April 2019 has a few new tricks up its sleeve this year...
It's important to note that, before we dive into the inner workings of the celestial bodies, that according to numerology. we're in a 12/3 global year; a time when we are being asked to analyze the past and search for new truths in old lessons. 12 is the number associated with the Hanged Man in tarot, a card that shows us how our experiences change our world view, and how that view can be wildly different from the person next to us. So this is a year where we are being called to learn through experience, to remain curious, to recognize that everyone has a different world view and that that view is their truth.
So analyzing and reflecting on the past and present is divinely guided, that's to say that it will feel good if you lean into it. We have autonomy, leaning into the vibes of the planets, numbers, tarot cards is always completely up to the individual. The path will always be there waiting. Let's find out what's waiting for us in April.
I'm beyond fascinated by the idea that Aries season begins and ends with Libra full moons, and with what sort of omen that is for this Zodiac year?
A Zodiac year begins on March 20th, as the sun shifts from 30 degrees Pisces to 0 degrees Aries. This happens in tandem with the season of Spring up here in the northern part of Earth. Astrology was born in many different ancient civilizations, all of them above the equator, so its no wonder that the beginning of the Zodiac coincides with the time of year where things begin again with vigor, passion, and excitement.
Aries, much like Spring time itself, is all about passion projects, playing outside, and living life to the fullest. Libra, the sign 180 degrees away (aka in opposition, aka its polarity) from Aries, is the sign of partnerships, fighting for justice, and creating a world with more harmony and beauty. So what could it possibly mean to start the Zodiac year off with 2 Libra moons?
Well, a full moon in any sign is a time to release that which no longer serves you. Release the outdated stories you tell yourself. Release the old habits. Release the friend, job, or expectation. It's a time when we get to shed our skin and get a mini do over. So a Libra full moon is asking us to figure out what we need to release in order to create more space for harmony and harmonious partnerships.
That first Libra full moon happened when we we're all still floundering under Mercury retrograde. I know it wasn't just me who felt the deep emotional burdens of a Pisces Mercury retrograde, right? Understandably, it's hard to release baggage when all you can do is feel it so intensely. So, the second full moon in Libra is an opportunity to try it all again.
The Libra full moons are asking us the release that which is holding us back in terms of our relationships. Release that which doesn't add harmony and beauty to your life. The repetition of the Libra full moon means that this lesson is going to take us a hot minute to integrate. Lessons continue to show up in your life until you learn them.
Jupiter is in freedom loving Sagittarius right now, and on the 10th that big beautiful planet will be retrograde. It will be retrograde until August 11th, 4 whole months of Jove moonwalking away from us in the sky!
Pluto, who has been hanging out with his old friend Capricorn as of late, will station retrograde on the 24th and will be doing its backwards dance until October 3rd. Now, to be fair, Pluto spends about 40% of its time retrograde, so this isn't our first dark and deadly rodeo.
However, on April 30th Saturn, who feels all nice and cosy in its home sign of Capricorn, will station to be retrograde on the 30th of the month. Father time will be running backwards away from its problems until September 18th.
I don't know about you, but as soon as I looked at the transits and saw all of this double full moon retrograde extravaganza non sense I had to sit down and figure out what the hell this means for us mere mortals.
Retrogrades get a bad rep when in actuality they are beautiful periods of time in which we are asked to grow, learn, and expand beyond the limitations we have created for ourselves. Each retrograde brings a new flavor and a new lesson to the forefront. Some retrogrades go without a hitch and some have us hitching up our lives to a completely new wagon. So when the planet of optimism and higher education, the planet of destruction and rebirth, and the planet of responsibility and time, all pull away from us within a 20 day period, what's a kid to do?
There's no one right or wrong answer here since we are all complex humans with intricate charts and lives. Look at where the planets are transiting in your chart to get a better idea. Where do you have Sagittarius and Capricorn? These are the places in your life that will be affected. For me those signs straddle my 10th, 11th, and 12th houses meaning that my contribution to the collective and my public standing are coming into a questioning and shifting period.
On a more global scale we'll be reevaluating the way we view and use money. Some of us will quit or be laid off from jobs that no longer serve us. There will be a rising of energy surrounding the disappointment we feel with those that are in power in the world at large, which can be an uncomfortable feeling but if you're here right now reading this then you know that change comes when we get uncomfortable. With Jupiter and Pluto retrograde in tandem this is just the push we need as a society to continue the fight against the patriarchy and the effects of toxic masculinity. Energy is best when balanced and a retrograde is a time when imbalances come to the forefront in an often harsh way.
A lot of karmic stuff is going to come up, people will ultimately get what is coming to them. There are going to be a lot of sobering reality checks. Think about your boundaries, are they helping or hindering you now? Boundaries are so necessary but they need to be reevaluated every so often. Sometime we build a boundary that helps us heal, only to find that later on it causes more harm than good.
Ultimately, in 2019 far too many people cower in fear at the name retrograde but this planetary aspect is so much more complex than internet culture gives it credit for. And truthfully, they've been happening forever! We've survived every one thus far, so you should not be afraid of the months to come. You should be aware that the Universe is constantly calling on us to grow and expand beyond what we can imagine right now. Trust in your ability to heal. Trust in the journey.
Author: Jasmine of Silfren Circle
Jasmine is a numerologist, intuitive tarot reader, and astrology enthusiast from California. Through her work she seeks to create dialogue around self love, insisting that loving yourself is a defiant act in this day and age. She is also a classically trained dancer and visual artist who has to change her hair color every couple of months!