The New Moon is on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 1:24 am CDT in 11° Aries. This New Moon in Aries gives us a burst of energy to start new projects or pick up ones that went dormant during the dark winter months.
Don't try to force your way to greater productivity though. Mars, the ruler of Aries, is conjunct Saturn on April 4 in 22° Aquarius. The two keywords related to projects combined with this aspect are aggravation and frustration. Aesop's affirmation of "slow but steady wins the race " may be helpful.
Mars conjunct Saturn can manifest in injuries that leave scars. Be cautious for the next week or so with both sharp and heavy objects. Keep in mind that words can also be sharp and heavy - and those can leave scars too. Your responsibility is to be verbally non-violent. However, you have no obligation to take to heart the harsh or discouraging words others say to you.
Jupiter conjuncts Neptune on April 12th in 23° Pisces. That planetary conjunction in Pisces is a rare aspect that happens only once every 160 years. The symbol of Jupiter (wisdom) and Neptune (inspiration) coming together is excellent for going deeper into meditation and other spiritual practices. It is also good for the study of sacred scripture, as deeper meaning can be revealed at this time.
On a practical level, Jupiter and Neptune together in Pisces can mean flooding and water rising around the world. A recent news story talks about a huge ice shelf melting and collapsing in Antarctica, for example. Neptune in mythology is the god of the oceans and Jupiter the god of lightning and thunder, so some storms (actual or symbolic) are likely.
I gave a lecture at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in December 2021 that included more on the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction. The part with the Jupiter Neptune conjunction starts at about the 10 minute mark.
The Full Moon is on Friday, March 18 at 2:17 a.m. CDT in 27° Virgo. This is a time when we find ourselves drawn to the details in life. Sometimes it is breaking down a large volume of information into smaller chunks in order to more easily digest the material. Sometimes it is taking our big (and often overwhelming) projects and begin with the tiniest essential next step in order to get going.
Full Moon in Virgo can also bring a focus on health and nutrition. Neptune in Pisces opposing the Moon can make us over-idealistic, looking for some type of perfection in our food choices. Instead of radical changes, try to improve food decisions over time. To improve your food on a subtler level, consider adding a prayer, blessing or thought of gratitude before eating.
The Vernal Equinox is on Sunday, March 20 at 10:33 a.m. CDT with the Sun at 0° Aries. This can be considered the beginning of the astrological year. Affirm and visualize your highest goal for the year ahead.
I was so sad to hear that astrologer Alan Oken recently passed from this earthly existence to the next. He was a light on the path of astrology through his writings and teachings. His books were part of my early studies back in the 1970s. He brought both the mystical and the practical into his talks and seminars. Here is an interview with Alan via The Astrology Podcast done in 2019.
Marcia Sacks is an astrologer in the Kriya Yoga tradition.