Springtime can change our landscape; restless roots push up and shift the ground and dirt, water rushes down streams and erodes the ground here, deposits there. Trees swell from winter grey through the yellows and red of bud into brave and tender green leaves. Our lives can do the same as the Sun and Mercury finish a conjunction with Uranus in activated Aries, and a square to Pluto.
We need to feel the ache of spring discontent and roll with unexpected shifts in our terrain. New life sprouts under these aspects; when our goals are clear we can find surprising resources to feed our roots. Interesting new connections can bud quickly and publicity blossoms easily when our energy gets on a roll.
We might not always like the changes in the terrain though; like the burgeoning roots of a neighboring tree, the growth of people or projects nearby can crowd us out. As trees come into bloom we see where the winter's toll left branches dead or wounded. Do we prune now or give it more time and see if it comes back alive? Beautiful bulbs can spring up just where we're going to put the new pathway and need to be moved. Businesses and people will be pruning apparent deadwood this week, relocating resources or paring down jobs and friendships that are inherently worthy, but not part of new plans. And this can hurt.
In a few places we must protest and support our ecosystem. But there's no point in resisting most of the more subtle changes. We may not like pruning our closets or uprooting others, or being the ones so pruned and uprooted, but our new circumstances may actually provide more fertile ground.
The weekend begins under a determined Capricorn Moon which can encourage our excitement wherever we dig our hands into worthy work, but can also underline our frustration when circumstances get in the way of our business. People get willful, some get really pushy, but most of us will just feel a little extra torque in the soul. Emotional Venus also enters versatile and mobile Gemini this weekend and brings a lighthearted flirtatious quality that can help us adapt.
Just in time for taxes Mercury enters earthy Taurus, Venus opposes pragmatic Saturn and our responsibilities, budget, and practicalities can get in the way of our Venus activities, like our love life and creative process. But it may just be time to tend the nuts and bolts of the situation, write up resumes, finish term papers, or somehow craft our message to the world around us.
The week ends as Pluto retrogrades, and that can bring up some old power troubles struggles or begin to reveal the roots of deeper work needed. Look for pivotal stories this week about the use and abuse of power, that's political, persona, and electrical power, and be part of the story that helps us pivot in a good direction.
Friday, April 10: This can be a willful if productive day, not particularly cuddly, but full of accomplishment if we can stay out of conflict within ourselves or with others as the industrious Capricorn Moon trines energizing Mars. We can use this extra determination to clear the decks for the weekend, Momentum can build, but we make we need to make sure it's in a good direction. People can be a little humorless in their hurry and have trouble letting go of the workday in order to connect tonight. Encourage them to do so but don't insist, even well-intentioned manipulation will be tempting but not appreciated.
Moon enters Capricorn 6:46 AM, Moon trine Mars 8:35 PM
Saturday, April 11: Pay attention to dreams and drifting emotions, they may offer clues to whatis bothering us as the Moon conjuncts Pluto this morning. Our mood may be restless, itchy, and hard to coordinate through the bulk of the day as the Moon squares both Uranus and the Sun; every family member wants to head off in a different direction. Don't get so caught up and miss opportunities to connect. Have patience, roll with spontaneous suggestions, and let go of attachment to any particular agenda, and more actually gets done. A few new strands enter the conversation as Venus enters Gemini this afternoon. Tonight we can be serious about our fun with the Moon in Capricorn bringing in determination and Venus in Gemini adding levity and flirtation.
Moon squares the nodes at 4:10 AM Venus enters Gemini 9:28 AM, Moon conjuncts Pluto 10:32 AM, Moon squares Uranus 12:40 PM, Moon squares the Sun at 9:44 PM
Sunday, April 12: Don't take mild communication glitches personally this morning as the Moon squares Mercury; keep your sense of humor and wait until the coffee kicks in, and all can be well. We grow more sociable towards noon as the Moon enters Aquarius, and can be positively gregarious this afternoon as the Moon trines Venus. It may be easier to talk to strangers or keep the conversation light than hammer out a serious conversation. Poetry, prose, and funny conversations; we want to get creative with words, but may not mean everything we say if it makes a good punchline. Pay attention to words and don't under estimate the healing power of friendliness.
