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This week could bring solid progress on practical work as Mercury and the Sun trine Saturn and Pluto in pragmatic earth signs. We can really get places. Ambitions of all kinds are furthered, which can be great for our personal projects, but problematic with people or countries whose ambition it is to suppress and oppress. This competent focus begins to disperse towards the end of the week as the Sun and Mercury leave Taurus and enter versatile and verbose Gemini. So, let’s make pragmatic progress now, work towards the world we believe in now, and talk about it all later on.

That work can help keep us level with this weekend’s potential emotional roller coasters. Our emotional hearts could be distractingly volatile as Venus conjuncts restless Uranus in Taurus under an intense full Scorpio Moon over the weekend. On one side, this could bring a lusty and flirtatious energy, but it can also bring up the specters of isolation, jealousy, and possessiveness. If we see Venus and the Moon as symbolic of the feminine archetype, of the culture’s Anima, Venus conjunct Uranus wants change now and the Scorpio full Moon calls for intensity, respect, or retribution. Obsessions get easily triggered unless we put obsessive streak to good use and keep it out of trouble.

The broody clouds pick up on Friday under the Scorpio Moon, though Venus in Taurus and Mars in Cancer form a supportive sextile. Our feelings run strong and deep, and when there is no tough test to respond to, relationships deepen and we can get along with unusual peacefulness both with one another and with our various parts inside.

We will tend to think deeply, if not quickly, which could us do research for those final papers., Or just because we are trying to understand a tumultuous world.  We want to get to the bottom of the problem and can perseverate over an issue that bothers us. Some new information, triggered either by a new factual revelation or arising from psyche, gives us a new clue to the puzzle. That new understanding could upset us as it provokes change as Mercury trines intensive Pluto this weekend, that we feel it all week long.

On Saturday, if we realize our emotions are off-kilter and winding out, it helps to stop what we’re doing, realize that we’re triggered, and honor the emotions, but not believe the story that our obsessions want to tell. The mood shifts by the evening as the Moon enter Sagittarius, and we may be able to laugh about something that drove us nuts hours before.

The mood chills out but stays outspoken through Sunday and Monday, that Sagittarius Moon encourages fresh optimism and a desire to liberate ourselves from what felt so heavy last week. On Tuesday the energy shifts as Mercury and the Sun enter multitasking Gemini, our attention becomes more diffuse our determination can stay on target under a pragmatic Moon in Capricorn. Look for strategic speeches or manipulative words, which can be two sides of one coin. Keep on target with the work at hand, as the focus dissipates further on Thursday under a collaborative Aquarius Moon. People become much more interesting than following through on practical work.

Friday, May 17: It furthers to have good work to do today. If we know what we’re doing, we can make real progress and use this obsessive Scorpio fixation on something positive. Spiritual practice or meditation works, as does pouring our hearts into music, art, or sculpture. We want what we want, our desire nature and all our primal emotions are cranked up. So can a desire to get even, to settle the score; as the Moon waxes full, don’t let others own the paradigm. Let’s choose carefully what we focus upon.

Moon trine Neptune 11:02 PM, Mercury trine Pluto 11:48 PM

Saturday, May 18: Some more volatile emotional situations could come to a head today. Weed the garden, weed the closet, but don’t weed beloveds under a full moon in Scorpio at 3:11 PM MDT. The mood can be fine while we’re calm, but volatilizes quickly; Invoke equanimity. Don’t toy with affections, do let beloveds know you love them. The mood lightens tonight as the moon enters freewheeling Sagittarius. Laugh about what felt grim only a few hours before.

Moon sextile Saturn, Moon sextile Pluto 7:04 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 8:25 AM, Venus conjunct Uranus 10:16 AM, Moon opposes the Sun 3:11 PM, Moon enter Sagittarius 7:20 PM.

Sunday, May 19: Make this a healing day Make this a low-key, healing day. Put careers on the side for the moment, because not much can be done about them at the moment, and rebuild resilience. Make lovely moments, explore just beyond the familiar, whether that’s around the corner, in the next room, or with a fresh conception.

Moon trine Chiron 4:00 AM.

Monday, May 20: Once they’re fully awake, people are in a mood to say yes if the pitch is brief and positive as an optimistic Sagittarius Moon conjuncts expansive Jupiter. Look for opportunities to expand the aperture, contact faraway people, or learn something new to open the mind and heart. Share little-known facts.  Just don’t corner anyone, we’ll hate to feel restricted.

Moon square Neptune 4:31 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 11:04 AM.

Tuesday, May 21: Think fast. The general mood speeds up and gets nervy and scattered, the conversation picks up as the Sun and Mercury enter Gemini and conjunct, and the moon enters competent Capricorn. While this is great for cross pollinating ideas, it’s not so great for rigorous thinking. After an irritable patch early this morning as the Moon opposes Mars, that Capricorn Moon can help us direct this nervy energy towards work. We can feel a pivot point, a last push on old projects and a chance to begin an interesting new phase. Get a new team to work together, adapt to a new scenario, or have great conversations before the end of school year, if that is our journey. Accomplish over the next two days, because the focus then dissipates.

Moon enters Capricorn 1:56 AM, the Sun enters Gemini 1:59 AM, Mercury enters Gemini 4:51 AM, Mercury and the Sun conjunct 7:06 AM, Moon opposes Mars 8:34 AM, Moon trine Uranus 9:42 AM, Moon trine Venus 4:58 PM.

Wednesday, May 22: Look for a shift, and make it a good one as Mars sextiles Uranus this morning. We can use an ambient competence to stand back from our situation and be ruthlessly honest with ourselves, but compassionately honest with others. Watch for news about this year’s big ambitions as the Capricorn moon conjuncts Saturn and Pluto.

Mars sextile Uranus 8:46 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 130 teen p.m., Moon conjunct Saturn 4:22 PM, Moon conjunct Pluto 9:57 PM.

Thursday, May 23: A Breeze blows in and can waft away our concentration today as the Moon enters airy and theoretical Aquarius. When we can’t focus, we can network, work our social media, and scan the far horizons. International conversations can grab our attention; it’s important for us to know what’s going on, so engage a large-scale situational awareness.

Moon enters Aquarius 11:49 AM, Mercury sextile Chiron 12:04 PM, Mars square Chiron 5:10 PM. Moon trine the Sun 4:48 PM, Moon square Uranus 8:16 PM.

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What we plant this week will grows deep roots, whether it’s seedlings, a spring fling, grudge or political machinations as the Moon waxes towards full under an earthy Taurus Sun. Mercury, also in grounded Taurus, helps our nervous system stay stable but we can dig in our heels with profound stubbornness. This natural stability is underlined by a pragmatic, on-target Sun– Saturn trine on Saturday, followed by a thoughtful Sun-Pluto trine on Monday: both aspects can help us stay on our game, deal with real issues and keep our priorities clear. These Solar aspects also shine a light on the core of our personal work and the challenges of our country as the Sun activates an ongoing, year-long, power-challenging Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn.

This grounded earthy Taurus energy helps us deal with brave, outgoing, but occasionally emotionally discontent energy resonating from Venus in feisty Aries and Mars in versatile, communicative Gemini. Venus in Aries and Mars in Gemini can also bring a spark to our eye and panache to our flirtation, which intensifies as Venus and Mars form a friendly, restless sextile towards the end of the week. Sextiles are the buddy aspect, two planets that relate like Thelma and Louise.

So let’s check in with our buddies and take our beloveds out to cavort and explore, try on new beautiful things and experiment with our creative process. We’ll want something new, new candidates, new spring clothes, new solutions, fresh connections, and our eyes can be distracted by passing beauty. For those free to form new connections, it’s a good week to pursue favorite things and notice who else is pursuing them with you. To keep it out of trouble in established relationships, hold hands and explore fresh possibilities together.

