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By Henry Seltzer
The astrology of April is quite intense, including two eclipses, and the perfection of the Uranus-Pluto square alignment in a major grand cross in cardinal signs. Uranus and Pluto come together this month in their revolutionary square that has been the hallmark of this contentious decade for the fifth of seven times. In this month’s configuration, their perfect square is accentuated by Mars and Jupiter, forming a tight grand cross and rendering the radical energy for transformation and revolutionary/evolutionary change even more powerful. This is a time of great and crucial transformation, as the contradictions in our society become even more clearly recognized, dramatically showcasing the urgent need for meaningful change to take place. This very same process is echoed in our individual lives as well, since each one of us represents a microcosm for the whole.
On April 20th, Easter Sunday, Mars in retrograde, moving backward through Libra, opposes Uranus, at about a degree away, just as Jupiter, sailing through Cancer, arrives at the exact opposite point in the Zodiac to Pluto. The Moon also aligns with Pluto that evening, further highlighting this mighty transformational activity. The exact timing of the square between Uranus and Pluto arrives the next day, Monday, and then Mars aligns exactly on the next, so that the three days of the most transformative power are the 20th through the 22nd. Every day this month leads up to this, although the energy is certainly extremely volatile by the time of the April 15th Full Moon. This is an energetic and somewhat accident-prone time, as well as an opportunity for growth spurts of all kinds. It is also a potentially difficult period, when reactivity could sink your ship, or when inadvertent impulse could lead to unforeseen consequences.
In the week leading up to this Easter weekend, the night of Monday, April 14th brings a midnight Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, taking place at about 3 AM on the east coast and about 12 AM on the west coast of North America, that will be visible over most of the continent. Many will stay up late to see the Moon turn the color of blood as the earth occludes her. This eclipse is astrologically interesting as well, as the Sun and Moon in alignment with the Moon’s nodal axis form close declinational aspects to Neptune, with Mars in connection to Chiron and nearing its opposition to Pluto, and with Uranus and Pluto highlighted as well by Mercury in close conjunction with Uranus. To the revolutionary ardor represented by Uranus in combination with Pluto is added the spiritual idealism, and potential confusion, represented by Neptune and the pain of separation from the traditional and known that is symbolized by Chiron, the Wounded Healer, close to Neptune and prominent in this eclipse configuration.
April also partakes of the remaining retrograde of this early spring, namely Mars, still moving backward through Libra, and opposing Uranus on the 22nd as indicated above. Following the point of interaction with the potent outer planet combinations of the grand cross, Mars continues backward to the tenth degree of Libra before stationing in mid-May, and briefly returns to the point of opposition to Uranus in late June. During this period of the retrograde of Mars, outer achievement seems to take a back seat to deep reflection and inner work on self-recognition and self-realization. We are also over this entire monthly period attempting to get a better idea of how the various relationships and partnering of our lives adds to our own experience and where detracts, as we are further inspired to follow through on necessary changes to our life’s basic structure.
The last eclipse of April takes place at nearly the end of the month, on April 28th. This Solar Eclipse will not be visible in the northern hemisphere, and yet it still counts as an extra-potent New Moon astrologically. Mercury, Mars, Venus and Neptune are all emphasized, so that the month of May that follows will be a time of gathering ourselves and adjusting to the powerful realizations that continue to come through, in collusion with the vital symbolism of these powerful cosmic alignments.
Stuck Living in Mediocreland?
3 Quick Tips to Escape the Rut
by Shawn Anderson
Wake-up alarm sounds. Hit snooze button. Steal ten minutes more sleep. Groan. Get coffee. Wake kids. Take shower. Get dressed. Yell at kids. Drive to work. Slump into chair. Check email. Check Facebook. Meet deadlines. Waste time chatting. Watch clock. Check Facebook again. Sneak out early. Wait in traffic. Get groceries. Chaperone kids. Shout about homework. Make dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed. Repeat.
Of course, there is no way this sounds familiar. Right? Maybe to our friends, but never to us. Not to worry…this is for them. (The friends.)
To help those “friends” who are stuck in a life rut, motivational guru Shawn Anderson shares three quick rut-escaping tips you can provide to those who need emergency advice and are living the same day over…and over…and over:
TIP #1: Quit living in Mediocreland.
Stuck on mediocrity? Well, look in the mirror at the person responsible. It’s you. You created your average-ness…and you can un-create it, too. Want out of the rut?
Book Excerpt: Chapter 8
Diabetes Prevention and Management
Multi-micronutrients, Diet, and Lifestyle Recommendations
In spite of current preventive recommendations, the incidence of diabetes is increasing throughout the world including in the United States. This increase implies that the proposed recommendations–primarily changes in diet and lifestyle–are not having optimal results. If there are no significant changes in the current preventive recommendations, it is estimated that by 2034 the number of individuals in the United States with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes will increase from about 23.7 million to 44.1 million. During this period, about 65 percent of the population is expected to remain overweight or obese. The annual medical cost of this disease is expected to rise from 113 billion to 336 billion dollars, a threefold increase during the same time period. The projected increase in this disease and its related cost makes it imperative that we develop an additional strategy for prevention. This chapter describes a novel prevention strategy using micronutrients that would complement the current recommendations.
TYPES OF PREVENTION STRATEGIES
Prevention strategies can be divided into two groups: primary prevention and secondary prevention. Primary prevention strategies include ways to avoid exposure to agents that can induce one or more risk factors for developing diabetes.
Be Your Own Herbal Expert Part 8
Healing sweets: herbal honeys, syrups, and cough drops Part 1
by Susun S Weed