April 2020 Astrocast

FULL MOON: 7 April 2020 18:44 Libra

NEW MOON: 22 April 2020 03:24 Taurus

 

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Pluto (25:00 - 22:29 Capricorn) 25 April -3 October 2020

(Shadow until 26 January 2021)

Uranus (06:36 - 02:39 Taurus) 12 August 2019 - 10 January 2020

(Shadow until 26 April 2020)


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LUNATION SUMMARY
FULL MOON
(Ending, culmination, or shift to a new phase)
NEW MOON
(Brings something new into your life)
Date: 7 April 2020 Date: 22 April 2020
Position: 18:44 Libra (Strongest influence for those born ~10 July) Position: 03:24 Taurus (Strongest influence for those born ~27 June)
Natural House: 4th Natural House: 11th
Influences of the 4th include your home environment, memories, cultural roots, endings and new beginnings.  This covers a wide array since besides the home and upbringing-related matters, it also represents the ending and beginning of any new cycle.  With a Full Moon, which also indicates an ending or shift to a new phase, this is more likely than usual to bring something important that you'll notice. Influences of the 11th house include friends, groups, organizations, networking, hopes, wishes and goals.  This is a time when someone new, a new involvement with a group,  or a new goal could come into your life.  Some also consider it the house of big gains.  This is an excellent time to get out there and network, meet some new friends, or get involved in a new group or organization. Checking on the status of your goals or making some new ones are also favored.
FULL MOON

The Full Moon on 7 April is in Libra, the sign that focuses on relationship, beauty, harmony, and peace. This is the good news. The bad news is that a full moon denotes an ending, culmination, or shift to a new phase. Check the table above to determine which part of you life this is likely to appear. On the other hand, if things have been less than optimum, then an ending is often welcome, assuming it means things will start to improve. One thing somewhat suspicious about this lunation is that it's tied into Neptune. For those of you who aren't aware, Neptune rules things like the COVID-19 virus, so this quincunx from the Moon suggests some sort of change related to that. The Aries Sun is semisextile Neptune, an aspect that usually indicates friction or an annoyance, though in its best manifestation serves as a "blessing in disguise." To switch it to the positive side requires effort, which could come back to people doing as they're told and sheltering in place, not using the time off as a family vacation.

Venus is still trining Mars and Saturn, which has been in effect for a while prior to the lunation. This implies using logic with regard to what is best for you and your family in the light of instructions. Mars and Saturn were in exact conjunction on 31 March. I apologize for missing that last month. It's obviously a bit anticlimactic mentioning it now, but that day had four interesting conjunctions. Mars and Saturn show authority figures taking action, or at least trying to, as there will be some pushback. Pluto and Jupiter were in partile conjunction, also. Mercury and Neptune were in a wide conjunction while the Moon (at least at the moment Mars and Saturn were in exact conjunction) was conjunct her own north Node and trining Uranus, stirring things up. Uranus continues to square Saturn and Mars, however, and this is much of what motivates those who think the edicts and rules don't apply to them and ignites a sense of rebellion. Another possible influence of this, given Uranus is the planet that rules breakthroughs, could be to hamper efforts to develop a vaccine or other remedy. That square is in effect until the end of the month.

Mercury is still in Pisces, which has further facilitated the spread of the pandemic as the planet of communications. He's in fall in Pisces, anyway, with his stay extended by his retrograde period a while back. His time spent conjunct Neptune certainly didn't help, either. Fortunately, he'll soon go into Aries which should help. For the lunation he's sextile Jupiter and Pluto, conjunct in Capricorn. Pluto as the god of the Underworld and as modern ruler of the 8th house he represents death. His conjunction with Jupiter, who increases and exaggerates what he touches, implies the acceleration in pandemic deaths, especially with the sextile from Mercury which shows people continuing to transmit the disease.

Of particular interest is the asteroid, Wuhan. If you're a regular follower you're aware of how much I like and use them, but this almost slipped by me because I never imagined there would be an asteroid with that name. Fortunately, before these were published I received an email from astrologer Demetra George who pointed it out by referring to another article which you can find here. This asteroid on 31 March was conjunct both Pluto and Jupiter. This certainly reflects the situation as I write. At the time of the Full Moon on 7 April the asteroid will have moved a few degrees. The usual orb used for asteroids is 1:30 degree, so using that, the conjunction with Jupiter and Pluto is no longer in effect. The asteroid is unaspected, however, which often gives additional strength as its not figuratively "tied down" by other influences. In this case, that is not good.

NEW MOON

The New Moon on 22 April is in Taurus conjunct Uranus, which implies some surprises. The three of them are squaring Saturn, so the energy of the New Moon further accentuates that square described above. At least now Mars has moved on, however, so only Saturn is involved. No telling which way this will lean, toward the authorities or those resisting. There's certainly more energy favoring the "rebels," which may indicate more people doing as they please.

Venus is squaring Neptune from Gemini, suggesting obstacles and conflict with regard to taking care of your needs. She is also trining Mars, however, showing some help in taking action toward what you want to accomplish. Confusion and misunderstandings continue, though perhaps less than when Mercury was in Pisces. By this time, thank heaven, Mercury is in Aries, where his communications tend to be abrupt and to the point. He is in partile semisextile with Neptune, bringing friction and irritations, but as noted above, this aspect can also function as a "blessing in disguise." Maybe direct, politically incorrect communications are necessary at this time to get the point across. Mercury is squaring Pluto in Capricorn which we can hope indicates some measures are succeeding in slowing down the death rate. The Lunar Nodes are getting ready to cross from Cancer and Capricorn to Gemini and Sagittarius. Considering COVID-19 is favored by Water and Earth signs, this could help slow things down as well.

Regarding the asteroid Wuhan at this time, it is conjunct Saturn within 20 minutes of arc or 1/3 of a degree. Saturn being great for providing obstacles and boundaries, this could be a very positive indicator for the pandemic to finally slow down.

A friend and long-term client sent me a link to an article about a young man in India who nailed the prediction of the pandemic and could be correct about when it will end. If you're interested, you can find it here.

OTHER COSMIC EVENTS

Pluto stations retrograde on 25 April. This looks like something to look forward to as suggesting the death rate will start to slow down. Unfortunately, it doesn't mean he'll be moving away from Pluto enough to break up the conjunction. However, since retrograde movement does tend to slow things down, hopefully that will be the case. Jupiter goes retrograde in May along with Saturn and Venus. Only Mercury was retrograde for the first week of March. This means for April all planets are direct until Pluto stations. The Sun is partile conjunct Uranus for the station and squaring Saturn, similar to the New Moon. Mercury is squaring Jupiter and Pluto, reinforcing a slow down in deaths.

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