We start April with Venus still being in Retrograde. It has been an interesting retrograde cycle thus far. Venus moved into Retrograde on March 4th at 13° of Aries. On April 2nd, she shifts back into the sign of Pisces altering the dynamic of the energy before she stations direct on April 15 at 26° of Pisces. This particular retrograde cycle may have triggered many fears, which may have manifested as anxiety or frustration. When operating from a place of fear one is powerless. However, the lesson of Venus in Aries is to own your power, and making choices from a place of power, not from a place of fear. As she shifts into the sign of Pisces on April 2 the dynamic changes, for it is no longer about making a choice, it is about sitting with a choice that was made and reflecting on the outcome.
The reflection process continues as Saturn stations retrograde on April 6 at 27° of Sagittarius. Saturn retrograde is stimulating restructuring. What do you need to restructure in your life? There is an opportunity to heal the structures in your life when Saturn squares Chiron on April 30. There are many things that people may be focusing on restructuring or healing, but ultimately while in the sign of Sagittarius we are focusing on expressing our true self. We are being asked to let go of emotional patterns which block us from being authentic. Again, this aspect may stimulate a sense of introspection allowing one to ponder on past memories, relationships, or events that may have triggered pain in your life at some point in time. Saturn will remain retrograde until August 25, 2017. There is plenty of time to gain understanding into what you need to restructure your life.
On April 9, Mercury will station retrograde at 4° of Taurus, potentially showing us that nothing is permanent. Again, we are being asked to turn inwards with our thought process. One can activate internal questioning of personal values and beliefs. The desire is to try and find a path to greater stability, security, or comfort. But one must be open with their thought process. Take the time to quiet the mind so that one can remember old ideas of worth that may have been forgotten, as they exist in the subconscious mind where the memories are stored. Mercury will station direct on May 3 at 24° of Aries and as he does, one may be able to envision new possibilities.
Pluto, the powerful transformer will also station retrograde on April 20 at 19° Capricorn. One will have the potential to look around and see what needs to be transformed within your their life. It is easy to see what needs to transform in society, but it is usually more difficult to dive into the depths of your Soul and face its shadows. Pluto will station direct on September 28 at 16° Capricorn and hopefully this retrograde cycle has given you the ability to release your inhibitions, to set yourself free and to express yourself beautifully.
On April 28, the North Node will shift into the sign of Leo, activating aspects of the self that each individual needs to tap into (over the course of the next year until November 7, 2018). The North Node is the path that we are following, the path we are being asked to walk. In the sign of Leo, one is being asked to express their individuality. To follow their hearts desires. We are moving through our fears before this energy transpires so that our fear can be released from the heart center. Love and fear can not exist in the same place at once. You are either in a space of love or you are in fear. When we activate our hearts desire, ultimately it is better if you are focusing from a place of love. If you activate your hearts desire while in a place of fear, you are not operating from the point of power. One must strengthen their willpower, tap in to their enthusiastic nature, and emanate self-confidence while taking risks and having fun. This is what the North Node in Leo will teach us over the next year.
In the month of April, acknowledge your fears, stand up to them with courage, restructure and align with your truth, heal the past, clear the mind, transform your perspective and stand in your power! It may sound like a lot, but in truth, it is all connected to one state of BEing!