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Set Aside Unrealistic Views -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., April 24th - Sun., April 30th, 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 eye-opening for me, it accentuated my awareness around how I relate to others -- and also to "pressure", which I experienced in abundance :-) I had to be very kind and gentle with myself all week. When I remembered to, I would remind myself to take it one moment at a time, and take little breaks here and there. In other words, self-care was yet again a biggy ;-) How was last week for you?

This week's headline items: the New Moon in Taurus becomes exact on Wednesday morning; Venus changes signs from Pisces to Aries on Friday morning; Mercury starts to slow down again on Saturday... and it's time to take actions on our New Moon Intentions on Sunday.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Tuesday late afternoon/early evening (for 4 hours), Thursday late evening (for 21 minutes), and Saturday late afternoon/early evening (for almost 4.5 hours). 

Monday (April 24th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day. It will journey there 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.

Monday early morning, a harmonious Mercury/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 4:15am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last week Wednesday evening on (April 19th); it will be strong until this Friday night. During this time, it will help to interact with integrity and commitment. We can set aside unrealistic views and make concrete, practical plans, that help us explore a larger truth.   

We “get to the point” -- no wasted time or words. Seeking a larger understanding, we speak our truth, but temper it with adult caution and moderation. The reality of our beliefs gets clearer and our thought processes are more realistic. It is important for us to learn something new -- with a mature attitude. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 25-29 degrees of Aries, Sagittarius, Leo or 0 degrees of Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo? Or perhaps you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Capricorn? If so, you will likely be more blessed by this aspect. 

Tuesday (April 25th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries until 9:56pm EDT (see Monday for details). 

Tuesday at 5:53pm EDT, we enter a 4-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 9:56pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to connect, to meet your need for newness, and for exploring your goals in a mature and disciplined way. 

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 Tuesday evening ahead of time ;-)

Tuesday at 9:56pm EDT, the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will be until Thursday late evening. We love all physical comforts, prefer consistency, and would rather stick with what we know works well. In other words: change is not our favorite thing and "rushing things" goes against our grain. 

What is our favorite thing for the next two days? It's probably, slowing down and getting in touch with whatever delights our senses ;-)

As Tuesday is also the last day before the New Moon becomes exact, this is a great day to let go of what no longer serves us. As best as you can, avoid jumping the gun: Rather than launching into brand-new endeavors or connections, wait until a couple of days have passed after the New Moon. 

Some of us might feel a little anxious or nervous today: As best as you can, get quiet and go within… Listen to the silence between the sounds… Find peace in the connection with your innermost and truest Self.

Wednesday (April 26th): the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Tuesday late evening for details).

Wednesday at 8:16am EDT: the New Moon in 6.5 degrees of Taurus becomes exact, beginning a new Moon cycle. As best as you can, get really quiet, and see if you are getting any new messages or ideas. Harvest those thoughts and use them while setting your intentions for the new Moon cycle -- I will talk about doing just that later in the forecast, and I’ll even give you the very best times for doing so :-)  Click here to watch my video on the subject

This New Moon in steady, peaceful Taurus brings our focus to our interactions with the physical world. We are looking to create a healthy relationship with “matter", one in which we are neither too attached, or too disconnected from our bodies, resources (such as money) and planet — a healthy attitude towards those things. 

We are powerfully reminded to take the time to honor the only planet we can currently live on — The Earth — to honor its resources and beauty. 

We are also invited to honor ourselves, our bodies, our talents. This is a good cycle for reevaluating our relationship to money and possessions, and for discovering what truly makes us happy and fulfilled. What comes to mind?

Venus is the ruler of Taurus; it moves through Pisces at the time of the New Moon, reminding us that we are all connected on a Soul level. It is thus asking us not only to honor ourselves and this planet, but also our intuitive relationship with ourselves and our planet. This is an opportunity to further understand that, energetically speaking, "we are all one”. We are to go beyond our five senses to the sixth, and use self-compassion to open our hearts, eyes and minds.

Ultimately it comes down to this: whatever we do to another, or to this planet, we are also doing to ourselves. We are part of nature, just like a tree or the ocean -- our actions and interactions with the only home we have will change it, for good or ill. We are also developing an increasingly profound conscious awareness that connects us to all that is alive. 

Being able to access this awareness will support us in the next 28 days — and the best ways to achieve this are through meditation, art, our dreams, our intuition. Being the eye of the storm, allowing for all things to be what they are… This will create a profound (and very necessary) shift in regards to how we value ourselves, love, beauty, and this planet.

