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The Stars This Week: April 4-10, 2011

by Amanda Owen April 04, 2011 02:00 AM EST
The Stars This Week: April 4-10, 2011
A New Journey

On April 4, as Neptune enters a new sign -- Pisces -- for the first time in 14 years, it's time to make a new plan that takes into account your ideals and hopes for the future. The Sun's conjunction to Jupiter in bold Aries on April 6 emphasizes the importance of throwing out the old and embracing what's new. Then on April 9, Pluto turns retrograde, at which point all your new plans will benefit from a deep and thorough review as you ponder what you hope to build into your life ... and what you want to let go.

April 4: Neptune enters Pisces
It's big news when slow-moving Neptune enters a new sign, since it takes 165 years to orbit the Sun. For the last 14 years, Neptune has been transiting through Aquarius -- the sign of independence, freedom and equality. Now Neptune enters the sign it rules, Pisces, a transit that will intensify themes of spirituality, inspiration and idealism. There's little that's logical or sensible about this mystical planet, which itself urges us to be more inclusive and spiritual in our dealings with the material world. As you focus on your personal plans, maintain a big-picture view and do what you can to develop a more spiritual life. For extra insight, examine the house in your own chart through which Neptune is traveling.

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April 6: The Sun conjuncts Jupiter
Once a year, the Sun shines its light on optimistic Jupiter; in 2011, these two planets conjunct in the Fire sign of Aries. Are you ready to reach for the stars or fight for a cause? This is a transit for movers and shakers! Bold Aries represents the pioneer and the risk-taker, making this a wonderful transit in which to initiate plans or a project. The generosity of Jupiter is legendary, so if you can combine your goals with service to others, you'll receive lots of help. And if you're ready to take a risk and do something amazing, this is your time!

April 9: Pluto turns retrograde
Retrograde periods always help us review. But first, the intensification of energy at the time the retrograde begins is known for correlating with events that are quite dramatic. In fact, it may be these crucial events that cause us to reflect and review. Pluto's turnaround in ambitious Capricorn asks you to focus on your goals and examine what you want to build or accomplish. Just as nations reform government programs and plan to rebuild bridges, roads and businesses, you too can transform your own infrastructure! Look at the house in your own chart where Pluto is retrograding for much more information. This retrograde period will last until September 16.
 
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