Expect restlessness with a paradoxical desire for comfort. Sometimes we may wish that the politics of the world would just go away for little while and let us enjoy spring. This may feel shallow, but it’s a sign we need to refill the wells so we can stay in here for the long haul.

Make new friends, cross pollinate ideas early this week while Venus and Mars are in extroverted signs and people are open and talkative, if impatient. Though don’t push if you hit resistance, as that Taurean stubbornness only thickens under pressure. Venus enters her own sensual sign of Taurus and Mars enters self-protective Cancer on Wednesday, shifting our energy inwards, towards more intimate connections, our family, our home, and our posse. We may be less willing to take emotional risk for a few days, but want to deepen our friendships and work on what we’ve already started.

Friday, May 10: Get the ducks in a row. use a healthy organizational skill to further work as the Sun trine Saturn; stay at the wheel even when spring weather and an indulgent Leo Moon call us out to play. Ego issues echo in the headlines and can trip us up midafternoon, but we can bypass them if we drop into our generous heart. Help someone feel loved, and their heart and mind open. Tonight, our head can send us in one direction, but our restless heart in another as the Moon squares Mercury.

Moon enters Leo 7:13 AM, Moon square Uranus 1:18 PM, Moon square Mercury 9:32 PM.

Saturday, May 11:  While the day is as social as yesterday, we may feel more tension between what we should do and what we want to do, between the practical needs and the lyrical wants as the Sun and Moon square off. Some will get their nose out of joint easily if they feel underappreciated. The mood is extroverted and sociable, though we can feel tension between practical needs and lyrical wants. Gather tonight, it can be frustrating to sit home alone; find an excuse to get out of the house.

Sun trine Saturn 3:18 AM, Moon square Sun 11:12 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 10:16 PM.

Sunday, May 12: Morning pulls us between the luscious luxury of sleeping in, and a desire to get out and about. Personal projects need attention midday as the Moon enters Virgo and trines Uranus. Watch an effort to be guilt tripped into somebody else’s enthusiastic project, offer to think about it rather than agree immediately. Tonight, look ahead at the week and make adjustments, fine-tune intention and schedules.

Moon trine Venus 4:14 AM., Moon sextile Mars 6:24 AM, Moon enters Virgo 10:21 AM, Moon trine Uranus 4:32 PM.

Monday, May 13:  It’s a good day to initiate a new phase of work, even though it can be hard to get started with minor health complaints, self-doubts, or a cranky edge running interference. Put one foot in front of the other and build momentum towards a specific and pragmatic goal; it all gets easier once the ball is rolling as the moon, Mercury, and Saturn form a grand trine in pragmatic earth signs.

the Moon trine Mercury 8:47 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 5:14 PM, Moon trine Saturn 8:39 PM, Sun trine Pluto 9:07 PM.

Tuesday, May 14: Put people first on this complicated day, straighten out the relationships, both at work and at home, and all else falls into place. Enjoy a flirtatious empathy as Venus sextiles Mars, it can help balance more problematic issues; laugh, connect, and find it easier to work together as the Moon trines Pluto then enters companionable Libra. Personal overtures further after noon.

Moon square Jupiter 12:31 AM, Moon trine Pluto 1:11 AM, Moon trine Sun 1:29 AM, Venus sextile Mars 7:58 AM, Moon square Mars 11:18 AM, Moon enters Libra 12:50 PM.

Wednesday, May 15: Slow down and smell the roses, some fervent wish to push the river releases as Venus leaves Aries and enters its own sign of Taurus, and Mars leaves Gemini and enters Cancer. Sweet, possessive, territorial, cuddly, Venus in Taurus can both help us feel more contented by the good, but also protective of what we have and potentially desirous of something or somebody just outside of our reach.

Venus enters Taurus 3:45 AM, Mercury sextile Neptune 7:20 PM, Mars enters cancer 9:09 PM, Moon square Saturn 11 PM

Thursday, May 16: A new focus can either help us finish projects or nudge us towards our obsessions as Mercury trine Saturn and the Moon enters intense Scorpio.  If we don’t like where our mind perseverates, we can’t just drop it but we can choose to focus elsewhere. Relationship issues can get possessively volatile; instead of getting snarky, ask a beloved for reassurance.

Moon sextile Jupiter 2:38 AM, Moon square Pluto 3:37 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 3:25 PM, Moon trine Mars 4:18 PM, Mercury sextiles Saturn 5:08 PM, Moon opposed Venus 6:47 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 10:03 PM.

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Prepare your garden, whether actual or metaphorical, Friday and Saturday, then get your plants in after the new Moon in Taurus 4:45 PM MDT Saturday. Start seedlings, prepare a garden, put in proposals, run for office.  Start something beautiful with someone you love. This is not a weekend to weed either our garden or our presidential candidates, it’s a weekend to fertilize and support anything with potential. What we plant this on this new Moon is likely to grow.

Now that growth could stir the pot and create changes because this new Moon approaches a trine to Saturn, the south lunar node, and Pluto on Sunday, then opposes that line-up on Thursday. Saturn and Pluto run together all year and define the big questions of our time; how do we use power responsibly and how do we organize and govern in a healthy way.

Although this stabilizing Taurus Sun and Moon can calm down some of the recently volatile Aries energy, Venus and Mercury are still in low-impulse-control Aries as the weekend begins, adding and easily triggered response, a quick laugh, quick cry, strong emotional torque with fierce defenses. Tempers can flare and drop like a passing spring storm which brings clear skies.

Friday begins with the Moon in Aries magnifying this fierce spark, then enters Taurus and stabilizes for the earthy changes tonight as the Moon conjuncts Uranus. Saturday the Moon is new at 4:45 PM, so prepare the garden or the proposal during the day, and plant everything from dinner time on all through Sunday until the Moon enters Gemini in the evening.

Mercury enters Taurus early in the week and slows down our reactive temperament but increases our healthy stubbornness. With the Moon in verbal Gemini on Monday and Tuesday, it’s time to plant great ideas, to outreach and send out resumes.

On Tuesday our relationships can feel tested by responsibility, hard work, or just a mood. At the same time relationship that pass that test strengthen. We’re challenged to find a balance between relationships and our fierce independence, or could challenge our relationships through snappy comebacks and a tendency to forget to consult our beloveds when we make a quick decision.

Conversation stay active around funding for the arts, the role and voice of women, and financial stability this week as Venus in Aries first squares serious Saturn on Tuesday, then trines expansive Jupiter and squares deep Pluto on Thursday.

Friday, May 3: Put out minor fires this morning, deal with needs, urgencies, inflammations, and frayed tempers. But find time to mix in something spontaneous, good for the willful soul.  The mood calms down, we may grow more agreeable if less adventurous as the Moon enters Taurus midafternoon. Make changes that prepare the ground for tomorrow’s plantings. Look for healthy shifts that tidy up loose ends and complete a cycle as the Moon conjuncts Uranus tonight.

Moon square Pluto 1:16 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 2:06 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury to 40 7 AM, Moon enters Taurus 2:17 PM, Moon conjunct Uranus 8:15 PM.

Saturday, May 4: Our senses want to be fed this morning, we want to feel cuddly, comfortable, well fed; whatever nurtures and cultivates our life. Tend one another. Prepare the ground. Notice where a stand needs to be taken. Then plant trees, ideas, overtures of affection after the Moon and Sun conjunct in Taurus at 4:45 PM.

New Moon in Taurus 4:45 PM.

