In April 2014, expect evolutionary breakthroughs and important events.
'Autumn - Sonoma County', 78 x 32", by Janet Windsor
The Virgo/Pisces full moon on March 16th was in a close square to the Galactic Centre at 27˚ Sagittarius, the heart of the Milky Way. Any alignment with the Galactic Centre provides tremendous energetic support for releasing old belief systems which have held us back from being on track with the expression of our essential selves. The opportunity was available for us to detach from our emotional reactions and spinning thoughts, and sit back as the impartial observer noticing that the power of that is so much more sustaining than the transitory dramas and events unfolding in our daily lives. At this stage Jupiter in Cancer is still moving into its square to Uranus in Aries and is giving momentum to the restless impartial and objective awareness that must precede the release of old beliefs and paradigms.
These signs portend that a lot of release could happen, and the unraveling of outmoded behaviors and reactions to our unfolding revolution in consciousness. I have heard from many friends and students that they felt a shift, like the freedom of seeing things in a fresh way has arrived or is at least palpable now.
As I write I can feel the collective emotional sphere growing thick and deep as the Moon enters Scorpio and we are confronted by our need for control, tempered by a watery grand trine with Mercury and Neptune in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Cancer, we get a sense of the whole and our part in it, how much can we give and receive. If we allow ourselves to go beyond the rational and into the mystery as a form of reality, we will be able to accept that things are not always as they seem to the logical linear mind. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 is reminding us that not everything can be so easily explained.
These were the conditions present as we entered into the new astrological year on Friday morning (AEST), the Sun went into Aries and the Zodiac life cycle starts up again. The dark side of Aries is impatience, selfishness and insensitivity, but Aries is also the initiator, the pioneer who reminds us to be living in the present, free to create a more exciting and relevant future. Mars, the ruler of Aries is retrograde in Libra (until 20th May 2014), and tempers the usual forthright assertiveness of Aries which is already being somewhat softened by the watery trines, and Libra’s love of peace, which may be just as well with the trouble that’s brewing with Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
The New Moon on March 31st ~ 10˚Aries will be the catalyst for the important Grand Square of Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter and Mars which occurs between 20-23rd April. (* see reference below)
We will start sensing the upheavals being predicted by many astrologers at present, whether they’re sociological or seismic, there will be more of the shaking up which we’re becoming used to from the powerful square between Uranus and Pluto which started in 2012. The New Moon here is conjunct Uranus, and square Pluto and Jupiter. Mercury, Chiron and the Path of Fortune in Pisces are sitting on the ascendant for the new moon (5:48am AEDT), which I think will mean old issues to do with communications (or the lack thereof) will be brought up, and new information will release previously delicate matters for them to be brought up to the surface and integrated. It is an Aries New Moon afterall, so a good time to initiate new beginnings, allow your vision to cut forward into new territory.
On April 15th there will be a total Lunar Eclipse (5:45pm AEDT), visible along the East Coast of Australia if there is no cloud cover, at 25˚ Libra. Here there are quite a few oppositions amongst the Asteroids Vesta, Ceres and Juno, suggesting there could be issues and or awakenings for women and women’s issues. Also this Full Moon is closely connected to the Moon’s North and South Nodes, which means we could draw on some of our deeper DNA knowling and work within our souls to move forward into the new world.
The day when the big Cardinal Cross (*) will be closest is on April 22, at 13˚ of Cardinals, those people born in Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn at around 3rd or 4th April, July, October and January will be most powerfully affected by this, although we’ll all experience a revolution on some level, as the struggles for power, the breaking down of old world institutions and the status quo, personal and collective breakthroughs, the willingness and courage to try new things continues on its trajectory. This time with Mars and Jupiter involved with the Uranus/Pluto square, and the affects could be direct and expansive. Hold onto your hats!
In the midst of the Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter T-Square on the 29th April, a rare Annular Solar eclipse (A solar eclipse in which the moon covers all but a bright ring around the circumference of the sun.) at 4:17 pm (AEDT) and at 9˚ Taurus, should also be visible depending on how clear the sky is. This Full Moon will keep the energy going of the Uranus/Pluto square, amplifying the effects, as does Jupiter who is still within orb.
April 2014 is a very big month in our cosmic neighbourhood, astrologers have been talking about it for years. The revolution in consciousness is coming to a head, and big events politically, sociologically and/or seismically are being predicted. If you’ve been clearing the decks of outworn beliefs, and debris from you past, you will be able to take on board the possibility of evolutionary awakenings and movements towards our new Earth (if you haven’t read Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The New Earth’, do read it now!)
My take on the sign Aquarius
People say that all the signs have their good and bad qualities, and that one shouldn’t make qualitative statements about them. But I have to say that after studying, teaching and using Astrology as a tool for self-enquiry and development for nearly forty years, Aquarius is my favorite sign! And here is why: Aquarius is the humanitarian revolutionary who keeps all the other signs awake and on their toes. The catch phrase for Aquarius is: “I know”. This is because knowledge is a tool for the betterment of humanity, and Aquarius has an innate knowing sense.
Ruled by the planet Uranus, the planet of revolution, innovation, futuristic vision, genius (and yes, ‘madness’) Aquarius is a fixed air sign, so even though it enlightens us with enthusiasm (from the Greek enthousiasmos, to be inspired by a God) and de-light, natural intelligence and sense of adventure, it is able to powerfully concentrate and focus its energy onto a goal or outcome for the greater good of all beings. In old Astrology, before Uranus was discovered in 1781 (the same time as electricity), Saturn was the ruler of Aquarius while it co-ruled Capricorn. I believe that the taciturn economic and disciplined ways of Saturn are still in play in Aquarius. This means that all the idealism and enthusiasm is grounded in practical down-to-earth action, that doesn’t get blown away by flamboyant ego displays or corrupted by expressions of pride.
