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April 13, 2023

Third Quarter Square: Balancing Assertiveness and Practicality

— Olivia Martinez
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Finding a balance between assertiveness and practicality is essential, as the cosmos supports us in focusing on what matters. Fueled by enthusiasm and motivation, a practical approach is necessary that breaks down challenges into manageable steps to ensure progress.

This week, ask yourself: Am I being assertive and practical in pursuing what I value most?

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This Third Quarter Square commenced with the Sun at 23° Aries squaring the Moon at 23° Capricorn on April 13th at 2:11 am PT

The New Moon at 0° Aries three weeks ago sparked a surge in activity that has been continually building up. This increase isn't limited to just us but extends to our family, friends, and associates. Aries is known for its eagerness to initiate things, so many people have taken on too much.

Sun-Jupiter Conjunction

April 11th, 2023

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Sun/Jupiter Conjunction at 21° Aries

The Sun/Jupiter conjunction in Aries on April 11th further amplifies this desire for activity. The Sun represents vitality, while Jupiter is associated with growth and abundance. Together, this transit emphasizes the importance of taking bold action and seizing opportunities. Sun/Jupiter fuels confidence and motivation, which can help us pursue our goals with enthusiasm and vigor. However, with dynamic energy comes the potential of biting off more than we can chew or pushing ourselves too hard. It's important to remain grounded and focused on our priorities to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the rush of busyness.

Third Quarter Square

April 13, 2023

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Moon at 23° Capricorn

Thankfully, with the arrival of the Third Quarter Square in Capricorn, there is a shift. We can pause, assess which opportunities hold the most practical value, and formulate clear and tangible objectives. This marks a transition from pursuing activities for their own sake to instead identifying and prioritizing activities that bring real worth. As Capricorn governs management, organization, and execution skills, it's an opportune time to reflect on how we utilize and approach these abilities. The potential for this will grow in the coming week as we approach the Solar Eclipse.

Fun Fact:

Capricorn is one of the oldest recognized constellations in the sky, dating back to ancient Babylonian times [1]. The Sea Goat represents both Earth and Water, moving effortlessly between them. It symbolizes hard work and abundance, reflecting the importance of diligence, sustenance, and sustainability [2].

Venus Square Saturn

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Venus at 2° Gemini square Saturn at 3° Pisces

In addition, Venus in Gemini is squaring Saturn in Pisces, pushing us to get real about our practical affairs. Venus in Gemini urges us to communicate with others about any conflicts we're having. Venus represents the principle of attraction and repulsion, beauty and values, while Saturn is linked to expertise, responsibilities, and structure. When these two planets square, it can indicate a focus on opportunities and challenges related to relationships, finances, and personal values.

The Venus square to Saturn can bring about discoveries related to self-worth and clarity around values and needs. It highlights areas where we may be undervaluing ourselves, settling for less than we deserve, or struggling to express our needs and desires effectively. The pairing encourages us to confront our limitations and redefine our values and priorities.

Astrological interpretations are by Jim Sher of the Sher Institute of Astrology & Metaphysics.

Olivia Martinez
Thursday, April 13th, 2023

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