Yes. Venus is super weird, so I definitely want to talk about it later. But first let’s talk about the moon and Mars. So another way to explain everything that I was kind of mentioning in that mercury video is basically, there are not that many aspects that are possible between the Sun and Mercury in a given birth chart. You can basically have a conjunction or a very weak semi-sextile. So the backwards way to kind of figure out what other planets work like that is, is it possible for the sun to make an opposition with that planet. Two planets that we say follow the sun in astrology are Mercury and Venus. Mars is usually pretty close by, but when he does go retrograde, he ends up like way far away and it is in fact possible for Mars to make an opposition with the sun. So it’s possible to have the Sun or Mars in any sign. Even if it’s pretty rare to get like a far-away combination. The Moon, on the other hand, goes through all 12 zodiac signs every single month, so during a Full Moon, the Sun and Moon are farthest apart. Therefore they can be opposite each other. So you can have any possible moon sign and sun sign. Planets that are like past Mars are slow-moving and therefore there more generational or related to you know, your age so your birth year, rather than your sun sign is what matters.
The full moon in Scorpio on April 30th will sextile Saturn in Capricorn, which gives this lunation a pleasant, positive feeling of stability.
While full moons are known for heightening emotions, the connection with taskmaster Saturn brings us down to earth and grounds our emotional realizations in a commitment to changing the practical matter of our lives. Because these two are linking together in a friendly way, emotional situations that come up now will leave us feeling responsible to address them – but we’ll also be feeling empowered and capable, in ways we haven’t felt whenever we’ve previously approached these problems.
Here is a super, super simplified chart, just so you can get your bearings around what the main aspects look like. The sun is opposite the moon. The moon is making a friendly sextile of 60 degrees to Saturn. Saturn is making a friendly trine of 120 degrees to the Sun. Everybody else is doing other stuff, but it’s not super relevant to what we’re looking at, so it’s not visualized.
The abrupt illumination of a full moon plays nicely with Scorpio’s penchant for darkness and secrecy. If we haven’t been honest with ourselves about what’s not going well, or ways in which we could use the help of others, this full moon is urging us to reach out.
Jupiter has also been in Scorpio this year, so a lot of the subject matter that comes up for our attention this month is thematic around the whole year. Aside from major lunations like eclipses, full moons like these are the most useful for punctuating the “lessons learned” from longer-term transits.
Your horoscopes here touch mainly on the long-term journey that Saturn is making through Capricorn, and how that influences you with regards to developments you can expect from the full moon this month. Lunations can “come into effect” slightly early and hang around for quite some time, so if I’ve highlighted a “big event,” it may have just happened at the end of April or it could happen throughout May. Regardless, it will be “on your mind” around this time anyway.
This month brings us the year’s blue moon, one of which doubles as a lunar eclipse. The lunar energy seems like it could get really zany, but we’re all saved by a decidedly more rare event: six planets in the sign of Capricorn all at once, mid-month, and zero retrograde planets.
The month began with the full moon stimulating a grand water trine with Mars in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Since the moon opposed Venus, the tone setting is about our needs, and relinquishing obligations to tend to our more intimate and internal evolution.
It’s the Full Moon! As we talked about last time, at this full moon, you can expect some issues that became highlighted in the past two weeks of your life to resolve, amplify, or transmute. The Sun is still transiting grounded Taurus, but the moon is briefly slipping into the opposite space — the deep, oftentimes murky waters of Scorpio.
If Taurus is fixed and stable, Scorpio is loose and speculative. Both are highly stubborn. Like at any full moon, your conscious desires and goals may be at odds with some emotional pathway in your heart. This time, it’s likely that something material or concrete is being challenged by psychological difficulty. That sounds abstract, so let’s say that you’ve recently committed to picking up a work project that you don’t really actually like. At the new moon, you felt really motivated because you knew the job would improve your finances in some measurable way, and that’s what you were emotionally preoccupied with at the time, so you took it on and felt great. You’ve since realized something about the project or the client doesn’t gel with your own motives, and you don’t feel so great about staying. That’s just a basic example, but there’s many emotional layers that this lunation could play off of.
The Sun and Moon are the center of every single lunation, but the connections they make to other celestial bodies color in the full story. At this time, both are making a serious, yet positive connection with a very intense planet — Pluto, which governs complete transformation.
Pluto transits (“moves around”) at a glacial pace because of its distance from the Sun and earth, so it’s normally just a background player in the astrology of our day-to-day lives. It’s like a single note in a chord that plays for years on end, subtly defining generational changes that we experience as a collective. However, when it makes aspects to closer bodies and planets, its influence becomes much more personal — and its strength packs a hell of a punch.
This means that changes brought about by this full moon — and remember, full moons crave and foster change — will not be superficial. The kinds of changes that occur when Pluto is onboard occur deep in the core of our beings. This isn’t to say that you should necessarily prepare for something that, from the outside, looks dramatic and shaken up. Other people may not be able to perceive that the stakes have changed for you at all. But the kind of change you pursue at this time is a demolition or a transformation of some construct in yourself that’s been a long time coming.
While Pluto itself will not bring perceptible, dramatic change at this time, there still is the opportunity for superficial shake-ups, and that’s all thanks to another dynamic occurring at the same time. Neither Mercury nor Uranus makes significant contact with the sun or moon, but they do themselves conjunct (overlap) in Aries, bringing out a grand fire trine with Saturn and the North Node. We’ll discuss the grand fire trine in more depth later, as it’s a special dynamic that comes into focus throughout this entire year and really peaks in late summer. But the conjunct of Mercury and Uranus at this time is important. Thanks to Mercury’s retrograde, it’s the third such conjunction since late March, meaning this one is the one where the truth (Mercury) comes to light quite suddenly or unexpectedly (Uranus.) This is a jumpy aspect. Uranus is quite unpredictable, so what this dynamic looks like is a sudden event occurring, after which longer-held secrets kind of tumble out after the initial tremor. It is quite neutral, however, so the rapid energy can certainly work in your favor.
