April: A Spring of Ongoing Adjustments

When April began, on Fool’s Day, the appropriate aspect strongly in effect was Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces, our brains a bit spacey, or prone to illusion/delusion. We could easily have been fooled, or fooled someone else, and/or had a very good laugh at attempts to fool. Hopefully, the latter was true for you. As to the former, take note of the Mueller report.

The other aspect happening in the beginning of April, and that impacts us all month is the conjunction of Saturn, Pluto, and the south node of the Moon in Capricorn. This challenges us to bid adieu to what is no longer applicable or useful in our lives—a multi-dimensional and multi-layered task—that luckily we have some time to consider and apply. The south node of the Moon, in its nearly always retrograde state, will move on from the planets within a few months from now. The Saturn/Pluto contact, however, is with us for nearly two years, its exact conjunction in January 2020.

The south node of the Moon represents old habits and patterns, mostly ones that need to be assessed for their current value, and let go. However, the loss of such habits and patterns stirs great fears. This is not just for individuals, but for cultures, and the collective. When the sign is in Capricorn, we’re looking at government policy, military agency, rules and regulations, financial and religious institutions, and over-all patriarchal systems. And these days, unfortunately, what we are looking at, for the most part, is corruption. We’re seeing crumbling structures that the old guard are clinging to, despite their nearly total disfunction for the ordinary human or other species. Corporate money and interests are the rule, and that, quite obviously needs to change. When greed is the only motivating factor of government, all of what is needed for true survival is neglected or destroyed. We will be seeing in this next year many examples of what needs to be changed, many indicators of positive alternatives in the making, and of course resistance: resistance from the status quo to change, and resistance from the change-makers to the status quo. Each of us must make our choices, and exert our influence.

The New Moon in Aries occurred at 1:50 AM PDT on April 5, exactly halfway through the sign at 15 degrees. It made no strong aspects, but did square Saturn in Capricorn. New Moons are always new beginnings, but not with the fire of Aries stirring us to action. It was time to be your most fearless self, to take on challenges you’ve been reluctant to face, not with anger or recklessness, but with bravery and trust in your own strength. The Saturn square may have brought about some resistance, but hopefully it added just the right amount of considered planning instead, so that your task could be completed effectively.

The Sun, in fiery Aries, began forming a trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius shortly after the New Moon. Jupiter, itself, was slowing in preparation for a four-month retrograde period. The flow of energy between the Sun and Jupiter could have brought clarity and insight, or given the power of these planets, a tendency for overreach and pushing for one’s own particular point of view. Jupiter stationed retrograde at 24 degrees Sagittarius at 10:01 AM PDT on April 10, and will remain so until August 10.

Also on April 10, Venus was exactly conjunct Neptune in Pisces. Between April 7-12, the influence of that aspect was felt, particularly for those with strong Pisces energy. It was a time for inspired creativity, a search for, and appreciation for art and beauty in our life.  Personally, I sought for the beauty of spring in a journey to experience the “superbloom” in southern California, and was nearly overwhelmed by the profusion of flowers in several state preserves!

On April 12, the Cancer Moon opposed the Saturn/Pluto/south node of the Moon conjunction, while the Sun in Aries was square the same planets. The news of the day reflected so much of what we need to release/leave behind with the symbolism of the Moon’s south node in Capricorn, i.e., cruelty and corruption. The White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in “sanctuary cities” to target political foes, and the President himself directed a Homeland Security Official to perform illegal acts at the border, while promising him a pardon if he got into legal jeopardy.

From April 10-17, the conjunction between the Sun and Eris in Aries was strongly in effect. It was astounding how powerful young women of color were attacked by critics in fear of them. First year Democratic Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, in particular, were accused of all kinds of insulting actions and qualities by the President, other members of Congress, as well as the media. None of the criticisms were really true, but rather seemed like projections of the critics’ own fears of the young women’s power. They were usually quoting the women out of context, accusing them of prejudice or promoting the “impossible” or “socialism” or being out of step with the Democratic party. What the women have been doing consistently is promoting what their constituents, and a large percentage of the American people actually want from government. Eris may be the planet named for the goddess of “discord,” but what things that are entrenched, status quo and need desperately to be changed, have ever been changed without some “discord?” So, kudos to those young women, and all the rest of us who work for change by being bold and telling the truth.

