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Bust Through Conditioned Thought -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., April 17 - Sun., April 23rd, 2017

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 a collision of unexpected incidents. No doubt, this was connected both to the Full Moon's energy, and particularly to the Sun/Uranus alignment in Aries. Change is definitely on the horizon -- no denying it -- and with all the stationary planets last week, there was plenty of awareness to be had. As a matter of fact, it was a little tough to integrate all that was occurring -- however necessary. 

For me personally, the word "surrender" comes to mind; this is in fact a word that is used a lot when discussing Pluto. It helps to remember that Pluto only takes away what is no longer in alignment with our Soul's passion -- anything that is toxic or keeping us stuck. What have you been letting go of that is toxic?

Before we get to this week's forecast: 
If you missed our FORECASTING FORUM last week, feel free to watch the recording of this wonderful event. Please note that we talked about the Mercury Retrograde in Taurus, and the Pluto Station and Retrograde in Capricorn in relationship to our own Birth charts. 

If you want to know how these planetary movements are impacting you personally, click here and add the Monthly Forecasting Forum to your cart ;-) Other than booking a reading with me, this is the highest level of support you can get -- and it's only $24 for the "90-minute" webinar — I put “90-minute” in quotation marks, because with all the wonderful questions we received, the last webinar went on a lot longer than 90 minutes ;-)

This week's headline items: the last Quarter Moon in Capricorn becomes exact on Wednesday morning; later that day, the Sun changes signs from Aries to Taurus. Pluto comes to a halt on Thursday morning, starting its 5-month retrograde phase; in the afternoon, Mercury (now retrograde) re-enters Aries. Friday morning finds Mars changing signs from Taurus to Gemini; last but not least, the Venus station ends on Saturday.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Wednesday early morning (for 1 hours), Friday afternoon (for almost 1.5 hours), and Sunday late afternoon (for 3 hours).

Monday (April 17th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornall day. It will journey there until Wednesday morning. We tend to be more realistic, serious, cautious; this can support practical endeavors and financial matters. 

Our ambition surges and brings with it a need for structure and planning; when you add in the pragmatism this aspect supports, you can see how this could be a very productive time for business and long-term goals. Our reputation becomes very important to us. 

As best as you can during this aspect, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off, perhaps by saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-)

Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn; it's transiting through Sagittarius right now, making this a great time to explore limiting beliefs and bust through conditioned thought structures -- and those stories we tell ourselves about "what was", rather than what actually "is". It's also a great time to take a more serious look at the "meaning of life". 

As best as you can, be authentic about your beliefs: Do they actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, rather than 5 or 10 years ago? What is true as of now? What is not? 

Monday morning, a harmonious Sun/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 8:43am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday evening on; it will be strong until this Wednesday evening.

Commitment and discipline are the keys to understanding our heart's desire right now. We face life on life's terms and feel up to doing so (especially when it comes to our personal desires). What could we achieve if we brought 5% more passion to our long-term plans? 

Paradoxically, we can also bring a more mature approach to exploring our "inner teenager” energy: How might a supportive "inner parent" help your "inner teenager”? Could that inner teen feel independent without getting reckless?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 25-29 degrees of Aries, Sagittarius, Leo, or 0-1 degree of Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo? Or your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Capricorn (the Sun rules Leo; Saturn rules Capricorn)? If either of those is true, you can expect to be more blessed by this aspect :-)

Monday late evening, a somewhat challenging Mars/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 10:14pm EDT. It will contribute to feeling either a lack of physical energy, or a need to focus on our commitments. We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday on; it will be strong until this Thursday. 

We feel uneasy about something, sort of awkward -- and we need to make a choice -- first though, we must develop an inner awareness of what exactly needs adjusting.Too much work and too narrow a spectrum of experimentation could leave us feeling de-energized right now. 

We create our own limits; slowing and quieting down helps us see this. If we have a better sense of time, we can do less and achieve more -- and we can do this as soon as we manage our expectations and start to use our judgment for discernment, rather than “compare and despair”. Could you let go, just for now, of wanting to rank things in order?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 26-29 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 Aries or Capricorn (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Tuesday (April 18th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornall day (see Monday for details). 

