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SAT APR 19 Yesterday seemed to be offering a whole host of good vibes until Mercury and Saturn conspired late last night to sabotage the welcome celestial seasonings coming through during the Sagittarius Moon dispensation. Now you have to run the morning gauntlet of Mercury making a frictional, 45-degree link to Neptune (3:27AM) followed by Mercury opposite Vesta (4:22AM) and, most notably, Venus in Pisces making an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with Mars retrograde in Libra (7:32AM). The Mercury-Neptune and Mercury-Vesta sky patterns reveal that Mercury is now playing a short-circuiting role in human affairs instead of enhancing our thought process, learning programs, and channels of communication. Plus, anytime the two planets on either side of the Earth – Venus and Mars – clash in the heavens, then feminine and masculine archetypes tend to lose their moorings and run amok. This can lead to unnecessary altercations between women and men, as well as to internal doubts and worries that ratchet up the psychic misery index a couple of notches. The Moon in Sagittarius and the Sun in Aries negotiate a revitalizing truce across the board via a harmonious trine of 120-degrees (6:18PM). This flowing link of the two lights also starts an extremely brief void lunar cycle that lasts until 6:29PM when the Moon enters industrious, earthy Capricorn. The Sun then mimics the Moon by entering fixed, earthy Taurus (8:57PM) for its next 30-day apparent movement through the zodiac. On April 13 – in this calendar – there was the suggestion that the April 12 -15 cosmic crisis might be dwarfed by another one arriving April 20 - 23. This new, potential, astro-psychic challenge of April 2014 is ready to knock on your door and every human soul’s consciousness starting tomorrow. Are you prepared?
SUN APR 20 Six days ago, the universe seemed to be in a kind of gasoline-pouring-on-fire mode of behavior. Some of that take-no-prisoners attitude appears to be happening all over again. While Mercury was most active as a planetary outlaw last Monday, now giant Jupiter is giving up his King of the Gods reserve by squaring Uranus (12:30AM), opposing Pluto (4:27PM) and the Moon (5:34PM). It is actually the polarity by Jupiter to the Moon that can add insult to injury as the first two clashes by Jupiter (with Uranus and Pluto) build up a lot of far-away explosive power that can then enter the mass consciousness of humanity via the involvement of the lunar orb. All three connections are wild-card, sky patterns that augur for a lot of earthly disturbance – particularly since the monthly Moon-Pluto union in Capricorn happens at 5:33PM, just 1 minute prior to the Moon-Jupiter opposition. Being a big shot, throwing your weight around, trying to impress others and acting way out of character are no-nos. Strive to remain productive in your main fields of expertise as Mercury forms a polarity to Ceres (4:24AM). Helping you maintain your dignity and rally around what’s good in the world are a Venus-Chiron union at 17 degrees of Pisces (10:41AM) and a flowing trine of 120-degrees between Mercury and Pallas in fire signs (11:11PM). The Venus-Chiron conjunction contains a strong reservoir of healing energy while the Mercury-Pallas connection enhances your problem-solving skills and strategic thinking capacity. A supportive, 60-degree link from the Moon to Venus (10:54PM) is another ace up your sleeve (adding a touch of loving kindness across the board), but you still need to be on alert and ready for celestial hijinks due to tomorrow’s mega-blast coming from Uranus and Pluto.
MON APR 21 Some people thrive on conflict and adversity. This sometimes heroic attitude of human nature a while back gave us the adage that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Yesterday’s circus high-wire act in the astro-psychic big top (orchestrated by an out-of-control Jupiter) gives way to the fifth of seven squares between revolutionary Uranus in Aries and extremist Pluto in Capricorn (12:22PM). Their nuclear-type, radioactive testing ground today activates 14 degrees of Aries and Capricorn while the entire sequence of seven face-offs began in June 2012 and concludes in March 2015. They mirror a sequence of five Uranus-Pluto squares that occurred in the early 1930s when the Great Depression was taking hold around the globe, fascist leaders were gaining power in certain national governments, gang violence was exploding, and yet there was an attempt by enlightening forces to awaken human souls to draw strength from higher truth, knowledge, and wisdom. Trying to make things happen your way when a Uranus-Pluto square is influencing everyone is foolish. Circumstances beyond your control are temporarily in the catbird seat and being patient is a cardinal virtue. Do your best to utilize a 45-degree link from the Sun to Chiron (2:27AM), a 72-degree contact from the Sun to Jupiter (2:31PM), a contra-parallel between Mercury and Neptune (8:14PM), and a Mercury-Juno union at 28 degrees of Aries (9:13PM) to keep you out of mischief and chugging along like the little engine that could. Be aware that the Moon in Capricorn is void for nearly four hours – starting at 4:22PM and lasting until 9:19PM (when the lunar orb enters service-oriented Aquarius). Despite the stormy nature of today’s overall psychic atmosphere, there is still a chance you can come out of this cauldron of universal uncertainty smelling like a rose.
