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The week before last I did something I hadn’t done in about 2 years; I enjoyed 4 days of vacation where I did not work, did no school work, and simply engaged in leisurely activities. Writing about it seems gluttonous, as I tend to believe we live in a society that values a work ethic where a person will work themselves all the way to the grave.  At the end of the vacation, I realized how necessary it was for me to uncharge in this way.  It was therapeutic to see friends everyday, read for pleasure, and wake up to the rhythm of my internal alarm clock.  I also felt re-inspired about my writing and yoga practice.  

The message I received during this time was: SLOW DOWN.  I realized that I have been trying to rush through life lately.  Sometimes it seems like I am in such a rush that I cannot even enjoy how life is.  I decided to drop some hours at work to help lighten my load and commit to enjoying all that is life a little more.  What’s the point of all the things we do, if we are not enjoying them?  What are we rushing towards that we can’t enjoy the sweetness of now?

As we move into April, and the sign of Aries, I am reminded of new beginnings.  Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac and reminds us a new path cleared for our journey.  Sometimes we are so used to a certain behavior that we think it is normal.  This month we are reminded that we are constantly shaping our life and can change the patterns that we know as normal.  The energy of Aries and the upcoming Aries moon supports us in planting seeds in the direction of the life that we truly want to experience.

April Astrology Dates:

April 10: Aries New Moon in

April 14: Mercury Moves into Aries

April 16: Venus Moves into Taurus

April 20: Sun Moves into Taurus

April 21: Mars Moves into Taurus

April 25: Scorpio Full Moon + Lunar Eclipse

New Moon Mini-Horoscopes

Aries:  The beauty of being an Aries is that you are constantly aware of new beginnings.  This month with the new moon in your house of self, you are given a birthday gift to start over in a major way.  You may be noticing some endings that are coming up, have faith that they are starting beautiful new beginnings!

Taurus:  This month asks you to look at your subconscious and unconscious behaviors.  Your new beginnings are supported by meditation, mantra, affirmation and practices that get behind the conscious mind.  Commit to a 21-day practice and surrender to the transformation.

Gemini: This could be a fun and fabulous month of new friends and community.  With the new moon in your 11th house of friendships and society, new beginnings are abundant in the company of new people and groups.  Let yourself explore new people this month and let opportunity unravel.

Cancer: Look out for new opportunities in your career with the new moon.  Be patient, but keep planting the seeds of what you want in your career.  Act in accordance to what you want.  Plan on big opportunities!

Leo:  The new moon is in your 9th house this month, which is the house of voyage and journey.  It’s time to set out on a voyage – be it big or small.  Start planning a voyage that you have wanted to take, and watch it come together serendipitously.  

Virgo:  This month is a powerful month to look at desire.  There is a difference between what we want and what we desire.  What we desire we feel in our heart and soul.  Make time to ask yourself and journal about what you truly desire in your life over the next year.  Then create time to receive guidance.

Libra:  Relationships are on the horizon with this new moon.  This is a beautiful time to renew and revive an existing relationship with healthy care and attention.  If you aren’t in a romantic relationship, use this month to reflect on what you truly value in a relationship and start to actually behave as the partner you desire.

Scorpio:  With the new moon in your house of health and routine, this is the perfect time to slow down, for real.  Make a practice to slow it down and commit to a realistic self care routine that you will actually do.  

Sagittarius:  The new moon is encouraging you this month to have FUN!  You may have spent the winter working intensely or cooped up in the office.  Now is the time to get out, sit in the sunshine, dance and enjoy your life.  Don’t delay a second more.

Capricorn:  With the new moon in your 4th house, house of home, this might signify a time to move homes or to start looking to move homes.  It is never to early to dream.  Reflect on what your ideal house looks like, smells like, and feels like.  Commit to it, and it will commit to you.

Aquarius:  This month the area of communication receives extra support from you.  Communication is key, and this is a powerful time to make clear communication central to interactions.  Say what you mean, mean what you say.

Pisces:  It’s a powerful time to start a stream of income.  Whether that new income is $1/month of $1,000/month, it is a stream, and it will continue to flow as long as you nourish it and give it its space to do its own thing.


Join Shirley for an Aries New Moon Telecircle by-donation on Wednesday April 10, 2013  Contribute any amount that you wish, and join in from the comfort of your own home with a mug of tea to create intention around the New Moon and build community.  To register, click HERE


Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and San Francisco Bay Area-based, is a student of transpersonal psychology, yoga, and astrology. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga. For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to