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Starcodes Horoscopes for June 3 – 9, 2016

by Heather Roan Robbins

We can look forward to a talkative, sociable new Moon in Gemini this weekend, when the Sun and Moon conjunct Venus and begin a new cycle of connections and communication. It’s time to multitask and juggle, connect, make new acquaintances, take a short trip, or do anything but stay home and be bored.

The Gemini energy is curious, informative, even gossipy. We can be unusually intuitive and aware of interpersonal dynamics and what’s going on around us, but our antennae can be hyper-attuned, and our thought process so busily keeping the mental hamster wheel spinning, that we can end up feeling drained unless we take the time to rest and reconnect with our source.

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It is a great week to celebrate diversity in all its forms. That Sun/Moon/Venus conjunction in mutable Gemini is part of a grand square, as those three planets together oppose Saturn and square both Neptune and Jupiter as the weekend begins. Just imagine, six luminaries and planets involved in one aspect, pulling us in four different directions.

Yes, this loans us great versatility, but balancing these curiosities and demands can feel like hard work. Other people’s personalities pull us in different directions, our needs can collide. It’s a great weekend for local travel, exploration, multitasking, and learning how to synthesize bits of information. But focus or good night sleep may be hard to find.

With this grand square, Venus is in the crosshairs and Mars now in Scorpio won’t let us forget personal wrongs. Even though we may be pulled in many directions, our basic relationships still need us to put them first and be mature about how we care for one another. No matter how busy we get we need to nurture, not test, our dearest relationships. Even when we don’t feel particularly warmhearted, or if we feel passionately distracted, we still need to do the right thing by one another.

We may be versatile, but still opinionated this week. Jupiter and Saturn are the sociable planets, they describe the tensions our society, our daily politics. As Venus sets off both Jupiter and Saturn it can make us unusually emotional about our political differences, and usually attached to what we think needs to happen next. Gemini medicine can help us just keep talking so we can search for answers rather than entrench in our position.

We can feel more guarded in our heart both warmhearted and self-protective, nurturing new ideas but wary of other people’s motives as the week begins. Early in the week some event strikes the chord of the major issues of our times and reminds us to stay in tune with the ongoing issues bigger picture as well as our personal life as the private Cancer Moon opposes Pluto and squares Uranus.

Later in the week our summer-time extraversion is encouraged by an outgoing Leo Moon. But we may get some tricky lessons around how we communicate, how we listen, and the long-term consequences of what we say. We have the potential to speak to the heart of the matter and heal with fresh honesty as Mercury opposes Mars but sextiles the healing asteroid Chiron. Though we could waste that potential by getting into a bombastic argument. Even as we find a new way to make our point, we need to listen, and listen again.

With this sharp edged Mercury/Mars aspects, we may be called on to make and decision or perform surgery. Mars retrograde in Scorpio sharpens our implements and our rhetoric. If we start getting really hard on others, we will start getting hard on ourselves; let’s check our motivation if we’re feeling harsh, watch a tendency to jettison or walk away when what we really want is safety and inclusion. We need to keep a warm, compassionate light in our heart.

Friday, June 3: It’s a good day to work, but we may have difficulty controlling what happens. Don’t expect things to be smooth and easy. Tackle a challenge and learn from the experience as the Sun and Venus opposed Saturn. Although we may notice obstacles and limitations, or things may be harder than we expected, we can learn and grow from the experience, and gain confidence rather than be so feel insecure in response. We may need to make tough decisions, be the grown up, and grow our personal authority thereby. Do not test relationship, stay connected nurture affection instead; the busier that we are the more stress we are the more we need this. An interesting conversation about options picks up tonight.

Moon trine Pluto 12:11 AM, Sun opposed Saturn 12:37 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 4:07 AM, Moon opposed Mars 5:02 PM, Venus opposed Saturn 6:46 PM, Moon enters Gemini9:01 PM.

