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Recently we have a brief period of clear sailing and no planets were retrograde, as of this week we will have three planets going backward. Jupiter leads the pack by turning retro on April 11. Pluto retrograded in Capricorn on April 24 and Saturn follows on Monday, April 29, 2019. Mercury is in the spotlight with two difficult aspects this week and two gentle ones. The week ends with the beginning of the New Moon in Taurus and a new moon cycle.
The Sun is a week into his annual transit of Taurus and May is probably going to be calmer than the previous four months have been. Many of us have been so busy up to this point that time has seemed to move at lightning speed. During the month of May, things will go slower and offer us some time and energy with which to restore and heal ourselves.
The retrograde planets will assist with our healing and our transformation. While we don’t usually feel the outer planets when they are retrograde like we feel Mercury, Venus, and Mars, having three outer planets will offer us an opportunity to slow down and take another look at what we want for our lives in general. What do we need to let go of? What do we want to learn? Are we holding on to old thought patterns and beliefs that no longer serve us? Do we need more or less responsibility and structure or do we need to have more fun?
During the month of May, we are winding down from the Spring Equinox and preparing to amp up again in June for the Summer Solstice. Use the slow energy of this Taurus and the month of May to check in with ourselves and take a look at our lives and our choices, and decide if we are heading in the direction we want to be going. My personal wish is that you choose love for all, truth, acceptance, tolerance, and co-operation as your goals.
The New Moon doesn’t take place until Friday but we will begin feeling it days before and after. This Moon brings us energetic beams of love, hope, healing, and gracefulness right down into the center of our being. There is more daylight and this is a wonderful time to change from our winter routine to our summer routine, change our diet, and our financial habits. I seem to always be looking at my finances lately.
Monday the Sun will be sesquiquadrate to Jupiter. This aspect is a minor difficult aspect of 135° and can show us where our planning is faulty, and where we are inflexible. We can feel and lack of success when planets are sesquiquadrate. Don’t overestimate or exaggerate. You will also want to be aware of unstable high moods that might not be grounded in truth.
Wednesday Mercury will be in aspect with two planets, one easy and one difficult. The easy, sextile aspect is with Mars. This energy is lively, alert, enthusiastic especially when it comes to communications. We are likely to be productive, busy, and able to turn our ideas into action.
The second aspect for Mercury is on the other side of the scales from his aspect with Mars. This one is a square with Saturn. Saturn often places some sort of obstacle in our way to prevent us from making hasty decisions. This time the block is in communications. Things we thought we had completed might need a bit more attention. Saturn can be rather insensitive and sarcastic. Trusting our intuition can seem difficult and we certainly want to carefully look over any documents before signing them.
Wednesday has the most aspects of the week. The next one is an inconjunction between Mars and Saturn. Once again we are dealing with Saturn blocking us. Mars wants to push us forward and go fast while Saturn is busy creating ways to hold us back. It’s a real stop-and-go sort of energy.
Thursday is Mercury is in prominent with two aspects. One is a difficult square with Pluto and the other is a gentle trine with a retrograde Jupiter.
The square aspect could bring trouble. Characteristics of this energy are suspiciousness and withholding parts of the story or the truth. We all would do well to keep an open mind and not force our ideas onto others. This is a characteristic of the paradigm thing anyway.
In contrast, the Mercury trine Jupiter is about positive thought, good perception, and co-operation. This energy bodes well for a short trip, could bring good news about something, or a good offer. You will want to let go of attachment to details and look more at the big picture so we don’t get stymied by details. This is also a good time to write, teach, study and submit forms such as grants or applications.
Friday, of course, is the New Moon. New Moons represent new beginnings. If you have not planted your garden plants, wait until Friday or later to do that. Anytime in Taurus is generally a good time to plant because it is an Earth sign. Taurus is a particularly good sign to plant root vegetables or ones grown for their seeds. Leafy plants like lettuce also do well.
However, sustainable cultures always consider the Moon’s Phase too. Currently, we are in the last quarter phase. This is time to weed, turn the soil, and deal with pests. If you plant a garden or just a few plants in pots, I wish you bountiful yields.
That is the nuts and bolts for this week. I am eager for the spring to progress and the tree pollen to be less. I hope your week is wonderful and that you do something special for yourself. That could be as simple as sitting quietly for 10-15 minutes in silence or listening to some soft, soothing sounds.
Remember to be kind to all you meet and smile. A smile is a smile in all languages.