Astrology of April 2008
by Henry Seltzer (www.astrograph.com)
 
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The Astrology of April features Mars and Venus, along with Saturn and Pluto, as the powerful series of New Moon configurations that we have seen in recent months continues. This month, the New Moon of April 5th aspects Saturn, just after Pluto stands still in the sky with his retrograde station, while the Full Moon two weeks later aspects both Saturn and Pluto. At the time of the Aries New Moon, Venus prepares to enter Aries as well, squaring Pluto, meaning that we will actively seek to transform our relationship energy, one way or another. Mars, ruler of the Sun and Moon, regains his lost zodiacal ground from the very beginning of last year's retrograde. Mars is triply emphasized in the current month, since the New Moon also squares Mars. The symbolism of Mars includes our desires and aggressive urges, as well as the assertion of our right to stand up for ourselves.

Mars turned retrograde last November, on the 15th, and concerns stemming from that time may come up again for final resolution as April gets underway. Since Venus is entering the sign Mars rules, while Mars remains in Cancer, where Venus is exalted, relationships are particularly on our minds as we make peace with our desire nature and our animal passions.

The New Moon also closely sextiles Chiron, while squaring Jupiter, reminding us that any conscious awareness of old and dysfunctional patterns that may come up for us at this time are there in order that we might begin to transcend them. Jupiter is sextile Uranus at this time also, meaning that novel ideas are more than available for working our way out of whatever traps we may find ourselves in as a result of our prior conceptions.

The April 20th Full Moon may bring whatever issues we are working on to a head, since Venus squares Mars, while the Sun in the first degree of Taurus makes a tight Grand trine with a forming SaturnPluto trine in early Virgo and Capricorn. Saturn in close contact with Pluto reminds us once again that the organization of our lives and that of the surrounding social structure is changing, and changing dramatically right now, and that though matters needn't be dire, they are urgent. The Sabian Symbols for the Sun and Moon degree in this Full Moon configuration are "A clear mountain stream" and "A sight-seeing bus" reflecting the inclusive nature of these times that we are living through and the purity of purpose necessary if we are to reach our goals. More and more we are coming to the realization that it will take a remarkable transformation of our over-all collective intention to get us through with respect to the earth and social crises that we face, and that getting there will take all of us.

The revolutionary and transformative energy of Pluto is also available to us now, especially at the time of the Full Moon, and this helps us, by razing old and outworn psychic structures that have outlived their juiciness in our lives. Pluto stations in early April – appearing to stand still in the sky – meaning that his energy will be stronger during this powerful and transformative month. What we are seeing now is only the beginning of a vast shift that will in time radically alter the structure of our social setting, and our lives in general, bringing us eventually, through all our journeying, closer to the ideals to which we truly aspire.

Transits to the U.S. Chart USA

Last month we said that based on the involvement of Neptune yet another month of passion and excitement and potential confusion and high idealism was in the offing and indeed that has proven to be the case. Of course the most dramatic events last month were the March 4th primaries, the subsequent attacks on the campaign of Barack Obama, based on the record of inflammatory pulpit sermons from his pastor, from the campaign of fellow democrat Hillary Clinton, and Obama's speech on race that turned a potential deficit into a win, with the poles riding the roller coaster. Misinformation and confusion within the democratic race for the nomination, as well as high idealism, all were indeed present.

Interestingly, the speech took place at the time when transiting Mars was directly on U.S. Jupiter (hope). Mars rules the U.S. 4th house, representing our home concerns and security issues. Chiron resides there – a wound to feeling secure – reflecting the basic insecurity that runs through the American experience and that fueled the aggressive and fear-based response to 9-11.

In the current monthly transits, it looks like things are heating up in both the presidential campaign scene and for the military. This is because at the time of the New Moon, emphasizing Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, as Pluto stations, there are important transits involving Mars, representing the nation's aggressive urges and outgoing initiatives in general and the military in particular. At that time, and with the subsequent First Quarter Moon that transpires one week later, transiting Mars is on U.S. Sun while transiting Jupiter and Uranus together aspect both U.S. Mars and U.S. Chiron, indicating that sudden events could transpire that affect the military, and that there is some further cause for hope for changes in consciousness regarding the nation's continuing use of the military as its first and frequently only option. Meanwhile, transiting Pluto stations in square with the U.S. Midheaven, while Jupiter opposes the U.S. Sun and U.S. Mercury indicating that massive change in the way we see ourselves and our government is more likely than not.

