Astrology Apr 20-29 (♉I): Beneath the Fields

Astrology Apr 20-29 (♉I): Beneath the Fields

The Sun enters Taurus on April 19th, angling its light toward concrete matters. The Sun’s time in the first decan of the Bull’s sign has a particularly agricultural bent. In it we look across the expanse of our domain, and decide how to divide the territory at our disposal, and what to cultivate.

Although it is literally planting season in some parts of the world, only the crudest of minds can fail to see that life itself is a field to be cultivated. Virtues must also be seeded and tended, and talents must be carefully brought to fruition.

Life is a field ripe for cultivation, but as an agriculturist will tell you, that little acre doesn’t farm itself. The soil of your life will support and nurture certain plants, but not others. The same goes for the weather of your disposition. You may be too sunny for certain cultivars, or too stormy for others. There is also the matter of weeds. Each soul produces its own unhelpful growths, which steal the soil and Sun from more cherished plantings.

Although some care should certainly be taken to preventing them from running wild, a life wholly colonized by productivity looks, and feels, like a factory farm. Weeds, though unpleasant

to look at, and ugly to the taste, often serve a hidden function. It’s important to leave a portion of your field to run wild, as was done historically to make sure the green devil had his due. This  same little offering to the wild and unknown is as valid on a internal level as it is on the external.

The first decan of Taurus thus asks us to look out across our fields, reflect on last year’s yield, and take into consideration this year’s weather before plowing and planting. Venus’ ingress into Gemini on Tuesday the 24th (9:39 AM PDT) will see an abundance of desires rapidly unfold. While Venus may help us consider what fruit we lust for, the pathway to their cultivation must be a matter of calculation, and for calculation we must look to Mercury.

Mercury Square Saturn: Triplicate

Now direct, increasingly swift Mercury spends the first half of this decan making its way toward its third and final square with Saturn in Capricorn, which it completes on Wednesday the 25th (2:24 PM PDT). Mercury, like the mind itself, thinks about what it sees, and it has been watching Saturn since early March. This ongoing aspect has kept deadlines, delays, obligations and obstacles at the forefront. The third square on the 25th is the last pass over these issues and what solutions to them have emerged. Though it will entail some solves, the days surrounding the completion of the third aspect will still possess the heavy mental quality generated by Mercury and Saturn’s combination.

Mercury thus spends the first half of the decan finishing up old business before he can lend sufficient attention to matters of planning and plowing before us.

Mars Conjunct Pluto: Subterranean Fire

As the plow cuts through the fields, it not only brings the soil into alignment with our pattern, it also churns up buried treasure and skeletons alike. This year we’re due to see dark and viscous material, like blood or oil, seep up into the pathways carved, filling the furrows with black, poisonous gold. Though a sought after elixir, not many can metabolize this Tartarian soma.

A number of underworldly configurations take place while the Sun shines through the first decan of Taurus. Pluto makes its annual retrograde station on Sunday, April 22nd (8:27 AM PDT), sounding a chthonic gong from somewhere in the cold outer reaches of the solar system. Furthermore, Mars approaches conjunction to Pluto just as the dark planet stations on Thursday, the 26th (4:00 AM PDT). Pluto magnifies the depth of Mars’ power, for good and evil alike. Their conjunction uncorks the reservoirs of power hidden in the psyche’s shadow. Mars ignites what resides in Pluto’s realm, setting fires both transmutative and disastrous. Though Mars and Pluto’s conjunction would be enough to suggest we turn our eyes to what lies beneath the pasture, the Full Moon in Scorpio turns that suggestion into a demand.

Full Moon in Scorpio: What Lies Beneath

This decan ends, on Sunday April 29th, with the Full Moon in Scorpio. While the Sun in Taurus saunters and inspects the surface, this lunation tunnels into the depths. While the Sun in Taurus speaks to the steady and moderate, the Scorpio Moon incites us to ferocious efforts and intense passions.

The light of the Full Moon falls onto the fields as a drill-bit composed of silver light. The penetrative power of this drill is significantly intensified by the Mars-Pluto conjunction, which will still be quite close. This Full Moon is thus set to bring to the surface much that lies beneath. Hidden veins of silver will be exposed, as will buried bodies and rivers of concealed passion. The riches of the underworld are always in part perilous, and though we would be foolish to wholly refuse them, we would be similarly unwise to accept them uncritically. The dark flow of the Plutonian fountain is neither medicine nor poison, but one or the other, depending on one’s capacity to metabolize it. It may be, with proper processing and refinement, that what rises to the surface under this lunation is, in fact, the perfect fertilizer for this year’s cultivations. We’ll see.