Sunday, May 5: This is a primo fertile day, plant anything that needs to grow. Do not plant animosity or a grudge. A wonderfully muscular Mars-Jupiter opposition can help us dig that gardening or wrestle in the sports and logic, but we need to keep our sense of humor or the fight gets real. It’s a good day to stand up for our ecosystem.   Watch the headlines, battles that began the day won’t go away quickly. Show affection through action today, then talk about it tonight as the Moon enters Gemini

Moon sextile Neptune 10:01 AM, Moon trine Saturn 4:22 AM, Moon trine Pluto 9:10 AM, Mars opposed Jupiter 3:56 PM, Moon enters Gemini 9:39 PM.

Monday, May 6:  Plant words, ideas, concepts under the waxing Gemini Moon. Mercury enters Taurus and the sound of our voice becomes important, we need a more poetic edge, This Mercury brings less speed but more durability to our thinking, and leaves us less feisty but more ready to hold strong on opinion.

Mercury enters Taurus 12:25 PM.

Tuesday, May 7: It may be hard to love or share affection as Venus squares Saturn, some constraints or responsibilities can cramp our style or make it so we feel like we need to choose between aesthetics and practicality. Balance both: love and responsibility, beauty and work. Expect some challenging conversations as the Moon conjuncts Mars around dinner time, rein in impatience and give feedback only sparingly and with a note of positivity. Stay focused while driving, as accidents of distraction become more likely.

Moon square Neptune 6:14 AM, Venus square Saturn 7:26 AM, Moon sex tile Venus 10:34 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 3:10 PM, Moon conjunct Mars 5:49 PM.

Wednesday, May 8:  And now for something unexpected, as Mercury conjuncts Uranus this morning we may change our perspective or have to deal with odd new information. We won’t change our mind under duress, but we will be willing to explore ideas if confronted by something that makes us think. The Moon enters Cancer and leads us to become a bit more self-protective and emotionally guarded on the outside, but also softer and more naturally compassionate on the inside. There is no need to push people outside of their comfort zone, life will do that for them. The Sun sextiles Neptune and softens the evening; comfort and safety are deeply appreciated.

Moon enters cancer 3:06 AM, Mercury conjuncts Uranus 8:22 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 9:06 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 9:13 AM, Sun sextile Neptune 8:52 PM.

Thursday, May 9: Women lead the conversation as Venus in Aries trines Jupiter and squares Pluto. All of us can feel our impatient hearts wanting to leap to conclusion. Instead, leap to acts of affection instead. Events may call for our compassion around noon time, the fear of loss can make us push people away just when we really need a hug. Late afternoon, as the Moon opposes Saturn and Pluto, our guards come up, and events forward this year’s big work.

Venus trine Neptune 10:55 AM, Venus trine Jupiter 10:55 AM, Venus square Pluto 11:19 AM, Moon sex tile sun 11:56 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 2:44 PM, Moon opposed Pluto 7:19 PM, Moon square Venus 8:05 PM.

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The grass is growing and blossom burgeoning. After an easily-overwhelmed winter, the stars are really helping us get on a roll; we have places to go and things to do with the Sun in earthy, enduring Taurus with Mercury and Venus in feisty Aries.

Mercury and Venus in Aries loan us gumption and helps us initiate, but we’ll concentrate better in short and intense doses with frequent breaks. Otherwise the spring attention deficit problem kicks in. We’ll tend to be impatient and outspoken; even on a lovely spring day, opinions can just sprout out of us like bees out of a flower. Our thinking can be firm, direct, but unsubtle. What passes as the truth can be oversimplified and so distort the more subtle, interwoven nature of real truth. While it’s a relief to get down to core issues, let’s watch the temper spikes and stay open to complexities if we want to know what’s really going on.

But even with this pragmatic forward momentum we can lose track of exactly where were going.  Over the weekend an interesting, imaginative but competitive T-square between Mars in Gemini, Jupiter in Sagittarius, and Neptune in Pisces can inflame allergies but help us release old angers and let go of old outmoded ambitions so we can create room for new ideas. This pattern can bring a confusing if competitive edge on one side, but also can stimulate an important dialogue, good for spiritual and philosophical questioning. Old quotes from the past can stir up arguments even though we won’t agree on what was actually said. We can avoid the worst of these fights as long as we can keep the conversation going and try to understand the other. Keep that dialogue flowing, it will really tick us off if we feel we can’t express or we feel like nobody’s really listening.

Friday and Saturday a creative Aquarius Moon calls us out to celebrate spring, engage community events and camaraderie. Honor a need to wander and a desire to feel the earth’s magic as Mars squares Neptune. Under the Pisces Moon on Sunday and Monday, we may need to slow down, feel sensitized, but can also be frustrated with the systems in place and wrestle with questions about how to organize as Saturn stations to turn retrograde for the summer.

If a major project is delayed, instead of getting discouraged, use the time to make the project more robust. Saturn and lets us go back and review our plans, get them in better shape before the fall momentum. Political contestants may have to field a lot of questions about what’s happened in the past and have trouble really turning the conversation to the future until the end of August.

The week ends with bonfires and sparks. On May Day, we may be ready for the fresh life of May baskets, the joy of Maypoles, and the exhilaration of spring revolution as the Moon enters feisty Aries and Mercury in Aries squares Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. This pattern stimulates the controversy around the key issues of the year. We can expect the breakdown and rebuilding of old structures and systems this year as Saturn and Pluto conjunct. New life wants to push out old dysfunction. May baskets are always appreciated.

Friday, April 26: We may to be friendly under a sociable Aquarius Moon, but can feel our chin set, heels dig in, and will resist change instigated by others. Let’s be proactive about that and choose a change we’re willing to work towards as something needs to shift while the Moon squares Uranus and the Sun. We can grapple with difficult facts and be distracted by the bigger picture, but easily miss the needs and feelings of those close by. Tonight, let the work go and focus on reconnection as the Moon sextiles Venus.

Moon enters Aquarius 3:27 AM, Moon squares Uranus 8:56 AM, Moon squares Sun 4:18 PM, Moon sextile Venus 6:58 PM.

Saturday, April 27: Spontaneous adventure furthers. If irritated by a comment, clarify to avoid arguments based on misunderstanding. Take care of allergies, immune systems, and don’t push a decision before it’s ripe as Mars squares Neptune. Be alert around water, fuel and alcohol. Notice an old anger ready to let go and create new space within. Though a new one may arise. It can be good therapy to sit around and get the complaints out on the table with humor.

Mars square Neptune 7:03 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 8:34 AM, Moon trine Mars 4:10 PM.

Sunday, April 28: Good conversation abounds this productive and potentially friendly morning, just be willing to make the overture. Our feelings grow more sensitive, anxieties can flicker in as the Moon enters Pisces this afternoon; put sensitivities to good use and rest the anxious mental hamsters.

Moon sextile Jupiter 3:43 AM, Moon enters Pisces 4:11 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 10:02 PM.

Monday, April 29: Check in with one another and tend to human resources this morning. Be patient with one another, this can be an emotional time, and something we want may be put on hold or reorganized as Saturn stations to turn retrograde. Expect news about this on Wednesday as Mercury squares that Saturn. Use any delays wisely, as a chance to go back and fix and strengthen.

Moon sextile Jupiter 3:43 AM, Saturn turns retrograde 6:54 PM

Tuesday, April 30: Morning starts off and in the heart of confusion as the Moon conjuncts Neptune, listen to dreams and intuitions even though we may be filtering through our critical edge as Neptune and squares Mars. Midday brings a productive streak as the Moon sextiles Saturn and Pluto. Work with others to remove old blocks to healthy progress. With determination and tact we can reach across those differing opinions and potentially move forward.

Moon enters Neptune 4:32 AM, Moon square Mars 8:22 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 9:33 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 2:47 PM, Moon square Jupiter 3:57 PM.

