April 11—Full Moon in Libra: Blossoming.
Wednesday, April 12. Scorpio has a reputation for being ruthless. This reputation is only partly deserved, but today we might see why Scorpio occasionally needs to use stinger and claws. The Moon in Scorpio has us feeling ready to strike out in defense. The Sun in Aries conjoins the dwarf planet Eris, goddess of discord, today. Uranus, the planet of awakening, is nearby, only one degree away. Aries can be pretty defensive too. Mars rules both Aries and Scorpio. The day starts with the Moon opposing newly retrograde Mercury in Taurus. Communication is problematic. Add to this a less than peaceful influence from Sun, Uranus and Eris, it may be best to reflect on why we feel so defensive and whether we can soften hard ego stances that keep us from trusting others.
Thursday, April 13. Unsettled spring energy disturbs complacency and the ways we may be sleepwalking through life. Just after midnight tonight, the Sun in Aries conjoins Uranus. Earlier, the Moon in Scorpio opposes Mars in Taurus. What if we welcomed experiences that ask us to question our defended sense of self? What if were willing to let old constructs crumble, much like the image in the Tarot of the Tower being struck by lightening? Lightening may strike today. The Tarot teaches us that only after unhealthy structures are allowed to fall can we experience the integration and wholeness offered in the following card, The Star. Not everything is lost in the transformation. What remains are the building blocks of better relationships. As the Moon trines stationary Venus in Pisces, we may learn important ways to strengthen our relationship when we use empathy to make connections.
Friday, April 14. Sometimes we expect too much of ourselves. Notice how that may be true for you right now. Uranus and the Sun conjoin in Aries. Mercury is retrograding through Taurus heading back to Aries. Venus is stationing direct in Pisces heading back to Aries. Does it seem like everything is trying to tell you something about waking up? Does it seem like everything is trying to get you to see the ways your ego may be keeping you from that awakening? We might be craving stability and not finding it in too many places. Or, under the influence of the Sagittarius Moon, we might feel that hitting the road is the best way to find some kind of normal. We can’t run from ourselves. All this emphasis on Aries must be telling us that at the very least. Ride the waves of change. Be the change you wish to see.
April 15—Disseminating Moon: Fruiting. Did something grow from the seeds you planted in the New Moon soil of Aries (March 27)? What happened during this cycle of awakening? What were the struggles? What are the gifts? Given the rambunctious nature of this lunar cycle, these gifts were probably unexpected and most likely a mixed bag. I’ve learned it isn’t easy to wake up. What feels like a joyful desire to shed winter’s drudgery can actually be scary and confusing. I’ve also learned about ego resistance to becoming truly awake. It has felt to me like flying without a net. Aries energy is much like the Fool’s in Tarot. The Fool is often depicted as someone about to take their next step off a cliff, totally unaware that it is about to happen. Is this awakening or a result of being asleep? Whichever, it seems that life conspires to push us further, willingly or not. What are you noticing?
Sunday, April 16. This is a good day to pause and take stock of where you are now after a very active and stimulating week. Maybe there was so much stimulation that you needed to shut down. That happens. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is influential today. Yesterday, Venus in Pisces stationed direct a few minutes from an exact conjunction with Chiron in Pisces. Mars in Taurus makes a sextile aspect to both Chiron and Venus. The pausing moment asks us to look at our fragility. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness. But there is something we can learn about habitual states of fragility. Those don’t help either. I am thinking of this recent Venus retrograde as an opportunity to scrub clean some unproductive assumptions about getting along with others. There are times to stand up for yourself and times you need to step aside. Have you learned this discernment over the past month? Mars in Taurus provides a steady ground to stand on as we as we consider these lessons.
Monday, April 17. If fire makes the engine go then earth provides the brakes. Earth emphasis today helps us slow down. Not everything can be solved, initiated, or dealt with immediately. Notice the way that earth helps you reconsider rash moves and provides good boundaries for processes moving way to fast. The Sun in Aries is trine to Saturn in Sagittarius. Though both of these signs are fire, the action of the trine between the Sun and Saturn feels earthy. Mars in Taurus, which is an earth sign, asks Saturn to act more Saturnian, which means determined and focused. The Capricorn Moon, ruled by Saturn, values integrity. Following through on commitments feels good. Venus in Pisces is moving slowly after stationing direct two days ago. This slow moving Venus is building to an exact square to Saturn on April 21. Lessons learned about relationship begin to form new commitments. The process isn’t easy. Be patient.
