Weekly Forecast April 15: Sun, Venus and Mars Enter Taurus

Early signs of spring. © James A. Weythman.

Early signs of spring. © James A. Weythman.

We’re now officially heading into “eclipse season,” with Uranus and Pluto moving closer to an exact square. Breakdowns are occurring more frequently, clearing the way for breakthroughs.

The breakdown energy is manifesting for me personally, so I am totally with you on this and know firsthand how confusing, upsetting, and scary the process can be. Trying to stay grounded is almost impossible and in fact may defeat the purpose. Losing one’s mind is not necessarily a bad thing. Ancient rituals were designed precisely for that purpose. The thing is, they had certain procedures and safeguards – that’s the whole idea of a ritual – whereas we’re flying by the seat of our pants, often alone, without a strong support network of people who have been through it themselves and know how to provide a safety net.

Fortunately, we’ll get some good grounding energy this week when Venus, the Sun, and Mars move into solid-as-a-rock Taurus. Venus rules Taurus, so she’ll be “at home” in her own sign starting on Monday. She has been in her detriment in Aries and closely conjunct Mars – in other words, she has been in his territory, under his control. The tables turn on Saturday, when Mars enters Taurus. Now it’s her turn to set the tone and make the rules. The Sun enters Taurus on Friday. If nothing else the hectic pace should slow down so that we get a little space to breathe and reflect as we undergo a collective metamorphosis. Venus in Taurus likes to take her time, smell the flowers, appreciate art and beauty, and enjoy a gourmet meal with a glass of good wine.

Before all that happens, though, we have a conjunction of the Sun and Mars in late Aries on Wednesday, so for most of this week, we’ll continue to feel the immediate, impulsive, spontaneous energy of Aries. Remember, too, that Uranus in Aries takes his cue from Mars. I have a feeling that all the saber-rattling in North Korea will subside while Mars is in peace-loving Taurus. After that, who knows?

The two bigger trends, as I mentioned, are the upcoming eclipses and the first of two exact squares of Uranus and Pluto in 2013. In a normal year, there are four eclipses, but occasionally there are five or six. In 2013, we have five eclipses, three of which will occur in April and May. The first is the Full Moon lunar eclipse in Scorpio on April 25, followed by the New Moon solar eclipse in Taurus on May 9 and then the Full Moon lunar eclipse in Sagittarius on May 25. Typically, eclipses occur in pairs, and we have a two-week period between them that feels unsettled and chaotic, with the ground shifting beneath our feet. Since we have three eclipses in a row, we’ll get a whole month of that, although I’d say we’re already in it and will feel it until the end of May.

It’s also interesting to note that Wesak 2013 will fall on an eclipse – either on April 25 or May 25/26, depending on whether you use tropical or sidereal astrology. The Eastern countries, where Wesak is celebrated as the Buddha’s birthday (as well as his enlightenment and death), tend to use sidereal astrology. It’s a bit complicated to explain, but essentially Western tropical astrology is a sign ahead, so on April 25, the Full Moon is in Scorpio according to tropical calculations but still in Libra according to sidereal calculations. I say there’s no reason we can’t celebrate Wesak twice.

Last year, Wesak was on May 5 according to both branches of astrology. I did my usual ritual of putting a bowl of water outside and letting it “absorb” the rays of the Full Moon, then drank it later and went into a deep meditation. I was jolted out of it by a shocking past-life memory that burst into my vision so forcefully that I started crying and cried for three days. The information changed my whole outlook on a difficult relationship I’d been in. I’d suspected, given our charts, that there were strong karmic connections, but I didn’t know exactly what they were until that memory surfaced.

Scorpio and its modern ruler, Pluto, are associated with the ability to see into other dimensions of reality, what some call “past lives” but which I prefer to call “other lives” in recognition that the human concept of time is an illusion. Pluto went retrograde last week, and suddenly we’re tapping into those other lifetimes again, especially in terms of karmic relationships. I think we’re going to experience more of this in the next six weeks, and there’s a good chance that difficult karmic connections finally will get “resolved,” to the extent possible. Major breakthroughs could occur as we get closer to the Uranus-Pluto square, which is exact on May 20, right before the eclipse on May 25. Incidentally, that eclipse is the last in a series in Gemini and Sagittarius (according to tropical astrology), which began on the solstice on December 21, 2010. As such, it represents the closing of a chapter and final resolution.

Uranus adds an element of unpredictability into the picture, and while it’s nearly impossible to foresee events when Uranus is involved in an aspect, we might get some hints this Saturday and Sunday when Mercury squares Uranus and Pluto. Mercury is the Messenger and often “brings” advance news. Moreover, with Mercury square Pluto, we can get deep insight into situations that normally wouldn’t be available to us.

