April 20th – 26th, 2020

The astrology for this week of April 20th through the 26th of 2020 suggests a greater insistence on freeing things up and releasing the clamped down actions placed upon us.

This is the first full week of the Sun’s monthly transit of Taurus. We may feel more adamant about our intentions, ready to move forward with our lives, even if our movements are only step-by-step rather than great leaps forward.

Although we all might want to return to the ways that life had been, there is no going back. Life will not be the way it once was. There has been a reset, further evidence of the characteristics of the paradigm shift.

A battle between individualistic sentiment and the good of the collective might see indications of the growing pains of the new template of our doing life. Let’s just hope that we have not lost our humanity during the transformations of these times.

In order to better able navigate the currents of our new world, we need to accept the paradigm shift from linear, sequential reality with its beginning, middle and end, into an asequential reality where things can change suddenly and dramatically and often in inexplicable ways. We might have to give up our belief of being in control of situations [as though we ever were] and appreciate instead that we are co-creators with the universal unfolding. Such an engagement can be truly liberating, for it allows us to be in synch with nature and natural law rather than trying to impose our own personal perspective or the edicts of the powers-that-be.

The mid-part of this week gives us the Taurus New Moon and Earth Day. One of the curious benefits of humankind’s recent home detention has been the resurgence and renewal of nature and the natural world. Many parts of the world have far better air quality now than in recent times. Los Angeles has some of the cleanest air in decades, and villagers in India for the first time in their lives are able to see the Himalayas in the far distance. The water is clearer with fish seen swimming in the waters which previously were so murky that nothing could be seen below the surface. As if validating the natural cycles, nature seems more alive with animals giving birth, vegetation in process of opening in its springtime lushness, and a more pristine sense with humankind less able to muck it up.

But the question remains — has humankind taken this lockdown as an opportunity to reflect, contemplate and consider the new ways forward? Or has humankind only seen this time as one of desperation and despair? It would be interesting for each of us to consider how we see these present times? Do we see them as times of our own personal reset, a time of engaging transformations to the way we do life with a greater focus and commitment to fully embracing the quality of doing life? Or are we locked into a negative viewpoint, where we see only the deprivations, the mistakes or failures of someone or of institutions other than ourselves, as if we had no skin in the game, no accountability, no responsibility? If we would check our attitude and our viewpoint, we might see that either we take life in a proactive manner with a willingness to do what we can with whatever is presented us or we engage life in a reactive manner with us being mere victims to the vagaries of circumstance and conditions beyond our control. It’s like the half glass of water where we can either see it as half empty or as half full, with our perspective being our choice, always our choice.

With the New Moon influencing the next two weeks, we are moving into seed planting time, a time when we can plant the seeds of our future whether on the immediate for our intended spring and summer activities, or for the longer-term and how we might choose to live our lives in our days, months, years ahead after this hiatus of reflection.

The weekend may prove explosive with people acting as if throwing childish tantrums. Caution is called for over this weekend with a recognition that if we don’t push forcefully ahead with our own agenda, we might discover better ways to engage our plans.

We may not like what we have been through over the recent weeks, but perhaps, just maybe, it has laid the foundation for what I referred to in my 2000 election campaign for the US House: ‘brighter days through better ways’.

Monday, April 20th – Brand New Day – Saturn. Early on Monday morning, the Moon enters Aries where today the Moon sextiles Saturn. We might have some great ideas as to new trajectories for ourselves. We can determine ways by which we could be more effective with less expenditure of energy. We may consider new technologies, new methodologies to draw upon to realize our goals. We are on the dark side of the Moon prior to Wednesday’s New Moon. With the waning Moon it is better for us to complete, clear up and clean out rather than initiate. We may be champing at the bit to get on with things, but it would be unwise to push aggressively ahead today. We might feel as though we are only running in place. This day is a good day for us to consider where we want to go next once the restraints upon our movements are lifted. We can devise our plans but wait to initiate. We are forward looking, ready to initiate, but patience is the appropriate course of action right now.

