The Eight of Wands
Things done hastily will prove to be poorly done. Think and plan before setting crucial actions into motion.
Othala represents a solid, immovable home, prosperity and safety. Good fortune based on your heritage and character is yours to enjoy.
This aspect will be affected by someone’s illness being shed. Their healing will cause positive changes within this aspect for you.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.
This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is patient, reliable, warmhearted, loving, persistent, determined, placid and security loving. This is a person you respect.
Second sign of the Zodiac, April 21st to May 22nd. Ruling planet Venus; correct metal Copper. Those born under Taurus were thought to be endowed with mental and physical strength, strong minded, clever, fearless and emotional. The correct Taurus gem is the Sapphire. The sapphire is of a deep blue color, and the darker the blue the greater its value. The ancients wore Sapphire charms for protection from poison, plague, fever, diseases of the skin, and to bring peace and happiness upon its wearer. The eyes were rubbed by a Sapphire to preserve them from injury by smallpox. King Solomon’s seal is said to have been a Sapphire.
Although the exact meaning may vary, The Hand is a symbol of some form of personal power in many cultures and religions. The presence of The Hand is an indication that your personal powers are at or near their zenith. The Hand suggest a time when you should leave your mark on the world.
As a daily card, The Hand suggest that now is a time for you to leave your mark on the world. Your unique strengths are heightened to a point where you can not only expect to make substantial progress towards your goals, but enjoy recognition for your efforts as well.
Meaning: This rune symbolizes your friends and family and their influence upon you. Its meaning is usually derived from the other stones closest to it. This rune is also associated with travel. A journey abroad is indicated especially if the Sun rune is nearby, but a journey for someone close to you if the Moon stone is closest. If it is near to the Rings it foretells a holiday or long distance relationship.
The Lovers indicates both the most powerful of unions and the most of challenging conflicts humans must face. On one side The Lover’s embodies love and union on a cosmic scale—a love so strong, so inherently good that it actually makes the lovers better, more than they really are. All of the elements are there for the perfect union. The Lovers represent all powerful unions in general, and the elements that create/sustain them. The problem The Lovers face is temptation and the decision to act morally or abandon their ethics to take advantage of other opportunities that would be defined as transgressions.
Like The Sun, The World brings good blessings. The World appears where all is in balance. It allows you to act effectively not only as an individual but as a member of a group too. The World promises contentment, fulfillment and completeness to those under its influence. It doesn’t guarantee there will not be moments of strife or discord in your life, but it does indicate that your trials and tribulations will be overcome; that ultimately you will know inner-peace and contentment. The World suggests you have found or will find your place in our Universe—that place where all is as it should be.
We grow bored with shallow conversations today and want to get to the heart of the matter. But we must be careful because our words pack a punch as messenger Mercury trines unrelenting Pluto. Additionally, Mars turns retrograde, beginning a ten-week period of slow progress that annoys us and turns frustration into anger. Meanwhile, the logical Virgo Moon enables us to create an effective plan that transforms our daily routine into long-term success.
Aries Horoscope MAR 21 – APR 19
You might not know how to best manage your powerful feelings today. Just when you thought you had everything under control, you are lured into new territory without time to prepare for your journey. But the evolving landscape wasn’t on your radar and can throw you off guard. It’s not necessary to act on every sudden whim now or you may be searching for your way back to familiar ground for a long time to come. Enjoy the view, but wait for the dust to settle before involving anyone else in your rapidly changing fantasies.
Taurus Horoscope APR 20 – MAY 20
It’s likely that you could be surprised by the intensity of an emotional encounter today. Be prepared to reevaluate your current relationship goals even if you think you know where you stand. Stay open to reconsidering a recent choice and make any corrections that are necessary. But don’t alter your course on a whim; take plenty of time to delve into any problems that arise. The way ahead is directly through the center but it may take more time than you expect to find middle ground.
