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Welcome April 2018


The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools' Day.
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment."- Poor Robin's Almanac, 1790s

 
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Faery Guidance for April 2018

The Queen Of Passage





 










All things change. All situations move from one phase into another. Sometimes those transitions are difficult. Letting go and moving on, whether to a new life, a new love, or perhaps just a new phase in an existing situation, can be painful. But the Queen of Passage is there to help with those transitions.

She looks ahead with the keen sight of the kestrel and can see the future with the wisdom of the raven. She holds a pomegranate, a sign of fertility. There is growth in the future. There is a way ahead. The darkness comes as you step from one state to another. The moment of passage between the past and future, between the worlds themselves, is a moment of surrender.


Trust this great queen to be your guide. Listen to what she has to tell you and then take that step. She will be by your side in the moment you move out of the past and into the future.

From The Heart Of Faerie Oracle - Brian & Wendy Froud.

Celtic Tree Month April 2018

March 18th through April 14th starts the tree month of Fearn (Alder) - - The Alder is the tree of fire and purification by fire. It is able to resist the decaying powers of water and can grow and flourish in the wettest of places; it is therefore a symbol of staying power, durability, persistence, and steadfastness. Its association with water also evokes the quality of emotional strength. Traditionally used for building boats and bridges, alder enhances the potential to cross over life's oceans and rivers, and to overcome obstacles or doubt.

The Alder also represents the evolving spirit. The Alder protects in disputes helping you to see the real issues from the false. It is also useful in conquering of adversaries or difficulties, finding strength from within. The Celts would often name their weapons and credit them with magical powers. When feeling threatened, either physically and/or mentally, invoke the spirit of Alder.

April 15th starts the month of Saille (Willow)  - When cut, the willow quickly grows again, representing the qualities of death and regeneration. It signifies flexibility and emotional balance, and the ability to bend rather than break under pressure, and to spring back after misfortune. It also evokes the power of intuition and the inner voice, and the healing of pain.

In Celtic Astrology Willow people are beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner. Willow tree characters are difficult people to get to know in any depth or detail, for people born under this sign touch upon all the mysterious aspects of nature associated with the moon. Their psychic antennae are switched on, so that they have recall to the remotest regions of memory.

The positive aspects of character generally are shown in their passive tenacity and shrewdness. People born during the first two weeks of the lunar month are more inclined to sudden mood changes, which encourage some unreliable traits of character. The positive aspects are shown by their receptiveness to change in being quick to take advantage of the opportunities presented.

People born in the last two weeks are inclined to disregard advice and their own reasoning powers can lack credibility. The positive aspects are demonstrated by their resourcefulness and excellent memories. 
Astro - Days to watch for your sign -  April 2018
Aries
Rewarding Days: 14, 15
Challenging Days: 1, 27, 28

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 16, 17, 18
Challenging Days: 2, 3, 29, 30

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  19, 20
Challenging Days: 4, 5, 6

Cancer
Rewarding Days: 21, 22
Challenging Days: 7, 8

Leo
Rewarding Days: 23, 24
Challenging Days: 9, 10, 11

Virgo                                                 Rewarding Days: 25, 26
Challenging Days: 12, 13

Libra
Rewarding Days: 1, 27, 28 
Challenging Days: 14, 15

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 2, 3, 29, 30
Challenging Days: 16, 17, 18

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days: 4, 5, 6
Challenging Days: 19, 20

Capricorn
Rewarding Days: 7, 8
Challenging Days: 21, 22

Aquarius                                         Rewarding Days: 9, 10, 11
Challenging Days:  23, 24

Pisces
Rewarding Days: 12, 13 
Challenging Days:  25, 26
Void of Course Moon Schedule for April 2017

It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
April 1st 19:29 April 1st 23:57 Scorpio
April 3rd 17:06 April 4th 07:55 Sagittarius
April 6th 14:36 April 6th 19:01 Capricorn
April 9th 03:40 April 9th 07:50 Aquarius
April 11th 15:56 April 11th 19:40 Pisces
April 13th 12:27  April 14th 04:26 Aries
April 16th 06:59 April 16th 09:51 Taurus
April 17th 23:05 April 18th 13:02 Gemini
April 20th 13:05 April 20th 15:26 Cancer
April 22nd 15:58 April 22nd 18:09 Leo
April 24th 19:40 April 24th 21:40 Virgo
April 26th 10:49 April 27th 02:13 Libra
April 29th 06:32 April 29th 08:11 Scorpio
 

 
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What's New This Month 

April Blessings everyone!  I think we are finally starting to see the Spring weather peeking out from Winter's cloak.  This month we celebrate April Fool's Day, Easter, Earth Day, and St. George's Day.  I will be away from March 28th until April 3rd so any orders will be booked in from the 4th of April onwards, on a first come first serve basis.

