Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/17/2015 & the Weekend: New Moon in Aries


The Moon in pro-active Aries would love to forge ahead, fueled by the exuberant physicality of a Mars-Jupiter contact at 8:29PM ET. But unless you wish to keep your project under wraps, better to wait to launch until after the New Moon. Channel any restlessness or listlessness to wrapping up projects started a month ago, or work on your to-do list for the next cycle. Note the potential for a flash, upset or power play between 6 and 9PM ET, when the Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus and Pluto. No, those planets aren’t backing off their one-two weekly punch anytime soon.

On Saturday, Moon meets up with the Aries Sun at 2:57PM ET, then goes void until 5:31PM ET, when it enters Taurus. Oh hooray for a weekend with Moon in Taurus, a placement that delights in keeping things all cozy and cuddly: good food, wine, song — a snuggle with your sweetie or an extra 10-minute massage with your mani-pedi.

Color it all artsy-sweetsy-rose through Sunday, as dreamy Neptune makes exact contact with mental Mercury, socially-conscious Venus and the Moon in the wee hours.What dreams may come…what inspiring vision will you seek to make real, fueled by your pioneering New Moon in Aries agenda and driven by the earthly Taurus Moon? Make the most of the optimistic easy flow of energy and resources provided by supportive contacts to the Moon by Jupiter, Mars and Pluto in the afternoon hours ET.

Moon goes void at 7:06PM ET on Sunday…not to enter Gemini until 7:28PM ET on MONDAY. If you’re late to work on Monday, blame the flake factor of the Moon void, as well as the slower pace of the Sun, which leaves Aries for Taurus on Sunday at 5:42AM ET.


Saturday’s New Moon in Aries offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Make a list, light a candle, say a prayer. Around April 25th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on May 3rd, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 11th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon cycle on May 18th.

A New Moon in Aries suggests a need — or an opportunity — to be a courageous, inspiring pioneer and/or warrior, preferably on the side of the angels.  At its best, Aries is a champion for the weak, the vulnerable, the underdog. It inspires people to take initiatives and defy the odds…yes, sometimes foolishly, but hey — if Plan A blows up, there’s always a Plan B, a Plan C and D. A true Aries never never never gives up. Astrologer Linda Goodman once wrote that Gone With the Wind heroine Scarlett O’Hara was a classic Aries, and never more so than at the end of the film when, after Rhett Butler dumps her and life is totally over, Scarlett declares, “I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day”. To Aries, there is always a tomorrow.

This New Moon suggests vision, courage and enthusiasm rarin’ to go — but perhaps not quite sure where to plant it. I say this because the Sun and Moon are not in touch with any other planet in the New Moon chart. That vision is amplified more by Mercury and Venus in touch with Neptune — noted a few paragraphs ago. These are potentially big plans here — suggested by Mars and Mercury in touch with expansive Jupiter.  And Mars (action) is in an easy flow with Pluto (power and resources) — even better. What did you say you were planning to do over the next few weeks? Lay the groundwork and rest assured you’ll have the next lunar cycle to review your game plan, as Mercury turns retrograde on May 19th.

The Sabian Symbol  for this New Moon is: “a celestial choir singing“. I just looked that up after writing about the grand aesthetic vision suggested by other patterns in this New Moon chart. Neptune refers to music and other intangibles. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests this image evokes an “inward listening” (how very Pluto retrograde), leading to an awareness of heavenly influences. He also notes the significance of the numbers nine and three in celestial choirs, as in “nine orders of angels” required to sing the music of the spheres, presumably in “three part harmony”. So we’ll see if the numbers 3 and 9 pop up in the headlines during this lunar cycle. We’re definitely sure to see stories involving divine justification, for better or for worse. Let’s also look for efforts to harmonize that which is earthbound with what seems to be a bit “out there”.

Bovee mentions Pythagoras in his write-up of this Symbol, which led me to do further reading on “music of the spheres”. My Google search also brought me this gem of a cartoon, “Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land” – which I hadn’t seen in decades. In the first few minutes, Donald meets Pythagoras and learns about the mathematics of music, as well as the significance of pentagrams. Watch it and appreciate how geometric patterns are everywhere, constantly repeating. Geometric patterns are everywhere in astrology, too, as well as repeating cycles of time.

You will feel the inspirational push of this New Moon more personally if you have a planet or angle around 28 degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and especially Aries. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Meanwhile, the new Star Wars trailer is out. May the Force be with you.


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