Tuesday, April 21st – Don’t Rush the River – Venus, Mars, Sun, Saturn. We continue on the dark side of the Moon prior to tomorrow’s New Moon, which is more the starting gun for the next two weeks. Tuesday continues with the Aries Moon and with the Moon sextile Venus in Gemini, and the Moon sextile Mars in Aquarius. The Sun squares Saturn. We are likely to feel upbeat with our creative juices flowing and encouraged by someone who sees our prospects as distinct opportunities. We have to be wary that we are not off to the races today, sprinting ahead with confidence and a strong belief in our abilities but without the necessary tools to achieve successful results. This Tuesday can have us with one foot intending to take a big step into our future but the other foot holding back out of reticence and a desire of maintaining familiarity. The betwixt and between has been going on for us for a while, and this pandemic has allowed us to take time to consider whether we want to try and recreate our past or whether we are up to the challenge of leaping forward with a different mindset and different intentions into a new world drastically altered since we were last on track. Making our plans while engaging a wait-and-see attitude for greater clarity as to the radical transformations that have gone on would be a wise approach. Before we leave our lockdown, let’s consider the push – pulls between old and new and see what our trigger points might be that could prove self-limiting.

Wednesday, April 22nd – The Lessons of the Earth – Pluto, Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course, Saturn, Taurus New Moon, Sun. Wednesday is Earth Day, the day appointed for us to take into account what is going on with our mother earth, our role on it, and how it’s coming along. The Aries Moon squares both Pluto and Jupiter both in Capricorn. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for seven hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Aries and before the Moon enters Taurus where today the Moon squares Saturn and the Moon conjuncts the Sun at the Taurus New Moon, a New Moon within orb of being conjunct Uranus. We may wish to jump the gun and get things going today, but it would be far wiser for us to deal with outstanding matters, focus on the specifics and attend to matters that otherwise could impede or infect our future projects. First things first for this Wednesday, for we are about to enter a two-week period where the paradigm shift can be far more evident, a two-week period when the unexpected and the unanticipated might seem almost commonplace. Change does not always have to be a bad thing unless we are stuck in the complacency of discontent. And change is not always initiated by us, but rather change can be put upon us by transformations occurring suddenly and unexpectedly. It is important that we take note of nature itself and see that no matter what the conditions might be the natural cycle of birth, growth and development, death and rebirth is all part of the cyclical flow. Death doesn’t always have to be literal but can be dying to the old to be born into the new. We may be more aware of the new over this coming two-week period.

Thursday, April 23rd – Personal Makeover – Uranus. Thursday has the Taurus Moon conjunct Uranus to start the day. Change is in the air, evident virtually everywhere, and as a statement often attributed to any number of people affirms: ‘be the change you want to see in the world’. Like the Taoist concept of the yin – yang polarities, with the apparent seed of its opposite in both the yin and the yang, so too for us. The internal changes the external, the external changes the internal. We are dealing with a new ‘normal’, much of which can be ascribed to Uranus transiting Taurus where our stability and security are disrupted to morph into a new template of a more fluidic and continually shifting sense of ‘stability’ and ‘security’. This Thursday and this two-week period from yesterday’s Taurus New Moon open the door to makeovers, resets and reboots. Today is a good day for us to experiment with the changes we wish to incorporate in our lives — both the external and the internal. We could decide to move things around in our environment, alter our wardrobe choices, transform our appearance and determine how we might do life differently once the restraints on our mobility are loosened. While we can address the external elements of our lives, we may also reflect and contemplate how we see life, our inner perspective of doing our living. Too many people play the entitlement card which can so easily flip into a victim mode. The sense of being owed something, given something, with little more than a receptive expectation deflates a life-affirming quality and the ability to effectively deal with whatever comes our way. During this period of enforced limitations, we have had the opportunity to see the beauties and the opportunities that life affords each of us. Instead of focusing on the despair and desperation of these times, we could have used this hiatus for us to appreciate the many benefits, the many blessings that each and every one of us has in our life experience. This Thursday gives us the energy to do our own personal reboot, reset, renaissance on either, or both, the internal and external level.

