Category: Transits

When Opportunity Knocks: Venus & Jupiter in Aries + Mercury in Gemini | April/May 2022

When Opportunity Knocks: Venus & Jupiter in Aries + Mercury in Gemini | April/May 2022

Key Points

New energy is coming this week that is ready to match your intention and your level of belief in yourself. All the learning and clarifying we’ve done over these last five months of deep introspection, healing, processing, and releasing, has made way for the new that’s now coming in.

Venus and Jupiter entering Aries in particular will be bringing in what’s next for us. What has happened over the past five months that has made you into a new person? How have you transformed? What in your life has been cleared away? This energy is ready to meet you where you are, so depending on how much space you’ve opened up in your life and what it is you let go of, that’s how much “new” you’ll receive. If you cleared out 5%, you’ll get 5%. If you’ve released something bigger, like a job or a relationship, then you’ve cleared out 50% or even more – so that’s what’s coming to you!

This energy is a burst of our soul blossoming forward into the open space that we’ve created. From here, it’s a matter of how much you believe in yourself. How self-centered are you? All this Aries energy begs of us to get self-centered – literally centered within ourselves – to align with our purpose, our whole reason for incarnating here in the first place. It asks us to honor our soul’s mission. To quote comedian Hannah Gadsby – “what is the purpose of your human?” As you ponder that, don’t talk yourself out of any dreams or grand visions before they ever even stand a chance of manifesting in the physical world.

We’ve been creating space for this new version of ourselves that we can feel is coming, and that we received a preview of during the Aries New Moon on April 1st. In natural harmony with all of this newness comes the insatiable curiosity of Mercury in Gemini, whose energy will have us following the yellow brick road of our curiosity as it divinely leads us to exactly the right information and insights at the right times to get aligned with our highest path.

Transit #1: Venus & Jupiter in Aries | May 2 & May 11, 2022

As we have this natural burst of who we are come forward and show itself to us, can you avoid talking yourself out of it?

We’re revisiting this theme from the New Moon in Aries on April 1st (watch that week’s livestream), which served as an intentional preview of the next leading-edge version of who you came here to be. Being a preview, we weren’t supposed to become this version of ourselves immediately or all at once. With the heavy Pisces energy still present in the first half of April, we were still deep in the dreaming phase and only now are we beginning to enter the “make things happen” phase. We’ve been doing what needed to be done to make space for what’s next, and “what’s next” is now knocking at the door.

The fortuitous duo of the Greater Benefic, Jupiter, and the Lesser Benefic, Venus, is known for bringing good stuff into our lives. In Aries, it’s here to take the intentional preview from the Aries New Moon and actually make it happen, unfold it into reality. This is a fiery burst to help us pursue our dreams.  Venus will remain here through May 28, while Jupiter’s stay will extend through October 28, when its retrograde takes it back into Pisces. On December 20th, Jupiter will re-enter Aries for another five month stint – so consider this round one!

This is a fiery burst to help us pursue our dreams.

This energy is essentially nuclear power for your soul, so take advantage of it while it’s here. These next five months, as well as the first five months of next year, are bringing a burst of energy to your dreams that seeks to actually make them happen in the physical. The motivation of Aries is to claim what’s rightfully ours, so feel the fire of your soul and let it lead you to what you were born to do, who you were born to be. When you get out of your own way, what will come forward?

Venus in Aries | May 2 – 28

Venus in Aries brings a focus on facing fears related to intimacy. In this case, facing the fear with Arien courage looks like stating our needs and communicating what we want. Venus in Aries is very aware of its own side of the situation and is very good at directness, bold truths, and courageous authenticity. This energy is not one for bottling up feelings (and if it does, beware the pressure cooker of steaming resentment that will eventually explode!) It has a highly passionate nature and requires you to move your energy or exercise, especially through Venusian channels like music and dance. There’s nothing quite like turning the music up loud and dancing your heart out to shake out the cobwebs!

