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Faith in the Healing Process -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., April 27th - Sun., May 3rd, 2015

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

Last week was colorful and exciting -- though it started out feeling a little heavy and doomed -- by Wednesday I could feel lots of energetic shifts taking place. I could sense the releasing of the “old” on a physical, mental and emotional level — looks like the Pluto station was still doing its magick. I was also able to connect to a lot of people this week; I got lots of support and I feel eternally grateful for everyone who is in my life at this time — this is connected to the Sun in Taurus moving through my 7th House ;-) 

This week's headline items: Mercury changes signs from Taurus to Gemini on Thursday evening. On Sunday, late in the evening, the Pluto station ends and the Full Moon in Scorpio will be exact. There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday late morning (for 11 hours), Thursday morning (for 1.5 hours), and Saturday late morning (for almost 12 hours).

Monday: the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo until 9:07pm EDT. 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? 

Monday at 10:12am EDT, we enter an 11-hour Moon void of course (VoC) which ends at 9:07pm EDT.Use this intuitive time to make some adjustments and (as best as you can) find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations. Make space for communicating your value in the world and also for taking care of your “inner child”. 

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.

Monday at 9:07pm EDTthe Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Thursday morning. This turns our focus toward practical activities. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all bring emotional satisfaction. 

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

Tuesday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Monday evening for details).

Tuesday very early morning, an opportune Mars/Chiron aspectbecomes exact at 3:17am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday morning on; it will be strong until this Thursday evening. This is an opportunity to accept the validity of our anger and desire, so that we can learn to express these energies naturally and confidently. 

This could also inspire us to make resolutions and take actions towards healing our emotional and spiritual wounds. Remember: this is an "opportunity" -- those aren't necessarily handed to us, we have to make them happen.

Do you have your Ascendant 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 Aries (Mars rules Aries)

Tuesday is also a great day to get organized and line those things up that are in our best interest. Allow flow and trust that all will be well.

Tuesday is also your last chance to take advantage of my current promotion: After last year’s success, Krista Mitchell and I are once again hosting our Memorial Day Weekend “Life of the Soul” Retreat in Sedona, AZ  -- watch out for the details today on twitter, my facebook fan page, my Newsletter -- or, just click here to see what it's all about: :-)
Wednesday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Monday evening for details).

Tuesday night/Wednesday very early morning, a challenging Venus/Chiron aspectbecomes exact at 12:32am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday morning on; it will be strong until this Friday. This aspect may block our full experience of intimacy. It asks us to stretch past injuries and insecurities in our relationships, self-worth and finances. If we can bring compassion and a different point of view to these issues, we will reach a new understanding of ourselves and our life journey.

We have the opportunity to learn from one another; ironically though, social insecurities can be magnified at this time. Whenever Chiron is involved, we are being asked to do some healing work: Use this time to learn about your sore spots. Nobody’s perfect; we all have our flaws and idiosyncrasies. It's ok.

If you get triggered, do your best to see where this trigger originated -- perhaps in your childhood? Bring love and compassion to yourself as you are and as you were. Allow any feelings this may stir up in you. A feeling is just energy that wants to be experienced, that wants to move through us and out; the more we resist our feelings, the more we keep them spinning in place. 

As best as you can, move from the head to the heart. What might shift, if you had 5% more compassion with yourself and others? What if you just decided to have faith in the healing process?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following placements: 17-23 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius or Virgo? If so, you are more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra).

Wednesday evening, an opportune Sun/Neptune aspectbecomes exact at 7:11pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday. This aspect is an opportunity both to dissolve what no longer serves us, and to connect to our intuition. We definitely feel inspired. 

Charitable acts lift our spirits -- our capacity for compassion (both toward ourselves and others) is quite strong, especially if we are able to acknowledge it. Dreams and reality find a way to work together now -- any spiritual or creative endeavors that are started during this time will most likely do very well. Remember: this is an "opportunity" -- it isn't just handed to us, we have to make it happen.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 7-11 degrees of Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn or Cancer? 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 Leo or Pisces (the Sun rules Leo; Neptune is the ruler of Pisces).

Thursday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo until 10:03am EDT (see Monday evening for details). 

Thursday at 8:23am EDT, we enter a brief Moon void of course (VoC) phase that lasts until 10:03am EDT. Use this intuitive time to communicate what’s of value to you -- and be of service to others. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.

Thursday at 10:02am EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Saturday 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. 

Thursday at 10pm EDT, Mercury changes signs fromsteady, slow-paced Taurus to curious, quick-witted Gemini, where it will journey until July 8th — an unusually long time, due to Mercury’s retrograde phase that begins on May 18th.For the next ten weeks, our thinking shifts gears: Mercury -- the energy of communication -- will pick up the pace of our lives just a little. 

Our mental exchanges and abilities are going to have priority for the next two weeks: talking, writing, keeping a finger on the pulse of all that's happening ... This is a time of study and learning, a cycle of mental challenge, curiosity, and social/intellectual growth. 

Make sure you don't exhaust yourself during this time. As best as you can, keep taking breaks and let yourself see the larger picture now and again. Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo? If so, you will feel the pick up in pace more strongly.

Friday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Thursday late morning for details).

