This Month: Astrological Trends * Nourishing Recommendations
Leaves May 8 2020 11:22:19 am (MDT +6:00) (exact January 12), return to orb May 17-December 26 during Saturn retrograde (never exact), Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: This is one of the most powerful aspects of our lives, and a once in a lifetime occurrence. The opportunity to deconstruct and reconstruct a new world. A steady and consistent effort can provide a way to work within the world that will honor our values in a noble way. Nature is larger than man, and we need to align with a higher vision as we make a new world, culture, society, and systems. The idea that men are machines or the ideas that our parents and the world has transmitted are not aligned with higher values. Saturn is the lord of karma and Pluto is the great destroyer/transformer/re-maker. Together, they can embody some larger conversations among nature and mankind is part of nature.
January 9 – April 25 (Exact March 10) Chiron in Aries square the North Node in Cancer / January 9 – April 25 (Exact March 10) Chiron in Aries square the South Node in Capricorn: This is the time to figure out what hurts and what helps. Stand up for yourself and do what is good for your inner self so your life energy is protected. The spiritual warrior in you is ignited and the earth mother is trying to have a dialogue with you. There is a lot of healing and finding the path forward to figure out. Do your work.
January 1-October 30 (exact February 20, July 27, October 12) Jupiter in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces: When the expansion of universal governance meets consciousness in the most active of supportive aspects, this can provide an interesting mix. This is a non-personal aspect but I think it will affect us all in personal ways depending on how it touches our chart. With Venus integrating alongside Neptune, relationships and/or values will certainly be deeply activated. Business and financial relationships may shift to a deeper or more spiritual slant. What do you have in water and earth signs in the middle degrees?
February 4-December 23 (Exact April 4, June 29, and November 12) Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: This is the aspect that brings us the telescope and the microscope. How much more literal and down to earth could the fusion (conjunction) of the planet of expansion and size (Jupiter) conjunct transformation (Pluto) be? Now we’re looking into black holes, still looking at space in new and revolutionary ways… In conjunction also with Saturn I feel it does have something to do with time and “event horizons.” However, in spiritual and evolutionary terms, we can take that into examining the black holes in our own lives. Where are we losing power? What energy holes and vortices need to be “closed up?” That’s a revolution and transformation that can serve us if we telescope and microscope in and out within our lives and take a look at how we are doing.
February 4-April 7 (exact March 14) Uranus in Taurus sextile North Node in Cancer: Unifying Uranian consciousness within our bodies in a grounded manner to bring into conscious awareness Taurean stillness and peace is something truly sacred that can occur now and through the next six years (approximately). With a sextile to the Cancer North Node now, the experience is something that touches our sensitive hearts and human bodies asking us to understand the poetry of how water meets land—the sand and wave of ocean or lake shores. The North Node is shifting from the idea of family and mother and nurturing this year to knowledge and communication as a focus for our collective and individual destiny. We need a pause such as this to actively consolidate and bring forth reflections upon what we have learned about the human family, and in this sense it is family related to our higher consciousness. What may we need to let go of (like Uranus killed Saturn in the myth) or allow ourselves to create, in order to progress?
February 4-April 7 (exact March 14) Uranus in Taurus trine South Node in Capricorn: It would be so easy to expand whatever work is in front of us, to “go with the flow,” because there is probably a mountain of it, and miss the opportunity to reflect on quieter voices calling us. The questions about values and ethics and what mountains are worth climbing have never been more important.
March 19-April 4 (exact March 27) Jupiter in Capricorn trine Venus in Taurus: You have an opportunity to develop beneficial relationships. You can bring life to plants, animals, people, and nurture new relationships with sustainability and strength.
March 20-April 2 (exact March 25) Sun conjunct Chiron in Aries: A lot of focus and energy shifts to ideas around what wounds take away the will to live. Depression and sense of motivation to fight for ourselves and our own identity is something that a lot of us can relate to. Also, head wounds are related to Chiron/Aries aspects. Thinking about being careful not to acquire these types or wounds and also to focus on healing in these areas is the realm of Aries and Chiron. Biology and beliefs about new ideas, exercise programs, exploration, Traumatic Brain Injury, neurology, sexuality, and inspiration of all sorts are the realm of Aries Chiron.
