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The Mercury Retrograde station has arrived, and “things” are likely to be interesting until at least after May 22nd (arguably later because other retrogrades are in play also).  (Clarissa has written a great piece on the Mercury Retrograde.  And you can find more about these periods for the rest of the year here.)  The Full Moon perfected early April 22nd, and we still feel the effects from this one.  The next major lunation is the Taurus New Moon on May 6th.  (We will draft a piece about that early next week, likely on Monday or Tuesday.)

The time is at hand to review old and forgotten projects, and to meticulously check every detail of ongoing projects.  Resurrection of old projects CAN go very well at this time, but new ones seem to falter.  Expect to do maintenance to vehicles (cars, planes, boats) and electronics (television, computer, and telephones).  But retrogrades DO have their uses, and we think this piece by Cynthia Harrison is an excellent clarification of some of those uses.

April 2016 (Mars Out)

Archive of Week 17 (W17)

Week 18 (w18)

Thursday April 28th

Today is the day of the Mercury Retrograde station, and that eclipses most other aspects.  This would be a good day to “take off” and assess your situation and your goals.  Write notes, draw pictures, and develop an idea of what directions you wish to go.  And know that, for the next few weeks, you may intensively re-write your plans as new discoveries (or often old forgotten ones) come to light.  Moon joins Pluto / squares Uranus adding elements of intensity and surprise to what may already be a tricky day.

Friday April 29th

Surprises that did not show up Wednesday or Thursday will likely visit you today.  Early morning hours see a lunar void as Moon moves into Aquarius but, more importantly, Venus is void until about 7:36 PM CDT when it then moves into Taurus and stays in the “too early to tell” period (aka “sign change boundary”) for a few days (until Monday).  Moon enters fourth quarter, and this is a good time to clean house and keep an eye out for lost objects “popping up.”  (One of the beneficial uses of Mercury Retrograde, or the first few days past the direct station, is the discovery of previously “lost” items.)

Saturday April 30th

The month of April ends today, and we will be facing the second “cross quarter day” of the day, typically celebrated as “May Day” (English speaking cultures) or “Cinco de Mayo” (Spanish speaking cultures).  The astrological origins are typically hidden as stories of other events are used for the explanation of the holiday, but the astrological celebrations long pre-date the newer variants.

Passover ends today, and today is both Beltane and Orthodox Easter.  The Moon in Aquarius is mostly benevolent except for an early morning quincunx and a late night square leading to a void.  Today can be a “fun day” (but glitches can occur due to the retrogrades), and if you are doing more serious work today stick to routine and focus on house cleaning.  We recommend you pick a suitable holiday to celebrate and have fun as much as possible, but the choice is still yours.

May 2016 (Mars Out)

Week 19 (W19)

[to be continued]

Here is a list of New Moons for 2016, and here is a list of Full Moons for 2016.

Our 2016 Overview provides links to information about Change of Seasons in 2016 and patterns in 2016.  You may be interested in Rare and Absent Patterns for 2016.  We also have a survey for visitors to this site and would appreciate your feedback.

We often recommend to our more serious students, the ones using this blog to develop a deeper understanding of astrological aspects, that they use retrospective reviews in their life.  One tool that can help with that is FutureMe.  You can send a note to yourself to review certain aspects in the future.  (This is also a way to track “New Years Resolutions.”)

You can also find a comprehensive review of Moon’s aspects, void of course, and other events at “This Week in Astrology.”

Sibling sites:

  • Mystic Rectangles: short daily forecasts and low volume of posts; excellent for subscriptions; best fit for astrology for mobile devices; if you are looking for calendar pages with aspects (posted the night before) then you want to go to this site.
  • Lost Dudeist Astrology: a potpourri of articles that range from the absurd to the sublime that typically cover astrology but sometimes other topics as well.  Grand Trines sticks to current astrological events whereas LDA has astrological theory, Tarot, opinions, and so forth.

You may also be interested in the reblogs of content by other astrologers on the posts page.  Most of this material focuses on current forecasts.  (If you are looking for general astrology and metaphysics discussions, try Lost Dudeist Astrology instead.)

In November of 2015, the first of three Saturn square Neptune aspects perfected, along with a Full Moon.  More of these will happen in 2016.  Later in 2016, Jupiter will move into Leo and a new set of patterns (and issues) will come into play, particularly as Jupiter will form a (huge, outer planet) yod with Neptune (Pisces) / Pluto (Capricorn).  Big decisions will face us (collectively) and for some of us (individually) they will be the most important decisions of our lives.  Everyone will feel as if we are at a fork in the road to some greater or lesser degree.  We see this in the current political arena, but it will manifest in many (other) areas also.

