Robert Thibodeau, author of ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’
and ‘Laws of Hermetic Wisdom’
Robert of Mayflower Talk Coming on METAPHYSICAL HEALING (see below on April 13th)
“People who have a creative side and do not live it out are most disagreeable clients. They make a mountain out of a molehill, fuss about unnecessary things, are too passionately in love with somebody who is not worth so much attention, and so on. There is a kind of floating charge of energy in them which is not attached to its right object and therefore tends to apply exaggerated dynamism to the wrong situation.”
― Marie-Louise von Franz, Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales
Astrological Aspects for the Month of April
See below for last month’s mention of these aspects.
April until 15th, Venus Retrograde squaring Saturn on 8th April and also 21st when direct, on 23rd Moon conjunct Venus is further event trigger day. Pretty much all of April will challenge us with things we value and love. Not a pretty time for love and/or money issues. For some it’s a slap of reality or cold wake up call. Need for higher truths or just better facts. For some, a serious hold on manifesting dreams and ideals. For others, capable of unconditional love, an inward and outward growing time. Some smartly working a way clear of psychodrama, inch their way forward. Those with many planets or Ascendent in late mutable signs (Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) need inner patience, more research and prep work, and unconditional love to keep things going, rooted, or in progressive forward motion. Chiron is entangled in square with Saturn these days with Venus conjoined to Chiron; authority/security/money/control needs clash. Need to learn to work with reality and others. Some stretch limits to breaking point with selfish or unclear motivations and needs for maverick freedom or daring escapades. Some anchor down in patience and an eye on the long run; others manage wild escapes and early spring frolic. With Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius forming a T-Square midpoint in the sky between opposition of North Node Virgo and Neptune in Pisces, many are looking for love melts and mindless romantic adventures, many with false expectations and high-and-mighty projections of fantasy, or childhood stuff needing to be worked out. With this aspect, no projections, no let down. It’s spring, so cheers! Nonetheless, for some this is a wild month of spirituality, love, creative imagination and fulfilling dreams. For others, it’s a time to not take risky chances in love and/or money or to stick to the true and tried.
April 5th Mars in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn, a good strong aspect for keeping to what works in the long run. Urge to power, forward motion, extra points, overtime, success with great work and striving. Take care not to overdo things. This is a good aspect for earthy practical forward push to make goals happen. Earth signs and planets prosper and gain advantage here (Capricorn, Virgo, Taurus).
“The great events of world history are, at bottom, profoundly unimportant. In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations first take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately spring as a gigantic summation from these hidden sources in individuals. In our most private and most subjective lives we are not only the passive witnesses of our age, and it sufferers, but also its makers. We make our own epoch.” ~ C.G. Jung, 1934, Collected Works 10, para. 315
April 6th, Saturn goes retrograde on Galactic Center right before entering Capricorn, going direct 4 days after big Solar Eclipse across America on August 21st. This is a long Saturn retrograde so take heed. Its effect is most strong in April/May and this coming August. Many have big plans for the future that may now take a back seat for re-configuring and revising in the world view. Many things in the working for last several months need more preparation. For many, there is a need for more discipline and clearer thinking when it comes to goals and aims. Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius brings down the law and need for clear honest thinking and actions when it comes to religion, travel, sports, higher education, learning, and future plans. Some get smarter, others dumb down and numb out. Clear honest thinking and continual learning from what life offers is needed, rather than blindly following our desires. Need for higher consciousness and universal or planetary responsibility — see ‘Key to Theosophy’ by H.P.B.
“Let us take some event in the life of humanity. For instance, war. There is a war going on at the present moment. What does it signify? It signifies that several millions of sleeping people are trying to destroy several millions of other sleeping people. They would not do this, of course, if they were to wake up. Everything that takes place is owing to this sleep.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
April 8th, Venus square Saturn, Sun square Pluto. Some feel unloved and in the blues; others locking in to long-term goals and not taking things too personally. Some feel rejected and estranged; others melt into the deeper-than-deep love and selfless greater sense of family/friends. Avoid jealousy and impatience. Be the love you want to receive, set free those unruly elements in yourself. Make time for self, away from repeat offenders or psychodramatic control freaks. Here, meditation is listening to God, prayer talking. This is a good day to quit whatever bad or negative habit is holding you back, and blocking your heart’s flower from blossoming. Patience and selfless unconditional love furthers. Not letting yourself be stepped on or used is good, but perform virtuous acts of kindness, helpfulness, to build up good karma. For some, the need to go back to working on self, changing self to change the world. Stormy violent day for some in the world. Endings and new beginnings. For some it’s good, slow day for gardening and intimate friends.