March 17-April 11 (exact March 31) Mars conjunct Saturn in Aquarius: Focus and hard work and maybe running into a mentor or teacher in the realm where we are brilliant and unique. On the challenging side, we could run into an enemy! Instead of letting life lead us into a war, let ourselves take some initiative by sharpening our skills and expressing the energy in some physical form such as preparation (staying home to sharpen our swords, so to speak, and then engaging in some friendly sparring with them). We can find our own way of expressing ourselves if we knuckle down and do the difficult tasks associated with long-term outcomes. Avoid short-cuts for sure at this time and with this aspect.
March 18-May 9 Venus in Taurus/Gemini trine Mars in Capricorn/Aquarius: Venus and Mars move in harmony for a few months, making it a beautiful time to form new relationships, focus on current relationships, and in general take lot of actions in a dyadic (one-to-one) sense. In fact, it’s a good time to study about what works in relationships and communicate about it. It’s a great time to talk about it publicly, if you’re planning any engagements, this is a great topic. People should be very interested in the topic of romance, compatibility, creative coupling, and all the aspects of what makes two people attracted to one another, mate, stay together, not stay together, etc. You can practice it in real life or study it academically.
March 21-April 4 (exact March 28) Venus in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn: This portends a willingness for Persephone’s archetypal visit to the underworld to occur. This is the journey where she agreed to spend half her year married to the God of Hades, or Hell, in mythology, causing the seasons to occur. So, let’s buckle up and along with her consider what “gates” and “tests” we may need to pass during these days to DESCEND to our thrones! Which may not be what we would otherwise choose, but sometimes we have committed to relationships and partners unconsciously and we don’t fully understand why we have made these commitments.
April 2020 Astrology Trends:
April 1-15 (exact April 7) Uranus in Taurus square Mars in Aquarius: You can know the laws of the land, but just as the map is not the territory… The laws are not the lived experiences of people. Uranus in Taurus square Mars in Aquarius brings to life the humanitarian needs behind the laws of the land, and the relationship between humans and nature. The need to stand up for what is fair and ethical for the group and not for only the individual means “we are all in this together.” It may link the ideals of human law to a larger, natural law. Or, in a surprising manner, show how nature’s power can eclipse human power—and almost in an instant. There is a deep and important relationship to Uranus’s mission in Taurus and the idea of the Mars mission through Aquarius, the ruler of Uranus. This is an important month to examine humanitarian values, even though it is challenging on many levels. A push from Mars may awaken Uranus energy. Uranus and Aquarius are both linked to genius. Genius is the ability to act and think in ways that are new/novel and have never been taught to us.
(Pandemic Note: Medical astrology tells us that the lungs are associated with Mercury and with the sign of Gemini (also, air transmission & travel and the carrier of messages aka air borne viruses). Venus (Relationships) will be in the sign of Gemini from April through August. Mercury is the predominant fast-moving planetary actor in April. Stay safe! Stay six feet away from others at least! Many blessings for your health and well being.)
April 1- 6 (exact April 4) Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces: Communicable. That’s the Mercurial, functional problem our planet is facing. The whole mental model of Astrology may be built out of the human desire to understand cycles and seasons of this large life—a life larger than humanity and cycles of a sphere spinning and breathing its atmosphere within a vast ecosystem of stars and black holes. A virus exists as naturally as a human exists and despite how it came into being—its appetites are as voracious as our own. In fact, how do we define what it means to be human and how do we define our human rights to live and to die and what does it mean to begin and to end?
