There is No Healing Without Tension–How to Nail April’s Astro

Learning and Community


ear Miracles: So the Astro for April is, as I have written elsewhere, incredibly intense. My mantra for the month, given to me by my lovely Nia teacher is: there is no healing without tension.

Around April 21-22nd (depending on where you are on the planet) the starscape is going to form a Grand Cardinal Cross. It is actually very appropriate astrology for Easter and the entire concept of sacrificing in order to redeem and transform (take this in whatever way you can best work with it) is relevant.

A Grand Cardinal Cross occurs when planets enter the four cardinal signs of the zodiac at the same degree. The four cardinal signs of the zodiac are: Libra, Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn and the four planets this time around are Mars (going retro), Uranus, Jupiter, and Pluto sitting in each of these signs respectively. Check out the arrangement in the chart below:

As you can see looking at the above chart, these four planets in their respective signs are forming a big square in the sky. In astrology whenever anything is squared there is tension, and in the case of this massive square, there is the potential for A LOT of tension. The individual squares are as follows:

  • Mars squared with Pluto and Jupiter
  • Jupiter and Pluto opposed to each other
  • Uranus square with Pluto
  • Uranus opposed to Mars

The Uranus/Pluto square is one that we skywatchers have been paying attention to for a long time because as it started in 2007 we experienced the financial crash. Generally speaking, Uranus and Pluto squaring each other create tensions around forms of wealth development and the “hidden” traumas that so many people in the world experience every single day. There is a lot of doom and gloom around this skyscape and while I am not saying that it is going to be tra-la-la easy I would like to collectively see us talk more about the amazing healing opportunities this line up makes available to each of us.

The healing is especially noteworthy wherever the sign of Cancer falls in your natal chart; that is where Jupiter will be hanging out, but it is available across the board. More than that, we have a cosmic green light to literally RECOLLECT ourselves. To bring the parts of ourselves that feel isolated back into conversation with one another. Of course, that conversation will not be easy…at first, but the fruit it can yield is SO worth the effort!

Generally speaking the guidelines for April are:

Amp up your daily spiritual practices: this is not the month to become inconsistent in grounding, centering, and anchoring, prayer, and sitting in stillness and silence. If you have a cornerstone spiritual practice maintain it through April and perhaps increase it slightly to offer yourself more support.

Do not make any sudden changes: with Uranus and Mars Rx there can be deep insights, flashes of brilliance and a desire to make lasting changes NOW. Try your best to keep a coherent record of the ideas that come but choose not to act on making sudden changes until we are well into May, or better yet, June.

Let it go: Pluto is a destructive change agent–wherever Pluto is in your chart, you are shedding stuff just like a snake sheds its skin. Resistance is futile so don’t do it; exercise discernment and cooperation in letting go whatever needs to be let go.

No Drama Mama: This is NOT the month to engage in the creation of and participation in high drama–especially the kind that goes NOWHERE. Keep calm and rock on.

Kindness: To yourself and others–especially in the way you speak. Really this is a good rule of thumb always but remember that kindness, real kindness, does not sacrifice truth.

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Mars retrograde in Libra–Swords to Ploughshares

Divination and Dreams


ear Miracles: The bad news? The planet Mars is transiting the sign Libra until July 2014 and it just went retrograde. In classic astrology there is no sign that Mars less likes to be in than Venus ruled Libra–he even likes Taurus better than Libra!

The awesome news? Mars is transiting the sign Libra until July 2014, just went retrograde, and we can all learn a lot of lessons from this experience!

This astro situation usually shakes down in one of three ways:

1.) Passive Agressive Alert! Libra does not like confrontations–we like harmony, peace, and love (also champagne). Mars lives for conflict, super charged drama, and risk (high adventure, no?) When Mars goes retro in Libra it can make people who tend to be more direct and unafraid of conflict feel…muffled. It can also make those who do not tend towards conflict feel unusually short tempered and irritable. Thus the scene for some massive passive aggressive attacks is set.

Response: From now until May 19th watch your words and actions–if something rubs you the wrong way and you are usually pretty low key then ask yourself–is this really something I need to bring up and get into it about. If the answer is yes, by all means proceed–with clarity, honesty, and direct communication.

2.) All show, no go: For Libra pretty is powerful and superficial concerns are anything but. For Mars and it’s associated sign of Aries appearance matters but mostly so we can figure out who plays what role and then do something dramatic, daring, and adventurous (and high fives if we manage all three at the same time). Mars retro in Libra can lead to superficial concerns that really are superficial–with no undercurrent of awesome and likewise, can lead into situations that look like they are potentially difficult but worthy endeavors (along the lines of nothing ventured, nothing gained). But are less Mission Impossible and more Mission Stalled Out.

Response: Keen-eyed discernment people! Mars/Aries rules the head and Libra (house of art and diplomacy) is no dummy. This astro has brains, beauty, and brawn so put all of yours to work for you. Do NOT let Mars get the upper hand and go chasing after unlikely/impossible/soul sucking ventures. Do not get caught up in the Libra project gone wrong and spend 2 hours organizing your nail polishes so that they match your lipsticks when what you really need to do is call your boss and have that difficult (and not passive aggressive) conversation about the raise he promised you but never delivered on.

