We have made it to the cardinal Grand Cross! It takes place over several days with the fifth exact Uranus-Pluto square on Monday. The first aspect to complete is Jupiter in Cancer square Uranus in Aries on Sunday and the final aspect is retrograde Mars in Libra squaring Pluto in Capricorn Wednesday morning. As I have mentioned in previous posts, 13° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) is THE hotspot for this major event. For some folks this could manifest externally and for others, the changes in awareness will be completely internal. However I do believe this is a significant turning point for everyone though we may not realize it for quite some time . . . as in years in some cases.
For those expecting the Grand Cross to bring closure or a clear end to some phase in their life or a relationship, I am beginning to see evidence this may not occur right away. In part because a Grand Cross is a stable pattern with the four corners balancing each other, and due to the Sun and Mercury both in Taurus by the time the last aspect rolls into place, giving us seven planets in earth and water. Have you ever been driving along and run into a patch of deep, gooey mud? That’s the effect all those planets in earth and water will have on the momentum built up during Aries Season. Rather than continue to blindly dash forward, we could end up sitting in one place having to deal with all the side issues we had previously ignored. When we might see movement is as the Grand Cross gradually begins to separate. Ordinarily Mars would be out of orb in a few days but as it is slowing to station direct on May 19, it will take until May 3 or so to be out of orb of Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto.
Mercury officially leaves fiery Aries for matter of fact Taurus on Wednesday, April 23 and it will conjoin the Sun exactly on Friday, April 25. Over the weekend, the Sun and Mercury will be sextile Neptune in Pisces, excellent for soothing over taxed nervous system with a nice massage and gentle music. Take some quiet time by yourself if possible to allow the impact of recent events to sink in.
Venus in Pisces trines Saturn in Scorpio late in the week. This aspect is very good for recognizing the need for commitment in our relationships and beginning the process of reparation for missteps over the past few weeks. Some couples could reconcile while others may realize it is over and find a peaceful route to closure. It is also good for reviewing recent financial decisions or making good choices going forward.
Do your best to take a moment to breathe and smell the flowers in honor of Taurus Season. This is even more important for those caught up in the toils of the Grand Cross. Be as patient as possible, actively listen to others and smile once in awhile.
Please reread last week’s ‘scopes as well because I had the Grand Cross in mind when I was writing those which is why they were longer than usual.
If you know your Rising sign, please read the horoscope for it too. 😀
Even though you still probably have a very full plate this week, Aries, you might find your thoughts taking a more practical turn, especially when it comes to your income. Rather than feeling frustrated by the slower pace, use it to complete unfinished business.
In many ways, Taurus, you are the “go to” person right now because of your sensible advice and practical point of view. If you can take the time, this weekend is perfect for getting away to your favorite vacation spot for some rest and relaxation.
By the end of this week, Gemini, you may find yourself calming down and willing to consider spending time by yourself. If you are thinking of taking a few days off, talk this over with coworkers and your boss late in the week. They may be more receptive to your ideas at that time.
Spending time with your friends and peers might be very good for you now, Cancer. There are still plenty of demands from various sources on your time and energy but you deserve some fun for a change. This weekend looks very favorable for getting together with those folks.
It’s that time of year, Leo, when taking a long look at your career and long-term goals becomes a priority. Thoughtful conversations with your boss are possible and may be very helpful later this week. Include ideas about how you may better serve others in those discussions.
You should find the more measured pace this week more to your liking, Virgo. As the dust settles you might even realize the idea of taking some vacation time has appeal. Talk it over with your significant other this weekend or head to the countryside to enjoy the greening of the landscape.
Once you get past the demands and distractions of the first half of the week, Libra, please feel free to embrace the slower pace earthy Taurus recommends. It may bring some much needed healing to your overstressed nervous system. Surround yourself with natural beauty over the weekend.
What may help you the most now, Scorpio, is listening to what your significant other and your inner child have to say about letting your hair down and relaxing for a change. As you know, you have been demanding a great deal of yourself over the past year and you deserve a break.
If burning the candle at both ends for one reason or another has about flattened you, Sagittarius, now is the time to start getting back into a healthier routine. Get back to nature and a steady, consistent waking and sleeping pattern. This weekend is perfect to spend quietly at home with family.
The best and kindest thing you can do for yourself this week, Capricorn, is take time out to recreate, play with your children (or someone else’s) or dive into an intensive, consuming creative project. Getting together with like-minded friends may also help divert your attention in a positive way. Let the need to battle it out over every detail go.
Has it felt like practically no one has been willing to at least listen to what you have to say, Aquarius, and almost every simple exchange has turned into a verbal battle? Rather than continue and risk more bruises, how about putting your energy into your home and immediate family. Call a “time out”.
No matter how poorly you may think it fits, Pisces, the role of peacemaker is one you are well suited for at this time. Starting this week your words have more substance than usual and by taking a calm, deliberate tone you may be able to spread a circle of calm around you.
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