Why do we look to the stars for guidance? Why is it helpful to experience ourselves in an orderly structured universe with specific laws and principles? For me the immersion into astrology gives me choices because of the deeper understanding of the particularities of life. In my monthly astrological overview I attempt to capture the main themes in the astrological framework of perception and present them to you to heighten your awareness. I believe if we can perceive a deeper meaning in challenging events in our lives as well as a time frame we can face adversity with more strength. Through a higher perspective we can decide on a better course of action and experience a better adjustment with what is.
The Sun is moving through the whole zodiac in a year. All the planets have their own rhythm circling around the Sun. The very visible cyclical pattern of the waxing and waning of the Moon is deeply influential of our psyche but also impacts the tides of the oceans and maybe even such events like earth quakes. We are one with the universe. We are intricately connected with each other and consciousness on all levels of existence. The realization of it can be a profound spiritual experience and give us comfort and holding.
We are living in amazing times of change of consciousness reflected in outside events of radical nature. With two of the outer planets moving into a new sign, Uranus and Neptune, we are approaching a renaissance of consciousness. But if we look back in history we can see that those changes are not coming easily to us.
An astrological counseling of where and how those intense constellations will touch your life can make a big difference for you personally. It will help you to stir your boat safely through those high waves of changes crashing.
These are the highlights for the month of April:
• Mars in Aries April 1 Conjuncts Uranus April 3
• Mercury Retrograde
• New Moon In Aries April 3
• Neptune Floats into Pisces April 4
• Pluto Turns Retrograde April 8
• Full Moon in Libra April 17
• Venus Bounds into Aries April 20
• Sun Enters Taurus April 20
New Moon and 6 Planets in Aries
The month of April is very dominant with Aries energies because of the New Moon and the stellium of 6 planets in the sign of the warrior; the warrior who is willing to fight for a cause with violence if necessary. We are sitting on a volcano these days.
Rebellious Uranus progressed into Aries on the 11th of March, the day of the earth quake in Japan and we are looking at revolution and civil war spreading like a wild fire through the Middle East. Uranus is loosely squaring Pluto this year and will make 7 exact squares between 2012 and 2015 which is a big deal.
Pluto in Capricorn
Pluto in Capricorn in his low nature is representing the dark controlling power of governments. Self- serving governments are cutting off human freedom and individuality through scrupulous actions trying to conserve their own power. This is just the beginning of deep changes in our worldwide political landscape and it happens through the collapse and death of the old structures helped along by the coming squares with rebellious Uranus. This clip might make you smile but carries the energy of the moment.
We are already seeing rather explosive situations like in the Middle East but we are not nearly near the peak of this process.
Neptune Floats into His Own Sign Pisces April 4
But then we also have Neptune entering Pisces and with it the power of dreams and a deepening inner connection to the divine nature within. The inner transformation and spiritual growth of your individual consciousness is your contribution to the whole process.
Wherever Pluto, Uranus or Neptune are transiting personal points or axes in your chart this is where you are called to deeply transform and grow. Whichever house these planets are in represents the area of your life you have to do something very specific with the demanding qualities of these planets.
Most of the readings I am giving these days are to people who are deeply impacted personally. First we look into the psycho-dynamic structure of their horoscopes and then we integrate the bigger karmic picture and evolution of the soul. Adding the actual time line and where the soul is in her never ending evolutionary growth process resonates deeply and proves to be very empowering.
Mars in Aries April 1 Conjuncts Uranus April 3
Mars is the ruler of Aries returning into his own home joining forces with Uranus. We can expect another series of revolutions, violence, wars or natural disasters.
I am not a doom day kind of person. I like to focus on the higher road of Aries which is the strength to be courageous in the face of disaster and challenge. It is the strength to stand up for the weaker, starting the new and contributing through being a role model.
Mars in Aries is a fierce activist and a doer. He is passionate and has a fiery nature. He will get things started and moving. In our history new ideas and changes have been introduced by courageous leaders who have been sacrificing their own individual lives for the greater good like Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela. When the time of an idea has come it seems to manifest in some leaders who carry the torch. This is going to happen more and more now. New leaders and speakers representing the needs of the public soul will emerge.
