- The Moon is in Capricorn.
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
- The Full Moon occurred on the 29th in the sign of Scorpio. The Last Quarter Moon will occur on May 7th.
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
The Moon spends today and tomorrow at the top of your chart, dear Aries, and especially as it aligns with Vesta and Saturn, your responsibilities and performance are high on your list of concerns and priorities. You may feel that you’re under watch or that you can’t get away with much of anything now! This can motivate you to do your best, not necessarily for the critics but for yourself. Strengthening weaker areas of your life can be satisfying now. Emotional satisfaction improves as you attend to your duties now. There can be some need to watch what you communicate as the day advances, however. You might want to take on a new challenge or project that is, in reality, a potential burden. What you’re excited about now may fizzle out later. Even well-meaning promises may not be kept, so try not to invest yourself in promises made to you, and think twice about making your own commitments, just for now.
The Moon spends all day today and tomorrow in your adventure sector, stimulating a craving for a break from the routine or a change of scenery, dear Taurus. The Moon meets up with Saturn in this sector today, however, and this can point to a block or responsibility that gets in the way of exploration, whether this is a mental or physical adventure. Alternatively, this can indicate a desire to get serious about something you’re learning, and it’s a great time to do some research or homework. Serious learning, studying, and thinking fare beautifully now. As the day advances, however, try to be a little more vigilant with your communications with Mercury and Jupiter heading for an awkward angle. Timing and judgment can be a bit off, and impatience can get the best of you. Rein in expectations so that a good mood is based on reality rather than an unattainable fantasy. If you are not truly in touch with your feelings, you could be unintentionally taking others on a ride with your vacillations. Focus on long-term goals for best results now.
The Moon spends all day today and tomorrow in your intimacy sector, aligning with Saturn there, and you’re inclined to take things a little more seriously than usual, dear Gemini. You may be able to get the bottom of a problem, or you could pour a lot of energy into something you love doing. However, a block or responsibility can get in the way of doing what you enjoy, or you could feel a little low if you’re focusing on what you lack instead of what you have. Facing reality or dealing with a block can ultimately move you on a path towards making improvements and getting yourself back on track. The motivation to kick a bad habit or change your life in positive ways can emerge now! A Mercury-Jupiter aspect comes into play later today, and if you’ve been overdoing attention to work, you may feel it affecting your social life and personal time more intensely now. A solution to this imbalance is in sight.
The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your opposite sign, dear Cancer, turning your attention to close relationships and areas of your life that have fallen out of balance. This is a good time to learn a few things through your interactions with someone special in your life, even if it’s an indirect “lesson.” With the Moon coming to an alignment with Saturn, a mature, forthright approach in your dealings is your best bet. Even so, a person in your life may remind you of a responsibility, or there can be a criticism to deal with, and this can temporarily deflate you. With Mercury at the top of your chart until the 13th, you are rarely short of ideas related to business and long-range, life-path goals. However, filtering them is not always easy. Take steps to narrow things down, pace yourself, and prioritize. Wait a couple of days before launching new projects or buying big items, just to be sure these things are still viable.
The Moon spends the day in your sector of habits, health, and work, dear Leo, and meets with Saturn there, putting you in the right place to take care of business. You have an emotional need to get on top of your everyday affairs. Taking care of unfinished work or getting back on track with a self-care or wellness program can be satisfying and even soothing now. You’ll be in better shape if you focus on the details or finer points of a plan rather than attempting to envision or imagine the end goal or larger picture. With a Mercury-Jupiter aspect coming into play later today, though, you may not quickly reach a decision. You are enthusiastic to learn and experience new things these days, but you can also often be house-bound as Jupiter in your home and family sector this year can convince you that sticking to familiar places and people is the way to go. Even though you’re enjoying time at home more than usual, there are times when you can feel quite restless, wanting to spread your wings and experience new places, even only in your mind. Allow your thoughts to wander, but take more care when making decisions about practical matters later today and into tomorrow. Plans may not get off the ground just for now, but this is temporary.
