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Last week was very busy and intense -- I could really feel that Pluto station. Ironically, the pockets of self-care I was able to fit in were what really supported the release of outdated patterns -- they allowed for long-suppressed feelings and fears to surface.
This week's headline items: The Sun changes signs from Aries to Taurus on Monday morning; on Thursday morning we can start taking actions on our New Moon intentions; the first Quarter Moon in Leo becomes exact on Saturday evening. There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday (from Midnight until 7:28pm EDT), Wednesday very early morning (for 23 hours) and Friday early afternoon (almost 20 hours).
Monday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus and VoC until 7:28pm EDT. With the Moon in Taurus, we seek serenity, security, peace, comfort: The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulse is to relax, resist change, get comfortable: Life… slows… down...
We may also be stubborn and materialistic under this influence. As best you can, stop and smell the roses during this time -- enjoy life and all its offerings ;-)
Mondayat 5:42am EDT, the Sun changes signs from adventurous, speedy Aries to peaceful, steady Taurus, where it will journey until May 21st. For the next four weeks our attention is on physical pleasures and we are more aware of our need for comfort and consistency. The Sun in Taurus reminds us to slow down and smell the roses.
We are able to be very consistent and methodical, which helps us bring groundedness and reality to our new goals. We focus on what is most important to us. What do you value most? How do you feel about yourself and what you bring to the table?
All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Taurus Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Taurus, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo your vitality will most likely slow down and you might indulge in physical or material pleasures.
Monday at 7:28pm EDT, the Moon moves into chatty, versatile Gemini, where it will journey until Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning. The Gemini Moon keeps us social and busy. Interactions may take place online, on the phone, or face-to-face with those in our immediate environment.
With this Moon placement, we like to multitask and stay engaged with life as much as possible: As long as we don't get bored, we're good.
Monday night/Tuesday very early morning, a challenging Mercury/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 12:15am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Sunday on; it will be strong until Wednesday. This aspect asks that we grow and evolve around how we communicate — and how that communication lands. We may have to find creative ways to communicate from a place that honors ourselves and our values; we may have to learn about our thinking processes and conditioning.
We want to share our ideas without limitations, and we want to do it now; we might therefore drift into exaggeration, impracticality, impulsiveness and frustration. The upside to all this: we can be extraordinarily funny, interesting and creative. Ask yourself: What is true? What is fiction? What is "truth" -- does it exist? How do my attachments to comfort influence my answers?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 10-16 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Jupiter of Sagittarius).
Tuesday afternoon, a harmonious Mars/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 5:35pm EDT. We started to feel this connection from last Thursday on; it will be strong until this Sunday. This aspect brings a powerful ability to accomplish and go after our goals. We are able to see more clearly where we are heading and what we want to be committed to.
Our vitality and energy levels are at a high point. We are most likely feeling ambitious and dynamic right now. Our recuperative powers are excellent and our health is robust. We might feel inspired to build up our physical strength during this astrological influence, and this is a good idea; we can develop greater endurance and vitality now, which will rejuvenate our body.
This is definitely a strong energy for working steadily -- and in a practical, down-to-earth way -- on a project. It is also quite a sexy combination. As best as you can, use this powerful mixture of energies and go after the things you have been wanting for a while now -- and as Pluto is involved, use this energy to fulfill on your Soul's purpose.
Anything that we feel deeply passionate about and that feels in complete alignment with our deepest core, is very likely part of our Soul's journey. What moves you? What turns you on -- not just on a physical level but also on an emotional and spiritual level?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo? If so, you will be even more blessed by this aspect than those who do not; this is also true for those of us with our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Scorpio (Mars being the ruler of Aries; Pluto rules Scorpio)
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Wednesday is a big day! The Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini all day (see Monday evening for details).
Wednesday very early morning at 1:38am EDT, we enter a 23-hour Moon void of course (VoC) phase that lasts until 12:25am EDT (Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning). Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to share with others about your existing projects and passions. If at all possible though, refrain from actually starting anything brand-new — in fact, plan your day ahead of time, or stick to routine things. If you can't… simply go with the flow.
Wednesday mid morning, a harmonious Mercury/Pluto aspectbecomes exact at 9:26am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday morning. Our words and our "speaking" are very grounded and realistic. We can feel really empowered by what we say (and how we say it) during this time. Our conviction and passion helps us to connect and empower others.
We are strongly connected to our inner truth and can analyze and understand our motivations toward long-term goals. We investigate our own beliefs about the meaning of life in a very realistic way and look to see what needs to be done next.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo? If so, you will be even more blessed by this aspect than those who do not; this is also true for those of us with our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Scorpio (Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, Pluto rules Scorpio)
Wednesday afternoon, an opportune Venus/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 2:41pm EDT.We started to feel this aspect from Monday evening on and it will be strong until Wednesday evening. We have an opportunity to grow in our social and personal relationships at this time. Humor and caring play a big role in our interactions with others.
We can call upon tolerance, optimism and co-operation when dealing with loved ones now. Financially speaking, things are "on the up"; we may have opportunities now to expand our pocketbooks -- if we make sound decisions that are in the interest of everyone involved.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-15 degrees of Gemini, Leo, Libra or Sagittarius?If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius).
