FRIDAY, 4/21/2023

ASTROLOGICAL SNAPSHOT

This is the 111th day of 2023
61 days until the Summer Solstice
Mercury is Retrograde in Taurus
255 days until 2024

Sun is in Taurus
Moon is in Taurus
Mercury is Rx in Taurus
Venus is in Gemini
Mars is in Cancer
Jupiter is in Aries
Saturn is in Pisces
Uranus is in Taurus
Neptune is in Pisces
Pluto is in Aquarius
Chiron is in Aries
Ceres is Rx in Virgo
Node is Rx in Taurus
Lilith is Rx in Virgo
Fortune is in Taurus
Ascendant is in Taurus
Midheaven is in Capricorn


MERCURY RETROGRADE IN TAURUS

April 21, 2023, to May 14, 2023
from 15º to 5º Taurus

Mercury goes Retrograde in Taurus from April 21 to May 14, 2023. This is the second of three Mercury Retrograde cycles of 2023 occurring solely in Earth signs. Mercury’s retracing of Earth sign themes this year asks us to reflect on just how impactful words or communication can be.  Additionally, it asks us to reexamine the tangible effect of our systems of organization and our thinking upon our lives.

To put it another way, Mercury’s earth sign tour teaches us that our cerebral lives can affect the real, material parts of our lives. In Taurus, we specifically consider our finances, our sense of stability, our bodies, and our value system.

When Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, we rethink our sense of security and all that contributes to it. Obviously, this includes the material realm of our personal belongings, assets, our financial situations, and our food, shelter, and bodies.

Mercury retrograde periods mark times when we review and rework the area of our chart that he is traveling through. You may find yourself creating new budgets, going over expenses, and considering what needs to be changed. You may consider what has and what hasn’t been working in your diet and your spending.

Venus-Ruled Taurus wants to feel good in its own skin. On a deeper level, Taurus rules our self-esteem, our self-sufficiency, and our value systems. That’s because self-esteem is derived from feeling like we can take care of ourselves and know what is important to us. Values may be theoretical (Air), but they have a very real impact on your material choices (Earth). In fact, values are the cutting edge of what we materialize and what we give energy to.

Our sense of what is important may be in flux at this time. It can be difficult to know what to put our energy into, what to invest in, and what to allow into our world. We may feel vaguely insecure in the very essence of who we are. As long as Mercury is retrograde, we are plunged into an introspective period with regard to our values. So, we may need to wait until Mercury is direct again for any uncertainty to clear. At this point, confidence in ourselves can be re-established.  



DAILY SPIRIT ANIMAL
BULL/OX SPIRIT

Throughout the world of symbolism, mythology, and folklore the meaning of the Ox is tied to that of the Bull – both representing the Male aspect, fecundity, leadership roles at home or in public, renewal, and power.

Ox were some of the first creatures humankind domesticated to help with agrarian chores. Beyond having a strong back, Ox could be a food source giving it the additional symbolism of a provider.

The Ox has a fiery disposition, which makes the Ox a strong role model, but sometimes a little too bull-headed – literally. Some cultures, however, tie the Bull to moon worship because of this spirit animal guide’s crescent-shaped horns. This gives Ox the ability to bridge between two worlds – that of the sun and moon, and that of intuition and reason. Nonetheless, the Ox has a very stubborn, fierce side that requires taming and guidance.

Unfortunately, Ox offerings were not uncommon in the ancient world. People (including the Druids) believed that this creature’s vital essence gave fertility to the earth.

Sadly, Oxen were also sacrificed to the ocean gods like Poseidon and Thor. Among the most noted Greek stories is that of the Ox and Mino. Minos prayed for an Ox that he could offer to Poseidon. His prayer was answered by a glorious white creature that came from the sea. Minos greedily wanted to keep this rare animal so he gave Poseidon a plain Ox, which did not bode well. Soon thereafter Poseidon punished Crete for Minos’ selfishness. In this respect, the Ox warns us against bragging and making false promises.

When Ox or Bull comes to you as a Spirit Animal you’ll receive the lessons of the value of a steady dependable work ethic. Ox spirit is patient but also tenacious. It will not give up until you learn what you most need be it modesty, persistence, or defending your territory when threatened by undesired energies.

