Aries (March 21st to April 19th)
Sticking close to home could ease your stress load this week, especially toward the weekend.
There are parts of this week that will likely piss you off mightily. It might feel as if the last full week of Mercury retrograde has saved up its antics just to mess with you. I can’t say that you’re completely wrong, but as always, it’s not as personal as you’re taking it. Of course, keep in mind that you have options. The trifecta of tension between Mars, Pluto, and Uranus that I mentioned last week seems to have taken its toll on your last good nerve. So when the new moon in Cancer happens on Friday in the part of your chart that deals with home and what comforts you, you might think more about withdrawing from the hubbub of it all for the weekend. This is when doing household chores or working at or close to home will have immense physical and emotional benefit.
Taurus (April 20th to May 21st)
Improvements in how you communicate will help you network and get the help you need.
Several weeks back I encouraged you to retool your communications systems. You could’ve taken that to mean upgrading equipment or your style of communication. Let’s say, for instance, you figure out a better way to keep up with your social media or you finally sit down to learn how to work that fancy phone you’ve had for weeks. This week’s new moon gives you the opportunity to implement and see the results of those changes. There will probably be glitches, regardless, since Mercury’s still retrograde until next week. However, you’re likely to see that your readiness to change your connectivity will result in being better networked for career purposes or in general. The important thing to remember is that you’re not in this alone. Accepting a helping hand won’t transform you into a hand-out case or reliant on hand-me-downs.
Gemini (May 21st to June 20th)
Worry won’t help you. Sticking to your budget and sorting through new ideas for money will.
The annual Cancer new moon is a moon that probably finds you worried about money and your possessions. For this reason, it’s better to stick to a budget rather than to purchase anything more than a stick of gum on a whim or because you “feel like it.” The secret to managing this moon, during a Mercury retrograde no less, is to recognize your feelings let you know money is an issue now, but a new moon is a chance to sift through last week’s fresh ideas that you discovered in your quieted mind. Worry is what you do when you attempt to fit old ideas and perceptions to new circumstances repeatedly. By all means, respect the urgency of your feelings, but it’s that quick mind of yours that you’ll need to see how new ideas or leads can lead to new money. In the interim, stick to principled basics…and your budget.
Cancer (June 21st to July 21st)
New intentions gain extra momentum this week when the new moon happens in your sign.
Well, summer school is in session for you, but it won’t be all dutiful life lessons and learning for you. There’s enough time to feel summer’s enthusiastic and renewing bursts of energy, especially toward the weekend. The first swell of energy comes from the new moon in Cancer that happens early Friday morning. New moons are powerful times to reset intentions and feel the budding energy that comes from the moon’s union (ahem) with the Sun. This is when you should put extra work in keeping up the momentum with current ventures. However, don’t spike your efforts with too much force, because a little goes farther than usual. This is because the showdown between mighty Mars and spunky Uranus on Wednesday adds a good amount of power to the mix already. The square off between romantic Venus and dreamy Neptune could make for a relaxing Sunday to boo up and watch movies or take a leisurely stroll to window shop.
Leo (July 22nd to August 21st)
It’s time to shed the shoddy, shabby in your life, including lingering resentments this new moon.
This week ends with the moon in Leo, and it’s the last time the moon will be in Leo before it’s your season. Coming off the heels of a new moon Friday morning, I take the approaching moon in Leo as a sign for you: it’s time to do as much as you can to get ready for your celestial close-up in a few weeks. I don’t know one Leo, whether friend, foe, client, or colleague, who hasn’t felt that the last 12 months were rough, for the most part. So even though life may have done a fair amount of paring down for you already, it’s still a great time to release those dark emotions, fears, and other forms of actual baggage you’ve acquired. Examine your heart and see if you’re still stoking hard feelings for someone. Release those. Then hit your actual closet. It’s time to get rid of the shoddy and shabby to replace with shiny and stunning.
Virgo (August 22nd to September 21st)
Revisiting a job assignment could provide a valuable lesson about teamwork and your work process.
We all know that you like to get things right the first time. However, this Mercury retrograde seems to have benchmarked a re-visit for a work project or task. Possibly, there will be new people associated with it this time. Initially, you could be uncomfortable with this. Nevertheless, the best thing would be to roll up your sleeves and get to work on it. You’ll see in short order that there’s a lot perhaps even better about this team and the re-work of what you thought you had right the first time. This most probably serves as a reminder to you that getting things right is more a matter of process, not always precision, though you strive for that. This weekend pull back on the emphasis on process and enjoy when there’s a pause. The pause will go a lot better with someone whose company makes you dreamy and light.
Libra (September 22nd to October 21st)
Trust that you’ve built up the knowledge necessary to advance with your plans confidently and clearly.
