Full Steam Ahead... or is it?

This week, the Moon is waxing from crescent to First Quarter – always a time of forward momentum and quickening – and that is only exacerbated by the fact that we are in the midst of fiery Aries season. To top it off, every single planet in our solar system is currently moving “direct” in the sky (as in, none of them are in dreaded retrograde) so all systems are go, go, go.

And yet… there doesn’t really seem to be an easy outlet for all of this energy. The planets are grouped in such a way that the only major aspect between them is a conjunction or sextile - which means a lot of energy is being “enveloped” or “energized” - but where no real place to be released. For better or for worse.

In astrology, alignments between planets are known as aspects. There are the harsh aspects - the square and opposition; the harmonious aspects - the trine and sextile; and then there’s the conjunction. When planets line up in the sky, their energy envelopes one another, and how this is interpreted relies largely on which planets are involved. Sometimes the two get along, sometimes they don’t.

For example, we have a conjunction between Mars and Venus, which - due to their s