April 4 @ 8:05 a.m.
Aries New Moon
April 18 @ 2:57 p.m.
Life is cyclical, continually regenerating itself and springing forth new forms, and April is the month of renewal. Spring is fully underway now as Easter is celebrated on the first weekend of April.
Annually, Easter is observed on the first Sunday after the Aries/Libra Full Moon. This is why the holiday changes year to year. It is based on astronomical timing. As much as Christianity has attempted to disregard and denigrate astrology, many basic premises remain.
Eclipses Illuminate the Hidden
The Full Moon on Saturday, April 4 is also a Lunar Eclipse. The seeds were planted for this very potent lunation on a Total Solar Eclipse on March 20, which was also the Spring Equinox. More than likely, you will find circumstances and themes from last month carry over into April for resolution and completion.
These eclipses have created quite a stir in electromagnetic spheres and geological structure of Earth. The very fact that they culminate on Easter weekend, they provide a perfect climate for resurrection on many dimensions - symbolically and actually.
Eclipses occur every six months as the Sun, Moon and Earth come into alignment. This very alignment activates a cellular cleansing and renewal on many levels, particularly the emotional and physical body.
Eclipses have a tendency to illuminate what has been hidden and suppressed. Subconscious emotions tend to be amplified, and people tend to be more emotionally reactive. For this reason, eclipses are a time to be cautious, considerate and compassionate with self and others.
This Lunar Eclipse exactly activates the on-going Uranus and Pluto alignment. While these two planetary powerhouses are slowly pulling away from each other, their transformational energies are still in effect throughout 2015. Creating an environment of uncertainty and upheaval since summer 2010, the 7th and final exact alignment was last month on March 16.
Jackhammers & New Paths
Perhaps a good analogy for this process is an old sidewalk that has buckled, broken and shifted through the years, making it difficult to walk. People repeatedly fall into old ruts and gaping holes. Finally it is decided that the sidewalk needs to be completely torn up and replaced.
Along comes a jackhammer. It is loud, aggravating and disruptive. As a humanity, this is where we are right now. The jackhammers of Uranus and Pluto are getting our attention. The old ways of living are no longer workable, but the new pavement cannot be laid until the old way of being is completely removed. It is a time for patience, faith and trust in the process of transformation.
While a collective vision of possibility is dawning, it will take some time for the new path to be revealed. At this point, the process can appear overwhelming, aggravating and sometimes hopeless. Old structures are collapsing, and the tendency is to get caught in what is breaking down rather than what is arising out of the rubble.
To quote author Elizabeth Gilbert, "The greater the crisis, it seems, the swifter the evolution."
The pressure to evolve personally and collectively can reach an extreme tension as Pluto is stationary retrograde on April 16, and transiting at 15 degrees Capricorn for the entire month. This marks a halfway point in the larger Capricorn cycle that started in 2008 and completes in 2024. The cycle started with the potential for economic collapse, and numerous signs of structural breakdown, ethical decline and moral decay.
Pluto is the mystical phoenix, arising out of the ashes of destruction. Uranus is the lightening bolt of awakening that carries with it an extraordinary mix of innovation and genius. It takes great faith to believe that humanity will once again stroll in the lovely garden of the heart, enjoying the sites, stopping to smell the roses, grateful for each other and our universal connection.
Earth Day on the 22nd
Speaking of gardens, the annual observance of Earth Day is April 22. Perfectly timed with the Sun’s entrance into Taurus on the 20th, this day of honoring the Earth brings out all the positive qualities of Taurus energy.
Taurus, the most grounded and stable of zodiac signs, represents money in the bank and possessions. However, what we share in common is the experience of physical incarnation. Taurus stimulates a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, artistic expression and enjoyment of the sensual side of life.
As a conscious living being, Earth is challenged to assimilate the higher, more rarefied frequencies of light streaming upon her. Recently a professional dowser asked me to communicate to readers the importance of showing up and expressing real, tangible appreciation for Nature and the Earth each and everyday.
This Earth Day, may we remember that every part of creation is receiving an extraordinary upgrade into higher vibration. We are only beginning to realize and feel these emanations that will change life on Earth as we know it. The Source of Love and Light is close, palpable and real. No matter what it looks like on the surface, a new dawn is coming, and this is very good news.
Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 35 years experience. She is available for personal consultations. A full listing of her services can be found on her site: astrodelight.com/services.html or phone her at: 828-215-2101.