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Mars is square Chiron on May 23rd, 2019. You will feel the energy of this transit a few days before and a few days after May 23rd.
Chiron recently moved into Aries for the first time in 50 years.
And which planet does Aries rule? Mars.
That’s why from now until 2027 (when Chiron leaves Aries), pay special attention to Mars-Chiron aspects. Basically, Mars and Chiron will speak the same language, the ‘Aries language’.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, and it represents our identity, how we act and assert ourselves.
Chiron is known as the ‘wounded healer’ which means that with Chiron in Aries, our identity is wounded. With Chiron in Aries, we find it more difficult to act and assert ourselves. We second guess our actions. We feel clumsy and inadequate.
Who Is Chiron?
Chiron is a planetoid that orbits between Saturn and Uranus, so Chiron is a mix of Saturn and Uranus energy.
Saturn is a symbol for “matter” and Uranus is a symbol for the “divine”. Chiron is basically a bridge between the two.
In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur, half god, half horse, a wise teacher and a healer. One day, his student, Hercule shoot him by mistake with a poisonous arrow in his thigh. Although Chiron was a wonderful healer, he couldn’t heal himself.
The arrow wounded his thigh, which is a symbol for his “half-animal” side. Indeed, that part of us that is material and mortal is always vulnerable. Chiron reminds us of our mortality. As long as part of us is made of matter (Saturn), we ARE vulnerable.
Just like Chiron, we are part animal and mortal (Saturn), and part immortal and spiritual (Uranus).
Ultimately, the gods released Chiron from his suffering, because Chiron decided to trade places with Prometheus (a symbol for Uranus) who was chained to a mountain. Moved by his gesture, the gods transformed him into the beautiful constellation of Centaurus.
The morale? It’s only when we embrace our vulnerability, that we can heal and achieve our highest potential.
But to achieve our highest potential, it is of crucial importance that we TRULY embrace our mortality. Spiritual bypassing can be more dangerous than not embracing spirituality at all.
Spirituality that is not rooted in our dark animal wisdom leads to nowhere.
The Age Of Aquarius – Opportunities And Dangers
We are entering the Age of Aquarius, which is ruled by Uranus. Think about all the technological advancements.
They can indeed bring progress when they are done right. But they can harm us when our material realities are bypassed.
Technological advancements are ruled by Uranus in astrology. Uranus brought us great advancements in computing, science or medicine… but also genetically modified food, 5G technology and artificial intelligence.
When we bypass the natural DNA of the food (the material Chiron wisdom), this Uranian-made DNA food can poison, and ultimately kill us.
Technology that doesn’t account for our bodily realities will not bring progress, but radiation.
Artificial intelligence without a soul is “artificial” but not “intelligent”. If you watch science fiction movies, perhaps you are familiar with the motive of the robot who longs to have a human body, to be a human just like us.
Chiron does just that – it helps us reconnect our body with our mind.
Chiron DOES bring healing but ONLY when we reconcile our animal, instinctual side with our godly, spiritual side.
If you feel flawed, if you feel ashamed, embrace that part of you. The only way to activate your spiritual mission is by truly embracing your vulnerability.
Mars In Cancer – The ‘Trigger’
Right now, Chiron in Aries is square Mars in Cancer.
Mars will ‘trigger’ Chiron. Mars is the planet of action, after all. When Mars makes a contact with another planet, the impulse to act can become overwhelming. We fell compelled to take action.
Mars is now in Cancer. Cancer is the sign of privacy and security – Cancer is our comfort zone, what makes us feel safe and taken care of.
When in Cancer, Mars wants to preserve the familiar. He will act in the best interests of his emotions (Cancer).
When Mars squares Chiron, our emotional wounds can resurface unexpectedly. It will feel like a catharsis.
The first step is to push through the natural resistance and vulnerability and bring your wounds to the surface. It’s when you act them out, that the wounds heal.
We all know in theory that the only way to heal ourselves it to ‘process’ our emotions. Yet we don’t do it. We bury our feelings in our heart and hope they go away by themselves. But they never go away.
It’s the law of physics. “Nothing happens until something moves”.
Imagine: if you leave your stuff in the basement of your house, the stuff won’t just disappear. Just because you don’t see it on a regular basis doesn’t mean it goes away. It may catch some mold instead, it may carry some dead weight, but it doesn’t go away.
Same with your emotions. If something hurt you when you were a child, that emotional wound won’t go away by itself.
Yes, time heals, but only when we process the information, when we do something about it. If we repress the hurt, time doesn’t heal, it just makes it worse.
Mars in Cancer is emotional and can become resentful. You may remember the bad things that happened to you, what other people did to you, and ask yourself “Why me?”.
Mars Square Chiron – From Victim To Victor
But be careful not to pose as a victim. The victim has no power, the victim will only look (unconsciously of course) for proof that they are a victim, which in turn will attract more perpetrators or harmful situations.
