The seeds of April’s astrological influences can be found in March, and they are powerful seeds indeed.
The recent Spring Equinox triggered an especially strong Aries season, with four planets including Jupiter and a New Moon in the sign of the ram. This intense energy of beginnings was accompanied by two ingresses (major planet sign-switches), including the Pluto, the “Godfather” of the solar system. As Pluto entered Aquarius, the sign of authenticity, the dark dwarf triggered the first degree of cosmic Aquarius, sustaining a sextile with the Equinox New Moon degree of zero Aries. This is a special point that unleashes a dynamic vibrational shift.
These were among last month’s notable energies that continue strong in April, with Pluto reaffirming its exact sextile to the Equinox degree, and the first Eclipse of the year—a total Eclipse—taking place in Aries.
Aries is the sign of “I am,” of self-affirmation and assertion. Pluto uses whatever methods are available to achieve transformation. In Aquarius, these include shaking: shaking things up and shaking off the calcified shell of an outdated external image. The Total Solar Eclipse in Aries is also a shaker, moving us out of our complacency, our fantasies and our phantoms, upgrading our identity into a clearer, more confident expression. Together, these influences seed a new ground of selfhood.
The month begins with Mercury the messenger in Aries. We can speak boldly, and Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, are the days to do it, before the messenger planet shifts into Taurus on Monday, April 3. In the sign of the bull, Mercury brings a more ponderous, slower pace to our thoughts and expression. We’ll be more patient and affectionate, more careful when it comes to crafting our words, and more sensual in our love-language.
This more deliberate influence helps build a bridge between the confidence brought by Aries season, and our thoughts and attitudes around money. We can translate self-value into new financial agreements. This is a great transit for using affirmations to increase our abundance. It puts Mercury under the influence of Venus, the goddess planet, who’s particularly active during the second week of April.
April’s overriding theme is…
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