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Published on April 19th, 2012 | Posted by Jim Schultz
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Jim Schultz

*Any times indicated refer to Pacific Time Zone.

*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.

*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.

April showers bring May flowers.  That would be a blessing in drought stricken California, but not necessarily so in other parts of the country or world.  April begins with a light sprinkling of planetary aspects; however, don’t let that “April Fool’s Day” fool you.  Like mighty oaks growing from tiny acorns, a “sprinkling” of a few aspects may easily grow into significant events in one’s life or the world.  Sorry Aries, but it isn’t always “just about you.”  With retrograde Mars in relationship oriented Libra this can be a challenging, but very necessary lesson to learn.

04/01/14 – 12:40 am – Sun 11 Aries 30 square Jupiter 11 Cancer 30

It is April Fool’s Day as the Sun, in a waning third quarter crisis of consciousness square shines his bright light on Jupiter, the first of the four players in the Cardinal Grand Cross of April 22.  Pay attention as any insights on this day may give clues to what this formation may hold in store for you.

04/02/14 – 12:08 am – Sun conjunct Uranus 12 Aries 28

This conjunction, marking the “new Moon” phase in the Sun Uranus cycle lights up the second of the four players in the April 22 formation.  Be prepared for sudden insights, possibly in your sleeping dreams or daydreams.

04/02/14 – 11:43 pm – Moon 27 Taurus 16 Void-of-Course

Following a first quarter square to Venus 27 Aquarius 16, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next five hours.  While this is a relatively short void-of-course; and it’s during the late night and early morning hours, it is significant because following this aspect, Venus also goes void-of-course.

04/02/14 – 11:43 pm – Venus 27 Aquarius 16 Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to the Moon, Venus goes void-of-course for the next almost 62 hours (2 ½+ days).  Probably not a good idea to start a new relationship during this time.  Better to focus on any relationships you are in or what you are truly seeking in a relationship.  Look to the placement of Venus in your birth chart for possible insights

04/03/14 – 2:19 am – Sun 13 Aries 32 square Pluto 13 Capricorn 32

The Sun now lights up the third of the four planets in the Cardinal Grand Cross of April 22.  Additional insights into the significance of this event for you may be forth coming.  Pay attention to all that attracts or distracts you.  Note any symbols that catch your eye.  Their significance, if any may be revealed to you in the days to come.  This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in the Sun Pluto cycle.  Remember the Boy Scouts motto, “Be prepared.”  Events may happen in the days before, during or after April 22.

04/03/14 – 4:48 am – Moon enters Gemini ending Void-of-Course

Your mind and/or mouth may be more active now; however, you may have difficulty verbalizing your thoughts.  Write them down or dictate them into a recorder for later analysis.

04/05/14 – 7:55 am – Moon 26 Gemini 34 goes Void-of-Course

Following a first quarter waxing crisis of action square to Mercury 26 Pisces 34, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 6 hours 45 minutes.  This is a rather active day in terms of the transiting planets so don’t be surprised if you find your energy shifting as the day progresses.  It’s Saturday so use the time for reflection or for working on existing projects.  While this is another short void-of-course, it too is important because Mercury now goes void-of-course as well.

04/05/14 -  7:55 am – Mercury 26 Pisces 34 goes Void-of-Course

This Mercury void-of-course lasts just over two days so try to be patient this weekend.  You may find that your mind seems more unfettered or constrained at this time.  Or it may just be harder to focus or keep your mind on anything.  Let it run free and be open to whatever comes.  Take notes but don’t try to make sense of them just yet.  Pisces can be very nebulous.

04/05/14 -  1:31 pm – Venus enters Pisces ending Void-of-Course

Venus joins Neptune and Mercury in mutable water Pisces.  Can you feel the shift from fixed air Aquarius?  Try not to look or think about insights or clarity.  Let the feelings come to you.  What feels right?  What doesn’t feel right?  Keep your note pad handy.

04/05/14 -  2:40 pm – Moon enters Cancer ending Void-of-Course

With the Moon returning to Her home sign, things may start to feel more settled or at least less nebulous.  It’s the weekend so perhaps focusing on home and loved ones is the way to go for now.  Don’t forget to nurture yourself as well as others.

04/07/14 -  1:31 am – Moon 17 Cancer 27 square Sun 17 Aries 27

This is the first quarter, waxing crisis of action square and with both in action oriented cardinal signs, the need “to do” may be too strong to avoid.  When you need to act but aren’t sure of what action to take, try to remember “First do no harm!”

