Transformational Astrology

April 2012

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of April features Mercury, Mars, Uranus Neptune and Pluto. Mercury and Mars both remain retrograde at the beginning of the month. Mercury stations direct on the 4th and escapes its retrograde shadow on the 23rd.  The usual symptoms of missed connections and mechanical breakdowns will likely prevail over this entire period, while internal meditative profundity wins out over direct action. Mars stations to direct motion on April 13th, although he will take until June to return to where he started when he began his own retrograde in late January. Especially over this current April cycle we might be spending more time questioning our motives than in acting on them. While still retrograde, Mars also aspects Neptune as well as Uranus and Pluto at the time of the April 6th Full Moon and in the week that follows. Thus the cosmos provides a rocky beginning to the month if you want to quickly move ahead, but in the context of these retrogrades gifts you with an excellent time to look within, and to dialog or to journal regarding what you are up to in your life.


Uranus and Neptune are strongly configured in the April skies. Uranus was aspected by the Aries New Moon that proceeded the current month, when the New Moon occurred at the Mercury/Uranus midpoint, in close conjunction with them both, and is prominent at the time of the April 21st New Moon in early Taurus, while Neptune is aspected by the April 6th Full Moon, and in this latter configuration as well. The synchronicities and unexpected enlightenment that characterizes the symbolic presence of Uranus in our psychic air space will be joined by the universal compassion and idealism represented by Neptune, idealism that can drift into illusion and that can also be confusing as it collides with practical objectives.


