“Upward Stretching Ram” photograph by Lyn Dalebout
Please pardon my delay in posting this week. I am having a bout of extreme spring fever, having just returned from my birthday celebration in Yellowstone over the recent edgy Lunar Eclipse. This stunning Bighorn Ram was lounging by the side of the road, then stood up in a leisurely graceful stretch. It caught my attention in regards to this week’s theme. Here are a few definitions of stretch: flexibility, to last longer than expected, to be made longer without tearing or breaking, to make maximum use of talents and resources.
The recent Solar and Lunar eclipses are still very much at play in our lives, stretching their reach into the coming New Moon and for several months to come as we integrate the releases and awarenesses catalyzed by the eclipse. You may feel you are being stretched, at times to the point of breaking, which is why focusing on habits that enhance flexibility are utterly essential to survival and well being.
It feels intensely important to me right now to strengthen every aspect of my body/mind/spirit continuum with increased commitment to my daily practices. If I ignore these healthy habits, I immediately pay a price. Self care used to be a luxury, now it is a necessity to stay balanced and flexible to navigate these challenging times. I also have an enhanced longing to BE more and DO less. And if I follow that guidance, I end up being far more productive anyway, A win~win!
Please note: I use the true sidereal astronomical alignments in my predictions. You can read about my unique way of interpreting astrology at this link:
Mon April 13
Mars in Aries sextile Neptune in Aquarius: This aspect can launch fresh activist connections and projects amongst like-hearted colleagues. Cherish your Aries independence while also co-creating with your beloveds and fellow revolutionary travelers. There’s much to do in the world. Let’s team up.
Last day Sun in Pisces: With this influence, along with the integration of yesterday’s Mars/Neptune sextile, don’t be surprised if you are tired and a bit spacey. Both of these aspects are best used for downtime/dreamtime/rest time. Also great form important dreams arriving with a key insight.
Tue April 14
Sun enters sidereal (for real) Aries: You may feel a return of a more focused will as the Sun enters Aries for the coming month. Aries is of courage, enlightenment and stimulates a willingness to follow your own Inner Teacher and Guides despite what everyone else thinks you should do.
Venus opposite Saturn: What a helpful and fitting aspect this if you are down to the wire in regards to tax day tomorrow. Venus, which rules personal finance is in money-minded Taurus opposes Saturn also in money-obsessed Scorpio. This is a tough love kind of aspect, which might require committing to a tighter budget, at least for a bit. In financial astrology, this aspect tends to make the stock market go down, even plunge as part of an underlying need to restructure core weaknesses.
Wed April 15
Moon/Vesta/Neptune conjunction in Aquarius: Aquarius can show up as being friendly and social, or Aquarius can manifest as feeling antisocial, needing time away from others to inhabit your authentic self. As the Aquarian Moon aligns with Neptune ~ creativity, spiritual time ~ and Vesta ~ being super focused ~ make a conscious decision about what serves you now. Is it time with a good friend, or time alone in contemplative creative activities that nurture you? Aquarius also loves to experiment, so change up your usual choices, and try something new.
Thu April 16
Pluto goes retrograde: Pluto turns retrograde today until September 25. Pluto turning points, like today mark tidal shifts in how power is used or abused on our planet and also asks the questions: How are you using your force, power, willpower in manifesting your dreams and desires? Are you a bully, or a leader who exudes confidence? Has someone taken your power from you, or have you allowed that to be? Have you tried to willfully force someone to do something against their will? Not a good karmic choice, if that’s been your past modus operandi. Make sure you are running on a clean, clear, aboveboard power source.
Neptune/Vesta conjunction in Aquarius: This reasonably rare conjunction potentially initiates a new creative or spiritual focus in your life. As Vesta rules safety, security systems and locks, be extra careful not to do the spacey Neptunian thing and lose your keys! You have been warned.
Mars/Jupiter square: This tense aspect is building to a bubbling boil today but will come to an exact full roiling boil tomorrow. This dynamic tends to manifest as warfare heating up, conflicts erupting, and being decisive in regards to knowing what course of action you need to take. This aspect can also increase inflammation in both your temperament and your physical body. Drink cooling mint teas or chlorophyll drinks the next couple of days and be sure to chill your mind as well via meditation practices, resting by water, and simply taking calm deep breathes often throughout the day.
Fri April 17
Mars in Aries square Jupiter in Cancer: Please re-read yesterday’s post that also applies to today. In addition, as Mars is in Aries ~ personal willfulness/selfishness even ~ and Jupiter is in Cancer ~ concerns for our family or community members ~ you might feel an inner conflict about where you most need to put your time today. Or you will just be very busy meeting many demands, perhaps feeling major frustration, a short fuse, for an appreciation for your underlying strength to stretch and remain flexible.
Sat April 18
New SolLunar cycle in Aries trine Pallas Athene in Sagittarius: This very dynamic New Moon cycle is all about initiating new endeavors, going lighter in your life, going toward the Light, which is what sidereal Aries signifies. By that I mean we have a choice as to what we will allow to burden us, be that too much stuff, to much to do, too many judgments arising from our past experience. In this next four week period, you have a chance to lighten your load if you want to. Both Sun and Moon form a helpful trine to Pallas Athene ~ goddess of wisdom, creative intelligence, trusting your instinct ~ in Sagittarius ~ futuristic vision, visual arts, high-minded philosophies. This return of the fire signs to our celestial Field is sure to inspire further enlightenment to those seeking awakening, and provide more light to assist you in navigating the surprising twists and turns that await you.
Sun April 19
Moon/Mercury/Mars conjunction in Aries: We are catapulted out of the gateway of yesterday’s New Moon today. The Moon ~ what you feel ~ and Mercury ~ what you think ~ and Mars ~ prompting action ~ all align in a singular focus of knowing what your next step needs to be. This conjunction can also feel volatile and squirrelly, so be sure to keep up those calming cooling practices and habits I have addressed above.