Gemini Horoscope MAY 21 – JUN 20
You often try to avoid a stressful conversation by deftly switching the topic to one that’s more palatable. But now a lingering question is driving you toward finding the answers you seek even if it makes others squirm. Thankfully, you can make use of powerful memories to get to the bottom of an unsolved riddle. But you may be so exhilarated when you finally uncover the truth that you make an impulsive decision. Prudently put all the puzzle pieces together first.
Cancer Horoscope JUN 21 – JUL 22
You could feel exhausted from all the emotional changes that seem to lead you around in circles today. It takes a concerted effort to ward off peer pressure now, especially if someone tries to involve you in mischief you wish to avoid. If you have any doubt at all, don’t relinquish control for the sake of being a team player. Your integrity is at stake, so be true to yourself no matter what anyone else says. Your strength of character is an inspiration to others.
Leo Horoscope JUL 23 – AUG 22
You can’t help but wonder if you’re heading in the wrong direction today, only to find your confidence soaring later this evening. Be willing to take a risk, even if you’re not sure that the outcome will be what you expect. But don’t make any significant decisions based on a fleeting temptation; your feelings are still in flux and it would be wise to wait until the mood swings begin to settle down before you commit to something you later regret. Once bitten, twice shy.
Virgo Horoscope AUG 23 – SEP 22
Although your life may be full of distractions now, your power of concentration is unwavering as your key planet Mercury forms a harmonizing trine with potent Pluto. Your perceptions are extremely sharp, but your imagination kicks in and beckons you to daydream about the future. It’s great to explore your fantasies as long as you remember to distinguish what’s real from what’s not. Obstacles to your success disappear when you focus on the truth.
Libra Horoscope SEP 23 – OCT 22
Your recent need for excitement begins to gradually abate today. Nevertheless, you might grow bored with a previous decision and feel the irrepressible desire to stir things up. But change for the sake of change won’t help, especially if people are less than cooperative. It’s wiser to have a realistic goal in sight and channel your enthusiasm toward something specific in the future, instead of running away from your past.
Scorpio Horoscope OCT 23 – NOV 21
Although you might not know how to utilize the information you possess, at least there aren’t any questions about the validity of your logic today. Mental Mercury’s flowing trine to powerful Pluto turns your mind into a steel trap and there’s no escaping from the truth. Be as practical in your approach as you can; having all the facts in order minimizes your chances of jumping to the wrong conclusion. Nevertheless, your natural intensity is amplified and could scare others away now. Lower your voice and moderate your message for the greatest impact.
Sagittarius Horoscope NOV 22 – DEC 21
Your world suddenly appears to be moving in slow motion, making it increasingly tough to meet your commitments. Your frustration grows as assertive Mars turns retrograde in your sign today. You might try to escape your current responsibilities by exploring the back roads of your imagination. However, this is not a day for idle daydreaming. Set aside your fantasies and focus on one practical step you can take in the present moment. Temporarily forget your long-term goals while you accomplish one simple task at a time.
Capricorn Horoscope DEC 22 – JAN 19
Following your natural rhythm is challenging now because so many interesting distractions entice you away from your chores. Nevertheless, establishing a gentle pace early in the day harnesses the powerful creativity that is currently at your disposal. Although you tend to be motivated by chasing ambitious goals, you’ll be happier today if you pursue pleasure, not productivity. Let your inner child out to play and see what happens.
Aquarius Horoscope JAN 20 – FEB 18
It’s smarter to keep everything light and easy today in spite of your sudden desire to delve into the unknown emotional realms. But you won’t find happiness by playing the role of a detective. Trying to uncover the source of someone else’s drama will lead you on a wild goose chase. You only need to be accountable for your response to external events; you don’t have to fix them. Fortunately, you can achieve nearly anything you put your mind to now so choose your destination wisely.
Pisces Horoscope FEB 19 – MAR 20
You may grow discouraged if you don’t feel up to tackling an important task now. Just remember your self-esteem is not solely dependent on whether or not you deliver on your promises. Your struggle is more about your idealism and the challenges you face when reality doesn’t meet your lofty expectations. Happily, your confidence should return soon enough if you can keep your priorities straight. Don’t undertake risky behavior just to prove your value. People appreciate you just the way you are.
