The Daily Astro for April 2, 2013

Mortar shell

The Daily Astro for April 2, 2013

by Valerie Sylvester


The Moon shifts from Sagittarius to Capricorn at 1:35 AM EDT. That’s like being catapulted from a helicopter and landing in the desk chair of a CEO of a major corporation. Just a slight change of scenery, and we have to adjust to the altitude change! One difference: yesterday the Moon was void; today’s it’s not, so we may find it easier to buckle down and tackle the dreaded “to do” list. The day begins with a Moon/Neptune sextile (8:48 AM EDT), so we start off like little hobbits, whimsical and industrious at the same time. Today is the kind of day where we may feel we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, where visions morph into reality.

Despite the Moon in Capricorn’s desire to keep calm, cool and more or less collected, its square to Uranus at 4:25 PM EDT sets the alarm bells ringing. Look at any interruptions (or eruptions) as harbingers calling attention to necessary changes and  pointing out areas in need of a revamp.  At 6:35 PM EDT the Moon sextiles Saturn, and as Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, it’s in sync. Here’s where we can settle into a solid groove while we work. We get serious about completing our projects; we feel good about being productive.

At 9:02 PM EDT, the Moon/Chiron sextile begins a period where we start to feel the energies of the Last Quarter Moon building. The Moon conjoins with Pluto at 9:10 PM EDT and the Sun, in Aries, square this Moon, also fits into the ongoing Uranus/Pluto dynamic. What this means is that this lunation (at 12:37 AM EDT), may serve as catalyst or trigger for some very powerful energies.

We’re dealing with cardinal signs here, and that means action. Last Quarter squares involve release, letting go, disseminating, disintegrating, and transformation, which ties into the Moon/Pluto aspect noted above.  I get a whiff of fin de siècle about today’s final aspects.  We’re inheritors of  some grand traditions that have supported us for a long time, but we’re entering a new era where the old rules and mores just aren’t relevant.

We see that something new is on the horizon  (the Moon/Uranus shock campaign), but we’re not sure about it yet. We’re tempted to hold on to the old because it seems safer, more secure. The past still haunts us and we’re not quite ready for future shock! We’re at the tipping point right now (as the Uranus/Pluto square reminds us), so use that cardinal sign energy to rebuild and restructure (Capricorn) until you wind up with something  (Uranus in Aries).  This one’s about releasing attachment. Think about an area where you feel restrained or held back. What needs to be done to free up this area of life? It’s like one of those Rube Goldberg drawings or the old kid’s game Mousetrap–lift one lever, and you set off a chain reaction that produces all kinds of interesting, unexpected happenings.


Sabian Symbol for today’s Sun: “An unsuccessful bomb explosion.”

Kozminsky Symbol for today’s Sun: “A bright steel cross-sword with a handle of gleaming copper, above it a heart of gold from which stream shafts of golden light”.

The Keyword for the Sabian Symbol is: “Impetuousness.”

The Keyword for the Kozminsky Symbol is: “Light.”

Today’s Symbols encapsulate current astrological themes nicely. This anarchic-sounding Sabian Symbol brings in the Uranus-Pluto “explosive” theme, and the keyword “impetuousness” is appropriate for those 4 planets currently in Aries. Since this is one of the “reversed symbolism” images, the flip side is being cautious, constructive, and doing nothing in haste, concepts that vibrate like today’s Capricorn Moon.

This Symbol is essentially a warning to think things through before acting. and that we need to understand the consequences of our actions. This bomb has not exploded; the plan has failed. Whether someone misjudged, made a mistake, designed the device improperly, or rushed the process, the end result is the same. There’s no indication as to who was bombing, or why, but obviously their hopes have been frustrated, which is a good thing for the people or places they were seeking to destroy.

The Last Quarter Moon triggering the Uranus/Pluto square can also mean we’re experiencing implosion rather than explosion. It relates to internal turmoil and obliterating the past. Since this Symbol ties in to poor planning and rushing or overlooking things, it’s a message that we need to change the way we operate and how we make changes. It also relates to anger simmering just below the surface that threatens to erupt and take over the personality. What are you holding back or “sitting on” that wants to burst forth? Is there a way to process this anger so the energy is used productively and not destructively? It can indicate a buildup of toxic energy that needs to be addressed. On the mundane level, we could hear today about a crisis situation involving poisonous or dangerous substances that have escaped their containers, or of course, some sort of bomb attack that fails.

The Kozminsky Symbol shows an alliance of Mars and Venus, which are both currently in Aries  (I’ll be talking about their union later this week). The sword is a Mars symbol and copper and the heart relate to Venus energy. As the heart is gold and emits golden light, the Sun is indicated.  Kozminsky says this Symbol “denotes bravery, love and sincerity”. It reminds me of the Ace of Swords card in the tarot with an Empress overlay.  Action is directed and guided on a foundation of love and understanding. It relates to honorable actions, generosity of heart and positive thought patterns (Ace of Swords). It’s a very dynamic and powerful symbol, reminding us that right action is based on love and understanding and not on brute force or negative motivation that leads to stagnation (the unexploded bomb).


2 of Wands / 10 of Wands

“The Hunter Is Captured by the Game.”

So we started off on the journey with a great deal of enthusiasm, determined to find our true place, our heart’s calling, got going on the quest, set it all in motion…and now what?  We got where we thought we wanted to go, but now we feel trapped. Fire energy likes to move, to keep burning, and we have 2 fire cards here.  Key concept:  combustible!

The 10 of Wands is associated with Saturn in Sagittarius, so there’s been a clampdown on the fire energy and someone’s burning out or feeling trapped. It’s gotten all too real!  We’re feeling overwhelmed, imprisoned, and somewhat defensive about the whole shebang. I can hear David Byrne here singing “this is not my beautiful house!”  There’s a clear relation here to the glowing sword of the Kozminsky Symbols (where we started) and the “unexploded bomb” in the Sabian Symbols (where we wound up). Here’s where we need to reassess what we’ve taken on and whether it’s even worth the effort.  Maybe there’s no room for spontaneity or playful discovery; everything’s become too rote and remote.

The 10 of Wands is a card that often comes up when corporate structures/companies are falling down (eating themselves from within) and of course this is a theme of the Uranus/Pluto square.  Nothing’s too big to fail (or fall). On some level we need to “downsize” and go back to the  beginning to rediscover the passion that drove us.

–April 2, 2013


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