- The Moon is in Capricorn.
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
- The Full Moon occurred on the 11th in the sign of Libra, and the Last Quarter Moon will occur on the 19th.
- Mercury is retrograde (Mercury is retrograde from April 9-May 3).
- Venus is in its post-retrograde shadow until May 18th.
The first half of the day is quite excellent for getting your priorities in order and for a stronger sense of purpose, dear Aries. Efforts to organize and strengthen your life are favored now. Willingness to take care of details or tidy up various life departments can figure strongly now, and you can be very productive. This can be a good time for studies, work on a long-term project, and the gaining of new and practical knowledge. Structured learning can fare well. Planning and design are also favored. A sense that you are on top of things (even in small ways) and meeting responsibilities is empowering. Later today, however, Mars, your ruler, forms an awkward angle with Saturn, and duties feel more limiting as you feel a strong desire to break out and do your own thing. There can be feelings of uncertainty or guilt about what you want or about what you should do next. You may be inclined to overindulge. Some buried resentments can surface but aim to learn from them rather than allowing them to rule your behavior.
You may gain the chance to fill a responsibility or put a frustrating problem behind you today, dear Taurus, with the Sun in harmony with Saturn encouraging practical accomplishment. You might enjoy a pleasant sense of certainty or purposefulness now as you can see your capabilities more clearly. Self-acceptance is the key, and this is not to say that you shouldn’t try to improve or grow – it’s about knowing limits and being fine with them. A pragmatic and systematic approach can be the key to success in the first half of the day. Emotional or intimate matters also benefit from clearer expectations. Later today, however, there can be some feeling of being caged in or limited by others and/or circumstances. People may seem to be slowing you down or getting in the way of the pursuit of your desires. Make adjustments and wait for a time when you’re more confident, and timing is right.
You’re likely to be quite concerned with or focused on rules, limits, guidelines, and plans today, dear Gemini. Plans seem to be coming together, or you feel better about having your feet on the ground and dealing with your responsibilities. Putting your life into better order, particularly your social life, and knowing what or who you can count on, can be in focus in the first half of the day. If you need to get something concrete done, you may be better off doing it early today because this afternoon introduces some indecision and wavering. With Mars in your privacy sector recently, desires can come bubbling up, seemingly out of nowhere, and so can resentments. There can be a feeling of frustration later today as attempts to move forward seem to be thwarted in little, irritating ways. There can be a standstill with a partner or simply a delay that restricts you from taking action. Minor upsets can ultimately lead to greater understanding, however.
There can be a focus on putting your life into better order today, dear Cancer, particularly related to your work, daily routines, and relationships. Bringing more structure to these areas of life can do you a world of good right now. It’s a good time for favor with people you work with, parents, or bosses. You can receive or give good advice now, and information that is truly useful to you can be circulating. A sense of purpose helps you see your priorities and motivates you to get things done. Later today, however, responsibilities or rules may feel heavier, or you see your limits and feel a little put off by them. Timing may be off, and others may be misinterpreting your intentions or actions. Keep things low key just for the time being, and focus on making necessary adjustments. Today is better for sticking with familiar situations than for branching out and taking risks.
The Sun-Saturn trine that forms today not only involves your ruler, but it harmonizes with your sign, dear Leo. This can have the effect of spotlighting your reliability, ability to lead, and trustworthiness. Others tend to follow your lead now or look to you for guidance. It’s a good time for furthering a creative project or being taken seriously for your work. You may be feeling better or stronger about a relationship or relationship status. You may feel particularly pleased with a lover, partner, or people you have in your life right now. The need for structure, order, or discipline in your life can become apparent now, and you are pleased to be on top of things or about filling your responsibilities. Later today, responsibilities may weigh more heavily on you or limits and projects are more cumbersome. A problem might catch you off guard and temporarily rain on your parade and slow you down. Look for things to fix or details to fill in.
