The truth: It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and must therefore be treated with great caution.
~J. K. Rowling
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for your context. It’s akin to bringing an umbrella with you when rain is expected, but it also helpsus to not take the weather personally. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us. Choose to be con(with)-siderate(the stars).
So April, you’re here already. This month is somewhat all over the place. It mostly features a heavy T-cross that gets stimulated and re-stimulated throughout the month which will be tricky for any and all to navigate. The trick seems to be staying present and not projecting negative expectations into the world or our relationships. The other parts of the month are mostly asking us to recover and recuperate from the maelstrom and find solace in the little things that nourish us. It’s going to be a wild ride.
Venus moves into Pisces on the 2nd at 5:25 pm (pacific), where she will be until the 28th. This will soften the recent tension in the air, but we should avoid being sloppy with finances and people. Practice peacefulness and letting the stresses slide by. Look for the beauty in it all as nourishment for the soul.
Mars trines Pluto on the 5th at 8:57 pm (pacific), prompting us to cut through the clutter of some confusing projects and work on simplifying the goals and procedures. The idea is to trim down the to-do list and focus on each part instead of the whole. Refuel the motivation.
Saturn stations retrograde on the 5th at 10:06 pm (pacific), starting us down the path of revising our growth from the last six months. Mostly this centers around how well we have adapted to the new territories and situations in our worlds. Flexibility and trust are important, as well as acknowledging that we can’t have all the answers, and that’s okay.
The Sun opposes Jupiter on the 7th at 2:39 pm (pacific), tempting us to over-reach and possibly step on some toes. It would better to use this to recalibrate how we are being true to ourselves and showing up as a person, while being rather attentive to others. Remember to ask questions, but also speak your truth.
Venus squares Saturn on the 8th at 1:28 pm (pacific), pushing us to let go of fear, projection, and judgment of others. We can’t change people, but we can shift the way we deal with others and work on having better boundaries. But don’t sweat the small stuff.
The Sun squares Pluto on the 8th at 5:45 pm (pacific), tossing more tension into the mix. This is the perfect time to take further ownership of our issues and try to help dismantle the unsavory amongst them. It’s probably best to do this on our own as it’s a little dangerous to bring other people into the mix. It also starts us on a five day danger-or-growth zone.
Mercury stations retrograde on the 9th at 4:15 pm (pacific), starting us down the path of revising our minds, communication, and lots else. This retrograde focuses on getting back in better touch with the natural rhythm and timing of things. As per usual, be cautious with communication and transportation.
The Full Moon is on the 10th at 11:08 pm (pacific) in 21 degrees of Libra. This is a super hectic lunation that will pull up all sorts of issues. The core is how we balance being ourselves with being in relationship with other people and the world at large. It’s a delicate and complicated equation that will require us to listen to our intuition and practice patience and tolerance in general. Be awesome, but be careful.
The Sun conjoins Uranus on the 13th at 10:29 pm (pacific), throwing everything up into strangeness. Ideally, we could use this to re-invigorate our excitement levels and embrace being a new and more authentic version of ourselves. But, yet again, caution and forethought are highly recommended.
Venus stations direct on the 15th at 3:17 am (pacific), letting us get started on resolving and ironing out the kinks from the last 40 days of revision. The goal is to get back to more enjoyment and to be more responsive to the grace that life affords us. Practice compassion for all and dance with the rhythms.
Venus sextiles Mars on the 16th at 6:24 pm (pacific), offering us a chance to increase our tolerance for people and the timing of it all. This is about relaxing from over-stimulation and working on communing with nature’s pace and beauty. Practice softness.
The Sun trines Saturn on the 17th at 5:43 am (pacific), giving us a chance to take stock of our self-growth and belief-system shifts. Are we rushing through progress or resisting it? The key is to give yourself credit while sticking with a steady push towards greater maturity and individuation.
The Sun moves into Taurus on the 19th at 2:27 pm (pacific), slowing the pace down some and urging us to appreciate natural beauty. This is a time to love the simple pleasures—cooking, eating, flora and fauna, the warmth of the spring air. So focus on the simple and try to relax about the rest.
Mercury conjoins the Sun on the 19th at 10:54 pm (pacific), pushing us to reconfigure our mind-heart-self axis. Ideally, we should be relaxing the mental chatter and getting into a more heart-centered space of being. Work on mental editing and not indulging long or repetitive thought streams.
Pluto stations retrograde on the 20th at 5:46 am (pacific), beginning a long phase of trimming our worlds down to more manageable scales. The idea is to lighten our loads wherever we can. This centers primarily around fears, obsessions, and things to which we over-react. Let it go.
Mercury moves into Aries on the 20th at 10:37 am (pacific), where he will stay until May 15th. This adds some charge to the scene. The trick is to not speak too impulsively and to be wary of dangerous drivers and talkers. Try to get back to being you—which requires shelving some of the distractions.
Mars moves into Gemini on the 21st at 3:32 am (pacific), where he will stay until June 4th. This speeds up the pace of daily life and communication in general. It’s a good time to go out and explore your normal world and see if you can find new and novel things that get you thinking.
Venus squares Saturn on the 21st at 4:10 am (pacific), demanding that we focus on respecting ourselves and others with all our faults and foibles. It doesn’t mean we have to take crap from people or sacrifice our boundaries. It’s more about flowing through life with less stiffness and more openness.
Mercury trines Saturn on the 24th at 1:15 am (pacific), giving room to quiet the mind of negative narratives. The idea is to reframe the stories in our worlds and work on figuring out how to make the best of tricky situations. It’s more of a process to work on than an ‘aha’ moment type of thing. Take it step by step.
The New Moon is on the 26th at 5:16 am (pacific) in 6 degrees of Taurus. This lunation, by itself, is relatively mellow and relaxed. However, there’s still a lot of lingering wildness swirling about. So, the idea here is to get back to enjoying the basics of life, love, and physicality. Time spent in nature would be a good method of renewal.
Venus moves into Aries on the 28th at 6:13 am (pacific), where she will stay until June 6th. This brings back some more tension and a need for newness that we are still formulating. The key is to not rush things and to take care of ourselves first and foremost.
Mercury conjoins Uranus on the 28th at 7:50 am (pacific), making for a kooky kind of a day. It’s ideal for embracing our own quirkiness and playing around as if we were children again, (nicely though.) Don’t make any rash decisions or communications. Focus on being present with yourself.
So, yeah, April is going to be rather hectic for some and at least a little strange for those less directly affected. It seems to be asking us to get back to being ourselves, while somehow more authentically connecting with others at the same time. It’s all a slightly messy and confusing balancing act that will require vigilance, patience, tolerance, and some quick thinking. Hopefully, we’ll all make it through a little wiser, and more innocent and awesome.