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APRIL 2017

April is a month of transitions and tumult, so be ready to ride the waves of energy that will crash in from different directions.

Venus remains in retrograde motion until April 15. She moves backward from Aries to Pisces and then, when direct, comes back into Aries at the end of the month. You’ll be making decisions about what’s best for everyone and what’s best for yourself.

Mercury turns retrograde on April 9 and remains in backwards motion for the rest of the month. He moves from 4 degrees of Taurus to 24 degrees of Aries. That area in your chart will be undergoing revision and review.

Saturn turns retrograde on April 6 at 27 degrees of Sagittarius. He has covered the latter degrees of Sagittarius and now it’s time to check on his actions.

Pluto turns retrograde on April 20 at 19 degrees of Capricorn.

April 26 – Moon in Taurus. Today is really Earth Day as the new Moon in Taurus is the earthiest day of the year. It will be beneficial to sit and contemplate the perpetual serenity of the earth element. Chant or listen to spiritual music and begin a habit of bring the spirituality of nature into your life in a regular way. It’s a super fertile day for planting.

April 27 – Moon in Taurus, VC 9:19 pm until 9:39 pm when it enters Gemini. It’s another day to plant, both seeds and ideas for growing your material assets. Review your financial status and revise your budget. Bring more beauty into your life in a simple way – more plants, art, music, and soft fabrics to wear. Pamper your body with a massage or facial.

April 28 – Moon in Gemini. Venus moves into Aries and she tells you that it’s okay to do things by yourself. Mercury contacts Uranus and they blow your mind with insights and revelations. Your writing and speech will be shocking and original. Use this energy to find the words to be convincing. Fill out applications, proposals, and create presentations.

April 29 – Moon in Gemini, VC 6:28 pm. Stay out of the garden today. You’ll be happy doing your errands and meeting lots of acquaintances while you’re out getting things done. It’s the busy day of the weekend and you need to be on the go and taking short trips. Hang out with friend and siblings and exchange news. Visit the library and bookstore and shop for fun things to read.

April 30 – Moon in Cancer. Today when you can to garden and plant. It’s is a very fertile day. You’ll want to stay close to home and feel cozy and rest. Cook and bake and enjoy the delicious aromas of the food. Call Mom and see how she is. You’ll end up sharing memories of the past. Think about which home improvements you want to make this summer.

MAY 2017

Once Mercury stops on May 3 and turns forward, you’ll find that the month of May will be calm and easy, compared to April. Slow down and appreciate the beauty of Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, and see how the earth becomes so beautiful in this middle month of the Spring season. Enjoy the peace and serenity.

May 1 – Moon in Cancer, VC 4:24 pm. Today has a fertile moon which fits right in with the ancient meaning of May Day/Beltane as a celebration of fertility. Have a family observance of the holiday and do something to help the planet. Plant some flowers and trees, clean up trash, and meditate on the sounds of the Earth. It’s a day to sing.

May 2 – Moon in Leo. Put the finishing touches on a creative venture and get it ready to be shown to the world. You have one more day to review your work. People are fixed in their ways and will resist new ideas if they come from someone else. Don’t try to persuade anyone to do something they don’t want to do. Work on your own.

May 3 – Moon in Leo. Mercury turns direct at 12:33 pm. He is standing still today while he orients himself to moving in forward motion. It’s a good day to open your mind and let inspiration flow in. Listen to what the children are saying and let their wisdom motivate you to start new projects. Give gifts to those you love.

May 4 – Moon in Virgo. Today is the day when you make corrections and fix the mistakes you made while Mercury was retrograde. Take out the list of things you waited to do – put in orders, set up new equipment, or buy travel tickets. You may want to make apologies where necessary. Clean out the clutter in your office and recycle what you no longer need.

May 5 – Moon in Virgo. It’s an earthy day when you will be practical and efficient. Set up a new schedule for the next few months. Make appointments with the doctor, dentist, and vet. Think of new landscaping ideas. Go through the cupboard and update your vitamins and supplements. Fill your shelves with healthy foods.

