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Planetary Trends for April 2021 by Belinda Dunn

WHAT’S UP – April 2021
Belinda C. Dunn

Aries New Moon – April 11 @ 10:31 pm
Scorpio/Taurus Full Moon – April 26 @ 11:32 pm

A new month dawns bright and clear with all planets direct, all systems GO! As our Sun transits through Aries, the first sign of the zodiac wheel, there is a very real sense of rebirth along with an unrelenting push to get up and running again, making up for lost time, as though life can’t move fast enough.

Throwing off winter’s heaviness is like throwing off the shackles, freeing up life force to flow, liberating the breath to inhale deeply of earth’s sweet fragrance. In a multitude of ways, on so many levels, all appears new, rejuvenated, reborn.

On April 11, the Aries New Moon seals the deal. There is no looking back now. In comparison to the past year, this is a month of leaps and bounds, relatively speaking. By this I mean, after a year of restrictions due to a global pandemic, the momentum is present to initiate significant expansion with less hesitation and complications, and actually welcome positive growth opportunities.

The astrology chart for the New Moon is very telling in that Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Ceres, Eris and Chiron are lined up in Aries. Symbolized by the Ram, Aries is the pure, unconditioned urge from spirit to express, move, and take action. Consider this, the battering ram doesn’t think, if at all, but instinctively moves from a spontaneous center of strength; confident and bold, breaking through obstacles as they appear, immersed in direct experience.

On the human level, what are these possible obstacles? Apathy, inertia, confinement, despair, exhaustion . . . to name a few. The past year has been beset with one challenging complication or another, simply maneuvering through daily life has taken extra effort for many people.

This New Moon is outstanding, particularly advantageous for setting intentions for manifestation, and being able to follow through necessary steps to fulfillment. A unique planetary alignment, the minor grand trine, binds together disparate energies to work as a whole in highly creative, intuitive, insightful, “thinking outside of the box” potential.

In addition to the line-up in Aries, there is a supportive aspect between Jupiter, the planet of opportunity, and Mars, the planet of action. In combination, Jupiter and Mars work to dispel fear and confusion by instilling an element of grace, ease, optimism, and trust in positive outcomes. Individually and collectively, these planets can help us come to terms with the enormous and evolving social changes underway. While this alignment is exact on the 16th, it acts as a protective influence throughout April.

Breaking it down further, Jupiter continues its year-long transit through Aquarius. Forward thinking and solution oriented, Aquarius supports synchronicity, chance encounters, even seemingly magical occurrences. This is about collaboration, people coming together in community to solve and resolve challenges. April is the month to be more aware and appreciative of your unique tribe of fellow travelers upon the journey of life.

This trend is well supported by Mars in Gemini for a full seven weeks (March 4 – April 23). Most of us have noticed an uptick in outgoing energy. Mars in Gemini craves variety, loves company, thrives on shared experience. Restless, searching, not sure what’s around the bend, but eyes wide open, nevertheless. The only caveat to this full on, no holds barred period is the impulsive nature of Mars. This is not a time to throw caution to the wind, but a time to methodically and carefully re-engage with meaningful activities.

Another significant planetary factor is Venus in stressful aspect with Pluto, and conjoining Eris (April 9 – 11), reminiscent of a popular bummer sticker, “The goddess is back and she’s pissed.” On one hand, it is helpful to check, and double check, underlying motives. On the other hand, this alignment ensures a necessary reckoning in terms of personal drives in relation to others. Issues can arise around control, anger, resentment, differences in opinion and purpose. It can provide a deep penetration into the heart of matters, within and without. While personally revealing for those open to exploration, on the collective level, these aspects intensify awareness of power struggles, inequality and social justice.

Moving along . . . Sun enters Taurus on April 19. While Aries is all fire, get up and go, Taurus is stable and grounding. Thus, the progression of manifestation begins with inspiration, and continues with practical follow-through. To use the analogy of a garden, Aries gets out the rotor-tiller, preparing the soil and selecting seeds. Taurus makes sure the seeds land in fertile soil, taking root, providing favorable conditions for healthy plant growth.