With Mars square Chiron, you don’t want to be a victim. You want to HEAL what has been victimized inside you.
When you were a child, when you were younger, perhaps you didn’t have what it takes to protect yourself. But now you do. Cancer is a cardinal sign, it is very strong and emotionally resilient. Now you CAN protect yourself, now you CAN take care of yourself.
With Mars square Chiron, your vulnerability is your strength. You understand what it means to be hurt, but you are ready to change that. Mars and Chiron in Aries will push you to take a stand, to ‘do something’ about your past, to change your circumstances.
If you feel inadequate – now is the time to find the inner strength inside. You ARE lovable and worthy, and it’s nothing fundamentally ‘wrong’ with you.
If you don’t feel self-confident – remember you don’t have to. Taking risks will never feel comfortable. You may lack some competency. But that’s ok. You have to start somewhere. If you don’t start, nothing will happen. When you get started, you will get feedback, and if you stay on track, you will succeed. When you learn to act despite your lack of confidence, this is when the magic happens.
If other people are taking advantage of you, now is the time to learn to say NO and build healthy boundaries for yourself and for the loved ones.
If your actions and behaviors have hurt others, now it’s time to say “I’m sorry”. Not only to the people you’ve hurt, but also to yourself. Everything starts with self-forgiveness.
If some of your actions and behaviors have made you feel ashamed and uncomfortable, ask yourself why. There is something about ‘that thing’ you are ashamed of that you can turn around and transform it into a talent. Your wound is indeed your gift.
The Moon in Scorpio is notoriously the most intense Moon of the zodiac. This Full Moon in Scorpio is SUPER intense because on the same day we also have a dramatic Venus-Uranus conjunction, which will spice things up even more.
Power, intensity, obsession, mediumship, revelations, and unexpected turns – this Full Moon is like black magic!
No wonder the last episode of the Game of Thrones will air on May 19, immediately after the Full Moon.
The Full Moon in Scorpio will literally be like the last episode of the Game of Thrones… with the exception that the hero will be you.
The Full Moon in Scorpio is engaged in some very interesting aspects: a sextile to Pluto, and oppositions to Mercury and the fixed star Algol… plus Venus is conjunct Uranus in Taurus.
What does this mean? Let’s dissect this Full Moon like a Scorpio would do:
Full Moon In Scorpio Sextile Pluto
Pluto is the ruler of the Full Moon (Pluto rules Scorpio), so this means we have a double dose of Pluto.
Pluto wants only one thing: to change you.
At the Full Moon, you will get in touch with your most primal instincts, with your deepest knowing. Pluto will guide you to the Truth. Don’t resist change, Pluto will not tolerate it. And Pluto always wins
Full Moon In Scorpio Opposite Mercury In Taurus
Scorpio is like autumn. It’s what returns to the soil. Taurus is like spring. It’s was emerges from the soil. Mercury is the mediator. Without Mercury, we would have no memory. We would forget where we came from.
The Moon in Scorpio wants to expose (Full Moon) what has been kept in the darkness (Scorpio). The darkness from your past, or previous lifetimes.
Mercury is the communicator of the zodiac. When Mercury makes an aspect with a planet in Scorpio, he becomes the ‘medium’ of the zodiac.
He helps us get to places we wouldn’t go otherwise. He makes us see what we couldn’t see before. Full Moon in Scorpio opposite Mercury is like dancing with the fairies.
With the Full Moon opposite Mercury, you may feel an urge to reveal your feelings and opinions. Others can also reveal their true feelings towards you. There is an overpowering call, to tell the truth, now or never.
Full Moon Opposite Algol
The Moon is Opposite the fixed star Algol, which means the Sun is conjunct Algol, also called the Head of Medusa.
Algol is a very powerful fixed star and when she activates a personal planet, we can feel as invincible as Medusa’s head.
According to the myth, the blood from Medusa’s left side was poisonous and the blood from the right side was used to heal.
The Full Moon opposite Algol is a reminder that power comes with responsibility. You can use your power to poison or to heal.
When you are aware of your dark side, the dark side loses its power over you. You use its sacred wisdom with compassion, not to hurt yourself and others, but to heal.
Algol may subject you to your greatest fear. But it’s only when we face our greatest fear that we can fully tap into the truth of our soul. And this means facing the darkness, that is an inherent part of who we are.
Venus Conjunct Uranus In Taurus
On the same day, Venus is conjunct Uranus at 3° Taurus. We haven’t had a Venus-Uranus conjunction in Taurus in 80 years. Venus is ‘at home’ in Taurus. Uranus is the mythological father she never met.
Venus conjunct Uranus in Taurus means that Venus will finally come to terms with her past. She will have a breakthrough about who she really is.
Uranus always comes with a breakthrough. Something we never considered will turn our life upside down. But when we will finally have that breakthrough, we will wonder how we could have been so blind to something so obvious.