Moon square Mercury 2:14 AM, then void of course, Moon enters Aquarius 11:43 AM, Moon trine Venus 2:07 PM
Monday, April 13: Cranky edges can distract us and we drop the coffee this morning as the Moon squares Mars and opposes Jupiter but the vibes level out later to a more expansive if opinionated day. Don't ask us to introspect for this moment, we can talk about anything else besides our innards. It's a great day to get the word out, get publicity, tell stories, and update that newsletter. Afternoon can be active in an aimless sort of way that efforts enjoy the journey and don't worry about the goal.
Moon squares Mars, 3:43 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 9:14 AM, Moon VOC
Tuesday, April 14: Tears, come easily, feelings hurt over little glitches as out sensitivities heighten this morning when the Moon enters Pisces. Relationships can feel tested as the Moon, Venus, and Saturn form a T-square in high-strung mutable signs this afternoon. Take turns, and honor sensitivities even when in a hurry. Taxes and tasks can cramp our style. Our common sense and emotional resilience improves as Mercury enters grounded Taurus this afternoon. When in doubt, garden or tend to earthy chores as a grounding meditation.
Moon enters Pisces at 2:11 PM, Mercury enters Taurus 4:51 PM, Moon square Venus 8:51 PM, Moon square Saturn 8:59 PM, Venus opposed Saturn 10:24 PM
Wednesday, April 15: Hopefully all the taxes are in, because the Moon conjunct Neptune in Pisces is wonderful for crying, feeling, or pulling out the art supplies, but isn't great for logical sequence. If we have to struggle with a page of numbers before the end of the day, we may need a good cry first, and then need to take a creative approach. Our psychic boundaries are permeable; if the mood feels strange, look around at the headlines, friends or family for the source. Question sudden strange flights of fantasy or fear, work them into a short story but don't draw conclusions about beloveds based on these. Consider divination, meditation, or creative process to feel that connection with something larger than ourselves. Let's make that connection with the planet or all sentient beings, rather than just the nerves of the other people on the bus. Tonight, our sensitivity can stir up some old pain and we can choose to make this a healing moment.
Moon conjunct Neptune at 4:51 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 10:07 PM
Thursday, April 16: This morning we may feel a little out of sync, raw. Let everybody bump along at their own rhythm. Work on ideas rather than details and listen to the subtle messages churning in the subconscious. It helps to be very respectful of boundaries and protocol, not for formality sake, because good relationship habits really help when we're feeling tested and easily overwhelmed. It's easy to get discouraged about delays in work or about some project that brought us hope, but it will further to be steadily persistent instead. If our feelings got hurt this morning, we get ticked off this afternoon as the Moon enters Aries and trine Saturn; we switch into higher gear but may disagree about priorities.
Moon the void of course until Moon enters Aries 2:59 PM, Moon trine Saturn at 9:29 PM, Pluto retrogrades 9:54 PM
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The green world resurrects and our souls revive after a long winter. The first full Moon after the spring equinox heralds Easter and resurrection holidays of all types. As bunnies hop and birds nest, we can feel both wildly alive and spring-like, and shiver with memories of the long winter passed with this week’s mixed bag of aspects.
Resurrection does imply a time when we felt dead, still, fallow like a seed in the waiting ground, a condition many of us experienced this last winter. That feeling can haunt us again this weekend, the headlines and our own experience can remind us of those buried moments, let’s remember what we learned there but keep the emphasis on revivification.
But first a friendly waxing Libra Moon can put us in a good mood as the weekend begins, the vibe is energized, sociable with a lazy streak, friendly but resistant to being coerced or pushed into anything we don’t want to do. Our attitude sharpens on Saturday morning with a lunar eclipse, then deepens on Sunday as the Moon enters broody Scorpio, and spurs us to wander and make a difference next week.