04/07/14 -  8:35 am – Mercury enters Aries ending Void-of-Course

The Mercury void-of-course is over and you may have much to say about it, but try to remember, it is Monday morning and Mercury is now in Aries so some restraint, difficult as it may seem, may be necessary.  Mercury is now on course to add its insights and energy to the coming Cardinal Grand Cross.  As Sherlock Holmes would say, “Come Watson, the game is afoot!”

04/07/14 -   11:14 am – Moon 22 Cancer 16 goes Void-of-Course

Let me first point out that this is Monday.  Following a waxing (growing) trine to retrograde Saturn in Scorpio, the Moon goes void-of-course for the rest of the day.  Perhaps you can devote your afternoon to working on things already in progress and clearing “your desk” for tomorrow.  Check and consider re-prioritizing any lists.

04/08/14 – 2:50 am – Moon enters Leo ending Void-of-Course

With the Moon in “look at me Leo” you should be safe to “hit the ground running” today.  You probably won’t need to seek attention as it may just come to you naturally.

04/08/14  – 2:04 pm – Sun 18 Aries 56 opposes retrograde Mars 18 Libra 56

This is the full Moon phase in the Mars Sun cycle.  This cycle began with their conjunction April 17, 2013 at 28 Aries 07.  At 25-26 months, the Mars Sun cycle, from conjunction to conjunction, is the longest of any of the planets.  What “seeds” may have been planted at the conjunction that are now ready to “harvest?”  Looking back to April 2013, can you identify anything new that you may have started or encountered then?  It may be time to reap the rewards now.

04/09/14  – 11:26 pm – Moon 22 Leo 08 goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Saturn in Scorpio, the Moon goes void-of-course 15 ½ hours.  Better read ahead to tomorrow.

04/10/14  – 3:08 pm – Moon enters Virgo ending Void-of-Course

No exact aspects between the Sun, Moon or eight planets today.  This is an unusual day.  A day without exact aspects can be like a day without distractions.  With the Moon being void-of-course for much of the day and no aspects between the transiting planets, it can be a good day to focus on existing projects and try to finish them or at least move them on to the next stage.

04/11/14  – 7:24 pm – Venus conjunct Neptune 06 Pisces 41

This is the aspect of the dreamer, the romantic, the champion of unrequited love.  Alas, poor Lancelot and Guinevere.  What might have been?  What can one say?  “Snap out of it!”  You may find yourself confronted with questions of what is real and what isn’t?  Choose wisely.

04/12/14  – 10:12 am – Moon 21 Virgo 59 goes Void-of-Course

Following a sextile to retrograde Saturn in Scorpio, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 15 hours.  Saturn reminds us to be or get real.  Consider this as a good time for a reality check on your life or at least for this day.

04/13/14  – 1:33 am – Moon enters Libra ending Void-of-Course.

No exact aspects today either.  So soon?  It happens sometimes when the planets are spaced just right around the zodiac.  Go back and look at April 10.  Today might feel similar or it may not.  Remember, just because the transiting planets aren’t making exact aspects to each other, doesn’t mean they aren’t moving into an exact aspect or that they aren’t making an aspect to a point in your chart.  Nothing exists on its own.

04/14/14  – 12:01 am – Moon 11 Libra 54 opposes Mercury 11 Aries 54

This is the first of five exact aspects, 2 oppositions, 2 squares and 1 conjunction by the Moon today.  As such, it could be an emotional roller-coaster kind of day.  Not enough for you, then keep reading?  The Sun, Moon and five of the planets will spend this day locked in either conjunctions, squares or oppositions to one another.  While not directly involved, Neptune and Venus are conjunct each other and make the only “easy” aspects, a trine to Jupiter and a sextile to Pluto.  Saturn unaspected by any of the other nine sits in quiet observance, acting as judge.  With the Cardinal Grand Cross having been activated by the Sun and being further activated by Mercury today, you may want to “be the Saturn,” and sit in observance before judging the impulses and drives of this configuration and deciding on what action to take.

04/14/14  – 11:32 am – Mercury 12 Aries 48 square Jupiter 12 Cancer 48

Mercury adds its energy to the activation of the Cardinal Grand Cross as it chases the Sun through Aries in anticipation of the coming Superior Conjunction April 26, two days before the New Moon Solar Eclipse of April 28th/29th.