This is a good time for focusing on organizing or ordering your life in useful ways, dear Virgo. This can work on two levels: emotional and mundane or physical – you may be sorting out your emotional or family life now, and/or cleaning out the closets! Seeing the reality of a situation helps you make better plans, and it also allows you to prioritize effectively, and that’s the kind of energy you’re working with today. You get a good feeling from being useful or doing useful things. You may be considering getting a loan or finding ways to improve your living conditions. The second half of the day can feel a little different. Responsibilities may very well appear weightier or limiting. There can be a sense that you’re restricted by the people around you or by your duties. Interactions can be a little off, and you can feel as if you are getting in the way of one another rather than working together. Focusing on practical matters and details may fare best right now.
In the first half of the day, you benefit from seeing various areas of your life more clearly, dear Libra. Priorities become clear as a result, and this increases the effectiveness of decision making. Practical news, tidbits, and advice can circulate now. You feel quite on top of things. A relationship may feel steadier. You might reorganize your daily affairs and work, recommit to a project or studies, or benefit from help from a partner to make a choice or decision. With the ability to see your skills and the limits of time realistically now, plans are easier to make. Later today, there can be difficulties communicating your feelings, or a sense that others are being insensitive with you. Either way, limitations feel weightier than usual. You might want to go forward with something but then freeze when it comes to making it happen or choosing the right words to get the ball rolling. This is due to a Mars-Saturn influence and is best handled with patience – wait until you’ve rebuilt your confidence.
The Sun-Saturn influence in the first half of the day is strong for getting an area of your life into better order, dear Scorpio. Because it falls in practical sectors of your chart, this can be on a literal level, such as reorganizing your work, tidying up money matters, and so forth. However, this can also be a good time to get into a more practical or realistic frame of mind about your talents and resources as well as health and wellness. Making plans and lists or schedules can benefit you now. Moderate financial and business moves are generally favored, although with Mercury still retrograde and an approaching Venus-Saturn aspect, new launches are not ideal. You have a stronger sense of what to reasonably expect from yourself and your situation. The second half of the day can stimulate underlying insecurities, however, particularly related to money matters. On another level, this can be about trust, self-worth, and whether or not others are valuing you. Try to focus on positive, productive tasks.
The first half of the day is excellent for clarity, dear Sagittarius. Certainly, Mercury is still retrograde, and not everything is straightforward right now, but you have a clearer sense of reality and purpose today with a Sun-Saturn trine this morning. Saturn is in your sign, and you will continue to host this rules-oriented planet until mid-December. It’s aspects like these that help you to see the benefits of structuring your life and increasing self-discipline. You’re likely to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes with meeting your responsibilities. This can be a good time to work solidly on a creative task. In the second half of the day, however, you may feel the weight of duties or obligations. A wait-and-see approach to pursuing your desires may be in order as Mars and Saturn form an awkward aspect. Your wish to do something or get ahead is strong, but there seem to be blocks in your way. There may be a minor health or work problem to attend to that upsets plans now, or you may feel some waning of enthusiasm temporarily.
The Moon is in your sign all day and your ruler, Saturn, is prominent, dear Capricorn. You’re in your element this morning with Saturn’s harmonious connection to the Sun. This influence offers you the chance to separate fact from fiction, particularly concerning your capabilities, which can be comforting and can lead to better decisions. The desire or need to introduce more order and structure into your life becomes apparent now. Having clear rules and expectations tends to relax you, and you become exceptionally productive as a result. Small practical changes made now will bring great rewards down the road. In the second half of the day, however, Saturn forms a more challenging aspect, and there can be some see-sawing. On the one hand, you feel the need to use caution or to slow down, but on the other, you may be feeling pressured or impatient to pursue a desire. It’s better to fine-tune plans and get the details right before moving things along.
