- The Moon is in Pisces all day.
- The void Moon occurs today from 5:57 PM forward (until the Moon enters Aries tomorrow)
- The Moon is waning and in its Third Quarter phase until 9:17 PM, after which the Moon is in its Waning Crescent phase.
- We are in between the Third Quarter Moon, which occurred on the 26th, and the New Moon which will happen on May 4th.
- Jupiter is retrograde.
- Pluto is retrograde.
- Saturn is retrograde.
**Times are Eastern Standard Time (EDT).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
You may be dealing with communication blocks today and tomorrow, dear Aries. While in many ways your ideas and advice are well-received, prickly problems can crop up now as Mercury forms a square to Saturn, and Mars forms an awkward aspect to Saturn. Try not to spend too much time on inner conflicts as this can lead to unnecessary stress or a state of limbo. It’s better to turn your attention to what needs doing and then come back to your predicament after you’ve had time to process things. People may be sensitive or not as quick to catch on as you, so watch that you don’t talk ahead of yourself. Criticism can be difficult to take now. This is a very temporary issue. Try not to rush communications or to take others’ rushed comments to heart! Fortunately, you are also likely to feel pleasantly competitive and ready to take on a challenge. You are energized and motivated to pursue your projects and personal interests. As well, you can feel pleasantly attached to people in your life and might thoroughly enjoy nurturing, supporting, and perhaps guiding them. Sharing ideas or viewpoints with someone special can be a bonding experience.
There can be some tendency to dwell on resentments or communications that rub you the wrong way, dear Taurus, with a Mercury-Saturn square active now. Once beyond that, you can be quite productive if you have something that captures your interest. Still, energies of the day can bring out self-protectiveness, and there can be transportation or mechanical breakdowns and possibly missed connections to deal with. Make an extra effort to get over the smaller problems and challenges, as irritating as they are likely to be. Aim to be patient if you’re feeling blocked, as inspiration will return shortly. Getting back on track can be a priority now, and can help free you up for more enjoyable activities later. Also today, you may very well come across something that jogs your memory of an old relationship or problem area and you can have an “a-ha” moment that helps you out. There can be opportunities emerging now to heal or help others deal with complicated emotions.
Aim to slow down and sidestep the unnecessary stress of indecision if possible today, dear Gemini. Avoid trying to fix situations or people. It may be particularly challenging to get your point across, as much as you’d like to, mostly because people are quite touchy. As well, there could be problems with either the delivery of the message or how it’s received (or both). Many little things can seem to go wrong right now, related primarily to transportation, manual, and communication delays or breakdowns. Avoid getting worked up over the little details, but do work on problem areas. Negativity can affect your decisions, but while this can be irritating, you might end up making constructive changes as a result. Fortunately, a Mercury-Mars sextile is shining through the tension today, and you can feel quite empowered by your goals and motivated to reach them. You can be highly motivated to get immediate tasks done and solve everyday problems quickly and efficiently. You might also enjoy a stronger sense of community or friendship now, particularly if you aim to see through the minor criticisms or negativity of the day. A relationship can be nurtured with a spirit of openness and acceptance. Be the one who sees the glass half full today.
Focusing on work and business affairs can be fruitful, dear Cancer, although you may need to clear up problems in the process, and as a result, may not feel particularly ahead despite a lot of effort. It may be best to go gently with others, and if people are acting as wet blankets or stirring up trouble for you, avoid participating. There is a strong tendency for people in your life to criticize or nitpick as Mercury and Mars both form challenging aspects to Saturn, currently taking up residence in your partnership sector. People may be holding on too tightly to their ways of thinking or personal traditions and may feel threatened by change. You can’t control these things, so do what you can to focus on those things that you can control, such as your own reactions. While you may feel that people are unnecessarily critical, with some self-honesty, this can lead to important improvements, even if it’s about reacting to incorrect feedback and stabilizing your position as you do. Accepting that there are obstacles to understanding one another today can help. Fortunately, other aspects in play today build your resilience. You can be particularly motivated to pursue your ambitions. You more quickly than usual draw upon facts and figures or memories that may have eluded you in recent days. This is a strong day for nurturing a business or business idea.
Expectations are tricky with relationships or creative projects today and tomorrow, dear Leo, but while difficult aspects between Mercury, Mars, and Saturn can point to the need to redo some things, you tend to maintain your composure and your sense of the bigger picture. Even so, chores or responsibilities can keep you from some of the things you really want to do. Try to avoid taking others’ criticisms or negative feedback personally now. Consider that there can be adjustments to make before regaining confidence in a project. Following the rules rather than skipping steps will be important now. Fortunately, you can envision the opportunities, not only the flaws, blocks, and delays. You can be feeling particularly enthusiastic about projects, ideas, and plans, and you’re very interested in doing more than talking and thinking — you want to take action. As well today, there can be an attraction to someone surrounding their beliefs or ideas, or you may be enhancing a bond with a friend or lover through sharing ideas and listening to one another’s point of view.
There can be moments today and tomorrow when you feel a bit too vulnerable to deal with outside pressures, dear Virgo, and it can make sense to sidestep situations that might involve a confrontation or intense demands on your time and energy. However, another part of you is quite interested in getting over a hump. With your ruler, Mercury, in challenging aspect to Saturn, little problems seem to threaten to take control of your life, and you’ll want to turn things around so that you’re the one taking care of problems! Communications may be missed or misinterpreted. Current transits may slow you down, but this can be a blessing in disguise, as we then get a chance to make useful adjustments. Mercury also connects happily with Mars, building up your resilience and perhaps stubbornness as the day advances. You are unlikely to put up with slackness in many areas of your life. Consider, too, that this can be an excellent idea day, particularly about business and finances. Family support can encourage you now.
