Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Savings Time -- five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.
For me, this past week was all about finishing things up, letting go of my fears and letting other people contribute to me. It was actually quite beautiful to see what loving and nurturing people I have in my life. I felt much more present -- and open to being pampered :-)
The two most important astrological events this week both involve Mercury -- it leaves it's retrograde shadow on Monday, and makes a challenging aspect to Pluto on Wednesday. The latter invites us to grow and stretch ourselves, to communicate more powerfully.
Monday morning starts with a Moon void of course (VoC) -- until 1:05pm EDT -- so take it easy and go with the flow. The Moon then moves into Gemini, speeding things up a little and keeping us busy.
Mercury (the planet of communication) leaves it's retrograde shadow today, so we are fully able to engage in new conversations. We have been processing things for the past two months; we can now leave that behind. To read more about Mercury's shadow phase, click here.
Monday evening, the Sun makes a supportive aspect to Mars, exact at 8:59pm EDT; we will feel the energy of this aspect until about Thursday. This gives us a beautiful opportunity to make solid plans for our future -- to get really clear about which goals we want to pursue and get connected to what's important to us. It's also a wonderful time to connect to nature and your body, perhaps by taking walks, hikes, strolls, doing yoga in the park, etc.
On Tuesday, the Moon is still in Gemini all day; this keeps us social and busy. This could be via email and phone conversations, or directly with people in our immediate environment.
Wednesday morning, Mercury makes a challenging aspect to Pluto, exact at 10:51am EDT. This transit's energy will be most powerful from Monday until Friday of this week; it asks us to think more deeply and make space for meaningful thoughts or interactions. The tendency here might be to obsess about something. This could be a recurring thought that we can't seem to let go of, or perhaps a conversation that turns into a power struggle, because we are not willing to let go of our ideas or opinions. As best as you can, keep an open mind, let yourself relax into any obsessions or fixed ideas. Ask yourself: "How important is it?" Could you grant others the right to think differently?
At 4:31pm EDT on Wednesday we enter another Moon void of course (VoC), this lasts nine hours, until 1:42am EDTon Thursday morning. This gives us a chance to process all the connections and mental intake from the past two days. Use this time to nurture your personal and business relationships; however, whenever possible, wait until VoC phases end, before making new plans and appointments.
The Moon is in Cancer all day Thursday and Friday; we will likely feel more sensitive and self-protective during this time. As best as you can, be gentle with yourself and others. Nurture your emotional and physical needs. Safety is quite important to us at this time; if fear comes up, simply allow it and observe it. Ask yourself: is this fear connected to my past or my future? Is is actually here, right now? If you notice that the fear you experience is connected to a memory, or is a projection into the future, ask yourself: Could I simply set it free, just for right now?
Saturday starts off with a Moon void of course (VoC) this lasts until 12:10pm EDT. Another 9-hour Moon VoC phase, that gives us the opportunity to process any emotional or internal experiences from the past 2 days. We are also being asked to come out of our shell a little and get focused on our commitments. The Moon moves into playful Leo at 12:10pm EDT, bringing a more joyful, heart-centered experience to the next couple of days.
Also on Saturday, the Sun aligns with Chiron, exact at 1:52pm EDT. This gives us the opportunity to heal our insecurities or feelings of shame. This can come through bringing conscious awareness to these areas; getting centered and connected to the physical plane will also help here. As best as you can, get grounded, stay connected to the Earth and your body. If waves of feeling come up, let them -- simply observe the wave. Notice: are you are the wave -- or are you the ocean, in which the wave is just a small part of the whole? Allow the waves to come to the shore and return back to the ocean once again.
Back on April 21st, the New Moon may well have been a time when many things were conceived; on Sunday at 5:57am EDT, the first Quarter Moon asks us to make some adjustments to all of that. This is an energizing time, as we need to stretch ourselves and expand our consciousness.
A supportive Sun/Pluto aspect, exact on Sunday at 5:34pm EDT, brings an intensity and a depth to our conscious awareness; this transit's energy will be most powerful between this Thursday, and Wednesday of next week (May 2nd). This is a time to transform our lives, stripping away ideas, beliefs -- and maybe even people -- that no longer connect with who we are now. Ask yourself: What needs to change, so that I may live more authentically?
Have a wonderful week.