This is the month we count the Omer, repairing and building up inner soul characteristics which generates a Divine healing light hinted at by another name for Chodesh Iyar: Ziv, lustrous brightness. Ahead are abrupt illuminations and life-altering realizations that, once acknowledged and integrated, are conduits of soul-healing.
The Sun sextiles Mars/Ma’adin and Jupiter/Tzedek before squaring Pluto on April 13-16. As Iyar’s Tribal ruler Issachar practiced discerning wisdom around understanding the times, so we must practice deliberate choice in where we aim the supersized surplus of accumulated aggressive, controlling energy. Resist the temptation to blow off steam at whatever moves.
Mars trines Jupiter and Mercury/Kochav sextiles Jupiter and Mars, squaring Pluto on April 17 and this is the day only the highest ascended masters and completely ego-less souls will survive without expelling a great deal of everything they’ve been repressing for the last year. There is just too much built up to hold inside. Sun and Mercury enter Taurus on April 19, but placidness is short-lived. The next big bump comes when Venus/Noga and Mercury conjunct Uranus/Oron and square Saturn/Shabbtai on April 22-25. This is where the collected energies of the Omer work we’ve been doing comes in handy.
How hard it is to love one’s neighbor when all the collective trauma is being triggered by forces which seem beyond control? Full Scorpio Supermoon on April 26 is Pesach Sheni, the holiday of second chances, and Gevurah Sh’b’Hod, strength within glory. The greatest glory is channeled through humility, illustrated by the glory of Aharon haKohen Gadol, the peacemaker.
Mars squares Wounded Healer Chiron and sextiles Uranus at the Taurus New Moon on May 11, Tiferet Sh’b’Malchut. Courageous vulnerability opens doors to radical self- acceptance: Open yourself to the true healing light of Iyar.
ARIES / TALEH
Communicate big ideas on April 17 when Mars/Ma’adim trines Jupiter/Tzedek and sextiles Mercury / Kochav for one gigantic opportunity to pitch your dreams to those who can help make them happen. Mars enters emotional Cancer on April 23; your actions are filtered through your feelings at the Full Supermoon in Scorpio on April 26. Emotional extremes drove Tribal leader Yehuda to make extreme decisions he later needed to do tshuva to repair. Be careful of dramatic extremes in any direction. Mars squares Chiron and sextiles Uranus/Oron on May 11 at the Taurus New Moon. Be courageously vulnerable.
TAURUS / SHOR
Venus/Noga enters her home sign Taurus on April 14 and conjuncts Uranus/Oron on April 22. An especially fertile time for original creativity of every kind, especially to do with the tactile senses. Mercury/Kochav and Venus conjunct on April 25 right before the Full Scorpio Supermoon on April 26, Pesach Sheni. An extraordinary second chance to connect, spiritually and emotionally, to the source of your joy. Venus trines Pluto and squares Jupiter/Tzedek before moving into Gemini on May 8. Your powerful ability to take this rarified time and turn it into a magical legacy is a gift.
GEMINI / TEOMIM
Tribal leader Zevulun carefully ensures no treasures were left behind in all his many journeys. So must you on April 17-18 when Mercury/Kochav sextiles Jupiter/Tzedek, Mars / Ma’adim, and squares Pluto and conjuncts the Sun. This celestial configuration empowers deep memory dives to review and internalize life lessons. You can’t go forward until you’ve integrated the past. Mercury enters Taurus on April 19, conjuncting Uranus on April 24. Extreme originality and charismatic charm make powerful potions! Use your power for good on May 2 at Mercury’s trine to Pluto, before he enters his home sign of Gemini on May 3.
CANCER / SARTAN
Full Supermoon in Scorpio on April 26 deeply stirs your need to bond and to feel beloved. Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius on May 3 with Mercury/Kochav square Jupiter / Tzedek and Sun square Saturn/Shabbtai triggers a new realization of the place you’ve made for yourself in this world. Like Tribal leader Reuven you bear the weight of family history. Heal ancestral wounds at the New Moon in Taurus on May 11 with Mars/Ma’adim square Wounded Healer Chiron and sextile Uranus/Oron. Forgiveness heals both the giver and the receiver. Open your hands and heart.
LEO / ARYEH
Enlarged energy opens new horizons when Sun sextile Mars/Ma’adim and Jupiter/Tzedek on April 13 – 15, before squaring Pluto on April 16. As Tribal leader Shimon proved with the conquest of Shechem, sometimes you’ve got to blast through a wall to get to where you’re going. Make sure you’re using all that energy for the right reasons. Sun conjunct Mercury on April 18 for fiery conversation. The Sun – Uranus/Oron conjunction on April 30 ignites inspired originality, theatrically displayed. Sun square Saturn/Shabbtai on May 3 at Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius. Share the spotlight with someone you love.
