Here is your Astroweekend 26th 27th 28th April 2019
Welcome to your Astroweekend bonanza of astrology, tarot, and runes. Rayna gives you an overview of the weekend’s planetary emphasis, while Karen’s major arcana card adds an archetypal energetic flavour and direction to the astrology. Finally, I weave this into the three runes I draw to connect the divinatory modes into the message focus and conclusion. We hope you enjoy our collaborative efforts! Which is the very basis of everything we wish to bring about through Healthy Tree Frog… Alex
This weekend we will spend most of the time under the influence of the Mars/Neptune square. It is an opportunity to slow down and even to stop and become aware of things that we usually overlook. Jupiter and Pluto are now retrograde and by the end is the weekend Saturn slows down, getting ready to join them. There is an urgency to rethink what is important for our personal growth in a more critical way. We are restructuring and reshaping some old behavioural models that no longer serve us, making space for the new energetic pattern, this is time for transformation.
Friday begins with residual but still overwhelming energy carried over from Thursday night. The Moon is in the last degree of Capricorn, she just came out of intense emotional conjunction with Pluto. The dynamics in the early hours are unsettled and the moods can be difficult to describe. The Moon enters Aquarius, releasing unsuspected creative forces, feeling of lightness and readiness to get things done. The mind is active, driven by original and unusual ideas, we have enhanced capacity to visualise and to produce changes in our circumstances. However, today is a very volatile day and everything has to be approached with caution or we risk experiencing some difficult to handle situations.
Mars will reach exact conjunction with Neptune this Saturday but we already sense that things are fuzzy, slippery and somehow elusive. There is a feeling of subtle dissatisfaction luring us to look deeper into the darker side of our psyche. It feels like the energy of the Moon in Aquarius brightens the start of the day but the Neptunian influence can cause confusion and doubts whether we are doing the right thing. Mars is impulsive and requires quick action but this time we need to be very careful as even the smallest criticism can make us feel discouraged or to give up easily. Do not be tempted to make reckless decisions influenced by elusive ideas planted by others but also don’t let your fears take over.
Pluto went retrograde earlier this week and he is moving towards even closer conjunction with the South Node and Saturn in Capricorn. This energy is strong, it’s directed inwards asking us to reevaluate the course of our own evolution. This is irrevocable metamorphosis which brings the realisation that we can no longer return to the old ways of doing things. This is tiresome and sometimes painful but steady process activated by Saturn who is now slowing down and by the end of the week will prepare to move in retrograde motion as well. We are reassessing what is it that holds us back and will have to work hard to release everything that no longer serves us in order to establish new routines.
The Mars/Neptune square will cause a sudden drop in the energy levels which will be experienced more tangibly on Saturday when the angle is exact. This will be a good time to conserve our energy if we want to go through the day in the most effective way. We won’t be able to do as much as we want, it is better to use this is time for internal reflection. Many will prefer to stay longer in bed Saturday morning but will feel contrasting emotions of lethargy and agitation. It is difficult to remain still, we are restless but also find it hard to relax.
In communication with others, people have to avoid confrontations because many will be too confused to assess the situation clearly, it is not the right time for resolving any problems or disagreements. On a more practical level, it is good to avoid excessive physical strain because the energy is low and this can lead to exhaustion or can make us prone to infections. Furthermore, we need to bear in mind that at this time of the year the allergies are on the rise and Neptune makes us even more susceptible to experience high sensitivity. Taking medications or any type of substances that cloud our perceptions and cause drowsiness, can have a more powerful effect than anticipated, avoid alcohol and be careful when driving. This is especially valid for the later hours of the day when the Moon reaches exact trine with Mars and we feel a sudden influx of energy.
The sky on Sunday promises to be a lot more benevolent and bright thanks to the trine between the Moon and Jupiter. We are still under the spell of the Mars/Neptune square but at the same time, the things are not as gloomy as they were a day ago because the Moon in Aquarius is powered by the generous and joyous Jupiter. Sunday will be more pleasant, everyone is warm and friendly willing to support each other.
As the Lunar emotions wear off at the end of the day, the energy will deflate again. Saturn is moving very slowly, getting ready for retrograde motion. We can sense this sluggishness which affects our perception of time, it feels like everything goes very slowly.
The tarot card for this weekend is The Hanged Man which is associated with the element of water. This element is connected with the nurturer, parent, emotions, and healing.
The archetype for The Hanged Man sacrifices his comfort and passions for a time, knowing that better things will occur as a result. He helps us to see our pain as a gift. Our wounds are where we carry our energy. If we accept and embrace them, that energy can flow freely again.
Some of you may be at a crossroads right now, unsure of the right path to take. Therefore, you may be much better off if you can delay any decision-making. Give yourself more time to reflect on the situation at hand and to consider the greater good.
Furthermore, if you can hold back and take time to reflect, surrender and let go, there will be more room to receive and more doors opening up for you. Time spent in reflection now will put you in a better place when life activates again. It will allow you to apply your new insight and knowledge gained to what is truly useful.
Holding onto old patterns, habits, and addictions can perpetuate an endless cycle of victimisation.
On the other hand, you may be someone who has chosen the path of sacrifice to accomplish a higher goal, so it may be hard to see right now, but the harvest is coming. In addition, this is a time for growth which is more apparent on the inside than on the outer.
This Saturday, Saturn stations retrograde, conjunct the south node of the moon. This is the same day that Mars in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces and the major arcana which resonates this weekend again is The Hanged Man, which is the sign of Pisces.
Rune Art by Gabrielle Gern:
The three runes are Ansuz, Kenaz and Isa. Kenaz and Isa together represent the potent cosmological potion which catalyses creation and destruction. The first rune in the sequence is the communication rune, which Ralph Blum named ‘Signals’. Eloquence and creative expression seem to be in play with the appearance of Ansuz and then comes this creation/destruction dance.
It seems our words may either build up or tear down. But not just words in the classic sense of simple speech are in view. The poetic and romantic, the idealistic and creative are very much in focus. It feels like this could manifest as the tension between Idealism and Pragmatism, especially since Mars (in Gemini) is square Neptune. Rather than speaking rashly or without thought for diplomacy, there is a sense also via The Hanged Man of holding back and genuinely seeing things from a fresh perspective. Pragmatism can speak of tired cynicism where ideals are soiled and disdain can creep in. This cynicism may appear warranted at the surface, but it could be a tendency which leads to a mistaken reading of situations and jumping to conclusions.
It appears that over this weekend you are being called to re-evaluate some fixed position which has hardened you in some way. On Saturday, in particular, a softening is called for. Reconsider an entrenched opinion or valuation of something (or someone) recently appraised. This could be a turning point, with Saturn conjunct the south node, in terms of no longer being driven by old karma and entrenched patterns. Your energy can shift and this can release a lot of repressed life force.
These energies when suppressed can become a bubbling volcano. They can be majestic, or terrifying. See your story this weekend through a different lens – one which has the majestic, not the foreboding inspiration, powering it.
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