Life has probably been a lot of work over the last few weeks. The planets have asked us to cultivate our fields, throwing a few stumbling blocks in the way. This week they offer a chance to build some real momentum.
Earthy Taurus productivity brings May flowers; Mercury and Mars conjunct in steady, grounded, stubborn Taurus all week long, joined by the sun on Monday. The lineup can inspire us to cuddle our beloveds and grow healthy edibles. Under the Taurus configuration we can go peacefully and productively along — until we square off with someone who wants to argue recreationally. Keep that pugnaciousness away from tender subjects this week; we don’t need any brawls at home.
As the weekend begins under a sparky new Aries moon, the mood is low on impulse control. Keep an eye on the embers of competition or old feuds threatening to spring to life: If a real conflagration starts, we can go up like a forest fire. The waxing moon enters fertile Taurus on Saturday and slows us down — the next few days are a wonderful time to plant.
The sun enters Taurus on Monday as the moon enters verbal Gemini, cooling the emotional heat and restarting dialogue. We may need to make a point, but let’s do so when we’re clearheaded, not when we’re obstinate. The week ends on a more emotional and self-protective note under a sensitive Cancer moon.
Friday, April 17: Be upfront but soften the edges by helping others. We need to be able to hope for progress or we’ll rebel. Most of us feel energized, and a few may be ready to go to war. Tonight, some unpredictability brings excitement. Saturday, April 18: Prepare the ground today but plant seeds of any kind after the moon enters fertile Taurus tonight. Complete conversations and let relationships begin a new chapter. Rest and renew tonight; take refuge in a good movie or happy daydream. Sunday, April 19: Dwell in transcendent beauty this morning as Venus squares Neptune, but watch the stories we tell ourselves while we’re there. The afternoon may bring sudden urgency about a pragmatic conundrum, as if we’ve woken up and realized what we must do as the moon conjuncts Mars. Monday, April 20: As the sun joins the waxing moon in fertile Taurus, what we sow today will probably take root and flourish, so make sure the seeds are wholesome. Don’t bother trying to change anyone’s mind until evening, when the moon enters more versatile Gemini. Tuesday, April 21: Communication may seem disjointed, but beneath the staccatos are mental durability and focus. Life-and-death concerns hover in the background, conveying a sense of now or never. Though some of this is illusory, let it motivate us. Wednesday, April 22: We may stay busy on the surface, but deeper work calls us inward, perhaps distracting from practicalities. We can dig deep for hidden riches as Mercury trines Pluto or fall prey to introspection. This afternoon is for decisiveness, but let’s not cut away any more than we must. Feelings are both cozy and defensive tonight as the moon enters sensitive Cancer. Thursday, April 23: Regroup to balance personal and professional demands. Follow through on yesterday’s plans, but pay attention to relationships. Though we don’t need to say much, we must be supportive. Our brains want a break, so drop expectations and be kind.