Astrology of April 2018

by Henry Seltzer
editor Victor Daniel

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The astrology of April features Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron, Uranus, Pluto, and Eris. This is a month when Mercury is retrograde all month long, when you take the period of Mercury’s retrograde shadow into account. This is the two weeks or more required for the tiny “messenger of the Gods” to recover its lost zodiacal longitude, and return to the sixteen-plus degree mark of Aries, where it started. As it stationed a week before the end of March, Mercury was conjunct Venus and also Eris, indicating a time of deep reflection on important values, and closely aspecting expansionist Jupiter. This is thus a truly powerful Mercury Retrograde period, when much within you will be subject to a process of reflection and introspection. The eventual goal is nothing less than a more complete awareness of inner values, and of what you are attempting to accomplish in this lifetime. Prominent Uranus in Aries, in exact aspect to the Sun and Moon in the Pisces New Moon that began the current cycle, as well as being conjuncted by the powerful New Moon of April 15th, indicates that there will continue to be surprises, and surprising enlightenment, in the mix. This is an important outrider to the interior process that we all find ourselves in the midst of during a pivotal first six months of 2018. The earlier Pisces New Moon was also conjunct Chiron, the Wounded Healer, indicating that inner wounding is a likely subject of our current contemplations. You are now very aware of the occasions of earlier trauma in your life, with hopefully the eventual result of beginning to move beyond them.

As I have written about many times before, the Chiron effect is to focus on problems connected with early childhood trauma and to speed healing these issues by bringing them closer to consciousness. Because prominent in the recent mid-March New Moon, this is up for pretty much everyone during the first two weeks of April, especially those with concentrations in the mutable signs. In working with your own personal astrology, you would look to the house position of Chiron natally, and as well to the aspects it makes, for clues. Almost always, when reactivity arises, it is based on core issues that stem from the trauma of particular incidents with parental figures or with early siblings or peers, and become buried away, walled off behind a veil of suppression. The hurt child within does appear, however, when triggering takes place. Instead of turning away from these facets of ourselves, the recommendation is to make friends with these cast-off parts of you that still yearn for the comfort and caring that was missing at the time of the earlier traumatic event. As a more fully conscious adult, with effort, you might be able to supply it. This has the tremendous result, when you can pull it off, of removing blocks to progress in many areas, allowing you to become the person that you were always meant to be.

There is also a large degree of transformational movement that is activated during the second half of April, following the Aries New Moon of April 15th. Pluto is emphasized in this timing because the Sun and Moon together square Pluto in Capricorn, while Venus and Jupiter, in their forming opposition to each other, also make major alignments to Pluto. With Uranus also emphasized, conjuncted by the Sun and Moon in their precise New Moon conjunction, this second half of April is a powerful time. Saturn remains parallel to Pluto, indicating that major structural life changes are in the works for all of us. While we might recognize that these are necessary, accommodating to them is another matter; no change ever comes easily. Yet, with faith in ourselves and in the guiding hand of the universe, great things are possible.

The last full week of April, kicked off by the First Quarter Moon of the 22nd, when the Moon in Leo squares the Sun newly in Taurus, and aspects Chiron now in Aries, indicates anther quite potent timing when all the above issues are up for further research, exploration, and trial by fire. Mars is closing in on his conjunction with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, accompanied by Pluto’s station to retrograde motion on the same day. Reactivity could arise. This is quite a potent archetypal stew that will further test our ability to keep up with major change taking place in our lives, and also see us through an important crisis of working these out. If we are doing our work, we emerge tired but elated, into the dawn of a new stage of our earthly existence.



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Welcome to an inner-oriented month, Aries. You are well and truly slowed down this first half of April, while Saturn is strong overhead and Mercury has been in reverse motion through your sign. This is a challenging time, and also an opportunity for you to get a better handle on where you are heading with your life. Discovering and ruminating upon your most deeply ch Erished values has become increasingly important as you contemplate necessary changes. You are very committed to work and career, and you find yourself holding steady through a series of obstacles that you have the stamina and the perspicacity to overcome. Yet, still, the occasional wild hair takes over and you feel the urge to pursue departures from the acceptable status quo that you also ch Erish. It is necessary that you pay full attention to these rebellious impulses, because they might well contain the clues for inspiring the next stage of your life adventure.


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As the Month of April begins, Mars, your ruler, is coming to conjoin with Saturn in your tenth house of career, achievements, authority figures, and public reputation. This is a hard-working transit that should keep you busy and focused. You might be working under great stress or pressure, but this planetary combination tends to thrive when there are deadlines and the need for productivity and tangible results. This transit will perfect on April 1st and April 2nd, but its effects will be at play throughout the month.

At the same time, on April 1st, Mercury will be cazimi (closely conjunct) with the Sun in Aries in your first house of self/health and new beginnings, and then on April 5th Mercury will square Saturn in your 10th house of career. You may find that you are empowered to speak, teach, or communicate your thoughts and ideas very persuasively at this time, or you might be ready to accept a powerful commission or task from someone in power. Because you are often the leader of the pack, remember to empower others and to encourage others to express their own voices, as well. Don’t be too rigid but be careful not to compromise your values, either. You are at your best when advocating passionately for something while also inspiring others around you.

Between April 7th and April 11th, Venus will be moving through Taurus in your second house of finances, possessions, and values, and making a trine to both Saturn and Mars in Capricorn in your tenth house of career. This is a good time to see promotion, growth, or returns from all the hard work taking place in your career house this month. It’s also a fitting time for making allegiances or finding agreement between yourself and others in the work place or surrounding financial negotiations. This transit requires patience and tact. We’re talking about a conglomeration of planets in the earth signs here, so that it might help you to remember not to bulldoze or steamroll toward your goals. Take your time and allow things to develop naturally.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in your first house (the house of self, new beginnings, and health), will make a powerful square to Pluto in the 10th house of career. This is a cathartic and transformative moment for you. Your reputation might be on the line in some way, or you might be challenging authority or tradition, or struggling to lead a project or group of people through a challenging experience. Remember not to let any power granted to you go to your head, and keep in mind the larger spiritual purpose that you are here to serve. Don’t be surprised if you are also personally challenged to make some positive changes at this time.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your first house, exact just days after a New Moon in your first house on April 15th. This is a very powerful moment of creative revolution, independence, rebellion, new beginnings, or liberation. Expect to feel fired up and expect to face the temptation to burn bridges or go it alone. This transit could represent a breakthrough for you, but it could also represent a self-centered meltdown. With the rest of the planets working together very harmoniously right now, it’s either a time to inject your own unique contribution into the mix, or it’s a time to be very careful of knocking things over and ruining potential collaborations with others.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in your second house of finances, possessions, and values, will oppose Jupiter in your eighth house of death, transformation, and shared resources, while also making a trine to Pluto in your 10th house of career. You may find that you are considering a new financial or work-related opportunity, or you might be considering the balance of power and resources within your relationships while simultaneously looking at new opportunities professionally. Because all these planets are, again, in earth and water signs, and you are a fire sign, it’s important to be tactful and patient. This transit will require the art of subtlety. No matter how charged up you might be feeling, and no matter how tempted you might be to take the reigns and charge forward, there are powerful changes brewing that will require you to work cooperatively for the common good. Be especially careful about big expenses or big projects that will put you into debt.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in Capricorn in your tenth house of career, public reputation and authority. Expect a massive release of power, force, and vigor in the work place. Be careful not to get into power struggles with authority figures, unless it’s necessary or unless the truth needs to be spoken. Try to be as tactful as you can, but don’t be surprised if you are caught up in the power and dynamism of the moment. This transit has the power to propel you forward past your old limitations, but it may also indicate that something has expired and that some confrontation or fated moment of transformation is before you. As an Aries, you were made for moments like these. Just remember not to let your ego get in the way and let the peaceful warrior light your path!

