Star Signposts: First Quarter Moon~ April 22-28
Here’s a list of the First Quarter Moon characteristics compliments of my friend/sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza ~ www.lunarplanner.com
“The First Quarter Moon of each lunar cycle draws an external stimulus to initiate action as we move from the inspirational quarter of the lunar cycle into the action quarter. Now is the time to drop all hesitation and take the steps to move forth on what you were inspired about…it is time to now participate in trust and knowing. Trust in the process. Demonstrate this trust in physical action and you will be supported. This time is stressful or traumatic only if action is ignored. Simply, this phase is a time to work.”
Sun April 22
First Quarter Moon: Moon in Cancer square Sun/Uranus in Ceres: This day in each SolLunar Cycle pressures you internally or externally to take action, leading to major house-cleaning this Sunday or possible confrontations with family members (both are Cancer’s domains). Uranus is still influencing everyone to break out of the old mold (Cancer) to find a more exciting, refreshing way to see life and it’s endless possibilities (Aries). Don’t get moldy, be bolder!
Pluto in Sagittarius turns retrograde: Tiny yet mighty Pluto turns retrograde until September 30. Slow-moving Pluto oversees the deep-seated changes our entire planet is undergoing, often showing up as destructive events that ultimately give way to a healthier long-range wholeness. Use this retrograde period for you own cosmic recycling. Release what no longer serves you, or allow it to be taken from you, trusting change is good and healthy. To age well is to become even more powerful in expressing one’s authenticity and wisdom, and that is tied to claiming your power (Pluto’s domain) and not playing small.
Moon/Ceres conjunction in Cancer: This aspect can lead to late-night housecleaning or heartfelt conversations with family members. Snuggle together to watch a movie.
Mon April 23
Moon/North Lunar Node conjunction in Cancer: The North Lunar Node holds clues about your future self, while the Moon in Cancer knows your deep history. It’s like your memory bank. This aspect can lead to important dreams that awaken you this early morning. Or you may hear news about someone from your past, even in a spirit visitation.
Tue April 24
Sun in Aries trine Vesta in Sagittarius: This dynamic and productive aspect fuels your fire all day long. It supports personal and professional courage to create longer-range plans, seeing more possibilities than previously imagined. Vesta rules financial investments, too, so it’s a good day to ‘green’ up your portfolio so your money is only supporting the things you care about.
Moon in Leo square Venus in Taurus: The geometry of the square aspect creates tension, forces choices. You might find something beautiful you want to purchase but not sure you can afford it. You might also want to play but need to focus on work. There’s always layaway! And you can both work and play in one day!
Wed April 25
Mercury in Pisces square Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius: Remember that you are now bringing those Mercury retrograde ideas of early spring into budding form. Today’s square to Saturn helps you make a plan. It can also create a tension between seeking an ‘experts’ help or trusting your own gut instinct or intuition. You might feel a temporary darker mood wash over you, and just let it wash on through. It will pass as it does it’s cleansing work. All is well.
Thu April 26
Mars/Pluto conjunction in sidereal Sagittarius: Inferno is perhaps the best word for this once-every-two-years conjunction. Especially when action-driven Mars and willful Pluto meet up in truth-seeking, dogmatic Sagittarius. This can be an extremely frustrating period for many resulting in increased road rage, inflammation in the body/psyche, confrontations, and conflagrations. Today also marks a turning point in the current inferno of our political drama. Mars is associated with personal will (personality) while Pluto is connected to the idea of Divine Will (one’s Higher Self). May you harness the vitality of this fiery gift to your own best ends. In spiritual tradition, claim the I AM (who you are) and the I WILL (what you will act and create in our miraculous and abundant world).
Pallas Athene in Taurus square Neptune in Aquarius: Both these planets rule the power of our imaginations to create the world we want to see. Overcome your own doubt and take the next step today. Seize the manifestation of the statements ‘I AM, I WILL’, and claim your own power to make it so. In addition, you may need to rethink a strategy or financial plan might or a deception might be brought to light.
Moon in Virgo opposite Juno/Chiron in Pisces: The monthly Virgo Moon works extra hard and seeks to find helpful solutions to any problem. But sometimes Virgo can also create more work or problems given it’s perfectionistic, nit-picking nature. Supportive, caring partners might appear today to help you, so don’t try to do it perfectly, all on your own. Accept the gift, if that feels right.
Fri April 27
Moon in Virgo opposite Mercury in Pisces: Lots of things get accomplished today, if that is your goal. In a dispute or conversation, the opposition aspect can mean one person is more the ‘thinker’ and the other one is more the ‘feeler’. Thankfully both emotional intelligence, and intelligent (versus irrational) emotion can be expressed with this aspect.
Sat April 28
Moon in Virgo square Mars/Pluto in Sagittarius: Virgo’s calming temperance helps channel the Mars/Pluto inferno in constructive directions. This aspect leads to a project-oriented Saturday with plenty of energy and productivity.
Moon in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries: This aspect can make for erratic, nervous sleep (especially given it is Full Moon tomorrow afternoon) so be sure to utilize your bedtime calming routines this evening. Happy almost Full Moon!
Resources for Personal and Planetary Well-Being
JIN SHIN JYUTSU ~ TOOL FOR SUPPORT: Here’s a helpful tool to help you maintain health, calm, balance during these stressful but extraordinary times: Health is in your Hands. I am a proponent of Jin Shin Jyutsu and have been a practitioner since 1983. This beautiful, easy-to-use book and card set teaches you the ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Art of Self Healing. JSJ’s premise is that by applying the jumper-cable of your hands to various points on the body, you can clear your own stress on a daily basis, freeing up stuck energy that leads to patterns of dis-ease, while activating the renewed flow of qi and vigor on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Please check it out, and teach yourself this simple tool for centering and radiant vitality.
PLANT-BASED EATING FOR PERSONAL AND PLANETARY WELL-BEING:
COWSPIRACY : This is a must-see movie for all humans who care about personal health, animal well-being, social justice, climate change, the health of our Earth. Become educated about the important information shared by these courageous and visionary filmmakers and activists.
More Resource links to come in future posts!