It may be a little tricky to discipline yourself today, dear Libra, particularly if your heart’s not into what you’re doing at the moment. With Mercury sextile Mars, you can be eager for some mental stimulation though, but Mercury and Mars are in hard aspect with Saturn, and you may get a bit more than you bargained for! Pressures from family or related to domestic matters can weigh heavily now, particularly as they relate to your attention to a partnership. Conversations can be difficult when either person involved, or all parties, is in a defensive state, and this is very likely the situation now. There can be a mental disconnect with someone close to you. Frustrations can set in, but try to rise above them. Communication breakdowns are temporary, and you should strive to treat them as such. Focusing on a project rather than your dynamics with someone can help. In fact, you might come up with a fabulous idea or flesh out a current plan with a partner if you pull the focus away from yourselves in this way.
There may be a tendency to focus on what you don’t have or what you’ve lost today and tomorrow, dear Scorpio, as Mercury and Mars form challenging aspects to Saturn, skewing our vision to magnify limitations. This process is useful, in fact, for finding flaws, but sometimes a little disheartening. It’s probably best to focus on practical problems that need fixing and stay on watch for communication problems. There may be an obstacle standing in your way before you can move forward with confidence. Delays involving commuting or communications can be prominent now. Even so, you’re looking back for a reason, and you may very well find a clever workaround that benefits you as you do. Try not to let problems drag you down during this very temporary transit. As well, you’re bolstered up by a Mercury-Mars sextile, which helps with mental resilience. You’re in a strong position to do research and analysis, and insight into health or work methods can be quick and clever. You’re not content to only talk about problems — you want to take steps towards resolving them. Efforts to build a cherished business or project can be quite successful now. This is a great time for improving your skills and finding meaningful ways to be of help and service to others.
You may feel on the fence about a matter, or your pursuits may feel a little lacking today, dear Sagittarius. You’re known for being direct and straightforward, but that can be difficult right now if you’re not even sure of what you want. There can be a misunderstanding, communication block, or mental disconnect that can frustrate now. Either responses are critical or lacking when you need them! Concerns about money can bring you back down to earth. You could be seeing people in a less flattering light, although this is likely temporary. Energy channeled constructively can prevent nervous tension or restlessness. This is not the time to take a big chance, but it’s useful for resolving long-standing problems or issues that have been pending. Your creative workaround to delays or blocks can ultimately boost your confidence, and you can learn something useful in the process. In fact, some of your conversations can be wonderfully frank and action-oriented — you want to solve problems and put challenges behind you. This is also a good day for nurturing a romance or joyful project, as well as for paying particular attention to a creative pursuit or hobby.
It’s important to avoid dwelling on things you can’t change and instead reflect on what you can today, dear Capricorn. If you can carve out some time to center yourself and gather your wits, you’ll be better off for it. With Mercury square Saturn, we tend to narrow our minds to focus on the little things rather than the bigger picture, and flaws are magnified as a result. This is a useful process, but not expressly fun! As well, there can be a heightened awareness of your responsibilities, or you could be feeling a little unsupported or misunderstood. Watch for being the one who rains on someone’s parade. Even if you don’t mean to be critical, others could read what you say in a negative light now with Saturn in your sign. Use the energy of this transit to focus rather than to nitpick for best results. Helping you with this is a Mercury-Mars sextile that stimulates your senses and motivates you to learn, solve problems, and make connections. You’re not afraid to take on an intellectual task or demanding work. Also today, family connections can strengthen.
You can feel a little weighed down by a stronger awareness of your responsibilities now, dear Aquarius, as stationing Saturn forms challenging aspects with both Mercury and Mars. If a project comes under question, take it as a challenge and allow it to motivate you to overcome obstacles. If you’re on the fence, put your efforts into something you absolutely know needs doing, and then return to your decision a little more refreshed and less burdened. You may be dealing with someone who is being narrow or who won’t budge from a particular way of thinking. This is temporary. Criticism or a sense of feeling overly limited or weighed down can figure now, but consider that insecurities, fears, or guilt may be undercutting your approach to presenting your ideas or asking for what you want. You’ll be best off aiming to learn from problem areas so that you can go forward feeling stronger and more confident. Fortunately, your attitude is a “can do” one, and you’re especially interested and engaged mentally. Your ideas are particularly creative. You’re less interested in talking and thinking than you are doing and showing others what you mean.
This can be an excellent time to follow the rules and fill your responsibilities to the best of your ability, dear Pisces, although you may not very much appreciate the pressure you feel to do so today and tomorrow! While you may feel some weight of duties and obligations right now, you are also very equipped to handle them. You’re in good shape for applying yourself to practical matters. With Mercury and Mars in challenging aspect to Saturn, criticism or negativity can figure a little more strongly than usual, or instead, you need to deal with missed messages or instructions. Communications can be confusing, frustrating, or critical. Financial and social worries or concerns might also figure strongly now. Keep in mind that more often than not, managing small problems leads to useful new findings, and possibly to unexpected improvements and advances. Aim to be flexible and resilient, as much as possible, so that the little problems cropping up now don’t spoil your mood. A Mercury-Mars aspect helps with this. You have a sense that you can make big improvements that have a real impact on your life now. Nurturing and building a business project can be fruitful and rewarding today. You might particularly enjoy growing an idea or developing a talent. Learning new things can be exciting, although you may get a little bogged down with details.
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):
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
The purple marker above shows where we are in the current moon phase cycle.