Individuals with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or other personal planets between 26-29 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn, and Cancer will experience the strongest effects; those with personal planets from 0-1 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo, and Aquarius will also be strongly impacted.
It's been a whirlwind ride since the beginning of eclipse season in March. Many people have experienced the grief and loss of loved ones passing away; relationships have ended abruptly; career changes and new opportunities that pull one of out of their comfort zone into utterly foreign territory have become "the norm" in my immediate social circle. We're also getting a first tangible glimpse of what the Uranus-Pluto square has been working to create in our lives. We might be in the process of getting the foundations of a new life under our feet, but perhaps for the first time since 2012, our creations are taking shape before our eyes and visibly ushering in a powerful new era.
With clockwork timing, Pluto came to a standstill from our earth-based perspective yesterday. Issues of power and control have come to the forefront for many, bringing fears, compulsions, and neuroticism to the surface. Struggles with authority figures or feeling hopeless or powerless in the face of circumstances beyond our control have created an inner sense of "hitting the wall" and pushing us to our limits. The dark material buried in the collective psyche is rising; if you're an empath, this will be an especially intense time for you since you're likely to be feeling overwhelming energies moving through the world and those around you to be cleared. By allowing those energies to make their way up and out of our consciousness - no matter how difficult or painful it may be - we empower ourselves to live more meaningful lives from the center of our own Divine will and strength.
I can recall multiple conversations this week in which the term "clearing out the deadwood" was used exactly! With the moon in its balsamic period through Saturday, we've been doing just that: making sense of past circumstances and experiences, consciously or unconsciously assimilating what serves us and releasing what doesn't, and preparing for a pivotal fresh start.
What To Expect This Weekend
Fire and earth energies dominate as Mars, the ruler of Aries and this new moon, makes its way through slow and steady Taurus. There are many factors at play, but the Mars-Jupiter square looms large. There's a palpable feeling of ambition and "going big" this weekend. We'll have the impulse to overdo it in terms of achieving goals or pursuing pleasures of every kind, so being mindful of moderation will be key. The good news is that even if Mars in Taurus takes longer to make things happen, once we've begun, we have steadfast energies behind our backs pushing us down the path to long-term success. Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith outside of your comfort zone to make things happen - you're absolutely supported in doing so now, and the Aries new moon impels us to tap courage in our hearts to pursue our desires.
Mercury in Taurus will help us stay more grounded than otherwise with the Mars-Jupiter influence, and we'll have the capacity to catch ourselves, break frenetic cycles, and enjoy some peaceful downtime in true Taurus style.
With that being said, Mercury is loosely contacting Mars, adding fuel to our intellectual pursuits. This will lead to increased reactivity and bluntness in communication and thought processes that will grow stronger before it peaks on April 22. This could be just the kickstart a Taurean Mars needs to take some action as begins its waxing phase on Sunday. Our minds will be attuned to committing to a goal, making solid plans, and sticking with it - a wonderful boost for the new moon!
Mercury is also connecting with Neptune via a stimulating sextile, activating thought processes that center on creativity, healing, and communication in partnerships. With Venus in Gemini square Neptune, disillusionment in partnerships is likely, and Mercury's activation will help us take a step-by-step approaching in separating wishful thinking from reality. Employ kindness and empathy, but be mindful of a tendency to overanalyze partnership situations in a way that clouds judgment.
The new moon is exact at 2:56 PM EDT tomorrow, and is the perfect time to explore your heart's desires. If you know what you want to put in motion, try to hold off until the moon begins to wax on Sunday to be more aligned with cosmic supported. If not, use the weekend to reflect, make a plan, then take bold action in the days to come.
Key Questions For Contemplation
- Are there areas of my life that have come to a head this week? Am I willing to reflect on any realizations that have accompanied them and work toward healing and releasing the things that hold me back?
- What old patterns am I clinging to that I can release for more joyful living and greater success?
- Is there anyone or anything holding the keys to my personal power that should not belong to them? If so, am I willing to take back my power with courage and confidence?
- What do I want to create in the next year? Am I willing to dream big, release the aspects of my goals that I can't control to a higher power, and spring into action where I can to make ?
- Making a vision board (a collage with magazine cut-outs, scrapbooking materials, or original drawings or writings that represents what you want to manifest), journaling your wildest dreams and intentions, and then handing them over to the Universe/God/Goddess/angels and guides is a powerful way to make your visions a reality...especially this weekend! Light a candle, say a prayer or meditate, and know that it's a wonderful time to boldly embrace your goals and unique identity fully!
Each of our lives holds the greatest potential for powerful new beginnings in the house of the birth chart that contains 28 degrees of Aries. This and the house that opposes it is where you can expect to "feel the sun rising" and begin to welcome a new dawn!
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