Venus began her retrograde movement in Aries on March 4 and begins moving direct again on April 15. During the retrograde Venus went back through Aries and into Pisces. This retrograde ends with a conjunction with Chiron, known as the Wounded Healer. These two planets are within a degree or two from April 9-23 which is a long time since Venus is a fast moving planet. This conjunction is, therefore, significant and this merging of Chiron with compassionate Venus in Pisces can enable deep wounds to be healed and released, and healing to take place at a deep level.
Mercury begins its retrograde period just as the Venus retrograde is ending. Mercury is retrograde from April 9-May 3 and appears to move backwards from 5 degrees Taurus to 24 degrees Aries.
Visit my Mercury Retrograde page to see what Mercury retrograde in Taurus means for you.
Where Mercury Retrograde falls in your natal chart represent the area of your life where you will feel the effects of this most strongly. As with all Mercury Retrograde periods, do take the time to slow down and remember the "re" words - revisit, relax, redo, etc. Be careful how you communicate with others and take an extra minute to edit your important emails before sending them.
For more information on Mercury Retrograde, please visit this pages on my website.
If you know someone who is fascinated by Mercury Retrograde, you may want to pick up my book on the topic as an unusual and fun gift.
Lunar Nodes Change Sign
There is yet another astrological event at this time involving the Nodes of the Moon. These astrological points travel through the signs of the zodiac like the planets and spend about 1.5 years in each sign. The South Node, a point of letting go of old patterns from the past, has been transiting the sign of Pisces since November, 2015, with the North Node, a point which represents our destiny, has been in the opposite sign of Virgo.
These important lunar nodes change signs in May, 2017 and since they travel backwards, they are moving from Virgo and Pisces to Leo and Aquarius, beginning another 1.5 year cycle. What does this mean for you? It will give us an opportunity to remove any ingrained habits that no longer serve us, or rigid attitudes that hold us back, moving towards tolerance and understanding. We can use the heart-based energies of Leo to become even more compassionate humanitarians.
New Moon in Taurus
The next New Moon will occur on Wednesday April 26 at 2:16 a.m. (ET) at 6 degrees Taurus. Wherever this New Moon falls in your chart, indicates an area of new beginnings but these will require patience to lay solid foundations for the new beginnings to take root and blossom in the future. This is also about The Mother Earth and comes soon after Earth Day (April 22), so let's take the opportunity to give thanks for this beautiful planet upon which we live and if you can, go out into nature and enjoy the peace and healing that Nature brings. Find new ways to express your spiritual ideals in practical ways through service to others. The Full Moon, a time of culmination, is in Scorpio on May 10.
For more information about the New Moon and what this means, please visit this page.