Astrological update for the week of April 11-18, 2022
Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces. This week we have the exact conjunction of Jupiter to Neptune, culminating on April 12th. You can do a deep dive into this conjunction by following this link. We can get the most out of this crescendo of Piscean magic and illumination (which will remain in effect for the rest of the month) by placing our attention on areas of our life where creative inspiration and spiritual exploration can take hold. Meditation retreats. Music and art. Ecstatic dance. Anything we do that invites Divinity into our lives is highlighted now.
The conjunction of Jupiter to Neptune doesn’t always bring fairy dust and magic – there is also potential for illusion and confusion. There is a longing under this conjunction for positivity and optimism, and this can be a gorgeous influence to help us create a beautiful future. However, we may not be thinking as clearly as we would like to, so I advise precautionary care with the mundane details to be sure we have our feet on the ground when making decisions.
Mars enters Pisces April 14th. Following the Piscean theme described above, the planet of war enters the the most mutable of the mutable signs. Mutability is flexible and adaptable, but also lacks focus and direction which is not the happiest place for Mars. In Pisces, Mars can inspire greater compassion and a yearning for spiritual connection, but the Piscean confusion can become a force that dissolves our motivation and even our physical energy.
Mars will be in Pisces until it enters Aries on May 24th. During this time Mars will conjoin Neptune and Jupiter, which may exacerbate the fuzziness of planetary energies. We can ameliorate this somewhat by enhancing our own physical energy through physical activity – always an excellent way to stimulate the chi and activate our intellectual energy as well as physical. But in the end we will just have to be patient and wait for the Piscean clouds to lift, utilizing this time for more peaceful and illuminating experiences described in the first paragraph above. The presence of Venus exalted in Pisces until May 2nd when she enters Aries will help us to focus on the higher path of divine love which will help to keep us out of the abyss of delusion.
Libra Full Moon. The Moon will be full in Libra on Saturday April 16th at 3:55 pm EDT. Full Moons are all about balancing polar opposites since during the Full Moon the Sun is in the sign opposing the sign the Moon is in, and at the Libra Full Moon the balancing of opposites is the very theme of the lunation. Libra after all IS the sign of balance – under the Libra influence we learn to view all sides of an issue before making an opinion, and achieve equilibrium in the midst of opposing forces.
This Full Moon is squared by intense Pluto which could bring about some conflict which needs to be resolved before that equanimity can be achieved although the resolution may not occur until after the Sun squares Pluto on the 18th. Fortunately, a harmonious aspect to Saturn helps to provide stability and the rational steps to solve any problems which keep us from achieving our goals at this time. With the help of Saturn, any Pluto problems can be easily managed.
Other planetary events this week (dates and times are for Eastern time zone, please adjust for your locality):
Monday April 11. The Moon begins the week in Leo, inspiring us to seek joy and live our best life especially in the afternoon and early evening when the Moon trines the Sun. A momentary blip in that sunny focus may occur around 9 pm EDT under a Saturn influence but any clouds will soon pass.
Tuesday April 12. Jupiter conjoins Neptune! The Moon will have just moved into Virgo at 10:07 which will add a grounding influence and keep our minds focused on the details of life on planet Earth, and a harmonious Sun/Saturn influence will help us to take that wonderful positivity of Jupiter and Neptune and put it to work towards a worthy goal.
Wednesday April 13. Mild lunar aspects will help to promote positivity.
Thursday April 14. The Virgo Moon activates both Neptune and Jupiter in the early morning EDT which could exacerbate any confusion already in the works. We may feel somewhat unsettled, but this cloud will lift after a harmonious Moon/Pluto alignment around 2 pm which will be followed by the entry of the Moon into Libra at 4:45 pm EDT. This will begin the countdown to the Libra Full Moon a couple of days later.
Meanwhile Mars enters Pisces at 11:05 pm. Creating an intention for a new creative project, or meditation practice, or some way to channel all of this Piscean energy into something positive, will be an excellent way to prepare for the Full Moon.
Friday April 15. With no other lunar or planetary aspects, a Moon/Chiron opposition at 3:40 pm EDT could create some emotional discomfort which will last only a few hours.
Saturday April 16. Full Moon! A wonderful day for a ritual to honor and clarify the intention that is fueled by desire from the highest good.
The Moon enters Scorpio at 8:22 pm EDT and trines its ruler Mars shortly thereafter which will help us to sharpen our focus and awaken the pure desire that fuels our creative energies.
Sunday April 17. The Scorpio Moon is busy on Sunday, creating some tension in communication and exacerbating any restlessness that might be lurking in the subconscious, but also easing our interactions with others. Meanwhile a harmonious Mercury/Venus aspect culminates around 9 pm but shines a light all day to facilitate conversation and compromise.
Mercury and Venus are also building to aspect Uranus in the early hours of the morning on Monday, bringing in new energies and potential excitement to innovate and create positive change (Mercury conjunct Uranus 12:51 am Monday, Venus sextile Uranus 3:14 am Monday.)
Take good care everyone and have a wonderful week. ❤️