April 2021—What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Kait LeonardBy Kait Leonard

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April 2021—What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Our Solar System
April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain —T.S. Eliot from The Waste Land If writing today, Eliot might include Mars squaring Neptune before entering Cancer, and Pluto retrograding in Capricorn. There’s a lot going on in April, but a theme of instability will set the backdrop for everything else. Check your own chart to see what area of your life will be most impacted. Mars squares Neptune—On April 8, Mars in Gemini moves into a direct square with Neptune in Pisces. Squares are challenging angles, and Mars and Neptune don’t usually play well anyway. Mars, the planet of war and aggression will be in Gemini, a sign that’s about communication, socializing, and the intellect. Neptune, the planet of delusion, dissolution, and lies, will be in Pisces, a sign concerned with emotions, confusion, naivety. Neptune in Pisces often brings emotional instability and difficulty understanding things accurately. So, let’s have a little tug of war between impulsive, aggressive communication on one side, and faulty thinking and heightened emotions on the other. What could go wrong? Mars enters Cancer—Mars isn’t finished with us when he pulls out of the relationship with Neptune on or about April 15. We get a short break, and then on the 23rd he enters sensitive, emotional Cancer. We’ve got the planet of war in a sensitive sign. But don’t think this means Mars will transform into a nice guy. Oh, how I wish. Mars in Cancer is more likely to cause us to be defensive, overly emotional, and resentful. Think of how emotions can sometimes be hurtful and cutting (a key word for Mars). We might also experience feelings of guilt, mood swings, and depression.
François Girardon, Pluto and Persephone (Allegory of Fire), original marble, 1677-1699, bronze.
Pluto retrogrades in Capricorn—If you haven’t already bestowed the prize for cruelest month on April, let’s shift focus from Mars and take a look at Pluto. It’s interesting that Mars and Pluto are doing big things at the same time. Pluto is thought of as the higher octave of Mars. Because it is closer to us, Mars brings the warrior energy to the individual. Pluto, being much farther away, impacts society as a whole. In April, individuals will feel the malefic energy of Mars, while Pluto plays out socially, politically, globally.

Remember that Pluto is the God of the underworld, ruling over the kingdom of the dead. He kidnapped Persephone and allowed the world to become a desert. Of course, he does ultimately give in and allow her to visit the surface each year, and Spring is sprung. What a guy!

Before we even get into what Capricorn has to do with this, let’s talk retrograde. At its best, a retrograde period allows for reevaluating, reviewing, and refining the issues that came up during the first pass of the planet. As the planet moves back over an area it has already covered, it gives us a kind of cosmic do-over. Unfortunately, retrogrades don’t always bring only their best energy. Think of Mercury retrogrades—the computer glitches, the flat tires, the general chaos and confusion.

So what kind of havoc might Pluto wreak from around April 27 to October 6? Pluto destroys anything that has worn out its welcome. The dark ruler will simply blow up those elements of life that have been needing to go, and he is not concerned with being gentle. In retrograde, he will search for whatever might have escaped his first pass and toss a cosmic Molotov cocktail in that direction. What direction? Capricorn’s direction.

Capricorn stands for the established order, governmental structures, and old age. We’ve gone through a long period of social and political upheaval, but newspaper headlines prove that there is a lot of old thinking still hanging around. Pluto’s retrograde just might take care of some of the detritus.

On a positive note—Remember that April’s cruelty always makes way for the lilacs. Winter frost gives way to new life. During April, make special effort to be kind to yourself and others. Examine issues carefully before acting because Neptune can cloud our vision. And find a strong table to throw yourself under when the walls start tumbling down.
Kait Leonard

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