Meanwhile Mercury, that planet of communicative outreach and also of cogitation, has its own wild ride in Taurus throughout April and May, retrograding on April 17th for a period of several weeks, all the way back to the beginning degrees of the sign. Mercury changes to direct motion on May 11th, in trine with Pluto, and then spends the next two weeks regaining its lost Zodiacal ground, the period known as Mercury's "retrograde shadow." The time of missed connections and mechanical breakdowns are therefore likely to continue up to the very last week in May.
Another retrograde which might affect us to a greater or a lesser intensity is that of Pluto. Having gone as far into Capricorn as this year of 2010 permits, that is to the sixth degree, Plutoretrogrades on April 6th for several months, back to the early degrees of Capricorn. The time of slowing down, that is the first two weeks of April, can be thought to be a particularly Plutonian time, especially on the Quarter Moon date of the 6th itself, when Mercury, Venus and Mars will all be aspecting Pluto.
In April also, Saturn, dipping back into Virgo, will once again exactly opposeUranus in late Pisces, reviving that polarity of status quo versus dramatic change that has been so characteristic of the political arena since the election of 2008, when they were also exactly opposed. This basic dichotomy of our times applies to each one of us personally as well, and the beat is getting stronger. After Uranus moves into Aries in late May, these two powerhouse planets face off once more - and this time in Cardinal Signs (Aries and Libra) - as soon as this summer. We are coming into a revival of the tumultuous and revolutionary period of the late sixties, as Pluto and Uranus also find their square to each other, an aspect that gets closer and closer over these few years leading up to 2012 and beyond. The teens are coming, and not a moment too soon, for it is this pivotal decade that must attempt to cure our current cultural stagnation.
In late April, as Saturn and Uranus come into their next pass of an exact opposition, we will be getting a foretaste of these interesting times still to come, over the summer and fall. The limitation consciousness of Saturn's powerful earth energy is no match for the breakthrough that Uranus is always pushing for, but it will definitely slow down the march forward and also ground it in practicality. Still, change must win out over stasis, for this is the way of life. Bob Dylan put it most succinctly back in the sixties when he said that "Everybody not busy being born is busy dying." He also encouraged everyone to recognize the wave of the future and rather than thwart it, attempt to ride it.