April 2014 newsletter
Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time). For Rocky Mountain Time MDT (except AZ which has no time change and is now on PDT), add 1 hour. For Central Time (CDT), add 2 hours. For Eastern Time (EDT), add 3 hours. For Alaskan Time, subtract 1 hour. For Hawaii-Aleutian Time, subtract 2 hours. For Greenwich (GMT), add 8 hours. For Central European time (CET) add 9 hours. For Eastern European time (EET), add 10 hours.
RUNE OF THE MONTH: Ing “completion”. A month to tie loose ends and reap the rewards for everything we have planted in the past. We should feel a sense of accomplishment. As we see the light at the end of the tunnel, all our efforts, the discipline we have persevered with and also the challenges we have been subjected to, start making more sense. A month of endings, in prevision of new beginnings.
April is an eclipse month. Eclipse months are always exciting in that they bring major changes, often irrevocable. They are stepping stones into a new reality that will, within a month, completely replace the old one, leading to new tracks operational for the following 19 years. A sense of acceleration and intensity accompanies these dates on which nothing we don’t fully mean, should be said. If we need to make decisions on those dates (April 15th and 28th), let us be absolutely sure that we shall not be changing our minds, as it could become exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to take anything back.
The lunar eclipse (Full Moon) falls on 25º16’ Libra on Tuesday 4/15 at 0:42 AM PDT. The image associated with this degree is: “An eagle and a large white dove turning into each other”. Power and peace are coming together to create a new vision in our lives. Relationships can only be sustained inasmuch as they support and enrich our personal truth. New information challenges previously held ideas. Kindness, unconditional love, gentleness and compassion become popular concepts. Sensitivity to beauty and the oneness of all life spreads like a wild fire. The state of the waters and marine life becomes of great global concern. Religious intolerance comes to the forefront, making people question indoctrination and conditioned beliefs keeping humanity in the dark ages. A great need to leave old paradigms behind and move forward in our lives, motivates dynamic actions leading to new conditions in relationships, family situations, on the home and job fronts, as well as in regards to health issues.
The solar eclipse (New Moon) falls on 8º52’ Taurus on Monday 4/28 at 11:14 PM PDT. This degree is symbolized by: “A decorated Christmas tree”. As our world crumbles, we are uplifted by wisdom coming from higher realms of consciousness. Our sensitivity to vibrations and our ability to channel angelic visions, help us understand the bigger picture and not stay caught in what is dissolving. We decorate Christmas trees as symbols of hope and new life in honor of the divine. December is a time of gifts, gratitude, family reunions and generosity of spirit. This eclipse is pointing to the need to simplify our lives, focus on what is truly important from our hearts and build solid relationships with others in mutual benevolent support. Angel dust is likely to sprinkle miracles over the most desperate of situations and resolve them as if by enchantment. Inspired dreams and powerful visions bring amazing solutions. The more we stay calm and tap into the wisdom of nature, the more peacefully things will unfold in our own world.
Both eclipses are intensified with the Cardinal Grand Cross (4 planets connected by 90º angles) between Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Cancer, Mars in Libra, and Pluto in Capricorn that both eclipse charts contain. On a physical level, electrical failure is likely to happen, as well as volcano eruptions and earthquakes. Changes in the collective won’t occur smoothly. There could be a sense of tremendous violence as people start speaking their minds. Intense rebellious actions from previously repressed groups could be triggered by (too) long hidden truths emerging into the open in a sudden and unexpected manner. Corruptions are revealed, lack of integrity is being exposed, leading to the continuation of the breaking down of the economic system and major political changes. On a personal level, we are called out of our comfort zone and can leave no stone unturned. Whatever wasn’t working in our relationships, in our jobs, in our families, in our financial situation, becomes unbearable and requires major action on our part. Our bodies could also be challenged during this time as we are ridding ourselves of past karmic baggage.
Mars remains retrograde this whole month until May 20th. Its shadow period (the time necessary for it to return to the exact position it started its retrograde movement on) lasts until July 21. During the next 3 months, our vital energy is turned inwards. Not a good period to start activities requiring physicality, nor a sexual relationship. Buying a new car may not be the best thing either. We may feel more reserved than usual and more reflective. Projects are not entered into impulsively. We think many times before acting and are wise with regard to the long term consequences of new endeavors.