We are working on a project on Long Term Forecasts.  Frankly, we do not expect to complete this project in our lifetime.  Your feedback, as we go, is appreciated.

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2016 April Moon Void of Course Table:

P1 (H) Asp P2 (H) EXL Date Time Zone
Mon (1) Sxt Ven (3) (V) Apr 1 2016 11:40 AM CDT
Mon (1) Cnj Aqu (1) (S) Apr 1 2016 8:38 PM CDT
Mon (2) Sxt Mer (3) (V) Apr 3 2016 6:16 PM CDT
Mon (2) Cnj Pis (2) (S) Apr 4 2016 12:46 AM CDT
Mon (3) Cnj Ven (3) (V) Apr 5 2016 11:51 AM CDT
Mon (3) Cnj Ari (3) (S) Apr 6 2016 1:46 AM CDT
Mon (3) Cnj Ura (3) (V) Apr 7 2016 9:57 AM CDT
Mon (4) Cnj Tau (4) (S) Apr 8 2016 1:11 AM CDT
Mon (4) Tri Plu (1) (V) Apr 9 2016 4:50 AM CDT
Mon (5) Cnj Gem (5) (S) Apr 10 2016 12:59 AM CDT
Mon (6) Sxt Sun (3) (V) Apr 11 2016 1:58 PM CDT
Mon (6) Cnj Can (6) (S) Apr 12 2016 3:07 AM CDT
Mon (7) Sqr Sun (3) (V) Apr 13 2016 11:00 PM CDT
Mon (7) Cnj Leo (7) (S) Apr 14 2016 8:54 AM CDT
Mon (8) Tri Sun (4) (V) Apr 16 2016 12:49 PM CDT
Mon (8) Cnj Vir (8) (S) Apr 16 2016 6:23 PM CDT
Mon (9) Tri Mer (4) (V) Apr 18 2016 7:30 AM CDT
Mon (9) Cnj Lib (9) (S) Apr 19 2016 6:24 AM CDT
Mon (9) Opp Ura (3) (V) Apr 21 2016 1:14 AM CDT
Mon (10) Cnj Sco (10) (S) Apr 21 2016 7:18 PM CDT
Mon (11) Opp Mer (5) (V) Apr 23 2016 4:47 PM CDT
Mon (11) Cnj Sag (11) (S) Apr 24 2016 7:47 AM CDT
Mon (12) Tri Ven (3) (V) Apr 26 2016 10:52 AM CDT
Mon (12) Cnj Cap (12) (S) Apr 26 2016 6:55 PM CDT
Mon (1) Sqr Ven (4) (V) Apr 29 2016 2:08 AM CDT
Mon (1) Cnj Aqu (1) (S) Apr 29 2016 3:47 AM CDT
Mon (2) Sqr Mer (5) (V) Apr 30 2016 9:56 PM CDT

2016 May Moon Void of Course Table:

P1 (H) Asp P2 (H) Date Time Zone
Mon (6) Sxt Mer (8) May 3 2016 12:09 AM CDT
Mon (6) Cnj Ari (6) May 3 2016 12:05 PM CDT
Mon (7) Cnj Ura (7) May 4 2016 11:18 PM CDT
Mon (7) Cnj Tau (7) May 5 2016 12:11 PM CDT
Mon (8) Cnj Mer (8) May 6 2016 9:11 PM CDT
Mon (8) Cnj Gem (8) May 7 2016 11:35 AM CDT
Mon (9) Sxt Ura (7) May 8 2016 11:16 PM CDT
Mon (9) Cnj Can (9) May 9 2016 12:24 PM CDT
Mon (10) Sqr Ura (7) May 11 2016 2:35 AM CDT
Mon (10) Cnj Leo (10) May 11 2016 4:33 PM CDT
Mon (11) Sqr Sun (8) May 13 2016 12:03 PM CDT
Mon (11) Cnj Vir (11) May 14 2016 12:52 AM CDT
Mon (12) Tri Sun (8) May 16 2016 4:21 AM CDT
Mon (12) Cnj Lib (12) May 16 2016 12:33 PM CDT
Mon (1) Opp Ura (7) May 18 2016 10:23 AM CDT
Mon (1) Cnj Sco (1) May 19 2016 1:30 AM CDT
Mon (2) Opp Ven (8) May 21 2016 6:40 AM CDT
Mon (2) Cnj Sag (2) May 21 2016 1:49 PM CDT
Mon (3) Tri Ura (7) May 23 2016 10:38 AM CDT
Mon (3) Cnj Cap (3) May 24 2016 12:34 AM CDT
Mon (4) Sqr Ura (7) May 25 2016 8:12 PM CDT
Mon (4) Cnj Aqu (4) May 26 2016 9:27 AM CDT
Mon (5) Sqr Mar (2) May 28 2016 3:19 PM CDT
Mon (5) Cnj Pis (5) May 28 2016 4:07 PM CDT
Mon (6) Tri Mar (2) May 30 2016 6:11 PM CDT
Mon (6) Cnj Ari (6) May 30 2016 8:10 PM CDT

Many thanks to the site Tableizer  which helped make preparing the Moon v/c table MUCH easier!

