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Friday, April 4, 2014

April Angst

April is definitely off to a roaring start in terms of fulfilling the astrological predictions of the changes it will bring with the Uranus Pluto square on April 21st and the Cardinal Grand Cross  on April 23rd for the cardinal  signs face-off of Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer and retrograde Mars in Libra at 13 degrees.  Is there anyone who doesn’t have planets or points in these signs within a three degree orb?  I think not; this will impact everyone on some level.  And let’s not forget the lunar eclipse in 25 degrees of Libra on April 15th and the solar eclipse in 8 degrees of Taurus on April 29, 2014.  The month of April is action packed for sure!

On April 1st, the Sun in 11 degrees of Aries squared Jupiter in 10 degrees of Cancer.  Jupiter is still conjunct my south node, so I felt this aspect in a rather, large expansive Jupiterian way.  But not in the lucky, feel good Jupiterian style.  For me, it played out as massive frustration and a drain on my energy.   Nothing seemed to go right and revisions were the order of the day. The sun was in my 6th house (it enters my 7th house on April 6th) and changes in my daily routine were my mantra for April 1st.

The action continued on April 2nd with the Sun’s annual conjunction to Uranus.  Uranus is the Great Awakener and the key to understanding this transit is to expect the unexpected.  In many ways, it may be a harbinger of the Cardinal Grand Cross later in the month.  How did this play out?  Well, there was a shooting spree at the Fort Hood, Texas army base which left four soldiers dead, including the shooter. Sixteen others were injured. This was clearly unexpected.  Tragedy struck again in the month of April.  Shootings and bombings seem to becoming part of April’s news on an annual basis.  This is a tough time of year for impulse control and it appears to be a prime time for losing it in a big, tragic way.   In recent years during the month of April, there was the Waco Texas massacre in 1993, the Columbine high school shooting in 1998, the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 and the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013.  Mercury in Pisces was trining Saturn in Scorpio on April 2, 2014 in an attempt to find a spiritual perspective to the truth.  The investigation continues into psychological condition of the shooter.  He was undergoing treatment for anxiety, depression and other psychiatric disorders. 

On April 3, 2014, the Sun in Aries squared Pluto in Capricorn.  Its theme was transformation and time to release outworn patterns of relating.  I have a natal Sun Pluto square in my natal chart, so I am no stranger to its message.  It is very personal.  I can tell you firsthand that Sun square Pluto strengthens personal will and bestows creativity, passion and loyalty to loved ones.  It does not reside in neutral territory!  The Sun square Pluto is complex and can trigger issues with authority figures and fears of abandonment or painful endings.  I swear that the only relief on April 3rd came from the moon entering the sign of Gemini at 5:22 a.m.  It gave a slight amount of breathing space on an otherwise intense day.  But I have my moon in Gemini, so it nurtures and comforts me.

I personally found the first three days of April exhausting and found myself needing more sleep each night.  That Aries Sun squaring Jupiter, conjuncting Uranus and squaring Pluto has felt like a roller coaster ride.  I get the message that a drastic overhaul is necessary and that we need to release outworn patterns and embrace the unexpected.  It is a tall order for most of though.

I loved what Michael Lutin had to say about April 4th on his website:

A new ride about to open in
an amusement park
takes you up
to a height
equal to the top
of the Empire State Building,
and then abruptly drops you
forty-one stories
to the next part of the ride
which I would imagine is
straight to a mental hospital
A N Y W A Y..
that's what April 4th is all about
it's the astrological
April Fool's Day
So be careful of the mayonnaise
Where do we go from here?
read it on

It looks like April is going to be one wild, crazy ride!  According to Michael Lutin, we do not escape April Fool’s Day – it just comes three days later.  The moon inconjuncts Pluto on April 4th, so once again, expect some emotional adjustments to be required.

But we do get some relief on April 5th when Venus enters the sign of Pisces, where it is exalted.  It makes a nice trine to the moon which enters the sign of Cancer later that day.  Compassion and a desire to restore peace should prevail at least for the remainder of the weekend.

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