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My apologies for the abrupt redirect, but the old site at dolphinmoon-ak was badly broken while moving back to This is now the home of the blog Coming of Age in the Aquarian.

What this blog is about...

This blog--Coming of Age in the Aquarian--has evolved into monthly reports of the new Moon/full Moon cycle for the upcoming month. These reports are usually published at the time of the current new Moon.

The reason why we follow the Moon's phases in mundane astrology, which discusses events and influences of groups and nations, is that the Moon denotes

the common people, women generally, crowds, and all matters of a common or public nature. The position of the Moon in a mundane chart will show where the public's attention falls (Skyscript, Ingresses).

In charts for which we have no birthtime or place of birth, we can only talk in a general way about how planets, lights, and asteroids may affect us.

Something little discussed is how the new Moon, being conjunct the Sun, is overwhelmed by it. While the occurrence of the new Moon is a concentration of energy, it is also a time when the male, fiery essence of the sun prevails. Thus, in nature, the Moon appears dark. The Moon comes into her own at full, when she brightly reflects the light of the Sun and stands opposite it. At this time the consciousness of the common people--or the crowd, if you prefer--becomes aware of the forces at hand. Of course in the interval between new and full Moons the cosmic players have moved and taken up new positions. What may have looked one way at the new Moon may look different at the full. Another way to view this is--the conditions described by the new Moon evolve into the conditions described at the full.

Charts are published with the monthly post and they're in the form of PDF files for you to download. There are two charts each for the new and full moons and two charts that show the relationship between the new or full moon to the U.S.'s natal chart. To see why I use the U.S. chart that has Scorpio rising, take a look at this article at Neptune Cafe.

Every three months calendars with astrological information are published, also for download.

My intent in posting these reports is to make tools for learning astrology available. There is a little interpretation of the charts included and references to interesting articles that relate to the current cycle or aspects of it.

2017 Moon cycle 4: Pink Moon

image: 2017 cycle 4 new Moon chart

This cycle begins with the Sun and new Moon at 07° Aries 37′ and comes to fruition with the full Moon at 21° Libra 33′. This is the first New Moon since the Vernal Equinox on the 20th of March.

The title of this post, The Pink Moon, refers to the April full moon as identified by the Algonquin tribes. The MoonConnection (link below) says about this Moon:

Flowers begin to appear, including the widespread grass pink or wild ground phlox. Other variations indicate more signs of full spring, such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon (common among coastal tribes).

For background on the Moon names and for other information on the Moon, take a look at MoonConnection

Two U.S natal charts are again being considered--one with Scorpio rising and one with Sagittarius rising (new Moon and full Moon are linked here). In the natal chart with Scorpio rising the Sun is positioned in the 9th house, ruled by Jupiter; Sagittarius rising places the Sun in the 7th house, ruled by Venus. Both placements include the Moon as ruler because the Sun is in Cancer. In the Sagittarian chart the Moon's placement is in the 3rd house, conjunct the cusp; in the chart with Scorpio rising the Moon is in the 4th house, her home.

Venus turned retrograde on the 4th of March at 13° Aries and will turn direct on the 15th of April at 27° Pisces. Saturn turns retrograde on the 6th of April at approximately 28° Sagittarius, then turns direct on the 26th of August at 21° Sagittarius. Pluto turns retrograde on the 21st of April and will remain retrograde until September 29th, where it turns direct at 16° Capricorn 51′.

Most notably, Mercury turns retrograde on the 10th of April and turns direct on the 4th of May at 4° Taurus 50′ During the time when Mercury is retrograde, communications can be garbled, old issues may be revisited, and a general fugue state experienced.