We’ve just completed one of the more notable Mercury retrogrades to grace the daily news cycle, marked by a period of upheaval with regard to words, ideas, documents, education, transportation, trade, news media, social media, declarations and proclamations. We saw resignations, retractions, roll-backs, walk-backs, revelations, discoveries, rebellions, strikes, protests, leaks, testimonies, raids, denials, lies and exaggerations emerge on an almost daily basis while Mercury was retrograde (March 22 - April 15). Some would argue that these types of things happen on a regular basis anyway, but most astrologers are in agreement that this period has been chock-a-block with Mercury retrograde related themes, particularly where it involved matters associated with the past and repeating themes.
Although Mercury is now moving direct, many of these stories continue to play themselves out as Mercury passes back over territory it already covered twice already, regurgitating information and calling-out errors executed when it was retrograde. This will continue until Mercury exits its retrograde shadow on May 4, forcing a replay of matters we thought were settled and done with. It would be wise to not assume the communication thing is back to normal quite yet as there’s still another week or ten days for Mercury to finish up what it started back in early March.
Also watch as Mercury forms its third and final 90-degree (square) aspect to Saturn, a combination known for responsibility and consequence with regard to what has been “put out there.” The last two squares Mercury formed with Saturn took place on the weekends of March 10-11 and the again on April 4-5 with its final pass occurring this coming Wednesday. Most notably, Trump signed (Mercury) a punitive (Saturn) tariff order (Mercury) for steel and aluminum imports (Mercury) from China on March 10. Mercury then made its second, retrograde pass to Saturn on April 4-5 which saw China retaliate (Mercury retrograde) by slapping tariffs on a number of U.S. exports. We should expect to see another spike in the fallout from the escalating trade war that was set into motion by a president who tweets: “Trade wars are easy to win!” Other items worth watching to see if there’s a “three-peat” involves the Scott Pruitt EPA, Facebook, troop deployments, teacher strikes and matters involving Trump’s questionable mental functioning.
The Week Ahead
The Moon will be in its strongest waxing phase this coming week, sandwiched between Sunday’s First Quarter Phase and next Sunday’s Full Moon, ideal for an increase in personal momentum with regard to projects already in the process of unfolding. As mentioned above, Mercury still hasn’t broken any new ground but there is little to suggest the kind of delays or setbacks that are endemic when Mercury is actively retrograde.
Aside from Wednesday’s Mercury-Saturn square messing with communication and transportation, we’re seeing Pluto stationary retrograde all week, coinciding with magnified intensity levels and an assortment of extremes. I would go as far as to say that there is a higher potential for something major going-off this coming week as Mars makes its bi-annual conjunction to Pluto while Pluto is stationary. How this is likely to manifest is difficult to say, particularly with the increased level of uncertainty and instability at the top of the political food chain. Natural and man-made disasters, warfare, violent uprisings, acts of terrorism and other assorted unpleasantries are often associated with this volatile combination. Even so, on more personal scales of expression, Mars-Pluto can point to transformative actions and behaviors that can give one a new lease on life. It’s necessary for us to pay close attention to whatever is transpiring in our immediate environment in order to remain centered and safe despite the ever-changing conditions here on the ground.
Lunar Gardening Report
Sunday morning offers the best planting and fertilizing conditions of the week while the Moon remains in Cancer until crossing into Leo at 1:00 pm and the focus shifts to weeding, pest control, cutting and clearing until late afternoon Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday are best for planning and organizing gardening projects as well as cleaning or purchasing tools for those purposes under the Virgo Moon. Better planting conditions return on Friday with the Moon now waxing in Libra ahead of Sunday’s Full Moon with an added emphasis on planting flowering annuals, ornamentals and vining plants, such as peas and beans.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Daylight/-0400UTC)
Sunday, April 22: Earth Day. With the Moon waxing in Cancer, the emphasis is on a stronger emotional response as well as the concept of deep, sustainable nurturance with regard to our Mother, the Earth. A harmonious tone pervades the early morning hours while a more unpredictable and potentially disruptive one emerges a little later. Although it has appeared to be in a state of suspended animation for the past week, Pluto stations retrograde in late Capricorn just before noon (21Cap17). The concept of power with all its uses and abuses are staring us in the face at this time while it’s up to us to choose whether we’re overwhelmed by it or are able to wield it. The general background tone shifts at 1:00 pm when the Moon moves from Cancer to Leo where a more dramatic display of self-expression comes to the foreground with creative force or egocentric hubris. Watch for a potential psychic speed-bump late afternoon as we reach the Moon’s First Quarter Phase, an opportunity to clearly assess how the current lunar cycle is unfolding for us ahead of the Full Moon, one week from today.