On the shadow side of this energy is self-righteousness, which stands in the way of true intimacy, as well as an over-fixation on “your side” rather than discussing, learning, and listening. We may dramatize matters or feel like seeking revenge, getting even. A shadow aspect of Aries is winning at all costs, so if you find yourself in this sort of shadow space, try to focus on seeking forgiveness and acceptance instead.

Jupiter in Aries | May 11 – October 28

What’s essential at this time is having clarity of intention. Set clear intentions and spend time thinking about what it is that you truly want. The chances of you getting what you want right now are greater than usual – so ask! Ask for what you want.

This is an energy that is very good at bouncing back from adversity. It has a very high resilience, is highly spirited, and organically possesses a determined sense of courage. It creates a greater level of self-knowledge by asking us, “who are you really, and what do you really want out of this life?” helping us to see more clearly what is for our highest good and the highest good of all.

On the shadow side, something to beware of is a potential inflation of the Self to epic proportions. Our Self is meant to be inflated as we pursue our dreams and passions, but we aren’t meant to live in a vacuum. Reground into your clear intentions and point yourself back in the right direction of your dreams, staying mindful that this energy doesn’t over-expand your ego.

Transit #2: Mercury in Gemini | April 29 – May 23, 2022

Mercury will begin its retrograde on May 10, traversing back through the early degrees of Gemini and re-entering Taurus territory on the 22nd. It’ll then station direct at 26° Taurus on June 2 and head back into Gemini on June 14, then remain there through July 5. Overall, that’s 47 days that Mercury will spend in Gemini – not an insignificant amount!

To make the most of these 47 days, my biggest piece of advice is to beware of boredom. Your need for stimulation will likely be heightened under this transit, and you must feed your curiosity! Mercury in Gemini wants us to be open to whatever we’re curious about and not hold back from exploring it, even if you don’t have a “logical” reason to be doing so. It wants us to trust in curiosity as its own divine path. There’s so much divine timing included in what we become curious about – exploring our curiosities can give us the right information or insight at exactly the right time. This can only happen if we allow ourselves to give in and get curious, and Mercury in Gemini offers an ideal energy for just that.

Trust in curiosity as its own divine path.

Key energetic aspects of Mercury in Gemini are free association, discovering, hunger for new ideas and information, a high desire for conversation with others, light and airy in our thoughts and ideas, channeling, downloads of insight, attention having a life of its own, open-mindedness requiring psychic hygiene, asking “what if?” endlessly, a potential for overthinking, connecting the dots in a new way, and going broad rather than deep. To that last point, Mercury in Gemini covers a lot of ground!

A willingness to learn naturally comes with a willingness to change. The mutable air energy of Gemini works better with this than the fixed Earth of Taurus (hence the stubbornness of the bull), so really use these periods of Mercury in Gemini as a time to embrace the changes and new opportunities brought about by Jupiter and Venus in Aries and the current eclipse season. You can utilize this flexible energy to adapt more easily and joyfully to any new things that might be coming your way. When we explore our natural curiosities and learn new things, we consequently must change our belief systems and way of thinking to accommodate our new knowledge. And as they say – change your mind, change your life.

In Conclusion

“Fire burns intuitively. It just does.”

-Rick Levine

During this time with Jupiter and Venus in fiery Aries, allow its cleansing flames to intuitively burn down whatever isn’t true to your authentic self, whatever is holding you back from pursuing or embodying your deepest purpose here on Earth. The time is now to carry out the steps necessary to make our highest vision of ourselves (supplied by the Aries New Moon)  a 3D reality.

At the same time, let Mercury’s breezy jaunt through airy Gemini fan the flames of your inner fire, blazing new trails of desire and expanding your mental landscape, one controlled burn at a time. Like pruning, a controlled burn whisks away the old, dead, and no-longer-necessary foliage in tufts of smoke and ash in order to create a clear and fertile environment for new growth. Like a forest, let yourself be born anew in the flames, free to flourish in new and wonderful ways.

