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In the Stars April 2-9, 2023 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week: Full Moon


The Sun shines in Aries, where it is exalted and strong. Aries is courageous, assertive, and adventurous. The fiery Sun challenges us to take action and make things happen, but exercise caution, as Aries can be impulsive, reactive, and aggressive.

We are moving closer to an intense eclipse period from the Total Solar Eclipse April 20th through the Penumbral, or Partial, Lunar Eclipse May 5th. The eclipse period can be volatile, and this one especially so as some six planets are lined up in Aries along with several Fixed Starts. Keep your life as simple as possible during this time.

Mars continues Out of Bounds (OOB) until May 4th. Planets are OOB when their declination is more than 23 degrees, 27 minutes. When planets are out of bounds their energy is wild, unique, and extraordinary. The planet expresses itself unbounded, or without limits. People may be much more courageous and outspoken, as well as explosive and impulsive.


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Sunday and Monday call us to get our lives in order, as the Moon is in Virgo. Sunday is an energetic, productive day to be focused on home chores.

On Monday Mercury moves into Taurus and squares Pluto, which triggers deep pondering, but can also lead to discord and disagreements. The Virgo Moon makes benefic trines to Uranus and Venus, giving new ways of getting work done. Make your space sparkle.

Tuesday morning the Moon conjuncts Neptune, casting a fog over the morning that may make it hard to focus. This aspect begins a void Moon period from 6:50 a.m. to 2:51 p.m. PDT., a time best for routine tasks, and not conducive to meetings or decision making. This is a good time to do routine clean-up. At 2:51 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Libra, drawing us toward social interaction for the rest of the day. A Moon-Pluto trine draws us into deep conversations and concerns, and sparks motivation.

The Moon is Full on Wednesday, highlighting relationships. There may be surprising connections that emerge. If reparations need to be made, this is a good opportunity to make them. Mercury aligns in a benefic sextile to Saturn, giving reason and focus to our dialogues. Mercury-Saturn is also a good aspect for writing. Mercury conjuncts the North Node, drawing us toward our true values and purposeful endeavors.

Feelings are exaggerated on Thursday as the Moon opposes Jupiter and Eris. A Moon-Pluto square colors the evening, and churns up stronger emotions. The Libra Moon loves balance and harmony, so focus on those qualities as you sail the rough waters of the day.

Friday and Saturday the Moon lurks in the deep waters of Scorpio, surfacing deep feelings. This Easter weekend we may want some contemplative time alone. Venus sextiles Neptune on Good Friday, inviting prayer and compassion. We would benefit from immersing ourselves in beauty, perhaps attending an art reception or an inspiring film, or attending a concert or musical event.

Something startling may occur on Black Saturday, as the Scorpio Moon opposes Uranus. You may be shaken out of your comfort zone, or your brooding, in the depths of the Scorpio Moon. In the evening the Moon trines Neptune, inviting us to relax and lose ourselves in a movie or a dance trance.

Easter Sunday is uplifting, yet sobering. The Moon shines in Sagittarius, making a tense square to Saturn and a benefic sextile to Pluto early in the day. The Sagittarius Moon is both social and spiritual, so Easter Sunday gatherings are blessed.

Monday is an optimistic day, sporting the Sagittarius Moon that aspects nurturing Ceres, expansive Jupiter, and visionary Neptune. Venus moves into Gemini where it will reside until May 7th, enlivening conversation and generating good humor.

The Week in Short:

Sunday: Productive day to focus on home chores.

Monday: Though there may be some diversions, get organized and make your space sparkle.

Tuesday: Moon VoC 6:50 a.m.-2:51 p.m. PDT. Focus on clean-up, and later in the day meet with friends or colleagues to discuss deep issues of concern.

Wednesday: Full Moon with a focus on relationships and reparations, supported by reason and commitment.

Thursday: Day of exaggerated waves of emotion. Strive to be centered and balanced.

Good Friday: Inspiring, sensitive day. Soak up art and beauty.

Saturday: Surprising events may occur; the evening invites watching a movie or moving to music.

Easter Sunday: Uplifting, yet sobering day. Gather with family and friends.

Monday: Optimistic, buoyant day filled with vision, expansion, and good humor.

Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Taurus (March 16-April 10) 1. Plant spring flowers in your garden. 2. Cook delicious food to delight your taste buds. 3. Get a massage. 4. Get a fresh hair cut. 5. Freshen your wardrobe. 6. Spray a delightful scent such as rose water around your face. 7. Find some delightful new inspiring music. 8. Create a new playlist to inspire your everyday life. 9. Grow your savings. 10. Adorn yourself with beautiful clothing and jewelry.

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 4: 6:49 a.m.-2:50 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

April 6: 5:42 a.m.-11:29 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

April 9: 2:08 a.m.-5:56 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

April 11: 3:47 a.m. -10:32 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

April 13: 7:13 a.m.-1:41

p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

April 15: 8:15 a.m.-3:56 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

April 2: 6:02-10:57 (Moon into Virgo)

April 4: 13:49-21:50 (Moon into Libra)

April 6 at 12:42 through April 7 at 6:29 (Moon into Scorpio)

April 9: 9:08-12:56 (Moon into Sagittarius)

April 11: 10:47-17:32 (Moon into Capricorn)

April 13: 14:13-20:41 (Moon into Aquarius)

April 15: 15:15-22:56 (Moon into Pisces)

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)

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