April 4—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. This Pisces lunar cycle comes to a close. What is left for you to surrender? Don’t be dismayed if you’ve reached weariness with this whole emotional release thing that has been going on this lunation. It is almost over. The Aries initiative begins in earnest this week with the next New Moon on April 7th. Before rebirth, allow for the pause that regenerates the soul. The Moon conjoins Neptune in Pisces today making this directive even more important. Grief may suddenly rise up. A desire to numb out or give up could too. Be gentle with yourself. The anxious contrast of the day comes from two aspects: Moon square Mars in Sagittarius and a quincunx aspect between the Sun in Aires and Jupiter in Virgo. One part of us is done with waiting, weighing our choices, being pragmatic. The other part is afraid we’ll plunge into something we won’t be able to get out of gracefully. The paradox is solved by trusting in our imperfections. Although it may not be prudent to plunge in yet, this tension is priming the pump for later this week when “the readiness is all.”
Tuesday, April 5. Spring weather can be variable. One moment it’s warm and luscious, the next a wintery chill comes in on the wind. Today is like that. Variable. The Moon in Pisces starts the day with a square to Saturn in Sagittarius. All is seriousness. The Sun in Aries contributes to the earnest tone by making a trine to Saturn. If fire (Aries and Sagittarius) is a resource, then we want to use it responsibly. What adjustments do you need to make to enhance vital energy? Then the weather shifts again. Venus enters Aries. We are less concerned with pleasing others and feel OK about pleasing ourselves first. Less caretaking and more assertiveness is born with this shift that lasts for the next three and a half weeks. However, this isn’t the only change in weather. The Moon conjoins Chiron in Pisces. Remember, the Moon is still in sensitive Pisces, right? Venus’ self-assertion might also cause hurt feelings. Luckily, Mercury’s ingress into grounded Taurus provides a pragmatic point of view to negotiate uncertain weather.
Wednesday, April 6. On the last day of the Pisces lunar cycle, which began on March 8, acknowledge something new about your intuition. These muscles have been developing this lunar cycle and they come in handy today as the Sun in Aries forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn. Something may be really bugging you. The source could be deep in your psyche or deep in the toxic power structures of our culture. It may be possible to bring what’s wrong to light. What if we believed that corruption is conquered by an open heart? What if we practiced that belief today? The Moon in Aries and Mars in Sagittarius give us the green light. Spring really dawns tomorrow with the Aries New Moon, but we feel frisky today.
April 7—New Moon: Dreaming. A dream is catching fire right now. It has been dormant in the darkness for a while. You may already know what it is. You may not have a clue, but life’s own momentum moves it out into the world. A dream is catching fire. This dream is quite possibly about the intersection between the world’s great need for transformation and your own personal need for authenticity. There can be such an intersection, where our personal paths of becoming lead to changing the world. The metaphor of a butterfly’s beating wings causing a hurricane on the other side of the Earth applies to this moment of small actions and intersections. We just don’t know where it will take us, what affect it will have. But a dream is catching fire with the joining of the Sun and Moon in Aries.
Friday, March April 8. There’s just enough passion and just enough pragmatism in this day to get things done. The Sun in Aries approaches a conjunction with Uranus tomorrow. That’s the part about passion, especially passion for change. The Moon enters Taurus and conjoins Mercury right away. That’s the part about pragmatism. Words matter. What we say and how we say it will make a difference in manifesting the change we desire.
Saturday, April 9. Let’s get to work. The Moon in Taurus is willing to do whatever is necessary to begin the personal and global revolutions we are ready for. The Sun conjoins Uranus in Aries today. I imagine this is the real beginning of spring. The New Moon in Aries is past and this spark of awakening gets us moving. The Moon provides just enough grounding to help us steady the course. The trine between the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn lends us power and strength. What is the dream catching fire for you today? It may not feel quite as impossible as it once did.
Sunday, April 10. With the Moon in Gemini, all four mutable signs are activated by a grand cross aspect pattern. Some of the orbs are large (the distance from exatitude) but the effect will be noticeable. Mutable signs have been preparing us to sense and understand more and more information. Each element has its way of understanding—through our minds, emotions, and through our physical and energetic bodies. It is easy to be overwhelmed. The Moon creates a need to learn, Mars in Sagittarius is questing for the truth, Neptune in Pisces erases the boundaries between us, and Jupiter in Virgo attempts to bring health through integrated wellness practices. There is a lot going on. Added to the tension is a perplexing quincunx between Mercury in Taurus and Mars. Expansive belief meets skepticism. Mercury has to work extra hard to lend a sense of groundedness to the day, but that is just what we need. Don’t believe everything you think.