The Grand Cross is building, and so might be the tension. Saturn's scythe is cutting though Neptune's illusions, revealing them for what they are, and this can lead to some intense feelings. What...or who... is really behind that curtain?! Ah-ha!
The planet Neptune can act as both the creator and the revealer of illusions. He is the god of glamour, using sea-mists to hide and reveal. Neptune is shape-shifty and can create illusions both beautiful and nightmarish; a seductive veiled temple dancer which can draw us in, then morph into a crazy hideous devouring demon...that then turns into dust.
So again we get into what we are choosing to believe. It might be worth looking more closely at things before buying the hype. Is that a snake ready to strike, or is that a rope? It could be easy to react unconsciously and get psyched out.
At a high level of functioning, Neptune is about our angels of highest Truth and Compassion. When we tap into Neptune from the heart, we might get very different perspectives on truth than when we rely on the mind only. We need both mind and heart to work in tandem for balance and wisdom.
So, while Saturn the Reaper in Sagittarius might be cutting down beliefs that no longer serve, Neptune reminds us to have great compassion for ourselves as the revelations unfold. Neptune is the illusion, but paradoxically it is also the larger, connecting truth behind what we can perceive with the 5 senses.
In the Wizard of Oz, it is revealed that that the man behind the curtain was just a frightened bully; we all have someone like that within our own psyches, trying to control the way that we are seen by others; trying to appear more powerful or important than we feel; cut off from connecting with ourselves or others. When we can see that others who are behaving “badly” are really external reflections of our own sense of shortcoming, we can choose to condemn or to love. Neptune shows to us that the Universe is made out of Love, and that all other perception is a distortion.
The Sun and Venus begin to move deeper into this configuration as the week plays out. When these personal planets come into contact with the t-square, it “activates” it in our personal lives. The degree to which this happens depends on how our own natal charts are organized, but we're all going to feel this Grand Cross!
Jupiter and the Dragon's Head complete the Cross, and this is where we can tune into to our Higher Selves. They are transiting Virgo now, the sign of daily practice, devotions, service, diet and work. Virgo has to do with the purity of intention behind what we do most often. Not what we SAY we do, but what we actually spend our time on. We can get some relief from the Cross by paying attention to how our bodies feel. When we are out of synch with out True Selves, our bodies signal that with bad feelings, which can eventually possibly progress into ill health. Conflicts with others are another signal, as this signals issues with our mental/emotional health. Virgo invites us to create a stronger sense of Mind-Body-Spirit integration, and recommends that as a remedy!
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Venus moved into Gemini early this (Tuesday) morning, joining The Sun in the sign of the Twins. Master astrologer Liz Greene calls Venus/Aphrodite a "sunlit goddess", as she is extraverted and, in some ways, invulnerable; she hides and withholds nothing about herself or her sexuality. Though she is almost always depicted naked, she is the only Goddess in the Greco-Roman pantheon who is never raped. It's as though the absolute commitment she has to be Herself makes her shadowless; her total self-possession means that there is nothing to reveal or force away from her via confrontation. Her joy in her desire deflates any hard-on not intended for her pleasure. There's no shame to exploit; there's nothing she's not owning.
Gemini is a sign of the mental realms, and like all the Air signs, is about opposing influences. The mind thinks dualistically; light and dark, love and hate, good and not good, etc. In Gemini, Venus's duality is emphasized; She is not only a Goddess of Love, but also of Love's distortion: War. It is She who sets the the Trojan War into motion, being awarded the golden apple by Paris over the 2 other goddesses vying for the same prize; she in turn gives Paris Helen. Perhaps we also will contend with what seems like warring values within us, feeling the need to choose. Gemini is the sign of multiples. We might need to ask our highest inner wisdom what the right medicine is before acting.
Venus opposes Mars this week, her lover. Known as the God of War, astrologically he has to do with desire and the will to fulfill desire. While Venus attracts, he acts toward desire. Each contain the other within themselves, and therefore both compliment and excite the other. An opposition is a hot aspect; the two lovers face one another, able to see the other fully.
This week's astrology could serve to help us see ourselves better via our relationships. There's increased creative and erotic energy and this can serve in powerful ways! Like Venus, it may require us to open to the light of the Sun, bringing clear sight to the shadier aspects of ourselves that keep us closed, and therefore more vulnerable (not less) to hurt from others.
