A quick peek at the astrology of the week ahead | April 19th - April 25th, 2021 - BIG changes/shake-ups ahead


 

 

Although we probably covered most of this in the monthly HERE - let's take a quick look at the week ahead!

 

MONDAY - Sun and Mercury into TAURUS

THURSDAY - Venus conjuncts Uranus

FRIDAY - Mars into CANCER

SATURDAY - Mercury conjuncts Uranus

SUNDAY - Mercury conjuncts Venus, Mercury and Venus square Saturn


We move into TAURUS season this week. The Sun and Mercury TOGETHER leave 'Action Jackson' Aries for "stop and smell the roses" Taurus.


This doesn't mean life slows down exactly, although there will be slowdowns, but we will feel much better if we make the time to enjoy those slower moments, care for ourselves (and others, but especially ourselves) in loving and practical ways and appreciate what we already have.

 

Taurus is the nuts and bolts of life. She rules our second house of everything important money can buy and everything important money can't. She rules food and nourishment. She rules the sensual touch that feels like love. She rules our resources - our money, the planet. She rules our self-esteem and values.

Ruled by balanced and beautiful Venus, Taurus is the space in your natal chart that naturally encloses what we are here to nurture, preserve and grow. It may be a space we have a bit less passion and ambition because we most naturally feel the need to sustain what takes root here. A bird in the hand thing usually applies to the theme of whatever space Taurus occupies in our natal chart. The energy is cautious because the thing we are holding/carrying here is precious.

(it can also become the fear-based space where good things go to die - and then we carry around a bunch of dead stuff like a crate of rotted vegetables and wonder why we are so tired all the time and smell like the Great Depression - something to keep in mind)


Toward the middle/end of the week, we can expect the unexpected as first Venus and then Mercury meet up with unpredictable/rebellious Uranus
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Surprises with money, relationships. Unexpected news. Changes to plans. SHAKE-UPS.


After meeting Uranus, Mercury and Venus hook up with each other and square Saturn. Restrictions/limits will be more strongly felt. Maybe new social rules are being enforced or money has tightened up, somehow we are feeling less 'free' here. More hunkered down.

 

This is all part of the Saturn/Uranus square we are working with in 2021.

 

Keep in mind, although Saturn is strong in Aquarius (as co-ruler) the other co-ruler of Aquarius is Uranus in Taurus and Venus rules Taurus. This isn't a typical "NO" square from Saturn (although there will likely be a no/limit here) there should be some workarounds - new values/wants/new ways to make money/sustain what needs sustaining. Ways to feel freer than we actually are.


Mars move into Cancer late in the week (heads up Aries and Scorpio risings because he rules your charts) turns our focus to home, family, family business, home business, renovation, real estate, mom situations. Our actions are motivated by safety/our emotions. Lots about this one in the monthly.


OK, BIG week ahead as April starts changing/deepening/tightening up - we will talk about all this as we move through the week and add in the Moons. 

 

More in the monthly HERE.


xo all


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men Who Fall from the sky - the astrology of Bernie madoff, his sons Andrew and Mark and the mythology of Icarus and Daedales

 


 

After analyzing the New Moon chart this week/last week (when was that?!) - whose prominent asteroids spoke of flying/falling, I was thinking about men who had fallen from the sky/from grace and what asteroid Icarus, in particular, (who has been and will be interacting with the United States birthchart at major times over the next couple years) might look like in their charts, especially during the time of their falls to earth. 

 

I was thinking about Trump and Clinton (Hillary's hubby), Nixon, etc, when I turned to the news and saw that Bernie Madoff (mega crash-lander of the 1980's whose downfall coincided with Pluto's move into Capricorn) had died in prison, three days after the New Moon, never having really apologized or repented from his financial crimes that had destroyed so many lives including those of his two sons. 


Let's recap Bernie's story first.


As gleaned from Wikipedia - fresh out of Hofstra University in 1960 with a political science degree, Bernie founded a penny stock investment house with a $50,000 loan and the $5000.00 he earned working summers as a lifeguard and sprinkler installer. In order to compete with firms that were members of the NYSE trading on the stock exchange's floor, his company invented innovative computer technology to disseminate its quotes (not sure just what this means but it certainly sounds very Sun/Uranus in Taurus which Bernie has). The technology later became NASDAQ which Bernie would go on to eventually chair. The Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC grew into a multi-billion dollar investment house in New York City producing astounding returns on the investments of their wealthy, "happy-to-not-take-too-close-a-look-I-would-suspect" clients, although this probably isn't fair since things were not so simple to look into in those days and his reputation was stellar. The who's who of New York/Hollywood all wanting Bernie to invest their money. His firm prospered for decades. Employees included his two sons, Andrew and Mark. 


Move ahead to December 10, 2008 (at this point Pluto - destruction/transformation/truth - had been in Capricorn - societal structures/big business/capitalism - for a couple weeks, and was at 0 degrees Capricorn, in Bernie's 5th house of children. Eris - whistleblower among other things - was conjunct Mars - young men - in Aries).

 

Bernie's sons' Mark and Andrew, both of whom worked for legitimate departments of the firm, questioned their father about the early disbursement of holiday bonuses to the staff. Bernie confessed to his sons, that the security's investment part of the business was one giant Ponzi scheme which was collapsing under the weight of the global financial crisis (remember this is December 2008) - he had been basically robbing Peter to pay Paul for years. The money that was supposed to be there wasn't there. The 'astounding' earnings he had been producing for his clients for many years, were lies, based on fake documents. 

 

Stunned, scared (probably furious and certainly heartbroken), brothers Mark and Andrew went immediately to the FBI and their father, his house of cards finally collapsing, was arrested the next day. Having bilked investors out of billions of dollars (some their life savings, at least one investor committed suicide), Bernie was tried, found guilty of securities fraud/theft and sentenced to 150 years in prison. Neither son ever spoke to their father again

 

(there is a very good Robert De Niro movie or mini-series based on this time in Madoff's life).

 

Although his sons were innocent of knowing about the Ponzi scheme - suspicions followed them. His son, Mark, committed suicide (hung himself from the ceiling) exactly two years to the day after Bernie was arrested - December 11, 2010. His other son Andrew, who had previously beaten cancer, saw his cancer return in 2011 (he blamed this on the stress of his father's crimes and the aftermath including his brother's death). He died on September 3, 2014. Bernie, outliving both his children by many years, died in prison this week - April 14, 2021.


Let's unpack the charts with an eye toward asteroids Icarus and Daedales (Icarus's dear old genius dad) and we'll take a closer look at how their mythology comes alive in this family. 

 

Bernie is a 28 degree Leo rising (conjunct king-maker fixed star Regulus when he was born, one degree from Donald Trump's own ascendant, their charts carry multiple similarities). Born on a New Moon, his chart ruling Sun in Taurus (money, values) conjunct reckless/rule-breaking Uranus (tech, the public). His Taurus stellium, which includes the South Node, ruled by a 29 degree Venus in Taurus. He has Neptune (lies, deception) in his first house of himself, ruling his 8th house of other people's money and squaring his natal Narcissus, and Jupiter (generosity, bigger-is-better, grandiosity) exactly conjunct his descendant (probably making him attractive to other people's 'greed/hope'). Jupiter squares his North and South Nodes making the expansion of other people/generosity of other people something he was charged with working out in this lifetime (there are many way to interpret this and since Jupiter is alot of hot air, maybe this is just what he did). Jupiter rules his 5th house of risk, gambling, children. He is arrested with transiting Saturn (authority, limits, reality checks) on his natal Neptune (lies) and transiting Neptune on his natal Icarus (which is conjunct his larger than life Jupiter) - dissolving those 'fake' wings he has been flying so high with. At the time of Bernie's death he has alot going on in his chart including five major asteroids returning to their natal positions including transiting asteroid Icarus - conjunct his natal Icarus. Pluto opposing his natal Pluto. Transiting asteroid Daedales is conjunct his mid-heaven - the top of his chart, public life and career. The transiting North Node - fate catching up with him - is conjunct his natal Daedales (in dualistic Gemini and conjunct his natal Mars - a Daedales-style father of two sons).


Andrew, the son who died from cancer, born in 1966 with Pluto and Uranus a hair's breadth away from each other, has a natal Daedales/Venus conjunction (father/money) and died with transiting Venus conjunct transiting Daedales. His natal Icarus was conjunct his father's (so when Bernie dies, Icarus is also on Andrew's natal Icarus). He died with transiting Pluto (death) squaring his dad's Saturn (another stand-in for father) and transiting Neptune (illness/death) conjunct his natal Daedales (his father). 

