Vedic AstrologyAries New Moon Wednesday, April 26, will be the beginning of a new 30 day cycle, related to the themes of Aries. These themes include courage, passion and pursuit of our goals. This is the first sign of the zodiac, and is analogous to birth itself. There could be an innocent, recklessness if we’re not careful. But at best, we are trusting our instincts and acting from a place of courage and enthusiasm.
Ashwini Nakshatra This new moon cycle began in Ashwini Nakshatra. Ashwini is symbolized by two horses. It shows the speed and power of this sign, and the mad rush, headlong into the excitement of life that is possible. However, we must also be careful not to disperse our energy into many different directions, Or we will waste our energy.
Cool Test Aries rules the head, which includes the brain. I found this online test to be a great “memory quiz”. Check it out for yourself.
My Big Secret – How I will be using this Aries Cycle Without a doubt, the biggest question I get asked over and over again is “what is the most important thing to focus on with astrology”. I always tell people “stay up with the current sun and moon cycles”.
This new Moon in Aries will be completely different for each of the 12 signs. So, if you are Leo, this will be affecting your ninth house of teachings and principles. If you are a Libra it will be affecting your seventh house of relationships. If you are a Capricorn be affecting your fourth house of the heart, home and feelings.
In other words, it’s important to some extent to understand that it’s “Aries”, but it’s more important to know how this will affect you. This is why I started my member site, the Astrology Training Lab, several years ago. I did as a way to share these monthly cycles with others. It evolved to include daily forecasts and updates as well. And recently evolved into live updates each week, and a lot more fresh content..
You can check that out for only $.50, and learn what this Aries cycle means for you, as well as get two weeks of daily forecasts and the updates.
Aries Forecast Continued – 4 Important Keys to the Next Month: Four “Slow-moving” planets This enthusiasm, passion and speed happens in the context of four planets not moving very quickly, three of them being retrograde. Meaning, part of us is feeling quite stuck as it is. This Aries cycle is about busting loose, so be careful about frustraton sabotaging your goals.
Mercury retrograde in Aries One of the retrograde planet is Mercury, in Aries. The shows where intellectual frustration and haziness may have led to some recent miscommunications. So again, be careful with your words, they may cut very deep now.
Exalted Venus We Are still feeling a lot of connection to the creative, dream space. But that feeling is shifting. Yet, stay connected to that joy and beauty.
Jupiter in Virgo It is a time to put your teachings into practice, through practical efforts and daily rituals and routines.
On Monday, April 10 the moon will be full in Virgo. This full moon will be opposite the sun in Pisces. The full moon will provide a contrast, a point of balance, to the mystical and metaphysical sun in Pisces. Expect a lot of “emotional grounding” to assist us in bringing the metaphysical, romantic nature of Pisces into tangible form.
There’s been a sense of hope and opportunity the last couple of weeks, with the sun and exalted Venus in Pisces. All of that inspiration and hope is fine and good, but it must be brought into tangible form in order to benefit your life.
Virgo is a Dual earth sign, ruled by Mercury. Virgo shows the skills necessary to progress in life. It shows the important details that we must focus on in order to skillfully organize our life and create anything of value and meaning.
this full moon inverter will be in Chitra Nakshatra.Chitra is ruled by the celestial architect. There is a very creative day ahead of us on Monday. For the next couple of weeks, it’s a good time to build a solid foundation and structure to contain your creative inspirations.
This Full Moon in Virgo will be joined Jupiter, bringing a sense of optimism and purpose into this creative quest.
It’s the new Moon in Pisces on March 27, 2017 this new moon is the beginning of a 30-day cycle of Pisces, which brings a time of surrender, letting go and connecting with higher creativity and metaphysical wisdom.
Of course, it can also just mean where we space out and escape from the pressures of the world.
We need to be careful about this sort of escape/bypassing for the next 30 days. Pisces is a sign where we sense the momentum of karma and time, and may feel helpless about it.
We are just one, limited person in the face of this big universe, right? Pisces is where we feel that enormity and where we lose ourSlef in it.
Jupiter in Virgo is aspecting this New Moon. Retrograde Venus is also joined. This shows a time of introspection and fantasy, as well as structure and practicality.
I describe these things and a lot more in the 20 minute video forecast.
Uttara Bhadra Nakshatra The new moon is in the Nakshatra of Uttara Bhadra, ruled by the celestial serpent, Ahi Bhudnya. This serpent allows us to penetrate to the deeper mysteries of life and karma in our mind.
There’s enormous potential for service and enduring the pain and difficulty of spiritual transformation. But it also may be where we feel that pain, and want to escape from it.
I describe these things in great detail in this 20-minute video
April features two important retrograde cycles, as both Saturn and Mercury turn retrograde, with Saturn and Venus already retrograde. This leads us to introspection and a measured look at where were going and the skills we are using to get there. By the end of the month, we are once again charging headlong into the next chapter of our life with the onset of a new Aries cycle.
April 2-3 – The Moon is in Gemini aspected by Saturn now. It’s a good time to explore new interests with a lot of depth and commitment. What is that new skill or interest you’ve wanted to develop? The aspect of Saturn can help to focus your mind, and stop your restless heart long enough to concentrate and go deep.
April 5 – Saturn turns retrograde in Sagittarius today. He will be retrograde until August 26. When Saturn is retrograde we are reflecting on our commitments and duties. You may notice a refocusing of your goals and long-term commitments now. That is good. We are supposed to be reflecting on our long-term plans almost half the time. For the next week or so, make sure to introspect.
