Intense times are on-board at home and afar. A cardinal Grand Cross is taking shape and will be in effect throughout the last half of April, all of May and the first half of June. Even then, the planets stay red hot and will not cool down for some time to come. Let’s break it down. The cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn lead off the seasons. They carry great power and energy, especially when visited by the planets. Now, Mars is retrograding in Libra, moving much slower than normal giving him more power and status to wield his fiery sword. In the opposite sign, Aries, we have the provocative and unpredictable planet Uranus and this nice little mix of planetary energy can very well spell upsets, explosions, attacks and war.

Libra is the sign of peace or war and Aries is a very war-like sign. We either get it right or fight for what is right. Adding to the mix, we have Jupiter moving through Cancer and Pluto moving in opposition to him in Capricorn. This is bound to bring all kinds of political intrigue, maneuvering and jousting for position. Religion and politics are the two age-old topics guaranteed to set off all kinds of conflicts, justified or not. Interestingly, these four planets are all forming 90-degree aspects to one another forming a volatile and very dangerous Cross. Fate, destiny and karma come into the play in the form of our world leaders acting out their bit parts on the international stage. Vladimir Putin’s Sun is directly aligned with the Grand Cross, as is former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych’s Mars. The US and Canada’s Sun degree is also aligned with the Grand Cross. All this while our illustrious leader Stephen Harper experiences a solar eclipse on his Sun indicating a most dramatic year of unrest and stress that most likely will have its effect on Canada and its people.

I guess these troubling times arise in their due course through the ages in order to sort through the karmic indebtedness we accrue as we move through the incarnations. On the positive side, we have a chance to right the wrongs and help bring order and peace to the souls. We are one people on one planet and it might be in these times of strife that we truly get this message. We all deserve love, peace, freedom and happiness and now we will have to do what we must do to make it so. Big changes are in the wind.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) Generally, Aries is depicted as the knight that jumps on his charger and goes off in all directions at the same time. Now, you must choose a definite direction and stay the course. Fear not; the stars will help guide you along the way. Stay true to yourself and don’t sell out – no matter what.

Taurus (April 20 – May 21) Life is changing on a grand scale. Of course, Taurus really doesn’t like change all that much. They would prefer to stay on familiar ground. Well, that’s not going to work now. Everything is strange and there is much to be rearranged. Go with it and you will land exactly where you are destined to be.

Gemini (May 22 – June 20) While Taurus finds changes abhorrent, Gemini thrives on them. Mid-April offers all kinds of very unique developments and you can choose the pathway that best suits your needs, wants and desires. It may not be a cakewalk and while there is a bit of drama, danger and intrigue involved, you might not mind.

Cancer (June 21 – July22) Cancer is not a passive sign. If anything, Cancerians have great passion and tenacity for any particular thing. Now, it is your time to do your thing. Reach for the gold ring if that is what you truly desire. Strike while the iron is hot; it is red-hot now. Don’t go overboard though.

Leo 23 – August 22) Best get ready for a very hot summer. If it’s not hot, it soon will be. Travel, foreign affairs and affairs of the heart may take place. The main point is that you can truly step up your game and achieve outstanding position and recognition. Don’t wait; don’t hesitate. Start now on your journey of discovery.

Virgo 22) Life is good; life is sweet. Your solar chart is indicating great opportunities to set yourself up in a very good way. Like attracts like. People with integrity, honour and similar values come into your life now. Relationships feature strongly and, of course, we receive what we put out. Move towards the light.

Libra (September 23 – October 22) Libra is very involved in the Grand Cross taking shape throughout April. Throw in a Libra full Moon lunar eclipse mid-month and we have a recipe for action and drama. It may be a truly exciting time in which you truly shine or wake up with a shiner. Deep and meaningful communications and negotiations take place.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) The Phoenix creates itself a new life form out of the ashes of its old self. The spring season indicates powerful and dramatic changes for Scorpio. Co-rulers Mars and Pluto are very involved in the dynamic cardinal Cross taking shape throughout April bringing on the instinct for deep internal growth and change.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Lord Jupiter forms an opposition with Pluto in your solar money houses this spring. Money may bring a sense of security and satisfaction, but my bet is you will be feeling restless and seeking a deeper and more meaningful fulfillment. A transformative process is taking place and a new you is birthing along with it.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) Capricorn is one of the signs caught up in the dynamic cardinal Cross taking shape in April. It tells of a time of profound changes. With Lord Saturn retrograding in Scorpio, it is probable you will be rethinking and re-evaluating your value system. Dying and rebirthing is taking place.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 19) A busy and very involved springtime takes place. Journeys long and short manifest now. Academia, publishing and writing figure into the mix. So does time with friends and family members. Career opportunities present themselves. Some of the decisions that will have to be made may not be easy, but they are very worthwhile.

Pisces (February 20 – March 20) Venus, the planet of personal love, affection and creativity, travels through Pisces nearly all of April. Venus is associated with resources and artistic expression. As well, Saturn and Jupiter are casting supportive glances your way bringing stability and good timing. It means you should be very pro-active as you move towards your goals and aspirations.