April 2015 Newsletter
Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time). For Rocky Mountain Time (except AZ which is on PDT time) add 1 hour. For Central Time, add 2 hours. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Alaskan Time, subtract 1 hour. For Hawaii-Aleutian Time, subtract 2 hours. For Greenwich, add 8 hours. For Central European time (CET) add 9 hours. For Eastern European time (EET), add 10 hours.
RUNE OF THE MONTH: Laguz, “the lake”. This Rune connects us to the mysterious depths of our own nature, as they relate to the collective subconscious. We are being asked to look at our own reflection and through appearances, journey profoundly to our true self. In darkness, let us give ourselves fully to the darkest, so that our light may be revealed. In stillness, the answers come. Many things, aspects of people, previously secret circumstances, will be revealed this month.
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Jupiter turns direct on April 8 at 12º35’ Leo. This degree is represented in the Sabian symbols by: “An old sea captain rocking on the porch of his cottage.” A time to reap the rewards of all the work we have done, enjoy life, welcome abundance and be generous with what we have and what we know.
Saturn remains retrograde this whole month between 4º40’ and 3º16’ Sagittarius, until August 1. Its shadow period will remain until November 8th. These degrees are symbolized by “An old owl up in a tree” and “A little child learning to walk”. A time for reforming our understanding of education, travel, philosophy and religion. As we learn things for the first time or all over again, our innate wisdom also comes to the surface from deep within. A chance to explore the whole spectrum of who we are and the world we live in, to achieve true mastery.
Pluto turns retrograde on Thursday April 15 at 15º32’ Capricorn until October 24. Its shadow period continues until November 17, 2016. This degree is symbolized by “School grounds filled with boys and girls in gymnasium suits”. Efforts are being required of us to achieve excellence. Self-mastery comes with discipline, hard work and focus. Our uniqueness emerges as we stand in our power, with integrity and a vision of what we are trying to achieve. A month to know our power and express it skillfully.
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The Moon will be Void of Course (V/O –forming no major aspect with any planet before entering the following sign-):
- From Thursday 4/2 at 2:01 AM till Friday 4/3 at 0:07 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
- From Saturday 4/4 at 8:58 AM till Sunday 4/5 at 12:04 PM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
- On Tuesday 4/7 between 1:42 PM and 10:08 PM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
- From Thursday 4/9 at 10:42 AM till Friday 4/10 at 5:47 AM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
- On Sunday 4/12 between 1:15 AM and 10:44 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
- On Tuesday 4/14 between 12:45 PM and 1:12 PM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
- From Wednesday 4/15 at 2:37 PM till Thursday 4/16 at 2:00 PM: when the Moon enters Aries.
- On Saturday 4/18 between 11:57 AM and 2:31 PM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
- From Sunday 4/19 at4:06 PM till Monday 4/20 at 4:28 PM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
- From Tuesday 4/21 at 10:38 PM till Wednesday 4/22 at 9:25 PM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
- From Friday 4/24 at 10:04 AM till Saturday 4/25 at 6:13 AM: when the Moon enters Leo.
- On Monday 4/27 between 7:12 AM and 6:07 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
- On Thursday 4/30 between 5:23 AM and 7:03 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling anything of importance during these times as they would amount to… NO thing!
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Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon:
Moon in Virgo until Friday 4/3 at 0:06 AM + between Monday 4/27 at 6:07 PM and Thursday 4/30 at 7:02 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 Friday 4/3 at 0:07 AM and Sunday 4/5 at 12:03 PM + between Thursday 4/30 at 7:03 AM and Saturday 5/2 at 6:46 PM: 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 Sunday 4/5 at 12:04 PM and Tuesday 4/7 at 10:07 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 Tuesday 4/7 at 10:08 PM and Friday 4/10 at 5:46 AM: 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 Friday 4/10 at 5:47 AM and Sunday 4/12 at 10:43 AM: 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 Sunday 4/12 at 10:44 AM and Tuesday 4/14 at 1:11 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 Tuesday 4/14 at 1:12 PM and Thursday 4/16 at 1:59 PM: 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 Thursday 4/16 at 2:00 PM and Saturday 4/18 at 2:30 PM: 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….
Moon in Taurus between Saturday 4/18 at 2:31 PM and Monday 4/20 at 4:27 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 Monday 4/20 at 4:28 PM and Wednesday 4/22 at 9:24 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 Wednesday 4/22 at 9:25 PM and Saturday 4/25 at 6:12 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 Saturday 4/25 at 6:13 AM and Monday 4/27 at 6:06 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…
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This month’s intentional meditation begins on Saturday 4/4. Take out as many blank sheets as you will have intentions, and place them out (on a balcony, near a window or in a garden) to be charged by Full Moon in Libra at exactly 5:05 AM. Once that moment has passed, gather your sheets and place them in a folder until the next New Moon in Aries on Saturday 4/18. Same procedure as above, 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 at exactly 11:57 AM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…
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Thursday 4/2: Mercury Trine Saturn (5:21 AM), Sun Trine Jupiter (10:20 AM)
Expansion, enthusiasm, discipline and focus mark this great day to further our ambitions and expand our social circle in enriching ways. Great to deal with backlogged work, attend an elegant event and/or travel. Any project started today will prove in the long run to be lucrative and solid.
Sunday 4/5: Sun Square Pluto (8:05 AM)
A day to avoid power struggles and general violence. Hidden facts could emerge. Secret aspects of others could be revealed. Ultimatums or manipulations lead to only more opposition. Important to enlist cooperation by focusing on the strengths of each person involved and endeavoring to create winning situations for all, through understanding and mutual respect.
