by Heather Roan Robbins
We enter the heart of spring renewal as Easter and Passover begin the week and the earthy Taurus Sun ends it. It’s a week of wildcards, unusual events provide us with opportunities to pay off some debts and heal old difficulties, to return to familiar traditions, people, and emotional scenarios, and reconnect with the best. But if we get stuck in old patterns, we renew them for another cycle. It’s up to us to evolve, renew, and handle familiar difficulties with a fresh perspective.
Those difficulties arise as our impulse control is down and our judgment spotty as the weekend begins. Mercury and Venus, two planets that symbolize how we interact with one another, are both retrograde and working peculiarly. Life is fine on an ordinary day, albeit with a few minor delays and klutziness, but once problems arise they can escalate quickly. The depths of our psyche are being stirred and people will tend to react with extra charge (missiles, guns, angry words) and not think through consequences.
So let’s be part of the de-escalation team. Once a problem begins to wobble, once misunderstandings pile up or coffee cups begin to fall, it helps to just hold still a moment. Take a break and find center, then approach the problem with more space and time to listen to one another. Be willing to try and truly understand, rather than just make a point. Take a deep breath and check motives; are we doing this to avoid a more complex problem that needs to be looked at, or are we doing this because it needs to be done. Keep the compassionate heart and sense of humor engaged.
Just about every summer has a time when many planets retrograde. Retrogrades are no excuse to blame for the world’s woes or to get out of ordinary civility with one another. Retrogrades are only a planet appearing to back up against the sky because of the difference between their orbit and ours. That doesn’t mean we should stop living. We still need to travel, love, sign documents, and talk with another. We just need to do so with extra attention and introspection, read the fine print and think through the consequences of our actions. The retrogrades send us back to work on the past to heal, learn, repair, repay, and reflect.
Venus is presently in a sign that she likes, in sensitive Pisces, and turns direct on Saturday after an introspective and emotional time (since March 5). Possibly either our creative process our emotional patterns were not able to push forward, but needed to tend to unfinished business with people, events, and work from the past. We may still need to be in touch with old friends and look at old patterns to see if we can do better this time, but fresh input is coming soon.
Mercury retrogrades April 9-May 3, and asks us to work around technical glitches, odd timing, delays in transportation or communication, all of which can be worked around with attention, patience, and an occasional do-over. But once a problem begins to wobble, once misunderstandings pile up or coffee cups begin to fall, it helps to just hold still a moment. Take a break and find center. Then approach the problem with more space and time to listen to one another. Be willing to try and truly understand, rather than just make a point. Keep the compassionate heart engaged.
This weekend Venus turns direct and sextiles Mars under a more cheerful and exploratory Sagittarius Moon. We may feel a little volatile because we’re extra emotional, but there’s also extra room for love., which will help those families gathering for holidays. Work turns more serious on Monday, so take advantage of a flash of competence, but watch out for strange ego and power trips in the process, and curb a desire to control others. It furthers to hold strong, but not engage directly in that fight.
The Sun enters Taurus on Wednesday and conjuncts Mercury, Pluto turns retrograde on Thursday and sends us back for a few months to reconsider how we use personal, political, and electrical power, just as Mercury backs into Aries.
Friday, April 14: Stay flexible and be ready to adjust last-minute plans as recent wildcards can throw us off center. Exercise compassion in small ways and large as Venus stations. Art projects, like dying Easter eggs, can soothe the soul but may not turn out like we intended. Tonight, spirits can lift around dinner time, but evening brings questions about the next step.
Moon enters Sagittarius 4:26 AM, Moon semi-square Jupiter 9:15 AM, Moon semi-square Pluto 1:17 PM.
Saturday, April 15: Early morning misunderstandings can snaggle us. We can spin in circles today, hopefully can laugh with each, but if we push or try to rush, slapstick will ensue, and old feelings spill out. We can manage. Let’s warm our hearts by reconnecting with traditions and people that brought us joy before as Venus turns direct. This day works best when we take spontaneous opportunities, let go of our agenda and engage creative process together.
Venus turns direct 4:17 AM, Moon squares Neptune 7:14 PM, Moon squares Jupiter 3:15 PM.
Sunday, April 16: Take advantage of beautiful opportunities to shift perspective this morning as the Moon trines Uranus and the sun. Break routine with a moment of spirit. Midday social awkwardness can complicate, unless we keep our priorities clear and laugh with one another as friendly Venus sextiles Mars. The mood grows serious and potentially controlling later as the Moon conjunct serious Saturn and enters competent Capricorn. We may need to just nail down the details, or finish last minute taxes, but also may need to let go of our imagined goal and co-create instead. Honor each other’s differences.
Moon trine Uranus 6:08 AM, Moon trine Sun 10:45 AM, Moon square Venus 10:53 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 12:26 PM, Moon enters Capricorn 5:04 PM, Venus sextile s Mars 7:26 PM, Moon trine Mercury 9:54 PM
Monday, April 17: This is an ambitious, determined, day. Before building momentum, make sure everybody is on the same track. A flurry of, competence can support us can help us get things going, but be careful because people can be unusually belligerent if someone gets in their way. Tonight, our minds move into reaction and need to totally space out or can make mistakes as the Sun semi-squares Neptune.
Sun trine Saturn 6:43 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 7:54 PM, Sun semi-square Neptune 10:58 PM.
Tuesday, April 18: Our feelings run deep this morning as the Moon conjuncts Pluto, our hearts may feel heavy. Notice a potential opportunity to move forward where we have already sketched out the path, but be wary of snap decisions. Hold boundaries clearly, just watch for a temptation to get aggressive instead of to stand firm. Edginess around dinner time can soften late tonight as the Moon first squares anxious Uranus and then sextiles friendly Venus.
Moon semi-square Jupiter 3:02 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 7:57 AM, Moon square Uranus 6:53 PM, Moon sextile Venus 11:21 PM
Wednesday, April 19: Keep a steady pace, attitude soft but alert, and coordinate with others while the mood softens. Early morning action as the Moon trines Mars slows into a steady, if somewhat awkward, rhythm midday. Dance with one another; the mood can be generally amiable with a tendency to bump into sharp corners and one another as the Moon enters sociable Aquarius, the Sun enters earthy Taurus, and they square off.
Moon semi-square Neptune 1:41 AM, Moon trine Mars to 19 a.m., Moon square Sun 3:56 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 4:51 AM, Moon squares Mercury 6:31 AM, Sun enters Taurus 3:26 PM, Sun conjunct Mercury 11:53 PM.
Thursday, April 20: On this potentially difficult day we can wrangle about how power is utilized. Some deep hidden issue comes to the surface, plots ripen, and we can feel a strong urge to tell someone off as Pluto retrogrades and thoughtful Mercury backs into feisty Aries. Afternoon brings more potential for diplomacy as the Moon trines Jupiter; set a generous example and reap rewards.
Moon semi-square Venus 4:48 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 5:15 AM, Pluto stations retrograde 6:48 AM, Mercury retrogrades into Aries 11:37 AM, Moon trine’s Jupiter 12:50 AM.
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