April 2019

April begins with us all over the place, juggling any number of things and doing so in a rapid, if not frenetic, manner.

The entry of Mars into Gemini on the 31st of March triggers by Sign a Mutable Sign T-Square with Mars being in Gemini, Jupiter in Sagittarius and the Stellium of Venus, Mercury and Neptune all in Pisces.

Spring offers us a promise of rebirth, renewal and new beginnings, and early April can have us exploring all sorts of possibilities but often without full information or with misinformation at hand.

The 2nd of April revisits the Mercury Neptune conjunction, the third time over when we are supposed to have learned the lesson of whatever we were asked to understand and move on from. The first time of this conjunction was on February 19th within orb of the Virgo Full Moon, a Supermoon. The 2nd time for this conjunction was on March 24th, and the third time and final time for this conjunction in this cycle is on the 2nd of April. The potential is for highly attuned perceptive thinking, the liability being to confused and anxious reasoning. The tendency may be more for the latter due to Mercury transiting a Sign of its Detriment, Pisces, and our sensitivity heightened to all the input and static around us. We may be like a dry sponge taking to water, soaking up the thoughts, emotions and feelings around us. If we can filter out the superfluous, we could arrive at some intuitive ‘ah-has’.

Although the Spring season begins on the 20th of March, a real sense of ‘Spring has sprung’ occurs under the influence of the Aries New Moon on April 5th. This New Moon imprints the signature for the next two weeks up to the Libra Full Moon on the 19th, Good Friday in Christian beliefs.

This New Moon can instill a desire for us to put our creative touch on our projects. Each of us may want to be on center stage, even if our audience is only an audience of one — our self. We are looking at spreading our wings, expanding our scope and broadening our involvements. That does not mean that we can simply walk away from our responsibilities. On the contrary, our obligations might weight us down. We could feel like a thoroughbred racehorse in the starting gate, champing at the bit, wanting to get on with it but reined in.

The push pull between our normal activities and new trajectories does not have to exhaust us. If we keep in mind the suspension bridge whereby we create the slats to move forward into new directions, all the while going back to what we have done and what we need to do, then the conflict of old and new can be instead a bridge across. It’s all about balance and ‘right’ timing.

One of the beauties of this early Spring period is having transiting planets in Capricorn and in Pisces making sextiles with one another. We are likely to see this initially on the 7th of April as Mercury sextiles Saturn. We can engage an ‘inner knowing’, our intuitive sense, with practical application to devise a best practices approach and figure the strongest and most expeditious ways to accomplish our goals.

This ability to put all the pieces together in their most effective manner can be replicated on the 10th of April as Mercury sextiles Pluto. If any situation has been perplexing to us, this is a time when laser-like vision can zero in on the most appropriate and effective solution.

The 10th of April is an energetic day with Mercury sextile Pluto, Venus conjunct Neptune, the Sun square Saturn, and Jupiter turning retrograde. Although our perception and ability to see what is truly happening may be spot on, our confidence might flag and we are liable to give more weight to someone’s opinion than to our own. Hopefully, whomever we are relying upon is giving us solid advice, but we do have to be wary of our infatuations that might blind us to the trickster, someone appearing one way, the reality being quite different. Considered thought would be appropriate, but we may wish to put off implementation, as we might feel somewhat tentative in our ability to successfully pursue our endeavors.

The weekend of April 12th through the 14th can be like a bungee cord. We may spring forcefully forward looking to launch off into new directions only to be snapped back by certain commitments and obligations. If we lost our confidence a few days before, we can swing like a metronome into irrational exuberance this weekend. The grounding point would not be ourselves but rather a good and trusted confidante.

Friday the 12th has Mercury square Jupiter and Venus sextile Saturn. Blind faith could have us untethered from reality, but a true, reliable source might keep us from floating off into space. This is a time when we might have our head in the clouds but need to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground. If we devise possibilities, someone may provide the template to help make our dreams come true.

We might have felt the wind knocked out of our sails on the 10th when the Sun squared Saturn. Saturday the 13th can go one better as the Sun squares Pluto. The sense of hitting the wall may be part of this weekend. Some of our greatest plans could fall apart and the ‘all fall down’ is liable to come about from a most unexpected source. Sometimes, we just try too hard. If experience hasn’t shown us indications of the paradigm shift through which we are going, then we will continue to have these occasions when we feel the rug being pulled out from under us.

