Horoscope: April 15th - 21st, 2019
Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this weekly astrological journal based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.
Highlighted Aspects for This Week
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 8 hours.
MON: Venus square Jupiter
TUE: Mercury enters Aries
FRI: Full Moon 4:12 a.m. PDT, Mercury conjunct Chiron
SAT: Sun enters Taurus, Venus enters Aries, Mars opposite Ceres
ALL OF US -- each in our own way -- are feeling the powerful energies right now. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, this entire month is something of a pressure cooker, emotionally and circumstantially. This is due to the grouping in Capricorn of Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node, which are traveling within three degrees of each other throughout April.
Essentially, this threesome is focused on revealing where there is insufficiency or decay in existing patterns, structures, and systems -- in our personalities, in our bodies, in our external lives, and in our societies and governments. We are being shown what needs to be dismantled or purged so that we can evolve.
WE ARE ALSO in what Matt Kahn has called a "portal of vulnerability," where our old defenses and controls no longer work. To pass through this portal, we must allow ourselves to soften, to release, and to feel -- even if what we must feel is painful.
Humanity is being called to move from the South Node in Capricorn, which survived through building walls and divisiveness, into the North Node in Cancer, which thrives on connection, compassion, and trust. Cancer knows that it needs the support of others, whereas Capricorn believes it can do everything by itself.
It is time to ask ourselves: Where do I build walls to keep others out, due to fear and distrust? Where can I benefit from softening, from allowing myself to both give and receive support and love? Where does there need to be more flow in my life, and less constriction and control?
THE HIGHLIGHT of planetary events this week is the Full Moon in Libra, which perfects on Friday, April 19, at 4:12 a.m. PDT (11:12 a.m. GMT). The event occurs when the Moon is at 29°06′ Libra, and the Sun is at the same degree of Aries.
The 29th degree of any sign is called a "critical degree." It is a point of transition, the last degree before the next sign begins. When an astrological event occurs at this degree, it emphasizes the completion of something. We have an enhanced awareness of what needs to be left behind so that a new beginning can be made.
A FULL MOON is, by definition, a time of heightened awareness. It is the climax of the lunar cycle, representing culmination and crisis. For this lunation to occur at the 29th degree magnifies those themes.
Also significant is that a cardinal T-square forms at the time of the Full Moon. The Moon sits by itself in Libra, opposing the Sun and Eris in late Aries/Uranus in early Taurus, and squaring the threesome in Capricorn (Saturn, the South Node, and Pluto).
Basically, this lunation brings forward even more awareness of the dynamics of the Saturn-South Node-Pluto alignment, and its impact on our reality. Because the Moon is in Libra, the sign that represents relationships and alliances, this is likely to be a crucial time in partnerships in all its forms -- personal, business, and international. And, with Uranus and Eris activated, issues may erupt suddenly and forcefully.
THE MOON is fortified by being aligned with the fixed star Izar at the time of the Full Moon. Astrologer Roderick Kidston writes that:
"There is a huge fund of enthusiasm streaming from Izar. It can be one of the warrior stars, either in the traditional sense or in the way of the spiritual warrior, going forth to fight the good fight.
"This star prospers Big Works. The greatest gift of Izar appears to be the ability to inspire other people, to infuse them, to give help and hope to the helpless and hopeless. The enthusiasm is infectious, a tonic to the weary or the weak. Work as skillfully as you can with Izar's bounding energy, find your own way to speak up and out, to connect and create, by living as abundantly and generously as you know how."
Izar's involvement in the Full Moon speaks to the importance of connection with others, reminiscent of the North Node in Cancer. It emphasizes one of our current challenges, which is to see beyond fears and rigidity (South Node in Capricorn) and move into our hearts.
THROUGHOUT APRIL, we will benefit from doing the breathing exercise outlined in last week's Journal. The Instant Pot is plugged in, and we are in a crucial time in our evolution. Each of us must pay attention to how we are feeling, rather than suppressing or repressing our needs. We must find ways to release the pressure so that we can continue to be kind to ourselves and others.
Considering how we might be feeling this month, I want to leave you with a paraphrased quote I once heard in an interview with Barbara Marx Hubbard, the pioneering force in conscious evolution who made her transition this past week:
"If you went into labor, and didn't know you were about to give birth, you would believe you were dying."
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are emerging from a time of great restlessness. Throughout the past year or two, you have been under pressure to redefine yourself. This has been a time to let go of any "shoulds" that have been running your life, that have kept you from living authentically and being fully genuine. As the disruption and anger begins to subside, it provides the space for you to see who you want to be going forward, knowing that you have been through extreme conditions that were cosmically designed to help you know and accept yourself more fully. (Solar Return Sun conjunct Uranus and conjunct Eris)
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