Lots going on in the astrology this week with retrograde Mercury making aspects to the North/South Nodes and the Sun in Taurus before moving backward into fiery, willful Aries on Thursday. We also have Pluto stationing retrograde mid-week on Wednesday, bringing an underlying layer of psychological depth and intensity into our experience as we move through the energy of this week.
Monday (4/17): The Sun in Aries is slowly moving away from its intense and disruptive conjunction with Uranus and makes a harmonious trine over to Saturn in Sagittarius today. The Sun’s trine with Saturn helps us to more easily put in the necessary effort by keeping our energy more grounded and focused on our long-term goals and the bigger picture. This is an excellent aspect for working diligently on all types of business matters, although I would recommend holding off on beginning any important new projects until after Mercury retrograde. Tuesday
(4/18): Retrograde Mercury in Taurus trines the North Node in Virgo today, calling on us to revisit ideas from the past that may lead us toward our true path in life. Today is a day when fated, synchronistic communications or ideas may come our way in order to redirect us away from delusional, escapist behaviors and into a mindset that is more practical and discerning. Pay close attention to what comes up today, particularly in the way of insights, messages and omens as we are collectively coming into our final opportunity to learn the important lessons of the Virgo/Pisces axis that we’ve been working on for the past 1.5 years.
Wednesday (4/19): The Sun moves into the grounded, sensual sign of Taurus today (happy birthday to all of my Taurus readers!) shifting our awareness toward building a comfortable, solid foundation for the months ahead. Taurus is a fixed earth sign, easily making it the most grounded and stable of all 12-zodiac signs. This coming month is an excellent time to slow ourselves down in order enjoy the simple pleasures in life. The Sun in Taurus prompts us to take stock of what we truly value in life— not just in terms of material possessions, Taurus places the greatest significance on that which has true value in a way that feels deeply personal to the individual.
The Sun in Taurus will move into conjunction with retrograde Mercury today, once again highlighting the need for us all to slow down our thoughts and communications in order to ensure that we’re focusing our attention on the things that truly matter in life. Mercury in Taurus asks us to choose our words wisely and teaches us to become more grounded, clear and concise in our daily communications. It’s about the quality of communication versus the quantity with Mercury in Taurus, and part of the lesson of this Mercury retrograde is about learning the value of communication and understanding the power behind our words.
Finally, Pluto stations retrograde at 19 degrees Capricorn today, which for many of us may feel very intense. Pluto will be in retrograde from April 20th through September 28th, 2017, marking a time when the psychological transformation brought on by Pluto peaks in intensity.
Pluto’s influence tends work slowly and methodically within the depths of our psyche. The effects of Pluto in the skies typically become apparent only when Pluto is “triggered” by another planetary influence. This triggering influence is also felt whenever Pluto stations and is felt more strongly for people with Scorpio Sun/Rising/Moon as well as for those who have a strong Pluto placement in the birth chart.
Today is a day when a crisis brought about by the need for transformation may be brought up to the surface. As a result, our deep-seeded fears and past trauma may be explored, re-experienced and subsequently released. Pluto retrograde is a time to PURGE all that is holding us back on a deep and subconscious level. Now is the also a time when power dynamics come into our awareness in a big way and we are shown where we’ve either unwillingly given our power to others or have mistakenly taken power away from those we care about. If the former is true, Pluto retrograde may be an immensely empowering time period. If you’re guilty of the latter, Pluto retrograde marks a time when the tables may turn.
Thursday (4/20): Mercury, the planet associated with our thoughts, communication and decision-making moves into fiery, willful Aries today. In Aries, we may become more impulsive in our thoughts and speech causing us to make decisions and act on them without fully thinking things through. This can be a recipe for disaster during Mercury retrograde when our mental energy may already be clouded or running on overdrive. Be sure to double-check emails, communications and travel-plans under this influence. If things seem to be moving too quickly, simply take some time out for quiet and contemplation before moving forward— you’ll be very happy you did!
I hope you all have a wonderful week! Be sure to check back here on Thursday for the weekend forecast! ☺