When both Uranus and Pluto ‘hit’ you, it will become impossible to ignore and deny your soul’s desire. The urge to satisfy it will propel you from the inside out. You will do whatever it takes to fulfill its mission.
When we get even a tiny glimpse of the truth, it becomes unbearable to continue living the way we used to.
The Scorpio Full Moon will connect us with our deepest self, with our most consuming desires, and with our most dreaded fears. Ultimately, the Full Moon in Scorpio wants to “give voice” to our authentic self.
Dig as deep as you can until you find the passion that fuels your soul. Settle for nothing less than what your soul craves for. And purge what no longer serves you.
Full Moon In Scorpio – Now Or Never
Thanks to Venus and Uranus, there is an imminence in this Full Moon.
Answer the call of destiny.
When life calls you to change, it means it’s time to change. If someone calls you to an adventure, it’s time to say yes. This is your chance. Now or never.
If you allow it to, the Full Moon in Scorpio will transform the core of your being and help you reclaim your personal power. During the process, you may discover you don’t need much. Only the essentials. That truth worth living for.
The Sabian symbol of the Full Moon is “The king of the fairies approaching his domain”. Just like remembering the way home, the journey within can be strange, yet familiar. The Full Moon in Scorpio will feel like finally coming home.
The reason most relationships don’t work is because we look for partners who are ‘just like us’.
But being with a partner who is just like you doesn’t make sense from an evolutionary perspective.
We need genetic variation for life to form. That’s what has compelled people to move across the world from the beginning of times.
Only the royals used to marry among themselves, to preserve their power and fortune. But this ‘practice’ didn’t turn out very well. Their offspring had too many genetic problems.
Of course, love and relationships are much more than the quest for a healthy offspring. But the same underlying principles apply.
Although it’s true that people with similar educational background and similar values make for a better match, the similarities kind of stop there.
We need a partner with a different temperament. With a different personality. With different interests.
The key word for relationships is “difference”. You need someone who is different than you.
Artwork: Jim Dine
Of course, you don’t have to look for your complete opposite. It’s healthy to have some similarities, but the problem is that most of us want too many similarities.
Why Relationships Don’t Work
The reason why relationships don’t work is because we look for partners who are just like us – not different than us (as we should).
If we do find someone who is different than us (and sometimes we do, because chemistry has a magic way of pulling two strangers together) – we start to fight.
The most difficult thing in the world is to understand – and accept – someone for who they are; NOT to try to change them, or wish they were ‘just like us’.
Being with someone different is challenging because life is supposed to be challenging. But only when we have challenges do we grow and transform our lives.
Yet, we compulsively search for people who are just like us, for people we are compatible with.
Astrology contributes to this confusion.
You were told that if you are an Aries, your perfect match is a Leo or a Sagittarius. Do you know why? Because Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius have the same polarity – they are all masculine signs. Also, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are all fire signs. They have the ‘fire’ element in common.
So basically astrology compatibility is based on the concept of similarity.
I truly believe that astrology compatibility – as we’ve been taught – is misleading.
Yes, being compatible is ‘nice’.
But is this really what we’re looking for in a mate? Someone who is ‘nice’ and makes us feel comfy and cozy?
Of course not. That’s what we have friends for.
The basis of life formation is ‘difference’, is ‘polarity’. We have the Sun and the Moon, the day and the night. When the two conjoin, life is formed.
We have Venus and Mars. The glyphs for Venus and Mars are used to differentiate the two genders. We need Venus and Mars to have attraction.
Opposites attract. Similarity is not attractive. Being different is.
As long as we look for people who are just like us, we miss opportunities for creation and growth.
Look for a person who will challenge you, who will push your buttons, who you help you grow.
Let’s say you’re an Aries and your partner is a Virgo. Instead of getting annoyed they are meticulous and perfectionists – while you want to take action NOW, try to understand where they’re coming from. What can they teach you?
In Relationship Astrology, we look at 5 things. Are you familiar with the 5 languages of love? Astrology’s 5 languages of love are the Descendant, Mars, Venus, the Moon, and the Sun.
Each of these 5 languages is important. Let’s say your Mars sign is different – or ‘not compatible’ on classical terms – with your partner’s Mars sign. This doesn’t mean the relationship is doomed.
It means that your ‘Mars language’ is different than your partner’s ‘Mars language’. Being different is good. You are teaching your partner something. And they are teaching you something.
When you understand the particularities of your ‘5 love languages’ (a.k.a. Descendant, Mars, Venus, Moon, and Sun) and your partner’s 5 love languages – this is when the relationship thrives and achieves its highest potential.
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Do you want to have better relationships? Astrology can help.
When you understand what your relationship expectations, needs and wants are, you effortlessly attract people who are right for you.
When you find out what your partner (or your partner to be) wants from a relationship, you can better meet their needs and make the relationship work.
And this is not woo-woo, this is understanding your ‘Relationship profile’ with the help of astrology.
What Is Astrological Compatibility Really About?