Notes: (1) EST: add one hour; (2) PST: subtract two hours; (3) for UTC and other zones, try this.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it. Psychic Reading

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  2. Thank you for following my blog!

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  3. Wow, you really know a lot about astrology! Thank you for liking my comments on Bucket List Publications blog by Lesley Carter, I love her blog and look forward to reading yours more. Gratitude Dance for you. :~)

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  4. thanks so much for the reblog…:) and for a fabulous site full of wonderful information…:)

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  5. Thank you!
    go here for your blog award and pass it on, if you want.😉
    https://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/the-you-make-a-difference-award-thank-you/

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    • Thank you! I have reblogged it. (Anything else needed?)

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  6. Love this, even though the masses of information are a bit confusing first:-) I guess over time I will understand it better!

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    • My preference is to err on the side of a bit too much information instead of too little. Let me know how to further clarify my points. My goal with this site is to teach others about forecasting. It is more of a “learn how to fish” site than “be given a fish” site. That said, we use the “Beginners Page” on most of our charts so that you can translate the glyphs into English. After some time, you will know that the circle with the dot in the center is the Sun, but at first it can be confusing and the tables (and practice) should help with this. (Make certain you “click to enlarge,” or even right click into a new tab to better see the chart image. If necessary, you can use and “+” key together to enlarge the image in most browsers.)

      Also, you can use the tags to look up similar charts and then look for similarities in the different days. You can compare Sun square Uranus to Sun square Neptune, and, over the years, you can compare different full moons to each other. Using the tags for searches should help with this. Let me know if you have other questions. I also encourage people to keep a journal of some kind, and use that as part of the process of learning how to interpret aspects. You can read all the books you want, but until you see mass confusion in a pizza parlor at the perfection of Moon square Neptune (as I did the first time I became truly aware of it back in the late 1980’s) then you will not REALLY understand. There is no substitute for experience and practice.

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  7. Thank you for the reblogs! What an amazing informative site you have!

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    • Thank you! Please stop by often and let me know what you like best.

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  8. CAN YOU PLEASE PLEASE put the GMT times up for things – you have an international audience !
    I have just tried to convert EST to GMT for mercury going V OC and got 3 03am whereas my raphael’s says Moon is sextile Mercury @ 02 03 am ie an hour earlier ………..

    Plus as ppl differ , what do YOU consider V OC to mean ? – only the traditional ptolemaic aspects or do you count the newbies eg quintiles ….?

    I had not really thought of planets going VOC before : I like it

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    • I will see what I can do about GMT, but Daylight Savings Time often causes problems. (What is Raphaels?)
      You are right, VOC has several ways to calculate. Several complex older ways are only used by traditionalists who follow Medieval techniques (I think Lee Lehman might do this). Most modern astrologers use the last Ptolemaic aspect before a sign change (conjunction, opposition, square, trine, sextile) and that is what I use (using both Solar Fire 7/8 as sources and Daily Planetary Guide; they use the same methods). Nobody I know of uses 5th harmonic (quintiles / biquintiles) or 7th harmonic (septiles, etc.) or semi-squares / sesquiquadrates. (But, I think that “voids” that contain these are “interesting.”)

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  9. I posted a reply here about VOC several hours ago and nothing has shown up

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    • Also important: I am a lone author and publisher (via reblogs I have become an accidental amateur publisher who actually enjoys that unpaid role) who has no assistant. And, as a card-carrying AARP member and older adult I have all the aches and pains and other problems that old folks get. (As Betty White is reputed to have said: “growing old ain’t for sissies.”)

      My response time, therefore, ranges from immediate to a “eventually” (maybe a week or longer, sometimes months). One day I will die, and then the response time will get “very long.”

      You COULD contact my “Customer Service Department,” but since I have to handle that, too, “they” might not be much help. (Even worse, I am the archetypal “grumpy old man” in real life who has a gift for driving away any potential “friends” with my endless bitching and complaining, also called “kvetching” in New Jersey and parts of Florida.) See, also: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107050/ :) (All in good jest, I am sure you understand! Insomnia and boredom can be a very bad combination for a person who likes to write dry humor as much as I do.)

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      • I really enjoy your “publishing” aspect but see that you are quite witty and can write your own “material” successfully. Consider it! :-)

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      • Thanks! I do write, here, and it is almost always involving forecasts on Grandtrines. Eventually, elsewhere, I will launch a totally different set of blogs without any astrology content and probably focusing on writing (and maybe some other topics).

