Weekly Astrology Notes April 17-24, 2016
Note: Times shown are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Highlights for this week:
Mars and Pluto Retrograde
3 Venus aspects to outer planets.
Venus trine Saturn, square Pluto and conjunct Uranus.
Long V/C periods: Monday all day, Thursday all day.
The Big Retrograde Day. Pretty much every astrologer I read these days has some warning about the coming Mars retrograde. I am leaving links once again.
2:21am – Mercury (Taurus) trine Pluto (Capricorn)
A very constructive Mercury aspect. Earth signs means that we can apply this aspect to earthly concerns. Making plans and goals concerning wealth and finance or anything to do with success and reputation are highly favored. You will find you have the mental focus to attend to important matters and see them through to completion. Capable of working alone or with others, this aspect ensures everyone will get their most important concerns addressed.
Mental activity slows down a bit with Capricorn involved, but this only increases the level of focus. People are more willing to take control of their own minds, are not interested in superficiality and are not easily swayed by the superficial concerns of others. This aspect good for attending to all matters of concern.
People have their own (Taurus) thoughts and ideas (Mercury) and want to express them in a powerful (Pluto) way to gain respect (Capricorn) and improve their lives. We are looking for ways to get power so they achieve their personal goals. People are motivated.
This aspect facilitates study of any kind that requires reading and/or in-depth analysis. Therapy is more fruitful now, but with earth signs, you will want to do something physical. Good for the studying geology, rocks and minerals.
Aspect good for repairing and improving your immediate surroundings (Taurus is our comfort zone), making home improvements and gardening (working with the earth). A good day to work on your car as mechanical problems are easier to diagnose and repair.
Great aspect for helping others, getting involved in community projects.
So pick something important to attend to today and do it.
5:14am- Mars Stationary Retrograde at 8d54′ Sagittarius
Ego energies are redirected inward. This can be a difficult time for some as they feel they cannot express themselves as easily as before. The energy of Mars wants to express itself regularly, and when it cannot do this, pressure builds up inside of us, sometimes in a negative way.
Now is a good time for introspection. Questioning yourself is part of life and not necessarily a sign of weakness. You need not always get your way. And if your desires are falling flat during this retrograde period, then you need to reassess your desires and decide whether or not they fit in you life any longer.
When ego energies get internalized, tension can build and manifest outwardly as accidents. And some may find it hard to get motivated because energy levels are low when the ego drive turns inward.
The best way to deal with this period without decreasing your vitality is to let go of ego gratification as sustenance for your self-esteem.
Here’s a good summary of Mars retrograde through the houses, highly recommended.
Mars goes direct June 29 at 23d03′ Scorpio.
10:00am – Moon (Virgo) square Mars (Sagittarius)
This is the last square before the next conjunction. The strong Saturn component of this aspect means that people experience a crisis of ego gratification. On this day, people ask themselves “Am I getting the emotional satisfaction that I want in life?”. Recall, at the conjunction we promised ourselves that we would try once again to get what we want in life, at the first square we did something to make that real, at the opposition we met the things we missed and at the last square comes the test of validity. For those whose ego is not in balance with their emotional needs, it is a time of crisis as they demand respect from others what they did not honestly provide for themselves. However, if you’re in balance, the last square is a time of reaping the rewards of whatever was accomplished on the the first square, April 4. If you did the work, you get the pay-off today.
I hope this little bit of precise analysis of the Moon – Mars cycle is useful. On April 24th we’ll have the next Moon conjunct Mars and a new cycle begins. I think the Moon – Mars cycle is an excellent way to use astrology in our daily lives.
2:34pm – Moon (Virgo) opposition Neptune (Pisces)
We are confronted by those we have hurt or neglected. The more your practice unconditional love, the more profound your depth of feeling during this aspect.
8:04pm – Moon (Virgo) conjunct Jupiter
Emotions expand to heal any disconnect we feel between ourselves and others. People want to bond emotionally. A good time to go out in public. Start of a Moon – Jupiter cycle means it’s time to feel optimistic about yourself and remind yourself of how you want to expand over the coming month. Write down your travel wishes, indulge in fashion, rediscover your love of higher knowledge and wisdom or attend a sports event.
