Sunday, April 6. The metaphor of the moment for me is a dam breaking. Will something that is stuck be released today? The aspects between the Moon, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto could very well signal that something like this happens. Are you ready to give a nudge to release the tension? The ultimate goal of this release could fall anywhere, but with the Moon in Cancer, we are particularly attuned to safety, home, and family. Cancers are also nurturers. Have you been pushed to the max in taking care of others? What has to give to bring things into more balance? How do we share responsibility?
April 7—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. Notice the obstacles that present themselves to you today. And then, notice your reactions. This phase of the Moon is created by a square aspect between the Sun and Moon. Squares are about tension and challenge. What was begun at the New Moon is being tested. This test is a necessary stage of manifestation. Although it can feel uncomfortable, we know something is really happening when the discomfort forces us to make a choice, a decision, take an action. We also get to notice our patterns when these types of challenges occur. The more familiar I am with my patterns, the better I can shift them to another resolution. It is all information. I am telling myself this as I notice that today may be challenging and impulsivity may be higher too. Mercury enters Aries today. This planet is our next instigator of change. Next week, Mercury will aspect the planets of the forming Grand Cardinal Cross: Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. Mercury’s quickness of thought and action is enhanced by being in the speed-loving sign of Aries. Isn’t faster better? This is a pattern I wish to investigate. Mercury in this sign is an ally of telling our truth. The telling may be impulsive and it could very well end by moving us farther on the path toward real change. Impatience is present. A good counterbalance to encountering the impatience of others is to take calming breaths and find the divine humor in our silly human responses. The calming influence today comes from a trine between the Moon in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio. We may just want to hide out at home tonight. Nothing wrong with that.
Tuesday, April 8. The crescendo of a Mars retrograde, if we can visualize Mars retrograde as even having a crescendo, comes at the halfway point when Mars opposes the Sun. That happens today. Mars in Libra is opposite the Sun in Aries. We are halfway through the backward journey with Mars, and today the Sun sheds light on what we have been experiencing and what it means to us. The story is a little more dramatic because the Sun is in the sign that Mars rules. The Sun is encouraging us to expand into the world through the green force of desire. Who knows where it will lead? And Mars isn’t making that easy at all. In fact, we are more reflective of our impact on others than is usual in this time of bold beginnings. Does this feel uncomfortable or just right? I am thinking about the ways we are being asked to look at privilege in our lives right now. In a sense, an unchecked Mars does represent privilege—an ability to act without having to consider the consequences. Perhaps this Mars retrograde is showing us that this privilege is a type of blindness. The Sun shines a light and Mars shines it back.
Wednesday, April 9. The Moon in Leo helps us move forward. If you are feeling paralyzed by choice right now, consider doing the thing that brings the most spark to your life. This spark could be creativity, fun, romance, or anything that makes you feel just a little proud of yourself. Puff out your chest; toot your horn. Go where the light is shining. Life does not always have to be all sturm and drang. Hopefully, each of us finds the joy that supports the growth of this season.
Thursday, April 10. If you are feeling a bit unambitous, don’t worry about it. The Moon is void-of course until the evening when the Moon enters Virgo (CDT), which will signal a renewed desire to get something accomplished. With the Moon in playful Leo, it may be a good day to find a bit of Sun to bask in. The fires of spring are rising; attune yourself to that warmth. Don’t let the sudden shift from driftless pleasure into earnest perfomance of tasks in the evening be a cause for self-criticism. We get plenty of time over the next two days to make use of Virgo industriousness.
April 11—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. What if the last couple of days have been a respite from personal crisis? Wouldn’t that be great? If you have been able to let go of some of the cares you’ve been carrying around, then you are better poised to make good use of this Gibbous Moon phase in Virgo. If not, then don’t cave to the pressure of perfectionism. I fervently believe we accomplish more through imperfection. We need that fudge factor of chance mixed with our glorious mistakes to really get anywhere.
Saturday, April 12. A Virgo Moon on a weekend day has us wanting to do some spring cleaning around the house. How good does it feel to clean away the remnants of winter? I invite you to look at clearing away a remnant of winter in you deeper self as well. What has been holding you back? An adjustment can be made today to open up the channels. Perhaps the dam will not break, perhaps by steady attention and conscious release, we find ourselves flowing to a new place. Perhaps we are already doing the work.