In the Stars April 7-14…shining light on the astrology of the week

The week begins just after the New Moon, symbolizing new beginnings, especially encouraged because the New Moon was in Aries, the zodiac sign symbolizing beginnings. The Sun is exalted in Aries, or at its best. Now is the time  for spring cleaning and fresh starts. Solar Aries symbolizes passion, warmth, excitement, and zest for adventure. Mercury still remains in its shadow until April 16th. This means that although Mercury is now direct, it still carries some of the effects of Mercury retrograde until April 16th. We can expect to experience some communication and mechanical breakdowns through April 16th. So be patient with mix-ups which may be opportunities to revise, re-view, or re-configure. The South Node conjuncts Pluto, a major aspect symbolizing completions, transformations, and endings and beginnings. This week Jupiter turns retrograde on Wednesday, April 10th for a five-month backward spin. With Jupiter slowing down and changing direction, its energies are amplified. Jupiter symbolizes expansion, abundance, and blessings. When it is retrograde, the only downside may be exaggeration and excess. It is a good time to turn inward, and amplify your spiritual life.

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Sunday’s major aspect, a benefic Mercury-Saturn sextile, syncs our thoughts with reality, and we can write and communicate responsibly, and judiciously. The Taurus Moon makes at least four other benefic aspects with planets, making this a day of fortuitous happenings. Taurus is an earth sign, and actions will be sensual and grounded, and due to the positive aspects, they will be good. Sunday is a splendid day for manifestation. Plan well for Monday, as the Moon is void of course for a long period Monday morning and early afternoon.

Monday the Moon is void of course from 1:26 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. PDT. Don’t be surprised if you have a slow start Monday morning. Stick to routine tasks until 2:15 p.m. PDT when the Moon moves into Gemini. Then, make phone calls, connect, and communicate.

Venus-conjunct-Neptune is Tuesday’s major aspect, giving inspiration to romantic notions. We may be idealistic about love and money, The Gemini Moon squares this Venus-Neptune conjunction; our energies may scatter in different directions. Whatever the issue, communication is a pathway to sorting things out. Curiosity abounds throughout the day.

Wednesday is packed with planetary activity, and the Moon is void of course for a long period of time from 10:27 a.m. to 8:31 p.m. PDT. The void Moon period is a time to focus on routine, insignificant tasks. Avoid meetings and activities requiring decisions. Jupiter turns retrograde for a five-month backward spin until August 11th. When planets change direction their energy is amplified. Thus, Wednesday is likely to be a jovial, expansive day.  A Mercury-Pluto sextile will help us get to the bottom of issues of concern.

With the Moon in Cancer, Thursday is framed for home and family. Express acts of deep caring and reserve some energy to focus on home. Cook some nourishing food, and cozy up with family. Be careful about a tendency to exaggerate or overextend due to a Mercury-Jupiter square aspect.

Planetary activity is strong on Friday, making this week’s end work day anything but relaxing. Morning hours sport a Moon-Saturn opposition which may result in challenges and limitations, followed by a powerful Moon-Pluto opposition that may bring power struggles. Friday is a complex day, potentially full of challenges and turbulence. Go slow, and meet each test with patience and wisdom. Be prepared to surrender if needed. A benefic Venus-Saturn sextile can help us attend to money matters and make improvements. Adding punch to the day, the Sun is making an applying square to powerful Pluto. This is a day to meet the gifts and challenges with full attention and high energy.

Although the Moon is in playful Leo, expect a challenging, power-packed Saturday with a few surprises. This is another day to go slowly and carefully, as the planetary energies are fiery and turbulent. The Sun conjoins Eris, a somewhat belligerent energy. Lean into a big project, get moving, and make a difference.

Sunday is truly a Sabbath day. Planetary aspects are joyful and expansive. Create a fun day, kick back, and enjoy. You deserve to make the most of this day after a challenging week.

The Moon ingresses into industrious Virgo on Monday, April 15th, Tax Day. If you still need to finish, the Virgo Moon will help you complete your taxes and get it done. If your taxes are done, turn your attention to other things that need to be completed. When the Moon is in Virgo, as it is Monday and Tuesday, it is time to clean up and get organized. A Moon-Uranus trine may deliver surprises. Even though you would like to be on task for clean-up, be open to diversions that demand your attention.

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Sunday: Fortuitous day. Write, communicate, and complete correspondence.

Monday: Moon VoC 1:26 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Slow Monday morning. Invigorating afternoon for communication and connection.

Tuesday: We may see the world romantically and idealistically through rose-colored glasses. Stay curious.

Wednesday: Moon VoC all day from 10:27 a.m. through 8:31 p.m. PDT, so stick to insignificant, routine tasks in these hours. Jupiter turns retrograde for the next five months, making for an expansive day.

Thursday: Focus attention on comfort, caring, food, and family. Be mindful of a tendency to exaggerate or overextend.

Friday: Challenging day full of tests and turbulence. Meet challenges with patience and wisdom.

Saturday: Challenging, turbulent day with surprises. Go slowly and carefully, but lean into a big project that matters.

Sunday: Joyful, expansive day. Make the most of it, and have fun.

Monday: Clean up and get organized!


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Pisces (March 27- April 21)

  1. Paint a room in your home a fresh, beautiful color.
  2. Create an inspiring music playlist.
  3. Write a poem or a song.
  4. Give to your favorite charity.
  5. Give grace to challenging people and situations.
  6. Let your heart sing!
  7. Wear lovely clothes and be beautiful.
  8. Soak in the beauty of art through a visit to an art gallery.
  9. Infuse your life with beautiful, fragrant flowers.
  10. Create! Create! Create!

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, April 8: 1:28 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, April 10: 10:27 a.m. – 8:31 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, April 12 at 4:33 p.m. through Saturday, April 13 at 0:50 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Sunday, April 14 at 6:38 p.m. through Monday, April 15 at 3:14 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Tuesday, April 16 at 9:29 p.m. through Wednesday, April 17 at 4:22 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Friday, April 19: 4:12 a.m. – 5:40 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Saturday, April 20 at 8:59 p.m. through Sunday, April 21 at 8:59 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday, April 23: 4:43 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Thursday, April 25 at 12:48 p.m. through Friday, April 26 at 2:27 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Sunday, April 28: 2:44 a.m. – 3:11 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, April 30 at 2:57 p.m. through Wednesday, May 1 at 3:24 p.m. (Moon into Aries

Friday, May 3: 1:47 a.m. – 1:18 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, May 5: 8:10 a.m. – 8:40 p.m. (Moon into Gemini

 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):


Monday, April 8: 8:28 – 21:15 (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, April 10 at 17:27 through Thursday, April 11 at 3:31 (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, April 12 at 23:33 through Saturday, April 13 at 7:50 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, April 15: 1:38 -10:14 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, April 17: 4:29 – 11:22 (Moon into Libra)

Friday, April 19: 11:12 – 12:40 (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, April 21: 3:59 – 15:59 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday, April 23:11:43 – 22:50 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Thursday, April 25 at 19:48 through Friday, April 26 at 9:27 (Moon into Aquarius)

Sunday, April 28: 9:44 – 22:11 (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, April 30 at 21:57 through Wednesday, May 1 at 22:24 (Moon into Aries

Friday, May 3: 8:47 – 20:18 (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, May 5 at 15:10 through Monday, May 6 at 3:40 (Moon into Gemini

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