How Do you Create Balance?
In Springtime, we can experience nature's balanced timing in the procession of how the flowers blossom. In the same essence, the astrological forecast for the rest of April sheds light on how you can blossom by bringing balance into your thoughts, emotions, relationships, and communications.
Read on for the April 15th - 30th astrology outlook!
Full Moon in Libra
April 16th, 11:55 AM PDT
On April 16th, we will have a Full Moon in Libra. When the Moon is full it is 180º from the Sun and therefore in the opposite zodiac sign. This oppositional placement between the Sun and Moon creates our monthly fully illuminated Moon, bringing our emotions to light. The Moon’s energy influences our emotional body. With the Moon in Libra and the Sun in Aries (sign opposites), we become more aware of the dynamics of “magnetic tension” between the poles of our independent selves (Aries) and our relational considerations (Libra) of the needs of others. Your whole unique gig of how you go about sharing (Libra) yourself (Aries) with others can be illuminated and witnessed more clearly by the light of this moon.
Under this Full Moon in Libra, tune into your relationship dynamics and see how you balance these Libra and Aries aspects. Ask yourself, how well are you cooperating with others and seeing what their needs are? Do you overly put others’ needs first to your own detriment or vice-versa? Where can you bring more balance? These are powerful relational dynamics to tune into under this Full Moon as you may have emotional situations that help you see how you come into relationships with others more clearly.
Venus Sextile Uranus
April 17 - 19
strongest April 18th
Venus will come into a positive aspect with Uranus from April 17th to the 19th, giving you extra stimulation for creative endeavors. How do you explore new ways to bring beauty into your life and surroundings? Venus in Sextile with Uranus can help you open to new creations that feel exciting and uniquely you!
Also, when Venus and Uranus aspect each other, it opens the energy for new creative excitement in relationships. Therefore, if you find yourself feeling stuck in habits and patterns within your relationships that you want to break out of, the days surrounding April 18th may urge you into finding new ways of being in relationships that are more exciting refreshing, real, playful, authentic.
Mercury Square Saturn
April 22 - 26th
strongest April 24
Mercury rules your thinking and communications, while Saturn has you working hard towards building important structures in your life. The Saturn energy can also feel restricting as it helps you narrow your attention and focus in order to make accomplishments. The voice behind the driving force of Saturn can have you asking, “Is this good enough”, which can keep you continuously working at something just to be sure you got it right.
When Mercury and Saturn come into a difficult square aspect with each other in late April, you may find communications are more challenging. Saturn’s influence on Mercury can also have you thinking things are harder than they really are or restricting you in speaking what needs to be said. Therefore, If you have important things to discuss with someone, I would wait until after this transit is over to have those conversations and not have them during April 22nd - 26th.
During this period of the square, it is a GREAT time to get organized and clear about how you think, and what you need to communicate - making sure you say what’s right and true for yourself.
Just when this Mercury and Saturn transit is over (on or after the 26th), your communications with others may flow easier and more positively when Mercury makes a nice Sextile aspect to Jupiter (see below for more info). In the meantime, utilize this Mercury square Saturn time to notice where there might be issues in communications with others and or see where your thinking might be more limiting and or negative, bringing you down, and what internal patterns you need to make.
Mercury Sextile Jupiter
April 24th - 28th
strongest April 26th
Just as Mercury is moving out from being in a challenging aspect with Saturn (mentioned in the last section), it moves into a more expansive and positive flowing aspect with Jupiter. Therefore, the energy around communications opens up as Jupiter's radiant and opening energy offers the polar opposite of the energy of Saturn’s previous constricting square aspect to Mercury. This change in aspect to Mercury allows for greater access to perceiving and moving toward positive outcomes. Therefore, this time period would be better for having those difficult conversations with others as your thoughts and the whole communication process will tend to feel more uplifting and stimulating.
Overall, communications can go more smoothly when Mercury makes a favorable Sextile with Jupiter.
