Astrology Update April 2014

Chinese DragonAPRIL is DRAGON MONTH

Sunday March 30 was a new Moon in Aries that began the month of the Earth Dragon.

Be prepared for sudden luck and surprises in this Dragon month! The Earth Dragon greatly benefits from the industry and practicality of element Earth. And Dragon loves a good celebration, so get the party started in spring of this Wood Horse year! Dragon luck is for all, especially those born in Dragon, Rat, Snake, and Monkey years.

Red-EclipseLUNAR ECLIPSE

Tuesday April 15 was a full Moon eclipse in Libra at 0:42 am PDT. Libra rules the 7th house of partnerships and marriage.

An eclipse is an absence of light when the shadow is see, so now is ideal for some quiet time for reflection, and then repair of any relationships that you feel could use some balancing.

This full Moon trined Neptune to take a break, ponder, and withdraw into yourself. Eclipse relationship matters are most important for the Air signs Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius and those born in Dragon, Monkey, and Rat years.

DOUBLE DRAGON

dragon breathesThe April 15 lunar eclipse occurred on a double Dragon day; a Fire Dragon day in an Earth Dragon month. Under the watchful eyes of two Dragons, activities can be exposed. So mind your actions! Dragon brings instant karma. 

Know you can call me at 415.642.8019 or reply to this email to schedule your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation for the eclipses. Events put into action at the time of an eclipse come to fruition in six months. What we plant we will harvest as a series of eclipses begin.

lotusGRAND CARDINAL CROSS

Sun and Uranus in Aries, Mars in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, and Pluto in Capricorn form a grand cardinal cross.

The big cardinal square continues of Sun conjunct Uranus in cardinal Fire sign Aries, Mars in cardinal Air sign Libra, Jupiter in cardinal Water sign Cancer, and Pluto in cardinal Earth sign Capricorn. People can feel held back or frustrated, especially in this action-oriented Dragon month. But don’t worry about squares in the heavens! In this Wood Horse year, just keep trotting. You’ll find out fast what is or is not worth pursuing.

SOLAR ECLIPSE

Monday April 28 is a new Moon eclipse  in the Earth sign Taurus at 11:14 pm PDT. This new Moon begins the month of the Earth Snake.

The Moon is exalted in Taurus, the best sign for the Moon. An eclipse casts a shadow, brings mysteries, and intrigues the Snake. Time for adventure and discovery, as well as sensual plans, enjoyment, art, and creativity.

DOUBLE EARTH SNAKE

two snakesThe May 28 solar eclipse that begins Earth Snake month also falls on the day of the Earth Snake — a double Earth Snake eclipse!

The Earth Snake is the very fortunate golden Snake so time to heal, take care, and shed your skin. Slither onward in Horse year! The new Moon opportunities of this Snake month are luckiest for the Snake, Ox, Dragon, and Phoenix (Rooster).

RETROGRADE PLANETS

Mars went retrograde on March 1, and Saturn went retrograde on March 2. Pluto goes retrograde on April 14.

But in this Horse year and Dragon month, energy moves forward regardless of retrograde planets.

2014 HORSE YEAR

Horse 2014Chinese New Year is a spring festival that occurs on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice. 

The new Moon on January 30, 2014 was the start of both Horse year and Tiger month. Tiger brings powerful energy that gets Horse year started with a bang! Horse and Tiger are best friends, along with Dog, so right away Horse energy is in synch. Even retrograde planets won’t slow down the lively energy of Horse and Tiger.

On Chinese New Year, the Sun and Moon are in always in Aquarius. In 2014 the Sun and Moon in Aquarius sextiled Uranus in Aries for something new and different. Time to take risks, explore new pathways, and open doors. Horse year is superb for travel so plan that far-flung adventure!

Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto were in a square at New Year that could cause chaos or confusion. But strong Horse thrives on chaos and action. Problems? Under the influence of the Horse, just keep moving forward and create change. Last year Snake 2013 was the time for thoughtful contemplation. Now in Horse year is the time to act! Horse correlates to the Western Air sign Gemini.

ELEMENT WOOD

Chinese astrology is based on the 5 elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.

2014 is WOOD Horse year. Like fresh growth in springtime, a Wood year is time for rebirth and transformation in all areas of your life! Now is the year to take a risk, see the world, and blaze a new trail. Swift action brings success in this impulsive, action-loving, sexy Horse year.

Or you might prefer to watch life’s Horse race from the sidelines — all the while enjoying and doing as you please — because love of freedom and independence are also Horse traits. And a few independent souls will just hang loose and run free like a proud, rebellious Horse who refuses to be broken. Whatever  explorations, discoveries, breakthroughs, new loves, and crazy developments happen for you, I wish you good luck in Horse year!

Our Boy Mercury2014 MERCURY RETROGRADES

Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks three times a year.

During the Mercury retrogrades in 2014 Wood Horse year, events can be quite chaotic. So be brave and ride out the wild energy!

