New Growth from Appreciation and Happiness – New Moon Astrology April 2014

New Moon Astrology for April 28, 2014

  • Article Window: April 28 to May 28
  • The New Moon was Monday, April 28, 11:14 PM PDT
  • Sun is 9° Taurus, Moon is 9° Taurus (Solar Eclipse)
  • New Moon Theme (thru the May 28 New Moon): New Growth from Appreciation and Happiness
  • The April 15 New Moon Eclipse Portal stays open until May 11, 2014
  • Full Moon is Wednesday, May14

Current Lunar Cycle

The New Moon releases a wave of new potential and sets the overall theme for the entire month that follows. To experience your fullest potential in the coming month, allow the energy of this New Moon theme to guide you and help you adjust to changing circumstances. Each week of this month’s Lunar Cycle will offer new tools and momentum for energizing your life purpose.

A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. During a Solar Eclipse the Moon blocks the Sun’s energy, light, and significance. Instead, there’s a boosting of the frequency of earth energy and life through growth and abundance. From an astrological viewpoint, the solar eclipse amplifies whatever of Lunar energies are currently active.

Taurus New Moon 2014

Growing with Appreciation and Inner Happiness

The New Moon brings a new manifesting wave of energy and one of the year’s most powerful growth cycles. This new cycle is activating the Taurus urge for growth, resources, and abundance. In the coming month, you can set the intention to experience an influx of warmth, inner beauty, and compassion to help get you through any dark times or challenges you may be experiencing.

The New Moon energies are combining with the Lunar eclipse two weeks ago, which brought a gift of individuality capable of helping you operate at a new level and expanding your sense of self.

This energy behind the April 15 eclipse is active until May 11th and is still having very powerful effect on everyone. Any tension, stress, or difficulties you may be experiencing are most likely a direct response to these new energies.

The Gift of Contrast

The eclipse gift of individuality may have introduced a “new factor” or experience into your life. This may appear as something different and unexpected that you must now integrate. Be aware that you may experience this new factor as a challenge.

Because of the intensity of this new impulse or factor introduced at the eclipse, many people aren’t prepared to take on the responsibility of the eclipse gift. Fortunately, the New Moon is providing a shift and a positive boost.

If you are experiencing difficulty in any area of your life, especially through circumstances that emerged in the past couple of weeks, you’ll be happy to hear that the New Moon is offering a shift. I recommend a two-step process to take advantage of the Taurus New Moon.

  • First, remind yourself is that you are in a powerful eclipse cycle.
  • Second, feel the new impulses from this new cycle of intense growth and opportunity.

Opportunities in the Taurus Moon

Taurus offers the opportunity for new growth through a process of struggle to overcome inertia and then to expand and blossom.

This new cycle of growth is offering the opportunity to work with any current challenge specifically through the feeling of appreciation for what you have, and your faith in the new process of growth just beginning.

Life is full of naturally occurring ups and downs. A low point of a cycle can be completely transformed by the remembrance of the high points in life. Because struggle is a natural component of a cycle, it’s important to recognize that struggle is only a phase. You didn’t get to where you are now without overcoming countless obstacles and various crises. Life without the appreciation of the joy and blessings that follow the tough times is ultimately non-productive.

Finding Time to Celebrate

One way to access appreciation this week is by connecting with friends. The astrological energies are aligned and encouraging you to gather with close friends or family to celebrate and appreciate all that is good and beautiful. This is necessary to keep life fresh and renewed.

The warmth of togetherness, the inner beauty you and each of your friends holds, is an example of the compassion that can flow from acknowledging both the lows and the highs of life. Celebration with friends and family is often saved for the holidays, but sometimes the astrological energies say “Celebrate now!” This is one of those times.

Whether you are experiencing a low point or a high point at this New Moon phase, my recommendation is to find a way to celebrate. Immediately after the New Moon (anytime in the next 7 days, up to the first quarter moon on May 7) plan a dinner party, a celebration, or a get together to appreciate the goodness in life. You’ll find an important boost of inner happiness, maybe just when you need it the most.

Astrology Patterns of Significance

Solar Eclipse New Moon Astrology Chart 2014The planets at the New Moon are beautifully aligned.

There is still the energy of the Grand Cross to help you create a useful framework for expanding and building something solid in your life. However, the Grand Cross is no longer being directly activated by the Sun or Moon as it was two weeks ago at the Lunar Eclipse. Instead of directly interacting with the New Moon, the Grand Cross is now stabilizing the Eclipse gift. The purpose of this is to support a new level of individuality to blossom with new growth during the Taurus growth phase. This growth is triggered by the New Moon.

The Sun, Moon, and Mercury are conjunct in Taurus, and are all activating Saturn with a powerful opposition. Saturn is the ruler of all structures and form. In Scorpio, Saturn builds relationships through fellowship and faith in the process of becoming more than we are. Saturn in this pattern, structures a new types of inner freedom out of the depths of self-renewal and regeneration (two themes of Scorpio). The ability to experience hope and faith in even one’s darkest hour is a theme empowered within the depths of Scorpio. It’s the Universe’s way of giving you boost.

