In the Stars April 12-19, 2020...shining light on the astrology of the week
The Sun continues to shine in bold Aries where it is exalted, calling us to new beginnings. Mercury has just entered Aries tropically, where it is much better placed than in Pisces where it was in its fall for the last few weeks. Mercury, the planet symbolizing communication benefits from the fire, inspiration, and speed of Aries. For the next few days Mercury makes benefic sextiles to Mars and Saturn, giving discernment and good judgment.
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Easter Sunday is a day for relaxation, though this is not your usual Easter Sunday. Create a ceremony for yourself and those you live with to celebrate Resurrection. The Moon is void of course all day until 5:05 p.m. PDT when it moves into Capricorn. Relax into something, such as reading a book that takes you to faraway places.
Monday’s Capricorn Moon supports a lot of work to get done in a careful and steady manner. An early morning lunar trine to Uranus gives a charge, but otherwise, it’s a quiet day to enjoy. Tomorrow sizzles with powerful aspects.
Tuesday is the day this week that holds the challenging energy of the Moon’s aspects with Saturn and Pluto. In addition, the Sun makes a tense angular square to the Moon and other planets in Capricorn. A Mercury-Chiron conjunction may stir mental insecurities. There is a tremendous powerful planetary energy in this day. Use it to your advantage; lean in, and work hard on a project or goal.
The Moon moves into dispassionate, socially conscious Aquarius on Wednesday. Numerous aspects color the day, some easy and some challenging. A Moon-Jupiter square may leave us feeling overextended. The Moon frames the day with two conjunctions. First, an early morning Moon-Saturn conjunction calls us to our responsibilities and our work. Late in the evening a Moon-Mars conjunction may leave us feeling anything but relaxed. Maybe it’s a night to burn the midnight oil. With Moon and Saturn in Aquarius we are called to help humanity. How can you contribute time and money to your community?
Following two intense days of planetary activity, Thursday is lighter day. With Moon in friendly, detached Aquarius, and no major aspects, we can ease into intellectual pursuits and put our attention toward social concerns. Make this a day for celebrating friendships. Reach out to some of your friends and express appreciation with a card, letter, or phone call.
Attend to routine, insignificant tasks Friday morning while the Moon is void of course until 11:29 a.m. Then the Moon moves into inspiring Pisces. A Mercury-Venus sextile is the aspect of the day which makes us sensitive to the needs of others, as well as creative and inspired.
Flow into creative possibilities on Saturday. The Pisces Moon promotes imaginative, artistic expression. Play music. Paint. Write. Be inspired.
The Sun enters the sign of Taurus tropically on Sunday. The Pisces Moon makes benefic aspects to Neptune, Pluto, and Jupiter, expanding our awareness and possibilities. The Moon goes void of course in Pisces at 4:31 p.m. In the evening, relax and watch a movie or read a book. Take a hot bath and go to bed early and get some good, sound, and extra sleep. Wait until tomorrow to plan the week ahead.
Monday the Moon moves into Aries just after midnight and joins Chiron later in the day. Aries is the sign symbolizing new beginnings. However, the Moon is inching toward its darkness.
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The Week in Short:
Monday: Work proceeds in a careful and steady manner.
Tuesday: Powerful planetary energy is available for hard work on projects and goals.
Wednesday: We are called to serve humanity. Lean in and give time and money to help others.
Thursday: Celebrate friendship. Reach out to friends and express appreciation by letter, card, or a phone call.
Friday: Moon VoC until 11:29 a.m. when it moves into inspiring, uplifting Pisces. Allow intuition and inspiration to be your guide.
Saturday: Express creatively. Paint, cook, or play music.
Sunday: The Sun enters Taurus tropically. This is a day to please your senses. Indulge yourself.
Monday: The Moon bounces into Aries, sparking new beginnings. But the Moon is dark, so take some solitude.
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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Gemini (April 3-August 7)
1. Explore your own book shelf and read some of the books that have been waiting for you.
2. Exercise flexibility in relationship.
3. Energize your social life through Zoom or phone calls. Keep the connections and conversation going.
4. Write cards or letters.
5. Walk in your neighborhood and community and see what you can discover.
6. Take an art or craft class online—there are many burgeoning now.
7. Connect with siblings, aunts, uncles, or cousins.
8. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new.
9. Play with words; write poetry or read some.
10. Do things you love that require both hands: play the piano, throw pottery, or ride your bicycle.
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This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.
Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle): Pacific Standard Time: April 12: 4:46 a.m. –5:05 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn); April 14 at 4:47 p.m. through April 15 at 0:37 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius); April 17: 7:34 a.m. - 11:29 a.m. (Moon into Pisces); April 19 at 4:31 p.m. through April 20 at 0:01 (Moon into Aries); April 22: 5:32 a.m. – 12:36 p.m. (Moon into Taurus); April 24 at 5:43 p.m. through April 25 at 0:20 (Moon into Gemini); April 27: 10:00 a.m. – 10:28 a.m. (Moon into Cancer); April 29: 12:29 p.m. – 6:06 p.m. (Moon into Leo; May 1: 9:04 a.m. – 10:35 p.m. (Moon into Virgo); May 3 at 7:25 p.m. through May 4 at 12:09 a.m. (Moon into Libra); May 5 at 7:30 p.m. through May 6 at 12:04 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio); May 7 at 7:38 p.m. through May 8 at 12:15 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius); May 9 at 11:10 p.m. through May 10 at 2:38 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time): April 6: 14:29 - 22:15 (Moon into Libra); April 12 at 12:45 through April 13th at 1:05 (Moon into Capricorn); April 15: 0:47 - 8:37 (Moon into Aquarius); April 17: 15:34 - 19:29 (Moon into Pisces); April 20: 0:31 - 8:01 (Moon into Aries) April 22: 13:32 – 20:36 (Moon into Taurus); April 25: 1:43 - 8:20 (Moon into Gemini) April 27: 18:00 – 18:28 (Moon into Cancer); April 29 at 20:29 through April 30 at 2:06; (Moon into Leo; May 1: 17:04 – 18:35 (Moon into Virgo); May 4: 3:25 - 8:09 (Moon into Libra); May 6: 3:30 - 18:04 (Moon into Scorpio); May 8: 3:38 -18:15 (Moon into Sagittarius); May 10: 7:10 - 10:38 (Moon into Capricorn)The Sun continues to shine in bold Aries where it is exalted, calling us to new beginnings. Mercury has just entered Aries tropically, where it is much better placed than in Pisces where it was in its fall for the last few weeks. Mercury, the planet symbolizing communication benefits from the fire, inspiration, and speed of Aries. For the next few days Mercury makes benefic sextiles to Mars and Saturn, giving discernment and good judgment.