 

Transiting Icarus was conjunct his father's natal Narcissus when Andrew died.

 

Mark, the son who died from suicide, also born with the 60's signature Uranus/Pluto conjunction (chaos/death), although not as tight as his brother's dies with transiting Daedales conjunct his natal Uranus and inconjunct his natal Icarus (he is born with an exact Daedulas/Icarus inconjunct). Transiting Neptune (suicide) and Chiron (unhealable wound) conjunct his natal Saturn (father) which at 28 degrees Aquarius is Bernie's EXACT Descendant/Jupiter conjunction. Transiting Uranus/Jupiter are conjunct his Sun (son). Transiting Eris (whistleblower) is conjunct his natal 10th house Jupiter and squaring a transiting Icarus/Sun conjunction (Icarus flying too close to the Sun). 

 

Transiting Icarus was conjunct his father's natal Narcissus when Mark died.


Transiting Icarus was conjunct a newly minted Pluto in Capricorn in December of 2008 when the sons turned their father in to authorities. 

 

Keep in mind what myths actually represent/are - the ancient language of archetypes (the stories that connect us by re-tracing the shared pathways of our collective unconscious, there are parts of us/our DNA that remembers, and so reacts, to these stories). The physical asteroids themselves being discovered, when we are #ready/#notready to work with them, and synchronistically named.

 

The sins of the father visited on the sons. The story of Icarus and Daedalus.  


The Unpaid Sins and Cunning of A Father Who Falsely Holds Himself Out as Experienced Guide, Gives His Son No Authentic Power to Choose to Be Different or Opposed to His Father, Thereby Binding The Son Into A Small World of Unquestioning Obediance… Even When Logic Alone Would Press for Inquiries at Depth  - from the Icarus archetypal writings of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs (Women who Run with Wolves)

 

Much more to the story than the man who flies too high and falls to his death -

 

(although, yes that’s part of it and in fact transiting Icarus was conjunct the United States natal Icarus EXACT on Trump's 2nd impeachment date)

 

it’s also the story of a self-interested genius father, who instead of teaching his son how to be great via an example and teachings of ethics/strength/greatness tells him that he IS great

 

(this is actually a very common, and damaging thing we do to our children).

 

Also, Daedalus’s unpaid sin (he'd earlier tossed another young man, in some tellings a son whose own genius/inventive/Uranian gifts he was jealous of, from a tower to his death) visited upon his young son Icarus, who flies first too low - wetting his wings in the ocean - and then too high - in an attempt to dry them in the sun - with the ‘fake’ wings his father has made for him, as Icarus and Daedales attempt to escape the prison his father's narcissism has captured them in, only for Icarus to fall to his death – the father flying on/outliving him. 

 

So many stories of men who fall from the sky have their roots in trying to live up to (narcissistic maybe?) parental expectations!

 

Anyhoo, this is not a Saturday night mystery and I have multiple series of posts to finish up, but I thought I would pop this up here. Icarus is going to play an important role in some upcoming United States transit posts, so it might be good for us to get to know his story a wee bit better. Keep in mind we all have Daedales and Icarus somewhere in our charts, but it is interesting, in light of this family's very public story, to see the way these asteroids' natal positions and transits have interacted with Bernie's high-flying and far-falling life and this impact on the lives of his children.


xo all

 

 

artwork by the amazing Rachel Favelle

Today's Astrology Forecast | Friday, April 16th, 2021 - a light on what really controls us, are old fears still driving this train or is this us laying claim to our new purpose/power


 

 

The Moon continues her journey through fast-talking/fast-moving Gemini - trining Saturn at 3:52AM EDT and squaring Neptune at 11:52PM EDT. 


The Aries Sun reaches his exact square to Pluto at 26 degrees Capricorn. This is tension/frustration. Cardinal squares require change/adjustments. Aries/Cappy - the new vs the old. Our personal actions/goals challenged by authority/limits. Fears about what we are losing/might lose. Power struggles/manipulations. Obsessions.

 

The dark side has cookies and, what the bloody hell, they smell just like Girl Scout thin mints!


The most powerful way to work with a Pluto square with the Sun - because the Sun is ILLUMINATING - is to deal with the stuff that comes out of the shadows now. 


HERE is what really has power/control of us. 


The Sun (as us) is EXALTED in Aries. THIS is who we are. Brave. Passionate. We are nearing the end of the sign, so we are older/wiser than when we first got here. The square to Pluto/challenge comes late enough in the game that we don't have to run into the fray, sword flying, and get our head chopped off. This black/white, all-or-nothing, life and death feeling that something must happen a certain way - well, what if it doesn't. Squares to the Sun are ego threats and what bigger threat than Pluto (the grim reaper) to get our ass moving in a new direction - to show us the ways how we step into our authority/exercise control needs to CHANGE.

 

If there is a wall - no need to smash our head into it. 

 

Let's look ahead - the Sun's next move is a pow-wow with Mercury in a couple days and right now Mercury is trining (brakes off/no wall here) a retrograde Juno in Sagittarius. Use new/more hopeful words, even with tired situations. What can we agree on? The partnership/contract benefits from initiative/action/passionate conversation, maybe even a well-directed argument. 


The bottom line with the Sun/Pluto square from Aries/Capricorn is to notice how we are reacting to this external challenge and then acting from a more independent/authentic space. The real power in Aries, and the reason the Sun is EXALTED here, comes through a JOY OF BEING - think about the spring flower bursting through the winter-weary soil. Filled with light/enthusiasm to be BORN AGAIN - to be of the world AGAIN. Made to be starting/challenging, LEADING the charge.

 

If we are Pluto in this situation, squashing the Sun/light out of something/someone, needing to be RECOGNIZED - lured over by those delicious thin mints - we need to check ourself before we wreck ourself. Fist meets fist. 

 

If we are the Sun, and whatever is happening feels like it is draining us/killing us/taking our power away and we need to strike first/get ours before someone else does, again we'd better check ourself before we wreck ourself. Pluto don't play.

 

If we can see how BOTH these energies are really working within us - the stuff outside is what we have projected out there - we can learn a great deal now. Stay open. We don't have to control the situation. But we do have to respond/stay in our power. We can respond from a higher space instead of impulsively (or even childishly) reacting. 

 

Cardinal squares require new action. Adjustments. What is a better way through this? What is the Cappy authority - and remember we projected it out there in the first place, by not stepping into our own - really requiring of us? An Aries Sun must be true to herself/himself, but we usually don't need to end up in prison to do so. 

 

Pick your battles carefully now. 

 

Can you stand up for yourself/step into your authority without trying to control anyone else? 

 

We need to know who we are in this. We need to be standing in our own shoes. Check the monthly HERE for more info. Tomorrow is pretty packed with aspects and today will just roll into tomorrow (as today is apt to do, see how smart I am). Mercury will be squaring Pluto, AND there will be oodles of ways through that one. The New Moon that kicked off the new lunar year is making sure everyone knows that LIFE HAS CHANGED NOW. This isn't the Monopoly board of your childhood. You can't just win by buying up all the prime real estate. Power is being re-distributed. Chaos is redistributing power. But the old game is still out there. OUR response to the energies in any given moment determines which game we are playing. 


xo all


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Today's Astrology Forecast | Thursday, April 15th, 2021 - forward movement, optimism and then feeling the fear and doing it anyway without being a controlling jerk


 

 

The Moon has moved into multi-tasking, communicative Gemini - we are nurtured by learning, conversations, ideas, our local community. Venus is home in Taurus now - we are wanting things to be more beautiful, more comfortable, more valuable. 

 

The Sun in Aries sextiles (opportunity) Jupiter in Aquarius. 

 

How is Jupiter at 25 degrees Aqua already? Time is flying. This sextile is fire and air - takes some movement/action/words to get going, but then it can keep going/expand/spread like wildfire. Aries is brave and independent. Aquarius is smart and individualistic. What can we do with this? Well, we can see there is no "catching fire" that will come by following the crowd/worrying what others think of us. We need to go our own way with this one. 

 

This is the Sun/Jupiter - our life force and optimism/expansion/that greener grass over that-a-way.

 

 BIG, smart, brave moves are encouraged.


The fly in the ointment (yes, always a fly - and whether this is a tiny little gnatty thing or one of those giant biting horseflies will depend on how we handle today's "me, me, ME" energetic) - is the building/exact tomorrow - Sun square Pluto.  

 

Handled properly we might turn some kind of corner and find ourselves 'in charge'. But if we try to manipulate/control someone else - feel something has to play out exactly as we want it to, tomorrow's square from 'serious as a heart attack' Capricorn can BITE US BACK.


