Morning Star: Astrology for the week of April 24 to April 30, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

I just typed to a friend, “Yes, you need to take time to take care of yourself. You've been running emotional marathons lately.” Then, I took one look at this Sagittarius Moon that stays active from today at 8:47 AM all the way until Tuesday at noon and thought, “yeah, speaking of emotional marathons.” It would appear as if we have one of those on tap which will cover the next few days. Plus, it's not only a marathon. There's an obstacle course on this run, as well. The hurdles we must jump over could be represented by situations we have dealt with in the past. These hurdles may arise looking exactly like the situation we dealt with before. Same people. Same events. Or, they may just bring a similar situation. Different folks. Different events. Same feel.
Some folks will recognize this. Some folks won't notice. But, the key to it is to handle the situation more effectively than we did before and avoid repeating the same mistakes. It is also, as I advised my friend, key to remember self-care. We aren't positioned well to A) run marathons or B) jump hurdles or C) make balanced decisions if we are gasping for air or completely physically and emotionally worn out. Rest and recuperation are important exercises. Keep that in mind.
This morning, the Moon leaves her Void status and enters Sagittarius at 8:47 AM. She remains pretty docile for most of the day making only minor aspects throughout the sky. There is a semi-sextile with Pluto at 1:44 PM and an inconjunct with the Sun at 7:08 PM. A sesquisquare with Uranus at 9:22 PM. Little nuances happen. Coloring our emotional situation but nothing too pressing just yet. This is just the warm-up/stretching part.
At 1:47 AM, the Moon makes her first major aspect, a conjunction with Mars Rx. This feels angst riddled and frustrating to me. I'm hoping to sleep right through it. But, if the energy finds you and keeps you awake, try to do something physical to distract your brain. Don't just lay there and let your thoughts and worries writhe and twist. Remember that sometimes worries that enter the nighttime space and keep us up tossing and turning often appear larger in those moments than they do in the light of day. So try to refrain from blowing things out of proportion. Have faith in yourself that you can handle whatever is in front of you while also keeping stuff in proper perspective. To help avoid tossing and turning tonight, do something physically active in the day. Get out and about to expend any frustration or angst that may be hiding in your joints. And, this doesn't have to be productive activity. You know? We can do stuff that is both fun and physically active. Tomorrow looks a lot like a washout either way I look at it. So, if you can figure out a way to be well rested tonight and escape the potential angst that keeps you awake at night; then, go for it. And, I'm not against suggesting non-narcotic sleep aids to do so. Of course, I'd opt for the one that won't leave you feeling hungover tomorrow morning. We are going to be draggy enough. Hide the Nyquil and reach for the melatonin. My personal choice is California Poppy Seed Extract; because, when it comes to sleep, this Pisces Moon doesn't play.

There may be times, also, in which we feel we can't do anything right the first time. Or, we may catch ourselves repeating past mistakes. Due this, I've just decided that I'm going to have to do everything at least twice and plan for it. If, by some miracle I get it done the first time, then the extra time is mine. If not, I've left room for a second attempt. As for the other, repeating past mistakes, it's alright. At least you recognized it. Know you will likely get another chance to deal with this situation or something similar again and set the record straight.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Most of this day is spent under the umbrella of a mutable cross created between the Moon, Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter. The Moon begins with a square to Neptune at (7:27 AM) which brings the emotional washout and sensitivity along with possible hangovers. It could be hard to drag ourselves out of bed regardless of what happened last night. Some may even oversleep or decide to stay in bed due illness.

By 11:43 AM, the Moon finds her current ruler by square. Check perspective again. Re-align your priorities. Approach the situation with gentleness and humility while trying not to take yourself too seriously.
Sobriety comes harshly through a conjunction from the Moon to Saturn at 3:48 PM. The truth is heavy and inescapable. Emotional burdens and responsibilities hang heavily on our shoulders. Remember that the outlet for this ongoing mutable square falls in Gemini whose current ruler is in Taurus. Take your time and think about things. Try to keep things simple and imbibe everything with common sense. Mercury in Taurus doesn't normally over think but it does chew over concepts slowly. Think of a cow laying in a field chewing her cud. Chill out and take your time to think things over gently and slowly. It is Monday, after all. How lovely did you expect it to be anyway? Deal with it one bite at a time.
After linking up the mutable t-square, the Moon moves on to trine Uranus at 3:08 AM. Man. Is there any room for sleep in the first of this week? No, Josi, we are running emotional marathons, remember? Oh...yeah. So, the trine with Uranus is not so much a bad thing. It can be the assistant we need to break loose and detach from some of our worries. However, I like it much more when this aspect comes in the middle of the day instead of the middle of the night because it's not so conducive of a restful night's sleep. Yes, this could be another restless night. Those that slept in this morning or who were able too, might be positioned just right to deal with it. For the rest of us, though, it may start feeling like we fraying at the ends. You know that feeling when you've not really slept well for a couple of days? Yeah, that.