This is your moment. The Universe is matching 100% your belief in yourself! How ready are you?!

Article written by Maddie Billings; Content curated and presented by Carly Whorton

Making Way for the New: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus & Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn | April-Oct 2022

Making Way for the New: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus & Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn | April-Oct 2022

Key Points

This week, we’re taking a look ahead at the next six or so months as these transits, the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus on April 30 and Pluto Retrograde starting April 29, gradually unfold. There’s all kinds of energy creating big upgrades within us right now, and a swell of Earth energy is coming up to greet our dreams and new ideas, offering to make them into physical reality one piece at a time.

The New Moon Solar Eclipse happening in Taurus brings new beginnings that you will realize internally, and will pull in new waves of clarity around what it is you truly want. If you can’t see it in your mind, you can’t create it in Earth reality. This is prime time for receiving Divine inspiration and downloads. You may also be feeling a yearning for a greater sense of autonomy and self-reliance.

The other transit we’ll look at, which is also roughly six months long, is Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn, starting April 29 and lasting through October 8. This transit is likely to unearth some stuff, that “stuff” belonging to whichever house your end degrees of Capricorn fall within in your natal chart. This transit will have us seeing manifestations of existing structures of power and receiving clarifying insight for how to restructure in areas where our deepest self craves more power.

Transit #1: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus

New Moons are all about intention setting, and solar eclipses are typically where we, inside of ourselves, come to a new awareness, understanding, or level of clarity around our own desire. Anything that becomes manifest in the physical world is first dreamed of, imagined, conceptualized. What also must first occur is a clearing away of the old, of what no longer serves you. Luckily, the activation of Taurus with the New Moon Eclipse plus Capricorn with Pluto’s Retrograde (read more in the section below), comes one of the greatest skills of the Earth family (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) – pruning.

Pruning is the process of removing dead or overgrown parts of a tree or bush in order to free up space, energy, and nutrients for new growth. It’s trimming away the old to make way for the new. In the Earth realm, energy is finite. Each day we wake up with a certain amount of energy, and when that’s used up, we have to rest and replenish. If you’re giving energy away to things that drain it, giving no return on your investment, it might be time to prune back those branches. These energetic offshoots steal energy away from what truly matters – living our purpose.

Newly pruned tree in Carly’s yard

The waves of clarity brought about by this transit, because it’s happening in the sign of Taurus, will likely be happening specifically around the desire for deepening your sense of inner peace or of inner security (you could have all the money in the world and still feel insecure on the inside!) How secure are you in yourself? Even if you’re in a situation where all of your needs are met, who is meeting those needs? Is it you? Or are you depending on someone else to meet some of those needs? The feeling of true freedom, of inner liberation, grows when we nourish our autonomy, sinking into the truth that we ourselves are all we truly need to be okay and to get by. Others come and go, but you will always have yourself. Does that Truth feel good or limiting to you? Now’s a good time to really think (or journal!) about that.

Where does 10° Taurus fall in your chart? The house where this Solar Eclipse takes place for you will have a major stake in how this energy impacts you personally (not familiar with your birth chart? Pull it here.) The house placement will especially affect where the changes brought by the Eclipse will impact your life.

The eclipses almost always happen in the pair of sister signs where the lunar nodes are residing at the time. This is the second of the Taurus/Scorpio eclipses, the first being back in November 2021. So whatever houses you have Taurus and Scorpio in are the arenas of your life that the energy of this eclipse season will shake up. These areas are getting an overhaul, so be ready! There could be chapters closing, chapters beginning, and big changes happening in general.

Next up in the eclipse series is the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio on May 16. Lunar eclipses are said to bring external manifestations of any changes you’ve recently made in your life. You’ll manifest things that reflect who you are now. The New Moon helps us to clear the space for these new manifestations. They don’t happen immediately, however, but rather will unfold over the next six or so months.

