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Astrology Update, April 21st, 2017: Pacing Ourselves

In contrast to yesterday’s emphasis on less being more, today the skies see a flurry of activity, with two celestial bodies changing signs and both a supportive aspect and a challenging aspect of some significance.  

The morning started early with a sextile from the Moon in Aquarius to Uranus in Aries, giving us a more supportive dose of the often-frenetic Moon/Uranus influence on our emotions.  While this may have made for some restlessness in the early morning hours, the gently supportive nature of the sextile makes it more likely that this was of the sudden insight variety that wakes us up with a burst of energy and helps us to feel inspired even if it deprives us of a little sleep.  Thoughts of the future may have blended with a healthy dose of excitement and feelings of self-sufficiency to get us off and running this morning, ready to keep pace with our newly-motivated energy as Mars enters Gemini a few minutes later.

Mars’ entry into Gemini this morning changes our energetic gears from the patient steadiness of Taurus to a modus operandi that is inquisitive and eternally on-the-move.  Gemini is ruled by Mercury, and travels at similarly quicksilver speeds, interested in a multitude of subjects and communicative about them all.  Mars in Gemini can make us hyperactive, running on far less sleep than normal, far too distracted by the next exciting thing around the bend to be bothered with rest, so there is a real danger of burnout during this transit, especially with Gemini’s ruler Mercury retrograding through fiery and determined Aries.  We will handle this aspect best if we are mindful of our tendency to overdo things now and pace ourselves, recognizing that this energy encourages multi-tasking and taking on ALL of the interesting projects.  Saying “no” is a necessary virtue to cultivate now!  We are more likely to work with this energy well if we recognize that Gemini is inherently social, and therefore encourages success in team projects and endeavors that tickle our minds.  Now is a time for new ideas, new endeavors, and meeting new people with whom to collaborate.

Within minutes of Mars getting his boost in speed from Gemini, the Sun in Taurus trined the North Node in Virgo, keeping our consciousness focused on what will move us forward along our soul’s path, and creating ease and flow in achieving goals that further our personal growth in the material world throughout the day.  Real, practical steps on our karmic path are favored today, and we can make true progress if we tap into this state of understanding now, being mindful of the necessary details and patient with the process of our own growth.  We may also gain insight regarding health concerns as a result of this aspect, and projects such as gardening and scientific research can shine today.

That said, a few minutes later Venus in Pisces squared Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, repeating the Venus/Saturn square that got this Saturn retrograde off to such a gloomy start.  With Venus direct in Pisces, we may feel not quite so isolated and shaken by this square as during its previous iterations, but still there can be a sense of thwarted connection with others today, a loneliness resulting from our own insecurities and uncertainties.  Saturn is very good at putting up walls, after all, and retrograde in Sagittarius he is encouraging us to reconsider our beliefs, our faith, our optimism, and our social tendencies in relation to those things, all of which can encourage us to hold back where otherwise we would be eager to move forward.  Saturn in Sagittarius squaring off against Venus in Pisces can make those walls particularly painful since Venus having turned direct in Pisces is now soft and alluring, wanting to dissolve barriers to intimacy and feel emotional unity with others after her own journey through uncertainty.  This square challenges us to find ways to connect while maintaining clear boundaries, to be sensitive to our need for contact yet also protective of ourselves and those we are emotionally connected with in the face of the potentially destructive ideologies that have been this Saturn-in-Sagittarius transit’s stock-in-trade.

All of the above gave us plenty of cosmic juice to stew in for much of the morning, until a late-morning sextile from the Moon in Aquarius to Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, giving a bit of support from our rational instincts to help us navigate our insecurities in relation to our beliefs and social urges.  The Moon in Aquarius has been all about furthering our own evolution in order to further the evolution of humanity as a whole, and connecting to Saturn via the gently supportive sextile may have helped us to better navigate the lessons of the Venus/Saturn square this morning, whose influence will be felt throughout the day and into tomorrow.  The Moon in Aquarius’ forward-thinking and socially active feelings may have helped for a while to ease the worries of Saturn in Sagittarius regarding pesky belief patterns while Aquarius’ classical ruler Saturn lent both seriousness and discipline to our emotions, keeping us focused and on track rather than chasing after the flights of fancy that might otherwise have been encouraged by Aquarius’ more Uranian side.