The Moon spends the day in your creativity sector, dear Virgo, and you can experience a greater need than usual for self-expression and recreation. Even so, your idea of relaxation these days can be another person’s idea of hard work! This is due to Saturn’s current transit of this area of your solar chart, and with the Moon’s meetup with responsible Saturn today, you can be drawn to spending time doing productive things, finding it soothing and satisfying. You can have great success working on a creative project or refining a skill, studying, or adding structure or form to a project. While this position can be painstaking and perfectionistic, Mercury forms a minor but challenging aspect with Jupiter, and distractions are likely. In fact, you may be missing important details as a result. Interactions with others are not especially smooth, or you may need to be discreet with what’s communicated or sidestep tricky topics for now. This is a time for adjusting your expectations if you’ve been overshooting. Even if you feel like you can take on the world now, try not to take on more than you can handle on a typical day.
The Moon spends the day in your solar fourth house, dear Libra, stimulating your needs for safety, security, and familiarity. The Moon meets up with both Vesta and Saturn in this same area of your chart, and responsibilities may be part of all of this. You have some work to do before you relax! Attention to home and family is important now, but be sure to avoid doing so to the point of feeling burdened, as you need some rest and comfort, too! Calming, simple activities can be most appropriate now. Communications can suffer a little from off timing, though, with an awkward Mercury-Jupiter aspect exact tomorrow but coming into influence today. A disagreement about values or money matters may be part of this. It’s best not to make commitments or promises under these conditions. Keep things wide open since we tend to overestimate our capabilities today. It may be wise to avoid big purchases or business decisions temporarily as well.
The Moon spends the day in your communications sector, dear Scorpio, and aligns with responsible, serious Saturn. This can serve to remind you of your responsibilities or the need to brush up on your skills, study, and be productive. A bit of self-discipline can go a long way today. In truth, getting your duties out of the way can be soothing. There can be something beneficial to learn through your communications or through information that comes in now. Traditional approaches to your work or projects are favored. Even so, a Mercury-Jupiter minor clash comes into play tonight and tomorrow, and this can pit work and pleasure against one another. While your mind is geared towards work and duty, another part of you is looking for ways to free yourself from details and problems! Feeling good might, in fact, interfere with your judgment on a work or health matter, so enjoy good feelings but take decision-making slowly.
The Moon has moved out of your sign and into your resources sector, dear Sagittarius, where it will transit all day today and tomorrow. You are likely to derive more satisfaction than usual from getting your practical affairs in order today, too, since the Moon lines up with Saturn in this sector. This attention makes you feel more secure. A step-by-step approach to resolving problems makes the most sense and is particularly reassuring today. However, as the day advances, a Mercury-Jupiter aspect comes into play, and news that comes in may not be the whole picture or could be misunderstood. Mental stimulation can be excessive and leads to a slight feeling of chaos and tension. Avoid talking too soon or too much about a plan.
The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your sign, dear Capricorn, and there’s a pleasing focus on your emotional needs. The Moon meets up with Vesta and Saturn today, and this can remind you of your duties, limits, or responsibilities. Taking care of your obligations can, in fact, make you feel good and secure. Later today and early tomorrow may not be especially productive, however, as much as you’d like them to be. A Mercury-Jupiter aspect coming into play now can be distracting. Try not to take disagreements or differing viewpoints too personally. There can be a conflict experienced between friends and family, or you may be feeling torn between sticking with a tried-and-true method and experimenting with something entirely new.
The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your soul sector, dear Aquarius, and you can feel the need to lay low and recharge your emotional “batteries.” You may be determined to get rid of extra mental clutter now. The Moon aligns with Saturn today, reminding you of your limits, responsibilities, or current challenges. Focusing on others can be rewarding, particularly if you are helping out or supportive in some manner. This is a time for figuring out what to put behind you so that you move forward a lighter, happier, freer person when the new lunar cycle begins on the 6th. Mercury and Jupiter are moving into a minor challenging aspect, and there can be some misjudgments or misunderstandings. Try to postpone major decisions or commitments since it’s very difficult to judge our capabilities now. Something you say may be exaggerated or misunderstood, so you may want to be a little more vigilant with your words today. Look for details that you may have missed in your larger plans that require a second look.