If you read the horoscope column or Sun-sign compatibility, you may wonder how generalized horoscopes can tell you what your day will be like. There cannot be only 12 types of people in this world, right?
You may be already familiar with astrological compatibility. Let’s say you’re an Aries and your partner is a Libra, and you want to find out how compatible you are.
You search “Aries-Libra compatibility”. Apparently, Aries and Libras are not such a great match. And you may indeed know a Libra you don’t get along with. But you may also know a few Libras with whom you get along great!
How is it possible to have such great relationships with some Libras, but not with others?
When it comes to relationships, your Sun sign alone will not tell you the whole picture.
You need to also learn about the so-called ‘relationship planets’, Venus and Mars. In addition, your Descendant sign will tell you what type of partners you really need.
What Creates Attraction Between Two People?
Mars, Venus, the Moon and the Sun describe how attraction forms in relationships and why we are attracted to some people but not others.
You may think that relationships are all about romantic attraction, but in reality, there are four types of attraction in relationships.
The four types of attraction are physical attraction, emotional attraction, psychological attraction, and spiritual attraction.
The planet Mars describes the physical attraction, Venus the emotional attraction, the Moon the psychological attraction, and the Sun the spiritual attraction.
Have you wondered why you feel so attracted to someone but when you’re finally together, something feels “off”?
Or why someone makes you feel great, yet you don’t feel on the same boat together?
If you constantly feel that something is ‘missing’ in your relationship, this is perhaps because you and your partner – or romantic interest – are not attracted on all four levels.
Of course, everything starts with physical attraction – but if we want to have a long-lasting relationship, we need to have a little bit of all four types of attraction.
Astrology Can Help You Improve Your Relationships
However, a relationship is not doomed if emotional attraction is missing, for example. The reason we are at odds with our partner is that we don’t understand their ‘relationship profile’. More exactly, we don’t understand their relationship needs, wants and expectations.
And sometimes – and rather quite often – we don’t even understand our OWN relationship profile.
Thankfully, astrology can help. When you understand your relationship profile, when you understand your partner’s relationship profile, you are much more likely to make the relationship work.
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Venus is the planet of love, relationships, and personal values. Venus is what is important to you.
Chiron is the key to the zodiac. When Chiron makes an aspect to another planet, it ‘unlocks’ its secrets, it reveals something that was hidden, overlooked and misunderstood.
Chiron is also the bridge of the zodiac because it links the visible planets (up to Saturn) to the invisible, transpersonal planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto). This means Chiron not only reveals (the key) but also transcends (the bridge).
In fact, Chiron has 3 functions in astrology.
First, it makes us aware of what hurts and brings this pain to the surface. This is the “Wounded Healer” phase.
Second, Chiron heals the wound. Perhaps you are familiar with the terms “purging” or “healing crisis”. This happens ONLY if we become aware of the wound (if the wound remains unconscious, healing doesn’t happen).
Third, Chiron transforms the wound into a gift. Once the wound has been healed, it can finally reveal its gifts. Shyness transforms into a quiet confidence. Anger transforms into passion. Lack of self-worth transforms into emotional maturity.
This is how Chiron works.
Venus Conjunct Chiron – Healing The Wound, Healing The Heart
What can we expect to happen when Chiron is conjunct Venus, the planet of love?
We firstly ‘unlock’ our heart. Then, we heal what’s broken. And finally, we transform fear into love.
“I have found this paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love” – Mother Teresa.
Where most of us go wrong, is that we stop at the first phase, when it starts to hurt. Instead of delving into the pain, instead of feeling it, embracing it, opening our heart to it, we try to shut it down.
We get busy so we don’t have to think about it. We jump from one relationship to another. We take our credit card and go shopping. We overeat or overdrink – we do anything, but feel the pain.
If only we believed that there is light at the end of the tunnel. If only we would not take Mother Teresa’s words for granted. Deep inside, we know that love always awaits us, yet we stop just when we are about to break through the fear.
Have you ever wondered what makes you stop, what makes you so afraid of suffering? We are afraid that what we love will be taken away from us, yet when we live in fear, that what we think we love is not truly ours anyway. We are in a continuous state of limbo, too afraid to lose what we love, too afraid to get in touch with our heart.
The good news is that Chiron will help you get in touch with your heart.
Chiron won’t give you a ‘magic pill’ to heal what’s broken. It won’t promise you that things or people you love won’t be taken away from you. But it will show you how to love, so you don’t have to live in fear anymore.
The process may not be easy, but it will be worth it.
Chiron will firstly show you what’s buried inside your heart – the good, the bad and the ugly.
This means you may need to acknowledge that something still hurts. That there are still some things left unresolved. That there are still some wounds to be healed.
You cannot simply ‘fix’ or remove the wound – because by removing your wound, you would be amputating a part of yourself. Your would is part of your personal history, it is part of You.
