As most of you may already know, we're on the midst of a transformative Pluto Uranus square, which has been in effect for the last couple of years, and will continue to be in effect until next spring. It's an aspect of huge change on a global level, as we've seen politically, economically, in the extreme weather patterns, as well as on a personal level.
Everyone is going through their own personal revolution in some way, and some more than others. Everyone is being forced out of their comfort zone somehow, and the people with planets in the early degrees of the cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are likely to be going through the most change. These people are already starting to experience big transformations in their lives.
Uranus is in Aries and Pluto is in Capricorn, and now Jupiter in Cancer is also in the mix, t-squaring them both. So, what happens in April? Mars happens - the God of War! Mars is in Libra, and he goes retrograde on March 1st, and stays retrograde until May 17th, 2014. Mars is the planet of assertion, aggression, sex, anger, how you get your needs met, how you go after what you want, competition, sports, war, combat etc....you get the idea. Mars is not at his happiest in the sign of Libra, as Libra is the sign of partnerships and agreements and of being polite and nice, (the antithesis of Mars) so his more domineering and assertive energies will still come out, but they may have to go underground and could come out in a more passive aggressive kind of way. For some these energies get repressed, and that's when people can explode.
In mid April, the Uranus Pluto square becomes exact, and Jupiter comes in to make it an exact t-square, and then Mars comes in to make it an EXACT DEGREE grand cross! All the planets will be at 13.5 degrees of cardinal signs.
It's quite stunning really, how these 4 planets come together so precisely, which makes their energies all come together and release at exactly the same time.
Mercury is part of this Grand Cross as well, as he comes in and triggers it on April 14th. Mercury is 'the messenger', so we may hear some sort of mind-blowing news at this point, on a personal or a global level. April 20th is when it is at the beginning of its most intense phase, as the Moon is in Capricorn and triggering the whole thing, and then its on April 22nd when Mars moves into its exact position and squares the already existing exact T-square. You're going to be feeling it all month though, mostly from the 14th onward. The Sun conjuncts Uranus on April 2nd, and then triggers the developing Grand Cross from the 2nd to the 4th, so we may see something starting as early as then.
Still, the 14th looks like a big day as far as world news goes, as that also happens to be the day of the Total Lunar Eclipse!
On a global level, this is probably the most volatile and intense time of the last few decades. Some even say in our lifetime. We can expect possible acts of terrorism, natural disasters, earthquakes, extreme weather, and either war or an escalation of some military conflict. We could also expect the economy to go into even deeper crisis mode at this time, perhaps as a response to some disaster in the world, or maybe its when the rest of the world finally gives up on the US dollar standard. These planets are all in cardinal signs, which are action signs. Things happen in action signs. No one knows for sure what's going to happen, but at the very least we'll get to see how things are not working and how the current world set-up is no longer viable. We're going to see things crack open, but besides breakdowns we may also see amazing breakthroughs, or hear of some astounding new technological advancement. Perhaps they will find a new cure that will impact the world. Whenever Uranus is involved, you know it will be sudden and surprising.
On a personal level, we're making shifts. You've already been nudged out of your comfort zone, so you already know where the changes are happening - so do what you can to move forward into change, instead of resisting it and fighting it. If you've already been lobbying for change, this is when you may see some results. This is when things will happen. They are conflictual energies for sure, but sometimes a little conflict is what is needed to break away. You may become brave now, even if it is impetuous and sudden. This is a deciding month for relationships. The relationship asteroid Juno hits that Grand Cross degree of 13.5 Aries in early April, which again speaks to changes in the status quo of many relationships.
To work with this energy, think about the planets involved. Your ideals or belief systems (Jupiter) may need to change (Uranus), in an irrevocable way (Pluto). Uranus is also the great 'liberator', as he rids us of unwanted baggage by separating us from what is no longer in our best interest. Mars says that one needs to make a personal effort, and it may mean that you're giving something another try (retrograde) or dealing with something from before, or reconsidering your previous actions/attitudes/behaviours. Think of all this as accelerated change. Everyone's going to be affected in some way, but those with planets in mid degrees of Cardinal signs are going to feel it the most.
When Mars is in retrograde, do not initiate war, as you will lose, according to astrologer Lynn Koiner. On a personal level this could mean litigation - don't sue somebody when Mars is retrograde. Lynn says that the initiator of the 'battle' is the one who will lose. We pray and hope the US does not enter into another war at this time, but it is such a volatile signature. It looks like the Ukraine is being really hit by this aspect already.
