Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or important decisions from 1:45 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. After that, the Moon moves from Aries into Taurus. (The New Moon peaks in Aries at 1:57 p.m.

If Your Birthday Is April 18

Actress America Ferrera (1984) shares your birthday. You are a noble Aries, a defender of what is right and good. You are vigorous, dynamic and yet, always aware of your appearance. A major decision awaits you this year. It would be wise to save your money in the first half of the year to help you later in the year. Be aware of integrity and patience this year.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today’s New Moon is perhaps one of the best days of the entire year to take a realistic look in the mirror and determine what you can do to improve your image in the world. Appearances count because we are judged by others, whether we like it or not.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This is a good day to strategize what you want your new year to be all about. Your new year begins in about a month when you have your birthday. Write down your hopes about how you want your new year to be different from the last one.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today’s New Moon provokes thoughts about friendships and the role that they play in your life. Never underestimate the power of your friends because they influence your mind, and your mind makes decisions, and your decisions create your future.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Are you happy with the direction you’re going? Today’s New Moon is the perfect time to examine this. Are you going where you want to go, or are you going where others think you should go? Think about your future because you’re going to spend the rest of your life there.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

What plans do you want to make regarding publishing, the media, medicine, the law and higher education? What further training or education would enrich your life? What about travel? These are the things to ponder with today’s New Moon.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your life is not always organized and running smoothly, but you wish it were. Today’s New Moon is the perfect time to wrap up loose details with taxes, debt and shared property. Do something so that you feel better organized in these areas.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is the only New Moon that is opposite your sign all year. That makes this the best day of year to think how you can improve your partnerships and your closest relationships. Remember: In a successful relationship, you are as good for your partner as he or she is for you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Ask yourself what you can do to improve your job, your duties, or even your attitude to your job. Similarly, on this New Moon day, ask yourself how you can improve your health through exercise or wiser eating. Hmmm?

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

By nature, you work hard and party hard. Today’s New Moon wants you to examine your relationship between work and play. Are you giving yourself enough opportunities to play? Do you have fun travel plans on the horizon? (You need frequent getaways.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The New Moon is an opportunity for resolutions. Today is the only New Moon that gives you the chance to think about how you can improve your relationships with family members and also, how you can improve your home. Ideas?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

We are social, gregarious creatures. We need to see others and also be seen. How can you improve your daily communications with others? Be mindful of the fact that you need to listen as well as speak. Obvious, yes — but easier said than done.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This might be the best day of the year for you to examine how you handle your money and your cash flow. Furthermore, what can you do to perhaps boost your income? It will please you to take care of things that you own today.