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The Mood: Reckoning and Release

Special Feature by PSA alum Candace Kita.

After spending the past year journeying through the archetypes, April springs forth a new approach to my forecasts. This month, I am launching a series called The Mood — an exploration of the most prominent energies at play each month. Rather than detailing all of the specific transits and aspects over the course of each month, The Mood takes a birds-eye view of the astrological weather, giving space for all the faster-moving transits and aspects to add nuance and spice to the broader energies at play. The Mood is an art, a vibe, an intuition, a taste of the zeitgeist, and I hope it offers an approach to astrological writing and interpretation that is thoughtful, holistic, and fabulously creative. Enjoy!

After the diffuse, zany energy of March, April brings us back to clarity and focus. The sun’s rays are awakening, becoming stronger, more direct, and laser-focused in their task of guiding our earth into the birth of spring. We feel ourselves awakening, too, as the Sun, Mercury, and Venus leap through Aries and offer each of us a mini-rebirth — a personal renewal after the darkness of winter. We may feel our eyes open wider, our spirits brighter, our vision clearer, our thirst for light and life renewed.

However, the month is not so straightforward, as much as Aries — a sign that is so sincere and unabashed in its desires — would adore that. The month asks us for our bravery, courage, and accountability as the Sun, Mercury, and Venus square Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto in Capricorn does not play, and it demands that we reckon with the systems, rules, and regulations that are failing us. This aspect asks us to use Aries’ fearless qualities in service to both our individual selves and to our collective society. We have an opportunity to use the freshness of spring’s renewal to strengthen our resolve and renew our efforts to tackle our deepest structural issues, whether they be the pandemic, endemic racism, or all of the above. The vibe brings out the fight to survive, and the fight is not for one but for all.

While the force of this reckoning is challenging, the skies also gift us with an opportunity to release as the Sun, Mercury, and Venus proceed into Taurus in the latter half of April. Since we have sprinted out of the gate in Aries season, these planets’ march into Taurus offer us some respite if we are tired. Venus is especially comfortable in Taurus, and it encourages us to find rest, reprieve, and comfort and take care of our weary, battling bodies. Yet as the Sun, Mercury, and Venus plod through Taurus, they also come into contact with charged Uranus, who has been frustrated since its entry into the sign in 2018. While Uranus can be explosive, what would it look like to use an explosion to release, rather than simply to destroy? What if we used it as a way to be in deeper relationship with our bodies and with the earth? Of course, flipping a table for its own sake is always an option; however, this conjunction asks if we can release into pleasure and find new, innovative ways of refilling our cups and tending to our needs and desires. Release, rest, and renew the senses, for the journey is long, and take a moment to enjoy it.

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