Mid-April through early May this year has a lot of “weather” going on, astrologically speaking. We have a Mercury retrograde occurring during this time, as well as a Saturn-Uranus opposition. April 23rd and May 6th through the 8th are all also potentially significant days, as we will see shortly. It may be best to take a look at the Mercury retrograde and Saturn-Uranus opposition first.
When Mercury goes retrograde, some assumptions we make in our communication, thinking and getting from place to place become invalid. This transit can also manifest as a chance to finish up some “old business” (things we’ve started but not followed through on) regarding these same things. Which area of our lives is most likely to have its assumptions challenged can be seen by which Zodiac Sign (or sometimes Signs) Mercury retrogrades through.
From April 17th through May 12th, Mercury will be retrograding through the Sign of Taurus (from 12 degrees to 2 degrees), indicating that assumptions regarding our personal finances and possessions are most likely to be affected. Income (or other things we value) we have come to rely on may be lost, or expenses we’ve been ignoring may become unavoidable and have to be dealt with.
However, if you have been cultivating a source of income that has not yet born fruit, it may do so during this time. Since there may be a few financial “rainy days” this Spring between April 17th and May 12th, it may be time to break out the financial heavy-weather gear. Expect to draw down on savings or accept a little bit of friendly charity during this time, as well as cutting down on expenses.
On the other hand, any business ventures or credit opportunities that were worked on before Mercury’s retrograde that haven’t panned out previously may start to do so. These small windfalls may not be enough to totally replace lost income or savings, but will ensure that we don’t starve or end up on the streets. Our new spending levels and sources of income may indicate a “new normal” for our finances, rather than a mere bump in the road. April 17th through May 7th, Saturn will be retrograding through the last two degrees of Virgo (29 and 28), opposing Uranus in the last two degrees of Pisces as he does so.
Saturn represents responsibilities, limitations, structure and authority. Uranus represents innovation, inspiration and the unconventional. With Saturn in Virgo (the Sign of health and acceptability) opposing Uranus in Pisces (the Sign of self-delusion and empathy) I believe this transit defines the ongoing health-care saga in the United States.
This Saturn-Uranus opposition has occurred several times since the 2008 election (its first instance was from October 28th through November 15th of 2008, culminating on Election Night), and I believe it can explain the political landscape during the current administration thus far. Long-awaited landmark health-care legislation to which great lengths have been gone to for acceptability— all very much Saturn in Virgo phenomena— has recently been passed by the U.S. federal government.
The current installment of the Saturn-Uranus transit may indicate a growing realization in the population that this much-awaited, recently-enacted health-care “reform” doesn’t actually reform very much at all, and probably makes many things (such as unemployment, medical wait-times, and high-level corruption) worse.
The realization of “being had” is a very Uranus in Pisces experience, and is what many former health-care reform enthusiasts may begin feeling during this transit. Experiencing the realization of being had (Uranus in Pisces) combined with the inability to immediately change the newly-enacted rules on health-care (Saturn in Virgo) probably won’t be pleasant.
The potential upsides to this transit are the inability for this issue to be swept under the rug (even if various politicians want to discuss other issues, the health-care issue will not be allowed to rest), the social cohesion it will probably generate, the low probability of violent expressions of anger, and the likelihood of something truly new being born from the ashes of this disappointment.
While the “Aha!” experience many of us are likely to share won’t translate into immediate action, the fact that the experience is so widely shared will lay the groundwork for action when the time for it arrives (probably mid-July to early August of this year, when this opposition repeats for the final time). What form this action is likely to take will be described in the July-August Chiron’s Lyre column.
Although Mercury, Saturn and Uranus may be indicating a rather bleak Spring this year, there are also several Sunny days indicated. First off is April 23rd. Aphrodite will be holding court that day, as Venus will be influencing (“forming Aspects with” or “Aspecting” in proper astrologer-ese) half the Planets in the sky on this one day. Before getting into which Planets are being influenced and what these influences are likely to mean for you and me, a quick word about Venus’ influence in general is in order:
Venus is the Planet of love. This means romantic and sexual love of course, but it also means the love people have for the things, ideas and experiences they value. Although Venus can manifest laziness and overindulgence in her negative expressions, hers is essentially a softening and “civilizing” influence on everything she touches.
Even Aspects that don’t usually feel good— such as squares and oppositions— often feel quite pleasant when Venus is involved. Since Venus is Aspecting both Uranus and Saturn on the 23rd (two of the three ongoing difficult influences for many of us during April and May), many of our burdens may be lightened on this day by seemingly unrelated changes.
Now, on to the specifics. Venus is Aspecting (influencing) a total of four other Planets on April 23rd. These four Planets are:
- The Moon
Venus is forming a square
with the Moon, a trine
with Saturn, a sextile
with Uranus, and a square with Neptune. Regarding the square to the Moon, most relationships will feel quite good today. There may be problems with relationships between women— and even relationships in general— where one person tries to “mother” the other. As long as mothering is avoided, this should be a very pleasant transit for most people.
Venus trining Saturn indicates that this is a very good day to make long-term decisions on how to spend money. Many of us will think more realistically than we normally do regarding how we spend, and this is a good time to make any changes that need to be made. Venus sextiling Uranus makes the 23rd (a Friday) a fantastic day to attend a party.
This is a good day to meet new and exciting people (and do new and exciting things yourself), but don’t get too attached to relationships or experiences that begin today. They probably won’t last, but if they do it may mean bending or changing long-held rules regarding what is and is not acceptable for you. And finally, the square between Venus and Neptune indicates many of us may have unrealistic expectations of our loved ones. Separating fantasy and reality regarding our loved ones may be necessary to either let our relationships grow or let ones that need to, end today.
And finally, from May 6th through May 8th, Venus in mid-Gemini will sextile Mars in mid-Leo. This transit represents a great time to be with others. It will be much easier to meet people these three days than normal, whether you are looking for friendship, romance or a new business partner.
Ongoing relationships will also probably prosper during this time. Going to parties these three days or doing anything that has you let your hair down around others should be a lot of fun. If a new business opportunity comes along for you— especially one that lets you stay out of the office and show yourself off— jump on it, as it will probably be successful.
The publication of this month’s column represents the twelfth installment—the one-year anniversary—of Chiron’s Lyre’s existence. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is reading this for their time and interest in doing so, and to wish you all a lot of fun in the Sun (and mud!) this Spring.
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NOTE: This is not a typical “horoscope” reading, breaking astrological influences down by Sign for a given period of time. The information in this column should apply to most people, most of the time. If you have any questions, or want specific personalized information on how what’s going on in the heavens affects you, contact Jim Trader.