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New Moon in Aries, April 18, 2015

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This New Moon may be at 28° 25′ Aries on 18 April 2015, 11:57 PDT and fire may be the dominate element at the moment but there are clearly changes afoot. I have the impression the Universe is about to inform everyone it is time to quit dashing from one crisis to the next and start living in the present.

First off we are almost at the end of Aries season and the closest aspect to the luminaries is a wide, out-of- sign inconjunct to Saturn in Sagittarius . . . an aspect asking both the Aries Sun and Moon to slow down some. Then Mars, Aries’ ruler, is in stubborn, practical Taurus who is in no hurry no matter what the emergency is.

Mars in Taurus has plenty of support from other planets including a waxing trine to Pluto in Capricorn, a conjunction to Mercury and a waning sextile to Neptune in Pisces. All together this suggests the need to take some time to evaluate our current position carefully. For instance how are we sitting financially? Do we need to concentrate on consolidating our assets or perhaps look for better paying work? Do we need to do repairs to our homes? Taking care of what we already have is far more important than rushing out to acquire more which is something Jupiter in Leo disagrees with (Jupiter squares Mars-Mercury). Neptune in Pisces contributes the desire to put the needs of our loved ones before our own.

Sweet, lighthearted Venus in Gemini is in the process of pulling away from a challenging opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius. While Saturn can have a stabilizing effect on Venus, it also tends to take much of fun out of life for her. In her desire to break free and play, she may be tempted to go too far in the other direction and a waxing square to Neptune in Pisces encourages this. Whenever Neptune aspects Venus, boundaries fade and illusions arise. What seems wonderful and special in the moment can fade away like fairy gold in the morning sun. Enjoy but be careful when selecting your playmates.

Yes, the Uranus-Pluto square is still hanging around but receives far less juice than it did on the Full Moon in Libra for which I am exceedingly grateful! Now that Pluto has stationed retrograde, Uranus will pull away from the square more quickly.

The Aries New Moon offers us once last opportunity to celebrate the joyfulness and creativity of fire before we begin our journey through Taurus Country. This is a natural transition and a very welcome one. Use the New Moon to process the last month or so in order to make a fresh start focusing on the tangible side of life. One thing Aries does well is set us on the path forward . . . time to get moving!

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Capricorn Moon is touchy today + Venus in Gemini

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Today is this week’s Cardinal Moon cranky day. The Cappy Moon conjoins Pluto and squares Uranus in Aries the first part of the day, causing control issues to come out of nowhere. Tempers flare then settle down only to flare up again this evening when the Moon squares the Aries Sun. *sigh* Do the best you can to avoid stepping on people’s toes.

Good news for air sign folk! Today Venus leaves earthy, comfortable Taurus for airy Gemini in the morning. Curious, flexible and fun are all good words to describe this Venus. Flirtatious words abound. Enjoy!



Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra, April 4, 2015


I have to admit I groaned when I looked at the chart for the Lunar Eclipse at 14° 24′ Libra on 4 April 2015, 5:06 AM PDT. For those of us who have personal planets in the mid-degrees of the cardinal signs, this lunation hits us one more time with all the Uranus-Pluto square issues of the past year. To be sure, this is the last lunation where both Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn take part in the action. By the time the Sun is in Cancer, Uranus will have pulled far away from Pluto so we will be dealing with them one at a time. Nice change!

The Aries Sun is conjunct Uranus in Aries, the South Node with Mercury in Aries hanging on the edges. This stellium is squared by Pluto in Capricorn and opposes the Libra Moon-North Node combo. Once again we look to the North Node in Libra for the best ways to handle any conflicts that emerge, and with the Aries Stellium in total Uranus “my way or the highway” mode we will need to keep a cool head. Libra’s favorite tools are cooperation and compromise in order to find a solution that is fair for all parties. A lot depends on how willing the Powers That Be (Pluto in Capricorn) are to engage in some kind of dialogue. If anyone can get them to the table, it is Libra.

What won’t be very helpful is the semi-sextile from Neptune in Pisces to Mercury in Aries. In this case, Neptune may confuse matters more than bring a sense of compassion. Mercury in Aries is noted for leaping to conclusions and brushing shoulders with Uranus may make this much worse than usual.

I’m unsure whether or not Jupiter in magnanimous Leo forming harmonious aspects to both luminaries will provide support or cause mischief. This Jupiter is especially prone to exaggerating matters to draw attention and create the drama it thrives on. Mark that one a wait and see.

I do like having both Venus and Mars in matter of fact Taurus. Venus is unaspected and Mars is inconjunct Saturn in Sagittarius. What this says to me is neither is going to add more fuel to fire but rather encourage those who would rather focus their attention on more practical concerns to do so.

What we might experience on this Full Moon is a sense of been there, done that and have no desire to go back again. Some are simply exhausted and others may have come to the realization it is time to finally shut the door on the past for once and for all. Pluto’s scorched earth policy seldom leave much behind thus ensuring the only way to go is forward. Fire and air signs may want to continue fighting but earth and water folk are out of there. Time to move on!


Cancer Moon is stressed today + Venus square Jupiter


Two major influences at work today, one overshadowing the entire day into tomorrow and the other causing a brief storm this evening. An indolent Venus in Taurus squares lordly Jupiter in Leo this evening and we could end up on the couch watching sentimental movies while eating too many rich snacks. It will be easy to eat and drink too much so tomorrow may deliver an impressive hangover!

The storm comes from the Cancer Moon squaring Uranus in Aries and opposing Pluto in Capricorn. Old, tired issues we have discussed for what feels like forever may flare up again and cause hurt feelings. Since the Moon is in Cancer, family is probably in the middle of this. *sigh* Thankfully this ought to blow over quickly. May it be as simple as arguing over what movie to watch. :-)

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Aquarius Moon Adds Air



Moon arrives in Aquarius first thing this morning, adding air to the sky and a degree of emotional detachment. The effects of the Mercury-Saturn square linger for while today so it might take more effort to communicate.

Today is the last exact Uranus-Pluto square! The effects of this annoying aspect will linger of course . . . aspects between slow moving outer planets change very, very slowly. There is a massive amount written about this square as a quick search will reveal. Some of the predictions were far more accurate than others. Me, I’ll be delighted to see this one fade into the past even though Pluto will continue to plague my Moon on and off for another year or so. :-)

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