Tip of the Week : April 14 – 21, 2017
The exciting astrological news now is the Sun conjunct Uranus at 24 Aries 26 on April 15, 2017, at 3:18 am PDT. The Sun conjuncts Uranus annually, so the exact degree of the conjunction takes on added significance. This degree shares a direct relationship with Capricorn. The energies of Uranus and Capricorn are antithetical and revolutionary. Sudden, dramatic change meets slow, sober tradition.
Since the Sun energizes whatever planet it aspects, the Uranian impulse is extra charged. Especially the build-up of the exact conjunction is charged and potent and begins about 10 days prior to exact. The violent and sudden military attacks in the Middle East combined with the mobilization of China’s military on the borders of North Korea present prime examples of this energy pattern.
Against this backdrop of major planetary alignments destined to synchronize with significant social change with global implications, Mercury and Venus have been simultaneously retrograde. Mercury turned retrograde on April 9th, the eve of the Libra Full Moon which occurred on April 10 here in the Pacific time zone so April 11th for most of the world.
The influences of the transiting near planets alone represent the ‘little story’, but one which touches us more personally. Yet, how this figures regarding the whole chart of a larger event like a conjunction or the ingress of a planet, or in a Natal Chart, for that matter, reveals their influence in context to these larger realities. This is where their importance becomes much more evident.
The comparison can be drawn between a single person and an entire country. A theme of quality over quantity arises, here, and one which reminds us that a single person can make a massive difference in the world for better or worse and there are ever examples of both. That astrology can see so deeply into a person presents a whole other discussion. No wonder it has been so dismissed, power and influence can have a much louder voice than truth and wisdom, in the political arena.
An exciting, playful and sporty cycle continues. You may feel stronger than you have for a while. At best, you feel inspired to push harder and do more. You are probably wise to pace yourself and set realistic goals. In order to succeed at going big right now, aim for a systematic strategy that includes measurable results.
A lot of energy is stirring close to home. You have probably begun or are feeling inspired to take on some pretty big projects. If this includes spring cleaning and creating a more beautiful home environment, then you are probably right on track. Aim to create an atmosphere that supports both deepened self-awareness and inner peace.
You are learning to see the world as with fresh eyes. This trend will increase over the coming weeks. Already a process of digging deeper than you have for a while is underway. This includes gathering new tools and learning new skills. Generally, this is a follow-through period and a time of returns from initiatives taken a few years ago.
With both Mercury and Venus retrograde, the momentum of late has been less than obvious and predictable. It may help to be aware that you are not alone. Positively, you have been making steady progress behind the scenes despite delays. Expect this trend to continue throughout the month.
As eager as you are to advance, you may be feeling the need to slow down. Smell the flowers and the coffee. Slowing down will allow you to concentrate more fully. You have entered another cycle of experimentation. The time is right to sample but perhaps not to buy or commit, at least not in regards to the long-term.
The Sun in Aries and Venus re-entering Aries says: go within to decipher your priorities this week, Taurus. Mars in your sign indicates pioneering initiatives and when the Sun follows suit next week, you will be like a bull out of the gates. This is especially true if you know what you want and have created a plan.
Getting in touch more fully with who you are as an individual, continues. This may well include travel interests. At deeper levels, there is a push to break through fears and insecurities. Mercury retrograde in Taurus has perhaps stirred things up in the subconscious, but not quite enough to be conscious. Now you know why.
Some fresh starts in your professional sphere have guided you into new territory somehow. This has likely required extra effort to access your confidence. Altogether, something of a soul-searching journey that began back in February, at least, continues. Taking things slowly remains the ideal pace.
Your visionary mind has been ignited. You have begun to see a wider scope of possibility. At worst, you feel a little overwhelmed and intimidated. This feeling could even increase while Mercury is retrograde. There remain a couple of weeks to go. Allow this awareness to ease your mind. It is all about entering new territory.
Sometimes clearing the way literally involves removing things. At other times, the process includes replacing the old with the new. This can occur psychologically as well as physically, like now perhaps. The time is right to do some inner work. This can be as basic as gaining new knowledge and fresh perspectives.
Some important shifts on relationship fronts are underway. These are causing you to make some important adjustments, to get out of your own way somehow. Blind spots and habits are the norms. But occasionally, circumstances in the destiny flow require they be reconsidered. Despite sincere efforts, you will probably like the results.
Circumstances are pushing you to work a little harder these days. These efforts include making key changes in your own usual approach. Take nothing for granted now, especially how you usually do things. Others may be playing the role of instigator. ‘Don’t shoot the messenger.’ Receive the message and learn the lesson.