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Horoscope for the Week of April 18, 2004

19 April 2004

Tip of the Week

Just before the Sun enters Taurus, a New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aries occurs. The timing is interesting as Mars rules Aries and Venus rules Taurus and both planets are currently close together in curious Gemini. Venus will appear to make a grand attempt to catch up to Mars and she normally would. However, this time she is moving very slowly preparing to turn retrograde in mid May. This kiss and tell combination may have less to report this time.

Meanwhile Mercury continues to play little tricks in its retrograde fashion until April 30. It will take until June 8 for the advancing Sun to cross paths with retrograding Venus. Venus will appear to cross over the face of the Sun and will appear as a black dot against the fiery backdrop. This is quite a rare event and some attention is going to it. It synchronizes with the Nov 8th Harmonic Concordance.

These events serve as opportunities for people to gather in groups and share their heart focus and prayers for awakening and peaceful evolution. With the Moon's North Node in Taurus all the while which Venus rules, added emphasis is brought to the fair beauty known also as Aphrodite who adorns evening and morning skies. Venus's orbit is 224.7 days and she complete one turn on her axis about every 243 days! Thus, her axial rotation is slower than her orbit around the Sun.

Further, this illustrates Venus' slow and sultry reputation as the ruler of smooth and sensual Taurus. Venus is connected to a larger cycle which measures when she is a morning and when an evening star. The evening star is the brightest and occurs so near the time of her retrograde cycle. Fortunately, Gemini will be in Taurus throughout this process adding extra concentration power to keep perspectives practical. Enjoy this celestial spice as something special for our times.

Aries (Mar 21 Apr 20)

The Moon is New in your sign Aries, for the second time in a row! This is a signal that even more opportunities to take new initiatives are in the air. With Mars, ruler of Aries, in Gemini the theme includes "seed knowledge". This means introduction to new ideas, perspectives and possibilities. With Mercury still retrograde you may even experience these at deeper levels of awareness than when Mercury is direct. The time is right to entertain new angles and approaches. The past does not equal the future and there is so much yet to learn and unlearn. As the story goes, we change and new lessons come with the process. Combine attitude, knowledge and skill to get started with healthy new habits.

Taurus (Apr 21 May 20)

The ground is clearly in sight and you are about to touch firmly down. From your dream time new aspects of your identity are ready to emerge. The implications spell change and you may be hesitant to proceed. In any case, you will soon experience some measurable changes in values, beliefs, attitudes and/or approach. There is much to consider and you may want to decide slowly and carefully. You realize that you need to build a new foundation and/or fortify the one(s) you have. You want more freedom. You will likely adhere to current skills and abilities until you cross this bridge. A tug of war between the past and the future may ensue. Meanwhile, this is a good time to express your self artistically. Let spring inspire you!

Gemini (May 21 Jun 20)

The time has come for yet a deeper round of self-discovery. Old fixed patterns are changing and new energy and intention are entering your life. Perhaps someone new is keeping you entertained. You want companionship and love but still need time to examine the parameters. A half of you is eager to dive-in, while the other half wants to carefully consider the implications. You will be ready to make a bigger commitment in the early summer. The major changes that have swept through your life over the past couple of years or so are all part of the grand plan for you. Expect you participation in the world to change as you awaken to new values and desires. Trust the process.

Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 21)

You have taken new steps in your public and professional life, albeit cautious ones. You want to appear wise and strong you may not feel as much confidence within as without. Hopefully, you are accepting things as they are and not adding undue pressure on to your self. This trend will continue yet you have more opportunity to relax. Just be who you are, and accept whatever is. Trust that everyone present is responsible for their involvement. Play your part and let others play theirs. Let the group energy carry situations and events and act accordingly. It will take some time yet before a clearer definition of your emerging sense of identity is solid. Be at peace with each step of the journey.

Leo (Jul 22 - Aug 21)

The urge to step into the spotlight continues. This claim for leadership implies responsibility. Keeping things in perspective remains important; avoid making little things big and big things little. Exercise your witness self to maintain the balance by watching your own actions and/or the reactions of others. You are happy to meet new people, especially those who can assist you to professional and/or social achievement. Meanwhile, you feel bold and are likely to act unpredictable over the next several weeks. Remember, you are meant to exercise leadership now. This means maturity. Think and act inclusively.

Virgo (Aug 22 - Sep 23)

You are on the verge of new modes of expression. In many respects, this means freedom. You want to expand and explore your horizons. There is always another way and you are ready to experiment by inspiration and/or desperation. Learning, education and travel of some kind are implied. Embrace the prospect of change with as much enthusiasm as you can. This means entertaining new prospects. True, change creates stress, yet you will have a hard time telling change to stop. The best thing to do is to move with it's currents making free will choices as you can. Bring your awareness to the needs of the present.

Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 21)

New relationship encounters and prospects continue to colour your world. Amidst the challenge and turmoil of financial duties and dealings, it is refreshing to engage with others. However, you also feel the need for space and privacy to make sense of all the upheaval occurring both within and without. It is good to remember that you can take space and yet are never truly alone. Maintain connections with others to perpetuate thoughts and feelings of unity. There may be a few tumble cycles to endure yet, especially over the next month or so. Exercise common sense while you let the beauty of nature soothe your mind and soul.

Scorpio (Oct 22 - Nov 20)

Meeting new people and striking new deals is now in focus. In some cases, romantic encounters or at least flirtatious ones are keeping you sparked and excited. Business deals, contracts and other practical considerations are also on the horizon. In all respects, you do well to proceed cautiously. In other words, read the fine print and think carefully about the implications. This is probably not the best time to make long-term commitments. Things may seem more solid in a couple weeks and for a few after that, then more uncertainties for a while. The point is that things are in a flux and shorter-term involvements or at least avoiding big contract deals is advised.

Sagittarius (Nov 21 - Dec 20)

Improving the health and quality of your lifestyle is now in the spotlight. This includes your health, your income and the solidity of your base. Tending to these to create a more stable foundation is likely. Others may be helping you to get going in assertive ways. Tension on relationship fronts is therefore likely. Fortunately, other factors are present to assist you. Focus and follow through are important now. Avoid getting distracted by too many interests. Do what you can to see projects through to their completion. Support and advice from friends is also available. Stay focused and receptive to secure your foundation.

Capricorn (Dec 21 - Jan 19)

The urge to stay close to home and/or find your center continues. You have been making diligent efforts in new directions. Additions and complimentary parts to the larger plan and structure are on the agenda. You feel very creative and are determined to make the dream a reality. Fortunately, this intention will gain momentum over the next several weeks. Meanwhile, you are in a reflective mood. You do not want to be held back by others, yet you do want their support. You can reconcile this dilemma by clarifying your position as best you can with yourself first then intend to share your thoughts and feelings.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 19)

Consolidating your foundation close to home is a central theme now. This may well imply stimulation from new love prospects and/or feelings for another. A mate tends to complete the picture for most people. If you are without one this is a good time to call one in. Just waiting and hoping is not very effectual, generally. Why leave it to fate when you can engage in the co-creation? Think carefully about what you want and need and outline the details. Make sure you ask for someone who will love you and stay with you for a long time. Getting the ideal mate who will not stay is no good. If you have done this before, do it again! You can ask in like manner for whatever you need.

Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20)

Entertaining new directions and possibilities for learning towards practical expression is now in focus. The time has come to bring some more of your wisdom and imagination down to earth. Trust that as you enter new territory you are on the right track. This is a good time to take a hand on approach and try new things. Changes close to home will also continue. These include clean-up, redecorating and other small shifts that make a big difference. Be patient with the process as it may continue for a couple of months or so in one fashion or another. This outer process is reflecting inner changes and adjustments towards your center. Be open to guidance and assistance.

Michael O'Connor
Michael O’Connor is a professional Astrologer living in British Columbia. He has studied Astrology and associated subjects as they relate to the human potential movement for over 20 years and has been practicing since 1991.

His focus is on a cross-cultural view of Astrology, Numerology, Tarot, Cabbalah, I Ching, Yoga and a unique system of the psychology of ‘Birth Order Sequences’. His perspective includes Chinese, East Indian, Mayan, and European and North American cultures.

Combining the spiritual, religious, mythological and historical backgrounds of these cultures into a rich synthesis of understanding, Michael’s scope and insight proves very healing, directional and inspiring to his broad base of satisfied clients.

Michael O'Connor Websites:

www.SunStarAstrology.com
Michael O'Connor
Michael O’Connor is a professional Astrologer living in British Columbia. He has studied Astrology and associated subjects as they relate to the human potential movement for over 20 years and has been practicing since 1991.

His focus is on a cross-cultural view of Astrology, Numerology, Tarot, Cabbalah, I Ching, Yoga and a unique system of the psychology of ‘Birth Order Sequences’. His perspective includes Chinese, East Indian, Mayan, and European and North American cultures.

Combining the spiritual, religious, mythological and historical backgrounds of these cultures into a rich synthesis of understanding, Michael’s scope and insight proves very healing, directional and inspiring to his broad base of satisfied clients.

Michael O'Connor Websites:

www.SunStarAstrology.com