Moonletter April – May 2021
By Ben Belinsky
Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 12th April 2021 with the new moon in Aries, and spanning the full moon in Scorpio on 27th April 2021.
New Moon in Aries 12 April
New moon in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. Expect things to pick up speed. Well, Aries isn’t the most patient of signs, especially since there are three planets in this sign in addition to the sun and moon at the time of the new moon. The chart of the new moon is all about fire and air with only two outer planets in earth (Uranus and Pluto) and only one water planet (Neptune in its own sign of Pisces). Fire is interested in the buzz of lived experience while Air likes to experiment, analyse and interpret. What’s missing is the ethical dimension. With fire and air, it’s technologically advanced; it’s gonna make a pile of money. But are you sure you want to get involved with that dodgy enterprise / authoritarian regime? And ethics can get pushed aside.
In addition, Jupiter and Mars are in an easy angle buzzing with physical energy and there is an almost unstoppable need to get outside, (interesting as the day of the new moon coincides with the easing of lockdown in the UK). Jupiter expands and Mars energises, and it seems almost churlish to suggest following the Saturn principle, being responsible for the consequences of your actions and practising restraint but that is what is in fact required to stop things getting out of hand.
Another way through this situation is communication, especially with Mercury (the planet of information, intellection and, as it’s in Aries, the cut and thrust of debate) at the exact midpoint of Neptune and Uranus. Spiritual Neptune is in the water sign of Pisces and ‘make-it-new’ Uranus is in the earth sign of Taurus. Can Mercury hold back on all the excitement of argument for long enough to listen to the quiet ones at the meeting – including its own inner voice? They’re the ones with the understanding and the original insights.
Full Moon in Scorpio – 27 April
There is a risk that if these voices remain unheeded and the whole dimension of ethical judgement remains unaddressed, that the full moon in Scorpio could be a time when things get vexed. The sun is in Taurus, traditionally a placid earth sign, ruled by Venus, but when it is conjunct disruptive Uranus opposite a passionate Scorpio moon, Scorpio may forget that revenge is not the way.
In addition, Pluto is stationary on the day of the full moon suggesting that drama could be on the agenda. Whatever it is, it will pass.
Long term trends
Looking at the long-term trends for the year ahead means looking at the slow-moving outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – with also a mention of the centaur, Chiron.
We had the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius last December which contributed to moving a lot of business online and also giving a boost to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Aquarius prefers decentralised organisation and represents a challenge to more rigid hierarchies. The seeds have been planted; we shall see what fruit is borne.
Jupiter moves on into Pisces from the end of May, then slips back into Aquarius at the end of July where it stays till the end of the year. It will then take up a year’s residence in Pisces. Jupiter in Aquarius puts the focus on humanitarian consciousness: the haves sharing with the have-nots. While Jupiter in Pisces focuses on healing, bringing all parts of our broken world together.
The conflict between popular demonstrations and oppressive regimes with their ‘heavy-handed’ approach is likely to continue in many countries this year as the tension from the square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus is on repeat. We had one exact hit in February, we’re due another one mid-June and the final one around Christmas this year. As these two slow-moving outer planets are in fixed signs, neither of them is likely to back down.
Also, as I mentioned last time, the transit of Chiron through the sign of Aries (till spring 2027) is marking another wave of feminism: rebalancing the energies of female and male.
While slow-moving Pluto continues its inexorable transit through the business sign of Capricorn, clearing away what is not necessary, in fact acting as a major reset to governmental and commercial activity. Pluto slips into Aquarius for a few months in 2023 but slips back into Capricorn in autumn 2024 before taking up residence in Aquarius from November 2024 for the next 20 years.
Go well and stay well
Key Dates this month:
|New moon in Aries
|Moslems begin Fast of Ramadan
|Mars trines Jupiter
|Sun enters Taurus
|Mars enters Cancer
|Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday
|Full moon in Scorpio
|Pluto turns retrograde in Capricorn
|Orthodox Christians celebrate Good Friday
|Pagans and Wiccans celebrate Beltane
|Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter
|New moon in Taurus
|Jupiter moves into Pisces
|Moslems celebrate Eid al Fitr the end of the fast of Ramadan