The astrology of April 2011 is the most intense and paradoxical of the year, urging us to be wholly engaged in the world and yet removed from it. How we navigate the times will teach us valuable lessons that can serve us well over the coming years…
“Just do it!” Fools certainly rush in the first week of April, when the Sun, Moon and four planets travel together through impetuous Aries. At its best, the zeitgeist will inspire you to power through obstacles and reach the next level; at worst, you’ll burn bridges you’re still standing on.
Other planets on the celestial dance floor offer their cautionary counsel. The Aries stellium is opposed by steadfast Saturn in balanced Libra. Before you leap, get a second opinion: ask your friends for a reality check. Although many may be in a hurry this month, Mercury is traveling retrograde until April 23. Enjoy exploring the possibilities of new ideas, but if you want to make ideas last, wait to commit until the retrograde ends.
But all this “busyness” is occurring over a deeper shift. April heralds beginning of an astrological sea change as Neptune wades into the waters of Pisces for the first time in 150 years. Neptune and Pisces both yearn for union, transcendence, and the knowledge that comes from personal revelation. The Neptune-Pisces message: Just be, and let wisdom bubbling from the stillness guide you.
By now you may be asking, “how do I reconcile these urges to “just do it” and “just be”? The juxtaposition of fire and water is captured artfully in the ancient alchemical term aqua ardens – literally “burning water.” Like the image of the burning bush, aqua ardens was a liquid that burned, yet did not consume. In A Circle of Quiet, author Madeleine L’Engle explores the paradox: the burning bush was not consumed because it was exactly what it was meant to be “ontological: essential: real.”
In a world of ever more demands on our time and attention, perhaps we are called to become like burning water: to ground our actions in what is authentic and essential, and let the rest dissolve away, so that we may act passionately without being consumed.