The conjunction of Sun, Moon, and Mercury are amplifying the relevant themes of Taurus, including expressing what’s real and tangible, as well as acquiring new personal resources. Taurus is fertile and potent, and as a result its growth is expressive and self-reliant. Being an earth sign, Taurus is also motivated with gathering. Personal resources can be anything you accumulate, own, or possess. With Taurus your resources become a form of personal expression.

All of these themes are supporting the Grand Cross by expanding your individuality through inner freedom and the appreciation for what you have and possess. Appreciation also flows from the realization of what you have had to overcome to move forward. Think of this as the experience of living with grace.


You’re starting a new cycle of growth. The planetary energies are aligning to provide specific help and assistance. Success will come from embracing the new impulse to accumulate the wealth (Taurus) of individuality (Grand Cross) and the inner freedom (Saturn) that flows from appreciation (New Moon conjunct Mercury).

New Moon Tarot Video

By Elizabeth Schermer.  Visit Elizabeth’s website for a complete explanation of the tarot reading.

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In Closing

It is my deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you.
Have a wonderful month,
Steven Shroyer

The Shocking Truth about a “Blood Moon” Eclipse!

The Shocking Truth about a “Blood Moon” Eclipse!

This short article addresses the truth behind the “Blood Moon” hoax.

The term “Blood Moon” was popularize by a fringe Bible prophecy story teller named John Hagee to create fear among his fanatical followers.

John Hagee took NASA’s use of the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of the upcoming tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) – in 2014 and 2015.

John Hagee appears to have popularized the term in his 2013 book; Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change. His goal was to create fear among his followers. Mr. Hagee used an obscure biblical passage to create the premise of his book.

Here is the actual King James Version passage where the term “moon into blood” originated.

Joel 2: 29-32 KJV

29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.

Blood Moon is an Astronomical Term used by NASA

The full lunar eclipse known as a “blood moon” is, as NASA explains, the sunset red glow that rings the earth as it blocks the light from the sun is cast upon the moon creating an eerie red color.

Astrological Point of View

According to Steven Shroyer, expert astrologer, the lunar eclipse itself is by far the more important event. Steven claims that each eclipse opens a doorway or portal allowing cosmic opportunity to reach earth.

This cosmic gift, as he calls it, brings a potential for new abilities and awareness to blossom in the consciousness of all. Read his latest article describing the April 15th lunar eclipse.

Expanding Your Individuality: Lunar Eclipse Full Moon Astrology April 2014

  • Article Window: April 15 to May 11
  • The Full Moon is Tuesday, April 15, 12:42 AM PDT
  • Sun is 26° Aries, Moon is 26° Libra
  • Current New Moon Theme (thru the April 28 New Moon): New Dimensions in Consciousness
  • Eclipse Portal stays open until the May 11, 2014

The Lunar Eclipse occurs during a Full Moon. This semi-rare event only occurs twice in 2014. It always brings a special gift of new consciousness from beyond normal perceptions of time and space.

A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the Sun and the Moon. The light of the Sun normally illuminates the entire Moon during its Full Moon phase. During a Lunar Eclipse the light of the Sun is temporally blocked by the Earth, and the light of the Moon disappears (Eclipse). This allows for a doorway, or cosmic portal, to open in the sky at the exact degree of the Eclipse. Energies from the galaxy and other star systems stream through this portal to Earth without interruption from our Sun Moon cycle. Each Eclipse portal brings a new cosmic gift to our consciousness. The portal remains open for one month, until the Moon passes over that same degree again.

The Grand Cross, or grand square as it’s sometimes called, is a powerful astrological pattern occurring the same time as the Lunar Eclipse. Neither the Eclipse nor the Grand Cross is ever negative or troublesome. This grand cross isn’t a pattern to be feared. The pattern offers an opportunity to create new forms of stability through a shifting of energies. The grand square is a symbol for the container which supports a changing image of our self. Light creates shadows. The shadow of a grand cross is a refusal to integrate these naturally shifting energies responsible for building new forms of consciousness and stability.

Full Moon Partial Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse Astrology Article: Expanding Your Individuality

Each Lunar Eclipse brings a special gift through a cosmic portal or doorway which opens at the point where the Moon’s light is interrupted by an Eclipse. The cosmic gift of this Eclipse is a new type of individuation or individuality from the depths of our galaxy directly to your consciousness.

My understanding of individuality is best understood in light of its dynamic relationship with unity. Both individuation and unity are part of, and contained within, the greater whole of universal consciousness (which is referred to by many names). Individuation and unity are the opposite poles of universal consciousness. They are both necessary parts of the whole.

Individuation contains the qualities of uniqueness, diversity and multiplicity. The contrasting polarity of unity is expressed by oneness, union, and the collective.