February 6 – 28 in Air sign Aquarius. Good for think tank, new ideas, and networking. Mercury is exalted in Aquarius, the best sign for Mercury.

June 7 – July 1 in Air sign Gemini. Events fly by and energy is wildly fast paced in this double Horse month — Metal Horse month in Wood Horse year. Metal chops Wood so be careful of accidents.

October 4 – 25 in Air sign Libra. Relationships will be important under the influence of Libra. This retrograde gives us more opportunities to thoroughly communicate to loved ones.

Crescent Moon GoddessLUNAR MONTHS in Wood HORSE 2014

In 2014 the year of the Wood Horse (green Horse), Wood and Water months are most favorable July, August, September, and October. Also fortunate are Tiger, Horse, Sheep, and Dog months: February, June, July, and October.

Fire TIGER month began January 30 at 1:38 pm PST – Chinese New Year of the Wood Horse
Fire RABBIT month began March 1 at 12:00 am PST
Earth DRAGON month began March 30 at 11:45 am PDT
Earth SNAKE is April 28 at 11:14 pm PDT Solar Eclipse
Metal HORSE is May 28 at 11:40 am PDT. Double Horse: Horse month in Horse year
Metal SHEEP is June 27 at 1:08 am PDT
Water MONKEY is July 26 at 3:42 pm PDT
Water PHOENIX (Rooster) is August 25 at 7:13 am PDT
Wood DOG is September 23 at 11:14 pm PDT. Autumn Equinox Sept 22 at 7:29 pm PDT
Wood PIG is October 23 at 2:57 pm PDT Solar Eclipse
Fire RAT is  November 22 at 4:32 am PST
Fire OX is December 21 at 5:36 pm PST. Winter Solstice earlier at 3:03 pm same day
Earth TIGER new Moon on January 20, 2015 at 5:14 am PST begins year of the Wood Sheep

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URANUS SQUARE PLUTO: Occupy or Tea Party?

URANUS in Aries squares PLUTO in Capricorn on the following dates: Nov 1 2013, April 21 2014, Dec 14 2014, and March 16 2015. Uranus symbolizes freedom, radical change, and liberation. Pluto (especially in Earth sign Capricorn) represents the conservative power structure. And the reigning PLUTOocracy, a government of wealthy men, has become globalized with drone strikes to keep predatory capitalism in power. The most recent series of Uranus square Pluto was between 1932 and 1934.

In the U.S. it was the peak of the Great Depression and the invention of the atomic bomb. In Europe was the rise of Adolph Hitler. In Asia, upheaval at this time lead to Japan and China at war by 1937 that set the stage for World War 2. In 1966 and 1967, Uranus and Pluto were conjunct three times (blended together but not squared) that started cultural and social revolutions all over the world. Uranus added passion and power to liberation movements and the social shifts that followed. The Summer of Love was here in San Francisco in 1967, and the Cultural Revolution in China raged during these years, especially in 1966 the year of the Fire Horse. The cycle begins and repeats as Uranus once again has contact with Pluto!

OUTER PLANETS IN TRANSIT BY SIGN

The farther from the Sun, the slower the transit:

URANUS IN ARIES

Uranus, planet of radical change and revolution, is in the the fiery leadership sign Aries until May 2018. Uranus is the planet of rebellion, with a big urge to break away and be free, especially when expressed through the pioneering spirit of Fire sign Aries. Aries correlates to the powerful Dragon so anticipate fast change, revolution, and evolution all over the world. Uranus is a higher vibration of Mercury. Uranus is known for erratic mercurial activity with flashes of insight and genius.

 NEPTUNE IN PISCES

February 3 2012 dream planet Neptune entered Water sign Pisces until spring 2025. This is a perfect pairing of the ocean god Neptune who is naturally most comfortable in any of the Water sign Pisces, Cancer, or Scorpio. Neptune in Pisces brings creativity, intuition, and spiritual connections. This sets the tone for an entire generation, the new Piscean Neptunians. I do not agree with internet postings that suggest Neptune in Pisces is bad and means drug addiction, illusion, and fantasy. Instead, bring on the new wave of creativity and inspiration from spirit, dreams, and inner worlds. Neptune is a higher vibration of Venus.

 PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

The U.S. Recession began in Earth Rat year 2008 when Pluto entered Capricorn. The planet Pluto symbolizes death, rebirth, and transformation. Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld, a god of wealth because the riches of the Earth are in his domain: gold, silver, oil, diamonds, minerals, and precious gems. Pluto will be in the pragmatic earth sign of Capricorn until spring 2023. So the world plutocracy, governments of wealthy men or plutocrats, can now be transformed. Change will be slow in coming, but the transformation has already begun. Occupy Wall Street is an example of the old plutocracy being questioned. If protest seems violent or sudden, note that Pluto is a transpersonal form of Mars.