Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune
As you fall all around
Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
What can compare
To your beautiful sound
Drip, drip, drop
When the sky is cloudy
Your pretty music
Can brighten the day
Drip, drip drop
Little April shower
I’m getting wet
And I don’t care at all
Drip, drop, drip, drop
I’ll never be afraid
Of a good little
“Little April Shower”
From the 1942 animated film, “Bambi”
Composed by Frank Churchill
It doesn’t matter if I have just emerged from a nuclear holocaust and have barely wiped the debris from my eyes only to look up and see from afar The Four Riders of the Apocalypse heading straight for me – If at that moment I hear either “Little April Shower” from Bambi or “The Lonely Goatherd” from The Sound of Music – unbeknownst to me, my face will immediately unfold into a Grinch-sized, all encompassing smile, and my body will act on its own volition by breaking into full voiced, high harmony song along with my feet and hands doing perfectly placed metronome mini kicks to keep the rhythm of either of those infectiously joyous accursed ditties!
This year, I was excited that I remembered incorporating “Little April Shower” and that I wasn’t looking up to see the calendar informing me it was Memorial Day Weekend all ready. Aside from your well loved astrologer’s memory kicking in on time this year to reference a cutesy wootsy song that blatantly matched his work – (APRIL Shower for APRIL Horoscopes, GET IT!!!!???) – after a little research and inquiry, a much more profound message of karma and spiritual evolution unfurled before me that accompanies April’s horoscopes as well as embodies the planetary influences that will be occurring this month.
So for all of you, especially you Fire Signs who still haven’t come down from the teeth numbing energy boost that I know Mars has been giving me since March 11th, please run at least 2, if not 3, 10-12 K Road Races before approaching my April Horoscopes. There are assigned tasks as well as required karmic reading before any of you can even approach your sign’s scope.
All of this WILL be on the test………………
And another thing, for those who are currently Saturn afflicted, (this means you Libra) – You may be the sign of manners and discretion but let’s be honest here Scale Kids, The Kings and Queens of Small Talk turn into the worst kind of Drama Queens (and Kings) when given the properly placed chance, so don’t get all Medea on me with my Frank Churchill referencing!!
Back to Bambi……………..
And as the school bus drops us all off in the gentle glen of pastoral bliss with Thumper and the non-reindeer version of Clarice, before hacking up any further pearls of wisdom for any of you, HOMEWORK!!! (Don’t worry, I’ll stay in the front of the bus and wait but make it happen before Clarice shows up for real, know what I mean?)
Many of you are saying to yourselves, “I don’t remember any of that being in the movie??” This is due to a psychological condition known as “The Bambi Effect” (I kid you not) where stimuli either before or after a particular event in the movie is not retained whatsoever. And “Little April Shower” occurs almost right before – Bambi’s Mom is obliterated into venison, rendering the child viewer fetal and twitching on the car ride home from the movie theater.
Yours truly always remembered that ditty whereas the rest of the movie was a big old blank, and still is. I remember as a child being thrilled at how the song began with a few isolated notes, or drops, at a time, then bloomed into this stunningly beautiful and fun piece of 4 part harmonic “rain” and then ended as quietly as it started.
Upon finding the piece as an adult just for the sheer reason of it having the word “April” in its title, I could not believe what a precious jewel box of music it truly was, sounding like its own very unique little Bach Cantata, prompting my curious Gemini brain to find out who wrote such a musical gem.
Frank Churchill was a Libra who had quite the knack for writing toe tapping, infectiously fun pieces of music. His first big hit before being hired by Disney was “Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf” which prompted his overseeing the musical score to “Snow White”, a film whose success rode on the popularity of such catchy tunes as “Whistle While You Work”, “Someday My Prince Will Come” and “Hi-Ho! Hi-Ho! It’s Off To Work We Go”, all composed by Churchill.
Churchill was once again put in charge for all music production when “Bambi” officially began work in 1937. The film was almost immediately mired in delays due to staff changes, the onset of World War II, and Disney’s displeasure at Churchill’s compositions.
In the midst of numerous pressures and problems, Frank was told that both his closest friends had died in a plane crash. With most of “Bambi” completed, Frank Churchill was found dead in his home, slumped over his piano from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The man who had helped so many forget their troubles during The Great Depression with his joyful and hope-filled compositions succumbed to his own sorrows and took his life at the age of 41. Interesting to note, the good chunk of “Bambi” that I can’t recall is where Frank’s replacement was brought in to complete the film’s score for its release in 1942.