The Moon spends all day today and tomorrow in your friendship sector, dear Pisces, stimulating a desire to be around like-minded people. Or, this transit can encourage a focus on positive goals, dreams, and wishes. The Moon aligns with Saturn and Vesta today, however, and the obligations or restrictions involved can be in focus. The need to be productive is real. Applying yourself to socializing, networking, connecting, and planning can be especially satisfying on an emotional level. As the day advances, however, Mercury and Jupiter head towards an awkward angle, and short-term thinking may not mesh well with your long-term goals. While some of your ideas about money and business are doable, it makes sense to wait out those that come to you now, as double-checking facts and figures before moving ahead with a project is wise. With today’s influences, you may not be a good judge of the situation just yet.
* Remember to read horoscopes for your Ascendant sign and Sun sign. If you don’t know your Ascendant sign (and you know your birth time), you can look it up here.
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.
Date & Time: May 4 2018 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: May 4 2018 3:50 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Juno
There may be clinging or controlling behavior if we are driven by our fears. Hypersensitivity and moodiness are possible. Tread lightly with tricky emotional issues.
Date & Time: May 4 2018 6:00 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Jup
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Jupiter
Self-indulgence is more likely now. We’re not as inclined to consider the consequences of over-eating, over-drinking, or overdoing in general. We may be acting in a haughty manner.
Date & Time: May 4 2018 7:50 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Ves
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Vesta
We are a little serious or stiff in self-expression at this time. We are more able to make sacrifices or put our emotions aside in order to get something important done. This can be a good time to commit fully to something – especially health and healing matters.
Date & Time: May 4 2018 4:01 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Sat
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Saturn
There can be stronger awareness of our responsibilities, or new responsibilities fall into our laps. Emotions may be cooled, and we can appear to be unsympathetic. A time for making lists. Emotional matters may not fare very well. There can be some loneliness or starkness felt. An auspicious time for projects demanding endurance or tolerance. Also good for establishing new habits and rituals.
Date & Time: May 4 2018 5:37 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Nod
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx 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: May 4 2018 9:18 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Cer
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Ceres
Date & Time: May 4 2018 11:37 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Venus
Love relationships or feelings can be unsettled. There can be a conflict experienced between family and friends/lovers, or between comfort and the pursuit of pleasure. Try to relax and not obsess, and show restraint.
Date & Time: May 4 2018 10:31 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Cpl Jup
Description: Transiting Sun ContraParallel Transiting Jupiter
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Today’s Emphasized Signs of the Zodiac
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.
Today’s Elemental Balance
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.
There may be some insensitivity or lack of empathy now. We may be out of touch with what we’re feeling or with our emotional needs. We may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations than we are to listen to our intuition.
Today’s Modal Balance
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
Today’s Lunar Phase
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 May 4th:
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.
7TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Left adductor muscle
Sabian Symbol: A veiled prophet of power.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
TRINE THE SUN Orb 7°12′ Applying
We are supportive, cooperative, open, genuine, and more relaxed than usual.
CONJUNCTION SATURN Orb 2°00′ Applying
There can be stronger awareness of our responsibilities, or new responsibilities fall into our laps. Emotions may be cooled, and we can appear to be unsympathetic.
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.
15TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Epiglottis
Sabian Symbol: A man with rakish silk hat, muffled, braves the storm.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
OPPOSITION JUPITER Orb 4°46′ 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.
TRINE SATURN Orb 5°12′ 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.
SEXTILE NEPTUNE Orb 1°48′ Applying
Opportunities will arise for you to express your intuitive and artistic nature.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 7°07′ Applying
You are a powerful person with strong leadership abilities. You know when to be assertive and when to compromise. You are able to apply yourself to the job at hand.
MERCURY IN ARIES
You are an independent thinker. You talk quickly, and like to think up new ideas. You may experience flashes of intuition.
18TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Nerve connections – synapses
Sabian Symbol: An empty hammock.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
QUINCUNX JUPITER Orb 1°04′ Applying
You have difficulty achieving your own goals. You are too busy helping others with their projects. You need to take time out to study and make your own plans.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 3°24′ Applying
We can be worried or troubled, a little paranoid, and possibly suspicious with this combination. We are defensive about our ideas, intelligence, or perceptions, and might take it personally if others are not agreeing with or adopting our opinions.
VENUS IN GEMINI
You are curious and flirtatious, and enjoy intellectual relationships with exchanges of ideas. Communicating within a relationship is important to you. You can be restless, and sometimes gets bored. You may have many money-making schemes.
