There are four planets in retrograde motion, during this month: Venus already in retrograde will complete her cycle on April 15th, Saturn retrograde beginning April 5th, Mercury retrograde beginning April 8th to April 20th and Pluto retrograde beginning April 20th. It is not going to be a quiet month but will provide tremendous opportunity to accelerate your future. When a planet is Retrograde the energy becomes more inward. During this inward phase, we have the opportunity to review or reflect on our ‘inner-self’ as it relates to the past. The past maybe this life, or could even relate to previous incarnations of the Soul. What we are asked to inwardly work with during the retrograde period depends on what the planet energetically influences.
It is an optimal time to experience the healing energies of Mount Shasta, where I will be sharing the ancient earth traditions during the Beltane weekend. A powerful time to be on the mountain to find ones sweet spot and center with all the planetary influences that will take us through the spin cycle.
While the energy of April will be challenging, I believe if you have the knowledge of the influences, you will have the tools you need to work well with these energies. Stay focused on the path that opens directly before you, pay even more attention to the messages from the natural world, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride as it is going to be quite a ride.
Saturn is the Lord of Karma and Saturn in Retrograde is a time when karma is sorted out. Past, present, and future merge into one. Saturn retrograde 2017 takes you on a journey from the shadow to euphoric highs. This karmic rollercoaster ride begins in a challenging planetary aspect and many are feeling an array of emotions, loss, sadness, and uncertainty. Feelings of confusion and a sense of being quite unsettled. The good news, when Saturn stations direct there will be light at the end of the tunnel and clarity will be found. I personally choose to use every planetary aspect to my advantage and see it as another push forward for growth.
Spirit has a way of letting me sit in the muck I have created for myself for only a short period of time and then spins me into action. Experience has shown me if I commit to the review cycle of a retrograde planet especially Saturn, when it goes direct it heals the pain of the past and creates an optimistic future. Karmic balance is found as debts are repaid. Everyone can finally move on toward emotional happiness and successful relationships. Saturn has been in what is known as the shadow since December 30th. During the previous months since Saturn entered the shadow zone, we have been evaluating our belief system around our role in relationships. The focus is on how you will step forward into this next nine-year cycle. In these months, you start to learn what areas of your life are holding you back and need change to move forward.
You may be tested to make sure you are ready to take on extra responsibility. The lessons you learn might be hard but they will push you into the dream you are creating. Venus being retrograde means we will have an opportunity to move even deeper through ancient karmic imprints supported by the Saturn retrograde. We are being asked to rid ourselves of self imposed limitations and weakness.
Mercury, the planet of communications and decision making retrogrades four times this year bringing insight to decisions we make regarding the new nine-year cycle. Things seem to go out of control during Mercury retrograde periods but not everything goes wrong when Mercury goes retrograde. Certain things that have been eluding us for quite some time come into balance naturally without much effort. For some individuals they may actually find that conditions turn more favorable when Mercury goes retrograde than when it was direct. New people, situations and experiences come to play in our lives, which will assist us in growing in all new directions. Mercury will bring about transformations in our lives that we would not have envisioned.
Moon in Libra Full Moon April 11th
The full moon in Libra is the first full moon after the equinox. The Goddess Sign for Libra is the Dove, which is an ancient emblem of the Roman goddess of love, Venus, the traditional ruler of Libra. Birds have long been symbolically connected with the Sacred Feminine around the world and viewed as messengers between humanity and heaven. White doves are ancient symbols of peace, purity and love. Pay attention to any winged ones that appear leading up to the full moon, as they will carry significant messages for you.
Libra holds the energy of the Equinox when light and dark are balanced. A Libra full moon energy seeks to harmonize and creates a mirror for us to examine relationships as it illuminates where we need to find balance. The full moon occurs just before Venus completes its retrograde cycle and is dedicated to The Roman goddess Venus also known as Aphrodite. The city of Venice known as the city of love was named for the Goddess. The Duke of Venice symbolically married her by throwing a wedding ring into the sea. Her “star,” an eight-pointed depiction of the planet Venus, has been found on ancient seals and considered a powerful symbol of the Goddess. I will be posting a Full Moon ritual dedicated to the Goddess Venus in the next week for those who are members of our online subscription series with a guided meditation to work more closely with the wisdom the Goddess gifts.
Pluto is the outer most planet in our solar system and its energy brings about transformation. Pluto asks us to look into the deep recesses of our subconscious and transform that which no longer serves us. Pluto is about death & birth, destruction & reformation, endings & beginnings. When Pluto is retrograde, we are guided to turn inward to our own personal shadow side and take a long hard look at the good, the bad and the ugly. There is no hiding as we ‘see’ our desires and our feelings around power, control and money. It is also a time to purge with internal cleansings, detoxifying diets. Focus on a practice that brings stillness, meditation, breath work, yoga, even coloring.
A new moon can work powerful magick because the Moon is furthest from the earth and this frees the imagination from material limits. Thought seeds and intentions planted at the New Moon will grow, so be careful what you wish for! With Venus now going direct clarity from relationships will come and we can plant the seed for new beginnings in all relationships we seek. Personal relationships, relationships with our service and work as new opportunities will begin to present themselves. I will be posting a New Moon ritual for our online subscription members later next week.
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Wishing you an enchanting month of clarity and guidance.
Love and Rainbows,