Every lunar eclipse shines a light on tension set up by an apparent dichotomy as the Sun and Moon oppose with Earth caught smack dab in the middle. This time it describes the tension between individuals and collaborations. With the Sun, Mercury, and Uranus now in Aries, we want do what we want to do; we need to honor our individual rights and inner callings, what makes us come alive, what we love, what brings angst, what excites us. Whereas this Libra full Moon highlights our need for connection, love, partnership, and community allies. The Lunar eclipse on Saturday morning (with the Sun conjunct Uranus, and both Sun and Moon square Pluto) can point out where we feel torn between the two. A few people who feel really trapped by this dynamic can try to fight their way out. Most of us will just need some time to ourselves or will work to find a healthy resolution.
Eclipses are such intense phenomenon, that we often feel them coming for weeks ahead of time and resonating for months afterwards.
An interesting political version of this dynamic unfolded in Indiana recently and we can look at the implications for clues to balance our own lives. Recent legislation in Indiana set up a fight between store owners that chose to not serve the GLBT population under the name of individual religious freedom (Aries), and the huge cultural and financial backlash from a public community that no longer supports prejudice (Libra). Those store owners have the option to withdraw from the public fray and live a life closer to their personal religious ideals, or create the private life they want, and make compromises to also support the rights of all their patrons when they open their doors to the public. They do not have to become gay themselves, but they do have to respect the rights of any person that walk in their doors. They have to find a healthy balance between their personal path and the needs of the community in which they live.
We can feel this same tension, between our personal desires and needs as an individual, and the compromises we need to make for our marriage, friendships and collaborations. Notice this tension between countries, where the needs of an individual country seem to clash with the needs of the global community. Any of our collaborations can feel tested, but this gives us an excuse to work on that balance of needs until we make it sing.
After a sociable, ambiguous and possibly eventful Saturday, Easter Sunday calls for dynamic solitude under a willful and broody Scorpio Moon. This can make a family dinner a little tricky. Aunt Edna may be in a rippingly sarcastic mood. Fred and Ginger may show up to dinner having obviously just had a fight in the car on the way there. Teenagers could brood in the corner wondering why we all bother. If we’re lucky and give each other a little room for the moods that rumbled just offstage, we can enjoy each other’s company with leeway and forgiveness. But let’s respect each other’s psychic boundaries.
It won’t be productive to argue on Sunday. But it will be a good time to contemplate our personal responsibility and what we can do to improve our own situation rather than find someone to blame. Tempting as that may be. What we really need instead is deep conversation about where we’ve been and where were going as Mercury conjuncts the South node in Aries and opposes the North node.
If any relative tries to get out of the holiday dinner, let them and ask no questions. But do keep an eye for people who are struggling with intense depression, as our impulse control is down and these mood swings can run deep. Don’t go poking in their psyches, but do let them feel the protective wings of community support.
In response to our intriguing intense weekend we may be ready to make some healthy changes early next week as the Sun conjuncts restless Uranus and squares Pluto. Our luck may improve as Jupiter turns direct. It may be tempting to run away or toss our books so we have extra time but that may not bring the long-term freedom that we really crave.
Think it through. We want to make a liberating decision as Mercury trines Jupiter and squares Pluto, but let’s not define freedom as nothing more than nothing left to lose. Let’s make new plans, resurrect gardens and revive souls instead.
Friday, April 3: We crave freedom today as the Sun trines Jupiter and approaches Uranus. Unfinished work can press on us and a few low-level emergencies churn around the edges and require us to not drop everything and run away to frolic, but the breath of spontaneity around the edges will really feed the soul. Encourage moments of spontaneous camaraderie throughout the work. In the late afternoon, our heart and mind can disagree and last-minute work can keep us focused when we’d rather not as the Moon opposes Mercury. Evening floods us with possibilities as the full Moon floods the night (the full Moon/eclipse is exact Saturday morning).