Monday, April 23: With the Moon continuing to wax in the dynamic fire sign of Leo, the emphasis is on creative self-expression and the need to move boldly forward with plans and initiatives. Late afternoon and evening shows a combination of lunar aspects that somehow don’t add up, pointing to the possibility of deceptive actions and a large dose of hubris in certain contexts. Otherwise, the door of opportunity might open a crack for those willing and able to act on it although this is a case where timing is everything (Mars sextile Jupiter).
Tuesday, April 24: The Moon continues its journey through Leo during the first part of the day, encouraging us to move ahead on projects with a possible Eureka Moment early afternoon. Even so, watch for the Moon entering a two-hour void-of-course (VOC) timeout beginning at 2:40 pm that could result in disappointing outcomes and wasted energy before the Moon enters discerning Virgo at 4:40 pm. Venus exits the backdoor of her cozy digs in Taurus for the mental realms of Gemini today, suggesting greater emphasis on communication and travel with regard to partnerships, especially long-distance relationships from now until May 19. This is likely to be underscored later today and tonight in terms of potential differences as well as areas in need of deep healing (Venus sextile Chiron).
Wednesday, April 25: The focus tightens around details and the parsing of words under the auspices of the Virgo Moon, compounded by the fact that Virgo’s ruler, Mercury forms a hard, 90-degree (square) aspect to Saturn. This would suggest having to take responsibility or consequence for words spoken, written or inferred as well as matters pertaining to transportation and trade. Due to Mercury’s recent retrograde, this is its third and final square to Saturn, echoing matters that took place back on the weekend of March 10 and again on the weekend of April 5. In addition, the Moon’s opposition to Neptune tonight would suggest someone trying to lie their way out from under close scrutiny.
Thursday, April 26: Perhaps one of the more volatile planetary signatures takes place today that speaks of extreme, ruthless displays of force and overwhelming power, particularly by way of terrorism and other forms of violence (Mars conjunct stationary Pluto). On a more positive level of expression, this involves transformational actions or behaviors that have a constructive outcome although even some of the more destructive expressions ultimately lead to long-term positive ones. Although this is likely to find a larger, collective expression than a personal one, it would be wise to be mindful of one’s surroundings while paying close attention to one’s inner guidance system. Watch for the Moon VOC in Virgo between 5:50 and 9:15 pm when the Moon enters Libra and we look in the direction of diplomacy and cooperation.
Friday, April 27: Still in recovery from yesterday’s Mars-Pluto conjunction, it’s difficult to say how dense the fallout might be, but if anything major transpired yesterday, we’re still dealing with it. Consequences and impasses are indicated in the early afternoon while the blame-game becomes more heated a little later as the Libra Moon interacts with what remains of the Mercury-Saturn square we experienced on Wednesday.
Saturday, April 28: The nearly full Libra Moon attempts to make peace as it interacts with the separating Mars-Pluto conjunction during the late morning-early afternoon hours. After this, things show a calmer, more stable pattern as the Sun moves toward a cooperative aspect with Saturn, suggesting the adults are now arriving on the scene ahead of tomorrow night’s Full Moon in Scorpio. Be at peace and while extending an olive branch to those still remaining in a state of fear and conflict.
Copyright 2018 Gary Paul Glynn