For more information on the politics of today's America from an astrological perspective, see our new Zodiactivism feature.

April 5th New Moon New Moon Chart
This is a powerful lunation that emphasizes a JupiterMars opposition forming in Cancer/Capricorn. Jupiter sextiles the trickster energy of Uranus. With Mars in the sign of Cancer we will find loads of energy for family and nurturing ourselves and others.

The New Moon also stands in dynamic aspect to Saturn in Virgo, while Saturn closely trines Pluto in Capricorn just as Pluto stations. This trine represents a more graceful passage to the same place that we were driven during the events of 2001-2002. We must accommodate change to the very structure of our lives or those structures will be changed forcefully.

April 12th First Quarter Moon First Quarter Moon Chart
This dynamic Sun-Moon square strongly emphasizes Neptune, Jupiter and Mars by opposing it and conjuncting the latter two. Mars draws nearer to its opposition point with Jupiter, giving this already tense configuration plenty of juice. Neptune in Aquarius is also emphasized, indicating that our ideals, and perhaps our illusions and potential self-deception, are also up for us during this somewhat difficult transition.

April 20th Full Moon Full Moon Chart
This powerful lunation trines Pluto, making a Grand Trine in the sky with Saturn and Pluto. Therefore the issues raised by the SaturnPluto trine will be temporally magnified. This Scorpio Full Moon in the first degrees of Scorpio and Taurus carries its own special energy for relationship and change. This configuration speaks to structural transformation coming down in our lives that we need to wise up to and the necessary course corrections that will follow. Because Mercury is conjunct the Sun at this time, and participates in the Grand Trine, the consciousness of where we are standing – or not – is raised. We have a real chance right now to take a stand and make a difference. As a nation and a culture we are indeed “between a rock and a hard place” and our salvation lies in recognizing the factors in our lives that must be adjusted, both collectively and individually. The good news with the trine is that relatively mild modifications can be extremely beneficial at this time, and save us more trouble later on should we ignore the signs of massive impending change.

April 28th Last Quarter Moon Last Quarter Moon Chart
This phase was identified by Rudhyar as the "crisis in consciousness" that comes at the end of the lunation cycle, when we look at what has been concretely accomplished and what remains. The Moon in Aquarius emphasizes the human family over individual ego, and connection over isolation. Jupiter continues to sextile Uranus, with Chiron at their midpoint, bringing great ideas into the picture once again in service of exploring the places where we are wounded as a human family, and where we are collectively trying to heal ourselves.

The indications for each Sun Sign over this month are given below. Be sure to check out your Rising Sign as well, if you know it. You can now log in to My AstroGraph, or sign up for a new account for a free calculation and interpretation of your Sun Sign, Moon Sign, and Rising Sign. Please note that dates given in this column for astrological events are based on U.S. Pacific Time Zone (UTC +8), for other locations dates may need to be adjusted depending on the number of hours of separation.

Aries Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Cardinal Fire. Your ruling planet is Mars.

You are transforming at the core, Aries. This is the time when you capitalize on your recent spiritual momentum. The ideas you have been incubating lately started perhaps as long ago as last fall, and now you are ready to pop. A new form of outer manifestation is in the works for you that more closely matches your evolving inner vision. New spring initiatives in your life are also likely to involve interpersonal relationships, a huge area of change for you right now, and your connections with home and family, the roots of your being. Everything is blossoming.