While April begins with enthusiasm and drive, it will be the final two weeks when inspiration is tested in the field of practical reality. Aries and Taurus work hand in hand to make sure projects are not haphazard and impractical, but fully functional. It can be helpful to identity your place in this process. For example, some people are filled with ideas, and get the ball rolling. They can inspire others to get on board, while others find their place in carrying good ideas into step by step manifestation.

Since 1970, April 22 continues to be set aside as Earth Day, a globally recognized event, bringing awareness to environmental protection, sustainable lifestyle, and the intrinsic connection of human beings with nature. Timed perfectly, the Sun transits through earthy Taurus on an annual basis. This year is especially potent as Venus, the planet of love, beauty and creativity, exactly conjoins Uranus in Taurus, the planet of discovery. Spending time outdoors, slowing down, grounding, connecting with nature; earth-centered activities may be surprisingly evocative, tangible and awe-inspiring.

However, keeping in mind/heart, the primary planetary aspect of 2021 is Saturn in tense square to Uranus. It is exact three times (February 17, June 14, December 24), but remains within orb of influence the entire year. We will revisit this archetypal relevance repeatedly, some months more than others. This aspect brings humanity to a crossroads whereby progress, and the process of manifestation, can meet with some resistance along with instantaneous reversals, and 180 degree turns.

Metaphysically, Saturn and Uranus are associated with the root chakra of yogic tradition. Therefore, both planets are closely associated with foundations and core principles, although their action can appear quite contrary. For example, Saturn has the qualities of endurance, solidity, constancy and constraint. Uranus, on the other hand, can precipitate revelation and release, manifesting far reaching change in its wake.

Another way to look at it . . . Saturn is gravity, the downward pull of earth itself, holding all things in form. Uranus can be likened to a lightning bolt, and the instantaneous awakening of kundalini as life force, the nerve current housed in base chakra, rising through the spine, connecting with the brain. Both are necessary, both are fundamentally related to the laws of existence.

So, what are the possible effects when these planets work together? In general, 2021 is a year of stops and starts. When an impasse is reached, when a detour arises, this is the time to stop, listen to guidance, and learn from experience. When a sudden, perhaps inexplicable event occurs, get your bearings, re-calibrate, open to possibility, see the opening as freeing up attention and energy to refocus on what is truly of value.

This entire year is driving home the message of value and purpose. We will see this in the marketplace as the economy reorients from the slowdown. We will see this in our personal lives as relationships take on deeper meaning. We will see this in our spiritual life as the purpose of earth incarnation can no longer be ignored. And, of course, we will see this trend on social levels, as a resurgence of humanitarian outreach becomes the answer to so many communal challenges.

In light of this on-going Saturn/Uranus alignment, the Full Moon on April 26, is dynamic, energizing, shaking-up the status qua. The faster moving bodies such as Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus, take turns in activating Saturn and Uranus. In fact, many individuals will find the days of April 22 – 30 to be exceptionally definitive in clarifying direction. It is like getting a road map when the terrain is steep, there is a bend in the road, and there is no going backwards.

The astrology chart for this Scorpio Full Moon shows a rare planetary configuration called a T-square. This allows a depth of processing, a natural introspection that may ignite significant shifts in perspective, especially in regard to core values. It can be helpful to ask yourself basic questions such as, “What’s really important?”

At the time of this Full Moon, there is an alignment of Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus, all in Taurus. Hearkening back to the seminal bestseller, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s all Small Stuff,” this is an optimal time to simplify routines, releasing and discarding what is no longer necessary and functional; mentally, emotionally and physically.

Meanwhile, Saturn transiting through Aquarius is challenging this alignment in Taurus. Resistance may arise due to the contradictory nature of Saturn and Uranus. Saturn is the planet of order, structure, compliance, and responsibility. Uranus is the planet of freedom, nonconformity, individuality and choice. Maintaining balance between order and chaos is paramount. It may be tempting to choose the easy way out, when in reality, accepting responsibility and managing expectations is the optimal way forward with the most rewarding potential.

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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