Friday, April 24th – Ego or Essence – Mars, Neptune, Pluto, Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course. Friday continues with the Taurus Moon with the Moon square Mars, the Moon sextile Neptune, and the Moon trine both Pluto and Jupiter both in Capricorn. Although during this time of lockdown we have had the opportunity of ‘chilling out’ and recognizing that things are occurring in their own natural manner, we still have a tendency, often a liability, of trying to enforce our will upon circumstance and conditions. Instead of accepting our role as co-creators with the natural unfolding, we try to make things happen in accord with our own personal whims often with the consequence of our shooting ourselves in the foot and being self-defeating. For many of us, a primary lesson is getting out of our own way, and this Friday could prove a prime example of that test. We might start the day rushing forward, looking to put our mark and imprint upon our projects and our future plans. We may be adamant to accelerate the process, but a process tainted more by our ego and by our conditioned responses based upon past experience and a mindset geared to outmoded conditions. Things soften as the day proceeds. We might be less fixed, less rigid in our approach. Perhaps after a few head-banging incidents to start the day, we could become more receptive, more amenable, to intuiting a best practices approach. Once we become less headstrong, we are likely to find that things shift dramatically, and we find ourselves more effective and more productive than earlier in the day. Late in the day, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for six and a half hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon completes its transit of Taurus and before the Moon enters Gemini early on Saturday morning. It would be wise for us to use this day to accomplish a great deal, for by tuning into our essential characteristic things can move along as if on greased wheels.

Saturday, April 25th – Old Dog, Old Tricks – Saturn, Mercury, Pluto, Pluto retrograde. Saturday has the Moon moving into Gemini where today the Moon trines Saturn. Mercury squares Pluto, and Pluto turns retrograde. This Saturday and Sunday could have us trying to replicate the past and in doing so from our old mindset of being in total control of our life conditions. One has to wonder whether we have used the recent drastic changes to our lives to learn anything, change anything, transform anything. Old habits die hard, and this Saturday and Sunday could have us attempting to do things that may no longer truly matter to us and do things in a similar vein to the ways we used to do things. And perhaps the lessons of these times would be lost. We might feel like a law unto ourselves and unwilling to brook any interference. Discussions could turn heated, even argumentative, unless people agree with our opinions. The change in direction by Pluto is always fraught with liabilities of explosions, implosions, bomb blasts and people acting out. Today is a day for us to tread carefully and not to be overly reactive to incidents. A bemused attitude to life’s foibles is a always a healthy disposition and especially for today and tomorrow.

Sunday, April 26th – Ice Floes and Life Flows – Venus, Mars, Neptune, Mercury, Jupiter, Sun, Uranus. Sunday continues with the Gemini Moon with the Moon today conjunct Venus, the Moon trine Mars, and the Moon square Neptune. Mercury squares Jupiter, and the Sun conjuncts Uranus. Similar to the Spring season in the northern latitudes when the ground thaws, this Sunday allows for a more expansive theme. While we have been on lockdown, we are liable to have experienced extreme ‘cabin fever’. Being left to our own devices with social distancing imposed, we may have elevated our self-absorption and the belief that once released from the imposed restrictions we can go back to doing what we want in whatever way we might choose to do so. And a major lesson and challenge of the paradigm shift would be lost. No, Virginia, we can’t go home again. There is no turning back. Life has altered considerably and in the process we too must accept the truth of ‘adapt or die’. As the day unfolds, discussions with other people or what we hear or reflect upon can broaden our perspective, widen our vantage point. Suddenly, we might see a myriad of options and alternatives open to us if we would only accept that this hiatus has also changed us, shifted us in ways of which we might not be fully aware. With a wide variety of possibilities opening to us, we also need to have a good filtration system and consider prospects that truly speak to us and eliminate other choices that might serve only as mindless diversions and needless distractions. Rigidity is breaking up as life flows.