So, who's being hit directly by this Grand Cross?
Putin's Sun is at 13 degrees of Libra
The US has its Sun at 13 degrees of Cancer.
Russia's Mars is at 13° Capricorn.
China's Mercury is at 13° Libra.
China's Mercury is being hit - Mercury is the 'messenger;, so I wonder if we're going to be hearing news out of China during this time. My own city of Vancouver was incorporated on April 6th, so its being hit by the Grand Cross as well.
Notable personalities with Suns close to 13.5 degrees Cardinal
Alec Baldwin (new Dad)
The Dalai Lama
Simon Cowell (first time Dad)
Those with Moon close to 13.5 degrees Cardinal
Johnny Depp (just got engaged)
Those with Venus close to 13.5 degrees Cardinal
We may hear more from these people in the news in the coming month.
Make sure you yourself are not doing something really dumb on those most intense days - like don't go rock climbing and don't speed and don't be reckless in any way. Do not provoke anyone. Seriously.
Some astrologers are predicting a complete economic meltdown for April of 2014. Well, we still have Jupiter and Saturn -the business planets - trining each other, which offers some small protection as some other astrologers have pointed out. But, its highly likely we're going to be shown how the old world economy is no longer viable. This could play out in a million different ways. Very likely there will be sovereign banking systems that fail. Slovenia is probably going down this year, according to CEO and expert Eric Sprott, and Japan is in dangerous territory. Maybe the Federal Reserve will finally have to admit that they don't have the gold in reserve that they say they do, and that they've been covering up for decades! If that happens, then what do you think will happen to the market? Whatever happens will make us sit up and realize there is no going back to the way it used to be. More bank bail ins (gov't confisacting funds from citizens) are highly likely, even here in Canada, Jupiter and Saturn are trining each other now, but when Jupiter shifts into Leo on July 26th, it will then square Saturn in Scorpio. The two business planets will no longer be in trine, but in a square. This could be when things really start to get more dramatic economically.
There will be shifts and change certainly - on a literal, financial and emotional level. Focus on your own personal life instead, and look at how you're using your power (pluto) or not, and look at where you can make positive changes in your life.
This energy is going to be played out within relationships on a personal level for the most part, as Mars is in the relationship sign of Libra. Romantic relationships will be key of course, but any kind of relationship comes under fire - love, platonic, business, financial, consultants, health professionals, therapists - you get the idea.
I think these times are forcing people to rely more on faith and trust and turn inside to a more spiritual place. Really, where else can you go when the external world no longer feels safe? Neptune has recently entered its home sign of Pisces, and this heralds a shift towards a more spiritual perspective. New structures and beliefs cannot be built up until the old corrupt ones are ripped down. This aspect is ripping those old structures down.
Besides all this, April also happens to be an Eclipse month !. We have a Total Lunar Eclipse on April 14th, and then a Solar Eclipse on April 28th. Eclipses are intense, and the lunar eclipse on the 14th is particularly intense as its Total and not Partial. On the Lunar Eclipse, we also happen to have Mercury come in and conjunct Uranus and trigger that Grand Cross degree. Eclipses are times of change, of endings and of beginnings, and we almost always hear of notable figures passing away at these times.
To get even more information, lets check out the Fixed Stars.
ARCTURUS is conjunct the Lunar Eclipse Moon - is of the nature of Jupiter and Mars. This symbolizes the daring to strike out and take a new path or to try a new way. To go in a new whole direction.
ACHERNAR - is conjunct the eclipse Chiron. It promises happiness and success through integrity, moral and religious fortitude and steadfastness in philosophical beliefs. It also brings the risk of rapid endings.
There have been more mainstream media reports of UFOs lately, like that one the pilot from the British Airways jet reported day or so ago. I wonder if April will be when we hear of more, as Jupiter and Uranus in aspect is classic for these kinds of things, and especially when you factor in the other cardinal planets. Perhaps there will be some sort of contact. The above pic is one I found at over at The Vike Factor and it was taken over Deep Cove in North Vancouver on August 26, 2013 - you can make out the spherical object hovering overhead.
Check out my post Silver and Gold prices and the Cardinal Grand Cross.
Also check out Uranus square Pluto - the end of the US dollar standard