- The Moon is in Cancer all day.
- The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent phase until 2:39 PM, after which the Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter Moon phase.
- The First Quarter Moon occurs today at 2:39 PM.
- Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will be retrograde from April 9-May 3).
- Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from March 4-April 15).
Times are EDT.
With the Sun in your sign, you have a general desire for increased independence and self-expression these days, dear Aries. Today, however, you might face obstacles – your home life or the need for rest are calling, and responsibilities to others are pressing as well! There can be some extra pressure related to family or a personal matter. You can be feeling a little reticent or self-protective and might second-guess your plans or yourself. It may be better to avoid fighting these things and aim to get extra time to better understand your needs before pressing ahead. You may simply need some self-nurturing. Even so, be sure to reach out to someone or even just for information, as the day holds some promise for information that will help you further your work goals.
A general trend in your life at this time of year involves spending more time than usual regrouping and enjoying some alone or private time, dear Taurus. You may be keeping more things to yourself right now. Today’s Moon, however, encourages you to make connections, reach out, chat, and share. This can feel conflicting around the Quarter Moon this afternoon. It can be difficult to find peace of mind with a part of you wanting your privacy or moments for reflection, and another part wanting some mental stimulation. Watch for dragging out the limbo or uncertain part of this process and consider ways to either blend or compartmentalize your needs. While hard and fast decision making should be avoided, you may simply need to make a choice and run with it to get back on track.
Even though this is a busier, more sociable and experimental time of year for you, dear Gemini, you need a break from a hectic pace from time to time. Today’s Moon encourages you to seek out comfort and predictability. This can create some tension with two conflicting urges prominent, or for some of you, a clash of values with someone can be an issue now. Aim to resolve conflicts that seem to be brewing over money, sharing, or values (or inner conflicts) very quickly before they blow out of proportion. This is a day for taking action and making a choice, and this can be related to money or business matters. A Mercury-Node connection today inspires you, and you can have great ideas for making living arrangements or family life more supportive and pleasant.
The Moon is in your sign all day, dear Cancer, making it appropriate for you to pay particular attention to your emotional needs. You can be especially sensitive to others’ feelings about you (or perceived feelings), but it’s important to try to center yourself instead. You are in a career-focused cycle, which may instead be a period of increased responsibilities for many of you. The need to attend to your personal plans and to indulge some of your recently unexpressed feelings can pose a conflict with your commitments or duties to the outside world as the Sun and Moon clash today. You can be impatient with people and frustrated by circumstances. Even so, the stress experienced now can push you to make significant changes. It’s not the time to shy away from a fresh challenge – you may very well need a little push to get over a hump now.
The Moon is in your solar twelfth house, in the sign just behind yours, all day, dear Leo. While the Sun in your adventure sector has been pumping you up to enlarge your scope of experiences, the Moon is urging you to lay low, recoup energy, and settle up some issues before pressing forward. Certainly, at times you may feel that you don’t have enough time to yourself or time to think. Around the Quarter Moon this afternoon, this theme can serve to frustrate or leave you spinning your wheels, after which you find a way to manage conflicting urges. While you do need some time to yourself, a Mercury-Node connection today suggests you might make some meaningful connections today. You have a strong desire to know that your future is relatively secure and that achieving your goals will satisfy you in the long run.
Today’s energies support communicating in warm, positive ways, dear Virgo. You’ll get the chance to show others (and yourself) that you can take charge and handle things maturely. You are especially protective of people you care about today and might show your affection through your guidance or instruction. There may be some tensions around the Quarter Moon this afternoon, however, as relationship boundaries or roles can be hard to define. There can be a question of your commitment to a project or someone’s commitment to you. The Moon stimulates your need to be free and to spend time with people who accept you without strings, but you’re in a general trend in which you crave more intimacy, or when it comes to projects, more depth and commitment. Such is the dilemma now, but doing some connecting or reaching out to others can be rejuvenating now.
This is a day for benefiting from being especially observant, dear Libra. You might make a useful connection with someone through a heart-to-heart or through lending an ear. If frustrations have been brewing, today’s Quarter Moon might demand you deal with the problems behind them. A conflict with a partner or superior may be part of the picture for some, but the conflict may very well be an internal one as you experience diverging urges. While responsibilities, goals, and work may not be your biggest priority these days, the Moon at the top of your chart all day suggests that some attention to these things is necessary and, ultimately, satisfying.
The Quarter Moon today can leave you feeling a little divided and perhaps tense until you find a way to deal with conflicting urges and needs, dear Scorpio. A general trend with you these days tunes you into the details of your life and encourages routine and hard work. However, the Moon today prompts you to venture out and spread your wings. This conflict can leave you feeling uncertain of your next step. It’s a time for taking action and making a choice, but try not to do these things in haste. Despite this dilemma, you’re very capable of being around others and learning something important by observation. Relationships seem to support your growth, and this feels right.
