Low-Down Archives April 2005

The Low-Down on the Far-Out




Check out the New Moon / Full Moon Horoscopes for your Sign!


Apr.02-06 � Venus/Sun OPP Jupiter SXT Neptune (in Aries/Libra/Aquarius)

Your eyes may be bigger than your stomach, as they used to say, when larger-than-life Jupiter dazzles your eyes from afar. Be careful not to over-spend or over-estimate what you can realistically live up to. Your courage may get pumped up by something or someone that you feel inspired by...or judged by. Either way, whatever is instigating your motivation right now probably looks larger than it really is. Use this energy to move yourself out of a rut and believe in yourself, but don't make any long-term promises you can't live up to. Top of Page

Apr.03 � Daylight Savings Time begins (North America)
Apr.08, 4:32pm EDT � SOLAR ECLIPSE � New Moon in Aries  (What's a Solar Eclipse?)  (What's a New Moon?)

This begins a new process of growth, when you will learn about being assertive, gently and fairly, while dealing with some hard realities and the need to accept inherent boundaries (yours and others'). Although issues will require a fair-minded, impartial view, your impulse may want to be more direct and passionate. Aim to act from a detached perspective, from your highest humanitarian and compassionate motives. This New Moon cycle in Aries (until May.08) allows us all to discover our Aries nature. This includes exploring our quest for independence and adventure, our use of courage and impulses, and our attitudes about anger and assertiveness. However, this New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, which greatly intensifies the energy and carries the themes through the coming 6 months. The next two weeks may be somewhat intense, leading up to the Lunar Eclipse. Top of Page

Be sure to check out the New Moon Horoscope for your Sign!

Apr.08-10 � Venus/Sun SQR Saturn (in Aries/Cancer)

Although it might feel like things should be full speed ahead, there are obstacles in the way and problems that must be solved first. Following the rules might become a necessity, like spending within your budget, taking responsibility for your actions, or being accountable for the ways you strike out for independence. Asserting yourself in close relationships could force you to face some realities that can't be compromised, but it will help if you can deal with it and not just react. Top of Page

Apr.08-13 � Mars CNJ Neptune, TRI Jupiter (in Aquarius/Libra)

Putting your dreams into action may come easily (because you are inspired) or erratically (because you feel lethargic or overwhelmed). There is great potential during this time to channel creative inspiration into action, although if your vision is too larger-than-life or idealistic, it might be easy to get discouraged. It is a good time to "act outside the box," in directions that are intuitive, spiritual and unusual. Top of Page

Apr.11-14 � Venus/Sun TRI Pluto (in Aries/Sagittarius)

This is an empowering time when your sense of self can reap the benefits of transformation work you have been doing. The areas in your life you have been struggling to change and heal will now start to move forward and fall into place more easily. Take advantage of this by giving yourself permission to strut your new true colours that are emerging. Top of Page

Apr.12 � Mercury goes Direct (in Aries)

Mercury has been retrograde since March 19, urging us to rethink and reflect on how to bring healing to the way you speak your mind and how you perceive yourself. You might have discovered how your speech and communication can inspire confidence or wound by being too abrupt, or both. For the next couple of weeks, it is time to apply what you've learned by finding ways to be straightforward and honest without either doing damage or missing the point. Top of Page

Apr.15 � Venus in Taurus (until May.10)

Venus rules the sign of Taurus, so she is quite at home here. Your experience of pleasure and sensuality is likely to be heightened, as is your wish to be grounded and down to earth in the way you handle relationships, material acquisition, discovering what you value, and attracting what you desire. It is a time when your desires could manifest tangibly or at least become clearer to you. Your self-worth may be tied to concrete things, which can act like a "touch stone" for reassurance, but don't let this be a substitute for genuine self-respect. Top of Page

Apr.18-23 � Venus/Sun SQR Chiron (in Taurus/Aquarius)