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You are in a reflective mode this entire month, Taurus, with Mercury retrograding through your twelfth house of unconscious process. You are in a quite idealized place right now regarding future plans, and the way that you fit your own contribution into the social setting that you belong to, which very much includes the mystical world within you, below and beyond your conscious personality. Because Venus, your ruler, appears in your first house and natal sign all month long, you also find yourself in a position of redefining and expanding upon your sense of self. This is a crucially important time for you, as you prepare for a coming out party once Mercury fully straightens out in May. You are getting your ducks in a row, heading into your next life stage, and the rearrangement could be major. Only your most deeply held values qualify for inclusion into the foundation of the new you that you are building.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School



The month begins with Venus having just entered your first house, where it will stay for most of April. This is an incredibly important year for you because Uranus, the planet of disruption, rebellion, and unexpected change, is entering your first house in the middle of May. We will explore this transit in depth next month, but for now it’s safe to say that Venus in your first house is preparing you for the changes coming in the next month. Because the first house is the house of health, physical vitality, character, and new beginnings, and because Venus is your ruling planet, you will find yourself surrounded by an aura of beauty, grace, friendship, attraction, and ease. However, beneath the surface bigger changes and personal opportunities are stirring. Pay attention to what you’re wishing for because you might just get it, and sooner rather than later!

On April 2nd, Mars will conjoin Saturn in your ninth house of religion, higher education, and long journeys, perhaps heralding a time of deeper conflict or commitment regarding your beliefs. It’s a wonderful time to express your most passionate ideas or values to others, or to seek opportunities for the development or refinement of your skills or knowledge. Remember, all of these changes are reflecting a profound new chapter of your life that will begin opening next month!

Between April 7th and April 11th, Venus will be moving through Taurus in your first house and making trines to Saturn and Mars in your ninth house of religion, higher beliefs, and long journeys. Again, with all of these planets connecting we see the continuation of the same themes from above. How does the material world, material pleasure, material comfort, or desire, and your religious, political, or philosophical beliefs reflect, or conflict with, one another? You might be exploring these questions more deeply this month, or you might be considering the acquisition of new skills, a new path of learning or teaching.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in your twelfth house (the house of self, new beginnings, and health), will make a powerful square to Pluto in your ninth house of religion, higher education, and long journeys. Here there is an opportunity to explore issues of faith and power, belief and authority, self-undoing or selfishness and transcendence, self-belief or personal confidence and personal empowerment versus egoism, judgment and paralyzing fear.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your twelfth house, exact just days after a New Moon in your twelfth house on April 15th.Before every powerful new beginning there is typically two things that happen. One, we experience a total meltdown or collapse, or two, we are caught up in a wave of enthusiasm and inspiration. Sometimes both happen at once. Considering that Uranus is knocking on the door of your first house, after seven years in the twelfth house of imprisonment, isolation, and the “dark night of the soul,” this is a transit that is going to jump-start the process of change and transformation that’s waiting for you next month. Don’t be surprised if a surge of rebellion takes place within you, or unexpected but exhilarating changes appear quite suddenly from this point forward!

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus will oppose Jupiter in Scorpio in your seventh house of love and relationships. This transit provides you with an opportunity for greater love and understanding in your relationships despite differences in beliefs or differences in practice or approach. It’s a great time for mutual support, love, and cooperation, but be careful of overdoing things or of trying to seduce someone into getting what you want! You may also be asked to compromise for the greater good. As a Taurus, you are a creature of habit and principle, and to you it is shocking to hear someone say that what you need or want is unreasonable. Most of the time it isn’t, but just remember that you are prone to a kind of stubbornness and often seek to control others and things around you. Not everything will always fit the mold you have in mind, and you will see this for yourself very powerfully as Uranus enters your first house next month. Your own mold is about to be broken!

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in Capricorn in your ninth house of higher education, religion, and long journeys, signaling once again that this new beginning is likely taking place in relation to your faith or beliefs, or regarding some process of learning, education, or foreign travel. As a Taurus, you are slow to change and will often cling somewhat stubbornly to what is familiar and comfortable, but that’s all about to change as a planet associated with earthquakes, shakeups, and rebellion is entering your home sign to stay for the next seven years. Don’t worry though, there are greener pastures waiting for you, and you will find your comfortable position sooner than later if you embrace these changes.

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This is a month of embracing the further stages of your life plan, Gemini, as you contemplate necessary course corrections and steer your pathway closer to where your heart wants you go. Your ruler, Mercury, is retrograding through your eleventh house of friendship, goals and societal engagement; all through this month you are reflecting deeply on these factors, and attempting to revise your understanding and consequent actions there. Mercury goes back to forward motion synchronously with the powerful Aries New Moon of April 15th, and you can expect a sudden shift in your thoughts concerning where you might be heading. You are imagining a useful role for yourself in helping to further what have become your own special causes, and perhaps a budding collaboration with like-minded partners. Your mission is evolving in concert with the way that you are changing at the core, a fact not to dodge, but to simply accept and to celebrate.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School



April begins just after a Full Moon in Libra in your fifth house, a Full Moon that highlighted the tension between your long-term dreams and aspirations and your immediate need for creative freedom, happiness, and fun. You are likely trying to find just the right balance between pursuing your noblest or loftiest goals and trying to have fun or enjoy the process in the meantime.

