by Karin Ugander
Spring is on its way and the Sun is about to enter the earth sign of Taurus. Waves of hope, new beginnings, and change are coming towards us, and yet there can be a current of melancholy and sadness. Old relationships and wrongdoings can pop up in unexpected situations and you may find yourself thinking and talking about things you thought you were over and done. So what is going on? Let’s take a look together and see what we can find.
Reflections from the Past
Pluto, the planet of transformation, change, death, and rebirth is in the sign of Capricorn (karma, time). Pluto, like Hades, is lord of the underworld and they make us go deep. They help us to look under the surface and ask what is really going on? Pluto is associated with death, and just like death you cannot escape from Pluto when he is meeting up with you in life. If we are wearing an untrue mask, Pluto reveals the masquerade and shows the truth. At times this can be uncomfortable and even a bit frightening. But afterwards it can feel liberating and deeply healing. As you might already have guessed, having a Pluto transit is great when doing therapy, because you deal with the root of the problem and not just scratch the surface.
You Cannot Fool Yourself
Right now the Sun (Me, I) and Mercury (thought, intellect, siblings, friends) is making a challenging aspect to Pluto, and until just a few days ago so did Venus (love, relationships). This is one of the reasons why you may have been thinking about past painful situations and relationships lately. This is a great opportunity to analyse things like “What went wrong?”, “What did I learn from this?” and “What can I do to not get into a similar situation again?” My sister Anna says “You can try to fool others, but you can never really fool yourself” and that is so true when meeting Pluto.
A good thing to remember when dealing with Pluto is that whatever Pluto touches he brings depth into, and hopefully that leads to maturation and growth, which later can become a great and abundant harvest. Not at all far away from the seed (I, Me) entering into the dark soil of earth and the underworld (Pluto) to grow and mature into a great tree!
This transit is until around the 23rd of April.
The Need for Freedom
As the Sun moves into the sign of Taurus together with Mercury (communication) and Venus (love, relationships) they all meet up with the planet of Uranus in the same sign. Taurus in itself is a down-to-earth sign, but Uranus is not a stable guy. On the contrary. Uranus wants change, freedom, and the right to be wild! If he doesn’t get heard and listened to he can start trouble. This can be everything from an earthquake to a revolution or a divorce.
On a personal level this can create tension in our close relationships and with our families. This is not a time when you should try force family members to do exactly the same thing, or be squeezed tightly together. Instead it is better to offer some space and alone time, perhaps even bend the rules a bit so it is room for some kind of feeling of freedom. On the romantic side this aspect (when in Taurus) can be quite passionate and adventurous if directed in that way. Great timing for finding new ways to appreciate each other, show affection, and love.
This is amplified by the Sun, Mercury, Uranus, and Venus making a good aspect to the asteroid goddess of Vesta in the sign of Virgo. She is protector of the home, but also connected to sex and passion. This is great, because here Vesta can help to ground the high energy voltage being created by Uranus. We can summarize this by saying “Make love, not war.”
If you feel restricted in your relationship or your environment I recommend you begin by first breathing a little bit, take your time and think things through before you act. I’m not saying you should stay anywhere where you are not feeling good or appreciated, but I am advising you to make sure this is what you really want to do. If it is, then you have a lot of energy backing you up right now towards something new.
Mercury and moves away from Uranus the 28th of April, Venus on the 29th and the Sun around the 10th of May.
Mars (willpower, ego) is in the sign of Gemini. There he makes a challenging aspect to the asteroid Juno (relationships) in the sign of Sagittarius. With Juno in Sagittarius the teacher inside you may step in too much. If your children ask you something about their homework, don’t take over the assignment. If your adult children ask you about the measurements for putting up a shelf, don’t rush over to their apartment and renovate the kitchen. When Mars is in aspect to Juno there may be a tendency to push our loved ones too much. Your partner wants to exercise more and you show up with a schedule for running a marathon, or your mother-in-law says she needs to drink less and you give her a four-week detox intensive as a gift.
My advice is to take a step back. While loved ones know you mean well, now is not the best time to take over or fix things.
This transit is until the 23rd of April.
Nemesis and a Chance to Let Go?
Originally the goddess Nemesis was a restorer of cosmic order. She punished acts of hubris, redressing imbalance. In astrology this asteroid can show us a person or a thing holding us back, something or someone preventing us from reaching our goals, or punishing our actions. There is also a theme about scapegoating. Sometimes we get all the blame and sometimes we are the ones pointing the finger.
On a deeper level this thing or person blocking us is often also something or someone that forces us to grow and mature, to become not only stronger, but also humbler and wiser. One way of describing it would be like Pluto (death, transformation, maturity) and Chiron (the wounded healer, wisdom) joined together.
Right now the asteroid Nemesis is next to the South Node (karma, where we come from) at 11 degrees in the sign of Sagittarius. On a personal level a Nemesis—a person or a situation blocking or hindering you—may show up or return to your life. If this happens the conjunction with the south node indicates this situation could have its origins way back, maybe even in past incarnations.
A good thing is Nemesis and the south node are making a trine (good aspect) to Chiron the healer in Aries. This can bring some good healing to the situation. Creating personal healing (Chiron in Aries) for you. Even if what is done is done, this could be an opening to finding some personal peace and closure.
On a collective plane we need to look out for media or politicians creating or shaking up a Nemesis to blame for things gone wrong. Here we have a chance to look through what seems to be “the same old story” and search for a more updated truth.
This transit is until around the 20th of May.
Peace and Harmony
If you wish to bring more peace into your life and surroundings, working with blue and pink colors in combination can have a calming effect. Specially in soft pastel hues.
- Pink stones: mangan calcite, rose quartz.
- Blue stones: blue lace agate, blue calcite
The Goddess Kwan Yin is known for calming situations and bringing peace. You may also work with the Roman goddess Pax (Latin for “peace”) or the Norse god Frey, known for sunshine, fair weather, and peaceful times.
I wish you a peaceful journey ahead!
Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red
Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is an ordained high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program. Her work can be found on Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial and she can be reached at [email protected].