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Our Solar star, the Sun, is the life giving centre for our corner of the cosmos and at this time of year the Solar energy is transmitted through the sign of Aries. The Sun is blessed in this fire sign, nearly as much, as when it’s in its own fire sign, Leo. This time of year also has the force of Mars behind it as ruler of Aries. Mars represents the potent primal drive in life and we see it strongly expressed as the vital energy of Spring. The main theme for this month has an emphatic Mars right up front, taking the lead in planetary events. Our ‘red planet’ is currently in another fire sign, Sagittarius, which also gives some extra thrust to an already feisty mode of expression. After the last few weeks of change, redirection and anti-climax all this assertive energy can have us impatient to make progress.
Trouble might be looming if we fail to take care, as this next phase could bring further hindrance when all that fully charged up Martian drive goes into reverse mid month on April 17. This current retrograde period for Mars will echo a similar one of fifteen years ago. If that was a year of significant change or re-routing for you, then this year may have some similar changes in store. In general, the apparent backwards motion of Mars is a time when trying to push forward in an obvious, direct or dynamic way proves unproductive. Energy is hard to harness, initiatives seem slow to complete and the use of force yields little of the desired result. This retrograde lasts until the end of June and doesn’t clear fully until Mars regains its original ground in mid August.
This is a more internalised Mars than usual, which is why it could become a virtual powder keg, ready to be set off when antagonised. Be careful not to let the frustration build up. Be aware of any anger that is being suppressed. Put your attention on finding ways to redirect your vitality into positive and self-supporting initiatives. The power of this transit is best used for subjective or personal work. Get the basic needs of life in order. Recognise where you have an excess of energy or an abundance of something in your life and utilise it to overcome any sense of lack you have experienced.
Take notice of where Mars is in your own birth chart, if you know, and use these next weeks to better understand your personal way of expressing desires, your goals and how you achieve them. This is the best time to adjust the way that you dissipate or dilute your physical energy so it can be more productive for you in the future.
The New Moon and Full Moon this month also support working with the Mars energy, as they both occur in Mars ruled signs. The New Moon on April 7 falls on the most powerful degree for the Sun in Aries, so it’s especially potent for setting out new intentions for personal goals in preparation for the Mars retrograde period. The Full Moon in Scorpio on April 22 is a time when any pent-up emotions could find forceful expression. If you experience some uncontrolled release or passionate outburst take it as a signal that some part of your life needs attention. Allow any sudden changes to serve as an opportunity to head in a new direction and make it become something positive in your life.
The next New Moon is at 19 degrees Aries on April 7 at 12:24pm and the Full Moon is at 3 degrees Scorpio on April 22 at 6:25am.
Aries: Trust and intimacy are primary concerns right now and you might have cause to test the bonds with the people closest to you. Emotions and personal attachments are central issues in your life now, though it may be that you are the one stretching the limits. You want to have the chance to make some kind of statement about who you are and what sets you apart from others rather than what you share in common. Start with an identity reality check. When you are sure you know who you are get out there and let everyone else know.
Taurus: At this time you have a deep longing to seek refuge in something, which transcends everyday life. Perhaps this will manifest itself in creative, musical or artistic work, which enables you to merge your spirit with the greater ocean of the collective spirit. You do not function well under the pressure of daily demands so you need to take time out to appreciate your talents away from distractions. This is a time of reorganising yourself on a subtle level and it’ll take awhile to become aware of the changes. Begin this phase slowly with plenty of time to delve into that impressive imaginative resource that is your inner world.
Gemini: Fulfillment comes when you have a sense of belonging to the people you work with, and know that they also appreciate you. This is a time when you might be thinking more about how you and your ideals fit in with your chosen company. You must realise how you often become quite attached to pet projects and have some difficulty letting go of the reins when other people need to take over. Use this opportunity to make a positive move towards openness and you may discover a talent for working with people in groups, especially if this involves caring or humanitarian projects.
Cancer: You make important emotional bonds to people you work with, and you may find yourself playing a much more significant role, even being out in the public eye, as you can easily appreciate what is wanted now. Remember though, it could be wise to develop a certain emotional detachment, so that you feel less vulnerable. You want to get ahead and be appreciated and now is the time to dream up your wildest dreams and take the risk of following them. Remember that everything you achieve has been imagined first.
Leo: You are hungry for understanding and insight, and will probably find yourself keen to read or study a great deal to attain further knowledge or wisdom. It’s a great time for planning, dreaming up new schemes, or rearranging the way you look at things. Patterns you establish now do not need the details to be fully worked out until later. Stick with the general idea until you've got it all properly roughed-out. Don’t be surprised if you find an opportunity to travel or link with foreign cultures, as there are valuable exchanges to be had. You have much to learn over the next few months.
Virgo: Your current trend is an ability to tune in to the deepest emotional needs in other people. If you can face your own fears now, you’ll help guide others through theirs when the time comes. You have the courage to be honest with yourself which encourages others to be honest about their failings too and you’ll be appreciated for the support. Start this next phase with the determination to throw out some old worn out ways and unproductive thinking. This is a renewal of spirit for you so be prepared for some real transformation.
Libra: Your increased receptivity to the problems and needs of others gives you to a listening job in which you can give valuable support. You have to take care not to become drained by emotional contacts now whilst you are rather over-sensitive to the demands of others. You may make too many compromises for the sake of emotional peace if you don't step back when you should. Try to find that balance in your most important relationships. You can be very sincere when you want to be but it has to go both ways or you’ll have reason to feel resentful.
Scorpio: You’ll be working on behalf of others and want to be at your best so you can give your all to improving conditions, either at work or some other important area of your life. Emotional problems can arise through your work because of some oversensitivity and unconscious overreaction. Be aware of where you feel your own security is threatened by change. Try to adapt before it happens. Consider which long term projects will give you the greatest sense of personal achievement and know that your mind, body and spirit are being looked after as a result
Sagittarius: There is no time like the present when it comes to having fun, entertaining friends or relaxing with a loved one. Romance in all its forms is demanding to be indulged. Your tendency to yearn for the security of love and intimacy is at a peak and you might find yourself trying to match reality to your fantasy but with disappointing results. Remember that longterm satisfaction can also be found in simple pursuits or creative achievements of all kinds. Whatever you do make sure you have plenty of time to daydream between social events.
Capricorn: The bonds to the past may seem stronger at the moment. This is an opportunity to reconsider people and places that have been important in your past. Fundamental security is a major preoccupation now and you’ll be thinking of ways to bring something of your past experiences into the future. You function best when there is peace on the home front, but you might find yourself distracted by family worries or be concerned with matters of the home, land or property. Start the month with expressing some of those deep inner tensions that you’ve allowed to build up.
Aquarius: When you communicate, you’ll find you do so with feeling and conviction. You have a compelling persuasive aura about you now and you are well suited to situations where communication is essential. It may be your job to dispel confusion over certain matters. Your skills are required in many areas and friends and neighbours will benefit from your knowledge. This is no time to be taking it easy but remember to maintain a good pace and you’ll have a lot to be grateful for if you are prepared to be generous in sharing yourself.
Pisces: You'll find your skills are used providing the basic needs of others as you have a strong appreciation of what has value, and what doesn't. The threat of economic insecurity can mean that you are staying longer than necessary in an unsatisfactory work situation. Wise decisions are based on knowing what is right for you and not on always playing it safe. Remember that the talents and abilities you have built up over the years are your security and if you put them to good use you will find the stability you’re reaching for.