Even with Mercury retrograde, today’s energies encourage a feeling of strength on a mental level, dear Aquarius. You see the benefits of supplementary discipline and structure in your life. Preparations for the future may be made now and can be comforting. This is a good time for making plans, useful lists, and strategies, as well as for organizing or pushing yourself to get an obligation out of your way. Teamwork can be both advantageous. People tend to follow your lead and recognize your strength and wisdom. This is a time for having a good sense of your capabilities and expectations that take into account the limits of time, making planning and decision-making easier. While you are inclined to embrace your duties this morning, they can appear more limiting or frustrating in the second half of the day. Responsibilities to others can interfere with domestic pursuits. Rest and reflection may be useful now, particularly with the Moon in your sector of emotional wellness. Attempts to disengage may be helpful if you are harping on an obstacle.
Finances and business may not be the most stable area of your life recently, dear Pisces, but today you benefit from an influence that helps ground you and get better organized or prepared. Efforts to secure a position, stabilize your career, or lock down a steady income may be in the offing for some of you. Others may benefit from making plans and devising strategies for developing your resources or talents that will help you now and in the long-term. This is a useful day for developing, considering, or going over plans. Attention to your practical affairs may often seem like a duty, but today you feel more accomplished and comforted as a result. Later today, however, you may face some disapproval for an idea or project, or you might wrestle with a desire to do your own thing, but responsibilities seem to get in your way. Be a little more careful than usual about what you communicate.
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Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Date & Time: Apr 17 2017 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Capricorn
Description: The Moon in Capricorn
Consolidate. Pay attention to the foundations of life. Repair and restructure. Attend to financial or business matters. Make solid plans and get organized.
Date & Time: Apr 17 2017 8:04 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Pallas
Our judgment may be temporarily impaired by excessive emotions, or emotional bias. We may be experiencing a conundrum. Someone’s belief or idea can make us feel insecure or out of sorts, or otherwise rub us the wrong way. There can be sensitivity to others’ opinions experienced now.
Date & Time: Apr 17 2017 3:39 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Cer
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Ceres
There may be difficulties giving or receiving affection, care, concern, and nurturing.
Date & Time: Apr 17 2017 8:28 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Mar
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Mars
We can overreact and exhibit impatience. However, this can also be a time of self-motivation.
Date & Time: Apr 17 2017 9:54 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Neptune
This is a feel-good time if we allow ourselves to relax and tune into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We absorb things easily, our senses are in good form, and we more naturally accept things and people as they are. There is no need to look for definite answers right now.
Date & Time: Apr 17 2017 8:43 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Tri Sat
Description: Transiting Sun Trine Transiting Saturn
We are taking pride in our responsibilities or performance. Steady progress. Self-discipline. Humbling ourselves to authority or good advice. Employing traditional methods.
Date & Time: Apr 17 2017 10:13 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mar Qnx Sat
Description: Transiting Mars Quincunx Transiting Saturn
We can be hesitant now, uncertain about whether to pursue our desires or fill our responsibilities. Enthusiasm can wane temporarily. Delays are possible, but might lead to important edits and adjustments.
Date & Time: Apr 17 2017 10:34 am
Event: Tr-Tr Jup Sqr Jun
Description: Transiting Jupiter Square Transiting Juno
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Initiating, pioneering energy. Independent, bold, courageous, assertive, fiery, inspirational, direct, decisive. Can be egotistical, impulsive, impatient, aggressive, lacking subtlety.
Stable and enduring, strong values, unyielding, earthy, acquisitive, strong desires. Can be stuck, stubborn, overly possessive, self-indulgent.
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
We are especially in touch with the physical world. We consider what we’ve learned and experienced in the past in order to make the most of the present. We can be cautious, practical, and possibly unimaginative. We are deliberate and can pace ourselves well. We need hands-on experience and are not impressed with theory as much as we are with results. Routines are tolerable and comforting.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
BALANCE OF MODES
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
LUNAR PHASE: DISSEMINATING
Moon 135 to 90 degrees behind the Sun.
