Planet Waves Horoscopes: April 2013
This month’s astrology gets steamy—that is, transition-from-water-to-fire steamy. As Eric Francis describes, New and Full Moons this April are potent astrological events that bring us into the growing sensation of "all chaos, all the time," along with a mixture of passion and getting lost in ideas of how things should be, or should have been. Fortunately, with an eclipse in the mix, there’s also a theme of letting go that, over the next few weeks, we’ll all get a chance to explore. For a more thorough explanation of this month's astrology, see April 2013: Lunations of April Rock the World.
New and Full Moons this April are potent astrological events that will continue the fiery theme that has been brewing through late March. One by one, planets have been transitioning from Pisces to Aries, tipping the feeling and experience of the astrology from water to fire. The New and Full Moons of April also bring us into the sensation of "all chaos, all the time," a state of global chaos as well as a personal sense of being overwhelmed, being witness to a world that seems to be falling apart day by day.
The Aries New Moon on April 10 is followed by the Scorpio Full Moon of April 25, which has two different feeling tones. One has a passionate feeling to it; a desire for physicality and connection, as well as a need to express energy physically. The other aspect has a mental quality that evades the very physicality that it represents. It can be getting lost in fantasy or lost in an idea of how things should be, or should have been.
For this event, Mars is opposite the Moon. And the Moon is conjunct Saturn. These two aspects lend a reflective, heavy, and at times frustrating quality. Fortunately this chart is an eclipse, and that's suggesting a theme of letting go of that which is frustrating. It may be necessary to take things from the mental level to the emotional level in order to work this out.
Monthly Horoscope for April 2013
Aries (March 20-April 19)
I suggest that you don't get ahead of yourself. You may feel that there's nothing you can't accomplish, but certain recent events may also demonstrate that there's no guarantee that impulsive decisions actually work out to your benefit. When life is moving unusually fast, and when there are so many unpredictable factors that it seems impossible to use logic and scheduling to solve your problems, you may be tempted to throw all organization to the wind. This is the time to pause and ask yourself what it really is that you're doing, and why. Have you thought this through? Well, it's not too late, though you may have to slow down and take the pulse on a relationship or partnership that seems to have taken on a life of its own. The astrology is suggesting that the most challenging thing is listening. That includes you listening to others, and them listening to you. Yes, it seems elementary that such a basic level of exchange could be missing in a situation so significant in your life. I suggest you check this carefully and make sure that you and those close to you are truly willing to hear one another out. Doing so will not threaten anyone's existence, importance, or role. What a sincere (and extra-length) exchange of feelings or ideas will do is to re-incorporate the human element into this endeavor, before you encounter challenges that depend entirely on that one very thing. In a word, that would be trust.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You may want to put on a logical face and take a reasonable approach, though it seems to be passion that's driving you and direct physical experience that you're seeking. It's as if there is a storm blowing inside of you, and the wind, thunder, and rain want to escape from you any way they can. You don't have to let this out all at once; it would be helpful if you could actually tune into what you're feeling, and consider what some of its possible sources are. Astrologically, here is how it looks: It's as if you've been living a fictional version of your identity, and the real thing is starting to rise up in rebellion against the façade. This involves the roles you've been given, or assigned to yourself, such as with your family and in your relationships. By one reading of the chart, there's a lot to say about the ways in which you've tried to impress your father with what a good person you are. The real you has no such political motives. Your relationships don't need to be based on any kind of a purity standard, but rather on what is mutually good for those involved. If you find yourself seeking someone's approval, that's the time to go to a new level of maturity. You would be wise to consider the influence and impact of your relationships on the community that surrounds you. If you're inclined to say, "what relationships?" or "what community?" then please look more closely.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Focus on getting along with people—especially if you want things to go smoothly at work, and especially if you want to accomplish the great things that you feel destined to do. I would interject with a question: Do you consider yourself to be in a position of leadership? Is it possible that you are, but are in denial about that fact? Leadership has formal manifestations, such as they call you the "team leader" or the CEO. And it has informal manifestations (such as being the one who does the dishes in the break room, facilitates communication among those who might not ordinarily get along, or sets a good example in other ways). Now, your leadership role may lean toward the informal, which would actually be easier. You are in a position to blend your concept of rebellious with everyone else's concept of what works. Said another way, you're the one who may have the kind of weird idea that turns out to be the perfect solution to the riddle everyone has been staring cross-eyed at for six months. You are in the perfect position to reconcile both sides of the equation (such as practicality and innovation; doing what is legal, and understanding what the law does not cover; and getting the right result for the money that's available). From the look of your chart, I would describe you as the master of resolving the unsolvable paradox. Just remember: Many people love to be stuck. Know who they are and don't waste any time banging your head against them.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Get clear on what you want to accomplish. Your goals may have changed recently, and they've certainly changed since you last made big changes in your life. By big, I mean really big—the kind of big changes you thought you could never make. At this stage in your life, you're likely to have a whole new vision, though you may be living under the results of the prior vision. The difference now is that you have something to lose, and some of that is worthwhile and serves you well. Keep your mind on the continuity factor, at the same time ensuring that you're not a slave to the past. Be sensitive to what works and what does not work in your life. Be aware of what you want and what you do not want. One thing is clear: This is a time in your life when you're ready to have more responsibility than you've ever had, and when you're ready for it. Part of the benefit of living with a sense of duty is that it's compelling you to assert yourself. That, in turn, is compelling you to know yourself well enough to take authority and get the results that need to be gotten. Remember that we live in a world where few people want to take responsibility for anything outside what immediately impacts them. That's why the planet is in the state it's in. You have a different path in life. It may be more challenging, but it's a lot more meaningful.
