Astrological update for April 24, 2012
Here’s the 411 on where the faster moving heavenly bodies are currently located and how they may affect you this week. Paying attention to the shifts of the planets in the sky enables you to walk the web of astrological energies like a spider, rather than being caught in the web like a fly.
The Sun is in Taurus, putting energy and focus on gardening and other earthy pursuits. The Sun’s favorable aspect to Mars in another earth sign this week means you can get things done, but it is likely at Taurus’ slow and steady pace, supported by Virgo’s methodical approach.
The Moon is in Gemini today, following the weekend’s New Moon in Taurus. The Moon’s movement through this sign often makes people more talkative and more interested in doing work with their hands like crafts or home improvement projects. The Moon will move into Cancer on Thursday, which may shift the focus from words to emotions, from questioning to nurturing. Periods like this week, when the moon is waxing immediately after a new moon, are the best time to trim your hair if you want it to grow longer. Waxing moon phases are also a good time to plant anything that grows above the ground and to transplant any houseplants to your outdoor garden.
The planet of communication and ideas remains in pioneering Aries until May 9, making this a good time to initiate new projects. However, this is not a great time to discuss relationship issues as most people will be more interested in expressing their own viewpoint rather than building bridges.
If you aspire to write, or to become a comic artist, this astrological period offers great energy to support you with Venus in communicative, humorous Gemini until August 7. Romantic relationships initiated during a Venus in Gemini period are likely to be built on witty banter and playfulness rather than long, deep talks about the soul.
With the planet of action in health-oriented Virgo, this is also a good time to start eating better or begin a new exercise program. Mars in Virgo also lends support to detail-oriented projects. Since this sign relates to small domestic animals, this is also a good time to train a new puppy.
Jupiter is in the latter half of Taurus, enlarging our awareness of financial matters and other practical matters.
The planet of discipline and restriction continues to plow backward in Libra, sign of relationships and beauty. You may find yourself re-structuring the boundaries of a relationship, or revising some past creative project.
The outer planets exert an influence on us, but since they are so slow-moving, their effects are often felt in terms of larger external events. You will feel their impact most strongly if your natal chart shows personal planets placed so as to come into relationship with Uranus, Neptune or Pluto soon. Get astrological readings to learn about upcoming planetary movements affecting you on a personal level.
Revolutionary Uranus moved into warrior spirit Aries in March of 2011, giving astrological impetus to the Arab Spring as well as Occupy Wall Street. Uranus will remain in this sign until 2018. If Uranus or Aries is prominent in your chart, you may have either felt a strong connection to these movements or perhaps felt the urge to revolutionize some aspect of your own life.
Nebulous Neptune has been in its home sign of Pisces since early this year. See our article here (Neptune in Pisces) com on how the 14-year period of its transition through this sign may be felt both in terms of larger events and on a personal level.
Pluto has been in hierarchical Capricorn since 2008. It will remain in this sign until 2023. Pluto’s last movement through this sign coincided with the American and French Revolutions. What foundations will the planet of transformation shake this time around—both on the world stage and in your personal life?