April 2012

As we come into April, our intense desire for what we want and what we are trying to achieve can lose some of its appeal and luster by the way we package our projects and the way we present ourselves. While we might have felt that we had it all together, threads and strands could show an element of wear and tear and fabrication.

Venus exits its own Sign of Taurus and enters Mercury-ruled Gemini on the 3rd. We can become incredibly glib, talkative and looking to make our case whether we have the facts to back it up or not. On the contrary, we might find ourselves expressing and being receptive to the hype of the moment, those mind games and word plays used to win acceptance and support.

Like Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday in the 1950’s classic television show ‘Dragnet’, we should keep in mind the catchphrase of the show: ‘the facts, ma’am, just the facts.’

And like the above refrain, which was never truly uttered by the Jack Webb character, we could buy into what we want to hear and how we want to hear it. During this early April period, it would be wise for us to take things with a grain of salt, recognize that we might not be getting full disclosure and appreciate that everyone is trying to make their case.

But like the lyrics in the 1972 song by the O’Jays, ‘Back Stabbers’ caution:

‘They smile in your face
All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers…’

Due diligence would be our saving grace but also a characteristic we might neglect in the haste of the moment.

This early April period is replete with confusion, lack of clarity and a dance with the trickster, people appearing one way and the reality being something quite different.

The first week of April is action-packed but also a slippery slope when we might have real difficulty getting our solid footing. Venus enters Mercury-ruled Gemini on the 3rd. Mercury ends its retrograde cycle and turns direct on the 4th. Venus squares Neptune on the 5th. There is the Libra Full Moon on the 6th. And Venus squares Mars on the 7th.

Quite a week, this first week of April could prove to be. Let’s try to slow things down, not act impetuously and have a little bit of kindness for our fellow beings. At the same time, it would be wise for us to maintain a jaded eye, be skeptical of the demonstrations of camaraderie and always consider the possible consequences of our actions, even keeping in mind the law of unintended consequences. Yes, early April can be a real carousel, which might leave our head spinning if we allow ourselves to get ungrounded and caught up in the whirlwind of intense activity.

Let’s be aware that these times are volatile, times of eliminations but also times of things coming about in the most unexpected ways. A sense of the unanticipated could be highlighted around the 9th of April when Venus sextiles Uranus. We could hear from someone or connect serendipitously with someone who gives greater credence to our talents and makes suggestions regarding trajectories we might consider but that we had not taken into account.

The 10th has Pluto turning retrograde. Problems with traditional formats may come to light with implosions liable to upset the way things are. We might wonder whether we are truly on the road to economic recovery or whether we have merely swept things under the rug to be dealt with later in time. A sense of disgust with the powers-that-be can be stepped up, as we all now see with uncanny ability the reality that the emperor has no clothes.

While we might be concerned about certain difficulties still unresolved, we do not have to throw our hands up in despair or take a catatonic disposition. For on the 13th, Mars in Virgo turns direct. We may feel that no matter what is occurring in the world at large, if we take care of our own personal world, we can not only survive these times but actually thrive within the conditions around us.

The 15th of April in the US usually depicts the taxman cometh, as people try to finish their tax forms prior to the midnight deadline. This year the taxman is postponed thanks to the 15th falling on a Sunday. However, the 15th has the Sun opposed Saturn. We may feel as though the wind has been knocked out of our sails. We might seek to play the blame game, looking at other people as the cause of our distress. We could even realize that, while the tax bite this year is not extreme, next year with Saturn in Scorpio the tax bite could be even larger than ever. Yes, the taxman cometh on a regular basis and taketh ever more away.

Mercury moves out of Pisces on April 16th and back into Aries. We are still in the ‘shadow’ of the Mercury retrograde, possibly retracing steps we had taken back in March.

The Sun moves into Taurus on the 19th of April and in so doing gives greater weight to the Earth Grand Trine we have experienced since mid-November of this past year. We may be less impetuous, more willing to take things step by step, with each step being very methodical and focused on a best practices approach.

A pragmatic, focused direction can be accentuated thanks to the Taurus Lunation on the 21st, with the New Moon creating a signature for the next fortnight up to the Full Moon on May 5th. With the New Moon giving greater force to the Earth Grand Trine and the Sun Moon conjunction sextile Neptune, with the Sun exactly sextile Neptune on the 22nd, the same day that Mercury is conjunct Uranus, we may feel divinely inspired and guided in regard to making manifest those things that will support us and provide venues by which we can thrive. Now more than ever before we could fully believe that all things are possible.

We will have to watch for the naysayers, those people that have lost their faith and want us to stay the way we have been so that they do not have to look in the mirror and question why they cannot get themselves out of their complacency of discontent.

The latter part of April could be a time when we could literally move mountains. With the Sun in Taurus and part of the Earth Grand Trine, the Sun will trine Mars on the 23rd of April and then trine Pluto on the 29th of April. If we take things step by step, we could make great headway in regard to fulfilling our plans and realizing our goals.

It may not always be easy and there will be times when our faith will falter, for Mercury going through Aries will square Pluto on the 25th of April but all in all this month of April diminishes the impetuousness and regains a semblance of groundedness as the month progresses.

April 2012… getting a grip on reality…