Wednesday evening, a Mercury/Mars alignment in 15 degrees of Taurusbecomes exact at 7:03pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday morning. This alignment might speed up our thinking, but probably not a tremendous amount, as both of these planets meet in Taurus -- a slow moving energy.
We communicate with curiosity, enthusiasm and energy, especially on food, art, the Earth/nature, caring for our bodies, money -- and things we value a great deal. We get to the very heart of a subject.
Something to be aware of: We may take things a little too personally. This defensiveness could make it challenging for others to engage in healthy dialogue with us. We may focus too much on material safety and get attached to being right rather than happy. As best as you can, know your value, and relax: All good things come to those who contemplate ;-)
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-18 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Aries (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Mars rules Aries).
Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning at 12:25am EDT, the Moon moves into protective, introverted Cancer, where it will journey until Saturday morning. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say to (and about) us, so be kind to yourself and others.
Emotional safety is important to us at this time: We like connecting to the familiar, home or family becomes our sanctuary. Nurture yourself and others, but remember: Make sure your glass is filled before letting others drink from it — otherwise we might start resenting others for draining our energies.
If you set intentions last week Saturday or Sunday, after the New Moon became exact, Thursday after 5:30am EDTwill be the best time to take relevant actions. If you wrote your intentions down, go back and take another look at what came through intuitively. If you didn’t write anything down, get quiet for a moment and check in with yourself: What actions are calling to you?
Thursday late evening, a somewhat challenging Sun/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 11:17pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday evening on; it will be strong until Friday evening. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed if we’re to see what needs adjusting.
We focus on the truth of the matter. We could be hindered by doubts, feelings of not being good enough, a lack of self-confidence.
It’s also worthwhile to look at how our beliefs about life are connected to what we most value. As best you can, slow down, but don’t come to a halt: Just because you're not sure about something, doesn’t mean it’s not worth taking a longer look -- in other words, don’t impatiently discard things when you’re unsure what to do about them.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 2-5 degrees of Taurus or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Capricorn (the Sun rules of Leo; Saturn rules Capricorn)
Friday:the Moon remains in protective, introverted Cancer all day (see Thursday very early morning for more details).
Friday at 1:04pm EDT, we enter an almost 20-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that last until 9:13am EDT (Saturday morning). We can use this intuitive time as an opportunity to connect to our feeling bodies and physical bodies. We may want to slow down a little and allow ourselves either to connect with loved ones… or simply enjoy life/nature/art.
As with all Moon VoCs, do not start anything brand-new. If at all possible, plan your day ahead of time, stick to routine things, or go with the flow... 'cos the flow knows where to go ;-)
Friday evening, an opportune Mercury/Chiron aspectbecomes exact at 6:36pm EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Thursday on -- and it will be strong until Saturday night. We have an opportunity to bring healing energy to our concrete mind and to our thoughts. We also have a chance to heal insecurities in our verbal, in-person, or email interactions.
We are able to move past harsh criticism of ourselves or others, towards more loving and compassionate structures for thinking and communicating. By bringing love and understanding to our thinking processes, we have a chance to move beyond entrenched habits -- like pushing ourselves really hard, or thinking pessimistically.
What was your family's attitude towards money -- or material things in general? How can you take a gentler approach to your inner dialog now?
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 18-22 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo).
Saturday at 9:13am EDT, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Monday evening. We have a chance to appreciate ourselves and our lives -- and to connect to the heart. Hand out as many compliments as possible, they will be deeply appreciated :-)
Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you squeak just thinking about it? This also starts the build up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact later this evening).
Saturday at 7:55pm EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 5 degrees of Leo becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Leo earlier today. The Moon in fun and attention-loving Leo makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in steady,peaceful Taurus.
We feel compelled to take action. The New Moon took place a week ago (April 18th); if we began a project or initiative around then, it is probably off the ground by now -- and maybe facing it’s first obstacles. This aspect provides a time to stretch and grow, thereby creating some forward momentum.
We may feel anxious or unusually busy: As best as you can, go one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible (as much as possible), and find creative solutions for your day-to-day dealings with others.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 3-8 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Aquarius or Scorpio? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).
Sunday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Saturday morning for details).
Sunday afternoon, an opportune Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 5:31pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday evening on; it will be strong until Tuesday. It brings an opportunity to experiment with how we relate to others -- to do something different or unusual -- freedom plays a big part in this aspect.
Of course, others are experimenting too, so you might experience some unusual or unexpected interactions during this time. As you can imagine, it's a favorable time for social meetings and events, fresh air is blowing through our relationships. Stay open and flexible as best you can.
The spirit of experimentation also extends to our financial undertakings, good places to look would be: All things "tech" (electronics, technology, internet), metaphysics, the arts, group activities. This is not the best time to make long-term financial investments however, unless you had a flash of inspiration that came from a “higher” place ;-)
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-20 degrees of Gemini, Aries, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Uranus rules Aquarius)
A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Saturday morning for details). At 10:12am EDT, we enter an 11-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that last until 9:07pm EDT; at which point,the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Thursday morning… more about all that in next week’s forecast ;-)
Have a fantastic week!
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