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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Week Beginning Friday, April 22

Photo Courtesy of Berta Campbell

The Sun is the first of the personal planets to exit stage right out of Aries and into the grounded sign of Taurus.  The past month has filled us with visceral insights and impulses.  The Sun's ingress into Taurus is helping to "ground" those impulses in order to develop practical application.  

We're being jolted out of our emotional comfort zones and dislodged from habitual thought patterns.  But, what now?   Mercury begins its station forward on the 23rd and we process all of the changes that have taken place.  Mid-May will see us mentally getting a real foot-hold on the "hows" of implementing these changes.  The Sun in Taurus helps us to get grounded and centered on the impulses we received while he was transiting Aries.

Venus sashays into the warrior sign on the 21st and helps us to smooth over and to make compromises with what Mars and Pluto have yanked apart.  When Venus conjuncts Uranus on the 22nd fresh insights can be born regarding these old blockages.  The planet of love and money is challenged by Pluto on the 27th (just as Mars was on the 11th) where we find yet another situation demanding the need for adjustment, this time around our values and financial resources.

An Easter morning Moon VOID eases the pressures and we experience soothing moments of understanding with the Sun sextiling healing Chiron.

ARIES:   Venus lends a softening effect to your thoughts and actions.  Your central nervous system has been in a smash and grab environment with the energies working in an attempt to help you make change.  Your mental clarity gains a stronger foothold as Mercury begins to inch forward and the Sun's shift into practical and plodding Taurus will help you to integrate and "ground" some of your experiences.  Think of this as a window that has been left open and strong winds have blown the papers around in your room of "self."  The papers need to be re-organized and arranged into a better filing system, one in which you can more easily access your mental genuis and interpret your past.

TAURUS:   The Sun shifts into your sign and signals the beginning of your birthday month.  Venus (your ruler) leaves the soothing waters of Pisces and darts into the action oriented sign of Aries.  The awakenings and internal discomforts you have been feeling will receive a softening as well as a helping hand from Venus.  Chances are the past few weeks have been difficult for you, leading you to believe that you are lacking in some sort of fundamental way.  May I suggest that this internal audit has unfolded for the express reason to free you from some long held beliefs that are not aligned with the authentic truth of who you really are.  Venus reminds you that you are love, you are lovable and you are loving.

GEMINI:  You have experienced some upsets around shared assets and available resources.  No doubt this has upended some of your goals and planning.  Perhaps an association or two has been shaken up around issue over money or intimacy held with another.  But, the deeper message is to shift your view and know that there are additional and unexplored avenues in which to help you achieve your goals and to meet your needs.  Your ruling planet Mercury is starting to inch forward again and you will begin to see some fresh and uplifting possibilities unfold.  The month before your birthday is always a time for some additional rest and and creative introspection. 

CANCER:   No one would blame you for retreating into your shell and waiting for this topsy-turvey month to blow over.  Your career has caused you to question if one or two of your associations is worth holding onto.  Perhaps you have been the unlucky recipient of a power play or two.  But, rest assured that any altercation has the means to provide you with a stronger sense of your value in this world (however, "they" didn't intend it that way).  The Sun shifts out of the area of vocation and starts to shine it's life giving force in the area of friendships and support.  You will begin to make some sense out of all of these "doings" come May.

LEO:  Your day to day habits, routines and employment picture delivered a blow to your desires for adventure, travel and internal longings for a better life.  What needs to shift in order to open up the avenue of self-actualization?  With Mercury just starting to straighten out, and ruler of your mental processing, you will begin to see the bigger picture and how to implement your plans.  The life giving planet the Sun, is shifting into the area of your vocation and career.  What you do out there "counts" and your reputation depends on it. 

VIRGO:  Mercury will begin to crawl forward and so will your understanding of those mysterious "things" you have been pondering.  Your self-expression and heart (love) energy has been pulled to and fro by you own unacknowledged yearnings.  The desire you have for reinvention may actually be pointing in an altogether different direction than you have every previously considered.  Money and security is tied up with this too.  The Sun's shift into the area ruling over you higher "mind" will help you too engage with the "bigger" picture. 

LIBRA:  The area of partnerships is due to receive some healing missives from your ruling planet Venus when she shifts into Aries and your partnership house.  You've experienced some heavy-handed energies from the "others" in your world and it has shaken up your sense of security.  But, as you are learning with Pluto transiting your 4th house of emotional foundations, security is really within as is your sense of home.  Dealings and agreements with others will begin to soften and smooth out but not until or after the 27th when you begin to fully realize your value in this world.  It's all an inside job.

SCORPIO:  Pluto has been meting out some harsh directives affecting the areas of communications and the work that you do.  Power struggles may have occurred around the 11th and "thinking" your way clear of this conflict has eluded you.  But, please be assured that you will begin to understand and integrate these needed changes in a way that will ultimately serve your communication ability and any emotional adjustments that are needed.  Perhaps you will even discover  a "gem" of understanding around your value in the work place and in your day to day living.  The Sun's shift puts a focus on your partnerships. 

SAGITTARIUS:  An old wound has been agitated.  View this as a gift.  The gift is to clear up old dogma around your value, self-esteem and your earning power.  Your children or perhaps a love or creative interest was the deliverer of the "message" that once again set you back on your heels.  This is coming up again in order to be cleared!  The truth of your value is a journey in which you are still uncovering in order to discover a beautiful area that has been hidden from you due to your beliefs.  As Mercury glides forward  your heart and love energy is being revealed to you in such a way you have never experienced before.  Venus moves in to aid you in discovering these ultimate "truths."

CAPRICORN:  The tension you are experiencing between the "you" you believe yourself to be and the "you" that your divine self is asking you to acknowledge is lodged in your past.  Those old family imprints are powerful task masters but trust that you have plenty of help and encouragement to release that arsenal of of self-limiting beliefs that have been dogging you.  The tension is your soul seeking to break down those long held structures and to pave the way of stepping into the powerful you that you are.  Venus aligns with this lesson to help open the window to self-empowerment and love.  The Sun asks you to to align with your child self, the side that embraces feeling good and self-expression.

AQUARIUS:  Okay water bearer.  Think of a root cellar and there is a large scary monster down there rattling the shelving and the door.  Now, ponder the way in which you meet life through your attitudes and communications.  Imagine that the scary monster is is shooting fearful rays into your mind and telling you that terrible things are and will happen soon!  A pleasant little children's story eh?  For you, this story has been playing out in some fashion.  Time to change the story!  The NEW story is about acknowledging the way in which your family mishandled power and that YOU do not have to carry on the legacy and live that way.  The reason those fearful thoughts have been coming up so loud and clear is to instill the necessary drive in which to clear them.  The root cellar needs cleaning and that is all.  You do not "have" to live the beliefs and fears of your family inheritance.  Acknowledgment is half the battle and reinforcements are on the way.

PISCES:  Neptune has JUST started a visitation of it's home sign - yours!  Neptune seeks to break down barriers and open us up to the divine.  But, often, at first, people experience this as a confusing sensation of where do I stop and where do others begin?  Feeling clear around the boundaries of your personhood can feel a bit elusive now.  Neptune backs out of your sign for a re-visitation to Aquarius this summer giving you time to process this land of "self vs. others"  Friendships and associations have been delivering powerful blows and insights to your sense of self-worth and esteem.  Pluto likes to clear house of anything that no longer adds to your soul's learning.  Some associations are no longer contributing to the next level of evolution you are embarking upon. You understand that nothing in life is static, not your friendships or your goals.  Embrace change.