On April 1st and 2nd, Mars and Saturn will come together in Capricorn within your eighth house of transformation, death, fear, and passive income. While you are intently charting your course for the future you might be contending with your fear of the future or with forces that are beyond your control. Mars and Saturn in Capricorn also bring a reformative energy into the mix right now. As a Gemini you are prone to dodging or ducking out of entrapping situations quite easily, but if there is a lesson to be learned, then now is the time to accept responsibility and move forward again with integrity.

Between April 7th and April 11th Venus in Taurus in your twelfth house of self-undoing and isolation will make trines to both Saturn and Mars in your eighth house. It could be very easy to indulge in a romantic fantasy right now but be careful because it might bring with it unintended consequences that you are dealing with for some time to come. Be careful of over-indulgence or extreme restrictiveness, and don’t be surprised if people are confiding in you over deep and difficult subject matters. The things you are hearing from others at this time may instruct or guide you in answering some of your own difficult questions, so be sure to pay attention!

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in your eleventh house of friends, groups, allies and wishes for the future, will make a square to Pluto in your eighth house. Are you associating with the right people? Are you spending time with people who elevate your consciousness or who encourage you to utilize your abilities for the highest purpose? As a Gemini you are a gifted communicator and a natural friend to all, but you can also be easily distracted and thrown off course. It’s a good time to re-clarify your goals, face fears, let go of things that are holding you back, accept your fate, and clean house of any friends or groups who don’t support your spiritual path.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in your twelfth house will oppose Jupiter in Scorpio in your sixth house of health issues, hard work, and service. It’s an especially good time to evaluate, purge, cleanse, and heal any area of your life where you are overindulging or making yourself sick due to a lack of discrimination or moderation. At the same time, you may find that you are naturally inclined, and even overjoyed, to serve, help, or heal others right now. You may also find companionship during some personal struggles, or you may find that you are working hard to recover your faith and start a new chapter of health or healing after a period of doubt or spiritual neglect.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your eleventh house, exact just days after a New Moon in your eleventh house on April 15th. Again, we see the emphasis on your friendships or the groups you belong to, as well as your long-term dreams and goals. Who we associate with, in large part, shapes the success or failure of our dreams. Maybe it’s time to take a risk, or to shake things up. Don’t be surprised if new people arrive alongside of new ambitions.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in Capricorn in your eighth house. The eighth house is often feared specifically because it refers to what we don’t know, what the future holds that we can’t control, and the inevitably of death and rebirth. Mars and Pluto coming together in this house represents catharsis and confrontation. For a Gemini there is perhaps nothing worse than the sense of being locked into something without any second, third, or fourth options available, and yet you should not forget that your patron deity, Hermes, was the only god capable of moving in and out of the underworld unscathed. Your survival skills are second to none, so don’t worry. And remember to stay curious about what’s happening rather than getting fatalistic around this time.

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This is a tricky and yet rewarding month for you, Cancer, with many of the goodies coming to you on the inside. You are very other-oriented at this time, which does not however imply that you are here to neglect your own individual evolution, but rather that all forms of relationship with trusted partners will play a vital role in furthering your own self-development as well as partnership activation. Your worldview is mightily shifting. There is also a large dose of professional involvement in the mix for you right now. With Mercury retrograding through your career sector as the month begins, you will be questioning and refining your understanding of what you do in the world, and how that fits in with your ongoing underlying investigation of who you really are. Once you can answer this vital question, you will know what to do about its articulation in the public world of beliefs in action.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School



April begins in the wake of the Full Moon in Libra in your fourth house of home, family, and property. This Full Moon has been highlighting the tension between your work or professional life and home and family matters. Now, as a new month gets started, Mars and Saturn are conjoining in your seventh house of love and relationships. Don’t be surprised if your partner or spouse is incredibly busy and productive at this time; Mars and Saturn represent hard work, determination, productivity, and results, but they also sometimes reflect workaholism, which you may not like if it means time away from home, family, or emotional intimacy. At the same time, beware of the desire to control other people right now or the potential to be dominated or controlled by those you are closest with. Working on something cooperatively, on the other hand, is an excellent way to spend your time right now.

Between April 7th and April 11th Venus in Taurus in your eleventh house of friends, groups, and wishes for the future will make trines to Saturn and Mars in Capricorn in your seventh house of partnership and love. It’s a wonderful time to make new social connections or to deepen existing bonds. Sometimes the biggest challenge in relationships boils down to whether we share common dreams or goals, or common social groups or friendships. We don’t have to be the same as one another. This is an important lesson for Cancers because as a child of the Moon you crave family-like intimacy or emotional fusion with your environment. However, having nothing in common doesn’t work either. Right now it’s a great time for creating deeper bonds between yourself and those you love, perhaps by sharing together in events or activities that inspire everyone or foster shared goals and dreams.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in your tenth house of career and public reputation, will make a square to Pluto in your seventh house. This is a powerful and transformative moment. Things are changing quite significantly in your career right now and they may have a dramatic impact on your personal relationships as well. Next month, the planet Uranus will enter your eleventh house of groups, friends or allies, and dreams for the future, signaling a major shift in your entire social and professional paradigm. Your vision of the future is about to change dramatically, but the question might be, “How will others feel about it?” Or, “How much stock should I put into how other people I’m close with might perceive the changes I’m going through right now?”

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your tenth house, exact just days after a New Moon in your tenth house on April 15th. Ever since Uranus entered Aries in May of 2010, your career has gone through a complete revolution. Now, as Uranus is finishing it’s 8-year stay in your career house you are about to undergo another revolution as Uranus enters Taurus and moves into your eleventh house. This new revolution has to do with a new set of long-term dreams or goals, accompanied by an exciting new set of allies, friends, or colleagues. However, as you are preparing for this change, which gets started next Month, you might have to make some dramatic changes in the work place. Just remember, you are emotionally affected by things in ways that most people are not. It’s therefore important that you not move too quickly and that you don’t burn any bridges as you are making big changes. You may not feel it at first, but the emotional effect of being too impulsive right now will likely hurt you later. So be gentle, even as you are inspired to make radical changes.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in your eleventh house will oppose Jupiter in Scorpio in your fifth house of children, pregnancy, creativity, and joy. If you have children or you are planning to have children you might be reconsidering or revisioning future plans in order to match the needs and desires of your children, or the need for more family fun time. This is also a wonderful transit for meeting or falling in love with someone special, perhaps someone you will meet through a group or creative activity. Be careful of overdoing things right now, as Venus and Jupiter together sometimes reflect overindulgence or extravagance.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in Capricorn in your seventh house. Big changes are also brewing within your intimate relationships. Whenever Mars and Pluto conjoin you can expect a tremendous outpouring of energy, work, and productivity. This could mean, as we saw earlier in the month, that your partner is working very hard on something right now or that your partner or relationship is undergoing some massive transformations. Mars and Pluto conjoining can indicate a powerful time of confronting shadows or being forced to address something challenging. If you’re not in a relationship, you could very well meet somebody new under the transit but be careful that whoever you meet is as emotionally available as they are hard working or productive. As a Cancer you will always need your partners to be emotionally invested in you and in the relationship.