Jupiter’s expansive influence on your Mercury mind can allow you to weave more joy, laughter, and optimism into your thought processes - making this a good time to free yourself from whatever weighty ways of stale thinking that may have recently been getting you bogged down.
Please note… This Mercury/Jupiter Sextile time period overlaps with the Mercury/Saturn time period mentioned above, so ideally I recommend waiting until the 26th - 28th to have necessary, important, or seemingly challenging conversations (if you can). As a reminder, the Saturn Square Mercury period (April 22-26) is a potent time to get grounded and clear in your thinking.
New Moon in Taurus
April 30th, 1:28 PM PDT
On the last day of April, we have a new moon in Taurus. New Moons occur when the Sun and the Moon join together in the same sign and degree. On this night the moon is fully dark and makes no appearance at any hour of the night. New Moons create the essence of a New Beginning, a monthly reset point. After the wildly blossoming and uprising energy of Spring has begun under the Fiery Aries Sun, we move into the steady and stabilizing energy of Taurus. Taurus is a grounded earth sign and is also known for having stubborn qualities. The peaceful Bull may start stamping its legs if pushed against its own notions.
As the Sun and Moon join together in Taurus for the New Moon on April 30th, take some time to tune into this earthy stabilizing energy and explore if there are any areas in your life where you would benefit from bringing in more calm and peaceful groundedness. What steps can you take to create this? Sometimes savoring simple earthy pleasures can be soulful and supportive: take a soak, eat a particularly comforting meal, and allow yourself to be in the earthy comfort zone of Taurus.
Are there places where you have become so stubbornly stuck in your way that you’re noticing more friction coming up? If you’re feeling this, then allow this Taurus energy to remind you to have more comfort, ease, and steady even flow. Also, explore not being so fixed and attached to one way of thinking or doing things. This new moon in Taurus offers an opportunity to relax, comfort yourself via your physical body and let go.
With astrology, the most helpful advice is always individual and personalized based on your personal astrology birth chart and life situations. Contact me to learn more about scheduling an astrology reading to help you navigate your life in these wild and transformative times.
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April's Powers bring Life to Flower
These next two weeks come with a mixture of feeling both the expansion and contraction in your life. This is a time to focus your energy on building important and supportive structures as well as stretching out to see more possibilities for soul growth.
Mars Conjunct Saturn
April 1-9 - strongest April 4
During the first week of April, Mars and Saturn are joining up (making a conjunction) in Aquarius urging you to have more focused energy during this time. Mars is the planet that represents your movement towards action and taking the steps towards doing the things you want to be doing. It’s the driving force in you for making things happen. Saturn is the force inside you that forms the matrix for how you structure your life so you'll have what we need to build and accomplish what’s important to you. Saturn wants to also narrow your focus and organize your life in such a way that you can keep working towards creating stability and success in life. Stability and success, by the way, come in many forms and I will leave that up to your own interpretation here.
When Saturn and Mars come together, your energy may feel lower, as the heat and drive of Mars are slowed down and cooled by the arrival of Saturn’s sober, weighty organizing principle. However, I invite you to take a more nuanced approach to what your energy needs are calling forth in you as this happens…
If you start off the month with too many irons in the fire, Saturn’s energy on Mars can seem restricting and you may start to feel exhausted by doing all the activities you’re used to doing. However, notice what things aren’t fatiguing you as you put your energy towards them. Is there a feeling or sense in you that says “this is all I want to be doing right now”? If so, this is your wisdom body narrowing your focus to help direct you and your energy towards accomplishing the most important things right now. I recommend following this pathway as Saturn takes away all the “noise” or “scatterings” of activity you may have going on so you can focus on being successful towards building a necessary structure in your life right now.
The best way to navigate this planetary transit during April 1st and 9th is to notice if you’re feeling restricted in any way during this time and then redirect your focus towards what is calling you to work on by noticing what you have the energy for. Avoid getting caught up in spinning the things that feel hard to put your energy towards. This will guide you towards making meaningful accomplishments.
The energy of this transit is the strongest on April 4th and then will start to fade.