Your self-worth and material worth may be strained right now by the urge to break free of chronic constraints. You are being shown the flaws in the system and the ways you have stayed attached to compensation that haven't really brought you the results you want. Taking a fresh approach to it will probably help, which means being willing to let go of what you think the results should look like. You might get what you want but in a completely different form than you expect. Top of Page

Apr.19 � Sun in Taurus (until May.20)

Happy Birthday, Taurus! This is a time when we all get in touch with the part of us that wants things tangible, practical, plentiful and pleasurable! Use this energy to approach goals in a methodical way, appreciate your blessings, and understand life at its most concrete, basic level. This might sound about as exciting as watching the grass grow, but the Taurus way is to slow down enough that you can experience and take pleasure in the simple things, in the Here and Now. Enjoy it! Top of Page

Apr.24, 6:06am EDT � LUNAR ECLIPSE (Full Moon in Scorpio)  (What's a Lunar Eclipse?)  (What's a Full Moon?)

The Full Moon marks the full emergence of the energy that began at the New Moon (Apr.08). The Full Moon takes place in Scorpio, the sign of passion, transformation and confronting one's Shadow. Your efforts to balance passion and detachment and realism are now put to the test. The key is to ensure that all these different parts of you are included in whatever you're doing; you can't give priority to one over the others. This is also a Lunar Eclipse, so it will manifest the gradual developments of the last 6 months, since the last Solar Eclipse (Oct.13). During that time, you were learning to work diplomatically and fairly with emotional boundaries and limitations. For the next 6 months (starting with the next 4 weeks) you will apply this learning to the experience of "being on the outside looking in," which must somehow strike a balance between your wish for peace and quiet, and your need for passion and depth. Although your greatest ally is to break free of old, soggy emotional ruts, you won't be able to escape the need for diplomacy and seeing all sides of the story. Top of Page

Be sure to check out the Full Moon Horoscope for your Sign!

Apr.28 � Mercury OPP Jupiter (in Aries/Libra)

Simple perceptions and communication can result in greater understanding and insight, as the possibilities, opportunities and broader implications of your current situations become more evident. You may experience a flash of vision and inspiration (possibly through communication with someone). Or, you might be called upon to form an opinion, consider a different viewpoint, expand your knowledge or deal with judgement (your own or others'). This requires that you find a balance between your own interests and what is fair and harmonious with all concerned. Top of Page

Apr.29 � Venus SQR Neptune (in Taurus/Aquarius)

Your experience of finances, material abundance, relationships and pleasure could be subject to confusion, deception or wishful thinking. If so, look inside to discover and unearth what your secret longing or hidden agenda might be, as that is likely driving your situation from the unconscious. In doing so, you will need to find a better way to resolve conflicts between the need for concrete actuality versus idealistic individualism. Top of Page

Apr.30 � Mars in Pisces (until Jun.11)

This is a kinder, gentler Mars than most of us are used to, acting and reacting from a place of compassion, intuition and romanticism. Although it may be easier to take action "as the spirit moves," be careful not to get stuck by being too passive, passive-aggressive or trapped in a victim mentality. On the other hand, this can be a very creative and intuitive time, when you are inspired to go in new directions, to act on your highest motives, and to transmute anger and resentment into a more spiritual form of creative energy. Top of Page

� 2005 Wendy Guy



Shortcuts to...

Apr.02-06 - Venus/Sun OPP Jupiter

Apr.08 - SOLAR ECLIPSE (New Moon in Aries)

Apr.08-10 - Venus/Sun SQR Saturn

Apr.08-13 - Mars CNJ Neptune, TRI Jupiter

Apr.11-14 - Venus/Sun TRI Pluto

Apr.12 - Mercury goes Direct

Apr.15 - Venus in Taurus

Apr.18-23 - Venus/Sun SQR Chiron

Apr.19 - Sun in Taurus

Apr.24 - LUNAR ECLIPSE (Full Moon in Scorpio)

Apr.28 - Mercury OPP Jupiter

Apr.29 - Venus SQR Neptune

Apr.30 - Mars in Pisces

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