Happy Spring and April Fool’s Day! As the weather warms and hope springs eternal, imagine how you’ll soon spend your time outdoors this summer.
A Mystic Rectangle appears
The first hour after midnight on April 1st exhibits aspects that could possibly be the template for the entire month. It begins gently but gets more intense as the month proceeds. April opens with a hopeful Mystic Rectangle (formed by 2 parallel trines connecting 2 parallel sextiles) creating an existential doorway that leads to higher consciousness. But one must choose to cross the threshold in consciousness in order to receive its blessing.
In this Mystic Rectangle stern Saturn sextiles dreamy Neptune, which trines a compassionate North Node in Cancer, which then sextiles a hard-working Virgo Midheaven. This indicates a time of balance between the material and the spiritual, when deep empathy for the under-dog blends with higher ideals envisioning equality among all peoples. While this focus is admirable, due to a square to Jupiter we may receive either great benefit or encounter considerable resistance, depending largely on your intentions.
A Grand Trine
When a few minutes later, Pluto and Mars form a Grand Trine with the Midheaven, the compassion of the Mystic Rectangle, gets crushed by the iconoclastic ego and aggression of these two malefic planets. Aggressors, White Supremacists or not, may experience a modicum of success in their endeavors, being supported by people in high places, but a T-square from the Nodes to the Midheaven suggest a public outcry would arise around craven acts.
Mercury joins Neptune on the 2nd, continuing the confusions, deceptions and delusions of March. The New Moon receives squares from the Nodes and Saturn on the 5th bringing up depressing issues that are hard to handle. Meanwhile some quickly-passing romantic notions are aroused as Venus brushes by Neptune, which makes early April a good time for soothing music, a romantic novel, or exploring other-worldly realms within your imagination.
Blessings and curses
The Aries Sun trines Jupiter on the 10th, just as the giant planet begins to retrograde, but still radiates uplifting energy until the 20th. Simultaneously, the Sun also squares Saturn and the Moon’s Nodes much of the month, which represents challenges, resistance, obstacles, and delays for the things we want to accomplish. Projects appear to be blocked or slowed, at least initially. The other 2 planets that also go retrograde this month are Pluto on the 23rd and Saturn on the 28th, slowing their progress until they turn direct again in the Fall and steam onwards towards conjunction next January.
Full Moon – April 19th
This month’s Full Moon on the morning of April 19th will be intense, especially on the East Coast, where both the Sun and Moon T-square Pluto on the Midheaven. This aspect challenges us to let go of old patterns that no longer work.
There may be a shift in focus around the 20th as the Sun enters Taurus, a hard-working practical sign, where it trines Jupiter, bringing good fortune to those who are sincere, while squaring Pluto, which can lead to the breakdowns. Things move forward only to be undone later.
On the 22nd, the Moon opposes Mars, stirring up excitability, while making a T-square to mystical Neptune, confusing matters. Becoming angry or aggravated could lead to accidents, so be self-aware.
Sun conjunct Uranus
The biggest Astro event of the month occurs around the Full Moon when the Sun conjuncts Uranus in Taurus from ~April 19th to the 30th. This can stimulate innovative thinking, or rebellion, excitement or annoyance. Uranus always brings change to spark your routine in unexpected ways but it too can lead to accidents if you are not alert, so pay attention.
Neptune in Pisces
From the 23rd on, Neptune harmonizes with the Nodes and Saturn, when spiritual practice, good poetry, or listening to serious music is appropriate. Neptune also squares Mars, leading to doubt, disappointment and consequences. On the positive side, Neptune/Mars is a good time to relax, meditate, or to study occult topics.
Mars opposes Jupiter
By April 25th a hyper-active Mars opposes Jupiter. For some this may be a lucky aspect, while others will experience conflict and foolish actions. If you act from selfishness, you’ll resent anything that restricts your freedom. But if you act from self-awareness, you can be successful because your timing is astute and you’ll understand the situation thoroughly.
This month’s energies are like a see-saw of UP and DOWN, progress and setback. First you’re in control and then you lose it entirely. You think you know what’s happening and then you’re not so sure. Things are moving right along and then there’s a log jam. It’s a jerky sort of energy this month with no clear theme except perhaps “reversal”. You can rise spiritually, or fall in disgrace. What you put into life is what you’ll get out of it, with consequences as a side dish. Know that the choice is yours. The choice is always YOURS!