As I look at the week ahead I see that the individual days do not appear to have nearly the intensification and pressure that I think we will actually encounter.
However, we all need to be fully aware that April 2014 is not an ordinary time. By themselves these days look relatively ordinary and we will consider them in that light.
But, we would certainly be remiss to forget that behind the simplicity of daily changes of the Moon Signs and Aspects there is such intensity building that cannot be denied! We are in an unprecedented time of energetic building pressure, as we get ever closer to the focal point of the Grand Cross later this month.
We are reaching the point where the demand/excitement for transformation overrides the fear of transformation. These are powerful days. Please keep your eyes open and let kindness be your overriding focus in each and every day.
Monday, April 7, 2014:
Monday starts with the Moon in Cancer and this is the First Quarter Moon. On Sunday, March 30th was the New Moon. I hope you were paying attention to what seeds you were planting at that time.
Today you want to think about those seeds that you planted. Spend some time now to water them and make sure they are getting the Sunlight that they require to grow!
Following a smooth Trine to Saturn at 2:14 PM the sensitive Cancer Moon is VOC* until early Tuesday morning. Whatever action you need to take to encourage those seeds to grow must be done before 2:14 PM EDT.
We may notice that we feel more self protective, inward, and emotional than we expect. Our thoughts easily turn to nostalgia, thinking back to the past. Perhaps considering the past with an unrealistic sentimental overlay.
At 11:34 AM EDT Mercury (the planets of the mind and communication) leaves the soft imagination of Pisces behind and enters Aries (the Sign of courage and assertiveness). With Mars (ruler of Aries) still retrograde we may experience frustration as our minds are anxious to move forward and yet we are still stymied by the ongoing Retrograde (Mars). Over the coming weeks as Mercury moves through Ares our thinking and planning is energized and wants to move forward far quicker than is really available to us. Mars turns direct at 9:31PM EDT on May 19, 2014.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014:
Tuesday morning, before 6 AM EDT the Moon enters Leo! Ah, I always love a Leo Moon! With the Moon in Leo we have a situation where the emotional environment matches our thinking with Mercury newly in Aries.
At 5:03PM EDT the Sun Opposes Mars (Libra). I can imagine this being a day were there is great stress as you believe you need to take ACTION now and yet something holds you back! You are ready to open your mouth to say something you know is better left unsaid. If you keep a journal, take a look at any entries you made last year (2013) between April 16th and April 18th. What were you highly energized or angry about? How was this issue re-engaged between January 1st and January 3rd, 2014? Was there a reoccurrence of a problem or a recommitment to a vast project? Now look at what has developed from that initial situation. You should now see clearly how you have managed that particular situation.
On Wednesday we will still be under the influence of the Sun impacting Mars from yesterday. With the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Leo there is the potential for fiery volatile energies. You may experience this as powerful excitement and enthusiasm or as intense anger and frustration. The Leo Moon makes lovely aspects to Uranus, Mars, and the Sun. throughout the day. This is a powerful day to take action. Take advantage of this fiery energy, get of the house, use your energy in a physical way, get out for a hike, a run, or a bike ride. Enjoy your ability to move your physical being.
Thursday, April 10, 2014:
On Thursday the Moon makes her final aspect while in Leo; a Square to Saturn, while we sleep (2:26AM EDT). Following this stressful interaction with the Father-of-Time, of structure, of resistance; the Moon goes VOC until 6:08 PM EDT when she enters Virgo. This gives us the bulk of the day to keep our own counsel without a lot of expectations of others or even ourselves. The excitement and over-the-top energy of Wednesday isn’t sure how to manage itself. It may be rough to feel accomplished or like you can focus easily. When the Moon enters Virgo this evening we can anticipate feeling more stable, contained, and we can look forward to a more productive day on Friday.
Friday, April 11, 2014:
Friday is a day made for accomplishment. This is the day to deal with the details that must be managed as you proceed forward with the coming changes in your life! The Virgo Moon encourages us to be aware of the potential of what we are moving toward. So often we see the changes as we approach them and we see very little as we are in the eye of the storm. Friday provides us with an opportunity to open our eyes to an awareness of the larger potential that we are involved in creating! Don’t get caught up in the details of bringing this potential to life. Venus (having entered Pisces last week) makes contact with Neptune on Friday evening. The Conjunction between these planets begins a new cycle in their relationship. In this case the relationship between Venus and Neptune is a lovely one! When Venus and Neptune come together there is a soft glow and a romantic edge to all that we value and love. Create a romantic evening, or an evening of connection to music, poetry, art, and beauty. See a performance, go to an art opening; seek beauty, love, and love of beauty. Open you heart to the vast experience of aesthetics and sensuality. This connection between Venus and Neptune brings us to a new appreciation of beauty, a new relationship, new love and appreciation for a long time relationship, or new understanding of our own connection to Spirit. With the beginning of a New Cycle an Old Cycle has passed away. The Cycle that is passing away began at the end of February 2013. What began at that time that is now being released? This could be the passing away of some addiction, the passing away of something beautiful in your life in order to make space for what is now presenting itself in this new cycle.
Saturday, April 12, 2014:
This is a Saturday that will be best used in very practical ways. Home projects or offering yourself to the service of others will be ideal. The Moon is in Virgo throughout the day making her final Aspect; a Sextile to Saturn at 1:12PM EDT. Following that supportive Aspect the Moon will be VOC* until very early Sunday morning. This will not be a weekend of wild times or much successful socializing. However this will be a great day for important structuring, organizing, and stabilizing. If you haven’t gotten your taxes done (in the USA taxes are due on April 15th) this will be a great time to accomplish that! Again remember that with the Virgo Moon VOC we don’t want to take on any new projects; it will be best to stick to the mundane tasks associated with whatever we are trying to accomplish.
Sunday, April 13, 2014:
Sunday looks like an amazingly quiet day! The Moon enters Libra at 4:34 AM EDT and does not make a single Aspect until tomorrow morning! With the Moon in Libra it would be a great day to quietly make art or spend time with friends or loved ones who know how to be in calm harmony together. No wild parties or high expectations. Don’t try to get a lot done on Sunday, consider this a day to enjoy the calm before the storm! Next week will bring us into more intensification. Here we go. Ride the waves as they come, enjoy the calm when it is presented.
paintings by Jan Vermeer
ca. 1632 – 1675
* 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.