April 4 – 9 (exact April 7) Mercury in Pisces sextile Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn: The desire to stabilize the systems that are being ignited grows. However, Mercury is the carrier, the messenger, the energizer bunny of networks and cars and airplanes… and things that travel through the air of all kinds—even viruses. What we know as truth is often only a story and what we perceive as real is only a cultural transmission. This month when Mercury meeting with so many major planets as they make lifetime-changing aspects is fraught with the questioning of the foundation of almost everything. Dissolution, in Capricornian (crystallization) and Piscean (womb-like) manner, abounds. There may be a lot to learn from letting many of our beliefs and other parts of ourselves dissolve and evolve—from every dimension of being—biopsychosocialspiritual—down, down and down—into the depths and darkness of stillness and space for a little while. It begins with letting go of managing and controlling. Instead, listen. Stop. Let things end that need to complete and end. Allow yourself to experience a sacred patience. Things don’t detach without being given the space to transform. Resistance is often not the path toward healing, as you may witness when you watch totalitarian dictators attempt to control nature or control other people through cultural means such as technology and force. The slow-moving planets such as Pluto and Jupiter and Mercury can tell you that is always and forever temporary. Even as this convergence in Capricorn lets us know the mood and the mind of the times is vast and dark and spacious, somewhere Uranus in Taurus is out there. Uranus will tell us about how WORKING WITH the brilliance of nature by listening and understanding a mountain’s ecosystem in order to climb it has always been more successful than Capricornian urges to install REGIME AFTER REGIME AFTER REGIME in an endless dance of thunder-donkey style leadership of pulling a rickety cart of supplies with square wheels along behind you. It’s long past time to let go of burdensome conceptions. Mercury has another message, which about nimble navigation. To learn to think of power as a flexible sense of relationship and curiosity; of connections that are woven together via unending knowledge and increasing clarity beyond oneself. That there is not power in power over others.
April 3-August 7 (Retrograding May 13/14 – June 23) Venus in Gemini: Here is a detachment or a curiosity from a system of values or finances or relationships as Venus is out of bounds at the start of the move into Gemini. Instead of somatic, body-based Taurus, Venus moves into the sign of the twins, the teacher, the storyteller, the reporter. The issue with Venus in Gemini is that it can be a time of loss of definition—even death—during mutable periods. A storyteller uses allegory and won’t mind a fib thrown in for dramatic effect. A teacher is interested in whatever lesson will allow for growth and efficacy—accuracy is not the main point—the point is the point—if you see what I am saying. The twins have two realities at any given moment… Perception is only a small portion about language—there are layers upon layers of nuance to it. And this is a long traversal of Venus in Gemini. And Venus will be in and out of bounds in terms of declination, so perceptions shall be on the fringe in many instances—they may be genius and they may be criminal (or perceived to be outside the law). One important matter of business for Venus in Gemini this year is to give the universe permission to make no sense, but to gather evidence to see clearly even if they can’t figure out yet what they are seeing. Venus is ultimately the most receptive of planets. Gemini can evolve to see further through inquiring about people’s thoughts. Attentiveness instead of wit; refusing to interrupt others’ thoughts; remaining fascinated as you listen to others. Deep listening without racing ahead to conclusions because we can hear something we don’t know—and these connections as we absorb the world can accelerate the accumulation of vital resources.
No one could have predicted the instability the world faces at this point in history—even in our wildest imaginations! I am worried about women’s rights, the health of vulnerable people, and about financial systems and corporate institutions depending on current currencies. Things fluctuate wildly in the Venus realms of relations, money/finances (corporations), and the arts. Radical change occurs through Venus’ movement in Gemini, as it will turn retrograde in May and remain in Gemini for several months this year. The heart finds itself interested in constantly learning and seeking. Problem solving remains in full swing. Romance becomes buying your sweetheart the newest high-tech device to see how it could work. Gemini is a social sign, so the frustrations that come with being isolated may grow and you will need to find ways that will work for you to manage the nervous energy.
April 7 Full Moon in Libra: You may as well go to an online concert or paint your heart out as you howl at the moon your lonely grief. Whatever you need to do to relax, do so. You can also realize the moon may prompt you to get together somehow in a remote way. The social isolation may bring a weeping session later as you tuck yourself in bed. Find some visual stimulation, some storytelling, some history or some old pictures and memories to help yourself feel calm and connected to your loved ones. You can talk about memories together, in fact. Your needs are important to process and if you have the instinct to contact a loved one—do it! I believe they will thank you for it and be thrilled to hear from you. While another time you might want to get married on the Full Libra Moon, this year you can only Skype to your sweetheart!
April 7-14 (exact April 10) Chiron in Aries sextile Venus in Gemini and Chiron in Aries April 5-12 (exact April 8) sextile Mars in Aquarius: Absorbing the chaos and the mystery… Here is the alchemy of pain for you and grief for you: turn and face your past now or be vulnerable to terror. Whatever has pierced and pursued you since life was breathed into you is the thing that is knocking at your destiny. The thing others need you to protect them from. The time to be anything less than a force of nature has passed. You are doing growth and risk now—not the foolish and optimistic kind that thinks you are invulnerable. You are the Taoist warrior who wins when they never have to pick up a weapon or go into battle in the first place. This is the aspect that has you training day in and day out, however, with all the energy of Artemis and Mars in one entity. And no one would ever, ever know. (Wherever Aries sits in your chart is the arena of life for you to do the protecting.)