Saturn remains retrograde this whole month until July 21. Its shadow period lasts until October 27th. During the next 5 months, we are required to simplify our lives, become more self-sufficient and disciplined. Playing by the rules and respecting divine laws is particularly important. So is becoming clear on our short and long term priorities. A need to simplify our lives and be focused on our ambitions permeates this period. In April, Saturn, the planet of time and wisdom, travels between 22º36 and 20º49’ Scorpio. These degrees are symbolized by: “A rabbit metamorphosed into a nature spirit”, “Hunters shooting wild ducks”, “Obeying his conscience, a soldier resists orders”. The month of April requests of us to be in integrity both with ourselves and with nature, with a clear inner understanding that all is one and that everything we do in alignment with our highest good, affects the collectivity, creating healing for humanity at large.
Pluto turns retrograde on 4/14 at 4:44 PM and remains so until September 22nd. Its shadow period remains until January 13, 2015. 6 to 9 months of intense clearing of the past. We are asked to get rid of everything that no longer serves us, to be intensely thorough in our inner transformations and literally go through closets and cupboards, throwing/giving away what we don’t need anymore. Emotionally and spiritually, we need to search our souls deeply and transform any self-undoing habit so that we may regenerate at a cellular level. Toxicity may surface in the form of illnesses that help us clear our system of old karmic residues and shift from carbon-base to crystal base. The Sabian symbol associated with 13º31’ Capricorn is: “An ancient bas-relief carved in granite remains a witness to a long-forgotten culture.” We are likely to explore more deeply our own family tree, connect profoundly to our spiritual lineage and start remembering more clearly the parallel realities that inform our present lifetime, allowing us to be more fully all that we are in our completeness.
The Moon will be Void of Course:
(V/O –forming no major aspect with any planet before entering the following sign-):
- From Wednesday 4/2 at 11:43 PM till Thursday 4/3 at 4:48 AM when the Moon enters Gemini.
- On Saturday 4/5 between 7:55 Am and 2:40 PM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
- From Monday 4/7 at 11:14 AM till Tuesday 4/8 at 2:50 AM: when the Moon enters Leo.
- From Wednesday 4/9 at 11:26 PM till Thursday 4/10 at 3:08 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
- From Saturday 4/12 at 10:12 AM till Sunday 4/13 at 1:33 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
- On Tuesday 4/15 between 0:42 AM and 9:20 AM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
- On Thursday 4/17 between 0:09 AM and 2:44 PM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
- On Saturday 4/19 between 6:17 PM and 6:28 PM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
- On Monday 4/21 between 4:21 PM and 9:18 PM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
- On Wednesday 4/23 between 9:10 AM and 11:55 PM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
- From Friday 4/25 at 1:03 PM till Saturday 4/26 at 3:01 AM: when the Moon enters Aries.
- From Sunday 4/27 at 4:02 AM till Monday 4/28 at 7:23 AM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
- On Wednesday 4/30 between 8:53 AM and 1:56 PM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling anything of importance during these times as they would amount to… Nothing!
Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon:
Moon in Taurus until Thursday 4/3 at 4:47 AM + between Monday 4/28 at 7:23 AM and Wednesday 4/30 at 1:55 PM:
Perfect for any financial matter: paying our bills/debts, asking for the money that is owed to us, investing in real estate, buying and selling. Perfect also for a stroll in the park, going to the countryside, connecting with our Mother the Earth… Good also for gardening, pottery, sculpting, as well as bodywork…
Moon in Gemini between Thursday 4/3 at 4:48 AM and Saturday 4/5 at 2:39 PM + between Wednesday 4/30 at 1:56 PM and Friday 5/2 at 11:12 PM:
Excellent for multi-tasking, curiosity, any form of communication, exchanging information, sending e-mails, calling friends and acquaintances. Great also for social activities, attending conferences, reading a book, watching a documentary, gathering data on various topics, connecting with new people….
Moon in Cancer between Saturday 4/5 at 2:40 PM and Tuesday 4/8 at 2:49 AM:
Perfect for family activities, especially those involving children. Good for spending more time at home, cooking, nurturing ourselves and those we love, inviting the people we cherish over for dinner. Excellent also for drawing, creative writing, humor and anything requiring imagination and a touch of craziness….
Moon in Leo between Tuesday 4/8 at 2:50 AM and Thursday 4/10 at 3:07 PM:
Excellent for anything glamorous, dramatic performances, being in the public's eye, throwing or attending an elegant party, playing with children, romance and creativity in general…
Moon in Virgo between Thursday 4/10 at 3:08 PM and Sunday 4/13 at 1:32 AM:
Excellent for starting a new fitness program, learning, healthy nutrition, fasting, clearing our closets, cleaning our home, reorganizing our drawers…. Perfect also for detailed work, the focused use of our intelligence, and taking care of small pets….