The paradigm shift of these times is the GREAT DISRUPTOR — disrupting the sense of control over situations with things going from a sequential progression of beginning, middle and end, and transitioning into asequential reality where things occur in a most random and unexpected manner. While the paradigm shift opens us to the world of daily magic and miracles, it also forces us to release a mindset of ‘being in control’ and asks us to adopt the stance of co-creator with the universal unfolding.

We can release the burden of making things happen, if only we are able to let go.

After the whipsaws from the 10th through the 13th, the 14th can put a smile on our face as the Sun trines Jupiter and Venus sextiles Pluto. We may feel as though we are the lead character, taking Jimmy Stewart’s role, in Frank Capra’s classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life.

No matter how down and out we might have felt over the past few days, we get inspired and an upward boost on the 14th. We are likely to be more optimistic, and we might find someone steps forward to lessen our load.

There is a practical spirituality to this early Spring. Our compassion and care may be engaged as we seek out other people to assist them in the realization of their dreams. As it is given, so might it be received.

The swing between desperation and exhilaration may be quite dramatic during this mid-April period. The extreme could be ever more evident on the 15th of April as the ‘two good guys’ of the astrological planetary realm, Venus and Jupiter, square off. Excess and indulgence can know no bounds. As its Tax Day in the US, when our federal tax returns are due, we might be surprised or startled by how much we owe or how little our refund is likely to be.

The Stellium in Pisces with the three planets of Mercury, Venus and Neptune transiting the Mutable Water Sign ends on the 17th of April as Mercury exits Pisces to enter Aries. The liability of diffuse and confused thinking we could have experienced over the past two months during Mercury’s transit of Pisces gives way to a greater Self focus, stronger thought to our personal interests.

April 19th has the Libra Full Moon in the last degree of Aries for the Sun and the last degree of Libra for the Moon. This is the second Libra Full Moon, the first one being at the time of the Vernal Equinox on March 20th when the Sun first entered Aries. The question of balance in our relationships might trigger various issues with concerns about collaboration, commitment, and mutual interests. We may wonder whether we are me or we.

The 20th of April has the Sun exiting Aries to enter Taurus, and Venus exiting Pisces to enter Aries, a Sign of Detriment for Venus with a liability to increased narcissism. We are moving into seed planting time, both on a literal level and a figurative level. We may be interested in acquisitions and developing greater security in our lives, yet at the same time circling the wagons to allow only the trusted few into our circle. Our appearance and image might compel us to spruce up our wardrobe, our environment and a personal makeover.

Wanting to shake up our environment, we could find ourselves making changes in our surroundings on the 22nd when the Sun conjuncts Uranus. Style and panache are calling, but we are far less interested in the traditional or classic design. We would prefer something avant garde but tasteful, not the grunge of recent days, but rather accoutrements that have flair and creative inventiveness.

Pluto turns retrograde on the 24th of April. If we have built upon sand rather than upon rock, we could find some of our structures, projects and templates tumbling down. On a macro level, these are often times of explosive events in the ways of geophysical activity, humankind acting out, or a corporate implosion. It would be wise to tread cautiously as the Pluto energy shifts. A handful of astronomers may have downgraded Pluto’s status, but its influence still proves to be profound.

Mars squares Neptune on the 27th of April. We could be so wired on this day that we don’t necessarily think what we’re doing or where we are going. The liability to accidents could be strong, and water may be an issue. Storm systems can be intense and even tornadoes liable to spring up. This is a day that calls for extreme caution. Preplanning, utilizing time management skills and devising our strategy before we head out are suggested. There may be a high level of nervous energy, anxiety, so let’s keep our emotions in check and not buy into anything presented to us without first checking it out. It would be wise to keep in mind the saying that ‘haste makes waste’, although today it could be far more than just waste.

Saturn turns retrograde on the 29th of April for a four and a half month retrograde cycle. Whenever we have a retrograde cycle, it talks to going back over things that were initiated during the passage prior and during the planet’s direct movement. With Saturn retrograding through Capricorn, we may experience delays, things taking longer than we would like, and a sense of frustration that we cannot expedite matters. The good news about the Saturn retrograde is that it can create braking action, possibly even preventing us from racing off the cliff.

April 2019… From Overdrive to Slowing it Down…