This is a great period for cultivating your will to feel and know what domains of your life are most important to take action around at this time. Because this conjunction is occurring in Aquarius, the most successful way to navigate this time is to find the focused work that feels like its direction is moving you into freedom and joy and true self-expression.
Mercury Square Pluto
April 9-11 - strongest April 10th
From April 9th through the 11th, Mercury is going to be in a challenging aspect (Square) with Pluto. Mercury rules your thoughts, mental processes, communications, and . . . the expression of your true voice with others (and with yourself). Pluto’s energy creates deep transformations within your psyche as well as in your life. There’s a powerful force that comes with Pluto’s energy that allows for such transformations to occur in order for you to keep evolving in your life.
When Mercury and Pluto square each other, you may experience your thoughts and communications with others becoming more intense. Square aspects between planets can create conflict, but the true conflict is within yourself. Are you saying what you want to say? Are you speaking up for yourself? Does your voice dominate others or are others’ voices overpowering you? What’s your internal process around these types of dynamics? As Pluto comes into Square with Mercury this aspect can reveal deeper undercurrents to your thought processes in order for you to see what needs transforming. You may uncover a habitual way of thinking or communicating that you’re used to may not be working for you anymore and is in need of a shift.
Mercury moves quickly, the energy of this transit is short-lived (3 days long). Allow the situations that arise during this time, related to the dynamics mentioned here, to offer you insights into your patterns of communicating and see where you are being called to grow into new ways of relating in this season of your journey.
Jupiter conjunct Neptune
April 3 - 26 - strongest 9-12
During most of the month, Jupiter and Neptune will be joining (conjunct) bringing their energies together in Pisces. This is a powerful tonic for faith. Faith is not some abstract quality we have, it’s a state of trust in the reality of being, in the universe. This conjunction can create a more dreamy, and positive - “everything is working out” quality to our feelings and outlook. Jupiter (often positively) expands the energy of whatever it is touching upon and Neptune has us connecting with ourselves on a more soul, spiritual level and seeing beyond our earthly matters. Whenever Jupiter is involved, the influence provides an extra level of faith in things moving towards a positive direction and outcome.
Although this energy is active most of the month, it will be the strongest from the 9th - 12th. During the month and especially April 9-12th, you may start to feel more hopeful about your life situations that have been challenging. You may find yourself being able to naturally tune into a larger perspective that helps you see the meaning and find your alignment around particular difficult and or stuck situations.
One thing I recommend looking out for during this time is to make sure you are not approaching situations with too much blind faith. Stay realistic with your life situations while sailing the winds of these overarching positive feelings from Jupiter and Neptune’s conjoined influences.
Mars enters Pisces
April 14th until May 24th
Along with Jupiter and Neptune riding together most of the month in Pisces, on April 14th, action-oriented Mars will join this Planetary Pisces Party for roughly 5 weeks. Mars is our will to take action. Pisces creates a more flowy dynamic where there’s a greater allowance to let go and not be so attached to checking off all the to-dos on your list. Mars in Pisces can slow our energies down and you may find yourself more inclined to follow how the day is flowing, which might be different than what you initially set off to do. Pisces gets us in tune with our psychic and empathic senses and doing what feeds our soul.
If you start to feel mid-month like your energy is lower than usual, it could be that your soul is calling you to explore a different direction than the established patterns of your habitual hustle and bustle. We typically create patterns to bring structure to our lives and let them support us, which is necessary. Mars (the will) in Pisces (the watery oneness of being), allows an opportunity to deepen our relationship with what we will into being in our lives. Follow your inner knowing on what feels best and right in approaching your day ~ it may guide you towards a more flowy and less stressful way of being. In the process, you may learn something about how to refine your game plan.
If you are finding your energy slows down during this Mars in Pisces time period, it will more than likely pick up again when Mars moves into Aries in late May.
With astrology, the most helpful advice is always individual and personalized based upon your personal astrology birth chart and life situations. Contact me to learn more about scheduling an astrology reading to help you navigate your life in these wild and transformative times.
Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.