Our power lies in that Aries Sun - our courage/initiative.

 

If we are letting our fears (likely unconscious) run the show - FEAR of what we are losing or might lose, fear of transformation/change, etc - with that square to powerful Pluto, things can take a dark turn. But, if we are moving in a heartfelt/smart/authentic direction - there is alot we can do with today's flow and tomorrow's tension/frustration (kicking off point/back to the wall). 

 

We are having alot of aspects right now and lots of aspects means lots of OPPORTUNITIES - both good (which just means smooth) and bad (which just means challenging) aspects are BETTER than no aspects! 

 

If you have a natal Sun/Jupiter aspect or a natal Sun/Pluto aspect or planets/points around these 25/26 degree marks - you will be feeling this strongest, but they are influencing all of us.


Have confidence/courage - if something starts to feel obsessive/manipulative (the dark side of the Plutonian energy that is building and Pluto is strong and still for his retrograde and messing with him is not a good idea) - ease up a bit. Is this really a matter of life and death? Today's sextile is meant to FLOW. The Moon in Gemini is intended to give us access to news/information but also to apply enough distractions to lighten things up a bit. Tomorrow's square to Pluto is us facing a fear/loss this week. 

 

WE ARE CHALLENGED TO CHANGE. 


Before the challenge we are given the confidence/courage/logic to FACE IT. Life always, always has our back. Keep moving forward, reach further, know you are worth it/deserving of it. If you feel Pluto's slap-back, this doesn't mean you stop necessarily, although you will certainly have to adjust (you might have to drop some dead wood at this point) - stay brave, take care of your responsibilities, avoid the Pluto power-trips/compulsions, 

 

know through today's Sun/Jupiter portal, your ENERGY HAS EXPANDED. 

 

You won't feel good unless you expand your world, too.


xo all

 

Keep in mind, I am writing for the dates these energies are most exact - the hopeful/expansion followed by a kind of slapback/fears coming up - could have already happened in your life and now you are moving through it - be brave/smart! Be Venus in Taurus! Know you deserve/have earned this MORE, whatever this MORE is. But don't be an asshole. If this Aries/Cappy brought on a power trip (controlling others, dark compulsions, etc!), know this is just your fear talking - you really don't have to be running someone else's show/get all the credit, etc - keep in mind the New Moon cycle we are in and Icarus - we don't want to be flying too high OR too low.

 

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 - brave actions and conversations, challenged by a partner's independence, leaning into the facts, moving forward

 


 

The Moon is in Taurus now, the sign of her exaltation. We are nurtured/nourished by comfort, good food, the sensual touch that feels like love, knowing our WORTH. Her only aspect a testing/frustrating square to Saturn (limits, authority) around 2:30PM EDT. Independent work is favored. 


At 4:30PM EDT, things lighten as the Sun will reach his sextile to Mars, Aries/Gemini, while trining a retrograde Juno in Sagittarius. Lots of action for people with planets/points in the mid-twenty degrees now, with so many planets here.


The Aries Sun's sextile to Mars (in dualistic and communicative Gemini) speaks of brave action/communication/decisions. This is part of the Full Moon's story we talked about HERE. The trine to Juno speaks of increased optimism/hope within partnerships and contracts. 

 

The fly in the ointment here is Mars (action, words, what comes to light) is opposing Juno at the same time. The relationship is challenged - and she is retrograde, so this won't be a totally new story although new facts can be uncovered. Maybe one partner is more pushy/enthusiastic/passionate about something than the other. Maybe more desirous of a fresh start. Whatever this is, Juno just stationed retrograde yesterday, so this working things out (remember the Full Moon chart spoke of this through the asteroids and Pluto/Ceres story-line) - can involve compromise/challenges to our beliefs/looking ahead, so we are not flying too high OR too low. 


Another tension/frustration now is we have Pallas (in Pisces) reaching her exact square to the Nodes of Fate - now at 11 degrees Gemini/Sagittarius. Squares to the nodes speak of times when we are at a crossroad/decision point, so things we do, say or think having greater significance. Pallas is our wise warrior woman, and in Pisces, using her intuition, guided by the ancestors, by connection. Our collective way forward now is Gemini - the facts, keeping conversations light, smaller more flexible steps. Growth comes through Gemini themes - duality, more than one way forward, more than one situation happening at once, communication issues, sibling issues, local community issues, separating facts from beliefs, transportation issues. Your natal North Node by sign and placement will tell a more precise story.

 

So, we take the bad with the good as always. We've got some great aspects this week - we talked about in the monthly HERE. Reread it as needed, but don't get caught up in the exact day. Read a couple days before and after, too.

 

Keep moving forward. 

 

The push for OURSELVES (courage!) is needed - and this won't really feel like a push with those sextiles and trines. Actions, conversations (even when challenging/angry) will help things fall into place. And in fact, if we are actually pushing we are probably doing something wrong (but maybe not, this is Aries!). A partner's independent moves might be challenging/might even look selfish, but the relationship/contract is in a state of adjustment, re-view/re-do anyway, and everyone of us, in this Age of Aquarius, is moving into a more individualistic/authentic future .... 

 

this won't be a one and done.

 

 

xo all 


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The Astrology of the New Moon in Aries | April 11, 2021 - fiery fresh starts that catch fire, old habits might die hard but they can also die fast, a more loving and nurturing way forward



 
On Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 10:30PM EDT, the Aries Moon meets the Aries Sun at 22 degrees - giving us this month's New Moon, our annual New Moon in Aries - the first New Moon of the astrological year!

 

And it's HUGE!


This New Moon is all about Aries energy. Cardinal fire - passion/getting something STARTED. Aries is very self sufficient. This is the energy of "me". The baby of the zodiac, Aries can't always see the other person's side of things because if they did they wouldn't be able to take quick, decisive action and that quick decisive action is what they are here to manifest (and why they can be such worriers instead of warriors when they can't).


The Aries New Moon is an open portal to the courage and determination to get something going.

 

With Aries ruler Mars in Gemini - there may be more than one way forward, more than one start, things can branch off in different directions. The Moon's sextile to Jupiter says - whatever starts now, fanned by the currents of a more detached future can catch fire and grow QUICKLY.
 

Aries doesn't have the staying power of some other signs (although Saturn's position at this New Moon will help us with this) because he doesn't need it. Aries isn't the cross country race. Aries is that first powerful kick off at the starting line. Aries energy isn't about winning or losing (maybe don't tell that to an Aries sun sign!) - Aries is about daring to start that race in the first place. Aries supports jumping in and taking action. He doesn't promise us that we will come out a winner or even come out alive (yes he's ruled by Mars and he's totally bad-ass), but he does promise us we will have evolved from the experience.

And that's what we're here for. We didn't come for the outcome, the outcome has already been decided. We all win in the end. We came for the experience. Aries knows this.

 

Let's unpack the chart!


The Sun/Moon (and asteroid Askalaphus) meet at 22 degrees. Remember we have had SIX MONTHS of New Moons at 23 degrees. And now, in a cardinal sign and first New Moon of the astrological year, squaring the 22 degree Cappy that got wiped out back in January 2020 (when Saturn met Pluto), the Moon meets the Sun at that powered up 22 degrees. 

 

22 is a master number - able to achieve almost impossible things (it can also have some self-sabotaging tendencies which we will talk about). It's a BIG DEAL.


The New Moon is conjunct the Sun - exalted in Aries. She is sandwiched between Ceres and Venus. She sextiles (opportunity) Mars in Gemini. She sextiles (opportunity) Jupiter in Aquarius. She quintiles (gift) Saturn. She squares Pluto - notice Venus is EXACTLY square Pluto. Mars, as ruler of Aries, is the ruler of this lunation and he is sextiling the Moon and trining Jupiter. He is conjunct asteroid Asbolus.

 

The Moon's position between Ceres and Venus speaks of our need to be nurturing/loving what we are starting. With the Moon/Ceres/Venus squaring Pluto we have access to deep passions and HONESTY now (also unconscious fears, so check any obsessive/manipulative/jealous behaviors - situations can arise to test this). Maybe something about this fiery, fresh starts comes through WHAT WE STAND TO LOSE IF WE DON'T START. Or what we have to merge/purge to get something going. Dead wood can still burn/can make a sustaining fire. Keep in mind, the Sun/Moon's aspect to Venus is already separating - the Sun's light has already shined on what we need to see about this relationship, financial, values, self-esteem situation.


