PURE AND SIMPLE: THIS WEEK'S COSMIC ACTIVITY
You can read my monthly Sun sign column in the UK women's magazine Company. On this site, however, I offer energy predictions - clear and simple explanations of what the planets are doing in the skies above, and how this is likely to affect us here on Earth, with subtle variations for different Sun signs where appropriate.
WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 7 APRIL 2014
(Pls see below for week beginning 14 April)
MONDAY 7th: MERCURY ENTERS ARIES
Mercury is the planet of mind and communication. It's about how we think, learn and speak. Mercury's a fast-moving planet and changes sign frequently - just under every 3 weeks - so again it's change of sign is not hugely significant by itself. It's when it interacts with other planets that it's more relevant. However, generally speaking, Mercury's transit of Aries is likely to encourage more openness and more directness in the way we speak to each other, less objectiveness, more assertiveness and more passion, as well as an easier and more honest expression of anger, sexuality and ambition. Additionally, our thoughts are likely to be more courageous, pioneering and adventurous. We will be more impatient when it comes to finalising plans and will make our decisions much more quickly and decisively.
TUESDAY 8th: SUN OPPOSITE MARS - COMPETITION. EGO CONFLICTS
The sun lines up directly opposite driven Mars - it's a challenging, tricky contact that brings out our competitive nature and need to win. So this is a transit that can help us achieve much. However…. ego conflicts are more likely, so try and keep yours in check -and whilst increased self-assertiveness may come in useful, don't over-do it!
SATURDAY 12th: VENUS CONJUNCT NEPTUNE - INSPIRED ROMANCE AND CREATIVITY; SELFLESSNESS
The meeting of romantic Venus and dreamy, escapist Neptune increases the potential for (and likelihood of) some truly inspirational or romantic encounters and experiences. It's a fantastic day for romance and idealism but not such a good day for practical tasks as your daydreaming tendencies will come to the fore. You are more likely to see friends and loved ones through rose-coloured glasses - particularly your partner, who you may well be idealising and putting on a very lofty pedestal, and you're likely to feel a strong urge to please them - the kind of 'nothing's too much trouble for you, dear!' mood ('you want me to get up and pass the TV remote even though you could stretch out and grab it? No prob!') - or to rescue them from their troubles, bad friendships (or addictions). You'll also be far more aware of the beauty in the world and will really enjoy spending time in inspirational surroundings. Artistically and creatively, this is a good day too as the combination of Neptune and Venus gives you the ability to visualise some wonderful ideas - and translate what you see into reality. However, this is not a good day for practical judgments, and where possible you should try and postpone any decisions requiring sound business acumen. If you meet a new romantic interest today, enjoy the wonderfully romantic vibe and your hazy view, but bear in mind that you could be confusing the ideal with reality.
WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 14TH APRIL 2014
MONDAY 14TH: MERCURY SQUARE JUPITER - BIG THOUGHTS, PLANS AND SPEECH, BUT WATCH OUT FOR OVER-EGGING IT…
With boisterous, bouncy 'big-it-up' Jupiter meeting thought planet Mercury, there'll be more mental exuberance on planet Earth. Big thinking prevails with this cosmic aspect - but squares bring a challenge, and in this case, over-confidence brings an increased potential for promising more than you can deliver. Loose lips can also be a problem - so tread carefully and watch that you don't say too much. If you are involved in any contracts or business deals, make sure that you look over every point carefully, or wait until a couple of days time to dot every i, as skimming over things and missing the finer details is typical of this aspect - after all, you're thinking big and have other fish to fry...
MONDAY 14th: MERCURY CONJUNCT URANUS - ORIGINAL THOUGHT, EXCITING IDEAS,
Go with any urge to do things differently today, and do not allow yourself to conform or do what you feel you ought to, or you could just end up feeling very hemmed in and/or frustrated. Allow yourself to express your individuality, and who knows where it will take you (just make sure you don't scatter your mental energy by scattering it too far, try and focus on just one of your brilliant thoughts or ideas!) OR Mind planet Mercury moves up tightly next to unorthodox Uranus in the skies above us. Both planets are bright sparks, so when the energy is fused together, as it will be this week, it helps stimulate lighting and original thoughts. Unorthodox ideas are more likely to emerge. Negative influences that you need to guard against include: making rash decisions, being overly-blunt in your speech and scattering your energy too far and wide.
