April Fool’s Day coincides with this month’s New Moon, launching us into a period of innocent exploration or, what some might call, purposeful folly.
Impulses over the next two weeks could take us into uncharted waters. Following your instincts and allowing them to take you to new places is the name of the game. Collectively, we are called to be more authentic, more fearless, and open to possibilities without expectations for a certain outcome.
Just as with the Fool card in tarot, there is another lesson in being able to improvise when situations go awry. On April 12, the planet of expansion and abundance (Jupiter) merges completely with the planet of otherworldly connection (Neptune). This alignment can bring a great amount of optimism and compassion, a sense of mission and meaning, or even supercharged idealism. On the other hand, idealism can easily turn into confusion and delusion when taken too far. On the world stage, a Jupiter and Neptune-themed drama has been unfolding in recent weeks in Eastern Europe.
The Jupiter-Neptune confluence occurs once every 12 or 13 years, and the last time these two planets joined in the sign of Pisces was in March of 1856. That month, Russia signed a peace treaty with European powers, ending a long-running territorial dispute. By the April 16 Full Moon in Libra this year, the insistent, single-minded warrior in all of us takes a step back to receive insights on balance, fairness, and how to get along. History may or may not repeat itself, but having faith and seeking compromise will be relevant to everyone in April.
The latter half of the month is a time for taking care of business. With Mercury making contact with planets and points in Taurus, our minds may turn to more material themes, including flashes of practical brilliance or entrepreneurial ingenuity. Take all the time you need to gather facts and work out how you to manifest your ideas. Anything that is going to be sustainable requires a good foundation to stand on.
Your curious, inquisitive mind is stimulated by Mercury’s path through your sign. Use the first few days of the month to read up, tune in, and put things down on paper. The period before the Libra Full Moon on April 16 is likely to be high-energy and invigorating. Others make will make a bigger effort at spontaneity and you are in a position to lead by your example. Capture the partnership asteroid Juno’s supportive energies through April 20 by giving some structure to your love relationship. Meanwhile, a crone figure you respect can dispense much-needed wisdom.