Astro Doings April 2012

Hi Everyone

I hope you all will continue to enjoy the lovely dance between Venus, Jupiter, the Moon and the Pleiades this month.  It’s quite the display!

Three planets change direction in April, which means they are moving very slowly, sort of standing around — hanging out, if you will.

Mercury:  To everyone’s delight, I’m sure, Mercury goes direct on Wednesday (4/4) at 6:11 a.m. and will begin moving through Pisces.  He’ll move into Aries on the 16th, which may mean we’ll all be a little hot-headed on tax day and for the rest of the month.  Mercury in Aries is very inspired, quick thinking, impulsive, war-like (Aries is ruled by Mars after all).  The other fire signs (Leo and Sagittarius) as well as Capricorn, Cancer and Libra will also be more affected by this change of sign.   In the middle of the month Mercury and Uranus will be hanging out together.  Uranus brings new ideas, flashes of inspiration and disruption. Mercury won’t hang with him long.  By the end of the month, speedy Mercury will have moved away from Uranus.

Pluto:  Pluto has been standing around at 9 degrees Capricorn — and will do so the whole month.  The difference is that up until the 10th when he goes direct, the transformative energy has been more inwardly focused.  Once he goes direct the energy can express itself more openly.  However, please read about Mars below, since some of this change may remain underground due to the nature of these two planets.  Calling all earth signs (Taurus and Virgo) and Aries, Cancer, and Libra — this switch of energy flow may affect you more profoundly than others.

Mars:  Mars also completes his retrograde motion which began in January on April 13th (a Friday!) at 11:53 p.m.  He’s in Virgo and not very happy there.  However, this can be used as initiating energy (Mars) for self integration (Virgo), improving health and paying attention to details.  Since he is currently in a sign that works well with the sign that Pluto is in, we may see more energy put into the re-examination of structures (including those in our own lives) that no longer work.  We could also see a lot of discord (Mars) around these same issues.  Or we could have a stomach ache.  Mars and Pluto are the co-rulers of Scorpio, the most secretive and deep sign of the zodiac.  Whatever we do — it won’t be surface, fluff stuff.  This is deep work.

The Sun enters Taurus on the 19th and will create a big triangle — easy flow of energy — for the earth signs (Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo) at the end of the month and into May.  Generally we don’t pay much attention when the energy is easy, but we may see Mother Earth kicking up her heels, as it were.  And also remember that Neptune (planet of illusion) is in her own sign, Pisces – easily expresses her fog, illusion, compassion and redemption — sometimes with a lot of water — sometimes with not enough, but she is in her element. . . .

The full moon is April 6th at 17 degrees Libra; the new moon is April 21st at 1 degree Taurus.

Have a great month!

Peace and blessings,

Margaret

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