As the month begins, you are likely to be feeling quite good, full of the vibrant energy of your birthday season. You may find that your future is occupying your thoughts at present, and also how to make the most of it in a way that satisfies your heart as well as your mind. Your ideas are powerful right now, and you may find that old habits of thinking are yielding gracefully at this time to an entirely new solution. It really is possible to transcend the past, especially when you stay as open you can to all of your possibilities. You will want to pick out your direction and the channel where you want your life to flow, but after that it pays to not be attached in any way to your chosen outcome, since your conscious understanding is not the only captain of the ship. At the time of the April 5th New Moon, coming along on the first weekend of the month, you will feel a pulse of energy for optimistic goals that may leave you breathless. You are entirely serious about what you feel that you can contribute to the surrounding collective at this time, and may also be aware of limitations that physically hold you back and make the path up the mountain of your destiny steeper than usual, with more hard work involved than you would like. You are also in a joyful and far-seeing place right now and possessed of an expansive vision that can pierce through many obstacles. The Quarter Moon is a testing phase when you will find out what parts of the impulse from the beginning of the month are viable and what portion needs to be adjusted in the light of actual events. The Full Moon of April 20th is a time of the flowering of your initiatives moving forward, when you are ready to share your vision with others around you and enlist the aid of your team to make it happen. Something fundamental is transforming in the way that you show up in the world, no doubt at all about that by the time this dramatic cycle closes.

Taurus Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Fixed Earth. Your ruling planet is Venus.

This month is magical for you, Taurus, as you consolidate your recent ideas for new life directions. With the New Moon occupying your sector of dream imagination, a voice is whispering in your ear that the spiritual grounding for a changed life must come from inside. You are likely to find yourself inhabiting inner spaces more than outer, especially for these first three weeks, although both sides of life are very alive for you right now. The mystical focus of these early April days is enhanced by communicating your most important truth to others, which paradoxically helps you to open doors leading inward, where you commune in perfect silence with your Higher Self.

As the month begins, you are filled with the numinous energy of otherworldly spaces behind and beyond your conscious mind. This is a sensitive and retiring time of the year for you, preceding your birthday period, when you are more internal than usual, mulling over the experience of the life events that have taken you down your evolutionary track thus far rather than making new ones. At the time of the Aries New Moon, on Saturday evening, April 5th, these feelings are likely to be intensified, along with the possibility of dissolving old patterns of behavior that stem from early childhood experiences and that no longer serve you in your present state of knowledge and awareness. There could be painful issues that you recognize at this time and that may be coming up for the purpose of moving beyond them. The New Moon makes a favorable aspect to Chiron and a sense of your prior woundings might be more consciously available to you as a result. The New Moon and also your ruler Venus are in your 12th sector at this time, corresponding to Pisces and Neptune, so that your inner world could be more real for you than your outer during this period. The early going of April is therefore a time of meditation and preparation for you, while the last ten days of the month represent greater outer manifestation and connection with others around you. Coming midway between these turning points, the First Quarter Moon of Saturday, April 12th, is likely to be a testing passage, when the impulse of the New Moon contends for viability with the circumstances of the outer world. You may feel extraordinarily sensitive to events at this time and also quite befuddled by them. You might encounter confusion over motivation and also a cautious optimism rising up within you that you can find your way through the maze. The Full Moon of the following weekend represents a flowering of purpose and perspective on your situation. You may find at this important crossroads that partnership with others holds one key to your success, and that seeing the world around you from a different standpoint represents another.

Gemini Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Mutable Air. Your ruling planet is Mercury.

Your roller-coaster ride continues into the present month, Gemini. This current cycle follows vibrant and exciting advances in the outer world statement of your career and professional life, and represents an even greater sense of movement and expansion. You are being challenged to let go of previous assumptions regarding what is concretely possible or you at this important life juncture; the sky is literally the limit. The April 5th New Moon and the two weeks following are the best days you'll have all year to vision new possibilities for yourself into being. All bets are off as you make a fresh start on this first month of the rest of your life.

As the month begins, you are thinking about your future. You are perhaps beginning to suspect that there are ways that you regard your world and its inner dynamics that have implications for the way you apply your strengths. There have been questions in your mind lately regarding where you could best put your energy in terms of the surrounding social network. You need to be able to fit yourself in consistently with your inner guiding principles as you are coming to understand them. The New Moon of the first weekend of the month, coming along on Saturday evening, April 5th, is a time of great energy for these questions and also bolsters your determination to concretely and differently establish yourself in your world. This is an excellent time to be making plans and visioning new ideas for yourself into being. This is especially so at the very time of the New Moon and the few days following. The First Quarter Moon of the following weekend is also a powerful time for you, when things may come to a head regarding your efforts to establish yourself in this new conceptual world. Then the Full Moon another week later, taking place on the weekend of April 19th and 20th, puts you in closer touch with your ultimate agenda. It is important to pay careful attention to whatever comes up for you at this time, of either a positive or a negative nature, in order that you more closely track the progress of your spiritual evolution. You are being put in touch with your emotions in a new way, transitioning at the very core of your being, and the meditative power of this period will bear far-reaching consequences for many weeks to come.