Transit #2: Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn | April 29 – October 8

What’s the Why behind your vision? The seeds you plant are the fruit you’ll get. Plant the seeds of a life that feels good to live! If you didn’t plant happiness seeds, don’t expect to get happiness trees. If you planted money seeds, all you’ll get is money trees. Not satisfaction, not success – just money. Earthy Capricorn shows us our personal definition of success. So on a collective level, there can be corruption bubbling to the surface with Pluto in Capricorn. The shadow and darkness is already there – this is just its coming to the surface.

Pluto embodies the idea of “the only way out is through.” The ruler of death and rebirth, Pluto reminds us that endings and beginnings are all wrapped up into one – they’re inseparable. It represents the process of metamorphosis, where the caterpillar becomes the butterfly by first entering the cocoon and then becoming goo. For a period of time, the creature is neither caterpillar nor butterfly, but rather exists in the liminal stage between the two – a time of utter Becoming.

During Pluto’s retrograde, we (or the part of ourselves undergoing transformation) enter the “goo” stage, where we are no longer who we used to be, but are also not yet who we are to become. It sounds scary, but when you trust the deep inner Knowing that assures you you are about to become a butterfly, you surrender to the metamorphic process as something to be embraced, admiring its pure magic amidst the nebulous uncertainty.

Pluto also represents Power – the power that we already have, the power we’ve given away, and the power we’ve yet to discover. Our limitations are as large as our self-empowerment is small – so how empowered are you? This transit is an invitation to claim more of your personal power. We’ll be presented with manifestations of our existing power structures, giving us the chance to determine what’s working and what isn’t.

These manifestations will likely look like oppression, people bossing us around (or trying to), being taken for granted, or other abuses of power. The knee jerk reaction to this kind of instance might be to feel powerless in the situation, but the opportunity lies in reclaiming your power from it. Keep in mind that these people and situations are showing up in your life to provide you with this incredible opportunity, even though it may not feel like it at the time. They’re holding your power, right in front of you, in order for you to take it back, and that’s something to be grateful for. If you’re not sure where to start with reclaiming your power, start by honoring your sacred No, and say NO to whatever doesn’t feel good.

In Conclusion

All this energy in Taurus and Capricorn (which is also being sextiled by dreamy Pisces) sets the stage for the amazing combination of knowing our own divinity in a more profound way than ever before and grounding it into the physical where it can come alive.
Our primary focus at this time is first to embody our own divinity. Claim your power. Stand in it. Speak your truth. Own your authenticity. Our secondary focus is on this question: How can I reallocate my energy within my life to “vote for” structures that embody the divinity within me, the divinity that I embody?

Article written by Maddie Billings; Content curated and presented by Carly Whorton

Practicing Presence: Sun in Taurus + Mercury, Uranus, North Node Conjunctions | April / May 2022

Practicing Presence: Sun in Taurus + Mercury, Uranus, North Node Conjunctions | April / May 2022

Key Points

During the Sun’s stint in Taurus, it will make conjunctions with Uranus, on May 5, and the North Node on May 13. With all of this energy in Taurus, our patterns will be coming to the surface where we can really see them. Taurus is a very consistent and repetitive energy, making its energy more prone to getting stuck in comfortable ruts. This Taurus season will place a spotlight on these comfortable ruts and the patterns, habits, and routines they create in our life, which may have already outlived their usefulness.

Both Uranus and the North Node are dedicated to helping us make any necessary changes to fuel us onto our highest path. Taurus isn’t too interested in change, since it’s comfortable with being, well, comfortable – hence the classic Taurean reputation of being “stubborn.” It wants to find what works and just keep on doing that. So with the Sun’s conjunction to both Uranus and the North Node during this time, the possibility to make changes is much more real. 