The Sun has been injecting you with more spirit, lightness, and desire to express yourself these days, dear Sagittarius. However, today’s Moon transits your dark solar eighth house, and you crave a deeper approach or a feeling of connection. The Quarter Moon this afternoon can seem to magnify this conflict. In fact, you may feel a little down until you figure out what it is you actually want. In the interim, a passing whim may be seductive, or you could find yourself spinning your wheels. In truth, the tension created now can spur you on and motivate you. The day has creative potential, and the trick is to center yourself. Taking action on a problem may be necessary before you can get to this state. Today can bring you the right information at the right time, particularly related to work.
This time of year can find you spending more time at home or in familiar settings, dear Capricorn, as you seek out more comfort and safety. Today, however, the Moon pulls you out of your shell and encourages more attention to and interaction with others. The Quarter Moon this afternoon can produce some tension as you can feel ready to take action, but not certain where to start. Do your best to avoid looking for others to make you happy, which is often a disappointing undertaking. Also, try to avoid waiting for others to discover or intuit your needs. Focus on activities you enjoy, and you might find out that others follow along. There is good energy with you today for creative ideas and useful information coming your way.
Connections to people who help you feel comfortable or who have a reassuring effect on you may be made today, dear Aquarius. Alternatively, connections with current friends or acquaintances can improve, particularly through conversations or kind words. However, this afternoon’s Quarter Moon can stimulate a bit of a commotion until you find a balance. There has been a stronger focus on your personal interests and projects these days, but the Moon’s transit of your solar sixth house can point to a stronger emotional investment in your work, chores, and duties. You might experience a “what next?” dilemma surrounding your studies or work. While it’s all too easy to get wound up now, use the conflict to motivate you to make improvements rather than let it drag you down.
You can be feeling rather confident about the future today, dear Pisces, although a plan may hit a snag or motivation slips for a moment. Ideas are exciting, and a useful connection may be made now that helps you put ideas into action. You’re part of a trend in which you stick with familiar or safe paths these days, but today’s Moon encourages you to step out of your comfort zone just a little. Struggling with a “should I, shouldn’t I?” dilemma may be part of the picture and can leave you a little tense, but you might find that making a choice and taking action gets you out of your temporary slump.
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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 3 2017 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Cancer
Description: The Moon in Cancer
This is a good time for making or nurturing emotional connections, sharing feelings, and connecting with our imagination, warmth, compassion, and sensitivity. We might concentrate on home, family, and domestic matters now. Nurture others and also the self.
Date & Time: Apr 3 2017 2:39 pm
Event: First Quarter at 14°Cn11′
Date & Time: Apr 3 2017 12:25 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Trine 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 3 2017 2:39 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Sun
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Sun
This is a time for noticing discrepancies. Self-expression doesn’t flow well, and conflicts can be stirred. There can be some resistance and irritability. This can be a time when we’re compelled to take action, make changes, and solve problems.
Date & Time: Apr 3 2017 4:07 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Juno
Something can be revealed or learned about our relationships. There can be hypersensitivity and moodiness. Temptations to manipulate or control others if we are driven by fear.
Date & Time: Apr 3 2017 8:33 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Nod
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare 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 3 2017 8:58 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Mar
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Mars
We are more courageous and able to take the lead. We are in tune with our natural desires and instincts. We express our feelings honestly. We are independent, resourceful, and brave.
Date & Time: Apr 3 2017 10:31 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Jupiter
We may not be very realistic right now – there can be some exaggeration. Minor annoyances are possible now. Contrariness or disagreements. This is not an ideal time for publicity, promotion, or legal matters. We can experience injustices. We are less inclined to consider the consequences of over-eating, over-drinking, or overdoing in general. This is a time to show some restraint. Grandiosity is not appreciated right now, and excess doesn’t go over well either. With a little self-control we can learn about what truly makes us happy.
Date & Time: Apr 3 2017 11:32 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Pluto
A buried or frustrating issue can now come to a head. Something from the past or that was previously hidden can surface. There can be intensity in our relationships or emotional turbulence within. Complex feelings and entanglements can be issues. The need to let go of something could emerge. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: Apr 3 2017 11:21 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Pll Cer
Description: Transiting Mercury Parallel Transiting Ceres
Date & Time: Apr 3 2017 12:22 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Tri Nod
Description: Transiting Mercury Trine Transiting North Node
Projects prove successful right now, particularly those involving teamwork. Cooperate and reap the rewards.
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.
Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots. Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
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: CRESCENT
Moon 45 to 90 degrees ahead of the Sun.