Now, all of this information isn’t simply about the path I took wanting to find a song with the word “April” in its title and leading to the very tragic end of a highly talented musician!
The song and its background I have chosen for April’s Horoscopes are very fitting for the astrological climate happening this month.
I am one of a minority of astrologers who believes that the transits of Saturn, although challenging and difficult to say the least, are the greatest learning tools mankind has at his disposal. Saturn is the planet that deals with time itself and it takes 2 ½ years for this planet to go through each sign of the Zodiac. However, just like a dutiful teacher or parent, Saturn will go retrograde or backwards in its motion and will cross back into the sign it had previously transited to check to see if we have learned our lessons from that earlier time. Saturn is an earthy, concrete planet and when it treks backwards, The Lord of Karma is actually doing a very clear sighted evaluation to see if we have taken its lessons to heart by establishing them in a realistic tangible manner to prove to the world and ourselves that we have grown on an evolutionary level.
We are in a unique period of time as history itself seems to alter on a daily basis. Saturn is currently in the sign it functions best in, or is exalted in, Libra. I have published a number of articles on beepwire.com regarding the importance of these upcoming 5 years, as I have predicted we should see sweeping changes in our judicial and legal systems for starters. With Saturn in its exaltation, the focus moves away from the individual’s path of evolution and now looks at what changes need to be made for society at large. It is no coincidence that at the exact point Saturn entered Libra at 0 degrees on November 5th, 2009, (0 degrees of any cardinal sign is known as a cardinal point or indicator of notoriety) all individual eyes were forcibly directed to gunshots heard at Fort Hood, as American military were being killed on American soil. Saturn’s entrance into its exaltation made us look at the long standing issue of little or no communication between the Justice and Defense Departments through the harsh reality of the events of Fort Hood and was clearly letting us know this was society’s problem, not just the military’s.
April of 2010 is a very unique crossroads for all of us. Saturn will be lessening its intensity and pressure on the world at large by temporarily leaving Libra, the sign of its societal exaltation BUT The Lord of Karma will be giving each of us the white glove test as the ringed planet does stringent individual inspections as it re-visits the sign of Virgo.
Virgo is of the same elemental essence as Saturn – earthy. What this means is Saturn will be looking for actual seeable, touchable proof that we have heeded its lessons and taken them to heart. What better way to scour for actual proof than through the lens of the sign known for having the best eye for nitpicky detail, Virgo. And when Saturn is in the sign of cleaning products, rubber gloves and bleach, The Lord of Karma will immediately know who properly cleaned house and who just swept crap under the rug while nodding really hard!
Saturn will be leaving Libra and will officially start cleaning our individual houses as it stays in the sign of Virgo from April 8th until July 22nd.
For those of you who will be feeling added intensity or pressure this spring and early summer through Saturn’s favorite learning tools of restriction, fear, loss, and loneliness, please note – IT IS ALL FOR YOUR BEST INTEREST. Do not confuse the karmic wrist slapping as an indication that all is lost or that hope and a renewed sense of purpose will never again be found! We must remember Frank Churchill’s life and unfortunately his despair as an exalted example since the composer of facing hardship through lightness was born under the sign of Saturn’s exaltation, Libra. Churchill’s choice to take his own life gives us exalted example by reminding us that it is never too late to evolve and that even in hardship there is always something gained.
And to reference another catchy slogan that people say EVERY April of any given year:
“April’s Showers Bring May’s Flowers.”
For April’s Horoscopes, I will provide each sign with an item that many Virgos treat as if it’s an extension of their physical body – THE CHECKLIST. Each horoscope will list:
– What area of life (astrological term, “house”) Saturn will be reentering and will be doing the most thorough inspection.
– What area of life that not only Saturn will be temporarily leaving until mid summer, but this is also the area that each sign may find they may have a hidden strength or gift in order to handle “The King of Mean” as he does inspection in that other area of the hotel that is your soul.
(For those of you whose heads that killer joke went over, I highly recommend you find advertisements from the 80’s and 90’s showing an immaculate hotel room that everyone would find top notch and acceptable. Everyone, that is, except for The Queen of Mean, Leona Helmsley who would clearly state that not only did she find the room unacceptable but would list the hidden details as to why.)
Just think how top notch YOU will be when, just like Leona, the King of Mean smacks………..umm you get the picture.
So for this special month of transition and inspection, each sign’s scope will be listed separately – it’s THAT important.
Just don’t forget about the May flowers!
**It’s times like these that my expertise is utilized best. If anyone should need any extra or special guidance, hire my services to help you strategize through Saturn’s or any other of life’s challenges!