for behold—all acts of Love and Pleasure are my rituals.
Let there be beauty and strength,
power and compassion,
honor and humility,
mirth and reverence
within you. …
From The Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente
Monday, April 27. Before the Moon slips into Virgo this evening, we get one more day of Leo learning. The lesson today is inspired by the Moon in Leo (Fixed Fire) square Mercury in Taurus (Fixed Earth). Most people have a preference between extroversion and introversion although each of us can shift along the continuum. That continuum may be quite noticeable today. Mercury—ally of thought, wit, and communication—is solidly attached to concrete concepts, slow processes, and firm facts. Nothing flashy about this energy. The Moon has been in Leo for a couple of days now and we might be feeling a little bit wistful about leaving behind the great, sparkly glow this sign places on life. But everything changes. This is one of the lasting lessons that the Moon teaches. If you lean to the introverted side of things, you might welcome the shift into pragmatic Virgo tonight. If not, know that Leo will come around again.
April 29—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. Earth energy abounds today helping us to really understand the value of this lunar cycle. We began this cycle at the very end of Aries (Cardinal Fire) on April 18 and immediately moved into Taurus. The cusp between Aries and Taurus is about grounding our beginnings into solid manifestations. Earth provides a good counterbalance to fire’s expansiveness. As we perfect the relationship between fire and earth in this phase of the Moon, we get a good dose of earth’s gifts and challenges. The Moon in Virgo (Mutable Earth) is all about making things better. Putting our lives in order can help harness the power of earth. Pluto in Capricorn (Cardinal Earth) encourages the Virgo Moon to transform our foundations. Fears may be keeping us stuck. It may be time to let go of that and leap across the chasm to new ground. Mars in Taurus (Fixed Earth) reminds us that this process of betterment and transformation will happen slowly and in its own time—we also learn to trust. Remember these allies as we also notice that anxiety or lack of focus is a challenge today. The inspiration comes from a sextile between the Sun in Taurus and Neptune in Pisces (Mutable Water). This aspect encourages a broader view and a compassionate desire to connect with others. The Earth feels alive and sacred.
Thursday, April 30. Let’s celebrate the element of air today. The Moon enters Libra (Cardinal Air) this morning (CDT) and Mercury leaves Taurus behind to enter Gemini (Mutable Air). Since Mercury rules Gemini, we will notice life speeding up because thoughts are speeding up. However, we are still in the waxing phase of this Taurus-inspired lunar cycle, so there is also strong desire to remain slow and steady. The friction between earth and air creates wisdom. Notice a greater desire to socialize and share your wisdom.
Friday, May 1. Beltane. This Pagan holy day is inspired by the Earth’s fecundity. Dancing around the Maypole connects us to this sensual, fertile energy. The Moon in Libra adds interest in partnering. The Moon’s contribution to this desire is fleeting, but influences the mystery and allure of the other on this day. Be aware, you might fall farther into infatuation than you expected. The encouraging aspect between the Moon and Jupiter in Leo (Fixed Fire) does nothing to squelch this possibility. In fact, romance is indicated. Let yourself feel the rising life force of the Earth. Desire and joy feed the renewal promised by this season. The Moon also contacts Pluto and Uranus to connect festivities to the transformation and change we long to bring to the whole world.
Saturday, May 2. The Moon in Libra (Cardinal Air) is kissed by Venus in Gemini (Mutable Air) this morning (CDT) and then settles into producing a potentially very calm and enjoyable day, especially if you aren’t too ambitious. Enjoy the Spring day, making lighthearted connections with others or spend your time engrossed in a book or making your environment beautiful. Tonight the Moon enters Scorpio and the mood deepens opening the door to Full Moon illumination tomorrow.