Week of April 17, 2017

Three planets change sign this week, one in reverse and two moving forward. Mercury moves back into Aries from Taurus on Thursday, the Sun leaves Aries for Taurus on Wednesday, and Mars moves ahead into Gemini on Friday. Got that?! 🙂 It will take some adjusting to these differences but we’ll manage.

Initially the Sun shifting into Taurus brings a sense of relief after living with charged up Aries for the past month. This time the Sun immediately conjoins retrograde Mercury in Taurus, and this could focus our thoughts more strongly than usual in the here and now. This effect won’t last long because Mercury returns to Aries the following day and our inner chatter increases in volume.

Retrograde Mercury in Aries is far more impatient with the little things than retrograde Mercury in Taurus. Thankfully Mercury Rx in Aries will be stabilized by a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius until it returns to Taurus on May 16 (it goes direct on May 3). The message remains the same . . . take it slow and be patient.

Having Mars in Taurus these past weeks has been a very good thing. We have needed his deliberate sense of timing to keep us from completely running ourselves into the ground. Mars leaves Taurus for busy Gemini a couple of days after the Sun enters Taurus, a nice hand off from Mars to the Sun. Mars in Gemini is versatile but lacks tenacity. The desire to multitask will increase and we need to be careful about not taking on too many projects at the same time, especially while Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, is retrograde.

There are only two major aspects this week: a beneficent trine between the Aries Sun and Saturn in Sagittarius on Monday, and the final square between Venus in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius on Friday. The fire trine on Monday provides a nice, steady lift in energy, a great way to start the week! It’s an all around winner.

The square between Venus and Saturn marks the final stage of what has been a rather trying end to this year’s Venus retrograde. We have had an intense couple of weeks since the last Venus-Saturn square on April 8. And if we absorbed Saturn’s lessons on behaving responsibly where love and money are concerned now is the time to start applying those. It is also the time when we’ll find out just how badly we messed up too. Interesting times.

Another event taking place this week is Pluto stationing retrograde at 19° 24′ Capricorn. Pluto moves so slowly and usually operates far beneath the surface that most of us may not even notice this event. The exception might be those with personal planets at 19° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn).

There is nothing like a businesslike Capricorn Moon to start the work week off on the right foot. Even better, she will make no aspects until evening, so there is no excuse for not getting plenty accomplished on Monday. The Moon will make a calming sextile to Neptune in Pisces during the evening, good for unwinding by listening to music or watching a movie. A nice glass of wine would not go amiss either.

Early Tuesday morning the Moon will conjoin Pluto in Capricorn and then make no aspects until she squares Uranus in Aries in the evening. This is not the best day to get into with your superiors because they may be less tolerant than usual. It is a better time to demonstrate how efficient you are working alone.

On Wednesday the Capricorn Moon makes a brief void-of-course well before dawn and moves into airy Aquarius where she will square Mercury in Taurus at daybreak. After that the Aquarius Moon will make no aspects until midday on Thursday when she will be trine Jupiter in Libra. What we have are a couple of days where we can draw on the Aquarius Moon to discuss emotional issues with more clarity than usual. Since the Sun enters Taurus on Wednesday and Mercury backs into Aries on Thursday, we can use the perspective to follow those events without letting them get to us.

Friday morning the Aquarius Moon is sextile first Saturn in Sagittarius, then Mercury Rx in Aries. It will be afternoon when the Moon slips into sensitive Pisces, promptly squaring Mars newly arrived in Gemini. Plan on finishing up critical projects at work the first part of the day and saving simple, routine matters for later. If you have plans to go out Friday night, the less chaotic the atmosphere the better. The Pisces Moon will be sextile the Taurus Sun during the evening so a nice meal in a pleasant setting would be a great choice.

Both Saturday and Sunday the Pisces Moon would rather drift than engage. On Saturday she conjoins Neptune during the afternoon which is good for doing sentimental things like watching old movies or reading a favorite, much loved book.

Sunday, with the exception of a mid-afternoon square to taskmaster Saturn in Sagittarius when we realize we really have to do something constructive this weekend, the Pisces Moon prefers to retreat to a peaceful place. Her last aspect is a late afternoon conjunction to Venus after which she goes void-of-course until evening. Then the Moon moves into motivated Aries and we could find ourselves running about madly getting ready for the coming work week.

We do hit some rough patches late in the week but nothing we can’t handle by proceeding with caution and maintaining perspective. The first part of the week is goes smoothly, and though we may feel more reclusive on the weekend, it is OK too. Venus is direct and that brings some ease but until she clears the square to Saturn on Friday, it would be good not to push ahead too quickly. Besides . . . Mercury is still retrograde. 🙂

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image:  Forsythia and daffodils © Diane Lang

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