- The Moon is in Libra all day (until Thursday, April 21st, at 8:17 PM).
- The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
- A First Quarter Moon occurred on the 13/14 and a Full Moon will occur on the 22nd.
- Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will retrograde from April 28-May 22).
- Mars is retrograde (Mars is retrograde from April 17-June 29).
- The Sun spends its first full day in Taurus (the Sun transits Taurus from April 19-May 20).
Times are EDT
Energy may be on the low side today, dear Aries, although others can help re-energize you and bring you closer to your needs and wants. It’s not the time for making sweeping decisions or for pursuing your personal goals aggressively. Take a break just for now if you can. Somebody might challenge your belief system early today, whether this is a direct confrontation or through a behavior that distresses you about the human condition in general. It’s a little too easy to become discouraged now when others fail to live up to your ideals. Nevertheless, as the day moves forward, so does your attitude. You may also learn from your differences and better value the people in your life who come through for you.
You may be putting a lot more effort into a practical or professional matter today, dear Taurus, and the focus is on making small yet significant long-term changes, which can be especially satisfying right now. You may be dealing with fears of surrendering control when it comes to emotions or money in recent months, and if so, challenges can emerge today, particularly over over jointly held finances and resources or emotional matters. It will be helpful to learn to understand the ways you withhold yourself so that you can eventually learn to lead a more mindfully committed life. Work matters speed up, and although the pace is quick, you are feeling on the ball and ready to rise to any challenge. Worrying about flaws in a system is only going to hold you back from being productive. Try not to let personal problems distract you and approach problems one at a time, and step by step.
With the Moon in your solar fifth house all day, dear Gemini, you’re drawn to playful, happy energy, and you might experience a rush of new creative juices flowing. Don’t speed ahead just yet, however. Gather your thoughts and formulate your plans. There may be some humps to get over or setbacks to deal with, but these can actually make you try harder and thus help you out in the long run. Worries about a relationship or demands from others can be distracting early today. While you should certainly address concerns, avoid allowing these things take away too much energy and focus. As the day progresses, you’re more likely to feel empowered and on top of your life. Do your best to avoid procrastination – get the nagging things handled so that you feel freer to enjoy yourself.
The Moon in your sector of home and family all day inclines you to travel along the path of least resistance today, dear Cancer, and you may very well need to take a break from pressures. This is not the time for taking emotional risks – it’s better for gathering your energy and focus. Taking time to feed your inner spirit in some manner is appropriate now. Enjoy simpler, quieter activities that comfort you. It may be difficult to get to this centered state at times today, largely due to people and areas of your life competing for your attention. Responsibilities to your work and possibly minor health matters can feel a little daunting when you’re a little more sensitive than usual on an emotional level. They are not holding you back from growing, although it might seem that way for now. The day feels considerably less restrictive as it progresses, and you might find nice opportunities to get extra rest and private time.
Diplomacy is a little more important than usual today, dear Leo. Your curiosity about people around you is high and communication can be a major theme of the day. Conversations, intriguing interactions, short trips, errands, and learning figure strongly now. Let your mind go and avoid pushing your body too hard right now. This morning, tensions can arise when someone is wanting more from you than you can reasonably provide. Love and affection cannot be forced, and those who truly care for you won’t try to get you to act according to a script they write. Irritating or uncomfortable information about a friend or lover could emerge now. Take the time to digest it rather than reacting too quickly. As the day progresses, you’re more likely to let go of tension and stress, as you focus on broader, more positive goals and dreams.
Emotions might fluctuate when it comes to money and possessions today, dear Virgo, with the Moon in your values sector stressed out by Venus in your sector of intimacy and sharing and Pluto in your creative risk sector. You may be ambivalent about sharing yourself just for now. You must first learn to define what is yours before you feel confident about giving to and sharing with others. Comfortable activities delight most right now, and can bring you back to yourself. Unresolved matters from the past can surface early today in your close relationships. Powerful emotions can come bubbling up to the surface, and these can revolve around such intense matters as commitment, loyalty, and honesty. As you deal with these issues in others, you can come to a deeper understanding of your own motives. Pressure eases as the day advances, largely because you’re less inclined to take yourself too seriously.