Mars moves into his own original home sign of Scorpio on Friday, bringing the emotional intensity levels up. He will be entering via the master degree of 29. Lilith has also ingressed into the darkest, and perhaps holiest, of signs at the other end, at degree 0. Both planets are at home here in their own ways, and have good work to do for us in terms of cleaning up the energetic frequency of our thoughts and feelings. What we think and feel now creates what is to come! For more about these two going into Scorpio, watch my weekly Nuit Report.
We are working up to a Full Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday. The emotional energies build! This one is going to be special, too, because the Moon will rise in the sky alongside retrograde Mars. Thats a lot of fire! Maybe fireworks?
The fire element has to do with inspiration and self-expression, and there may be plenty of that as this lunation perfects. It might be easy to let some negative emotions like anger take over, but only if we see ourselves as victims. Victims are the most--or the only--violent people.
Instead, we are invited to believe the highest thing that we can about ourselves. And perhaps if we are able to be so generous wit ourselves, we can be so generous with others, too.
Sagittarius reminds us to aim high! Be bold in what you are willing to believe that you can do. Use this waxing moon to grow your more positive belief.
Sagittarius is symbolized by a centaur; half human, half horse. This indicates that this energy has to do with uniting the body and the mind. We have an innate wisdom in the body that can be trusted. When we allow our minds to work with this intelligence, instead of AT it, we can get more goodness with less effort.
Sag has to do with what we call "truth". It's all about perception, and what we believe about the world.
So often we think we know what's going on, what someone else is "really" doing, etc. And we don't know jack shit. We know what we believe about the world based on the past, and don't see the world as it is at all! We don't always see that what is before us, is within us. We have an opportunity right now to use any negative emotion that comes up to notice that we are believing something that is misaligned with our True Will.
So much has changed, hasn't it? There doesn't seem to be any going back. This is the year of the Question Mark, after all. We are being set free in so many ways. Sagittarius rules open space, opportunity and movement.
The chakra that unites the lower, body oriented chakras with the higher, spirit oriented chakras is the Heart. This is where we find the truth that what is physical IS spiritual, and what is spiritual manifests physically. It's all vibration. And it's a choice. Always. The energies of this year help us remove the blinders for clearer, broader vision.
Mercury comes out of his underworld journey and starts to be seen in the sky again. This helps communication run more smoothly, and many things may come to light. He goes direct on Sunday May 22nd, helping us ascend from this mighty retrograde period with new insights and a whole new way of perceiving ourselves.
"We are born of love; love is our mother" --Rumi
Have you felt the shift since Jupiter went direct? It's been pretty profound, and there is more goodness to come.
The Grand Trine that continues in Earth (Gaia) reminds us that there is not one problem that can be solved at the energetic vibration at which it was created. There ARE solutions to any problem right now. And they all involve increasing the levels of Love.
The Earth element can tend to look at life too literally. Things that seem very solid and implacably immovable are often not. What we think of as "reality" is often more our ideas of what is there, and not direct moment to moment experience. We see what we believe is there, instead of experiencing what is actually there.
Hw often are you stopping to listen to the sound of the birds? Or the feel of the chair or bed supporting your body? How often are you experiencing your lover or partner or friend as they actually are, as opposed to how you believe they are? Gratitude and presence breeds the influx of more into your life; criticism and disconnection contracts the flow.
The point of power is always in the PRESENT. The past and future are ideas. As soon as you send your power forward or back, you've stopped using the Force. You get misaligned. Bring it back to now whenever you can. There are a lot of good energies going on right now that are supporting you in moving into territory. But you can only get there from where you are.
Starting next week, I will be offering one free written oracle on Tuesdays, and the free Nuit Report will continue on Fridays. I appreciate that generosity of those who donate monthly, and there will be some upgrades to exclusive offerings for you as well over these next few weeks. More soon. Thank you for your support!
We go from 5 retrograde pants to only 4 (That's still a lot!) as the Great Benefic aka Jupiter goes direct today! At least one green light goes on!
And Jupiter is no small potatoes. He is a King of the Gods after all. He's kinda the cosmic Santa Claus of the planets. His Sepiroth is "Mercy", and he does everything big and kingly-like. I'm sure we could all stand to give/receive more generously and benevolently. Look to where he's transiting your chart to know more about where some goodies may be coming down the pike!
He's also involved in an ongoing Grand Trine in the earth element, along with Pluto at one point, and Mercury (retro), Venus and The Sun clustered together at the other. Grand Trines alas have to do with gifts. They can also be taken for granted and go unnoticed if we are not mindful to count the blessings that we have! Notice what it is around that that IS working.
