April 2nd – 8th, 2012

This first week of April is action-packed but also a slippery slope when we might have real difficulty getting our solid footing. We could find ourselves spinning with confusion, lack of clarity and a dance with the trickster, people appearing one way and the reality being something quite different.

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.

Early in the week, Venus exits its own Sign of Taurus and enters Mercury-ruled Gemini on Tuesday, followed by Mercury ending its retrograde cycle and turning direct on Wednesday. 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.

Towards the latter part of the week we might become more considerate of other people’s needs. We may even seek to make amends for the self-focused, self-absorbed and self-centered tendencies we could have been exhibiting over the past two weeks.

The weekend would be a good time for an intense Spring cleaning, clearing away the clutter, cleaning up our messes. We might choose to go through our old baggage, both literally and figuratively, and see what we can easily part with. We don’t want to be carrying around a great deal of garbage, and the weekend could be productive for dumping the extraneous, superfluous and unneeded from our lives.

Quite a week, this first week of April can 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, this 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.

Monday, April 2nd – King of the Hill – Sun, Jupiter. Monday begins the week with the Moon in Leo and the Moon trine the Sun and the Moon square Jupiter. We may be full of beans and full of ourselves today. We are feeling creative, at the top of our game and possibly a little dictatorial in the sense that we know not only what is good for ourselves but also what is good for everyone around us. Yes, this day could have us commanding other people from our sense of omnipotence and knowing what is best for all concerned. Narcissism might be rampant today with everyone sure of themselves and sure of everything else. Aaargh! While this day could be highly creative, we do have to watch for being overly confident. We could be seeing only what we want to see and how we want to see it, and such a viewpoint might prove extravagantly expensive. We may spend too much, overstep our bounds and be a little too bellicose for other people. Everyone may be looking for an audience and assuming that they are preaching to the choir. The chorus might not be heard, however, since the focus could truly be hearing only one’s own words. We may be feeling at the top of the game but likely to be playing only to ourselves. A little humility might keep us from going overboard and trying to be larger than life.

Tuesday, April 3rd – Talking the Talk, Talking the Walk – Saturn, Venus, Neptune, Mars, Venus Gemini. Tuesday begins with the Leo Moon sextile Saturn and the Moon square Venus in Taurus. The Moon then exits Leo to enter Mercury-ruled Virgo and shortly thereafter Venus exits its own Sign of Taurus to enter Mercury-ruled Gemini. The Moon in Virgo opposes Neptune and conjuncts Mars. And this is the last day of Mercury retrograde as Mercury grinds to a stationary position just before turning direct tomorrow. Whew, that was all a mouthful, but possibly nothing like this Tuesday when talk can be rampant. We might begin the day still certain about the rightfulness [or is that righteousness?] of our own opinions and judgments. And if we engage such an attitude, we could incorporate the sentiments of wrong way Corrigan and head off in one direction, all the while intending to go off in a different direction. Yes, this Tuesday could be a little crazy-making. Miscommunications, misunderstandings and misinterpretations could be the order of the day. Where a problem might arise is in our ability to convince ourselves that we are heading in the right direction, doing the right thing but without checking the conditions as we go along or evaluating and re-evaluating during the process. Talk may be cheap but it could also lead us down the garden path without seeing the brambles or the pitfalls along the way. This Tuesday is a day to take everything said to us with a grain, or boulder, of salt. Anything that seems too good to be true is likely to be… too good to be true.

Wednesday, April 4th – If Only – Lunar Grand Trine, Pluto, Jupiter, Mercury direct. Wednesday has Mercury turning direct, ending its three-week plus retrograde cycle. This Mercury retrograde may not have been disastrous, only hitting severe bumps in the road. Of course, during this Mercury retrograde cycle, Mercury moved back out of Aries and entered Pisces, where Mercury is uncomfortable and loses logic and reasoning ability to emotion and lack of true clarity. We may have operated more from emotion, and our reactions to situations may have incorporated the concept that a ‘strong offense is a good defense’. We shall still be in the ‘shadow’ of the Mercury retrograde until the 22nd when Mercury crosses the degree in Aries that it turned retrograde at the end of March. If we don’t over think things but attend to what needs to be done and address our responsibilities, we can accomplish a great deal without falling into a confused or emotional state. For this Wednesday has the Moon in Virgo triggering the Earth Grand Trine with the Moon trine Pluto in Capricorn and the Moon trine Jupiter in Taurus. If we keep our nose to the grindstone, not get distracted by maudlin sentimentality, we could virtually move mountains and advance our interests. The key to this day and these two weeks will be to maintain our focus and not be diverted by mood swings. That could prove a tall order but let’s keep in mind that this time can be effective and successful if only…