April 7th, Sun oppose Jupiter right into April 10th Moon conjunct Jupiter on Full Moon night (Full Moon is 2 am on 11th). This is a wild weekend for fun and frolic, crazy spring wildness and for some, stormy times and rollercoaster rides with emotions. On 8th, remember Venus/Saturn and Sun/Pluto aspects occur which often trigger difficult relationships/money trouble/sexual psychodrama, crime, chaotic behaviour, and heavy political economic news — good guy/bad guy stuff. A lot going on these days so take it easy, slow and sure. Avoid risk. Other events include more national and international tests of the nerve, war drums, White House drama, clashes of opposites, geo-political hotspot pimples. Intense weather and emotions during this time. Nonetheless, for many, this is a very, very social weekend of friends, party, gatherings, music, expansive play. Here, too much of a good thing can go bad or turn sour, so practice the Golden Mean of temperance, balance, middle way. Hot play. April 11th Full Moon in Libra near retrograde Jupiter. Libra wants to make love, peace, harmony, friends but needs to have assurance that the other is with them. Many put on good happy face but inside a bit worried about things.
April 9th Mercury goes retrograde in early Taurus. On 20th, Mercury goes back into Aries for a spell, Pluto goes retrograde, and Mercury conjuncts Sun. So, for the next 11 days, one needs to rid oneself of winter blues, dead memories, and undigested experience. Examine yourself for where your need for false security or repeat offenders keep reminding you where you’re stuck. Rid oneself of Klingons, attachment, fixations, obsessions, anger and jealousy. Fear no failure, court no success; just be yourself. Otherwise, retreat spiritually and study. Good time to rid yourself of dead weight and unwanted things, making space for new opportunities and arrivals. Mercury retrograde is famous for miscommunications, difficult travel, negotiations, mistakes in paper work (so get tax work done early!). Mercury conjunct Uranus on 28th has breakthroughs in what went wrong, news that wakes us up, new insights for growth, helping clear the path for continuing the adventure and voyage. Mercury goes direct on May 3rd.
Sometimes the way forward is to go back and fix something, review, and do it again better.
“Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself — only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone who gives you the opportunity.” —Gurdjieff
April 13th Robert of Mayflower Class
on METAPHYSICAL HEALING
A psychic and spiritual toning/attunement using various techniques: tuning forks, Tibetan bowl bells, chakras, creative visualizations, macrobiotics, shiatsu tsubo acupressure points, yoga mind, positive thinking, yoga breathing, Mind and food as medicine.
Place: Birmingham Community House
April 14 through to 20th brings love healing, need to burn away non-essentials and what doesn’t work, seeking higher inner and outward values and relations. Concentrate on tasks at hand. Keep strong work ethic. Some continue over play and maverick behaviour. Energetics in the air for love adventure, and creative changes. Venus/Chiron, Vesta square Sun/Uranus, Sun conjunct Uranus (quakes or storms, fire and wind). Need to clear the air, clean up situations quickly, make creative moves or face uncertain change and turn arounds. Sudden fractures or partings, or is it significant meetings? Depends on your natal planets and signs, and your internal spirit soul aliveness, awareness, intention and capability of working.
“A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.” —Gurdjieff
April 16th Moon conjunct Saturn wants the true and tried, family/friends. Venus sextile Mars wants sensual delights and creativity. April 17th Sun trine Saturn wants long-term goals to have light and life.
“If you want to keep your faith, make friends with listening stillness.”