Tuesday starts out with lots of energy very early in the morning, and brings a strong desire for accomplishment, but we need to adjust and innovate when working with others -- flexibility is key ;-) 

As the morning moves along, our focus intensifies -- we might even get a little obsessed with a project or task -- as best as you can, take breaks and don't forget to practice a little self-care ;-) 

Towards Tuesday evening, we need to adjust and innovate again, this time when communicating our personal goals or passions. We may be aware of two seemingly conflicting desires: On the one hand, we have a need for mature, diligent accomplishment.

On the other hand, we also desire rapid progress toward personal goals -- we may want to move a mile-a-minute, impatiently and enthusiastically hurling ourselves forward into the unknown... Again, flexibility is key ;-) 

Wednesday (April 19th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornuntil 6:53am EDT (see Monday for details). 

Wednesday at 5:57am EDT, the last Quarter Moon in 29 degrees of Capricorn becomes exact. The Moon in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in pioneering, fast-paced Aries. This may bring up some challenges. However, it also energizes us to look at what needs to be completed -- and what needs to be changed.  

This Moon phase brings us closer to April 26th New Moon in Taurus. With the last Quarter Moon, rather than starting major new projects, it serves us to take a look at what needs to be completed. What -- if anything -- needs last-minute adjustments? What did you discover since March 27th? What did it mean for you? 

As best as you can, find creative solutions for anything that comes up (whether internally, or with others).

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 27-29 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Libra, Cancer, or 0-2 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio or Leo? If so, you are more affected by this month's last Quarter Moon. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer, since the Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer.

Also at 5:57am EDT, we enter a brief Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 6:52am EDT. You may be aware of two seemingly conflicting desires: On the one hand, a need for serious, diligent accomplishment -- and on the other, a desire for enthusiastic and horizon-broadening connection with like-minded people. As best as you can, take a break, and simply notice what arises in consciousness.

Use this intuitive time to make adjustments (and find creative solutions) when it comes to resolving these desires. 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. 

Wednesday at 6:52am EDT, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius, where it will journey until Friday afternoon. With this Moon placement, we often feel emotionally detached; when we do connect to our feelings, it's typically from a cerebral, intellectual place. We need a cause or project that resonates -- preferably one where we can connect with like-minded people.

For the next couple of days, we'll tend to be more eccentric or experimental; future-related issues like politics or education call to us now, as do unusual or even esoteric subjects like Astrology, UFOs... indeed anything from outer space. Our scientific approach to things leans on originality and ingenuity; we definitely love being unconventional. 

The increased value we place on personal and emotional independence could make us come off as indifferent or cold in one-on-one interactions. That said, we can still be friendly and kind, provided we aren't pushed into doing something conventional or unethical. 

Wednesday at 5:27pm 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 savor the moment. 

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.

Thursday (April 20th) What a day! Get ready... The Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Wednesday morning for details).

Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning, a Sun/Mercury alignment in 0 degrees of Taurus becomes exact at 1:54am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday evening on and it will be strong until Friday evening. When the Sun and Mercury come together, we are especially sharp, communicative, and open. This aspect indicates a confident mind and an analytical approach to life. 

Intelligence and communication abilities are strong. We can expect a no-nonsense approach to decision-making. Ideas tend to be practical and useful.

That said, we may not listen as well as the other speaks -- we might be too busy thinking about what to say next. Words matter now, so choose them wisely: If people hung on your every word, what would you say then? What would you hold back from saying?

Our opinions are usually strong during this time; we like to think independently and are proud of our opinions and our thoughts. For this reason, our egos might get bruised if we are not "heard" -- if our opinions are pushed aside, ignored or criticized. As best as you can, express yourself fully, knowing that others may have different opinions… and that's ok. 

We may dig in our heals, but find it does not serve us, so choose your battles wisely and seek peace wherever possible. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 28-29 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn, Cancer or 0-2 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius or Leo? If so, you will be more affected by this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo, Gemini or Virgo (the Sun rules Leo; Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo)

Thursday at 8:49am EDT, Pluto comes to a halt in 19 degrees of Capricorn, starting its 5-month retrograde phase (until Sept. 28th). Pluto's energy will continue to move more slowly until May 2nd. 