04/14/14  – 4:15 pm – Mercury conjunct Uranus 13 Aries 11

This is the second of three aspects by Mercury today to the planets which provide the cornerstones to the April 22, Cardinal Grand Cross.  With each aspect, the energy of the Cardinal Grand Cross increases.  Mercury is the messenger of the Gods.  What communication might Jupiter have asked Mercury to carry to Uranus?  What message does Mercury then carry on to Pluto and Mars?  What might the four cornerstones be planning?  Expansive (Jupiter) action (Mars) (Uranus the sudden unexpected) (Pluto Lord of the underworld and master of transformation) on what?

04/14/14  – 4:44 pm – Pluto 13 Capricorn 34 stations Retrograde

Not a big deal?  Better not let Pluto hear you say that.  It must be an important message that Mercury is bringing Him from Jupiter and Uranus as He is waiting (stationing) for it before He acts.

04/14/14  – 9:12 pm – Mercury 13 Aries 34 square retrograde Pluto 13 Capricorn 34

The message is delivered.  Now Pluto adds His notes to the message as Mercury carries it on to Mars.  Mars aspects are known to sometimes signal events happening before the exact aspect.  Mercury will deliver the messages from Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto to Mars in less than two days (April 16, 4:15 am).  What may happen is anyone’s guess.  Are you an optimist or a pessimist?  In any event, forewarned is forearmed.  It is always best to be prepared.

04/15/14  – 12:42 am – Full Moon 25 Libra 16 opposes Sun 25 Aries 16

This is also a total Lunar eclipse, first eclipse of 2014.  The house this eclipse falls in, in any chart, will be emphasized for up to six months; that is, until the next Lunar eclipse.  If this eclipse is conjunct, square or opposite a point in your chart, it can bring additional emphasis to that point and house for this period as well.  You should pay closer attention to everything, especially your dreams as this occurs during the late night, early morning hours.  Following the eclipse, the Moon goes void-of-course for about 8 1/2 hours.

04/15/14 – 9:20 am – Moon enters Scorpio ending Void-of-Course

Gain any insights during the night?  The urge to act may be growing into a need.  When possible, weigh the pros and cons of any action before committing.  Even if a thing can be undone, it may not be possible to undo the consequences of the action.

04/16/14 – 4:15 am – Mercury 16 Aries 03 opposes retrograde Mars 16 Libra 03

Here is your heads up for the second half of April.  This is where the next installment will start.

04/16/14 – 4:15 am – Mercury 16 Aries 03 opposes retrograde Mars 16 Libra 03

Mercury delivers the last message regarding the Cardinal Grand Cross, this time to Mars.  What is it that Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto have to say to Mars?  Is this the “call to action” or is it a message to “stand down?”  The Cardinal Grand Cross is most definitely in play as the aspects between the four planetary cornerstones continue to grow stronger.

04/17/14 – 12:09 am – Moon Occults (conjunct) Retrograde Saturn 21 Scorpio 41

An occultation is like a “super” conjunction as the two planets align in both zodiacal degree and degree of declination.  If you live in French Polynesia or southern South America you should be able to see Saturn disappear as the Moon moves in front of Him and then see Him reappear as the Moon moves on.  Following this, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for about 14 ½ hours which will take you through the morning and into mid-afternoon.  Good time to finish up the details of existing projects.

04/17/14 – 2:44 pm – Moon enters Sagittarius ending Void-of-Course

With the shift from serious Scorpio to light-hearted Sagittarius, the day should end on a much less serious, possibly even happier note.

04/19/14 – 8:56 pm – Sun enters Taurus

This shift, from Cardinal Fire Aries to Fixed Earth Taurus could be palpable.  This can be a good time to cry enough and take a stand for something.  Maybe repaint that room or redecorate or follow your bliss?  Taurus is about what we value.  Try to focus on those people, values and things which are most important to you.

04/20/14 – 12:25 am – Jupiter 13 Cancer 29 square Uranus 13 Aries 29

This is the first of the six exact aspects between the four planets that comprise the cornerstones of the Cardinal Grand Cross and the first of eight exact aspects today.  As strong as it is today, it will be stronger tomorrow and stronger still the next day.  This is a first quarter, crisis of action square between these two in their cycle which began with their conjunction.  The first was June 8, 2010 at 0 Aries.  There were two more after that, September 18, 2010 at 28 Pisces and then January 4, 2011 at 27 Pisces.  You may feel a need to act.  Do what you must but remember, first do no harm.

04/20/14 – 6:16 am – Moon 6 Capricorn 56 sextile Neptune 6 Pisces 56

Good luck keeping your emotions in check as this is the first of six exact aspects by the Moon today.  Following this aspect, the Moon will square Uranus, conjunct Pluto, oppose Jupiter, square Mars and then finish the day with a friendly sextile to Venus at 10:53 pm.

