environmental causes, food production. Ceres guides us to what we find truly nurturing in our life, be that a good book, the kind of car we desire, the sorts of people we find nurturing, the types of food and activities that support our health. With the illumination of the Sun squaring off with Ceres, we might even have to give up things that no longer nurture us, including roles we’ve played in our families, with friends, in our communities. The emotion of grief often arises when Ceres is highlighted in the heavens as it is associated with the deep losses that are a natural, yet extremely painful part of life.
Sun April 26
Moon/Juno/Jupiter conjunction in Cancer: For those of you sharing a home or bed with family members, you might awaken in the late night,early morning hours and share in nurturing, soul-searching time with your beloveds. For others, you may be gifted with an important dream from an ancestor or beloved who is now resides in Spirit as they reach out to you to offer support and guidance. Help is everywhere, always. We simply need to ask.
Mercury departs Aries: This marks the end of what might have been an intense brainstorming period over the past few weeks. Tomorrow, Mercury enter Taurus and you can begin the work of grounding some of those ideas into concrete form.