The only other aspect this week is an easy sextile between Venus and Neptune. Venus in Taurus and Neptune in Pisces are a beautiful combination of physical, sensual pleasure and higher love. This is soul mate material. Normally I wouldn’t give it much significance on its own, but given other aspects, it could provide an additional piece of information if you think you’ve found The One.

Before I go, I’d like to announce that I’m bringing back the Q&A. I’m aiming to launch it on Thursday, depending on my schedule. If you have a quick question, please send it using this form. I won’t be able to answer all questions and will select which ones to answer based on whether other readers would be interested. I’m sorry, but I won’t be able to answer questions like, “My whole sucks, what do I do?”

Second, the StarGuide Spring forecast is now on sale for 25 percent off, and there’s still plenty of spring left – including three eclipses!

Wishing you all infinite love and courage,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

9 thoughts on “Weekly Forecast April 15: Sun, Venus and Mars Enter Taurus

  1. shavawnb

    Wow, Pat. I am just stunned by the news out of Boston. Do you think there’s an energetic/astrological connection there? It just sickens me to think that this is the way that folks are acting out during all this change. My heart is aching.


  2. Pat Post author

    Shavawn, senseless violence is just that – senseless. I am always hesitant to race to do a chart the instant a disaster happens. I was never one for rubbernecking, and in fact the few times in my life when I heard that sickening thud of metal on metal, I ran in the opposite direction from the crowd. But since you asked, I took a look.

    It’s clear to me that this is a manifestation of the Uranus-Pluto square. Pluto is in the fifth house, which in mundane astrology represents sporting events. Uranus, which is associated with explosions, was in the eighth house. Among other things, the eighth house rules death, and it’s also associated with Pluto, planet of transformation. We’re in a transformational period in history, and violence is an inevitable part of the breaking down process.

    The mundane ruler of terrorism is Mars. Mars was in close conjunction with the Sun in the ninth house, which does have an international connection. However, for foreign relations – allies and enemies – we look to the seventh house. This is where it gets interesting. Neptune, planet of confusion, secret plots, and all things hidden, is right on the seventh-house cusp (Descendant). So, there’s more to this incident than meets the eye, and we’d all do well to hold off blaming anyone until all the facts are in – if they ever are. That said, it’s possible that we’ll know more later this week, when Mercury conjoins Uranus and squares Pluto. As I mentioned in my forecast, Mercury-Pluto aspects can help dig up hidden information that normally isn’t available to us. If someone is trying to hide something, they may not be able to do so for very long.

    The only other thing I’d like to say about this is that we need to remember as Uranus and Pluto move in and out of the square over the next two years that we’re all connected – a strong message of Neptune in Pisces. It’s easy for us to identify with the heroes, the Good Samaritans, the brave survivors, and even the victims. But we also are connected to the perpetrators. I basically believe in the goodness of humanity, and when people do heinous things like this, I have to believe that they somehow are acting out the repressed emotions of the collective. That in itself is a very Plutonic concept. Often (although not always) these souls are mentally unstable folks who have gone completely off the deep end. I often think, “There but for the grace of Goddess go I.”


  3. Beth

    We may be flying by the seat of our pants, but we are not alone or without support. The wisdom of the ancients has a way of filtering through, especially in times of trial.


  4. shavawnb

    Thanks, Pat. That pretty much confirms what my gut got about the whole thing. I am certain more will be revealed. I appreciate you looking into it.

    Of course we are both darkness and light. And darkness that is not made conscious, wreaks havoc. The one aspect of all that’s going on that heartens me is the fact that no one can hide the truth anymore. The spin doctors and their ilk will no longer be able to hide anything from us. We will see behind the curtain.


  5. Joe

    And that is the whole theme of “the lifting of the veil,” i.e. Greek apokálypsis, uncovering, revealing. Not this ridiculous fireballs from the sky/destruction meme they keep feeding us.


  6. Joe

    And that is the whole theme of “the lifting of the veil,” i.e. Greek apokálypsis, uncovering, revealing. We get the idea the revealing happens all at once, but I’m finding it happens in increments.


  7. Pat Post author

    Joe, if it happened all at once, society would be even more destabilized than it is already. Thank Goddess for increments.


  8. Pat Post author

    Joe, I think the “all at once” will be something akin to the “overnight success” of a star who has been laboring for years in obscurity. Many people have started to see behind the veil. Perhaps the “all at once” will happen when a critical mass of people realized what is happening. I do think we’re getting close.


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