Your wound is not something you need to get rid off. You have it for a reason. Your broken heart doesn’t mean you should never love again, it means that you have more ‘heart capacity’.
Just like muscles break when we exercise (only to grow bigger, and stronger), in the same way, your capacity for love increases every time your heart breaks.
When you accept that heartbreak is part of life – and a blessing in disguise – you can finally heal the heart.
If someone broke your heart in the past, this is a good time to forgive them. They made you a favor. Thanks to that experience, you can love even deeper, and with more compassion.
And the more you love, the less fear you feel. The less fear you feel, the more you can be at ease with the world and fulfill your human potential.
On April 19th, 2019 we have a Full Moon in Libra. This is the 2nd Full Moon in Libra and it happens at 29°, the last degree of Libra.
The first Full Moon in Libra happened on March 21st at 0° Libra. What happened back then? These two full moons are connected. So whatever happened in your life at the time of the first Full Moon in Libra will reach a culmination now.
Libra is the sign of relationships. Have you ever wondered why is that? Is it maybe because Libra is balanced and peace-loving? Or is it something else?
If you look at the zodiac wheel, you’ll notice that Libra is the 7th sign of the zodiac, exactly opposite the 1st sign of the zodiac, Aries.
And Aries is the sign of the individual, is the sign of “I am”. The opposite of “I am” is “The Other”.
Full Moon In Libra – Me Vs. The Other
Libra is the sign of “The Other”.
Indeed, we need to get out of our Ego (Aries – ‘I am’) to be with other people. We need to understand different perspectives, different than ours.
Let’s say you’re a night owl and your partner is an early bird. You may say “Of course I understand we are different”. But then you get annoyed when they insist you wake up early on Saturday morning.
Let’s take a more difficult example. You are a democrat and your friend (if they are still your friend) is a Republican. You may tell yourself you can understand that they are different… BUT.
BUT comes every time we fail to embrace Libra’s qualities. We are all guilty of that. In a way, it’s normal to see the world through our own lenses, and anything else simply doesn’t make sense, because it doesn’t fit our mental model.
If we were all good at understanding other people life would be no fun. We are here in this world to learn and grow.
Libra And Projection
Libra is not only about our ability to notice how others are different. Libra also shows us how we can understand ourselves better, through others.
Libra’s symbol is the scales. When you go to the market to buy apples, the apples go on one side of the scale, and on the other side, we put a weighing unit.
That’s how we find out how much the apples weigh (OK, probably nobody uses the scale anymore, but that’s how it works).
You wouldn’t know how much your apples weigh if it was not for the weighing unit. In the same way, you wouldn’t know who you are (Aries) if it was not for Libra.
Libra shows us and what we project onto other people, so we can understand ourselves better.
What is projection? All those traits we are not aware of, and we put out there as belonging to others. Let’s say you are not in touch with your anger. You will project your anger onto others. People who are in touch with their anger (the angry people) will really touch a nerve in you.
Or let’s say you’re a great artist, but you are not aware of it. You will be attracted to artists because unconsciously you are looking for people who can help you get in touch with this talent you already have.
We are often attracted to, or attract, people who have these traits that we don’t acknowledge in ourselves. That’s projection.
So Libra is also about learning about ourselves, through others.
All We Need Is Love
But there is another side of Libra. LOVE. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet of love. Ultimately, after we go through conflict and negotiation, we learn to really open up and allow another individual to enter our universe.
Our strongest need in life is the need for wholeness. Beyond differences and conflict, life is just better when we share it with a companion. It can be your spouse, a business partner or a good friend.
But to find love, to become whole again, we need to let go of our Ego, more exactly, we need to be open to change our identity. When you allow another person to enter your world, you will finally be whole, but you will not be the same person you were before.
The Full Moon in Libra on April 19 will help us move from the identity-searchingLibra archetype to the love-embracing Libra archetype.
Venus, the ruler of the Full Moon in Libra is in the last degree of the zodiac in Pisces, ready to close a chapter in your life.
The Full Moon is also opposite Uranus, the planet of freedom and liberation. Uranus is conjunct the Sun, helping us to break free from the prison of the Ego.
The Sabian symbol of the Full Moon in Libra is “Three mounds of knowledge on a philosopher’s head”. The symbol implies the fulfillment of philosophical understanding. The puzzle comes together.
The Full Moon in Libra can help you understand something profound about yourself and others. You may finally understand why you are attracted to the same people over and over again. Or why you always run into trouble with your bosses.
Once you have this breakthrough, you can finally appreciate people for who they are – not as a reflection of you, but as individuals on their own. And when you release them from judgment, you allow them to enter your life. And life’s just better when we share it with others.
This is the first New Moon after the Northern Equinox. The Northern Equinox is when the Sun enters the first sign of the zodiac, Aries. This is the beginning of a new solar cycle.
A New Moon by definition comes with a new beginning. So the New Moon in Aries on April 5th, 2019 comes with a double dose of ‘new beginning’ energy.