April 7-8 – The Moon is in Leo with Rahu now. Be careful strutting your stuff a little too loudly and proudly now. You may feel mightily impressed with your big bad self, but it may come at the expense of personal connections and partners. Step up and contribute and share your power. Resist overpowering others.
April 10 – Mercury turns retrograde today in Aries until May 1, making this a time to reflect on our words and other forms of communication. In particular now, beware of strong opinions masquerading as intelligence. In many ways, opinions are the opposite of intelligence. Hesitate before dumping your frustrations on others.
April 10 – The Full Moon is in Virgo is today, showing an earthy harmonizing of the watery, Pisces energy. The recent Sun cycle in Pisces created a dreamy nature, and one of escapism. Now, we can ground that creative, metaphysical style with a more practical and hands-on approach. This full moon is also joined Jupiter, bringing optimism and hope. It is also aspected by Venus in Pisces, which confirms that watery, Pisces style. Now is the time for a practical mysticism, where you may bring otherworldly romance and beauty into tangible form.
This full moon happens in Chitra Nakshatra, ruled by the celestial architect, the God who builds the structure of the universe. Now is a good time to create something tangible, yet beautiful.
April 14 – The Sun is exalted now, and will be for the next 30 days. It is a great time to follow your instincts and what “lights you up.” Now is the time to make that inspiration the center of your existence. Trust your gut and act from a place of strength and purpose. Let the chips fall where they may. If you’re connected to your truth, good things will happen.
April 15 – Venus turns direct in Pisces today. Venus had been retrograde since early March, which had us reflecting on our relationship entanglements. Now we are moving forward with our recent reflections. The last several weeks may have seen relationship boundaries dissolve. Now you may be trying to put it all back together again. This is also a great time to be moving forward on your creative projects and devotional practices.
April 17-22 – The Moon will be under some distress, involved with Saturn and Ketu. We will feel the seriousness and pressure of time bearing down on us now. Making peace with the harsh realities in life, and eventually looking deeper than this world for solutions, will be big. Of course, many of us are unclear about those deeper solutions. That confusion and stress will be apparent now, and we must introspect.
April 23-24 – The Moon is in Pisces now with exalted Venus, leading to a lot of devotion and creativity. Now is the time to fulfill your romantic desires and connect with something beyond just this earth. There are many ways to express that. The easiest way to connect to something not of this earth is through drugs or alcohol or escapism. But of course, the more creative option is to escape into yourself, into the truth through a heart centered practice or activity.
April 26 – The New Moon is in Aries now, beginning a 30-day cycle of passion and enthusiasm toward our goals. It’s time to break the mold and set off on a new course, perhaps with new people. Take a chance and live the life you’ve always imagined you could. Take up a new challenge this month. But be careful, as this new moon is also joined Mercury retrograde, which may have us overlooking important details or speaking impulsively. This new moon is in Ashwini Nakshatra, ruled by the twin horses. These two horses start our journey with enormous power, but they may be pulling us in different directions. It’s important to focus now, not just run quickly in any direction.
Ride the waves of uncertainty to the depths of your soul.
There are several shifts happening now, which are quite important. First, we just closed the recent eclipse cycle, which was pretty transformative for everyone. The recent full moon in Leo really pumped us up with our own emotional pride. Combined with exalted, retrograde Venus in Pisces (*cough* – escapism) joined debilitated Mercury (not communicating clearly with ourselves and others), there is a strong temptation to just tune it all out and tell ourselves what we want to hear. Not to mention, Mars in Aries is ready to fight, and “be right”.
All that is fine, as long as we actually are right. If we get the story right, then instead of escaping from reality, we escape into the truth. Escapism takes many forms. Some of the most “spiritual people” are the most disconnected from the “harsh” realities. They actually escape from the painful reality of their own existence into a “spiritual story”.
Be careful of this “Spiritual passing” now, because things are about to get very real – especially with Saturn, who is stationed now, and about to turn retrograde.
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Intense Week Ahead We have a pretty intense week ahead, with the moon passing through Libra, Scorpio and then Sagittarius, joined Saturn. In my March 2017 forecast I described this week like this:
March 15-19 – Moon influenced by Mars. There will be a heavy Mars influence on the moon now, with Mars aspecting the moon on March 15 and 16th, bringing emotional frustration with others and a high potential for arguments. Then in Scorpio, debilitated, March 17–19, showing stress and vulnerability, which could lead to emotional power struggles. Expect that your relationship with intimate partners will feel strained now, so don’t take things too personally. Instead, throw yourself into your work and your spiritual practices.
March 20-21 – Moon / Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius now brings together the optimism of Sagittarius, with the seriousness and focus of Saturn. Since the end of January, our long-term focus has shifted from our fears to our inspirations. Although things may seem bleak at times, we are now re-inspired and reinvigorated. Allow the seriousness and potential stress of Saturn to be a catalyst for a recommitment to your purpose and Dharma now.
Feeling Pressure: Saturn Stationary Retrograde the last week or so we have been feeling the pressure mounts, as Saturn is what’s called “stationary retrograde”. It means Saturn is about to go retrograde, and before he does he completely stops in the sky at 1°. That is 3° of Sagittarius. Anyone with planets there, or at 3° Virgo, Gemini or Aquarius will be feeling quite a bit of pressure right now.