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Planetary Illuminations - April 2019

Planetary Illuminations - April 2019

MAJOR APRIL EVENTS 

MERCURY CONJUNCT NEPTUNE!  We survived another Mercury retrograde period, but the potential confusion could continue until around April 5th due to the influence of Neptune.  Neptune enhances creativity and opens the spiritual eye, but is not very practical or grounded. If you can, wait until after the Aries New Moon on the 5th to make major decisions as we are very idealistic right now but may miss some important details. 

THREE PLANETS TURN RETROGRADE!  Mercury isn't the only planet that turns retrograde - all of the planets appear to travel backwards as we observe them from earth.  This month we have Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn all changing direction.  It's not uncommon to have three planets retrograde at one time, but the shift in focus caused by the change of direction can have an affect on our daily doings.  Especially at the end of the month, when Saturn and Pluto make that shift, watch for areas of our lives which need to be refocused or reviewed as we may find it difficult to start anything new, especially between the 20th of April and the end of the month. 

SATURN AND PLUTO!!  Saturn (tests and challenges) and Pluto (creative destruction) are both in Capricorn and will collide in January of 2020.  The combination of these two planets generally denotes a destructive force that can clear the path of any debris that is interfering with the natural movement of the Universe towards balance.  This has the potential to be a positive force, but it is also associated with contraction and challenge, especially now since both planets are in the contracting sign of Capricorn. Saturn and Pluto will not reach the full conjunction this year, but between the end of March and the end of June they will be close enough that we will begin to feel the belt tightening.  This is not an auspicious time for risk taking, especially if your own chart is affected.  

APRIL DETAILS

The first week of April could be a bit confusing, especially between the 1st and the 3rd of the month.  With four planets in mystical and magical Pisces, the focus is more on imagination and illumination than practical matters.  This period is wonderful for creativity and spiritual exploration but maybe wait until at least the 5th of April before making decisions that require a lot of careful thought and consideration. 

The New Moon on April 5th is in the fiery sign of Aries which will help to fire up our motivation and inspire us to take action.  NOW is a good time to initiate new things and take advantage of the fire of Aries to begin a new adventure.  The New Moon is stabilized by Saturn, so it will be important to seek a practical application for your new inspiration 

Between the 7th and the 15th we have a number of quick moving planetary aspects which will help us to ground and find greater balance.  On the 7th it becomes easier to achieve mental clarity and focus, and on the 10th a surge of creativity infuses renewed stability. 

Jupiter turns retrograde on the 10th, beginning a four month cycle of reflection into what gives your life meaning and helps YOU to feel more abundant.  This is not typically a difficult cycle, and when Jupiter prepares to turn retrograde it will slow down and its influence will be intensified.  This may bestow a sense of urgency and desire to find expansion in our life, and to throw off restrictions that keep us feeling unable to find satisfaction. 

This will be especially true for a day or so on the 12th and 13th, although favorable Venus aspects on those days will keep any frustration from seeping into our relationships.  In fact, our interactions with others may be particularly fruitful at this time, deepening with greater honesty and truthtelling on the 14th and 15th. 

Mercury will finally leave mystical Pisces on the 17th, entering the cardinal Fire of Aries.  Mark this date on your calendars, as this marks the beginning of an excellent time for anything that requires mental agility and a sense of adventure!  

The Full Moon on the 19th is at the very last degree of Libra.  The 29th degree is also called the "critical" or "anaretic" degree - it is a degree of completion and marks the end of one cycle and the evolution into another.  This Full Moon in Libra, the sign of balance and integration, encourages us to find a way to leave behind anything in our lives that is standing in the way of our finding that internal balance.  Something is bound to come to an end in order to help us to continue to grow in that integration and harmony. 

The Sun enters Taurus on the 20th, beginning the season of stability and Earth connection. Venus enters Aries the same day, and for the next few weeks our interactions with others will be infused with the self-orientation of Aries.  This will be exciting and highly energized, but may not be the best influence for resolving relationship issues as the focus shifts to a more self-oriented perspective. 

Meanwhile both Saturn and Pluto are stationary in the sky as they prepare to turn retrograde.  I believe that the entire last week of April is likely to be somewhat problematic for financial markets and political situations as any illusion or falsehood is exposed and any resulting fallout must be cleaned up and eradicated.  Saturn and Pluto are only three degrees apart, triggering the beginning of this cycle that demands a cold hard look at the reality of every situation.  We can begin to prepare now for this cycle which officially begins in 2020 by cleaning up every aspect of our lives where we may be indulging in self-delusion or some other unhelpful kind of behavior or fantasy.  

I'll be writing more about Saturn and Pluto as time goes on since this is the biggest single planetary cycle over the next few years.  Understanding the nature of these cycles can help us to use these energies to support us and aid us in our personal evolution! 

I hope your April is magical and full of nature's bounty. 

PLANETARY CALENDAR (dates and times are Eastern time zone)

4/2    Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces
4/4    Pluto opposite North Node
4/5    New Moon 15 Aries
4/7    Mercury sextile Saturn
4/10  Venus conjunct Neptune
          Sun square Saturn
          Jupiter turns retrograde
          Mercury sextile Pluto
4/12   Mercury square Jupiter
          Venus sextile Saturn
4/13   Sun square Pluto
4/14   Sun trine Jupiter
          Venus sextile Pluto
4/15   Venus square Jupiter
4/17   Mercury enters Aries
4/19   Full Moon 29 Libra
4/20   Sun enters Taurus
          Venus enters Aries
4/22   Sun conjunct Uranus
4/24   Pluto turns retrograde
4/27   Mars square Neptune
4/29   Saturn turns retrograde

Lynn Hayes has been a consulting astrologer since the mid-1980s, working with clients to achieve greater self-understanding and empowerment. She uses the birthchart to identify psychological and evolutionary patterns and systems, and then uses a process using a powerful combination of methods including "vision crafting" to permit breakthroughs in all areas of your life and heal old wounds that can prevent you from moving forward. Clients report rapid progress in breaking through areas where they formerly felt "stuck," and achieving a level of self-understanding not before known. http://www.astrodynamics.net

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