April 2021

We enter April feeling upbeat, optimistic, and ready to strongly advance our creative outlets. Whatever we engage, we are more interested in standing out rather than just fitting in.

Our self-expressions may be concentrated on future plans and social interactions with those who can assist us in the realization of our goals. We might believe that there is no stopping us in what we wish to pursue and achieve, but it would be wise for us to keep in mind that these times speak of unexpected situations occurring, sometimes wonderful opportunities, other times upsets to our plans. While we need to be continually aware and mindful of any shifting tides, the early part of April could have us confident and optimistic and liable not to see cautionary signs along the way. Too much, even enthusiasm and exuberance, can occasionally become too much, something we have to be wary of in early April.

If we take the time to plan out our actions, we could focus on the truly meaningful and prioritize our activities. Mercury sextiles Pluto on the 2nd of April, and we have the ability to draw upon our intuitive sense, concentrate on the substance of any situation, and move our projects forward without missing a beat all the while attending to each particular.

On the 3rd, Mercury enters Aries [11:41 PM EDT], creating a Stellium of three planets in the Cardinal Fire Sign as Mercury joins the Sun and Venus. Our interests are liable to be solely on our personal desires. We might feel like masters of our own individual domain with the right to make the ground rules of our interactions with other people. And therein can lie a problem. We could be far less collaborative, less accommodating to anyone else’s needs, and a little too self-absorbed as to what we want and the way that we want it.

The Venus sextile Mars on the 6th of April may be pleasant for social interactions. As long as our focus is on good times with good friends, we can enjoy some fun activities with other people. We are not liable to be combative or adversarial but looking instead for win-win situations. Collaboration and engagement seem far more appealing now than just going it alone. We might find that someone can be of assistance to our plans, and we for them.

Despite some pleasant energies earlier in the week, Friday the 9th may provide some hiccups that could have us pursuing endeavors that only lead down a dead end or engage activities that can exert a great deal of energy without a positive result. Mars squares Neptune on the 9th. If we have gotten cocky with a belief that everything is going our way, this day can have a monkey wrench or two thrown into the spokes of our wheels. We have to be careful regarding where we place our energy now, for we could be led astray by our confidence and illusory promises. It would be wise for us to step back, evaluate and re-evaluate before we push forward with determination but little else than faith in our capabilities.

Whether we stubbed our toes on Friday the 9th or only grazed ourselves, the 10th allows us to set things right. The 10th of April has Mercury sextile Saturn and Venus sextile Jupiter. These are powerful and pleasant configurations. We can participate in fun activities with other people and enjoy our social engagements. Widening our perspective by getting out of town and being out and about and exploring possibilities beyond our familiar may instill us with a sense that we have the ability to carve our own path and create a better future for ourselves, all with a little help from the universal unfolding during this paradigm shift into asequential reality.

While getting out of our routine and adventuring into the unknown can give us a fresh perspective and reinvigorate our appreciation for the world of possibilities, let’s keep in mind that on the 9th we are on the dark side of the Moon prior to Sunday’s New Moon. This is a time for completion and reflection rather than initiation or new beginnings.

The Aries New Moon on the 11th [10:31 PM EDT] has the Sun conjunct Moon and the New Moon configuration being a powerful Stellium of four planets in Aries, sextiles by orb to Mars in Gemini and by orb to Jupiter in Aquarius, and a square to Pluto in Capricorn. This signature imprints and influences the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on April 26th. This New Moon also truly instills the sense of the spring season.

The Cardinal Sign New Moon truly launches that particular season. We may have stepped into the spring season at the Vernal Equinox last month, but it is this Aries New Moon that truly brings forward the promises and rewards of this spring season and more completely launches the astrological new year.

Spring has definitely sprung, and we may be far more interested in spreading our wings and exploring unfamiliar terrain than dealing with our responsibilities and obligations. We can put pressing matters on the back burner, but they won’t go away and might demand our attention as we come into the following week.

But as the Peggy Lee classic song suggests:
“If that’s all there is my friends,
then let’s keep dancing
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball”

Enjoying ourselves during this early spring period may be our intention.
Whether from the lockdowns lifting or the gentle crispness of early spring weather, we are more likely to be out and about, looking for grand adventures and getting welcome relief from the impositions of compliance that have bottled us up for close to a year.