Monday 4/18 12:23am – Pluto Retrograde at 17d29′ Capricorn
This is an important event astrologically because it coincides with Mars retrograde and Pluto is the higher vibration or expression of Mars. When Pluto goes retrograde the forces of transformation turn inward. With Pluto, that means extra power to go within and overcome obstacles that are preventing you from evolving. Pluto retrograde can be a very productive period for purging unwanted elements from you life because Pluto has stamina and is willing to do whatever it takes to reach it’s goal.
The inward direction of Pluto energy during the retrograde periods makes it a more productive time for therapy because it is now easier to define what is you and what is not you. This problem of defining the boundary between self and others occurs with the 3 outer planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) due to their trans-personal nature. These way we express these planets changes and evolves as we do.
During retrograde periods, a planet is recollecting (remembering) itself, or re-collecting (recuperating it’s energy), so the energy of the planet has as sort of neg-entropic quality. Instead of being directed outwardly, the energy turns inward, refocuses, relocates it’s center and defines a new boundary of expression within the individual.
The function of Pluto is to connect us to the collective and therefore it reveals to us a part of ourselves that is beyond the control of the ego. This makes it hard to find the boundary between our power within the collective and the power of others within the same collective. In some sense, we all share the same Pluto and that can be a difficult realization to master. Ultimately, Pluto challenges us to find the maximum use of our power without diminishing the power of others. Pluto retrograde makes it easier to do that.
The Pluto retrograde period is good for getting your finances in order and improving your prosperity. Now is the time for remembering what belongs to you and what belong to someone else. Ask yourself, “Am I using my power/money wisely or foolishly?”. If you using your power to control others, then you are loosing the power to transform yourself. Pluto is a two-edged sword. Now is the time to let go of control over others and reclaim your power for yourself. Your prosperity will improve.
Also a good time to heal sexual issues and feelings of vulnerability, victimization and psychological trauma. Therapy is more engaging and productive now.
Pluto goes direct on September 26 at 14d55′ Capricorn.
With Mars and Pluto going retrograde on the same day, this could create a significant event. As mentioned in my weekly report two weeks ago, Mars goes retrograde directly on the opposition to USA’s Uranus. Something could happen at this time to weaken the USA by challenging it’s sense of freedom and independence. This could be a dangerous moment for people and especially politicians who represent the Uranian spirit in USA. Also note the Uranus sextile Mars happening concurrently. Something’s gotta happen.
12:04am – Moon (Virgo) square Saturn (Sagittarius)
Sometimes solitude is the best form of self-respect.
12:23am – Pluto stationary retrograde
3:09am – Moon (Virgo) trine Pluto (Capricorn)
Pluto empowers the Moon to feel worthy. Do something to help build self-esteem.
4:24am – Moon enters Libra.
Diplomatic and looking to establish agreement and build security at the first square.
5:29am – Moon (Virgo) trine Mercury (Taurus)
Wonderful aspect for grounding. Go bare feet and feel the earth this morning. Good for working with healing stones and crystals.
Void of Course begins, continues all day Monday until Tuesday morning. The extended V/C period in Virgo, a good time for weeding out the garden and your emotions. Quiet diversions into nature and caring for forgotten things are favored.
7:38am – Venus (Aires) trine Saturn (Sagittarius)
A sober Venus aspect. Saturn slows Venus down a bit and makes for realistic appraisal of what’s going around you. People are easier to talk to and more rational. A good day to get in touch (Venus) with your better judgment (Saturn). Good for discussions with authority figures.
8:30am – Sun enters Taurus
Wherever we have Taurus in our chart we are lazy and take our time. Take a look where Taurus falls in your chart. Notice that’s where you are a bit lazy and only do things that agree with your personal values. Become aware of that and your can overcome the laziness much easier. With Sun in Taurus we get in touch with our feelings and become more aware of our personal surroundings. Taurus identifies with it’s possessions so we become more aware of our money and personal things now. People spend more money now, especially with Mercury in Taurus as well. The strong Taurus combination means people are most concerned with their own values now, not society’s. You could call it a more selfish time of year, but really it’s a more wholesome time.
1:49pm – Venus (Aires) square Pluto (Capricorn)
Feelings are intense today. Insecurity is in the air. We sense a disconnect between our feelings and the collective and this creates a crisis within us. Some deal with it by being emotionally demanding and some will go on power trips to control others. The desire to build an emotional bond in a powerful way leads to strong sexual desires that may not conform to tradition (Capricorn) but should. Be careful of relationships that begin at this time as they can become destructive. Also be cautious of subversive behavior and feelings of bitterness.