Toward midday the Moon in Aquarius sextiled Mercury retrograde in Aries, continuing this pattern of being a rational force and keeping us instinctively mindful of the long-term ramifications of our more self-concerned thoughts within the social order.  This harmonious aspect encouraged us to make the kinds of plans that can benefit both ourselves and others, helping us to make our mark on the world in ways that improve the world and connect us to friends and causes that matter to us.  Since this aspect started a short void-of-course period, this was a time for us to relax into our routines for a bit, allowing ourselves to process the host of lessons from the Moon’s transit through Aquarius without rushing to start any bold new ventures before our unconscious selves were ready.

The Moon entered Pisces this afternoon, turning our feelings softer, our instincts less pointed, increasing our emotional and intuitive sensitivity.  During this lunar transit we are likely to be more accepting of others, more sympathetic and compassionate, and perhaps a bit more gullible as well.  Our spiritual tendencies are heightened during this time, as is our need for closure in the emotional situations that no longer serve us.  Though we may be more open to connecting with others under this influence, still we may find it easier to get overloaded and may find ourselves being more introverted and introspective as a result.  This is a time for feeling our way through the bigger, more philosophical and spiritual questions of our lives, a time to be more in touch with Universe as a whole.

That said, within minutes of entering Pisces this afternoon the Moon squared off against Mars in Gemini, putting our extroverted energies at odds with our more introverted emotions and instincts.  We may want to connect and be communicative now, but feel uncertain how, especially with the continuing influence of the Venus/Saturn square, and may become impatient with ourselves and others as a result.  Mars is in the more active sign of Gemini now while the Moon is in the more passive sign of Pisces, so our aggressive side is likely to be more prominent and harsh words may be spoken, but our feelings are softer and squishier now, and we may retreat into passive-aggressive dynamics as a result.  Our emotions in gentle Pisces may also be calling for a slower pace than the livelier Mars in Gemini wants to keep, and we may find ourselves feeling left behind as our world moves with uncomfortable quickness.

As a result, we may have found ourselves retreating to the comfortable and familiar as the Moon in Pisces conjuncted the South Node in the late afternoon, opposing the North Node that is still trined with the Sun, and lessons or people from our past may have confronted us during this time.  We may have felt instinctively resistant to the forward progress that our conscious selves are ready to make, nostalgic for “better” times, and may have needed more time to resolve old issues before our emotions could handle the karmic demands being made of us.  This afternoon was time when we may have needed a little extra gentle self-care to make it through, and some of that feeling may last into this evening.

Thankfully, the last notable aspect tonight is the Moon in Pisces sextiling the Sun in Taurus, giving us the security of our consciousness to help bolster our more fragile unconscious now.  This is a time to enjoy some creature comforts, taking care of our softer side, not as an escape from our responsibilities or karmic paths but rather in order to facilitate our growth at our own pace.  Our emotions can use some rest and comfort after such a hectic day, and our deep Piscean unconscious has a lot to process as we dream tonight.

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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.

Astrology Update, April 17th, 2017: What Makes the Practical Possible

 

After the lively day the skies saw yesterday, today offers just two notable aspects, both blessedly supportive.  This morning the Sun in Aries trined Saturn in Sagittarius, with the Sun shining the light of consciousness on Saturnine themes such as time, boundaries, and discipline.  With a hard aspect, that heightened view of Saturn’s realm could be depressive, but the trine is the most supportive of aspects, which makes this a day when we can work within our own limitations with patience and discipline and make great progress both with our inner work and our outer work.  We can rise to our challenges today with the assistance of both the Sun’s core sense of purpose and Saturn’s long-term perspective.  This makes for a good day to work on financial and business matters, but also great for just tackling work or projects in general – anywhere that can benefit from Saturn’s sobering influence  That said, this is still a trine between fire signs, so its mood can be a bit more spirited than we are used to from Sun/Saturn aspects.  What we are willing to put our attention and energy to during this time needs to have some benefit for ourselves as well as the larger group – if it stifles our freedom too much it’s not likely to warrant our continued dedication, and similar areas of understanding may come to light as well now.  Whatever we devote ourselves to now needs to honor our ideals as well as serve our own personal needs for growth.  

