"It took me quite a long time to develop a voice," said Taurus Madeline Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State. "And now that I have it, I'm not going to be silent." Following the inspiration of this groundbreaking Bull babe, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017's only new moon in Taurus (a potent supermoon, at that) activates our throat chakras and helps us voice our values. Earthy Taurus grounds us in what is ethical and sensible. There's a reason basic ideals like "do unto others" have stuck around through the centuries. This lunar lift brings a much-needed dose of sanity to the world AND a generous sprinkling of practical magic. Where has life become overly complex? Break those unwieldy plans back down to basics. Pay attention to schedules, timelines and budgets, making sure you've got a solid foundation built. Taurus is the first of the earth signs, so think of this new moon as a prompt to stabilize efforts on the ground floor. Once that's handled, you can build as high as you want! But no rush to build or renovate Rome. Slow-and-steady Taurus would prefer we play the long game and arrive at our goals with integrity and quality in check. Circle November 4, the date of the corresponding full moon in Taurus. That's when we'll reap the harvest of what we plant this week. Since Taurus also rules practical luxury and financial stability, make a few wishes towards abundance—and then take concrete actions to start building that nest egg by earning AND saving more. This earthy Taurus moon reminds us to value the natural resources around us as well. Get back into an eco-chic groove. That gum wrapper you drop on the ground, the paper you dump in the trash instead of the recycling bin, the company you choose to fund when voting with your dollars—it all has an impact.
On Friday, April 28 love planet Venus blazes into Aries for the second time in 2017, lighting a fire in our loins. The radiant romancer already visited the Ram's realm from February 3 to April 2, but thanks to a mojo-dulling retrograde that started on March 4, attractions may have cooled just as they began to really heat up. But it ain't over 'til it's over, right? Strike another match near the weekend and see if you get those sparks going again. Head's up: That pyre may be more of a spring fling than a happily ever after thing. Venus' cycle through Aries can turn us into restless romantics with our appetites changing by the hour. In a relationship? Variety is the spice that can save the day. Detour away from "the usual places" and don't even think about acting like old marrieds. There will be time to cuddle like couch potatoes when Venus nestles into Taurus on June 6. Until then, think more "stud" than "spud"! While Venus in Aries thrives on spontaneity and in-the-moment passion, don't leave everything up to the last minute. It might be wise to pre-book tickets and pay for that amorous getaway (or single's cruise) to make sure that the adventures actually happen—even while you're driven to distraction by all the eye candy!