Whether or not it’s your intention, you’re bound to draw some attention to yourself today, dear Libra, with the Moon in your sign all day. Take some time to imagine how you’d like to start fresh on an emotional level, as it’s a time to bring a whole new attitude on. Avoid letting challenges or opposition drag you down. Recognize your responsibilities and the roles you play to others, but today there is a need for some personal pampering. You are working on eliminating attachments to something in your life that has been holding you back from growing, and this can be a relationship, an attitude, or a behavior, and while you are more likely to be challenged early today than supported, keeping the bigger picture in mind can help you to rise above minor blockages and obstacles.
While on the surface of things it may not seem as if you are accomplishing much at the moment, dear Scorpio, with the Moon in your privacy sector today, but in fact you are instinctively preparing, on an internal level, for a more outgoing and dynamic cycle. If you experience delays today, try to treat them as welcome opportunities to review and reevaluate matters in your life. Some level of withdrawal is normal and quite necessary for recharging yourself emotionally. Interactions with a person in your life can be intense and even life-changing in some way, as your perspective on life is altered through your interactions. The desire to immerse yourself into a project or a person just now can be challenged by practical responsibilities that need more immediate attention, but this brief blockage may even strengthen your resolve to work things through.
You are inclined to consider all your resources today, dear Sagittarius, and might concern yourself a little more than usual about how others are receiving you. Pay close attention to how you feel with a friend or in a group setting now in order to assess whether the people you’re with are encouraging or draining you. Of course, there is always some level of responsibility involved, and this is important, but if you’re spending too much energy on making things right rather than enjoying your connections, then you may want to take a second look and make some improvements. Later today, look for ways of releasing yourself from the pressures of your life, at least temporarily, in order to focus on more humanitarian or personal goals that involve your pursuit of more happiness.
With the Moon at the top of your chart today, dear Capricorn, it’s the time of the lunar month for being on your best behavior. Others notice you for your performance more than your personality at this time, as they tend to focus on what you have or haven’t done. This can give you just the right boost to do your best, take care of priorities, and attend to your responsibilities. Even so, the Moon is challenged by Venus and Pluto, and this can point to some tension and difficulty keeping your cool at times today. As well, your ruler, Saturn, is in minor challenging aspect to the Sun, and you could feel some reservation about sharing yourself creatively. Use this time to become clearer about what is expected of you, and what you can expect from yourself. Emotions settle down as the day advances, although you’re still likely to have a lot to do.
Generally with the Moon in your solar ninth house all day as it is today, dear Aquarius, you find it easier to enjoy yourself, reach beyond your usual bounds, and focus on new adventures and experiences. While this is true of today, you may struggle a little to get to this freedom-inspired state of mind. Frustration over resources can be one minor obstacle. You might not feel like you have enough money, time, or talent to get something going. There can be challenges tending to both social and work matters, which can both demand a lot from you now. Details count most this morning, so do your best to get them right so that you can move forward more freely. Decidedly more positive energy is with you as the day advances. Your sights are set high, and with responsibilities handled, you are more inclined to enjoy yourself.
You’re more tuned in to, or focused on, intimate matters today, dear Pisces, with the Moon in your solar eighth house all day. You can gain new insight into yourself and others, or even a business, by doing some investigating, reading between the lines, and research. Read too much or dig too deeply, however, and you will only get yourself into sticky and ambiguous territory today as the Moon is challenged by Venus and Pluto. Taking a step back to observe interactions today is instinctive and helpful, but do your best to avoid detaching yourself from the intimacy of the conversation in the process. Problems with money or sharing can be in focus, but obstacles faced now can point the way to very important refinements. You are a little more sensitive to criticism early today, yet given time to recollect yourself, you might find that it actually serves to motivate you to move along a more authentic path.
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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: 20 Apr 2016 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Libra
Description: The Moon in Libra
This is a time for seeking out balance, harmony, and peace. It’s also a time to express emotions gracefully, diplomatically, and considerately. There could be a stronger focus on a relationship, partner, or potential partner. The ability to see both sides of a situation or story is a positive, but indecision can be a byproduct. This is a sociable, artistic Moon.
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 1:20 am
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: 20 Apr 2016 6:13 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Neptune
We could be feeling out of sorts. We are especially sensitive to subtle planes, but may not be able to make sense of what we perceive. We could be impractical just for now.
