April 2010, for Everyone
Prepare to Cross a Historical Threshold
Prepare to Cross a Historical Threshold
April 2010 will continue and intensify recent trends. Those in power will continue to try to impose new policies and programs. They will continue to believe that they act out of necessity and that their agenda is just and fair, and necessary. They will meet increasing levels of skepticism, protest and resistance. No one on either side of the many issues seems interested in compromise.
We have become used to endless stalemates, unsatisfying compromises, short attention spans and rapidly shifting priorities. Nothing much ever seems to come of anything. The current public unrest will not fall into one of these familiar scenarios.
Things will escalate thru April, and into May. At that point, tensions and unrest will intensify, building toward a climax. But, again, this climax will not be followed by a finale and resolution, or any of the other kinds of endings, or non-endings, we have become used to.
As Uranus enters Aries in late May, the issues fueling the current tensions will spill over into a new era of intensifying mass dissatisfaction and protest. They will become the seeds of contention in a new, lengthy historical era of pervasive protest and profound reform reform.
That is correct. We are headed into a lengthy, new era (c. 50 years). The most striking and important characteristic of this new ear will be the renewal of intense grassroots involvement in the process of historical change. People will once again take a passionate interest in issues. Pickets, protest marches, sit-ins, mass demonstrations, and a lot of other things besides, will once again become commonplace. The masses will bestir themselves.
Amidst the growing turbulence, illness and healing will be powerfully foregrounded, in a good way. On the macro level: health care reform will very likely become a reality in the US and, under April's influences, a benevolent and transformative reality. On the micro level: each of us will experience some benefit related to healing. For many, a period of difficulties will end, or long-sought relief will occur.
Long-term, however, the energies affecting healing are shifting. Many who have been feeling especially vulnerable, physically, emotionally or mentally, will experience a new strength. Others, who have been enjoying robust health might find themselves feeling a little more vulnerable on many levels and feel compelled to seek advice or assistance.
If illness and healing are an issue for you, or suddenly become one, I would advise you to do a little independent research on Chiron and its relation to your sign. Start with a Google search. Individual charts vary wildly, so, depending on your circumstances, you might want to have someone knowledgeable look at your chart.
The Astrological Details
April's Vibes Continue March's Vibes (and so do May's, and June's etc.)
Both of the charts for April look every much like the turbulent charts for the last two weeks of March, the April full moon charts (4/28). (So do the charts for May.)
The basic pattern in April's charts are similar to full moon chart for March 28. The hard aspects in that chart strongly suggest that those in power have come to very firm conclusions about what must be done. The supportive aspects suggest that the majority are willing and able to accommodate these new mandates, to a point. Even if people can manage the changes materially, they might disagree strongly on principle.
April's charts deepen and strengthen the tensions in March's charts. (May's charts go even further in the same direction.)
Looking Ahead (Way Ahead)
As noted, tensions will continue to build through May and beyond. As tensions reach a climax, Uranus will move into Aries (May 27). This planetary event will change everything. It will take the tensions that are building, and the underlying issues, and make them the seeds of a 50 years cycle of change and social turmoil.
To understand how and why, we need only to take a look at one or two points of basic astrology.
Uranus spends about seven years in a sign. When Uranus is in a sign, the planetary ruler of the sign becomes Uranus's ambassador. It carries Uranus's energies wherever it goes.
Uranus in The 'Fast Signs'
The first seven houses of the Zodiac govern the grassroots, the up close and personal areas of our lives, family, friends, neighborhood, community, work environment, and important life partnerships. The bodies that rule the first seven signs of the Zodiac, Aries through Libra, are relatively fast moving: the Sun, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon.
When Uranus is in one of the first seven houses, their rulers distribute Uranian energies throughout the Zodiac, rapidly and repeatedly. Since they circle the Zodiac numerous times while Uranus is in their sign, they tend to saturate the entire Zodiac with changeful Uranian energies.
