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In the Stars April 16-23, 2023 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week

The fiery, exalted, Aries Sun challenges us to take action and make things happen. The Aries Moon in forms a Total Solar Eclipse April 19th (9:12 p.m. PDT) or April 20th at 4;12 a.m. GMT. This alignment is conjunct Eris, Jupiter, Vesta, and the North Node, and square to Pluto. This is an extremely powerful, volatile configuration. Go mindfully and carefully. Keep things simple. Big events may be triggered.

Mercury turns retrograde one day later on the April 21st at 15 degrees of Taurus, conjunct Uranus. This may add sparks and surprises. This retrograde period lasts until May 15th, and its shadow period lasts until May 31st. Remember that when Mercury is retrograde, there can be mix-ups and miscommunication, so be patient with yourself and others when confusion occurs. When Mercury is retrograde, it is a good time to re-visit, re-think, renovate, and revise.

Mars continues Out of Bounds (OOB) until May 4th. The planet expresses itself unbounded, or without limits. In combination with the powerful eclipse of April 20th, as well as the eclipse or May 5th, the next few weeks are particularly volatile.


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Sunday’s aspects are easy, inviting us to slow down and go with the flow. particularly in light of the intensity of the eclipse coming on Wednesday (PDT). Do something inspiring, creative, and unusual or simply take a dreamy walk or saunter in an art gallery.

Monday holds a long void Moon period from 11:56 a.m.-6:09 Pisces. This time will be undefined and open to distractions. Monday holds sensitive energies. If you can allow yourself to follow your intuition and proclivities during this time, you will be well served. At 6:09 p.m the Moon moves into bold, quick, independent Aries, and you may be able to take initiative before the day is done.

Tuesday is the day before the Total Solar Eclipse; the impulsive Aries Moon is dark. A Moon-Venus sextile early in the day offers sweet, copasetic energy; however, later in the day the Moon is square to Mars, turning up the aggressive energy. Keep your life as quiet and simple as possible.

A Moon-Jupiter trine gives power and buoyancy to the day. The total Solar Eclipse occurs at 9:12 p.m. PDT at 29:50 Aries, an anaretic degree (last degree). Pluto squares this Solar Eclipse, adding to the intensity. This is a day to be mindful and to move about carefully. Aim to keep things as simple and easy as possible.

The Sun moves into Taurus on Thursday, a sign that generally symbolizes stability and comfort. However, this is another volatile day. The Moon conjuncts the North Node. The Sun squares Pluto. Power struggles may occur and edgy issues may emerge. Stay calm. Use the powerful energy to work with determination to get a lot accomplished.

Mercury turns retrograde on Friday for a three-week backward spin through May 15. The Taurus Moon and Uranus both conjunct Mercury, surely creating a few diversions and surprises. Mix-ups may easily occur. There is tension between the need for routine and the need for freedom from the usual. Overall, caring and nurturing are strong themes of the day, and we desire pleasure.

The Moon is in fun-loving Gemini on Saturday and Sunday, inviting us on short excursions and diversions. The Moon is in a restrictive square to Saturn on Saturday, calling our attention to responsibilities, or drawing us to more serious activities such as a trip to a museum, or to reading and studying.

We feel a call to expansive adventure on Sunday, with Jupiter conjunct Eris, and a Mercury-Mars sextile. Engaging conversations abound. Be curious.

The Sun conjuncts the North Node on Monday, encouraging our spiritual growth. The Moon is void of course all morning, making for an undefined start to the work week. Stick to routine tasks Monday morning until the Moon moves into compassionate, caring Cancer at 11:58 a.m. PDT. Benefic aspects to the Moon support an emotionally satisfying, flowing afternoon and evening. The Week in Short: Sunday: Easy, flowing, dreamy day. Monday: Sensitive, imaginative day. Moon VoC 11:56 a.m.-6:09 p.m; take action in the evening.

Tuesday: Take some solitude and keep things as simple and quiet as possible.

Wednesday: Buoyant, expansive day. Solar Eclipse. Keep things simple.

Thursday: Sun moves into Taurus. Be determined to get work done.

Friday: Mercury turns retrograde for the next three weeks. Diversions and surprises appear in this otherwise pleasant, nurturing day.

Saturday: We are curious and want to go places, but we are tethered to responsibilities.

Sunday: Engage in conversations and take a short excursion.

Monday: Moon VoC 5:14 a.m.-11:58 a.m. PDT. Then at noon, the day flows and is emotionally satisfying.

Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Gemini (April 10-May 7) 1. Browse in a bookstore. 2. Exercise flexibility in relationship. 3. Call someone with whom you’ve been out of touch. 4. Acknowledge the various expressions of love in your everyday life. 5. Write letters. 6. Plan a short trip. 7. Take an internet excursion and make at least three new discoveries. 8. Explore your surroundings and discover something new. 9. Connect with aunts, uncles, or cousins. 10. Think (and act) more flexibly with money matters—learn something new about finances. Moon Void-of-Course: 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 is 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 17: 11:56 a.m.-6:09 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

April 19: 9:12 p.m.-9:29 p.m. (Moon into Taurus) (Solar Eclipse at 9:13 p.m.)

April 21 at 8:40 p.m. through April 22 at 3:10 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

April 24: 5:14 a.m.-11:58 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

April 26: 4:40 p.m.-11:29 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

April 29: 3:52 a.m.-11:58 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

May 1: 4:52 p.m.-11:08 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

May 4: 2:16 a.m.-7:32 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

May 6: 7:37 a.m.-1:03 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

May 8: 1:27 p.m.-4:32 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

May 19: 4:52 p.m.-7:05 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

May 12: 8:15 p.m.-9:38 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

May 14 at 7:56 p.m. through May 15 at 12:55 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

April 17: 11:56 a.m.-6:09 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

April 19: 9:12 p.m.-9:29 p.m. (Moon into Taurus) (Solar Eclipse at 9:13 p.m.)

April 21 at 8:40 p.m. through April 22 at 3:10 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

April 17 at 18:56 through April 18 at 1:09 (Moon into Aries)

April 20: 4:12-4:29 (Moon into Taurus) (Solar Eclipse at 4:13

April 22: 3:40-10:10 (Moon into Gemini)

April 24: 12:14-18:58 (Moon into Cancer)

April 26 at 23:40 through April 27 6:29 (Moon into Leo)

April 29: 10:52-18:58 (Moon into Virgo)

May 1 at 23:52 through May 2 at 6:08 (Moon into Libra)

May 4: 9:16-14:32 (Moon into Scorpio)

May 6: 14:37-20:03 (Moon into Sagittarius)

May 8: 20:27-23:32 (Moon into Capricorn)

May 19 at 23:52 through May 20 at 2:05 (Moon into Aquarius)

May 13: 3:15-4:38 (Moon into Pisces)

May 15: 2:56-7:55 (Moon into Aries)

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