May 6 – Moon in Virgo, VC from 8:42 am until 2:20 pm when it enters Libra. Get the chores done in the void morning hours. Mow the lawn and weed the garden, but don’t plant until the afternoon. Have a special afternoon and evening with your partner or best friend. See some art, listen to live music, have a gourmet dinner. Slow down and enjoy the moments.

May 7 – Moon in Libra. It’s the day to plant flowers and flowering bushes. You will want to rest more than work today, so do a few things and leave yourself time to be at peace. Buy a new painting or photo for your walls. Have an impromptu potluck dinner party and ask everyone to bring fresh Spring foods. Invite the people who make you feel good.

May 8 – Moon in Libra, VC 6:59 pm. You can start the workweek with the knowledge that Mercury is now your helper. It’s a good day to solve problems and work out win-win solutions. You’ll be able to negotiate and make balance between two conflicting opinions. You’ll feel a bit lazy and may need a prompt from a partner or ally to get moving.

May 9 – Moon in Scorpio. Take a giant step into your future. You will know what is the right thing to do and be able to slide forward without much effort. Be ready to leave something behind, something that you no longer need although you may think you still want it. You’ll feel things deeply and will have a conflict between letting go and holding on. Plant.

May 10 – Moon in Scorpio, VC 5:42 pm. Today’s full Moon is celebrated in Asia as the Wesak festival, the birth of Buddha. It is an auspicious spiritual day when you want to become as still as you can and meditate on peace, both for the Earth and for the soul. Plant a tree in honor of Buddha or for any spiritual teacher you venerate. Talk a walk tonight in the moonlight.

May 11 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 12:59 pm. Mars and Neptune are in a mood and the fallout of their tension will confuse the issues of the day. Resist the tendency to escape and ignore what is before you. Mercury and Saturn give stability and want to help you finish a writing project and edit your work. They give you focus and the ability to concentrate.

May 12 – Moon in Sagittarius. You need to break out of your routine and do something new. You want to travel, either physically or in your mind. It’s a great day to take a workshop, teach a course, or start your next book. You’ll have plenty of energy but don’t squander it on gossip and social media. Get out and engage in friendly competition in your favorite sport.

May 13 – Moon in Sagittarius. Hold off from planting on this barren moon. Use your time and energy to explore, roam, and be free. Study up on a different culture and then make plans to go there. You want to be off schedule and following your instincts. You will have to deal with responsibilities and obligations later in the day so be ready to come back to the things in your life that limit you.

May 14 – Moon in Capricorn.  There’s an aura of practicality and common sense surrounding this Mother’s Day. Take care of your chores and then see what you can do to assist your Mom or another female relative or friend. If you can’t be with your Mom, take an elderly lady out to lunch or help her tidy up her garden and yard. Plant root vegetables.

May 15 – Moon in Capricorn. Take the ideas you thought of while Mercury was retrograde and sort through them and put the best ones into action. You can take the next step to further your career. Set your goals for the summer months and take time today to downsize the excess and get rid of clutter so you can do your job with greater efficiency.

May 16 – Moon VC Capricorn, enters Aquarius 1:50 pm. Mercury moves back into Taurus. He is almost done retracing his retrograde path. He wants you to look at what is real and not what you want to be real. It’s a good day to put the finishing touches on your old work. Send in your ideas and proposals. Apply for something that will take you somewhere new and different.

May 17 – Moon in Aquarius. You’ll keep walking that fine line between reality and your ideals. Your mind will be thinking about the possibilities and “what if’s…” and your body will be firmly planted on the earth. You can stick to what you’re doing but will have trouble if you try to make anyone else change their mind, so don’t try. Escape into the future with some science fiction.

May 18 – Moon in Aquarius, VC 8:33 pm. The Sun and Chiron have a meeting to remind you that healing is available in many forms. It’s a good day for a therapy session, doing some inner work, or having an astrology reading. The changes you make today will stick. Join a group that helps advance your favorite social cause. Make your voice heard.