Moon in Libra between Sunday 4/13 at 1:33 AM and Tuesday 4/15 at 9:19 AM:
Great for relationships, associations, diplomatic exchanges with others, anything related to beauty (a haircut, buying new clothes, a make-over…), art (especially painting and decorating…), a pleasant social event (concert, art exhibition…).
Moon in Scorpio between Tuesday 4/15 at 9:20 AM and Thursday 4/17 at 2:43 PM:
Perfect for scientific research, esoteric studies, self-transformation, shamanism, dealing with the mysteries of life, death, and sexuality, as well as insurances and issues involving personal power.
Moon in Sagittarius between Thursday 4/17 at 2:44 PM and Saturday 4/19 at 6:27 PM:
Perfect for traveling, religious and/or philosophical activities or matters related to higher education and the law. Excellent for lecturing, learning, perfecting a foreign language, exploring other cultures… Perfect also for athletic training and tending to large animals (horses….)
Moon in Capricorn between Saturday 4/19 at 6:28 PM and Monday 4/21 at 9:17 PM:
Good for furthering our ambitions, asking for a promotion, enlisting the support of people in positions of authority, making a good impression, re-structuring our business and redefining our long-term goals…
Moon in Aquarius between Monday 4/21 at 9:18 PM and Wednesday 4/23 at 11:54 PM:
Perfect for philanthropic activities, charitable organizations, meeting with friends, making new acquaintances. Good also for inventions, far out, progressive ideas, inter-dimensional and time travel, anything related to UFOs, computers and technology in general….
Moon in Pisces between Wednesday 4/23 at 11:55 PM and Saturday 4/26 at 3:00 AM:
Great for meditating, sitting by the ocean, anything related to the sacred, dancing, painting, swimming, dreaming, music, photography, film, sleeping, channeling, connecting with the mystical, the magic and the oneness of all that is…
Moon in Aries between Saturday 4/26 at 3:01 AM and Monday 4/28 at 7:22 AM:
Perfect for intense physical activities, anything requiring forceful, direct action and self-assertion. Good also for leadership, spontaneity, good will, being a way shower, initiating new projects or bringing our car to the mechanic….
Our Intentional Meditation
…is particularly powerful this month because of the 2 eclipses. Its effects will be multiplied manifold. Dream big!
Our intentional meditation starts on Tuesday 4/15 with the Full Moon in Libra (Lunar Eclipse). Take out as many blank sheets as you will have intentions and put them out on a balcony, in a garden, or near a window to be charged by the Full Moon at exactly 0:42 AM (you can place them several hours before until several hours after that time).
On Monday 4/28, on the New Moon in Taurus (Solar Eclipse) take out your blank full moon charged papers and write on each a concise, positive intention. Place them on a balcony, in a garden or near a window so that they are basking in the moonlight at 11:14 PM (you can put them out up to several hours prior to that time). Once that moment has passed (even if several hours later, or in the evening), staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams….
Tuesday 4/1: Sun Square Jupiter (0:40 AM)
A day to avoid excesses. Propositions that seem too good to be true, may just be so. It is important that we do not promise more than we can deliver. Not the best day for long distance traveling, higher education, nor signing legal documents.
Wednesday 4/2: Sun Conjunct Uranus (0:08 AM), Mercury Trine Saturn (8:02 PM)
A day to expect the unexpected! Yet our focus is serious and we are drawn to matters of importance. A day to shift gears, reinvent ourselves, meet new people, bring out our wild side, own our originality and anchor our eccentricity in practical reality with maturity and wisdom.
Thursday 4/3: Sun Square Pluto (2:19 AM)
A day where corruption, power games, lies and/or manipulations could push us to our limits. Essential to remain in our integrity and rather than use force, seek mutually beneficial solutions.
Saturday 4/5: Venus enters Pisces (1:31 PM till May 2nd)
During this coming month, our compassion and sensitivity to beauty are heightened. We are connected to the oneness of all things. We feel more mystically inclined. A divine sense permeates all that we see. As we listen to our hearts, the veil between dimensions becomes thinner.