Saturday, June 4: The mood is nervy, but the answer is probably yes. An optimistic, high strong, nervy, curious exploratory day with auspicious chances for fresh connections as on the new Moon in Gemini and as the Sun and Venus square Jupiter and conjunct the Moon. trouble can come if a fresh optimism leads to overconfidence, and skip necessary steps toward drop our filter and say too much. Share ideas, network, keep talking, but may but in the process be grounded and in the body be aware of what is going on in the physical realm. New Moon in Gemini at 8:59 PM, conjunct Venus.

Sun square Jupiter for 50 7 AM, Moon square Neptune 4:21 PM, Moon opposed Saturn5:55 PM, Venus square Jupiter 6:48 PM, Moon square Jupiter 8:01 PM, Moon conjunct Venus 8:08 PM, Moon conjunct Sun 8:59 PM.

Sunday, June 5: Start a new conversation on this fresh New Gemini Moon, take a fresh perspective. Forget trying to concentrate, this is an easily-interrupted multitasking day, just don’t get spread too thin, and pay attention to the essentials, don’t get distracted while driving. Nerve energy is running strong, so watch a tendency to worry just because the nerviness needs a place to go. Give the mind something to chew on and give the nosy neighbor something to talk about, so they all stay out of trouble. We drop out of our head into our heart and our hungers tonight as the Moon enters Cancer.

Moon sextile Uranus 10:47 AM, Moon enters Cancer 9:41 PM.

Monday, June 6: The Sun conjuncts Venus and starts a new Venusian and cycle of creativity and caring. So what do we care about? How can we add beauty to our thoughts, our relationships, to our understanding of the world? Venus wants to know. Our feelings may be a little insecure and touchy, a little guarded because they are so soft within. We pick up on each other but can project our imagination (whether joys or concerns) into what we perceive and let our illusions distort our otherwise sensitive perceptions as the Cancer Moon trines Neptune. Let’s be altruistic, let’s be optimistic, but also know that we may not be all that realistic today.

Sun conjunct Venus 3:49 PM, Moon trine Neptune 5:46 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 9:53 PM.

Tuesday, June 7: This can be a tough morning, or a good morning to get at our tougher ongoing issues as the Moon opposes Pluto and squares Uranus and reminds us of our long-term work, our deepest healing goals; this lets us know where we still hurt. Afternoon brings us more to the present, so it may also bring more superficial but quite manageable problems that are satisfying to deal with as the Moon sextiles Mercury and trines Mars. Gentle reassurance is needed; if somebody’s defenses spark, stand back but send them love from a distance.

Moon opposed Pluto 2:05 AM, Moon square Uranus 1:19 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 1:44 PM, Moon trine Chiron 4:09 PM, Moon trine Mars 6:17 PM.

Wednesday, June 8: A lovely if bombastic Leo Moon trines Saturn and brings us to generally cheerful competence. But there is an ongoing, underlying theme concerning the effect of words. Whether political rhetoric intimate conversation, if the effects of arrogant or insensitive words said in the past now come home to roost, we need to not pour oil on the fire, instead take responsibility and repair the damage with honesty and compassion over the next two days as Mercury sextiles Chiron and opposes Mars. Pay extra attention when working with sharp objects and sharp tempers.

Moon enters Leo at 12:47 AM, Mercury sextiles Chiron 7:55 PM, Moon trine Saturn 11:30 PM.

Thursday, June 9: Meditate this morning, it will help with needed balance and grounding, because cutting words and implements can trip us up as Mercury opposes Mars. Good decisions can be made quickly but impulsive reactions, rushing, mechanical and emotional irritations can be a problem. Afternoon brings more support and camaraderie, though our irritation can pick up again tonight as the Moon squares both Mercury and Mars. Excise what needs to be excised, but do not make unnecessary moves while feeling impulsive. When in doubt, shut the mouth and take a walk.

11 AM, Moon sextile Sun 11:40 AM, Moon sextile Venus 1:14 PM, Moon trine Uranus 7:33 PM, Moon square Mars 11:37 PM.

( all times are MDT)

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Starcodes horoscopes for May 6 – 12, 2016

by Heather Roan Robbins

What a fertile time to tend our green garden and human landscape. Pay mindful attention to the healthy, burgeoning natural world, and let that natural enthusiasm infuse every cell of the body. Today’s New Moon in Taurus at 1:29 PM MDT heralds one of the most fecund weekends of the year. Let’s plant seeds, transplant blooming flowers, and seed new habits, plant anything we truly want to grow. It’s time to be embodied.