Many of us are feeling drawn toward beginning our spring cleaning as well. April is usually when I start my Spring cleaning and can start transplanting some of my herbs to my outside garden.  Clearing the home, the work space, and clearing out things within can have such a purging effect on the soul that often brings a sense of hope as we de-clutter and free up our space. It's been proven that clutter can affect our emotional well-being and can bring on feelings of depression and stagnation. And what better way to clear all that negative energy than to have a bit of Reiki to help boost that clearing out process. I like to open the windows and smudge with Sage to clear energy in the home. I use a bit of Reiki as I go through the house as well. Feng Shui is another great tool to help redirect or neutralize any "off" energies too.

This month I have some great readings for Spring: "The Spring Cleaning" and "Spring Flower" tarot readings. In honour of April Fool's Day there is the "Fools Journey" and "Fool's Choice" readings along with the "Heart of Faery" and a Feng Shui reading.  All of these can be found in the   Monthly Specials section along with a few other inspirational readings to help bring balance into your life.  You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the  Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.

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In the Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.

If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.

Come and check out my Blog that at http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there. 

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And don't forget to check out the Tarot Oracle Club: http://earthspirittarot.com/tosub.htm For a membership fee you get a free one card reading each month, discounts to in-depth readings, a free Natal Report package, one free in-depth reading for every one you buy, and access to a private Facebook group for members.

And now to announce the March 2018 raffle winners:

E. Kaye and N. Vernosa

Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter April's raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

"I'll Pray for You"

This has got to be the most apathetic comment anyone could ever make when someone's going through a time of crisis. "Wait," I hear you say, "Praying is a good thing, it's kind?" Well, yes, I'm sure you mean well. But what are you actually doing?

Praying for someone sends good wishes their way. It implores divinity (by whatever name you want to call it) to intercede and help. Praying implies that you're spiritual, that you're a good person, and that you want to send good things. But let me ask you again; when you pray for someone, what are you actually doing?

There's an old joke about a man who is caught in a flood. He prayed to his god that he would not drown. After a few hours, a rowboat came up to him, and invited him to come into the boat. The first man replied, "No thank you. My god is going to save me," and kept on praying. The floodwaters rose, and the man had to climb onto the roof of his porch. Another boat approached the man, and invited him to come into the boat, but again, he replied, "No thank you. My god is going to save me," and kept on praying. The flood waters kept rising, driving the man to the roof of his house. A helicopter hovered over him, inviting him into the chopper. Once again, the man replied, "No thank you. My god is going to save me," and he kept on praying. The floodwaters kept rising and the man drowned. When he met his maker in the afterlife, he said, "I prayed and prayed and prayed to you, yet you let me drown." God replied, "I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what more did you want!"

Prayer without action changes nothing. It's one thing to say, "I'll pray for you," but it's quite another to act on that prayer, and instigate whatever changes you can. Think on that next time you tell someone you will pray for them, and don't let your prayers be a lazy way out of not actually getting your hands dirty.

Love,

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  April 2017 Celebrations
 
APRIL FOOL'S DAY - April 1st

Unlike most of the other non-foolish holidays, the history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day, is not totally clear. There really wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring.The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582, in France. Prior to that year, the new year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.

Click here to learn more about the history of April Fools Day

 
EASTER - April 1st 
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This year, Easter shares a day with April Fool's . As with almost all "Christian" holidays, Easter has been secularized and commercialized. The dichotomous nature of Easter and its symbols, however, is not necessarily a modern fabrication. Since its conception as a holy celebration in the second century, Easter has had its non-religious side. In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival.The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of spring with an uproarious festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Eastre. When the second-century Christian missionaries encountered the tribes of the north with their pagan celebrations, they attempted to convert them to Christianity. They did so, however, in a clandestine manner.

It would have been suicide for the very early Christian converts to celebrate their holy days with observances that did not coincide with celebrations that already existed. To save lives, the missionaries cleverly decided to spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts, but to do so in a Christian manner.

As it happened, the pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. It made sense, therefore, to alter the festival itself, to make it a Christian celebration as converts were slowly won over. The early name, Eastre, was eventually changed to its modern spelling, Easter.

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EARTH DAY - April 22nd
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970. Earth Day is a time to celebrate gains we have made and create new visions to accelerate environmental progress. Earth Day is a time to unite around new actions. Earth Day and every day is a time to act to protect our planet.

