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THE WEEK AHEAD: April 22-28

By now we’re pretty used to life’s little surprises, living from one gasp to another. The heroes and villains of our daily lives – us and the people around us, as well as those those in the ubiquitous 24/7 news media cycle, continue to revel in constantly rewriting reality’s restrictions. We see that in every moment there’s a sensational story that will shock and awe. Even god’s climate is having a laugh, as if carousing us in its exceeding record temperatures and wild bouts of extreme natural phenomena, wipeouts and extinctions.

I’m guessing that to confine oneself and somewhat settle into one particular idea of satisfaction is no longer permissible by any means. Besides being dissatisfying… staying in a fixed mindset breeds an atmosphere of stagnation and complacency, limits our creative expression and individual spiritual progress. It’s pretty clear that we can’t stay there, in one place (wherever that is), and as much as we try to hold it together as it is, we’re not being allowed.

Here are the main transits for this week:

 

Mon Apr 22 

23:07

Sun

02°32′

Conjunction

Uranus

02°32′

 

Tue Apr 23 

06:05

Sun

02°49′

Semisquare

Neptune

17°49′

Ch

Tue Apr 23 

16:55

Venus

03°40′

Conjunction

Chiron

03°40′

S

Wed Apr 24 

12:54

Pluto

23°09′

RETROGRADE

   

Vs

Wed Apr 24 

13:55

Mercury

09°51′

Conjunction

Vesta

09°51′

Fri Apr 26 

22:20

Moon

06°24′

Square

Sun

06°24′

 

Sat Apr 27 

07:23

Mars

17°47′

Semisquare

Uranus

02°47′

Sat Apr 27 

13:04

Mars

17°56′

Square

Neptune

17°56′

Mercury/Venus now in Aries, hovering over Chiron means things are about to move forward again, and there is much to soothe and heal through sharing inspiring words of love and beauty. As the Sun enters Taurus, even the Bull himself – the most inert, stable, innocuous character of them all feels like he’s been cooped up for far too long. As he approaches a conjunction to URANUS (Monday), he’s ready to break loose and rampage to freedom.

Every being has been trapped into its form for long enough. It bears the punishment of its form – the suffering of being this way and no longer able to be otherwise, and is ready to cut loose, erupt and explode with expressions of randomness as an act of rebellion from any troubling past forms.

[image: levi mandel]

In this final week of April, following the Libra Full Moon, with the masculine Sun/Mars heading towards the soul-dissociating Uranus/Neptune aspect, we are potentially moving through another spell of splitting off from our consciousness. Inside each psyche sits an elegant little mechanism which helps us to switch off from the incoherences and cruelties of being trapped into a fixed reality of being, mostly to stop us from going insane.

The problem with soul-dissociation is that it can leave us feeling numb and lifeless on the inside, incapable of contacting the rich feelings in our bodies and acting from a place of heart. We lose touch with the subtle feelings that bring us comfort and enjoyment – like they can no longer possibly satisfy or they seem hopelessly out of reach, even if we tried to feel them.

Our conscious mind is constantly trying to assimilate to its surroundings, correlate information, connect the dots in what otherwise seems like a random universe – one filled with abstract facts and confusing half-truths. At confounding times like this, our mind tends toward terrifying images of a new reality, pitching the soul into an uncertainty of its situation therein. This can either drive us mad or send us into an utter state of despair, causing us to shut out from the light, escaping into the relative safety of a deep emotional deadness.

[image: mikko raima]

It is important to maintain grounded contact with the exterior world. Grounding ourselves within our environment can mean finding things that stimulate our feelings; people who can excite and arouse our senses and sensualities. Over this next fortnight, remember to reach out and make frequent and necessary connections, stay in touch, and don’t let your soul disappear down the rabbit hole…

Before the end of April, JUPITER (10th), PLUTO (24th) and SATURN (29th) will have turned retrograde. All planets are now currently stationing, intensifying their effect upon a certain degree (24°♐21’℞, 23°♑09’℞, 20°♑31’℞ respectively). Jupiter and Saturn – archetypal arbiters of ‘society’, filter our perception of the exterior world. Their stationing will allow us to stop the world, take a chance to step off the great monkey-wheel out there and take a good introspective look at the inner world that we are ‘hoping’ to create.

So let’s step off for a moment. Take a look. See what you’ve managed to ‘accomplish’ here, on this earth, since last Sep-Oct. What have you contributed to the greater social realm that has been truly significant for you, especially internally? Did you make any headway into understanding how to best secure an emotional as well as a socio-economic footing in the world? Are you any clearer on how the system works, and do you feel like you have made steady gains in constructing a society that will serve you on both inner and outer levels?

[image: omar robles]

In this last closing of the current JU/SA cycle (2000-2020), Jupiter will continue to square Neptune (since January and again in June & Sep), then will conjunct Pluto (x3 in 2020) while Saturn conjuncts Pluto (April/May, and again in Jan 2020). As they turn retrograde it would feel as though many subtle, subversive, supernatural (beyond the mundane) influences are there to question your inner ability to integrate with the bigger picture – get a handle on who you are and where you’re at, asking who holds sovereignty and power over all the money and resources on this planet, and how much of a share you, as an individual, claim to own. Are you satisfied? Do you really feel it’s yours? Is your own piece of the pie a just and fair reward for all you’ve done?

