Astrological Context, Week of April 17, 2023

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(All times Eastern)

Remember that these aspects (aside from entry into new signs) will be in effect a few days before and a few days after the exact dates listed here. So keep this in mind when reading the daily updates this week.

This week is marked by a Solar Eclipse in the last bit of Aries on Thursday, just a few hours before the Sun enters Taurus for the month. A Solar Eclipse is by definition a New Moon, since the Moon and the Sun come together.

Since this eclipse falls in the 5th house when cast for the capital city of Washington, DC, there is the high likelihood of it churning up a lot of 5th house affairs on a national level: children (abortion, birth control included), fun, recreation, ambassadors (think foreign relations and wars). The 5th house is considered a positive one in traditional astrology, and Venus is said to have her Joy there. Venus is angular in this chart (7th house), so issues having to do with women and reproductive issues are also likely to be front and center for a while.

There are a few other major shifts this week. Already mentioned, the Sun moves into Taurus, marking the middle, most iconic, part of the Spring/Fall season in the Northern/Southern hemisphere. This is a fixed sign, where things stay put for a while without a lot of movement. On the same day, the Sun squares Pluto as it makes this transition, bringing up issues of power and possible abuse. This may also tie in to the strongly held feelings and beliefs around the issues that the eclipse will highlight.

On Friday, Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus until the middle of May. This is the last chance to prepare for the first of their retrogrades in Earth signs this year. Do your backups and build in some extra time now.

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20 Apr 2023 00:12 Sun SEcl 29°Ar50′

20 Apr 2023 04:13 Sun Cnj Tau 00°Ta00′ 00°Ta00′

20 Apr 2023 12:26 Sun Sqr Plu 00°Ta20′ 00°Aq20′

21 Apr 2023 04:34 Mer R 15°Ta37′

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