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Aries: The Ram

The Sun’s time in the first decan of Taurus spotlights what you have, financially and otherwise, and asks you to consider how you might invest it to ensure future yields are favorable. Every coin is a seed, which when planted might multiply or whither away, depending on the prevailing conditions. Given the chilly gustiness of the prevailing winds this year, it might be wiser to lean into the chaos rather than planning for an orderly and stable world.

While the Sun shines on what you have, the Full Moon in Scorpio illuminates what you don’t. Its ghost light falls on hungry absences, particularly in the professional area of your life. Do not be distracted by jealousy or tempted to say poor-me, but instead grasp and embrace that hunger fully, as it is a rare and potent fuel, capable of powering mighty efforts. See last year’s Scorpio 1 column for more details.

Taurus: The Bull

The Sun’s entrance into your sign shines the spotlight upon you. You are both farmer and field, and your acre grows both fruit and poison. In the light of your latest yield, look to what you’ve watered and fertilized and what you’ve left to grow wild. What you cultivate is what you become.

While the Sun has you focused on yourself, the Full Moon spotlights those close to you, particularly romantic partners. Luna’s silver falls, in particular, on the needs of the Other, and what you need from them. Unmet needs easily combust into anger and resentment. As such, it is important to either stand up and articulate them or let them go. The art of knowing when to do which is based on the ability to discern the difference between needs and wants, which requires practice.

Gemini: The Twins

In the first decan of Taurus, the Sun shines on to the dreamscape pastures of your subconscious. Consider what you’re planting in those subtle fields on a daily basis — what images and ideas are you seeding within yourself. The Sun’s position in this first face is a good time to take more control over what you’re planting in your psyche.

While the Sun shines into subtle matters on mind, the Full Moon is due to illuminate your current fiscal and physical health. This Full Moon, in particular highlights problems you’ve neglected, and have since become worse, such as an unpaid bill collecting late fees, or an untended wound getting infected. Doing the dishes is rarely fun, but every day they sit in the sink, the task becomes even less joyful. Find those dirty dishes, whatever form they may have, and do them.

Cancer: The Crab

The Sun’s time in the first decan of Taurus sees its light fall across the landscape of your social life. In these fields friendship and alliances bloom in proportion to the degree that they are attended to. Consider which relationships could use a little more water and sunshine, as well as those whose fruit is perhaps not sweet enough to justify the labor.

Unlike the Sun in Taurus, which asks you to look outside yourself, the Full Moon in Scorpio beckons you inward, to consider the subterranean well of your creative power. Gaze into that pond, and ask yourself what you hunger to make of them. Gaze long and ask true, and the image will come to you as if that inner reservoir were a scrying bowl.

Leo: The Lion

The Sun’s stay in the first decan of Taurus highlights the current status of your professional life. Take a moment to step back and look at it from an agriculture perspective. What grows there is the product of what you’ve planted, how you’ve tended it, and if the weather was kind or cruel. Look at what you hope to reap this year, and make sure your plans are in accord with those goals, as well as the prevailing winds.

Meanwhile, the Full Moon in Scorpio asks you to look beneath the surface, at the fundamental emotional structures which underpin you life. Strong emotions, thick with congealed childhood issues, may well up under the Moon’s silver. Like crude oil, they are eminently flammable, and toxic. Yet as long as they’re not set ablaze, they too can be processed into wondrous fuel.

Virgo: The Virgin

The Sun in Taurus and the Full Moon in Scorpio together spotlight both your long-term goals and the web of pathways you must traverse to get to them. The voyage toward our ambitions is always a journey, not a sprint, and if the path plotted through the intervening terrain is a good one, even a saunter will eventually get you there. Step back, and consider the status of the pathways available to you at this point. Some may be impassible, or at least difficult, due to the inclement weather, while others, which perhaps once looked unsuitable, might now offer you time-saving shortcuts.

Libra: The Scales

In the first decan of Taurus, the Sun shines on the exchanges of time, money, and energy in your life, illuminating the back and forth between yourself and others, as well as highlighting debts you may owe, or that are owed to you. Consider the pattern of giving and receiving, as some are synergistic, and generate more for all involved, while others mutually diminish those involved.

