We come into April with the Aries New Moon on the 1st [2:24 AM EDT] with the Moon conjunct the Sun and both in orb of a conjunction with Mercury. We have greater impetus to the spring season putting a fire under us to find outlets for our own creative self-expression. We are far more interested in moving forward rather than looking in the rearview mirror of our past.
There may be restraints imposed upon us, whether they be associated with our need to budget during these inflationary times or restrictions in response to the next virus incursion or whatever curveball is thrown at us. But we might have none of it. Through the ups and downs [when were the ups?] of recent times, we may have grown a thicker skin, become more aware and hopefully more mindful of our own actions and the machinations of the powers-that-be.
Spring is the season of promise of new beginnings, rebirth, renewal, the renaissance. It is the beginning of the astrological new year with the Sun’s transit through Aries. We are not as interested in the old or the outmoded. On the contrary, each pf us, in our own way, can be pioneers, spiritual warriors, in advancing new trajectories and new interests that speak to the transformative I.
This Aries New Moon on the 1st influences us for the next fortnight up to the Libra Full Moon on the 16th.
We may not be putting down solid foundation stones yet, or even planting the seeds, but we are certainly considering our springtime projects that will focus on creative venues for our own self-expressions with an emphasis on regaining the joy in living. No matter what is occurring in the outside world, we are more primed to engage life and to do so heartily and fully.
The 2nd of April has the Sun conjunct Mercury, a configuration that was in orb at the time of the New Moon on the 1st. Our thoughts may revolve around our initiations of springtime projects, areas where we can exhibit our talents and capabilities, and events that will elicit the most fun for ourselves.
While we may have obligations to address, we are concentrating more on what we might pursue in the days ahead rather than the tasks right in front of us. Time spent with good friends could encourage us to go for the gusto.
We could be gliding along, assuming smooth sailing until we come to the 4th of April when Mars conjuncts Saturn. Suddenly, we are liable to have the sense of blockages, that our impetus is waning and that something or someone may be standing in our way. Perhaps we might have been too impetuous, believed that our ‘feel good’ attitude would win the day and that our enthusiasm could carry us through. But we may discover that there are bumps in the road on our journey to developing new projects, taking new trajectories. The wind might be knocked out of our sails, but any delay, frustrations or disappointments could also serve as a momentary stop and reflect to tweak or rework our advances.
On the 5th, Venus exits Aquarius to enter Pisces [11:18 AM EDT]. This Sign change ends the Stellium in Aquarius but creates a Stellium in Pisces as Venus joins Jupiter and Neptune in the Mutable Water Sign. With Venus exalted in Pisces and both Jupiter and Neptune ruling the Mutable Water Sign, when it rains it pours.
Atmospheric storm systems through May can be intense with extreme precipitation leading to flash floods.
Our sensitivity, empathy and compassion are likely to be ratcheted up severalfold. We might become more aware of mankind’s inhumanity to mankind in any number of areas of the world, in our own country, even in our own neighborhood and just beyond the gated communities.
We could feel powerless to effect any change to the tragedies of life, but by our own example and our own life choices we can be like a pebble in a pond where the ripple effects of love, happiness, and blessings appreciated go out far and wide, even to the furthest reaches where hardly noticeable but still impactful.
Although we may have been impetuous as we began this spring season, our reasoning mind can take effect on the 7th and 8th of April when first Mercury sextiles Saturn on the 7th, followed by Mercury sextile Mars on the 8th. We can have a sense of enlisting our spirit in action and doing so in a logical, strategized methodology. First, the planning as to how best to approach our plans, and then the determination and perseverance to successfully achieve our desired results.
We could also find at this time that we are engaging in social get-togethers with the desired effect of utilizing friends to brainstorm and bounce our ideas off trusted confidantes.
While we can make headway in a structured and orderly manner on the 7th and 8th, we might hit a powerful impediment as Mercury squares Pluto on the 10th. If we have moved too far too fast, we are liable to feel reined in by our commitments and our responsibilities. We may have neglected certain variables that affect our operations. It would be wise for us to be open to adjustments and alterations and not dig in our heels with a petulance that our intended way is the only way. No need for banging our head against the wall or taking out our frustrations on other people. These times of paradigm shift call for adaptability and flexibility, neither being stringent nor rigid in how we perceive things should develop.
The 10th also has Mercury exiting Aries to enter Taurus [10:09 PM EDT]. Our thinking can become more methodical, less impetuous, with us more willing to take things step by step.
April 12th has Jupiter conjunct Neptune and the Sun sextile Saturn. On a higher level, the lockdowns in response to the virus over the past two years offered a spiritual retreat, an opportunity to focus on our inner development without our usual diversions and distractions. Some people chose to do the inner work, concentrate on their personal growth and explore creative venues for their self-expression. Such people may have had an awakening, an ascension in consciousness. They can now realize that much of what occurs on the earth plane is a form of theatrics, the proverbial bread and circuses of mundane reality.
These energy configurations on the 12th of April allow us to raise our eyes and our consciousness to higher realms than seeing merely what seems to be happening in the temporal, spatial coordinates of earth plane reality. Whether through faith, prayer, reflection, meditation or contemplation, we could raise our awareness to a greater expression of our spirit and our soul. In so doing, we might also focus on the true meaning of our life’s activities, make plans to align our earthly activities with our higher awareness, and engage our personal destiny on our individual life journey.
On the 14th of April, Mars exits Aquarius and enters Pisces [11:06 PM EDT]. Mars adds to the Stellium in the Mutable Water Sign as Mars joins Venus, Neptune and Jupiter in Pisces.