While you yearn for security and stability, you are easily bored with routines and can get antsy if you don’t have freedom of movement. This can make you somewhat difficult to please at times! You can be quite indecisive in love, and in long-term setups you’ll need to vary the routine frequently in order to keep your interest levels high. Dynamic and spirited, you have a kooky sense of humor and your interests (as well as talents) are many.
Famous people born today: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Ustinov, Ellen Barkin, Charlie Chaplin.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!
This can be a year in which you are building faith and confidence in your personality, skills, and talents. You can experience a stronger desire to seek out meaning, wisdom, and mental stimulation in your life during this period. Others might frequently turn to you for guidance.
You have a special way with people this year, and your personal magnetism is strong. Making connections with others comes more easily, particularly on romantic and creative levels.
Your ability to express yourself and to solve problems is enhanced this year. You may have opportunities to travel, and matters related to publishing, teaching, and writing should go especially well. You could also have big ideas and plans, as your mind is filled with ideas. The desire to expand your mind is strong, and this is a good year to take up studies or to further your education. It’s also excellent for teaching and speaking. With greater receptivity to new ideas and perspectives, you are more likely to attract positive energies into your life. You are likely to be popular with others when it comes to your ideas and communications, especially as you are communicating with optimism and cheerfulness, and this can bring rewarding experiences and opportunities into your life.
This is a good year, generally speaking, for motivation levels regarding work or projects and personal interests. There can be opportunities to pursue absorbing topics and projects of interest. More joy and meaning can be found in your work or obligations.
However, you need to be aware of a tendency to be attracted to impractical ventures at times this year. As well, your energy can vary greatly from one period to the next, so take advantage of the “high” periods in order to offset the possible loss in productivity during the low-energy stages.
Certain elements of your social life and financial life are stabilized, secured, and more reliable this year. You may solidify a romantic relationship or become involved with a mature partner. Circumstances may be such that you need to handle money more carefully this year, or this may simply come naturally to you now. Support from older people or authority figures may come by way of solid advice or more tangible help. Renewed ties to old friends are possible, or a new sense of responsibility in existing friendships, are also highly likely.
Relationships can be motivating this year, as a partner or good friend may inspire you to pursue your dreams and goals. You are playfully competitive and might win a major competition, if applicable. This is a good period for creative projects and joining with others in pursuing a common goal.
Transiting Saturn harmonizes with your Sun from March 2017 forward, and this can be a steadying, helpful influence. You are practical in your choices (for the most part), keeping your feet on the ground and paying attention to, and honoring, tradition as well as tried-and-true methods. You have the power of practicality, realism, and caution on your side in the year ahead. Work you have done in the past begins to pay off this year–not necessarily in dramatic ways, but in small, measurable ways. You may be recognized or rewarded in some way for the efforts you put forth. Because you project a more responsible and credible “you”, people in authority are more inclined to appreciate you and recognize your work.
This is a potentially excellent year for communications, learning, and connecting. It’s also a strong year for personal appeal and relationship excitement. Positive plans and lifestyle changes can be made at this time in your life. Personal magnetism runs high. The second half of the year is particularly good for getting your life on track through improved work, attention to practical details, and increased self-discipline overall, although there will be times when you battle with varying energy levels.
2016 is a Number Two year for you. Ruled by the Moon. This is a year of potential companionship. It is a quiet, gentle, and mostly harmonious year that is less active than other years. Instead, you are more responsive to the needs of others. If you are patient and open yourself up in a gentle manner, you will attract both things and people. This is an excellent year in which to build and develop for the future. Advice – be patient, be receptive, enjoy the peace, collect.
2017 will be a Number Three year for you. Ruled by Jupiter. This is a year of sociability. It is a friendly time, when it is easy to enjoy life and other people. Focus is on personal freedom, reaching out to others, making new friends, and exploration. You are more enthusiastic and ready for adventure. It is likely to be a rather lighthearted year, when opportunities for “play” time are greater than usual. It’s also a good year for expressing your creativity. Advice – reach out, but avoid scattering your energies.
