Sunday, April 27. We are not out of the woods yet concerning the Cardinal Grand Cross that was a big feature of the Aries lunar cycle.* Although the planets involved (Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto) are moving away from the exact square, the aftereffects will continue for several more weeks. Whenever the Moon transits through one of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn), it triggers the grand cross once again. That happens today with the Moon in Aries. Today and tomorrow are the last two days of the Aries lunar cycle. The Moon in its final phase encourages us to let go. This doesn’t mean give up. During this cycle, many of us took a risk to stick out our necks. Perhaps you dared to take a step into a Fool’s journey this month. Some may feel like they succeeded and others like they failed miserably. Success or failure isn’t the point. On a day that may feel challenging, find at least one way to celebrate that you tried at all. Let go of self-judgment. There will be plenty of time in the year ahead to make adjustments to the changes inaugurated during this cycle. The delight in this day comes from the conversation between the Sun in Taurus and Neptune in Pisces. Artistry, sensual enjoyment, spiritual inspiration, and reverent daydreams feed a deepening delight of the Earth.
Monday, April 28. Pay attention to styles of communication today. And pay attention to the source of conflict around those differing styles. Mercury in Taurus is quincunx to Mars in Libra today. Since both of these signs are ruled by Venus, we may find our differences manifesting around diverse Venusian themes like fairness and immutable certainty. There may not be a true moral high ground; we’ll just have to figure out how to get along anyway. Although the actual New Moon in Taurus does not begin until tomorrow, we may as well declare that the Aries cycle has given away to the new fixed-earth focused lunar cycle today. As I wrote in the week’s introduction, Here is a simple prescription for working with the next lunar cycle: “Fall in love again with the Earth.” Yes. That applies.
April 29—New Moon: Dreaming. Solar Eclipse. The brain is the biggest sex organ. Maybe you’ve heard this before. This month, I’m interested in seeing if it is true. The Taurus New Moon signals the renewal of fecund desires, no matter our gender or age. When the birds and bees are doing it we all feel it. Now, what does the brain have to do with this? A solar eclipse is like throwing a wild card into the lunar cycle. I could list the areas of life that pertain to Taurus, fertility being one of them, and invite everyone to follow a Taurean intention for the month. But with an eclipse, the real action may not be about typical Taurean themes. The real action may be about our perception of those themes. Our brains handle our perceptions. We have a chance to see the age-old story of sex in a new way. Here’s an idea: Let’s broaden the whole idea of what sex is, and then let’s make it sacred to boot. This extra potent New Moon could help us to step more fully into living this truth. I have a feeling that falling in love with the Earth again is a good place to start this exploration and sacred work. Will you join me?
Wednesday, April 30. Springtime reminds us of the importance of our pollinators. Without them spring’s promise is barren. What can you do to support these vital beings? With the Moon entering Gemini today, literal and metaphorical pollinators are more noticeable. Notice social connections, interesting conversations or essential information received today. Mutable signs, like Gemini, invite us to notice synchronicity. There are so many levels to reality and they are all feeding this moment of opportunity. Pay attention; unexpected connections could be important seeds for this lunar cycle just getting underway. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, makes favorable connections with Jupiter and Chiron. We do not have to abandon our sensitive hearts as we go forward with our lives.
Thursday, May 1. Beltane. Pagans celebrate the fertility and gifts of the Earth on Beltane. Since Beltane falls during the waxing phase of the Moon this year, our celebrations are infused with action and desire to manifest a new reality. Many devoted people are working hard to do the right thing by the Earth. Let this Beltane be a blessing for the hands that do the work of rebalancing our relationship with the Earth.
May 2—Crescent Moon: Beginning. The questions we’ve been holding this lunar cycle about listening to our body’s wisdom, about being a gift for the Earth as the Earth is a gift for us, and about honoring sexual energy as sacred, begin to take root. In the life cycle of a plant, the seedling grows down before it can grow up. This phase of the Moon is the beginning of what we will manifest by our intentions. A lot is still going on under the surface, but not for long. With the Moon in Gemini for another day, mental energy is strong. We are interested in tasting a variety of sweet nectars. It is hard to stay still. Amidst that stimulation, Mercury (the ruler of Gemini), which is currently in the sign of Taurus, opposes Saturn in Scorpio. Although this aspect may seem to put extra weight upon a lighthearted day, this aspect is actually very valuable for tapping the potent energy of the life-death-rebirth cycle. Compost is the metaphor for gathering power. What ideas need to transform through a death-like experience? What new growth is visible because you have already done this work? Relationships, study, and expression are empowered.
Saturday, May 3. After the recent days of Gemini Moon, the Moon’s ingress into Cancer could feel like a necessary exhalation. The relationship between the signs of Cancer and Taurus is supportive to what we need for security and stability. With the Sun in a harmonious trine to Pluto (both in earth signs), this support is cemented by a sense of empowerment. Bring this solid strength to your hearths. We can tend more than one. I think of the hearth as my heart’s home. I invite my beloveds to gather there and am happy to offer the food that sustains us all. Where does your heart feel at home? Give blessings to that hearth.