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The Lover and the Survivor -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., April 18th - Sun., April 24th, 2016

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Savings Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

Last week was filled with physical activities. I could still feel the intensity of the Mars and Pluto station... impatience, a need for independence, passion, authenticity and close connections with others. This also made for great sessions with my clients... I love empowering everyone who seeks out my services and I am so grateful for everyone I interact with -- I learn so much from every single person.Thank you for choosing me

Before we get into the week's aspects: This is the last chance to join me for my next Monthly Forecasting Forum: on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm EDT/4pm PT (90-minute webinar) This webinar will be live on the day of the Full Moon in Scorpio! I want to invite you to get the maximum support! I am excited to be able to speak and connect with you in real time. If you're interested in aligning yourself with upcoming energies, this is for you. Sign up to join the webinar live, or register to receive an mp4 within 24 hours of the live event. Fee: $24 Register Now! 

This week's headline items:Pluto comes to a complete halt in Capricorn on Monday early morning; the Sun changes signs from Aries to Taurus on Tuesday late morning; the Full Moon in Scorpio will become exact Thursday night/Friday very early morning -- and Mercury starts to slow down (station) around then as well.  

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday morning (for 23 hours), Thursday very early morning (for 18 hours), and Saturday late afternoon (for 15 hours).

Monday (April 18th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day. It will journey there until Tuesday morning. This turns our focus toward practical activities -- reorganizing and rethinking our plans, perhaps. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all of these bring emotional satisfaction.  

Health matters might come into focus. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to look at our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.), to see if they are in alignment with our long-term goals.   

Monday at 3:26am EDT,Pluto comes to a halt in 17 degrees of Capricorn; starting its 5-month retrograde phase (April 18th - Sept. 26th). Pluto's energy will continue to move more slowly until May 10th.

During the Pluto retrograde phase it is most powerful to surrender internally to any process we experience around empowerment or disempowerment. As best as you can, take it all in, and see where you would like to make adjustments. You will get a chance to do just that for the next 5 months. 

Tap into a place of authenticity from within -- embrace all of you: the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can ask yourself: what habits, behaviors or fears are holding me back from feeling fully empowered from within? How can I love all of me -- the light and the dark? What would it feel like, if I was fully aligned with my Soul-purpose? 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-18 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn? If so, this retrograde phase will affect you more strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Scorpio (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio) 

Monday at 8:29am EDT, we enter at 23-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 7:24am EDT (Tuesday morning). Use this intuitive time to communicate what’s of value to you -- and be of service to others. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Monday Day and evening ahead of time ;-) 

Monday in the late morning, a harmonious Venus/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 10:37am EDT.We started feeling this aspect build from Saturday on; it will be strong until Wednesday night.This signals a time when we don't take connections with others lightly; we are more attracted to long-term, committed partnerships than more casual relationships.  

We feel a strong sense of responsibility to the ones we love -- we see ourselves as being responsible and trustworthy. We have increased sensitivity to the needs of others. Mutual respect and loyalty is very important to us at this time. 

Support from older people or authority figures may come by way of solid advice or more tangible help. We are ready to connect to others in a mature fashion -- we are more likely to treat each other with respect and stand in our integrity. How can you connect to yourself and others through your "inner adult"?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-19 degrees of Aries, Sagittarius or Leo? If so, you will be blessed by this aspect more than others. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)

Tuesday (April 19th) at 7:24am EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Thursday evening. The energy of the Libra Moon wants to maintain equal relationships: we thus tend to spend more time on diplomacy -- making compromises, negotiating, practicing graciousness, balancing, etc.
 
We can better set aside our emotions, to achieve the peace we desire; the shadow side of this is a tendency to avoid direct confrontations. We see both sides -- and may also fear loss of approval -- so we can't decide. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this... and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm.  

Tuesday late morning, at 11:29am EDT, the Sun changes signs from adventurous, speedy Aries to peaceful, steady Taurus, where it will journey until May 20th. 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.

Tuesday late afternoon, a challenging Venus/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 4:51pm EDT. We started feeling this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday evening. The Universe is asking us to stretch and grow. Venus represents our relationships and that which we most value; these areas may undergo major transformations. 

This aspect challenges us to find meaning in our life through partnerships. We must now uncover the deeper layer of our life. With Pluto in the mix, social interactions could be intense. 

