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The Stars This Week: April 14-20, 2014

by Vivian Owen March 24, 2014 01:55 PM EST
The Stars This Week: April 14-20, 2014
Disagreements!

This week heats up right away with Mercury's square to Jupiter, conjunction to Uranus, and square to Pluto -- all on April 14! As if those events weren't enough, Pluto turns retrograde that same day, bringing added intensity. A lunar eclipse in Libra on April 15 heightens emotions, while you'll want to watch out for argumentative people on April 16, when Mercury opposes Mars. The Sun's entrance into Taurus on April 19 brings a welcome measure of stability, but with Jupiter's square to Uranus and opposition to Pluto on April 20, don't expect your life to calm down quite yet!

April 14: Mercury squares Jupiter, conjuncts Uranus, and squares Pluto
April 16: Mercury opposes Mars
Has something been bothering you? Perhaps a person or situation is getting on your last shredded nerve? The communication planet Mercury in hot-headed Aries forms a series of challenging aspects, demonstrating that people simply aren't on the same page right now. While you may have great ideas and know what you want to do with them, you'll need to contend with others who are intent on challenging you. Don't let this contentious energy derail you -- not everybody has to agree. In fact, if you know how to compromise, you'll succeed now. Those who dig in and insist that everything has to go their way are likely to become embroiled in a losing battle of wills.

April 14: Pluto turns retrograde
Pluto is the planet that shows not only how empowered you feel, but how much control you have over the elements of your life. When Pluto turns retrograde in Capricorn -- a sign of ambition -- be on the lookout for power plays, power shifts, people ascending to powerful positions, and people falling from power. Where is your own power base? What do you want to achieve? Use this time to regroup and form a solid plan. With both Mars and Saturn currently retrograde, not much is moving forward at the moment. However, this is an excellent time to strategize for the long-term. Pluto will remain retrograde until September 22.


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April 15: Lunar eclipse in Libra
The full Moon in the social sign of Libra casts a light on your relationships and highlights how well (or not) you get along with people. Think of a lunar eclipse as a bright beam of light that follows you -- you may be able to run, but you can't hide! As a result, plan on hitting a few unexpected snags and having to smooth over a few ruffled feathers. And since people are especially emotional this week, do what you can to create peace in your relationships and your environment.

April 19: The Sun enters Taurus
Taurus is a sign that knows how to slow down -- and that's just what's necessary during this challenging week! No sign is more practical, grounded, and stable, which comes as good news at a time when people are likely to react impulsively to unfolding events and complex situations. This transit, which lasts until May 20, gives you the determination and focus to succeed in whatever you hope to accomplish!

April 20: Jupiter squares Uranus and opposes Pluto
Jupiter represents the lens through which you adopt your world views, philosophies, and beliefs; Uranus in Aries highlights independence, revolution, innovation, and change; Pluto in Capricorn is all about power and ambition. As these three planets contact each other, the forces of change dominate and you'll need to remain flexible in your planning to counteract any lack of stability you may encounter. Don't try to control people, events, or circumstances, for this is a week (and month!) of tremendous change. Take a deep breath and observe what's happening in your personal world. You'll be able to make the most of this important aspect if you maintain a healthy balance between your personal life and professional commitments.

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