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Planetary Trends for April 2020 by Belinda Dunn

Belinda Dunn

Libra/Aries SuperMoon Full Moon – April 7 @ 10:35 pm

Aries New Moon – April 22 @ 10:25 pm

A hopeful perspective for current planetary trends can be summed up in the common adage, “April showers bring May flowers.” Surely, there has to be a rainbow somewhere in this “perfect storm” of global proportions. With this in mind and heart, let’s take a closer look at the planets, their timely messages, and the portent of dawning light on the horizon.

Rumbling, invisible, beneath the surface of everyday awareness, storms of epic proportions have been brewing for months, if not years. Humans share this planet with a multitude of life forms, including the invisible world of microscopic existence. From the infinitesimal to the gigantic, Earth is host planet for a vast array of creation. From a planetary perspective, this is the vantage point of Neptune, and its long term transit through Pisces (2012 – 2025).

The activation of these underlying conditions have been accentuated by Mercury’s retrograde transit through Pisces, the zodiac sign of seclusion and retreat, including the places where people go for recuperation (sanctuaries, hospitals, prisons). The evolutionary lessons of Pisces, and its 12th house association, generally take the form of unforeseen troubles, setbacks and confinement. Resistance only makes matters worse. Relaxing, yielding to what is, opens the space for faithful introspection and healing.

Mercury went direct on March 9, timed exactly as the week of major disclosure when the World Health Organization announced a global pandemic. Now, with Mercury on board, immediate action is being taken to contain the virus, educate the public, and implement solutions. Mercury joins Neptune on April 3,  continuing its long stint in Pisces until April 11, at which time, Mercury enters Aries, signaling a rebirth of sorts, auspiciously timed with Easter, a celebration of resurrection.

The other ingredient in this perfect storm is the on-going planetary alignment in Capricorn. For years astrologers have been contemplating the possibilities in the once every 37 years joining of Saturn and Pluto. Within orb of influence throughout 2019-2020, the exact alignment was January 12, three days after the Covid-19 virus was named and made public.

Pluto, mythical god of the underworld, is associated with the life and death potential of viruses, epidemics and pandemics. Typically hidden beneath the surface, but when aroused, Pluto’s action tends to be catalytic, drastic, obsessive, compulsory and life altering. Strong immune systems include effective boundaries, and it important to guard against contamination, as well as getting caught up in mass hysteria.

Adding another major planetary player to this complex mix, Jupiter’s transit through Capricorn is exposing, expanding, spreading and amplifying existing conditions that have remained hidden up to this point. In fact, on April 4, Jupiter exactly conjoins Pluto, and the perfect storm is raging, out in plain view to be addressed, dwelt with, and lived through.

Across a vast array of social systems, on-going repercussions will continue to roll out as Jupiter joins Pluto this month, and again in June and November. Describing this trend in her eloquent words, astrologer Pam Younghans writes, “Jupiter’s magnifying glass is trained on all that has been exposed through the Saturn-Pluto alignment, making sure that we fully dismantle structures of the past and clear the way for a new future that is unfettered by what has come before. Pluto is acting as the Rototiller, digging out the deep roots of weeds that have effectively been strangling the more positive potentials and the resources needed for germination and growth.”

All things considered, perhaps the silver lining in this dark cloud is Saturn’s propensity for containment, limitation, caution, austerity and discipline. All hands on deck, Saturn can help mobilize resources needed to mitigate the virus while conveying the very real and stark message of global connectivity.

As of March 23, Saturn entered Aquarius, the zodiac sign of world community. On March 30, Mars entered Aquarius, conjoining Saturn on the 31st. Thus, April begins with this unmistakable and insistent planetary pronouncement that it’s time to heed warnings and take effective measures to address numerous crises sprouting up like weeds around the globe. This is a game changer.

Aquarius is the zodiac sign of community based on the organization of individuals with common goals and interests. It is right and natural for people to discover and cultivate a sense of belonging. This includes the freedom and permission for each person to be unique, giving rise to the ideal of “unity within diversity.”

However, even though Aquarius enhances connectivity, Aquarius tends to be detached, cool and reserved. Almost overnight, the reality of “social distancing,” has rapidly soared into public awareness. In mass, people are turning to technology for connection, an obvious sign of trends to come as Saturn transits through Aquarius (2020 – 2023).

The planetary ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the planet of technology, science, invention and progress. In its thirty year orbit, Saturn’s entrance into Aquarius is closing the door on the past, heralding a new way of living and being on planet Earth.

While Capricorn is the zodiac sign of tradition and the foundations upon which society stands, Aquarius looks to the future. Even though there is a plethora of dystopian/utopian viewpoints, for the most part, these are fearful projections onto an uncertain future. Humans can hide their heads in the sand, and conjure up doomsday scenarios, but at this point no one person definitely knows what the future will bring. This can be nerve wracking and scary, but with a good dose of curiosity, living on the cutting edge can be extremely freeing and exhilarating.

In terms of COVID-19, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, an enthusiastic spokesperson for science, recently commented that this pandemic is a “massive experiment worldwide as to whether people will pay attention and listen to the scientists, in this case, medical professionals.” The ranting and raving of politicians is pointless, if rational facts are disregarded. Whether the challenge is a pandemic, climate change, pollution, poverty, addiction (fill in the blank), Saturn’s transit in Aquarius can be summed up as, “may cooler heads prevail.”

The Full Moon on April 7-8 is a Super Moon and heightened emotions bring relationship issues to a head. Sun in Aries supports self-reliance, independence, and bold action. On the other hand, Moon in Libra encourages a judicious pause in order to consider the perspective of those around you. Creating an environment where all viewpoints are given expression can enhance and harmonize every relationship.