The Moon's sextile to Jupiter speaks of whatever is started EXPANDING QUICKLY. Old habits may die hard, but they can also die fast under this one. Set your intention. Focus your attention. It's time. If you have something to start/launch the next two weeks are PRIME TIME. No more waiting. Just keep an eye on the Moon (avoid voids). 


Mars, as ruler of Aries, rules this lunation and is also sextiling (opportunity) the New Moon. Action, conversations, words are powerful, focused, sometimes angry. Mars is trining (brakes off) Jupiter - more smooth pavement IF WE MOVE TOWARD THE NEW AND STOP CLINGING/CLAWING AT THE PAST. Mars in Gemini is small, fast, walking and chewing gum at the same time. Jupiter in Aquarius is expanding our future - more hope, more optimism, wider and greener pastures.


Let's take a peek at the asteroids and see what they might tell us. 

 

Asteroid Askalaphus sits EXACT with the Sun/Moon. 

 

And since he is part of the Ceres/Pluto story which the New Moon is activating, let's take a deeper look at him. Askalaphus was the gardener for Hades aka Pluto (I am going to mix Roman/Greek names here for simplicity sake, does this make it more simple, well maybe not!). Pluto snatches Ceres' daughter Persephone and Ceres is wandering the world (as the world is dying from her neglect) searching for her until Hekate tells Ceres what she has seen. Ceres goes to Zeus AKA Jupiter and demands Pluto release her daughter. Jupiter who doesn't want to mess with his brother Pluto, but sees the dying Earth, agrees on the one condition Persephone hasn't eaten any of the food during her time in the underworld. Askalaphus, the gardener, is the fellow who tells Jupiter (Zeus) that Persephone has eaten the pomegranate seeds - which leads to the deal being struck between Ceres/Pluto - Persephone spending half her time in each world - and the creation of the seasons. Ceres cursed Askalaphus for his 'whistle-blowing' and turned him into a screech owl. I think she also buried him under a rock and he was later released by Hercules and Pluto declared the screech owl sacred to the underworld.


At this New Moon, the position of 'whistleblower' asteroid Askalaphus might speak of secrets/inconvenient truths coming out. Possibly through spying or eavesdropping, but maybe just something that is said spontaneously and is somehow detrimental to the parties involved/situation. Like, things are going this way, and then we find out THIS and now what do we do. Ceres/Pluto is often about some kind of compromise.


Asteroid Asbolus is conjunct Mars. 


Asbolus was a centaur seer who read omens in the flights of birds - the screech owl and the 'flights of birds' is pulling in a bird theme? Flying, freedom, what is this? Asbolus is famous for trying to warn his fellow centaurs before a deadly battle in which many of them were killed, but he was ignored. Something here about this New Moon's actions being 'ahead of our time' maybe, Mars (as us) being able to see the future and avoid some pitfalls/battles, falls from the sky?

 

The GIFT of this New Moon is a quintile to Saturn, strong in his home sign of Aquarius. Carrying the magic of the 5 pointed star, the quintile offers us a gift/innate talent - a spontaneous spark/fire that carries a great deal of raw and powerful energy. This is Aries/Aqua - and all these birds, making me think of something more freeing. The fly in the ointment with the quintile, and I think Asbolus on Mars is reinforcing this, is that the energy needs to be controlled/directed so that it doesn't turn destructive, maybe especially destructive to ourselves.


The bottom line here is this - the next two weeks - is a TIME FOR STARTING. What starts now will grow rapidly and expansively over the next 6 months. 


The square to Pluto is a turning point/something to push against (and we know Mars likes to push!). Are our old obsessions, need for power/control, manipulations, jealousies still driving this train 


OR can this be a real FRESH START seeded with something else 


(the Venus/Ceres - love, including love of ourselves, nurturing, understanding the seasonality of situations). Coming on the back of the Mars/Neptune and Mercury/Chiron there is something uncomfortable (old woundings, old anger) leading us to this point.

 

So, what are we to do now? 

 

Well, this is the independent sign of Aries - that's up to you!

 

NEW MOON INTENTIONS 


The New Moon is an excellent time for energetic support to make changes with things ruled by Aries : the head (headaches, acne, eyes, brain), the overall physical self, exploration, initiative, courage, leadership, strength, stubbornness, impulsiveness, temper tantrums, anger, stress from inaction - what do we need more of in our lives, what are we needing to release, our natal and progressed ARIES HOUSE THEMES.
 

AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a calm, centered frame of mind - always make affirmations from a  positive (meaning both certain and happy) space - write your affirmations down by hand in script, speak them out loud - it's fire season. I'll write my affirmations on strips of paper and burn them, releasing the ashes into the air this month (Mars in Gemini).

 

Then release your attention from these things knowing that your intention is known.  


Know these things are already yours


xo all



Note - all this birds/flying is reminding me that 22 degrees Aries is where asteroid Icarus (the too low/too high flyer we will talk about in a big upcoming post) will be during the BIG eclipse in 2024 that will again cross the United States - the 2017 Great American Eclipse having majorly activated this Trump/covid timeline. He will also be conjunct the hot 22 degrees Cappy at the U.S. first exact Pluto return date of 2/22/22 and Icarus was exactly conjunct the U.S. natal Icarus when Trump was impeached the second time. Asteroid Icarus is an important player/indicator over the next couple years and his story is much more complicated than flying too high, but yes, the flying too high is part of it, and Asbolus is allowing us to look ahead, so keep that in mind now, too! We don't want to be the ones falling from the sky.

Today's Astrology Forecast | Friday, April 9th, 2021 - giving voice to what ails us, honesty is the best policy, turning to someone older and more experienced, stepping into future, an open portal for healing


 

 

The Pisces Moon squares Mars (actions that drift off course, misplaced arguments, feeling drained) and meets up with Neptune this morning (EDT). She goes void tonight off a sextile to Pluto (7:48PM EDT). 


Her square to Mars/meeting with Neptune rather nicely echos Mars' own square to Neptune today (21 degrees Gemini/Pisces). THIS is the energy that might be draining us this week - if you have been feeling that more than the building motivation/momentum! 

 

And remember Mars in Gemini is answering to Mercury, who is in Aries, answering to Mars. Words can be confusing. We might be rehashing very old arguments or arguing with the wrong people and about the wrong things. We might feel drained/tired/ineffective. This is a good aspect for putting our foot in our mouth. 


This is also the day Mercury meets Chiron which complicates the Mars/Mercury/Neptune because we can't just go back to bed or figure out a way to zip it. This tells us the WORDS MUST BE SPOKEN. Even when they hurt. Even when they trigger our very old woundings and we will know what triggers we are carrying by the words that wound us this week. Why do THESE words hurt? And, yes this goes back to your childhood, but this is actually much older and deeper than that. 

 

Mercury/Chiron meeting in Aries is a powerful, open portal and we are being downloaded with courage/initiative. Mars, ruler of Aries, squaring Neptune, accesses our past, the things that are behind us, our ancestry, past lives. We are healing today and tomorrow and, maybe most importantly,  yesterday. 

 

If there is something we are trying to avoid, an uncomfortable conversation for example, it should not be avoided now. This doesn't mean the conversation will tie everything up with a big red bow, but the conversation/action represents our ability to act more decisively now, more brave, more self-empowered. It is the process that matters here, not so much the immediate visible outcome. We are doing it/saying it THIS TIME when we couldn't do it/say it before. We are standing up. 

 

Putting the fear/pain/vulnerability into words will be healing.


If someone else's words have wounded us, we will notice what is happening. "Wow, my feelings here are really out of proportion to the situation." This is a TRIGGER. Now, how will we choose to respond? We want to avoid escape, avoidance or martyrdom here. But there is a clearer way through this.


The way through this is today's Saturn trine the North Node and this is a HUGE HELP. Saturn is in Aquarius, a sign he co-rulers, so he is strong here. The North Node (our way forward) is in Gemini so ruled by Mercury - and Mars is answering to Mercury! The best way through this day - putting on our big-girl pants, being responsible, talking like an adult (to some extent keeping things unemotional), stepping into our responsibility. Outer authority/limits can help. This is a trine to the North Node, so WHATEVER steps we take in this direction - toward something more future focused/responsible - can get us where we need to be. 


Remember 2021 - the year of the recurring Saturn/Uranus squares (next exact aspect is in June) - is redistributing power/building the future through chaos/change. Anything related to Saturn or Uranus this year is part of this process. 

 

TODAY/this week is part of that process. 