While the Sun in Taurus spotlights exchanges, the Full Moon in Scorpio is due to illuminate what is yours and yours alone. This includes the money in your bank account, the possessions you own, and the value you bring to situations. The more clearly you understand what you have to offer, the better off your exchanges will be.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The Sun’s time in Taurus spotlights the status of your intimate relationships, or lack thereof. Consider not just your relationships, but the amount of space you make for them and the manner in which you water fertilize them.

The Full Moon in Scorpio is due to throw its argent spotlight on you, revealing exactly where you’re at, emotionally. This is a big drink from Luna’s silver cup, and so you may find yourself overcome with by a pack of emotions and moods.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

While the Sun resides in the first decan of Taurus, its light falls on the many small duties necessary to keep the material layer of your life, including your body, healthy.

The Sun may shine on concrete tasks, but the Full Moon’s light is due to fall onto the night-ocean within, the fluid territory of your subconscious. You may thus experience unexpected surges of emotion, intensified dream activity, and greater insight about the hard-to-see parts of yourself.

Capricorn: The Goat

During its time in the first decan of Taurus, the Sun illuminates your creative potential. Spare some time to consider what projects or realities you’d like nurture to fruition over the coming months.

While the Sun shines on what you might cultivate, the Moon in Scorpio aims its light at your social life, revealing the complexities of people’s entwinement. Some of these living threads inevitably get tangled, and this Full Moon is likely to shine brightest on those. Take care not to respond to quickly to what you see, for this picture is true from only one angle.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

During this decan’s days, the Sun shines on the status of your living situation and your familial relationships. Home and family are a shared field, where all involved plant their various seeds. It is thus always a mixed garden, delightful in its variety but often short on space. Consider whether you’re giving others the space they need, as well as whether you could use a little more yourself.

While the Sun shines on your foundations, the Full Moon is due to illuminate your professional situation. The portrait Luna paints of your career at this point may be a rather intense one. Frustration and ambition are both spotlighted. Sneaky power-plays are also part of this image. Take in the vision, but take the time to process it before acting rashly.

Pisces: The Fish

From the first decan of Taurus, the Sun shines down on the rhythm of your daily life. Consider your regularly scheduled activities, and the result of those repeated actions. What you give the light of your attention and the water of caring to, will bear fruit. Your calendar is a fertile field, though it is one whose soil of time, not space. Plant in it what will nurture you.

Meanwhile, the Full Moon in Scorpio wreathes your long term goals in spectral silver. This image may seem to taunt you, for a goal, by definition, is something as-yet unachieved. But let whatever frustration you may feel become the hunger necessary to fuel you, as the universe seems to prefer the hungry over the “deserving.”

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. 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.


  1. Hillary 2 years ago

    Thanks, Austin! Just to add some more nuance to your metaphor… many “noxious weeds” are actually quite tasty and, even more frequently: therapeutic. Milk thistle is a prime example of the latter, Purslane being an example of both. But, yes, nonetheless, if not managed they consume the whole plot.

  2. Whitney 2 years ago

    I’m making sure to look at my life from an agricultural perspective! This week’s horoscope went very deep for me.

  3. Spike Neuberger 2 years ago

    Get out there and farm that field!!! I am!

  4. Daniel 2 years ago

    Yes, very potent symbolism, iv been growing herbs and researching natural healing methods. Cut out the caffeine and drinking green tea, and also reading lots about the Goddesses of the earthy wilderness Artemis Of Ephesus and Cybele. feeling inspired in many ways and bringing myself closer in touch with mother nature. I have my moon in Scorpio decan 1 too, many transformations happening inside for me. Thank you Austin.

  5. emma 1 month ago

    Browsing does have it’s own strange sort of comfort. I confess I’m sometimes guilty for perusing the aisles of Target for far longer than necessary. On a Friday, I feel like I deserve a good, aimless retail wandering.

  6. emma 1 month ago

    While the Sun shines on what you might cultivate, the Moon in Scorpio aims its light at your social life, revealing the complexities of people’s entwinement. Some of these living threads inevitably get tangled, and this Full Moon is likely to shine brightest on those. Take care not to respond to quickly to what you see, for this picture is true from only one angle.

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