Astrology 4/2-4/8: Surface Tension

Astrology 4/2-4/8: Surface Tension

The Full Moon falls at the end of a busy week.  Early Tuesday Venus gets up off of Taurus’ chez lounge and enters Gemini, beginning a 4 month ménage a trois within the sign. Later Tuesday night, Mercury stations direct.  Retrograde since March 11th, the swift planet’s direct station signals a turning point in plans and thought processes.   A little later in the week comes the Full Moon in Libra, it’s silver light Friday night revealing the need to find a balance after an uneven March.

Venus Enters Gemini:  Desire’s Masks

Venus enters Gemini early Tuesday, throwing off a fun, curious and restless emotional energy.  Venus’ ingress into Gemini points toward the pleasures of communication and encourages us to increase our social circulation.  On the downside, Venus in Gemini brings more jagged emotional ups and downs, exaggerating the passion’s duality.

While Venus usually spends around a month in a given sign, she will be in Gemini from April 3rd until August 8th– more than 4 months. This extended stay is the result of Venus’ upcoming retrograde, which we will see shadows of the coming issues lurking beneath the surface of this month, though the retrograde station itself does not come until May 15th.  We’ll speak more of this in the weeks ahead.

Square Dancing With The Queen of Heaven

Almost immediately upon entering Gemini, Venus enters a strange Grand Cross involving Mars, Neptune and the Nodes, which complicates both this week and the next.  Though not terribly destructive, this configuration  highlights romantic relationships and potential confusion surrounding different types of love, changing relationship dynamics and what direction to take things.

Mercury Direct: Re-Surfacing

Late Tuesday night, Mercury stations direct, beginning an ascent out of the murk of ambivalent situations which plagued March.  We change directions, initiating a slow return to the surface with what insights we scrounged from the deeps.  It may have been some sunken treasure you found, or perhaps the core of a difficult issue.  Clarity may involve some unpleasant truths, but problems, once defined, can be solved.  Over this week insights will move from the general to the specific, condensing slowly into battle plans.  Nonetheless, it will take Mercury several weeks to leave the shadow of his retrograde, and a similar amount of time to get all of your ducks marching in formation.

Full Moon in Libra:  Social Contracts

The Full Moon in Libra occurs on Friday, April 6th.  This Full Moon, occurring in the same sign as Saturn, sees its some its silver light take on the darker hue of lead.  There is an insistent call to bring things into order here, a difficult yet necessary task after a very messy March.  Particularly highlighted are the tensions between people’s needs as individuals and their mutual obligations to one another in relationships.  Understandings and expectations may need to be revised to re-establish balance.

 

Horoscopes

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. However, they are fun and can be reasonably accurate. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read your from Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out. I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.

Oh, and if you’re still concerned that your sign has changed, get a little clarity here.

Aries: The Ram

This Tuesday, Venus enters Gemini, where the usually pleasant planet will be spending the next 4 months, due to her upcoming retrograde.  Venus’ time in Gemini this April highlights the dynamics of your social life and will likely see you meeting and greeting more people than normal.  There’s more to this story, but that chapter doesn’t get told until next month…

Later Tuesday night, Mercury stations direct.  You’ll find the general confusion as well as the questions of identity that swirled about March beginning  to move toward resolution.

The Full Moon in Libra occurs on Friday, casting a silver eye at your relationships.  The key to this lunation is balancing the needs of others with the space you need for the changes you’re in the midst of.

Taurus: The Bull

On Tuesday, Venus enters Gemini, where the pleasant planet will be spending the next 4 months as a result of its upcoming retrograde.  Venus’ time in Gemini this April emphasizes the changing ratios of income and outflow in your financial life.  Fundamental questions about what does and does not have value to you are on the horizon.

Mercury’s direct station comes late Tuesday night, bringing clarity to your social sphere, and important answers about the right way to express your new mutant powers.

The Full Moon waits for you this Friday highlighting tensions between psychological and concrete stresses in your life.  Note the relationship between the changes you’re making to your subconscious scripts and the concrete effects in your life.

 

Gemini: The Twins

Venus enters Gemini this Tuesday, the sign in which, as a result of her upcoming retrograde, she will spend the next 4 months.  Venus’ time in Gemini this April emphasizes what you like, and what you don’t.  As you pick through your opinions, you’ll find that it is a much more complicated matter than you thought.  You’ll be rethinking the ideas that underpin your desires for the next several months.  In the meantime, try not to get married.

Mercury’s direct station occurs late Tuesday night, bringing some clarity to the last month’s meanderings concerning your career path.

The Full Moon in Libra comes on Friday, pinging ongoing tensions between your social life and creative aspirations.  The question here is the relationship between what you’re doing with your energy and who you’re doing it with.

 

Cancer: The Crab

This Tuesday Venus enters Gemini, where the bright planet will be spending the next 4 months due to the retrograde later in the season. Venus’ time in Gemini this April brings contradictory emotions to the surface, pushing you to consciously reclaim this emotional energy. You may want to settle in for multiple months of exploring the hidden complexities of your passions.  It’s going to be awhile.

Mercury’s direct station occurs late Tuesday night, bringing clarity to ongoing confusion regarding your long term goals and life direction.

The Full Moon in Libra on Friday highlights tensions between your living situation and a changing professional situation.  The key here is the proper relationship between foundations and aspirations.