Cancer Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cardinal Water. Your ruling planet is TheMoon.

This month is a time of doing as well as being, Cancer. Your ship is leaving for far distant horizons, and you had better be sure to be on it when it does. It may not even leave you time to pack your bags. You are in the process of totally reconceptualizing where your life is taking you, and how significant partners fit into the picture, and that is only the start. Relationships can be amazing for you when you realize that you don't need to make empty compromises with what you really want, and that everyone around you will applaud your refusal to do so. You might as well face up to the new you and begin to enjoy the ride. This just isn't Kansas anymore.

As the month begins, you are inching toward a new way of showing up in the world. You may have been feeling confused lately by the pressure of events, and by the pressure of evolutionary change coming through these events to stimulate your life process. The idea of change has been manifesting in your life all this year by means of your response to close relationship with others that leads you back to yourself as the final answer. In the first weekend of the month, the Aries New Moon of Saturday evening, April 5th, lights up your goal orientation and energizes the beneficial elements of partnership interaction for your life. As it does, you are called forth to make your stand. You are out there doing what comes naturally, with optimism and flair, almost automatically taking your place in the world of outer achievement while simultaneously remaining hyper-aware of just how relationship factors into your life. Both sides of your partnership dynamic, the functional and less than fully functional, will be up for examination during the course of this month, and for potentially moving beyond conflicting motives into new territory. The First Quarter Moon in your sign that comes along a week later, on Saturday, April 12th, may be somewhat of a testing time for you, when you place your focus on getting clearer on how others are simultaneously there for you and yet not, since you are the one who must ultimately make it all happen. Relationship is a tangled web that may eventually prove quite fruitful for you, after your efforts to sort it out. The good news is that the timing could not be better for getting a more solid handle on old patterns of partnership interaction that no longer serve you. Intimacy with others is scary and complex, perhaps confusing in the short term, and also an important goal of yours right now to master. The trick of course is to serve yourself in the process of serving others. The Full Moon of the following weekend, April 19th and 20th, presents you with a better idea of where you are going with all this, and how you might be able to integrate the compensatory changes that are coming up for you right now in a fairly massive way. You needn't be afraid of the wave of transformation or try to dodge; things go better when you dive right into the turbulence where you are in any case going and begin swimming rather than allow yourself to be swept away. Toward month's end, the Last Quarter Moon of April 28th brings greater consciousness of your situation as you deal with intimacy concerns in a new way and prepare to make a fresh start on life goals over the course of the next few weeks.

Leo Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Fixed Fire. Your ruling planet is TheSun.

This is a fulcrum month for you, Leo, when you are preparing for a more fulfilling future for yourself. You are seeking to come to a new perspective on old matters at this time. There are patterns of relationship that you have been carrying for many years, perhaps stemming from early childhood when you saw the world quite differently, that may have outlived their usefulness for you in the present moment. If so, taking a good hard look at these behaviors is the first step toward moving beyond them. In matters of this kind you can always trust your own internal guidance system when all others fail you.

