Astrology by Lisa Stardust
Mercury is still lingering in its post-retrograde shadow, causing confusion and paranoia to consume our minds. This week aims to give us all clarity on how to move past such bewildering Mercurial mindsets.
April 3rd brings a wonderful opportunity to spiritually grow, as planet action Mars, who is breezing by in chatty Gemini, opts to talk with healing asteroid Chiron, who is fired up in impulsive Aries. When these two meet in the sky, they will converse about the best methods needed to heal the past.
The following day, Pluto aligns with the South Node of Destiny in Capricorn, just as Saturn runs parallel to Pluto, producing metaphoric and strategic changes around the structures we have within. Pluto aims to break down walls and rebuild them stronger than ever, while the South Node wants to hold us back. This aspect pays tribute to past life karma, and will keep us stuck in the former if we do not opt to let go. The last time Pluto connected with the South Node was 17 years ago in the sign of Sagittarius. Think back to 2002 and note what metamorphic changes took place. This week is the next piece of the puzzle—the next step toward personal evolution.
The Aries New Moon occurs on April 5th, giving us all one more push to knock down the barriers and roadblocks holding us back. This New Moon serves as motivation to harvest our dream. We will be cosmically pushed to the spark within and look toward the future with hope.
Mercury, who is still swimming in the post-retrograde show in tender Pisces, whispers soft sentiments to austere Saturn, who is in practical Capricorn, on the 7th. This is the third and final time these two planets hook up during the season (the first time was February 19th, when Mercury entered its pre-retrograde zone and March 20th during the actual retrograde). We all have one more chance to put our plans into action and implement our dreams into reality. Mercury aspects the Nodes of Destiny on the 9th, giving action around manifesting such desires.
Personal transformation forces us to look deep within ourselves, which can cause pain and anxiety to manifest as a result. This is why most people accept societal changes, but not personal growth. Allowing ourselves to learn from the past and change personal mindsets takes work. Ridding oneself of insecurities can take a lifetime. The work involved to become person we desire is not easy. But, it’s essential for our inner evolution. We all want to transcend and become better people in order to understand ourselves and the world around us. We all want to be happy, no matter the cost. The lesson of this week is to look within ourselves for change and contentment. Learning to embrace our personal flaws and work with ourselves will allow us to grow. Self-acceptance is the first step toward transformation.
March 21-April 19
Known as the leader of the zodiac, this week forces you to use your persuasive tactics to move the masses. Words can heal on the 3rd and 4th, allowing you to feel reborn during the New Moon on the 5th. Others may try to challenge you and knock you down a notch on the 7th and 9th. Protective herbs such as lavender and thistle will help keep your energy clean, as well as creating a protective barrier from negativity. Planting these herbs (which are also considered flowers) around your home will allow you to only be surrounded by positivity. Add a dash of black salt for extra protection and you will be invincible. No one will be able to touch your energy. Instead, you will be enjoying your newly found inspirational spirit.
April 20-May 20
This week calls for you to address personal fears head on. Rather than stampeding aimlessly in circles, use the cosmic energy gifted to you on the 3rd to reflect within. You will be able to attain deep insights about yourself, causing you to make life changing choices on the 4th. Letting go of fears brought on from past trauma will serve as your New Moon intention, due to your desire to evolve. Learning to forgive and trust yourself will allow you to reopen your heart. Try to create self-love by taking a Rose Quartz Himalayan salt bath and look inward through meditation. Don’t give up on yourself. You are worthy of love and bliss. Take a leap of faith with others, but most importantly yourself. Let go of the past in order to be happy in the present.
May 21-June 20
Inquisitive by nature, this week calls for you to use your analytical skills and understand the heart of your desires. The 3rd allows you to plan the next phase of your life, as long as you are honestly pursuing your goals on the 4th. This means being open and direct with your intentions to the universe during the New Moon on the 5th. The 7th and 9th help you gain control over your wishes, by giving you a powerful edge over others—the ability to see deep within others, and understand their intentions (including your own) on a soulful level. Your sharp mind can cut through glass, giving you the upper hand to create your future. Use your magic for good, as it will elevate you into a powerful position in all areas of life.
June 21-July 22
Dreaming of the past will bring emotional setbacks this week. The 3rd initiates the incentive to mend fences around your broken heart. However, the following days cause more frustration and anger to consume you, as the truth of the matter comes out, forcing you to take deeper look at such situations. Power struggles and triangular affairs pop on the 4th, the day before the New Moon. On Sunday, you are given the cosmic chance to redeem these partnerships. Take note, these problems will arise again, unless you are willing to starve the source of pain. In order to be the person you desire, something has to give. Let go of your fears and move towards your higher minded tribe. It’s your destiny to drop those who bring you down.
