- The Moon is in Aries.
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase.
- The Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 19th, and the New Moon will occur on April 26th.
- Mercury is retrograde (Mercury is retrograde from April 9-May 3).
- Venus is in its post-retrograde shadow until May 18th.
The Moon spends the day in your sign, dear Aries, and will spend most of tomorrow in Aries as well. While the desire or need to work hard continues this morning, you’re more than ready for a break from overthinking and overworking as the day advances. Although overdoing the other extreme is probably not wise now, you may very well need some extra “me time” today. You may have felt overcommitted in the past few days, and you’re in need of a change of emotional scenery. You’re experiencing the world around you through the lens of your emotions right now, and this makes things a little bigger and more colorful than usual. As the Moon opposes Jupiter tonight, your emotions are magnified whether you’re feeling high or low!
It’s particularly important for you to unwind, detox, and decompress today and tomorrow, dear Taurus. For one, the Moon is in your privacy sector – the last house of the chart. For another, the Balsamic Moon precedes a New Moon in your sign set to occur on Wednesday. The New Moon will serve up powerful energy for starting fresh. It’s true that Mercury remains retrograde, but Mercury is currently hiding behind your sign and your ruler, Venus, is no longer retrograde. As such, you’re in a far better position for new beginnings than you might have expected. Spend today and tomorrow clearing the decks in some manner – put the negative things that have accumulated over the past month behind you now. Find ways to get chunks of time to yourself if possible, or in peaceful environments.
Your need for no-strings interactions rises to great heights today, dear Gemini! This will continue tomorrow and don’t kid yourself – the need is real. The Moon is Balsamic now and the New Moon in two days will remind you to tie up loose ends, bring projects that have run their course to completion, and work on boosting your mental and emotional health. Recouping energy is what the weeks ahead are about, even if Mars in your sign frequently ruffles your feathers (or perhaps this is all the more reason to get your rest). You can be in demand today, but you are not up for anything too heavy, and others may simply have to wait.
Today and tomorrow are good for recognizing what needs to go, dear Cancer. You’ll see those projects in your life that need completing or attitudes and expectations that have only served to stress you out rather than motivate you. It’s a good time to let go of the negative or useless. You might come before the public, or you might simply be taking charge today. You’re bringing more warmth to your image now, and you’re particularly tuned into your reputation. Of course, overdoing this is not always good for you simply because living with others’ expectations of you always on your mind is too much. However, feeling accountable can be helpful in small doses as you remind yourself of the rules and your responsibilities. It’s a way of keeping yourself in check. Today, you may feel a little torn between dedication to your personal plans or development, and service or commitments to others. Ideally, you can divide your energy or combine these pursuits creatively.
It can be difficult to concentrate today, dear Leo, as others or your own thoughts seem to undermine your progress. Insecurities or a feeling of not yet having enough information can slow down the decision-making process. Hesitancy experienced now, in fact, buys you time to catch up. You might also be on the fence about where to commit or pour your energies today. We are only two days away from a New Moon, so take things easy and release or tidy up rather than give in to pressure to do something brand new. The Moon is in your spirit sector all day, encouraging adventurous or mind-expanding activities. The tendency to go overboard is strong tonight, but if this is kept in check, you can simply enjoy increased enthusiasm and a positive outlook.
Early today, you’re in great shape concerning focusing on priorities and turning out distractions, dear Virgo, but as the day advances, concentration tends to break down, and decisiveness also suffers a little. This is primarily due to difficulties deciding where to put your energies today, as you want to attend to home or family matters but you’re also committed to new ideas and goals. The Moon’s opposition to Jupiter tonight can stir up restlessness — part of you is bent on stirring things up and testing your feelings, and another wants to enjoy what you already have. A New Moon occurs in just two days and will have the effect of pulling you into a somewhat more determined frame of mind. For now, take things easy and focus on letting go rather than taking on.
