Week of April 16 through 23
We are in an intense time of the year for all the signs this month. Stargazers and seers have been looking ahead to this time period and noting its exceptional planetary activity. The planets are forming two distinct geometric patterns, a square and a triangle.
The square symbolizes the struggle with the feeling of being boxed in and feeling "cornered" with every door blocked. The relief is the triangle of planets in water signs, symbolizing the necessity to express an outpouring love and compassion towards one another.
These patterns are intensified by the biannual Lunar Eclipse on the 15th at the Full Moon, the Solar Eclipse at the New Moon on the 29th and a planetary station by Pluto on the 14th, the Lord of the Underworld, who governs the life and death events that occur, that we have no control over.
One or more of these patterns are bound to affect almost everyone. No worries- your birth time and date dictated that you destined to pass through these "best of times and worst of times."
If you know your rising sign read that as well.
Aries (March 21-April 19) - With your ruler Mars still retrograde, withhold all anger and rage at the system. Go deep inside and find out where it comes from. You might go back over ground already covered.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) - You will be in a better position than most especially after midnight on the 19 th when the Sun moves into your sign. You will be positively affected by the water triangle of planets and be of much help to those most in need of comfort.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Your brain is working overtime this week, with your ruler Mercury making so many aspects to all the other planets. It is fine to have these moments of lightning bolt inspiration, but be careful how you say something.
Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22)- With Jupiter in your sign until July 17th you can be one of the blessed angels who brings relief to those of us feeling the tension of this week. Your mothering, nurturing and compassion around the 17th is especially helpful and healing.
Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Are you working on letting go of something or someone? Are you sacrificing yourself too much, putting more into a project or person than you are receiving? The growth comes from cooperating, listening to the other.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Illuminations come at Full Moons, especially at eclipses. You are good at organizing situations. Use your skills to find solutions in the tense chaotic world around you. Your practicality and integrity are assets.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 23) - Seeking peace and calm is a challenge these days with Mars in your sign and the Lunar Eclipse affecting your relationship area. Hark back to last October, the Lunar Eclipse was in the same place. They are bookends, so to speak, similar events.
Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 21) - Your secondary ruler Pluto is making a station on the 14th which affects you all week. Saturn in your sign is not easy either. Use this week to overturn what needs to be overturned, even if it means dredging up some ugly old stuff.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Freedom is your key word. You might want to fly away, to get out of the tricky situation you find yourself in. The Moon in your sign from the evening of Thursday the 17th until Saturday night at 9:28 PM gives you a span of time to conjure up a new philosophy or find the meaning behind the events unfolding around you.
Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - One of the four signs most impacted this time period. When you look back from the top of the mountain in the Spring of 2023 to how your life has changed since January 2008, you will see that these weeks were pivotal in your complete change in life direction and focus.
Aquarius (January 20-Feb 19) - Financially or artistically things should be going well for you this week. What you initiate now will have long-term staying power. Focus on what feels good and increases your self-esteem. Doing charitable work, or joining a club or organization that fosters humanitarian ideals satisfies your soul.
Pisces (Feb 20-March 21) - How blessed you are in having Venus in your sign these days! You are involved in that triangle of water signs that opens up opportunities for deep emotional attachments; whether to those you can help who are going through transformations in their personal life, or to one significant other. Your love and compassion are boundless.
Kate Plumb is a certified NCGR counseling astrologer who teaches monthly at Joshua's Place in Southampton and sees clients in her home office. She has been studying astrology since 1971. She is also certified in Astro*Carto*Graphy-finding beneficial locations to live. She has a web site www.kateplumbastrology.com and a blog www.offtheplumbtree.com Kate prefers to call herself a "cycles scientist." She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-725-9133.