"April" begins with A, the first letter of the alphabet, and it is our month of new starts for the year. We now have many planets in Aries, the fresh sign, the pioneer sign, the first sign of the zodiac.
Although there is a strong team in Aries now, best to hold off starting things until April 12, when Mercury turns direct. April 12 and April 13 are, in fact, two excellent days to get things moving.
Those days, April 12-13, happen to fall in the middle of the two April Eclipses, which is a fine time to promote change and progress. The eclipses are a Solar Eclipse on April 8 at 20 Aries, and a Lunar Eclipse on April 24 at 5 Scorpio.
INDEPENDENCE is the key word for April. Not only do we have a fortified Aries, but planets in Aquarius are also moved into action. Both of those signs value their independence, are self-motivated, and extroverted in their actions.
Weve had Neptune in Aquarius since 1998, enabling revolutions of people and technology, and visions of a "better world" (with varying ideas of "better"). Neptune set the stage for the Seattle protest of 1999, which also introduced the power of independent media. Sharp differences in visionary goals became very apparent then. There tends to be conflict around Aquarian energy, for its drive is to reform the status quo, which resists.
Disruptive Chiron entered Aquarius in February, and will remain there until August. It will retrograde back into Capricorn during the remainder of 2005, then firmly enter Aquarius in December 2005, and remain there until 2011. Chiron raises our vibratory levels, so that we have to call on new resources to be whole, or "healed." Chiron also has a grounding influence, and relates to physical healing. Its orbit is between Saturn and Uranus, and it connects Saturns known and Uranus unknown domains. In Aquarius, Chiron is involved in progressive change, and particularly in regard to health, energy, and social issues.
When Chiron entered Aquarius, Senator Sheila Kuehl introduced her excellent single-payer health bill into the California Legislature. At the same time the UK hosted a major climate change meeting, with thousands of scientists. Those, then, are obviously two themes of Chiron in Aquarius. (See feature article (available April 1) for more.)
Well, fast-moving Mars entered Aquarius on March 20. Mars energizes whatever it touches, and during the entire month of April, we have an active gathering in Aquarius. Mars stimulates the Aquarian drive for reform and progress, as well as prodding Chiron and Neptune in their Aquarian dances.
Mars is impulsive, and Chiron, ready for new horizons, enhances that quality. Mars joined Chiron on March 22-23, to begin a new 2-year cycle of healing Mars energy, and we saw the mass shooting at Red Lake High School, reminiscent of the Columbine Massacre. The locale here is a reservation, and a whole new nest of social injustice has been opened to view, with the potential, thus, for healing. That same week we saw the conflict over Terry Schiavo, to pull the plug or not, and this too opened up realms of stewing social conflict which need healing.
Healing Mars' aggressive energy, then, is another theme for April.
Mars conjoins visionary Neptune on April 13, the day after Mercury turns direct, to bring new ideals to the fore.
Sun and Venus, both in Aries, are completely chummy during the first two weeks of April. This combination means love expressed. But it is love for self, for Aries is a self-centered sign. "I want what I want and I want it now," might be the cry of Venus plus Sun in Aries. Even so, one wants to go after ones needs in a manner which is pleasing.
Venus is the most aspected planet during the month, which means that Venusian love and pleasure enter into many of the months activities (self-oriented, of course).
Neptune and Pluto, that great mystical, creative combination, are parallel all month, thus working together to deepen our consciousness.
Saturn and Jupiter, which have to do with our social roles, and the workings of society in general, are also prominent. Saturn squares the Moons Nodes during the entire month. This means that we work hard to balance situations, especially our own security and foundations. Jupiter is flowing with Neptune, and strong in the Moon Phase charts. Jupiter expands our vision, and adds to our options and to our success.
Saturn will work more easily than will Jupiter, for that Great Teacher has just turned direct on March 21. Saturn is also in such a location and degree that he has leverage over the other planets as they move around. Saturns square to the Moons Nodes also means that what we work hard to build this month has wide and enduring significance. RESPONSIBILITY is another key word for the month.
Benefic Jupiter, in Libra, remains retrograde until June. This means that there is still a holding-back on success.
The U.S. begins now a 21-year turning point in its autonomy. The current trends of isolation and paranoia are likely to increase. An incident early in the month will highlight the increasing isolation of its policies.
Actions are likely to focus on money, energy, and resources. Real change in this Taurus area begins this month, perhaps behind the scenes, and steps out front next month.