TUESDAY 15th: MERCURY SQUARE PLUTO - MENTAL INTENSITY
You are more likely today to experience: deep thoughts, changing thoughts, and - with Pluto's association with power, control and jealousy - suspicious thoughts. We will all be more vulnerable to thinking in a bit more of a paranoid fashion and need to be careful not to obsess about things that really do not warrant it. HOWEVER, given the compulsive, 'no stones left unturned' drive this aspect gives, this is nevertheless ideal energy for digging deep and getting to the bottom of things, whether it's some research that needs doing in your job, or just something in your daily life that's been troubling you. So ferret away. Equally, if you've got something you need to say (and are frankly not bothered about the consequences), say it today - it will hit home.
TUESDAY 15th: TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE IN LIBRA
A Lunar Eclipse results from the Earth coming directly between the Sun and Moon, so that the Earth's shadow blocks the sun's light from the Moon, which would normally reflect off the Sun. Therefore the Moon loses its light, and is seen to be 'eclipsed.' Tonight's total lunar eclipse will turn the Moon a stunning coppery-red, which will be visible across North America, South America and the Pacific Ocean - but unfortunately not in the UK (however, there's not too long to wait for the stunning blood-red Moon of a total eclipse - September next year, for those interested). However, you should be able to view the eclipse online, and it is sometimes covered by TV News.
Astrologically, the lunar eclipse is a significant event and has essentially a similar energy to a Full Moon, in that it's a time of culminations, fulfilments, endings (and also subsequent beginnings), and is often a time of high drama. So if you think Full Moons make you feel a little on edge or excitable, be prepared - a lunar eclipse is a time of especially high emotions. Feelings and issues and secrets may come powerfully to the surface as we become more aware of what we are up to and what others are up to. Decisions we make, things we let go of, and things we finish around the time of a lunar eclipse will have a significant affect in the future. It's a particularly beneficial time to finally say goodbye to things that are no longer working in our lives and to give up bad habits.
WEDNESDAY 16th: MERCURY OPPOSITE MARS - CHARGED MENTAL ENERGY
With Mars, planet of action, aligned directly opposite Mercury, the planet of mind, there will be increased levels of intellectual energy swirling about. A greater ability to think on your feet comes with this transit - but so does restlessness and nervous tension. It's important to keep your mind busy today or you could easily waste your hyperactive mental energy on pointless rows. Assertive, no-nonsense Mars' influence on thoughtful Mercury should prove helpful if you need to be a bit more decisive but equally, don't be too hasty. Mental competitiveness - and combativeness! - are increased with this transit, and there may well be more heated debates in pubs and bars tonight!
FRIDAY 18th: VENUS TRINE JUPITER - SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU
A day when hearts and minds are lifted, and you are much more likely to encounter smiling faces as you walk down the street - people generally will be more sociable and friendly to each other as they go about their business, as Jupiter bigs up Venus's positive qualities in this peace-loving, harmonious aspect. Positivity breeds positivity, and the lyrics of Bob Marley's 'Don't worry about a thing, 'cos every little thing's going to be alright..' fit this transit perfectly. Stronger appreciation of Art, as well as increased creative expression, also comes with this aspect and there will also be more opportunities for romance or encounters/activities with an enhanced romantic feeling. Strong enjoyment of travel and further education, as well as an increased likelihood of romantic encounters in these fields, is also indicated.
SUNDAY 20th: JUPITER SQUARE URANUS - EXTREME RESTLESSNESS!
The urge to explore, to take a risk, to go beyond your comfort zone may be strong this week, but you need to be careful with this energetic, super-charged, fantastically adventurous transit that you (a) don't instigate big change, just for change's sake - instead, find a way to express your need for space and freedom without burning any bridges. (b) don't focus your energies and thoughts so much on what could be on' the other side of the hill that you miss what is on your side, especially as lady luck could smile on you with this transit…. so express your individuality and remain open to new opportunities, and this could prove a dynamic couple of days.
SUNDAY 20th: JUPITER OPPOSITE PLUTO - QUESTIONING THOUGHTS, MEANINGFUL CHANGE
This rare aspect between bouncy Jupiter and intensely thoughtful Pluto will have long-term effects and is more relevant applied to our individual natal charts, but in general the energy will increase the likelihood of us questioning our inherent belief systems and faith in our way of life. Some people will finally face up to change that is happening through external circumstances, while others will change their philosophies and instigate significant change themselves - and this is the best way to make the most of the energy of this transit - don't sit around waiting for things to happen in your life, take control instead.
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