Apr 25, 2011

Astrological Trends for April 25 - May 1

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

Tackle the toughest mental challenges first thing on Monday, April 25th, when the moon in the intelligent fixed air sign of Aquarius trines Saturn in the cardinal air sign of Libra. The moon is also forming a supportive sextile to Mercury, the planet of communication, in the cardinal fire sign of Aries. Mercury in Aries opposes Saturn in Libra. This triangulation of aspects makes today a good problem-solving day. Reason, intelligence, discernment, and originality combine to create a strong brainstorming energy. All through this week, until Sunday, the sun in Aries is forming a trine to Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. Pluto in Capricorn and the benevolent planet, Venus, in Aries are exchanging some restrictive energy through a square aspect between them, which can affect relationships, personal desires, and general demeanor. Venus in Aries is conjunct Uranus in Aries, which makes the impatience of Aries more so and mixes in some unpredictability. The square from Venus to powerful Pluto in strict Capricorn may add delay, control, jealousy, or "sour grapes" energy that can affect your outlook when you set your sights on having something or someone and immediate gratification just isn't happening. The positive side of this aspect is that you may be inclined to persist in your efforts to achieve your desires, even when things seem impossible. The planets also deliver some extra faith and staying power through a sextile between Pluto and Neptune conjunct Chiron in spiritual Pisces and a sextile between the sun in grounded Taurus and Neptune/Chiron. These supportive sextiles give you the strength to overcome and to heal difficulties, both physical and emotional. Later this evening, the moon in Aquarius forms a sextile to Mars, the planet of action, in Aries. Mars is currently sandwiched between Jupiter and Mercury, both in Aries. Now that the Mercury retrograde period is over, you can use the power of this lunar aspect to look ahead and prepare yourself for growth and new beginnings you may have had to put on hold the last few weeks. This aspect also can be used to clear up misunderstandings between people or to participate in activities that are both physically and mentally stimulating with a friend or a group.

Put yesterday's plans into action on Tuesday, April 26th. The general tone of the day is much the same as Monday, with the moon still transiting the fixed air sign of Aquarius. This morning, the moon exchanges an optimistic sextile to Jupiter in Aries, giving you a green light to move ahead and expect things to work out in the best way possible. If you happen to be an inventor or designer of some kind, you may feel like you are in the state of creative flow where genius ideas come out of nowhere. All week, the sun in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn promises success if you just keep plugging along. In any given month, the Aquarius moon transit isn't always practical or purposeful. Sometimes it can be too far-out, future-oriented, or erratic, creating nothing more than some unexpected events, sensational celebrity news, and an increase in your social activities. This month, the Aquarius moon has back-up from planets that can ground the genius, humanitarian energy into real-time and make it stick. Perhaps society as a whole can benefit from these few special days and institute workable solutions to world problems.

Sleeping in on Wednesday, April 27th, may bring early morning messages from dreams or a romantic interlude before your day begins. The moon is now in the mutable water sign of dreamy, psychic Pisces, where it joins Neptune conjunct Chiron. The moon activates the sextiles between sensitive Neptune/healing Chiron and the sun in sensual Taurus and Neptune/Chiron and Pluto in earthy Capricorn. If you can't enjoy the healing energy of sex early today, then you may want to consider scheduling other healing body work, such as massage or chiropractic care, for this wonderful window of body and soul healing. Your psychic abilities and sensuality are intensified, so you may want to direct those energies toward any activity that makes you feel good so you can feel Super Good! Artists, creators, intuitives, and healers are in flow now. This beautiful energy lasts all day long and is capped off this evening with a quincunx between the moon in romantic Pisces and Saturn in the relationship-minded sign of Libra. I see this aspect as embodiment of beauty. It can help stabilize and deepen a romantic relationship, but it isn't just a romantic energy. You will feel spiritually balanced at day's end, able to appreciate the beauty and blessings of life.