This Eclipse gift of individuation enables a new level of consciousness to grow within your psyche. We all possess a degree of individualism, but this gift expands your experience of individuality beyond being unique. Instead of being an individual in the typical sense, it carries with it the expanded experience of being an individual in the galactic sense. This is a type of individuality that embodies the individual expression of the greater whole.

Galactic Perspective and Inner Freedom

To understand the galactic sense of this cosmic gift is to embrace the concept of individuation as a path of inner freedom. Being a true individual frees your mind to follow your own unique path in the world. Walking your own path allows for a larger perspective of your own life purpose to surface.

Inner freedom can take you beyond the idea of seeing the world as either good or bad. We all grow up in a particular place, a particular time, and with the values of a family, school, and community. Most people’s ideas of good and bad stem from a particular cultural location in which they were raised, and we have the freedom to change these cultural values.

Realizing the changing nature of cultural values can free your own understanding of the world. From this more expanded perspective you have the freedom to expand your own ideas of good and bad at any moment, completely independently of what you were raised to believe.

Expanding into a new realm of individuation involves leaving behind old ideas of right and wrong while embracing a larger point of view. Our Lunar Eclipse in combination with a grand cross provides a new framework for holding a new image of yourself. Holding an awareness of working in cooperation with galactic or universal energies will help you feel the inner freedom needed to move beyond any limiting ideas left over from the past.

Individuated Relationships and the Grand Cross

April 2014 Lunar EclipseEach grand cross, also known as a grand square, provides tools for expanding relationships.

The formation is created by the large obvious square you see in the chart. In astrological terms each side is called a “square,” involving two planets 90 degrees apart. Thus every grand square holds a pattern involving four astrological squares.

The four squares are all connected and encourage you to move forward in life with new decisions, new attitudes, new perspectives, and a new quality of relationship.

A grand square is also known as a grand cross, because of the cross formation created by the two oppositions 180 degrees apart. The two oppositions allow for new revelation or illumination to enter your consciousness so that you have new tools for creating dynamic relationships instead of getting caught in stagnation.

You can see by the geometric shape of the square that the form is stable and supporting. The grand square, grand cross pattern is never bad or negative. In fact, it’s just the opposite. It provides the necessary tools and desire for action needed so that life and growth don’t come grinding to a halt.

The challenge comes when we choose stagnation – holding to the past – when the energies of life are calling for expansion. Problems arise, not because of the grand cross, but because of resistance to the natural urge to release the old and transform into a new and more stable form.

The urge associated with our current grand cross eclipse is to expand into a new form of individuality. This transformation is ultimately an inner process, expanding you into a new identity and a relationship with something much bigger.

In the astrological chart, Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn is providing a boost in will power and a more mature understanding of how to express the character needed to embrace a larger point of view. With Mercury, Uranus, and Sun conjunct in Aries with Moon in Libra there’s the possibility for a brilliant realization of how to use your own life-force to expand consciousness through polarizing energies.

The Art of Polarization

The grand cross involves two polar opposites that desire to be integrated. This seems like the perfect opportunity to expand on the concept of polarization, especially since this term is often associated with negativity.  Examples of polarity in the current chart can be seen in the zodiac signs of the grand cross. Aries opposite Libra contains the polarities of the individual versus the collective. Cancer opposite Capricorn contains the polarities of personal identity versus collective achievement.

The conscious acceptance of polarizing energies within any type relationship is a solution to the problem generated by individualism.

The natural problem of individualism is the tendency to become isolated, with a narrowing or self centered perspective. When you are able to fully experience one polarity, it opens up the possibility to experience the other pole also operating within you.

The art of polarization can be used to expand your own sense of life purpose through the awareness that polarization is part of your divine nature. This divine nature is activated by the realization that both polarities are within you.

In the big picture, the galaxy and the individual are both operating as polarities within your consciousness. The ultimate gift of our Lunar Eclipse is the experience, uniting these complementary opposites, that you are a child of the universe with both the galaxy and individualism working together in your divine being.

Working with Our Eclipse Energies this Month

The practical use of the eclipse energies in your life during the next month is dependent upon recognizing that opposites and polarity can coexist as long as there is an exchange of energy. An exchange of energy occurs when they operate with purpose within the greater whole.

  • Recognize all polarities as existing within the greater whole. Each pole is in relationship with the other pole.
  • As with the energy exchange between the day and night, see the working principle as active and necessary.
  • Practice seeing how the balance between polarities supports the exchange of energies.
  • Feel your own sense of individuality working at a new level.
  • To expand into a new level of individuality it’s necessary to use the available inner freedom. Take time to reflect on your current attitude of what’s right and wrong. Determine if you’re simply following cultural patterns, or if you’re taking an individualized perspective and decide for yourself.

Full Moon  Eclipse Tarot Video

By Elizabeth Schermer.  Visit Elizabeth’s website for a complete explanation of the tarot reading.

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In Closing

It is my deepest privilege to share these thoughts with you.

Have a wonderful month,
Steven Shroyer