Things have already changed, but after this full moon, they will really start to feel different. This process of embracing the flame of change will continue all year, so consider this full moon a landmark at which you have important opportunities to shape the scope of that change. Like the flower, you cannot stay a seed forever — you eventually must accept the sunlight.
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Mine was stressful. I don’t recommend scheduling large-scale product fulfillment during good ol’ Mercury Gatorade, and in fact, I did not, but Mercury did anyway. It’s cool though, except your new moon ~ insights ~ are a little late this week. Sometimes I think I need a Gemini moon to write.
But the fact that they’re late is totally fine, because for some reason, everyone loves to talk about the moon on the day that she’s doing something exciting, but then forgets that her influence lingers for a lot longer than that.
You probably know already that the moon takes almost exactly a month to complete an orbit around month. The length of time it does in fact take is called a “lunar month” — it’s 29.5ish days. (There are slightly different figures for it depending on whether or not you’re using a sidereal system of astronomy / astrology or a tropical system. I’ll tell you about them in a later post because an explanation of them is necessary to understand why Ophicius is a scam and a lie. For now, think of them like the Celsius and Fahrenheit of figuring out where in the heck we are in relation to the other stuff in our neck of the galaxy.)
Throughout its lunar month, the moon passes through different “phases” depending on how much we can see of it. The amount we can see of it is directly related to where it is in relation to both the Sun and Earth. The moon just reflects the light of the Sun. The less of it that’s facing the Sun, the less we can see. You’ve probably incorrectly been told that the new moon is caused by Earth’s shadow; it’s actually the exact opposite. It occurs when the moon is between Earth and the Sun. The side of the moon that’s facing the Sun is getting all of the sunlight, and the side facing us isn’t getting any, so we don’t see a moon at all.
This is reflected pretty directly in astrology, too. At the new moon, from Earth’s point of view, the Sun and moon are lined right up — and so they’re in the same region of the zodiac, the same sign. We call this a conjunction. (As you might imagine, the full moon is when the opposite happens, and the moon is on the other side, directly opposite the Sun. That one is called an opposition.)
Anyway. The energy of the new moon and full moon are very different, which is why in astrology they’re said to “set” for different time periods. At the new moon, the Sun and moon are in the same sign, and working through the same kinds of energy. Since the Sun represents our will, and the moon represents our emotions, this loosely means that the new moon is the best time for us to act upon an intention to try and set it in motion — our desires and energy are lined up with our hopes and feelings, and we can set a goal more easily. The full moon, instead, is a time when things feel pulled apart or amped up by the oppositional activity, and is a time more prone to conflict (or passion, or elevation, or conviction.)
The new moon is the setting of the scene, and the events of the full moon usually come from and relate to it. So its themes have more a longer life than the period of opposition and conclusion that follow it. In this way, most astrologers will tell you that a typical new moon usually sets the tone of an entire month, where a full moon defines the following two weeks. Both have a tendency to completely “conclude” one month later during the next lunar cycle. (Eclipses are the same thing but longer.)
So, why am I telling you all this moon stuff now?
Because every lunation is impacted by the aspects it makes with the rest of its chart, and this one was really beautiful and special — it doesn’t have any.
The rest of the zodiac is doing all kinds of weird stuff, and on this month’s New Moon, the Sun and moon just kind of sat there quietly together, alone, ignoring everything, in lush and restful Taurus.
Sometimes we are completely honest that the things we have been through affect us emotionally. We can be really on top of unpacking and feeling it through just sensing the wear-and-tear the world puts on our hearts daily. We move into a period where pain feels pressing and understanding it intimately is necessary to survival, and analyzing where it came from is so clear as to be almost subconscious — because it’s obvious. We can feel exactly where it hurts.
But sometimes, even if we have gotten really articulate about how the history of ourselves has written us into being, and even if we have identified the places in ourselves where trauma has snagged and loosened our weaknesses, we still fail to trace the thread through to how we allow us to hurt ourselves through it. We can be unable to see how those emotional blockages, tensions and traumas that we have gotten so used to impact our ability to recognize what we deserve. We don’t slow down enough to feel the way the stress carries on. It’s through connecting with other people that we can often identify parts of ourselves that need attention and work, but actually unwinding it often requires real isolation, even though that’s the time when it’s sometimes the hardest to feel. Like a chronic condition or a mark on the body, we become so acclimated to its existence that we might almost forget that it is there. This might make our emotional states more manageable on a day-to-day basis, but it can also make us forget the injustice of the cause of our stress and distress in the first place. If you can’t remember that it shouldn’t have been done to you, you forget that you need to treat yourself with kindness and softness, and think of yourself as someone who is deserving, because you need it, right now and always from now on.
This New Moon falls in Taurus, a sign that always wants us to acknowledge what we materially need in every sector of our life, and even asks us to spoil ourselves a little, with any experience that stimulates and soothes our bodies. Since it does have the luxury of occurring unaspected by other planets, the whole month is about a part of you that is only for you. Every other planet can retrograde. Everyone in your life can be going through something you can’t fix or handle. Every step of the process can hit a roadblock. Everything else can go wrong, but there is one place in yourself that you trust enough to just be there. Accordingly, the new moon this month wants to let you know that no matter what else is going on, you can create a part of your life that feels good, and you can use it to treat yourself to space, solace, and rest. I hope you do.