Vedic Astrologer Sam Geppi shares insights for the month of April.
April is a month with a strong focus on themes related to the Self and others – with a New Moon in Aries and a Full Moon in Libra. Exalted Venus and the Sun affirm themes of beauty and personal strength.
Venus enters Pisces where she will be until April 25. Venus is the planet of happiness and supports our wishes to fulfill our desires and live a good life. Venus is exalted in Pisces, the sign of emotional and cosmic unity. Now is a time when we will seek a sublime beauty—and we may find it! Usually our happiness is conditioned to be based on people or other worldly things. This is a meaningful time for cultivating romance and creativity, yet during April be mindful of fantasizing or escaping from things you find unpleasant, which are behaviors related the shadow side of Pisces.
The New Moon is in Pisces today, beginning a 30-day cycle of emotional expansion, inspiration, and hope – which are themes of Pisces. Now is a great time to connect with your authentic heart (beyond fleeting emotional state). Pisces is a dual sign; under its influence emotions change quickly. Pisces is also the sign of mystical emotions, not just worldly ones. The fish must swim in the deep waters if she is to survive; only a dead fish floats on the surface. Emotions are the surface of the mind, dive deep into the heart the next 30 days.
This New Moon happens in Revati Nakshatra, ruled by the god Pushan, the shepherd. There is a gentle, protective energy now so allow yourself to be enveloped in this healing love.
The Sun enters Aries, his sign of exaltation. The Sun is exalted in Aries, because it shows the need to act instinctively (Aries) on our true power (the Sun). For the next 30 days trust your gut and act on your highest inspiration and purpose. This is a great time to blaze forth with your career goals and life purpose. Be careful of overconfidence and arrogance.
Mars turns retrograde in Scorpio until June 30. Since the end of February we have been plunging into deep emotional waters. For the next two-and-a-half months expect some inner turbulence as these waters churn more and more. Now is a time to face your emotional fears as well as anger and jealousy. Discipline transforms these negative emotions into personal strengths, but it takes a lot of courage. This is not easy and requires we sit with ourselves and not project our stress onto others.
The Moon in Virgo is aspecting exalted Venus now, bringing a firm grounding influence to the creative, mystical promise of Venus in Pisces. The Virgo Moon is kind of fussy, but the Venus aspect brings, grace, and creativity. Now is a great time to produce a piece of music or art or a yummy meal then relax into the fullness of existence in your heart. Also spend time with loved ones.
The Moon is full in Libra now, bringing an emphasis on relationship connections and interactions with others, including business partners. This Full Moon in is opposition to the exalted Sun in Aries – showing the need to connect our personal power with others if there is to be growth. In many ways, our personal strength is meaningless unless we can share it with others. Expect some volatility in this area of life, as issues of “Self and Other” become important now.
This Full Moon happens in Swati Nakshatra, ruled by the god Vayu, the god of the wind. The monkey god Hanuman was the son of Vayu. He represents the power of the mind to be a superhuman force when brought under control. Careless and reckless speech can be especially damaging.
April 24 – 25
The Moon is with Saturn and Mars in Scorpio which can deliver a dose of stress and anxiety so expect to experience some deep frustrations. Be careful trying to manage (or control) the emotions of others. Instead try to stabilize yourself and connect to your true heart; dive deeper than the surface. This is especially challenging now as as you may feel jealous, insecure, and victimized during this time. Do not be tempted to attack others because they deserve it, based on what they did to you. That is the fast track to more and more drama, rather than more and more peace. You have the opportunity to decide.
April 26 – 27
The Moon will be in Sagittarius aspected by Jupiter in Leo, bringing some much needed hope and inspiration after the drama of the last few days. Now is a good time to reconnect with your teachings and beliefs. This is a great day for serious study, or serious teaching: Inspire others today and learn.