04/20/14 – 4:05 pm – Jupiter 13 Cancer 34 opposes Retrograde Pluto 13 Capricorn 34

This is the second exact aspect between the four planets of the Cardinal Grand Cross and the second one today, both involving Jupiter.  Can you feel the intensity building?  This is the third and final opposition (full Moon phase) of the Jupiter Pluto cycle that began with their conjunction December 11, 2007 at 28 Sagittarius.  What seed was planted at that time?  What “new” thing took seed for you then?  The first opposition was August 7, 2013 and the second was January 31, 2014.  What have you been harvesting during this time?  How does it relate back to the conjunction?  Enjoy the products of your efforts.

04/21/14 – 11:38 am – Uranus 13 Aries 34 square Retrograde Pluto 13 Capricorn 34

This is the fifth of seven exact first quarter crisis of action squares between these two and the third exact aspect between the four cornerstones of the Cardinal Grand Cross.  While we may be better able to get a sense of what they are all about, clarity may not come until after the last of the exact aspects.

04/21/14 – 4:21 pm – Moon 27 Capricorn 04 square Mercury 27 Aries 04

Following this aspect, both the Moon and Mercury go void-of-course.  For the Moon it will be less than 5 hours, but for Mercury it will be almost 34 hours before it changes signs.  Be careful what you say, write or communicate as you may have to retract your words or at least explain yourself when Mercury enters Taurus.

04/21/14 – 9:18 pm – Moon Aquarius ending Void-of-Course

This can be a good time to consider what new projects you might want to initiate at the new Moon next week.

04/22/14 – 12:52 am – Moon 2 Aquarius 07 square Sun 2 Taurus 07

This is the third quarter crisis of consciousness enters square in this cycle.  This may be a good time to re-assess and re-prioritize things.  What to let go of and what to carry forward to the next New Moon.  It’s a big one as it will be a Solar Eclipse so you might want to start getting ready.

04/22/14 – 12:28 pm – Retrograde Mars 13 Libra 48 square Jupiter 13 Cancer 48

This is the fourth exact aspect of the four cornerstones of the Cardinal Grand Cross.  This is also the second first quarter crisis of action square in the Mars Jupiter cycle that began with their conjunction July 22, 2013 at 5 Cancer 54.  The first first quarter square was January 8, 2014 at 15 Libra/Cancer 03.  What “seeds” did you “plant” at that time?  The urge to act may be strong but not to worry; there will be one more of these squares, August 1, 2014 at 3 Scorpio/Leo 40, before you may really need to act.

04/22/14 – 8:18 pm – Cardinal Grand Cross

With all this Cardinal, I need to start something energy,” remember the first rule of Fight Club; “There are no rules.”  The Cardinal energy is the “lets do it energy,” be it fire, water, air or earth.  At this time all of the six aspects (four squares and two oppositions) between the four cornerstone planets of the Grand Cross are within 18 minutes of arc or less.  This time also provides multiple repetitions of the number 13.  We have Uranus at 13 Aries, Jupiter at 13 Cancer, Mars at 13 Libra, Pluto at 13 Capricorn, making the Cardinal Grand Cross.  We also have the Moon at 13 Aquarius forming a fixed T-square with the Ascendant for this chart at 13 Scorpio and the Descendant at 13 Taurus.  In the Tarot, 13 in the major arcana is the Death card.  This is not about the physical death of someone or something but rather is about transformation.  Like the snake shedding its old skin or the crab shedding its old shell, this can be a productive time for releasing those things that no longer serve us to make room for the new that can be of service.  What “skin” should you consider shedding at this time?  What new “skin” should or do you want to wear?  Choose wisely as you may end up wearing it for an extended period of time.

04/23/14 – 12:09 am – Retrograde Mars 13 Libra 39 opposes Uranus 13 Aries 39

This is the fifth exact aspect between the four cornerstones of the Cardinal Grand Cross and the second opposition (full Moon phase) between these two.  Only one more to go and then we may begin to feel the energy start to abate and perhaps even gain some clarity of what it is all about, at least for ourselves if not for the world.

04/23/14 – 2:16 am – Mercury enters Taurus ending Void-of-Course

Can you feel the shift?  Words may take on a more solid or grounded tone.  Clarity becomes more important.

