This weekend we enter into the introspective dark phase of the Moon in preparation for the New Moon in Aries, which comes exact on Sunday, ushering in some electric new beginnings and plenty of forward momentum for the lunar month ahead. Also on Sunday, Mercury officially stations direct, making the beginning of Mercury’s post-shadow period and the end of Mercury retrograde!
Friday (4/13): No major planetary aspects. The Moon goes Void-of-Course in Pisces at 4:27am MST after making a harmonious trine to Jupiter, uplifting our mood and bringing a bit of grace and ease to the start of our day. The Moon will remain VOC throughout most of the day today, indicating that this day is best utilized for introspection and routine tasks. The Moon moves into the passionate and ambitious sign of Aries at 8:25pm MST, ushering us into the dark phase of the Moon.
The Dark Moon phase lasts roughly three days surrounding the time of the New Moon. The dark phase of the lunar cycle is a period of letting go of that which no longer serves us from the preceding lunar cycles. It is a time when the veil is quite thin and our connection to the other realms becomes much more potent. The Dark Moon is not an appropriate time to initiate new actions. For women in particular, now is a time when our physical energy is at it's lowest. It is powerful time when our psychic and intuitive abilities are heightened. Now is the time to go inward to surrender and reflect on the past while seeding intentions for the future.
Saturday (4/14): Mars in Capricorn comes into a supportive sextile with Neptune in Pisces today, which is excellent for creative movement and activity of any kind. Now is a time when we can visualize our actions before setting them in motion, using our imaginations to positively influence the outcome of what we initiate. This energy is perfect for visualization and intention-setting for tomorrow’s New Moon, as we are still deeply engulfed by the energy of the Dark Moon. This harmonious connection between Mars and Neptune is also great for compassionate action such as charity work or physically assisting someone in need.
Jupiter in Scorpio also makes a supportive aspect with Pluto in Capricorn today, challenging us to dive deeper. This aspect can bring a positive, transformative experience that comes easily without much hassle. Hidden things from the past may re-surface to be re-examined and reintegrated today, and old issues may easily fall away to make space for more positive experience moving forward. This energy is great for deep, philosophical, introspective study where beliefs are examined from the inside out— which fits quite perfectly with the energy of the dark moon as well.
The Moon in Aries makes a conjunction to retrograde Mercury today, which is almost at a complete standstill. This aspect highlights the lessons we’ve learned during this retrograde period and the energy we must move forward with into the future. Later this afternoon, the Moon will square Saturn, bringing in a more serious energy that is excellent for realistic planning for accomplishing future goals.
Sunday (4/15): Mercury stations direct! As of 2:21am MST, Mercury is no longer in retrograde and will slowly but surely begin moving forward over these next few days. While Mercury is moving slowly, things may still be a bit delayed and Mercury retrograde hiccups involving communication, travel and technology may still pop up here-and-there, but for the most part we are cleared to move forward with initiating new plans as we move into the workweek!
The New Moon today is an intense one, bringing major new beginnings in the active and impatient sign of Aries AND the potential for powerful downloads and insights leading to massive change with a conjunction to Uranus (AKA “the Great Awakener”). This lunar cycle is no time to hold back (we’ve had plenty of that already with Mercury retrograde squaring that Mars/Saturn conjunction last week)! We are being ushered into a period of incredible forward momentum, so as long as you’ve used these last 3 weeks to slow your roll and think things through, this month is the time to go for it!
NEW MOON in ARIES & Mercury DIRECT! Weekly Astrology Forecast for ALL 12 SIGNS!
Have a beautiful weekend! Be sure to check back on Sunday for the weekday forecast! :)