Sharing our knowledge with the world is a major motivation at this stage. We believe we have gained much knowledge and wisdom through our experiences, and want to ensure others have the benefit as well.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on April 17th:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected, or will perfect, in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours, so that if an aspect involving the Moon is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect involving inner planets has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a lifetime).
THE MOON IN CAPRICORN
You feel secure when life is structured, or you are working hard. You may be emotionally distant or cold. You mother’s love may be limited in some way. Your mother may have been strict or cold.
9TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Nerves of knee
Sabian Symbol: An angel carrying a harp.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
TRINE MERCURY Orb 6°19′ Separating
Our hearts or emotional needs and our minds seem to be cooperating, and we are able to communicate effectively. It’s a good time for publicity, marketing, writing, and studying.
THE SUN IN ARIES
You are an assertive and freedom-loving individual. You have a strong need for independence, and may tend to display self-concern assertively.
28TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Fornix/parietal and occipital bones
Sabian Symbol: A large disappointed audience.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION MERCURY Orb 4°15′ Applying
Thoughts and communications about ourselves and our goals. We are expressing ourselves confidently, directly, and clearly.
TRINE SATURN Orb 0°08′ Separating
We are taking pride in our responsibilities or performance. This can be a time of steady progress and increased self-discipline. We are more inclined to humble ourselves to authority or good advice, and tend to employ traditional methods.
CONJUNCTION URANUS Orb 3°09′ Separating
You are a rebel but also a leader. You are innovative and original. Others may see you as arrogant, wilful and disruptive at times. Life will be full of surprises. Politics, science or computing appeal to you.
MERCURY IN TAURUS
You place importance on traditional knowledge. You learn in a slow, methodical and hands-on manner. You stick to old ideas and may fear having to learn anything new.
3RD DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Pharynx – oral part
Sabian Symbol: Steps up to a lawn blooming with clover.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
TRINE SATURN Orb 4°23′ Applying
We are cautious, careful, tuned in to details, and rely on common sense at this time.
CONJUNCTION URANUS Orb 7°25′ Applying
You have an incisive and ingenious mind. Your thoughts and speech are erratic and inventive. You enjoy progressive topics. Your opinions may be ahead of your time.
VENUS IN PISCES
You yearn to merge and be at-one with your partner. In fact you want to be at-one with the universe. You also enjoy sharing inspirational activities with your partner, ranging from listening to beautiful music to visiting an art gallery.
28TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Phalanges of left foot
Sabian Symbol: A fertile garden under the full moon.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
SEXTILE MARS Orb 0°22′ Separating
You have the opportunity to blend your charm and assertion. You can be both gentle and strong.
SQUARE SATURN Orb 0°40′ Applying
Lack of spontaneity when it comes to expressions of affection and the pursuit of pleasure, likely due to insecurities or fear. We may be reserved, withdrawn, cautious, and tight with money and/or feelings. Feelings of being alone and not getting what we want/need can be experienced now.
CONJUNCTION CHIRON Orb 0°21′ Separating
You have a childlike innocence in your personal relationships, which makes you vulnerable to emotional pain. You fear commitment and rejection. You may experience pain in early relationships, but this pain is usually healed giving you insight and wisdom in later personal relationships. You see the beauty in people who have been cast aside by others, and develop the ability to be a teacher or healer in intimate relationships.
MARS IN TAURUS
You have strong personal desires, although you will usually follow a reliable course of action in attaining those desires. You are stubborn if opposed.
28TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Deltoid muscle and main neck muscles
Sabian Symbol: A mature woman reawakened to romance.
ASPECTS OF MARS
QUINCUNX SATURN Orb 0°18′ Applying
We may be slowed down by an awareness of a responsibility or a limitation of time, energy, or resources. We might be tempted to pin the blame on someone or something else. We could be experiencing a delayed reaction to a past frustration. This is a time for adjusting plans and practicing patience.
SEXTILE CHIRON Orb 0°44′ Separating
You have the opportunity to be an empathetic and powerful leader of the downtrodden people of the world.