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 10:05 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Nod
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting North Node
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 11:02 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Pal
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Pallas
We may be concerned about what others are thinking of us now, and can be sensitive to negativity and criticism, or what we perceive as such. We might not understand one another, and can be at odds with one another on a mental or intellectual level. Someone’s belief or idea can make us feel insecure or out of sorts, or otherwise rub us the wrong way.
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 3:32 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Sat
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Saturn
An auspicious time for any project demanding endurance or tolerance. Also good for establishing new habits and rituals.
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 6:52 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Pluto
Deeper feelings emerge suddenly, and possibly in a disruptive way. We may be over-reacting or going to extremes. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 9:29 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Ves
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Vesta
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 9:54 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Venus
There may be emotional epiphanies or displays of affection now. Sentimentality and overindulgence are likely now. Differences in views and feelings with someone can be pronounced and could bother us now. Try to relax and not obsess.
Date & Time: 20 Apr 2016 8:31 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Sqq Sat
Description: Transiting Sun SesquiSquare Transiting Saturn
We can feel temporarily blocked or thwarted, and possibly less than confident. Steady accomplishment is the way to go. Patiently tackle any obstacles and make those tough decisions, or wait until a more enlightened, positive time.
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.
Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness. Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
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.
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.
BALANCE OF MODES
The modes are balanced.
LUNAR PHASE: GIBBOUS
Moon 135 to 180 degrees ahead of the Sun.
We are looking to attach value and meaning to our goals. This is a time for analyzing, questioning, perfecting, and improving.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on April 20th:
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 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 LIBRA
We are focused on our relationships, and finding balance, peace, and harmony in our personal environment under this influence.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
OPPOSITION VENUS Orb 4°22′ Applying
We may be attempting to please others and ignoring our own needs, or tending to our own needs and alienating others. We can be feeling needy, looking for love or attention outside of ourselves. Indulgence, dissatisfaction.
SEXTILE SATURN Orb 1°44′ Applying
We are more able to find a balance between our own emotional needs and our responsibilities. We are more tolerant, deliberate, and resolute.
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 6°57′ Applying
We can be moody, swinging between wanting to belong and wanting to be different or independent. We can feel a little off-balance if schedules and people around us are unpredictable or changing; or, we are restless with the usual routine and want to create some kind of stir.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 3°22′ Applying
Unacknowledged feelings can emerge in possibly disruptive ways. We may be acting in compulsive or possessive ways now.
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.
1ST DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Throat, gullet
Sabian Symbol: A clear mountain stream.
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.
21ST DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Arteries of nasal cavities
Sabian Symbol: Moving finger points to significant passages in a book.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
TRINE PLUTO Orb 3°02′ Separating
This is a good time for serious and determined study and investigation. We are drawn to looking for truths and to unexplored topics and ideas.
SEXTILE CHIRON Orb 2°50′ Applying
There is more sensitivity to what is communicated, and how it’s communicated. We are looking at things in a more holistic way.
VENUS IN ARIES
You will pursue a partner ardently and hastily, and yet strive for freedom and independence, once you are in an intimate relationship. You like to be the initiator in relationships, and can be aggressive. You may be a spendthrift.
19TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Corpus callosum cerebri
Sabian Symbol: The magic carpet.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
TRINE SATURN Orb 2°37′ Separating
You are a dependable, stable and dutiful partner. You enjoy organising social occasions. You have the ability to form good business partnerships.
CONJUNCTION URANUS Orb 2°35′ Applying
You are determined to be recognised as an individual within your personal relationships. You will not allow anyone to curb your sense of freedom. You tend to get bored and restless in traditional relationships. You want fun, spontaneity and intellectual stimulation from your partners.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 0°59′ Separating
Perception of value is skewed by fear or desire. There can be envy, jealousy, and manipulation now. Issues of over-attachment can arise. There can be difficulties controlling desires in relationships.
MARS IN SAGITTARIUS
You are an inspirational leader, and have a strong desire for exploration and adventure. You may be one-pointed in your desires.
9TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Right lymphatic vessels
Sabian Symbol: A mother with her children on stairs.
