As I write these posts each week I wonder what it will be like on the other side of this incredible intense configuration that we are still approaching even as we are right in the middle of it!
We begin this week with the Moon at 10° of Libra. During the course of the week the Moon completes its time in Libra (it’s Full Phase and the Full Eclipses), moves through Scorpio, continues through Sagittarius, and completes the week at 15° Capricorn. Last week our focus was on very personal issues, this week we move outward to engage a bit more with others.
On Tuesday we reach the Full Moon, Full Lunar eclipse at 25° Libra. As though we did not have enough intensity in the month of April 2014! Here we are provided with a bit more.
There is great intensity with this Eclipse; the Moon is at 25° Libra and the Sun is at 25° Aries. The intensity is likely to focus on emotional issues of relationship, our personal values, beauty, artistic endeavors, and/or financial situations. Something may come to a head. With Eclipses there is often a wildcard involved. Surprises or unexpected situations may occur, be revealed, or exposed.
I would anticipate a very active week with an overdose of activity, anxiety, or nervous energy for many of us. It may be hard to settle down and develop a relaxation within the mind. Situations may develop rapidly and without warning.
Fully engage with any spiritual or meditation practice you may have. Set up an appointment with your Astrologer! We are clearly at the apex of the intense energies of Uranus and Pluto along with Mars and Jupiter as they come together forming The Cardinal Grand Cross of April 2014.
With this Cardinal Grand Cross upon us, we find ourselves feeling the need to take some sort of action. However, with Mars retrograde in Libra, direct ACTION does not come easily. I have talked to many of you who feel that intense demand to take action and yet there is no clarity as to what action to take!
Keeping your eyes open is important. If you are unclear as to what action to take in your own life, offer to put your shoulder to the wheel where you see a need in the life of someone who needs help!
In case the four planets of the Grand Cross (Uranus, Jupiter, Mars, Pluto) were not enough, Mercury makes contact with each of the planets involved throughout the week bringing all of the energy through our minds and nervous systems!
What can we expect?
This is the question on everyone’s mind. If we are paying attention to the (national, international, local), news, weather, technology, and the stories of our own and each others lives we see exactly what we can expect! We are smack in the middle of intense, transformative, powerful times. I think we can expect exactly what we see to be an ongoing pattern for this period of time.
Will a particular core event happen during the course of this Grand Cross? Some astrologers think so! I certainly wouldn’t rule it out, but I am not anticipating it.
I anticipate a widening shift within the consciousness of humanity at large. It is happening as we speak. I believe that on the other side of this Transformation the consciousness of the human race is newly formed on some deep internal level.
Much as the 60s changed the consciousness of the human race so these times are continuing and expanding on that Transformation!
Onward to the daily posts:

Monday, April 14, 2014:

Monday is a most powerful day! It is unlikely that there will be any question about the intensity that we encounter within ourselves, in the world, or our circumstances on this day. As the Moon moves through Libra she connects with each of the planets involved in next week’s Grand Cross bringing our emotional nature right to the edge of this massive intensification. Mercury in Aries also begins his/her connection with the planets in the Grand Cross. Today Mercury Squares Jupiter and Conjuncts Uranus. Here we encounter Cycles overlapping Cycles. I see the beliefs and thinking of the collective are expanding, reaching into depths of profound power, ready to take action, opening to innovation and excitement. When you must take action, do not move away from fear; move toward excitement
This evening Pluto, who has been standing still waiting for the others to gather with her at 13degrees Cardinal, turns retrograde. It is important that we look inside ourselves very deeply. It is time to consider what we have hidden that is blocking our larger perspective. Consider how much empowerment opens when our integrity is truly clear.
Remember, there are some things that can only be learned in the Dark; look inward.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014:

Tuesday begins with Mercury Square Pluto. We can see how easy it would be to fall victim to mental turmoil and anxiety! It is very much in our face at this time!  However, consider the empowerment of Pluto. Work to calm the mind by allowing the powerful deep thoughts to arise. There is power in deep understanding and contemplation. There is anxiety in trying to keep your eyes averted to what you may, at first consideration, find fearful.
Additionally the Full Moon in Libra delivers a Full Lunar Eclipse which adds more intense emotions to the surface.  The focus may well be on issues we would associate with Libra; money, resources, love relationships, beauty, artistic endeavors, and what we most deeply value.
The Moon is VOC* following the Opposition to the Sun (Full Moon) at 3:43AM EDT until she changes sign at 12:20PM EDT.  The afternoon is primed to deepen us mentally and emotionally with the Moon now in the deep transformative waters of Scorpio.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