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The Daily Cosmic Calendar, created by Mark Lerner, is an astrological "energy update,” detailing the energy the planets are exerting HOUR by HOUR as you move through your day. Whatever is currently happening in your life, the Daily Cosmic Calendar can help you to put it in perspective. It's a great service.
Highlights of the April 2014 Cosmic Calendar
By Mark Lerner
This year began with an exceedingly rare Capricorn New Moon on January 1 conjunct Pluto. This was the first time in 247 years that the "birthing" of the calendar year included both a New Moon and that solar-lunar merger uniting with the traditional ruler of the Underworld. Now this mysterious, secretive planet is poised to stop its direct motion in Capricorn on Monday April 14 (within 8 hours of this month's highly dynamic Full Moon), begin a five-month retrograde cycle, but also make the fifth of seven squares to Uranus (Monday April 21). Therefore, if it starts to appear to you that there is a whole lot of emotional, psychic, and spiritual shaking going on this month, you shouldn't be surprised.
Right off the bat, the first three days of April reveal titanic forces at play as the Sun first squares off with giant Jupiter (April 1), makes its annual union with eccentric and radical-change agent Uranus (April 2) while also managing to fit in a square to Pluto (April 3). It isn't easy to get your bearings -- for business as usual, daily errands, and important meetings -- when the mighty Sun is hobnobbing with the likes of Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto in less than a 50-hour time-span.
Tuesday April 8 comes up as a highly significant day since the asteroid Pallas -- so closely identified with problem-solving, strategy sessions, innovation, genius, engineering, computer technology, DNA, weaving, and the Father's Daughter archetype -- shifts out of reverse in Leo on the same day that the Sun in Aries opposes the red planet Mars (retrograding in Libra). Thus, a key celestial resource connected to knowledge and wisdom (Pallas) attempts to uplift our lives while a Sun-Mars polarity warns earthlings to "play nice" on the relationship front and avoid reckless behavior that can undermine usually solid partnership bonds.
If you are looking for two of the most provocative four-day sequences of this year (or any year, for that matter), circle the following days in red in your personal calendar: Sunday April 13 - Wednesday April 16, and Sunday April 20 - Wednesday April 23. The enlightening Full Moon of Aries-Libra takes place early on April 15 and it is magnified due to its being a Total Lunar Eclipse. This annual solar-lunar crescendo -- energizing Aries and Libra -- is often known as the Shamballa Festival in esoteric groups and spiritual communities world-wide, where the Will-of-God is recognized as guiding and illuminating the Earth's higher destiny. However, there are so many other solar, lunar, and planetary alignments happening between April 13 and 16 that you will need to be really focused and alert to handle the intense vibrations sweeping into humanity.
Fast forward just a few days later to April 20 - 23 when another round of spectacular and yet irregular and discordant alignments are upsetting the normal flow of events – possibly putting the kibosh on plans and activities set up weeks or months earlier. Over the four-day time-span, you will need to contend with Jupiter square Uranus and opposite Pluto, Venus conjunct Chiron, Uranus square Pluto (the fifth of seven 90-degree aspects, starting in 2012 and ending in 2015), Mercury conjunct Juno, then Mars square to Jupiter, opposite Uranus and square to Pluto. There are quite a few other mischief-making sky patterns happening during these four days that add to the uncertainty and yet profundity of April's influence in all of our lives.
Eventually -- before we escape the clutches of this upheaval-oriented four weeks in the fourth month of 2014 -- an Annular Solar Eclipse/New Moon of Taurus enters the scene, late on Monday April 28. An "annular" solar eclipse has the two lights lined up in space from the Earth's perspective, but the Moon is a little too far from us to completely cover the disk of the Sun. Therefore, a ring of sunlight appears while the Moon blocks out most of the Sun's radiance. Nevertheless, the good news here is that the final two days of April (while still holding on to some cosmic anomalies and malevolent planetary behavior) can witness a renewal and stimulation of your urge to take a great leap forward -- in the creative arts, business affairs, and as a savvy entrepreneur.
Overall, April 2014 may be the most challenging month of this year, but if you can weather the storms in the psychic atmosphere and anticipate any problems that need to be resolved ahead of time, then your faith and trust that you can handle life's pressures can increase in a substantial way as May enters the scene.
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