 

Don't avoid, escape or martyr. If your foot ends up in your mouth, choose a responsible, grown-up removal process. If someone has said something that is swirling around in your head and bothering you way out of proportion to the situation KNOW that an earlier version of you (your childhood, ancestors, past-lives) was faced with a similar situation (maybe speaking up back then created dire circumstances), and now needs you to GIVE VOICE TO WHAT HURTS. You might have to stand up for yourself. Nobody puts baby in a corner. Not this decade. You might have to admit, at least to yourself and maybe to someone else, that you need more AGENCY - more structure underneath you, better credentials, more learning, more time applied to the fundamentals. 


You don't have to have all the answers or even any answers. Ask questions (even of yourself!). We are dealing with very old fears around our ability to take care of ourselves/be ourselves/own ourselves/even survive. Be gentle with yourself and other people now. Mercury in Aries can be too blunt, words come out like bullets. This is mitigated by his mutual reception with Mars in Gemini - just keep the conversations lighter/smarter. 


Step into your responsibility, turn to someone older or more experienced. Lean into a more local future. Notice how the Mars/Neptune is allowing our escape if we are NOT READY. And that is OK, but we will miss this OPPORTUNITY and have to do this again anyway. Choose to show up. Choose to be ready. Allow that unstable feeling we get when we step out of our comfort zone or do/say something that forces us to loosen control. 

 

xo all


 

If, for example and there are a million ways this can play out, this is just one of them - we have said something we regret saying now. Maybe don't think - "how can I prevent this foot from EVER going into my mouth again", ie trying to control. Instead maybe try thinking - "look at me being an ass with my foot in my mouth" and, guess, what, I didn't choke to death/I didn't drown. I am still here. Think about that North Node in Gemini - if the situation is no big deal - apply some humor. Think about that Saturn in Aquarius - and how he has gone from being king of his castle in Capricorn to sharing rulership with chaotic Uranus in Aqua - there is opportunity in odd places and with unusual bedfellows now. If the situation is a big deal - take responsibility for the words in whatever way that would apply - the cat can't be put back in the bag, but maybe someone needs to know the cat is on the loose.

 

artwork by the amazing Pam Earleywine

maybe watch/rewatch Brene Brown's TED talk on vulnerability.

Today's Astrology forecast | Thursday, April 8th, 2021 - change is good, drifting motivations, moving toward the facts and the smaller/more manageable pieces, taking a breath


 

 

The Moon is in Pisces - we are nourished/nurtured through prayer/meditation, art, music, nostalgia, our imagination, healing, connection, escape, rest, water. She sextiles (an opportunity the requires some movement/effort on our part) Uranus at 10:23AM EDT - we are feeling more comfortable with change/the unusual, a break in our routine. Change is good/magical. This is mutable water and fixed earth - we can make mud or clay. We can make the dream more real. Financial/relationship shifts are eased into, nurture us in new ways. New money/new love. Very old familial patterns are being broken.


Later today, the Pisces Moon will move into a square with the Nodes. 

 

A turning point/choice. 

 

But, with Pisces everything is more gentle/subtle. We are moving through water and even a slight change in our stroke, changes our direction. The North Node is in Gemini - a Gemini/Pisces square speaks of separating facts from lies or too much pink paint (idealism). Or maybe something has grown so big (no boundaries, no end in sight) it needs to be broken down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Think of the difference between flowing water and flowing air. A conversation now doesn't have to be some big heavy, emotional thing. Keep it light. The square to the South Node is Sagittarius/Pisces - old beliefs that are no longer working/wise allowed to float on downstream. Water puts out the old fire. And the air takes us in a new direction. That sextile to Uranus creating the opportunity for a more gentle break with the past. Our values are changing. What we want is changing. The Sun is in Aries - the way we personally shine/value ourselves (and the ways we don't) is being made more clear to us now.

 

Keep in mind, the Moon is waning. Mars is still squaring Neptune and, with a balsamic Moon in Pisces, since yesterday afternoon - situations will be fluid/hard to pin down. We want to get going, but just aren't sure of our next step. We start with good intentions and then drift off course. Tired people/situations will feel especially draining. Things can be confusing. Today's hard square with the Nodes can help us drill down, the Sun is on Ceres (something new needs to be nurtured/fed) and we have a New Moon in Aries (new Lunar Year!) in just a couple days. 

 

If our motivated/momentum feels misdirected or missing somehow, that will change. 

 

Allow yourself to move with the shifting tides today. It's still Aries season and we don't want to float totally off-course, the urgency of what we need to do/anything hanging over our head - will probably create anxiety. But we have to give that Pisces Moon her due, too.

 

Take a breath.


xo all


artwork by the talented Isolde Pavlovskaya


April's Astrology Forecast for Creatives | THE MONTH AHEAD - motivation returns, green lights, fence sitting/preparation ends, decide, start, move your ass, take a risk, prepare for some challenges/twists later in the month

 


 

The first couple weeks of April we have some excellent MOMENTUM and motivation - no more fence sitting/gestating - it's GO TIME. 

 

Decisions must be made now. Things need to move. PUT TOGETHER AN ACTION PLAN. As we approach mid-month the energy is EXTREMELY OPPORTUNISTIC, and trust me, you do not want to miss this. If you have something to start, something you need to do/want to do - you had best be starting/doing it. This good fortune won't be around forever. 

 

The future belongs to the brave this month!

 

If you are starting a business/launching a new product, doing home renovations, etc (like I am, all of it) - the period from April 10th - 15th looks very promising (depending on what your chart ruler is doing will give you the best date - I will write a post specifically geared to this where we will add in the Moon and drill things down). If you are not ready for a full launch (try to be!), you will want to register a domain name/announce your intention/break ground in some way to get this energy into your project's DNA. This can also be something old (relationship, project, etc) done in a new way. LIFE IS LOOKING UP. 

 

By the third week of the month we start maybe slowing a bit, taking stock of what we have/where we are, then we might start hitting the challenging squares, Uranus shake-ups and power struggles. Pluto will be standing dangerously still. The energy shifts, opportunities tighten up/require more effort. Our Taurus security is shaken not stirred. The collective news might be INTENSE. There is a need to overcome a CHALLENGE. 

 

By the end of this month the retrogrades will begin and next month Eclipse season will roll in, so the first couple weeks of April are a MAJOR GREEN LIGHT - especially the energy near the New Moon in Aries. It's time to initiate something new, and small is BIG with the North Node in Gemini.


If you have been feeling unmotivated/tired - that will end! I promise!


Heads up - there is a major karmic story (a new one) going to start playing out here in the United States this month (and likely many other places) that we will talk about in the 2021-2022 big-picture posts and through the royalty/patriarchy series which is all the same astro-amazing stuff! We can't not change folks - it's written in the stars. 


FIRST WEEK - lean forward, get things moving, make decisions/solid plans, communication is key, relationships and money should be looking up, finish whatever you can that is going to be in your way of any New Moon fresh start at the end of the week

END OF FIRST WEEK AND SECOND WEEK - green light GO, GO, GO

THIRD WEEK - get grounded/practical/comfortable, things might slow a bit as we move into fixed earth, but they are also looking more solid, stock up

FOURTH WEEK - lighten your schedule, expect the unexpected and some challenges


And, please remember, this is COLLECTIVE, lists dates when aspects are most exact (they can be felt when applying/waning, too) and doesn't factor in the Moon. If you are a Cancer rising or more of a 'lunar person', the Moon's aspects will come into play in a more major way and we'll talk about them in some dailies as we move through the month - this post replaces the weekly and I am taking a blog break from the dailies this week, but will be back with an important ARIES NEW MOON post to kick off the lunar year!


For now - let's unpack the month -


APRIL 3RD - MERCURY ENTERS ARIES | crosses the Aries point, starts mutual reception with Mars in Gemini

 

Mercury finally gets out of the Pisces soup (a sign of his detriment) and begins a new cycle in fiery Aries. The conversation/our thinking changes/sharpens. New plans. New ideas. Mercury in Aries is so fast, she/he can solve problems before we even know we have a problem! This is going to be a fast transit (only through April 19th), but that's all we will need for our thinking/the conversation/ideas to SHIFT.

Our language and thinking becomes more focused, clear-headed and passionate. Mercury in Aries puts our instinct into words. Our mind gets faster. Our tongue gets sharper. Words get pushy. It is easier to speak up for ourselves and ask for what we want/need. We can also more easily pick an argument as language becomes more competitive. Mercury in Aries says, "I know what I think and THIS is what I think." The silence that was so golden in Pisces gets broken in Aries.

This is a fresh start/new year with Mercury themes - words, thinking, writing, learning, teaching, ideas, sibling issues, transportation, your local community. Also bringing fresh words and fresh thinking into our Aries house theme already smoking hot with the Sun and Venus. 