Ox as a Spirit Animal puts you on a firm footing. When you find yourself struggling with authority and taking directions, Ox shows you how to accept that yoke and continue until that job is completed.

In working with Ox energies you may find yourself drawn to volunteer work, and it’s a great way to change attitudes. In charitable work, you see that the grass is not always greener. You’ll also receive that appreciation you crave.

Sometimes, when a spirit feels weak – like maybe their own internal battery isn’t strong enough to withstand this world – Ox shows up to tell them that they are made of tougher stuff than they currently believe. If in your Spirit meditation, Bull’s big eyes stare into your own, don’t be afraid. Take a close look. See beyond the massive frame and giant horns. Look at the gentleness behind the obvious physical powerhouse. This is a great lesson. You can remain kind and walk this earth in gentleness. But when you need him, Ox will be there to help you move mountains.

Finally, the Ox or Bull Spirit teaches teamwork. You need not walk your Path alone. Find some help and delegate.


DAILY ORACLE CARD
THE HANGED MAN

You have reached a crossroads, making it possible to clear the slate and start over. Stop resisting your circumstances and let some time go by. Eventually, you will be released a little wiser and not much the worse for wear. You will come to realize in time how you collaborated with the problem. However, the issues you were stuck on when you were first hung up have subsided and no longer concern you. You are free to take up new endeavors. You will ultimately feel refreshed and grateful that you were derailed from your former track.

The hanged man understands that his position is a sacrifice that he needed to make in order to progress forward – whether as repentance for past wrongdoings, or a calculated step backward to recalculate his path onward. This time he spends here will not be wasted, he does this as part of his progression forward. His upside-down state can also symbolize the feeling of those that walk a spiritual path, for they see the world differently. Where there are others that do not understand the need to sacrifice, you see it differently. This is a natural course of action for you as you walk the path alone.

The Hanged Man card reflects a particular need to suspend certain actions. As a result, this might indicate a certain period of indecision. This means that certain actions or decisions which need to be properly implemented are likely to be postponed even if there is an urgency to act at this particular moment. In fact, it would be ultimately best if you are capable of stalling certain actions in order to ensure that you have more time to reflect on making critical decisions, this will ultimately be the best.

The Hanged Man card reflects a particular need to suspend certain action. As a result, this might indicate a certain period of indecision.

This is a card that is mainly designated for waiting and suspension. This suggests that this might be the thing that you need to do in order to achieve success or to wait for the proper opportunity. Keep in mind that taking action is not always the best solution and in certain cases refraining from doing so might bring you just as much if not more benefits.


APRIL 2023 LUNAR CALENDAR

THURSDAY, APRIL 20: NEW MOON IN TAURUS

The feeling of uncertainty can make you solve problems faster than is natural. Do not rush as if there was a deadline. Try to slow down so that you can decide what you want to do and proceed at your own comfortable pace.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27: FIRST QUARTER MOON IN LEO

You feel safe in moments when you can impress others and get praise and admiration. Yet, when you get into the spotlight, you may find yourself at a loss. Maybe you should admit your fear of criticism and your inability to accept criticism. It is very important to accept feedback and use it for improvement.


April 2023 Astrological Events

20

Solar Eclipse in Aries

The Aries Solar eclipse is full of high energy, and both Aries and Solar Eclipses are times of new beginnings, so this is extra strong now. This eclipse, in particular, has even more energy than usual, so you can feel extra pushed to take action, start anew, and embark on a new beginning quickly.

Sun Enters Taurus

Getting grounded and improving stability and security can be important during Taurus season, and you can work on giving yourself permission to slow down. Work on your confidence levels, and focus on greater self-respect.

Sun in Taurus Square Pluto in Aquarius

There may be fights for power and control, and this can feel like it comes out of nowhere, but it’s likely triggering something deep within you. Focus on that, and try to find some middle ground.

Moon Enters Taurus

Sensual energy can be stronger than usual, and you can connect more to your body and to the physical world around you. You may want to take more time to relax and indulge.

Moon Enters Taurus

Sensual energy can be stronger than usual, and you can connect more to your body and to the physical world around you. You may want to take more time to relax and indulge.