Wednesday, May 1:  It’s a good day to file a lawsuit or dance the Maypole; Mayday begins with gumption and attitude as Mercury squares Saturn and the Moon enters feisty Aries. If people have a chip on their shoulder, don’t take it personally. Put this gumption someplace positive.  Choose fights carefully, rather than react automatically.  Paperwork and bureaucracy can intervene and slow the flow. Our attention span can be quick and dismiss what’s not really important, but hold on in with pitbull teeth to what does.

Mercury sextile Mars 12:37 AM, Mercury square Saturn 2:49 AM, Moon enters Aries 4:23 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 12:26 PM.

Thursday, May 2: This day keeps up the pace, but softens in attitude as the Moon conjuncts Venus in Aries, though serious concerns arise. Watch for sudden news, transportation difficulties, and be ready to grapple with some inconvenient truth as Mercury squares Pluto. Be conscious of where the mind rumbles, watch out for a tendency to get into the depression cascade and bring up one difficult thought after the other. If this begins to happen, take a break and focus on something concrete and clear. Fresh possibilities arise tonight as Mercury trine’s Jupiter, we can see more potential.

Moon conjunct Venus 8:39 AM, Mercury square Pluto 3:51 PM, Moon square Saturn 8:16 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 9:58 PM.

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Caution, combustible material within.  The weekend begins under astrological storm clouds but lightens up on Sunday. After an active, blossoming and fertile few days early in the week, the stars again vibrate with both strategic potential and tension towards the end of the week.

On Friday, a friendly early morning full Moon in Libra shines a light on both our need for relationships and our need for individuation but can highlight the differences between our needs. The mood sharpens as the Moon enters broody Scorpio around breakfast. We may love people and still not want to be around them, we just won’t want to be convenient, which can make family gatherings tricky this weekend. Corner us, and we will reclaim our time.

The Aries Sun, Scorpio Moon can leave us willful or sharp-edged on Friday. We want to go our own way. Mercury is already in Aries, Venus joins Mercury on Saturday. Luckily the Sun also leaves Aries and enters steadier Taurus, gives us stamina,  and helps us level out the moods somewhat.

Mercury and Venus in Aries bring out our natural histamines, both emotionally and quite literally make us more physically reactive. Our tempers spike easily, and so do our allergies. With Venus in Aries, watch the female candidates start to shine, and take the heat. Global hotspots will have extra fuel. And we may feel a fierce protectiveness to the people that we love who might be vulnerable.

The Sun and mental Mercury in direct, impatient Aries, keep us honest and energized when we’re on track, and can make us profoundly lazy if stuck doing something we don’t want to do.  Let’s rein in an almost knee-jerk need to say something controversial. It’s not that we’re insensitive, but we will tend to speak, move, argue, or love, first, then consider the ramifications of our actions later. Luckily Mars, now in verbal Gemini, can help us break the tension if we can just keep the conversation going, but it has to be a real conversation, a Geminian volley, not a monologue.

Give relatives the room to be outrageous on Sunday, we may feel no less outspoken, but more sociable and humorous as the Moon enters upbeat Sagittarius. Easter gatherings will be the most fun they keep an element of spontaneity. On Monday the Taurus Sun conjuncts change-inducing Uranus and instigate a minor earthquake, small but substantial shift to improve our habits, our garden, our world. The Moon enters industrious Capricorn on Tuesday and encourages us to keep those pragmatic changes rolling forward.

Keep an eye out on for some Machiavellian political moves in the middle of the week under the Capricorn Moon as Pluto stations and turns retrograde, though we may not see the evidence of them for a few months. On Thursday, as the Moon conjuncts Pluto and Saturn, people may get grim but are willing to work towards advancement of dreams, ideals, plots and plans. Use this determination to make improvements.

Friday, April 19: The Moon is full in Libra at 5:12 AM MDT, and we can see things in black-and-white, defined by pairs of oppositions, skew lines, and contrasting needs. Take the information, but don’t believe that dichotomy; look for the connection, the mutual benefit, underneath. The Moon enters Scorpio by 6:40 AM, tails twitch, curiosity deepens, attitudes can entrench and we will not suffer fools lightly. Use this focus well. If the situation starts to explode, it can go far; consider standing back and centering rather than engaging that explosion.

Moon opposed the Sun 5:12 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 6:40 AM, Moon opposes Uranus 10:34 AM, Mercury conjunct Chiron 5:47 PM

Saturday, April 20: It may be better to work near our beloveds, but not with them (once we leave the bed); the Sun enters Taurus, and adds a more earthy and sensual note, though the undercurrent of impatience intensifies while Venus takes the torch from the sun and enters Aries, all under a musky Scorpio Moon. We don’t want to behave, will stubbornly resist pressure, and need to listen to our inner calling. Enjoy the focus, listen to inner callings, and make an effort to be kind.

Sun enters Taurus 2:55 AM, Venus enters Aries 10:10 AM, Moon trine Neptune 12:39 PM, Moon sex tile Saturn 5:19 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 9:59 PM.

Sunday, April 21: The Moon enter flexible fire sign Sagittarius and trines Venus and Mercury in Aries, offering us a more upbeat, more outgoing day; quite literally we may feel called to be outside and moving. Use a temporary openness and honesty to communicate clearly with one another to tackle touchy subjects, just be careful not to try to push somebody into changing their beliefs or political views, it will not further.

Moon enters Sagittarius 9:59 AM, Moon trine Venus 12:18 PM, Moon entered trine Chiron 4:18 PM, Moon trine Mercury 9:18 PM.

Monday, April 22: Some conflicts may be useful and productive today, just don’t go there without a good reason. The Sun conjunct Uranus but in fixed signs which suggests slow but important changes. Deep tremors. Restlessness competes with a desire for safety, and this tension can make anyone a little edgy and impatient. The moon enters competent in determined Capricorn late afternoon and brings follow-through and determination, but can bring out our pushiness or manipulation. It helps to complete one small project, it renews hope for the bigger ones.

Moon opposed Mars 12:34 PM, Sun conjunct Uranus 5:06 PM, Moon square Neptune 6:03 PM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 5:43 AM, Venus conjunct Chiron 10:54 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 4:49 PM, Moon trine Uranus 9:46 PM.

Tuesday, April 23: It’s tempting to slip out of the ordinary routine and get outside this morning. A generous mood encourages overtures and shared ideas. Humor flows easily but watch hurtful jabs, as old emotional scar tissue can feel tender. if something tweaks an old emotional issue, stay present and make fresh choice. Long-term planning and hard work get easier later in the day as the moon enters Capricorn.

Moon conjuncts Jupiter 5:43 AM, Venus conjunct Chiron 10:54 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 4:49 PM, Moon trine Uranus 9:46 PM.

Wednesday, April 24: An air of competition can either ruin the subtleties of life or push us to achieve a personal best. Keep a sportsperson-like approach to this air of competition and direct it towards improvement, not an excuse to be hard on oneself or others as the Capricorn Moon squares Venus and Mercury. There’s potential for a deep strategic power-play as Pluto stations to turn retrograde; walk away if one looms near you. Now is not the time to argue.

Moon trine Sun 12:02 AM, Moon square Venus 1:11 AM, Moon square Mercury 12: 13 PM, Pluto turns retrograde 12:47 PM.

Thursday, April 25: There’s work to be done on all sides, fill in the void so the work isn’t taken by others as the Capricorn Moon prepares to conjunct Saturn and Pluto tonight. People may be a little grim, and will feel better once they feel like they’ve accomplished something. Focus on serious long-term potential. If feeling rebellious, state clear boundaries and speak up, but try to stay active versus reactive.

Moon sextile Neptune 3:21 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 8:33 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 1:47 PM.