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  10. do you check things now before they go up ? my comments re VOC haven’t posted :
    please let me know …Ta I don’t know if its the hackers playing games

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    • I will check for your comments. I vet everything before it goes out. I usually check once (or sometimes twice) a day, but if I have other matters that grab my attention I may not check the comments queue for a few days. (I try to not let a week pass without checking it.)

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  11. your links are either giving me one sentence or error 404 not found …..and my posts dont seem to be posting one last try
    personally I think its either my paedophile hackers or police hackers here in bristol or my ?paedophile police ? hackers ! hahahahaha

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    • I think it is a WordPress problem. I have isolated to pages that I re-schedule. The way this happens is that I publish my own pages, reblog the pages of others, and then re-schedule my pages so my readers see them first (so they are not buried among the other pages). Apparently WordPress somehow embeds date /time information in the links (not sure how) but is not “smart enough” to adjust that information when a page is re-scheduled. This is just a GUESS on my part as to what is happening. But, in any case, it is my best guess.

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  12. ah ok …phew just technicalities plus you do sensibly vet things …”problems” explained thankyou xxx !

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    • I admit: sometimes I wonder myself!:)

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  13. ptolemaic – fine , that seems to be the preferred , and so what I use ……yes , I have come across ppl who count minor aspects …..they often have arguments about it …cant recall any names now. Having said that I have experienced the moon working when I didn’t think it would , and been caught out by it and no I don’t mean when in sag.
    this working may = what you refer to above as interesting …..

    sesquiquadrates are dangerous . IMO totally wrong they r usually referred to as minor in astrological circles

    “raphael’s astronomical ephemeris of the planets’ places for [2015] “they are small and thin u can carry them around easily and leave the 50 year tomes @ home…
    Also very useful for seeing what is coming up in progressions if u have one for the relevant year ..{day for year type}

    Ps I just discovered brill astrologer Robert Blaschke and he’s dead :its dreadful. All that wisdom gone Thank god for utube incidently if u want to leave a legacy u shd put stuff up on there too ….and u don’t have to be seen , u can fill screen with charts or important points

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    • I will check on Raphael’s. You are right about YouTube; I have done a very few videos on it. And I agree about Sesquiquadrates being dangerous. (They are what the Thor’s Hammer is built from.) I think you are also right about the Moon sometimes working during so-called “voids” (other than what Lee Lehman / Jim Shawvan calls “opportunity periods”). However, I seem unable to identify and predict what is a functional void. As an aside, glad to see you are back. Missed our dialogs.

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  14. Thank you for this info!! I’d reblog it and I’m trying to work out how to. Thanks for reblogging my post !

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    • Should be a “reblog” button next to the “like” button. Some people, though, de-activate it either intentionally or accidentally. (If mine is off, let me know!)

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  15. GrandTrines, Thanks for liking and sharing my Soul Passages Astrology posts. Watch for me on YouTube as I transition to my Sag 2.0 self and thanks for the thumbs up. Geo

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    • Make sure to come back here and provide us with a link so we (myself and my readers) can visit you on the new YouTube site.

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      • Sounds great. I will do that for my February forecasts! Thanks for the support.

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  16. Thanks for the reblog! I appreciate it.:)

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  17. can u please give links to any utube videos , ta xxx happy solstice and yule ……mines been filled with polis sh-t

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    • Hope it gets better for you soon!

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  18. Thanks so much. I really appreciate your stopping by.

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  19. Thank you! love & light xx

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  20. Thank you so much for reblogging my posts. I am still quite new to WP and don’t know how to find the pages you put them on to thank you there too xxx

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  21. Hi thanks for reblogging me again.

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  22. I’m loving your forecasts. Most of what I come across is kind of generalized and not very helpful, but you’re right on the mark, and the depth you go into is super appreciated. Keep up with your awesomeness!

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    • Thank you!

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  23. Love your astrological knowledge! Very informative and interesting.. Love the mystic, but then again I am an Aquarian.. Much love 💞

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    • Thank you! I am flattered. Stop by often; we will have more discussions.

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  24. Thanks for this site (clearer than my ephemeris)!

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  25. Hello:) Thank you for reblogging my post!

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  26. Thanks for such an in-depth post! I tend to post a lot about natal chart placements, so it’s nice to see such an in-depth post on the current ephermis and upcoming days! I love reading others views on astrology, on top of my own, as there are so many valid interpretations!

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    • Thank you for the encouragement! It is all a “labor of love” without any compensation other than knowing that some people like my work.

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  27. Thank you for reblogging my post! in lak’ech, Debra

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