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What is root, bone cell growing and alive furthers this weekend. The messages of body language and heart can come through loud and clear. Moving and talking, however will need extra attention. Transportation issues and communication problems of all kinds, however, can be truly problematic. Do not ignore the “check engine” light as this Mercury retrograde is in an Earth signs, and we can see pragmatic physical difficulties with tools we use to transport and communicate. It can also be hard to find the right word in a simple conversation. And every time we wind up with irritation or righteous indignation, let’s make sure we have all the facts first and really understand what’s going on.

Mercury retrograde brings gifts, it precipitates things which should’ve happened a long time ago, and brings forward people, places, and things from the past. It’s good time to repurpose or recycle things we no longer use, look for missing items and long-lost friends or research past political exploits. Reconnect a history and old ways.

As this Mercury retrograde forms a grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto, also both retrograde, it can bring our minds back to some of our most uncomfortable places (Pluto) but with the hope of pulling out those thorns (Jupiter), or bring out our most belligerent speech patterns, with the hope of breaking that cycle. As always, we don’t get to choose the planetary pattern, but we can choose how we respond.

Venus is strong in its own sign of Taurus, so we can lean into our Venusian skills to help with the challenges. Send love letters and bring posies. Poetry rolls around our brains and brings understanding where and attempt to be straightforward can miss the mark, so let’s take our time and paint pictures with our words to get a point across. We need to listen with our heart, make sure others receive what we send, and we hear that they intend, especially if we have a strong emotional response to the conversation.

The weekend begins with the Moon in this earthy fertile Taurus line-up. Tomorrow, though still a great day for planting, the Sun trines Pluto as the Moon enters more verbal Gemini and we need to talk and process, though let’s look out for misperceptions, and not expect to come to clear conclusions. Long distance travel could get really tricky, but our jaunts around the neighborhood should be just fine. Though we may stumble across parts of the neighborhood we’d never noticed before, rerouted by some detour.

Jupiter turns direct on Monday and gives us a green light on some of our plans for expansion and enthusiasm. And if we feel a desire to be generous, let’s respond to it. Midweek we may get a little self-protective and focused on our more intimate family and friend relationships under the domestic Cancer Moon, and as Venus and Saturn form a challenging quincunx. We finish the week with an intriguing, stubborn, but extroverted flair under the Leo Moon. Extraordinary things may happen.

Friday, May 6: On this earthy thoughtful sensual stubborn day, prepare new beginnings this morning then plants flowers, love, possibilities after the New Moon in Taurus at 1:29 PM. Notice where stubbornness is a gift and where stubbornness causes problems this afternoon, and share about what renews and heals us tonight as the Moon trines Mercury.

Moon trine Jupiter 8:05 AM, Moon conjunct Sun 1:29 PM, Moon trine Pluto 2:37 PM, Moon conjunct Mercury 8:10 PM.

Saturday, May 7: Engage what matters this weekend, and let trivial chores wait for another time as the Sun trines intense Pluto. Keep planting early this morning, after the Moon enters Gemini around 10:30 AM, change to pruning, weeding, editing, and plant things of the air; plant ideas, plant doubts in other people’s certainty, and plant suggestions for improvement. Just don’t expect conclusions to be drawn. This sociable afternoon is good for cost pollinating, meandering through new neighborhoods and stumbled across fresh information. The evening may grow edgy as s the Moon opposes Mars; conversation buzzes, but our comments are easily misconstrued and our reaction time can be faster than our wisdom.

Sun trine Pluto 7:02 AM, Moon enters Gemini 10:34 AM, Moon opposed Mars 8:33 PM.