The Grand Trine to Pluto that began the month fades as the month wears on, but Pluto remains emphasized by virtue of its own retrograde station, on April 10th. With all three outer planets prominent we are reminded of the big push this year for deep and soul-searching transformation that involves all three, especially focused on the forming Uranus-Pluto square. At the April 21st New Moon we might get an early hit of this powerful and truly revolutionary world transit, increasingly active now, which perfects on June 24th, and so for the entire remainder of the spring is growing more and more forceful. Like it or not, and ready for it or not, we are all in a process of radical transformation, for the sake of the life of the society around us and with regard to our own individual lives as well. We are faced with necessary in our own best interest but that doesn’t make it any easier. Change is difficult, and ruts are easy to get stuck in, until the universe says “enough” and comes along to blast us out of them.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an important month for sorting out where it is that you might be heading, Aries, as you feel your way toward better alignment with soul purpose. There is a unique identity that is yours and that you are already in some sense laying claim to, as long as you can remember to stay out of your own way. Intuition speaks volumes. Once you allow yourself to remain open to that inner voice, you have an ally that provides important guidance. You are transforming on the inside and it affects everything else that you are about, most especially how and to what end you put yourself out there. Partners in your life are powerful as well for you right now, and are there to teach you.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This is a powerful and even shamanistic time for you, Taurus. Although your real-world presence is bubbling over, your dreams are coming on strong and might be more present to you than your waking life. The cosmos is proposing a healing practice and your Higher Self and you are taking a good long look. These urgings arise from deep within you, and your worldview is inevitably expanding to match up. You will ultimately be the richer by far for the experiences of this present monthly cycle. Plain old day-to-day reality just does not have the appeal of this temporary doorway straight into your unconscious, and evading the twisted canyons of memory, where you can become anything that your imagination conceives.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You are half out of your element, Gemini. This is a time of idealized vision and also of recognizing the strength of your profound intuition. What you wish for has a power to it now, so wish carefully. Philosophical approaches come naturally to you, but this latest big push arriving from deep inside is stronger and more flexible than any prior conception. You are in a process of rethinking everything that has gone before, and revisiting your take on group affiliations and friendships that have led you to your current state of awareness. Old patterns continue to plague you until you decide to do something about them. The next ridge peeps over the one where you had recently arrived, and beckons you to another long but ultimately rewarding upward climb.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) Changing conditions evoke changing responses and an entirely new form of independence, Cancer. You are absorbing a different type of knowledge that comes to you only when you have the courage to close your eyes in order to truly see it, and utilizing the information gained in this way to enable you to enter into an alternative universe of understanding. Everything stays the same but yet is powerfully transformed, including your relationships. The love you now have to offer is of a magical kind that blesses you in the giving; the more you give away the more remains. You are coming into yourself in such a way that even your past is reborn along with your future.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a wild time for you Leo. As you feel your way forward into a mystically amazing spring season, you are in some sense reinventing all your beliefs and values. Renewed understanding of where you are heading right now might be your most important product. The fundamental mystery of life and love is ever with you these days, as circumstances continue to provide unexpected enlightenment that shakes you up perhaps just where you needed it most. Intimate connection is studiously undefined and yet leads you to surprisingly rich rewards, even in terms of career connections, as the cycle of your learning continues. You might feel unresolved in some way since uncertainties continue to plague your course of development. Although this is easier said than done, you benefit by letting go of any and all concrete expectations.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) The roller-coaster ride continues, Virgo, and might be getting even wilder with this spring season. You are in the midst of important and far-reaching cycle of personal evolution, and it is vital that you recognize the magnitude of the changes coming down. Equally, you must not give in to imagining fearful scenarios, instead finding a way to trust in the capacity of the surrounding cosmos to take care of you no matter what. Partners have a lot to do with this. There is a complex interaction that taking place for you there, including idealization and perhaps illusion; it is tempting to put them on a pedestal. Relating to a significant other, one that after all cannot be completely controlled, is potentially scary, but could also prove to be a blessing.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) It’s crazy good being you right now, Libra. You are really in for it, riding out the storm and alternately loving it and being overwhelmed by the suddenness with which events can overtake you. This is an important month for sorting out partnership interactions and the effect upon your life of relationship in general. Things are moving so swiftly that it is never the same relationship river that you stepped into yesterday, and perhaps not even on the same continent. Your philosophy is adjusting with the shifting tides and in league with a strong sense of idealization that yet you cannot completely trust. The message is that however important to you, your relationship to others does not define you; only your relationship to yourself.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a tumultuous time for you, Scorpio. Many things in your life are changing now, while you remain the same person as before, only perhaps more conscious of who you really are. Your day-to-day life is might start to be seen as the miracle that it is, and as the opportunity for interaction with divine spirit that it could become. You are enjoying the benefit of a contrasting point of view to your own, as your communication with others and your communion with the surrounding circle of your acquaintances and colleagues deepens and becomes more fulfilled. As you feel your way forward into a mysterious interaction with the surrounding cosmos, that process helps to point your way into a very different future than you might have once planned, but the changes are for the better.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Welcome to the fun-house, Sagittarius. Whatever it is that you have been finding out about who you are at the core, the journey just got more mysterious and even less controlled, plus a whole lot more interesting. The dark unknown part of yourself is coming forward, and this is something to take advantage of as you fumble your way forward into wholeness. The pieces are coming together to the extent that you can stay open to your process, and this includes essentially redefining yourself and your relationship to others around you. Achievement at the level of pure ego is also gradually morphing into dedicating yourself to the benefit of humanity at large. This is an entirely illogical form of self-sacrifice by means of which you are not diminished but actually expanded.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are in a testing time for your endurance and for your faith, Capricorn. A basic instability at the very core of your being is getting even more intense and forcing changes that you didn’t think you were entirely ready for. Your way of showing up in the world is subject to drastic revisions, and especially any remnant of defining yourself in terms of outer accomplishment. A new way of achievement could be coming into view that melds career with idealistic soul mission. Things are not what they used to be, and what is more they might never go back to being that way again. This counts as a difficulty, but if only you can latch on to the half-full portion of the water glass, what an opportunity to remake your world.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are in a search for knowledge, Aquarius, but not of the usual kind. This is a time of fuzzy logic, not of scientific approach, at least not in the way that science is currently defined by the culture at large. A soul perspective has taken you over, and a tolerance for paradox, and although your ideas continue to come fast and furious, the most intelligent manner of regarding your life right now would be to regard it as a consuming passion to penetrate the mystery. You are on a huge learning curve, foraging for strange information that is nevertheless crucial to figuring out your world and your pathway through it. The new understanding that is beginning to emerge far outweighs any physical manifestation in terms of bricks laid down or dollars and cents built up.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of tough love from universal sources, Pisces. You are coming into yourself in a big way, although in actuality still dealing with multi-directional displacements of material and emotional security. Finances are hugely fluctuating and the only consistent message there is to disregard consistency. Circumstances are reviving old wounds that you thought you were finished with, and you are simultaneously catering to wild explosions of synchronicities that leave you unsure of which end is truly up. Partners only seem to be the real issue. And yet, through it all is the calm feeling from somewhere deep inside yourself that everything is coming out all right, in the end. This cosmic assurance on the part of the universe is the only thing that you can trust completely.


Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs is available on his website. Holding degrees from MIT and the University of California-San Diego, Henry is a popular speaker and also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at


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