 

AND best of all with Mercury in Aries answering to Mars and Mars in Gemini answering to Mercury - both Mars and Mercury are empowered/stabilized. We can walk our talk, walk and chew gum at the same time, make better decisions, HAVE MORE MOTIVATION, get things moving.


APRIL 4TH - LAST QUARTER MOON | 14 degrees, Capricorn/Aries


The waning Moon at 14 degrees Capricorn (the sign of her detriment as ruler of Cappy's polarity sign of Cancer, but answering to Saturn strong in his home sign of Aquarius) squares an exalted Sun in Aries. This month's waning square - Cappy/Aries - hard to say who gets the home court advantage with this one.

 

This is tension/frustration between rules/limits/authority and independence/the new/what is starting. When is control too much control? Are stronger rules really needed or is initiative/courage/a boundless kind of newness the way forward? We are moving ahead, but now maybe patience is needed. 

 

The Moon (Cappy/authority) is waning and weak here. But answering to a strong Saturn in his home sign. The Sun (self/ego/independence) is exalted in Aries - STRONG. It could be time to circumvent the rules or authority a bit/take a risk (notice I am not saying - take  a break). If life during Aries season isn't a daring adventure or nothing at all (to quote the amazing Helen Keller) - then what the hell is it? Or maybe the reverse is true for you. You might need to take a breath, apply some wisdom/experience to the situation. Maybe something that looked promising, now looks like a whole lot of work or is getting old fast and you have to ask yourself if you are still wanting/willing to do it. In a few days Cappy's ruler Saturn is going to trine the North Node

 

Also keep in mind the Moon is waning, so, if some elbow grease needs to be applied to something that NEEDS FINISHING before next week's New Moon MAKE SURE IT IS. This can't be skipped. Independent work is certainly favored though.


APRIL 6TH - VENUS SEXTILES MARS | 19, degrees, Aries, Gemini


Here is what we want meeting up with the actions we need to take to get it. Set plans into motion. Send the email. Make the call. The girls and the boys are playing nicely. Venus is applying to her sextile to Jupiter, too, so, think - expansion/luck/optimism. Get those plans rolling!

 

APRIL 9TH - SATURN TRINES NORTH NODE (sextiles South Node) | 12 degrees, Aqua/Gemini, MARS SQUARES NEPTUNE | 21 degrees, Gemini/Pisces, MERCURY CONJUNCTS CHIRON | 9 degrees Aries

 

Maybe the facts/details are foggy. Maybe people don't get what we are saying or we aren't hearing things correctly. Maybe we are squared off with an ancestral story-line. We could be tired/need a rest. Even our best intended actions might drift off course. Men might be unreliable or lying or feel weak. Or maybe we are acting like a martyr.

 

The way through the Mars/Neptune is the Saturn/North Node trine. The trine is arguably the best aspect in astrology. Things fall into place. This is Aquarius/Gemini. Saturn/Mercury. Both strong now with Saturn in one of his home signs and Mercury in mutual reception with Mars, so gaining access to Gemini, his home sign. 

 

Stability/structure is the new black. Grown up words and conversations. Commitments to group goals. Stepping back and seeing the big picture/detaching from the emotions of the story a bit can help. Logical thinking. Logical/scientific language. Flashes of genius are possible now. Life can use whatever responsible or group/future oriented action we take now to move us along our best path/new timeline. Keep in mind as Saturn trines the North Node, he sextiles the South Node - this is the beliefs/hopes/greener pastures we need to release. Actions we take toward this will be smooth, too (will require some effort though - this is air, so probably through conversations, words, contracts, etc) - because remember the Moon is waning/winding down a story now, so as we move in one direction, another path/timeline begins to fray/come untangled.

 

Mercury/Chiron means words are wounding/healing. It is probably time to speak up about what is hurting. Writing/research is cathartic. 


APRIL 10TH - MERCURY SEXTILES THE NORTH NODE | 11 degrees, Aries/Gemini, MERCURY SEXTILES SATURN | 12 degrees, Aries, Aquarius, VENUS SEXTILES JUPITER | 25 degrees, Aries/Aquarius


Now, we are past (barely, but I'm counting it!) the Mars/Neptune square and look at these aspects! The Moon is in independent Aries - her only aspect a conjunction to wounded healer Chiron - repeating yesterday's Mercury/Chiron, so we are still dealing with whatever this is emotionally. 

 

There are MULTIPLE opportunistic sextiles. Air/fire. WHAT A DAY. And keep in mind this has been in play for a couple days and tomorrow's New Moon will carry the potency of this for weeks/even months/even the entire year. This isn't just about April 10th. Our words/actions are moving us smoothly into the future. Our money/love GROWS. The Jupiter sextile pulls in progress with legal/foreign issues.


Mercury is in Aries now, words and conversations are fast/blunt/to the point. Whatever we are talking about/thinking about TAKES US FURTHER, SO TALK ABOUT IT/think about it. The right words find their way to the right lips, eyes and ears. Words are powerful/adult/used responsibly, building us a newer/stronger world. Rules, limits, authority is supportive. At the same time Mercury is trining the South Node - old conversations can be put to bed. Mercury in Aries might just burn that sh*t down, but this time things are easier/smoother - no need for a match. Chiron/Moon in Aries. The fire is somehow healing. Keep in mind the North Node - way forward - is still Gemini, so keep words light/airy. Expect to be seeing/hearing double. If we are committing to something now we are actually going to have to do it. Maybe twice, so keep that in mind. Venus/Jupiter - there are financial opportunities here; the kind of luck that comes with some risk. Here is the smooth and easy expansion of something new. Jupiter is answering to Saturn, so there will still be work and limits, but they are more STRETCHY now.


APRIL 11TH - NEW MOON IN ARIES | 22 degrees conjunct Ceres, VENUS SQUARES PLUTO | 26 degrees, Aries, Capricorn

 

The lunar year begins! EXPECT A BIG NEW MOON POST. 

 

Actually, multiple posts because we will be talking about that 26 degrees Pluto - we haven't been here since the days of the American Revolution and before that the time of King Henry VIII and we'll be talking about that alot in April, too. The United States Pluto return will seem just moments away by the end of the month (something else in the collective news by then) and then, Pluto will station, retrograde, again, the death/transformation is postponed, so we can get it right this time! 

 

Also today, Venus, nearing the end of her days in Aries, squares Pluto in Cappy. Tension/frustration between this new thing we are loving/creating/our independence/our physical self and the fear of what we could lose/maybe are losing. How much do we want this? Maybe our heart breaks open. Maybe here is a breakthrough moment around our ability to love ourselves. 

 

Venus/Pluto an urge to 'feel the fear and do it anyway'. She kicks off the dead wood, connecting us to a more authentic "me and we".


Keep in mind, that fly in the ointment with what is started now is that Venus/Pluto - we want to avoid manipulations, obsession, jealousy, power struggles (the negative side of Venus/Pluto which is the love and passion mixed with the fear and taken too far), and, instead, use the powerful square energy of their friction to get that New Moon fire started!


APRIL 12TH JUNO STATIONS RETROGRADE | 24 degrees Sagittarius

 

Juno entered Sagittarius back on December 20, 2020, just days before the world 'started back up again' as Jupiter met Saturn. A very BIG player in 2020 (our relationships, partnerships, commitments), Juno was finally getting some blue skies and greener pastures. Our relationships were LOOKING UP/more optimistic and expansive. Or maybe we met a new mentor/teacher/embraced something or someone foreign. The challenges here would be if one partner was/is escaping or resistant to change/inflexible. She (as us) has gone (and some of this was through the square to Vesta in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces - THE PROBLEM we have been avoiding or over-focusing on, the need to fix it or forget it or forgive it or maybe all three) all the way to 24 degrees Sag. She is going to get all the way back to 8 degrees Sagittarius before stationing direct again on August 2nd and she won't get back to 24 degrees until around Halloween and start covering new ground, so this is and will be a very long relationship story-line. From now until early August is the part we will get the re-do's. Our relationships also become more of an inside job. We notice what we are mirroring and the way our partnerships are mirroring us. Notice this is conjunct the Galactic Center (our homing signal/seat of creation) and opposing Mars, so disagreements and challenges are built right into the process. If one partner is pushing to do something the other partner doesn't want to do or efforts are too aggressive or one-sided this will be felt now. Is compromise possible?