With Mercury coming in and conjuncting both Uranus (April 18) and the North Node (April 23 and again on June 3) as well, change is not only possible but nearly inevitable. Though Taurus may dig its heels into the comfortable patterns a bit as you attempt to bring change to them, the energy of Taurus season is also the reason why we’re able to see these patterns so clearly at this time. Thank you, Taurus, for showing us the Wisdom of our Ways! There is always something to be learned about ourselves from the ways in which we live our lives, and without this awareness, change is not yet possible. This is what makes the combination of comfy Taurus and changemakers like Uranus, the North Node, and Mercury (and the upcoming eclipses) so powerful, brightly brimming with the possibility of positive change. 

These changes that are being revealed to us can, for the most part, be implemented in our own time. They’re for your soul’s highest good, yes, but they won’t take place overnight. You get to be the marshal of their unfolding. First comes stepping outside of our comfort zone, then acknowledging the changes as being for our highest good, and then energetically leaning in that direction, bit by bit, trusting that these changes will lead to higher pleasure and enjoyment out of life as we live more in alignment with our Truth. Taurus may be resistant to change, but when it does, it does so incrementally, shifting one degree each day in the direction of the change needed, helping us to remain present and calm throughout the process.

Transit #1: Sun Enters Taurus (April 21 – May 20)

Taurus season is upon us with its earthy, comfy simplicity (read more about Taurus here.) In this season, we slow down to smell the roses. Why? Because they smell good! And smelling that goodness creates an enjoyable and pleasurable experience, which is quite important to the sensual Bull. 

Are you living as pleasurable a life as you think you are? Enhancing your Taurus energy is a great place to begin the process of comprehending your current level of life enjoyment, and if it doesn’t match your preference, then taking measures to improve it. If you find yourself settling for less-than-satisfactory options, Taurus is here to encourage you to pass up the things that don’t strike your fancy, and instead wait for something that does. 

You can start getting into your Taurus energy by getting into your body. This is extra important if you’re currently feeling disconnected from your body, hating on it, or just dragging it around with you, living mostly in your head. Start with Breath, Sound, Movement, and Touch (watch a video about this concept here) and scan your body often for any tense or clenched muscles, relaxing them intentionally each time you notice one. When we disconnect from our body, our life force leaves with us. Bringing your awareness back into your body brings literal Life back into your body, back into the present moment. This is Embodiment, and it’s where the higher frequencies of Taurus energy invites us.

With this, we’ll naturally have better trust in our gut instincts while the Sun is in Taurus. Follow your instincts and see what happens, then act against your instincts and see what happens. How do they each feel? Taurus wants us to get familiar with the visceral feeling of trusting our gut and to pay attention to the results we get, hopefully encouraging us to trust it more and more over time.

Which seeds of your soul do you want to plant and grow? Taurus wants us to plant and grow the seeds of inner peace, of simplicity and enjoyment of life. We’re slowing down to really explore the depth of the present moment we’re in. Taurus is engaging us in a deeper and deeper and deeper state of presence, thus nudging us further into enjoyment and appreciation of our current reality. This is the simple power of presence – that when Presence builds, so too does Appreciation.

Transit #2: Sun & Mercury Conjunctions with Uranus & North Node in Taurus

Uranus and the North Node are both bringers of change and instigators of improvement, shaking us out of our habits and patterns and pushing us onto our highest path. Mercury will conjunct Uranus April 18, bringing innovative insights you’ve never thought of before. This is an ideal energy for rewriting and realigning your story of who you are. With the two parts of our mind coming together, higher mind Uranus and lower mind Mercury, our personal narrative will be in the forefront of our awareness. Is the story you’re telling yourself, about yourself, holding you back or propelling you forward? If it’s holding you back, now’s the time to find a new way to tell it that feels good to you and doesn’t box you into your limitations.

Mercury is consistent, while Uranus comes in bursts, explosions. Uranus gives us the download of who we could be, how we could be better, and Mercury helps us process that information and slowly integrate it. We could feel resistant to change, but don’t forget that this all happens in your own time. If Uranus drops a major revelation in your sphere, don’t feel like it all needs to happen immediately.