Leo (July 22-August 23)
The age-old traditions of superficial, self-centered, and boring won't work for you this month. They never did, but they are currently at an all-time low ebb. Therefore, you can plan on events that take you deeper, that involve you with others, and that are genuinely interesting. As you do, you may encounter the temptation to distract yourself with appearances, glamor, and the desire to "be known" for something. I suggest you succumb to nothing of the kind. Do what you do for its inherent value, rather than some secondary result. This leaves you plenty of room to focus on excellence, and to remember that a meaningful attribute of your karma is to focus groups of people into conscious coordination. As you do this, one thing to be aware of is anyone who does not want things to work. Some people on the planet have a not-so-funny way of reacting negatively when energy starts to focus in their proximity. They can be jealous when people succeed, seemingly not needing them. The first thing to do with anyone exhibiting this kind of attitude is to notice, and notice soon. There are a few ways to handle this kind of value—one is to include the person and keep him or her busy. Help them feel needed. Or, you can find a constructive use for their competitive spirit. Ask everyone involved what they need and what their expectations are. When you get your answer, set goals and make adjustments.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
You have learned a lot about how other people perceive you, and you've learned just as much about how you perceive them. Have you got the message that it's all just perception? One thing that's clear is that being able to perceive from multiple viewpoints is better than perceiving from just one. A moving point of view is at least a reminder how tenuous the senses and one's opinions can be. Yet you're always better at least paying attention, and being sensitive to the perspectives of people close to you. You're likely to have many occasions this month to use what you've learned all through this year. You're also likely to forget what you learned, so I suggest you pause and think carefully if a relationship situation, financial deal, or some matter involving any form of shared resources heats up. You're likely to perceive those involved as being impetuous and self-centered, and you may be right. But to get past that, you will need the information that you've learned and the strength that it gives you. True, it's a subtle form of strength, but knowledge is indeed power. If someone is asserting their will on you, or playing a kind of hardball competitive game, you've really got two choices. One is to go blow for blow. The other is to use your mind, study and understand the situation in a whole way, and begin negotiating. You have the ability to turn the whole scenario not just in your favor, but also into a situation where everyone comes out ahead.
Libra (September 22-October 23)
What can you do to place yourself onto some solid emotional ground? You have to live with the situation you're in, at least for a while; this is not one you can easily evade, run from, or redesign to suit your fancy. And why would you want to? There are so many ways you're benefiting, and you both understand and want the power of commitment. It would be healthy to account for the ways that you contribute to any emotional situation in your life. Indeed, I suggest you list yourself as a direct co-creator in any and all of your relationships. I know that there's a way they seem to be thrust at you. I know you don't understand how or why some things happen. However, taking a passive approach is only going to accentuate that feeling. The more you step up, the more you will feel like you're able to influence your various life situations. I am not suggesting that you try to take control. I am not suggesting (as you may be tempted to do) that tit-for-tat or "an eye for an eye" is an appropriate response, even when you're treated unfairly. I am saying claim your space, stand in your responsibility, and be true to yourself and to those with whom you're journeying. That might include asking for what you need, expressing gratitude to those who have helped you, or having a dialog about how to improve circumstances for everyone.