May 19 – Moon in Pisces. It’s a day to stop and enjoy the beauty of the season on this last full day of Taurus. You’ll be guided by your feelings as you go through the day. There’s an aura of luck where you can find a compromise to a matter that has caused long standing tension. Make peace, make love, and be of benefit to others. It’s a great day for planting.

May 20 – Moon in Pisces. The Sun enters Gemini 4:31 pm. This is the day for planting so don’t leave it for tomorrow. You’ll do best being outside in the garden and yard. You must stay flexible as it will be hard to keep to a schedule. Things are changing now and you want to flow with the current today and not have to do what is expected of you. Meditate on impermanence.

May 21 – Moon in Aries. You’ll be inspired to go your own way and do your own thing. Work off extra energy by cutting the lawn, pulling weeds, and throwing away dead plants. You need some excitement and you want to be with people. Play your favorite sport and beat your personal best. Push through any barriers in your way, real or psychological, and move into new territory.

May 22 – Moon in Aries. Reach for your heart’s desire and do your best to make it happen. It’s a full speed ahead kind of day when you can be quick and fast so it’s necessary to work by yourself at your own pace. Keep a check on your temper and avoid confrontations since no one will want to back down. It’s a good day to start that new project.

May 23 – Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 8:33 am. You’ll slow down and see how to follow through on yesterday’s actions. You have the common sense to know how to proceed in the best way. Take care of the everyday stuff, like buying food, getting a haircut or massage, and planting, indoors and out. Indulge in your favorite high calorie foods just this once.

May 24 – Moon in Taurus, VC 3:08 pm. It’s okay to move at half speed and accomplish less than planned. Take care of finances and investments in the morning. The moon is in its darkest phase and an old moon can make you tired. Take a nap if you can find the time in the afternoon. Transplant those root-bound house plants.

May 25 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 8:15 am. Today’s New Moon sharpens your mind and gets you thinking about all kinds of things. Don’t scatter your energy by gossiping, looking at social media, or getting distracted any other way. Do some breathing exercises to still the mind and mediate upon receiving spiritual wisdom. Check in with your siblings and hear their news.

May 26 – Moon in Gemini. It’s an idea day. Free yourself from any restraints you or another person puts on your communication and write, speak, your truth. Let your heartsong be heard. Start a new writing project. You’ll need to get out and move around and get quick errands and shopping done. It will feel good to have the time in the car to think.

May 27 – Moon in Cancer. Spend the holiday weekend with your family if you can. You’ll enjoy sharing memories of childhood adventures. You can have fun creating new memories. Shop for food and then go to yard sales and flea markets to find the items you like to collect. It’s a super fertile day for all kinds of planting. Cook your favorite comfort foods tonight.

May 28 – Moon in Cancer. It’s a day to share meals – brunches, picnics, barbeques, enjoy them all. Give thought to the meaning of the holiday and the brave patriots who sacrificed for our country. Make a donation to a favorite cause in their memory. Continue planting and do as much as you can since it’s such a good day to do it.

May 29 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 8:12 am. You’ll bounce between feeling full of exuberance and the daunting feeling that you’ve skipped a step somewhere along the line. It’s good energy for editing written work, speeches, and applications. Devote a great part of the day to the kids, yours and/or other peoples. Find joy in playing games and living in the moment.

May 30 – Moon in Leo. Let your creative side shine. You’ll receive flashes of insight and need to create a place to use them. At the very least, write down these brilliant ideas so you can remember them to use later. Treat your friends to a meal and buy presents for your loved ones. Be generous with your hugs and kisses. It’s a good night for romance.

May 31 – Moon in Leo, VC from 7:14 am until 12:16 pm when it enters Virgo. Things will go well today and you can smooth out any wrinkles in your life without much effort. Keep a positive attitude and look at the world with optimism. You can sort out any unfinished issues and end the month with a clean slate. It’s a good day to pay the bills and meet your deadlines. 


































































































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