As the month begins, you are dealing with relationship concerns but not exclusively. This month represents a break-through time when your way of looking at the world around you may radically shift and when you are more serious than ever regarding future directions. You are also painfully aware of limited resources and seeking to find happiness in what you can accomplish while including this perception into your calculations. You remain optimistic about intimate partners in your life and how they contribute to your search for higher meaning. You are attempting a new worldview that has the effect of allowing all these disparate parts of yourself to become more integrated. At the time of the New Moon in the first weekend of the month, taking place on Saturday, April 5th, there is enormous energy for new conceptual awareness and for concretizing this vision into meaningful activity in alignment with your goals. You might be concerned with financial downturns as this kind of pressure is part of your environmental context right now, but the positive flip side is also very much present in terms of renewed faith in your ability to find your way, in spite of everything, to the next phase. It really does seem that the spiritual admonition remains an excellent touchstone to "do what you love and the money will follow." Also after all is said and done, it's not the bank balance that really matters in the long run. You will also find with this New Moon that there is energy for going beneath the covers of your conscious involvement to find the true motivating factors in terms of your life purpose. The First Quarter Moon takes place one week later, on Saturday, April 12th. This is a time when you will find out how far you can go with the initiatives of the previous New Moon period, and when you must weave the fabric of your intention through the warp of actual circumstance. You may find that your idealism is strong, perhaps even over-emphasized during these few days and in potential conflict with practical considerations. Partnership concerns also definitely play into your attitude at this time, and the tendency is to over-idealize these important connections in your life as well, which may lead to confusion on your part regarding either your intention or that of others. Your guiding light could be as always your intuitive internal response that emanates from your higher Self and that will never steer you wrong. The Full Moon that takes place over the following weekend of the 19th and 20th may feel like a fulfillment of sorts, and gives you a place to stand amidst the joyful chaos of this forward moving period.

Virgo Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Mutable Earth. Your ruling planet is Mercury.

You are poised for success in more ways than one, Virgo. This month is in some sense a pressure-packed period of time for you, but in some sense, not. There is a mystical acceptance that is possible in the midst of all your striving. The trick is to set your intention firmly and strongly and then let go of your attachment to the outcome just as passionately as you formerly embraced it. You win when you can take that crucial step backward and simply allow the universe to shower its blessing upon you with its own divine timing, just as it pleases.

As the month begins, you are working with others to achieve the aims that you currently seek for your own life. Since Saturn has been sitting in your first sector of identity now for six months or more, you have been participating in a new take on self-image, self-confidence, overall consciousness and health concerns. There have been several phases, and the final one is about to commence over the next few weeks. Saturn remains in Virgo for two more years, but this beginning period has the greatest intensity for you. If you were born in August there will be less time involved before the most dramatic results are realized, while if in September or with a rising degree late in the sign it will take longer before you are finally out of the woods. Either way, you will remember this period of intense transformation as an important turning point. This month is itself a climactic episode in the cycle for you, and you may find yourself somewhat in confusion in the early going regarding what exactly your vision might be for how to fit yourself into society around you in a way that is consistent with your principles. Partners in your life are insightful about your situation and provide excellent feedback, but your instinct is not to depend too completely on them at this time since it is your own garden that must ultimately be tended. At the time of the New Moon, all these feelings are intensified, as you grapple with the two-fold issue of your sense of your own of transformation and also feelings of deep connections with others in your life who provide a mirror for your process. You are walking a balance beam between these with a potential error that lurks on either side. You do not want to give yourself away at this juncture, when so much depends on knowing just where you and you alone are going, and what are the steps that you need to take in order to get there. On the other hand it is nice to be able to rely on intimate partners, for they provide a matrix in which your seed can germinate. A week afterwards, the First Quarter Moon signals a time when everything that you have been banking on must be tested against the hard-and-fast reality of the concrete world. There is also a pleasant sense of epiphany, partly as a result of the agency of helpful partners, within your environment at this time. You possess as well a real optimism for positive movement, as you journey through a difficult and joyful passage to rebirthing yourself. At the time of the Full Moon that follows one week later, on the weekend of the 19th and 20th, you will know two things for certain: that like the 49ers before you, you are going to get to the figurative gold rush country within your soul or bust, and that it will take a total rearrangement of your current worldview to get you there.

Libra Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Cardinal Air. Your ruling planet is Venus.

You are making an important adjustment between inner and outer right now, Libra. You are finding this month a tremendous impulse toward relationship of all kinds, including business partnerships. It's a time for greater intimacy in your life, and not just with partners. You are bonding more deeply also with your own dark spaces within. Something in the way that you connect with others is in the process of being reborn because of your recent advances in the way that you connect with yourself. In the best possible outcome, rather than propping you up, partnership with others becomes means of building your own strength.