The Moon is in your partnership sector all day today and most of tomorrow, dear Libra, and with a New Moon set to occur in your intimacy sector in just two days, it’s a great time for putting some relationship matters behind you. You might decide to focus on letting go of unrealistic expectations in your relationships. Although this is likely to be easier tomorrow than it is today, you might do some thinking on this now. There can be some seesawing between wanting to assert your independence and go your own way, and seeking out the comfort of company, which of course can be quite confusing to others as well as yourself!
You can be particularly focused on getting to the bottom of problems today, dear Scorpio. While you might start the day in the right frame of mind, impatience with the process and anxiousness for the reward can play with your mood as the day advances. In fact, you may begin to question what it is you actually want now – escape and peace of mind or the putting of problem areas behind you! Either side doesn’t seem wholly satisfying, but your best bet is reaching a middle ground. Today and tomorrow are appropriate for letting go of those things, situations, and attitudes that no longer serve you well before the New Moon on Wednesday when your social life or relationships get a nice boost of forward-moving energy.
You’re in a playful, spirited mood today, dear Sagittarius, although you may very well begin the day ready to take care of business and end it ready to party! There are good intentions behind this one-eighty, but there can be a breaking down of concentration and focus as the day advances. You might also feel torn between personal interests and a commitment to someone. You’ll attract the most luck if you tone down the tendency to overdo or overindulge. Adding finishing touches to projects or finishing up a game or project can be appropriate now as in just two days the New Moon will bring out the workhorse in you.
With a New Moon set to occur in your outgoing, creative sector in just two days, dear Capricorn, the Moon’s time spent in your home and family sector today makes it easier to wind down. And, winding down is entirely appropriate now with a Balsamic Moon today and tomorrow. You don’t have all the information to begin something new now, and you should be giving current projects their due attention or allowing yourself time to recoup your energy in between ventures. It’s a good time to let go of excess baggage. You might begin today motivated to get down to business, but distractions are plenty and restlessness can set in as the day advances. You can be torn between the desire or need for alone time and your commitment to others today.
Your imagination is exceptionally active today, dear Aquarius, and you can feel pleasantly busy in the first half of the day. However, as much as you’d love to keep the momentum going, it can be difficult to focus or concentrate as the day advances. This is just fine if you’ve been working hard and now need to release tension. If not, be a little more vigilant than usual with details which can be overlooked all too easily. It’s appropriate to unwind, tie up loose ends, and put things you no longer need behind you today and tomorrow in preparation for the promise of new beginnings of Wednesday’s New Moon.
In these two days before a New Moon in your communications sector, dear Pisces, you might aim to wind down, tie up loose ends, and clear your mind. Problems or even things that are weighing down your life now are better off put to bed so that you feel emotionally lighter and open to new incoming energy in the coming week. The morning should find you focused with a clear sense of your priorities. However, you can feel divided as the day advances. For one, commitments or responsibilities seem to be at cross-purposes today, and for another, you’re not quite certain if you want to go your own way or lean on others. Try not to fret it too much and aim to enjoy the moment.
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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 24 2017 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Aries
Description: The Moon in Aries
We are itching to take action and to pioneer something. All things equal, this is a time to begin new projects. Exercise patience and selflessness where possible, but embrace Aries’ courage and directness. Look out for new opportunities.
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 7:58 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Pallas
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 11:35 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Pallas
This is a time of imagination and intuition, when we can draw upon our internal wisdom. There is a good ability to successfully combine logic and intuition, and to understand problems taking into account the human element. There is sensitivity to people’s issues now. Cooperation. Effective, sensitive decision making.
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 4:17 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Venus
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 6:25 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Cer
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Ceres
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 7:32 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Chi
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Chiron
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 11:23 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Jupiter
We could be suffering the consequences of recent excesses. We might be stirred to make a promise or a statement, but it could be over the top or unrealistic. Differences of opinion could be an issue now. It can be difficult to be objective.
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 11:47 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Nod
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting North Node
There may be the need to pause to adjust things before moving plans forward. We could feel at odds with others on an emotional level. Public relations are not as favorable now.
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 4:15 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Tri Sat
Description: Transiting Mercury Trine Transiting Saturn
Rational and logical thinking. Concentration and focus. Organization. Serious communication. Agreeable solitude.