Tuesday, April 18. If the Moon is in a cardinal sign (it is) then it must be time to reactivate the querulous planets: Uranus in Aries opposing Jupiter in Libra, with both forming a square to Pluto in Capricorn. This t-square pattern is moving off of exactitude but the Moon helps remind us of the tensions below the surface of daily life. Issues of change, justice, and power collide again. They may be colliding but perhaps they are also reminding us that we can’t rest while so much is at stake. What helps you sustain the effort?
April 19—Last Quarter Moon: Re-seeding. Sun enters Taurus. The last week of the Aries lunar cycle begins just as the Sun enters Taurus. The flavor of this cycle has just changed, but not by much. Aries is bubbling under the calm surface of grounded Taurus. Later this month when Mercury and Venus re-enter Aries, we will feel again that surge to awake and act. Now, however, we are in the mood to evaluate our experiences of the last three weeks. Sometimes we can’t take back our actions. Perhaps you’ve wanted to. Aries often acts first and thinks second. This can lead to regrets. Do you have any? Though we may not be able to take back such actions, we can learn from them. My own regrets led me to explore the relationship between ego and awakening. Buddhist teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, writes that “it is not a matter of building up the awakened state of mind, but rather of burning out the confusions which obstruct it.” Mistakes can be the catalyst to burn away unnecessary obstructions to relationship. Perhaps I have learned I do not need the ego defenses that keep me isolated.
Thursday, April 20. The inferior conjunction—the moment retrograding Mercury conjoins the Sun—is the heart of the Mercury retrograde cycle. That happens today at zero degrees Taurus. Taurus appreciates the basics. Perhaps we can simplify the way we think, the words we use, our means of getting where we want to go. Perhaps, we can re-evaluate today the ways our thoughts impact our everyday lives. Slowing down is suggested. That way, we can better appreciate the reverberations of Pluto turning retrograde today. As ruler of the underworld, Pluto impacts the deeper realms of Earth. Notice the Earth. Spend time listening. You just may hear the Earth’s soul speaking to you.
Friday, April 21. The Sun and retrograding Mercury have passed each other like two ships in the night. Now, the Sun moves deeper into Taurus and Mercury moves back into Aries. The Aries lunar cycle is winding down. Retrograding Mercury invites us to open in a different way to the intention of awakening. Open your senses. Expect to get messages. There’s another helper with messaging. Mars has entered the mercurial sign of Gemini. How many ways can we communicate? How can we awaken curiosity? How might this change our perspective? Another significant influence is Venus in Pisces (still retrograde) forming a square to Saturn in Sagittarius. All week, these two have been in dialog about mutual supports, the necessity to rely on each other, even when we don’t know how. There is pressure to make our relationships more meaningful. Ironically, this may leave us forgetting how to be social. As sensitivity increases under the Pisces Moon, focus on the quality of your relationships and cull the ones that don’t feel right to you.
Sunday, April 23. Before moving into Aries tonight, the Moon in Pisces visits Chiron and Venus in Pisces. Saturn in Sagittarius looms in the corner making sure we don’t enjoy ourselves too much. Pisces influence creates identification with the suffering of all beings. Saturn influence says we must do something about it, or perhaps we feel overwhelmed by not being able to do anything about it. Take one step at a time. It is beautiful that we feel so much.
Monday, April 24. We’ve got something to go over again today. Retrograding Mercury in Aries forms a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius. These two made the same contact on March 29 when Mercury was moving direct. After Mercury stations direct, it comes back for one last chat with Saturn (May 11). We are honing our communication skills. Think of today as the second draft of an important letter. What do you really want to say? Aries fire might make it hard to slow down enough to consider our second thoughts. Notice that.
Tuesday, April 25. On the last day of the Aries lunar cycle, the Moon returns to meet Uranus in Aries once again. This time, retrograde Mercury is there too. What have we learned about awakening? Sometimes the lightening does it for us. Today might be one of those days. Be careful with communication and travel. Yesterday, perhaps you practiced having second thoughts. It might be good to remember how to slow down the speed of yours. If you are feeling brave, or foolish, you might want to ride the wild ride of this day into unexpected circumstances. Who knows, it could be delightful.