April 2017

Starwise Forecast for April 2017

Dear Friends, Clients and Subscribers,

We enter April on a Rising Moon until the Full Moon on the 10th.

2 – Venus, now moving retrograde until April 15th, goes from Aries back into Pisces, and she will be in watery Pisces until she moves direct again and later re-enters fiery Aries on April 28th.

5 – Mars in Taurus trines, harmonizes with, Pluto in Capricorn. Concerted effort to get into the trenches of re-construction of all of the deep structures of your life, on all levels, is available today.

However, later in the day, Saturn turns retrograde, until August 25th. This day of the station however, will add a considered depth to the Mars/Pluto aspect also happening on this day.

7 – The Sun in Aries opposes Jupiter in Libra. Aries, ruled by Mars is known for its overt courage and potential aggressivity. Libra is more known for its charm and diplomacy. Libra, however, is a Cardinal sign and is sometimes referred to as ‘The iron fist in the velvet glove.’

An opposition is always going to be a challenge in accommodating polarized forces. Here it is between the potentially ego-centered Solar/Aries bluster, and the potentially philosophically exaggerated Jupiterian/Libran beliefs. If these energies can be harnessed and integrated we can accomplish great things.

8 – Venus in Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius.

Saturn in tension with Venus is always going to challenge one with some emotional restriction, although it can serve as a ‘reality check’ or re-assessment of one’s emotional desires and reactions.

Both Saturn and Venus are, however, moving retrograde, so this re-assessment may well involve going back over old patterns, expressions, and relationships.

8 – 13 – Later in the day on the 8th, the Sun in Aries will square Pluto in Capricorn. Back on the 7th, the Sun opposed Jupiter, and on the 13th the Sun in Aries will conjunct Uranus in Aries.

Basically, we have the Solar Aries energy coming into tension and conjunction with the on-going Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-square happening this year. I expect some of the deeper challenges and themes of this year to really come to a head in energetic expression in this time period.

There will be similar tense Solar engagements with this T-square July 5 – 20 when the Sun is in Cancer, and October 9 – 26 when the Sun is in Libra. Each of these periods will have different flavors and expressions. I will keep you posted as they arise.

We did have an earlier Solar engagement with this T-square back in January, form the 6th to the11th, the lead-up to the Presidential Inauguration

The shortness of the first two periods of these solar engagements with the T-square is because the closeness of this T-square is tighter in this early part of the year.

On the 8th we will have the Sun in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn. On this day one may be confronted by one’s tendency to be ruthless and aggressive in seeking your goals, or find yourself being challenged to ‘stand one’s ground’ when someone else is being ruthless and aggressive.

9 – Mercury goes retrograde until May 3rd.

10 – The Sun in Aries opposite Moon in Libra Full Moon. With Jupiter in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries earlier this year, and again later this year, this Aries/Libra polarity has had a lot of engagement in this time period.

As I have stated in the past, the key phrase for Libra is: “I seek myself through what I unite.” And the key phrase for Aries is: “I seek myself through myself.”

On this annual event of the Sun in Aries, Moon in Libra Full Moon it is the Solar conscious Aries energy, focusing upon one’s own individual identity and expression, which is in polarity with the Lunar unconscious need for relationships/partnerships with others. As always, a healthy integration is what is needed.

13 – The Aries theme gets powerfully energized today as the Sun in Aries conjuncts Uranus in Aries. Powerful, courageous energies that can launch into expressions bearing such keywords as: spontaneity, unconventionality, freedom from restrictions that have outworn their purposes.

15 – Venus stands still and moves direct again.

16 – Easter Sunday. We have a nice Venus sextile, harmony, with Mars. Emotion and Will can work together in a positive way.

17 – The Sun in Aries trines, harmonizes with, Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn is still moving back over old stuff in its retrograde movement, but still he can help to steady, discipline, focus responsibly that feisty Aries energy.

19 – The Sun enters into the month of Taurus. Hours later it conjuncts Mercury in Taurus. Mercury is still moving retrograde, but now there is the added potential of Solar conscious awareness of what past understandings and mental expressions and communications have had what kinds of results.

20 – Pluto stands still and goes retrograde, until September 28.

Later in the day Mercury retrogrades back into fiery Aries, until May 15.

21 – Mars goes from earthy Taurus into airy Gemini, until June 4.

Venus squares Saturn again. Saturn is still moving retrograde but now Venus is moving direct again. So now the Saturnian restriction/’reality check’ will bear more upon new emotional feelings, desires, expressions.

24 – Mercury in Aries trines, harmonizes with, Saturn in Sagittarius. They are both moving retrograde so this potential for focus, discipline and commitment in one’s mental understandings and expressions is more likely to apply to past elements of this, or elements which are already ‘in play.’

26 – The Sun/Moon conjunction in Taurus New Moon. Today is the best day to align the conscious and unconscious focus upon your material, earthly desires in such a way that they can be clearly aligned with love and appreciation, or to recognize where they have been aligned with fear and self-involvement, so as to allow a new purer dedication.

28 – Venus moves from watery Pisces into fiery Aries, until June 6.

Later Mercury retrogrades back into a conjunction with Uranus. Even though a retrograde focuses us more upon past material, a connection with Uranus is always going to ‘perk up’ one’s perspective. Uranus/Mercury contacts always heighten the intuition and the ability to understand things in a ‘flash.’

Blessings,
Steffan Vanel

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