We are off to a rocky start with Uranian and Plutonian influences from April 1 – 10. As in the beginning of every quarter of the year, Sun and Earth stand in the Life Theme of Tension, bringing power into play to get things done the way we want them.
The feminine side may experience some radical awakenings in this period, through a Channel between Venus and Pluto. With Mercury retrograde until April 15, logical expression (and business deals) could be confused.
New Moon brings new beginnings
The turning point of the month comes with the new Moon on April 16, a very auspicious moment when you can transcend limitations by sharing the best of you to help others prosper. Not thinking of your own benefit will do you well. To the mind that may seem a paradox and difficult to practice; the heart understands it as a natural logic. When new insights come to you, sharing them lovingly will increase their chance of being accepted and realized.
These days are a fertile time for new beginnings. Stay with what you know to be true for you and don’t let yourself be distracted by the idea that you need outside stimulation or approval from others. This attitude makes you open to find the right people who are willing to support your projects. Mercury has just gone direct in Gate 17 Line 1, Openness – be open-minded to whoever comes your way.
This month it is possible to have much greater clarity about how your mind works, as well of how your feeling world flows. That clarity makes us simple, and opens up space for inspiration. We can guide others more for the common benefit than to satisfy our personality needs, being careful not to take advantage of people of influence in our lives.
April concludes with the Buddha full Moon on the 30th. Whereas the new Moon is a seeding time influenced by Venus (share from your abundance), this full Moon indicates a (mostly inner) harvest in a Mars/Pluto mood.
The masculine in focus
This month has a male flavor to it, because Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto, all social or collective planets with a masculine energy, influence our personal planets – Venus, Mars, and the Sun – and thereby the way we act, feel and see ourselves. Yet the deep undercurrent is about being receptive to that which life wants to happen. The Moon Nodes have moved into the Gates of Retreat and Approach on the 2nd, but it may take some time before we feel the effect of that shift.
This period offers a widened perspective on masculine energy, namely that it is able to listen to a higher calling (Pluto in Gate 61, Truth, Line 1, Psychic Attunement). This quality of the male has been much sullied by thousands of years of patriarchal religion and has been used to suppress feminine wisdom, damaging men as well as women. It is a good moment to bring light to these outdated modes of thinking, feeling and behaving, especially for men. Could it be time for a new beginning (Uranus with the Sun in Gate 3, Beginnings, from April 16-21 and Pluto together with Mars in Gate 61.1 from April 25 onward)?
Women may be surprised how this energy expresses inside them. It could take the form of unusual insights and clarity about how their feelings function.
The full Moon on April 30 is in Gate 44, Patterns, Line 3: Holding back. Sometimes it is a good idea to retreat from others for a while: trust your instinct! If you try to push your comprehensions onto other people, you may end up being misunderstood and estranging yourself. This full Moon is a good one for inner discoveries: in India it is known as the Buddha Moon. With this moon position he was born, became enlightened and left his body. Encouraging, isn’t it?