by Heather Roan Robbins
We move into planting season with the Sun now in earthy, fecund Taurus. We can plant seeds, projects, world-shattering problems or great love; anything we plant had a great chance to grow, though maybe not quite like we intended, so let’s be careful what we plant.
Our words can be seeds. They have extra weight right now so we need to practice mindfulness with what we do and say. Mercury retrograde is already complicating our thought process, transportation, and communications from April 9 to May 3, and now retrograde back into feisty, inspired, low-impulse control Aries and conjuncts both electrifying Uranus and the dwarf-planet Eris (larger than Pluto, though much farther out), aptly named after the Greek goddess of discord. Mercury stations nestled between these two on May 3, and marches back over electrifying, change-inducing Uranus for a third time as it returns forward. Which can feel a bit like being run over and over by an electrical truck.
To emphasis the need to be careful with our words, Mars has just entered verbal Gemini. Here it can help us negotiate if we’re motivated to talk it out. But if we’re not attentive, our irritability can come out through our words, and they become our sword. And that, currently, can be dangerous. The very air can become the battle ground of words, winds, and bombs. Storm patterns and inflammatory pollen-filed spring winds stir the air. Our thinking can be volatile, our words can inflame or inspire throughout the next two weeks, our nervous system can rev, anxiety creep in unless we put this extra neurological voltage to good use.
Now every aspect has a positive expression; we cannot choose the transits, but we can always choose how we respond, and the cure for the pain of a tough aspect is found in its positive reframe. We can use our words to express our feelings, listen and come to new understandings, become inspired or find a way to inspire others through our stirring commentary. We can make the most of spontaneous moments of joy. We can throw a burst of energy into productivity and blast through a pile of work. So, let’s multi-task (a Mars in Gemini specialty), garden, and have long and meaningful talks, but think carefully before speaking, texting, signing, emailing, or exchanging fire.
The weekend begins under a sensitive Pisces Moon as Mars enters Gemini and affectionate Venus squares hardworking Saturn. It will feel good to spend time with old friends or review familiar subjects. We need to talk, and talk about our feelings, but may have some trust issues or feel our style cramped by our worries and responsibilities. We could waste the Pisces-Moon subtlety in worry and anxiety for the future as Mercury semi-squares Neptune, our imagination can run away in unproductive trails unless we give it good paths to follows. It pays to find safe ways to be sensitive.
The mood can become more inspired or volatile early next week under a fiery Aries moon. Old angers return for the next round. We have the energy to accomplish what we need to do, but maybe not the wisdom to know what that is. Follow through on pre-made plans, but be very wary of sudden volatility. And pray the worlds governments simmer down.
Wednesday brings a fertile new Moon in Taurus and time to start seedlings, seed our friendships with loving words, and take steps towards a healthy world. Because what we plant now, will grow roots.
Friday, April 21: Invest sweat equity; let’s work our network and handle logistics this morning as Venus squares Saturn, we can love our work but love may be work. Relationships could feel tested by life’s practicalities and practical glitches get in the way of creative flow, but heart and art will benefit in the long run from the investment of energy. The Moon enters sensitive Pisces midday and squares Mars in Gemini; we grow more aware, but mostly aware of our own feelings. It will be considered a real gift to listen to another’s process. Tonight, we need a good long talk and can prioritize comfort and connection, just be respectful of one another’s nerve endings.
Moon sex tiles Uranus 4:16 AM, Mars enters Gemini 4:31 AM, Venus squares Saturn 5:08 AM, Moon sextiles Saturn 9:18 AM, Moon’s sex tiles Mercury 12:22 PM, Moon enters Pisces 1:42 PM, Moon squares Mars 2:13 PM, Moon sextiles Sun 5:45 PM.
Saturday, April 22: Wander. Do it consciously and with intent, because that is just what our souls need to do as the Moon conjuncts foggy Neptune in dreamy Piscean while Mercury semi-squares them both. We probably couldn’t be efficient if we tried, so let’s relax and own the mood. But keep a healthy intent to the wandering as our imagination can meander into our fears, concerns, or hopeless fantasies otherwise. Misunderstandings thicken if we jump to conclusions, so put the fog lights on.
Moon conjunct Neptune 1:57 PM, Mercury semi-squares Neptune 3:37 PM.
Sunday, April 23: We have some serious thinking to do this morning, a chance to correct misperceptions and complete an emotional process as the Moon squares Saturn then conjuncts Venus. Thank old friends, balance karma, prepare the garden. Then switch headings towards the future as the Moon enters Aries around dinner time, and world grows more passionate and volatile.
Moon sextiles Pluto 12:19 AM, Moon square Saturn 2:21 PM, Moon conjunct Venus 3:34 PM, Moon enters Aries 6:32 PM, Moon sextiles Mars 9:43 PM.
Monday, April 24: Now, how do we do this. Today is all about local logistics; how to manifest short-term plans and solve recent problems as thoughtful Mercury trines strategic Saturn. Make it so. Work on ideas, but leave long term-plans for a few more weeks before launching. Stay patient even if tempers spark. Gather evidence and ask good questions. Logic furthers.
Mercury trine Saturn 2:15 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 9:23 PM.
Tuesday April 25: Tough new or moods this morning send an irrational pulse to our nerve endings as the Moon squares Pluto then conjuncts Uranus and Mercury. Be wary of reactive impulses, avoid the twitter-feed and instead find impulsive ways to create, exercise, or share affection. Evening levels off as the Moon enters earthy Taurus, though our appetite deepens. Prepare to plant intentions tomorrow.
Moon square Pluto 2:46 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 12:03 PM, Moon conjunct Mercury 2:29 PM, Moon trine Uranus 3:52 PM, Moon enters Taurus 7:56 PM.
Wednesday, April 26: The New Moon in Taurus marks this as one the most fertile days of the year. Start seedlings now! Send love to dear ones. Make a promise to oneself. Although Merc is still retrograde and it is good to leave paperwork and long term decisions until later, we can seed our intentions towards anything we want to grow. Watch the news and see what seeds of the future are planted today.
Moon conjunct Sun 6:16 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 5:38 PM.
Thursday, April 27: Expect the unexpected. The world slows down but our minds speed up as Mercury backs into a conjunction with Uranus. It is way too easy to take a concrete step towards a regrettable snap decision, or become preoccupied and therefore accident-prone unless we make life a dance of attention and presence. Sudden good changes are also likely, keep eyes open for a crack in a wall, an opening, a ray of sunshine. Practice mindfulness. It will be good to get physically tired because sleep may play hide-and-seek after the Moon enters Gemini tonight.
Moon trine Pluto 2:49 AM, Moon sextile Venus 7:18 PM, Moon enters Gemini 7:38 PM.
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