Aries New Moon: Light Breaking through the Storm
The Aries New Moon was exact today, Saturday, April 18 at 1:55 pm at 28 Aries 25. We can set intentions through tomorrow (Sunday) or Monday night when the tiny crescent Moon appears in the west, to ignite our Aries passion and fire to move decisively toward our most cherished goals and visions.
Because the Pluto Uranus square was activated yesterday (Friday), the past few days have been very intense and volatile. Yet there is the sense of a new day dawning, of the sunlight breaking through the clouds over these next two weeks, with an incredible number of trines and sextiles over the course of the month and both Mercury and Mars activating Jupiter in Leo.
Night Sky Magic April 18 to May 2
Lyrid Meteor Showers
We’re already in the window for the Lyrid Meteor showers, which are expected to be stunning this year, but Wednesday and Thursday mornings, April 22-23 are the peak times for viewing.
The “radiant point” for the meteors is centered around the bright star Vega–though meteors can appear from pretty much anywhere. Vega rises 2-3 hours after sunset, and 2-3 hours before dawn should be the absolute best times for viewing the meteors, as Vega will be near the top of the sky. Learn more here.
New Moon to Full Moon Report
The crescent Moon meets with Venus this Tuesday, April 21, very close to Aldebaran. Tuesday night is the best time to see all three together in the western sky. Wednesday night the crescent Moon passes through the center of the Sacred Hoop at 0 Cancer.
Wednesday night, April 22, the First Quarter Moon passes 5.9 degrees SSW of Beehive Cluster in the Crab Constellation at 9:00 pm MDT. The morning of Saturday, April 25 the Moon is at First Quarter in the sign of Leo. On Saturday night, April 25, the waxing Moon can be seen approaching Jupiter, they are exactly conjunct Sunday morning. .
On Sunday night, April 26, look for the waxing Moon very close to Regulus, the heart of the Lion, and one of the royal stars marking the four directions of the night sky. On Saturday night, May 2, within the three day window of Lunar Beltane and the Full Moon in Scorpio, the near-full Moon passes Spica, the brightest star and the “shaft of wheat” or “ear of corn” in the Virgin constellation.
Mars and Mercury are both invisible in the evening sky at this time, as they are so close to the Sun, a period understood by the ancients as an “Underworld” initiation for the planets.
Look to the west at sunset each night to see Venus, brilliant and beautiful, setting within the Sacred Hoop, and moving steadily across the hoop-activating Aldebaran now, and in the next few weeks crossing the center of the Hoop at 0 Cancer (Galactic Edge), where the Sun rises at the Summer Solstice, and finally activating Castor and Pollux of the Twins Constellation before exiting the Hoop by the end of May.
Jupiter remains very bright near the Lion Constellation, at the top of the sky an hour or two after sunset, and passing overhead to set a couple of hours before sunrise.
Saturn rises in the east in the head of the Scorpion constellation between Acrab and Dschubba. It rises a couple of couple of hours after sunset and passes overhead over the course of the night.