I will be making some changes to the free offerings in the next week or so. I am dealing with some health issues along with trying to keep up with the volume of readings that have recently come in! I am thinking of ways to be all Jupiter generous like, while also making sure things at Aepril's Astrology stay sustainable and fun for everyone. I hope that you can bear with me as I adjust things!
So I'm a bit under the weather today, and for the first time in a looooooong time I am not recording a Nuit Report. But never fear...I'll be back next week!
But just so that you don't go into this week without Nuit's guidance, here is the basic lo-down:
We just had a New Moon occur in Taurus at 16 degrees. The exact time was 3:29 pm ET. New Moons are all moments to begin a new; they are also a time of low ebb in the energy. With the 5 retrograde planets we have going right now, it might be good to have some down time to reboot. This is a time to indulge in the senses. Good food, good wine, quality materials and things that feel good.
Taurus rules the bright side of the year. And so, we are invited to brighten the way our lives look. Time to upgrade in quality!
What does value look like to you? What we value tends to be what we, consciously or not, believe will facilitate our happiness. Ultimately its happiness that we are after! And what we value speaks to how we think this happiness can arrive.
Taurus would like to help us bring life to that which makes us happy, to animate it (amima= soul; to bring soul to something is to animate it). The New Moon in Taurus reminds to to go toward our joy, even in the seemingly smallest things. That is the bread crumb trail to increased happiness.
The Taurus New Moon is also about loving what is, the way that it is. In other words, unconditional love! So few of us know how to truly love ourselves without condition. We're so often proving our worth so strenuously, hurting ourselves in the process, imagining that it will bring us happiness down the road someday. This is not love! And when is someday?
Some day is today. Taurus teaches us about the NOW. Presence. Abundance. The way the grass grows without anyone needing to harass it into producing; the way flowers bloom for Joy, the way that the air warms and the birds sing.
The five retrograde planets are taking us on a kind of "A Christmas Carol" trip, with tour guides the Spirits of Past, Present, and Future. This is where you have been, this is what your deeds have wrought, and this is where you are headed if you don't change your trajectory...
So whaddaya think? Do you like what you see? The good news is that, if not, you can change things if you act now. Perhaps we can now see some areas of life in which we've been kinda stingy, where we've held onto things and gotten stuck for fear of losing. Scrooge had good reason to be an asshole; we learn in the movie that he was emotionally abused and left behind and not really cared about very much. He did not get his needs met. So he became a hoarder and tyrant, which is the shadow side of Taurus. I'm not saying that you are just like Scrooge, but we all have Taurus someplace in our charts; maybe we can learn new ways of confronting fear of losing, and open up to new possibilities for cooperation and connection. How might we be more generous and life-affirming?
Jupiter goes direct on Monday. This is GREAT news! Some new opportunities may arise where things were stalling for a while. The meaning behind some of what might look like senseless difficulty could be revealed, and we'll be like oh THAT's what this is about! Wow! Jupiter will help us experience or own truth with better clarity, and we'll begin to be able to express that truth in the world as he moves forward. Think of a flower opening!
And I of course did not forget about our weekly card:
The Two of Cups!
We've picked this one 3 times now! What are the chances?? This card speaks to our relationship with ourlsves as well as with others. Our relationship to our values and our happiness.
Thank you again for all of your support, and lots of Love and Light to you!!!!!
We have some much needed lovely energies coming down the pike that should help heal and smooth over many of the events of the last month (or two!).
As Venus and The Sun move forward through Taurus, and Mercury moves backward to meet them, we form an increasingly powerful and gentle Grand Trine with Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter/Dragon's Head in Virgo.
The ineffable, incomprehensible emanations of the top of the Tree of Life can work their way into our physical world perception more easily. Higher Self can assist us in manifesting our greatest good. This is a time to take the dings and shocks and surprising twists in the path for what they've been---directions from Source--- seeing them as working for us, rather than against us. The Angel is trying to move us out of the old story. S/he is helping us clear the way toward more true power.
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About your astrologer:
Aepril Schaile, MFA, is Venus ruled; a Taurus with Libra rising; Lilith conjunct ASC. As an adept astrologer, Aepril provides readings which can help solve everyday problems and assist in regaining a sense of alignment with True Will, finding your deeper, uniquely powerful truth. She lives in Salem, MA and spends her days with her beloved canine companion, Gwyddion.