APRIL 14 to MAY 1, 2016
THURSDAY/FRIDAY APRIL 14/15, 2016
On Thursday we come to the Cancer First Quarter Moon. It is the Lunar Phase of reflection and insight which we call the NARCISSUS MOON in Antinous Moon Magic ... Narcissus is the Spirit which tunes out all distractions and all other people in order to focus on the Divinity within. This Lunar Phase is the Spirit of Self-Love and Same-Sex Love. It is forever gazing into its own reflection and whispering to itself: You are Divine! The reflection and the viewer are one and the same. The Spirit of Narcissus is the Divinity which holds a mirror up to ourselves. self-confidence pairs with the need for security when the Sun forms a productive trine aspect with Saturn. Go ahead: Take your own destiny in your own hands.
SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2016
On Saturday be careful about confiding in others, because Mercury-trine-Pluto means all secrets will be revealed.
SUNDAY APRIL 17, 2016
On Sunday Mars stops dead in its tracks, does an about-face, and begins moving backwards as seen from Earth. "Retrograde" periods of any planet are times of unease. But Retrograde Mars is a time of potential peril. Mars will be retrograde from April 17 to June 30 — 11 weeks!
When a planet is retrograde, it appears to be moving backward in the sky from the perspective of the Earth. Of course, the planet is actually continuing in its usual orbit, and the retrograde effect is a kind of optical illusion. Since perspective is so important in astrology, however, retrograde planets do correspond to recognizable meanings.
Mars is the planet associated with the Warrior archetype. It is therefore the planet we look to when we want to know about assertiveness, aggression, determination, and action. Mars is also closely associated with sexuality — not the love and romance aspect of sex, but the more instinctual, desire-driven side of it.
Retrograde Mars is usually is considered to be a poor time to begin a new sexual relationship, but there is no reason to abstain altogether for 11 weeks. The underlying meaning of Mars retrograde is that energy is lacking — and that's why new sexual relationships are seen as being doubtful: the desire may not last.
MONDAY APRIL 18, 2016
On Monday a paradigm shift occurs for the year 2016 when Pluto planet of transformation and regeneration does an about-face and goes "backward" as seen from Earth ... Retrograde ... from now until September 26, 2016. This will be a fate-filled and fateful cosmic event for the US presidential election campaign. Pluto's powers of regeneration are far greater when Retrograde. We feel pressured to eliminate and release the old, outworn, outdated and obsolete in our lives. We are urged to let go of attitudes, thinking or communication patterns, security drives, rigid emotions; a time to undergo an internal form of house cleaning. It is a good time to research into our own Souls in order to determine exactly what we do or do not need. Because Pluto retrograde imparts an intense power for investigation, we should use this time to assess what reoccurring patterns in our lives make us feel out of control, where and why do we continually give our power away, and under what circumstances do we react so defensively that we elicit attacks from others. Remember: You may not be in control of the circumstances around you ... but you are always in control of how you respond to them.
TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY APRIL 19/20, 2016
On Venus and Pluto square off at a 90-degree right angle. This creates an explosive situation for interpersonal relationships. Because Pluto is Retrograde, thorny old issues come to the fore again. It begins at the breakfast table over corn flakes when you say you want to go shopping and your alpha-male boyfriend starts in saying that it's typical of you to go off and spend money and waste time while he has to clean the house. Next thing you know, the two of you have been screaming at each other for hours. Remember that we always say astrology is a tool to master such situations. Venus-square-Pluto is a golden opportunity to rediscover the things you love about your lover. Okay, so he's a bitch-on-wheels. So what? He's your bitch-on-wheels and the two of you love each other. Make a stab at helping him clean the house — and sneak online and buy needless stuff on eBay when he's not looking.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY APRIL 21/22, 2016
Overnight Thursday/Friday Venus aligns in perfect conjunction with Uranus in fiery Aries for surprise romantic encounters. At the same time, we come to the Scorpio Full Moon ... a moon for penetrating the veil of lies and illusion and seeing clearly who are your friends (and who are not) and also seeing yourself for what you are. For that reason, we call it the ENEMY MOON in Antinous Moon Magic.
SATURDAY-WEDNESDAY APRIL 23-27, 2016
Enjoy the relative respite from strife you will have from Saturday until the middle of the next week when none of the major planets are involved in any major configurations with each other and ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in generally favorable aspects with all the planets. The Sun is in placid Taurus and you can expect easy sailing this week ... so enjoy it while you can.
THURSDAY APRIL 28, 2016
On Thursday Mercury does an about-face and goes "backwards" as seen from Earth until May 22nd. This RETROGRADE MERCURY phase is a time of confusion in communications and commerce. About three times each year, Mercury the communications wizard turns into Mercury the fast-talking con man. This is the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, and it lasts about three weeks. Because Mercury is in Taurus, RETROGRADE MERCURY will be serving up glitches and snafus in the Taurus-related areas of home comforts, domestic issues, home appliances, home finances as well as communications, computers, transport, travel and social media. If you are buying a new mobile phone, be sure to read the fine print about hidden costs. Planning to move into a new apartment? Check the kitchen and bathroom for tell-tale signs of mold before signing the lease. Remember over the next three weeks that MERCURY wants you to play his sly game to win — not to be a whining victim. Make him proud of the way you play his game!
FRIDAY/SATURDAY APRIL 29-30, 2016
Overnight Friday/Saturday the Moon squares off against the Sun for the Aquarius Third Quarter Moon which in Antinous Moon Magic we call the FORUM MOON. This is the best Lunar Phase of the year for oracles or spell work involving interaction with groups or a public setting. Gathering place. Club. Work place. Any place where numerous people gather. It is also the best moon for rituals focusing on parks, gardens and the outdoors in general, such as working rituals for protecting a back garden or outdoor venue.
SUNDAY MAY 1, 2016
Overnight Saturday/Sunday ... Walpurgis Night ... Venus enters the earthy and sensual realm of Taurus, The flirting of the past few weeks Venus spent in Aries is now over. Taurus Venus loves romantic cuddling with good food, good wine, flowers, candles and soft music. Venus in Taurus brings the need for reliability, steadfastness and loyalty. Having a partner whom you can lean on and rely on when the going gets tough is high on the priority list.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:
Another exciting week lies ahead between May 2 and 8 when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD aligns with the Sun in Taurus for the TAURUS NEW MOON the MARCUS AURELIUS MOON because he was a man of judicious might and justice, a warrior and a poet, a man whose reign was called a Golden Age. The TAURUS NEW MOON highlights Taurean qualities (determined, practical, devoted, grounded, dependable) and 2nd House themes (material security, values, self-worth). On a spiritual/higher plane, the New Moon in Taurus seeks inner peace through stability and contentment .... More details next time ....