When an outer planet stops, its energy gets more pronounced; we become more aware of its impact on us -- and this can sometimes cause discomfort. We are being asked to hang out with that discomfort until the planet's energy has picked up speed again (around May 2nd). 

During the retrograde phase, we will have a chance to connect to anything associated with Pluto from within. Pluto is associated with our soul purpose, as well as the process of empowerment -- our ability to feel empowered from within -- and with our deepest passions. This forced us to see what really motivates us.  

For the next 5 months, we need to tap into inner authenticity, embracing the entirety of ourselves — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Paradoxically, this will help us let go of any habits, behaviors or fears that are holding us back from feeling fully empowered from within.

We are invited to tap into our passion, strength and Soul's purpose from the inside out. This deeper connection will support us in our journey towards authenticity. We can then build long-term goals that are aligned with our Soul's purpose. Ask yourself: What do I "just know", deep down?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-17 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries? If so,  you will feel this station 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) 

Due to its retrograde, Mercury re-enters Aries oThursday at 1:37pm EDTIt will journey through this courageous sign until May 16th; while it does so, our thinking speeds up again and we become eager once again for new endeavors. Think back to March 13th - 31st (especially March 26-31). This was the last time Mercury moved through Aries, before its retrograde phase: What came up during that time that needs to be readdressed?

Given that we want to achieve our goals as quickly as possible, we may come off impulsive and impatient, and must therefore speak (and get answers) faster. Nothing stands in our way now: we are ready, we are brave, we want what we want and we want it now ;-) 

As you can perhaps imagine, we need to watch out for blurting things out prematurely or inappropriately; as best as you can, choose your words carefully and pause before responding ;-) 

Remember, everyone else is feeling the Aries energy quite strongly too, so do your best to not take it personally if someone ignores what you want, or says something insensitive. Keep the focus on yourself instead -- and take responsibility for how you are communicating or expressing yourself. 

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries? If so, you will feel especially chatty for the next 3.5 weeks. Your mental energy will be quite active and you feel the need to connect to others -- whether it be in person, via email, over the phone or via social media. New ideas and new connections are very likely. 

Do you have your Ascendent or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo? If so, you will feel a tremendous energy burst for the next 3.5 weeks: really enthusiastic and physically strong.
Friday (April 21st): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius until 3:43pm EDT (see Wednesday morning for details).

Friday at 6:32am EDT,Mars moves from peaceful, steady Taurus into curious, quick-witted Gemini. It will remain there until June 4th.For the next 6 weeks, we might have difficulty sustaining our interest, embarking on multiple projects at once, spreading ourselves too thin. 

Even more than at other times, we will benefit from focusing our energies, rather than scattering them. We seek mental activities: sharing, teaching, learning, writing, etc.  

A sharpened wit can lead to "victory" in arguments during this time. We can be talkative, to the point of verbal diarrhea. We definitely want to talk things through, getting everything off our chests, especially when we're fired up. Our versatility and general disdain for routine keeps us busy. We may feel quite fidgety, full of nervous energy; this could be at the root of physical ups and downs.

All this is especially true if you are an Aries, Scorpio or Gemini Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Gemini, you will feel more energized, passionate and direct -- and also physically stronger -- than usual. As an Aries or Scorpio, you will be chattier and busier for the next 6 weeks :-)

Friday morning, a challenging Venus/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 7:09am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from April 3rd on; due to Venus's and Saturn's station phases, it will be strong until April 28th. This is the second square to become exact between Venus and Saturn within the last two weeks -- and the third one this year. 

The first one was at the end of January/ the second one occurred on April 8th. Think back to those periods: what shifted for you in regards to relationships (or relating)? Was there any change in the value you place on yourself and others? What about the level of responsibility you are able to take, when it comes to your own perspective on relationships?

This aspectasks us to stretch and grow beyond how we've known ourselves in our relationships up to this point -- a process of maturing that requires we adjust and stay flexible.