When Mercury conjuncts the North Node on April 23, it will come with a cosmic or karmic message for us to deliver or receive. It is a boost of empowerment to our voice, bringing our Taurean sense of inner peace into the vibration of our voice. New curiosities may be opening in your world or new hobbies unlocked, the discovery of which serves to show us our true potential in terms of intelligence. As Albert Einstein famously says, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” You won’t know how brilliant you truly are if you haven’t found your “thing” yet, and this energy can help point you toward just that.

The Sun will be conjunct Uranus on May 5, highlighting Uranian themes of innovation, spontaneity, and radical self-actualization. With this conjunction, you can expect to experience either a boost to your authentic self, a re-energizing of your authenticity, or an illumination of the shadow patterns that are holding you back from truly Embodying your authentic self. It’s a very uncompromising energy, expressing your Soul Self without hindrance. In this space, self-awareness is traded for the even purer and truer state of just Being. Of being so tuned in to your body and so fully present that there’s nothing to really even be “aware” of – you’re just going with the flow of life.

With the Sun conjunct the North Node on May 13, it naturally opposes the South Node at the same time (since the Moon’s Nodes are always opposite one another,) which highlights any patterns of holding ourselves back from shining our light in the world. This positioning is showing us our heart’s desires as well as our resistance to expressing them. We’ll be able to see this internal push-and-pull dynamic fully illuminated. With this illumination, your desire to shine your light may be more pronounced, so when all the doubts, limiting beliefs, and inner criticism come out to shut that down, pay attention. Take a good look at these things that are holding you back from owning your authenticity. The concurrent courageous energy of Mars in Pisces (April 15 – May 24) can help us to step outside of those limiting beliefs and take a step closer to embodying our inner light.

In Conclusion

With all of this action happening in Taurus, the main idea is getting in our bodies and tuning in to their sensations. Do whatever you need to do to calm yourself. Allow your body to relax and let your defenses down. Remember – Breath, Sound, Movement, Touch. Every day. 

Slow it down and indulge in divine Presence. You don’t have to do this all day every day, but be mindful to carve out time for it each day. Only in the present moment can healing truly take place, and without this step, the transformation remaining from all of the recent Pisces energy can’t fully integrate. Bringing your awareness, your life force energy, into your body in the present moment will enhance your cultivation of inner peace. Steep yourself in the eternal moment and feel that heavenly wave of “ahhhhh” wash over you.

From here, true transformation toward our highest, brightest, truest, and best selves is not only possible, but inevitable.

Article written by Maddie Billings; Content curated and presented by Carly Whorton

Planting Seeds: New Moon in Aries & Mercury in Aries | March/April 2022

Planting Seeds: New Moon in Aries & Mercury in Aries | March/April 2022

This is a phase of new beginnings, and it’s all about dreaming big.

Big dreams, visions, and ideas can certainly be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember the words of Lao Tzu, who said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Honor yourself in this phase of new beginnings by being willing to look no further than one step ahead at a time. The rest will fall into place as it is meant to. Looking ahead to May, Jupiter will join the Aries party and will bring big, expansive energy to these new seeds and sprouts that we’re nurturing right now. So for now, leave your seeds in peace by letting yourself dream as big as your heart can handle, and have trust in the Universe that it will all come together in divine time

“Within the seed of your desire is everything necessary for it to blossom to fulfillment. And Law of Attraction is the engine that does the work. Your work is just to give it a fertile growing place in order to expand.”

-Esther Hicks

Beginning March 27th and lasting through April 11th, Mercury will be in Aries, triggering honest communication and bringing our fire close to the surface. During that window, a New Moon in Aries will take place on April 1st, adding to the mix an air of clear revolutions around our freedom and independence, giving us a preview of who we are meant to be.

Are you ready?

Aries Overview

Aries season is about knowing the “fight” that lights your soul on fire. When we’re in Pisces season, we merge with the All. When we come back around to Aries, to the light half of the year, there is a regathering of all of our own identity. In Aries energy, we are encouraged to pull our energy back toward ourselves, to go fight the fights that truly matter to us. 