Major aspects, which move the action along, are few this month. But we do have our change catalysts. One, of course, is the two eclipses. Another is a plethora of quincunxes. These require continual adjustment; nothing matches. They often feel like walking a tightrope. At times they will make a sudden shift, when the tension breaks, and then there is a big surprise event.
In general, however, April appears to be a smoother month than we have been experiencing this year. There is a very big push towards doing our own thing, and a willingness to work at it.
Enjoy the flowers!
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FRIDAY APRIL 1
This may be April Fool's Day, but it falls on the day of the week which belongs to Venus. Venus in the sky is also featured. She still conjoins Sun, and thus is an intrinsic part of the April season, as well as of todays Last Quarter Moon. Venus announces that love is in the air!
SATURDAY APRIL 2
Moon continues in workaholic Capricorn, although it is VOC after 9:34 a.m. EST. Today and tomorrow, Venus and Sun oppose Jupiter exactly, and this can induce much good feeling for the weekend. With Jupiter, there can always be too much of a good thing, however. Balance is important. We may be torn between work and play. The planets can help us to work during the day, and play tonight. With Moon VOC, and Mercury still retrograde, this is not a good day to commit yourself, although you may have the urge to do so.
Moon is traveling through Aquarius, and both energy and good feeling are heightened. Adventure calls. Get out and about today. Daylight Saving Time begins this morning. Dont forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour.
Feelings of good will and good fellowship permeate this day. We are very conscious of the wide world, and at the same time can see its impact on us and on our personal world. Moon conjoins Neptune to widen our vision. This meeting also gives us a preview of the big Mars-Neptune conjunction next week.
These are easy, flowing Moon in Pisces days, with love and inspiration dominating. Both nights, however, are excitingTuesday with revelation, and Wednesday with intensity and transformation.
Moon has entered Aries, and now we begin the countdown to tomorrows Solar Eclipse in Aries. This is perhaps the best day in the year to consciously envision the future, your personal future. What are your personal goals? How do you want to create, and recreate, your personal life during the coming year? This is your focus for this day. Try not to let yourself be distracted by the busyness of life. Take time to just really be with yourself. We have visionary aspects throughout the night, and sleep may be difficult. Pay attention to your dreams; they are significant.
The Aries New Moon Solar Eclipse at 20 Aries occurs at 4:37 p.m. EDT. This is a rare hybrid eclipse, a combination of total, annular, or partial, depending on pathway location. It is visible in New Zealand, Antarctica, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and the southern half of the U.S. In the U.S., it is partial. Even so, it should be viewed only with a special safety lens. The entire eclipse lasts nearly six hours.
SATURDAY APRIL 9
Moon is VOC this morning, and we can assimilate yesterdays intense eclipse energy. At 11:50 a.m. EDT, Moon enters Taurus. This is a fine weekend to plant your garden and let it unfold into its new season. This is a good metaphor for your own fresh beginning.
Pallas Athena opposing Juno is the big news today. Pallas is a strategist. Her mental creativity is great, and she is an excellent problem-solver, and skill-learner. Her qualities are enhanced by Virgo, where she is now traveling. Juno, who reaches for relationships, is now in Pisces, the martyr sign. This is a victim-savior opposition. It tends to not work well in relationships. However, it can be used for service work where the goal is healing, as in the medical profession.
Moon is in productive Taurus. At the same time, Sun squares Saturn to illuminate authority. This is a very constructive workday, where practical idealism prevails. Tonight the arts are featured.
Moon travels VOC in Taurus until 6:54 p.m. EDT, when it enters sparkly Gemini. Nevertheless, there is an aspect of strong love and creativity which prevails all day. This is a fertile day, and we can give our values, those things we love and appreciate, a strong forward push. Tonight is mercurial, and we are apt to be restless. Certainly we will want, at the least, to stimulate our minds. Mercury turns direct early tomorrow morning, and we may be wakeful. Moon tonight is near the Pleiadesshould be a beautiful sight.
The big day has finally arrived! Bright and early, at 3:46 a.m. EDT, Mercury turns direct and gives us the go-ahead signal. Fittingly, Moon is in Mercurys sign, lively Gemini. At the time Mercury makes its turn, Moon is on the nadir in Washington, showing a heavy emotional involvement for the nation. Mars in Aquarius, pulling Neptune along, is about to rise over the eastern horizon. There is excitability and impulsiveness here, along with rebellion against restrictions.