All this water can have us experience intense flash floods from storm systems in various parts of the world.
With clarity liable to be lacking, we could be played by the presentations from ‘officials’, the media and the consensus opinion. More so than ever, here we go again.
One has to wonder what the focal point would be. Or will there be a crescendo of focal points?
We might see the WW III card played with threats of a global nuclear holocaust… Russia and Ukraine… China and Taiwan… perhaps another virus variant unaffected by the present vaccines and boosters… evidence of adverse effects from the vaccines and boosters… inflation continuing its upward trajectory with skyrocketing costs of virtually everything… equity markets volatile at best, crashing at worst… refugees here, there and everywhere from here, there and everywhere… etc… Who would possibly imagine?
Whatever the trigger points could be, people’s anxiety level can ratchet up even further. Each of us may be challenged by the appearances of reality. And each of us must engage our free will of choice, whether we are going to despair and feel solely as a victim of circumstance or we are drawing upon our inner strength, our soul, and recognize that we can effectively handle anything that comes our way.
It would be wise during these times to remind ourselves of the wise and true saying that ‘we never get more than we can handle’.
April 16th has the Libra Full Moon [2:55 PM EDT]. We might consider our personal interests in relation to someone else’s interests. We could realize the importance of those special people in our life. We are not islands unto ourselves, even if we were forced to do so during the lockdowns.
The 17th of April has Mercury sextile Venus. With Mercury in the second decanate of Taurus [Virgo influence] we have the rationale of critical thinking with the Venus Pisces faith, even blind faith, that things are working out in accord with the universal unfolding. This is a time when we may have a greater awareness, a sense of ascension in our consciousness and a better understanding of what lies beyond the hype and surface appearance of reality.
‘Ah-ha’ moments and serendipitous encounters might occur on the 18th of April as Mercury conjuncts Uranus and Venus sextiles Uranus. The Sun squares Pluto. This is one of those times when it is essential that we get out of our own way. A time of magic and mini-miracles, we have to be open to receive. If we keep our blinders on and assume that everything that occurs in our life is of our own making, we could dismiss unexpected opportunities and become sorely disappointed with a liability of head banging. It is far better for us to be open to the unexpected, wondrous surprises that might change our trajectory and provide us advantages of which we could hardly be aware.
The 19th has the Sun exiting Aries to enter Taurus [10:24 PM EDT] triggering a Stellium in the Fixed Earth Sign as the Sun joins Mercury and Uranus in Taurus. We now have two Stelliums, the three planets in Taurus and the four planets in Pisces. We have lost our Fire, and we have only one planet in a positive Sign, Saturn in Aquarius.
Being receptive or reactive to whatever is going on is more likely than being proactive. We may be seeking security in a most insecure world. If we are looking outside of ourselves for a safety net, we could be bitterly disillusioned. Increasingly, trust in our traditional institutions is withering away. A belief that our institutions are looking out for us and benefitting us is falling precipitously. Governmental agencies, religious institutions, healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry, education, economy and financial markets are all sectors in our lives where many of us question whether they are for the people or just for themselves in their individual fiefdoms.
Although we could get despondent about the state of the world and our personal place in it when Mercury squares Saturn on April 24th, faith in a higher power could quell our concerns as Mercury sextiles Neptune that same day. For each of us, our attitude will be determined by the age-old metaphor of whether we see the half glass of water as half empty or half full. Our choice of attitude, always our choice.
A ‘can do’ attitude permeates the end of April. It might feel as though a switch has been flipped. Even the most dire situations could seem far less threatening than before.
The 27th of April has Mercury sextile Jupiter, and Venus conjunct Neptune. We could be feeling upbeat as if everything is fitting neatly into place. Our communications may be persuasive and heartfelt. With Neptune the higher octave of Venus, this is a time when our relationships can be close to idyllic. Optimistic, confident and with an appreciative audience whether of one or many, we might feel as though we are living the dream.
After a period when everything seemed headed for a dystopia and many things were circling the drain, our attitude and possibly even the appearance of reality are likely to shine.
Even if we believe that we have hallucinated into some beauteous fantasyland, our ability to dissect what seems to be going on, cut to the core and observe the very fundamentals of what is occurring is fostered by Mercury trine Pluto on the 28th. Laser-like vision allows us to get to the essence of anything we consider.
A problem might arise on the 29th of April when Pluto turns retrograde [2:38 PM EDT] virtually on the cusp of Aquarius. But Pluto’s entry into Aquarius will have to wait until next year.
Whenever Pluto changes direction, whether from direct to retrograde or from retrograde to direct motion, there can be explosions, implosions, and major releases of energy. Earthquake and volcanic activity could increase.
The 29th is also the day that Mercury ends the Stellium in Taurus as Mercury exits the Fixed Earth Sign to enter its own Sign of Gemini [6:23 PM EDT]. With Mercury entering Gemini we open wide our mind, take various factors into account and increase our interests but all with more of a superficial tendency rather than in-depth consideration. Glossing over matters can have us with an opinion but nothing to truly back up our opinion.
We end April on the 30th with a Solar Eclipse at the Taurus New Moon as the Sun conjuncts the Sun [4:28 PM EDT]. The two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm, Venus and Jupiter, are conjunct. Focusing on the good life, we might engage excess as a way of avoiding any difficult realities. What’s better than traipsing through la-la-land when much of life as we have known it has disappeared and our new ‘normals’ are abnormal at best?
April 2022… showers and floods, cleansing through drenching…