Astrology of April 2011
by Henry Seltzer (
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Taurus Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Fixed Earth. Your ruling planet is Venus.

You have grown tired of the same old rut and yet may have hesitated to jump the tracks, Taurus, until now. There is an important opening this month that propels you into a new way of looking at the world. Ready or not, here it comes, and it includes the best glimpse that you might ever have of your own secret internal workings. Intuition tells you which way it is that you need to go. You are gloriously idealistic now and ready to be of true service to others. You might finally be available for a novel approach combining conscious and unconscious; a sense of freedom and simultaneously a sense of dutiful responsibility.

As the month begins, you are aware of cosmic consciousness unfolding. Your destiny calls you in this current monthly timeframe, and you may have no real choice but to answer. A mystical impulse suffuses your thinking as you make necessary course corrections that enable a better fit between your actions and your ideals. Due to the retrograde of Mercury in your sector of dream vision, you will spend most of April mulling over your situation rather than taking decisive novel action, or at least that is the plan. Astrologers feel that anything initiated during the retrograde of Mercury will likely be redone, or at least radically adjusted, after Mercury returns to direct motion and leaves its shadow the second half of May. The New Moon of Sunday, April 3rd, brings loads of energy to your process, even though this energy is almost entirely expressed at an internal level. You are fully turning now to your inner world of dream imagination, a world that is just as rich, even though stranger, than the world of waking conscious activity. There are fundamental transformations as a result in the way that you perceive the universe that surrounds you, and that filter into what you consider an appropriate plan for the future. It might be important to shelve these major revelations that are coming to you now and place them in cold storage, taking them out now and then to refresh and refine your understanding of them. This is better than to rush into action right now, due to the nature of the Mercury retrograde period of time that lasts the entire month when you take the period of the retrograde shadow into account. With the First Quarter Moon of Monday, April 11th, you are entering into a time of relative challenge and trial, when your progress toward your goals and even your concept of them will be tested. You are operating from the standpoint of a high degree of idealism, coloring your attitude toward future goals and societal involvement, and it is wise to temper this optimism with a healthy dose of skepticism also, which the practical limitations of your situation might supply to you. The Full Moon of the evening of Sunday, April 17th, might be the occasion for an attempt to sooth the warring polarities within you that is largely successful. This is a time of relative calm and balance. Your idealism has a good conduit to your outer as well as your inner personality, in a better form of integration of all your disparate parts, as you come into a new sense of yourself in the coming weeks. With the Last Quarter Moon of Easter Sunday, April 24th, when the Sun is in your sign, and when Mercury has changed into direct motion, you are even more centered in yourself, although still mulling over and attempting to make sense of the transitions throughout a particularly wild month of many changes and realizations.