As are many elements of human life, the astrological year is a cycle. We’ve made a whole trip around the sun, once again, in the cyclical wheel of the zodiac. This Aries season, we are all older and wiser than last Aries season. So who are you now? What matters to you now? It’s time to reassert who you are and what you believe in. Put yourself back into the creative conversation. These are the seeds we plant that will grow all year long, so be the gardener of your own soul.

So what’s the first step to knowing who you are? Self-discovery! Anything with the word “new” in front of it is your best friend in the process of self-discovery. If you aren’t sure what your Arien “fight” is, then just try new things, observe your reactions, and take note of how you feel.

What’s the Fight that sets your soul on fire?

Aries implores us to dig deeper when it comes to this question.

Aries sometimes receives criticism for being self-centered. But self-centeredness is actually a protection mechanism, as it increases the chances that you will find success in pursuing your life’s work and of manifesting your dreams in the world. Every moment you spend focusing on yourself, the chances of that happening increases. Of course, balance is needed in focusing on the self and focusing on others. Selfishness is not only useful but necessary, and Aries helps us step into that important energy.

Spend some time alone, take yourself on solo dates or vacations – become your own best friend. Aries is the individual of the Zodiac, and that can feel lonely sometimes. But by acknowledging the validity of your own presence and spending time genuinely witnessing that presence, you can become your own best friend who never leaves your side, always there to support you and honor you. The highest frequency of self-centeredness is self-trust, self-love, self-valuation and self-validation. Filling up your own cup so that you can pour from it freely and generously. During Aries season, sense the difference between unhelpful selfishness and empowered self-focus.

Moon Overview

The Moon is the ruler of the 4th House and the 4th sign of Cancer. It represents our emotions, sensitivities, intuition, and dominant mood or attitude. It’s an emotional filter, kind of like Mercury is our mental or perspective filter (read more about Mercury below.) We all process life’s emotions differently, in both how we make sense of them within ourselves and how we express them out into the world. No two people feel the same way.

It also represents your mothering instincts, which we all have, regardless of sex or gender. It’s how caring we are toward ourselves and others. The Moon is the great healer, creating the feeling of “glad to be alive.” Overcoming hard things to come back to a place of gratitude in our lives. If you can’t feel, you can’t heal. The Moon rules over and guides this process.

If you can’t feel, you can’t heal.

Transit #1: New Moon in Aries at 11° | April 1, 2022

This April Fool’s Day transit is no joke! It’s time to take our deepest dreams and soul-level visions seriously, no matter how far-fetched or unattainable they may seem. Taking them seriously means to let them exist, let them reside in the big, nebulous unknown and instead of trying to figure it all out, just let it be. This New Moon energy tells us that if you can see it, you can get there, and encourages us to not let the limitations of the physical become our limitations or excuses. 

This is an intentional preview of your leading-edge self. Claim it!

If you have a vision of who you want to be in this world, Aries fervently believes that you deserve to make that manifest. In truth, your dream is really Source’s dream, seeking manifestation in the 3D world through you. Believe that your dream does matter, no matter how big or crazy it may seem, and honor your inner Aries by supporting yourself in actualizing your own dreams.

The New Moon is the “teacher” phase. New beginnings, planting seeds, setting intentions, initiations, activations. New Moon in Aries means tuning in to what your heart has been called to do. To live in an honorable way, whatever that means to you. It may create a sense of urgency or a drive to win, however, so be aware of those feelings and don’t let them lead you astray. Be aware of bursts of anger or feeling the need to vent, too. Our fire will be a little closer to the surface than usual, so make sure to be lovingly mindful of that.

