Apr 3, 2011

Astrological Trends for April 4-10

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

Mercury retrograde issues may annoy or upset you on Monday, April 4th, as the moon in the cardinal fire sign of Aries joins retrograde Mercury, the planet of thought and communication, in Aries. On the positive side, this conjunction can help you identify which things need the most going over by tuning in to your emotional responses when you think about them. Mars is also conjunct Uranus in the sign of Aries, adding more quickness, impulsiveness, and fire to the already strong Aries energy. Genius solutions or ideas may stay in the planning stage until Mercury turns direct on the 23rd of April. Like the expression goes, "The faster you hurry, the behinder you get." But wait! There's even more Aries energy with Jupiter, the benevolent planet of growth and expansion, conjunct the sun in Aries. Worried that all the fire is heating your life up too much? This is one instance where an opposition can be a good thing. Currently, the sun and Jupiter in Aries oppose Saturn in Libra. The icy coolness of Saturn and the critical, reasoning nature of Libra will act like air conditioning when all the Aries planets get you fired up or hot under the collar. All those Aries planets would like to do things without considering the consequences, but a retrograde Mercury and an opposition to Saturn put some safety measures and stopgaps in place. The earthy, romantic, sensual sextile between Venus in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn is still in place, blessing lovers, artists, and hedonists with heightened senses. Inspirational Neptune in the final degree of the inventive and future-oriented fixed air sign of Aquarius is semi-sextile the pairing of Mars and Uranus in Aries. This "weak" minor aspect could actually bring changes in technology or political reform that have a significant long-lasting effect. Later this afternoon, the Aries moon forms a supportive sextile to Neptune as Neptune leaves Aquarius and enters the mutable water sign of Pisces and joins Chiron in Pisces. You may feel romantic or nostalgic as a result of this aspect. Make new memories with your family or revisit old ones by pulling out the photos or videos. It is also an excellent influence for healing broken communication or misunderstandings between family members or turning your own problems over to a Higher Power for healing. Sometimes giving up is the best way to win a battle. The moon conjunct Mercury is also semi-sextile the Mars/Uranus conjunction in Aries, indicating that when you release your attachment to something, a change in circumstances can happen swiftly and unexpectedly. At bedtime, the moon enters the grounded fixed earth sign of Taurus. With the Taurus moon sextile Neptune and Chiron, you are practically guaranteed a restful sleep full of sweet dreams, especially if you act on the romantic and sensual energy of this lunar aspect. It has me humming "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics.

"Get 'r done," says the morning trine between the methodical, practical Taurus moon and purpose-driven Pluto in Capricorn on Tuesday, April 5th. Mercury retrograde or not, you have to do what you have to do. The positive strength of this aspect doesn't look behind to see what may be chasing it or give a hoot about any bad juju. A new aspect forms between Venus in the mutable, sensitive water sign of Pisces and stabilizing Saturn in the cardinal air sign of Libra, and it will be felt until Sunday of this week. Because Saturn is also activated by the sun/Jupiter opposition, this Venus/Saturn quincunx can bring some compassion and fairness to any relationship issues. The thing to watch for is a tendency to want to fix someone's problem when they should be doing it themselves, for their own good. This pattern can open you up to deeper levels of caring and sharing, but the role of savior or martyr should be avoided. A sextile between the moon in Taurus and Venus in Pisces that occurs at midday can enhance your enjoyment of lunch or some other afternoon delight. Dine out, or picnic in the park, and admire the beauty of spring flowers in bloom. If you are single and looking, you may find someone to flirt with now. In the early evening, the Taurus moon, which is sextile Venus in Pisces, also forms a quincunx to Saturn in Libra, as does Venus. This aspect pattern is called a yod, or "Hand of God." Saturn in Libra is the focal point, and Venus and the moon add emotional strength and sensitive affection to Saturn in the sign of relationships. I would love to know if you meet a mate under this influence, receive a marriage proposal, or maybe just know for certain that you are with your beloved. Please write and tell me if you feel this - your astrologer loves to hear when astrology works! What makes this yod even juicier is a semi-sextile, which also forms between the moon in Taurus and Jupiter conjunct the sun and Mercury in Aries tonight. If you have been having questions about love or your feelings toward someone, you will know your own mind and heart more clearly.

A steady day is in store for you on Wednesday, April 6th. The moon in the plodding fixed earth sign of Taurus is favorably enhancing the sun, Jupiter, and Mercury in Aries with a flow of semi-sextile energy. This aspect isn't big or strong, but it will help you follow through on your ideas and work harmoniously all day. An easy pace is set and things move along like clockwork until the evening when the lunar aspects fade and all is quiet and calm under the sedate Taurus moon. A smooth, productive day should generate feelings of accomplishment and tranquility by day's end.

