Daniel Sowelu looks at our stars
for April 2008.
Sun in Aries begins this month with a close conjunction
with the asteroid goddess, Pallas Athena, and both are
rather pointy in their energy and symbolism. The trademark
warrior energy of Aries, impetuous, direct, aggressive
and pioneering, is both amplified and moderated by the
subtler, multilayered Pallas. As a goddess of battle,
she adds more strategic and measured responses than
the brash, charging Ram. The same applies to her famous
protector roles. Nevertheless, they are a formidable
combination and will fight when necessary. But Pallas
adds much subtler dimensions to the spear symbolism
of the two, as both goddess of culture and of healing.
As patron of the arts, she brings creativity and focus
to all forms of human cultural expression. On deeper
levels, she has the power to direct the creative expression
of the ancient feminine through the use of serpent/kundalini
energy and all its healing and spiritual mysteries,
specialising in using concentrated thought to guide
Shakti or spiritual power.
In Aries, then, the creative and assertive energies
of this will seek expression - some subtle, some dynamic,
in the name of following one's own truth and individuality.
But this highly charged combination will meet significant
frustration, through squares to Mars and Medusa in Cancer.
We can expect some collisions with deeply buried and
often irrational levels of anger, opportunities for
identifying self sabotage mechanisms stemming from unresolved
and deeply emotional experiences from the past. The
frustration has the effect of pushing these to the surface,
like a boil. While disempowering in its suppressed state,
this healing can, paradoxically, add great potency and
wisdom to the individual's drive towards creative success.
The streak of individualism in the above and for the
month is counterbalanced by a strong focus on relationships.
Firstly, Venus is conjunct Mercury in Pisces, emphasising
the desire and the need for better communication between
loved ones, for the seeking of clarity in the subtler
emotional realms of the heart. This is particularly
significant as relationships continue to be a focus
for great challenges and real growth.
Secondly, Uranus and Vesta are also conjunct Venus.
This a contradictory and confusing combination, especially
in Pisces, as the former heightens individualism and
the need for often radical change in relationships,
while the latter is about containment, commitment and
focus in whatever she touches. Out of the resulting
soup, attempting to combine wizard and priestess, at
its best can emerge a commitment to change one's relationships
and one's inner relationship dynamics. Ultimately, it's
about the freedom that comes from healthy containment.
That all four bodies, Mercury included, sextile Jupiter
in Capricorn beautifully emphasises the possibility
for change that is real and substantial. Yet it also
releases tremendous energy and vigour into your current
The potential for great healing and transformation
is further reinforced and deepened by the goddess of
marriage, Juno, crossing that dark god of death and
rebirth. This also supports the removal of much psychological
deadwood from our relationship pasts, whatever their
origins and in no uncertain terms. It is a particularly
ruthless combination for facing the raw truth of things,
so that real change and healing can happen. This is
also a powerful combination sexually, having some very
tantric intonations with all the lower chakra energies
involved. This is mirrored by a conjunction of Hygeia
in early Taurus with the Eros asteroid in late Aries,
an alignment specifically for sexual healing by linking
up our erotic responses with the serpent energies of
the deep feminine. In fact, Hygeia is considered to
be the healing face of Pallas Athena, bringing our conversation
For the lovers of Indian cosmology, another very interesting
lineup this month is the presence of the Shiva asteroid
exactly midway between Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius.
Astrologically, Shiva is also reflected in both Neptune
and Pluto, a phallic and a moon deity who is both wild
man and perfect yogi. Like most of the major asteroids,
he is a higher octave of his associated planets. I tend
to see him as an expression of the deep, sacred masculine
and as consort and equal to the dark goddesses like
Lilith, Hecate and Persephone in power and wisdom. His
is also an image of the masculine who is at the centre
of great cosmic forces and who is perfectly still at
that centre despite the dramas. Psychologically, he
represents a very still and yet empowered place within,
whatever is going on in one's world. That he is at the
midpoint of Chiron and Neptune speaks of this part of
self undergoing great healing and potential reconnection.
This is also a much needed process, particularly for
men, to counterbalance the re-emergence of the sacred
feminine as it's not for nothing that tantra speaks
of the Shiva/Shakti relationship. For a man to be able
to truly meet his women as an equal, comfortable with
his own potency and with hers, he needs to be able to
call on his Shiva energy. Jaya Shiva!
Daniel Sowelu (B.Sc.Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer,
primal therapist and groupleader in his 21st year of