Heather Roan Robbins
AS THE WEEKEND BEGINS, six planets in energized fire signs form a grand trine. In a good moment, all this fire can leave us enthusiastic, if easily irritated; in a tough time, we can feel fried or overextended because we’re juggling too much, or bored because we wish we were juggling more.
With all this fire in the sky, if we don’t have something unusual and interesting to sink our teeth into, we may be tempted to walk out of otherwise perfectly fine circumstances. Let’s localize the problem, deal with the real issues, and give one another a lot of attention. Challenging new projects can be a piece of cake, while finishing ordinary chores will be more difficult — but no less important. It can help to think of these tasks as a solid springboard for the future.
Different people will respond in very different ways to this stimulus for practical action toward substantial change. This energy can spark a revolution. To add to that, Mars and Pluto, both planets that symbolize willpower and power, turn retrograde this week and stir the political pot.
We may get a little more practical on Sunday, as the moon enters more rigorous-thinking Virgo and conjuncts Jupiter. As the week progresses, a strong grand trine between Jupiter, Pluto, and Mercury in pragmatic earth signs help us put great ideas (or terrible ones) into concrete action. We want liberating (Jupiter), transformational (Pluto) communications (Mercury). We might be a little edgy and easily irritated, but we can get to those philosophical questions about what we need to do and why we need to do it.
Mercury turns retrograde soon, from April 29 to May 23 — if we have important contacts that need to be made, tickets to be purchased, or documents that need signatures, let’s tend to them now.
FRIDAY, APRIL 15: We can frolic under a sociable Leo moon if our taxes are done. It’s a tough day to finish taxes: A sun-Neptune aspect can leave us unrealistic, prone to mistakes, or with a strong desire to get away from it all. Tonight we may need to dramatize our situation to get our point across. SATURDAY, APRIL 16: The morning’s mood is energized and sociable, though we may have trouble concentrating. Midafternoon is good for gathering and bad for finalizing decisions. Engage in fascinating conversation and enjoy sparking off one another tonight. SUNDAY, APRIL 17: Go deep or go home; lightweight won’t cut it. Some frustration can help us understand unconscious motivation. It’s a great time to clean closets, weed gardens, or write political critique, but be kind to one another. Optimism returns tonight. MONDAY, APRIL 18: The deeper the work we do, the happier we’ll be this moody morning. Let’s be kind to ourselves. Difficult power dynamics can arise; keep the heart open. TUESDAY, APRIL 19: Relationships and creative projects need our attention. Take nothing for granted, be willing to let go of something whose time has ended, and stay focused on a new potential. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20: Our fortune needs perseverance, even though we may be distracted by new possibilities or frustrated with old problems. See a project through, but take breaks to let imagination roam. Toggle between completion and the seeds of new enthusiasm.
THURSDAY, APRIL 21: Our nerves can feel stretched. We can use a new focus to sharpen our attention, but may feel a wellspring of primal emotions churning up from within. Consciously invoke patience and don’t get attached to minor frustrations.