To bring all this together, ask yourself: What can I sense when I get very quiet and tune into my own energy field and the energy all around me? How can I create more compassion? More flow? What really matters to my heart? My soul? What if I truly valued my intuitive knowingness? What would co-creating with the Universe look like? What if I trusted the "divine inside of me" 5% more? What might I be able to hear?

Venus aligns with Chiron in Pisces and they both square Saturn in Sagittarius. This has been going on since early April (as you may recall from my last Libra Full Moon video -- if you need a reminder, feel free to watch again ;-)

The alignment with Chiron provides an opportunity to do some healing, using our feminine, more receptive energies. As best as you can, allow your emotional sensitivities to come through -- honor and embrace what you discover.

Ask yourself: What might benefit from my acceptance and compassion? What intuitive hits am I getting that I have been pushing aside? Could I forgive myself for being a spiritual being having a human experience? Could I allow myself to see the perfection in all of it?

The square to Saturn asks us to stretch ourselves, and attempt a realistic and responsible approach, when it comes to relating to others. We have the chance to create some lasting shifts within our relationships and can form new perspectives that could be helpful long-term -- we are being asked to bring compassion and maturity to the table. 

If we can allow ourselves to tune in and slow down, we will become more aware of where we need to be more sensitive or patient -- and where we need to trust the process of co-creating with the universe.

Ask yourself: If I'm really honest with myself, what am I ready to take responsibility for, when it comes to my interactions with others? Where do I focus when relating to others? Am I interested in being “right", or in having mature, adult connections? Could I honor my own and other people's limitations when it comes to relating and connecting from the heart?

Mercury (currently retrograde) aligns with Uranus in Aries and they both make a trine to Saturn in SagittariusThis could bring some exciting possibilities and perhaps even a leap forward in the evolution of our consciousness. We'll likely have flashes of insight into our own mental workings, original thoughts, etc. 

As best as you can, and as much as you want to (of course), stay open to other dimensions and stay grounded in your body. With Saturn being a part of the equation, it is important for us to learn something new -- with a mature attitude. 

Ask yourself: What might be a real breakthrough for me at this time? What insights am I receiving? What am I learning about myself every day that has the potential to change my perspective about life?

The Mercury retrograde reminds us to take a good look at any unhelpful conditioning or thinking patterns around our personal desires -- these may show up as issues around going after something that we feel passionate about, or communicating what we desire. 

This will support us until May 3rd in rethinking and releasing what no longer works. Think of it as an opportunity to upgrade certain areas of your life. What might you be able to realize if you were both honest and kind to yourself? 

One other thing worth mentioning: Mercury in Aries also makes a "mutual reception" to Mars in Gemini -- in other words, these planets are in each other's signs until May 15th; during that time, they support each others agenda. We seek out mental stimulation: sharing, teaching, learning, writing, etc.... and we want to move fast! Patience is not on top of our list...

Our disdain for routine keeps us busy; we may feel quite fidgety or full of nervous energy. As best as you can, make lists, focus on things that support your well-being in all areas of your life -- and most of all: choose wisely! What might I discover about myself and my desires if I allowed myself to listen?

Pluto in Capricorn came to a halt on April 20th and is now moving retrograde; it will be moving slower (i.e. stationing) until May 2nd. Whenever a planet is stationing, its energy is exalted; in this case the Pluto station amplifies our need for accomplishment and authenticity in the world that we are building not only for ourselves, but for future generations. It also sends a message about empowering ourselves and transforming anything that is no longer congruent with our long-term-goals.

Because we are placing so much focus on building and succeeding, we need to be extra aware of how much self-care we are allowing ourselves to receive at this time: as best you can, allow balance between striving for accomplishment and nurturing yourself. Reach out for support if you start to feel burned out or find yourself going down the "rabbit-hole". 

You might want to watch my latest Forum; we looked at the Pluto station in relationship to our birth charts. Other than booking a reading with me, the Forum 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 ;-) : Click here to add the Monthly Forecasting Forum to your cart

To sum it all up: for the next 28 days, we are invited to look at where we are attached or disconnected regarding the physical world, and how to find a healthy balance between a series of apparent opposites: feminine and masculine, fast and slow, taking action and allowing, doing and being. We are asked to find out what it means to be completely honest with ourselves, with our heart. Flexibility and adaptability will serve us, rigidity and fear will not!

Over the next 28 days, ask yourself: What if everything that happened was my Soul's choice to experience? What if that were true even of this moment, right now? What would change if that were true? What if I let myself simply observe my mind and heart? What if I allowed them to remain open no matter what I experience?