ASPECTS OF MARS
SQUARE JUPITER Orb 4°57′ Applying
Our fighting, defending spirits are strong. We might be on a crusade. We could be too quick to take offense or to make judgments. Avoid unnecessary conflict and overreaching. Direct excess energy into positive enterprises for positive results rather than adding more to your agenda.
CONJUNCTION SATURN Orb 7°00′ Applying
You sometimes feel that it is hard to express your energy fully, that something always holds you back. There is a feeling of “bashing your head against a brick wall” and this is frustrating. You are ambitious, and have the ability to slowly but surely reach your goals. You also have the ability to organise yourself and others, and good self discipline.
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 2°25′ Separating
This is a time for resting, escaping, or taking a break as we reconsider our needs. We might temporarily lose focus or direction.
JUPITER IN VIRGO
You have a strong desire to be of service, and high religious or spiritual ideals. You may also have an obsession with detailed perfection.
14TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Cystic arteries
Sabian Symbol: A family tree.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SQUARE SATURN Orb 2°03′ Separating
We are faced with the need to temper our enthusiasm or to slow down to avoid overextending ourselves. This is a time for clarifying and editing projects and goals. We may need to cut back on something in order to grow in another area. Patience is required now.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 2°31′ Applying
We may be misled easily under this influence–by others, or by our own unrealistic or inflated expectations. Routine seems to be particularly unsatisfying now, as we are inclined to want to find more meaning in what we’re doing.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 3°41′ Separating
You are enthusiastic about so many things, and have ambition to succeed. You naturally find yourself in leadership positions and react well to them.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 7°34′ Applying
Your current life challenge is to embrace adventure. You may find yourself in situations which inspire you to see the big picture. Inspiring others, possibly through preaching or teaching, may be part of your life’s destiny. Benevolent groups may also play a key role.
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)
16TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Left iliac vein
Sabian Symbol: Sea gulls watching a ship.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
TRINE URANUS Orb 5°12′ Separating
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 NEPTUNE Orb 4°34′ Applying
Some feelings of disillusionment can come now as our dreams and ideals can be put to the test. Questioning our faith in our dreams can lead to lack of follow-through or wasteful activities and avoidance of responsibilities. Ideally, this crisis leads to a realignment of material goals and spiritual ideals as we assess what is truly meaningful to us.
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).
22ND DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Cheek muscles
Sabian Symbol: The gate to the garden of desire.
ASPECTS OF URANUS
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 3°34′ 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)
12TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar artery of right foot
Sabian Symbol: An examination of initiates.
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).
18TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Ligaments of right knee
Sabian Symbol: The union jack flies from a new british destroyer.
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).
24TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right distal tibio-fibular joint
Sabian Symbol: An inhabited island.
ASPECTS OF CHIRON
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 1°59′ Separating
You have a tendency to become stuck in a mire of self-pity, seeing only the pain and suffering in life. You need to develop the caring and sensitive side of your nature for the good of others.
VESTA IN TAURUS
You have the ability to work in a stable and persistent manner. You are committed to working in a comfortable and predictable manner. You need to avoid becoming inflexible.
19TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Maxillary artery
Sabian Symbol: A new continent rises out of the ocean.
PALLAS IN AQUARIUS
Your mind can be brilliant, original and insightful. You are able to quickly grasp new ideas and apply them to the future. You fight for your ideals, and humanitarian or political causes.
29TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Left tibia
Sabian Symbol: Butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.
JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.
9TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Sperm duct, vagina
Sabian Symbol: Dental work.
CERES IN ARIES
You feel cared for when people are allowing you to be independent. You also believe that the best way of caring for others is to let them be themselves. You will suffer if you feel dominated or caged in.
3RD DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Cerebellum
Sabian Symbol: A cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country.
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.
22ND DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Gall-bladder
Sabian Symbol: A royal coat of arms.
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.
22ND DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Achilles tendon of right foot
Sabian Symbol: A man bringing down the new law from sinai.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO SELECT FIXED STARS ***
Transits 20 Apr 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Sun 00°Ta59 +11°49′
Cnj 00°Ta37 MIRACH In harmony to be receptive
Aspects to Plu 17°Cp29 -20°50′
Cnj 16°Cp51 RUKBAT Steadiness and strength.
Aspects to Nod 21°Vi22 +03°25′
Cnj 21°Vi50 DENEBOLA To go against society