by Joan Kiley
As the fool ushered in April this year, Mars had just left its own sign of Aries and entered Taurus, a much slower-paced energy sign. Venus, the ruler of Taurus, was already there. The Moon was in Virgo, opposing Neptune and squaring Saturn. Thus, despite the Sun, Mercury and Uranus still in Aries, there was a dominance of slower, more cautious energy to start April. Our emotions were sensitive to this change and less inclined to prompt self-oriented actions. There was the urge to check on the needs of others, and to take their interests into consideration.
We were grateful for the calming influence of Taurus several days later on April 4. At 5:05 AM PDT on April 4 we had the Full Moon in Libra, forming a Cardinal T-square with Pluto in Capricorn, and the Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries! To top it off there was a total eclipse of the Moon, or “Blood Moon,” visible in most of North America, South America, Asia and parts of Australia! What a powerful and beautiful phenomenon of our solar system! The partial phases spanned some 3 ½ hours but the full phase lasted less than 5 minutes. It was called a “Blood Moon” because the whitish globe of the Moon turned red during the full phase.
This Full Moon was conjunct the Moon’s nodes, the North node being in Libra. This was a reminder that we need to be considerate of others when making decisions about our future. But it was not just about taking care of others’ needs;it was about finding balance. All that Aries energy tells us it is imperative that we each look at what is needed for our own soul purpose. But a slowing Jupiter trine the Sun/Uranus/South Node while sextile the Moon/North Node tells us not to get stuck there! The Full Moon in Libra conjunct the North Node says to consult the other, listen to the other. Be sure we are trying to find equality and harmony in our actions, negotiating what is best for all concerned.
With the energy so alive and potent on the Full Moon, it is no accident that it coincided with the U.S (and other world powers) development of a tentative framework for a nuclear plan with Iran. It will take several more lunar cycles before we see if there’s a full agreement. Good news, yes? Yet, there were the usual complainers who appear to want the old path, the old fear mongering, the old “let’s bomb them out of existence” or “the President is a traitor” ideas that some folks just haven’t been able to let go. The good news was that polls showed that a majority of Americans were pleased to find a way to move forward, away from war, and into a future where the possibility of negotiations is honored.
We remained in this dynamic state for several days while Jupiter, the Great Benefic, was slowing to station. On April 8, at 9:57 AM PDT, Jupiter stationed direct at 12 degrees 35 minutes Leo. At that moment, the Moon was conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius, and forming a wide trine with Jupiter. Any drama of Jupiter’s forward movement was thus somewhat dampened by strong Saturn caution.
The next day, on April 9, the Sun and Mercury are exactly conjunct in Aries, and the Moon trines them from her position in Sagittarius, while Jupiter widely forms the Grand Trine in Fire, making its closest trine with Uranus in Aries. This dynamic of fire sparks up the energy of the day. Neptune in Pisces is also featured, with a Saturn/Neptune square, and Mars in Taurus sextile Neptune. We’ve been through enormous changes in the past weeks. We are still excited, and a spiritual dimension surrounds our every emotion and action while we attempt to process our experiences and ground ourselves in a new reality.
Don’t be surprised if you feel somewhat woozy these days from all the changes. Even if you don’t experience your outer life as being all that different, know that things truly are shifting within. Many people actually manifest physical symptoms, as if they might be “coming down with something,” such things as headaches, achy muscles, tiredness, weakness, sinus blockages or the like. And yes, they may in fact, have the flu. More often than not, however, these symptoms do not develop into anything serious, but are ways the body uses to shed old toxicity as the person shifts into a new level of awareness. Many of us are also sensitive to the recent magnetic storms in the cosmos, and scientists reveal that we may be experiencing similar types of physical symptoms in response.
Venus moves into Gemini on April 11, initiating an opposition with Saturn in Sagittarius, and a square to Neptune that remains strong through the 19th. This T-square in mutable signs may bring some initial confusion and tension to our relationships and what it is we esteem or value, but if we allow the information to flow from our spirit into our hearts, we can get clarity, particularly with the New Moon on the 18th.
The New Moon arrives on April 18 at 11:56 AM PDT at 28 degrees 25 minutes Aries. There are no other planets at the end of their signs at that time, so the New Moon is without aspect, clearly a new beginning in the spirit of fiery Aries. We have been through two eclipses, the onset of Spring, and some truly challenging aspects since the last New Moon. We’ve had to adjust our compass, both on an inner and an outer level.
It is now time to set a new vision of where we feel the need to go in this next period of time, inspired by Aries warrior energy. Mars, the ruler of Aries, is conjunct Mercury in Taurus. This provides good odds that our thinking and our desire for action are grounded and doable. On the 19th, the Moon joins Mars and Mercury in Taurus, putting the emotional rubber stamp on our future plans.
With the mutable T-square between Venus, Saturn and Neptune about to shift past Saturn, to just a strong square between Venus and Neptune, there is also energy for a thoughtful inclusion of a sense of connectedness between what we want for ourselves, and what is best for all beings.
The Sun shifts into Taurus at 2:42 AM PDT on April 20. Uranus will remain in Aries, but the majority of planets that were spending time there during these volatile past weeks, have now moved on.
On April 23 and 24, we have an interesting set of temporary dynamics. The Sun is quincunx Saturn, the Moon opposes Pluto and trines Neptune, there are multiple sextiles and squares. Jupiter, now direct, squares the Mars/Mercury conjunction. The energy is a mix of all the elements, all the modes, and all of the aspects. Yet, the feeling is one of settling in with confidence to a new way of being. “Yes, I can be me, and I can do this.”
By way of synchronicity, this quote from Steve Jobs was posted on a friend’s Facebook page, and it fits the moment: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
On April 29, the Moon in Virgo opposes Chiron, and Venus squares them both, forming a mutable T-square. This structure could challenge the confidence we’ve been feeling about where we are on our path, but instead, try using it as a moment of reflection and evaluation rather than a moment of defeat. When we begin moving forward in our evolutionary path, we will come to moments when our old wounds may be triggered. Nevertheless, we need not be brought down. We can recognize them, own them, and realize they no longer own us. We continue to move forward.
The final two days of the month, Mercury and Saturn oppose one another, cautioning us to think before we speak, rather than kick ourselves for saying, or not saying, something we regret later. At 7:00 PM PDT on April 30, Mercury shifts into Gemini, where it loves frolicking in it’s own air sign, but this year will find itself going retrograde next month, to mix things up a bit.
See you next month!