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Archive for April 15th, 2017

Astrology Update, April 15th, 2017: Sensitive Connections

The big astrological happening of the day is this morning’s station of Venus direct in Pisces, giving us some direct motion in our affections and pleasures after weeks of retrograde motion coming to a head in this past week’s cluster of four planets in retrograde.  Venus has spent the past six weeks retracing her steps through Aries and then Pisces, encouraging us to reconsider how we experience and express our connections with others, from the more boisterous and action-oriented side of our affections in Aries to the more compassionate and subtle side of our affections in Pisces.  Today’s station emphasizes Venusian themes of love, connection, pleasure, affection, self-image, and what we value, all with the Piscean tones of sympathy, compassion, spirituality, intuition, sensuality, universality, and blurring of boundaries.  Since Pisces is a mutable sign, Venus here is flexible, mobile, willing to see multiple sides of a story and able to work within paradox, understanding the full spectrum within what others can only see as polarities.  Our affections under this influence are likely to be more gentle and kindly, and while Pisces does have a degree of reserve, today’s station can bring out the more social side of the fishes, and perhaps a more playful side as well.  Even so, we may find the pace of what we take pleasure in today to be more on the slow and quiet side as we are still finding our sea legs coming out of the retrograde.

Later this morning the Moon in Sagittarius squared Neptune in Pisces, warning that however fun and fanciful our affections might feel today, we would do well not to get too caught up in our fantasies now, as the Moon squaring Neptune tends to lead us astray into more escapist realms.  In this case, the Moon in Sagittarius is instinctively in search of social fun and broader horizons, but Neptune in Pisces emphasizes mystery and sensual connection rather than Sagittarius’ clarity and righteousness, and what might first seem like common ideals connecting the two can turn into confusion and even deception.  So, this morning is likely to have gotten off to a confusing start, with a wrong turn or two along the way.

Our emotions and instincts got a more pleasant and supportive touch this afternoon with a sextile between the Moon in Sagittarius and that sign’s ruler Jupiter retrograde in Libra, emphasizing thoughtful conviviality and a willingness to see different points of view.  Spiritual gatherings can be enlivened this aspect, as well as those emphasizing philosophy and higher education, and this can be a good time for study as long as the subject matter is interesting and helps to broaden our horizons, particularly social subjects such as anthropology, art history, and cosmology.  Those of us in sales and other socially-oriented professions can get a boost from this aspect, as it increases the optimism necessary to do well in those fields.  We are also likely to find our aesthetic sensibilities more stimulated now, and can take greater interest in performing and visual arts during this time.

The rest of the evening has no significant astrological activity, just the ongoing instinct toward fun and higher thought emphasized by the Sagittarian Moon and the residual effects of the recent Sun/Uranus conjunction keeping us from getting too settled in.  Given that we have a flurry of astrological activity headed our way tomorrow, a little quiet with today’s Venus station is just as well.


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All aspect times used in creating this post are calculated for Pacific Standard Time.  I tend to speak in broad terms when I reference time on this blog, referring to time-frames like “morning” or “afternoon” rather than specific times, since I still have a lot of friends on the East Coast who read these posts and I’d like them to be pertinent to those friends as well as folks here on the West Coast.  Readers from further abroad will need to adjust time-frames accordingly.

Please keep in mind that we all have different responses to the aspects of the day because we all have different natal and progressed charts with which these aspects interact.  If you would like to know more about your own natal and progressed charts in order to better understand how the aspects of the day will affect you, please take a look at my astrological services, and let’s get started on helping you to understand your life better!  The threads of fate can only be adjusted when we start from a place of deep self-knowing.

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