( all times MDT)
Yesterday’s full Moon in Scorpio may have left us with a full Moon hangover. That Scorpio full Moon still resonates as the weekend begins and brings a light into the darker corners of our psyche, stirring up corners we usually leave untouched, dredging up primal feelings and stirring emotions we thought we had progressed beyond. This full Moon plays hardball.
This full Moon can also reconnect us to resources we forgot we had. Once we’ve remembered all this, now what do we do. We are feeling deeply and may feel emotionally or creatively restless, waiting for some thing or event to touch us at our emotional core as Venus conjunct Uranus in fiery Aries. A highly competent grand trine in Earth nudges us to take action, while Mars and Mercury appear to hold still and tell us to slow down and feel instead.
As the weekend begins, this Scorpio Moon is good for digging up roots and reorganizing, for spring cleaning, overhauling our wardrobe or obsessing about our art supplies and painting all day. It furthers to have to choose our obsession so one doesn’t just come out and grab us. It also is good for digging up clues and unearthing uncomfortable information, we may see some revelations of hidden assets or old peccadillos that could change our personal or political landscape. Just don’t settle for shallow thinking in the process. It can really tick us off if we perceive an intention to hide, deceive or triangulate with Mars now retrograde in outspoken, direct Sagittarius.
The earth grand trine composed of Mercury in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn, and Jupiter in Virgo wants us to do something with all that energy. Mars retrograde in Sagittarius helps us let things go. On a more personal and mundane level, if we feel creatively or emotionally restless this weekend we can take this discontent out by moving flowerbeds or furniture, changing our relationship or our opinions.
If we have been unhappy for a time and feel we have not been heard, and this can happen anywhere- at home, in our love life, at work, or with our politicians- we can feel ready to walk away as Venus conjunct Uranus. But we may just need to walk around the block; we need to assess that restlessness before it causes any real destruction, and make sure we’re going where we want to go, not reacting against but moving towards something we actually want.
This assessment is particularly important because as Mercury prepares to turn retrograde on Thursday; we can already feel the mercurial sludge beginning, the world begins to slow down, items displace themselves easily, and misunderstandings accrue. So let’s not throw anything out that we are not truly ready to release. There is a good chance that sudden radical decisions we make now will have to be revisited when Mercury turns direct at the end of May, or in July, after Mars (also now retrograde) turns direct. But if we’ve been holding onto some object or person far longer than we know is healthy for us, this is a great week to let it go.
We are in the heart of retrograde season by the end of the week, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all retrograde, and all will be for the next few weeks. Jupiter turns direct May 10 and Mercury turns direct on May 23. Mercury is the most uncomfortable retrograde because it’s the planet of movement, the rest of the retrograde send us back and chew on the lessons we just learned. They are not a punishment but a review session. A planet’s energies do not work in a standard way when they’re retrograde, they don’t play by the textbooks, so we need to get more conscious and listen to them, rather than take them for granted.
Retrograde season asks us to return. Old family and friends show up in our lives. Gardeners dig up last year’s gardens. We are not recapitulating the past but are remembering our work and looking it with a fresh eye. We can choose to get caught up in the past, or we can dance with this unique time and do the work that comes to us.
Sunday through Tuesday the Moon enters Sagittarius and can broadcast any hidden information that has recently come to light. We can use it in a more personal way to be honest with ourselves over the weekend and share that honesty with one another early in the week.
On Wednesday and Thursday the Capricorn Moon gives us the competence to handle Mercury stationary. We’ll want to get serious and will be tempted to really put things in motion, but with Mercury appearing to hold still the sky and preparing turn retrograde it is important to see things through, but not push.
Build extra room into the schedule Wednesday and Thursday as a Moon in durable Capricorn lends us competence but can leave us grim, with lots to do, not enough time to do it, and extra complications thrown in. That Capricorn Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus just as Mercury stations, we may get see something reminds us some event may remind us of the great challenges of our time, something sparks an old and difficult memory about what our world is walking through and all the problems we have yet to solve. It also may remind us of power of human kindness and give us hope that we work together, we can solve these problems in the future.
Friday, April 22: Heaviness, sadness, or a sullen recalcitrance can impede this morning unless we hear it out, then let it go. If we can, rich imaginative possibilities and interpersonal curiosity can make life interesting as Venus conjuncts Uranus; we long for fascinating interactions and need unique ways to express our affection.
Venus conjunct Uranus 2:59 PM, Moon trine Neptune 5:13 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 9:56 PM.
Saturday, April 23: It’s a day to follow our inner callings, to putter or focus as we see fit either alone or with specific people of our choosing. Crowds can be aggravating. We really won’t feel like tip-toeing around other people’s delicate psyches because we need to trod boldly around our own.
Moon sextile Pluto 5:38 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 3:45 PM, Mercury semi sextile Venus 5:17 PM.
Sunday, April 24. A fresh honesty can help awkward communications. But if there’s friction in intimate relationships, back up, yet don’t go away; hold on to the image that everyone’s needs can be met. It furthers to revel in connection with the natural world.
Moon enters Sagittarius 6:46 AM, Moon semi-squares Pluto 11:42 AM, Venus sesqui-quadrate Mars 1:22 PM, Moon conjuncts Mars 11:45 PM.
Monday, April 25: We may not want to work, find ourselves working at cross purposes, or not quite understanding what’s needed, unless we save time and confirm priorities first as the Moon squares confusing Neptune this morning. It is easier to buckle down later, which is handy as responsibilities come due. De-stress tonight.
Moon square Neptune 5:26 AM, Moon square Mercury 9:41 AM, Moon conjunct Mars 1:46 PM.
Tuesday, April 26: One thread aids our serious work, another brings in imagination laced with romantic illusion. Day dreams, projections, assumptions can either open us up or get in the way. We hit our blind spots and have to actively look for what’s real.
Moon trine Uranus 1:06 AM, Moon this trine Venus 9:50 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 5:54 PM, Venus semi-square Neptune 9:07 PM
Wednesday, April 27: People can get grim or easily irritated unless they see a clear path forward. The energy swirls and we can suddenly be hard on ourselves or others for inefficiency and make cranky commentary. But as Mercury appears stationary, many things grind to a halt just when the Capricorn Moon nags us to accomplish.
Moon trine Sun 8:53 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 3:56 PM, Sun quincunx Mars 7:41 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 7:45 PM.
Thursday, April 28: We have ambitious hopes and yet may find our intentions thwarted. If and when things get frustrating, socializing can help; if we can’t work, we can bond over the problem and strengthen connections. Talk about what’s going on.
Moon conjunct Pluto 3:20 AM, Moon square Uranus 10:58 AM, Mercury retrograde 11:19 AM, Venus sesqui-quadrate Jupiter 12:04 PM, Moon trine Mercury 2:53 PM.