On Wednesday the Moon remains in Scorpio throughout the day making pleasant, lovely aspects throughout the day.  We remain in the depth and intensity of Tuesday even as it feels more familiar and easier to work with. It is important to pay attention to communications, what really is being said, what needs to be said, and notice your own integrity in your communications. At 7:14 AM EDT Mercury Opposes Mars reminding us of something that began in May 2013. What was your mind worked up about at that time? Were you pushing yourself forward intellectually or where you building a plan at that time? Were you learning something new that took much effort? Were you angry or frustrated about something that was eating away at your mind? Now you can see clearly where that though or plan has brought you. The situation that began then is now fully illuminated. It is clear how far you have come on that issue, any adjustments that need to be made on that issue are also clear.

Thursday, April 17, 2014:

Thursday begins on a low note as the final Aspect to the Moon, while in Scorpio, is a Conjunction to Saturn (3:10AM EDT). Following that the moon is VOC* until She reaches Sagittarius at 5:43 PM EDT. Remember the VOC Moon is a time to lay low, without expectations. This is a time for serious contemplation about where we are headed, and the practical steps we will need to take to get there. Our emotions and general attitude will lighten-up as the Moon enters Sagittarius at 4:53 PM EDT. We are ready for an easier more optimistic evening.  In the middle of these days of intensity we have a beautiful evening with Venus, the planet of love and beauty, forming a beautiful Trine Aspect to Jupiter, the planet of expansion, wisdom, and generosity. A perfect evening for a date, or time spent with loved ones. If you are alone don’t neglect to pamper yourself with kindness, buy flowers for the table and make yourself a beautiful meal. At this moment there is a flow of kindness, love and beauty. Enjoy this little break in an otherwise stressful week.

Friday, April 18, 2014:

Friday morning at 5:25AM EDT Venus Sextile Pluto. This is an interesting way to begin a day during such an intense week. Keep in mind that Sextiles present us with  opportunities. Trine Aspects bring gifts, we need do nothing to receive them; Sextiles, on the other hand are not offered freely. We must show up and make an effort before we are presented with the gift of a Sextile.  On Friday we are presented with an opportunity to see the gift within this intense transformation we are all in the process of navigating. We are given a glimpse of the deep beauty and courageous empowerment on the other side of transformation. With the Moon in Sagittarius actively making positive connections with each of the planets involved in the Grand Cross, she too is providing us with a wider, more expansive perspective. The perspective of Sagittarius is always a gift as we are able to see the world open up in glorious connection to the wider cosmos.  As we open our eyes we see the expansive beauty as we embrace the massive changes required/presented.

Saturday, April 19, 2014:

We start Saturday off with a great deal of energy as the Sun moves through the final degree of Aries and the Moon is in Sagittarius; both Fire Signs.
At 9:28PM EDT the Moon leaves the expansive Fire Sign of Sagittarius and enters the grounded Earth Sign of Capricorn. This shift of energy helps to usher in the stability that comes as the SUN enters TAURUS at 11:55 PM EDT.
Tomorrow will truly feel like a new day as both the Moon and the Sun are in Earth Signs. Now we must bring stability and reality to the table.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere (even in Vermont) it is finally Spring time. With the Sun now in Taurus we are ready to begin gardening, to begin planting, to welcome new growth. This grounded Earth energy brings clarity and stabilization. 

Sunday April 2014:

Sunday brings the exact square between Jupiter and Uranus and the exact Opposition between Jupiter and Pluto. The 5th of seven exact Squares between Uranus and Pluto is highly activated with this connection; Uranus and Pluto make exact touchdown next Monday. Once again we ask: (Do we really need to ask?) where is the change being demanded? Where is the pressure? How do we siphon pressure off in a safe manner? The Moon in Capricorn all day connecting as well with Uranus, Pluto, Mars, and Jupiter; this is a day of almost unprecedented pressure and demand for change. It is also a day that we are gifted with Earth energies. The stabilization of Earth offers support as we work our way through what ever changes we are here to welcome.

Images by: Raphael Soyer
ca. 1899 – 1987
* In these weekly reports I am exploring the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and are often fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to it’s VOC time, as that aspect holds it’s influence throughout the VOC*
The Aspects I consider: Conjunctions, Sextiles, Squares, Trines, and Oppositions
The Planets I am working with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
*VOC (void of course) refers to the period of time between the final aspect that the Moon makes while in one sign until she enters the next sign. This can consist of several minutes or many hours. These periods are best handled with little expectation of accomplishment; times ideally suited for rest and contemplation.