Aquarius often finds itself the ‘right face, in the right place, at the right time.’ It seems to naturally gravitate to the best situations and circumstances.
Having said all of these wonderful things about Aquarius, I have to say, that Aquarius struggles with intimacy and one-to-one relationships. It is everybody’s best friend, but is out-on-a-limb when it comes to relating to a significant other. This is because it deeply cares about the brotherhood of all mankind more than the nearest and dearests.
Ofcourse in describing an Astrological sign in this way, I am not necessarily describing people who have their Sun in Aquarius, although mostly they will be able to identify with some, if not all of these qualities. We all have all the signs in us, some of them will dominate more that others. Aquarius represents a facet of expression I find the most developed and sustainable especially as we enter into the Age of Aquarius. (more about that in another article soon)
This is an important time for the Aquarian side of life, and this is because of the ongoing square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, which we will go on being part of all this year and into 2015. This is the revolution of consciousness and the breaking down of the status quo as well as many outworn belief systems and modis operandi. The violent wars and turbulent natural disasters we are witnessing and participating in have a Uranus/Pluto 'feel' about them. The fires of transformation wielding great inroads into human consciousness, opening it up for the New Earth Eckhart Tolle talks about in his great book. The Aquarian Age of Enlightenment, where we all intrinsically know we are One, all part of the living breathing organism known as life on Earth.
Heralding February is the Super new Moon on January 30th in Aquarius which you can use to allow yourself to dream in and manifest goals or outcomes you feel the most enthusiastic about.
Mercury will go retrograde on February 6th until 28th. It will go into Aquarius, a much more pragmatic place for it than the dreamy poetic Pisces, on February 14th.
The most important transit is Jupiter in Cancer opposing Pluto in Capricorn, with Venus within one degree of Pluto, on January 31st. We are still deeply questioning our values and beliefs, and there could be some secret uses and misuses of power which we become part of, or aware of in others. With our personal lives Venus is so close to this opposition, we will need to come from a place of love and receptivity, just listening quietly, instead of imposing what we think is correct through manipulation or domination. Under this transit there have to be some losses, so that gains can be made and the regeneration of the truth can be facilitated. After this Jupiter will sit on a square to Uranus until March 6th when it will also go direct and start moving through Cancer at its usual faster pace. This relationship between Jupiter and Uranus, can bring a lot of release and relief to the pressure which has been building up with the Uranus/Pluto square. Surprising situations and innovative resolutions will bring movement and change.
Joyful Sagittarius! The gift to us all with its natives expansive and philanthropic overview and sense of humour. However, at this time some Sagittarians will be feeling more sensitive and emotionally attuned than usual, and instead of their usual sweeping flights of delights, they could be feeling more internal and family orientated. This is because their ruling planet Jupiter is retrograde in Cancer and trine to Saturn in Scorpio. There's help with the internal work here, the healing of old fears, and a sense of how vast inner life can be.
The last time it was here was 2001, and as everyone remembers the world changed with 9/11. For a moment it looked like the outpouring of love and community could really change things. I think it did change people's attitude about how essential community is.
Mercury is in Scorpio as I write and will fly through Sagittarius only to enter Capricorn on Christmas day 25th December, so there's more Soul searching coming up, as Venus retrogrades (21st December) in Capricorn and stays in that sign until 5th March 2014. Venus in Capricorn is cautious and circumspect, unlikely to follow impulses, especially when she's retrograde. Mars will be entering Libra on 8th December, and make some strong aspects to Venus (ruler of Libra) early next year. (I will write more about that soon). This shows that relationships will need some adjustments, as people feel the need to express boundaries.
Uranus in Aries has been retrograde for the last five months and goes direct this month. Uranus is the awakener and rebel which is with its 'mate' Pluto shaking up our whole system at present. (see article) But in retrograde it had its kid gloves on. Now things are going to start moving again, as it goes direct unlocking the truth, setting us free; and then it squares Mars (Christmas day) and Pluto which is potentially a bit of powder keg situation, but I believe the influence of Libra, the peace lover and diplomat, and the trine to Saturn in Scorpio could keep things from exploding, and pave the way for cooperation, and deep healing.
photo by Tim Walker
'Love your wounds - they reveal what matters most to you, what your deepest soul longing is and what you came to heal in the collective. That is why we chose to incarnate into the families and situations we did, so that we could experience that affliction, and take it on as our own and then rise above it for All...
Love your so-called flaws, they are spiritual jewels that mark our journey and reveal where we let go of the physical to embrace the spiritual fully. It connects us to the deeper soul journey ~ wisdom, maturity, depth and transcendence. We are programmed to see them as flaws, when they are an initiation into the deeper mysteries.
Love your dysfunctions and the things that cause you to lose friends, successes or throw you into life lessons. They help us to find humor, wisdom, liberation and our inner child and this releases us from caring so much about what others think and allows us to find a deeper love of self and rise above the judgements of others.
Love your pain, It teaches forgiveness, tolerance, patience and it gives us the humility we need to unite together in higher consciousness and integrity... It shows us our healing power and how to transform, face our demons and get real with who we truly are and what we need to share and express.
Love your insecurities, they are a part of our genius and higher aspects of self that have just been shut down or unsupported. They show us our gifts and creativity and help us to let go, take risks and be comfortable in our own skin with our own boundaries and standards.
Love your Ego/identity when in crisis, let it be a compass pointed at your higher self, so that all actions, words, decisions and behaviors, reflect the nature of your divine blueprint. It shows us how to remove masks, programmings and ancestral patterns. It teaches us where we abuse free-will and reminds us of how to be authentic, powerful, influential and an example...
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