On the one hand, we want to make spiritual or romantic connections, while going with the flow, feeling our way through. On the other hand, we feel a sharp need to explore “the truth” about ourselves/others/life — to determine what beliefs align with our own direct experience. Do your best to make space for both of these urges.

We tend to be more cautious when it comes to relationships and finances now -- and in fact, this is not the best time to start a brand-new romantic relationship. Financially though, this aspect can be eye-opening; if we can find creative ways to deal with money, we will grow from it. 

The key is to approach things in both realms with intuition and maturity. Pushing will most likely not get us what we want: better to go one step at a time, slow and steady; that way, we can come back later with a stronger approach and more mature expectations. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 25-29 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini or 0 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra or Cancer? 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 Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn).

Friday at 2:23pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that last for a almost 1.5 hours, until 3:43pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to connect to like-minded people and inspire them. 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.

Friday at 3:43pm EDT, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Sunday evening. This Moon placement often finds us more sensitive, intuitive, idealistic and imaginative than normal. We also have a greater capacity for compassion, sympathy and affection for all -- but especially for those who suffer or can be regarded as the underdog. 

But... that very idealism could also be our downfall at this time: We tend to see the best in everyone and everything, and when reality doesn't match our idyllic vision, we might feel upset and even victimized by those harsh realities. A way out of this is to channel our idealism into spiritual or creative endeavors. 

It's also a great time for releasing fears -- especially the ones based on a sense of separation -- and experiencing "oneness". Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them -- in fact, "going with the flow" is the best way to go for the next couple of days.  

Saturday (April 22nd): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Friday afternoon for details).

Saturday: Venus resumes her normal pace through the sky, ending her station. What has come up in the last two weeks around receiving? Around the things your Soul values? What has come up for you around your relationship to your intuitive self? How closely are you in touch with your intuitive/feeling body? To your compassionate heart? 

Also on Saturday night/Sunday very early morning, the Balsamic Moon phase begins --when the Moon reaches 21.5 degrees of Pisces. This lasts until next week Wednesday, when the New Moon in Taurus becomes exact (for those of you who are impatiently waiting for my New Moon video, click here after April 20th). We are being asked to slow down and get quiet, so we can listen to our intuition. 

For some of us, this might be a stretch. As best as you can: stay grounded, take a deep breath and exhale any tensions. Rather than starting something brand-new, put all that energy into completing existing projects or processes. This is also a great time for letting go of whatever no longer serves us. What if you could hear the voice of your inner wisdom? What might it be saying?

Sunday (April 23rd): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces until 8:32pm EDT (see Friday afternoon for details).

On Sunday at 5:34pm EDT, we enter a 3-hour Moon void of course (VoC) (it lasts until 8:32pm EDT). Use this intuitive time to connect with others (and yourself) with gentleness and compassion. Creative and spiritual connections are favored right now. 

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 Sunday evening ahead of time ;-)

Sunday at 8:32pm EDT, the Moon moves into pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Tuesday late evening. Life is an adventure, we're more open to new ideas, and have great enthusiasm for new projects. Patience is certainly not our strong suit at this time, but we can decide quickly, and act immediately. 

Our independence and dynamism are important to us right now, so we may find it hard to be disciplined or accept advice at this time; in general, our responses to others tend to be more assertive or even aggressive. If you find your foot tapping, try hitting the gym, or finding other ways to burn off the body's excess energy.

A head's up for next Monday (April 24th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Sunday late afternoon for details). Early morning, a harmonious Mercury/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 4:15am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday evening on; it will be strong until next week Friday.More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

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Join me for the next FORECASTING FORUM, on ThursdayMay 11th, 2017 at 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm BST (London-time). Please note that the Moon Nodes will move into Aquarius/Leo in May and will remain in those signs until November 2018!

We will address the Moon Nodes and the Soul's Journey on an individual and collect level in relationship to our own birth charts. If you want to know how these planetary movements are going to impact you personally, join me live or sign up for the mp4-video recording. 

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Here are some testimonials from two of our participants after watching my Forum:
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Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,

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

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