For More about Earth Day and ways you can celebrate, please visit Earthday.org



 
ST. GEORGE'S DAY - April 23rd

St. George is the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the British flag. St George's emblem was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. The king's soldiers wore it on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle.

Like England, every country in the UK has its own patron saint who in times of great peril is called upon to help save the country from its enemies.

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Star Transits For April 2018


SUN TRANSITS

The Sun has been in Aries since March 20th    

The start of spring marks the beginning of the zodiac with the fiery sign Aries. Under this influence we are feeling a bit of excitement and an urge for new experiences and adventures. When the Sun is in Aries, we feel inspired to spontaneity, like we can do anything because we're absolutely indomitable. Since Aries is the first of the Zodiac, and therefore a youthful sign, this influence is one of child-like abandon and invincibility. Fire Sign Aries energy asserts itself actively, through engaging vigorously in life, regardless of the risk attached. Also, Aries is a Cardinal Sign, so you can expect to exuberantly start a million projects. Completion? Now, that's a job for some other sign. The Ram plows headfirst into obstacles and plans with a blind fury and passion, pursuing an objective feverishly but losing interest once the thrill of the chase wears off. During this time of Aries Sun, take advantage of all this get-up-and-go: Accept challenges for the sheer pleasure of trying to meet them.

The Sun in Aries is a good time for:

  • Enjoying the thrill of competition
  • Accepting a challenge
  • Helping others realize their strengths


The Sun then moves into Taurus on April 20th 

The Sun's entry into earthy Taurus brings our attention to material issues. Focusing on basic needs can put financial houses in order. Appreciating nature and indulging in physical pleasure makes us feel more at home in our bodies. However, stubborn behavior is possible in this sign where the need for simplicity can evoke simplistic thinking. A little bit of flexibility goes a long way toward reducing the rigidity that is an undesirable trait of this fixed sign.

The Sun brings a gentle warmth when it moves through Taurus, encouraging languorous, almost lazy and carefree, moments of relaxation that remind us of how sweet life can be when we stop for a moment to smell the roses. Taurus, as an Earth Sign, is all about tactile sensation -- the enjoyment you can receive from fine foods, good company, the rewarding warmth of a bubble bath...the simple pleasures in life.

When the Sun is in Taurus, we are also given the strength and tenacity to follow through on all those projects that were initiated and probably deserted during that impetuous Aries Sun. Taurus may not be a time for brilliant ideas or innovation, but remember that saying about reaping and sowing! Someone's got to do the grunt work sometime -- and the Taurus Sun is that time. Tie up those loose ends! The Bull is also practical and hard working, sharpening our awareness of our needs and values and cultivating resources that will maximize the chances for material success in the future. The Bull motivates us to attain a level of very basic security, the kind of security garnered through routine and through taking things slowly.

The sign's shadow is a reflexive resistance to change. Pressuring Taurus will only encourage the Bull to hold its ground even more. A gentler, less direct approach is more effective in working around sticking points and obstacles rather than trying to overpower them.

The Sun in Taurus is a good time for:

  • Savoring rich, flavorful food
  • Engaging your creative side through painting or performing music
  • Taking bubble baths or enjoying other sensual pleasures


MOON TRANSITS

On April 1st we have a Libra Full Moon  

Full Moons are the best time for doing energy and spell work that is geared towards releasing something old or reaping the harvest of whatever seed you planted at the last New Moon. Creating order is the focus when in Libra, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others' approval is another.

The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty. Refinement and relationships are the keys to emotional satisfaction for you now. Harmony and beauty are deeply satisfying - and the lack of them can be emotionally unsettling. Close personal ties to other people are a focal point for your feelings - marriage and other partnerships could be a key arena for this.

The Full Moon in balancing Libra will be in opposition to the Sun in independent Aries. And this can bring a face off between compromise and self-interest, coupling up or going it alone. This lunation arouses emotions about fairness and sharing that sharpen our understanding of relationships. Acknowledging personal desires is a good starting point for building healthy partnerships when it's balanced with an equal concern for the needs of others.

Things to do under a Libra Moon:  mediating, negotiating a fair deal, restoring balance with a friend or family member, taking it easy, beautifying your home space, meditating, decorating, de-cluttering, throwing a dinner party, attending a lecture, visiting a museum, writing or editing, experimenting with fashion, indulging in luxury.

On April 26th we have a Taurus New Moon

New Moons are perfect for new beginnings. Taurus being the earthy sign that it is can motivate us through the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort. What is started now has staying power but remember it will take time and patience to nurture! The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and "stop to smell the roses". Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence. Deep sharing with others comes with memories that come back through the senses.