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 5:42 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Sqr Ves
Description: Transiting Mercury Square Transiting Vesta
There can be distractions and difficulty focusing now, and important details may be missed in the process. There may be a superficial interest in a project or a misjudgment of how much effort something requires.
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 9:50 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Pll Nod
Description: Transiting Mercury Parallel Transiting North Node
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 7:27 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mar Cpl Plu
Description: Transiting Mars ContraParallel Transiting Pluto
Date & Time: Apr 24 2017 8:37 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sat Qnx Ves
Description: Transiting Saturn Quincunx Transiting Vesta
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.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
Fire is enthusiastic, dynamic, and spontaneous, but lacks reflection. We are more courageous and adventurous now, with a tendency to act before thinking. There is little concern about what happened in the past. We are competitive and possibly impatient or bored easily.
BALANCE OF MODES
The modes are balanced.
LUNAR PHASE: BALSAMIC
Moon less than 45 degrees behind the Sun.
Time to tie up loose ends, review, reflect, let go, and edit.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on April 24th:
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 ARIES
We are itching to take action and to pioneer something. All things equal, this is a time to begin new projects. Exercise patience and selflessness where possible, but embrace Aries’ courage and directness. Look for new opportunities.
10TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Eyeball
Sabian Symbol: A scholar creates new forms for ancient symbols.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
OPPOSITION JUPITER Orb 6°57′ Applying
We may be going overboard or to excess now. Emotional restlessness, high expectations. Difficulties focusing on responsibilities; difficulties prioritzing. We are looking for fun or for something to celebrate, and turn to others to share our good feelings.
THE SUN IN TAURUS
You are a reliable and solid individual. You have a strong need for stable routine and security. You can be stubborn. Others can rely on your down-to-earth nature.
5TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Pharyngeal cavity
Sabian Symbol: A widow at an open grave.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION MERCURY Orb 7°19′ Separating
Thoughts and communications about ourselves and our goals. We are expressing ourselves confidently, directly, and clearly.
MERCURY IN ARIES
You are an independent thinker. You talk quickly, and like to think up new ideas. You may experience flashes of intuition.
28TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Fornix/parietal and occipital bones
Sabian Symbol: A large disappointed audience.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
TRINE SATURN Orb 0°11′ Separating
We are cautious, careful, tuned in to details, and rely on common sense at this time.
CONJUNCTION URANUS Orb 2°16′ 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.
29TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Toenails of right foot
Sabian Symbol: A prism.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
SQUARE SATURN Orb 0°58′ Separating
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 1°29′ 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 GEMINI
You like to initiate ideas and spread information. You are assertive, although you can resort to evasive behaviour.
3RD DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Upper right pulmonary lobe
Sabian Symbol: The garden of the tuileries.
JUPITER IN LIBRA
You have a strong concern for justice. You are a diplomatic teacher, and express your spiritual values in your relationships.
17TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Suprarenal arteries
Sabian Symbol: A retired sea captain.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 3°13′ 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 2°27′ 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 0°30′ 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).
26TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Skull
Sabian Symbol: A man possessed of more gifts than he can hold.
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)
NEPTUNE IN THE 8TH HOUSE
You feel at one with others and have the ability to transcend daily life through metaphysical pursuits. You may easily sense emotional undercurrents.
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).
28TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Phalanges of left foot
Sabian Symbol: A fertile garden under the full 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.
28TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Cartilage of ribs
Sabian Symbol: Indian girl introduces college boy-friend to her tribe.
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.
9TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Lens of eye
Sabian Symbol: A crystal gazer.
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.
28TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Deltoid muscle and main neck muscles
Sabian Symbol: A mature woman reawakened to romance.
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 24, 2017 – Event Chart
Aspects to Mar 02°Ge13 +21°11′
Cnj 02°Ge18 MIRFAK Challenge-oriented.
Aspects to Jun 17°Cp42 -07°31′
Cnj 16°Cp52 RUKBAT Steadiness and strength.