Looking ahead at the week, I am first struck by the amount of Aries energy that is presented. If you have stressful issues to deal with, conversations to have, or battles to win, take advantage of this time.
The week starts with the Sun, Uranus, and Mercury all in Aries.
On Tuesday, Venus joins the others, and several hours later, Mercury leaves Aries behind to bring us a touch of stability in Taurus. First thing Wednesday morning, the Moon joins the crew in Aries as well. Fiery days indeed!
As though that amount of Fire were not volatile enough, on Wednesday the Aries Sun forms a stressful square aspect to Pluto, the planet of destruction and transformation.
Three days later on Saturday, the Sun conjuncts Uranus at 20° Aries. Issues of power dynamics and revolution are in the air.
Thursday brings a New Moon forming close aspects to both Uranus and Pluto. This suggests a very powerful time to plant a seed of assertiveness, courage and rapid growth.
On Tuesday, the Pisces Moon is VOC* from 6:32 AM EDT until early Wednesday morning. On Thursday, the Aries Moon is VOC* from 10:56 AM EDT until early Friday morning. On Saturday, the Taurus Moon is VOC* from 5:49 AM EDT until early Sunday morning. These are long VOC* periods.
So, what does it mean? It has been awhile since we talked about VOC* Moon.
The period of time that the Moon is considered to be VOC* is the period of time between the last aspect the Moon makes in one sign and the time it enters the next. These blocks of time are excellent for rest, recuperation, contemplation, and the effort of routine tasks. These are not times to begin anything that you are hoping will have a specific outcome.
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Monday, April 4, 2016:
The week begins uneventfully and with little focus! The Moon is in Pisces offering a dreamy glow to the corners of your mind.
Other than a blast of energy mid-afternoon as the Moon squares Mars, you are apt to be lacking in motivation. Allow yourself to work with deep sensitivity and inspired imagination. This is a great day for creativity and spiritual practice.
Resist any temptation to hit the bottle on Monday evening. You won’t want to fog your thinking or slow down your reactions. You are going to need your wits about you in the coming days.
TEST AND BUILD COURAGE
Tuesday, April 5, 2016:
Tuesday gets underway with decidedly more energy than was available on Monday. At 12:09 PM EDT, the Aries Sun forms a trine aspect to Saturn suggesting the importance of bringing stability to the fiery enthusiasm we have felt building since the Sun entered Aries on March 20th.
At 12:50 PM EDT, Venus enters Aries bringing with it a powerful urge to step forward, test limits, and build courage.
At 7:09 PM EDT, Mercury leaves Aries behind to enter Taurus. Consider that Mercury represents our thought processes, how and what we think about, and how we communicate. With all these planets in Aries, it is great to see Mercury moving into the steady space of Taurus.
This will greatly assist you in maintaining composure, keeping calm, and focusing on creating stability and beauty rather than the tendency of Aries to blast forward with passion and aggression. The push that the planets in Aries provide is deeply supported by the stable thought processes that Mercury in Taurus brings.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016:
Wednesday presents of a day of extremely powerful and dynamic energy. If there is something in your life that you are having a difficult time taking action on, perhaps this is the day to do so. You can find within yourself dynamic courage, assertiveness, and drive. You may also find impatience, impulsiveness, and the tendency to be short tempered and harsh.
At 4:12 PM EDT, when the Sun squares Pluto maintain full awareness of how you and those around you use this energy. Be careful, remain aware, take full responsibility, and give yourself and others the benefit of the doubt.
In early January of 2016, the Sun conjunct Pluto. This began a cycle of empowerment or a cycle of destruction in order to make space for newly developing empowerment. Whatever began at that time, it now requires a particular action to be taken in order to move forward.
What action can you take now that will bring about the transformation that is required in your life? This cycle holds incredible power. The action you take now will bring powerful results in mid-July.
NEW BEGINNINGS REQUIRE MAJOR CHANGE
Thursday, April 7, 2016:
Thursday brings us to a powerhouse of a day. At 7:24 AM EDT, we come to the New Moon at 18° Aries. This begins a new lunar cycle. With this powerful energy, you can push forward any agenda you passionately desire.
The New Moon itself actually falls between a square aspect she forms to Pluto at 6:25 AM EDT and a conjunction she forms to Uranus at 10:56 AM EDT. This brings the energy of destruction, transformation, and revolution to the forefront of our experience.
Is there something in your life that requires a major change that can only happen when you stop fighting the process?
Each New Moon is a time of beginnings; do not underestimate the significance of what you chose to begin at this time, or what is thrust upon you by circumstance or design. Focus on the area of your life that you know requires change.
It may seem a bit silly but creating a New Moon ritual can be very powerful. It can also be very simple. Take a moment to write down what you wish to begin or create in the coming month. What do you want to see increase over the coming months? Have two candles available for your ritual. Light the first candle to represent yourself, just as you are today. Light the second candle as an aspiration of what you want to create. Each day, take a moment to focus on yourself as you light the first candle. As you light the second candle, focus on drawing to you what you want more of as you bring the two candles closer together. At the Full Moon in two weeks, bring them fully together and see the results of what you have created.
SEEK SIMPLE PLEASURES
Friday, April 8, 2016:
The Moon’s entry into Taurus early Friday morning encourages you to slow down and allow the new beginnings of Thursday’s New Moon to take hold. Any projects you tackle on Friday may not move forward quickly but are likely to build steadily over time. Remind yourself that there is no hurry.
Focus on enjoying a quiet evening of pleasure seeking. Allow yourself to pursue pleasure and enjoyment of a sensual nature. Seek simple comforts, a good meal, soothing music, touch and physical comfort.
Don’t complicate this day with drama or too much activity. Allow slow steadfast simplicity.
OPEN TO YOUR MOST AUTHENTIC SELF
Saturday, April 9, 2016:
Saturday may bring a second step to the intensity that you managed on Wednesday, perhaps the 2nd shoe will fall or the next chapter opens.
However it shows up, the energy of Saturday certainly shatters the calm of Friday! Yes, the Moon is still in Taurus. However, even that solid Taurus energy is no match for the intensity and impulsiveness of the Sun conjunct Uranus.
Keep your eyes open for unexpected, unconventional, or even defiant situations or energies this weekend. Expect the unexpected.
If you feel depressed, ask yourself what you are avoiding. You do know the answer to this one.
Where is the revolution in your own life? What necessary changes are you avoiding that is causing anxiety and agitation? Make the necessary changes in order for anxiety to shift to excitement. This is not the weekend to stick with the status quo or to maintain a conventional stance in your life.
This is a new annual cycle of becoming more authentic and in tune with your deepest truest self.
CONVERSATION AND SELF-CARE
Sunday, April 10, 2016:
Sunday will not bring the stability we would like following the powerfully shifting tides of this week. It is going to take at least a few days to assimilate the changes
By the time you wake up on Sunday, the Moon is in Gemini. Anticipate and prepare to converse openly about the changes you see brewing in your life. There is no point in keeping secrets or not being open with those you love. You will receive more understanding and support than you may expect.
At 4:05PM EDT, the Moon opposes Mars suggesting that you may encounter some resistance. There is no need to butt heads about it. We each have our own perspective; this is an opportunity to learn to respect the experience and beliefs of others.
At 7:59PM EDT, the Moon forms a square to Neptune. Perhaps, you can sit in meditation before you close down for the night or you may prefer to pour an extra glass of wine and let yourself get lost in a movie.
Be easy on yourself. This is an evening for self-care.
* In these weekly reports, I am exploring the major aspects formed by transits between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.
* The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.
* The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.