Tonight, the driven but practical mood of the Sun/Saturn trine gets a twilight tint as the Moon in Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces, enhancing our imaginations and our creativity while easing down on some of the energy of that fire trine.  The Moon in Capricorn being ruled by Saturn, this sextile carries forward some Saturnine energy via Capricornian dedication, and may encourage more reserved expression of emotion tonight, but the sextile to Neptune in Pisces gives our feelings a lovely sense of interconnectedness with others.  We are likely to be more compassionate tonight, even as the Moon’s steadying Capricorn placement helps keep us from getting too swept away by pretty illusions.  The supportive nature of the sextile also helps to increase the likelihood of real, meaningful, spiritual connections made under this influence.  This is a time to enjoy our connections with each other, recognizing that how we support each other emotionally is what makes the practical possible.

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Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

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.

Astrology Update, April 16th, 2017: Connecting Wisdom and Growth

Today the Moon in Sagittarius got things started with this morning’s trine to Uranus in Aries, setting a speedy tone for the day with the Moon’s unconscious urge toward action and liveliness joining forces with Uranus’ will to sudden change and impulsiveness.  Since this was a harmonious aspect, this boost in activity was likely to be benevolent whether we rode along with it or simply observed the action from the sidelines, but it wasn’t likely to make for a boring time either way.

Shortly afterward, Mars in Taurus sextiled Chiron in Pisces, lending a practical energy to our learning and our understanding of our own weaknesses and limitations while bringing compassion and wisdom to our actions.  Today we are likely to have had more sympathy for illness and more active interest in matters of health.  We are also likely to be more persistent about getting to the roots of health problems or resolving paradoxes, and alternative health fields of study are favored at this time.

Later this morning the Moon in Sagittarius squares Chiron in Pisces, challenging this exploration of our patterns of health and injury with emotional and instinctive reactions that would rather have fun and not examine such potentially depressing patterns too closely.  We may have found ourselves feeling impatient with our own limitations or those of others this morning, or may have found that the truth of our situation when it comes to our health and our psychological sensitivities bumps up against deeply ingrained beliefs, particularly those shared with families and other groups.  We may have felt highly attuned to the tensions at the intersection of what we feel in relation to our health and the patterns of belief shared with others, and may have found those tensions coming to a head today.

A short while later the Moon in Sagittarius trined the Sun in Aries, renewing some of the lively energy from the early morning and putting our conscious and unconscious selves in harmony.  Our instinctive reactions worked along our conscious intentions today, making it easier for us to do what we truly wanted, and helping us to disseminate the intentions that we set at the New Moon and brought to their peak at the Full Moon.  Since both Luminaries are operating in fiery signs, this was definitely a time best devoted to action and creative, spirited endeavors.

However, a few minutes later the Moon in Sagittarius squared Venus in Pisces, and our emotions and instincts bumped up against our desire for connection and pleasure.  We may have wanted to take action but found ourselves enmeshed in lazier desires, feeling simultaneously energetic yet also slow and sensual.  We may have sensed a need to take connections slowly, yet found our instinctive responses to be too rushed, our timing off.  

Around mid-day, the Moon conjuncted Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, and our mood may have turned more somber as a result, though not unbearably so.  Rather, we were likely to have seen where we needed to respect our limitations and those of others, and may have found ourselves more willing to shoulder responsibilities even in the midst of fun.  We may have also found ourselves more emotionally invested in our beliefs, particularly those that define us as part of a group, and were more likely to assert our emotional and philosophical boundaries at this time.

This aspect started a lunar void-of-course period lasting for a few hours, during which we were best off falling back on routine and allowing our unconscious to float in a state of receptivity, quietly processing the lessons of the Moon’s transit through Sagittarius before the Moon entered Capricorn early this evening, and since Saturn is Capricorn’s ruler, the Moon/Saturn conjunction that began this void-of-course aptly paved the way for us to react and feel with more seriousness and determination.

