March 20 to May 1, 2004
THE BIG PICTURE:
for a double dose of Aries this season, with not one but two Lunar
cycles initiating in Aries. The first New Moon is in the first
degree of Aries, the second in the last degree of Aries: the alpha
and the omega. This lets us forge farther and deeper than normal,
especially in areas requiring courage, drive, will, individuality,
and the power to initiate new directions. The second New Moon is
actually a Solar eclipse, which puts a longer-term, deeper spin on
its energy. Mercury goes retrograde in April, giving us an
opportunity to find the intuitive side of overt energy inside us.
Venus shines in the western evening sky, coaxing our awareness of
issues that return in May.
Mar. 20, 1:48
AM EST – OSTARA (Vernal/Spring Equinox)
Sun crosses from the southern to northern hemisphere, we
experience a seasonal rebirth in northern latitudes and a
corresponding renewal of spirit. Astrologically the Sun enters
Aries (traditionally the first sign) which focuses on new
beginnings, individuality and renewal of the life force.
Mar. 20, 5:41 PM EST – NEW MOON in
you assert yourself, express anger, take action, and be
spontaneous and confident, without triggering explosions or
growing such a huge ego that it won’t fit into the same room with
you? And yes, this IS a trick question – one for which you will
initiate new answers over the next 4 weeks. Although ideas and
solutions may come quickly or suddenly, the learning process will
still unfold one deliberate step at a time and it may seem at
first like you have taken on an impossible Herculean task. Find
your own individualised healing path through this riddle, and
expect to uncover multiple layers of possible destinations. Aim to
be spontaneous rather than impulsive, confident rather than
Mar. 21 – Mars
in Gemini (until May 7)
may seem a bit skittish and erratic now, feeling a bit like you’re
spinning your wheels for a while. Use your frustration, irritation
and impatience to push against, to propel you to new heights of
growth, courage and empowerment. Spiritual inspiration and
creative imagination are allies.
Mar. 24 –
Pluto Stationary Retrograde (until Aug. 30)
to a week before and after this date, energy may feel somewhat
intense, obsessive or pressured, but also full of ideas, insights
and words that could have nuclear impact. Talking about things
that have been building up for a few months can initiate long-term
delving into deeper understanding below surface observations. Try
not to totally sacrifice diplomacy in your quest for directness or
Mar. 24 – Mercury Retrograde Cycle
Begins (Mar. 24 to May 18)
Mercury enters “the Shadow,” the area of the zodiac where it will
go retrograde. Between now and Apr. 6, pay close attention to the
issues and themes that come up in your life, since these may bring
a deeper, more complex experience of growth and understanding,
especially anything drawing on communication, cultivating ideas,
computers, books or media.
Mar. 31 –
Mercury in Taurus (Mar. 31 to Apr. 12, May 16 to Jun. 5)
surveys Taurus just long enough to change his mind and hightail it
back to speedy Aries again, but on further reflection finds that
Taurus can give him what Aries can’t – manifestation of ideas and
a really good backrub. While Mercury is in Taurus, think about how
to cultivate new healing and concrete manifestation through ideas,
communication and learning.
Apr. 3 – Venus
in Gemini (until Aug. 7)
gets chatty and cerebral in Gemini, where she will go retrograde
during May and June, giving her (and you) lots to think about in
the areas of relationships and finances. Words left unsaid or
financial issues left unaddressed may come back to haunt later, so
now is the time to think about how to balance spontaneity with
diplomacy, and potential with realism.
Apr. 4 – Daylight Savings Time
Apr. 5, 7:02 AM
EDT – Full Moon in Libra (Sun in Aries)
and communication are flowing – perhaps a little too quickly! By
actively wrestling with your impulse for over-reaction and ego
inflation, you can increase healing in the areas of stability and
adequacy. First find your balance by trusting the Gods’ unseen
agenda for growth in your life; then act on new information in the
moment, but be prepared for that to change over the next weeks.
Flexibility and awareness are the keys.
Apr. 6 –
Mercury Retrograde (to Apr. 30; whole cycle Mar. 24 to May 18)
begins a time when you may feel like you’re perceptually
challenged and confused. It’s time to rethink, rehash and reflect.