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This astrological week starts with some tough questions, rolls into a potentially beautiful weekend to get out and about. Our consciousness returns to work in time for last-minute taxes and a cranky but efficient spurt early next week, then ends with a few sparks and an influx of gumption. Towards the end of the week, Mercury enters direct and feisty Aries, our thinking clears and we tell it like it is. Or like we think it is at the moment.

We are dealing with challenges around power and structure as the weekend begins. And we can square off with one another as the Sun in the feisty Aries, Moon in self-protective Cancer, and serious Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn all form a challenging T-square. We may want to reorganize our closets, our foundations, our finances, and our government.

The question of our era is around how power and control are used, how can we empower the individual and restrain the misuse of controlling power over others as Saturn and Pluto conjunct in structural Capricorn over the next few years. This question is amplified every time the sun, moon, or faster moving planets stimulate this conjunction. This weekend and the next, the Sun and Moon ring it like a bell.

While we may see this play out in the headlines, we can also ask ourselves some healthy questions around personal empowerment to be our best self.

Friday begins under of self-protective Cancer Moon which can encourage us to kind of stay home and take care of ourselves or nurture one another. We could see defensive and nationalistic posturing on a larger scale. The weekend brightens under an enthusiastic and sociable Leo moon. While it may bring out the grandstanding energy in some, most of us will just feel called out of our introverted winter caves and want to connect.

The Moon enters thoughtful, critical thinking Virgo just in time for a last-minute tax shuffle on Tuesday. Relationships get thrown on the back burner for a few days as work takes precedence. Logistics can cramp our relational style, which is great for work but we might need to consciously practice kindness.

Mercury enters Aries on Wednesday and wakes up our mind. We may develop a puppy-like attention span, but could wake up out of a hazy trance and sense of overwhelm that’s been hovering since February 10 when Mercury first entered Pisces.

For the next few weeks Mercury in Aries encourages us to speak up, speak first and consider later; we’ll need to add patience and tact. The trick will be to simplify our situation without oversimplifying and missing a more complex truth.

Friday, April 12: After some sweet moments early in the morning, conflicting feelings can leave us crabby around the edges as the protective Cancer Moon opposes Saturn and Pluto and squares the sun. We may have to speak an unpleasant truth or put up with temporarily uncomfortable situations, but politeness, good habits, old friends, and professionalism can help us through as Venus sextiles Saturn. People are feeling more insecure than they let on, but gratitude and appreciation help encourage the habits we want to grow. The conversation relaxes as the Moon trines Mercury around dinner time.

Moon trine Neptune 4:14 AM, Moon trine Venus 9:05 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 9:05 AM, Venus sextile Saturn 9:07 AM, Moon square Sun 1:05 PM, Moon opposed Pluto 2:01 PM, Moon trine Mercury 5:32 PM.

Saturday, April 13: Overnight events or dreams could have a haunted quality, worries come up as the Sun squares Pluto. But the day brings more luck and enthusiasm as an outgoing Leo Moon squares Uranus. Last-minute changes can help us celebrate and engage interesting new energies. Look for experiences that encourage one to step out of a personal comfort zone to be seen, tackle a small personal challenge that empowers.

Moon enters Leo 1:50 AM, the Sun squares Pluto 2:06 PM, Moon square Uranus 5:13 AM, Moon trine Chiron 7:09 AM, Moon sextile Mars 5:12 PM.

Sunday, April 14: There’s potential for camaraderie, good news, good connections which help us feel hopeful about the future; extend the first hand as the Sun trines Jupiter. Extra emotions resonate, hopes and fears, tears and laughter are close to the surface as Venus sextiles Pluto. Connect over something that really matters.

Sun trine Jupiter 7:40 AM, Venus sextile Pluto 5:51 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 6:49 PM, Moon trine Sun 7:38 PM.

Monday, April 15: Get down to work. Details, number crunching, responsible critique can get the work done but impinge on our social life; we need to keep our hearts open even as we fix mistakes. Let’s go gently with criticism both to ourselves and to others under an edgy Virgo Moon; anxiety is not efficiency. Compassion and connection actually help us accomplish.

Moon enters Virgo 4:13 AM., Moon trine Uranus 7:42 AM, Venus square Jupiter 5:14 PM, Moon square Mars 9:28 PM.

Tuesday, April 16: The day is nervy, fast- thinking, but potentially with more anxiety than clarity. Be careful where the mind focuses, keep it on track. Give the busy hamsters real work to do, doable projects to tackle and turn the anxiety into productivity as the Virgo Moon first opposes Neptune then trines Saturn and Pluto. Social edginess can make it easy to put a foot wrong tonight, be patient with one another.

Moon opposed Neptune 9:09 AM, Moon trine Saturn 1:39 PM, Moon trine Pluto 6:10 PM, Moon square Jupiter 8:02 PM, Moon opposite Venus 10:29 PM.

Wednesday, April 17: Some mystery or confusion that’s been haunting us since February 10 when Mercury entered Pisces may now become clear, but let’s not oversimplify the answer in the desire to clarify as Mercury leaves Pisces and shift into direct Aries. The Moon enters congenial Libra to bring balance to it, and we begin to feel that tension between our relationships and our need to individuate.

Mercury enters Aries at 12:01 AM, the Moon enters Libra 5:21 AM, Moon opposes Mercury 5:51 AM.

Thursday, April 18: Balance tact and initiative; think before speaking but don’t suppress perceptions.  Watch for clashes in both opinions and needs this afternoon as the egalitarian Libra Moon squares Saturn and Pluto. Some imbalance or confrontation may simmer to a boil tomorrow, so nurture moments of connection and joy to counterbalance.

Moon trines Mars 12:45 AM, the Moon squares Saturn 2:47 PM, the Moon squares Pluto 7:17 PM.

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The weekend begins with a fresh, feisty new Moon in Aries and opens a new chapter. Launch. Step forward. Aries brings that rebellious spirit of the daffodil and plum blossom surging back to life after a long winter, starting life over again with deep old roots and fresh growth.

This new Moon may spark a flash of temper or rebellion, or just a need to do procrastinate and do things our own way. It encourages us to rebel against the limitations of our life, the dysfunction of our world, and boldly step where we’ve not stepped before, or play hooky if that is our chosen form or rebellion.

This revolutionary new Moon forms a challenging square to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn whose conjunction on the south lunar node over the next year defines this time and calls us to really examine how power is used in all its many forms, showing us the worst use of political power and personal authority, and calling us to find the best use. We may see sparks fly in the headlines this week and get hints about the work ahead.

Now this would be a lot more volatile time if the Sun was not at a solar minimum. The Sun acts like the volume control on all the other aspects right now and it is in an unusually long quiet spell in an unusually cool cycle, or we’d probably have riots in the streets these days. With the Sun in a quiet spell, not active and flaring, it is hard to keep political change ignited. If the Sun follows its usual cycles, this will be changing in the months ahead, but we won’t know until it happens. See spaceweather.com for more solar information.

Even with the fire of a new Moon in Aries, it can be hard to get our minds fully in gear for progress right now. Mercury, who symbolizes how we think and communicate, is still in sensitive Pisces and likes to daydream. We’re slowly emerging from the foggy soggy astrological mood of the last month, clearing up clouds of misinformation, and finding firm ground. A rather lovely glamour can shimmer over our feelings as Venus conjunct Neptune later in the week and can help us start some amazing art projects or write the novel of our dreams, but can also keep distracting us from the practical work at hand. We may feel unusually sensitive in our relationships, intuitive, but can also easily projects our fantasies upon one another rather than see each other clearly. So let’s check in with our beloveds and hear what’s going on in their inner worlds, rather than assuming we know.