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You are in for a month of ups and downs, Leo, which test you, and yet grant you the rewards of rising above. You are feeling a serious commitment to your evolving mission statement, what you are all about in this lifetime. It is difficult to move forward, except on the inside. The first three weeks of April are spent in a form of preparation for new career or professional goals, especially since Mercury is retrograding through your sector of higher mind. You are thus refining and revolutionizing the way that you see the world around you, to include travel and educational initiatives. After the powerful New Moon of the 15th you experience a flurry of new directions and insights. Then, in the week beginning on the 22nd, you are coming out with new agendas for career and self-expression, based on deep-seated values and on ideas that have long been percolating well below the surface layers of your personality.


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The new month begins just as Mercury is cazimi (closely conjunct) with the Sun in Aries in your ninth house of religion, higher education, and long journeys. Cazimi is a special condition that occurs when a planet is in an exact conjunction with the Sun. It’s said that a planet in this condition is greatly empowered, like the seal of the King given to an ambassador. With this conjunction taking place in your ninth house to begin the month you might be meeting a new teacher, or you might be feeling inspired to study something new or to take your studies in a new direction. It’s a good time to explore your beliefs, and it’s an especially good time to clarify and doubts you might be having about your core beliefs or philosophical convictions.

Between April 7th and April 11th Venus in Taurus in your tenth house of career and public reputation will make trines to Saturn and Mars in Capricorn in your sixth house of labor, health issues, and service. Right now, you are preparing for some very significant changes that will be coming into your career house next month when the planet Uranus enters Taurus and moves into your tenth house. In the meantime, this combination of planets depicts both hard work, focus, and productivity, as well as grace, good fortune, harmony, and beauty in the workplace. As a Leo you are proud and generous by nature, but this transit will encourage you to find success by working hard and earning a certain level of admiration, rather than being entitled to it.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in your ninth house of religion, higher education, and long journeys, will make a square to Pluto in your sixth house of labor, health issues, and service. Your faith is being tested right now, or you are being asked to put your beliefs into common practice or service in the world. This may require some humility on your part, but also your generosity, which you have in spades. You may also find that you are inspired to make a change in your life for greater health and wellness. Many of our diseases begin in the mind, and so just as frequently the path to wellness begins with a change of mind. Being open to new ideas right now will go a long way to improving your life and the lives of those around you.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your ninth house, exact just days after a New Moon in your ninth house on April 15th. Ever since May of 2010, the planet Uranus (planet of rebellion, discovery, and disruption of the status-quo) has been in your ninth house, completing transforming your beliefs, or perhaps sending you to far away places or even involving you in a journey of learning and education. Now the planet Uranus is preparing to leave the ninth house and enter the tenth house of career, next month, where it will stay for the next seven to eight years. Before it leaves you are now crossing an incredibly important threshold. This is a moment where you are looking to take the lessons learned forward into a new career direction. Just remember that this transformation will take time and it will require your patience, as well as your willingness to harmonize with others in whatever new direction you will take.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in your tenth house will oppose Jupiter in Scorpio in your fourth house of home, family, and property. Traditionally, the benefic planets were associated with the kind of weather conditions needed to make plants or crops grow and prosper. So, it’s never a bad thing to see Venus and Jupiter moving through your career and home house at once. This transit would generally indicate growth (or good fortune) in both areas, simultaneously. However, growth can be stressful. Imagine, for example, that you are remodeling, moving, or expanding your home business while also finishing a successful or profitable project at work. When everything is growing at once, sometimes we are busier than ever. It’s important that you don’t spread yourself too thin and that you look for the right balance between your public or professional duties and your home life.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in Capricorn in your sixth house of labor, health issues, and service. If you have been dealing with any perpetual or chronic illnesses, then you might be reaching a critical moment of transformation and healing. It will require your full commitment, courage, and participation if you’re going to make lasting changes. The sixth house is also a house where we frequently find ourselves engaged in serving, fighting, or working hard for something, sometimes too hard, so don’t be surprised if you are engaged in service quite intensely right now, and be careful not to overwork or exhaust yourself. If you oversee, employ, or hire other people, then don’t be surprised if there are significant changes or challenges in relation to those you manage. Remember to be your most generous and loveable self, and everything will work out fine!


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This is a month that is entirely concerned with your relationship with important partners, Virgo, and yet is still all about your own desires and needs. Because Mercury, planetary ruler of your sign, is retrograding through your sector of intimacy, you are both somewhat stymied by this significant area of life and yet also drawn to discovering further facets of it. All this month you are deep-diving, exploring with verve and determination your own depths, and the depths of others. In part, you are delving into secret places within that hold your essentially wounded nature, the residue of early childhood trauma; and in this you are in the same boat as all who are human. By unlocking the door to the cave, and allowing your dark places to flow into the light, you begin a healing process that desires to happen. Following your intuition leads you into some unexpectedly bizarre adventures that are, simultaneously, strangely enlightening.


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The new month begins just after a Full Moon in your second house of money, and possessions, putting the spotlight on tensions, challenges, or changes in relation to your finances or to your material possessions, expenditures, values, and resources. Mars and Saturn in conjunction in your fifth house as the month begins make it difficult to get things going, although you will have the stamina and the commitment to see these difficulties through.