Let’s think a bit about Aries. Some key words that describe Aries are: impulse, instinct, action, emergence, affirmation, courage, stepping out of the comfort zone.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. The other 11 signs wouldn’t exist if Aries wouldn’t have decided to EMERGE, to EXIST. Aries’ motto is ‘Just do it’. You have 11 more signs to perfect your action. But first, you need to take that action. You need to act.
With our smartphones, with Social Media, our attention span has become shorter and shorter. We are all over the place. We want everything NOW. You may feel like you’re busy all the time, but are you really taking action?
New Moon In Aries – Take Meaningful Action
That’s exactly what you need to do at the New Moon. Take meaningful action.
This New Moon is about learning how to discriminate between what is ‘very’ important (like checking the social media feed, answering emails, driving, and listening to a podcast, all at the same time), and what is really important.
The New Moon in Aries is an invitation to take focused action. Focusing on one thing feels scary. What if I am missing out on other great stuff? What if I fail? And the scariest thought of them all, what if I have to live with the results of my actions?
The New Moon in Aries is square Saturn in Capricorn. Saturn is the planet of focus, responsibility and commitment.
So we don’t only have the blind courage of Aries. We also have the focus of Saturn in Capricorn.
The New Moon in Aries is an invitation not only to take any action but to take massive, meaningful action. Focus on ONE thing you want to do. And then do it.
Make the best out of these two cardinal energies: the instinctual force of Aries, and the planning abilities and focus of Capricorn.
New Moon In Aries And Saturn, Pluto And South Node In Capricorn
There is an interesting touch to the New Moon square to Saturn. Saturn is conjunct Pluto and the South Node throughout April, so basically, the New Moon squares all of them.
Capricorn our heritage, as well as our mission in life. The symbol of Capricorn is the Sea-goat. The Sea-goat has strong anchors in the ocean. She knows where she comes from. She is anchored in traditions (that’s why Capricorn loves tradition). But she’s also striving to reach the top of the mountain (that’s why Capricorn is so driven and ambitious).
Right now we have three planets in Capricorn, and all three influence the New Moon: Saturn, Pluto and the South Node.
Saturn is the planet of maturity and responsibility. Pluto is your reptilian brain, your survival instinct. South Node is about consequences – consequences of actions from this lifetime or previous lifetimes.
Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in Capricorn speak about the power of your ancestors. About that part of you who wants to make your parents and your grandparents proud.
Yet, there is a square between this ancestral force of wisdom (Saturn, Pluto and South Node in Capricorn) and your identity, your individual mission in this lifetime (New Moon in Aires).
Aries Vs. Capricorn
Something about your identity is about to change. But there is also a part of it that will remain. There is a part of your identity that never dies. Your heritage.Your ancestors’ manifesto. Yet, your identity evolves. You are a unique individual. You can’t remain stuck in the past.
The key questions you want to answer now at the New Moon are: “How can I follow my individual mission, AND take the best of what my ancestors have gifted me?” “Do I need to let go of something in order to move forward?” “What needs to change?”.
The Sabian symbol of the New Moon is “Nature spirits are seen at work in the light of sunset”. At sunset, when the Sun (Ego) subsides, it is easier to perceive the nature spirits. We can also think of these nature spirits as our ancestors. Our ancestors are always working in the background.
While you take massive, focused action, allow the spirits of your ancestors to guide you in the right direction. You don’t have to do the same things they’ve done. Listen to what they have to say, assess your current circumstances, and then act according to your best interests.
With three planets turning retrograde (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto), April 2019 can be a turning point in your life, too. As if three planets retrograde were not enough, Saturn and Pluto are both conjunct the South Node, so these are not your usual retrogrades.
Because Saturn, Pluto and the South Node are in Capricorn, Capricorn is a sensitive point in everyone’s chart in April. The South is Node related to karma and payback. It can manifest in a positive or negative way, but it always comes with a resolution.
If someone owes you something, you may finally get in April. If you owe something to someone, April is a good time to honor your commitment. Capricorn is all about commitment and playing by the rules, so you really want to keep your promises and act from your higher self in April.
Capricorn is also the sign of hierarchies. “Hierarchy” doesn’t mean only who’s the boss, but also what are the unwritten rules of the society. For example, you can play the role of the teacher at home, and the role of a student at work. Or vice-versa.
What is important in April, is understanding what the specific role you play and, most importantly, re-assessing whether the role you used to play in the past is still relevant to your everyday reality.
April 2019 is about understanding where you stand on the hierarchy. Status and hierarchy are very sensitive topics throughout time and across cultures.
Being high on the hierarchy means you understand how the world works, and by understanding these rules, you find your way up.
But just beause we understand how the world works, just because we’ve learned the ‘tricks’, doesn’t mean we are doing the right thing. Sometimes these rules need to be adjusted. April is a time to re-assess the role you play in society with responsibility. Is this role aligned with your integrity? Where do you need to make some adjustments?