Monday 4/6: Mercury Trine Jupiter (6:26 AM), Sun Conjunct Uranus (7:08 AM)
An exciting day, full of unexpected surprises that open new horizons and bring interesting people into our lives. A day to remain flexible and present to the present as many things could change rapidly, rerouting us in freeing ways. Wonderful for gathering with friends, for an adventurous trip and for liberating ourselves of old thought patterns and outmoded behaviors.
Tuesday 4/7: Mercury Square Pluto (5:05 PM)
A day to stay clear from power issues and confrontations with others. Large scale political, financial and social problems could affect us personally. Old ways of thinking are being challenged. We could feel deeply a lack of emotional and mental support. Not good for signing any legal paper, but an excellent day to thoroughly examine our thoughts and beliefs, stay quiet and find our self-sufficiency.
Wednesday 4/8: Mercury Conjunct Uranus (5:20 AM), Jupiter turns direct (9:58 AM)
Sudden changes of plans occur today People could turn their vest on a dime. Unusual characters moving to the sound of their own drummer could walk into our lives, opening us to new ideas and projects. Abundance is once more on the rise, as are concerns about education, religious and a wish to travel and explore foreign countries and cultures. A great day for an exciting and freeing trip.
Thursday 4/9: Sun Conjunct Mercury (9:01 PM)
Verbal and written exchanges are sound, to the point, efficient and pleasant today. Great for writers, lecturers and gathering with friends. We speak our mind with clarity, ease and focus.
Saturday 4/11: Venus enters Gemini (8:29 AM, till May 7)
During the next month, our emotions are lighter. Our social contacts are more fun and feed our curiosity. We are open to all kinds of people and willing to learn from them. Intimate relationships are approached in a more playful manner.
Sunday 4/12: Mars Sextile Neptune (10:23 AM)
Intuition guides our actions. We could be inspired to work for charitable organizations and/or share our insights with compassion in spiritual or secluded environments (hospitals, prisons, shelters, retirement homes, retreat centers…). A wonderful day for artists and healers. Our energy is more sensitive than vital. We could feel the need to rest more, be meditative and quiet.
Tuesday 4/14: Mercury enters Taurus (3:52 PM, till 4/30), Venus Opposition Saturn (9:25 PM)
During the next 2 weeks, we express our thoughts in a practical, grounded, and focused way. Knowledge is acquired slowly but also more solidly. We are unlikely to give up until we have fully understood a subject. Our persistence helps us reach the finish line. Great for projects requiring staying power and mental concentration. Today, more specifically, we could feel lonelier and less supported emotionally than usual, but also more keenly aware of what we need in a committed relationship.
Thursday 4/16: Pluto turns retrograde (8:51 PM)
Kindly refer to the opening paragraph.
Friday 4/17: Mars Square Jupiter (5:29 PM)
An inflated sense of personal importance could cause distortions of perceptions. Not a good day to sign documents or for getting involved in legal battles. Travel should be postponed and financial affairs are best avoided altogether. Taking too much for granted could be a problem, as well as misplaced exuberance.
Sunday 4/19: Mercury Sextile Neptune (0:13 AM), Venus Square Neptune (3:30 AM)
Inspired, intuitive thoughts are favored. Wonderful for healers, channelers and artists who could feel particularly connected today to higher realms of consciousness. Not the best transit however for signing legal documents or for dealing with very 3D personalities as misunderstandings could abound, leading to great confusion. If a love relationship feels too good to be true, it might just be so. Smoke screens, deceptions, illusions and lies could blur our perceptions of an intimate relationship. Important to stay alert and realize that not all that glitters is gold.
Monday 4/20: Sun enters Taurus (2:42 AM till May 21), Mercury Square Jupiter (9:16 PM)
During the next month, we may be drawn to nature, choose a more wholesome lifestyle and seek grounding activities. We feel persistent. Practicality is appealing. Thorough, albeit slow forward movement toward solid goals, is favored.
Tuesday 4/21: Mars Trine Pluto (2:31 PM)
An empowering day of intense energy, with a need to passionately defend what we believe in. Wonderful for self-improvement, investigating metaphysical topics and dynamic action. Our charisma is enhanced, as is our physical stamina.
Wednesday 4/22: Mercury Trine Pluto (6:25 AM), Venus Sextile Jupiter (11:41 AM), Mercury Conjunct Mars (4:04 PM)
A great day for active, dynamic communications. Today, we could be convincing enough to incite an Eskimo to buy a fridge! We could zoom through those e-mails, make powerful plans for our business and explore deep topics with ease and insight. Our knowingness is greatly enhanced by this transit. Wonderful for signing contracts and collaborating with others on important projects. Our social life is both enriched and enriching, opening new, exciting horizons.
Sunday 4/26: Venus Sextile Uranus (2:31 PM)
A day of new, original ideas for making money, exciting social encounters and intuitive insights. Our charisma is greatly enhanced. Our social life expands in creative, inspiring and fun ways. Balancing intimacy and freedom, as well as togetherness and independence come to the forefront of our relationships.
Wednesday 4/29: Sun Sextile Neptune (4:11 PM)
A day of appreciation of art and beauty. Wonderful for artists, channelers, and healers. We could feel more tired than usual, need to rest, meditate, and pay attention to our dreams. An inspiring day when the veils between dimensions seem thinner than usual.
Thursday 4/30: Mercury enters Gemini (7:00 PM till July 8)
During the next 9 weeks, we should be more curious, talkative and witty than usual. Short distance travels are enhanced. Friendships are favored. Curiosity is highlighted. A need to learn, read, write, and communicate helps us expand our mind and our relations.
Wishing you all a magical month of April!
In Loving Light.
Michelle Karén, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.
Astrologer, shaman, international conference speaker
Author of Astrology for Enlightenment (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster)
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