Moon enters Libra 1:07 AM, Moon oppose Mercury 3:56 PM, Moon conjunct North node 9:16 PM
Saturday, April 4: Morning begins with full Moon/lunar eclipse at 6:05 AM, square Pluto. Roiling emotions can roll us through the landscape of our heart or just make our feet itchy to wander towards fresh horizons. Put that restlessness to good use to stay out of trouble. We conclude what we need to cut out, clear out, compost, but let’s just make sure we jump to the right conclusions. Transportation can get odd midday, be reasonably cautious. Tonight, some of us may want to act out and howl at the Moon, but if we’re ready to talk the conversation can be rich; we wake up to some of our culpability and can make interesting proclamations about what we’re going to do and where we’re going from here.
Full Moon lunar eclipse 6:05 AM, Moon square Pluto 8:17 AM Moon opposed Uranus 9:58 AM, Mercury conjunct South node 11:35 PM
Sunday, April 5: this will not be a convenient day, somehow what we want to do may be at odds with what our family or community wants from us. Some haunting issue of the past or some fear of inadequacy can whisper to us. Resentment swirls of the culture. But we don’t have to bite. Storm clouds swirl as the Sun squares Pluto and Moon heads into Scorpio midday, Jupiter turns direct and our luck may turn if we don’t reengage old karmic loops and step into the future instead. It’s an important time to face our own issues and not project them on other people, places, or countries. This gives us the power to fix the problems. Alternately, let’s not take responsibility for other people’s crap if they try to load it upon us. Compassion, personal responsibility, and healthy compromise are needed.
Sun square Pluto 9:07 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 1:04 PM, Moon opposed Mars 8:58 PM
Monday, April 6: Don’t bother us with details this morning as the Sun conjunct’s Uranus under a Scorpio Moon. Unexpected decisions and declarations are possible. Sudden decision may be in our favor, but take at least one deep breath before saying yes as Mercury trines Jupiter this morning. Afternoon can bring excitement or desire to dive into what interests us, but we’re totally uninterested in priorities that we do not share.
Moon trine Neptune 6:04 AM, Mercury trine Jupiter at 7:25 AM, Sun conjunct Uranus 8:07 AM, Moon squared Jupiter 1:42 PM
Tuesday, April 7: Use this dynamic, struggle which leads to freedom, wisely. It may be wise to spend the day away from any rocky relationships. It is easy to hurt one another’s feelings this morning as the Moon opposes Venus, then get depressed about it this afternoon as Mercury squares profound Pluto, want to bite, and decide to move to Timbuktu tonight as the Moon enters restless Sagittarius. But we can use this pattern more benignly to work through some complicated stuff this afternoon and be able to kick back tonight.
Moon trine Chiron at 2:15 AM, Moon opposed Venus 2:41 PM, Mercury square Pluto 6:06 PM, Moon enters Sagittarius 11:08 PM
Wednesday, April 8: Look for shocking news or fresh revelations as Mercury conjuncts Uranus. Be careful around transportation questions or electrical conditions this morning. Our impulse control is down, our electrical wiring can feel overloaded, but excitement whispers in the air. Consider buying new equipment or trying on a new skill. We may be unusually ingenious, but let’s not trust sudden decisions until we think them through carefully. It may be the perfect time to finally let go of an old past and step down a fresh road.
Mercury conjunct Uranus at 6:19 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn at 7:29 AM, Jupiter stationary direct 10:56 AM, Moon square Neptune 3:37 PM Moon trine Jupiter 10:48 PM
Thursday, April 9: Think mobile, verbal, with effective coordination; we think fast on our feet and have got room to move today as the Moon trines Uranus and Mercury and the Sun. Certainly won’t feel like sitting still or being stuck in stultified air. We want to feel others’ willingness to change difficult situations or will get fed up. We may say just what we’re thinking, we may speak truth to power, or may just say too much, but the truth can break a logjam and set action in motion as the Sun conjuncts Mercury tonight.