With Venus in your sign these days, dear Aries, your desires are very strong right now, but today they don’t necessarily reflect what’s in your heart. In fact, on some level, your desires may be leading you in an opposite path as a form of avoidance of what really matters to you. Mars is about to turn retrograde, and as it moves to a station, you could feel a little flooded with energies that will take time to understand. As such, it’s better to take things slowly and avoid big decision making. Even so, your mind is quite sharp now, and you may want to take advantage by doing something productive. You can make excellent progress on a career or money-making idea now, but save big launches for later.
There is more attention to the past than usual these days, dear Taurus, and this will continue a while longer as you are in a period of review and processing. You may be striving to make peace with the past, but today can be a little tricky when it comes to close relationships, as you could easily find yourself at cross purposes. You may have a difficult time knowing what you want, possibly baffling those close to you. This is a time when you can be confused about alternatives. Mars is about to turn retrograde, and this is another signal to look within for answers. Even so, you have an innate desire to build something solid for yourself, and you should go with this constructive feeling. Apply your tremendous mental energy to something useful.
Your desire for variety in your social life is stimulated today, dear Gemini but there is also a strong part of you that would prefer to hide yourself away or to keep your observations to yourself. There can be some doubts or concerns that can prevent you from interacting naturally with friends or associates. Someone could be playing hard to get, or they may not be playing at all – they might simply be out of touch with what they truly want. Watch for impulsive spending that comes from inner restlessness rather than true need or desire. Mars moving to a retrograde station can further point to the need to defer important decisions and to take things slow. However, you have strong energy for working on projects behind the scenes. There can be breakthroughs today – what at first seems a problem can turn in your favor.
There might be a difficulty with a reputation or career matter that throws you for a loop or disrupts plans today, dear Cancer. You might be reminded of responsibilities that you’d prefer not to fulfill, for example, or you might attract people to you who take advantage of you, and you may need to establish boundaries as a result. Promises made today may not be viable. If you feel a little out of balance, your best bet is to slow down and avoid acting on impulses. Mars is moving towards a retrograde station further clouding the picture. However, good energy is with you for networking and connecting with friends later today. Thoughts turn to larger matters and plans for the future. Sharing viewpoints, personal philosophies, and opinions with others can lead to important discoveries.
The Moon is in your sign until evening, dear Leo, bringing powerful emotions to the surface, but also some impatience when it comes to filling your needs, which can seem a little urgent now. This is complicated by a Venus-Jupiter quincunx and Mars approaching its retrograde station. Essentially, you may not know for certain what you want, or you could fixate on something you think you want but then discover that it’s really not the answer to your problems. Generally speaking, you’re sharing your affections rather liberally these days and you’re looking forward when it comes to love. You are more willing to look at the big picture rather than to focus on the little problems. However, today, there can be some frustration due to the perception that others are not sharing your values. Even so, there is strong energy for getting a sense for what you want to achieve in the larger scheme of things. There can be some important conclusions drawn now, and wonderful feedback as well, as others look to you for guidance.
In general, you are motivated these days to share in a harmonious manner with others, dear Virgo, and on a more mundane level, money shared or coming to you from other sources than your personal income can be strong now. Superficial love connections are less appealing, as you seek something deeper. Today, however, there can be some hesitation to give of yourself due to a sense that others may be impinging on your freedom. There can be some confusion about boundaries in a relationship. Affections can be intense one minute and then they cool down the next. This is temporary, but because Mars is moving to a retrograde station, you are better off taking things one step at a time and avoiding acting on impulses, which can be leading you astray. Even so, today is very strong for working on an in-progress project and for sharing ideas with people you love. You have more clout than usual.