April 10 Mercury in Aries: As Mercury moves into Aries, it will be time to set down your thoughts about how to do things differently in written and spoken form. You are thinking courageous thoughts. They have been gestating and now it is time to spend time birthing the new projects. Start with a physical activity regime that you can keep on a schedule in order to reset and get yourself in better shape to manage stress and health as the Springtime light begins to ever more visibly color the darkness.
April 10 – 14 (exact April 11) Mercury in Aries sextile Saturn in Aquarius: A good time to consult a mentor or counselor or teacher about any questions you have. This aspect is supportive for memory/concentration and starting long-term projects.
April 10-14 (exact April 12—EASTER) Mercury in Aries Square the North Node in Cancer / Mercury in Aries Square the South Node in Capricorn: This Easter, we don’t quite have a grand cross but there is a T-square with the Moon’s nodes, representing our destiny. Meaning, we are at a cross-roads. Aries Mercury asks us to wrap our minds around a question: If we are scaling a volcanic peak, the environment itself is toxic. How do we manage it? Only a fool would rush forth with no cover. There will be a time when the lava stops flowing and the path, if the mountain still exists, is safe to travel once more. Sometimes, we discover, we ourselves are the volcano dissolving the mountain instead of the mountain climber. We never were the scared child hanging from the side of the cliff by a single rope, after all. Choosing the right challenge is part of courage—to avoid self-destruction. An obvious evolutionary task is to survive instead of to self-destruct. So, whatever the task in front of us—to survive, to confront, to climb, to make, to create, to burst forth like a seed in the dark or to acknowledge the volcanic heat stirring inside us—the task is discernment and then courage. You want something. Life this Easter, the 12th, will unroll the carpet of what has been haunting your dreams at night. Your art at this time shall be to act decisively to satisfy your needs, despite your fears. Let your knees knock and your hands quiver. Let yourself faint like a goat. Underneath your fighting and fleeing and fawning and freezing—what you will find eventually will be the pioneer and/or the beating blood of a hero. You only have yourself to lose if you fail to act now.
April 9-18 (exact April 14/15) Mercury in Aries conjunct Chiron in Aries: Look at where you are bleeding out your life force. It’s like a vampire tale—puncture wounds and hypnotics. Make sure to close up or at least understand why your beliefs and biases may not serve you or be true. Be willing to be curious to question your thoughts, certainties, and think beyond what hurts. Think beyond exhaustion and mental models that no longer serve a purpose.
April 8-18 (exact April 14) Sun in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn and April 9-19 (exact April 15) Sun in Aries square Jupiter in Capricorn: The path of least resistance will do absolutely no good at this point. The way forward requires courage and the battle must be willingly accepted. Otherwise, the shadow side of this is losing your freedom and you will have consciously surrendered it because it was easier than fighting for freedom. You will hold the stress either way—either you fight now or you will feel it later with the shadow energies—feeling yourself a volatile reactive rocket full of fuel that goes off like fireworks—or feeling left wounded and hungry—or feeling self-pitying and/or self-righteous. These are the Solar Aries wounds. The “war” is here and now. You will fight the wrong war round and round if you fail to step forward in whatever way life is calling you now. Wherever Aries is in your chart is the arena of life where you need to serve as an advocate. For example, Aries is in my 12th house, so I need to serve as a spiritual or institutional warrior. My husband has Aries in the 6th house and the 7th house, so he serves as a mentor/teacher/daily guide, his battle is in health, and he partners with others in a dyad.
April 14-20 (exact April 17) Mercury in Aries sextile Venus in Gemini: This aspect provides drive, vitality and speed of light enthusiasm for childlike conversations and interactions and research. You can do three days’ worth of absorption to create libraries of raw data. Search, sort, put information through your algorithms… This quickens the mind even further.