During this void-of-course period, Venus in Pisces conjuncts Chiron in Pisces, putting our affections in touch with our deepest hurts and those of others.  Since Venus is slower moving than the Moon, this influence sticks with us for a while, lingering into tomorrow.  This has us moving forward with the knowledge gained from Venus’ retrograde period of introspection, connecting with others through shared sympathy and compassion for each others’ hurts.  The wisdom that we have gained through painful learning experiences may seem like it can’t much help us, but it can be a great solace and aid to others now enduring similar situations.  The sharing of such wisdom then becomes a source of deeper connections between us.  Since Pisces is eldest sign, we may be again confronted by what we need to let go of in order to have the caring and wise connections that we most desire.  These connections can take on spiritual overtones, and during this transit we are more likely to see how they can have long-term impact on our lives and the lives of others around us.

The Moon’s entry into Capricorn tonight takes the seriousness of Saturn in Sagittarius and applies it to our most important goals, from the unconscious point of view.  If what we want consciously differs greatly from what we want consciously, that can pose some problems, but the Moon/Sun trine earlier today brought our conscious and unconscious desires into alignment, so chances are that what we get emotionally serious about during this transit will resonate on both conscious and unconscious levels.  Capricorn embodies determination, so we may find ourselves becoming more focused in our reactions during the next couple of days, less easily deterred from what we want.  We are likely to assert more persistence now, particularly in relation to our long-term goals, especially those focused on career and reputation, but really during this transit what matters most is what our hearts align with – nothing else will muster the same fervent devotion, and that heart alignment isn’t likely to be a matter of gushy love and flowers but rather what speaks deeply to our core being and our ancestral pride.  Capricorn is deeply traditional and the Moon is instinctual, so our emotions and reactions during this time will come straight from our roots.

More of that old soul feeling came tonight through the sextile of Venus in Pisces to Mars in Taurus, which is also in effect through tomorrow, and brings along with it a kindly and comfortable feeling that enhances sensual and sexual connections, and helps to keep our energy levels at a steady, even flow.  During this aspect our sympathies have more fortitude, our actions more kindness, and our appreciation of and desire for creature comforts, preferably shared with those who touch us on a spiritual level as well as practical and physical levels. We are likely to be a bit gentler with each other during this transit, yet not pushovers, as our compassion is balanced by our practicality.

A short while later tonight the Moon in Capricorn trines the North Node in Virgo, bringing more of that practicality into play but now applying it to what our souls most need.  Our ability to work with and resolve our karmic lessons gained the attentiveness and persistence of Capricorn, who is ruled by Saturn, the Lord of Karma, and the self-discipline associated with him has now come through on an instinctive level, our feelings attuned to whatever will most serve our souls’ needs tonight.  Shortly thereafter the Moon in Capricorn trines Mercury in Taurus, forming a Grand Earth Trine that pulls in our steady and practical mental capabilities into the circuit created with the North Node.  Our minds and emotions are put in harmony by the aspect, and working united with our souls’ learning process due to the configuration with the North Node, tapping into cardinal, fixed, and mutable earth energies simultaneously, and channeling the power of all three into what most needs doing in our lives.  This is a time when we can make incredible progress in our souls’ growth, putting the formidable power of our most practical thoughts and instincts to bear on working through our karma and living up to our souls’ purpose in this lifetime and those yet to come.

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Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

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.

Astrology Update, April 11th, 2017: Increasing Focus

This morning the Moon in Libra opposed Uranus in Aries, continuing the intense and erratic energies of last night’s Full Moon.  Uranus governs sudden change, rebellion, and technology, and when in hard aspect to the Moon its unconscious fluctuations can become even more unstable, so this morning may have seen technological issues as well as emotional agitation and flare-ups in tempers.  

Toward mid-day the Moon in Libra sextiled Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius, helping to stabilize our emotions and instincts and steering us back on a more practical track.  Saturn in aspect to the Moon tends to increase our seriousness, but since the sextile is a harmonious aspect this is likely to have been a helpful influence this morning, helping our social interactions with Saturn’s discipline and clear boundaries.  This aspect also started a lunar void-of-course period, encouraging us to settle into routine while processing the lessons of the Libra transit, and discouraging any bold new moves before the Moon’s entry into Scorpio early this evening.

The Moon’s entry into Scorpio sees our emotions and instincts transition from rational, fair, and socially harmonious to intense, focused, and secretive.  We simultaneously feel more deeply but are less interested in talking about what we feel.  This lunar transit encourages us to take an interest in hidden things and helps us to intuitively get to the heart of what others are feeling, helping those of us in human services and research-related professions.  This transit also throws control issues into focus – we may find ourselves behaving more compulsively during this transit, and our emotions can turn obsessive.  We become more persistent in our endeavors during this time, especially those in which we are emotionally invested, and we are not likely to be satisfied with half-measures.

