"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Monday, April 9, 2012

Two Steps Forward And One Step Backward This Week: Mercury And Mars Go Direct And Pluto Goes Retrograde

With perceptive Mercury moving direct last week, ideas and planning were once again given the green light for new starts. That means that all the reasoning, analyzing and information-gathering of the previous several weeks can now be put to use as we take steps to put things into action! By the end of the week, we'll have the energy and hopefully, the resources, to apply to our plans, as active Mars turns direct late on Friday night.

You may be feeling anxious about the direction our government, financial structure or any other support structures may be taking presently and in the near future. That's due to underground reverberations from Pluto, as he slows way down in Capricorn, turning retrograde tomorrow for the next five months. Pluto is known as the "Lord of the Underworld" and his job, as unpopular as it is, is to shake things up that aren't working and break them down to make way for new growth - someone's got to do it, right?! The big issue is that while Pluto travels slowly backwards over the next several months, he'll square off with revolutionary Uranus and possibly shake a few major secrets loose or cause some destructive changes to familiar foundations, including the Earth. Expect anything from deep government secrets coming to light, to major earthquakes and/or volcanic eruptions around the globe any time between June and mid-September as the Cardinal energies of Pluto in Earth/Capricorn are triggered by Uranus in Fire/Aries!

As you may recall, Mars, ruler of initiative, desire and assertion has been retrograde since January 23rd in the analytical Earth sign of Virgo. If it has felt like every idea you have wanted to act on during this time frame has been subjected to scrutiny beyond what seems rational, you're probably right! Only now, the gate is being opened and you have a few days to decide how you want to proceed through it. Will you charge ahead, will you make a preemptive strike, or will you simply apply the appropriate amount of pressure to your plans? Mars is involved here, so be careful of how aggressive you may be in getting things to go in the direction you favor.

We are also now on the waning side of the moon cycle which cautions following through on projects rather than instituting new ones. The Last Quarter Moon can bring illumination as we prepare for the next cycle which begins on April 21 at the next New Moon. Before then, it's important to recognize whether past restrictions are still holding you back mentally or physically. I sometimes think of this phase as a time to untangle knots. With the Moon currently in upbeat Sagittarius until 7:05 am on the 11th, let any buoyant feelings or friends help you with flexibility. From 1:02 pm on the 11th through 1:05 pm on Friday, work and similar obligations will be the necessity of those two and a half days under Capricorn Moon.

Serious Saturn is in charge half of Wednesday, all day Thursday and the first half of Friday, reminding us to take care of business, set limits on our time and use our resources wisely. The Moon becomes VOC ( void-of-course) at 1:05pm until it moves into Aquarius at 5:48 pm Friday. Just decide to clear off your desk or finish whatever project, like tax returns... that needs to be completed, then go out and be sociable with friends or at a fun fundraiser Friday night! What until the Moon is active again to send in tax returns though; Saturday morning would be good.

Remember, keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground~

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