21

Mercury Retrograde Begins in Taurus

Mercury retrograde begins now and lasts until May 14, and this retrograde occurs entirely in Taurus. With Mercury moving backward in Taurus for almost a month, this can kick up stubborn, inflexible, and proud energy, and we have to work to be more open, ground ourselves and stay humble.

Waxing Crescent Moon in Taurus

22

Moon Enters Gemini

Keeping busy may be easy as there seems to be a lot you want to focus on. Try to avoid keeping yourself too busy, and becoming frazzled and scattered.

Waxing Crescent Moon in Taurus/Gemini

23

Mercury in Taurus Sextile Mars in Cancer

It can be easier to control mental energy or to at least take action with some of your ideas and plans. You can get extra excited about one idea or plan, in particular, and this may be a new one or it may be something you’re digging back up to give another chance.

Waxing Crescent Moon in Gemini

24

Moon Enters Cancer 

Staying in your comfort zone, and sticking to the people who support you, might be a good idea, as it helps you feel more emotionally secure. Try to tend to your emotional needs and strengthen yourself internally.

Waxing Crescent Moon in Gemini/Cancer

25

Sun in Taurus Sextile Saturn in Pisces

Ambition can run high, and you can be more disciplined with what you want to achieve. You may focus on new goals or pick back up old ones.

Waxing Crescent Moon in Cancer

26

Moon in Cancer Trine Neptune in Pisces

Imagination can be strong, and you can focus on creative projects or hobbies. You can feel dreamy but have control over it.

27

First Quarter Moon in Leo

There may be adjustments required over the next week that allow you to have more fun and get more time away from work and chores. You may be creative with the adjustments and take a positive approach to them.

Moon Enters Leo

Make time for the people you love, the places you love, and the things you love to do most in healthy and positive ways. This can help you connect more to your heart.

28

Moon in Leo Sextile Venus in Gemini

It can be easier to deal with other people, and you can find the right words and actions that get people on your side. You can be pleasant and charming.

Waxing Gibbous Moon in Leo

29

Mars in Cancer Sextile Uranus in Taurus

Change can be easier to focus on, and you can take action to create the changes you want and hope for. This can get you closer to your dream future, and you can embrace doing things unconventionally.

Moon Enters Virgo

Extra chores and tasks may need to be done, and you can focus on being as efficient with your time and energy as possible. You don’t want to waste time, and you can improve your approach to ensure you don’t.

Waxing Gibbous Moon in Leo/Virgo

30

Moon in Virgo Trine Mercury in Taurus

Sorting through your ideas and plans can be easier for you to do, and you can tweak your plans, so you’re ready to take action when you get the chance.

Waxing Gibbous Moon in Virgo


MAY 2023 ASTROLOGICAL CALENDAR

MAY 01 — PLUTO GOES RETROGRADE IN AQUARIUS

While Pluto is still in Aquarius for another month, this is a great time to reflect on what you’ve learned and experienced during its brief visit to the Water-Bearer. How can you prepare for the next decade ahead? 

MAY 01 — SUN IN TAURUS CONJUNCT MERCURY IN TAURUS

A great day to use logic to solve problems, especially in financial matters. Take your time to brainstorm in order to get the solutions your need. 

MAY 01 — JUNO ENTERS GEMINI

With the asteroid of marriage in witty Gemini, the next few weeks are great for having deep talks in your important relationships, as communication will be key to happiness. However, beware of being too flirty, as you may lead people on.

MAY 02 — PALLAS ENTERS LEO

Asteroid Pallas roars in the sign of the Lion for the next few weeks, giving us a boost of valor, courage, and strength to be the royalty of the jungle. However, beware that putting yourself in the spotlight could lead you to danger. Avoid drama when you can.

MAY 04 — VENUS IN GEMINI SQUARE NEPTUNE IN PISCES

A good day to set up strong emotional boundaries to keep manipulative people out of our lives as we focus on cultivating good vibes. 

MAY 04 — VENUS IN GEMINI SEXTILE JUPITER IN ARIES

While this is a great day to have fun and take risks, don’t forget about your limits. Remember that you don’t have to open your heart to everyone. 

