Hurry Up and Wait. The Retrogrades of April

Saturn & Pluto Retrograde April 2018

Yes, spring is here, and you’d better get set to make some high priority goals sooner than later. Why? Because the upcoming planet transits are better suited to go back to define and refine prior projects and your self than to forge ahead with something new.

Life has a forward then backwards then forwards movement. If we align ourselves with the Cosmos, there is a flow of being in the moment and not fighting what ‘is’.  We are now right in the middle of Mercury retrograde, when communications, dealings, paperwork and decisions all need careful consideration and attention so projects don’t go awry. Double check your work and appointments and all should be fine. But just as Mercury stations to go Direct, that is when we tend to overlook things in our rush to get back to our normal breakneck pace. Additionally we have just begun to leave a conjunction of Mars (assertiveness, aggression, will) with Saturn (restriction, authority, control). Whether this related to long hours on a project, heavy physical labor, or being at odds with a boss or co-worker, today we finally began to move out of this tension ridden transit.

In terms of retrograde motion though, this month, we will feel a direct push-back from the Universe as Saturn and Pluto, two of the heavy outer planet influences, start their retrogrades on April 18th and 22nd respectively. What this means is, those issues that have been coming up for you personally as well as globally go into deep rectification mode. Saturn rules over our social rules and structure. Just when we thought it had reached a crescendo, the #TimesUp movement and disclosure will spread further into other professional fields. This movement is barely in its infancy in terms of setting straight the centuries of imbalance between the sexes. On a personal level with Saturn, what are the obligations you dutifully keep and how do these fit or no longer fit your true purpose? Making the right choice in these matters is now up to you, so navigate deliberately. Many obligations are continually pursued, contrary to our best interest, out of pure habit. We can no longer afford to have our attention scattered in this manner. Give up beating that dead horse and what you’ve already accomplished and move on to your soul’s true calling.

As for Pluto, also soon retrograding in Capricorn, this relates to the unearthing of long hidden power imbalances used personally and with others. This is similar to the patriarchal upending we’ve been seeing in the film industry, and is now due in areas relating to global power structures (trade) and imbalances between nations. The crescendo of these influences will be seen with the triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in Feb. of 2020. So this is a prelude, a set-up, to get as much aligned as possible before that time. Personally – whatever house Pluto is transiting in your natal chart is in need of refinement, fine tuning and re-establishment of proper use of power. Pluto gets rid of what is no longer necessary or no longer working for our evolution.

See the chart at the top of this blog. In the bottom house (4th house) is where you will find Saturn and Pluto showing as retrograde. In between them is Mars. This is known as  beseiged.. or afflicted, unable to move. This is a very uncomfortable position and not a good time to push forward aggressively, or lash out unconsciously with temper or physical exertion. This position says pull back, withdraw, contain, reassess and wait. We are here now – and when Mars steps out from this configuration, all hell can break loose personally and worldwide with political actions. Get your priorities and especially your health in order for when this, and the Mars retrograde coming up this summer take place (more on the Mars retrograde next time).

Is the Saturn, besieged Mars and Pluto in your 3rd house? How do you use your speech and everyday thought patterns to achieve your ends? Is your mind jumping all over the place not landing on what is of importance? Are you acting out verbally? You can actually take control of this and not let Pluto take hold of you. Is Saturn, besieged Mars and Pluto soon transiting in your 10th house? Might you be undermining your career by indiscriminately overstepping authority figures or not fully owning your own power? Or are Saturn,  Mars and Pluto stuck in your 4th house and you’ve sat back thinking  home and family issues are ‘theirs’ to correct, and that you have no power to alter those problems that feel terminal?

World leaders use astrology to avoid missteps, shouldn’t you? If you don’t know where these transits are now in your chart, contact me for a personal reading or update and we can go over how best to utilize these powerful energies so that you are well-positioned, and not thrown, by this alignment, and similarly, ready for the arrival of the triple outer planet conjunction in 2020. Astrology’s best use is for timing and preparation for the times ahead, so take the advantage use it well.

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