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April Horoscopes
1 [FM] 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 [LQM] 11 12 13 14
15 16 [NM] 18 19 20 21
22 [FQM] 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
Current Astrology
[S] The Sun is in Gemini
[M] The Quarter Moon is in VirgoThe First Quarter Moon is in Virgo: All day
[Hg] Next Mercury Retrograde
Aug 23 - Sep 15

Current Configurations

by Henry Seltzer


Current Configurations

The Full Moon that begins the month on Monday, April 2nd (Full Moon Chart), is a powerful one, especially in terms of the outer planet configurations that it heralds. A stationing Jupiter trines Saturn, while Uranus begins to fully participate also and Mercury conjunct Uranus serve to remind us of what is going down. We are at the same time entirely stuck in our attempted evolution and truly breaking out of those stuck places, all at once. Following the eclipse of last month, this is our opportunity to assess the movement we have made with respect to our Spring Season resolutions and to share that progress with others around us.

The Last Quarter Moon of the following week, coming on Tuesday, April 10th (Last Quarter Moon Chart), represents a time of tension in our process of growth, and is a powerful one as well, since it triggers the positions of a newly retrograde Jupiter and Saturn. Saturn is within a degree opposite the Chiron/Neptune midpoint for the entire month, and exact at this time, so we are faced with an essentially spiritual dilemma of how to connect the enormous energy of the numinous within us to our physical plane existence, something that is happening all the time on a more or less unconscious level but which our task now is to make more conscious, and to proceed on our journey from the standpoint of soul and not ego. Of course we are still in our bodies and will continue to behave accordingly, but our challenge is to attempt the mechanism of flight above and beyond this limitation anyway.

The New Moon of Tuesday, April 17th (New Moon Chart), brings some of these factors into greater relief since it almost exactly trines Pluto and the Galactic Center. The New Moon also aspects Chiron by quintile, bringing a higher vibration to this energy of pain and loss that is already in the mix with Saturn, Neptune and Uranus. The SaturnNeptune opposition will return in June, and still lingers in the background at this time, referring symbolically to the disappointment of the ideal being brought down to the real, and yet also to the possibility of transcendence, where by grace we may rise above this apparently irreconcilable conflict to a higher synthesis that takes both viewpoints into account. We really are, as Sting put it, "the ghosts in the machine" as well as just the machine itself, grinding along.

The final lunation of the month is the First Quarter Moon of Monday, April 23rd (First Quarter Moon Chart). This traditionally represents a "crisis in action," when we must strive for the viability of what we have planted in the New Moon phase, and watch closely the tender shoot as it faces up to the world and struggles to attain maturity, and when there is likely to be a certain amount of tension in our process as a result. At this point the Sun has crossed into Taurus, and the Moon in Leo echoes the limitations and also potential for long-term growth represented by Saturn, now in direct motion there. Meanwhile a sesqui-yod from the Sun and Moon illuminates Jupiter, so the contrast between these two energies is also very present for us now. The Sun's ruler, Venus, now in Gemini, reminds us that we might just be able to think our way through, especially if we pay the most careful attention to everything that happens to us and seek always the third way, resolving polarities.

May 2023
1 [FM] 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 [LQM] 11 12 13 14
15 16 [NM] 18 19 20 21
22 [FQM] 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
[S] The Sun is in
[M] The Moon is in
[Hg] Mercury is Retrograde

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