Leo: The Lion

Venus enters Gemini this Tuesday, where she’ll be for the next 4 months as a result of her upcoming retrograde.   Venus’ time in Gemini this April brings your attention to the friends and contacts you’re connected to.  As your thoughts gloss across your place in the social web, you might discover that you’re talking to people you don’t care about or not talking to the people you do care about.  Settle in, as you’ll be exploring these issues for the rest of the season.

Mercury’s direct station comes late Tuesday night, bringing some clarity to confusion over exchanges of time, money and energy as well as questions about what’s yours and what ain’t.

The Full Moon in Libra  this Friday points toward tensions between new long term goals and existing obligations to short term tasks. The key to this lunation is bringing balance to them.

 

Virgo: The Virgin

Venus enters Gemini this Tuesday and will spend the next 4 months amidst the Twins.  This extended stay is the result of Venus’ upcoming retrograde, which begins in mid-May.  Venus’ time in Gemini this April brings up your feelings about your professional life, as well as professional relationships.  Of particular importance are desires to walk conflicting career paths.  These will be of increasing importance as the season moves on.

Mercury’s direct station occurs late Tuesday night, bringing clarity to your relationships, as well as some important insights into the exchanges of time, money and energy with the people in your life.

The Full Moon in Libra on Friday targets the relationship between your resources and those that others bring to the table.  Make the adjustments you can to bring things into balance.  If you can’t bring fairness to relationships, you want to bring them to an end.

 

Libra: The Scales

On Tuesday Venus enters Gemini, where the planet will be until August due to its upcoming retrograde.  Venus’ time in Gemini this April brings your passions to bear on your conflicting thoughts about which way to take your life in the long term.   Expect to experience a number of changes of heart over the next few months.  Avoid big commitments you’re not certain about.

Mercury’s direct station comes late Tuesday night, bringing some clarity to how to handle fiscal issues and practical problems that have cropped up over the last month.

The Full Moon in Libra happens on Friday, highlighting your relationships and the importance of finding enough time within them to tend to your own needs and responsibilities.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

This Tuesday Venus enters Gemini, where the planet will be spending the next 4 months.  This extended stay is the result of Venus’ upcoming retrograde, which begins on May 15th.

Venus’ time in Gemini this April focuses on the exchanges of money and affection between yourself and others.  Complications in business partnerships and other instances of mutually held resources may emerge.  Settle in for a season of finding, understanding and solving the issues that come with sharing yours resources, as Venus will be in Gemini for months to come.

Mercury’s direct station comes late Tuesday night, bringing some clarity to questions about what to do with your creative energy, as well as offering some insights into life-style choices.

The Full Moon in Libra on Friday highlights both the concrete issues in your life and their relationship to the more subtle, psychological ones.

 

Sagittarius: The Archer

Venus enters Gemini this Tuesday, where the bright planet will be spending the next 4 months.  This extended stay is the result of Venus’ upcoming retrograde, which begins on May 15th.

Venus’ time in Gemini this April brings your attention to your significant relationships.  As your thoughts gloss across the small roster of people close to you, you may find that there are some important people missing from the list, as well as a few extraneous names there.  Settle in, as you’ll be exploring these issues for the rest of the season.

Mercury’s direct station comes on Tuesday night, bringing some clarity to issues surrounding your living situation and familial relationships.

The Full Moon in Libra occurs this Friday, highlighting the connections between your creative aspirations and social obligations.

 

Capricorn: The Goat

Venus enters Gemini this Tuesday.  The bright planet will be spending the next 4 months amidst the Twins, courtesy of her upcoming retrograde.

Venus’ time in Gemini this April highlights the toll of pleasure on both your physical and fiscal health,  as well emphasizing, on a deeper level,  the concepts underpinning the patterns which organize your passions.

Mercury’s direct station comes late Tuesday night, returning a bit of order to your schedule as well as your thoughts.

The Full Moon in Libra is on Friday, targeting the relationship between changes to your living situation and the demands of your professional path.

 

Aquarius: The Water Bearer

Venus enters Gemini this Tuesday, and it is in Gemini she shall remain until early August. This extended stay is the result of Venus’ upcoming retrograde, which gets going on May 15th.

Venus’ time in Gemini this April emphasizes the numerous ways you envisage a good time, as well as how you spend your creative energy.  Questions about the hundred different ways you could allocate your emotional energy abound for the next several months.   Interview the options, but don’t rush to commit.

Mercury’s direct station occurs Tuesday night, bringing some clarity as to what resources you do and do not have to draw on right now.

The Full Moon in Libra on Friday happens Friday, highlighting the relationship between distracting short term tasks and your responsibility to your long term goals.

 

Pisces: The Fish

Earlier the same day, Venus enters Gemini, where the planet will be spending the next 3 months.  This extended stay is the result of Venus’ upcoming retrograde, which begins on May 15th.

Venus’ time in Gemini this April highlights what you enjoy about your living situation and family, as well as what you don’t.  Similarly dual feelings about your roots are part of the character of the coming months, so settle in for some passionate oscillation.

Mercury’s direct station comes late Tuesday night, bringing clarity to big questions of where you’re at and where you’re going.

The Full Moon in Libra on Friday emphasizes the relationship between the resources you have to draw on and what you owe and are owed by others.

 

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If you find yourself a little confused by the strange waters of the season, or interested in a personalized map of those yet to come, consider a consultation. For details, click here. Send inquiries to ac@austincoppock.com.

 

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Los Angeles. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as "The Online Almanac". This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization "Association for Young Astrologers" from 2012-2016. His most recent book is "36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans", published by Three Hands Press.

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