As the month begins, you are finding truth in the strangest of places, under the covers of the overt world that surrounds you. The spirit of revelation is upon you now, and there is something deep inside you stirring. You are seeking your true calling in the midst of life's ordinary circumstances, which is essentially a holy mission. It may be that you occasionally find yourself deceived by appearances, for the world of seeming consistency all around you is noticeable, but you are reaching out right now for the less obvious conclusion. The New Moon of Saturday, April 5th, taking place in your relationship sector, is potent medicine and a stirring of tremendous energy for your partnership dynamic. It is also a time when you will take a turn to the inside, to confront your interior world of dream emotions and secret feelings. You are investigating your past at this time with a revisionist eye to changing its effect upon your future. The past remains the past, but the way that we conceptualize it may make it live again in a new way. As you sort through your memories to find the pattern that connects them to your evolving view of life, you engage in meaningful and creative activity in the name of your truth. With the energy of this powerful lunation for important partnerships in your life comes also the determination to find your own way through, by linking up to your own agenda, neither swept away by the opinions of others nor entirely independent of them either. The First Quarter Moon a week later, traditionally a time of trial, where the impulse that has been started during the New Moon phase must encounter the obstacles of real world viability, is for you this month another powerful turning point when you are enjoined to take a higher mind view firmly into account in evaluating everything that is happening to you. Some new sense of creative activity is attempting to be born in you over this entire monthly cycle, and this is the time when your faith is tested and when you are being asked to make choices. This is also another period when things may not be what they seem, so that careful and delayed evaluation might also serve you well at this time. The Full Moon of the following weekend, taking place over the 19th and 20th, emphasizes the transformative nature of these times. Something deep inside your soul is shifting, and although this might reflect outwardly in relationships with intimate partners or with family members, the most important movement is once again, internal. Your true destination is integration, a peaceful melding of al your influences into wholeness and harmony. Although this may be an elusive goal in the present moment, holding it up as an ideal will help you find the balance that you actively seek at this time between the polarities of self and other.

Scorpio Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Fixed Water. Your ruling planets are Mars and Pluto.

This is a paint-by-numbers masterpiece that you are creating here, Scorpio. You are very busy this month connecting the dots of what you truly desire for yourself in the context of others, and how that translates into the way that you plug yourself in with respect to society around you. Your philosophical stance has altered over the past several months. You are beginning to revel in new opportunities to express yourself in your own unique way. Partnering up becomes so much less scary when you are centered in yourself as your first, but not your only, priority.

As the month begins, you are finding philosophical and spiritual value in exploring home and family concerns that have recently surfaced in your life. You are likely to encounter some degree of confusion regarding these issues, and perhaps also find that old patterns of interaction are coming up for recognition and eventual healing. You are in the midst of an important transition of your basic belief systems and understanding. You are learning to put your world together differently. In this situation you will find that the only real way for you is to become self-taught. The energy of the New Moon of the first weekend of the month is considerable in this regard. Coming along on Saturday, April 5th, the New Moon energy lights you up in many different sectors of your psyche, daring you to make the most of it. One way that this lunation will likely strike you is in terms of the familial concerns and shifts in conscious awareness that you have been mulling over for some time now. Another is in the connection that you feel to social concerns and to your discipleship to your highest purpose for yourself. These ideas may seem different, but the various sides of you all work together. It is only when you are really being truthful with yourself and begin to dig down into your inner core beliefs that you feel capable of responding accurately to the question of what you want to make of yourself and how to plug in so that your societal contribution makes sense also. You are altogether both playful and totally serious about these ideas right now, which is a very good indication that you are really getting somewhere. The First Quarter Moon takes place on the following Saturday, the 12th, and represents a turning point when many of these themes will emerge in more concrete form. This is a truly defining moment, when you must put your head down and plow on through. Seeming contradictions that arise at this time are there for working through them, and may resolve into a third way of synthesis and of giving it up to a higher mindset. There are definitely illusions and confusions to be dealt with, so it helps not to take anything too seriously. You may even encounter sudden epiphany in a creative or even a romantic way that breaks through the log-jam of your previous conceptions. The Full Moon a week later on, over the weekend of the 19th and 20th, also presents its challenges and its rewards. At this time, you are more fully ready to share the details of your progress with others around you, and partnership provides an excellent mirror to reflect your own process of growing awareness back to you.