APRIL 13TH - SUN SEXTILES MARS | 24 degrees, Aries/Gemini

 

This is a boost of INITIATIVE/fire power. A light on our strengths. This is fire and air - our words are like rocket fuel/ideas catch fire. Here is the Sun (as us/our ego) in an opportunistic aspect with the Sun's ruler now - Mars, who, through mutual reception with Mercury is able to be more Mars-y/function almost like he would in his home sign! Mercury in Gemini pulls in the conversations, contracts, commerce, the words/ideas, maybe our siblings, local community, transportation/tech.

 

APRIL 14TH - VENUS INTO TAURUS  | her home sign

 

Venus is now out of her detriment in Aries and off that square to Pluto and into her home sign of Taurus. Whew! Venus loves (and rules) Taurus. After her weeks in Aries trying to be a lover and a fighter, she is quite content to settle into herself again.

Taurus suns and rising signs get more attractive (both physically attractive and more able to attract). Venus is Taurus will help us appreciate the finer things in life, what we already have and what is right in front of us. Taurus is a fixed sign, so things happen slowly. It can take some time for a person who is used to (because remember we are hardwired to crave what is familiar) seeing beauty in a lush green lawn, for example, to appreciate the magnificence of a dandelion. If you can't see the beauty in what you already have - look again.

(did you know the word dandelion comes from the Latin "lion's tooth" - dandelions are some of the honey bees earliest food, are reproductive superstars - an energy sorely needed now and have centuries of usages in food, drink and medicine)


The power and real beauty of Venus in Taurus is a deep seeded belief that everything we need is available to us. Either we have it, or we can attract it if we believe we are worth it. Venus will be in Taurus until May 8th. 

 

APRIL 15TH - SUN SEXTILES JUPITER | 25 degrees, Aries/Aquarius

 

An opportunity comes to light. This is Aries/Aqua. Initiative/passion/something new is EXPANDING. Making things better/more stable/more lasting. Luck that requires courage/some risk. Confidence. Keep in mind tomorrow's follow-up aspect -


APRIL 16TH - SUN SQUARES PLUTO | 26 degrees, Aries/Capricorn


So, the Sun takes the expansion/hope/opportunity from Jupiter in Aquarius and now moves into tension/frustration with Pluto in Cappy - power struggles, authority, limits, REALITY. Pluto is always about a death/fear. Maybe we are under pressure to do something, stand up, be ourselves. Look ahead to tomorrow and we see that Mercury is repeating the Sun's transits of the last two days and now we have Mars trining Jupiter. This week ends with the Sun meeting Mercury at the very, very end of Aries and then plunging into Taurus together. 

 

For now, the Sun square Pluto is power struggles. Fear of death/destruction/loss. It might feel like our ability to be ourselves/even to live is somehow threatened. This doesn't mean this will actually be the case, but this can be what challenges faced now will feel like. This is Aries/Cappy - the new vs the old. We have to be brave. We might have to fight (maybe not) and we could lose anyway (something will be gained though). We could be manipulated. This is us vs the man/power. Or maybe we are the power trying to control someone else. Either way be careful. Keep in mind, this will likely be felt strongest by people with planets/points near 26 degrees of the cardinal signs.


APRIL 17TH - MARS TRINES JUPITER | 26 degrees, Gemini/Aquarius, MERCURY SEXTILES JUPITER | 26 degrees, Aries/Aquarius, MERCURY SQUARES PLUTO | 26 degrees, Aries/Capricorn


Look at this day?! Do you have anything at 26 degrees?! I hope so! Mars trines Jupiter - our energy/enthusiasm/action expands. Makes us brave. Makes us lucky. Our words are our fortune. Make the call. Send the email. SAY YES.

 

Just keep in mind that Mercury square to Pluto possibility for power struggles/obsessive thinking, going too dark/the very real need to be walking our talk now. We will be talking about the 26th degree Pluto and its karmic possibilities -  in a big-picture post. We are dealing with old fear/powerlessness and now (past the point we always died before) transforming it/getting our power back. We are able to shift the energy across multiple timelines and for different lifetimes - yes, we are healing the ancestral woundings around power that we carry. 


APRIL 18TH - SUN CONJUNCTS MERCURY | 29 degrees Aries


Now, Mercury meets the Sun. This is excellent energy for communication. Our words are focused/fast. There could be a result now/a culmination/maybe an ending. Here is important information. A new idea. A voice to passion. A declaration. This is a good time for AFFIRMATIONS. This is the very, very end of Aries - a "hail mary play" degree. We start at the end/the very last moment. NOW WE KNOW. Then they (our heart/our brain) tumble together into the fertile fields of Taurus.  


Keep in mind, this is the mid-point of the Mercury/Sun cycle that started back on February 8, 2021. Kind of their 'full moon' moment, before their cycle starts waning.


APRIL 19TH - MERCURY INTO TAURUS, SUN INTO TAURUS

 

The Sun and Mercury move into Taurus TOGETHER. From cardinal fire to fixed earth. Our value appreciates. Our thinking and our willpower/force combined/in agreement. It's time to be practical, settle down, plant the seeds, take care of our resources/balance the books. We want things to make sense/cents. Our focus turns to practical things. The pace slows. The roses are noticed - will there be roses by mid-April? My dogwood trees are three weeks late this year. It's back to basics.  Taurus gets results through self-sufficiency, by bringing ideas and concepts 'down to earth', by being sensible. Also by valuing what we already HAVE.

This is not the time to enact complicated plans unless we want to make ourselves (and everyone else) crazy. Better to drill down to the fundamentals now. The month will start to change on us in a couple days, so don't get too comfortable, but find a comfort/a sweet spot/a soft shoulder. Mash the potatoes. Eat the pie.

 

Rushing through ideas, conversations and decisions won't work well now. Take the time to think things through and get it right - life will encourage/force this process, so fighting it is futile anyway. If a person or situation is pushing us to make a decision we are not ready to make, events will conspire to give us more time. If we can't decide - we should wait. If we are the one doing the pushing we will be frustrated during this transit. Mercury likes to move lightning fast, but Taurus likes to stop and smell the roses. The fly in the ointment with Mercury in Taurus is its fixed nature. One of the reasons for the information slowing down is that everyone becomes entrenched in their position and digs in. Compromise becomes a four letter word and there aren't alot of choices. The answer is either yes or no, there is no maybe with Taurus. Our resolve is strengthened though.

 

Keep in mind, this takes Mercury out of his/her mutual reception with Mars, so his access to his home sign of Gemini ends now. All good things must come to an end. We don't get to age three without knowing this. Mars is about to make his own move anyway. 


APRIL 20TH - FIRST QUARTER MOON | 0 degrees Leo, Leo/Taurus, VESTA STATIONS DIRECT | 6 degrees Virgo

 

This is an important First Quarter Moon - not only because it's the first real problem of our New Moon in Aries story, but because the Moon is opposing 0 Aquarius, where Jupiter and Saturn met back in December and restarted a more equal, socially responsible, science minded (and yes, more detached) new world. 


The Moon in Leo (as us) needs ATTENTION, love, children, our inner child, the center-stage, some heart-felt JOY. The Sun in Taurus is more practical, wants to be comfortable, wants to hold onto what we have. Maybe this is tension/frustration between our need to have fun and our need to be comfortable/not rock the boat/stick with what we know. This is fixed fire vs fixed earth. The earth can put the fire out, but is that what we really want?


Vesta moved into Virgo back on October 22, 2020. She came in like a freight train on a trine to Black Moon Lilith. She (as we) got all the way to 21 degrees when she stationed retrograde back on January 19, 2021. Now, we are moving forward - either having fixed the problems/or working on them - or using the Pisces oppositions we have had to release any unnecessary attention from that Virgo situation -  forgetting/forgiving the problem. This is one final pass through Virgo to tie up loose ends - to do the actual doing. We know what we need to do/focus on to keep the necessary fires burning.

 

APRIL 22ND - VENUS CONJUNCTS URANUS | 10 degrees Taurus


Uranus is all about change, something Venus-ruled Taurus resists. Resisting change can be a good thing, because not all change is good (no matter what the t-shirts tell us) BUT it can also be bad - lead to rust, depression, stagnant water that is unfit to drink. Our Taurus natal house, the place we are naturally inclined to 'leave well enough alone' has been anything BUT stable these last couple years.

 

Once a year, Venus (ruler of Taurus) comes along and meets up with Uranus - the one changing up her carefully orchestrated world. They first met in May 2019 at 3 degrees Taurus - here is where the changes with what we have/want/love/our values/our money started rocking and rolling, and they will meet every year until 2026 (at 29 degrees Taurus - they actually meet in BOTH July 2025 and April 2026 at 29 degrees, so our Taurus house will be totally changed by then!).


