Quite a few people on Twitter are asking me about the Grand Cross of April 2014, which I’m happy to talk about here – except that we don’t actually have one. The old-school rules of Sun Sign astrology insist on exact aspects or precise, perfect numerical patterns to reveal anything major. We just don’t have that (at least not in a cross-shape) this month. What we do have – and what I will be concentrating on in your Cosmopolitan horoscope – is a handful of squares and oppositions, working quite apart from each other. No drama. Just a tight squeeze in a couple of areas of your life. But it will also squeeze the best out of you.
HOW THE OPPOSITIONS AND SQUARES OF APRIL ARE REVEALED IN YOUR COSMOPOLITAN HOROSCOPE
First, let’s get to the facts. There is no one moment when the planets line up in a perfect Grand Cross. However, there are a lot of tight, productive, sharp patterns in your horoscope. Jupiter in Cancer will oppose Pluto in Capricorn, exactly, at 00.26am London time on Monday 21st April. On the same day, at 8.20pm in London, Uranus in Aries will square Pluto in Capricorn exactly. The following day, Tuesday 22nd April, Mars in Libra squares Jupiter in Cancer at 8.27pm. Then on Wednesday 23rd, Mars in Libra will oppose Uranus in Aries at 8.08am and then move to square Pluto in Capricorn at 2.37pm.
THE EMPHASIS ON CANCER, CAPRICORN, ARIES AND LIBRA IN YOUR HOROSCOPE IN APRIL
Okay, so you have heavenly bodies in Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and/or Libra in your chart. The first thing to note is that there is no reason to slap your hand over your face in your own version of The Scream. The Jupiter-Pluto opposition on Monday 21st April is entirely kind to you. It sets the tone for the week. Basically, April 21st through 27th is the moment you had to have, in at least two departments of your life. And it may feel intense and it may pressure you to change, but be honest with yourself – these changes will ultimately benefit you, correct?
Pluto is involved in the clash with Jupiter on Monday 21st April so there will be questions about who is in control. Who is top dog. Who has the power – or how power is being used in a situation. In the original Roman myth (Jupiter versus Pluto) this was resolved through a unique power-sharing agreement which utterly transformed the state of play forever. Something very much like this is waiting to fall into place in at least one area of your life.
The other major player in all this is Uranus, the bringer of revolution and independence. Again, despite the intensity of April, the feeling is – something had to change. Without a profound tidal wave of ‘new’ and ‘different’ there would be no forward movement, no progress, and crucially, no genuine liberty for anyone, including you! I think you’ll feel this most strongly near Wednesday 23rd April at the Uranus-Mars opposition, following on the tail of the Uranus-Pluto square on Monday 21st April.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MARS IN LIBRA (AGAIN)
That’s Mars, painted below, trying to push and force his way into winning the game of love. He was basically a soldier, though, and wanted to win any game that was going – including the game of war. I’ve written about this insanely long Mars transit elsewhere on this website, but what you need to know about the week of April 21st is this; micro-management will work with this planet every single time. You are undoubtedly going to see pushing, pressuring, impatience, self-interest and all the rest reaching a white-hot peak in your life as these squares take hold. What Mars requires is a strategy. Like any soldier he wants to be told what to do.
On the world stage we are undoubtedly going to see North Korea (among other nations) take the bait – and I have also blogged about that here. In your own life, though, you can play Mars any way you want to. A long game of chess is a good idea. You don’t have to engage in the Mars process unless you want to. The trick, as so many astrologers have written down the years, is to walk away from the illusion that life is all about responding to heat with the need for speed. If you can micro-manage those Mars aspects that week, then you can walk away just fine.