Sunday, May 8: Changing needs can make us feel spread too thin or pulled in many directions this Mother’s Day. Breakfast in bed furthers as the Moon squares Jupiter this morning, so does a sociable gathering this evening as the Moon sextiles Uranus. But we can feel more tested in the middle of the day, as nothing feels quite enough while the Moon opposes Saturn. A new or serious thread weave through the early afternoon. It helps to honor the Mother, the earth itself, to feel love and roots beyond familial expectations, no matter how we feel about our biological mother. Don’t try to meet everyone’s needs at once, let conflicting demands take turns, and keep coming back to center rather than feel pulled apart. Evening lightens up, though grows a bit nervy.

Moon square Neptune 5:17 AM, Moon square Jupiter 7:50 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 10:32 AM, Moon and sextile Uranus 10:15 PM.

Monday, May 9: We may not be technically or mentally ready for Monday, though some very positive aspects warm our hearts this morning get have a chance to share. Jupiter turns direct after months retrograde and begins to return our enthusiasm. The creative heart warms as Venus in her own sign of Taurus sextiles Neptune, but we may not feel like hassling with the public as the Moon enters self-protective and domestic Cancer. Tonight we can get easily defensive, but because we are feeling more, not less.

Jupiter turns direct 6:14 AM, Venus sextile Neptune 6:40 AM, Sun conjunct Mercury 9:12 AM, Moon conjunct Moon enters Cancer 11:23 AM,

Tuesday, May 10: This bittersweet day is full of beautiful conflicting feelings. Venus trines Jupiter and can bring bountiful generosity, but also bring a longing to our heart. That longing can come in strange forms; we may be deeply aware of what is out of reach or no longer possible, but we can use it to bring our attention towards gratitude for what we do have. Although we may want to stay home in our little cocoon, it is important to strengthen connections today.

Moon trine Neptune 7:17 AM, Moon sextile Venus 9:38 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 9:56 AM, Venus trine Jupiter 1 PM, Moon opposed Pluto 5:04 PM, Moon sextile Sun 11:12 PM.

Wednesday, May 11: This morning can be relatively friendly, low energy, diffuse; emphasize relationship, not efficiency. Puttering furthers. Expectations and energy picks up as the Moon enters Leo this afternoon, we get a sudden with of extraversion. Clients and family members may become higher maintenance and want to be the center of attention. Work through some logistical strains or an old grudge as Venus quincunx Saturn around dinner time, instead of showing off, or being demanding, it truly furthers to build up trust and teamwork.

Moon enters Leo 3:31 PM, Venus quincunx Saturn 5:08 PM.

Thursday, May 12: If a funny, nervy, interrupting energy weave in and around a truly deep conversation, keep a sense of humor about the interruptions, respond to them briefly, and come back to the deeper process as Mercury trines Pluto. Important revelations wait just under the surface. We can glean new understanding as we review our personal history. It furthers to be open, transparent, but to also listen more than we speak.

Moon trine Mars 12:49 AM, Sun semi sextile Uranus 7:43 AM, Moon trine Saturn 6:29 PM: Mercury trine Pluto 8:45 PM: Moon square Venus 9:12 PM: Moon square Mercury 11:27 PM.

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Starcodes horoscopes for April 29 – May 5, 2016

by Heather Roan Robbins

As long as we’re not in a hurry we can enjoy this weekend’s sweet and mellow aspects, which are perfect for puttering in the garden or through the farmer’s market and checking in with old friends. Catch up with a backlog of emotional processing. Venus enters its own earthy sign of Taurus and nurtures our gardens and our relationships.

But if we have specific places to go, things to do, and a tight timeline to get there, we’ll tend to feel frustrated and can tune into an underlying ambient irritation. It will help us to stay flexible about our plans while being open to serendipity and important side agendas; yes we can make plans and set a few easy goals, but let’s be willing to roll with life and work with what fate has to offer. Mercury has just turned retrograde and all things now Mercurial slow down and take a unique path.

