ASTROLOGY FORECAST (Apr 16 - 20)
The second consecutive New Moon in Aries arrives on 4/20 at 12:12 am EDT. This New Moon is a Total Solar Eclipse. The phenomenon is not visible to us in the northern hemisphere but is very powerful nonetheless.
The New Moon in March was at 0° Aries. That degree of any sign exhibits the undiluted nature of that sign. There may be a new pattern, New methods, representing "The Fool" tarot card. You are encouraged to move forward with confidence while not necessarily knowing where it will lead.
Now the 4/20 Eclipse is at 29° Aries, or the anaretic degree. It is also called the fate degree. It is the peak at which all the attributes of the sign are hoped to be discovered and expressed. It is a call to maturity and a thoughtful approach to decisions.
Aries is the beginning of the Zodiac. The New Moon is also about beginnings. The consecutive moons at 0° and 29° are certainly attention grabbers, particularly when the second is a Total Solar Eclipse.
This eclipse is, potentially, an explosive one that may widen the gap of polarity among the population. Aries is a sign about the self and your own personal courage. The wisest approach for each of us may be to go within and take your council from the deepest, most loving part of your heart center.
If the path you decide on, the leap of faith you are guided to make, results in various separations from what has been normal for you, at least you will be guided in the most loving way to initiate the changes.
Aries helps with change, courage, and initiation. The ram is the traditional glyph and symbol for Aries. Mars is the ruling planet. You are dealing with power, aggression, and assertiveness.
I encourage you now to place greater emphasis on additional attributes of the big horned sheep. They have exceptional balance. They convert energy in a most efficient manner, being able to live and thrive on sparse vegetation. They are active and self assured in a pure way. Confidence, in the best sense, is present here.
There are a few aspects of note that will influence the energy of this eclipse. There is a square between the conjunct Sun and Moon and Pluto. Pluto deals with entire generations and populations all over the world. Pluto has moved into Aquarius between these two Aries New Moons I have mentioned. This placement tends to favor the masses. New emphasis is given to fairness and balance among all people. It might very well begin a restructuring in the balance of power. Those who currently enjoy that imbalance of power will not necessarily concede quietly. Hence the turmoil we find in the world at present.
This square during an Eclipse may also shed light upon some imbalance within your psyche. You will benefit from knowing your full truth. If you encounter shadows within the self that have previously been projected out into the world, maybe this eclipse can help you find a way to embrace that shadow aspect rather than reject it. THIS IS A VERY PERSONAL DECISION THAT SHOULD NOT BE MADE LIGHTLY. Do not hesitate to ask for all the assistance you need from those whom you normally interact with. (Angels, Animal guides, Ascended Masters, Saints, Gods and Goddesses, etc.)
VENUS is square SATURN on eclipse day as well. This may shed light upon imbalances in relationships and financial security. Equilibrium is sought. This can be a beginning to new more fulfilling methods to find a comfortable position. Aries being strongly about the SELF may be helpful here. The strongest position is always going to be a quiet sense of self love. When you have that inner generated love you are much more prepared to emanate love outward toward others.
A beneficial aspect on eclipse day is JUPITER conjunct the SUN and MOON. Generosity, compassion, good luck, abound. This is both for the world at large and home and family. This helps assure that if you have been making consistent efforts to be your best self, this eclipse will be smoother and more optimistic.
The eclipse leaves Aries with a great deal of fanfare. The effects will play out over months and years, as with all eclipses. Within a few hours the Sun and Moon move into Taurus at 4:13 am EDT on 4/20. This begins a stellium in Taurus that I discuss in the next column.
I want to close with this thought on Taurus energy. The bull is the glyph and symbol. Earth based and fixed, abundance and stability are featured. It is the host of a Royal star, Aldebaran, and a cosmic Point of Avatar. I encourage you to adjust your thinking and emotions to include the cow in Taurus energy. There is great goddess energy and abundance present. This is something I know from personal experience about the cow - THERE IS NO GREATER EXAMPLE OF PEACE, GRACE, AND PURE CONTENTMENT! They are naturally happy and intensely curious about the world around them. They are such great mediators that they only sleep for an average of an hour a day. May this addition to Taurus attributes help you bring the Goddess back into balance. May you find your GRACE.