April 15-21 (Exact April 18) Mars in Aquarius trine Mercury in Aries: Heavy action in the sciences, perhaps a revolution, genius level thinking and activity, and maybe people are exiled for telling the truth. This is a time to act as an individual. There’s tons of bad advice out there. I’d stay away from the tribes we might otherwise align ourselves with in favor of loyalty to our own individual and observed truth. Use your good mind to observe what is around you and act from information that your gather directly if you can. This is the calling to stand up and advocate for others in a group in the place in your chart where Mars is located. Say what you see and let go of any ideas about being able to get comfortable compromising—so sorry! A willing acceptance of the fixed Aquarian pattern will get us farther at this time than denial of the need to strategize defending against the outward forces that will coerce us. The good news is you have clarity of thought and the wind at your back if you will take advantage of your strength now to make progress.
April 19 Sun in Taurus: It’s time for the quiet to begin to bathe our nervous systems now. Get a plant. Sit with it. Silently. Discover essence. What is silent essence and what is essential? The belly can breathe and the body can take the lead. There is nothing to do now. Being is essential. Work with the earth—in the dirt or with some clay. Make music or enjoy listening to music. Use your senses and touch the ground with your feet, hands, etc. Find what is of value—but please keep to what is real and not what is unreal and only a reflection like the reflection of security in the mirror of monetary gain in the financial markets. An examination of one’s values is a group project and an individual project this year. Likely Taurus will bring us all to face what our values shall be moving forward.
April 14-26 (exact April 20/21) Sun in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius: Life force, focus, and organization can be limited or scheduled in a group or humanitarian fashion. Technology and networks and reduced schedules play a large part in how things are organized. A stress aspect that likely still sees a global shutdown. Feed the Taurean sun month with stillness and creativity; sunlight and peacefulness where you’re able.
April 22 New Moon in Taurus: Focus on what you need and how you’re feeling. Make sure you are meeting your body’s needs, primarily on this New Moon. Taurus is all about the somatic nature, and so to stay as healthy as possible in a crisis situation, let the body lead the way and let everything else fall away as we all look to stay calm and safe and take it easy at this time. Keep things simple.
April 22-28 (exact April 25) Mercury in Aries square Jupiter and in Capricorn and April 22-28 (exact April 25) Mercury in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: Here is where Mercury delivers the truth to us all that we are at the point in history where we are supposed to become immune to applause. We are not supposed to surrender our freedoms due to fear. Instead, we are supposed to learn to align our public identities to be authentic with our inner experience of ourselves. Spending time alone affords us the opportunity to develop a locus of self. Quietude can provide us delight with our own projects and ideas without needing the input and approval and direction of other people. We are our own authority. We have secret daydreams. Our inner worlds are vast. Solitude is an opportunity, not a problem. Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn can be activated by Mercury and Saturn this year to help us, as a society, to self-regulate as thinking, adult human beings during this pandemic—and in doing so refuse to allow any dictators or even the impulses we have in our own hearts that turn our eyes toward the presidential suite—to steal advantage from crisis. You will need your own self-respect in the coming days. You will need self-control, too, and without it, disaster will escalate.
April 18-30 (exact April 26) Sun Conjunct Uranus in Taurus: You can ask Spirit to guide you with a shamanic journey to see what Uranus is telling us through Taurus. Any work with animals and with spirit guides can be helpful. Keeping to oneself and one’s own counsel is super helpful. This is a time for meditation and journey work. You can journal and take note of what is conveyed. Work with nervous energy through artistic pursuits and do your best to keep from over-scheduling yourself during late April. Being as hermit-like as possible is probably wise.
April 27 Mercury in Taurus: Mindfulness now takes root and we can calm down to focus on wellness and compassion.
April 27-29 (Exact April 28) Mercury in Taurus sextile North Node in Cancer / Trine South Node in Capricorn: There is now energy for healing and well-being instead of the intensity of advocacy work and we can turn more inward than network amongst the online world.
April 27-30 (exact April 28) Mercury in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius: The mind slows way down and you can let your body and heart be the wiser part of you for this time period that Mercury travel through Taurus. Take your vitamins and get plenty of sleep.
April 28 – May 2 (Exact April 30) Mercury Conjunct Uranus in Taurus & April 26-May 10 (exact May 4) Mercury conjunct Sun in Taurus: This transition into May leaves us so kind of tired that we need to wonder if we have let April and March go through us like a collection of days that we have been unable to process—a book collection that sits on our shelf of life experience unread and unopened. Lots of words but we are illiterate. Things may be occurring in a language we don’t understand. Time to dig into the deeper processing soon…
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