10:21pm – Moon (Libra) sextile Mars (Sagittarius)
Harmonious energies, great for meetings.
12:32pm – Moon (Libra) sextile Saturn (Sagittarius)
Another sextile good for business negotiations.
3:52pm – Moon (Libra) square Pluto (Capricorn)
Critical energies on the rise. A strong push to get work completed.
6:54pm – Moon (Libra) opposition Venus (Aires)
11:13pm – Moon (Libra) opposition Uranus (Aires)
Emotions opposed to the collective, creates isolation, arguments. Helps to cure stagnant emotional energy. Void of Course begins continues until Thursday afternoon.
Another long Moon V/C, this time in Libra. Not a good time to start projects. The Air sign is good for meditation, painting, talking one on one.
5:17pm – Moon enters Scorpio
In it’s detriment. Nonetheless, the fixed water energy can get a lot accomplished.
10:24pm – Moon (Scorpio) opposition Sun (Taurus)
Full Moon tonight. Issues come to a head at the full moon. Forces opposed to one another come to meet. It can be a good or bad, depends on how out of balance things are. Careful of the Police.
Earth Day should be interesting and unique!
2:00pm – Venus (Aires) conjunct Uranus
Everyone desires a change of their immediate surroundings. We all want to experience something different today. A good day to be with friends and to meet someone unusual or different from yourself. People you meet today will expand your mind and give you a more enlightened perspective on life.
Can be an upsetting time for some and we experience unexpected change to plans. You will need to accommodate persons very different from yourself, some who seem aloof and cold, so you cannot afford to be stuffy or pessimistic.
A day when we see if our relationships are enlightened or stale. Uranus bring enlightenment, and with it awareness. So , your feelings may change abruptly. The result can be a sudden break from others as everyone wants to go their own way. Watch out for disagreements. Aires is strong but the energy fades quickly.
Nonetheless, this aspect gets us interested in the unusual, opening us up to everything that is different from ourselves. We are able to see the unique qualities in others and this make life more exciting. A good day for teaching and learning as we can appreciate the differences in others, must be flexible.
4:15pm – Moon (Scorpio) trine Neptune (Pisces)
In the midst of the pain, Scorpio Moon suddenly expresses unconditional love and acceptance and transcends the pain and limitation. Pisces offers comfort.
8:57pm – Moon (Scorpio) sextile Jupiter (Virgo)
A feel good aspect that makes you want to be and talk with others. Good for deep conversations.
A good day for working at home at energies will are focused on emotional healing and transformation.
4:38am – Moon (Scorpio) sextile Pluto (Capricorn)
Another good aspect for getting work done, just like the Moon sextile Saturn from Wednesday morning. Most folks will want to work at home, transforming the home in some way.
2:46pm – Moon (Scorpio) opposition Mercury (Taurus)
Communication is intuitive and instinctive. Really good for working with the earth.
Another long Void of course begins.
Sunday is a day of new beginnings emotionally speaking. The generally positive and uplifting Moon in Sagittarius creates the perfect foundation for the Moon conjunct Mars. The ego and the emotions share a common fate, for a moment, and we identify with our heart-felt desires. Sagittarius say “I perceive” and will help you today as you look at whether or not you are getting what you want in life. You’ll be able to see where you need to go, the things you need to do, the people you need to meet, etc, in order to get fulfillment.
5:46am – Moon enters Sagittarius
People feeling optimistic.
10:46pm – Moon (Sagittarius) conjunct Mars
A new Moon – Mars cycle begins. Once again, we identify with our emotions, get in touch with ourselves, assess whether we are getting what we want out of life and promise ourselves that we will use our ego to fulfill our heart’s desire.
If you have an already fulfilling life, then this aspect enhances that and encourages you to live life to the fullest today. If your life is not fulfilling, then you feel upset (at yourself) and it could manifest as impatience or anger towards others. It’s rare that we get the emotional fulfillment we crave immediately after realizing what we want. Patience is the difficulty with this aspect. You may quickly realize what you want but must also realize it is going to take some time to get it. Just be thankful that you are in touch with your feelings and let that be enough for now.
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