Tonight the Moon in Scorpio sextiles the North Node in Virgo, bringing that persistence to bear on our pursuit of our souls’ purpose.  Our instinctive pursuit of hidden information is bolstered by the Virgoan North Node’s attention to details and concern with process and growth, and our progress in learning the new skills that move our souls forward is enhanced by our increased emotional focus and intensity.  This is a good night for learning what is needed to move us forward on our paths.

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If you enjoyed this post, please consider becoming one of my supporters on Patreon, where I will be posting the digital art that accompanies today’s analysis a little later in the day, along with some background on its creation.  Not only will you get an inside look into my divinatory art, but you will also help keep this blog alive and me writing and creating art daily.  I am incredibly grateful for my supporters!

Or, if you’re not into the monthly pledge thing but still want to show some support and get some art in the process, please visit my RedBubble page, where a selection of my digital art and my divinatory drawings are available printed on everything from clothing to notebooks to cellphone cases, as well as art prints.  My Etsy shop is also a good place to visit for both printed art and wearables, as well as my hand-crafted herbal dream pillows.  Every sale helps me to continue what I do here, and I deeply appreciate the support!

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.

Astrology Update, April 9th, 2017: Where Have I Been? (Fun With Mercury Retrograde)

To those of you who missed my post that should have happened yesterday, I apologize for its absence, and offer the following as explanation:

While I don’t normally discuss my health problems in public, and generally try to work around them as much as possible so that they don’t disrupt my writing, speaking, or event appearances, over the past few months my health has gotten much worse.  I’ve wrestled with a combination of autoimmune and genetic disorders for a few years now, but in recent weeks they’ve become unruly enough to limit my activities significantly.  Again, I normally try to work around my symptoms wherever possible, as I’d rather not allow illness-imposed limitations to define me.  But this weekend has had me in some of the worst pain I’ve yet experienced, and while my dear friends at CoSM helped me to navigate it well enough to read Tarot for guests at this weekend’s Full Moon Gathering and beyond, my limited energy has forced me to make some hard choices regarding what I can and can’t do.

I had written a fair portion of yesterday’s analysis before the worst of the pain hit me, but eventually got to a point where I simply couldn’t focus on the screen anymore, and stayed in pain and distracted enough by it for the rest of the day that I could not return to my writing until today.  Given that yesterday saw the station of Mercury turning retrograde, it is perhaps appropriate that this was the day when I just couldn’t keep up with my writing alongside the Tarot readings and the health struggles – Mercury retrograde in Taurus is very concerned with what is practical, after all, and writing yesterday turned out to be a practical impossibility for me.

This should not be taken as an indication that I will not continue to write, as multiple people have indicated that these updates are helpful to them, and writing about the astrological events of the day is something that I generally find enjoyable.  However, this weekend’s experiences have made it clear to me that I can’t continue to be completely stoic in public about what I’ve been going through, and sometimes I have to drop one mode of service and communication for a bit in order to be able to maintain another.  I hope that these quiet intervals don’t detract too much from the overall flow of useful information for my readers here, and I appreciate your understanding as I navigate the more difficult spaces in my personal journey.

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Yesterday’s lunar activity was mostly in the very early morning hours, starting with the Moon in Virgo opposing Venus retrograde in Pisces, putting our rational, practical instincts and emotions at odds with our reassessment of our affections and modes of connecting with others.  For those of us who were still awake (or just waking) at that hour we may have found ourselves pulling back from connecting with others, or feeling more isolated, and reassessing our relationships as a result.  Our dreams may also have been affected by this influence, and it is worthwhile to note any dreams remembered for information that may be useful to us in navigating our relationships as we move forward through this retrograde period.

Within minutes of the Moon/Venus opposition the Moon in Virgo squared Saturn retrograde Sagittarius, reinforcing the continuing reverberations of the previous day’s Venus/Saturn square on an emotional and instinctive level, creating a T-square formation with Saturn as the release point for the tensions built up during the Moon/Venus opposition.  Since Saturn reinforces limitations, this is not an easy release point, but rather a reminder of the need for discipline and boundaries to help navigate challenging waters in our relations with others.