During the seven years while Uranus is in Aries, for example, Mars, the ruler of Aries, will circle the Zodiac roughly three-and-a-half times, once every two years. While Uranus is in Taurus, its ruler, Venus, will circle the Zodiac roughly seven times, once every year. And so on.
And the grassroots and the personal, intimate, close up areas of our lives will tend to be the locus of change. Everyday people, individually and en masse, will tend to become the agents and the vehicles of historical change.
A Historical Perspective
Uranus transited this part of the Zodiac between 1927 and 1974. During that period, the forces of change worked directly and powerfully through the grassroots, the great mass of the people. And in fact, people all over the world were in motion, literally and figuratively.
Those years saw the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, World War II, and the profound transformations following WWII. Late in that cycle, during the Viet Nam War era, mass protests and demonstrations were the norm.
During those years there were also numerous revolutions, wars of liberation, civil wars, colonial uprisings and so on. Empires rose and fell. The energies of change penetrated deeply into the world's general population.
Cumulatively, countless millions were dislocated, or relocated. Countless millions were agents of change, or touched very significantly by change.
Uranus in the 'Slow Signs'
From about 1974 to the present, Uranus has been transiting signs whose rulers move comparatively slowly: Scorpio (Pluto), Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Also, these signs govern larger, impersonal organizations and institutions at the top of the socio-economic power structure, where power is concentrated in the hands of a relatively few.
For the last seven years, since about 2003, for example, Uranus has been transiting Pisces. Slow-moving Neptune rules Pisces. While Uranus moved through Pisces, Neptune inched through about 15 degrees of a single sign, Aquarius.
During these last seven years, the energies of change, of societal transformation, were concentrated into a point source. There were, indeed, periodic bursts of change, as the other planets aspected Uranus and or Neptune. However, efforts at real change, reform or transformation never really took hold.
And the change that did take place tended to emanate from the top. The same sort of thing has been true since roughly 1974, the whole time Uranus has been transiting the slow signs.
The great mass movements of the middle of the 20th century went quiet, pretty much. Change from the top became prevalent.
In the US, Richard Nixon, for example, a transitional figure, who left office under fire in 1974, loved to work behind the scenes and from the top down. Jimmy Carter was known for tinkering obsessively with the hidden machineries and mechanisms of government.
Ronald Reagan loved top down governance and worked hard to transform government through de-regulation, privatization and massive tax cuts. The so-called Reagan Revolution was a top down affair, centered in the oval office.
George H. W. Bush was clearly a Washington insider and a top down sort of fellow. Bill Clinton's administration is also known for change from the top, most notably a failed attempt to reform health care and, at the instigation of the Republican Congress, a sweeping reform of the welfare system.
Clinton's successor in office, George W. Bush, emulated Reagan, continuing Reagan's legacy of deregulation and tax cuts. George W. Bush clearly enjoyed the concentration of power at the top, also, and wielded power enthusiastically, from the oval office.
During the years after 1974, the people tended to be the passive recipients of mandates for change emanating from the top.
Uranus will first enter Aries, beginning its transition into Aries, at the end of May, retrograding back out in late summer. The full transit will begin in March of 2011.
Uranus will remain in the 'slow' signs until about 2058. For the next fifty years or so, the spirit of change will once again sweep through the masses. A new era of mass movement will soon begin. Brush up on your relaxation techniques. We're gonna need 'em.
Chiron, Jupiter and Uranus
From April 20th thru the end of May, Chiron briefly joins Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces. Uranus will sill be in mutual reception with Neptune, the ruler of Pisces.
During these roughly six weeks, the world will experience a potent mix of healing (Jupiter and Chiron, Neptune and Pisces) and transformative (Uranus) energies. We should see landmark events related to healing around the world during that time period.
From the perspective of the individual, as noted above, the energies governing illness and healing are shifting. Many who have been afflicted, or felt especially vulnerable during the last four years, mentally, emotionally and/or physically, will feel a general improvement in their conditions.
Many others, who have enjoyed comparatively robust health during this time, might find themselves experiencing greater vulnerability. You might want to do a little research, or have your chart checked.
Your mileage may vary, as they say.