Mercury began to speed up early in the month until it reached its usual speed and moved into Aries at 11:01 PM on April 16, after over two months, and a retrograde period, in the sign of Pisces. This move changed the Mercury energy enormously. From dreamy to fast-thinking, from reticent to assertive speaking, from finding it difficult to make a decision to getting directly to the point, our communicative capacity will be more confident and come off more authentic, during Mercury’s time in Aries, which, BTW, will be until May 7.

April’s Full Moon arrives early am, in the final degree of Libra on April 19 at 4:12 AM PDT. The Sun/Moon duo form a T-square with Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn, while the Sun is conjunct Eris in Aries, and also forms an out-of-sign conjunction with Uranus in Taurus. The Moon is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius. Mars in Aquarius is square Neptune in Pisces. It will likely be the influence of Uranus that has the most impact. Try to remain open to sudden events or insights. But the T-square to Saturn and Pluto could also have you with mixed feelings due to questioning past decisions or actions. Libra may be the sign of balance, but even with Venus being the ruler, we may find a sense of balance illusive. The Sun, the Moon, and Venus are in the final degrees of their signs, not a signal of sturdiness. In other words, all three are about to tip over into the next sign.

As to the strangeness of this Full Moon’s sensitivity, I found a quote from Robert Frost that, while humorous, seems quite appropriate:
“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.”

The very next day, April 20, at 1:56 AM PDT, the Sun shifts from Aries into Taurus, tightening its conjunction with Uranus. Just hours later, Venus moves into Aries at 9:11 AM PDT. The world may seem a bit calmer after these transitions. However, Venus, Chiron, and Mercury are all sitting together in the early degrees of Aries. Venus and Chiron will be pals for about a week, and that aspect could tone down Venus’s desire nature if old wounds of “not being enough” emerge in one’s psyche. But the “me first” quality of Aries will still be there, as it should be, so self-love is natural and getting what you want is definitely of value. While getting carried away with reckless demands is rarely a good idea, putting oneself first and enjoying the moment may be just what is called for.

On April 22, the Moon in Sagittarius opposes Mars in Gemini, and they both square Neptune in Pisces. If you’re looking for a good day for meetings, negotiations, and team management, this combination could be helpful, but only if you’ve done your pre-planning. It’s important to know in what direction you’re heading, and to keep in mind your goals. Otherwise, there could be too much input, and indecision as a result.

Pluto stations retrograde at 23 degrees Capricorn on April 24 at 11:48 AM PDT. It will remain retrograde until early October. Pluto has retrograde periods each year lasting about five months. These periods are, like all retrogrades, times of reflection on issues symbolic of the planet. We know Pluto is about power, both inner power giving us the capacity to feel empowered and live our purpose, as well as power from an external source where we feel controlled or regulated. During the retrograde period, we may find we have been too controlled by people, events or beliefs, and it’s time to let them go. Or, we may find we have been too controlling of others or situations, and it’s time to step back and release our need to control them.

The dynamic that will be most influential during Pluto’s retrograde will be its conjunction with Saturn, and of course that is aided and abetted by the two being in Capricorn, the sign Saturn rules. What does that mean? It means this is a serious time, we are to do serious business, and there’s no slacking. To compound the power and seriousness, Saturn, at 20 and 1/2 degrees Capricorn, also stations retrograde on April 29 at 5:55 PM PDT. It will remain retrograde until mid-September, when it will station direct at 13 plus degrees.

If something feels broken or worn out in your life, fix it or toss it, if you are able. If you’ve been holding back due to fear, it may be time to face that fear, and take charge of your life. All of this experience may create an experience of loss, or of feeling lost. I encourage you to hang in there, seek support, and trust. Our lives are complicated, as is this world right now. We all have history, as does this world. We all are in need of big changes, as is our world. In order to cope, we must do our best, with integrity, and encourage others to do the same.

See you next month!


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