Thursday, April 5th – What it is, What it ain’t – Mercury, Moon Void-of-Course, Venus, Uranus, Neptune. Thursday can be one of those mad hatter days. Not a bad hair day as much as slightly insane. Not only have we just had Mercury turn direct, which could be a little unnerving around the first days whenever Mercury turns direction. We start this Thursday with the Moon in Mercury-ruled Virgo opposing Mercury in Pisces, where Mercury is uncomfortable and also with Mercury having just turned direct. Glossing over details, not having full information and basing decisions more on appearances than substance could be part of the illusion of this Thursday ramped up by Venus square Neptune. We are unlikely to be on firm footing today but rather swayed by the images and the hype prevalent. The Moon goes Void-of-Course for almost ten hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Virgo and before entering Libra where the Moon trines Venus and opposes Uranus. We could easily get caught up in a wave of excitement far more interested in accepting whatever pleases us rather than our doing the due diligence to see whether we are chasing moonbeams in the sky or actually moving in right directions. If we could rein in our emotions, dampen our desires for wish fulfillment and get more realistic about what is truly going on, then we might limit the liable damage we could do to ourselves. Judicious actions and sober decisions are called for today but possibly too few of us will engage them.

Friday, April 6th – Catching Up – Pluto, Libra Full Moon, Sun. Friday continues with the Moon in Libra. Today, the Moon squares Pluto and then opposes the Sun at the time of the Full Moon. Our routine matters may demand our attention and call for us to take care of business. This Friday can be a catch-up day, a day when we deal with outstanding issues. We might have been either on a flyer during some of this week or slightly unproductive. Today calls for us to catch up with friends, tie up loose ends and prepare for the weekend and a weekend when we may be focused on errands and a good Spring cleaning. This Full Moon on Friday also asks us to find the balance between our personal interests, our individual needs and our own agenda and those of other people. If we have been merrily going our own way over the past two weeks, and it is likely that we have done so, then this Friday may call for us to make amends for any slights to other people that we might have unconsciously made. Even if our schedule is full, a note or an email or a call to those important people in our lives would be a welcome sign. It would be wise for us to get out of our own way today and be diplomatic and socially correct.

Saturday, April 7th – Doing What Needs to Be Done – Saturn, Neptune, Mars, Venus. Saturday begins with the Libra Moon trine Saturn. The Moon then moves into Scorpio where the Moon trines Neptune and sextiles Mars. Venus squares Mars. Yesterday might have had us playing catch-up with people we needed to contact. Today could have us starting a weekend of a good Spring cleaning. We may be focused on clearing the decks and ridding ourselves of stuff we no longer need or use. We might get so caught up in the eliminating process that we become almost obsessed with cutting to the core. We have to be careful that we are not getting rid of things that might still have some life to them or that we could use in the days ahead. Not that we should become hoarders and not get rid of anything. But we might be so enamored with clearing things away that we just start throwing away anything and everything. Let’s take our time, do an appropriate inventory taking and then start our Spring cleaning in a mindful manner. Let’s also be aware that in doing our errands and doing a clean-up, various memories and emotional issues are likely to arise. If they do so, it would be wise to keep in mind the image of us standing under a waterfall and the droplets of past experiences, past incidents, and old matters flowing over us but not getting stuck on us. Whenever we clean things out, it is like opening Pandora’s box and a flood of memories and emotions are likely to sweep over us. This weekend is also a significant religious weekend, with today being the start of Passover and tomorrow Easter Sunday. We may be doing a great deal of reflecting this weekend, considering what is truly important for us and what we need to be freed from.

Sunday, April 8th – the Rebirth of Spring – Pluto, Jupiter. This Sunday is Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection in Christian theology and representative of the renaissance of Spring. This Sunday continues with the Scorpio Moon, which today sextiles Pluto and opposes Jupiter. Although this weekend is a great time to do a significant Spring cleaning and clearing out, we might also feel like the emperor with no clothes, naked unto the world. There is a wise and true saying that states ‘the cup has to be emptied before it can be filled’. The universe does not like a vacuum and as we clear things away we make space for the new to come forward. While this is a natural law and a law of being, we also have to avoid rushing the river, making things happen before their time. Such a tendency could occur today. Although this weekend is prime for a strong clearing out and cleaning up, we could have the tendency to fill spaces with new stuff. We could be looking to put on our Springtime finery, whether clothes shopping or additions to our home furnishings. We have all been conditioned to be active and acquisitive, but spending time in quite contemplation can also provide a hiatus between what we have done, where we have been and what we might do and where we might go without re-creating our past.