Your Astrology Forecast for April 29–May 6, 2018

The powerful Wesak Full Moon in Scorpio heralds the week ahead. The Sun continues to shine in the zodiacal sign of Taurus, symbolizing nourishment and growth. Taurus symbolizes all things sensual: beauty for the eyes, music for the ears, delicious food for taste, spring fragrances for our sense of smell, and delightful textures and people to touch. The Taurus Sun makes benefic trines to the planets in Capricorn: Saturn, Mars and Pluto, making for an easy flow of things in general. Now Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are in retrograde, encouraging inner reflection and reconsideration.

A Full Moon in Scorpio Starts the Week on a Powerful Note

A Full Moon in fixed signs (Sun in Taurus, Moon in Scorpio) lights Sunday with power and promise. Saturn makes benefic aspects to this Full Moon, and the combination of industrious Saturn in Capricorn; the practical, grounded Sun in Taurus; and the deep, transformative, powerful Moon in Scorpio creates a firm foundation. This Full Moon forms a tense square to the Moon’s Nodes, creating a fixed Grand Cross (with a Moon wobble). A Moon wobble occurs when the Sun is conjunct or square the Moon’s Nodes. The wobble creates instability; the Grand Cross pattern carries a lot of tension, yet tension creates change. An opportunity is presented to get out of ruts and stuck places. Neptune makes a benefic trine to Jupiter and the Moon, broadening our vision, and opening our hearts to love and accept ourselves and others. This is the Wesak Full Moon, when Buddha bestows his blessings on humanity. We can open our hearts to the messages and blessings of the light of this Full Moon.

The week begins on a high note of vision and idealism (Scorpio Moon trine Neptune in Pisces). The Moon/Jupiter conjunction gives Monday bounce and optimism. The wind is at your back! The day’s opportunities continue through the evening, as the Moon makes opportune aspects to Mars and Pluto. Scorpio symbolizes power, and combining this symbolism with the day’s opportunities and aspects, we want to seize this dynamic day and make the most of it.

Tuesday, May Day (May 1), holds a potent, challenging, and perhaps dangerous, Mars-Eris square. Be careful and go slow. The Moon shifts to optimistic Sagittarius at 8:19am PDT. Take a hike or walk in nature, as Sagittarius loves an outdoor adventure, and loves to move the hips.

A Sunny Sagittarius Moon delivers two more upbeat days on Wednesday and Thursday. Words flow easily, direct and to the point. On the other hand, a Moon-Neptune square may lead to confused communication. Optimism and inspiration will help to create a winning outcome. A crackling lunar trine to Uranus in fire signs (Moon in Sagittarius Moon and Uranus in Aries) may correspond with something surprising.

Work is Highlighted as the Weekend Approaches

The Moon shifts into taciturn Capricorn Thursday evening, where it resides through Saturday. Duty and responsibility call Friday and Saturday. A Moon-Saturn conjunction midday Friday symbolizes focus on work. Vesta, an asteroid representing the keeping of the hearth, also aligns with the Moon and Saturn, amplifying the work theme. This is not a lazy, celebratory Friday. Get focused and get a lot accomplished.

Energies are mixed on Saturday. On one hand, the Capricorn Moon makes a number of benefic aspects to Sun, Neptune and Jupiter, easing the tension of the day. On a more serious and demanding note, the Moon conjuncts Pluto and Mars. All of these aspects drive us toward accomplishment and success, especially the more that we give our life the works.

Sunday is a lighter, friendlier day. The Moon is in Aquarius. The Taurus Sun sextiles Neptune, an opportunity to bring more beauty into your life. How about making a trip to the garden store and purchasing some plants to bring more color into your yard? Look around and discover something new and connect with friends.

The Week in Short

Sunday: Full Moon; unstable Full Moon. Move out of stuck places and broaden your vision.

Monday: Day of opportunity! Seize the day and make the most of it. Step into your power.

Tuesday: Be careful, go slow and take a walk in nature.

Wednesday: Optimistic day, though communication may be confused.

Thursday: Buoyant day! Expect something surprising to happen.

Friday: Industrious day framed for work and accomplishment.

Saturday: Give your life the works and drive toward success.

Sunday: Chill with friends and bring some inspiration and beauty into your life.

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About the author

Cathy Coleman, PhD, is an East-West Astrologer, meaning she incorporates both Western and Eastern astrological principles and analyses into her readings. She holds a doctoral degree in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has been a practitioner of astrology for over 35 years. She is an NCGR-PAA (National Council of Geocosmic Research-Professional Astrological Association) Level IV Consulting Astrologer. She was in the first graduating class of the Online College of Astrology (OCA)—now the International Academy of Astrology, and the Online College of Vedic Astrology, is a certified Astro*Carto*Grapher, and is an ISAR (International Society of Astrological Research)-Certified Astrological Professional. She was president of Kepler College from 2001–2003. 

Cathy is the president of the NCGR San Francisco Chapter and lives in Sonoma with her husband, Ralph Metzner. Her mission is to help people express the full potential of their lives and navigate through challenges using the ancient knowledge and wisdom of Eastern and Western astrology.