Meanwhile, Venus has just entered Taurus and moved in your ninth house of religion, higher education, and long journeys and between April 7th and 11th will make trines to both Saturn and Mars in Capricorn in your fifth house of pregnancy, children, pleasure, and creativity. Though you are naturally concerned with purity, cleanliness, and service to others, this transit is asking you to reflect on the connection between your higher beliefs or philosophical commitments and the things you do for fun or pleasure. Are you too strict? Not strict enough? Do you hold up standards of purity publicly but rebel from the same standards privately? One of the life lessons for Virgos is to discover the difference between holistic purity and rigidity. This transit may also involve creative projects or your children, as well as the general connection between creativity or children and faith or beliefs, in general.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in your eighth house of transformation, death/rebirth, and shared resources will make a square to Pluto in your fifth house of children, creativity, and recreation. The connection between pleasure and karmic penalties is pronounced right now, so be careful that you aren’t indulging in things that are unhealthy as the karmic penalties may be more severe than you expect. At the same time, if fear tends to hold you back from healthy experiences of joy, pleasure, or creativity, then this transit may force you to confront and release your fears so that you can experience greater joy. There may also be intense changes or confrontation taking place in relation to shared finances or debt, as well as in relation to your children (or children in general).

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your eighth house of transformation, death and rebirth, shared resources, and karmic penalties, exact just days after a New Moon in Aries on April 15th. Here we see the potential for unexpected challenges or changes in your partnership, specifically around the subject of money or finances. It may be that your partner is going to change occupations, get a promotion, or leave their job. Or it could be that you are being forced to address challenges around responsibilities or shared duties in relationships. This is a transit that emphasizes individuality, rebellion, and personal freedom. Given that it is taking place in your eighth house don’t be surprised if you are looking for the right balance between one’s personal freedom and shared obligations. This is also a great time to face your fears or to support others who are desiring to break free and face their own fears. If there unhealthy co-dependencies in your life, expect that they will be challenged.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in your ninth house of religion, higher education, and long journeys will oppose Jupiter in Scorpio in your third house of siblings, communication, and short journeys. There is a real emphasis on your connection to spiritual or philosophical issues, as well as the subject of communication in your relationships (perhaps in relation to siblings, as well). An opposition from the benefic planets is a good thing, and in this case, it likely means that you are thinking about or discussing your beliefs and ideas more openly than usual with others. As a Virgo you are generally talkative, but you may also tend to be more critical, nervous, fussy, or judgmental. This transit therefore encourages you to see the good, find the good, speak the good, and share the good with those around you. You are also being encouraged to cultivate greater trust and faith in the world around you, by sharing and revealing more of who you are with the world around you. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that people are very ready to love and embrace you for exactly who you are, faults and imperfections included!

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in your fifth house of pregnancy, children, and creativity or pleasure. Again, if you are in the habit of indulging in anything that is self-destructive, this transit is a red flag. There may be consequences for reckless behavior right now. On the other hand, if you are in the midst of a creative project or process, then you may find that are extra motivated or finding a deeper level of intensity and focus available to you. If you have children, then don’t be surprised if they are encountering some powerful transformations this month, or if your relationship is challenged or transformed. Mars and Pluto together represent catharsis, but you have to be very careful. As a Virgo you are prone to a disaster mentality when stressed out. Try to focus on the idea that you are ultimately not in control of very much in life and try to remember that when changes come they are always easier to manage when we let go of our ideas about how things “should be” and instead accept things the way that they are.

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You are feeling your way forward, Libra, in the midst of an exciting month that holds surprises and new insights concerning the impact of partnership in your life. Recent days, leading up to the beginning of April have been wild, with sudden changes to take in, factors that return in the second half of the month, following the April 15th New Moon. With Mercury in retrograde motion, you are mentally exploring interpersonal connection, as is near and dear to your relational heart. This takes place on a multiplicity of levels; the deeper meaning might only emerge from a more concentrated meditation on what is far below the surface layers of your personality. Due to the alignment of cosmic forces, you are in the midst of a huge process of realization and transformation concerning these and other more individually personal issues. You are changing at the core, and do best when you acknowledge this simple, compelling, and incontrovertible fact.


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The month begins just as Mars and Saturn are coming into a conjunction in Capricorn in your fourth house of home and family, while both planets are also square to Mercury in Aries in your seventh house of love and relationships. Watch for conflicts or struggles in your relationship or within your family, or even between a spouse or partner and your parents or family members. Though you are naturally prone to finding or seeking harmony and fairness, you may have to define your boundAries very clearly right now or even separate yourself from relationships that are imbalanced and not likely to change. Remember that it’s not your role to mediate every conflict, either. Conflict is okay, and in fact, sometimes it gets worse when we try to manage or mediate other people’s issues.

Between April 7th and the 11th, Venus in Taurus in your eighth house of death and rebirth, shared resources or passive income will be making trines to both Saturn and Mars in your fourth house of home, family, and property. This is a good time for making repairs or for fixing or mending something in the home or family that has been damaged or broken. It’s also a good time to establish a better balance of power or resources in your relationships, perhaps especially regarding domestic responsibilities. You may also notice that those you are in relationship with are experiencing a somewhat challenging time surrounding money and finances or that they are undergoing some changes or maybe even some challenges in the work place.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in your seventh house of relationships will make a square to Pluto in your fourth house of home and family. Again, we are seeing an emphasis on both relationships and home and family matters this month. This transit is all about a powerful moment of catharsis and change in these two areas. As a Libra, you are happiest when the scales are balanced, but this transit will not likely give you that satisfaction. Just remember, when you look around at the world, things are not generally balanced. All you must do is take a walk in the woods to recognize that the ground beneath your feet is generally uneven. So, life is like this, too. We strive for balance but we learn to embrace and even love the natural unevenness of things, as well. Plutonian transits are not generally graceful or easy, but they do provide us with an opportunity for healing and growth, if we can suspend judgment and allow ourselves to experience whatever is coming up.

April 15th to 18th the Sun will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your seventh house, exact just days after a New Moon in Aries on April 15th. All month long your relationship house is highlighted. Relationships will always naturally challenge you to find the right mix of individualism vs cooperation or harmony. Just remember that people are people and not simply numerical values in a beautiful equation. Your most important life lessons will often revolve around moments of having to define or choose something for yourself, without so much concern for what others want or think or need. Some of your greatest teachers will also be those cavalier individuals who enter your life and do things without the same regard or constant concern for fairness that you have. This transit, like several others this month, may tip the scales more than you are comfortable with, but you will be just fine if you can remember that balance is not just an idea or an image but also a living, organic, process.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in your eighth house of transformation and shared resources is opposing Jupiter in Scorpio in your second house of money, possessions, and personal resources. This transit may tempt you to spend more than you need to or to indulge in things that you really shouldn’t. Be careful of that temptation. At the same time, you may find that you are negotiating or looking to strike up an agreement or come to an understanding of some kind in relation to financial matters. Who is responsible for what, and how do you clearly define what is yours from what is “ours.” You may also find that cooperation and mutually beneficial opportunities are surfacing. If you are trying to buy or sell something right now just be careful that everybody’s expectations are realistic and that nobody is getting taken advantage of.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in your fourth house of home and family, emphasizing some powerful changes in the domestic sphere of your life. Mars and Pluto together are all about catharsis and fated moments of confrontation or change. Sometimes people remodel their homes, buy or sell property, or face major changes or challenges among family members during this transit. It’s also not uncommon to see family members accomplishing major projects or the celebration of major family milestones.


