This week will be a powerful one with the power planets Pluto and Mars changing direction. When a planet changes direction, the few days at the beginning of the shift amplifies the energy of the planet. Pluto turns retrograde on Tuesday, March 10, and will move in retrograde motion for five months until September 16. This movement particularly affects those with personal planets from 6-9 degrees in the cardinal signs of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, and Libra. It’s time to look deeply within regarding issues of power and control, and release patterns that no longer serve you. On April 13 Mars moves forward after being in retrograde motion since January 24. Its long stay in Virgo continues to give us the opportunity transform health habits for the better, and this will be easier to do with Mars in direct motion. Mercury, the planet of communication, is in dreamy Pisces this one more week before it moves into fiery Aries on April 16.
Ceres, the dwarf planet symbolizing grain and nourishment, enters the sign of Taurus on Monday, the 9th. Ceres works together with Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in Virgo in a mutually supportive way. Ceres will be in the sign of Taurus until June 24, making for a very fertile planting season through this time. In our personal life we can benefit by asking what do we want to plant and nourish for ourselves?
Monday starts the week on an upbeat note with the Moon moving into Sagittarius Monday morning at 8:13 AM PDT with the expansive, adventurous energy of Sagittarius continuing through Tuesday. Monday’s flowing aspects between Venus and Uranus and the Moon could make for some pleasant surprises.
Tuesday evening’s flowing trine between the Sun in Aries and Moon in Sagittarius makes a great backdrop for a high spirited, buoyant evening.
Wednesday through Friday afternoon the Moon is in Capricorn, and this is the time of the week when the Moon’s cycle highlights the powerful positive productive thrust of the earth trines of Jupiter in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn, and Mars in Virgo, as well as the very difficult Pluto/Uranus square in the cardinal signs of Capricorn and Aries respectively. It’s the weekly boost of powerful energy if you are willing to move with the pulses of change. This may be a particularly volatile time with Mars and Pluto changing directions. These would be good mornings for walks to center yourself and self-reflect. Be ready with your best skills of diplomacy and collaboration if a testy or volatile situation emerges.
Friday afternoon through Sunday the Moon is in Aquarius, highlighting friendships, groups, and humanitarian concerns. The Aquarius Moon makes a flowing aspect to sweet Venus in the morning. Stop and smell the flowers. I’ll be having brunch at Santa Rosa’s Zazu restaurant with some friends from work to benefit the Ceres Project, an outstanding project that employs teen volunteers to make and distribute nourishing meals for cancer patients. This event is very well aligned with the support of the planets as Aquarius symbolizes groups, friends, and volunteer service work, and Ceres will have just moved into Taurus, the sign symbolizing food and nourishment. If you live in the North Bay area, you can participate in this delicious breakfast fundraiser in which 100% of the proceeds go to the Ceres Project (707-523-4814 for reservations).
Saturday evening would be a good time to get together with friends and acquaintances.
On Sunday the Sun in Aries opposes Saturn in Libra, calling for responsibility and discipline. With the addition of a flowing trine from the Moon to serious Saturn, you could align yourself with the abundant potential productive energy and get a lot accomplished, if you apply the works.
The Moon is Void-of-Course when it makes its last aspect with another planet and before it moves into the next zodiacal sign. During this time decision making is difficult, and decisions often turn out not to hold or to work. Little usually comes of matters initiated during a Moon Void-of-Course period, so it’s best not to initiate things that matter, make purchases, or hold meetings where you expect decisions and outcomes. It is better to respond to email not requiring decisions, clear clutter, take a walk, or catch up on reading. There are four 4-5 hour Moon Void-of-Course periods next week, one every other day, with Wednesday’s and Friday’s void periods most affecting those living in the Eastern time zone, and Friday’s and Sunday’s most affecting those living in the Pacific time zone.
Monday, April 9: 2:56 11:12 AM EDT (goes out of void and into Sagittarius 8:12 AM PDT)
Wednesday, April 11: 4:05-10:02 AM PDT (7:05 AM-1:02 PM EDT)
Friday, April 13: 10:05 AM-2:48 PM PDT (1:05-5:48 PM EDT)
Sunday, April 15: 3:42-10:38 PM PDT