Friday we have an opportunity to connect with others and create some great things. From the early afternoon until 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.

Friday 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, because our minds are moving very fast right now. As best as you can, take a deep breath now and then, and drop in to your heart center ;-)

Saturday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra until 9:47pm EDT (see Thursday late morning for details).

Saturday at 10:03am EDT, we enter an almost 12-hour Moon void of course (VoC) phase that lasts until 9:47pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to enjoy exchanging valuable information with others. 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.

Saturday at 9:47pm EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Tuesday 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 Sunday late evening).

Pluto resumes its normal pace through the sky, ending its station tomorrow (Sunday). What has come up in the last three weeks around long-term goals? How empowered or disempowered do you feel about them? Now is a good time to do some internal work in this area...

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

Sunday early morning, a Mercury/Saturn opposition becomes exact at 4:35am EDT. We started to feel this connection from Thursday night on; it will be strong until Tuesday evening of next week. This aspect might bring some misunderstandings or feelings of restriction. We may have a pessimistic attitude towards our lives and find ourselves in conflict with others on intellectual levels. We might experience communication problems. 

It can appear that others are not especially sympathetic to our point of view. However, it is important that we examine how we are communicating with others and take responsibility for how our choice of words lands for others. As best as you can, find your inner balance so you can speak from a grounded, truthful place -- while remaining committed to what others expect of you. 

We are also called to examine our thinking patterns for rigid or negative attitudes that have been holding us back. We are ridding ourselves of projects that no longer serve their purpose, learning to cut out the fluff so we can focus on the important. It's better right now to reassess and perfect our ideas, rather than present them -- that will come later. We are digging for truths now, and in the process, we might uncover some doubts.

Fact is, we are most likely harder on ourselves regarding our communication at this time. We also tend to worry about what others think of us. Getting objective feedback from others is key! We also may have a harder time wholeheartedly accepting compliments, while craving them. As best as you can, acknowledge others (and yourself) for being a good communicator, whether via writing or saying it out loud ;-) 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 0-6 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces or Virgo? 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 Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Now, let’s talk about this month's Full Moon... 

As mentioned yesterday, the entrance of the Moon into Scorpio started the energetic build up towards the Full Moon; this is exact Sunday at 11:42pm EDT, in 13 degrees of Scorpio. For the next two weeks, we are looking for balance, being more aware than ever that 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 deep, authentic emotional “Scorpio” connections to ourselves and others are essential to our existence -- and play a crucial role in defining and understanding what we value most (Taurus). 

Any Full Moon is a more extroverted and emotional time; 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.

The Full Moon question: What do we really want? Taurus seeks comfort and stability, connection to our values, having a healthy relationship with ourselves, creating good 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 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.

The Moon in Scorpio makes a trine to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. This is a favorable combination that supports our ability to release and heal traumas; that support may come from others (especially women).

Pluto is the modern ruler of Scorpio; it now sextiles the Moon and trines the Sun, a very favorable combination for long-term goals and feeling empowered -- we can transform what no longer serves, and build healthy foundations for those long-term goals.

Jupiter in Leo is also quite active in this Full Moon chart: It squares the Full Moon, trines Uranus in Aries and inconjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. This sends the message that a new perspective is required, especially on how our social, religious and cultural programming affects matters of the heart. Long-standing patterns demand to be addressed right now! The good news is that we have the courage now to do just that and thereby step into a more fully empowered experience of ourselves. The required adjustments will be internal in nature…

Ask yourself: Do my possessions and relationships reflect who I really am.. or who I was conditioned to be? Am I motivated by love or fear? Freedom or Safety? 

If we focus on what we don’t want, we get stuck... If we focus on the excitement around things we do wish for, that inspiring energy will propel us forward.

The best way to work with the Full Moon energy for the next two weeks, is to realize that we are all equal, all global citizens. It is in our best interest to work with others who are committed to waking up and being change agents. Those who don't fall into that category do not need to be condemned or ostracized -- they will come around eventually -- focus where you have influence, rather than forcing issues and struggling to change the unready...

Neptune in Pisces is the focal point of a wide T-square with Mercury in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius. This is similar to the last lunation, but now we have Mercury in play, rather than Venus. This indicates a readiness for a shift in perspective from limiting viewpoints, toward allowing ourselves to be less rigid and judgmental, more compassionate with ourselves and others.

Since Mercury will be retrograde for three weeks, starting mid May, this T-square will be reactivated three times over the next 7 weeks. This sends a clear invitation to reexamine our inner dialog. Intuition and creativity will be heightened. The importance of honest and empathetic communication is highlighted: We are invited to integrate head and heart.

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. The future looks a lot less bleak once we can let go of past traumas and hurts. This quote from Deepak Chopra is a wonderful fit: “ The things we fear the most have already happened to us”.

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! To learn more about this month's Full Moon, please click here to watch my video (it will be posted by Thursday evening)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-15 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).

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Saturday evening for details). Mercury will enter its shadow phase; at 5:02am EDT, the Sun/Jupiter square — I talked about in the Full Moon video — becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday on, it will be strong until Wednesday of next weekAt 9:49pm EDT, we will enter a 9.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC)….more about all that in next week’s forecast ;) 

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,

PS: Feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"

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