Another way I see this playing out is early in the day we may have been trying, trying to achieve that feeling of wakefulness and pumped ourselves full of caffeine and chemicals in an effort to do so. Well, we definitely can feel the after effects of that overnight. My suggestion is, instead of reaching for the caffeine and chemicals, try to stay well hydrated instead. You might be surprised how much this helps energy levels in a more smooth way than chemicals. I know I was. We are running an emotional marathon, after all, and in a true marathon they don't hand out cups of coffee and soda during the race do they? No. No they don't. Pace yourself and be mindful of what you are dumping into your body.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

After we get over the morning hump that comes with a square from the Moon in Sagittarius to elusive Chiron in Pisces, Tuesday begins to feel a little better. It's squishy as we come out of the gate. But, by noon the Moon is in a nice fire trine with Venus in the last degrees of Aries. Following this trine, the Moon is Void until entering Capricorn tonight at 7:55 PM. I have a feeling we'll be thankful for this emotional break under the Void Moon when we get there. Most will have been stretched at the seams variating between being overly sensitive, overly stimulated, manic and depressed. Perhaps it's less of an emotional marathon and more of a an emotional pinball game. Either way, it's likely to tax us off and on up until the Moon is Void. Take advantage of the dullness offered here. Do something nice for yourself.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This morning is probably the best of the week. We wake up with the Moon in Capricorn creating a nice Earth trine with the Sun in Taurus at 10:54 AM. Folks find their groove and are able to keep things real and down to Earth. It's not a speedy pace. But, a comfortable and responsible one that deals with matters on a practical level.

By 5:57 PM, it's time for a nap as the Moon finds Neptune by sextile at 5:57 PM. An early night might be store or just a little rest and relaxation in our evening hours. The boss of your life (which is you) may need to kick her feet up and have a glass of wine and listen to some relaxing music. Yeah, that sounds about right. Knocking out responsibilities early in the day under the practical and diligent Earth energy can leave room for unwinding later this evening.

By 9:46 PM, we could be feeling even better as the Moon creates another Earth trine with Jupiter in Virgo. As long as you don't blow emotional things out of proportion and instead maintain perspective and deal with things in a triage like manner, you'll be fine. Eat well. Rest well. Tomorrow is another day.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Another day, indeed. This morning cravings run deep and emotions darken. Temptations, fears and paranoia threaten to darken our morning doorstep under a Moon/Pluto conjunction at 5:21 AM. Emotional intensity rises. Reach for endurance, fortitude and integrity. Foster a sense of self control instead of reaching out in an attempt to control others. Stare down and address your deepest fears and obsessions.

By 12:59 PM, nerves are likely frayed and folks are pretty reactive due a lunar square to Uranus in Aries. Plus, Mercury is at a standstill. He officially turns Rx at 1:12 PM. So part of that “frayed” and angst riddled feel could come from all our machinery going haywire. “Did you try rebooting?” Mercury says between giggles. Many folks will need bigger patience panties to cover their impatient asses. Don't look at me. I'm not immune. Mercury stations frustrate the hell out of me too. But, what are you going to do except roll with it. If something isn't working right, lay it down and come back to later. I know that Mercury in Taurus is not great at changing it's mindset. But, I do encourage you to try. Self-divert and focus on what IS working more than you focus on what is not. Slow down (which may be tough to do under Moon/Uranus). Give it a shot anyhow. Doesn't make sense to keep doing stuff that only adds to your frustration level.

