Aries New Moon: Prepare for Takeoff

This new moon is at 26.02 Aries on April 15th at 9:57 pm

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Mercury stations direct in Aries on the day of this new moon--a moon that is conjunct Uranus. We're leaving Mercury retrograde behind with a bang. This is a moon cycle that launches you into the future. Mercury delayed the start of spring a bit, plus Saturn and Mars in Capricorn wanted to prolong the winter chill. Tonight, Uranus will blast you into the Now, so get ready.

Mars is the ruler of this moon. Since he's been with Saturn in Capricorn for the past couple of weeks, we've experienced Mars as a grind. Mars here gives us the desire and determination to do well despite obstacles. People with Mars and Saturn conjunct in the natal chart have serious survival skills. In the frigid, wintry landscape of Saturn in Capricorn, they're building shelter, rubbing two sticks together to make a fire, and sharpening arrows for their next hunt. Even if the Mars-Saturn native doesn't literally have outdoor survival training, her sheer force of will and natural hardiness help her to thrive in the most austere conditions. You've had to survive some kind of life test since the full moon in Libra two weeks ago. Now that Mars is separating from Saturn, you can take what you learned from that period and move on.

Now, Mars is conjunct Lilith and Pluto in Capricorn. We're driven not just to success, but to authority, in this lunar cycle. Power is the motivation. With this kind of aspect forming, it would be easy to desire power over others at any cost. So let's make this lunar cycle about personal empowerment instead. If you've done your self-reflection during the Mercury retrograde, you've cleared out something old that wasn't working for you. This is the time for you to reclaim your power and pull in the new. The changes will come fast. They could be out of your control. Uranus advises you to just run with it. Stay agile, and look for ways to use this energy to propel you into the future you want. Because this rocket ship is taking off, whether you're ready for it or not. Best to claim your seat.

Libra Full Moon: Resolution

The moon is full at 10.44 Libra on March 31st at 8:37 am (ET)

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Libra rules the Justice card in the tarot. She carries a set of scales (the Libran symbol of balance) and the sword of the air suit, symbolizing rational thought. Justice speaks of fairness, equality, cause and effect, consequences, the law, and the truth. This is the stern side of Libra. There is a people-pleasing Libra that people are familiar with: hosting parties, minding her manners, hardly ever revealing her anger. And behind the scenes, she is keeping score, to make sure everything is fair. If it's not, she'll do whatever it takes to maintain her version of harmony, and she'll be able to justify her actions...even if they cause some disharmony for you.

This full moon is a Justice moon. Here comes the effect of the cause, the consequence, the balancing, the conflict and resolution. The moon opposes Mercury (Rx) in Aries and squares Mars and Saturn together in Capricorn, creating a tight T-square in three of the Cardinal signs. Saturn, as we know, already metes out consequences and rewards. With Mars here, the stakes are that much higher. Mercury's retrograde through Aries coming in contact with the full Libra moon speaks of communication in relationships. This is a challenge. A conflict may be resolved, perhaps an issue from the past that comes up again. Mercury retrograde doesn't only bring delays; he also renews old things that were once delayed. A reward for hard work, an obstacle overcome, or a consequence for irresponsible behavior may come this weekend. The key words to keep in mind for this moon are integrity, fairness, balance, honesty, and responsibility. If you have been holding true to these values, this full moon should be a better one for you. T-squares symbolize the friction of action. While the new moon in Pisces was about a quiet kind of internal healing, this full moon is all extroverted action. Things are happening!

The "missing point" of the Cardinal cross is in Cancer. When you have a T-square in a chart, the sign that is not included is the area of resolution. What will balance all of this rational action and communication is some use of the intuition, caring, and love. Venus, the ruler of this full moon, enters Taurus early on Saturday morning. Here, Venus is stable and grounded in her love. She teaches us to value pleasure, to enjoy the world of the senses, and to welcome in abundance. Let these soft things balance the hard metal of the scales and sword. Libra is also in pursuit of pleasure, harmony, and peace. Let this be a peaceful resolution to an old conflict. Welcome in the rewards you have earned.

Image: Justice, from the Tarot de Marseille

Happy birthday, Aries! Your horoscope for March 24 - 30.

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With your ruler Mars meeting Saturn at the top of your chart, Mercury retrograde in your sign, and a full moon aspecting all of those planets from Libra on the 31st, this is a big week. There is tension between the spring waxing-moon desire to move forward and the Mercury retrograde desire to review. Try not to be hasty, rams. Give some serious attention to your vocation or life direction this week. Having Mars + Saturn in Capricorn is like forging a blade: it’s molten now, but it will soon be hardened steel, and you’ll be able to use it in battle. The sun square Mars exactly on Saturday turns up the heat in that forge. It’s burning so bright other people can’t look away. Venus meets Uranus exactly on Wednesday, creating a quirky conjunction in your sign that gives your image an unusual glamour. This could be useful, given all of the other tense aspects. Use charm to your advantage, especially if you need it at work. The sun square Saturn exactly on Thursday brings attention to your lessons in that area of your life. Make deliberate, calculated moves only. Prepare a sanctuary at home where you can replenish your energy. You may be grateful for this private space next weekend. Next Saturday’s full moon asks a lot of you in partnerships and career.

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