Sagittarius Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Mutable Fire. Your ruling planet is Jupiter.

This is a month of fulfillment, Sagittarius. What you have been visioning at the very core of your being is finally beginning to pay off. Of course nothing comes easy with taskmaster Saturn sitting in your career sector, so that diligence on your part continues to be a hallmark of your success. You might even be required to work smarter as well as harder. The good news is that the compensation is definitely there to match your perseverance. Some of these rewards are way beyond the financial. A river of Spirit runs through your life and you win when you acknowledge that simple, inescapable, and miraculous fact.

As the month begins, you are opening up to a new vision that takes the inner strength of your emotional life more firmly into account. You are experiencing to some extent the instability of discovering that the place you thought you had to stand on has turned out to be a traveling platform, and that the ground beneath your feet is moving along with the changing shape of your former certainty. It is both scary and exciting, daunting and wondrous strange to be you at this time. The indications are there that you will be able to roll with it. At the time of the Aries New Moon of Saturday, April 5th, you are likely to come into a creative burst of energy that has style and artistry and perhaps even romance in it as you resonate in correspondence to your recent realignment. You are comfortable with out-of-the-box thinking and with inventing unusual solutions to situations hat seemed to have none before. You are also enjoined at this time to put your effort where your mind is. The extra helping of responsibility that you have taken on lately definitely has its purpose in the grander scheme of things. If you work thoroughly and well, ministering to the needs of the world as you perceive those needs, the world will respond in kind with recognition and reward. The First Quarter Moon of the following weekend represents some of the toughest sledding of the month for you. This is the time when the rubber meets the road for your ambitious agenda, and when you will find out not only what degree of viability your ideas might have but also what you yourself are made of as you attempt to carry them across the goal line. The Full Moon of the weekend of April 19th and 20th represents another crossroads when you may find that your desire for security is indeed ephemeral and shifts with the changing tide and that paying attention to your work and what your can concretely manifest is the least important part of the story in comparison with your inner world and your highest intention for yourself in terms of your spiritual evolution. It helps to remember that like the iceberg, the largest bulk of your psyche remains unseen.

Capricorn Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Cardinal Earth. Your ruling planet is Saturn.

Life is a process of amazing renewal for you right now, Capricorn. This month you are learning that the every-day structure that you value so highly must evolve along with the rest of your life. You are slowly beginning to breathe the air of a territory that is new for you, while at the same time familiar. These are days of regeneration, of returning to the place where you started and knowing it for the very first time. Especially after the Full Moon of April 20th, you are reinventing yourself and reconceptualizing your attitude in a way that is entirely consistent with plans you made long ago, in another part of the galaxy.

As the month begins, you are mulling over issues of personal transformation and security needs, feeling your way through to the next level of understanding. This year is a time of great change for you, when you are determining the course of your life path for the next several, and when you are in particular dealing with self-acceptance concerns that when worked through far enough, will allow you to really get there. The New Moon of Saturday, April 5th, highlights these issues to the extreme and brings with it great energy and pressure for change. Partners in your life are active now, and alternatively helpful and divisive, although in the end you are likely to find that there has been a net gain. Your familial connections are also very important at this time, and potentially hot potatoes also. You are making a new accommodation to the root psychological needs that drive your decision process more than you probably would care to admit. Security issues are also paramount at this time, and may lead to some confusing conclusions, so that the best idea might be to consider the jury to be out until you have had plenty of time to assess all factors involved. The First Quarter Moon that follows a week later is another time of interesting situations that merit close consideration and deep reflection before leaping in any particular direction. This is a time when the impulse for change that has been the hallmark of this monthly cycle must be tempered with concepts of practical consideration that might alter the eventual result. You are feeling greatly tempted to gamble a little on positive outcomes and this might be quite a good thing within reason. Your normal careful attitude toward risky ventures will stand you in good stead at this juncture. When the Full Moon comes along a week later, on the weekend of the 19th and 20th, you are more free to share your plans with others around you, and more ready also to explore the possibility of new approaches to the difficulties of this dramatic era in your life. This is a time of great travail and yet also hope, when you might well apply the operative and apt Chinese definition of crisis as danger plus opportunity. One thing is certain; it will not repay you to stay stuck in the old and narrowing channels.