Thursday, April 7th, feels distinctly different from yesterday. The moon has left the fixed earth sign of Taurus and is now in the chatty, fast-paced mutable air sign of Gemini. Some emotionally touchy energy is activated by the moon in fickle, lighthearted Gemini squaring Neptune conjunct Chiron in emotionally sensitive Pisces. This awkward blending of energy can feel disturbing because it can make you unable to decide what to think or how to feel. Additionally, it can be crazy-making when you have to deal with other people being affected by it. Combined with the built-in confusion of Mercury retrograde, it spells a recipe for misunderstandings and disappointments. People may be behaving like spoiled children due to the sextile between the Gemini moon and Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries, which activates a "me first" impulsive attitude, while being shadowed by the moon/Neptune/Chiron aspect. At midday, the moon forms a mild semi-sextile to Venus in Pisces, which smoothes out some hurt feelings or makes people just a wee bit more considerate of others. The opposition between the sun and Jupiter in Aries and Saturn in Libra is losing its grip now and relationship matters ease along with the waning restrictive energy. Early this evening, the moon in Gemini quincunx intense Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn can swing one way or the other depending on you. If you accept responsibility well, you can do something constructive with this aspect, but if you tend to pass things off for others to take care of, you could make a serious mistake or pay a price later on for your lack of concern or abdicated responsibility. If a choice appears to do or not do something, consider wisely. Later tonight, a challenging square develops between Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which will be felt until the 11th. This square may have more social or political effects because its symbolism is rebellion, a desire for change in the form of something new, or being directed against an older, more established, order or authority. On the personal level, you may have some area of your life where you would like to have a fresh start, but there are mountains to climb or dragons to fight before you can see results. Venus in Pisces engages Jupiter, Mercury, and the sun in a weak semi-sextile tonight and continues for the remainder of your week, providing some extra support for your overall attitude. It is easier to be a bit more tolerant, forgiving, and gracious and things don't appear nearly as bad as you imagine they could be.

Intellect wins out over emotion or intuition on Friday, April 8th, as the moon in the mutable air sign of Gemini forms a challenging square to affectionate Venus in dreamy Pisces, but also makes a favorable trine to realistic Saturn in critical Libra. People will be less inclined to hear about how you feel, but will be glad to know what you think. Your lunch hour could be extremely social or, if you are in customer service or sales, you could combine lunch with business. The communicative Gemini moon sextile Jupiter/Mercury/sun in Aries enhances direct speech and keeps the focus single. You can make your sales pitch quickly, with wit and charm, and easily close the sale under this favorable influence. By evening, the square and trine pass and all that remains is the sextile between the moon and Jupiter/Mercury and the sun. You may enjoy doing something physically or mentally competitive with friends, such as playing cards for money or getting a baseball game going outdoors.

Everyone should be up early with the sun on Saturday, April 9th, because the childlike energy of the Gemini moon makes you feel like you might miss something fun if you linger too long in bed. Shopping and running errands falls under the domain of Gemini as does attending local events and festivals. If you are off from work today, enjoy being out and about, but remember that Mercury is still retrograde and double check directions, tickets, etc. At lunchtime, the moon forms a supportive trine to Neptune and Chiron in Pisces. Any activities you do today, especially if they are with loved ones, become fond memories under this sentimental influence, so be sure to bring the camera and extra batteries along with you. All the activity from the early half of the day could jangle tired nerves and wear your patience thin by mid-afternoon when a square between the moon in Gemini and Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries can create irritability and a short fuse. If visiting people, say goodbye and head home before you or the kids have a meltdown. When the moon enters the highly emotional water sign of Cancer early this evening, you will feel better being back in your own home to rest and rewind the events of a busy day while cozied up with a partner, child, or pet. Get your cuddles in tonight because people may be prickly or rude tomorrow.

Oh no, not another cardinal T-square! On Sunday, April 10th, the emotional moon in the cardinal water sign of Cancer opposes intense Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries squares both the moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. Ouch - I see images of little electric jolts and hot sparks, water boiling over, and lava flowing from a volcano. Tread lightly this morning. Remember that cardinal means boss-like and opinionated, so don't attempt to usurp power, enforce anything, or take anything too personally. Most of all, mind your own business and refuse to be goaded or pulled into drama. Things ease a bit by lunchtime, when the moon in Cancer forgets about Pluto and Mars/Uranus, and the T-square winds down. Don't let your guard down yet! Next, the moon enters into a square aspect with restrictive Saturn in the cardinal sign of Libra to complete the cardinal challenge. Have you passed the test and made it through the day unscathed? Later this evening, the moon in Cancer supports Venus in sensitive Pisces with a gentle trine, but squares Mercury, Jupiter, and the sun in Aries. If you seek sympathy from others, you are not likely to find it, especially if they happen to be someone you crossed swords or exchanged harsh words with today. Likewise, you may not be feeling ready to make nice with anyone who hurt your feelings - or ego! Venus is exalted in the sign of Pisces, meaning she is about as pure of heart as she can be in human consciousness now. You have the option of stewing in the selfish, egocentric square aspect between the grudging Cancer moon and Mercury/Jupiter/sun in domineering Aries, or you can activate the nurturing qualities of the Cancer moon and the principled energy of Aries by using the blessing of forgiveness that Venus in Pisces flows to your emotions via the trine to the moon. This evening, it would be much sweeter to kiss and make up than go to bed angry. Rise in love.

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