Scorpio (October 23-Nov. 22)
Recent events may have left you feeling heavy or uncertain about existence. I often wonder how anyone manages to be optimistic or positive, given the prevailing state of the world. Still, your chart is urging you to make sure that others know you care about them. Having faith in your ability to help will strengthen your faith in humanity. The other thing I suggest you do is remember that your creative spirit is alive and flourishing. By this I mean you are feeling passionate about your desire to engage fully with life, and whatever has been happening has had the effect of guiding you to do so with greater strength. I suggest that you make your choices for how to invest your mind, your senses, and your hands based on what you want now, not what you wanted in the past. Be aware of a tendency to live in your memories, or to gravitate toward the feeling of nostalgia. A little of that may serve you, but not much more. There is so much that the present moment is offering you that it never has offered before. If you can look beyond your "latent past impressions" of everything around you, you'll see that this is a perfectly unique moment of existence for which you are ready and, I suspect, willing. Many people on this planet struggle with one thing only, which is letting go of the past. With a little courage, there's no need to fight.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 22)
As a Sagittarius, you have a reputation for being one of the most daring signs of the zodiac. I would say from my experience as an astrologer, that's more packaging than product, except for now. By now, I mean in recent years, and I especially mean now as in this month. Every possible factor is encouraging you to be bold and do what you would not normally dare to do. Start with what you want to do the most, and that which is available to you. Could this be as simple as calling up someone you like and letting them know that? Could it be taking up someone's offer for an adventure, romantic or otherwise? Going down the list of possible reasons you might hesitate, one of them shows up as "something in your past" that you're afraid might come out. This feeling might be so subtle that you haven't given it a name, though if you're feeling like you cannot bring yourself to do something and you don't know why, you will benefit from investigating invisible influences. For example, do you feel like you have a commitment to someone (from the past) that is preventing you from being fully in the present? Is there some lingering unresolved matter, potentially involving a sexual relationship, that is weighing on your conscience? You may think that this is some kind of permanent installation in your psyche. I assure you that if you want to be free in the moment, you actually can resolve it and move on.
Capricorn (December 22-January 20)
You may not know where to focus your energy, or where the main issue is. Your perception of what you're working on may keep changing, or evading your understanding. Yet you know there has to be an energy source when you're feeling so much, and to such extremes. First off, I suggest you investigate your environment for any factor that aggravates or even annoys you. This may be a challenge if you feel like someone has coated every surface in your house with hot pepper oil, or like there's a high-voltage quantum wave machine down in your basement. There will however be certain factors that you can identify and address. I also suggest that you experiment with removing two or three foods that are not serving you (or anyone). To give one example, high fructose corn syrup is an irritant, a toxin, and it burns too hot for your current constitution (which at the moment is dominated by fire sign Aries). Your chart suggests that food or some ingredient in what you eat may be related to anything that currently troubles you. Deeper in, however, I would propose that there's some kind of emotional matter that's influencing your self-image. Are you feeling like you're getting old? Do you feel like others don't take life as seriously as you do? Is the memory of some authority figure weighing on your spirit? Self-image is a complicated issue to work on. In the end, how you see yourself comes down to a choice.
Aquarius (January 20-February 19)
You seem to be struggling with some persistent doubt about yourself, which may work out to be a positive thing. I say that because if you're grappling with an issue, you're less likely to be in denial about it—and denial was very likely how you addressed it in the past. Now you have another challenge: framing any issue in a way that actually has the potential for progress. If you've described something the same way for a while and you're not getting results, I suggest you take a different approach. For example, if you're asking "How do I solve this problem?" and that's not working, maybe ask: "Why do I need this problem?' Then once you address the need, the situation will change. Speaking of needs, this would be a great time to learn how to express yours. That may involve finding language; it may involve deciding it's okay to speak up; it may involve facing the fear of rejection from someone close to you if you dare to write yourself into the story. Actually this has a lot to do with relationships, and what you were told your role was supposed to be. That relates to what you expect (and were told to expect) others would do for you, and be for you. Reality is always different from theory, especially where the BS that we're fed about relationships is concerned. Commitment does not mean commitment to another person, but rather a shared devotion to a higher principle than oneself.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
It's not all about money, though you don't need someone to tell you that. What you do need is someone to remind you that money is a legitimate pursuit, if connected to what you consider to be a worthwhile goal. I suggest you work with that equation, and make sure that your values about money and how it is attained are clear. You have what you need to break new ground in this area of your life. You no longer need any form of the idea that money is somehow unspiritual, uncreative, or evil. It is a form of highly versatile energy that can be converted into anything. Yet confidence around money has many precursors—one of which is your sense of your own presence in the world. That is likely to be running strong right now, though you may also feel unstable if you focus too much on that sensation. This is a kind of paradox that many people face on the way to tapping their strength. There's a lot of vulnerability involved; there is a risk involved; there is the possibility of failure. You might get to a point where you're absolutely confident of what is important to you, and then that's scrambled by something you learn or experience. Yet you may notice that one thing is consistent beneath the surface, which I would describe as initiative. You have a pioneering spirit, and there are few times in your life, if any, when it's been stronger than it is today. Lead on.
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