MAY 05 — FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE IN SCORPIO

This volatile eclipse in mysterious Scorpio can make even the gentlest sign vicious right now. The energies are unpredictable, making us all a little edgy and paranoid. Don’t jump to any conclusion, as conflict is easy to start but difficult to finish. 

MAY 06 — CERES GOES DIRECT IN VIRGO

With Ceres finally moving forward again, this is a great time to take care of ourselves for the next few weeks—especially our bodies. It’s a good time to take care of our health, start routines, and feel a little more productive.

MAY 07 — VENUS ENTERS CANCER

Get ready for waves of emotions when the planet of love enters nurturing Cancer, which can make us both sweet and a little crabby. While we are very protective of our hearts and loved ones right now, we are also very tender.

MAY 09 — SUN IN TAURUS CONJUNCT URANUS IN TAURUS

After a few tense weeks, we’re ready to start thinking logically again this week. Now is the time to trust our thinking and know that we can creatively solve any problem that comes our way.

MAY 12 — MERCURY IN TAURUS SEXTILE SATURN IN PISCES

Even with Mercury being currently in retrograde, this is still a great aspect for business dealings, signing contracts, and catching up on important paperwork. Just remember to use common sense. 

MAY 12 — VENUS IN CANCER TRINE SATURN IN PISCES

A romantic aspect that allows us to dream and plan a future with our partners. Important relationships finally find solid ground.

MAY 15 — MARS IN CANCER TRINE NEPTUNE IN PISCES

Break out the Tarot cards, as this mystical aspect allows us all to embrace our spiritual side. A great day for divination, spiritual practices, and connecting with the overall universal vibe and your higher power.

MAY 16 — JUPITER ENTERS TAURUS

After the urgency of Aries, Jupiter slows down in grounded Taurus as we spend the next year learning to enjoy the ride of life. Over the next few months, we are here to appreciate the small sensual pleasures of life. Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination that matters. 

MAY 17 — JUPITER IN TAURUS SQUARE PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This tense aspect can lead to a stand-off as people stubbornly stick with their convictions. There’s no point in trying to change minds when everyone thinks that they’re right.

MAY 18 — MERCURY IN TAURUS SEXTILE SATURN IN PISCES

Now that we’re finally out of Mercury retrograde, we can start wheeling and dealing as we can make the best decisions in business, finances, and our dreams. Use logic and keep a clear head today.

MAY 19 — NEW MOON IN TAURUS

Career ambitions are at an all-time high during this full moon as we’re all encouraged to make plans that will help us in the long run. Plant the seeds from business goals to romance, and watch them grow throughout the lunar cycle. Nurture them well.

MAY 20 — MARS ENTERS LEO

Summer starts a little early as Mars in Leo brings the heat over the next several weeks. With the planet of drive in the bold Lion, our actions become glamorous, generous, and pretty dramatic. A word of advice: don’t start fights you can’t finish. 

MAY 20 — MARS IN LEO OPPOSITION PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This moody aspect may make it hard for everyone to get along today. Avoid the crowds and do your own thing. 

MAY 21 — SUN ENTERS GEMINI

We’re all given the gift of gab over the next four weeks, when the sun shines in the sign of the Twins. As we transition from spring to summer, this is an ideal time to learn to adapt to new situations, ask plenty of questions, and finally make a decision!

MAY 21 — SUN IN GEMINI TRINE PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

This is a good connection to do some research, as we’ll be struck by questions that could keep us up at night. This aspect brings out our inner detective to investigate the truth of deeper issues.

MAY 21 — SUN IN GEMINI SEXTILE MARS IN LEO

This aspect gives a major boost of self-confidence, as we feel we are the star of the show. However, be careful not to be so competitive, as it can drive us to bite off more than we can chew. 

MAY 22 — MARS IN LEO SQUARES JUPITER IN TAURUS

Fights start easily during this stubborn aspect as everyone believes they are right. Old grudges can come back to the surface, too. Don’t engage with people who just want to cause problems on purpose.

MAY 26 — VENUS IN CANCER SEXTILE URANUS IN TAURUS

A great aspect for success in both love and money as you make your home a safe haven for your loved ones. 

MAY 28 — SUN IN GEMINI SQUARE SATURN IN PISCES

This lazy aspect won’t keep you busy with work but will allow you to have fun with your friends or get lost in a good book. 

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