As our current weather on the East Coast this week, the Stargazing forecast is cloudy with limited rays of sunshine.
On Tuesday, April 4th Venus backs into Pisces for most of this month. Open your intuition and give yourself some daydream or fantasy time. Perhaps a creating a vision board is in order to help you prepare for pioneering the next step in life. (See Ascension—Accessing the 5th Dimension)
On Wednesday, April 5th, Saturn turns retrograde until August 25th, so go easy a couple days before and after. This energy begins Impatience will get you in trouble. Between now and August, you benefit by looking at the core structure of how you live your life. Consider how you would like that to change over the summer months – Do you need to: move, remodel, insert more playtime, pay off outstanding bills, enter/exit a personal or business relationship (or just improve your boundaries), have a dream or project manifest, etc.
Late Wednesday afternoon Saturn makes a productive trine to Pluto. This energy, through hard work, can put you on the road to success. The good news about Saturn turning retrograde is that you can enjoy success and accomplishments as long as you are willing to buckle down, tackle anything that is thrown you way, and get the job done. Take action to release that which must go under this helpful, transforming energy.
Although outer planets spend months retrograde, their effects are usually easier to see when they are changing direction. The keywords for Saturn in Sagittarius are “cautious expansion and conservative risk taking.” Look at your boundaries and make the necessary adjustments. Also take a prophetic look into 2018 now, because Saturn is soon to be moving into its next sign, Capricorn, its ruling sign, and favorite position. You can peek into the next 2 years of your life (starting in late December), but then you need to go back and finish old business over the summer.
With Saturn retrograde for the next five months, this is not a good time to try to change the status quo. Remember Saturn rules authority figures, like your boss, teacher, the law, and male creative force. Take note that Saturn stops in the sky in October 2017, near the end of its Sagittarius journey, where it has been since the fall of 2015. Also on Wednesday, aggressive Mars in Taurus makes a happy trine to Pluto in Capricorn.
Get your work done early on Friday April 7th, because the Sun is on the opposite side of the sky from Jupiter, a combination that wants a lot of space. No cubicles allowed! This restless energy occurs once a year, creating a general feeling op optimism. It can also open the door to travel, and broadening your perspective through foreign cultures and higher education.
The dark side of this energy can be living in a dream world, and overextending yourself and your finances. Be careful!
Saturday morning is best for whatever you want to do this weekend, because the late afternoon and evening are not good for social interaction.
April 8th is another dark day when Venus makes her second of four squares to Saturn. The difference from this one and the first square last January is that both planets are retrograde, bringing a double negative for your self-esteem, love, and your finances. Feelings of security are few and far between.
More storms roll in late Saturday afternoon as the Aries Sun squares Pluto in Capricorn. Your desires can clash with more important matters, and you can get mixed up in an intense power struggle.
Sunday, April 9th brings communication and travel problems. This is the time when Mercury stops in the sky, preparing to go into its three week retrograde on Monday. The Sun Ray is this: Mercury retrograde brings delays, lost luggage, and traffic jams, as well as being unfavorable for signing contracts, moving and beginning new projects. However, it’s perfect for cleaning out drawers, closets, and the garage, as well as reviewing the past, claiming the reality of the present, and researching the steps you can take to build your future.
A Stargazing side note: At its point of retrograde – on April 5th Saturn stops in the sky at 28 degrees of Sagittarius, exactly where the Milky Way Galactic Center is located. Restructuring Saturn aligns with G.C. this month of April 2017 – and again in December, Saturn initiates people into a higher order. Although this alignment is a bit abstract, tune in to see if you can find personal meaning to this alignment. It only happens every 29 years. The last time was in the last half of 1988, when Saturn aligned with the aerospace planet Uranus. That is when space shuttle flights resumed after the Challenger shuttle was destroyed. Look within to determine if there are any similarities to the year 1988 in your life now, in 2017. — from Mark Dodich