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Key Transits for the Month of April (UT)
- April 5, 2016: Venus the ruler of desire, attraction, values and creativity enters the tropical zone of Aries. The emphasis is on exploring and taking risks in relations, also hit-and-run tactics in love affairs. The spirit of willful independance and getting one's way is favored, over fairness or common sense.
- April 5, 2016:: Mercury ruler of thought, communication and commerce enters the tropical zone of Taurus, hopefully acting to ground and stablize the mind. Projects are practical, but stubbornness, pride and a tendancy to withhold information can complicate matters.
- April 6-9, 2016:: The Sun in Aries first moves in square to Pluto at 17°- 27' then meets up with Uranus at 20° 27'. Extremely volatile, aggressive, disruptive and tangled up in power-plays.
- April 17, 2016:: Mars stations retrograde at 8° 54'. Mars will not station direct until June 23, 2016, at 23°. Positively, the energy is directed into self-examination, determination, and endurance, with an intense focus on physical activity, prudent business planning, jurisprudence or the restructuring of old belief systems. Negatively it expresses as resistance, extreme restlessness or willfulness, disillusionment, and inflammation of anything from body parts to political issues. As Mars backs into late Scorpio, the potential for brutality and the unleashing of emotional charge connected to sex, abuse, power and control issues will increase.
- April 18, 2016:: Pluto ruler of transformation stations retrograde at 17° 29'. A jolt in world affairs and the passing over of those who are ready to pay Charon tends to happen around the stations of Pluto. Look for a change in direction from those in authority, as alternative measures to tricky problems like immigration are put into play. Expect a shift in office politics at the workplace, but don't let the guard down. Pluto will resume direct motion on September 27, 2016 at 14°.
- April 19, 2016:: The Sun enters the tropical zone of Taurus, wherein the general attitude of restless willfulness should settle down some and one can engage in some of the basic joys of life such as gardening, good food, beauty and artistry in whatever venue nurtures the heart.
- April 19-22, 2016:: Venus will square Pluto retrograde at 17°29'- , then meet up with Uranus a few days later. The intensity flares up again, pushing up problems with sex, money and control versus the desire for freedom and autonomy.
- April 28, 2016:: Just when we have all had enough, Mercury will station retrograde at 23°36'; the station direct will occur May 23, 2016 at 14°26'. Really, it will be better to back off the ambitions and justifications for awhile and find a place for peaceful retreat. It's time for a reboot of the soul and a rewrite of the script.
- April 30, 2016:: Venus the ruler of love and desire will enter her sign of home rulership Taurus. Put down the weapons and lower the defenses; find somebody with which to gimble about in lush pastures. Please consider relaxing into the zen of being one with nature and away from the the next social posting, for awhile.
The Lunations of April
- April 6-7, 2016: New Moon of Beginnings at 18° 04'. "An old man, dressed in a simple and much worn gown, carrying two bags of gold clasped at his breat with nervous hands." One who worships gold, with a stingy and misanthropic nature. Acquiring to no good purpose, self-centered and reclusive; the constant fear is of loss, a fear that is sure to be realized. A degree of AQUISITIVENESS.*
This lunation occurs in conjunction with Uranus and Eris while also in square to Pluto, a particularly cruel, volitile and upstarting combination. It favors those who wage war justified by authority and those who want to take resource from others who cannot defend themselves adequately.
- April 21-22, 2016: A Full Moon of Climaxes at 02°30'. "An old man seated beneath a shady tee, his head bowed in thought. A pilgrim." The spirit is given to solitude and deep philosophic thought, immersed in the mysterious and abstruse. Impressed with the unreality of things around him and the changefulness of human relations, one is disposed to the study of eternal verities and feels in no need of companionship. Not misanthropic nor pessimistic, but favorable to gaining a true perspective of life and able to regard things and people according to their true value. A degree of DISILLUSION*
Mercury slowing down in Taurus will be in easy aspect to the Nodes of the Moon, which encourages practical insight and down-to-earth discussion of the facts.
*Modified from Sepharial's The Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolized.
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