ASTROLOGY FORECAST (Apr 21 - 28)
Another sky event of interest in a very busy few days is the LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER peaking on the 21st - 23rd.
This is the meteor shower from the Thatcher comet discovered in 1861, when it was closest to the Earth. It has a 417 year orbit around our planet and is currently heading away from us. This is another reminder that we get energy from deep space on a regular basis. One of the sources is the regular return of the annual meteor showers.
The Constellation Lyra, with the bright star Vega, rises in the northeast around 9 pm EST. This is the source of the meteors early in the evening. Later in the night, as Lyra rises to high overhead in the center of the sky, the meteors may appear to originate from many places.
The light trail from the meteors in this shower can stay luminated longer than average. This shower can feature 15 - 20 meteors per hour. As with all showers, the best time for viewing is after midnight.
I usually just watch the trails, letting my retinal cells absorb the light. I operate on the assumption that this is a cosmic trigger that will stimulate my DNA in ways I may be unaware of, trusting that conscious knowledge will arrive at an appropriate time. It may also be useful to ask if there is a message for you. As always, use your own guidance.
The Eclipse leaves Aries in a spectacular fashion, punctuating the full array of Aries attributes. Soon after that the attention turns to Taurus. There is a stellium of heavenly bodies in Taurus during the last 10 days of April. This includes; the SUN, MOON (briefly), NORTH NODE, MERCURY, URANUS, JUNO, and VESTA.
Taurus is largely understood to be a grounded Earth sign. It is fixed in nature. It is about stability, abundance, possessions, reliability, fertility. It is ruled by Venus and has an exalted Moon. The activity is steady and loyalty is a common trait. But there is a wildcard in this sign that is not as commonly known. The fixed signs, Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio are where the Cosmic Points of Avatar are located, each at 15° of their sign.
These cosmic gates are where the Royal Stars are, and in earlier, darker times were more dramatically called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. That dark interpretation no longer holds sway. The dramatic aspect can still be present in that these corridors of space send tremendous amounts of new information our way. That information can indeed be a catalyst for changing ages and paradigms.
Pay particular attention to how this Taurus stellium can communicate with you, knowing that your message may be different than anyone else's.
IN EARTH SIGNS
12/29/22 - 1/18/23 in Capricorn
4/21/23 - 5/14/23 in Taurus
8/23/23 - 9/14/23 in Virgo
12/13/23 - 1/01/24 in Capricorn and Sagittarius
I DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE YEAR'S SECOND MERCURY RETROGRADE FROM 4/21/23 TO 5/14/23:
What are the common themes of all four retrogrades being in Earth signs?
How does this correspond with other planetary movements during the year?
THE POSITIVE THEMES OF THE THREE EARTH SIGNS:
CAPRICORN - responsibility, hard work, organization, ambition
TAURUS - possessions, financial stability, reliability, loyalty, planning
VIRGO - analysis, details, meticulousness
We have completed one decade, and begun another since the 2012 alignment with the Great Central Sun. As our scientists expand their knowledge further beyond our own Solar System and galaxy, so too does our mystical understanding expand.
The veils thin, our imaginations allow for more possibility. As this happens we will do well to remain grounded with the Earth that is our home. MERCURY is the communications planet. I think the retrogrades in Earth signs, as three of the outer planets change signs this year, may be very helpful in reminding us that we are hoping to bring "Heaven to Earth." Staying connected to our planet as we widen and deepen our reception, and communication, with other realms present here, as well as from other dimensions will serve us well. We may also be able to use these days to enhance our communication with the Earth Spirits; Gaia (or Terra) and Sanat Kumara.
I also invite you to consider what was included in a recent column on MERCURY retrogrades. They happen often, and may help us with navigating annoyance and impatience.
Those emotions are great energy robbers, as well as major obstacles in accepting shadow aspects of ourselves and differences of opinion with others. The typical snags that present themselves during these frequent intervals are an opportunity to find some equilibrium in regard to our reactions. That will provide a wonderful calming effect for your nervous system.
This is, admittedly, a new concept. I personally found it very helpful and peaceful to decide that I did not need to have opinions about issues not directly related to me.
Use some of these additional concepts on MERCURY retrogrades as you feel guided. May you find GRACE.