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After last month’s peak in astrological excitement April is going to seem quite unremarkable by comparison. We do though have some planetary events that hold great potential for really working with, and moving on from, what was brought out in these recent weeks.
On April 4, we have this month’s headline event – a total lunar eclipse! Although not visible in Europe we can still experience the astrological effects. At every Full Moon the Sun is on one side of the earth and casts its light onto the face of the Moon on the opposite side of the earth. When the earth is in exact alignment in the middle (twice each year) it’s shadow obscures the Moon for about two hours, hence the eclipse.
As the Moon reaches it’s culminating phase at Full, so we can expect the fulfillment of whatever was in focus at the last New Moon (the solar eclipse of March) and being a lunar eclipse this is a time of great release. If you sensed the tension that built up during last month as Uranus and Pluto reached their final exact square and then felt some relief after the Solar eclipse you might recognise some of that same energy being expressed again in early April. Both the Sun and Moon align with Uranus and Pluto within orb of the lunar eclipse degree.
Our intentions, aims and personal will was aligned during last months solar eclipse and now we can clear away remaining emotional blockages, fears or inhibitions that prevent us moving more fully in to the new possibilities. Just a couple of hours after the lunar eclipse the Moon will be square to Pluto which can dredge up old fear feelings or deep seated issues that have been unconsciously inhibiting our responses. The Moon is then opposite Uranus just four hours after the eclipse which could bring a sudden emotional discharge, unexpected breakthrough — or a break away!
As the Sun connects with Pluto on April 5 and then Uranus on April 6, the solar energy of self-determination gets another stimulating kick towards the — recently revealed — new version of yourself. The next planet to get involved in this game (on April 8) is Mercury, who represents our thinking process, communications and way of exchanging ideas and information. This could bring about a revolutionary shift or change in what you think, or say, and even how you express your innermost or secret thoughts.
The overall effect of this dynamic pattern around the lunar eclipse could produce a powerful emotional release. If you’re ready and welcoming the current changes, it can be an exciting step forward. If however you’re resistant to upheaval in your personal life, it could mean a rough ride for a couple of weeks. This phase is a further shedding of old patterns or reactions and a time to let go of the past. Anything that we cling to as familiar or that gives us a sense of security or wellbeing but is actually more of a limitation than a comfort needs to be discarded. As the big ‘feel good’ future orientated planet, Jupiter ends its retrograde phase to move forward once more, also on April 8, we can really get a stronger sense of the new and very inviting horizon that’s coming into view.
The Full Moon is at 15° Libra on April 4 at 1:07pm and the New Moon is at 29° Aries on April 18 at 7:58pm.
Aries: This Full Moon is a good opportunity for dealing with any relationship issues. Personal and professional partnerships need your attention now. You are aware of how much you have to give but guard against taking others for granted; they won't appreciate it if you do. You’ll be at your best when you can get things into a healthy balance so finding a win win situation for everyone has to be your goal. Interesting and stimulating people may come into your life now and you’ll want to find time for intimate encounters or shared experiences.
Taurus: This is a good time to organise your work environment and make it more efficient. You are prepared to do the tedious work and the necessary tasks that don’t reap obvious rewards. You’re not likely to feel at peak performance level so take a slow and measured pace and be surprised at how much can be achieved. Also, don't take your health for granted; keep an eye on what you eat and pay attention to what you do physically during the Full Moon phase. You’ll benefit from making adjustments especially if you’ve been overdoing it lately.
Gemini: During this Full Moon period your imaginative powers are strong and you could enjoy an artistic success if you have creative talents. Whatever you do it needs to give scope to your originality and get you noticed. You want to have fun and taking chances might pay off. Not taking yourself too seriously will also reap benefits and you may surprise yourself at what you come up with by just playing around. Your feelings for loved ones are more intense now and children may take an important role in your life at this time.
Cancer: Home and family matters occupy your thinking during this Full Moon. Putting your energy into ventures that give you some sense of security and wellbeing will feel important now. You may just feel like staying home and building up your reserves so you have plenty spare for later. Sticking with familiar surroundings and intimate company takes the stress out of socialising and you need that freedom to nurture what’s really important. This is a good time to try and complete unfinished projects and don’t expect to get started on anything new just yet.
Leo: There may be increased contact with your neighbours and involvement in community activities during this Full Moon phase. You have the urge to get out and about and make connections. You may feel restless if you don’t find activities that stimulate your mind. A lot of energy can be used up in trivial or lighthearted conversation but going deep isn’t the mood of the moment. Seek out more information and alternatives to what you already know. This is a good time to catch up on correspondence or to do some writing.
Virgo: This Full Moon phase finds you concerned with your material and financial security. Impulse buying, or conversely, stinginess might be a problem now depending on how you feel about the state of your resources. This is a good time to consider if you are making the best of your natural skills and talents. You might be underestimating yourself or not yet utilising all the tools in your bag for your greater benefit. Actual money isn’t the only source of wealth and you may find you have abundance in another form.
Libra: During this month’s Full Moon phase you are concerned with your own needs and personal security. The emphasis is on putting the stamp of your individuality on everything you do. Domestic, family and property matters are likely to occupy your mind now. What’s important is how these areas of your life are impacting on your lifestyle and self-expression. You are especially sensitive to environmental conditions and your own moods. Getting a glimpse of your unique personality in action gives you a better sense of who you are.
Scorpio: During this Full Moon phase your inclination is to shun the limelight and keep pretty much to yourself. You can be very productive throughout this period by just quietly working away behind the scenes in seclusion. Taking time out to relax, daydream or meditate regenerates the spirit and brings you closer to your creativity. Reconnecting with your inner world is important for your sense of equilibrium. Valuable insights and breakthroughs are possible. Enjoy the quiet ‘alone time’ whilst you can as the demands of your outer world will encroach again soon enough.
Sagittarius: During this period it's who you know rather than what you know that matters now. This is a good time to crank up your social life and meet people; the benefits will soon follow. This Full Moon highlights your position within your community, in group ventures, or projects which involve others of like mind. The phrase “what you put in is what you get out” holds very true for you now. You can see that what you have to offer is appreciated by those concerned and this is a time of reaping the rewards from your past contributions.
Capricorn: Vocational concerns are likely to dominate your thinking. If you’re not already striking out to fulfill your ambitions then now is the time to make plans for your future. Getting yourself some recognition for what you do well takes on extra significance during this Full Moon. Self-acknowledgement only takes you so far and for now you need some approval from those you respect. If you want to launch your career or go a step further then make the moves. But remember to balance the demands of your work or public life and the needs of your family.
Aquarius: During this Full Moon travel, higher learning, study and spiritual matters can occupy your mind. Not content with anything ‘hum drum’, you’re likely to want the freedom to explore new ground or invite new experiences into your life. This is a great time to think big and make the most of opportunities that come your way. An overseas contact may get in touch or new information provides the chance to break out from any restricting routines, so try something different. Be prepared to open your mind to new ideas and lifestyles.
Pisces: This Full Moon might be a trying period; you may feel anxious and worried about things. Your attention is being drawn to the patterns that create life’s ups and downs. During this phase you may be focused on the negative side of a cycle at the expense of the positive. This might be a slow growth point but it’s a necessary pause during which you can consider what is truly worth keeping and what you can dispense with. It’s a great time to clear out what doesn’t work well in your life in preparation for the next phase.