MARCH 19, THE SUN had its yearly initiation of the Spring
Equinox, and entered Aries, symbolically beginning the astrological
“new year”. A cardinal fire sign, Aries brings bountiful
energy for new adventures, but can lack the staying power to see things
through unless there is sufficient continuing challenge. Naturally goal
oriented, people with the sun, moon or rising sign in Aries thrive on
challenges and need ongoing stimulation to keep their interest. Most
Aries are strong leaders and creative innovators. When wisdom has been
developed, they can courageously provide a guiding light into uncharted
territory for others to follow.
The sun journeys through Aries this year from March 19 until April 19,
with a full moon in Libra opposite the sun in Aries occurring on April
5. Each month, the full moon illuminates a particular area of our life,
depending on where it falls in our natal astrological chart, and it
brings with it a unique theme. With the exception of a tendency to rash
behavior and sudden changes of sentiment in love relationships, the
energy at the full moon is extraordinarily positive. Communication flows
easily and innovative ideas come readily, with the power to sustain
and ground creative work available to all. The full moon is poised in
a grand triangle with Neptune, Venus and Mars, bringing new spiritual
inspiration and the drive to take our creativity forward in the world.
On April 6, Mercury, the planet of communication, turns retrograde (apparent
backwards motion) in Taurus. This happens periodically, and symbolizes
a time to review the recent past and get caught up on uncompleted projects
and communications. While Mercury is retrograde in Taurus, from April
6-11, we take another look at our values and may take stock of our current
financial situation. Mercury continues retrograding from April 11-30
in Aries, bringing our attention to a review of what we have initiated
and created in the recent past. This gives us an opportunity to refine
our thinking and perhaps redefine our proposed course of action, if
necessary. Once Mercury is direct again at the end of April, we are
ready to go into action with greater clarity and energy available.
We have a new moon solar eclipse on the last day of Aries, April 19.
Eclipses bring significant changes along our life’s path, and
solar eclipses signal internal changes that may take some time to be
expressed externally. Occurring at the very last degree of Aries, this
eclipse offers the challenge of finding a unique way to express our
viewpoint and higher vision so that it will be most accepted in society.
The impulse to bring transformation to our world is ignited at this
eclipse, and the passion with which we embrace this goal attracts the
wisdom and guidance needed to fulfill it. The subtle changes and internal
shifts initiated by the solar eclipse will find their expression over
the next three to six months.
Hours after the eclipse, the sun leaves Aries, entering the sign of
the bull, Taurus. A fixed, feminine earth sign, Taurus takes the creative
impulse of Aries and grounds it with a practical, step-by-step approach.
During the last ten days of the month, Venus and Mars travel together
in Gemini bringing a spark of attraction, new ideas, and great communication.
The planet of advanced spiritual principles, Neptune, forms a favorable
triangle with Venus and Mars, adding a higher vibration and attunement
to the more sublime aspects of human interaction. Transformative Pluto
in Sagittarius opposes the Venus-Mars mix, challenging the way we communicate
and asking us to go to a deeper level of connection in our interactions
As the month draws to a close, the planet of communication, Mercury,
resumes direct motion, and will begin to pick up speed again in May.
Our focus in April has been to receive the vision and inspiration of
Aries, yet wait to implement new ideas until everything related is brought
current and we are truly well prepared. The eclipse offers us the challenge
of finding our own unique voice with which to express our higher wisdom
in a way that will be practical and applicable in worldly terms. The
retrograde period of Mercury has given us time to fully prepare, and
next month, we will begin to ground our creative vision in the world.
Signs for April 2004
patterns of self-undoing may surface as tension in relationship
increases in the first part of April. You have been working steadily
to build a strong foundation in your home and family life; avoid
making rash decisions now that you may later regret.
inspiration is flowing at a faster rate than the funds
needed to bring your ideas to fruition. Your plans and dreams are
well founded; trust in universal timing to bring the right ingredients.
and passion run high this month, but may conflict with
the time you must spend at work and with family. Stay focused on
your goals, and also put creative thought into how you will spend
smaller increments of quality leisure time.
restructuring of your outlook on life continues to occupy
much of your attention. New perspectives and spiritual realizations
help to reshape your way of being in relationships, and this can
bring greater harmony into your life. Allow time for spiritual renewal.
may have added one too many things to your social agenda,
and find yourself pressured and tense. Clarifying your priorities
and establishing boundaries will assist you to regain balance.
Career and financial opportunities continue; choose wisely.
grand plans for expansion may be working well, but have
you spread way too thin. Plan to take a vacation before you wear
yourself out. This may also help you restore much needed balance
in your most treasured personal relationships.
great communication skills will be an asset this month
as complex issues arise in your personal life. A shift in philosophical
perspective will assist you to resolve past hurt, freeing you to
establish a new depth of connection with loved ones.
dietary habits and health routines give you increased vitality
and stamina. Shared assets may be a source of tension with partners,
and positive changes in long term goals may occur suddenly, precipitated
by creative breakthroughs.
and partnership affairs are highlighted, and sudden realizations
or changes early in the month lead to greater clarity. Creative
avenues of expression open up in the coming weeks, and your social
life blossoms. Wise financial decisions made now will bring much
much internal change has been happening in the past six
months that none of your old reference points are meaningful. This
month is good for grounding and centering, building a new foundation
for the future. Allow your inner guidance to lead you.
insights from educational experiences and philosophical
searching result in a flood of energy for creative pursuits. Refraining
from spending and making good long terms financial decisions will
assist you to stay balanced while you implement healthy lifestyle
has opened the gates to higher awareness since it entered
your sign in January, but is also bringing changes that may be temporarily
de-stabilizing. People closest to you are still adjusting to your
new frequency; give them time.
© Carolina Eastwood-Parkyn, 2004