Pasatiempo - - MIXED MEDIA - Heather Roan Rob­bins www.roan­rob­

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.

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