In the Stars April 28-May 5, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

Pluto stationed retrograde a few days ago, and Saturn turns retrograde on Monday, both moving backwards for five months. It may be time to end what no longer serves you, and transform an area of your life. The Sun continues in Taurus, the fixed earth sign symbolizing all things sensual. The week ahead is primed for gardening, planting, attending to your finances, beautifying your home, and enjoying good food. The Moon joins the Sun in Taurus on Saturday, culminating in a New Moon.

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Sunday is made for relaxation, or even laziness, so surrender to it. The Moon is void of course for a long period from 2:44 a.m. through 3:11 p.m. when it moves into dreamy Pisces. The Moon makes benefic sextiles to Jupiter and Uranus on each end of the day, generally making the day fun and easy.

Saturn stations retrograde on Monday for a five-month backward spin until mid-September. Again, when a planet stations to turn direction its energy is amplified. In contrast to Sunday, Monday calls for serious, hard work, though the Moon is in sweet Pisces. This would be an excellent day to work in your garden, and make it beautiful. Be prepared to meet whatever tests come your way.

Karmic justice may be served on Tuesday when Saturn conjuncts the South Node. You may reap rewards, or meet with tests and challenges. The Moon forms a demanding T-square with Mars and Jupiter. We can feel overextended and pushed too far. Although there is quite a bit of positive planetary activity on Tuesday, the squares are demanding. Go slowly, patiently, and consciously.

The malefic planets Saturn and Mars are in a challenging stand-off square on Wednesday. Mars demands quick action, while Saturn wants to slow everything down. Consider how you will deal with the tension of this day. Engage in vigorous exercise early in the day. Mars loves power and movement, and Saturn is all about discipline, a combination that can build strength.

Thursday’s planetary highlights include a Mercury-Pluto square as well as a Mercury-Jupiter trine. Struggles can be resolved with generosity and greater perspective. A Moon-Saturn square can hold us back, or help us power through. Thursday is an edgy, dynamic day. While a lot can be accomplished, the road to the finish line may be fraught with pitfalls. Power through, but be careful not to force your opinions on others. You may need to back off from emotionally tense situations. Problems solving may be complex and require considerable effort.

Things do not come together easily on Friday morning as the Moon is void of course. At 1:18 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Taurus, its happy place of exaltation. Although the Moon is dark before tomorrow’s New Moon, excitement builds in the evening, perhaps delivering some surprises as the Moon conjuncts Uranus.

The Sun and Moon conjoin in Taurus on Saturday, gracing the weekend with pleasure. Consider where 14:10 degrees of Taurus falls in your horoscope, and set some intentions for this next lunar month. Since Taurus symbolizes resources, set goals around income and finances. Planetary aspects are benefic and inspiring. These are days for enjoying fine food, listening to inspiring music, walking in nature, and beautifying your home and garden. Sunday is a particularly strong day for getting a lot accomplished, though we may over-reach in the light of a Mars-Jupiter opposition.

Curiosity is sparked on Monday. We may feel drawn to pursue new love interests with Venus squaring the lunar nodes. Mercury moves into Taurus, slowing our thought processes, and enabling us to make measured, grounded decisions for the next two weeks until Mars marches into Gemini.

Monday is also the beginning of the Islamic festival of Ramadan. “Ramadan is considered one of the most blessed months in Islam…Muslims fast during this month, celebrating the festival with religious fervor…During this month, Muslims are not only supposed to refrain from eating and drinking during the stipulated timing but they are also required to curb all negative emotions like anger (”

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The Week in Short

Sunday: Yield to a lazy, easy day. You deserve it.

Monday: Lean into work and responsibilities. Clean up your garden.

Tuesday: Reap karmic rewards and meet tests and challenges.

Wednesday: Consider how you will deal with the tension of this day.

Thursday: Edgy, dynamic day. Power through.

Friday: Moon VoC until 1:18 p.m. Moon is dark, calling for withdrawal. There may be surprises in the evening.

Saturday: New Moon in Taurus. The day is framed for pleasure.

Sunday: A lot can be accomplished, though we may overreach.

Monday: Curiosity is sparked. Thought processes are slowed.


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aries (April 21-May 15)

  1. Get started on a creative project.
  2. Take a dance class.
  3. Add more color.
  4. Go on 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.


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.

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

Pacific Standard Time:

Sunday, April 28: 2:44 a.m. – 3:11 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, April 30 at 2:57 p.m. through Wednesday, May 1 at 3:24 p.m. (Moon into Aries

Friday, May 3: 1:47 a.m. – 1:18 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, May 5: 8:10 a.m. – 8:40 p.m. (Moon into Gemini

Tuesday, May 7 at 4:50 p.m. through Wednesday, May 8 at 2:06 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, May 9 at 7:06 p.m. through Friday, May 10 at 6:14 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, May 12: 5:25 a.m. – 9:22 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, May 14: 10:19 a.m. – 11:51 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, May 16: 2:37 a.m. – 2:26 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Saturday, May 18: 2:11 p.m. – 6:21 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, May 20 at 10:05 a.m. through Tuesday, May 21 at 0:56 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, May 22 at 8:57 p.m. through Thursday, May 23 at 10:49 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, May 25: 5:51 a.m. – 11:08 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Sunday, April 28: 9:44 – 22:11 (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, April 30 at 21:57 through Wednesday, May 1 at 22:24 (Moon into Aries

Friday, May 3: 8:47 – 20:18 (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, May 5 at 15:10 through Monday, May 6 at 3:40 (Moon into Gemini

Tuesday, May 7 at 23:50 p.m. through Wednesday, May 8 at 9:06 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, May 10: 2:06 – 13:14 (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, May 12: 12:25 – 16:22 (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, May 14: 17:19 – 18:51 (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, May 16: 9:37 – 21:26 (Moon into Scorpio)

Saturday, May 18 at 21:11 through Sunday, May 19 at 1:21 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, May 20 at 17:05 through Tuesday, May 21 at 7:56 (Moon into Capricorn)

Thursday, May 23: 3:57 – 17:49 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, May 25 at 12:51 through Monday, May 26 at 6:08 (Moon into Pisces)

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