April 2014 Horoscopes – Caution: Challenge Ahead

April 2014 Horoscopes

Caution: Challenge Ahead

By Maria DeSimone

April is filled with challenges and change, starting with an angry Lunar Eclipse mid-month. Then, get ready for an intense Grand Cross and the fifth and most powerful Uranus-Pluto square in the series that is transforming the world as we know it.

In other words, April is major month of ups and downs, but you can still make the most of this energy with key dates and predictions for every sign.

Key Astrology events to watch for this month include:

April 5: Venus in Pisces

April 14: Pluto Retrograde

April 15: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra

April 19: Sun in Taurus

April 20-22: Grand Cross

April 21: Uranus square Pluto

April 29: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus

Aries (March 21 – April 19): This month, expect challenges.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Although you may experience a certain amount of mild tension this month, you’re in good shape compared to some of the other signs.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Your love and social lives might feel like more stress than they are worth this month.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): You may have reached a breaking point when it comes to a domestic situation.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): If you’re involved in any negotiation, you might feel tension reach a boiling point this month.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): Money troubles may prove aggravating this month, thanks to an angry Lunar Eclipse on April 15 that sets off a panic alarm until at least April 24.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): You most certainly are living in interesting times, Libra.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): There’s so much going on inside of you these days, Scorpio, that it’s like bubbles underneath the surface of wallpaper.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Tension in your social life and with finances might try to get the best of you this month, but fortunately, if there’s one place you can find solace it’s with your family.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Your professional life is at a crossroads, and if you don’t make a decision this month it’s possible one will be made for you.

Aquarius (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): If you’re enrolled in a university or certification program, you might feel quite stressed. Perhaps there’s a vital exam looming ahead and you’re not as prepared as you’d like to be.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Finances might be a problem this month, and if that’s the case the only way to handle the situation will be head-on.

April and the Cardinal Grand Cross

April and the Cardinal Grand Cross

Embracing the pain during this major cosmic event

Maria DeSimone Maria DeSimone on the topics of grand cross, blogs, astrology

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa

Beware this April, when we’ll experience a precise and stressful alignment between four heavy-duty planets in the sky. Mars, the planet of action and energy, is currently traveling retrograde in Libra. Jupiter, the planet of expansion, is moving through the sign Cancer. Revolutionary Uranus is in Aries and transformative Pluto is in Capricorn. Each of these planets is in a Cardinal sign — and Cardinal signs are known for thrusting forward to usher in what is new. This is why we associate each of the Cardinal signs with the beginning of a new season.

OK, so far it doesn’t seem too wild. Well that’s because I haven’t told you the part yet that has astrologers so fascinated.

The math.

Deconstructing the cross

During the week of April 20, Mars will form a stressful 90-degree angle called a square to both Jupiter and Pluto. Jupiter will square off with Uranus. In addition, Uranus and Pluto will square one another in yet another famous square (we’ve experienced this one since 2012). Mars will also oppose Uranus while Jupiter will oppose Pluto. This precise mathematical pattern is one of the most rare, and most difficult of all. It is called a Grand Square or a Grand Cross.

Symbolically, such a pattern suggests that we’re boxed in, feeling all sorts of frustration and pressure without any way out. It’s like being trapped in a gas chamber or burning building. It hurts like hell.

What makes this alignment even more compelling is the fact that three of these planets are potentially toxic when aligned to one another in difficult aspect. Those planets are Mars (war), Uranus (sudden change) and Pluto (intense alteration). Jupiter in the mix does not help in this case. Sure, this planet is connected to luck and abundance but what is often overlooked about Jupiter is that his function is to expand whatever ELSE he touches. In this case Jupiter will inflate a very stressful pattern. Ouch.

Adding to the mix is a potent, stressed-out Lunar Eclipse in Libra on April 15. This eclipse occurs at 25 degrees Libra while the Cardinal Cross will peak at 14 degrees. All this does is extend ground zero for those with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) or angles in a Cardinal sign. Almost no one with heavy Cardinal energy in their chart will be exempt from April’s cosmic storm.

But what does this mean?

Essentially, the planet Earth and any individuals with charts triggered by April’s energy are going into labor. There will be exquisite pain and you’ll feel really knocked down. If you persevere however, you’ll find that the cosmic contractions of April will be the catalyst leading to the birth of something remarkable in your world.

I remember when I found out I was pregnant with my first born. I really wanted a home birth and a natural labor. I felt with every fiber of my being that the only way to truly get through the promised pain of giving birth was to EXPERIENCE and EMBRACE the pain. In my view, trying to numb or stop it would only add to the fear and confuse the process. It was the natural process of CHANGE that my body had to endure to GIVE LIFE.

My philosophy about this was something I was passionate about. I really didn’t want outside interference, but my husband at the time vehemently disagreed. He won … sort of. My solution when I went into labor was to keep it a secret so that I could retain control and stay home for as long as possible. I was nine centimeters dilated by the time I arrived at the hospital and began pushing about 15 minutes later. The doctor apologized to me that I would have to endure the pain since it was too late for medication.

I remember being so angry that he said that to me. Didn’t he understand? I WANTED the pain. I NEEDED the pain. It was the only way my body could possibly know that this was really happening. That change was imminent.

Life and death of course, are two sides of the same coin. My son stopped breathing while I was pushing him out and the doctor ended up performing an emergency C-section to save his life. Vincent was born on August 10, 1999 and happens to have a Grand Cross in his birth chart. The one in April will be in Cardinal signs but my son has one in Fixed signs.

Manifesting the Grand Cross

The result of this is that I am intimately familiar with Grand Cross energy. I get to live every day with the complexity and intensity of someone who is always boxed in by his own psyche. Someone who is constantly punched down by life yet, somehow, keeps getting back up. I tell Vincent all the time that he has the potential to become an incredibly successful man because he chose a chart filled with adversity in this lifetime. He chose the hard road. He chose a birth chart that, through painful experiences and losses has the potential to train him to be a winner.

My favorite celebrity example of someone with a Cardinal Cross in their birth chart is Steve Jobs. Was he an easy person to get along with? Not by any stretch. In many ways he was his own worst enemy. Did he accomplish great things in his life time and EVEN GREATER things after he fell? You bet. That’s because Steve Jobs, like my son, knew how to take a punch without allowing the agony to defeat him.

This, my friends, is the essence of April’s energy. If you start to feel boxed in, you need to reorient your perspective. You are merely in the boxing ring.

I assure you, there will be pain. But I also promise that if you EMBRACE and EXPERIENCE the suffering, it will give you the control and the determination you need to DIRECT IT.

Now stop panicking. And start winning.

No Calendar of the Moon for Today

There will be no Calendar of the Moon today. I can’t tell you why but it is just one of those things (more like shock). While I have your attention, I ran across some funny resolutions for the next year. I will posting them throughout the morning. I hope you enjoy them and get a tickle out of them.

Luv & Hugs,

Lady A

New Moon Report for October 2: Mars conjunct North Node in Scorpio

Mars conjunct North Node in Scorpio

Tuesday, October 2

The warrior planet’s union with the integrative lunar North Node is a time for taking decisive action. This conjunction in persistent Scorpio intensifies efforts, enabling us to overcome obstacles, expose hidden resources, repair relationships and transform potential losses into gains.