This sense of exploration and stretch out of our hibernation seem strong during this mid-April period, initially indicated by the Aries New Moon on the 11th but with various highlights these next two weeks.

The 13th of April has the Sun sextile Mars in Gemini, followed by the Sun sextile Jupiter in Aquarius on the 15th. With the burst of spring and the recent infusion of Fire, we may feel like the Energizer Bunny with inexhaustible energy and especially the energy to explore, investigate and move beyond the familiar. Nothing might be too much for us, for we have a newfound reservoir of physical strength to take on grand adventures and move beyond the four corners of our walls. No walls for us, as we seek to stretch into new trajectories and discover new territories. Not only do we have the physical energy to explore a wide range of possibilities. We also have the enthusiasm and confidence that whatever we set our sights on, we can successfully accomplish.

On the 14th, Venus exits Aries to enter Taurus [2:22 PM EDT]. In so doing, Venus ends the Stellium in Aries, Venus exits a Sign of its Detriment, and Venus enters a Sign that Venus rules. Decorum, style and class can smooth out any rough edges we might have exhibited in our thrust to express our primal self-assertions. We are better able to pursue our interests with greater refinement and an appreciation for presentations that are appealing and compelling.

Although we may be feeling during this mid-April period as though there is no stopping us with our optimism and faith in our personal destiny, and a personal destiny that seems to have us coming out of the darkness and into the light; obligations and responsibilities might provide braking actions to our full speed ahead. The 16th has the Sun square Pluto. Whether we apply the brakes or situations come to a screeching halt, we might feel as though we have to attend to present situations, slow things down, and concentrate on the demands of our routine matters. Impediments, whether real or imagined, could take the wind out of our sails. Perhaps we haven’t considered all the details in our fast forwarding into our future, and some specific issue trips us up. Or we might find that we have colored outside the lines, and standards force us to retract some of our advances.

Braking actions may not be welcome, but often serve as reminders to re-evaluate and reconsider everything that we are doing and with an appreciation of the shifting tides that can occur unexpectedly during this paradigm shift.

Any bumps in the road we might experience on the 16th could soon be forgotten on the weekend of the 17th – 18th.

The 17th has Mars trine Jupiter, and Mercury sextile both Mars and Jupiter, and Mercury square Pluto. The 18th has the Sun conjunct Mercury.

As if we had stopped to fuel up, we could be in hyper-drive once again over this weekend. We may have had to stop to deal with certain specific issues to end the week, but this weekend has us sailing along with all flags flying and at quite a rapid clip. We might have any number of activities going on, all with a focus towards having good times and with an eye to future engagements. In whatever we participate, our involvements have to speak to us, be exciting, even thrilling, and with a sense that our future is now. We could have blinders on, only seeing what we want to see, and only interested in what appeals to us personally. Narcissism and arrogance would prove thorns in our sides, and to our intentions.

A major shift in energy occurs on the 19th as both Mercury [6:29 AM EDT] and the Sun [4:33 PM EDT] exit Aries to enter Taurus, creating a Stellium in the Fixed Earth Sign as the Sun and Mercury joins Uranus and Venus in the Venus-ruled Sign. With Mercury and the Sun exiting Aries, we lose the Fire Element reminiscent of the lack of Fire for much of the winter period.

Our impetus, even impetuousness, that we might have been experiencing with the beginning of spring becomes muted. We take a more practical, step-by-step, plodding approach with an eye on how we present ourselves. This powerpack in Taurus will accentuate Uranus as we make major changes to our appearances, to our finances, and to our ways of doing things. At the same time, this powerpack in Taurus also aggravates the Taurus – Saturn Aquarius square with the push-pulls between the traditional and the avant-garde, between authority dictates and personal freedoms, between the old and the new.

Serendipitous encounters can occur on the 22nd as Venus conjuncts Uranus.
This would be a time for us to spruce things up, whether a personal makeover or shopping for a spring wardrobe. We might feel that the change we wish to be needs a shake-up regarding our appearance. We don’t have to be a fashion victim, for we are more likely to seek ways for us to show off our individual style, a reflection of our own personal uniqueness. Finetuning how we present ourselves can add a dash of panache and brilliance to our appearance.