Moon is still in Gemini, with aspects which encourage independent thinking. The days feature, Mars conjoined Neptune, can be magical, but it requires care and discrimination to use well. It can be magical, because Mars, the actor, can combine with the cosmic channel, Neptune, and let the universe do the work. "Let go and let God," we used to say. Care is required because with Neptune, unseen or unconscious complexes can undermine Mars. This combination works best when the goal is clear, straightforward, and uncompromising. Neptune needs channeling to be effective. Listening to intuition is also essential. Get Gemini, the head-tripper, to quiet down so that the universe can speak through you. Some time in simple meditation could be very useful.
Moon enters Cancer, the family sign, at 5:03 a.m. This is another day of fertility and easy growth, great for gardening. Cancer is emotional, and our feelings will show. Communication is on the schedule this morning. Tonight we may want some excitement.
Money, and financial security, is on our minds. We may feel keenly some lack in this department, and we will work at building personal security. Tonight, after sunset, look high into the southwest sky and find the First Quarter Moon. You can see Saturn just below it, and the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux, above. They are all girded for fighting for home and family.
First Quarter Moon at 27 Cancer occurs at 10:37 a.m. EDT. We have begun the adventurous, rash, self-centered Aries Moon cycle. Now its time to ask, How does my family belongingness fit into this new cycle? How can I find security, and at the same time do what I want to do? What compromises do I need to make to complete this cycle successfully?
We had our weekend of reprieve. Now its time to really start carrying out this Aries Moons marching orders. Moon in energetic, confident Leo can help us get in the mood. Wounded Healer Chiron, freshly into Aquarius, has been the focus of attention for the last 24 hours. Early this morning, Venus in Taurus squares it to set up a power struggle between the old and the new. The deck is stacked in favor of Chirons push to disrupt the status quo. This is a harbinger of the fixed squares to come beginning next August. Fixed squares show a push for creative change, along with great resistance to change.
Moon is traveling in busy Virgo for the next two days, and we get out our to-do lists. Sensual Taurus Venus, whose energy dominates this day, likes this combination. Taurus indicates what she wants, and Virgo works to get it. Its a great combination for food and for cooking. Tonight Sun enters Taurus to vitalize this earthy combination. We can take the time to enjoy beauty in all its manifestations.
This is a superb day for gardening and for planting. And we all have our gardensour lives, where we are growing what nurtures and pleases us. Tend your personal garden on this fecund day. From it will grow abundant fruits, each in its season.
Moon is VOC in Virgo for much of this day. Clean up loose ends. At 3:27 p.m. EDT, Moon enters Libra, where she promotes togetherness and lively conversation for the next few days. In fact, we may be up late tonight socializing.
Moon continues in Libra, and we may want to be out and about, taking the time to chat with people as we meander. Connecting with the world attracts us today. If you are in southern Africa, early tonight you can watch the Moon cover Jupiter at 12 Libra. This occultation will relate to resources and to climate changes, particularly in the southern hemisphere. Aspects continue through the night, and may keep us more alert than wed like. The almost-full moon also tends to excite us, especially since it will be an eclipse.
Morning is a time for hard, goal-oriented work which connects with other people. A situation related to values and/or to health may take our attention. Protest is likely. In general, this is an optimistic day, one which opens new doors for reform. Moon enters Scorpio at 10:25 p.m., and we gear up for tomorrows full moon transformationswhich are actually beginning today.
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 5 Scorpio occurs at 6:06 a.m. EDT. This eclipse complements the Lunar Eclipse of October 28, 2004 at 6 Taurus. Together they deal with joint resources, possessiveness, secrecy, and transformation. They are both visible over Central and South America, and the eastern half of North America. In fact, wherever it is dark, this eclipse is more or less visible. Its total time is four hours.
We can climb out of the emotional straitjacket of the last few days into fresh, clear air. What a relief! Moon is in adventurous Sag, and we may want to travelor at least move around.
Moon continues in Sag, with excellent travel energy. Power, and using it well, is also in the air, Late tonight Venus and Vesta conjoin at 15 Taurus to begin a one-year cycle in guarding and protecting those things which we valueincluding money. This is a full and exciting day.
We can finally buckle down to the job at hand. Moon travels in industrious, persistent Capricorn with excellent aspects, including connections to productive, patient Taurus. We can accomplish wonders on these last two days of the workweek. On Friday night, were ready for some special entertainment. It could be love!
Moon is in independent Aquarius, and we go our own way. Were interested in thinking about and discussing the affairs of the world. Tonight Mars enters Pisces to stir up the waters for the next few weeks
© Copyright 20002005 Maya del Mar, Daykeeper Journal.