Horoscope for the Week: April 11, 2014

Michael O'Connor's horoscope for the week of April 11

  • Apr. 10, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Tip of the Week:

Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto will be positioned almost exactly 90 degrees apart from our perspective here on Earth this week. Each is in a Cardinal Sign, Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn, respectively. This ‘Aspect Pattern’ is called a Grand Square. There are 3 ‘modes’ in Astrology, Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. Cardinal is the most yang, dynamic, assertive and initiative oriented.

When found in a person’s Natal Chart, a Grand Square can manifest as a block of energy, something of a stalemate situation. Yet, at best it represents a powerful reserve of energy and potency. By bringing awareness of such a pattern to a person who has it, they can then use their free will in a more conscious and deliberate way to make the most of it. The same may be said of tuning-in to this ‘cosmic weather pattern’.

April 14th is the peak date and April 20, Easter Sunday is another. But this overall period implies a rise in dynamic, assertive and even dramatic and violent expressions. However, it should not blankly be interpreted as negative per se’ Yet, it does suggest that we will see and experience a steady increase in the overall pace and tempo this week and next especially.

The fact that Mars is retrograde, and in diplomatic Libra, will serve to dampen what might otherwise be expressed as an unchecked and potentially aggressive drive, to be seen and heard and to make an impact. As well, Venus in Pisces conjunct Neptune will contribute to this softening tone. When together especially in Pisces, Venus the lover and Neptune the mystic can produce a divine, sublime effect. Since both are within the vicinity of Chiron also in Pisces, circumstances will likely manifest as various modes of healing wherever needed.

A Lunar Eclipse on April 15 at 0:42 a.m. PDT brings in an added measure of intrigue to this already loaded planetary pattern. Because the Moon symbolizes the past, when it is eclipsed it synchronizes with a sense that trends and flows indicative of ‘the future’ come forward much more quickly. Exciting times! Stay tuned.


Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Contending with the adventure, mystery, challenge and paradoxes of relationships continues. This is leading you into new territory. You may feel somewhat reluctant. This is a call for the healing power of love. The key is to listen more than be heard and try to understand more than be understood. All people experience life through their own filters; discover your partner’s.


Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)

A busy time behind the scenes continues. You may wish you could take a break. Yet, now more than ever is the time to makes your dreams and plans your reality. Yet, there may be some more dreaming or at least planning to do first. Prioritizing among a spectrum of projects and ambitions may be necessary for success.


Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)

What makes you unique, distinct, special…? Asking and answering these and other such questions is likely and important now. A new cycle began last month, which will last about 18 months, during which time the urge to shine more brightly than you have for some time is destined. If you are unclear consider those questions.


Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

A dynamic if challenging cycle continues. Many areas of your life are feeling the effects, especially at home and at work. Where you might have felt hesitant recently, you now feel more confident, to take a few risks or at least breathe easier. In some respects, you are in a slow learning curve. Returns for past efforts are rolling in.


Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)

A time of completion, preparation and initiative has begun. Expect all three to circulate for a while. You may have to take matters more into your own hands these days. This requires breaking through barriers and delays and perhaps dealing with difficult people and situations. Faithful perseverance is crucial. The time is right to expand your scope.


Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Your ambitions are rising. These are leading you to dip deeper than you have for some time. You want to work smarter not harder. A learning curve is implied and includes research. Meanwhile, healing relationship issues and wounds is featured. Cultivate empathy and compassion yet avoid getting lost in or manipulated by sentimentality. Trust in the healing power of love.


Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)

A steady process of pushing through and beyond continues. While other key players may be involved, the focus is largely linked to your own inner relationship. The quality of your thoughts, feelings, attitudes, habits, body condition and so on are under review. You are ready for change, perhaps spurred on by necessity. Get clear and persevere!


Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)

Some cycles are less predictable than others, like now. An attitude of approaching people and situations assertively yet with an open mind as well is likely and ideal. Expanding your mind to see a bigger picture and to be more inclusive and embracing of others is featured. This trend will continue so tune-in and engage.


Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)

A vibrant, creative impulse is rising within you. It is leading you to see yourself and the world and in the world in new ways. Pushing beyond familiar boundaries feels important. However, not everyone will appreciate how or why you feel moved this way. It is about expanding your current limits. Aim to be as conscientious as you can. What goes around….


Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19)

A process of mastering your mind, emotions and imagination continues. If we are not as strong in our core as outer expressions and involvements require, self-sabotage is a common result. So, it is important that you do this inner work. A lot of activity and perhaps drama at home or at least within you is implied. Turn outer conflicts into inner power.


Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

Many new perspectives are emerging in your mind. At best these are igniting inspiration and determination. You want things to change. This includes having more freedom. More financial freedom is probably featured high on your list. Yet, what you truly want to is to feel at peace, purposeful and empowered. Deepen your practice of patience for now.


Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You are determined to enter new territory, to increase your personal power and earning potential. Your focus is sharp and you are steadily driving forward. Yet, you may wish the pace was quicker. It may take until later in May for things to speed-up then you will be running to keep pace for a couple of months or so. Be consistent in establishing a more reliable foundation and trust the flow.


Michael O’Connor




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