04/23/14 – 6:47 am – Retrograde Mars 13 Libra 33 square Retrograde Pluto 13 Capricorn 33

This is the sixth and final aspect of the four cornerstones of this Cardinal Grand Cross and the second opposition (full Moon phase) between these two.  This is the second of three third quarter crisis of consciousness squares between these two.  The third and final square will be July 14, 2014 at 12 Libra/Capricorn.  This is the time to re-view and re-assess the rewards harvested at their opposition July 27, 2013.  Keep what you need and dispose of the rest.  Try not to be overly concerned as you will have another opportunity to this right.  This Mars Pluto cycle began with their conjunction November 27, 2012 at 8 Capricorn.

04/23/14 – 9:10 am – Moon 21 Aquarius 16 goes Void-of-Course

Following a first quarter crisis of action square to retrograde Saturn in Scorpio, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 14 ¾ hours.  Make the most of it today.  Best to work on your inbox and not worry or feel that you need to start something new.

04/23/14 – 11:55 pm – Moon enters Pisces ending Void-of-Course

This could be the beginning of a rather emotional time as the Moon enters mutable water Pisces and will first conjunct dreamy Neptune then healing Chiron and finally glamorous Venus before changing signs again.

04/24/14 – 3:41 am – Moon 2 Pisces 13 sextile Mercury 2 Taurus 13

This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today so you may want to keep your hanky handy and your lid on extra tight.

04/25/14 – 1:03 pm – Moon 21 Pisces 51 goes Void-of-Course

Following a conjunction with Venus, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 14 hours.

04/25/14 – 8:27 pm – Mercury Superior Conjunction Sun 5 Taurus 49

This is the superior conjunction or “full Moon” phase in the Mercury Sun cycle.  This cycle began February 14, 2014 at 27 Aquarius 04 with the Inferior Conjunction (new Moon phase) during the retrograde phase of Mercury’s cycle.  Now it is time to harvest the results of your efforts.  Can’t find your “harvest?”  Perhaps you didn’t put in the necessary efforts to manifest your dreams and desires.  Rituals can be very effective in working with new and full Moon phases.  Intention is also critical.  This can also be a good time to begin thinking about and preparing for the next Mercury retrograde cycle.  Write down what you would like to accomplish.  Start making your plans before Mercury enters its shadow on May 22 at 24 Gemini 23 so you won’t be trying to start something new during the retrograde.

04/26/14 – 3:01 am – Moon enters Aries ending Void-of-Course

Feeling like you really, really need to do something?  Moon in Aries can be very much about action, doing something, sometimes even if it is the wrong thing.  Your intent and awareness are crucial to guide you in taking the “right” action.

04/27/14 – 4:02 am – Moon 14 Aries 27 goes Void-of-Course

Following a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Jupiter in Cancer, the Moon will be void-of-course for over 27 hours, one of the longest periods in some time.  Before going void-of-course, the Moon will make exact aspects to four of the planets, making this another potentially emotional day.  Fortunately the aspects all occur during the wee hours of the morning while most are sleeping.

04/28/14 – 7:23 am – Moon enters Taurus ending Void-of-Course

Feeling more grounded and sure of yourself now?  This can be a good time to re-assess or take stock of what you have and/or what is of value to you.  The Moon is exalted in Taurus so this can be a positive time for assessing your true worth and your value system.

04/28/14 – 11:14 pm – Moon conjunct Sun 8 Taurus 51

This New Moon is also the first of two Solar eclipses of 2014.  This eclipse is part of Saros Series 148 also known as 16 South as it is near the South Lunar Node.  This Saros Series began September 21, 1653.  The theme of this Saros Series of eclipses centers around wasted energy.  It may be due to a lack of focus or due to misdirection of the energies, possibly where groups are involved.  Use caution when responding to sudden inspirations as there is a greater possibility that nothing much will come of your efforts.  Plan your work and work your plan.

04/30/14 – 8:53 am – Moon 27 Taurus 17 Sextile Venus 27 Pisces 17

Following this aspect, both the Moon and Venus go Void-of-Course.  The Moon for only five hours but Venus will be void-of-course for almost 2 ½ days.

04/30/14 – 1:56 pm – Moon enters Gemini ending Void-of-Course

April ends with the Moon in let’s talk about it Gemini.  Diplomacy rather than force may take center stage at this time or one may just try to talk their way out of whatever predicament they find themselves in.

As we look ahead to May we have an even longer, 30 hour Moon void-of-course to start the month.  We have Venus changing signs and at least two days with five or more exact aspects by the Moon.  All in all, another potentially emotionally roller-coaster month.