The Moon in Capricorn finds our stalled out Mercury by trine at 4:54 PM. So, are you gonna let your computer misbehaving cause you to cry? Man, I've been there. Veer away from over-stimulation. Attempt to express your frustration or your emotions about the thing in general. Is that what is REALLY bothering you? Or is there something else that is swirling around in there that makes this thing even more intolerable?
This is good energy to use to re-negotiate business dealings or make adjustments to contracts. I didn't say to sign the final draft...we should be still drafting terms here. But, if you MUST sign on the dotted line TAKE THE TIME TO READ EVERY WORD until you are satisfied that you fully understand the terms. Anyone that tries to rush you into signing or agreeing is up to something. Make sure you take the proper measures to protect your interests. Throughout the day we will feel reactive and as if we need to rush due the Moon/Uranus interaction. Deliberately slow down and take your time in the face of that. Rise above the knee-jerk reaction and realize “on the spot” or “off the cuff” is not always the best answer. Absorb the shocks and ground them out. Then read the fine print before you make a decision. You've got time. All you have to do is claim it while disallowing yourself to be pushed or catalyzed into a rush.

Overnight, the Moon makes an uncomfortable square to Venus at 3:08 AM. Venus in Aries is impatient. But, the Moon in Capricorn reminds her to watch her timing. No sense preempting the situation. Think about the long-term goal instead of the immediate desire. Let the fruit ripen before you pull it from the vine. Pull up and secure that larger pair of patience panties you bought earlier in the week. From here the Moon is Void for a little over an hour until entering cool and/or icy Aquarius at 4:47 AM on the 29th.

Friday, April 29, 2016

This morning the Moon is in Aquarius. We need socialization. Some air and space. Light friendly interaction that is not all swamped out with emotions. We need to detach lean into the support of social networks. We need community and tribal support.

At 7:20 PM the Moon makes a sextile with Mars Rx in Sagittarius and we may become wise to where we have misstepped in recent past. Incorporate that information into your computer brain. It's useful data we can employ in the future. Don't beat yourself up over it. Let it go after you learn from it.

Venus is due to change her outlook today. She drifts into her home territory of Taurus at 8:36 PM. We begin to look to the things of value around us. And, are called to appreciate what it is we have more than yearn for what it is we don't have yet. Or, at least, this is what we should do. This movement of Venus happens immediately prior to our Last Quarter Moon that develops at 11:29 PM between the signs of Aquarius and Taurus. Last Quarters typically call for a final flush. This one is no different. We are relinquishing on an emotional level. Purging. Letting go. Releasing into the soil what can become future fertilizer and aiming to travel more lightly. Venus wants comfort and stability and she isn't going to find it buried up under a bunch of stuff. Cast the metaphorical pea from under your mattress. Pay homage to the blessings you already have and may have overlooked or taken for granted in the past.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

This morning we wake up on solid footing due to a stabilizing sextile from the Moon to Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn is the Moon's traditional ruler. However, she checks in with the traditional ruler AND her modern ruler, Uranus, too. At 7:55 PM the sextile between the Moon and Uranus in Aries occurs encouraging us to rise above and reach for things like emotional independence and freedom. We are still casting stuff off. These aspects encourage us to keep going forward with that. Finish things up and cast away baggage before you plan to start anything new. Overall, it's a stable and somewhat breezy day that offers a nice chance to drop a few worries off at the curb. Hope is somewhat restored.

By 10:56 PM, the Moon does square Mercury in Taurus who is quite resistant to changing his mind regardless of the facts you present him. This is a square in Fixed signs. One sign that is hell bent on moving into the future and sign that is still trying to make sense of it all. Thing is, old mentalities are not going to make sense. Not that you'll be able to convince steadfast Mercury in Taurus of that easily. Offer him an incentive. A reward for changing his mind and looking at things differently. Give him a carrot at the end of the stick to entice him. Then, leave him be to think or re-think the situation at his own pace.

Change is not an easy thing for anyone. Be patient with yourself and others through it.
Following the square with Mercury, the Moon is Void until entering Pisces at 10:34 AM. Tomorrow promises a watercolor world under a Pisces Moon as the Sun in Taurus is also in trine to Neptune. Folks become more emotive but also more flexible. Don't push stuff. Let it run it's course. Make your point and let that simmer for awhile. The deadlock softens a bit in our days to come.