April 2nd, 2019 – Mercury Conjunct Neptune
On April 2nd, 2019 Mercury is conjunct Neptune at 17° Pisces. Mercury has been conjunct Neptune for a while now. This is the 3rd Mercury-Neptune conjunction (the other two happened on February 19th and on March 24th).
In the last two weeks especially, when Mercury and Neptune have been close to each other, your mind may have been blown… or melted. You may have experienced both confusion and breakthroughs. The 3rd conjunction on April 2nd is the “final act” and will bring the much-needed clarity and direction. Things will finally start to make sense.
Neptune has opened new portals of awareness for you. You now understand why your mind works the way it does. If you were blindfolded, now you can see again.
April 4th, 2019 – South Node Conjunct Pluto
On April 4th, 2019 the South Node is conjunct Pluto at 23° Capricorn. Pluto is the planet of power. Power can be used for good or for bad. South Node is about consequences – consequences of actions from this lifetime or previous lifetimes.
Around this date, you will gain a better understanding of the consequences of power. And because Pluto will soon turn retrograde, you want to reflect on what can you change about your relationship to power so you can use it for good.
Of course, good and bad are relative terms. But this is when you need to trust the Universe. The Nodes already know what’s necessary from a cosmic – not only individual – perspective. Your role right now is to understand the larger context of your existence.
April 5th, 2019 – New Moon In Aries
On April 5th, 2019 we have a New Moon at 15° Aries. The New Moon is square Saturn at 20° Capricorn. You are full of initiative. You want to act. You want everything NOW.
But this New Moon is about learning how to discriminate between what is ‘very’ important, and what is really important.
If something is urgent, it doesn’t mean it is important. Aries is a cardinal, “me first” sign, so make sure that whatever initiatives you start now are aligned with who you truly are, and with your sense of integrity.
April 10th, 2019 – Jupiter Goes Retrograde
Jupiter goes retrograde at 24° Sagittarius. On the same day, Venus is conjunct Neptune at 17° Pisces and Sun is square the Nodes of the Moon.
Jupiter represents your belief system. When Jupiter goes retrograde, it is a good time to reflect on what you believe in. Are your beliefs still a reflection of the person you’ve become?
Because the Sun is square the Nodes of the Moon, you feel at a crossroad. “It’s now or never” – you may say to yourself. “I want to live a life of purpose, I want to do something meaningful”.
And you are right. No matter your current circumstances, your age, your religion, et cetera, you have the right, the chance and the responsibility, to live a life of purpose.
The secret? Unconditional love (Venus conjunct Neptune). When we love, whether or not we get something in return, this is when we align ourselves with the laws of the Universe.
April 17th, 2019 – Mercury Enters Aries
On April 17th, 2019 Mercury enters Aries. If you have a Gemini or Virgo ascendant this is a new beginning for you. Make sure you start something new, even if you don’t have any idea what. Just start.
You don’t have to be a Gemini or a Virgo, or have a Gemini or Virgo ascendant to benefit from this transit. Mercury in Aries will help you become more assertive and confident.
If you have difficulties bringing your ideas forward, if you are shy or communication is not your forte, make sure you take advantage of the Mercury in Aries transit. In the coming weeks, allow yourself to be more like an Aries. Be assertive, take risks, and speak your mind.
April 19th, 2019 – Full Moon In Libra
On April 19th, 2019 we have a Full Moon at 29° Libra. This is the 2nd Full Moon in Libra (we had another one on March 21st at 0° Libra). These two full moons are connected. So whatever happened in your life at the time of the first Full Moon in Libra will reach a culmination, will gain more depth.
Full Moon = getting stuff done. Normally we have only one Full Moon in each sign on the zodiac (in a given year). When we have two Full Moons (like we do now), this means we will likely have more accomplishments in the particular area of our life ruled by Libra.
April 20th, 2019 – Mercury Conjunct Chiron
On April 20th, 2019 Mercury is conjunct Chiron at 3° Aries. Mercury represents our mind and how we use it to interact with the world (gather new information, communicate, learn new skills).
Chiron is the Wounded Healer, but also the Alchemist who will initially challenge you but then will help you turn something ordinary into something extraordinary.
If you have some hurtful thoughts or if your communication is not that smooth – take this opportunity to understand yourself better – and see how you can transform your vulnerability into opportunities for growth.
April 20th, 2019 – Sun Enters Taurus And Venus Enters Aries
Sun and Venus change signs. If you are a Taurus, Happy birthday! April-May is your season. Venus, your ruler also steps into the first degree of the zodiac and enters Aries.
If you’re not a Taurus, Sun and Venus will still move into different areas of your chart. Sun is in the close proximity of Uranus. Time to try something new!
April 23rd, 2019 – Venus Conjunct Chiron
On April 23rd, 2019 Venus is conjunct Chiron at 3° Aries. Venus is the planet of love, material assets, and personal values. Venus is what is important to you.
