Mercury is FINALLY moving forward and we’ve got a bit of momentum going this week with some very beautiful, harmonious and passionate energy building on Tuesday with Venus in Taurus making a lovely trine to Pluto in Capricorn! The highlight of this week is Saturn stationing to go retrograde, marking a five-month period of review when it is advisable to set more appropriate boundaries by letting go of responsibilities and commitments that add unnecessary burden to our already busy lives.
Monday (4/16): The Moon is in the sign of Taurus throughout the day today, making a beautiful, grounded trine to Saturn in Capricorn. This aspects brings stability to our emotions and inner sense of safety, security and satisfaction, allowing us to get down to business and back to work after some major forward momentum brought on by yesterday’s New Moon in Aries!
This is a very favorable placement as the moon is considered to be “exalted” in Taurus. This means that the sign of Taurus holds the potential to bring out the highest expression of the energy of the moon. Taurus is a very physical, sensory sign and during the moon’s transit through Taurus, there is a greater need for physical comfort. People often seek out sensory experiences that feel good: rich foods, beauty in nature, material comforts, the arts, etc. Anything that provides a feeling of deep satisfaction and contentment is favored at this time. Taurus is an Earth sign which tempers the active fire of moon’s previous transit through Aries by causing us to slow down a bit to take in the world around us. Taurus is the sign of pleasure, longevity, and value, and under the moon’s influence in this fixed sign new endeavors will often prove to be stable and long-lasting. This is a wonderful time to begin long-term commitments or to sign contracts, especially those involving material gain.
Venus in it’s home sign of Taurus opposes retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio today, highlighting our deeply held values and beliefs related to money, pleasure, relationships and self-worth. Today is a day when things might feel quite nice on the surface, but later on we may find that we had unrealistic expectations, making excessive demands on our relationships and our wallets. This aspect is ripe for overindulgence in food, spending, and sensory pleasures of all kind—so although it can be tempting to simply go with the flow and do what feels good, be cautious not to overdo it!
Tuesday (4/17): Chiron officially moves into the sign of Aries today! For an in-depth look at this 9-year influence, follow this link to check out my interview with my teacher, Robert Phoenix!
Venus in Taurus comes into a harmonious trine with Pluto in Capricorn today, highlighting the need to dive deeper into relationships today. Venus trine Pluto doesn’t stand for surface level interactions— this is an aspect that demands deep intimacy, trust, and intense emotional connection, which can be found quite easily for those who are searching under this influence. This passionate connection between Venus, the planet of love and relationships and Pluto, the planet ruling sex, transformation and empowerment can bring some intense lovemaking as well! Today is an excellent day to follow your passions and to share your deepest desires with those you trust.
The Moon today continues to transit the sing of Taurus, making positive aspects to Neptune, Mars, and Pluto along with a conjunction with Venus this afternoon, further highlighting the passionate intensity of today’s Venus/Pluto trine! Today is an excellent day to move forward with anything and everything involving finance, partnership, creativity and following our passions! If you are planning on jumping into something new, bear in mind though that the Moon goes Void-of-Course at 3:05pm MST and will remain this way until early tomorrow morning.
Saturn in Capricorn stations to go retrograde today at 6:46pm MST. Saturn retrograde lasts until early September of this year and is an important time to turn inward and reflect on the responsibilities we’ve taken on and the structures we’ve created in our lives during the time when Saturn was moving forward. Saturn retrograde is ideal for taking stock of the burdens that no longer serve a purpose in our lives in order to let go and make space for new more practical structures and responsibilities. If there is an area where we’ve been too rigid or too hard on ourselves, Saturn retrograde allows us the time and the space too loosen up a bit. This time is best used for wrapping things up and dealing with past karma and commitments, and is not ideal for taking on new responsibility as there is a danger of over-committing throughout Saturn’s retrograde period. This is a time for boundary-setting, taking responsibility for oneself and cleaning up past mistakes. Similar to the energy of all retrograde planets, this transit provides an opportunity for us all to get our ducks in a row before moving on to new commitments and responsibilities.
Wednesday (4/18): The Moon moves into Gemini today at 5:02am MST, where it will remain for the next 2.5 days. The Moon in Gemini is excellent for emotionally-driven communication, exploring curiosities and for talking things out amongst friends and acquaintances. The Moon will make a supportive sextile over the Mercury in Aries later this afternoon, further enhancing our ability to think clearly and communicate effectively (a much needed influence after these last 3 weeks of Mercury in retrograde!).
The Sun comes into an electrifying conjunction with Uranus in Aries today! This exciting energy shakes things up a bit, bringing powerful downloads, divine inspiration and change wherever we need it most. This aspect also highlights Uranus at the end degrees of Aries, where the planet of disruption and liberation will begin to finish up it’s transit through the fiery sign of action, aggression and forward momentum! If change is still needed in the area of your chart being effected by Uranus in Aries, you will certainly feel the frustration today! Paying attention to situations that leave you feeling caged up and irritated give clues to what needs to change in order to allow for greater freedom and excitement!
Thursday (4/19): The Moon in Gemini makes a square to Neptune early this morning, bringing potential for confusion, escapism, and disillusionment. Wait until later this evening to make big decisions if you are feeling foggy and uncertain.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAURUS! The Sun moves into the sensual, laid-back sign of Taurus today, a beautiful time of year when the trees become green again, the flowers start to bud and bloom, and Mother Earth becomes wonderfully abundant once more! Taurus season is a time to get grounded by returning to nature. As the temperatures warm up, the plants and animals come out of hibernation and so do we! This is an excellent month for us all to plant a garden, go for a hike, and enjoy the sensory pleasures of the world around us!
Have a beautiful week! Be sure to check back on Thursday for the weekend forecast! :)