3.) Blue Aisle Special on Global Skirmishes and Political Unrest…yes, Mars retro in Libra can lead to some pretty fine messes on a geopolitical level. Financial weirdness can occur but with this particular astrology it’s more likely that diplomacy in some cases will be a total no go and elected leaders will embrace might over right. You may be yawning and thinking, what else is new? But the Mars retro action does raise the stakes.

Response: Other than sending blessings of wisdom and self control to elected (and unelected) leaders throughout the world, we can all collectively take a page from Isaiah and encourage swords to be turned into ploughshares. The global brandishing of weapons may feel overwhelming and inevitable, but Mars retro in Libra can also send some pretty essential messages about peace and reminds us that harmony emerges first from discord.


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Venus in Retrograde

Divination and Dreams



ear Miracles: So… Venus, the planet ruling love, romance, sex, and relationships of all kinds is ready to go retrograde.

Quick reminder: retrograde is when a planet appears to be going backwards in their elliptical orbit. The most famous retrogrades are the three periods of Mercury in retrograde that we experience every year; a Venusian retrograde is a different animal altogether.

Typically this is a time when deep romantic relationships are either made or broken — if there has been a someone in your life that you have been ambiguous about (or they you) then expect some rapid clarity and decisive action with respect to that situation over the next month. (It might be time to ask for a clear and definitive sign).

Often old lovers and exes may also show up…especially if there is unfinished business to deal with. Of course, all partnerships you have and deep emotional ties are fair game for review and re-assessment, two activities that are present in a retrograde no matter which planet is reversing their celestial tracks.

From a ritual perspective this can be a beautiful time to work on reconciliation, have deep talks with your object of affection, and made final decisions about whether you should stay or go in your current partnership. Because of the decisive element in this retrograde this can be a period of intense, and final, break-ups as well.

For married couples and those in deeply committed relationships, use this time to consider what is working and what might be improved in the coming year…and above all make time to be together in all ways that feel pleasurable and luscious.

Honey jars are a perfect way to celebrate a Venusian Retrograde but if an ex shows up where they are not wanted, don’t forget about banishing the ugh vibes!



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Celestial Happenings-Sun in Pisces, Moon in Virgo, Mercury in Retrograde-oh my!

Divination and Dreams


ear Miracles: When I opened my inbox yesterday I had an unusual event — client after client was sad, frustrated, and confused. Feeling all of these…feelings, and yes unable to communicate them! It was just a whole big mess! On Monday I wrote about healing a broken heart — somewhat presciently I suppose. (Imagine that!) And as I heard the sad stories I paused, looked up at the sky, squinted my eyes and nodded sagely. I know what’s going on (or at least part of it) and I thought I would share it with you.

1.) Sun moved into Pisces — yesterday 2/18/13 at 6:02 am central time to be precise. Pisces is the sign of FEELING! Most of my readers know that I am married to a Pisces, my little boy is a Pisces, and my ascendent is also in Pisces. So I am somewhat of an expert.

The heavenly manifestation of Pisces occurs through art, music, dreams, and salvation. Pisces is here to synthesize and to save.

The hellish aspects of Pisces deals with escapism, addiction, imprisonment, and styling oneself as a victim. It’s easy for Pisces to be pushovers and get themselves into tangled nets then feel sorry for themselves without reflecting on how their actions contributed to their state of unhappiness.

The mode of Pisces is feeling. The fish feels deeply, completely, and in some cases overwhelmingly. No matter where Pisces is in your own natal chart, this emotional, feeling, creative energy is around all of us right now making us feel a bit softer and more open-a bit more raw, but also more honest.


2.) Mercury goes into retrograde on 2/23. I have written extensively about how to rock this period here — but given the Sun in Pisces, this Mercury in Retrograde promises to be especially tender. Remember, Mercury in Retrograde is a time when we refine, revise, and pay attention to loose ends. The loose ends in this case may be our deep feelings, dreams, and fragile hopes. The theme I am giving this period is seeking greater connection and understanding of the deep self.


3.) Full Moon in Virgo — tomorrow I will send out a newsletter with all the goodies about the upcoming full moon in Virgo. You can sign up here.

Generally speaking all the messiness of Sun in Pisces and Mercury in retrograde can lead to some amazing and deep insights that will feed your soul for the rest of the year. The full moon in Virgo is a wonderful way to represent those reminders to yourself and to create structures around them so that you may honor them more fully. Por example: if you realize that you quitting cello lessons was one of the biggest mistakes ever during this time, then the full moon in Virgo might be the perfect time to start lessons back up and pop them into your calendar.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a poem/prayer from Emily Dickinson-who captures the season moment so beautifully:


A light exists in Spring

Not present in the Year

At any other period—

When March is scarcely here


A Color stands abroad

On Solitary Fields

That Science cannot overtake

But Human Nature feels.


It waits upon the Lawn,

It shows upon the furthest Tree

Upon the furthest Slope you know

It also speaks to you.


Then as Horizons step

Or Noons report away

Without the Formula of soun

It passes and we stay—


A quality of loss

Affecting our Content

As Trade had suddenly encroached

Upon a Sacrament.

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.