Mercury symbolizes how we think, communicate, transport, and be honest, and is now retrograde until May 22. It joins Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto all appearing to back up against the zodiac from our earthly perspective. When any planet turns retrograde, we get a chance to review what we’ve learned over its recent path, and may have to deal with an usual, sometimes difficult, expression of its realm. For instance, in Minneapolis, the main interstate throughway which also connects the Twin Cities is completely closed throughout this first weekend of Mercury retrograde, forcing drivers to find unique roots through side-streets and secondary arteries. Drivers may run late for their plans, but could see new parts of the city they didn’t know existed.

In another example of retrograde action, since Mars (whose realm includes desire, machismo, exploration, physical energy, sexuality, violence, and war) turned retrograde (April 17-, June 29) in the sign Sagittarius, a sign we associate with children, youthful energy, movement, we have seen several incidents in the national news of children who found a gun and harmed themselves or family. Only a few families in the country and had to deal with this personally, but we all have had to contemplate that symbol and wonder what we could do to prevent such tragedies in the future. Mars retrograde is also an important time to go back and find missing passions or long-standing ambitions that have fallen by the wayside, and reinvestigate. But let’s watch the tendency towards road rage. Mars retrograde can also be a time when something triggers an old anger of ours, and we have to decide to either reattach to that anger, or pull the thorn and let it go.

This week Mercury retrogrades back into the grand trine with Jupiter and Pluto (the first pass was April 15 -19), a grand trine which will resonate throughout May. Just watch the bombastic political (Jupiter/Pluto) slinging, a power play of words (Mercury), throughout the month. But this grand trine may also take our minds back to a time where we felt depressed or disempowered and help us open the energy locked up that memory. As a culture we may also need to recommit to fixing an old wrong, deal with intense and heavy news, or contemplate (Mercury) what truly frees us (Jupiter/Pluto) in a concrete and real way (grand trine in earth signs). With Mercury retrograde it behooves us to take our time, to review, renew, recollect, return, and complete on all levels.

So this weekend, wherever possible, let’s kick back rather than push forward. Sunday, May Day, marks spring’s midpoint. It’s a lovely day to commune with nature and invoke the magic of the burgeoning natural world, and the healing power of healthy human evolution. We can feel a little hypersensitive, may not be feeling so realistic, and may lose a lot of details in the process as the energizing Sun sextiles intuitive, spiritual, idealistic Neptune, just as the Moon enters Neptune rule Pisces, but it truly can be a magical time.

Enjoy the spring pulchritude before Tuesday. The weekend ends with nervy, high friction aspects that can both make us cranky and lower our impulse control just as mechanical glitches and human assumptions increase. We can direct this irritable fuel to further our work or rebel against problems. But let’s watch what we say with one another, watch where we drive, and hold one another and the major hot spots of the world in loving kindness.

Friday, April 29: The mood is pleasantly stubborn, though it’s all too easy to miss signals and work tangentially instead of cooperatively. If people feels out of sync, slow down, hold hands and reconnect, decide on a few select goals, and let everything else wait. The evening has a cuddly, humorous, well-fed quality if we’re not in a hurry or sidetracked by misunderstandings.

Moon square Venus 1:07 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 2:46 AM, Moon sextiles Mars 5:19 PM, Venus enters Taurus 6:35 PM, Moon square Sun 9:28 PM.

Saturday, April 30: We may want to connect, but our relationships can feel tested or strained by distracting responsibilities this morning. The garden and other pragmatic chores call us for attention and it’s a good time to catch up with our own work. The afternoon is sociable if restless, our feet may want to roam and check out the neighborhood. Though we may need to work around a clash between head and heart or between conflicting needs tonight as the Moon squares Mercury.

Venus sesqui-quadrate Saturn 2:13 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 6:46 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 5:54 PM, Moon square Mercury 8:55 PM.

Sunday, May 1: This is a hard day to stay grounded, pragmatic and efficient but a wonderful day to talk with the garden spirits and open the heart, to dance the Maypole or find another way to honor mid-spring. The Moon enters sensitive Pisces, the Sun sextiles imaginative, sensitive Neptune, we can feel squishy and amorphous, permeable, unrealistic and alive. Magic resonates.