Moon trine Uranus 6:17 AM, Moon trine Mercury 10:40 AM, Moon square Chiron 11:04 AM, Moon trine Sun 11:41 AM, Mercury cazimi, Sun conjunct Mercury at 10:06 PM.
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|A look at the year 2015.
by Heather Roan Robbin
Whose life has not changed much in the last three years? Seven Uranus-Pluto squares from 2012 through March 2015 dissolved our old forms and kept us shifting and adapting for three years, precipitating transformations both challenging and wonderful. Toward the end of this year, new forms begin to solidify. Do we like the shape of our life? If, not, let’s use this malleable, potential-filled year to change it up.
The tone of 2015: The last echoes of the Uranus-Pluto square (from the two planets we associate most with revolution and transformation in the pro-active Cardinal signs of Aries and Capricorn respectively) keep us unsettled, exploring our options, and confronting (Uranus in Aries) the power of organized authority (Pluto in Capricorn). Venus and Mars run close together all year long, and add extra emotional torque to all we do. Romance is in the air. So is passionate social unrest and intense personal engagement with our work. Objectivity, however, may be sparse on the ground.
When we put these two planets we most associate with revolution and transformation in an intense squared relationship, Uranus (change) and Pluto (power and transformation), anything can happen., Anything but us to expect things to stay the same and us be happy about. The world is changing, but our impatience and concern can outpace the rate of change.
When this square began in 2012, we saw it echo in revolutionary politics around the globe, but events were still pretty surprisingly quiet (if contentious along party lines) here in the USA. But recently Uranus and Pluto approach the mid-degrees of Cardinal signs (they are now at 13°) and begin to dance on the chart for the mythic America, the one born July 4, 1776, bringing the productive discontent home to roost. Trying to smooth things over in a Pluto-Uranus transit will not work, whether it happens to our country or to ourselves; we have to dive through and do the work. This transit is asking us to change something inherent about the American identity (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Sun), and change how we structure and discipline are use of power (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Saturn).
In a personal way this square continues to ask us how do we use power (Pluto in Capricorn), and by that we mean electrical power, fossil fuels, personal power, political power; how do we take it back where we’ve given it away, and make sure we’re wielding the power we do have in the cleanest of ways possible. In a more enthusiastic tone, this square also asks us to really listen to our enlivening, precious, spontaneous spark, listen to what feeds that spark and where it calls us to go.
As 2015 dawns, feisty Mars in Aquarius opposes Jupiter in Leo (both stubborn fixed signs) and sets a strong, energized, competitive, argumentative tone for the whole year. It encourages us to fight for health, for what we believe (Aquarius can be so theoretical) and not back down when advocating for societal causes we believe in.
But it also does the same for those on the other side of our debate. This aspect is tricky; it gives us energy when we’ve got a clear direction, and helps us tackle big challenges with enthusiasm. But once we get locked in a debate or argument can make it hard to let go and hard to move past oppositional behavior into win-win solutions. Again, we’ll see this in our politics and in our personal lives, and have to add our own imagination to find a way for everyone to feel like they’ve won if we want to get past the argument and on to something else.
Saturn in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces (both intuitive mutable signs) on and off all year (intensifying in spring and late fall). Together they also ask us let go of our illusions (and show us the difficulties if we don’t) around the Sagittarian issues of justice, education, spiritual philosophy, and communication across international and inter-species boundaries.
On a more personal level this Saturn-Neptune square ask us to balance work and spirit; instead of seeing our discipline and work at odds with our creative process and spiritual journey (highlighted by the square), this square nudges us bring these apparently divergent polls to work together. Explore how to put disciplined and form into our creative and spiritual practice, and put imaginative inspiration into our work.
In early January, Venus and Mercury in Aquarius turn our focus to our relationship with group, community, the body politic. We may start the year slow and deep as we wrestle with our internal questions, may wrestle with one another or with our worries.