Five of the ten planets used in astrology are in the earth element signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Earth wants to accomplish something practical, tangible and long-lasting. You will feel better if you do something that you can point to and say, "I achieved this." Earth signs like to plant the garden, get some project organized and in motion, or build something that they can use in a long-lasting way.

Things to do under a Taurus Moon:  Substantial and material actions that yield solid results. Financial activities, and those involving personal possessions, applying for a loan, beginning a potentially long-term relationship, music, home decor.

On April 30th we have our second Full Moon, this time in Scorpio

Full Moon's are great times for releasing, harvesting, and letting go. Intensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it's passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won't work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspiciousness.

Sex, power, and money are compelling aphrodisiacs now. Secrets, taboos, and mysteries appeal to a deep instinctive yearning. Learning what makes people tick turns you on. Your instinctive orientation at this time is toward getting down to brass tacks and starting over from scratch - healing comes from destroying the roots of a disturbance. 

When the Moon in in Scorpio, we long for an end to the small talk. We crave deep conversations that unravel a dilemma or solve a psychological puzzle. It's time to get to the root causes of any current suffering. We're willing to go into dangerous psychic territory, because we know that's the only way to heal fully.

This is a great time to sketch out characters for a detective novel. There's a fascination with the darker side of life and ourselves. In dreams and waking life, we go through the doors marked enter at your own risk. When we encounter what's intense and coiled up within, we release that primal power. It becomes the creative seeds of the new, and we've been transformed.

Things to do under a Scorpio Moon:  Keep a secret; tell a secret to a trusted friend or your healer; do a major purge (of your purse, closet, office); go scuba diving; plan for a night of sexual healing; do a detox or get a colonic treatment; take out the recycling; weed the garden; do a shamanic journey; get a deep tissue massage; be emotionally honest with a friend.  


PLANETARY TRANSITS

April 1st - Sun conjunct Mercury (Both in Aries)
 

Under this transit we enter a new beginning in the areas of communication, awareness, the exchanging of ideas, and the use of new information coming in. Our mental concentration may either take a dive into murky depths, or rise above the murkiness into a clear and more lucid awareness. Of course with Mercury retrograde we will end up returning to that retrograde fog that mercury brings now.

With this shift of awareness we may find that some old perceptions or attitudes are not workable anymore, causing them to fall apart as we let that new information in. For some this shift in awareness may be very obvious, and others may feel a more subtle shift.

April 2nd - Mars conjunct Saturn (Both in Capricorn)

This is a tricky transit because we are challenged to discipline ourselves and apply our energy in organized and practical ways, think ahead and be cautious of the small details. The problem is....we don't feel like doing that! We would rather plunge ahead, throw caution to the wind and act without a plan...sometimes as an act of defiance. Unfortunately, our circumstances won't be playing ball with us now, being less than cooperative and tossing frustrating delays, obstacles and anything else that interferes with our plans and slows us down.

Now, if we act out in frustration alone we will have a more difficult time during this transit than necessary. Stuff still needs to be done after all! If we slow ourselves down a bit, accept those mundane tasks that require organization and add a bit of patience to it all...we will find our drive kicks into gear as we start to accomplish little tasks.

This can be a time where new business projects that hold great potential can get started, or a time for disassembling an old project that no longer serves its purpose. Take care of yourself physically as well at this time because we tend to push ourselves harder under this transits effects. We may find that greater responsibility is put upon us now so it’s no surprise that authority issues come to the surface as a result of this. If you are faced with an old issue, you may need to initiate a new plan of action which can in turn help dislodge that boulder in your path. By staying focused on what is meaningful, we will find that we can make noticeable progress.

April 2nd - Sun trine North Lunar Node (Sun in Aries, North Node in Leo)

This is a transit that can make us feel confident, optimistic and empowered. Some may feel its energy a couple of days before and after this date. It could feel as if the pieces of the puzzle in any given situation, are just falling into place, allowing us to make progress in what we're striving to do in our lives right now.

We do need to be a bit cautious however. Even though it feels like we can go forward we still need a bit of a reality check on the wisdom of what we want to do to be sure its still a good idea.

April 4th - Mercury square Mars (Mercury in Aries, Mars in Capricorn)

This transit is characterized by hot debates, fiery speech and lots of arguments. We may experience this in forms of conflict or we may find these exchanges as challenging yet stimulating. We just need to remember to pace all of that mental energy.

One of the things we need to watch out for here is that we may have a really short fuse, as will others around us. There is a tendency to blurt things out that we may come to regret later on. In some cases though we may find the courage we need to tackle something that is way overdue. The tricky part here is that there is a fine line between these two scenarios; what we felt as courage one moment may come across as reckless and hasty behaviour later one. And those harsh words we may let fly are not so easy to retract.