Sun sextile Neptune 6 AM, Moon conjunct Pisces 8:33 AM, Moon sextile Venus 12:15 PM, Moon square Mars 9:34 PM.

Monday, May 2: Be gentle on one another this Monday morning, we may still be feeling squishy and watery, may not be the sharpest tool in the box. Allergies and other irritants hit delicate nerves. We may start off this morning in a generous mood if uncertain or foggy in our perceptions. Mid-day can bring a grim streak as the squishy mood hits workday realities, but ends on a more comfortable note where we can be sympathetic and supportive of one another.

Moon conjunct Neptune 4:22 AM, Moon sextile Sun 5:59 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 7:22 AM, Moon square Saturn 10:38 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 2:16 PM, Moon sextile Mercury11:07 PM.

Tuesday, May 3: The ambient energy picks up, but now we have to focus it ourselves as the Sun trines upbeat Jupiter The moon enters energized, iconoclastic Aries and infuses us with a desire to break away from it all; we’re not interested in trivia or routine, but we don’t have to push others away or create artificial intensity. Though some people will do just that. It furthers to philosophize on the nature of true freedom.

Sun trine Jupiter 1:57 AM, Moon enters Aries 11:04 AM, Moon trine Mars 10:42 PM.

Wednesday, May 4: We could wake up with a rebellious chip on our shoulder. We tend to butt up against the rules, restrictions anybody playing the authority figure, with no patience for bureaucracy as the Sun quincunx Saturn We may also have to accept that we have to release an item, plan, or person. Either we can let that distract us, or let it bring us more into our heart. Watch for minor odd power plays from people afraid to let go. Be cautious tonight, the energy swirls erratically.

Moon trine Saturn 11:33 AM, Moon square Pluto 3:13 PM, Moon conjunct Uranus 10:16 PM, Sun quincunx Saturn 10:39 PM.

Thursday, May 5: The day begins with nervy, difficult, even accident-prone energy. It’s all too easy to say something we don’t really mean. Keep it five second delay on impulses, check to make sure they are real. Don’t read too much into interpersonal friction. The day smooths out as the Moon enters Taurus midday We can reconnect easily tonight, if we can get past earlier sparks. Show love through concrete help

Mercury semi sextile Uranus 12:31 AM, Mars sesqui-quadrate Uranus 5:10 AM, Venus quincunx Mars 8:10 AM, Moon enters Taurus 11:10 AM, Moon conjunct Venus 11:12 PM.

All times MDT.

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Starcodes horoscopes for April 15 – 21, 2016

moonby Heather Roan Robbins

This could be a really interesting week; we have a fire-sign trine, an earth-sign trine, Mars and Pluto turn retrograde, and Mercury slows down to retrograde the following week.

We’ve had a lot of fire in the sky lately, with a few good solar flares and a line-up of planets and fire signs. In a good moment all this fire can leave us enthusiastic, easily irritated, and boldly going where we have not gone before; in a tough moment we can feel hotheaded, fried because we’re juggling too much, or bored because we wish we were juggling more.

As the weekend begins, the Sun, Venus, and Uranus in Aries, Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius, and the Moon in Leo forming a loose grand trine to get us moving and grooving. Our emotional actions may be over the top, but we can feel more brave and outspoken than usual, willing to reach out and meet strangers or share our vulnerable ideas. We may also have to let go of a need to be seen and appreciated first, because most everybody will have the same need. If we graciously (if briefly, no one had a long attention span at the moment) share the spotlight and pay attention to others, they will find us fascinating.

Also notice the tug of a strong grand trine in earth signs which intensifies over the week; Jupiter, Pluto, and Mercury can help us put those great ideas (or terrible ones) into concrete action. We want liberating (Jupiter in Virgo) transformational (Pluto in Capricorn) thinking and communications (Mercury in Taurus). We could just sit around and have great discussions about profound and meaningful things, but we can feel an urge to put these ideas into motion. It’s a great idea to sketch out the future, organize ideas, but in the coming retrograde season we may have to rethink or delay (not stop) while we deal with other agenda through early May. But it is important to brainstorm plans and get the process in motion.

