by Joan Kiley
April entered the scene with Jupiter in Gemini in aspect to everything in the chart! Looked like a ringing endorsement of inner faith! Jupiter was sextile all the planets in Aries, square everything in Pisces, opposed the Moon, and remained in quincunx to both Saturn and Pluto in the Yod formation that re-formed last month. That does not mean that we were all feeling swell, or all was “peachy keen.” What it does signify is that we are a work in progress, and keeping our nose to the proverbial grindstone without losing faith, without giving in to old default patterns, allows us to continue our positive evolution toward an improved life and lifestyle this month. AND, for those who have yet to start your spring rebirthing process, get at it! It’s never too late to begin.
Early April also brought a lengthy conjunction between the personal planets of Venus and Mars, in the Mars-ruled sign of Aries. That could have found us at times excited, at times a little impatient, with others who don’t necessarily share our point of view. With Mercury still in Pisces, however, we could be willing to compromise. The house of your chart where you have the sign of Aries could tell you what issues will most likely be at issue. This conjunction lasts for the first three weeks of the month, though the most intense period is the 5th through the 9th. On the 15th, Venus enters her own sign of Taurus, and this signifies a whole different kind of energy emerging, slower, more interested in pleasure than competition. Mars follows suit on the 20th.
The April New Moon arrives at 2:35 AM PDT on April 10 at 20 degrees Aries 41 minutes. The Sun, Moon, Venus and Mars are all in Aries within 3 degrees. And of course, Uranus is still there at 9 degrees. Saturn in Scorpio is quincunx Uranus exactly. Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter in Gemini are quincunx exactly. And with Chiron now at 11 degrees of Pisces, it is square Jupiter and sextile Pluto.
This tells me that there’s lot of discomforting energy in big important places in our lives, and in our selves. These energies have been at work in us for some time. We first talked about the Yod between Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter at the Winter Solstice. The New Moon merely accents the process and tells us to affirm the changes we want to see in our life, to validate the adjustments to behaviors or projects we’ve seen coming, and are now ready to be implemented. Is there something in yourself, in your life, about which you are in doubt or reconsidering? If it is a decision, a project, or a strategy, try not to dismiss yourself for choosing it in the first place. Just realize that there need to be adjustments made to the initial plan. If necessary, do a bit more research, ask questions, shift your perception, and find a better path.
On April 12, Pluto stations retrograde for its annual 5-month path in (visually anyway) reverse motion. Pluto was named for the Roman god of the underworld, and often its retrograde period nudges us, or arm twists us, depending on our willingness, to look at our own “hidden” or shadow issues. This is not a “be very afraid” period, more like a “let’s try to get more honest” with ourselves period.
When Pluto goes retrograde this month, it allows Uranus, in direct motion, to move more rapidly toward the next exact square of these two power planets, denoting dynamic revolutionary cultural and societal activity. The exact square doesn’t occur until May 20, but as these two planets build up the tension toward the exact degree, the pressure builds. We will likely see its reflection in our selves, our relationships, and our world.
As the cries for freedom get louder and more frenzied, as the systems and beliefs that have outgrown their usefulness continue to crumble, as the resistance to change continues to entrench, the result will be multiple crises on all levels to observe/experience. If we look only to the dead and dying, we may rejoice, bemoan, or just remain spellbound. Those responses will not likely be helpful, however, in evolving in a positive forward direction. Shake yourself out of your stupor and focus on the new systems and beliefs that can be born from the ashes of the old, then work to build them. Remember, this is a multi-year process. This next exact square is but the third of seven between June of 2012 and March of 2015. We’ll be continually revisiting this dynamic in the months and years ahead.
Meanwhile, the Sun is in Aries, ruled by Mars. Mars is also in Aries. In fact, Mars and the Sun stay within 2 degrees of each other, in the sign of Aries from April 5 through April 20. This makes it more than likely there’ll be high level of interest in action, movement, and innovation this month, accented by a fair dose of impatience and impulsive behavior. And that’s on top of the building Uranus/Pluto square, and the Pluto/Saturn/Jupiter Yod.
Do not be surprised if the calmest of people are a bit testy this month. Give yourself and others a little slack. Ask for it from others. There’s a lot going on, in both our inner and outer worlds. There’s a need for a lot of physical activity, not just “busyness,” but the need to use the body to release energy—lots of it. Sleep as much as you are able, as well, in order to allow the unconscious to work its magic in dreamtime.
On April 20, the mood really begins to shift. Both the Sun and Mars move into Taurus, and the energy that day should start to calm, slow down, and feel like your feet are on the ground. Welcome it. Venus will already be in Taurus. This doesn’t mean we’ve left Aries behind. On the contrary, Mercury will be conjunct Uranus in Aries from about the 17th through the 22nd, and our minds may feel like they are on fire with new ideas, to-do lists, and projects for making change. It’s just that other parts of us may have a tad more patience, and allow us to give free reign to the mental buzz. Take notes! Insights that come you may want to remember!
The Full Moon in Scorpio arrives on April 25 at 12:57 PM PDT. The Moon, at 5 degrees, lands in an applying conjunction to Saturn at 8 degrees, both opposing the Sun and Mars in Taurus. The Moon isn’t all that comfortable next to Saturn, but given it’s in a water sign, it’ll make the most of it. Watch for a tendency to mistrust the motives of others, yet not look at your own role in the situation. There may also be a deepening of feelings of victimization or frustration in a project or relationship that doesn’t seem to be moving in a desired direction. Taurus and Scorpio are fixed signs. Take the time to be patient and release your need to control. Other aspects in the chart can assist us with acceptance and the willingness to have faith in the process.
A partial lunar eclipse will also take place on the Full Moon. It is the first of three lunar eclipses in 2013. Only a tiny part of the Moon will be covered by the Earth's umbral shadow at maximum eclipse, but the entire northern half of the Moon will be darkened from being inside the penumbral shadow.
The final days of the month will have us continuing the busy activities of spring, and taking charge of our lives in slightly new ways. As the moon moves through Capricorn on the 29th and 30th, it will aspect all the outer and inner planets at one time or another. Take a few moments to evaluate all that has occurred during April. You will be able to confidently tell yourself “well done.” Much has been accomplished under trying circumstances!
See you in May! Please feel free to send me comments about the astrology, or comment on my blog site:http://www.bplanetwise.com/posts/27-april-focus-on-action-movement-innovation.