JUPITER IN LIBRA
You have a strong concern for justice. You are a diplomatic teacher, and express your spiritual values in your relationships.
18TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Fatty capsule of kidneys
Sabian Symbol: Two men placed under arrest.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 2°23′ Separating
You will need to learn to have confidence in yourself even when life deals you a few blows. You range from over confident to completely lacking in confidence. The truth lies somewhere in between.
SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to take on the responsibility of living according to our personal truths and principles, and to be loyal to these. This is a time for turning a critical eye to those beliefs and principles that don’t accurately reflect our authentic selves. (December 23, 2014, to June 14, 2015, then September 17, 2015, to December 20, 2017)
28TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Right leg muscles
Sabian Symbol: An old bridge over a beautiful stream.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
TRINE URANUS Orb 3°01′ Applying
You have a talent for investigation. You look at new ideas and are able then to put them into action. In business you achieve much in your own independent way.
SQUARE CHIRON Orb 1°02′ Applying
There can be fears now of not being competent or effective enough to meet our responsibilities, or we could find it hard to strike out on a unique path, again due to fears or insecurities. The desire to break from the status quo is strong, but we may not have the necessary confidence to do so. We may have difficulties empathizing with others and understanding ourselves.
URANUS IN ARIES
The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong during this cycle. (May 27, 2010, to August 13, 2010, then March 11th, 2011, to May 15, 2018, then November 6, 2018, to March 6, 2019).
25TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Sternocleidomastoid muscle
Sabian Symbol: A double promise reveals its inner and outer meanings.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011, to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012, to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025, to January 26, 2026)
14TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right cutaneous veins
Sabian Symbol: A lady in fox fur.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008, to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008, to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023, to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024, to November 19, 2024).
20TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Tendons of right knee
Sabian Symbol: A hidden choir singing.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and in Aspect
CHIRON IN PISCES
Strong awareness of our own vulnerabilities and humanity stimulates compassion for others. (April 20 to July 20, 2010, then February 8, 2011, to April 17, 2018, then September 25, 2018, to February 18, 2019).
27TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Phalanges of right foot
Sabian Symbol: A harvest moon.
VESTA IN CANCER
You are committed to your family and loved ones, especially when they need you. However, you may withdraw like a crab into your shell if you feel hurt by those closest to you. You enjoy working with those close to you.
26TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Mammary glands
Sabian Symbol: Guests are reading in the library of a luxurious home.
PALLAS IN ARIES
You have a keen intellect with the ability to come up with exciting, new ideas. You are also happy to risk putting your new ideas into action.
7TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: The ears
Sabian Symbol: A man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once.
JUNO IN CAPRICORN
You want a partner who you can respect, and who respects you. You seek long-term commitment and may marry later in life.
18TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Ligaments of right knee
Sabian Symbol: The union jack flies from a new british destroyer.
CERES IN TAURUS
You feel cared for when loved ones give you a sense of stability and security. You like to be touched and stroked and nurtured in practical ways. You also like to show others you care through practical means.
26TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Nasal bone
Sabian Symbol: A spaniard serenading his senorita.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN VIRGO
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
2ND DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Small intestine
Sabian Symbol: A large white cross stands alone on top of a high hill.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN PISCES
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
2ND DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left calcaneum
Sabian Symbol: A squirrel hiding from hunters.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO SELECT FIXED STARS ***
Transits Apr 17, 2017 – Event Chart
Aspects to Mars 27°Ta23 +20°06′
Cnj 26°Ta24 ALGOL— Female passion and intensity.
Aspects to Vesta 25°Cn43 +25°28′
Cnj 26°Cn01 PROCYON Short lived opportunities
Aspects to Juno 17°Cp01 -08°03′
Cnj 16°Cp52 RUKBAT Steadiness and strength.
Aspects to Ceres 25°Ta09 +16°54′
Cnj 24°Ta25 CAPULUS— Male, sexual and/or aggressive