The higher octave of Venus is Neptune. Neptune is unconditional love, spiritual assets, and universal values.
Chiron is “the bridge” of the zodiac, linking the visible planets (up to Saturn) to the invisible, transpersonal planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto). Venus conjunct Chiron means you are invited to step outside the safe boundaries of Venus and embrace the more universal values of Neptune.
April 23rd, 2019 – Sun Conjunct Uranus
On April 23rd, 2019 Sun is conjunct Uranus at 2° Taurus. If you were unsure what the upcoming 7-year Uranus in Taurus transit will bring, Sun conjunct Uranus will give you the answer.
Pay attention to what happens in your life around April 23rd, as you will get more information about the themes Uranus in Taurus will bring in the coming years.
If something unpleasant happens, this doesn’t mean the whole Uranus in Taurus transit will be like that. Sun conjunct Uranus will simply bring your awareness to the general themes of the transit.
April 24th, 2019 – Pluto Goes Retrograde
On April 24th, 2019 Pluto goes retrograde at 23° Capricorn. Pluto is still conjunct South Node. We don’t only have to deal with the consequences of power (Pluto conjunct South Node) but now we also get into revision mode (Pluto retrograde).
Don’t be afraid to dig into your past. Become conscious of what’s keeping you stuck. You can have amazing breakthroughs about yourself. This is a great time to do therapy, past life regression, ancestral work or family constellations.
April 30th, 2019 – Saturn Goes Retrograde
April 30th, 2019 Saturn goes retrograde at 20° Capricorn and immediately after, Saturn conjuncts the South Node. Saturn is the planet of responsibility. South Node is the planet of Karma.
This is your chance to settle things with your past. Whatever gets settled now, it won’t bother you again in the future. This is a few months long transit, so take your time.
If you take responsibility for your life, April 2019 can be the month when your life can take a turn for the better.
On March 22nd, 2019 Sun is conjunct Chiron at 1° Aries. Unless you’re a ZEN master, in the last couple of days or so you may have experienced the bittersweet energy of this transit.
On March 20-21 we had:
Sun in Aries, the Northern Equinox and the beginning of the new astrological year.
The Full Moon in Libra
… and now, Sun conjunct Chiron.
When a planet is conjunct the Sun, that particular planet begins a new cycle. A few days ago, Mercury was conjunct Sun and we had the beginning of a new Mercury cycle.
Sun Conjunct Chiron – The Wounded Healer, The Shaman, The Alchemist
Now it’s Chiron turn to meet the Sun, and we have the beginning of a new one-year Chiron cycle.
In astrology, Chiron stands for our deepest wound, for holistic healing (which only happens when we integrate the wound) and for our greatest gifts and talents (which become gifts ONLY when the initial wounds are purged and transformed into something greater).
In fact, there are three archetypes associated with Chiron: The Wounded Healer, the Shaman and the Alchemist.
Turning The Wound Into A Gift
But how it is possible to turn a wound into a gift? How can pain generate extraordinary resources and creativity?
The answer is the so-called healing crisis. A healing crisis means we fully embrace the wound.
When we allow the wound to become a part of who we are, we achieve wholeness. We re-integrate. We become ONE. We become who we were meant to be.
You see, the wound was never something to be angry with, or ashamed of. Yet, just like the original sin, we all believe we are born with it. We push away those parts of us we find undesirable.
In the shadows of our psyche, these wounds grow deeper and deeper. Their quality changes. They become dense and sacred. Neglected and abandoned, they find a way to cope with the loneliness, with the separation from the rest of who we are.
And when we finally integrate the wound, something miraculous happens. That primal wound, that part of us we pushed away, finally finds its place in the bigger picture of who we are.
We become whole. The pieces of the puzzle finally come together. This is when healing happens. When all the broken parts of ourselves (including the wound) come into a whole.
Healing Crisis And Holistic Healing
Chiron rules holistic healing. In fact, healing can ONLY be holistic. Anything else is temporary relief at best, anything else is treating the symptoms, not the cause. The only way to HEAL is to integrate all the broken parts of who we are into ONE.
In astrology, the Sun is a symbol for the Spirit. Every single one of us is a Sun with a human experience.
It makes sense that when Chiron (the Wounded Healer, the Shaman, and the Alchemist) meeds the Sun, we have the opportunity to heal.
Healing is preceded by a healing crisis. When we have a Sun-Chiron transit, healing doesn’t just happen. It starts with suffering. It begins with a worsening of symptoms.
But if you stay with it, if you stay with the ‘virus’ and you don’t try to numb it down with drugs, positive thoughts or other escaping mechanisms, if you allow it to do its job, then healing eventually happens.
Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings in the following days. Notice where you resist your emotions. Instead of running away from them, instead of trying to rationalize them, stay with these thoughts and feelings. Allow them to grow into you. Let the Chiron medicine do its thing.