On Saturday and Sunday an earthy Moon in Taurus helps us plant, nurture, and cultivate both our garden and our new relationships and ideas. On Sunday listen for positive serious announcements or feel a decision click into place as Mercury sextile Saturn.

Midweek bubbles with creative ferment as Venus conjuncts Neptune under a talkative Gemini moon. Responsibilities won’t let us drift off into our daydreams though, we have some serious to work to do on our long-term plans as the Sun square Saturn and Mercury sextiles Pluto.

Towards the end of the week we need to cultivate the safety to take risks as the Moon enters security conscious Cancer while mental Mercury squares generous Jupiter. If were feeling unsafe, our tendency will be to say too much, or to get defensive and reactive rather than stay proactive.

Spring is sprung, the world is bursting into life, and we need to cultivate fresh sprouts. Dark clouds may hover on the horizon over the next two years, so it is more important than ever to nurture those worthy tender shoots.

Friday, April 5: We regenerate by engaging spontaneously, really listening at the moment to what we need and what is needed around us. People rise to the occasion, we may want to be a hero, but let’s look for real problems that need tackling rather than create one just for the excitement. Midday power struggles or cranky spell as the Moon squares Saturn and Pluto. Ask people to solve a problem, don’t tell them what to do or expect to kick back. Tonight could bring a good laugh and a sense of freedom if we engage as the Moon trines Jupiter.

Sun conjunct the Moon 2:50 AM, Moon square Saturn 12:01 PM, Moon square Pluto 5:50 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 8:14 PM.

Saturday, April 6: Tangible existential discontent nudge us to refresh and renew our surroundings as the Moon in Taurus conjuncts restless Uranus this morning. Let’s not take this discontent out on one another, but just start moving furniture, rocks, or politicians. Let people move at their own pace, everyone’s speed will be uniquely theirs.

Moon enters Taurus 7:06 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 10:08 AM.

Sunday, April 7: A flash of sanity can help us make a decision, announcement, or plan as Mercury sextile Saturn this morning. Some pieces begin to fall into place. Hearts are warmer, we get hints of optimism as the Taurus Moon sextiles Venus and Neptune, and trines Saturn. Feed those sprouts of optimism and see what they grow.

Mercury sextile Saturn 3:17 AM, Moon sextile Venus 10:03 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 3:45 PM, Moon trine Saturn 8:59 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 10:04 PM.

Monday, April 8: morning brings serious practical follow through as the Taurus Moon trine’s Pluto. May feel an emotional setback or sense of farm urgency. But that may lighten as our minds speed up or through new information or a chance to process as the Gemini Moon as the Moon enters Gemini midafternoon.

Moon trine Pluto 2:28 AM, Moon enters Gemini 3:14 PM, Moon sextile Chiron 8:30 PM.

Tuesday, April 9: Irritation and mixed signals abound as the Gemini Moon conjuncts Mars this morning then squares Venus and Neptune midday; unless we are really honest with ourselves about how we feel and what we want or don’t want, those emotions can skew our thinking. People may want to keep things light and simple, not because they are frivolous, because their deeper self is processing within.

Moon conjunct Mars 2:15 AM, Moon square Venus 10:50 PM, Moon square Neptune 10:57 PM.

Wednesday, April 10: Find an optimistic, realistic center-point on this nuanced day; Venus conjuncts Neptune helps us want to see the beauty in the world and the best in our beloveds even as we deal with some harsh realities as the Sun squares serious Saturn. Glimpse the beauty, potential, and the competence available at the moment; notice discouragement but don’t let it overwhelm. Some clue or answer arrives as the day progresses and Mercury sextiles Pluto. Lost items may be found.

Venus conjunct Neptune 12:12 AM, Sun square Saturn 2:47 AM, Moon sex tile Sun 4:06 AM, Moon square Mercury 8:43 AM, Jupiter turns retrograde 11 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 11:26 AM, Mercury sextile Pluto 3:45 AM, Moon enters Cancer 9:31 PM.

Thursday, April 11: It may be tempting to say too much or react with the defensive edge that gets us nowhere. Our active minds want to roam, and can spin into worry or temper unless we corral them back towards solutions. Balance worst case scenario thoughts with best case scenario thoughts. Listen carefully, as others tell their story they may reveal things which give fresh insight into their motivation and perceptions.

Moon sextile Uranus 12:49 AM, Moon square Chiron 2:49 AM, Mercury square Jupiter 10:17 PM.

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We get the green light this week, Mercury is direct, the Sun is in Aries, and we’re off and running into the astrological new year. But we may need to clean the gutters first. Wherever there was a block, whether in a river, project, or emotional process, the blocks begin to loosen. Where a mistake was made, we get an opportunity to repair. Where we were deluded, bamboozled, or just lost in a dream, it’s time to wake up. We have some cleanup to do before the flow really gets going.

Now some of those blocks were good. Rivers are still filling up. And if people have been brooding behind-the-scenes while Mercury is retrograde, now the plans may come to light, whether they want to run for government or take down a government, pitch a proposal or take off to Mozambique. If we’ve been brooding, plotting, or visioning while Mercury was retrograde, it’s important for us to take that plan out of storage and into the light, look at it again with a fresh light and with a clear view of the road ahead before we run with it.

Friday begins with competence but also a certain Machiavellian intensity as the industrious Capricorn Moon conjuncts intense Pluto. A willful if slightly humorless edge pushes us to accomplish under this competent Moon, but also brings up a tendency to try to control others when we’re feeling anxious. And we may have to integrate some tough recent news along the way.

The communication flow and mental processes speed up on Sunday as Mars enters verbal Gemini. Mars in Gemini can help us mediate and negotiate, breaks up a certain stubbornness that’s been sitting with us but may leave us less grounded and less practical.

Our feelings are sensitized on Monday as the Moon enters permeable Pisces, so go a little gently on April fool’s jokes. No need to make fun of pagans on this day, the first day of the first month after the vernal equinox was celebrated as New Year’s  Day up until the late Middle Ages, and people who stuck to the old ways were made fun of.

On Tuesday, our hearts soften we may be able to feel spring, and spring fever, on the breeze as that Pisces first Moon conjuncts Venus in Pisces, and then joins Neptune and Mercury in a three-way conjunction. Our emotions and our imagination can be torrential, but we may be able to see beauty in a future we had not seen before. Like rising crocus, look for the hope that springs eternally.

But if we hurt feelings on this sensitized time, expect the kickback as the Moon enters Aries on Wednesday, aiming for a spicy, rebellious, initiatory New Moon early Friday morning. This New Moon in Aries, the first New Moon of the astrological year is a true beginning. What do we want to start?

Friday, March 29: Tough overnight aspects could trigger action and reaction as we clear out blocks. Assess the situation this morning, look for any emergencies or problems that need to be dealt with as the Moon trine’s Mars; be proactive but rein in the tendency to tell people what to do. Evening grows more sociable and less driven as the Moon enters Aquarius and squares Uranus.

Moon conjunct Pluto 5:35 AM, Moon trine Mars 6:04 PM, the Moon enters Aquarius 7:45 PM, Moon squares Uranus 10:10 PM.

Saturday, March 30: Our eccentricities need time in the sunshine.  meander and soothe the soul by responding spontaneously to the moment. Engage a chance to reconnect to spirit or to one another in in moments of casual intimacy, sense one another’s presence, instead of try to talk it. Good work in groups, teams, online community; being together, whatever the excuse, strengthens bonds.

Moon sextile Chiron 12:24 AM, Moon sextile Sun 3:53 PM.

Sunday, March 31: Mars enters Gemini and the conversation picks up speed. Now we can talk it through and clear up misunderstandings, negotiate, and brainstorm possibilities for the future. A chance to write all the short stories and paint the pictures that arose in our psyches in our dreams over the last few last month.