This is a month of trials and transformation, Scorpio, although good fortune comes to you as well, to the extent that you can stay open to your possibilities. The first half of April, stemming from the extremely potent Full Moon of March 31st, represents a difficult stretch of time. Subtle feelings emerging from deep within you, and the introspective Mercury Retrograde period, finds you second-guessing what you are up to in this lifetime. There have been intimations of a different approach to anything that you have ever tried before, but these are subtle, and drift away from you in the very act of trying to pin them down. After the April 15th New Moon you might find unexpected enlightenment in the disruption of everyday circumstances and events. Based on the steep learning curve in which you are presently engaged, you are trying for a fresh start in the way you see your mission of service.


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April begins just as Venus is entering your seventh house of love and relationships, and just as Mars and Saturn are conjoining in your third house of siblings, communication, and short journeys. Sometimes Mars and Saturn are described as “serious and focused,” whereas Venus in the seventh is typically described as “ease and grace in relationships.” Put the two together in a harmonious trine and you get a lovely blend of mature, deep, and satisfying exchanges in relationships right now. If you’re being too serious or protective, or even secretive, don’t be afraid to let someone special draw you out into the open. Between April 7th and April 11th, Venus will be making trines to Saturn and Mars, at which point you may also notice an important negotiation or mutually beneficial agreement being made. Though you are instinctively protective, make sure that you aren’t looking a gift horse in the mouth!

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in your sixth house of labor, health issues, and service will make a square to Pluto in your third house of siblings, communication, and short journeys. Watch for issues related to your siblings, be careful not to overwork or exhaust yourself, and be especially mindful when traveling to take good care of your health. This is a difficult transit that may feature you being asked to help or serve someone in need, or it may involve fighting or advocating for something, or possibly addressing an issue you are having with an authority figure or someone you oversee or hire.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your sixth house, exact just days after a New Moon in Aries on April 15th. If you are dealing with unfair conditions in the workplace, don’t be surprised if you feel the need to rebel, speak up, or address things with someone who is able to help you. If you are the one in power, then don’t be surprised if those below you turn up with some complaints or criticism. Just remember, burning bridges, holding grudges, or create drama to make a point is never liberating because it only leads to further complications in the future. If you are busy working on something, don’t be surprised if you experience a breakthrough, and if you are dealing with health challenges, don’t be surprised for a turn of events, and maybe even a little healing miracle!

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in your seventh house of relationships is opposing Jupiter in Scorpio in your first house of self, health, and new beginnings. This is a romantic transit that can point to a strong level of magnetism or attraction between your self and others. Be careful of overdoing things, extravagance, or unrealistic promises or agreements, and remember that whatever comes up must go down. And remember, nobody gets anywhere in life without sharing with and trusting one another.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in your third house of communication, siblings, and short journeys. Mars and Pluto represent both free will and fate, both action and will as well as inevitability and consequence. When the two come together in this house you will see words that hurt and words that heal, words that are true and words that have been repressed or held back for too long. You may also hear yourself saying and thinking things that are YOUR feelings and thoughts, but it is as if they are being said aloud and becoming real for the first time. With Jupiter in your first house all year, you are being empowered to become a better and more honest version of yourself. This will require that you learn to share the power of your inner emotions with less reservation and with deeper trust in yourself and those around you. Everyone can enjoy you when you’re being honest, kind, simple, and without ulterior motive. The real question is, can you handle putting yourself out there in a more vulnerable way? And the answer is yes… you can handle it, so speak your truth in simple kindness and watch your old ideas about yourself fall apart and regenerate into something new.

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This is a reflective time for you, Sagittarius, when much is hidden, and when you are reconsidering all aspects of your creative self-expression. There is not much happening in public, although there is everything going on below the surface. You are earnestly attempting to understand how you might be able to advance. Regarding this evolution in the making, you can palpably feel its presence even though your next steps seem to elude you. There may be a way that you have fully articulated the inner vision that drives you. Your depths are calling you to search beneath the covers of your personal motivation in order to discern your deepest values and commitment, and to act only on these. You are eager for progress of a distinctly spiritual kind, so that one factor here might be to carefully assess the inner wounds and constraints that block you from being the best version of yourself that you can be.


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April gets started just after a Full Moon in your eleventh house of friends, groups, and wishes for the future, emphasizing the importance of your social life, who you are spending your time with, and how your social life shares in or diverges from your long-term dreams and goals right now.

The month also begins just as Mars and Saturn are conjoining in Capricorn in your second house of finances and resources. Mars is exalted, and Saturn is in its rulership, so this is quite a powerful transit, indicating that you are working hard right now to build your assets, pay off debt, save up for a significant purchase, or consolidate your existing resources. This is a hard-working transit, but due to the presence of Saturn the results or returns may take a while, so be patient. You are naturally a free-spirit, but you are also competitive. Stick to whatever you are working on right now, and don’t give up or quit. Most goals in life require commitment over a long period of time, and the sooner we accept this the easier it is to find the joy in whatever we’re doing. This transit will intensify quite a bit as Venus in Taurus in the sixth house of labor, health issues, and service will make trines to Saturn and Mars in Capricorn between April 7th and 11th, perhaps bringing some early returns or some help or assistance to whatever you’re working toward.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in the fifth house of children, pregnancy, creativity, and pleasure, will make a square to Pluto in the second house of finances, money, and resources. Your children may need your financial help right now, or there might be expenses related to children, in general. You might be reconsidering how you spend your money, or specifically how you spend your money for the sake of fun or enjoyment. This transit is highly transformative, and so if there is anything you are doing in the name of fun or pleasure that is costing you too much, on any level, expect to be confronting these habits and finding healthier ways of enjoying life. This is also a transit that speaks to the need to transform something in general in relation to your finances, so be open to the suggestions the Universe is giving you right now.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your fifth house, exact just days after a New Moon in Aries on April 15th. This is a fun, creative, unpredictable, and potentially unruly moment for you. Expect the unexpected. Expect to have some fun or to explore a new avenue of creative self-expression or performance and be careful not to overdo it or burn any bridges. This year you must be very careful about overdoing things with Jupiter in your twelfth house in Scorpio.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in the sixth house of labor, health issues, and service, is opposing Jupiter in your twelfth house of isolation and self-undoing. Doesn’t sound great, right? Planets in these places tend to inspire positive changes or personal healing, which can be very challenging, but they also inspire us to give our time and energy in service to others who are suffering in the world. You should be especially careful of gossip or high drama in your relationships around this time. With your ruling planet, Jupiter, in the twelfth house most of the year, it’s very important that you explore your shadows this year. Remember that whatever challenges you may face they are also preparing you for a season of rebirth that is coming toward the end of this year, when Jupiter enters its home sign, and your first house, for a year to come!