As you observe your heart and mind you might also ask the following questions: What outdated biases or beliefs am I holding on to? Could I remain curious? Could I listen (to myself and others) as well as speak up? If I were safe to speak, and would absolutely be heard, what might my heart desire to communicate?  Click here to watch my video on the subject 

The New Moon is also the best time to set some powerful intentions for this month's Moon cycle. This is best done soon after the New Moon becomes exact -- and definitely not during a Moon void of course phase. So this month, the best time to set intentions would be between 8:16am on Wednesday, April 26th, and 8:16am EDT, Friday, April 28th. 

Note however, that there is a short Moon Void of Course on Thursday late evening; it starts at 9:18pm and ends at 9:39pm EDT. Don’t set your intentions during those 20 minutes — wait it out and allow intuition to surface possible intentions in the meantime. For more info on setting New Moon Intentions click here

If you live in a timezone other than EDT (US East Coast-time), feel free to join my facebook Fanpage or follow me on twitter. I will be posting reminders on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning to let you know that it's the best time to set your intentions ;-) 

When setting intentions, ask yourself: Where am I getting attached out of fear of separation? Could it be that these attachments actually prevent me from experiencing abundance and flow? What if I let go of all attachments and aversions, just for a moment, just for right now -- just to see what would happen? ;-)  

Do you have your Ascendant or any personal planets in 4-9 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you may feel the effects of this New Moon more strongly. 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).

Thursday (April 27th): the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus until 9:39pm EDT (see Tuesday late evening for details).

Thursday at 9:18pm EDT, we enter a brief Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 9:39pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to slow down, tune in, and improve your understanding of your emotional and spiritual values (especially when connecting 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. 

Thursday at 9:39pm EDT, the Moon moves into chatty, versatile Gemini, where it will be until Saturday late evening. For the next two days, we like to learn, connect and interact as much as possible. "Busy" feels good: connecting online, on the phone, or sharing face-to-face, preferably multi-tasking all the way... The one thing we can do without is boredom: If our mind is not engaged in some way, we might as well curl up and play dead :-) 

Also: if you haven't set your New Moon Intentions yet, today (Thursdayuntil 9:18pm and then again after 9:39pm EDT is still time to do so during the most potent time... If you'd like some input on how to do that, check out this article: -- you could also (re-)watch my New Moon video

Friday (April 28th): Moon remains in chatty, versatile Gemini all day (see Thursday late evening for details). 

Last chance to set your New Moon Intentions! Today (Fridayuntil 8:16am EDT is the most potent time to do so... If you'd like some input on how to do that, check out this article: -- you could also (re-)watch my New Moon video

Friday at 9:13am EDT, Venus changes signs from intuitive, creative, dreamy Pisces to fast-paced, enthusiastic, active Aries, where it will journey until June 6th. Thanks to its recent retrograde, Venus already journeyed through Aries, from Feb. 3rd until April 2nd. Think back to that period: What came up for you how around you relate to others -- and what you value?

Until June 6th, we are going to feel passionate about connecting to others. We are ready to make a new start: if you are single, this could be a great chance to start something new (all things being equal ;-) With Venus in Aries, spontaneity and independence are important to us. You’re not the only one who likes a challenge, so don't make it too easy for others to win you over ;-) 

If you are already in a committed relationship, you get a wonderful chance to bring freshness and excitement to your bedroom and "other parts of the house" ;-) We also have more energy than usual; we are more likely to want to get out of the house, and be active with others. 

All this is especially true if you are a Taurus, Libra or Aries Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As an Aries, beauty and love will enter your life during this time, you will feel more attractive and you will attract things to you. As a Taurus or Libra, you will feel more energized, passionate and more direct than usual.

Friday late morning, a Mercury/Uranus alignment in 25 degrees of Aries becomes exact at 10:49am EDT. We started to feel this aspect around last Saturday (April 22nd); due to Mercury's retrograde phase, it will be strong until May 14th

We felt this aspect once before this year, from March 24th - 28th; think back to that time, and see if any progressive thoughts and ideas occurred to you. What did you discover about yourself? What insights did you receive?

With this alignment, an important insight is building, something new is preparing to enter consciousness – and we are getting the urge to move forward. We might experience some really unusual conversations. Our mind could be flooded with new information and ideas, and we most likely feel enthusiastic and excited by these fresh ideas and insights. 

It's a time when we could achieve real breakthroughs in the form of ideas, communications, and the mind in general — but coupled with the possibility of edginess and impatience toward those who don’t “get” our new insights. Nervousness, impulsivity and fidgeting could be a by-product of this alignment as well. 