Monday 4/7: Mercury enters Aries (8:35 AM till 4/23)
During the next 3 weeks, our mind is more active. We think faster, are more prone to making impulsive decisions, and feel dynamically involved in leading rather than following. We could become impatient with shortcomings, -our own and those of others-. A sense of urgency motivates decision-making. We are open to new ideas. A great time to start projects requiring enthusiasm and energy.
Tuesday 4/8: Sun Opposition Mars (2:04 PM)
We could find ourselves under a lot of pressure today, requiring much energy and courage on our part. Hostile people are best met with integrity and compassion. Forcing issues today is likely to backfire. Best to avoid any cutting or metal object and be careful while driving.
Friday 4/11: Venus Conjunct Neptune (7:24 PM)
A day of great emotional sensitivity. Attraction to beauty, compassion and unconditional love are particularly strong. We feel more vulnerable and dreamy than usual. If we beware of illusions, our romantic life could become particularly enchanted.
Monday 4/14: Mercury Square Jupiter (11:32 AM), Mercury Conjunct Uranus (4:15 PM), Pluto turns retrograde (4:44 PM), Mercury Square Pluto (9:12 PM)
Regarding Pluto retrograde, kindly refer to the opening paragraph. Today, more particularly, our mind is particularly sharp and active. We are likely to become fascinated with life after death, UFOs, philosophical, religious and cultural matters. Long distance travel is not advised. Best to choose cooperation in integrity over power struggles with people who tend to use force. Remaining flexible is a must, as many new informations could emerge leading to the need to change directions swiftly.
Tuesday 4/22: Mars Square Jupiter (12:28 PM)
Not a day to engage in any kind of extravagance! Moderation in legal, religious and cultural matters are all called for today, as well as when traveling or gambling. Best to channel excessive energy in mellow sports and to think positively!
Wednesday 4/23: Mars Opposition Uranus (0:09 AM), Mercury enters Taurus (2:16 AM till May 7th), Mars Square Pluto (6:47 AM)
During the next few couple of weeks, our thinking is slower and more thorough than usual. We need to digest information and make it our own rather than blindly accept what is being said to us. We may also be drawn to nature, beauty and peace. Today, more specifically, extra caution needs to be had while operating a motor vehicle or when using any sharp, metallic object. We could be more accident prone than usual and need to stay away from any violent people or conflictual situations. Anger could prove particularly destructive.
Thursday 4/24: Venus Trine Saturn (10:15 PM)
A wonderful day to become very clear on our emotional needs. A positive existing romance, solidifies today, leading to a deeper commitment. Regarding a relationship that has been shaky for a while, we could come to the rational conclusion that it is best to end what is not working. Our understanding of love matures and becomes more grounded in practical reality.
Friday 4/25: Sun Conjunct Mercury (8:27 PM)
A great day for making phone calls, writing e-mails and dealing with anything requiring clear communication. We are mentally focused and direct. Great also for social gatherings, short trips and trading.
Saturday 4/26: Mercury Sextile Neptune (10:27 AM)
We could feel more dreamy today. Attention to details is elusive. Definitely not the best day to sign important documents as we could miss some of the fine print. This transit is best used being artistically creative, healing, meditating or channeling IF we are careful not to engage in spiritual imagination. As our unconscious mind is taking more space, we could feel more tired than usual. Resting, dreaming could be particularly rewarding.
Sunday 4/27: Sun Sextile Neptune (3:34 AM)
An inspiring day. Artists and those engaged in spiritual practices, will welcome this energy. We are connected to the oneness of all things and can more easily than usual channel higher dimensions of consciousness. Beauty, peace, harmony and balance are attractive in that they enable us to be more deeply in touch with our own divinity.
Tuesday 4/29: Mercury Trine Pluto (10:29 AM)
Our mind is particularly focused and prone to exploring mysteries today. Great for studying metaphysical truths, science or topics requiring intense concentration and attention to details. We are able to X-ray situations and people, as well as uncover hidden motivations. There are no secrets that we won’t be interested in today. Life after death, sexuality, psychic phenomena or archeological finds dated before recorded history, feel deeply attractive. We could come close to unraveling elusive mysteries.
Wednesday 4/30: Mercury Sextile Jupiter (1:32 AM)
Long distance traveling, spirituality, philosophy, higher education and legal matters are enhanced and protected today. We feel more optimistic than usual and more prone to focusing on the silver lining of every dark cloud. Great for social gatherings focusing on religious, legal, philosophical, cultural or educational matters.
In Loving Light.
Michelle Karén, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.
110 S. Fairfax Ave, A11-60
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2178