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New Moon in Taurus ~ April 21, 2012

Taurus © bezfaery

New Moons signify rebirth, beginnings, a clean slate, the start of a new cycle. This new moon highlights Taurus qualities (determined, practical, devoted, grounded, dependable) and 2nd house themes (material security, values, self-worth). On a spiritual/higher plane, the Moon in Taurus seeks inner peace through stability and contentment. Taurus is natively ruled by Venus.

This Taurus-New Moon (blending of heart & soul) is happily aligned to Neptune in Pisces, enhancing sensitivities, spirituality, creativity, and our sense of universal connection. At best, this energy gives strength through faith, insight by going within, and inspired creations. At worst, getting lost in the illusion.

Neptune governs all things unseen, and especially in Pisces, may not fare very well in the tangible world. Taurus, on the other hand, is all about the physical realm. Taurus brings stability, grounding and a sense of reality to the Moon. The merging of inspiration and reality/spirituality and practicality offers a new moon phase full of possibilities that can turn into realities.

The new moon occurs at 2° of Taurus. Those born within 3 days of April 21 or October 25; or have planets/house angles around 2° of fixed signs may feel the effects of this new moon stronger than most.

For me, this New Moon sextiles both my Sun and North Node and as a Virgo-rising, falls in my natal 8th house (endings/debt); as a Cancer-Sun, my solar 11th house (friendships). I will always welcome a renewal in my house of debt :) and of course, I can never have too many friends!

How might this new moon manifest in your life? Look to the natal house this new moon will occupy in your birth chart. Match the sign and degree to the sign on the house cusp. Use the list below to identify the Taurus zodiac sign then click here to read about the New Moon in Houses.

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For those without a birth chart, you may use your Sun sign or Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising signs below then click here for an explanation of New Moon illuminating those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 1st House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 8th House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 7th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 6th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 3rd House
Unsure if you have natal planets/house angles on or around 2° of fixed signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time, and place required.

For those doing the new moon wishes ritual, the moon will be new on April 21st at 12:18 a.m. Pacific / 3:18 a.m. Eastern and will be void of course the following day, April 22nd at 10:10 a.m. Pacific / 1:10 p.m. Eastern. Click here for Jan Spiller's article, briefly explaining new moon wishes. (opens a new window)

Related article: New Moon in Natal Houses

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Full Moon in Libra ~ April 6, 2012

Scales via Tattoo Donkey

Full moons signify the completion, culmination of what may have been initiated during the previous new moon in Aries which encouraged us to not only make a change, but also to have a plan and be smart about the actions we take. This full moon illuminates upon the balance between the identity of the individual self with the shared self (who I am and who I am with another) -- being in relationships without losing our identity and/or being brave enough to be in relationships without compromising our own core values.

The Full Moon in Libra occurs at 18° on April 6th at 12:19 p.m. Pacific / 3:19 p.m. Eastern. Those born within 3 days of April 6 or October 10 or with natal planets and/or house angles on or around 18° of cardinal signs may feel the effects of this full moon stronger than others.

Elsewhere in the sky, retrograde-Mars (motivation/action), Venus (relationships/finances), Neptune (dreams/sacrifice) and the North Node (life path) are all locked in an intense mutable grand cross. In previous posts, I explained a grand cross as the combination of (at least) four squares and (at least) two oppositions. A square is the most difficult and challenging relationship between two planets. It is an impatient energy that requires action. It is conflict, war between two (or more) celestial bodies. There is a need to create something birthed from inside us and to manifest that creation out into the world -- may it be in your own personal world, your immediate environment or something that influences many. An opposition is a tense relationship between planets that require balance. Unlike a square where agreeing to disagree is sometimes the best solution that can be hoped for, an opposition can be satisfied by finding the harmony/balance between the two polarizing energies. This full moon phase can be one filled with insight (Neptune) about the true state of our relationships or finances (Venus) which may trigger aggression/determination/action (Mars) that help ultimately result in a change in our life direction (North Node). However, with Neptune, there is a thin line between insight and illusion; recognizing truth and escapism; vision and delusion; intuition and denial. Whether this Libra-full moon proves to be a help or a fruitless difficult experience is really quite up to you.

For me, this Full Moon opposes my natal Moon (heart/emotional core) and squares my natal Mars, triggering the mutual reception (give and take energy) and square (tense/aggressive energy) between my natal Cancer-Mars and Aries-Moon; and falls in my natal 1st house of the self/will (as a Virgo-rising) and solar 4th house of family/feelings (as a Cancer-Sun). Transiting Uranus continues to square my natal Sun while opposing my natal Uranus, forming a cardinal square which shoves my natal Sun up against a wall that aid in causing a very trying day to day for me!

How might this full moon manifest in your world? Match the sign and degree to determine what house this full moon falls in. Use the list of zodiac signs below to identify the sign Aries on your birth chart then click here for a brief explanation on the Full Moon transit in that house.

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If you don't have your birth chart, you may use your Sun sign and/or your Rising/Ascendant sign, if you know it. Look for your Sun and Rising Signs below then click here for a brief explanation of the Full Moon transit in those houses.
  • Aries-Sun or Aries Rising ~ 7th House
  • Taurus-Sun or Taurus Rising ~ 6th House
  • Gemini-Sun or Gemini-Rising ~ 5th House
  • Cancer-Sun or Cancer-Rising ~ 4th House
  • Leo-Sun or Leo-Rising ~ 3rd House
  • Virgo-Sun or Virgo-Rising ~ 2nd House
  • Libra-Sun or Libra-Rising ~ 1st House
  • Scorpio-Sun or Scorpio-Rising ~ 12th House
  • Sagittarius-Sun or Sagittarius-Rising ~ 11th House
  • Capricorn-Sun or Capricorn-Rising ~ 10th House
  • Aquarius-Sun or Aquarius-Rising ~ 9th House
  • Pisces-Sun or Pisces-Rising ~ 8th House

Unsure if you have natal planets/house planets on or around 18° of cardinal signs? Cast your own birth chart at for use as reference -- birth date, time and place required.

Related article ~ The Full Moon in Natal Houses

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