Upstairs in my study, I watch the northern skies. Polaris, the North Star, holds the wheel of the heavens as the seasons spin the round. Now the big Dipper stands upright, alert, pouring the imaginative waters of life into the bowl of the little dipper below. Jupiter, bold in its light, high in the east at sunset, tours the heavens, following Sirius, the dog star, as it leaps to the feet of Orion. It is Spring! Fiery Aries is burning through our lives, igniting the revolutionary planet Uranus, with a parade of planets aligning to it, fueling its powers of crisis, breakdown, and breakthrough. Fueling also, its powers to awaken us to a new level of consciousness, opening to the creative possibilities within each moment. To receive the gift of Uranus, one must be deeply present. Dive into this moment! Feel its depth move into spaciousness. It takes us into the synchronicities, unexpected coincidences that serve as doorways on our journey, transporting us into new perspectives, revelations, and leaps of understanding, leaving behind old stories of shame, polarization, lack of self worth or overblown self-righteousness.
The planet Jupiter enlarges Uranus’s resonance, as Jupiter stations to go direct, supporting this time of greater consciousness and insight. “Ride the rough waves of dark emotions on the surfboard of mindful awareness”(author Miriam Greenspan). Pierce through the intensity of Pluto in Capricorn, the up swelling of the past that has limited you, that you ignored or repressed, those fears that stifled your wild self to claim your life, this life of heart felt authenticity, soul sensuality, and creativity.
On the early morning hours of April 4th, as the lunar eclipse swells on the horizon, honor yourself and the beautiful cosmos which lives through us. The full moon is eclipsed as it sets in the West. Be mindful of this gift of life and body, your deep heart, and the spirit that connects us all. Let the power of the eclipse realign you, with its mysterious cosmic geometry, the shadowing of the Moon, as the Earth receives the Sun’s call to day. Take good care of yourself! Rest, recuperate and open to compassion.
Pluto goes direct on the 16th, helping us to release our own old paradigm, and to integrate the dawning awareness. The world is still rocked by the power of the Pluto Uranus 3 year trek. The ripple affect is causing those intense waves, as humanity comes to terms with itself. We now need new eyes to see, ears to hear, courage to act upon what we have learned. The deeper motives of what has run the world are being exposed. We are seeing the values on which created our foundation. The New Moon takes place in action orientated Aries, on the 18th. Set your intention! Let the Aries moon support its realization. The Sun enters Taurus on the 20th, with a gathering of planets in the earthy sign, grounding us, and cooling the intensity.
(Photo of the lunar eclipse by Cheryl Ban)
Twelve opportunities for April 2015: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This is your time Aries. Hold your course with dedication. Stay detached as you witness relationship dynamics. You are ready to break open like a seedpod, to fly in the winds of change and new life. You will soon arrive. Perseverance furthers, as the transformative process is taking place. Go walk on the earth and keep grounded!
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Sink deeply into your interior life, or your private space with another. A completion and new beginning is taking place. You have been fueled with a new love, a new passion, a great transition. Mid April, breathe deeply and keep your balance between ideal and real, between imaginative and practical.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This is the time to bring yourself out! You are blessed with being sought out, appreciated, and acknowledged. Many people gather around you and you feel exhilaration. This launches you into releasing an old story that no longer serves you. Find your local hypnotherapist and get help if needed.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Go out and communicate yourself! You find your voice and it is liberating. So write, speak, and bring forth your truth, your experience, your field of perception. Your hard work and perseverance is paying off. Rest and alternate business with times of stillness and reflection. Enjoy your family.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): What a great time to travel, to learn, or to teach. Your mind is stimulated with creative possibilities. Dare yourself. Stretch into something new that calls to you. Be sure to rest, especially during the days of the lunar eclipse, April 4th. It is important to recharge and nourish yourself. If you give yourself that time you will be richly rewarded.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): You are engaged in a process of tuning into another or others, feeling into another’s needs and feelings. Be thoughtful to keep balanced with your own needs for comfort, and nourishment at the eclipse. Stepping back from busy interactions, especially your child’s, and retreating into stillness, protects you, and gives you insight. Be sure and make time for your lover, as enjoyment awaits you.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Wow! Hold on for the ride through the 1st full week of April. Lots is transforming from the past around relationships. Unexpected events or responses from others may seem difficult. It is a test. Simply keep your calm and you will pass. This helps to liberate you from the old story line. Venus enters Gemini on the 19th and your load lightens. Go out and celebrate.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This month calls for a balance between work and nourishing yourself. Unexpected situations at work, or with those who are working for you, call for thoughtful communications. You may have an immediate reaction. Let Amit Ray’s words, support the consciousness you are moving toward. “The ripples of a kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.”
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This is a special time for you if you give it to yourself. Opening to a teaching, taking a trip, or the aftermath of a trip allows the new inspiration you are seeking. There is a responsibility which may weigh on you. Be sure it does not limit, constrict, or cause you to feel like you need to do everything. Trust. The universe is knocking and leading. Spiritual insight and deeper love is the outcome.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): April begins with a blast of potential transformative energy. That which you have been working on and seeking moves to a new level of experience. You feel spaciousness in the area you didn’t before. Writing provides insights, and a quickening to take place. Embrace what is true within you. Creative expression is favored.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): You are at an edge. The quiet time you have invested with yourself has cleared out something very old. A dream will surface that brings completion. Perhaps you will be awake as it moves through your life. Be alert. You are claiming your wild self and others love how it sets your voice free.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): During the first part of April, you may loose your patience, which is uncommon for you. Be especially aware of how you are picking up the feelings all around you. Take a moment to step back and detach yourself. Imagine spaciousness around each response you give to another. This is a time to see what is real and what is projected.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 33 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.