This weekend the Sun has entered the earthy sign of Taurus. Taurus represents the great mother; her arms spread wide to nurture and ground us in sensual delights. This is a perfect segue into Easter … also said to be originally a goddess centered celebration. Rabbits and eggs are both symbols of fertility, and are likely a holdover from ancient spring festivals. And chocolate is about as Taurean as anything can get.
Many early religions were goddess centered, and most cultures and religions have stories about people (or gods) dying and coming back to life; the ancient Egyptian story of Osiris being one of many; of course the Christ story is what we commonly associate with Easter.
Easter falls upon the first Sunday after first Full Moon to occur on or after the Vernal Equinox, which some say links into the old Anglo-Saxon lunar calendar, and thus means that the date of Easter is derived from paganism. Another source insists that the date of Passover was 'basically the first full moon of Spring', and the basis for Easter is derived from the Hebrew lunar calendar, rather than an Anglo -Saxon one.
The meaning of the word Easter/Eostre/Ostara is 'opening buds'; also, and April has been linked to "apere" (open) in Latin, so it makes sense that, whatever the origins, this would be ‘opening-month.’
Many celebrations in April are connected to the resurgence of life that happens in spring, Christianity included, and even if it is a bit hard to pinpoint an exact genealogy to what we now call Easter, there is a consistent thread that runs throughout the varied mythologies. They all contain a profound message of hope and renewal. It is time to begin anew!
Which brings us to our current astrological forecast.
This is the weekend of the fourth exact Pluto Uranus Square. I have written a lot about this powerful aspect that defines these crazy times. If you scroll down over the last few posts you will get a good idea of the energies involved.
The New Moon in Aries a few weeks ago began an important opening in the ongoing pressure chamber we call the Cardinal Grand Cross. Pluto and Uranus, the main protagonists, have been at right angles to each other for a couple of years now. The last time these two movers were in such a powerful contact was the sixties; a time of profound personal, cultural and political change and unrest.
Now they are back to complete what they began at that time.
On Tuesday April 15th we had a Full Moon Lunar eclipse in Libra, exactly conjunct the North Node of the Moon (destiny point). This provided another moment of awakening, helping out the Grand Cross formation as it began to remove some of the old energies that are holding us back (see last post). There are two more eclipses to come, which means there will be more to release.
Everything is speeding up, and though the pressure is intense, there are indeed signs of hope … and renewal.
Venus with Chiron and Neptune in Pisces continue to bring us into direct contact with divine love and infinite mercy. Chiron activates feelings of vulnerability around our deep longing for love (Venus in Pisces) and Neptune draws us deep into our soul self where love reigns eternal. Both bring the message that, even in the midst of chaos and confusion and even great darkness, there is always hope. There is always light.
“Even at your darkest hour, I will not abandon you.”
Krisna to Arjuna: Bhagavad Gita
These archetypal gods and goddess are all reflections of the power of the infinite which resides inside of us. We are all sparks of the divine… and co-creators in this amazing life.
The 'Grand Cross' has been called the most significant astrological influence of our time. Although daunting and unsettling, this powerful astrology represents a gateway moment where we have the chance to rewrite the script of our life. As the crack in the cosmic egg widens and grows, anything and everything can happen. Count on it!