We can get through this one by keeping a tight rein on our judgement and objectivity when having verbal duels. We can tap into this energy and use it to fan the flames of motivation or take our ideas and use them to generate some positive and constructive action.

April 5th - Mercury square Saturn (Mercury in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn)

Getting from point A to point B can be a challenge during this transit due to obstacles and delays. Communications may be blocked or delayed, and negative thinking could dominate at this time causing feelings of irritation. Projects we thought were complete may need revision, and others could appear overly critical, insensitive, or sarcastic. In truth we are likely being more efficient that we actually feel right now because we tend to really pay attention to detail and feel a real need to be accurate and precise in all that we do. The trick is to not take everything so seriously that you end up looking for problems where there are none.

It's important to keep things in the proper perspective in order for us to get the necessary stuff done. By concentrating on learning one thing well today, you will retain it. You may be critical-especially of yourself-as you tend to seek perfection from everything you encounter. Words spoken may challenge what you have long-accepted, causing you to deny their significance. Stay focused yet listen carefully; important information is available.

April 7th - Venus trine Saturn (Venus in Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn)

This is a transit whose characteristics are about stability in both relationships and finances. We tend to have an increased ability to be a bit more disciplined where spending and investing our time is concerned. During this transit, taking care of the necessary, even unpleasant, tasks seems less of a burden. Assuming responsibility earns you the appreciation of others who admire your commitment. It’s a time where pleasure is made to last rather than immediate gratification. Some may feel an extra need to prove their responsibility to others.

We can also find it easier to focus on projects that are creative in nature. We have a better ability to grasp realistic, solid facts that can help us choose our investments more wisely in our interactions with others and money. Our self-worth can also benefit from this transits' energy because we tend to be less inclined in giving in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to bouts of depression, you may want to be cautious about becoming so stable and grounded that you lose touch with your sense of potential and hope. This is a good transit for making concrete progress in matters that involve love, balance, beauty and harmony.

AApril 10th - Venus square Lunar North Node (Venus in Taurus, Lunar North Node in Leo)

With Venus in this challenging square to the North Lunar Node we may start noticing that the people in our lives are not giving us the encouragement and support we need where fulfilling our life purpose is concerned. We could run into situations where someone who was giving us support suddenly backs away. Or we find that their actions interfere with what we are trying to do.

Disagreements and upsets with others at this time could make us feel less positive about our life and if this is the case, we need to look a bit more closely at what it is that we are disagreeing about. We need to step back and ask ourselves if our responses to these things mirror our true values, or do we need to tweak our values at this time. Renegotiating our priorities in order to create balance may be needed as well. Venus also rules finances and resources so we could run into issues around possessions, resources and finances that call for adjustments now.

This isn't a very long transit, lasting only a few days. So the things we come across may not be major issues. But if something significant does rear its head at this time, it could be a sign that we have something that needs to be looked at more closely.

April 11th - Sun square Pluto (Sun in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn)

Today will call upon our inner strength as we find our desires clashing with our current circumstances and the demands of others. It can definitely be a time of challenge, feeling our sense of purpose, direction, and identity blocked in this way. We may feel that we are being overpowered by the powers that be and everything seems out of our hands.

Some of us may find ourselves faces with difficult people and situations that mean we have to muster our strength and stand up for what we truly believe in. The trick here is to become centred in our own empowerment rather than in power alone.

April 11th - Venus trine Mars (Venus in Taurus, Mars in Capricorn)

Money planet Venus and ambitious Mars brings a favourable energy our way with this trine aspect. You will find it is easier now to balance out being assertive as well as receptive. Perfect for those situations where firm action is needed but with a gentler touch. The ability to attract what we desire brings a strong urge to act on manifesting these things in our lives. Some will find it easier to attract money and material things while others could go a bit overboard on the spending.

Life does seem to flow easier at this time but don't let that put you off your guard because it will only last a few days. Since this transit can assist us in getting what we want right now, we need to be careful as we try to identify what exactly it is that we want. This transit brings a sensual energy, a time to be loved and to love back.

April 12th - Venus sextile Neptune (Venus in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces)

Today Venus mingles with Neptune which can open the flow of artistry, romance, creativity and faith. We find ourselves inspired as our creative Muse comes to the surface. It doesn’t mean that it will all come easily though! You are still going to need to apply a bit of effort and elbow grease to manifest those dreams and ideas!

