Sunday, April 20. The Moon joins the grand cross of planets (see intro to this week’s forecast). But today, we don’t need the Moon’s nudging to realize that big stuff is going on. Uranus and Pluto started making exact squares to each other in June of 2012. When they are finished with this particular transit in 2015, they will have formed a total of seven exact squares. Tomorrow the fifth one happens. Astrologers seem to agree that this one could be the most significant of them all. That’s because Jupiter and Mars have also moved into the aspect pattern. Jupiter makes things bigger. Mars can make things more impulsive; except this Mars is retrograde and in considerate Libra, so all bets are off about how much passion and anger will play into the paradigm change we are undergoing right now. Revolution is still necessary, but perhaps we are learning from past dead ends to do it differently. Will we shake off slumber and get angry about injustice? Capricorn rules our aspirations but not the aspirations based in fantasy. These goals are hard won and take a long time to manifest. These aspirations can truly change the world. How will you be part of that new beginning? Today, Jupiter squares Uranus and opposes Pluto. It will be hard to be complacent. Significant heart opening can occur too. Venus in Pisces conjoins Chiron, the shamanic healer. When we unlock our hearts, we discover a potent source of power.
Monday, April 21. My astrologer friend, Heather Roan Robbins, pointed out to me that on the day Vladimir Putin was born, the Sun was at 13 degrees Libra. It isn’t surprising that he is acting erratically now that the Uranus/Pluto square, which is exact today at 13 degrees of Aries and Capricorn, is transiting his Sun. The other interesting piece is that the Sun of the United States is at 13 degrees of Cancer, also being exactly transited by these planets. (We shouldn’t forget that Mars and Jupiter are also at 13 degrees of Libra and Cancer.) There are lots of pressures on Putin and on Obama. The world stage is a mirror for personal experiences. On some level, each of us is feeling the pressure too. How do you bring your best self to the table? May that be true for world leaders as well.
April 22—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. This Aries lunar cycle began on March 30.* We begin the last week of this cycle today. What have you noticed about the spring thus far? Perhaps action happened in stops and starts creating self-doubt. Perhaps you noticed your own fears around sticking out your neck into life. Did you take a risk? How did it turn out? Do you find yourself on the shores of this month of change with frustration, self-criticism, or anger about the obstacles you encountered? A lot of life happened in these last three weeks. Can you approach the evaluation of these experiences with appreciation for your mistakes in equal measure to your successes? I declare that this is a good time to applaud all the daring new things we risked this month, regardless of how they turn out. Can we appreciate that even the smallest actions on behalf of personal integrity are an act of amazing courage?
Wednesday, April 23. If yesterday dislodged something for you, the transits today may very well complete the process of transformation. Mars completes the grand cross with an opposition to Uranus and a square to Pluto. Find the calm center in your life. Use those practices that help you ride the waves of reactivity. And if you are being challenged by this transit, sometimes the best way to survive the giant wave is to dive right into it. The currents of evolution are moving through us. We can come through more alive and ready to be part of the action. A shift in communication happens today as Mercury leaves Aries for Taurus. How can our words plant the sustainable seeds of tomorrow? Careful self-expression is called for, if we can muster it.
Thursday, April 24. Astrologer Caroline Casey says that “to ‘for give’ is to give energy for change.” We are living in potent times of change and may have experienced a lot of it this week. With the Moon in Pisces making gentle aspects with the Sun, Neptune, Pluto, and Jupiter today, we could feel a strong desire to forgive ourselves and others. Possibilities for innovative and sustainable change come from laying aside our hurts and shame and remembering ways we share the same dreams. Venus in Pisces trines Saturn in Scorpio. The impulse to feel more deeply in our relationships is supported by concrete commitment. The heart really is telling us something important.
April 25—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. The Disney movie got it right this time: Let it go. The Moon in Pisces helps us to take the wider view about our fitful efforts to make new beginnings this lunar cycle. The new astrological year, which begins in Aries, is well underway. The pattern for the year has been laid. Sweet gifts and unexpected challenges lie ahead. That is always true. There is a wistful tone to the day. Take time to honor all your feelings. The Sun and Mercury meet in a superior conjunction. This means Mercury is on the far side of the Sun from Earth’s perspective. This is a seed moment in the sign of Taurus. Pay attention to the yearning for simplicity and stability. This yearning becomes part of the next lunar cycle in Taurus.
Saturday, April 26. The Moon returns to Aries for the last couple of days of this Aries lunar cycle. We get a different look at the desire to emerge into life’s new beginnings. Are you any wiser than you were at the beginning of this lunar cycle? How do you feel about uncertainty now? Is there more clarity about what is pushing you to stick your neck out? The delightful aspect between Mercury and Neptune invites us to do a little daydreaming. Answers come from approaching the questions indirectly.