Computers and electronics may suddenly become important. We'll likely have flashes of insight into our own mental workings, original thoughts, etc. As best as you can, and as much as you want to, stay open to other dimensions and stay grounded in your body. That way, all that energy can move through you, without shaking you to the core ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 22-28 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn? 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 Aquarius  (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Uranus rules Aquarius).

Saturday (April 29th): Moon remains in chatty, versatile Gemini until 9:48pm EDT (see Thursday late evening for details). 

Saturday at 5:28pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that last for a almost 4.5 hours, until 9:48pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to find a balance between connecting with others, and focusing on your attitudes and perspectives towards life. 

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 Saturday evening ahead of time ;-)

Saturday at 9:48pm EDT, the Moon moves into protective, nurturing Cancerwhere it will journey until Monday night/Tuesday very early morning. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say and therefore our feelings are more easily hurt -- so be kind to yourself and others. Self-Care is key for the next two and half days ;-)

Emotional safety is important to us as well; we like connecting to the familiar and we enjoy nurturing ourselves and others -- home and family call to us, for instance. Make sure though, that your glass is filled before letting others drink from it, otherwise you might start to feel drained and resentful. 

Also on Saturday, Mercury starts to slow down again (“stationing”). It’s getting ready to come to a halt, ending its 3-week retrograde phase, on Wednesday, May 3rd (more on that next week…). For the next 9 days (until May 7th), we need to be patient with ourselves and others -- especially if there is a connection with communication or transportation, and their associated technologies. This is not the best time to start anything brand-new, especially if it contains new information that needs to be processed.

We might experience delays or misunderstandings, and things tend to feel "off" or stagnant. It might be a good idea to give yourself some extra time to get ready for travel somewhere -- especially if you intend to use public transportation or drive (For more details on Mercury Shadow Phases and Retrogrades, click here)
Some of us will feel the effects of this station more than others: those of us with Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- and those of us with personal planets (or angles) in 22-27 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra, or Cancer.

Sunday (April 30th): the Moon remains in protective, nurturing Cancer all day (see Saturday late evening for more details).  

Sunday late afternoon, a long-term, challenging Saturn/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 4:26pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from March 5th on; and due to the Saturn retrograde, it will be strong until June 1st. 

This is the second time within the past 4 months that this aspect has become exact, the first being Nov. 30th - Feb. 27th. What came up for you in regards to embracing your insecurities around that time (especially around Dec. 28th)? Did you gain insight into your own humanity? Or perhaps your healing journey?

We are being invited to grow and stretch ourselves when it comes to two very different energies: our sensitivities and insecurities, versus our inner sense of authority and "getting it right". 

This can stir up feelings of inadequacy -- that we're not competent or effective... We could be confronted with limitations -- our own, and those of others. A sense of separation or loneliness is very possible with this aspect.

The desire to "walk the talk" is quite strong -- but those feelings of inadequacy may leave us feeling blocked, with low energy and confidence. "Slow and steady" is the key here -- and it's critical to keep checking our beliefs and keeping up our emotional/spiritual connections. 

Work on self-acceptance and self-compassion; be honest with yourself about your own limitations and your expectations towards others (or life in general). This may take some time, but eventually it will yield a healthy, realistic approach toward our sensitivities and insecurities.

Questions you can ask yourself during this aspect: What am I learning about my inner resilience? What if respecting myself fully was just a decision? What attitudes do I need to eliminate to achieve greater alignment with my own humanity and my world? 

Here's a few bonus questions: Could I maybe meet other people's demands, rules or expectations, without feeling limited or stopped by them? Could the same be true about my own (demands, rules and expectations)? What might humility do for me?

Sunday all day, if you set Intentions Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning -- after the New Moon became exact -- today will 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 me?

A head's up for next Monday (May 1st): the Moon remains in protective, nurturing Cancer all day (see Saturday late evening for more details). At 4:23pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 8 hours, until 12:12am EDT (Monday night/Tuesday every early morning). More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

One More Announcement:
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 the Nodes' movements impact you personally, join me live or sign up for the mp4-video recording. 

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. To register now, click here 

Here are some testimonials from two of our participants right after joining our most recent Forum:
"I truly appreciate Sonja's Forums. I feel I learn more about myself each month partly because of Sonja's teaching and partly because of the questions the other participants ask. Sonja goes over each question making sure everyone understands the answer. I am so glad I bought a year package last December. I learn new techniques and insight each month. Sonja and the other participants are great" -- Suzette A.

"Thank you, Sonja, for answering my question so fully. I'm continuously shocked by how my thinking and behaviour patterns are reflected in the movements of the stars and planets! So yes, I am taking the note of gathering information...Thank you so much!" -- Christine O.

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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