VIRGO / BETULAH
The Sun and Mercury/Kochav in Taurus from April 19 brings your multifaceted skill set into focus, but you’re not just a cookie-cutter product; your individuality stands out April 24-25 at Mercury’s square to Saturn/Shabbtai, and conjunction to Uranus/Oron and Venus/Noga. You inspire trust around your core competencies; like tribal leader Gad, guard your intellectual property and ensure you receive credit where credit is due. Mercury trines Pluto before entering Gemini and squares Jupiter/Tzedek on May 3. Negotiate for your own best interests as a righteous use of power.
LIBRA / MOZNAYIM
Venus/Noga enters her home in Taurus on April 14. You are all about the shared values, valuables, resources, and intimacies portioned between you and your primary other. Venus conjunct Uranus/Oron on April 22; if you feel unbalanced in your relationship, you may act abruptly and with extremism. Venus square Saturn/Shabbtai on April 25; you want everything to be fair but that doesn’t mean everything is equal. Tribal leader Ephraim prematurely calculated the Exodus from Egypt. Powerfully hypnotic limerent attraction when Venus trines Pluto on May 6, but don’t count your relationship chickens before they’re hatched – or conceived.
SCORPIO / AKRAV
Mars/Ma’adim trine Jupiter/Tzedek on April 17 enlarges your libidinous energy; Mars enters Cancer on April 23 making you extra sensitive to what others want and how you might provide that. Full Supermoon in Scorpio on April 26, Pesach Sheni, lets you turn back time and fix what might have gone wrong in the past. Pluto stations retrograde on April 27: Focus on what you can do today to repair your unfinished yesterdays. Mars square Wounded Healer Chiron and sextile Uranus/Oron at the New Moon in Taurus on May 11 displays a new level of courage in self-revelatory vulnerability.
SAGITTARIUS / KASHAT
Mars/Ma’adim in Gemini trines Jupiter/Tzedek in Aquarius on April 17, energizing your need for freedom. Though you’re restless and ready to roam, pick your destinations and your traveling companions wisely. Mercury/Kochav square Jupiter with Sun square Saturn/Shabbtai at the Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius on May 3 is a potential mash-up of competing value systems and practical priorities. You’ve got choices to make, determining the trajectory of your immediate future. Venus/Noga square Jupiter on May 8, prioritizing whatever truly sparks your joy. You’re one of few who can align personal pleasures with professional ambitions.
CAPRICORN / G’DI
Venus/Noga and Mercury/Kochav square Saturn/Shabbtai on April 25 enhancing the creative impetus behind your current initiative. You needn’t choose between aesthetics and performance; you’ve found a way to embody both form and function in your creative self-expression. The Full Scorpio Supermoon on April 26 brings community support to your endeavors; you’re surprised to find how many are rooting for your success. The Sun’s square to Saturn on May 3 at the Last Quarter Moon in Aquarius is your cue to pause and assess your resources. As tribal leader Dan guarded Israel’s borders, guard your own assets.
AQUARIUS / D’LI
You’re famously unique, and your individuality is on public display when Mercury/Kochav conjunct Uranus/Oron in Taurus on April 24. You’ve never felt less like conforming to the world’s expectations; Sun conjunct Uranus on April 30 brings ultimatums which you can’t dial back. Be ready to walk if you don’t get your way, which is total autonomy. Mars/Ma’adim squares Uranus at the New Moon in Taurus on May 11 sparking abrupt actions, sudden separations, and unforeseen changes in direction, prompted by feeling under-appreciated. To keep you, they’ll have to admit you’re one-of-a-kind, and treat you as such!
PISCES / DAGIM
You’re not swimming in circles but in spirals, gaining torque at every go-round and accelerating toward your goals. Like Tribal ruler Naftali, you’re running to retrieve something of great value: respect for your work and proportionally upgraded status. Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, including your intended destination! Mercury/Kochav sextiles Neptune/Rahav on April 29, adding compelling charisma to your spin; Venus/Noga sextiles Neptune on May 2, sweeting the sting when you blow past your competition. You don’t intend to burn bridges, but they might catch fire anyway on your way to success.
The writer, an author and multimedia communicator, began her career as a professional astrologer in the 1980s. She holds a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University and an MA in Jewish studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, where her thesis topic was astrology in Jewish cultural history. Find more of her work at astrolojew.com