Planet Post Up – Jupiter Square Pluto, Mercury in Taurus, Saturn Retrograde, Venus Retrograde

April promises to be a month of significant change. And shift. And shifting change.  Seemingly constant and not ever letting up.  True.  Remember that the universe is always encouraging us to grow and to reach and to change.  It’s not about being stagnant…it’s about being in movement. April is one of those months when it feels like we are constantly being pushed to do that.  In every area of our lives.  Venus (love, romance, relationships, money), Mercury (communication, transit, tech), and Saturn (life lessons, growing up, restriction) are all being activated this month.

The largest planet is going to square the smallest planet today.  Jupiter and Pluto.  A heady dose of change is coming our way.  For all of us.

Mercury is set to go retrograde on April 10. And he’ll move into Taurus, too.  So a little more grounded, in the earthy stable sign of Taurus.  But a retrograde means, this again. Delays, miscommunication, things breaking or not working, mix-ups all over the place.  So mind your words, and double check everything six times. I view Mercury retrogrades as “lessons in patience.” The universe is encouraging me (me, personally, but perhaps all of us) to work on our patience.  Which isn’t easy to do. And isn’t something I would particularly choose to do on my own, but for that cosmic kick in the pants to do so.

Saturn goes retrograde on April 5/6 until August 25.  This guy.  Saturn is the one coach (let’s say your team has three or four) that makes you do all the hard stuff that the other coaches don’t make you do.  And when he walks in the room, there’s a collective groan because everybody knows it. Whatever we’re doing today, it’ going to hurt and it’s going to be challenging and you’re going to be out of breath and sore and cursing under your breath about hating your world in that exact moment.  You may not know exactly how or why, but you just know that’s how it’s going to be.  But you also realize at some point, those hard practices were some of the best. And the ones that really pushed you to step up your game.

Think back to what was going on in your life in 2009 in March/April.  Those people, and those  events or lessons associated with those people are likely to return.

Venus (still retrograde until April 15) slips back into Pisces on April 2.  So she’s going to pass over the zero degree mark (Aries at zero degrees) that starts the astrological year and is symbolic of “the beginning” in general.  From April 2 until April 15, that’s when we are going to feel the full effect of people coming back into our lives. And all the other “stuff” that comes with that.

These are some of the major transits coming up in April. There are others. I’ll speak to those as the month goes on.  But these that I mentioned here are all about making a destiny choice for yourself.   The people you connect with, spend your time with, mirror who you are and who you want to be.  It really is what your parents may have told you: you have to be mindful of who your friends are.  If you want to start your own business, lose 20 pounds and maybe run your first 5 or 10k this summer or fall, start making smarter choices with your money and save some so you can go to Europe in 2018, start and stick with a spiritual practice (going to church every Sunday morning, meditating for 5 minutes every morning, keeping a gratitude journal and listing 10 things you are thankful for every night before you go to sleep), you can’t be hanging around people who….don’t do those things.  And I say all this without judgement, if the people you spend your time with are in serious credit card debt, go to a local bar every day after work and kick back a few beers, they’re cheating on their spouses,  and have nothing positive to say about anything or anybody….those people aren’t going to help you get to where you want to go.  I’m not saying they are inherently bad people. But the direction they are headed in is not the same as the one you want to be headed in.

Put another way: If you want to be a vegetarian, you’re going to have to give up meat.

So change it up. And change it up with purpose and with clarity and with focused determination.  April is turbulent, but things start to smooth out in May.  And from about mid-May until the end of June, those days are some of the best this year has to offer.  Get through this. Better is coming.

Lessons to learn, money to earn, help me see clear, my dreams are so near…

The Smiling Raven

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