s266135201567006809_p25_i2_w1000TRANSFORMATIONAL ASTROLOGY

April 2014

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.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an exciting and also fraught month for you, Aries. You have tons of energy to be up and doing. A bright dawning beckons although with massive obstacles still to surmount. As the transformational impacts of a climactic early year multiply in the present timeframe, you are challenged to stay afloat. Yet, once you get past your resistance, the possibilities for positive results are virtually endless. Partnership in getting there is even more important for you now than before, and yet could feel like a two-edged sword, as you question certain parts of your relationship dynamic. Connections with others around you are crucial and life changing, while you feel the need to preserve your own individuality. The seeming answer could come suddenly, and still take months to work itself out.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).This is an important and transitional month for you, Taurus, when you benefit from staying as open as possible. As you transform in your understanding of the world around you and the universe within, you are aware that your best inspiration comes from the inside. Your very dreams are full of practical information. You are likely reflecting on question marks regarding service to others, the impact of your relationships on your life generally, and your own arc of development in the context of these difficult times. Your expression of who you are and how you show up in public is becoming clearer and more committed; it makes more and more sense to be coming at the world from the standpoint of your whole entire self, including that of your unconscious process.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Exciting possibilities are opening up, Gemini, for creating positive change along the lines you have previously begun. You may be throwing logic as well as caution to the winds as you do. Whatever you sincerely wish for this month has an excellent chance of coming to pass, so choose wisely. February’s retrograde of Mercury, which fully completed with its recent entrance into Pisces, has allowed you to create a new foundation, and now is the time to build. If you succeed in taking account of inner wounding, you will not miss out on a very important factor in discovering your more fully realized presence. You are in the process of creating greater internal connection with yourself, and you find yourself digging deeper into certain aspects of intimacy that you perhaps have previously avoided.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) You have an amazing month ahead, Cancer, as you more fully emerge into a vibrant and deeply changing world. Outer achievement is up for you, but with a marked difference from the career efforts of past occurrences, as you have now an entirely different sense of yourself underlying your outer world activity. Many and varied are your visions for accomplishment, and also the opportunities that are suddenly coming your way, because opportunity follows vision as surely as the flowers follow the rain. Your sense of yourself and of the way that you interact with significant others, or with potential partners, is also in major flux. As you push forward into greater real world commitment, it is with the consciousness of renewed life purpose and of the relevance of partners to your own efforts.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) The times are changing, Leo, and you along with them. Your journey lately has challenged you to explore more deeply within yourself, and your insights have perhaps been extraordinary. Now, with the even greater intensity of this new monthly cycle, you are again being put to a sort of test. There is no passing or failing, only the question of what you can glean from your experience, and how use startling epiphany to move yourself forward within your own arc of development. You are transforming mightily in your sense of yourself and of the world you live in. Partners play an important role as you surge toward May breakthrough. There are powerful implications for your road ahead as you conceive your mission to be of a very different variety than consensus thinking might dictate.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an amazing time for you, Virgo, to top off an incredible beginning to the year. This month is adventure-packed, even though much of the action seems to be taking place on the inside. Over the past few weeks and into the present, you are being shot forward into greater interpersonal and inner connectivity like the releasing of a compressed spring. Partnership is on your mind, but not to the exclusion of your own transformative development. Your intuition is sizzling right now and worth paying attention to, because it tells you truer than mere logic where your next moves might actually take you. Everything is changed and yet somehow remains the same, as new realizations flood your system and intimate connection burns more brightly, in direct proportion to your own increasing self-awareness.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is again your time to reflect, Libra, on where life is taking you and as well on what part important others are able to play as you study how to enhance your own life development. The startling truth keeps coming at you, in one way or another, that even as you find salvation in connection with others, it is in actuality your own depths that you are thereby exploring. The perspective of active partners can be enlightening as an aid to your own blossoming understanding of what makes your heart keep up its steady and stealthy beat, leading you to a new high-water mark of inner exploration and self-understanding. What begins with equal parts of shutdown and wild euphoria leads you, through the time of the mid-month eclipse in your sign, to a more conscious sharing.


SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This continues to be an exciting and a difficult time for you, Scorpio, the less so the more you can simply let your process take you where it will. You are entering upon yet another twist in the spiral of your destiny, as you follow your road to the next level of accumulated wisdom. While transforming at the very core of your being, you are finally beginning to understand more of where you are heading in this season of change. It is not the easy path that works for you, nor yet the path that consensus thinking seems to dictate. You are possessed with extraordinary dedication right now for inner work, and for finding that place within yourself where you can answer the most important of life’s questions without the mixed blessing of external confirmation.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) It is a long road that has no turning, Sagittarius, and yours is coming on, through the thoughtful conundrums and complex achievements of this powerful monthly cycle. A deeper sense of yourself, and of your creative output, is emerging, at times quite suddenly. This throws your future plans and your entire relationship with the material world into radical transition. This in the end implies a sense of security that comes, not from the fluctuation of your finances, but rather from inside. Suffering is eased, and close interpersonal connection becomes more available to you as you embody higher consciousness. You are looking into everything more closely, including where you are heading, and this is one important key. Another lies in continuing to take each step as it comes, trusting the grace of the cosmos to guide you.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are entering into yet another powerful monthly cycle, Capricorn, as you continue the transformational journey of this year. Home and family considerations suddenly predominate, along with the realization that your inner realms occupy a more strategic place in your life path than external ones. Even as you recognize the power of your inner perspective to move mountains, you are paradoxically invested more heavily than ever with idealized plans for a series of outer world accomplishments that you have long dreamed of fulfilling. Your intuitional access is strong and potentially life changing, so that your whole world, including the potential of partnership, is turned upside down. As you proceed with business almost as usual, there is a qualitative difference in what it ultimately means to you, and how you are taking it in.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) You are getting both serious and more light regarding your informal education, Aquarius. Your concentrated learning curve is becoming even more intense amidst the context of a year of meaningful change. This is heralded from the very beginning of the month by the advent of even further potent realizations, together with fresh commitment to a sense of your ultimate life purpose. This might actually involve a greater degree of inner work than you ever would have thought possible a few short months ago. Certain aspects of your existing worldview are crumbling while others are coming into greater figure-and-ground relief, all in accordance with a life plan that you breathed into being for yourself, long ago and far away, in quite another corner of the universe, and which yet sustains your efforts here.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is the time of your life, Pisces, all in flux, and with the pace getting faster as the spring commences. Nothing is quite the same as the month unfolds, rather life is renewed and somehow lighter, with the consciousness of major transition. It might be that old wounds could surface now, bringing you into a different sense of yourself as you move beyond them. You could find great alteration in finances and in even with regard to your values, and the basis for your sense of security, in unexpected and yet in the end positive and beneficial ways. This could all be conceived as a crash course in acceptance. Things get so much better once you allow the universe to guide you, getting past the notion that you alone must master your fate.


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 and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at



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