Mercury Retrograde Began March 30 and Continues Till April 23
Mercury retrograde in Aries is his usual mischievous self, pouring sand into the areas of communication, travels, technology and information with a likelihood of missteps and misunderstandings. My advice: Use this time to clean up areas of neglect. That can be the closet with books you wanted to get to for a while (that is what I will be doing), cleaning up your inbox in your Outlook or write those letters you have postponed for a while now. Unfinished business needs your attention. The idea is to clean up and be prepared that when Mercury moves direct again you are ready for the next new steps.
New Moon in Aries April 3 in Conjunction with Jupiter and Opposition Saturn
The New Moon is always the start of a new cycle of the inner experience of the world we live in. This new consciousness comes in with the strength of new beginnings and idealism. There is a certain innocence and naïveté with it as well as the quality of leadership and taking care of things as needed. Jupiter wants to expand, Saturn slows it down. Saturn might help to stabilize all this fiery energetic motion swirling around and put it to good use.
Pluto Turns Retrograde April 8
Pluto going retrograde might bring the limited resources of energies we have available into view. Nuclear plants are obviously not a solution to the problem because of the enormous risks. Renewable energies are our future and the technology is already there. What has been missing so far was enough public pressure to step into it. Nuclear technology and oil is about big bucks and the powers in charge will only be bending to a strong pressure. This is part of the necessary revolution we have been talking about.
Full Moon in Libra April 17
The fruition of your initial efforts of stepping up to the plate as it is presented to you will be available with the Full Moon in Libra. This is the third of three Super Moons in a row. A Super Moon is closer then usual to the earth and pulling harder on the ocean tides and the tectonic plates. Therefore they can initiate earth quakes or volcanic activities as we have seen last month in Japan and on the Big Island, Hawaii.
The Libra Full Moon brings with her the sense of reaching out in consideration of the other. As humans we can not survive alone; we need human contact, touch and communication to grow and be halfway emotionally healthy. We are looking for the experience of love and connection. Treasure your family and friends, they are your life line.
Venus Bounds into Aries April 20
When Venus, the ruler of Libra is meeting Uranus at 2 degree Aries April 22 urges for innovation, autonomy and visions of a better world will be reinforced in our collective psyche. All in all change is in the air!
Sun Enters Taurus April 20
With the Sun entering Taurus things might calm down a little. Taurus is a fixed earth sign known for his ability to dig in and hunker down. The physical reality of things we own is important and deserves lots of consideration. Our collective view will be guided towards dealing with resources, taking care for our economical well-being. We might experience a little break from the intensity of events.
As another service for you I have decided to write a monthly star sign column giving you a more personal inspiration based on your Sun sign. I had a lot of fun writing it even if it is challenging to boil down very complex matters into a few sentences. Just scroll further down this article. Let me know how you like it and how it works out for you.
I hope you will enjoy, aloha and many blessings, Shakti.
Shakti Carola Navran: astrologer, jeweler and author
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Makawao, Maui, Hawaii 96768
Shakti Carola Navran has been an astrological coach, jeweler, spiritual teacher and healer for over 30 years. Her practice spans hypnotherapy, meditation, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and healing with gemstones. She creates beautiful jewelry for the soul and spirit at her studio on Maui, Hawaii. She has written many articles and is the author of the book Jewelry & Gems for Self Discovery: Choosing Gemstones that Delight the Eye & Strengthen the Soul.
In her book she teaches you about astrology and how to read the blue print of your own chart. If you know where your challenges are, you can then take steps to support or balance yourself with your 12 personal healing gemstones, those enchanting allies to raise your frequency and experience more joy. Jewelry and Gems for Self-Discovery is a treasure chest of ideas about Soul Jewelry; on how to select, purchase, and wear jewelry that will enhance your body, heart, mind, and soul.