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in your second house of finances, echoing the same financial themes we covered at the start of the month. This is another moment of catharsis and change in relation to your time, money, energy, and resources. Be careful and don’t let your desires or impulses take you into any agreements, purchases, or investments of time or energy that will harm you more than help you in the long run. For the next few years, Saturn will be working with you in your second house and you will be growing and maturing greatly with regard to your resources, energy, and finances.

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This is a month of deep introspection, reflection, and course correction, Capricorn. Mercury is retrograding through your sector of your psychological roots, and there is a revisioning of what you carry deep inside. Issues of home and family might come up for review, and for even more poignant changes after the key lunation of April 15th. As you navigate this month’s dilemmas there are important consequences for the way that you emerge from the tunnel of April into the open fields of May, leading into the remainder of your year. You are advised to go slowly and carefully now, since each move you make at this time provides the material for the further changes of the next two years, leading up to 2020. Accepting change is never easy, although easier for some than for others. The more flexible you can remain in your thinking, and in your heart space, the better off you will be.


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The month gets started just after a Full Moon in your career house, putting the spotlight on the workplace, authority figures, and/or your public reputation. Now, the focus is shifting as Mars and Saturn conjoin to start the month (April 2nd) in your first house, in Capricorn. The first house is the house of self, health, and new beginnings. These two planets coming together are commonly described as “driving with the breaks on.” You might be feeling both compelled to move forward but also hesitant, cautious, or conservative at once. On the other hand, these two planets aligning with one another signify hard work, concentration under pressure, and the delivery of solid or praiseworthy results. As a Capricorn you are no stranger to hard work and solid results, but it’s also very important that you not exhaust yourself. Don’t forget, we work to sustain life, but work is not what we live for. Hard work and results die, and crumble, and fall apart, just like everything else, so make sure you are bringing your heart into everything you do. It’s the journey, not just the destination, that you are here to appreciate.

You will be especially reminded that life is also about beauty, joy, pleasure, and creativity, as Venus makes trines to Saturn and Mars from the 5th house of children, creativity, and joy, between April 7th and the 11th. During this time, be sure to take some extra time with your children, partner, or spouse, or take a break from all the drive and focus to remember the simple pleasures in life. During this time, Venus will also temporarily pass between Mars and Saturn, creating what is called an “enclosure.” This transit can offer a few buzz kills, or it can interrupt your life to remind you of the preciousness and beauty of the world around you. Either way, you’ll be a better person if you pay attention to the lessons the Universe is providing you right now.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in the fourth house of children, pregnancy, creativity, and pleasure, will make a square to Pluto in Capricorn in your first house. Expect a transformation of your home environment, living situation, or family dynamics. This is a big shift, and it may also bring up issues around authority figures, parents, or fathers. The Sun/Pluto dynamic may tempt you to repeat family or parental patterns that are unhealthy, or it may provide you with an opportunity to heal or purify elements of your family karma. Be careful of being overbearing or domineering. Though you have the personality and executive abilities of a CEO, as a Capricorn you must always be careful to keep an open heart and to consider the feelings and needs of others.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your fourth house, exact just days after a New Moon in Aries on April 15th. Expect some radical or unexpected changes, rebellion, or disruption on the Home front. Don’t be surprised if your kids are especially challenging during this time, or if there are surprises happening in your extended family.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in the fifth house of children, creativity, and joy is opposing Jupiter in your eleventh house of groups, friends, allies, and wishes or dreams for the future. This transit may put you into contact with someone important within a group or an organization, perhaps someone who is willing to help or assist you with your aspirations and dreams. On the other hand, this transit may represent tension between your social needs and desires and your own personality or creative abilities. Compromise is important right now, but no compromise should be so demanding that it negates your own individuality or creative voice. Finally, this is a transit that can bring good luck and a sense of enthusiasm or inspiration about the future. The universe might be sending you just the right people at just the right time, so don’t miss the opportunities that present themselves right now, either.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in your first house. This is a cathartic and personal moment for you. You might be ready to start or give birth to something brand new, or you might be facing or confronting a personal challenge. It’s easy to exhaust or overextend yourself during a Mars/Pluto transit in your first house, and it’s also tempting to be impulsive, cavalier, or somewhat reckless. Though you are by nature a very shrewd and cautious person, Mars and Pluto are explosive and potentially domineering, so remember to stay cool and keep your wits about you.

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This month is special for you, Aquarius, for that which is clearly visible in your life, and as well for what is hidden. You have a fortunate focus on public achievement; your work in the world is going well. On the other hand, you are well aware that outer success requires an inner foundational drive toward better understanding yourself in your deeper places, also emphasized for you in this April timing. Your natural curiosity about these and other matters is magnified. There is great progress to be made in this all-important mission, provided that you attend to subtle intimations arising from your own subconscious layers; such as with the aid of a dream journal. All through the month, with Mercury in backward motion, your communication and learning patterns are up for review and revision, whilst your best utterances derive quite clearly from the very heart of the matter, what you most profoundly value and where to place your utmost attention.


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The month begins just after a Full Moon in your ninth house, which highlighted the topics of religion, higher education and long journeys, and just as Mars and Saturn are conjoining in your twelfth house of self-undoing, isolation, prisons, hospitals, and service to those who are suffering. The twelfth house has long been thought of as the darkest of the houses, but the truth is that we cannot understand the light without going into the shadows and darkness. We can’t understand the value of community unless we have time alone, and we can’t understand the value of health until we’ve been sick. Mars and Saturn coming together in the twelfth house signify the hard work or labor of healing yourself or taking up a cause or mission on behalf of those who are suffering. As a child of Saturn (Saturn rules Aquarius in traditional astrology) you are prone to sympathizing with outsiders and outcasts, which were traditionally associated with Saturn due to Saturn’s dim and distant presence in the sky. With your twelfth house activated all month long, you may need to spend some quality time alone to contemplate why things are happening the way they are this month and what lessons there are for you in the experiences you’re having right now.

