Has everything in your daily life seemed a bit off recently? Have you noticed tensions running high at home and in the workplace?
We’ve all experienced unexpected challenges and unexplainable mood swings, but there are moments when it seems like everything falls apart at once. You might be blaming your troubles on what’s going on around you, but many would say your current woes are caused by what’s going on above your head.
2018 has been a busy celestial spectacle for astrologers and stargazers with five planets aligning, a full moon and four planets in retrograde in this month alone. Stargazers will be able to view Venus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter after midnight, or in the predawn hours without an optical aid.
The full moon will illuminate the night sky toward the end of April. A full moon occurs when the sun is opposite the moon, many believe this event highlights opposing forces in your life such as home versus work, or what you desire versus what you need. For some emotions and instincts reach their peak at a full moon. Try to use your increased awareness during this time to overcome any imbalances in your personal relationships if you are influenced by this lunar event.
Planets in retrograde viewed from Earth appear to be moving backward through the sky. This phenomenon is caused by the Earth traveling past these slower moving planets or when the Earth is itself passed by a faster moving planet. It’s an optical illusion that has mystified and captivated humans for centuries.
Many astrologers believe this apparent backward motion of planets goes against the natural order of movement – the direct movement, resulting in a higher probability of unlucky circumstances and outcomes for us all. Those of us sensitive to the extraordinary happenings above may experience low energy, depression and despair over those things out of our control this month, which is why some would caution against making any big decisions.
Wayward emotions are certainly a good indication to put off making any major decisions, but it’s important to keep in mind that a retrograde planet doesn’t necessarily mean bad karma. Avoiding your job or loved ones until these celestial spectacles are over isn’t likely possible or the answer.
This is a great opportunity to take stock of what is going on in your world. Push pause on any paranoid thoughts and focus on those areas in your life you’d like to see move in a different direction. Take time to understand what’s causing you stress or unhappiness in your personal or professional relationships then work on correcting past mistakes as you move forward. Changing your perspective is the best way to combat negative energy and deal with whatever comes your way this month and beyond.