Their meetings accelerate change - things conspire to show us what we really value/love now, new ways to make/use/hold money, new beauty, new self-esteem. Venus in Taurus is slow, but Uranus change is fast, can happen in an instant, but isn't really something we couldn't see coming. They last met on March 8, 2020 - so likely what we wanted then has changed significantly from what we want now. If you have natal or progressed planets/points between 7-13 degrees Taurus, you will likely feel this conjunction the strongest. In general and collectively speaking, this is about changes with our values, money, resources and self-esteem. Your Taurus house themes will paint a more personal picture.


Venus's next aspect is a square to Saturn - reality check/limits - in a few days, so keep this in mind.

 

APRIL 23RD - MARS ENTERS CANCER

 

Mars is considered in his fall in Cancer. This is because Mars can't be all Martian - fired up and passionate and out in the world testing his courage, running onto the battlefield thinking only of himself and how good it will feel to swing that sword - when he has these pesky emotional Cancerian things to contend with.

Things like feelings (it's harder to take the instinctive action he needs to take when he has to feel his way through what he is doing instead of just doing it). And home and family and security (harder to be putting himself first when he has a family depending on him and harder to fight most effectively when he needs to stay alive to come home at the end of the day). This stuff can make Mars like a pot of hot water ready to boil over at any minute. Like the too-young father who wants to be out bar-hopping with his buds - he can feel trapped.
On the flip side, Mars becomes more nurturing in Cancer. There's less chance of tossing the baby out with the bathwater now - because we love the baby (just look at those dimples)! Mars in Cancer is the daddy-bear protecting his cubs/any small growth that is easily trampled. Don't cross him.

Collectively we will be more security and safety conscious. Maybe more patriotic/clansy, but, certainly more home and family oriented. Our actions driven by our emotions (need for safety) or centered around home, family, mom, home business, family business, real estate, renovation, our natal and progressed Cancer house themes. Our natal Cancer houses will experience more initiative, action, passion and ANGER (remember this is Mars we are taking about, not the Easter Bunny). Where is Cancer in your natal chart? Wherever it is, Mars is not the usual way you deal with the things ruled by this house (unless of course, you have Mars there natally), so watch for defensiveness/moodiness/maybe an unusual antsiness around these themes. Mars will be in Cancer until June 2nd. 

 

APRIL 24TH - MERCURY CONJUNCTS URANUS | 10 degrees

 

Now, Mercury, following in Venus's footsteps, meets up with Uranus at that same 10 degrees. New/unexpected information maybe regarding money, our resources, what we value, that Taurus house theme. Stuck ideas and conversations will come unstuck, ruts will be jumped. Plans will change. There is the potential for shocking news. Also flashes of genius. Rebellious ideas. Maybe we find out something is more valuable/or less than we thought it was. Changes with our income are possible. Here is where the truth comes out - ready or not.


APRIL 25TH - VENUS SQUARES SATURN | 12 degrees, Taurus/Aquarius, MERCURY SQUARES SATURN | 12 degrees, Taurus/Aquarius, MERCURY CONJUNCTS VENUS | 13 degrees, Taurus


Venus and Mercury square Saturn TOGETHER. This has been building during the Uranus conjunctions. There are limits, responsibilities, reality checks. Freedom isn't free. Karmic endings. Our responsibilities, maybe especially to the future/the group/collective goals will not be avoided. With Venus and Mercury together it's probably time to say what we want. We might just get it after all (but there will be limits, rules, responsibilities). 

 

This smash-up is pulling us toward tomorrow's BIG Full Moon.

 

APRIL 26TH - FULL MOON IN SCORPIO | 7 degrees

 

This one has a 'Danger Will Robinson' feel to me. A Full Moon in Scorpio, answering to Pluto (standing strong and still and in a space he hasn't occupied since the American Revolution!) and opposite change-maker Uranus, trining a passive-aggressive Mars in Cancer. We are going to want to be careful here. Yes, we are facing our fears, this part can't be avoided, and we shouldn't try, but don't need to be an idiot about it. 

 

We will talk all about this in a BIG FULL MOON POST.

 

APRIL 29TH | MERCURY SEXTILES NEPTUNE | 22 degrees, Taurus/Pisces

 

Mercury has been uber busy in the last few days. AND he is stuck in the fixed earth of Taurus through all this. He met up with Uranus (surprising news), squared Saturn (reality check, limits) and then met up with Venus (good news, ka-ching maybe), now he moves into a smooth sextile with Neptune. This feels like a ping pong match.


Mercury/Neptune is a subtle influence, but considering all Mercury (as us) has been dealing with and Pluto standing still, this is likely to have more oomph. Good for visionary ideas and language. Imagination. Healing Prayer. Meditation. We might wake remembering our dreams. Our ancestors/past lives/ghosts are whispering to us. Ideas are AVAILABLE for the right person - the person who can make them REAL - to pick them like apples in an autumn orchard. This is good for learning something practical (Mercury) through osmosis (Neptune), so would be a good time to hang out with the smartest person you know. Compassionate (Neptune) language (Mercury) is helpful (sextile). Siblings may be illusive or confusing. But Mercury in Taurus is giving a Neptunian dream a structure to work with/build upon. Again this whole thing is subtle, but available. Talk to other people. The opportunity comes as one thought/conversation/idea drifts into another. People with planets/points near 22 degrees Taurus or Pisces will feel its influence most.


APRIL 30TH - SUN CONJUNCTS URANUS | 10 degrees, Taurus


The Sun meets Uranus - starts a new solar story. When a planet conjuncts another planet it's like a guest comes in from out of town and takes over. Maybe they put their feet on the coffee table, toss their coat on our favorite chair and polish off that bottle of wine we'd been saving. Maybe they clean the kitchen and cook us dinner. Either way, they are hard to miss.


Uranus is the planet of genius and rebellion and 'anything can happen' - charged with shifting us from point A to point B via the fastest possible route. Uranus jolts the fixed earth Taurus Sun with some unpredictable electricity. Something can come from out of nowhere - all the i's are not dotted and t's are not crossed now. Anything even slightly restrictive might feel like a dog collar - yes, the kind with the metal links that look like a medieval torture device. Wherever you think something is headed, expect something else. This is collective and personal shifting sands. Life changes. Again, this will probably be more dramatic for people with planets/points nearest 10 degrees of Taurus or the other fixed signs (Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius through squares and oppositions), but we will all be feeling this.

 

APRIL 27TH - PLUTO STATIONS RETROGRADE | 26 degrees Capricorn (and 48 minutes, so within spitting distance of the U.S. natal 27 degree Pluto)

 

Pluto has been standing still, preparing for today's station and let's just say he is, well, armed and  .. dangerous. I'd say no dark alleys for any of us, but we know that already. If you are quarantined, I will add - no dark hallways. Like seriously. Turn the light on, I fell last year and broke my foot. 

 

Pluto retrogrades are times we do deep inner work. Fear that is ripe for release will come up to be looked at/worked through/sometimes just survived. This year, we are working an energy that hasn't been worked since the American Revolution and before that the days of King Henry VIII - it's like we are all that woman who discovered another room behind her bathroom mirror. Very old power dynamics are shifting.

 

Fear can arise through uncomfortable or intense situations. Deep insights are possible while Pluto is retrograde. Worn out controls, rules and power systems are getting re-looked at, as well as the way we merge our resources (including our bodies and our money) with other people. Here is where we clean up the mess (sometimes an ancient/karmic one) as the external death/transformation process is postponed.


With Pluto stationing, the Sun on Uranus and Venus/Mercury squaring Saturn - we will keep in mind our 2021 maxim about chaos redistributing power. The end of the month looks pretty intense, so you'll want to set yourself up for a lighter load here. Don't over-schedule. Take care of yourself. Stock up on supplies just in case. Taurus season can bring food/weather/earth issues. 


BUT, PLEASE don't spend the first half of the month worrying about the second half. 

 

Just be prepared in a practical way. If something is scheduled for the end of the month and you can move it up then consider moving it up. If you can't, then it is what it is and will play out the way it needs to. Uranus stuff can't really be predicted and Saturn/Pluto mostly can't be avoided, so there is only so much we can do. 

 

The really lasting change always comes through the squares/challenges anyway and for anyone with very stuck situations they might be just what the doctor ordered! 

 

And Saturn's trine to the North Node is in play pretty much all month - ultimately our forward movement is stabilizing. Stepping into our responsibility and the goals that bring us into connection with other people is moving us forward.

 

NOW, PLEASE get going while the getting is GOOD!

 

xo all


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