Mars enters Gemini 12:12 AM, Moon se tile Jupiter 9:01 PM.

Monday, April 1: We are sensitized to the grains of sand, the glitches in our projects as the Moon enters sensitive Pisces. Review personal needs and see what’s working in life and what needs to be refined or adjusted. Then use this sensitivity to review plans and relationships, look for those glitches that need to be cleaned and healed so we can move forward.

Moon enters Pisces 8:47 AM, Moon squares Mars 10:43 AM, Moon sextiles Uranus 11:29 AM

Tuesday, April 2: This could be a beautiful, poetic, hyper-sensitized day as the Moon conjunct Venus in Pisces, and then joins the Mercury- Neptune conjunction. Let beloveds know they are loved. We can make dreams happen. But we may also suddenly realize that we’ve been lost in a dream, and that not everybody else is in the same dream with us. Which can bring for some tough wake-up calls. Watch the fine line between imagination and reality, work with it and help vision a better world.

Moon conjuncts Venus at 12:31 AM, Mercury conjuncts Neptune 3:36 AM, Moon conjuncts Neptune 7:24 PM, Moon conjuncts Mercury 7:58 PM.

Wednesday, April 3: Feelings you hurt today will come get you tomorrow. We’re still in that sensitized place, though feeling less generous as the Pisces Moon squares Jupiter this morning. If momentum slows midafternoon, stop trying to wrangle details and prioritize relationships. Our tails may twitch with impatience as the Moon enters Aries tonight.

Moon sextile Saturn 12:57 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 7:08 AM, Moon square Jupiter 9:35 AM, Moon enters Aries 8:56 PM, Mars sextile Chiron 9:39 PM.

Thursday, April 4: This could be considered New Year’s Eve, the New Moon in Aries early tomorrow morning is a turning point, a launch to the new year. So today is a good day to look back over the last year, note what worked and what didn’t, and make our New Year’s intentions for what we’d like to ignite tomorrow and in the months ahead. The mood is impatient, and easily fed up; direct discontent to proactivity; if there is a problem, what can we do about it!

Moon conjunct Chiron 2:02 AM, Moon sextile Mars 2:15 AM.

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Spring has sprung, the Sun is now in Aries and lengthening days call us to start our year afresh. Aries stirs our willpower and encourages new beginnings, but we may have trouble wrangling the logistics.   We may have trouble collecting our focus or wrangling logistics, as our brains would rather read a book or wander in the wild as mental Mercury, still retrograde in intuitive foggy Pisces until the end of the week, conjuncts imaginative if confusing, Neptune. Because of its retrograde cycle, Mercury makes three exact conjunctions to Neptune from mid-February through April 2, and the retrograde version is exact this weekend.

Our imagination and our vision can sing under this conjunction, but we need to pace ourselves. We can run into danger if we let that Aries push us ahead of our ability to pay attention. It’s easy to lose things, trip, or slide sideways. This Mercury-Neptune conjunct in Pisces brings our attention to victimhood, both to the parts of us that might feel like a victim, and two our empathy with those people that truly have been victimized around the world. We can feel achingly aware of humankind’s vulnerability to circumstance, to weather, and from our human delusions. Though the Aries Sun calls us to take back our power, we need to do it in a constructive way.

This Mercury can also can heighten our imaginative otherworld. As long as we understand the difference between our reality and our imagination, this encourages a rich connection with our muse. But some can get lost in their illusions, which can complicate relationships and make the Twitter-verse crawl with conspiracy theories. So let’s use our imagination wisely and notice when we’ve stepped over the line.

Through March and into April, the Neptune transits point to real problems with water; along with the melting of this year’s heavy snows, stay alert for flood damage, water damage within the home, spilled liquids, or just feeling overwhelmed. Steady, practical things can act like a spot of dry land in the flood.

This Mercury retrograde is a particularly rich time to go back and meet old friends, two work on our dreams, to sit with our art supplies or go to a pagan conference. Friday begins on a collaborative note under a friendly Libra Moon, a good time to pick up loose ends and revive old connections. Most of us will have a pleasant, intense, if a bit surreal weekend under an edgy Scorpio Moon, but events will come to a head in a few key places. Old resentments and revenge fantasies can crawl out from under a rock. If situation heats up, don’t underestimate the potential of the moment, and support compassionate change.

That edgy Scorpio Moon can bring a real approach-avoidance conflict around engaging the world. The Aries Sun encourages us to jump in, Venus in Aquarius encourages community, but the Scorpio Moon calls for solitude. So pay attention to the mood of the moment, engage the world and be ready to step back for five minutes whenever needed. Step outside, hide behind a plant, but there is no need to disappear.

Springs enthusiastic restlessness pulses on Monday and Tuesday as the Moon enters restless Sagittarius and Venus enters sensitive Pisces, a place that it loves to be.  The Moon enters industrious Capricorn on Wednesday, but as Mercury slows down to turn direct Thursday morning, we may spin our wheels. Finish up short-term projects, but constantly check in to make sure that everyone’s on the same page, communication flows, and solutions fall into place.

Friday, March 22: Friday starts out rough but becomes friendlier and more collaborative midday as the Moon trines Venus and the Sun conjunct Chiron. Network and revitalize old connections for business and pleasure. The mood grows edgier around dinner time as the Moon enters Scorpio and opposes Uranus; we need a break in routine, but can feel really conflicted about whether or not we want to be out and about.

Moon square Saturn 2:38 AM, Moon square Pluto 8:29 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 9:58 AM, Moon trine Venus 12:10 PM, Sun conjunct Chiron 12:37 PM, Moon enters Scorpio 8:16 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 9:37 PM.

Saturday, March 23: Moody, opinionated, curious, and amorphous, the energy wanders today as the broody Scorpio Moon makes no major aspects. Introversion and extroversion move like our breath, we may need to reach out, and then pull back for a moment of privacy. Magic is strong, clarity is not.

Sunday, March 24: Debate, flirt, find a way of enjoying differences and wrestling opinions as the Scorpio Moon forms a T-square with Venus and Mars all in fixed signs. We may not be thinking all that clearly as Mercury conjuncts Neptune exactly, but we can still be staunch in our opinions, which is not a great combination. This magic can help us sit still and listen at a very deep level though, so introspection and meditation further.

Moon trine Neptune 12:49 AM, Moon trine Mercury 1:09 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 5:25 AM, Mercury conjunct Neptune 11:27 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 11:30 AM, Moon opposed Mars 4:37 PM, Moon square Venus 8:23 PM.

Monday, March 25: Feel a fresh spring enthusiasm in the air as the Moon enter Sagittarius. Events move fast, though the energy swirls in place. An unusual honesty can help us get to the point and make some healthy temporary decisions. New ideas are beginning to pop up with the crocus. But let’s hold on those long-term decisions and keep our tempers under control because we are probably still missing an important piece of information.

Moon enter Sagittarius 12:06 AM, Moon trine Sun 8:30 AM.

Tuesday, March 26: An idealistic compassion begins to seep up likes sap to budding trees. We may want to take an action to help the underdogs and stand up for what we believe is right. Watch a tendency to take responsibility for another’s happiness, but not our own. Tap into an ambient generosity and expansiveness as the day goes on, Venus enters softhearted Pisces and the Moon conjuncts expansive Jupiter. Just keep the boundaries clean and stay self responsible.

Moon square Mercury 6:01 AM, Moon square Neptune 7:07 AM, Venus enters Pisces 1:43 PM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 8:36 PM.