Socially and romantically, this is a time when things seem to run more smoothly and may even seem a bit magical. So it’s important to be clear in your intentions and what you truly want. It’s also a time of blessings and abundance in all areas of our lives). But, there is also that risk of overspending, over indulging, or being overly optimistic which can lead to disappointments if we aren’t careful.

Our own natural beauty and warmth is often brought out by this transit. Use this to enhance your own natural gifts rather than waste it on creating an outer façade of something we think other people want. This is the time to let the essence of your own inner beauty and spirit shine!

April 14th - Jupiter sextile Pluto (Jupiter in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn)

Jupiter represents our expansive qualities as well as our abilities to improve ourselves. It is a planet of abundance and seeks insight through knowledge. It's the planet of possibilities and a well aspected Jupiter is normally associated with good luck. The negative associations with this aspect is blind optimism, overindulgence and excess. In our Natal charts, Jupiter reveals how we express our sense of giving and tolerance and how we go about improving our lives.

When Jupiter is sextile Pluto it adds extra energies to what is normally released, which can enhance our intuition and mental faculties. We tend to have a positive and optimistic outlook on life under this influence. The way we can benefit from this is through exploring elevated ideas, philosophies, religions and higher ideals.

It points us in the direction we want to be travelling towards for both a from of unfoldment and self discovery. It is also a medium through which we can eventually express our insights and understanding back into the world for the use of others. The potential is there for us to serve as a spiritual channel and transmitter, provided we ensure that we truly work for the good of humanity.

Pluto supports any of our efforts that we make to communicate a unified vision to the world, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of our influence. This is a time where we want to make creative changes in our life that allow us to reform our surroundings in a way that allows us to gain greater freedom in our life.

April 14th - Mars sextile Neptune (Mars in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces)

During this transit we may feel our compassion, intuition and idealistic impulses being pleasantly stimulated. We aren't concerned so much with practical things and routines and feel inspired. Its a good time for creating, taking in a film or just enjoying our down time. We tend to find it easier to let go of anger as dispositions become softer under this transit.

April 17th - Venus opposite Jupiter (Venus in Taurus, Jupiter in Scorpio)

This is a transit that we need to be cautious with because our desires for pleasure are at a high. This means a rise in sexual desire as well as in desires for all things that bring us pleasure. And while there isn’t anything wrong with a bit of indulgence, this transit tends to make us go a bit overboard; overblown expectations in relationships, the use of seduction to gain something that really may not be in our best interest, overindulging in foods and drink that may not be good for us, and impulsive spending are all things to watch out for now. We also need to be careful that we don’t let new opportunities, especially money making ones, turn into workaholic obsessions.

It can be hard to find a balance between responsibilities and the desire for self-gratification right now. Some may feel that nothing is enough for them and will continually look for something better. This can lead to an unrealistic dissatisfaction with ones relationship or placing the blame for dissatisfaction on the outside world when really the issue is within us right now.

Our love nature is strong, but given to extremes. Over-inflated expectations and the tendency to overstate our affections are things to watch out for. We may overvalue something (or someone), perhaps in an attempt to dramatize our lives because we are itching for something different! And daily routines just won’t satisfy us now.

On a positive note, the energy of this transit can bring out our natural charm and beauty where social situations are concerned. This is great for those who are often very shy or inhibited. Things like making big purchases or expanding on a relationship or love interest can work in our favour if we have taken the time to do a bit of research first rather than just impulsively jumping in feet first. Those who like to help others will feel more generous with their time, resources, and skills now too. Enjoy it but don’t go overboard or promise things that you will find hard to give at a later date.

April 17th - Venus trine Pluto (Venus in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn)

Deeper aspects of love become apparent, without the usual stresses and strains under this transit. If you have been wanting to deepen or renew a previous commitment in a relationship, now is a good time to do so. This can be an excellent time for finances and for relationships. Your feelings are intense and impassioned, but not in an offensive or destructive way. You may experience karmic attractions now, or, at the very least, strong feelings and attachments. This is a sensual transit--a time when a little charm goes a long way. Something touches you now, and you could discover something intimate and relevant about a partner or about your own love nature.

April 18th - Sun conjunct Uranus (Both in Aries)

Spontaneity, surprises, and expecting the unexpected are what this transit is all about today. We feel more open to new experiences than usual and more open-minded to new and unusual perspectives. People and situations that take you away from your customary routine can reveal another side of life to you and we may just surprise others, or ourselves. It’s a time where we can let our wacky and eccentric side shine and our sense of humour thriving.