—Trebore Tau Bodhi
April 20th, Sun conjunct Mercury and Pluto, this is a retrograde aspect for shocking news or critical insight forcing one to deal with facts. Tough negotiations. Possible breakthroughs with right thinking, wise action, timely behaviour, and a bit of luck. The sun can bring light to solve difficulties. A call for serious thought before action. Honesty and integrity, clearness; or face consequences of wrong intention, erroneous action, negative thinking affecting outcomes.
April 21 Venus square Saturn. Need for more loving kindness, compassion, care for the little ones and earthy pure ways. A need to be love rather than expect love. Good for catching up, cleaning, being slow and sure with oneself.
“Synchronistic events, moreover, almost invariably accompany the crucial phases of the process of individuation. But too often they pass unnoticed, because the individual has not learned to watch for such coincidences and to make them meaningful in relation to the symbolism of his dreams.”
–Marie-Louise von Franz, “The Process of Individuation,” in Man and His Symbols, 1964, p. 227
April 22 Moon eclipses or ‘occults’ Neptune. Mystery plays, mystical experience, psychic phenomena, sentimental sweet nothings. Over-idealistic or wishful thinking may clash with reality or immediate needs or work to get done. Some on escape or play mode. Good for the arts, music, future planning. Bad for making false projections and jumping in. All that and more. Interesting prophetic occurrences and dreams if you can interpret correctly. See my ‘Hermetic Dream’ book if you can find it.
“You are in prison. If you wish to get out of prison, the first thing you must do is realize that you are in prison. If you think you are free, you can’t escape.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
April 25th into New Moon in Libra on 26th, Moon Uranus/Mercury then New Moon square Saturn/Neptune midpoint makes for sudden insights, stormy windy changeable weather and feelings melting one away into dream or need to get back to work and stop worrying fretting draining oneself with false imaginations.
“Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.” G.I.Gurdjieff
April 28th Mercury conjunct Uranus quickens and awakens one with need for new clear thinking. New insights or news wake one up to true calling, direction, and what to do.
From March news on April events celestial….
April 6th Saturn goes retrograde on Galactic Center and Justin Timberlake’s Neptune/Moon conjunction while training his Ascendent. Oh oh! Hope you are making right holy time for the kid and sweet lady, otherwise trouble in the crib is coming slow but sure. Or is it wisdom arriving of the universal planetary situation? With Pluto in sky coming conjunct Timberlake’s Venus before 2020, it may be time to duck out and hide, grow a new garden, have another kid, and learn to love in ever deeper ways. Otherwise, listen again to ‘This is the End’ by Jim Morrison. Also, Trungpa,had Mars within 10 degrees giving forward motion energetic of spiritual impulse (near Mercury with Yogananda, universal laws), connected to this. So, it’s either yoga and meditation, or it’s weird need to control or fear of control. Let Higher Self guide …
“Love without knowledge is demonic.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
April 11th Full Moon in Libra opposing Sun/Uranus. Quake? Volcano? Sudden need to act? React? Sense of death and rebirth, new throne of possibility and continuance? Powerful events shape shift the future for better or worse. Karma from long historical mistakes or ignorance resurface in new ways. Great time to make positive changes that heal, not fracture; bless, not curse; join not divide. Challenging few days for some, lots of quick quirky upsetting or rearranging changes. Good time to make changes if that is the aim. Take care to avoid premature actions and hasty decisions leading to accident or mistake. Can be stormy, lightening, electrical, danger around machines, travel or more.
April 14th Sun conjunct Uranus. Amazing moments of light and insight pervade the time. Situations out of control of moment. Karma working quickly to help many grow now. Forced new beginnings for some. For others, lots of new insights and revelations. Cardinal Signs and Houses electrify and jolt things to grow or change. For some there is rising to next higher level of work and play, for others sudden downfall.
April 15th Venus goes direct from retrograde helping what we love to grow in new ways. Those affected the most are born between March 15 to April 3, between June 16th to July 5th, between Sept. 18 to Oct 7th, and between Dec.18th to Jan. 7th. Now things get clearer about who and what you love, and who and what loves you. New dreams for future propel renewed or new actions. Love is the great mover.
Robert Thibodeau, astrological consultant and reader
Author of ‘Astrological Aspects, the Art’
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