Aquarius Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Fixed Air. Your ruling planets are Uranus and Saturn.

You are still reeling in the changes of this dramatic year, Aquarius, finding the hole in the wall of your limitations and pulling yourself through. This month, communication is the name of your game as you reach out to the circle of your peers in a new way. There is an important and subtle spiritual dimension to the transformation that you are going through. You win when you remember that the messages from your inner world have the power to heal and that your dream imagination is as important as your daylight awareness in coming to the resolution you so actively seek.

As the month begins, you are finding your way through the maze of circumstance, attempting to discover what you are about, which is a life-changing activity for you right now. There is always the potential for self-deception regarding your true motivations, but also the redeeming possibility of integration. The New Moon of the first weekend of the month, taking place on Saturday, April 5th, stirs these feelings up for you and lends energy to your desire for connection with peers and colleagues. You are reaching out to others in a new way right now, exploring your depths as well as your more ordinary day-to-day service orientation. The real truth of your situation might be difficult to discern, involving as it does the unseen and hidden side of yourself that connects you to a wider sphere than the mundane world all around you. It is important to acknowledge the existence of this numinous part of yourself that in actuality forms the greater part of life, and allows you to find intimate connection with others, but it would equally be impossible to live your life alone in that boundary-less realm, without the comforting and instructive presence of the here-and-now. As the poet Robert Frost has put it, "earth's the right place for love; I don't know where it is likely to go better." In any case your mission these days seems to be to find the balance and the integration necessary to enable you to appreciate the regularities of this earth while simultaneously being able to transcend the merely mundane. At the time of the First Quarter Moon of Saturday, April 12th, that mission might become sorely tested by collision with the practicalities of daily existence. This is the time when you are most subject to illusion and confusion regarding your self-image and the mediation between the various parts of yourself in order that you find your true intentions. A delicate balance must definitely be struck as you seek the synthesis that allows you to dance between the horns of your dilemma or to float over them. Then the Full Moon of the following weekend, the 19th and 20th, represents another turning point, when you are making use of your interior process to fuel a more solid footing in the concrete world of self and others. Toward the end of the month, in its final week, with the Last Quarter Moon taking place in your sign on Monday, April 28th, you may begin to get a better idea of what you have been up to in your recent adventures.

Pisces Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Mutable Water. Your ruling planets are Neptune and Jupiter.

You are slowly beginning to make the connection, Pisces. Your influence is bigger than you might have previously supposed. This month is a time of reevaluation of not only your impact on the world around you, but the impact of the world of Spirit within your heart. When you remember your gifts you become a rock amidst the turbulent seas of circumstance. Financial benefits accrue and, more, you can communicate your deepest truth without fear of rejection. You have it in your power to change the world after all, when you start with the part of it that you can completely control, namely yourself.

As the month begins, you are in a sensitive place, looking to the future but hyper-aware of the past, with an eye to transcending it. You may find yourself turning to the inside as a method of connecting with a more all-encompassing sense of life as evolutionary development. At the time of the New Moon on Saturday April 5th, these feelings are intensified. You are facing a basic although not extreme conflict between your present reality versus your future self, whoever you might turn out to be in the process. With the burst of energy accompanying this lunation, security issues are on your mind, and you may find that good luck with finances is both a draw and a somewhat elusive goal. You are eventually shooting for a sense of security based on less tangible investments. Partners in your life may serve as a reality-check right now in your search for values, both in criticizing your efforts at moving beyond the material and in mentoring you through it. With the First Quarter Moon of the following weekend, you will find some additional bumpiness in the road of your progress. A new you attempting to be birthed, and the backward drag of prior conception seems to be trying its best to hold you back, since old habits die hard. You might take solace in realizing that biological life itself is a process of constant building up and breaking down. The Full Moon that comes along a week later, on the weekend of April 19th and 20th, may provide a sense of relief, and also represents another turning point in your maturation. All this month, you are finding a delicious sense of movement that only slightly resembles a roller-coaster ride. It depends on how you look at things; there could be a queasy feeling to be so thoroughly and definitely leaving the past behind, or else the excitement a traveler feels when approaching an alien shore, and is able to discern the contour of the coastline for the very first time.