What issues and themes have come up in the last 2 weeks? Many of
these themes will require deeper roots to cultivate patience and
gradual growth, but first you must identify which seeds you want
to plant and sprout. Over the next 3 weeks, observe your truest,
deepest impulses as they emerge through spontaneous action and
self-expression. After you have separated neurotic need from
authentic expression of Spirit, you can proceed with a plan to
cultivate growth and harvest the results later in the Spring. Try
to delay any concrete plans until May, if possible, as new
information and perspectives will likely emerge during the
retrograde period. If you can’t avoid making final decisions, try
to keep your plans flexible.
Apr. 12 –
Mercury in Aries (until May 16)
takes a backward leap into Aries for a few weeks, inviting you to
rethink and rehash issues that have emerged since late March. How
are impulsive speech, snap decisions and flashes of insight
helping (or hindering) your self-expression and conscious focus?
Scry into yourself by observing your thoughts, impulses,
communication and internal self-talk.
Apr. 14 –
Venus Retrograde Cycle Begins (Apr. 14 to Aug. 3)
Venus doesn’t actually change direction until May 18, today she
enters the area of the zodiac where she will later go retrograde
(called “the Shadow”). Between now and mid-May, think about how
your relationships might improve through better communication,
fresher ideas, rediscovered commonality, or a kinder awareness.
Consider also how your finances could benefit from networking and
sharing ideas with peers.
Apr. 16 – Sun
conjunct Mercury (in Aries)
half-way mark of the Mercury retrograde cycle comes as Mercury
crosses the face of the Sun, bringing new ideas that are as yet
unseen but will emerge more fully after Mercury goes Direct on the
30th. Your intuitive and creative nature is especially active now,
so pay attention to your dreams and automatic impulses. Become
intuitively open and Zen-like in the centre of the cyclone, for
maximum learning and benefit.
Apr. 19, 9:21
AM EDT – SOLAR ECLIPSE in Aries
Eclipse is a New Moon aligned so precisely that the Moon may pass
over the disc of the Sun. This unusual eclipse is our second New
Moon in Aries this year (see Mar. 20), challenging us to delve
even deeper into Aries energy. The focus now shifts from external
expression of Mars energy (anger, sex, drive, assertiveness,
initiation, impulse) to its internal experience (empowerment,
courage, intensity, tenacity). Start by strengthening your
connection to spiritual Source and honing your creative
imagination. Not all of your beliefs and motives will be obvious,
perhaps showing themselves through unconscious thoughts and
actions borne of deep existential struggle for self-definition.
Strive for healing by balancing these factors.
Apr. 19 – Sun in Taurus (until May
this time we have the opportunity to cultivate and build a
greater, deeper substance in who we are and in our lives.
Outwardly you might focus on finances, possessions or abundance,
but inwardly you will be growing new roots that strengthen your
sense of self-worth and concrete identity.
Apr. 24 – Mars
Opposite Pluto (in Gemini and Sagittarius)
the latter part of April and into May, Mars and Pluto square off
at opposite ends of the zodiac, bringing to fruition issues and
ambitions that trace back to Feb. 2003 when Mars and Pluto were
conjunct. They both understand conflict and can endure degrees of
intensity that make lesser beings wither and crumble. Mars defends
free idea exchange, sentience, and fellowship of “the common
people.” Pluto guards the territory of inspired understanding,
high morals, the Big Picture and greatest potential. This battle
will play itself out most intensely in your own life for a week or
two before and after this date. Strive for empowerment that
harmoniously expresses your highest truth through the least common
Apr. 30 –
Mercury Stationary Direct (in Aries)
now returns to forward motion, bringing intense energy and focus
to your retrograde learning of the last 3 weeks. For a few days
before and after this date, you might feel ready to make decisions
or find the courage to speak your mind about issues that have been
on your mind, especially those involving power struggles or
finding your balance under pressure.
May. 1 – BELTANE
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Originally published in Cauldron and Quill Magazine, and The Burning Times
Newsletter, Ostara 2004 Issues.
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