Taurus New Moon, April 26

4-26-2017 Taurus New Moon

The new moon in Taurus will be a pleasant opportunity to increase emphasis on beauty and wealth in our lives. Venus rules Taurus and Libra, and now that she is in forward motion in her exalted state in Pisces, and the sun has also crossed into Taurus, we can breathe a sigh of relief from the last contentious full moon and enjoy that Taurean flair for aesthetics and the simple art of being.

There may be a theme of compassionate healing, the presence of a tender or a nurturing mentor here as well, since Chiron is conjunct Venus at 29 degrees Pisces — perhaps a healing is at last achieved after long suffering, an insight gained, or a gentle passage from someone’s guiding influence, as full health means they will no longer be needed. With healing comes the release of old pain at the 29th degree of endings.

Saturn at the Galactic Center of 27 degrees Sagittarius, also aspects Venus. This square could manifest in a difficulty or obstacle — perhaps a relationship needs attending to; with Mercury retrograde in the mix, we may overlook a key component to our carefully laid plains, forget an important date, or perhaps a contract was not completed as it should have been. Saturn and Venus will demand our loving attention to maintain our structures, telling us not to put off for tomorrow what must be done today.

Virgo — that house of work, service, and the daily routine — will drive that point home as the Node passes into the 0 degree of Virgo and forms trines to Uranus in Aries, Mercury in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius, the moon in Taurus, the sun in Taurus — and if those trines weren’t enough, there’s a square to Mars in Gemini! Work, exercise, look after your health. Venus and Taurus energies will encourage a work/life balance — though you might find yourself having extra tasks put upon you, or perhaps you’ve volunteered for it, or are looking to change jobs. Under this Mercury in retrograde, this desire might frustrate you and things not go so smoothly as planned.

Pluto squares up to Uranus and Mercury in Aries, and Jupiter in Libra. Jupiter’s presence in a Venus ruled sign like Libra will emphasize and add power to our relationships in their loving aspect, but with Pluto squaring, we may still have some hard decisions to make about who we keep in our lives. In feisty Aries, Mercury and Uranus will make our communications bold, further fueled by Mars in Gemini. our communications are fast and furious, and even playful — taken too far in Aries mode, we risk stepping on toes and being selfish, inadvertantly offending. Go with kindness, as Venus in her current state has the power to offset the harshness of Mars and Aries as she is the mistress of flattery, and she will calm Pluto’s merciless drive to inject too much intensity into our words.

Libra Full Moon of 4-11-2017

4-11-2017 Full Moon

The emerging theme of this moon is how an abundance of relationships moves into a process of elimination, as the full moon in Libra at 21 degrees, moves into Scorpio hours later at 6:42 pm, EST.

This Libra moon retreats from a conjunction with Jupiter Rx at 17 degrees of Libra, while this moon also squares Pluto in Capricorn at 19 degrees. We are blessed with sociability but the Pluto square overshadows our connections with the flavors of Scorpionic intensity, particularly with moon’s looming passage into Scorpio. Friendships have their good times, their bright, happy moments in which we perceive people who make us feel good as angels — yet, as we move past the superficiality of relationships and delve deeper, our relationships maturing in the process, we can often discover our angels have their dark sides, and at our worst, find we are surrounded by pernicious demons instead.

Of course, those are very stark, binary terms to describe the human experience of friends and the relationships they provide — but this is often how we perceive things in relationship to the self. What does not please us is evil, what supports our self-esteem is instantly good. It takes strength, time, and tempering of the soul to recognize and forgive both others and ourselves when our ideals are not met. The person who matures in a truly soulful way, is not a person who insists on looking at their friends with rose colored glasses, but who can identify what kind of relationships they can live with, and what kind they can live without, and can do so without the need to demonize or idolize those that rise or fall short. Pluto speaks of transformation — and we are always in an act of transformation, for if we do not, we are eternally stuck in the process of elimination. As we transform, the kind of relationships we choose — or fail to choose — will transform along side us.

Transforming relationships can sometimes reveal more than we expected, with Uranus in Aries opposite this Jupiter and Moon in Libra. Perhaps we shock our friends by not adhereing to the role they assigned to us — perhaps our friendships are hiding secret desires (Venus Rx) or perhaps we become too attached to how good our friends make us feel, distracting us from our troubles and inviting us to try to coerce or control (Pluto/Moon square) the good times that are no longer there. The moon will invite emotional attachments to rise to the surface.

These relationship dynamics, how we come together, fall apart, navigate and maintain, is all under the domain of Libra, Venus in her current retrograde, and 7th house matters. Friends and connections belong under the scope of the 11th house, of Aquarius and Uranus — expect these subjects to be key features under this moon. Uranus at 24 degrees of Aries, also squares the Libra moon.

Saturn’s gravity will help to reign in Jupiter’s over the top expansion, providing a soft anchor. Venus, even though in retrograde, is in Pisces and will be better positioned for compassionate love than she was in masculine Aries. Saturn’s trines underlies the current, more prominent features of this chart, trining the Sun in Aries, Uranus in Aries, and Mercury in Aries, as well as the North Node at 0 degrees of Virgo — like the kind hand of a father, directing the child (Aries) back to a rational path with hard work, foundations, and clear sight.