You may see changes in financial status or relationships. In the latter, things erupt that have been brewing beneath the surface for some time; this may prove disruptive: As best you can, empower rather than disempower. We may become obsessed with our commitments and our partner during this time. 

We may also experience Pluto through our partner, experiencing manipulation and controlling behaviors; we must be especially wary of resisting change and holding onto "old" attachments. It's time to let go of destructive attachments and connections. How can we grow and evolve in our relationships? Is there a relationship that we need to grow and evolve out of?

This aspect could also express itself through sexual tension; there is a strong desire for love in its physical expression. However, keep your standards high, so you can come upon a love that fulfills all your needs -- definitely don't start a relationship with "just anyone", in order to avoid being alone. 

Remember to be true to your own values; wait for someone with whom you can have a relationship based on trust, love and a genuine desire for intimacy -- and work on being worth finding, in the meantime :-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 14-20 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra or Cancer? 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 Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus being the ruler of Taurus and Libra, while Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Wednesday (April 20th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Tuesday morning for details).

Wednesday around noon we have an opportunity to connect with others and explore our beliefs around career and long-term goals. 

From mid afternoonuntil the early evening, we may need to make some adjustments and find creative ways to work with the energies at play: On the one hand we need to collaborate with others and play nice, on the other hand, we feel a deep desire to be authentic and truthful about what we want to build long-term.

Wednesday evening: We may need to find a balance between what we want for ourselves and what we need from others. We want to collaborate, but we are also feeling quite impatient and we value our independence. As best as you can, take a deep breath now and then, and drop in to your heart center ;-)

Thursday (April 21st): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra until 8:17pm EDT (see Thursday morning for details).

Thursday at 2:13am EDT, we enter a 18-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 8:17pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to balance your need for equal and harmonious connection, with your drive toward personal visions and ideas. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan your Thursday ahead of time ;-) 

Thursday at 8:17pm EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Sunday morning. We feel emotions on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things -- superficiality won't work for us now -- and we instinctively read between the lines. 

The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power; it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. This tends to be an emotionally colored, all-or-nothing, black or white experience -- it can therefore be an intimate, passionate time. 

As best as you can, avoid manipulation, brooding and suspicion; instead, open to the wealth of your innermost feelings -- decide to go deeper, allowing all feelings to surface, if they need to. Embrace all of who you are. Know thyself, love thyself and you shall be set free. 

Remember: a deep love of all that we are will connect us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and is ultimately what disempowers ourselves and others. This Moon placement starts the build up towards the Full Moon (exact on Thursday night/Friday very early morning).

Thursday is also your last chance to join me for my MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM: tomorrow, Friday, April 22nd at 7pm EDT (90-minute webinar) If you're interested in aligning yourself with upcoming energies, this is for you. Fee: $24 Sign up to join live or register to receive an mp4 within 24 hours of the live event. To register, click here

Friday (April 22nd): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothingScorpio all day (see Thursday evening for details).

As I mentioned yesterday, the entrance of the Moon into Scorpio started the energetic build up towards the Full Moon; this will be exact Thursday night/Friday very early morning at 1:24am EDT, in 2.5 degrees of Scorpio. For the next two weeks, we are looking for balance, since we are more aware than everthat something needs to be brought into alignment. 

The balance in question is between our physical attachments/connections -- symbolized by Taurus -- and our emotional attachments/connections (Scorpio). It's important to realize that Scorpio's deep, authentic connections to ourselves and others are essential to our existence -- and play a crucial role in defining and understanding what we value most (Taurus). 

The time of any Full Moon is always more extroverted and emotional; this particular one invites us to let go of fears and break through to the next level of our evolution. It also invites us to illuminate what has been hidden in the shadows… We are ready to delete some very old programming.

Here's this Full Moon's central question: What do we really want? 

Taurus seeks comfort and material stability. It's about having a healthy relationship with ourselves, the planet, and the physical plane in general. It's also concerned with creating healthy self-esteem. Scorpio, on the other hand, craves transformation — it wants to put us in touch with our deepest desires... and worst fears. 

It’s essential to bring conscious awareness to the walls we built to feel protected and “empowered”. Addressing past trauma and feelings of disempowerment is the only way to melt our “frozen” hearts and allow for the return of trust toward others (and life in general). By acknowledging our fears and breaking down those walls, we can transform into truly powerful beings of love and inner strength.