Our natural exuberance for life is stimulated under this transit and it becomes easier now to break ourselves free of old habits and any ruts we have felt stuck in. We do need to be careful though that we don't take that one step too far into reckless behaviour. Our creativity can come in bursts and in unexpected ways, so it may be a good idea to use this to its full advantage when an opportunity presents itself. If you can't do anything with it now, write it down for consideration in the future.

April 24th - Mars sextile Jupiter (Mars in Capricorn, Jupiter in Scorpio)

We find that our spirits are high during this transit which brings the potential for cheerfulness, optimism and increase to our energy. We do, however need to go after what we want rather than expecting it to just fall into our laps. It's a time for enjoying some healthy competition and we find that we feel stronger and are more straightforward than ever. This can also make us crave a bit of adventure which can help us to try something new that we have wanted, but perhaps out off.

Work and career matters work out well now, particularly where cooperation and teamwork are required. Successful collaboration on a project, coordination with other agencies or companies, and successfully reaching agreements on plans and goals are likely to occur now. Partnerships or agreements entered into now will work out well for both parties.

We need to be careful that we don’t become so caught up in the pursuit of feeling good that we ignore our own rationality, common sense, and cautious side. It’s a time for making changes that will allow our own behaviour to be brought into alignment with our ideals, aspirations, and beliefs.

April 24th - Venus sextile Chiron (Venus in Gemini, Chiron in Aries)

This is a short but friendly little aspect which can give us the opportunity to harmonize difficult relationships, and make some progress in our efforts to heal and rebalance. This not only affects relationships but social interactions, our values, finances, health, and spiritual connection. It becomes a bit easier to negotiate with others as well as with our circumstances so that we can achieve a fair and balanced compromise that benefits all involved.

As always, there are a few things to watch out for. We tend to want to avoid any kind of conflict that we risk negotiating beyond what we are really comfortable with. It’s important to stand strong for your values! If you give in without thinking, you sacrifice your personal integrity. Worst case is that you allow yourself to become a victim.

When we become aware of our suffering caused by unrealistic expectations, it leads us towards growth, greater consciousness, true individuality, and a greater capacity for unconditional love. We have a brief moment with this transit to facilitate change in those situations that we feel are still within our control, and to accept and adapt to situations that are out of our sphere of control.
 

April 24th - Venus enters Gemini

With Venus moving into Gemini we see relationships, resources, and finances all bring out a bit of curiosity. We want to have a finger in every pie. Curiosity motivates us on romantic and social levels. "Variety is the spice of life" is the attitude now. We are sociable, communicative, and interested. We can be animated and fun but may also keep our distance on an emotional level. Attractions now may begin with words, as we tend to bond more readily on a mental level with Venus in Gemini. So this makes a great time for creating strategies for improvement in those areas of our life that Venus controls. Exchanging ideas is also great under this aspect of Venus.

The shadow side of Gemini is fickleness as well as a desire to try and manipulate others. It's ok to use your charm and sense of humour to influence the direction in which a situation is going in, but blatant manipulation for purely selfish needs, that could possibly hurt another emotionally, is the wrong way to go about it.

April 25th - Mercury square Saturn (Mercury in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn)

Getting from point A to point B can be a challenge during this transit due to obstacles and delays. Communications may be blocked or delayed, and negative thinking could dominate at this time causing feelings of irritation. Projects we thought were complete may need revision, and others could appear overly critical, insensitive, or sarcastic. In truth we are likely being more efficient that we actually feel right now because we tend to really pay attention to detail and feel a real need to be accurate and precise in all that we do. The trick is to not take everything so seriously that you end up looking for problems where there are none.

It's important to keep things in the proper perspective in order for us to get the necessary stuff done. By concentrating on learning one thing well today, you will retain it. You may be critical-especially of yourself-as you tend to seek perfection from everything you encounter. Words spoken may challenge what you have long-accepted, causing you to deny their significance. Stay focused yet listen carefully; important information is available.

April 26th - Mars conjunct Pluto (Both in Capricorn) - A Powerful and passionate energy!

Today’s planetary energies come from Mars conjuncting Pluto (Both in Capricorn) today. This is a powerful and somewhat volatile combo. On the upside it can help us to focus on our goals, to take decisive action, and to go after what we want. We won't take "no" for an answer under its influence. And you may find that you totally revise something, or feel uber bent on getting rid of something in your life in order to move forward. It can be a time when we enjoy a strong sense of purposefulness! And this can spark a creative force for transformative changes in our lives, especially for those who have come to the point where they have accepted themselves on a deeper level.

While it brings the opportunity our way for creative healing, it also brings the challenge of destructive damage. The downside here is being too forceful or wilful just now. Also, watch for overdoing things to the point of exhaustion. This can be a compulsive time when power struggles are more likely. And be wary of obsessive compulsive behaviour now too, both from yourself as well as others. You may want to give some extra distance to those who are normally compulsive and controlling because it will be magnified under this transits energy and that could result in a lot of heads butting.