13TH DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Pulmonary veins
Sabian Symbol: World famous pianist giving a concert performance.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 3°51′ Applying
We are easily seduced, impressionable, and ready to believe what we want to see. Wait for a better time to make important decisions.
MARS IN CAPRICORN
You will pursue your personal desires in a responsible and methodical manner. You have strong ambitions, and may be domineering if threatened.
26TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Connections between femur and tibia
Sabian Symbol: A water sprite.
ASPECTS OF MARS
SQUARE URANUS Orb 4°16′ Applying
The desire to assert independence and to dominate can be strong. Impulsiveness can be a problem. We can be rebellious and willful, ignoring others’ needs in the process.
CONJUNCTION PLUTO Orb 3°52′ Separating
You are resourceful and have a pool of enormous energy available when needed. You also have strong desires and a volcanic temper.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO
You are on an intense search for the truth. You have strong desires for sexual union and joint enterprises. You could be a transformative teacher.
19TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Uterine ligaments, Haller’s net
Sabian Symbol: A parrot listening and then talking.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 2°57′ Applying
You are artistic and may also be religious. You have a need to help others and may feel you have a calling. You have the ability to inspire other people’s talents as well.
SEXTILE PLUTO Orb 2°20′ Separating
You have a chance to achieve a great deal. Your knowledge is broad as you are interested in so many things. You may make a career in the occult or studying the deepest mysteries of life.
SATURN IN CAPRICORN
Conservation, moderation, definition, structure, simplicity, and realism are themes now. We might also be striving for more authority in a particular area of our lives now. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes, particularly related to our life path choices, careers, and long-term goals. (from December 19, 2017, to March 21, 2020; and then from July 1 to December 17, 2020).
9TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Nerves of knee
Sabian Symbol: An angel carrying a harp.
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).
30TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Parotid gland
Sabian Symbol: A duck pond and its brood.
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)
16TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Cruciate ligaments of right foot
Sabian Symbol: In a quite moment, the flow of inspiration.
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).
22ND DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Muscle insertions of upper to lower legs
Sabian Symbol: A general accepting defeat gracefully.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and by Degree
CHIRON IN ARIES
Your sense of being has been violated in some way and you may fear asserting yourself. You may also over-compensate by attempting to be the first at everything. Physically you may suffer head wounds. You may become a pioneer in a way which will be of service to humanity.
1ST DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Cerebrum
Sabian Symbol: A woman has risen out of the ocean, a seal is embracing her.
VESTA IN CAPRICORN
You place importance on structure and order in the workplace. You have great discipline and personal ambition and can succeed in administrative and management positions. Workers will turn to you for a sense of stability and authority.
5TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Cutaneous nerves of knee
Sabian Symbol: People rowing a canoe and dancing a war dance.
PALLAS IN GEMINI
You have a keen mind able to grasp many concepts. Therefore you are adept both in written and spoken language.
21ST DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Arm muscles
Sabian Symbol: A labor demonstration.
JUNO IN ARIES
You need freedom within your relationships and may become impatient if this is denied. If you do not express your own need for independence you may attract a dominant partner.
4TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Pineal Gland
Sabian Symbol: Two lovers strolling through a secluded walk.
CERES IN LEO
You feel cared for when other people play with you and praise you. You like to show others you care for them by encouraging their creative talents and sense of fun.
12TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Vertebral column
Sabian Symbol: An evening lawn party.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LEO
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
10TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Jugular vein
Sabian Symbol: Early morning dew.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
10TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Skin of left lower leg
Sabian Symbol: A popularity that proves ephemeral.
**Conjunctions to Select Fixed Stars on May 4, 2018.**
Aspects to Sun 14°Ta08 +16°04′
Cnj 14°Ta34 MENKAR — A victim of the Unconscious
Aspects to Jup 18°Sc54 -16°13′
Cnj 19°Sc37 ZUBEN ELSCHEMALI– Negative social reform
Aspects to Sat 08°Cp55 -22°15′
Cnj 08°Cp33 FACIES — Ruthlessness or the victim.
Aspects to Nep 15°Pi56 -06°23′
Cnj 15°Pi33 ACHERNAR Risk of rapid endings.