By Angel Lopez:
Aries Season is on, full throttle, at the start of April. It’s a time for new beginnings, when you can bring old projects, ideas, relationships, and ways of being in for a landing and start to ponder and identify your next direction. Anything that’s already in process will get an infusion of new energy too, bringing it further along toward more tangible fruition. If you’re experiencing a breakdown or hold-ups in any areas, you may just want to reconsider if it’s actually still worth pursuing. It could be the Universe whispering, or shouting, that it’s time to move on. Instincts are key to pay attention to now. So are tempers, as they may want to flare. Know that you don’t have to raise your voice to get an opinion across. You just need to raise the frequency.
Do your best to lean in to self-love, empowering actions, standing up for yourself, being unafraid, passionate vibes, and people who recognize your greatness and support your ascension to your best self.
This energy comes into intense focus on the Aries New Moon on April 11th, when your personal growth gets a generous nudge from the sign of fiery assertion. The Sun and Moon are joined there by Mercury, the planet of thought, Venus, the planet of connection, and Chiron, the asteroid of deep inner healing. Together, this band is all about initiation and courage, which brings to mind the warrior spirit of Aries. You may be embarking into some new terrain, and there may be a war of sorts to wage, whether it be with another or within yourself. Be brave in your actions and pure in your intentions, and you’ll see some progress made. However, you may have also been experiencing some sensitivities around your goals and in trying to spearhead them, so this can be a really good time to release any ego connection and just forge on, haters be damned. If anyone presents challenges, you may need to evolve your response style. When in the past you may have caved to pressure, now is the time to make your thoughts heard. This New Moon is a good time to use some cleansing herbs to release whatever’s held you back in the past and to light a candle to metaphorically ignite the flame of the new.
On the 14th, Venus shifts into Taurus, where she likes to settle into what she’s doing and approach it with more ease and finesse. The bright passion of her time through Aries was fruitful with ideas, but now it’s time to be productive. She wants to partner with those who have some creative vision. There’s also a chance here to make connections that provide you some stability and practical application for the tasks at hand. Things can get done in a very real way right now, so just try to harness the energy and make it work for you. And make others work for you while you’re at it. You can be supported right now, so reach out if you’d normally keep your needs to yourself. People want to help you. This encouragement is in the air through the 18th, so take advantage of it.
Taurus Season sets in on the 19th, which is amplified by the Sun and Mercury both shifting into the sign that day. This is the time for a more grounded approach in your actions and to sink more deeply into any of the personal shifts you saw come up for yourself during Aries Season.
It’s still important to trust your instincts and lead with passion, but you don’t have to feel so aggressive in trying to manifest accomplishments. You should lounge when you need to. Eat some good food. Focus on looking and feeling your best. Work is important, and you’ll make the time to get things done, but slow and steady is more the name of the game during this time.
From the 22nd through the 25th, you’ll find creativity and inspiration taking center stage. Now that doesn’t mean you’ll drop everything and finally take up that knitting project (though maybe?). You’ll find yourself itching to take a more creative approach to your life in general.
Living by the status quo of your usual routine will feel uncomfortable, so you should do what you can to honor this disruptive energy and allow some go-with-the-flow vibes to take hold.
You may connect with an old friend in a surprising way or feel compelled to share some feelings you didn’t even know you had. A good way to connect with this energy is to also connect with nature however you can. Get outside of your four walls and be inspired by the fresh air of life.
This month ends with the Scorpio Full Moon on April 26th. This always wants to be an emotional one, but in a purging kind of way. You don’t have to hold on to any feelings that are keeping you from moving forward. Tap into what comes up for you and find some healthy, perhaps even creative, ways to release it. Scorpio brings up things from the past, so don’t be surprised if you still have to grapple with some issues that you thought were in the rearview mirror. Trust that your heart is equipped to deal with it if you allow yourself to feel all the way into it. By the way, it isn’t always the most challenging emotions that we have to allow in. Some of us have trouble letting joy and success in too. If something positive shows up, consider what it is that challenges you from letting all of that goodness in. Taurus is ruled by Venus, so she’s all about love.
Do what you can to end this month by opening your heart up to all of life right now. You deserve to be fully alive, in all of its richly sweet and complicated glory.
Angel Lopez is a film producer, writer, astrologer, and co-host of the podcast, THE SPIRITUAL GAYZ alongside his husband, our Spiritual Guru Brandon Alter. Angel has been studying and working with both tarot and astrology for twenty years. He hosted the astrology web-series, ASTRO TALK WITH ANGEL, and writes the blog ASTROLOGY REALNESS. He has also had pieces published on Upworthy.com and The Huffington Post.
On the film side, Angel produced the Sundance Film Festival award winning film DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, as well as the features THE DINNER and STATE LIKE SLEEP. He also wrote and directed his own short film, I CAN’T WITH YOU, which had its premiere at the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, and he recently finished producing filmmaker Justin Simien’s second feature, BAD HAIR.