In the Stars April 23-30, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

Now well into spring, the Sun shines in Taurus tropically. Pluto turned retrograde last Thursday for a five-month backward spin, loosening the rebellious Uranus-Pluto square that has been at play since 2012. Mercury continues in retrograde motion until May 4, so continue to review, re-think, re-do, and renew, and be patient with mistakes and mix-ups. This weekend I have been attending a conference at which two mistakes resulted in something ultimately better. When we went to our hotel room, there was someone in the room who hadn’t left yet, even though the room had been made up. Because of this mix-up the hotel then upgraded us to a bigger room with a better view. Another mistake occurred when we were going back to our car to get my husband Ralph’s books to sell at the exhibit hall. After moving through two sets of elevators, I realized that I forgot the car keys back in the room. I suggested that Ralph and our friend who was with us enjoy a chat while I went back for the keys. In the meantime, another friend came along and joined them. My mistakes afforded them a conversation that Ralph remarked he really enjoyed. Such mix-ups occur more frequently when Mercury is retrograde, but if one flows with them, the mix-ups can work out well.

We may be slow to get up and get going on Sunday. The afternoon looks better when the Moon conjuncts Venus. At 5:32 PM PDT the Moon bounces into Aries, and we are ready for adventure. The week ahead contains an extraordinary amount of active, productive potential. You may be surprised by brilliant breakthroughs, so open yourself to new thoughts and ideas.

The work week gets off to a strong start Monday morning with the “Let’s Get Going” spirit of the Aries Moon, coupled with a grounded Mercury-Saturn trine. The Moon joins the asteroid Pallas Athene, symbolizing creativity and strategy, and opposes Jupiter. This combination, augmented by the retrograde Mercury, promotes brainstorming and expansive thinking.

Tuesday is another excellent day for producing brilliant, inventive ideas, and for evaluating them. (Saturn trine Moon). A lot can be accomplished as a result of the cardinal, action-oriented Moon, until 2:53 PM PDT when the Moon goes Void of Course. Getting home from work, and transitioning to your evening activities may not go as planned. The Moon is at its darkest Tuesday night, just before the New Moon.

Wednesday begins with an early morning New Moon at 6 degrees of Taurus. Mercury and Uranus are in a tight conjunction, and trine Saturn, indicating that new ideas will be popping, and can be developed into realistic projects. Since Mercury is moving slowly now, this bright, innovative Mercury/Uranus conjunction will be at play for the next three weeks. A lot of great ideas can be hatched. If you are trying to solve a problem, open to receive creative, surprising solutions. This New Moon signals a time of great shifts and exciting possibilities.

This electric, transformative energy of the New Moon is still at play on Thursday, grounded in the fixed earth of the New Moon. Thursday is yet another potent, productive day. Thursday evening through Sunday the Moon is in Gemini, setting the stage for connection and conversation. Mercury and Uranus are exactly conjunct, punctuating the generative possibilities of the New Moon.

The work week ends with yet another cosmically energized day. Venus enters Aries, inviting a spirit of adventure and exploration for the next six weeks. Mercury and Uranus are exactly conjunct on Friday, promising brilliance, rebellion, and innovation. As noted above, this extraordinary energy is available for the next three weeks. The evening’s Moon-Jupiter trine in air signs will deliver a joyful, social evening to be shared with others.

The Gemini Moon makes a benefic sextile to Mercury-Uranus conjunction on Saturday. Call, write, and communicate under the light of this Moon. Take a short trip, and finish your weekend shopping before 2:28 PM PDT when the Moon goes Void of Course. Rein it in Saturday evening, and cozy up at home with family for the rest of the weekend, as the Moon moves into Cancer. Sunday calls for gardening, cooking some delicious comfort food, and attending to matters at home before the work week begins anew.

The Week in Short:

Sunday:  Slow morning. Sunday evening prepare enthusiastically for an adventurous week ahead.

Monday: Let’s get going!

Tuesday: Brilliant ideas abound, and a lot can be accomplished before 2:53 PM PDT when the Moon goes VoC. The Moon is at its darkest.

Wednesday: New Moon in Taurus. Great ideas abound..

Thursday: Electric, potent, productive day.

Friday: Extraordinary, brilliant energy available from the exact Mercury-Uranus conjunction.

Saturday: Feed your curiosity.

Sunday: Home day for gardening, cooking and fluffing your nest.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aries (April 28-June 6)

  1. Get started on a creative project.
  2. Take a dance class.
  3. Add more color.
  4. Take a new hike.
  5. Say “yes” to a spontaneous offer.
  6. Wear red.
  7. Express appreciation out in the world when people help or serve you.
  8. Be a little more assertive, in a kind manner.
  9. Change your purse.
  10. Get moving—toward anything you love.

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.comr

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Sunday, April 23: 2:34 PM-5:32 PM (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, April 25: 2:53 PM-6:56 PM (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, April 27: 6:18-6:39 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, April 29: 2:28 PM-6:48 PM (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, May 1: 1:23 PM-9:12 PM (Moon into Leo)

Wednesday, May 3 at 9:35 PM through Thursday at 2:47 AM (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, May 5: 5:43 AM-11:20 AM (Moon into Libra)

Monday, May 8: 3:59 PM-10:01 PM (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, May 10 at 2:42 PM through Thursday, May 11 at 9:59 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, May 13: 7:14 PM-10:37 PM (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, May 16: 3:22 AM-10:50 AM (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, May 18: 5:33 PM-8:52 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, May 20 at 8:39 PM through Sunday, May 21 at 3:11 AM (Moon into Aires)


Sunday, April 23 at 21:34 through Monday, April 24 at 0:32 (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, April 25 at 21:53 through Wednesday, April 25 at 1:56 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, April 27: 1:18-1:39 (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, April 29 at 21:28 through Sunday, April 30 at 1:48 (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, May 1 at 20:23 through Tuesday, May 2 at 4:12 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, May 4: 4:35-9:47 (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, May 5: 12:43-18:20 (Moon into Libra)

Monday, May 8 at 22:59 through Tuesday, May 9 at 5:01 (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, May 10 at 21:42 through Thursday, May 11 at 16:59 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, May 13: 2:14-5:37 (Moon into Capricorn)

Tuesday, May 16: 10:22-17:50 (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, May 18: 0:33-3:52 (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, May 20: 3:39-10:11 (Moon into Aires)

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