July 23-August 22
Being an innovator has its setbacks, especially when you are criticized by others for your views. Creative partners, collaborators, and colleagues may feel as though you are stealing their thunder and claiming their ideas as your own. On the contrary, you may be the victim of such creative theft. This week calls for you to assert your boundaries and build walls with those who aim to bring you down. Taking the high road during April 5th’s New Moon may prove challenging. However, choosing the enlightened path will help you gain conviction within yourself, which is more valuable than anything else. Allowing yourself to stand in your truth, or your version of the truth, will serve as therapy for the soul. Remember, you’re the fierce leader of the jungle, don’t let anyone stand in your way.
August 23-September 22
Your recent all-or-nothing attitude is a result of wishy-washy sentiments felt over the past few weeks. After surfing through emotional ups and downs, this week you are consumed with giving your all in order to maintain the peaceful dynamic within all interpersonal relationships, particularly your primary partnership. As Saturn and Pluto roam along the South Node during the New Moon, you will come to the realization that you need to change the way you partner. Waiting patiently for others to grow is holding you back. The surfacing issue is that you are expecting unfulfilled expectations within these partnerships, which are not moving forward. Healing past relationships will help you gain clarity on how to navigate through current issues. Also, letting your relationship breathe and live with no stress will help steer things to a better medium.
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
This week serves as your personal metamorphosis. Pluto and the New Moon are brining karmic past life lessons your way on the 4th, allowing you to see the errors of your ways. This may manifest on the 4th and the 5th as an intense event unfolds within your personal life. The lesson to be learned this week from Pluto and the New Moon, is that you have to rid yourself of that which is holding you back from blossoming into the person you are meant to be. Let go of stagnant situations, relationships, and friendships. Opt to move if you cannot afford your rent. Don’t hold on to the past. Move towards the future. Once you embrace the depths of the transformative underworld, you emerge purified and reborn, allowing you to spread your wings and fly.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
As Pluto galvanizes the South Node of Destiny through the communication sector of your chart, you are geared to play detective this week. Uncovering truths and the hidden agenda of others will consume your attentions on the 4th. Rather than consume yourself with past relationships, use the Pluto energy to unmask hidden intentions within yourself. Understanding yourself will lead to the greatest power of all—self-knowledge. With your motives brought to the surface, you will uncover your inner conviction and integrity, leading to happiness. The New Moon on the 5th pushes you to tolerate the choices of others, while giving you self-control, better decision making, and less inner conflict. In order to attain mindfulness and peace within, carry Smokey Quartz with this week you to release negativity and achieve tranquility by the 7th.
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
As you gallop through this week, you will be forced to embrace your dark side. Healing yourself and interpersonal relationships will be the core focus of your energies on the 3rd, when action planet Mars softly connects with the asteroid Chiron. Creativity, artistic pursuits, and a new budding romantic endeavor will motivate growth and allow you to feel whole. Understanding and identifying your edgier desires on the 4th gives you the ability to take ownership of past mistakes, which will prove handy during the New Moon on the 5th and the 7th. Your instincts are powerful this week, helping you assert your dominance and control within your personal sphere. This will allow you to let go of past upsets and hurts, as you bring in your new beautiful and inspiring vision.
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Insecurities rise this week when Mars and healing asteroid Chiron and connect on the 3rd. The cosmic energy from the 3rd, paired with the New Moon on the 5th, will force you to take charge of wounds felt through your early childhood, even if it brings up past hurts. The cosmic motivation on the 3rd aims to mend your heart. Letting go of the past is never easy and the 4th pushes you to transform—but, only if you are ready. Change is hard and can be overwhelming all at once. The 7th and 9th motivate you take baby steps toward growth. Your mind and heart need time to catch up with your actions. Take small steps to help weave your spirit cohesively with the other parts of your life.
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Always on the move towards personal advancement, this week calls for you to take a good hard look at yourself to understand your intentions. The 4th brings rediscovery and psychological growth, as you are able to gain clarity on the inner workings of your mind and desires. Bridging your conscious and subconscious mind together through self-actualization will help you to heal. Dream interpretation is essential this week. Keep a journal by your bedside and write down your dreams. Look for key symbols, or themes that play a consistent role in your slumber, in order to access your thoughts. The New Moon on the 5th, mixed with Saturn’s tryst with Mercury on the 7th, will help you squash inner demons and create a discourse on the power of your subconscious.
Feb. 19-March 20
Keeping your head above water and feet on the ground will be tough until April 10th—especially for you Pisces. However, you are given the cosmic opportunity to ground yourself and connect to your deepest passions, if you allow yourself to relax. As of recent, your anxieties have been high. The 3rd aims for you to feel centered, when Mars connects with healing asteroid Chiron, helping ease inner turmoil. While Pluto’s forceful aspect on the 4th, paired with the New Moon on the 5th, gives you the strength to swim forward, no matter what obstacles are thrown your way. April 7th aligns you with a realistic attitude on all matters, ridding you of internal fears. The aim of this week is to help you see that you are protected by the universe. Any obstacle that comes your way will prove powerless against your strength and tenacity.