The 23rd of April has Mars exiting Gemini to enter Cancer [7:49 AM EDT]. Our physical energy might be less robust with a tendency for us to hold back. Much of our physical energy can be focused around the home with fixups, a spring cleanup, and preparing for more outdoor activities as the weather gets warmer into the spring and over the summer, early autumn months. We may do a lot less running around that we had been doing, running around that might be reflective of our having been sprung from the intense imposed lockdowns of previous months.

Just as the Venus conjunct Uranus on the 22nd could have brought us interesting serendipitous encounters, the Mercury conjunct Uranus on the 24th can give us some ‘ah-ha’ moments, surprising news, startling information and the opportunity to consider things from a totally different mindset. Insights might come fast and furious. We do have to be on the watch for computer issues, Internet problems, and maintain caution in our travels. This is a day when it would be wise to expect the unexpected.

Sunday the 25th might have us hitting the wall as the Taurus Aquarius square is engaged. Although Mercury conjuncts Venus, providing an awareness of the details and the specifics, both Mercury and Venus square Saturn. Old issues, past connections, unresolved matters could all put a damper on our intentions.
Let’s keep in mind the laying down slats on the suspension bridge, where there are times when we need to go back in order to effectively move forward. The 25th may be one of those times. Things might take longer than we would like, and things might seem ever more convoluted, especially after the few days of the Venus then Mercury conjunct Uranus.

This conundrum occurs just prior to the Scorpio Full Moon on the 26th [11:32 PM EDT] which aggravates by means of a Fixed Sign T-Square the Taurus Aquarius square. Push – pulls are liable with a drip – drip – drip of resources. Expenses, increased costs and unanticipated expenditures could be a drain on our finances. Even inflation can start to rear its ugly head [e.g. here in Florida gas prices since December have gone from $1.85 to $2.85, virtually a 50% increase].

One of the opportunities from feeling hard pressed is that it creates a dynamic whereby we take the opportunity, or are forced, to consider alternate ways of doing things and being more resourceful in the process.

The 27th of April has a major shift in energy as Pluto turns retrograde [4:04 PM EDT]. There are times when Pluto turns direction, whether from direct to retrograde or retrograde to direct motion, that major releases of energy occur.
These releases can take the form of [1] geophysical activity with increased earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, [2] forceful atmospheric storm systems of tornadoes and extreme precipitations, [3] geopolitical tensions breaking down in flare-ups and armed conflicts, and [4] people acting out in violent confrontations. Needless to write, whenever Pluto turns direction is a time to exercise extreme caution with no knee-jerk reactions and maintaining the utmost awareness and vigilance to what is going on around us.

On the 29th, Mercury sextiles Neptune. During a phase in our society when what we see or what we are being presented may not be true, much less the whole truth, it is essential that we draw upon the due diligence of our rational, reasoning mind and our intuition, the voice of our inner knowing. This energy configuration on the 29th allows us to pull back the curtain of appearance, pierce the veil of Maya, and consider what is really going on. Often in silence comes the awareness.

The 30th of April has the Sun conjunct Uranus, highlighting the connection to Uranus that went on during the previous week when first Venus and then Mercury were conjunct Uranus. Whether subtle or dramatic, we can experience significant changes in what we are doing or how we are doing things. Increasingly, we may have the sense that we have crossed the threshold of the paradigm shift and moved away from the linear, sequential reality of the past into the asequential reality of our future where things can happen in the most inexplicable manner, what we might even consider to be magical or miraculous.

The times are not merely a’changing. To some degree, the times have already changed. We may feel that we are more ensconced in the Aquarian Age, where individual rights and freedom from imposed restrictions reign. No matter what the powers-that-be might try to determine, their power of persuasion can seem more like a faint roar and their influence severely diminished.

We all could have the sense in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. of “Free at last, free at last, thank god almighty we are free at last.”

Not that the past or the old mindset won’t make further attempts to control and subjugate us. For we do have the Taurus Aquarius square, epitomized by the Saturn Uranus square, occurring all year long.

April 2021… out of the cocoon comes the butterfly…