Scorpio wants to go beyond the surface, to our deeper motivations. What propels our sense of attraction or repulsion toward something? What turns us on about life? What scares us to death? 

Please note that there are many very important aspects connected with this Full Moon. When I included them in my blog, it got a little overwhelming, so I go into them in depth in my Full Moon video instead; I strongly recommend you watch it for a full overview. (video will be posted by Tuesday evening)

To sum up: This Full Moon invites us to stay in touch with our feelings and deepen our relationship with our unconscious mind and hidden aspects. Let yourself open to "the love that you are” -- the “real you” that existed before all the trauma and hurt, that has carried on silently in the background all this while. Be courageous and kind to yourself! 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 0-4 degrees of Taurus,Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you are more affected by this month's Full Moon. 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).

Friday's other important event is the Mercury station. From Friday very early morning, right through until May 5th, Mercury slows down tremendously, as it prepares to come to a halt before turning retrograde on April 28th. During the station, we feel Mercury's energies more strongly. 

Pay attention to anything "in your face" in any of the following areas: communications, short travels, transportation of any kind, communication devices. You will get a chance to make adjustments during the retrograde -- or the shadow phase that follows.

For the next 14 days, we might experience delays or misunderstandings; things could feel "off" or stagnant. It might be a good idea to give yourself some extra time when getting ready to go somewhere -- and that goes for the journey itself, too -- especially if you intend to drive or use public transportation. Going with the flow is definitely recommended at this time.  

Be extra-patient if you intend to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, especially if they are transportation or communication devices like anything connected with planes, trains, cars, phones, computers, iPads, etc. Best of all (if possible): wait until after June 7th, when the shadow phase is over.

Some of us will feel the effects of the Mercury station more than others: those of us who have Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant); and those of us with personal planets in 21-24 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius.

Last but not least, on Friday afternoon, a Venus/Uranus alignment in 21 degrees of Aries becomes exact at 5pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Wednesday morning on; it will be strong until Sunday. This alignment gives us the opportunity to experiment with a new way of relating to others. Freedom plays a big part in our interactions with others. 

It's a favorable time for social meetings and events. Do something different, something unusual, with one-on-one relationships -- break the routine. You might experience some unexpected interactions during this time. As best as you can, stay open and flexible: Fresh air is blowing through your relationships. 

We are also ready to experiment with regards to financial undertakings. Anything involving electronics, technology, the internet, metaphysics, the arts, and group activities in general would be a good energetic match. This is not the best time to make long-term financial investments, unless you had an intuitive vision about something ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-24 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn? 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 Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus being the ruler of Taurus and Libra, while Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius)

Saturday (April 23rd): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Thursday evening for details).

Saturday at 5:46pm EDT, we enter a 15-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 8:46am EDT (Sunday morning). Use this intuitive time to find a balance between your need for deep emotional connections, versus those thoughts you have about material safety and physical "wants” (if nothing else, do your best to allow for both). 

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan your evening and Sunday morning ahead of time ;-) 

Sunday (April 24th) at 8:46am EDT, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, whereit will journey until Tuesday evening. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. The Sagittarius Moon persuades us to come from intuition and think in a broader manner. 

We seek meaning and ideas that expand upon the "here and now"; we pursue truth and a new vision -- the big picture, rather than the details. Spontaneity is key, we'd rather improvise than plan; this may tip into just "winging it". We could also overdo or overstate.

The second half of the Sunday requires us to slow down a little and make some adjustments: Our need for mental stimulation and adventure and our awareness of material or physical wants may battle each other a little. As best as you can, stay flexible, and make room for both mental exploration and physical pleasures. 

A head's up for next Monday (April 25th): the Moon remains inoptimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Sunday morning for details). The Mercury Station intensifies today, as Mercury is preparing to come to halt next week Thursday (starting its 3.5-week retrograde phase). More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

One More Announcement:
Be in alignment with the Stars! Last chance to join me for my next Monthly Forecasting Forum: on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm EDT (90-minute webinar) This webinar will be live on the day of the Full Moon in Scorpio! I want to invite you to get the maximum support! I am excited to be able to speak and connect with you in real time. If you're interested in aligning yourself with upcoming energies, this is for you. Sign up to join the webinar live, or register to receive an mp4 within 24 hours of the live event. Fee: $24 Register Now! 

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Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

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