You could feel that an important decision regarding a relationship needs to be made now, dear Libra, but in fact the matter needs more time, as it’s difficult to see things for what they are and for their value right now. There can be competing feelings when it comes to the need for freedom and independence, and for togetherness. Discern between feelings that come from a place of insecurity and those that come from your heart. You might feel that something is leading to a dead end, and you may want to investigate your alternatives. However, be careful not to jump into something due to current frustrations that you may one day regret. Mars is moving to a retrograde station, and this shift tends to inflate passions. Take things slowly now. It’s not the time to make big changes. Even so, today holds strong energy for seeing which habits you may need to nix. Self-improvement is in high focus now, and ideas about what route to take are coming to you now.
Today, you might have a hard time sticking to routines, diet plans, and the like, dear Scorpio. As well, it may be difficult to please a loved one, mainly because they don’t know what they truly want for the time being. There can be competing energies pitting your social life or leisure time against chores and duties. Mars, your co-ruler, is close to its retrograde station, and this shift can stimulate a sense of urgency to deal with matters or to fulfill desires. However, it’s simply not clear which direction to take for the moment, so aim to take things slowly until you sort things out. Even so, today is hardly a miss. Mercury and Pluto are moving towards harmony, and this gives you more clout as well as motivation to work on a project or to get to the bottom of a matter. Your feelings about relationships are certainly intense today, and there is an opportunity to make an important transformation through a partner or close friend.
A partner, love interest, or child can throw you for a loop today, dear Sagittarius. Unexpected reactions or events can make for a rather changeable day, but certainly there are ways to manage things so that you can enjoy the positive energy, particularly for practical matters and discoveries. It can be a bit of a challenge finding your center with Mars heading to a retrograde station, largely because people around you seem to be nervous, aggressive, or too focused on right and wrong. Look to fill a need to sort out small problems in your daily affairs, to work on an in-progress project, and to de-clutter your environment. This way, you’ll use excess energy constructively and have something to show for it at the end of the day.
Mars is heading towards a retrograde station, dear Capricorn, and this can stimulate nervous tension temporarily. As well, a Venus-Jupiter aspect today can play with our expectations and lead to some off timing. There may be an inclination to keep others at arm’s length. As well, attempts to get close to others can in fact end up turning you off or stirring up feelings of restlessness. This is not a good day for intimacy, as people around you are generally difficult to please, including yourself! Aim to take things slowly as you sort out what you truly want, and give others space to do the same. Look for opportunities to channel your energy into projects that could use some attention. There is, in fact, good energy for mental focus with us now. You may want to express yourself in a creative way now.
Your communication skills are in generally fine form these days with Venus in your solar third house, dear Aquarius. Often, you seem to know exactly what to say at exactly the right moment. Love can be enhanced with good conversations, emails, texts, and letters. Others might be especially attracted to your ideas and style of communication. Today, however, there can be some problems getting your message across, but it’s temporary. Take a little more care to make yourself especially clear. While taking care of unfinished business might not seem glamorous right now, it can help you by reducing your levels of guilt and stress that come from the nagging feeling that you have things left to do. You may be facing up to something that requires attention – a neglected area of your life that now seems quite important to revisit. Mars will turn retrograde tomorrow, and it makes sense to take things slowly.
With Venus in your solar second house these days, dear Pisces, the desire to accumulate new possessions, and/or to beautify existing ones can be strong, although your desire for security is also important. Today, whims can take hold, however. If you are feeling unsettled, try to get to the heart of the matter. A difference in values with someone can be frustrating now if you are not in touch with what’s truly bothering you. It can be a little difficult relating to some people today because of sensitivity or exaggeration. However, ideas shared with friends or in group settings can be healing and helpful. Mars is approaching a retrograde station and this is a signal to take things slow and defer important decisions for now.
The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon. During a Waxing Gibbous the moon will rise in the east in mid-afternoon and will be high in the eastern sky at sunset. The moon is then visible though most of the night sky setting a few hour before sunrise. The word Gibbous first appeared in the 14th century and has it’s roots in the Latin word “gibbous” meaning humpbacked.
Phase Details for – Saturday, April 16, 2016
Phase: Waxing Gibbous
Moon Age: 9.60 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 393,427.73 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 150,178,216.61 km