The Moon turned void-of-course with this configuration, emphasizing the need to reflect on the lessons of the aspects that we have experienced during the Moon’s transit through Virgo.  The void-of-course period is a reflective, receptive space in the lunar cycle, a time to ease down from our usual action-orientation and float in our unconscious for a while.  Since the Moon/Saturn square can have us feeling lonely and isolated, it can help to be with close family and friends during void-of-course periods, falling back into routine and waiting until the Moon enters the next sign before embarking on anything new.

Yesterday this period only lasted a few hours before the Moon entered Libra, still in the morning.  Our instinctive responses became less critical and fussy, and more concerned with peace and harmony, more interested in building and maintaining our relationships.  Since Libra is an air sign, it is still more cerebral than touchy-feely, more interested in the theory of emotion than getting in the thick of our messier feelings.  Libra is ruled by Venus, and carries forward some of the detail-orientation of Virgo by emphasizing a desire for beauty and harmony on all levels, which can lead the Libra Moon to be thrown off-balance by even minor disruptions in our environments.  The Libra Moon may be rational, but that doesn’t stop it from being romantic and idealistic, and we may find ourselves more easily distressed now by the discrepancy between how we want things to be and how they actually are.  That said, Libra eternally sees both sides of an equation, knows that there are multiple perspectives and multiple stories at work in any situation, and is obsessed with balancing the scales.  We may find ourselves far more concerned with what is “fair” now, and less quick to take action or make decisions without carefully weighing the consequences, especially those that affect other people.  Given Libra’s ruler Venus’ current retrograde, we may find that this Libra Moon is even less decisive, more caught up in considering and reconsidering our interactions with others and our feelings toward them.  Our aesthetic sense can be heightened by this transit, and so can our sociability, even with the lingering influence of the Venus/Saturn square and both of those planets’ retrogrades.  We may find that sociability a bit more awkward than is normal for a Libra Moon, but the instinct to pursue it is still there.

To add to the awkwardness, the late afternoon/early evening saw Mercury stationing retrograde in Taurus, bringing the number of planets currently retrograde up to four.  Mercury retrograde has a rough reputation in the popular consciousness as a time of technological and communication mishaps, and yes, it pays to be extra careful about backing up data, re-reading emails before we hit “send” and spending a bit more time on editing, and being cautious with travel plans and contracts.  With this retrograde crossing back over the first few degrees of Taurus and heading back into Aries, this is a time to reconsider our thoughts and communication in relation to practical matters in the physical world, including our bodily health for the Taurus portion of the retrograde (Taurus being very rooted in sensory experience and Mercury governing health and medicine), with the retrograde reflection turning to matters of personal will, focus, and identity later this month with the Aries portion of the retrograde.  With Taurus’ ruler Venus in retrograde as well, there may be a need to give extra consideration to how our communication impacts our relationships both in the practical world of Taurus and in the more self-concerned and action-oriented world of Aries.  Shared technology may especially be affected, with potential mishaps highlighting disparities between the communication needs of those sharing that tech.  For people with Mercurial temperaments or working in Mercury-related fields (health, media, teaching), this retrograde may feel slow and ponderous between now and the last week of April, and then suddenly feel more active (but also potentially more disruptive) during that last week of April and the first few days of May.  For Mercury-ruled signs (Gemini and Virgo) especially, Mercury retrograde can lead to feelings of being stuck, but it can also be a time to get off the treadmill of constant mental activity and communication, and it definitely pays to schedule more time for meditation and reflection now, so that we can move forward with more clarity when Mercury goes direct in May.  Seeing this time as an opportunity rather than an obstacle really does help.

Yesterday evening saw the Moon in Libra sextiling Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius, giving some gentle support to our emotions and instincts from the more intense side of our unconscious, exploring the darkness within our beliefs without getting us too bogged down in it, instead helping us to gain a greater sense of wholeness regarding what we believe and how that impacts our feelings and our relationships.  We were likely to be drawn to spend more time with those who shared our beliefs last night, reinforcing tribal ties and enhancing our faith and optimism through our social connections.

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