April’s New Moon in Taurus occurs at 8:16 AM EST on Wednesday the 26th, and you can do your New Moon ritual on either the night of Tuesday the 25th or the 26th at any time. Honestly, I’m just happy this isn’t one of those difficult-to-time Moons, and that I can just settle in on the night of the 26th and get things done. However, if you procrastinate until Thursday the 27th be sure to get it done before 9:18 PM EST because the Moon moves from Taurus to void-of-course to Gemini all in the space of about 20 minutes, that busy Moon.
In December I posted about why 2016 was such a rough year and specifically used Numerology to explain it. I said, in short, that 2016 was so rough for so many because it was a Year 9. What I didn’t write about was that, even though Year 1’s have the possibility to be better … they aren’t always so great at first. There are two potential reasons. One is because the trials of 9 only reward those who let go of what they were supposed to. The other hiccup is that sowing the seeds for the upcoming nine year cycle is hard work at a time when many of us are not yet ready for it. Especially if the necessary “letting go” process of last year was incomplete or didn’t happen at all. If the Year 9 “let go and leap” dictum wasn’t fully embraced, there are going to be unresolved issues lingering. This Year 1 of 2017 may be going great for you, and it may not. It may be lousy now and good later. The generally lousy vibe in the air right now may very well be due to the Saturn Retrograde that’s putting so many of us in statis (thanks Saturn) and/or the Mercury Retrograde in Taurus/Aries that’s sending us into a spendy semi-rage. There are a whopping five planets in Retrograde in April 2017 so it’s Retrograde City right now, basically. However, Retrogrades are perfect for ending things, so it’s actually a great opportunity to release anything you stubbornly brought with you into 2017 (like me, personal example to follow).
In December, here’s how I explained the Numerology cycle:
Crops are planted from seeds, they need tending to while they slowly grow, they are harvested so that we can be fed, and then you start over again from seed. The plant cannot be harvested and still keep growing forever. Our life also goes in cycles, it’s not all a rocketship ride going straight up; it’s a circle, looping again and again.
April 2017 shall hereby by be known as Retrograde City due to an unusually large amount of planets (five) being in Retrograde this month. The list is: Jupiter, Mercury, Pluto, Saturn, and Venus. It it going to be as bad as it sounds?
I love a good list so let’s start with looking at the dates that each planet will be in Retrograde. By the by, this would be a good list to copy into your Book of Shadows or Grimoire.
Mercury – Retrograde from April 9th -19 in Taurus; April 20th to May 3rd in Aries
Jupiter – Retrograde from February 6th to June 9th
Pluto – Retrograde from April 20th to September 28th
April 2017’s Pink Moon was late Monday night, technically at 2 AM on Tuesday morning. Then on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2 PM the Moon went void, only to enter Scorpio at 6 PM. Yet, this morning, I see tons of Instagram posts about how people were “Feeling the Libra energy last night,” or “Giving the crystals a Libra Full Moon charge last night.” Then I jump in and tell them that the Moon was in Scorpio last night and, in general, they ignore me, which is fine.
Two Types of Wrong
There are two types of offenders in this moon misinformation category. The first type I wouldn’t really call offenders at all. They’re the people new to Moon magick, baby witches, and people who haven’t figured out how to track Moon phases. These people I correct just because they aren’t to blame because they’re new to something and haven’t figured it out yet. I assume (hopefully correctly most of the time) that they really do want to know the information. Frankly, when you’re really new to Moon magick/witchcraft, you cannot tell the difference between a void Moon, a Libra Moon, and a Scorpio Moon, because you’re still building your instincts. That they can mistake the energy of a Scorpio Moon for the energy of a Libra Moon isn’t their fault, but I do assume that they would want to know. Over time you’ll figure out the little signs for each member of the zodiac, but that takes time. I am always as polite as possible when I post these corrections because I want them to be receptive to the information.
Many of the Full and New Moon dates for 2017 are tricky this year, with a lot of them occurring very late at night, and switching signs by the following evening. April’s Full Moon is one of those. While a lot of people will surely report that it’s on the 11th, which it technically is, by the evening of the 11th it’s in another sign.
I highly recommend doing your Full Moon ritual on the night of Monday the 10th while the Moon is in Libra, the correct sign to end this six month cycle that started with the New Moon in Libra on October 1st 2016. The Full Moon is technically at 2:08 AM EST on the 11th, but I’ll be in bed by then. Are you a night owl? Go for it. The Moon then goes void-of-course at 2:19 PM EST on the 11th and stays void until 6:42 PM EST when it moves into Scorpio. Different energy alert! If you wait until the evening of the 11th to charge your items and/or perform your ritual you will have Scorpio energy and miss out on the balanced energy of Libra, which is so important during Ostara’s season.
My guide, Witch’s Guide to Full Moon Magick, can be found on the site here; this post is a companion to that guide. If you’re new to Moon magick that’s a great place to begin.