Astro Alert: Here's How To Navigate 3 Tricky Transits Happening This Week
This week, the AstroTwins break down how a busy week in the sky could play out down here on Earth.
On Monday, the Sun-Uranus conjunction could shake things up.
Calling all disruptors! If you’ve been waiting for the moment to make a major impact—or full-on leave jaws on the ground—circle Monday, April 22, in neon highlighter ink. The showstopping Sun swings into its annual meetup with shock jock Uranus, a day that is not meant for shrinking violets. Let’s see some swagger! For the past eight years, this cosmic carnival has taken place in radical Aries, which upped the ante even further. But in 2019, the two heavenly bodies will twine in Taurus, their first time together in the bullpen since 1942. Steady yourself! Instead of the fireworks that Aries brought, the next seven years of Sun-Uranus conjunctions in Taurus could feel more like earthquakes.
Thought you were standing on solid ground? Maybe not. The structures you depended on may not be the sturdiest foundations anymore. It’s time to decamp, even if you can only see a few feet in front of you. On Monday, let the Sun illuminate the next courageous step to take. While this is unmooring, don’t resist the call for change. If you’re honest with yourself, weren’t some of your routines getting a little stale? Too much repetition means losing your edge, and Monday’s developments could force you to work a new muscle group. Ultimately, this will make you a stronger, more well-rounded human. And since Taurus governs the material realm, some unsettling news may come at work. Perhaps a boss you love announces that they’ve been recruited by the competitors or budget cuts force you to scale back hours and start up a side hustle. Pragmatic solutions exist if you look for them! And the GOOD news is, once you find them, you could begin to thrive in ways you haven’t for years.
On Wednesday, Pluto goes retrograde and pushes us to get a little more introspective.
On Wednesday, mysterious, metaphysical Pluto shifts into its annual retrograde, inviting you deeper into the chamber of secrets between now and October 3. Since 2008 Pluto has been rappelling down the Capricorn mountain (and will continue until 2024), transforming big business, government, and the economy. The world has seen huge shifts in these arenas for better and for worse. Pluto's "tear it down, destroy, then rebuild" fingerprints are all over these markets. Capricorn is the sign that rules the patriarchy—and with oft-sinister Pluto here, toxic masculinity is having a heyday. But we are also past the halfway point of Pluto's tour of Capricorn, and radical change is underway, with women stepping into power with unstoppable intent. Pluto retrograde can be a welcome time out from the intensity of change, and a chance to integrate and get introspective about our choices. On a personal level, we can reevaluate what status really means. It's not about buying more stuff or leaving a Kardashian-sized footprint but rather making meaningful choices that dance with the rhythm of the Earth. Watch out for power struggles and shady characters who throw off your sound-judgment radar for the coming five months. Pluto retrograde can rouse dormant rivalries and skew your intuition, so take nothing at face value and run those background checks!
On Saturday, a contentious square will obscure certain details.
Neptune, Master of Illusions, could make Saturday a little bit dodgy when he crashes into a tricky square with feisty Mars in Gemini, fogging up thoughts. Details may be obscured or even purposefully omitted from conversations. Rule of thumb: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. With these two planets rumbling, people can fall prey to delusions of grandeur. But rather than strutting around like nude emperors, folks are more likely to think of themselves as saviors, white knights, and “the only one who understands” a tortured soul. A “need to be needed” can lead you to make sacrifices you’ll later regret, ones that can create resentment or a codependent entanglement. But the squares can be healing, too. This weekend, you may finally screw up the courage to talk about your deepest fears or reveal your buried brilliance!