Energy shifts subtly but perceptibly on Thursday, April 28th, as Venus in impatient, fiery Aries moves far enough away from erratic, excitable Uranus in Aries to calm down a bit. Venus now gets close enough to Mercury in Aries that thinking takes over where instincts leave off. If Cupid's arrow struck in the last few weeks, you may be ready to woo and pursue. Many new romances or sparks could have been triggered by the recent conjunction of Venus and Uranus in Aries. Now, the first look at reality as the mind steps in will either show them to be a passing fancy or a union that can stand the test of time. Some people who were uncertain about having children may suddenly feel the urge to have a child or expand their family. All the planets currently in the "me"-oriented, initiating sign of Aries combined with the sun in the material-minded, herd-oriented sign of Taurus are activating a primal signal to reproduce and carry on the DNA. Now that Venus is joining Mercury, Saturn, the planet of commitment, in Libra, the sign of relationship, opposes them both, making issues of marriage or divorce stand out this week. Thoughts and conversations about love turn serious.

An itchy, impatient restlessness begins the day on Friday, April 29th. The moon in the late degrees of the mutable water sign of Pisces may make you feel a bit foggy, but a conjunction between the moon in Pisces and unpredictable Uranus in Aries will make you want to clear the cobwebs and make something happen. By lunchtime, this desire to make something happen is underscored by a quincunx between the sun in the grounded, material fixed earth sign of Taurus and form-loving Saturn in the cardinal air sign of Libra. This aspect will be felt through the first week in May and will help you implement plans and systems and formalize contracts and agreements. It will work well alongside the sun in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn to bring people together for mutually rewarding, constructive, and cooperative projects. On a more mundane level, you can get a handle on your budget and finances now and also plant a beautiful and abundant garden. The Taurus sun making a mild semi-sextile to Venus conjunct Mercury in Aries supports form following function and helps you eliminate waste or unnecessary details. Any residual fuzziness is gone by mid-afternoon, when the moon enters the cardinal fire sign of Aries and joins Uranus in Aries. Now it really is full steam ahead. Later this evening, the moon sidles up to Venus and Mercury in Aries and activates the opposition between Venus/Mercury and Saturn in Libra. Relationship is on your mind and you may be keen to discuss the state of relationship, spend time with a mate, or force a relationship issue. This is an aspect that is neither all-good nor all-bad. The most frustrating possibility of this energy is that each individual will be stuck in his or her story and not be receptive to seeing the other person's viewpoint. If things get too tense, it may be best to agree to disagree and leave things for another time, unless you want to bring something to a breaking point or declare your independence.

Shades of last night's energy color Saturday, April 30th, as the moon in the cardinal fire sign of Aries is still stirring up Venus and Mercury in Aries and opposing Saturn in Libra. Emotions are intensified by a square between the moon in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. Strong, ardent, passionate determination to have things go your way can make any relating, whether it's romantic or not, challenging. Even though Aries can be arrogant, Capricorn cold, and Libra indecisive when showing their dark side, they are also direct, ethical, and polite at their core, so things may not be as negative as they possibly could be given the stress of the square and the opposition. By late afternoon, the lunar square fades and the oppositions lighten a bit, too. A sextile between Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune conjunct Chiron in Pisces indicates that things will work out for the best and the end result may have a feeling of being destined or preordained. Perhaps the fact that this is the final day of the month adds to the energy of culmination that the planets present. Many of you will cement a relationship firmly or make the decision to end a relationship, or even end a mindset you have had about relationships in general.

Sunday, May 1st, is Beltane, or May Day. When I was a child, I made May Day baskets and put violets in them to give to my mother and teacher and a Maypole Dance was held at school, where the children wove ribbons around a Maypole. One of my own favorite traditions to observe is having a Beltane bonfire. The moon in the cardinal fire sign of Aries joins Jupiter and Mars in Aries, making this year's Beltane especially vibrant, energized, and joyful. If you live where you are able to have a fire, invite some friends to a potluck dinner and a fire and celebrate new beginnings. The quincunx between the sun in the fixed earth sign of Taurus and Saturn in Libra, as well as Pluto in Capricorn sextile Neptune/Chiron in Pisces, can bring beauty, magic, and the elements of imagination and belief to any ritual or ceremony, which also makes this first day of a new month a very powerful time for focusing on your desires and stating your intentions. The high energy remains steady throughout the day. Late this evening, a magical sextile forms between the moon in the late degrees of Aries and Neptune conjunct Chiron in Pisces. Write your deepest wish on a piece of paper and burn it in your fire, even if it is just a candle flame. Your wish is being made just as the moon moves from the Aries sign of conception to the Taurus sign of materialization. So be it - and so it is!

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