But if we don’t have something unusual and interesting to sink our teeth into this week, we can be tempted to walk out of otherwise perfectly fine circumstances. Boredom or dysfunction can feel lethal. Let’s localize the problem, deal with the real issues, and give each other a lot of attention to make it fun. Feel the urge for new terrain and a hands-on experience. Take kids on field trips, help them build a working model of a village.

Taking on challenging projects can seem like a piece of cake, while finishing ordinary chores can feel like pulling teeth, but may be no less important. It’s much more fun to start than to complete at the moment, but it can help to think of the finishing work as a solid springboard for the future.

Now different people will respond to this fire-sign stimulus for practical action towards substantial change in very different ways. This energy can blow apart a dysfunctional relationship or spark a revolution. Mars and Pluto, both planets that symbolize willpower and power, turn retrograde this week and stir the political pot. Watch this week for the beginning of plots and plans that take the rest of the year to unfold.

On Sunday we may get a little more practical as the Moon enters more rigorous-thinking Virgo, conjuncts Jupiter, and activates that grand earth trine. They rise beautifully together on the eastern horizon shortly after Sunset; we can let them pour into our heart and open a beautiful sense of possibilities. We won’t want shallow answers, might be a little edgy and easily irritated, but can use this irritation to get work done. We need to get to those philosophical questions about what we need to do, and why we need to do.

On Sunday and through early next week let’s pour actively critical thinking into our work, and towards the dynamics of how things are run, from our household to our country. Let’s just go lightly with one another in the process.

Mars turns retrograde on Monday and through June 29, the normally direct and focused active form of Mars swirls around and requires us to rethink our motivation and question the motivation of others. We need to get clear about what we’re feeling and how we express those emotions. While Mars is retrograde some people brood, and we see the results as that brooding turns into action when Mars turns direct.

Mars retrograde is a good time to let go of old anger, but can do so by bringing up those old angers first; it encourages us to run over old territory, territory we thought we’d covered and are done with, and clear up old messes. Pluto turns retrograde the next day, and pushes us to go of rebellion for rebellion sake and look for purpose.

Tuesday, and through the middle of the week, our affections and our creative process need attention and may feel tested. The heat begins to leave as the Moon enters Libra and the Sun enters Taurus, both Venus-ruled signs, just as Venus is tested by a trine to Saturn and square to Pluto.

Venus trine Saturn asks us work with our beloveds, put craft into our arts, to follow through on the business end behind our creative process. Make that path, shape that garden. Pluto asked us to do this in the face of potential loss. Even if we lose, it’s worth it to love and to create beauty. We may be called to take compassionate action.

Enjoy these two days when the energy slows down and people move towards their heart because life get intense again when the Moon waxes full in Scorpio on Thursday. Expect people to entrench in their opinions and hurl stinging rejoinders in response to the week’s problems. We all may have a tendency to pull away and pull within after feeling emotionally over-extended. But the new Scorpio focus can help us drop beneath the waves of recent activity, and focus on a meditative contemplation as refuge.

Mercury appears to slow down this week, as it prepares to turn retrograde on April 29, so let’s clear the decks. If there are important new contacts that need to be made or tickets purchased, now is the time to do so.

Friday, April 15: We may be feeling a little melodramatic, and can frolic with the best of them under the Leo Moon, if we’re in a good mood and our taxes are done. If we waited to the last moment, it may be tricky to get those taxes done, because a Sun-Neptune semi-square can leave us a feeling little unrealistic and prone to mistakes of judgment, or with a strong desire to get away from it all. Our concentration improves but our worry builds as Mercury quincunx Saturn tonight, we may need to dramatize our situation in order to get a heartfelt experience across. But let’s not suffer over our suffering. Don’t play one-upsmanship with problems; many = of us may feel and anxious streak running along with our enthusiasm.

Moon trine Mars 12:31 AM, Moon trine Venus 6:43 AM, Sun semi-square Neptune 10:24 AM, Moon square Mercury 1:30 PM, Moon trine Saturn 2:11 PM, Mercury quincunx Saturn8:27 PM, Moon trine Uranus 11:25 PM.

