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April 2014
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Few of us will emerge from the next ninety days without undergoing some sort of life change. I know that sounds ominous but the change we experience is not bad. It is a rebirth. We are undergoing an evolution in our awareness and our priorities are changing even more rapidly this month.

This is all primarily due to the square between
Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn that began in 2012 and lasts into next year. This month the square is quite potent April 12 -29.

Please remember that Uranus loves freedom while Pluto does not want to lose control. The most current symbol of this is the battle between Vladimir Putin and the citizens of the Ukraine and the United Nations. The Ukrainians want independence and Putin does not want to let go. The square is directly affecting him and he is flexing his power and control. It will be interesting to see how Putin emerges from the events that he has set in motion in the past weeks.

At the same time,
Jupiter in Cancer is square Uranus (exact April 20) and Uranus is exactly square Pluto April 21. Mars, retrograde, backs into make it a complete cardinal square April 22/23. See the chart at the left to see how this all looks in the zodiac. This is going to speed up all our lives and when Jupiter is opposite Pluto our plans fall into utter failure or ultimate success.

Those of us born around the 4
th or 5th of any month are most affected by events that roll us into our future. Any of us who have planets at or near ten to sixteen degrees of any sign can expect life to accelerate to warp speed. Think back to early January when this configuration was in effect but not so tight. What was going on then for you?

At the same time the
Sun triggers Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto April 1-3 giving us a bit of a charge from those who want to collaborate or decimate us. Expect to be pulled in four different directions then and again when Mercury crosses Uranus in Aries and squares Pluto bringing surprising news and events April 14 and 15.

Moon gets into the action tripping over the cardinal square April 6, 14, 20, and 27. These are sure to be emotional times. Try to stay above the fray and don’t be the first one to launch your ICBM missiles or send in your troops. Since Mars is retrograde until May 19. He who starts the fight always loses when firing the first shot with Mars retrograde.

On top of all this
Pluto turns retrograde in Capricorn April 14 – September 22/23. Pluto is the planet of death and rebirth. A Pluto transit is tough but we always emerge wiser for having had the experience. While Pluto is retrograde many of us will turn inward. This can be very healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

One of the matches that lights the fire of change is the f
ull Moon/lunar eclipse April 15 at 2:42 am CDT at 25 degrees Libra. Libra wants to partner and share. Last October we had a full Moon eclipse at twenty-five degrees Aries. That eclipse was directly opposite the eclipse this month. The theme of finding balance continues with this full Moon in Libra. How are you out of balance in your life and relationships? Those of us of born at the middle of any month are most affected by this month’s eclipse. Remember, a full Moon is a culmination of past events and an eclipse is a super charged full Moon. At the same time though Mars will be at it’s closest point to the earth in two years adding an extra punch to this eclipse. Plus, the cardinal grand cross is in play. It will be tough to keep peace both on the world stage and in our lives. Emotions are sure to run high and aggressive behavior can run rampant. The smart thing to do now is to be your own captain and initiate your changes with good sense. Do not start the fight.

new Moon April 29 is a solar eclipse at 8 degrees fifty-two minutes Taurus at 1:14 am CDT. New Moon eclipses are extra potent new beginnings. Since this one is in luxury loving Taurus, we will be tuned into our senses. What makes us feel comfortable? What are our ideals? This new Moon affords us the opportunity to make a new financial plan that will bring us future security. At the same time Mercury is trine Pluto. This will give us impetus to do what comes naturally to us in our lives. In the coming months many of us will discover natural talents and use them for profit or just to make our lives better.

These lunar and solar eclipses last occurred on these days at these degrees in
April of 1995. For the eclipse buff out there the current eclipses are not in the same Saros cycle as those of 1995. However, I always ponder what was going on in my life at the time when eclipses last occurred in that position. Less than three months after the April 1995 eclipses I met my partner of 18 years. It will be interesting to see what happens as a result of the current eclipses. What were you doing then?

No less important are the following planetary events.
Mercury in Pisces is trine (120 degrees) Saturn retrograde in Scorpio April 2. This is a great time to be responsible and organized. Show up on time and you will make a wonderful impression.

Speaking of
Mercury, he moves through Aries April 7 -23. While Mercury moves through Aries we will want to make snap decisions. Slow down because Aries’ ruler Mars is retrograde and I will once again warn that this is not a good time to act foolishly. Also, remember that Mercury is tripping through the Uranus/Pluto Square April 14/15 and opposite Mars April 16. Don’t take anything personal and put the safety on the gun literally and figuratively. Take a deep breath and do not be rash. Once Mercury moves into Taurus April 23 we will be less apt to respond with force or impulsively. By the 26th when Mercury is sextile (sixty degrees) Neptune we will instinctively know it is not right to just roll with what is happening. Be nice and do something romantic or generous, as it will pay off big time.

Venus moves through Pisces April 5 – May 2. Venus loves to be in Pisces because Pisces is the fairytale love we all want. We are sure to be more compassionate which is so good, but at the same time we are gullible, especially April 11 when Venus and Neptune connect. Visualize the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. It is so dreamy but it is not really a castle. Act with unconditional love now but don’t forget your good sense as you ride off with royalty in their luxury car. It might turn out to be a rental and your royal may be a fake.

Venus still in Pisces is trine Jupiter in Cancer April 17. Cancer and Pisces might want to buy a lotto ticket. April 18 Venus is sextile (sixty degrees) Pluto in Capricorn. This is a transformative time and we will be able to roll with the transitions that are occurring. By the 25th though you must be responsible when Venus is trine Saturn. Doing what is right will be easy then.

Back to early April on the 8
th when the Sun in Aries is opposite Mars, retrograde, in Libra. Mercury does the same thing April 16. April 8 and 16 are great times to live life to the fullest but not the best time to act out as negative attention is going to get you nowhere fast. Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are especially apt to draw negative publicity. Did you hear that Vladimir?

Sun moves through Taurus April 19 to May 20/21. Our attentions will turn from spontaneity, independence, and even aggression towards a need for security and comfort. It is a time of doing the work in order to feel a sense of contentment or accomplishment. This is a high time for Taurus. Virgo and Capricorn may be able to eke out a smooth ride but with the rest of the intense stuff going on that might be a tall order. Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius will be even more aware of what is not working because others will be quick to tell these signs what they can be doing better.

April 25 the Sun is conjunct Mercury in Taurus. Money, value, security, and sex are the hot topics our minds will want to ponder. This will be good for Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Scorpio needs to find some give and take while Leo and Aquarius must deal with challenging situations or people.

Sun in Taurus is sextile Neptune in Pisces
April 27. Get out of the house and go to a concert or pub and listen to music. Or better yet give a helping hand to someone in need.

Mercury is sextile Jupiter April 30. Look to the big picture of life and do it with optimism. Count your blessings and figure out the best way to see life through your own life experience and not what others dictate.

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