Wednesday, March 27: We want to get things done under a competent Capricorn Moon but circumstances don’t make that easy. Our willpower increases and it can be tempting to manipulate and manage, let’s just make sure it’s for the common good. Our hearts are ready to explore, change is in the wind as Venus se tiles Uranus, but implementation may be delayed. Mercury is stationary, turning direct tomorrow, appreciate a moment of stillness and do not push.

Moon enters Capricorn at 8:07 AM, the Moon sextiles Venus 10:06 AM, Moon trine Uranus 10:09 AM, Venus sextile Uranus 10:45 AM, Moon square Sun 10:09 AM.

Thursday, March 28: After some early morning tumult, we can begin to straighten out problems that have arisen over the last few weeks; Mercury turns direct. Expect delays, but as the day progresses, look for increasing moments of magic where everything begins to fall into place. Tonight, we take things seriously, and may need extra rest as the Moon conjuncts organized Saturn. Plans begin to clarify.

Mercury turns direct 7:58 AM, the Moon sextiles Mercury at 347, Moon sextiles Neptune at 5:33 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 10:59 PM

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This week the stars loan us determination as active Mars trine authoritative Saturn and powerful Pluto in earth signs. We can make real progress wherever the decisions are clear and we know what we’re doing. But in this last week of winter, that won’t always be so easy.

With Mercury retrograde in absorptive Pisces, close to intuitive, soggy, foggy Neptune, it’s a great week to sleep and dream, and to let our imagination rip and write great fiction, but we may have trouble making realistic decisions or telling the difference between satire and news on social media. Check before reposting; is it true and is it current. Even more than usual, people will tend to filter what they see based on how they feel, and forget to check the details of information that supports their personal opinion.

Some, like the New Zealand shooter, can get lost in their Neptunian delusions but operate with painful Mars/ Pluto efficiency. May we find a positive way to reach into the Neptunian gift of compassion, connected and at one, and find an active Mars/Saturn/Pluto efficient approach to protecting one another. Every aspect can astrology has a gift aspect, a practical aspect and a challenge. The cure or redirection of the challenging component can be found in in the gift of the same aspect.

For the most part we’ll be able to communicate easily with our heart and soul, but words alone can be confusing. Because we’re sensitized, we may feel unusually permeable, aware of strange smells, deeply affected by events, available to germs but also easily touched by kind actions. We soak it all up.

With this Mercury – Neptune conjunction, water, liquids, and things that flow can be recalcitrant and our world feel water saturated; don’t underestimate bad weather or potential flooding and move the teacup away from the keyboard. Stay alert for drunk drivers. Manage personal possessions carefully, because in this fog it’s all too easy to leave phone or hat strewn about.

We get some help from Mars and Venus which square off this week in fixed signs, an aspect that loans us both stability and stubbornness. We may be comforted by familiar disagreements and gentle teasing, by the habits of our beloveds which are sometimes annoying but now can be rather endearing.

But once a real disagreement has been engaged, it will not further to push or try to work it out on the spot. If we find ourselves squaring off with beloveds or coworkers, it furthers to back off the conflict and get more information. Return to something that both parties love, then come back to the problem when disagreeing is no longer such a knee-jerk reaction.

As the weekend begins, we may feel pulled between a need to stay home and cozy and a desire to get out there and make connections. Some deeply urgent or important issues could tug at our heart and bring our emotions close to the surface. Over the weekend Mercury sextiles Pluto and Mars and encourages us to get past the surface and think deeply, find a saturnine- responsible approach to the problems of our time.

We may also have the urge and the energy to reconnect old friends and make new contacts. The Moon enters outgoing Leo on Saturday night, fans our extroverted flame and encourages us to engage the world for a few days in an otherwise introverted month. On Monday night Moon enters industrious Virgo and brings us back to our work and worries, and asks us to tackle our to-do pile.

Then the doors open, energy flows, new beginnings and new resistance springs up as the vernal equinox arrives on the full Moon this Wednesday. Welcome spring.

Friday, March 15: We may really want to curl up in stay in bed this morning, comfort and coziness important under the domestic Cancer Moon. We want to feel safe and unsafe world. But the world calls us to engage a wealth of information as Mercury squares expansive Jupiter and floods us with details. Just remember to take all new information with a grain of salt and check the sources. Don’t push people past their comfort zone, instead stretch it with stories just outside their experience. Compassion is everything.

Mercury square Jupiter 5:16 PM, Moon trine Neptune 8:17 PM.

Saturday, March 16: This can be a busy day as the Moon makes many aspects, one minute the aspects are perspicacious, the next leave us potentially overwhelmed and needing a moment to ourselves, and they cycle throughout the day. If feeling overwhelmed, just take that five minutes off alone and reengage later. As Mercury sextiles Pluto were ready to look deeper to stretch our perception and our understanding. After a fairly introspective day, the Moon enters Leo early in the evening and takes us out. Find a party and, if needed, a designated driver.

Moon opposed Saturn 12:24 AM, Moon sextile Mars 2:21 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 6:53 AM, Moon trine Mercury 6:54 AM, Mercury sextile Pluto 7:08 AM, Moon trine Sun 12:03 PM, Moon enters Leo 6:56 PM, Moon square Uranus 7:46 PM.

Sunday, March 17: Work the community, engage interesting new plans and opportunities, collect names and numbers and follow up in April. Appreciate that people can laugh at themselves even through socially awkward moments. If people cross boundaries, speak up firmly but kindly should. If interesting plans and opportunities show up, share enthusiasm, collect the names and numbers and follow up on them in April.

Mercury sextile Mars 9:23 PM

Monday, March 18: Most people aren’t ready to settle down to work today. Make it an employee appreciation day, a teambuilding and reconnecting day. Headlines might get hyperbolic, and so may people’s complaints and comments, we just have to overstate to get our point across. Around dinner time as the Moon enters Virgo, we’re finally ready to get practical, though we might be prone to worrying tonight without all the facts. Let’s see if we can use our imagination in a better way

Moon opposed Venus 3:26 AM, Moon square Mars 6:05 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 9:18 AM, Moon enters Virgo 7:41 PM, Moon trine Uranus 8:39 PM.

Tuesday, March 19: Keep it simple, do what needs to be done, consider not starting anything new as the Virgo Moon opposes Neptune. If we try too hard to keep up, we will probably just spin in circles. Catch up, clear the decks, tend to health, and get ready. Spring starts tomorrow.

Moon opposed Neptune 10:12 PM.

Wednesday, March 20: Anything and everything can happen on this busy day with many conflicting aspects that can fill our sales if were aimed in a good direction, but catches in the crosscurrents of we get sideways. A grand trine with the Virgo Moon, Mars in Taurus, and Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn provides dynamic momentum. Mercury sextile Saturn which gives us more stability and sanity speak up. The Sun enters Aries and Spring starts at 3:58 PM MDT, the Moon enters Libra at 7:27, and they oppose at 7:42 PM

Moon trine Saturn 2:15 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 2:34 AM, Mars trine Pluto 5:41 AM, Moon trine Pluto 8:03 AM, Moon trine Mars 8:10 AM, Mercury sextile Saturn 8:26 AM, Moon square Jupiter 9:21 AM, Sun enters Aries 3:58 PM, Moon enters Libra 7:27 PM, Moon opposes Sun 7:42 PM.

Thursday, March 21: Spring in the air and relationships are on the front burner, whether international relationships political alliances friendship and love. And so are all the things that can get in the way of relationships as Venus squares Mars and sextiles Jupiter. Spring fever sparks romance, interest can begin in a good debate. We nurture alliances by truly seeing and accepting one another’s unique expression. Feel free to disagree and keep hearts open as heels dig in; don’t stifle another’s right to speak.

Venus square Mars 2:07 AM, Venus sextile Jupiter 8:16 AM.

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