Between April 7th and the 11th Venus in Taurus in your fourth house of home and family will be making trines to Mars and Saturn in your twelfth house. You may find health, wealth, comfort, and support from your family or home environment during this period. Don’t be too proud to fall back on your support system if you need it.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in the third house of siblings, communication, and short journeys will make a square to Pluto in Capricorn in your twelfth house. Your siblings might be going through some powerful or personally transformative experiences themselves this month, and you may be called to help in some way. It’s also possible that your personal relationships with your siblings will be transforming. You may also find that you are hitting the road, traveling, or visiting with close friends during a transitional period. You may also find that you are having to summon your courage and inner strength in order to speak truth to power or to speak your mind more assertively than you like. Sometimes, for as good as Aquarians are at standing up for others, you struggle to stick up for yourself. This transit offers you an opportunity to speak the truth, or to address things that have been lingering or festering in the unconscious.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your third house, of communication, siblings, and short journeys, exact just days after a New Moon in Aries on April 15th. Here again we see the themes of speaking your mind, standing up for something, or speaking truth to power. You are naturally outspoken, especially when it comes to social justice, fairness, and human dignity, but it’s always harder for Aquarians to speak up for themselves and their personal, subjective, inner reality. In fact, for as smart as you are, sometimes people experience you as aloof or distant. The danger of not honoring our own inner, personal reality is that eventually we might explode with anger or frustration, and we can end up burning bridges. This transit is explosive but also liberating if we bring our heart and our love for others into the equation.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in the fourth house of home, family, and property is opposing Jupiter in your tenth house of career. This is a joyous transit, bringing both home and work into a moment of greater peace and harmony. This is also a growth-oriented transit. You may feel as though your career or home is expanding or changing for the better right now. With Jupiter and Venus opposed we must be careful about overdoing things, overstepping boundAries, or being tempted to do something that is overly indulgent.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in your twelfth house. This transit represents a cathartic moment that has been building up all month long. When Pluto and Mars get together it’s like the moment when the garbage has started to smell bad and you have to get up, take action, and bring it out to the curb. Strong actions can lead to purification and transformation at this time, whereas being lazy, stubborn, or willful right now will lead to complication, grief, and self-imprisonment. You are working through some deep inner spaces this month but remember that your family and home or dwelling place is a bright spot throughout. Don’t forget to turn to those you love when you’re feeling alone inside. Aquarians sometimes forget how deeply loved they are by so many people!

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You are in the midst of an inner growth spurt, Pisces, that prepares the way for practical real-world action. You are all about the learning right now. This is especially so in the first half of April, riding out the wave from the powerful mid-March New Moon in your sign. If your resources seem stymied, including financial ones, this can become the fulcrum for deeper exploration. The Mercury Retrograde period of time is good for introspection, and you benefit from giving free rein to your investigations, the seeds of future power. You might encounter trauma complexes from below the surface, and, if so, the prescription is to not shy away, but rather to welcome these hidden places inside you into the light of conscious understanding. After the April 15th New Moon, you experience a shift. While still working things out, you find your goals are shifting and coiling like a spring, ready to launch you into renewed activity come May.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School



The month begins as Mars and Saturn conjoin in your eleventh house of friends, groups, allies, benefactors, and wishes or hopes for the future, exact on April 2nd. The eleventh house was traditionally called the house of “good spirit,” and it was the place where the planet Jupiter was said to rejoice. As a Pisces, your ruling planet was traditionally Jupiter, the planet of hope, faith, good fortune, and wisdom. For you to commit and work hard for anything in life, you must believe in what you’re doing. The word “belief,” in fact, means to give one’s heart and affection to something. Mars and Saturn in your eleventh suggest that you are looking for the right vision, group, or allies to work with, or that you are seeking a more concrete plan or vision for your future. Just remember that if you’re not emotionally on board, if this vision or group of people doesn’t have your heart, then the hard work required will feel exhausting rather than fulfilling.

Between April 7th and the 11th Venus in Taurus in your third house of communication, learning, and siblings, will be making trines to Mars and Saturn in your eleventh house of friends, groups and hopes for the future. Your communication with friends or siblings is highlighted right now. Venus in your third house is the bearer of good news, unique opportunities, and general auspiciousness. You may have something beautiful or artistic to share with others right now, or you may find that you are able to communicate more effectively your needs and feelings to others, which may open new doors or exciting new connections for you. On the other hand, during this time Venus will also travel between the rays of Saturn and Mars, which means you may have to contend with some sticky situations while negotiating, communicating, or sharing something with others. Be patient, the synthesis is there, but it might require a little give and take.

Late in the evening of April 10th and into April 11th the Sun in Aries in the second house of finances, resources, and possessions, will make a square to Pluto in Capricorn in your eleventh house. Again, we are seeing a similar emphasis on groups, allies, friends, and your plans during this transit, but this transit also emphasizes financial goals, obligations, expenditures, investments, or the issues of how much time or energy you want to devote to something. This is an enlightening or clarifying moment for you but be careful to give yourself plenty of time and space before making rushed or impulsive choices.

April 15th to 18th the Sun in Aries will conjoin with the rebellious and unpredictable Uranus in Aries in your second house of finances, resources, and possessions, exact just days after a New Moon in Aries on April 15th.Expect a little shakeup in your finances around this time. The Sun and Uranus can represent an exciting new investment, a new financial philosophy, a much-needed lesson around money. You might be thinking of branching out on your own or starting a new business, or potentially reallocating your money, time, or resources due to a new level of clarity or inspiration.

Between April 16th and 17th, Venus in Taurus in the third house of siblings, communication, and the mind is opposing Jupiter in the ninth house of religion, higher education, and long journeys. You might be exploring your beliefs right now, or possibly taking up the study of a new subject. This is also a wonderful time to deepen your existing interests or passions, perhaps taking your studies to the next level. You might also be exploring the topics of religion, faith, higher education, or belief with siblings or close friends, or you might be looking for authentic mentors, spiritual leaders, or religious authority.

Finally, on April 26th, Mars will conjoin with Pluto in your eleventh house. Again, the focus is on your goals or dreams for the future, your friendships, the groups you belong to or the people you are networking and associating with. Mars and Pluto conjoining represent a moment of intense catharsis and transformation, of willfulness, power, and commitment. Sometimes these planets represent opportunism or a toxic level of ambition. Just remember that your heart has to believe in what you’re doing, otherwise even the most strategically sound advantages in life will end in disappointment or disillusionment.

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