At its worst this transits energy can bring out cruel streaks and sometimes violent or relentless and obsessive behaviour causing some to try and impose their will, power, and control over others. How we experience this transits energy will greatly depend on how we normally deal with our own wants and desires. For example, are you so attached to a particular outcome that you have tunnel vision and can only focus on the external results? Or are you able to bring that focus inward to strengthen and empower yourself in a positive way that will begin a time of change?

This is also a time where the urge to express ourselves sexually, passionately, and intimately is at a high. As always, try to keep it in balance. Have fun but use good judgement.

 

April 27th - Mercury trine Lunar North Node (Mercury in Aries, Lunar North Node in Leo)

Today we have Mercury in a trine with the North Lunar Node and the Moon will also be Void of Course later this afternoon. For those who are not sure what a Lunar Node is; There are two, the North and South. They are the points where the paths of the Moon and Sun meet, or intersect. The North Node is said to represent that which we are moving towards, the path we are currently walking in our lives, and the direction of our growth. Some refer to it as our path of Destiny. The South Node is our starting or pushing off point showing where we have been and what we need to release.

When we have a Solar or Lunar eclipse, this is the Full or New Moon taking place very close to one of the Nodes. The Nodes themselves are not physical objects like the planets and asteroids, they are considered sensitive points in our Natal charts.

Ok, back to Mercury and the North Lunar Node. This aspect brings us a fresher awareness as well as a better ability to communicate that awareness. It is a beneficial resource which can help us to take a few more steps closer towards out life purpose. Just bear in mind that we also need to take action too. We will need to, at some juncture, take into account what we have observed and do something with this. 

April 29th - Sun trine Saturn (Sun in Taurus, Saturn in Capricorn)

The Sun is energy and Saturn is discipline, and the Trine is the most supportive transit of them all. We tend to feel more up to the challenge of tackling projects that require real discipline and organization. And our hard work can really pay off now! Keep in mind that we are still in Mercury retrograde though and this can cause some obstacles. Try not to give up at the first sign of resistance!

This can be a really down-to-earth transit. It brings us back into contact with ourselves and helps us to get to know ourselves through our relationship with, and our effect on, our environment. This is a time to examine your habits, your home situation, your work, and everything else that is important to you. Determine how they work on a practical level. Begin organizing your life and making an overall plan. Even your relationships should be supportive now.

April 30th - Sun square Lunar North Node (Sun in Taurus, Lunar North Node in Leo)

Today brings a challenging square between the Sun and the North Lunar Node. What’s a Lunar Node you ask? Nodes aren’t physical objects in the skies like the planets. We have two; the North Node and South Node. They mark those intersecting areas where the Moon and Sun cross paths. They represent sensitive points in our natal chart. The North Node represent the point in our life that is forward moving and our overall life lessons. Some even say that it represents our destiny. The South Node is that point in our life where we push off from and shows where we have been and what in our lives needs to be released.

Today’s aspect between the Sun and North Node can bring feelings of conflict between our sense of identity and purpose with the lessons we are needing to learn in our lives. It can manifest through situations where we feel we are being forced off course or forced to take a detour that is not as direct as our chosen road. That tends to make people feel uncomfortable but there is usually more to those detours than we realize. If we were to stop panicking over the detour and take some time to really look beneath the surface (whether presently or in retrospect) we will probably discover that this detour is actually assisting our sense of Self. It can bring benefits our way that we would have otherwise passed up or missed had we not taken that detour.

Some may find themselves confronted by dilemmas and conflicts at this time that cause stress and these are situations that we may normally resist. However, by bot fighting these situations, we can gain a deeper understanding of our feelings and experiences if we let ourselves explore the situation a bit. When you stop for a moment and take a good hard look at your reaction to this kind of situation, what do you find behind it; resentment? Fear? Maybe a bit of rebellious defiance? Well this is your chance now to take a new perspective on the situation and try responding to it in a different way, a way that will allow you to move through the situation at hand rather than feeling blocked by it.

We may feel the effects of this Sun/Node transit for about a week and a half prior to, and a week and a half after this date. It can cause those areas that the Moon covers, such as our intuition, sensitivity and inner feelings, to feel unstable or out of balance.

What to watch for in May 2018!

Mercury will be moving into Taurus, Uranus joins him there as Mars moves into Aquarius, and Venus moves into Cancer.

Well my darlings, this wraps up our April newsletter!  Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!

 

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Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

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