Mercury Overview

Mercury rules two signs – Gemini, its masculine face, and Virgo, its feminine face. It is the fastest moving planet with the closest proximity to and quickest orbit around the sun – thus it represents the speed of thought. Thoughts move much faster than we can verbalize them, and studies have even shown that most people have over 6,000 separate thoughts per day. This also means that Mercury goes retrograde more frequently than any other planet (3 – 4 times per year) meaning that it appears, from our perspective here on Earth, to take on a backward motion through the cosmos and backtracks through the sign(s) it most recently traversed. 

Mercury is also known as the messenger of the gods, taking on the archetypes of the teacher and the storyteller – both of which are inextricably intertwined with speaking. Mercury is communication. Data in, data out. Processing information and input. The planet itself represents a mirror, showing you exactly what is. No bias. No agenda. Just what is. No person is a perfect mirror containing no biases – we can’t help it! That’s because our planets are each in signs, and our natal Mercury placement tells us how we pay attention. The sign and house where our natal Mercury is located tells us how, when, and why we pay attention. We all take in the world through our own unique filter, and Mercury can help us understand our “data in” lens.

Before we speak, we learn.

That is the path of Mercury.

Transit #2: Mercury enters Aries | March 27 – April 11

Since Mercury will be direct during this transit, it will only spend 15 days here in Aries – just over two weeks. That’s not very long, so be sure to make the most of this small window of energy while you can!

When Mercury hangs out in the fiery and primal realm of Aries, it takes on a communication style that is straightforward, honest, and direct. The way we’re inclined to communicate may feel more like “thinking out loud” than usual. As the first sign, Aries is the child of the Zodiac and therefore embodies the matter-of-fact nature in which children often speak. Kids tend to say what’s on their mind! There’s power in this frankness, so there’s also a need for caution. 

“Your word is the power that you have to create; it is a gift.”

Don Miguel Ruiz

Mercury in Aries can bring fights to the surface, but it can also bring voice to your self-discovery process. In any relationship in your life where you’re walking on eggshells, ask yourself why. Is it for the comfort of the other person, or for the sake of the relationship? This Mercury in Aries is a moment to put that in its place. If you’re not ready to say your piece, voice your authentic self, then you may need to avoid those situations until this transit has passed. However, do consider what speaking your truth might sound like and if this might be the right opportunity to say your piece. 

Within this energy of being truthful with others also comes the energy of being truthful with ourselves. Unlike Mercury itself, no person is unbiased. One of the major learning opportunities during this time is to confront your own biases and assumptions openly and directly, so that you can ultimately be more honest with and true to yourself. When we elevate our perception of ourselves, we’re much more able to provide ourselves with the support we need to pursue our dreams. It’s time to be on your own team.

Protect your dreams, and if you need to learn to better enforce your boundaries in order to make your dreams possible, now is the time to focus on that. Remember that some things have to vacate before the new can make its way into our life. Mercury in Aries can help us assert our needs or boundaries in order to clear out what no longer serves us and to create space for what does.

In Conclusion:

All this Aries energy is telling us to believe in our dream, in our vision – and the universe will take care of the rest. What’s the point? Where am I going? What’s the goal, the vision? Now is the time to get clear on these things. 

This big energy moving through Aries turns up the volume on these themes, and then when April 12th rolls around with the Neptune and Jupiter conjunction in Pisces, there’s an opportunity for big release of what’s no longer serving your vision, your highest path. 

Self-trust in this time is huge. Allow your big vision to be big. No matter how unattainable it might seem. Just let it exist. There will be overwhelming dreaming followed by big release, and it’s all setting the stage for major, major upgrades to come in our lives and in the world around us.

Check out this week’s Astrology & Coffee Livestream to dive much deeper into these current astrological transits, the Aries New Moon and Mercury in Aries, plus further discussion of the upcoming Jupiter in Aries transit.

Article written by Maddie Billings; Content curated and presented by Carly Whorton

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These next four weeks will have big energy moving through the cosmos and our lives. The Jupiter conjunct Neptune transit in Pisces brings unbounded water energy, plus the cardinal-fire energy of Aries with its electric, primal life force energy is sure to bring visionary clarity to the big question of – who are you, really?