Saturday, April 16: Morning is sociable, energized, though we may have a little trouble concentrating. Midafternoon is good for gathering and experiencing, bad for finalizing decisions, notice a second-guessing or critical edge creeping in as the Moon enters Virgo late afternoon. Although a self-conscious note can bring in an edge of reserve, we can have really interesting conversation and enjoy sparking off one another tonight as Mercury approaches a trine to Pluto.

Moon trine Sun 11:48 AM, Moon enters Virgo 5:22 PM, Venus quincunx Jupiter 7:26 PM.

Sunday, April 17: Go deep or go home. Lightweight won’t cut it. A serious note weaves through the day as Mars turns retrograde. The Moon conjunction Jupiter and both trine Mercury and Pluto. We may not be able to do what we want to, but in feeling frustration, come to know our less conscious motivation, or understand more what challenges we are truly facing. Our willpower can feel itchy; we need something to chew upon rather than each other. A good time to learn, clean closets or weed gardens, write political critique.Tonight is friendlier and more expansive as the Moon conjunct Jupiter; we may be ready let go of some bone we’ve been chewing and see the bigger picture.

Mercury trine Pluto 3:23 AM Mars retrogrades 6:13 AM, Moon square Mars 10:59 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 3:33 PM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:04 PM,

Monday, April 18: Let’s be kind to ourselves on this moody morning even though the Virgo Moon sharpens our sense of self-criticism. It’s easy to relieve discomfort by blaming others, but it won’t help; notice any anxiety around feeling out of control, soothe the heart, and stay solution- focused. Difficult power dynamics lace through the headlines, and can add and uncomfortable note with coworkers as Pluto retrogrades. The past can serve us; it, helps to connect with people we already trust or remember solutions that worked before as Venus trine Saturn. The deeper the work we do, the happier we’ll be.

Moon square Saturn 1:03 AM, Pluto retrogrades 1:25 AM, Moon trine Pluto 4:09 AM, Moon trine Mercury 6:29 AM, sesqui-quadrate Jupiter 7:02 AM, Venus trine Saturn 8:37 AM,

Tuesday, April 19: This could be a pivot point for relationships and creative projects, they need our attention as the Moon enters Libra, the Sun enters Taurus (both Venus-ruled signs) as Venus squares Pluto. If asked, respond to a call for compassion, consider it an offering to the muse. Take no one for granted, acknowledge some emotional creative fear or fear of loss, and be willing to let go of something whose time has ended. But stay focused on a new and softening potential. We may feel a new inspiration; if so, take notes, but it’s important not to drop the ball on work in progress.

Moon enters Libra at 5:23 AM, Sun enters Taurus 9:29 AM, Venus squares Pluto 2:51 PM, Moon sextiles Mars 11:20 PM

Wednesday, April 20: If we are discouraged by technical delays, or creaky bones as the Sun challenges Saturn this morning, it will pay to hold still or sensitively persevere rather than back off. Our fortune needs our perseverance, even though we may be distracted by new possibilities or frustrated with old problems. See a project through, but take breaks to feed to let imagination roam. Go back and forth between completion and the seeds of new enthusiasm.

Sun sequi-quadrate Saturn 6:31 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 1:32 PM, Moon square Pluto4:52 PM, Moon opposed Venus 7:54 PM.

Thursday, April 21: Our nerves can feel stretched as Mercury semi-sextiles Uranus and the Moon enters Scorpio. The mood grows moody, musky, ripe with darker undertones as we head into the full Scorpio Moon. Feel the tension between what makes us comfortable and cozy (Sun in Taurus) and what will evolve and transform (Moon in Scorpio). Mercury retrogrades next week, so consciously bring in extra patience and don’t attached to minor frustrations. Use a new focus to sharpen our attention where we needed. Start battening the hatches for the upcoming Mercury retrograde, get documents signed, tickets purchased and important understandings straightened out.

All times given are MDT.

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