We may even feel inadequate or incompetent for our year ahead as the Sun comes to conjunct Pluto right near a Full Moon in emotional and sensitive Cancer (opposed Pluto and squares Uranus) on January 4. Let’s comfort one another, hold our hearts dear and just make this a deep time, not a deeply worried or resentful time. We can come out of this introspection with new and thoughtful fervor after January 6.
Mars enters Pisces January 12 and takes the challenge inwards, we need to feel the woes of the world (and our own it is a sensitive time) and respond with healthy action. We can feel it all and move forward anyway, but must do so with kindness. Technical innovations jump forward, but consider postponing high-tech purchases and take the time to review while Mercury retrogrades January 21 through February 11.
It’s going to be a fiery spring. The two planets of emotions, Mars and Venus, rush together into passionate Aries February 19 (Mars stays here until it enters Taurus on April 1), (the Sun and Moon enter Aries on March 21 followed by Mercury on March 31) increasing our desire-nature, lowering impulse control, and adding the spark of innovation and willfulness to all we do. Life can conflagrate quickly; be wise, feel the impulse and think for the long haul. This lights a fire under us, so what do we want to bring to a boil? This spring brings fresh revolution with deeply rebellious energy, but we can waste it all in reaction or we can choose to pour this fresh energy into fresh terrain.
Early in May both Venus and Mars enters earthy Taurus. The seeds we plant will root-- whether they are seed for food, love, grudges, work, babies, or hope---so let’s sow with consciousness. Mercury retrogrades May 18-June 11. Enjoy an earthy muskiness this spring, but reel in a tendency to be possessive or territorial, especially around old friends or familiar places. Look for a deeper meaning of security. Reach into the past to preserve personal history, archaeological artifacts and ancient traditions.
The summer brings a review of our work over the last few years, as Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio and takes all our work down deep within, insisting we take out the trash from memories, hearts and closets. We may see a return of unfinished business left unsettled over the last few years, we’re not stuck here we just have a little bit more work to do to close those chapters.
Mars enters Cancer on June 24 and brings the conversation back to more intimate places but also hones our defenses. If they can save their pride, people are more willing to let go of old angers. Use this warm-heartedness to repair old crisis as Mars strikes the fading Pluto-Uranus square mid-July.
Exercise family responsibilities and boundaries early in August as Saturn turns direct, but lovingly and kindly stay an authority in one’s own life. We focus more on service and less on pride in September as Jupiter enters industrious Virgo, and may need to tend to health issues around filtering and cleansing of our blood stream and the earthly arteries of rivers and lakes
July brings a more idealistic and romantic vibe as Venus in Leo conjuncts Jupiter, peaking July 1 and Mars trines Neptune July 8. People may be able to let go of old angers if they can save their pride in the process. We can use this this warm-heartedness to prepare for a difficult but opportunity-filled weeks as Mars strikes the fading Pluto-Uranus square in mid-July, and take the opportunity to repair an old crisis.
As Uranus begins to pull away from Pluto in the fall, the world doesn’t suddenly get calm, but we may find the major agendas are now already on our plate, rather than new ones arriving weekly, as they have the last few years. We see the work that needs to be done, and now we have to do it. There’s a chance that recent improvements can slide back and we let go of recent progress, but only if we settle.
This is an important time to make working compromises that lead to productive roads, to have patience while people step forward and do their work, but not to let up on our recent efforts for improvement. Whether we’re talking political pressure, or were thinking of our own recent self-improvement efforts, gentle steady pressure towards our goals is really important this fall as new forms and habits coalesce.
As Mars and Venus run together in Leo through September, they bring romantic fervor to the start of school, give us the guts to reach out and expand our social circle, but also add melodrama. Work and personnel are reorganized, and the financial market may adjust.
Mercury retrogrades September 17 through October 9, Pluto turns direct after a long retrograde on September 25, unearthing surprising sludge from the depths of our psyche, but encourages progress soon after.
October –November the focus will be on social justice and improved egalitarian relationships. New societal forms are coalescing, so are new relationships, let’s make sure they work. December looks complicated, more on that as the year winds on.