However, especially given current circumstances, this Full Moon has a shadow side as Sun activates Eris, a recently discovered dwarf planet named after the goddess of discord. Together, Sun and Eris intensify many of the evolutionary lessons that are currently plaguing humanity. First and foremost, narcissism and self centered greed is rampant while many of earth’s citizens are barely getting by, existing in very vulnerable conditions.

This said, survival instincts are hard-wired, and sometimes the best choices may appear to be selfish. Entire families, cities, states and countries are being forced by circumstances to juggle responsibilities and make very hard decisions. These trends are supportive to the underlying message of Capricorn which cautions excess, while accepting ethical, moral and social responsibility for the good and benefit of society as a whole. In other words, we’re all in this together.

Another very important planetary trend begins on April 3. Venus, the planet of love, companionship, beauty and artistry enters Gemini. Due to a retrograde phase, Venus will spend all of spring and most of summer in Gemini. This is a long stint for Venus, underscoring the basic human need for connection, especially collaboration, and the creative exchange of information and ideas.

Curious, restless and sociable, Venus in Gemini is inclined to travel, converse, learn, and explore. Considering the current restrictions on travel, it will be interesting to see how plans change, and what’s in store for summer months. More than likely, overseas and long distance travel will be halted or curbed substantially, but Gemini is about short distance travel, such as exploring local surroundings. As a mother and grandmother, I recall taking many walks with a toddler. Every little leaf, stick, bug and rock becomes a reason to stop, and enjoy the sights.

In addition to Venus in communicative Gemini, Mars is transiting through Aquarius all month, until May 13. Female and male, yin and yang, love and sexuality, Venus and Mars are the relationship planets. In this case, they are in harmony with each other. This supportive trend is a big help as masses of people retreat to their homes and aim to co-exist in relative peace. Working together, Venus and Mars can unleash massive creativity.

Observed annually for the past fifty years, Earth Day is April 22. On this evening a New Moon in Taurus exactly aligns with Uranus, giving pause in mankind’s relentless drive for acquisition, rooted in dissatisfaction and self-interest.

In the spring of 1970, Earth Day was established and honored as a result of man’s first Moon landing. Describing the view from space, astronauts tell of discovering the Earth for the very first time, and “at that moment everything changed.” Words can never fully describe the awesome and spectacular view, but astronauts brought back photos of this beautiful, glowing, blue-green planet, photos that have been shared around the globe.

That spring the Environmental Protection Agency was voted into existence along with many other local and global initiatives for the health and preservation of natural habitats. For five decades humans have been at odds, wasting time, wasting resources, arguing for or against, many pleading on behalf of Earth. But most measures to protect this fragile planet have fallen on deaf ears, and stone cold hearts. Sadly, for the most part, people have continued to take advantage of Earth’s generous and forgiving nature.

Uranus transits through Taurus until 2025, just a few years, a small window of time, a window not unlike the view from a space. Uranus in Taurus has the potential of connecting each of us to Earth in a new way. Many of us are feeling and experiencing this connection as a tangible grounding in love and appreciation for our planet.

On a personal note . . . as readers know, I have been writing about an approaching major planetary alignment since 2012, but especially last year as Saturn and Pluto began to exactly conjoin. Last autumn, in the middle of researching 2020, out to lunch with close friends, they asked about 2020. For some reason, I recall that moment so clearly in that I was speechless, shaking my head, and a heavy dread came over me. All I could say was, “I don’t like it.”

Earlier this week, my daughter asked me about astrology trends in regard to the pandemic. It is always my goal to simplify and translate the more complex terminology for friends, family, clients and readers. What follows, in abbreviated form, was my explanation to her, and hopefully, it is helpful to share with readers now.

We live in a cosmos of cycles upon cycles upon cycles. Our Earth, Sun and Moon, each planetary body, every star and every galaxy, has an established cycle in ordered synchronicity with each other. Over thousands of years, astrologers have observed and notated these patterns in terms of effect and outcomes.

So what happens when these enormous cycles coincide in exact, to the degree timing? And what planetary cycles are in evidence now? Well, here goes . . .

Pluto has a 246 year orbit. Saturn has a 29+ year orbit. The lunar nodes, which are connected to the powerful eclipse cycle, has an 18.6 year cycle. Jupiter has a 12 year orbit. Mars has a 2 year orbit. Again, what happens when these cycles come together in the same zodiac sign and exact degree as they have been doing for the past two months?  And what about the outsider, disruptive Eris, in her 515 year orbit, in stressful alignment with all of the above? What is the planetary message here? It’s worth some contemplation.

After I summed up this analysis, my daughter paused asking, “Mom, if you knew this, why didn’t you warn us?” To this, all I could offer was, “The nature of this planetary alignment is sudden, unpredictable, and thankfully, very rare. It won’t happen again in our lifetimes.” But, when I ask myself now, I realize my gut instinct was doing overtime all last year. I felt, like so many of us, the squirmy fear and niggling dread of something big and unprecedented approaching. It has been clear for some time that society has been built on the fault lines of a house of cards.

So here and now, with a mandatory step back, and a hefty dose of Saturn on my Aquarius ascendant, it all makes sense as I return to the deep peace within the Heart of all hearts, permeating and sustaining the entire Creation. Reminding me of a favorite hit song from 1965, “To everything there is a season. . . turn, turn, turn. . . and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

Sending virtual hugs to each and every one, with prayerful intentions for health and happiness. May ALL be well.

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.
belinda@astrodelight.com; 828-215-2101www.astrodelight.com

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