A whole lot of snap, crackle and pop will be in the air at the first half of April. Whether you find this influence exciting and energizing or nerve straining depends on your individual personality. Either way, this brief time emphasizes specific key elements that hold very specific potential, whether we find utilizing this energy fun or not.
The turning point arrived Monday, March 30 as Mercury entered Aries at 8:44 P.M. CST, where it will remain until April 14. Mercury has had a rough ride so far this year; it contributed to the mental and emotional heaviness at the turn of the new year, suffered through a more unpleasant than usual retrograde in January and February, spend a little too long in cool, cerebral Aquarius, and messed with our sensitivity, our sleep/dreams and our everyday effectiveness in Pisces. With Mercury in Aries, we finally get our minds back to firing on all cylinders. All forms of communications will pick up speed with this transit, and we will feel for once we can cope with it. Aries is cardinal fire, excelling at taking initiative and control as well as providing the extra guts to keep us from shying away. This is a great time to start the conversations you have been mulling over but never got around to. Mercury in Aries will receive a lot of support in this endeavor, from a trine to Saturn Rx in Sagittarius April 2, a trine to Jupiter stationing direct in Leo April 6, a conjunction to Uranus in Aries- still in square to Pluto in Capricorn – April 8, and a conjunction to the Sun in Aries April 9. Even the square between Mercury in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn on April 7 can be used effectively to obtain knowledge that may have been latent recently.
Another boost will be jolly lucky giant Jupiter turning direct in the shiny happy sign Leo at 12 degrees on Wednesday, April 8th at 11:57 A.M. Jupiter has been retrograde in the sign since December 8, 2014, and has kept in check – to a certain degree- our personalities, our ability to make big strides and even our good humor. We will feel much more free to express our creativity and dreams again as Jupiter turns direct. The house of your natal chart that Jupiter stations direct in is where you can look to take calculated risks or seek out opportunity.
Venus will stay in earthy, stable Taurus until Saturday, April 11, continuing the feel-good focus on love, money and sensual delights and will underscore the good vibes brought on by Jupiter turning direct in flashy and fun Leo. Mars joined Venus by moving into Taurus on Tuesday, March 31 at 11:26 A.M. CST where it will stay until May 11. Mars loves love, money and the good life as much as Venus in Taurus does, but Mars isn’t content to sit back and enjoy the show. Mars is the planet of energy, drive and fight; in Taurus, we fight for what we feel we’re entitled to. We fight for what we’ve worked hard and long to achieve and don’t take kindly to others reaping our profits. Taurus isn’t only about money, but about the personal value relationship to money. Mars in Taurus is a time to assert your worth: at work, at home, in love or in the world at large. Mars in Taurus needs to see a return on its investments. Anything less than what you deserve-assuming you really, truly deserve it!- is no longer worth investing yourself in.
Making sure that we are valued for our contributions and for being exactly who we are, and being unafraid to initiate change if our value isn’t appreciated or reciprocated, is the essence of the first half of April. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in cardinal air, Venus ruled Libra (read it here) will dominate, doing the unpleasant but incredibly necessary job of bringing into full view just how fairly we are being treated. If you’re in denial about your standing in any relationship as being anything less than equal and respected (or, if you’re the source of these problems) the Full Moon lunar eclipse in Libra, and the first half of April in general, may be a rough ride. However, if you’ve been aware that your worth hasn’t been given the credit it deserves then this brief period may provide the information and gumption to write a new narrative.
With Mars in Taurus, the sign of its detriment, it is unlikely that success will happen as quickly as Sun/Mercury/Uranus in Aries and Jupiter direct in Leo would like. Mars in Taurus moves along at its own pace, no faster or slower. This will no doubt be exasperating and tiring for the people who suddenly feel like moving mountains. Taurus is a sign that is very much in tune to the organic timing of nature; it marches along happily to the beat of the seasons and the life cycle but will not cooperate smoothly with anything it feels to be unnatural or out of step. Frustrations can arise from this but are not necessary. It is better to sync with this rhythm than try to go against the grain.
Regardless of how this affects you, energy well spent now will bear fruit, if for no other reason than the seeds were planted.