This is an eager, impulsive, and progressive time. We are motivated and ready to take on challenges.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on April 3rd:
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 CANCER
You need nurturing. Under stress you may want to retire to the comfort of your home. You will form a strong bond with your mother. You may have difficulty in breaking away from home later in life.
13TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Lesser curvature of stomach
Sabian Symbol: One hand slightly flexed with a very prominent thumb.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
SQUARE THE SUN Orb 1°26′ Applying
There can be a conflict between our intentions and our emotions now. We can feel tense and unsatisfied until we take care of problems. We can be unsure about whether we want support or to do things independently.
SQUARE JUPITER Orb 6°08′ Applying
We may not be very realistic right now, which can lead to moodiness, as we are more invested in our dreams and expectations.
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 0°14′ Applying
We are turning into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We more naturally accept situations and people as they are. Sensitivity, compassion.
OPPOSITION PLUTO Orb 6°40′ Applying
A buried or frustrating issue can now come to a head. Something from the past or something that was previously hidden can surface. There can be intensity in our relationships or emotional turbulence within. Complex feelings and entanglements can be issues. The need to let go of something could emerge. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
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.
15TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Lateral lobes of brain
Sabian Symbol: An indian weaving a blanket.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
OPPOSITION JUPITER Orb 4°42′ Applying
You are restless and find it difficult to settle in one place. Your larger-than-life ideals stand in the way of you achieving your goals. Your challenge is to find a balance between stability and adventure. Then you will be able to reach all your goals.
CONJUNCTION URANUS Orb 9°46′ Applying
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.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 5°14′ Applying
We may be tempted to control or manipulate events and people, and can have difficulty reaching a compromise. We might need to reevaluate expectations, face our fears, manage power struggles, and deal with urges to control others and situations.
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°48′ Separating
We are cautious, careful, tuned in to details, and rely on common sense at this 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.
30TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Toenails of left foot
Sabian Symbol: The great stone face (being the projection of an ideal).
ASPECTS OF VENUS
SQUARE SATURN Orb 1°54′ 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 3°49′ Applying
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.
18TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Lymph vessels
Sabian Symbol: A woman airing a linen bag through a sunny window.
ASPECTS OF MARS
QUINCUNX JUPITER Orb 1°12′ Applying
Your energy may be misdirected and you will need, at times, to adjust the way you approach other people and their problems.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 1°44′ Applying
Ambitions and determination increase to pursue our goals. It’s easier to see what we want and to devise a plan to pursue it. We may be focusing on redoing or reworking something from the ground up.
JUPITER IN LIBRA
You have a strong concern for justice. You are a diplomatic teacher, and express your spiritual values in your relationships.
19TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Calyx major
Sabian Symbol: A gang of robbers in hiding.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 5°03′ Separating
You are keen to change things in this world as you see no reason to continue with the old traditions. You speak out against injustice, but may lack the patience and persistence to see through the changes.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 0°31′ 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°55′ 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°55′ 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).
24TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Zygomatic muscle
Sabian Symbol: An open window and a net curtain blowing into a cornucopia.
ASPECTS OF URANUS
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 4°31′ Separating
A time for making sweeping changes and for adapting to changes in order to progress. This is a time for revising, altering, overhauling, and purging. We can experience tension, fear, and pressure, but also a sense of liberation from over-attachments and situations that have been holding us back from growth.
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)
13TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar artery of left foot
Sabian Symbol: A sword in a museum.
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).
26TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar nerves
Sabian Symbol: A new moon that divides its influences.
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.
23RD DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Gastric blood vessels
Sabian Symbol: Meeting of a literary society.
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.
2ND DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Midbrain
Sabian Symbol: A comedian entertaining the group.
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.
16TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Condyle of right tibia
Sabian Symbol: Boys and girls in gymnasium suits.
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.
20TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Occiput
Sabian Symbol: Wisps of clouds, like wings, are streaming across the sky.
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.
3RD DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Appendix, caecum
Sabian Symbol: Two angels bringing protection.
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.
3RD DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Nerves of right foot
Sabian Symbol: A petrified forest.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO SELECT FIXED STARS ***
Transits Apr 3, 2017 – Event Chart
Aspects to Sun 14°Ar05 +05°33′
Cnj 14°Ar32 ALPHERATZ Wanting freedom and movement.
Aspects to Ven 29°Pi41 +06°17′
Cnj 29°Pi36 SCHEAT To be a thinker or intellect
Aspects to Ves 22°Cn42 +25°58′
Cnj 23°Cn27 POLLUX Pain of creativity, competitive
Aspects to Jun 15°Cp01 -09°08′
Cnj 15°Cp33 VEGA Charismatic, magical, lucky