Cosmic Calendar Highlights - April 2014
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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.
Copyright 2014 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Mark Lerner has been a professional astrologer since 1972.
He publishes Earth Aquarius News, an online astrology journal
with a major focus on Mundane Astrology and has been
writing the Daily Cosmic Calendar since 1981. More about Mark.