Jupiter is about expansion of worldly knowledge and the integration of that knowledge to provide some meaning in our world. The square to ‘otherworldly’ Neptune creates much ambivalence and confusion about what we believe and what we wish to be true. The potent dreamworld that we wish to manifest becomes both the source of all limitless potential and also the main reason behind why we can’t actually achieve anything of substance. Dreaming not only feels enriching, but it can become an addiction to the point where life becomes just an unrealised dream. During much of 2019, dreams can remain just dreams – an interior wonderland into which we can retreat. This sucks up a lot of the energy which could otherwise be put to making things happen. As Jupiter turns retrograde, we get a chance to go back and look at all those forgotten promises and unaccomplished dreams, work out where we took off and left the planet, and if indeed we have the faith and fortitude to ever return, make something real of all the highfaluting hopes and schemes.

Jupiter’s transit through Capricorn and his conjunctions with Pluto (2020) will see a ruthless rise in ambitiousness and determination for certain driven individuals to do something of social significance – like a mad, self-important dash to reach the top, possibly even at the expense of the importance of everyone and everything else.

Saturn, on the other hand, governs the constriction and contraction effects – the opposite of Jupiter. It is the ‘parent voice’ of limitation and ‘knowing our limits’, serving as a barrier to progress until certain standards are met and tough lessons learned if we’re not up to scratch. In conjunction with Pluto, the road ahead demands that an inner transformation must occur if we are to succeed. As this year goes on, we may experience some degree of pressure and frustration in achieving objectives, mostly because we sense inexplicable, invisible blockages in our way. Subconscious forces that block and repress both social and spiritual progress must be brought to awareness and dealt with. To do this takes enormous effort and not everyone seems capable of making the shift. Many people are simply entrenched into the system, enslaved to their karma or resigned to ‘the way it has to be’.

Naturally, to the large mass of ‘unawakened’ folks, it seems that “during times like these” any ambitious idea for a sustainable solution might just disappointingly turn to crap. Therefore, we either don’t pursue it or start but tend not to follow through, since at some point something happens to ridicule or dismiss our efforts, causing us to lose faith when things start to sour, or we feel unsupported. When life hands you lemons, how do you deal with it?

[image: gaia barnatan]

One can say that all this is psychological – that these sour despondencies and bitter frustrations with current society are “all in your head”. But the sentiments and views we have of our current world are real, and our struggle seems reinforced when shared daily through our social contacts, to the point where we question where all the drive to become successful actually comes from (and what’s the whole point anyway?). By now, most intelligent people can sense that ‘big talk’ leads to ‘big nothing’, and ‘bigshots’ and ‘bigots’ are simply folks whose unaddressed issues fester and foment into social fears, doubts and worries about the future. These can be shut down, buried, masked over with inflated ideas of themselves, noisy campaigns about what they’re hoping to achieve.

It’s time now to stop and take a good look at what’s actually going on in our world and how we’re a part of it. If you are not actively working on making it a different place – somewhere where it’s all tangibly possible for all to enjoy to benefits and spoils of success, somebody else is and will continue to try.

Here, it is not necessarily the smarter or wiser guy who will step up and make the changes he wants to see. It will be the confident entrepreneur with a dream, or the ruthlessly ambitious guy who manages to bring his ideals and visions into a new practical form who gets the upper hand – and s/he may not necessarily as thoughtful or as conscionable as one might expect.

Those who succeed in this world are not necessarily smarter than you. They just have the courage and conviction to take charge, try out the things you might consider impossible, silly, or grossly corrupt. These are the ones who ultimately rule the middle earth – not you with your ‘modest, moral and socially just views’ but who shows no actual follow-through. If you just sit back and let them, they’ll steadily trample all over you, since they consider your inactivity a sign of weakness, resignation and permission for them to take the advantage.

“He in his madness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace”

― Mikhail Lermontov

As you sit still, reflect on what kind of world is developing around you, ask how much your lack of inner faith and the exasperation that “nothing you do matters anyway” gets in the way of true, progressive change… change you want to see but feel too shy, limited or powerless to enact.

[image: mikko raima]

If you see that you are slowly becoming swamped, then your likely ‘future’ is very easy to predict. You are called to make a phenomenal shift, and whether you see it and go with it or you reject, rebel or dissociate yourself from this call to intuitively adapt to what’s available to you is your choice entirely.

This is also an excellent time to gather ourselves and reflect on the greater, 20-year journey that began around May 2000. Look at how you got all caught up into its push and pull, its expansion and contraction patterns over money wealth and acquisition, see your gains and losses, your happiness and sadnesses. Reflect, see what you’ve done, and have a good cry then a good laugh…

Blessings, and have a great week…

© All rights reserved, Ang Stoic 2019

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How does your own journey fare in the year ahead?

Ang Stoic is an astrologer and cosmobiologist with 28 years study and experience in consultation and teaching in the field. Find out how cyclical timings of stellar influences can affect key decisions you make in every aspect of your life.

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One comment

  1. Wow AngStoic so well written and explained …and feel all of this and need to ruffle up my feathers … as no one is special but we are all unique and need to stand up …get up …and show up …have things to do ….been procrastinating enough

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