Today is Friday, April 28, 2017
Hebrew date is 2 Iyyar 5777
Islamic date is 2 Sha’ban 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 7 Muluk
Mayan Long Count is 22.214.171.124.9
Julian Day is 2457872
Today’s Birthdays: Nezahualcoyotl (1402-1472), Sylvestre Francois Lacroix (1765-1843), Jan Oort (1900-1992), Kurt Godel (1906-1978), Harper Lee (1926-2016), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928-1997), Madge Sinclair (1938-1995), Elizabeth LeCompte (1944), Terry Pratchett (1948-2015), Bruno Kirby (1949-2006), Jay Leno (1950), Mary McDonnell (1952), Elena Kagan (1960), Ian Rankin (1960), Too Short (1966), Bridget Moynahan (1971), Penelope Cruz (1974), Jessica Alba (1981), Aleisha Allen (1991), Melanie Martinez (1995).
“Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.”
— Terry Pratchett
Mercury, Uranus, Eris: Untangling Our Moment
Dear Friend and Reader:
We’re now in the last week of Mercury retrograde, and what a tangled web it’s weaving. This won’t last forever, though it needs to be handled carefully now.
Because I’m writing a daily horoscope, I’ve had these aspects under a microscope, watching them go by day by day. It’s been interesting to observe.
Today, retrograde Mercury is conjunct Uranus. That combination, particularly in Aries, is what’s best describing the high-pitch and chaotic stress of the moment. I described a strategy for handling this in Monday’s edition. I won’t repeat that material here.
This is a formula for all kinds of chaos, and it will help if you lay low and be cool. The less you say the better, particularly about matters of deep personal importance. I am not usually one to counsel reserve and retreat, though the astrology calls for it — in all aspects of life except the creative ones, where there’s more room for error.
Even in the most ordinary social activities, though, it will help if you’re cautious and keep your wits about you at all times. This is an occasion to have a designated driver and a designated co-pilot.
Moon Phase: Moon is in New phase and enters Waxing Crescent phase on April 29 at 9:56 am PDT / 12:56 pm EDT (16:56:38 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Scorpio on May 10 at 2:42 pm PDT / 5:42 pm EDT (21:42:25 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Gemini on May 25 at 12:44 pm PDT / 3:44 pm EDT (19:44:23 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Gemini and enters Cancer on April 29-30 at 6:48 pm PDT / 9:48 pm EDT (01:47:53 UTC).
Sun Degree: 9-10 Taurus.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Venus enters Aries at 6:13 am PDT / 9:13 am EDT (13:13:12 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mercury conjunct Uranus at 7:49 am PDT / 10:49 am EDT (14:49:07 UTC).
— Pallas sextile Altjira at 11:46 am PDT / 2:46 pm EDT (18:45:52 UTC).
— Mercury trine Rhiphonos at 8:02 pm PDT / 11:02 pm EDT (03:02:25 April 29 UTC).
If Your Birthday is April 28
(The Day of Steadfastness) | Taurus Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
Before you get angry at anyone or anything, be sure you know what’s really up. What seems like a challenge or debility could be a blessing. You must keep a positive attitude if you want to improve your lot in life, and bring your determination and clever mind to the equation of all that you do. Be honest and hold others to a standard of truth.
Written in the Planets
Everyone seems to be in for a wakeup call today, as Venus slowly moves across the Aries Point. That is the first degree of Aries, where the personal and political meet — often in bold ways you can’t ignore. Eric suggested on Monday that you might want to “notice what’s going on in collective reality around you, and in the lives of individuals close to you.” He adds, “This is the time to seek common ground. If you don’t know how that feels, perhaps you’ll have a discovery.” Additionally, retrograde Mercury enters the Uranus-Eris conjunction in Aries today, beginning with an exact meeting with Uranus. This aspect signals unexpected, innovative, original ideas and impulses — which sounds ideal when one is looking to approach a problem from a higher level of awareness than what created it. The trick might be moving slowly enough to take advantage of what occurs to you with full awareness. Easy does it, and observe.