In the Stars April 8-15, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Aries

This week begins with the waning last quarter Moon, culminating in the first New Moon of the astrological year on Sunday, April 15th. This New Moon in Aries is extremely potent, connected to numerous significant aspects and energies. The New Moon is conjunct Uranus, the planet symbolizing revolution. Numerous planets in Aries ()Mercury, Eris, Moon, Sun, and Uranus) are in square aspect to several planets in industrious Capricorn (Saturn, Mars, and Pluto). The combination of this planetary energy at the end of the week can move the earth, resulting in earthquakes. Symbolically, how could you proactively use this potent energy for making big shifts and breakthroughs in your personal life? Mercury is still in retrograde motion until April 15. Use this week to review, re-think, revise, and renovate before leaping forward with new projects at the beginning of the following week.

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Sunday is framed for hard work. The Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus. These challenging aspects demand attention, application, and change. Be awake! The Moon’s conjunction to Jupiter gives hope, optimism, and courage for completing our worthy projects. The Moon is void of course at 7:40 p.m. PDT, so at that time Sunday evening, relax into the week ahead by getting to bed early to make for a rested start on Monday.

The first half of the week, Monday through mid-day Wednesday, is colored by the friendly, accepting Aquarius Moon. Creative solutions are possible, courtesy of benefic aspects between Mercury, Pallas Athena, and Ceres, and a benefic trine in earth signs between Mars and Venus. Mercury is retrograde, so re-examine plans and projects. Brilliant ideas may spring forth. Catch them!

The Sun forms a challenging square to Pluto on Tuesday, pushing us to deal with power struggles and deep, difficult issues. However, the Venus-Mars trine will ease the struggle, and coupled with a Jupiter-Juno trine, the good energy of relationships will help us deal with problems.

Don’t expect things to go as planned Wednesday morning. After a surprising Moon-Uranus sextile at 7:55 a.m. PST, the Moon is void of course until 11:40 a.m. PDT when it moves into soft and dreamy Pisces. Wednesday morning is not the time for meetings or anything calling for definition or decision. When the Moon is void, it is best to attend to routine tasks. As the day moves on, inspiration grows. In the evening, relax and watch a movie, or play music.

Thursday promises to be an uplifting, inspiring, sweet day. With the Moon in Pisces making numerous benefic aspects, including a conjunction with Neptune, we feel that all is well with the world, and our hearts are full of compassion and forgiveness. An opportune Venus-Neptune sextile colors the world beautiful. This delightful energy continues through most of Friday, but the Moon is void of course nearly all day Friday from 4:27 a.m. to 8:26 p.m. Make the day easy, and allow yourself to roam and dream. If you cannot pause for a saunter or an escape to a movie, then attend to non-demanding routine tasks.

The weekend holds the bright, fiery, active glow of the Aries Moon from 8:26 p.m. Friday through early Monday morning. Saturday and Sunday are powerful days, holding numerous aspects and opportunities. Jupiter sextiles Pluto, promoting possibilities for expansion, and Mars makes a benefic sextile to Neptune, energizing our visions, dreams, and creativity. The Moon is dark on Saturday, calling us inward. In the midst of the cosmic excitement, plan some time alone.

The New Moon in Aries on Sunday, the 15th, is supercharged with aspects and energy, calling for a big leap forward. Mercury stations, turning direct in motion. There is a stellium of planets in both Capricorn and Aries, two different elements and energies, though both cardinal modalities oriented toward action. The planets in Capricorn (Saturn, Mars, and Pluto) demand hard work, responsibility, and mastery. The planets in Aries (Mercury, Eris, Moon, Sun, and Uranus) demand creativity, adventure, boldness. With Uranus in the mix, this New Moon is revolutionary!  Both Capricorn and Aries are cardinal, action-oriented signs. This is one very active day for bold steps forward. The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon sums it up: “Through imagination a lost opportunity is regained. Revision of attitude and inner reevaluation…The mind must first ‘imagine’ that which he will then be able sooner or later to actually experience.” (Dane Rudhyar, The Astrological Mandala).

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Demanding work day. Courage and optimism help meet the challenges.

Monday: Brilliant ideas and creative solutions spring forth.

Tuesday: Good relationship energy may help us deal with deep difficult issues.

Wednesday: Early morning surprises. Moon VoC from 7:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. PDT, and then inspiration grows.

Thursday: Sweet, inspiring, uplifting day.

Friday: Moon VoC most of the day 4:27 a.m. to 8:26 p.m. Attend to routine tasks.

Saturday: Dark Moon, Take some solitude and draw inward, though there is opportunity fro expansion.

Sunday: New Moon in Aries: be bold, creative, and adventurous.

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Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Taurus (March 30-April 24)
1. Plant spring flowers in your garden.
2. Cook delicious food to delight your taste buds.
3. Get a massage.
4. Get a fresh hair cut.
5. Freshen your wardrobe.
6. Spray a delightful scent such as rose water around your face.
7. Find some delightful new inspiring music.
8. Create a new playlist to inspire your everyday life.
9. Sing–maybe karaoke?
10. Adorn yourself with beautiful clothing and jewelry.


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 8: 7:40 p.m.-11:50 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Wednesday, April 11: 7:55 a.m.-11:40 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, April 13: 4:27 a.m. – 8:28 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Sunday, April 15 at 10:59 p.m. through Monday, April 16 at 1:51 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, April 17 at 3:05 p.m. through Wednesday, April 18 at 5:02 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, April 20: 5:05 a.m.-7:26 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Sunday, April 22: 7:58 a.m.-10:09 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Tuesday, April 24: 11:39 a.m.-1:40 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, April 26: 2:49 a.m.-6:13 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, April 28 at 10:32 p.m. through Sunday, April 29 at 0:11 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, April 30 at 7:56 p.m. through Tuesday, May 1 at 8:19 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, May 3: 5:50 p.m.-7:08 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, May 6: 6:48 a.m. – 7:48 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)


Monday, April 8: 2:40 – 6:50 (Moon into Aquarius)

Wednesday, April 11: 14:55 – 18:40 (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, April 13 at 11:27 through Saturday, April 14 at 3:28 (Moon into Aries)

Monday, April 16: 6:59 – 8:51 (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, April 17 at 23:05 through Wednesday, April 18 at 12:02 (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, April 20: 12:05 – 14:26 (Moon into Cancer)

Sunday, April 22: 14:58 – 17:09 (Moon into Leo)

Tuesday, April 24: 18:39 – 20:40 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, April 26 at 9:49 through Friday, April 27 at 1:13 (Moon into Libra)

Sunday, April 29: 5:32 – 7:11 (Moon into Scorpio)

Tuesday, May 1: 2:56 – 15:19 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, May 3: 0:50 – 2:08 (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, May 6: 13:48  – 14:48 (Moon into Aquarius)

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3 Responses to In the Stars April 8-15, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Aries

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    “Eris” a planet? Why have I never heard of or seen this before? (I’m not “doubting” or being “suspicious” here — I really don’t know!)

  2. Cathy Coleman says:

    Yes, Eris is a planet, fairly recently discovered. I’ll write about it in a future newsletter.

  3. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    Now I have started to read about Eris! I feel really out of touch, having ignored so much astronomy, but then I almost never pay attention to astronomy because it is a physical science not attuned to astrology and usually contradictory. Now I have to figure out where Eris would be in my chart!

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