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PURE AND SIMPLE: THIS WEEK'S COSMIC ACTIVITY             

You can read my monthly Sun sign column in the UK women's magazine Company, and there are numerous websites where you can read your weekly Sun sign predictions. 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 indications of which Sun signs may be more strongly affected, where appropriate.


WEEK BEGINNING MONDAY 21ST APRIL 2014

MONDAY: URANUS SQUARE PLUTO - LONG TERM ASPECT INDICATING GLOBAL UPHEAVAL AND THE MASSES STANDING UP TO CORRUPTION
The fifth of seven exact Uranus-Pluto squares between 2012-2015 indicating a time of major political, social and economic upheaval across our planet. Pluto represents secrets, crisis and transformations, Uranus is the planet of rebellion and uprising - and you can expect to see all those themes in news stories across the world. There's likely to be intense debate between those who want to keep the status quo and those who seek progression and a complete shake up of the way the world operates, resulting in explosive conflicts and power struggles, as people rebel against the control, corruption and secrecy of those at the helm. On a personal level, perhaps the cosmos is telling you that it's time to shake yourself out of a rut?

TUESDAY: MARS SQUARE JUPITER - DRIVEN ENERGY (BUT DON'T OVERDO IT!)
Vigorous, super-physical Mars meets buoyant, bouncy planet of excesses Jupiter, resulting in enormous levels of energy. But squares are challenging aspects, and you need to be careful not to burn yourself out by overdoing things today. You should also guard against taking unnecessary (and unwise) risks. HOWEVER, if you can maintain a sense of proportion and self-awareness, today can be a great day for getting a lot done - you should have considerable amounts of extra energy.

WEDNESDAY: MARS OPPOSITE URANUS - IMPATIENCE, RESTLESSNESS, IMPULSIVENESS
The clashing of Mars' impatient energy and Uranus's….well… impatient energy produces….. super impatient tendencies, but rushing anything is unlikely to turn out well today. Less Haste, More Speed should be your motto today. Be careful, too, not to blurt out something too impulsive or blunt
Just bear these couple of points in mind, and you can have an exciting, sparky day thanks to this super-charged transit.

WEDNESDAY: MERCURY ENTERS TAURUS
Mercury is the planet of mind and communication. It's about how we think, learn and speak. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and changes sign frequently - just under every 3 weeks - so it's change of sign is not hugely significant by itself. It's when it interacts with other planets that it's more relevant, and Mercury's sign change will also say something more specific to you depending on which part of your individual natal chart it is transiting. However, generally speaking, Mercury's transit of Taurus is likely to encourage more caution and practicality in the way we communicate to each other, in essence more straight-talking.  Additionally, our thoughts are likely to be more grounded, we will be more patient when it comes to finalising plans and we will make our decisions after careful thought, rather than with the mental impetuousness we may well have demonstrated in the past few weeks during Mercury's transit of Aries.

Taureans will particularly notice this transit, as Mercury will be travelling through your Sun sign. For the next few weeks, you can expect to be spending more time on the phone, writing more emails, making more local trips and probably having more interactions with neighbours and/or siblings.

WEDNESDAY: MARS SQUARE PLUTO -  POWER AND CONTROL ISSUES
A day when our egos are at the fore and increased confrontation is likely, as we will be less in the mood for compromise or limitation.  Actually, though, the people who will do best out of this transit are those who get in touch with their inner power and realise that we do not need to exert control over others to be truly powerful. Backing down from full-on conflict and being prepared to move towards compromise will take the wind out of sails today and could bring surprisingly positive results. There's also an increased need for physical activity today and libidos will be heightened.

FRIDAY: VENUS TRINE SATURN - ROMANTIC COMMITMENTS, RESPONSIBILITY SOCIALLY. GOOD TIME FOR 'WHERE ARE WE GOING?' TALKS.  Venus is the planet of love, Saturn is the planet of responsibility. When these two work in harmony, as they do this week, relationship commitments and decisions are not only more likely, it's  an excellent time to take the bull by the horn and instigate them yourself, or to discuss any problems in your love life that have been niggling you. Relationships that begin this week are more likely to be characterised by respect and stability than stormy passion or wild abandonment, and have a better chance of standing the test of time. Friendships with older and/or wiser people will bring particular enjoyment and great advice. Venus also represents money, and financial decisions and/or investments made this week are more likely to be restrained and sensible.

SATURDAY: SUN CONJUNCT MERCURY - MENTAL STRENGTH, CONFIDENT SPEECH.
An aspect that increases your ability to both express your true self and persuade others through what you say. Increased mental focus and concentration, stronger self-expression. Finding the right words to say what you want. Good day for making plans, thinking through ideas - and if you're single, the ideal time to make the first approach, as you are unlikely to find yourself lost for words - but don't go overboard!

SATURDAY: MERCURY SEXTILE NEPTUNE - ROMANTIC THOUGHTS AND WORDS
Dreamy Neptune's contact with mind, talk and thought planet Mercury brings the ideal energy to lose yourself in an escapist film, or to simply exchange sweet nothings - for some, uncharacteristically poetic words of affection will be expressed with friends or family, whether by them or you.

SUNDAY: SUN SEXTILE NEPTUNE - INSPIRED CREATIVITY AND SHINING COMPASSION
The Sun's link-up with inspirational Neptune brings a day of enhanced imagination and creativity  - anyone with artistic talents should really make time for them today. The low-key energy of Neptune does not make this an ideal day for high-energy activities, but it's perfect for charity work and any acts of giving,  even if it's just lending an ear to a friend. Anything you do today to help others has the stars behind it, and there's a greater likelihood of it making both yourself and the recipient feel warm and cosy.