Last week, Mercury had his “new moon,” and this week the moon actually has its own new phase. The magic happens for you in the part of your sky map that deals with career. Over the next two weeks, you can expect to bring to fruition some seeds of career development that you may have been carrying for awhile. Unfortunately, you may not feel entirely confident about moving forward. Let me tell you why you’re so wrong. For at least over a month, I’ve been talking about how you have to shore up your knowledge and understanding of a problem to advance. You probably can see the problem is in full relief and you’ve learned all that you can about it. Now is the time to do more about it. The faceoff between make-it-happen Mars and sharp-and-sudden Uranus on Sunday lets me know that your courage to act will build, but be confident in your well-considered approach, not rash.
Scorpio (October 22nd to November 21st)
Getting a look at the big picture will help you solve a dilemma that’s been bothering you.
This week’s new moon brings a chance for renewal for you in the sector of your life that deals with anything that lifts your spirit, expands your mind, and keeps your bags packed. Of course, you might be reluctant to trust fully the idea of travel or to be in transition while Mercury’s retrograde. However, let me encourage you to re-consider that. Sometimes you have to step back to get some perspective on a dilemma, and you could use some perspective. Einstein once said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” So you’re going to have to go higher, dig deeper, and be willing to shake up your routine and sense of comfort to see what’s really going on. You might also think to do this by studying something intensely, as you’re prone to do, whether it’s scripture or statistics.
Sagittarius (November 22nd to December 21st)
A person or thing from your past emerges with an important lesson.
The new moon that happens on Friday may have a once significant someone emerge from your past. Another possibility is that rummaging through esteemed possessions prompts you to walk hand-in-hand with your feelings down memory lane. This is likely uncomfortable for you because you don’t want to feel fettered to the past by your feelings. It doesn’t have to become all of that, though. Sometimes a person or thing emerges from the past to remind you how far you’ve come and it’s good to appreciate that. If you’re always focused on “where next?” you may not appreciate what’s important to you when you arrive. The past has as much to teach us about who we are as the present…or the future, whenever that arrives. Over the next two weeks, you’ll have to make a decision about this person or possession that’s come back. No need to make it this week, though. Wait until after the retrograde ends on July 1st.
Capricorn (December 22nd to January 20th)
You will and can successfully straddle between relationship changes and work challenges at this new moon.
The new moon in Cancer lands up in the sector of your celestial chart that deals with one-on-one relationships and how you experience the public. This could mark a new stage of an established relationship or the budding of a new relationship. The new moon is also on the cusp of Mercury righting his course after three weeks of appearing to move backward. This course correction will likely manifest as details surfacing that had escaped your notice over the last few weeks. You probably didn’t notice them because your attention was more inwardly directed. This week may be the first week where you’ll have to straddle between being in a more raw emotional space and clearing the grit off your grinding mill so you can get back in your work groove. Take it easy, and you’ll be able to manage everything well.
Aquarius (January 21st to February 18th)
Keep your romantic expectations open and your wallet tight this week.
If you journeyed down the rabbit hole that your curiosity may have dug, then this week you could feel drawn to put your money where your mind has led you. However, this isn’t quite the week to make any serious financial investments, especially toward the weekend. What you desire isn’t what it appears to be now. Unfortunately, this may prove true with romantic aspirations too. If you’re single, the weekend is not the time to load it up with a lot of romantic intentions and expectations. Let that big date, for example, be what it is and no matter how wonderful it is, keep focused on taking everything one date at a time for the next few weeks. If you’re already partnered up, don’t labor too hard to nail down specific plans or intentions down just yet. The more aimless and open you can be, the more likely your connection will prove spontaneously romantic and stress-free.
Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)
Appreciate the groundswell of creativity and recreation available now, because you could find yourself busy soon enough.
The congress of creativity and recreation from this Friday’s new moon continues to develop last week’s prospects for personal rejuvenation. This means that you should be sure to reserve as much time as you can (or remember) for reverie, contemplation, or just chillin’. A sultry square off on Sunday between Venus and dreamy Neptune will certainly help with the chill factor. However, perhaps you feel guilty for taking the downtime. Listen, you both need the rest AND you’ll appreciate this time once you’re caught up in the hubbub of change and growth that seems on deck for next month. However, you don’t have to be still or sleep to rest. The creative surge could be used for pleasurable projects you’ve had in mind for a while, like painting a mural in your apartment or picking up your clarinet, especially if you feel in an imaginative mood this weekend.
Samuel F. Reynolds is a NYC-based astrologer. Find out what more the stars have in store for you with a consultation based specifically on your personal stars. As an Ebony reader, you’re eligible for a 25% discount for an in person or by phone/skype consultation. For more info, visit unlockastrology.com, write firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Sam on Twitter at @sfreynolds.