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Polar Vertex or not, spring has sprung! There’s plenty of good fire power to draw from, especially in the first half of the month.
Venus enters Aries while Mercury enters Venus ruled Taurus on April 5. Any transit that crosses zero Aries is a strike-flint influence. Venus on the move re-stimulates the challenge, opportunity, or impetuous of last month’s lunar eclipse (March 23).
April 6 to 11 holds plenty of trigger aspects, most notably the super new moon in Aries on April 7 which makes aspects to Saturn (trine), Pluto (square) and Uranus (conjunction) – all before many of us (west coast folk) are out of bed! Setting up the energy of this super new moon, the transiting sun trines Saturn on April 5, squares Pluto on April 6, and extends the action through it’s conjunction with Uranus on April 9. This stellar set-up aims to put us/it into action a lot faster. If you are in accord with the move-along then opportunity is on your side. If you are resisting necessary change or are holding on too tight, then the transits will serve to shake it up for you in order to make room for something new to come in. Look for your best options and choices to define themselves, for the direction forward to map itself more clearly, even if it wasn’t part of your original intention or plan.
April 11/12, a particularly fertile stage is set as Venus trines Mars. Together they can cut to the chase regarding relating, conveying the message, meeting an objective, money making, or creative enterprise. At the same time the sun is aligned with (conjunct) Eris, the goddess of discord. Eris heats up desire, personal will, and fighting spirit. She is not one to back-down from a challenge, an offense, or a fight. A show of courage, creativity, and passion into action is the right play. It is not a time to hold back but to assert, to be bold, to put yourself on the line for what you want. Even so, patience is required as Mars, Pluto and Mercury are about to start retrograde.
Outer planet retrogrades are subtler and generally gain less notice than transits like Mercury retrograde. However, Pluto’s annual retrograde cycle starting April 18 may get more attention as it begins less than 24 hours after Mars starts retrograde, a transit that happens every 26 months. These two planetary re-directions are well aligned with the end of college and university semesters, for reaching a next stage or phase, or for any other switch track you find yourself at. They are also good for distancing yourself from the immediacy of the moment in order to catch up with yourself; to reflect, assess, or to work on/with/through what you have amassed to date.
I have written at length on Mars in retrograde in the new EA Journal (available as of the April 7 new moon) and will post an excerpt on my website soon. In the meantime, know that Mars retrograde continues through June 29. It starts the cycle in Sagittarius and will revisit Scorpio on May 27 to finish the cycle in this sign. It’s a both a check-in and a heating-up influence. Mars represents the leading edge of your soul’s desire, as such it’s a very important transit to watch. Even if you don’t have planets in Scorpio or Sagittarius you will feel the effects of this dynamic transit. (Yes, it’s a good time to book a consultation with your favourite astrologer.)
To repeat, Mars stations retrograde on April 17, Pluto on April 18. On April 19, Taurus month begins and April 22 brings a full moon in Scorpio. Venus is active from April 18 to 22, forming aspects with Saturn (trine April 18), Pluto (square April 19) and Uranus (conjunction April 22). Essentially – and despite the retrogrades, you can expect that the entire month is prime and triggered for action. Mercury in Taurus stations retrograde on April 28 but it will be staging from April 14 (Mercury trine Jupiter) onward. Mercury’s activity is also very potent this month and next.
Stay alert, stay creative, stay courageous!
April 8: Super New Moon in Aries: 4:24 am (18:04 Aries)
April 21: Full Moon in Scorpio: 10:24 pm (2:31 Scorpio)
April 5: Venus into Aries: 9:51 am
April 5: Mercury into Taurus: 4:10 pm
April 14: Ceres into Aries: 7:49 am
April 17: Mars stations retrograde: 5:14 am (8:54 Sagittarius)
April 18: Pluto stations retrograde: 0:23 am (17:29 Capricorn)
April 19: Sun into Taurus: 8:30 am
April 26: Pallas into Pisces: 5:29 am
April 28: Mercury stations retrograde: 10:20 am (23:35 Taurus)
April 29: Venus into Taurus 5:35 pm
** Please note all times listed are PDT, please check your local listings.
Dates to watch: April 5 – 7, 9, 12 – 16, 17 – 22, 28, 29
ARIES March 19/20 ~April 19
You have greater than usual fire power to draw from now, so hit it full steam ahead and aim to make the best use of your birthday month. April 5 to 9 are particularly well sparked, so use these days engage with another/others, to get on with personal projects or to dive into something new. The super new moon on April 7 is greatly boosted by Uranus, Pluto, and Saturn. This new moon should stir up something! April 11 to 15 are also primed for action. Overall, this can be a good “go-get-em” time, but know that Eris, the goddess of discord, is triggered (by both the sun and Uranus). These few days could be a positive break through or shake it up time, but with Eris on high heat, her influence could also cause friction or disruption.
Mars in Sagittarius is an excellent influence for spreading your wings; for exploring, learning, and adventure. It infuses you with more energy, confidence, inspiration, luck, and opportunity. Mars in Sagittarius favours all matters to do with travel, higher education, writing, publishing, teaching, performing, consulting, exhibiting, marketing, and law.
Mars in Sagittarius also points you towards your future in some major way. You should find you gain good ground through this first three weeks of April. The week of April 11 can kick-start something new or added.
The first three weeks of the month put you on full steam ahead. As of April 17, Mars in Sagittarius begins retrograde and on April 18 Pluto follows suit. On April 19, the sun leaves Aries for Taurus and on April 22 the moon rises full in Scorpio. With so much planetary action packed into a short few days, it is a time to re-prioritize and to re-weigh options. Direct less attention to what’s going on “out there” and pay more attention to what’s going on inside you. This shift is ideal for developing a project, or for sorting out a relationship or personal goal. What you really want and how are you going to reach out for it? Consider Mars retrograde as a staging and prepping influence. Allow inner wisdom enough quiet and quality time so that it may speak. And when it does, listen up!
TAURUS April 19 ~May 20
Some things and some people fall by the wayside now while at the same time new interests, opportunities, and soul yearnings are awakening within you. Healing moments and agents of change show up in all shapes and sizes. It’s a natural progression. Chiron in aspect to the karmic axis marks the now as a poignant time of personal transition. Significant lifestyle changes are in the works. Relinquish and make room for something better.
Aries month is always a time when a fresh fire lights within you. Preceding a super-charged new moon in Aries on April 8, Venus into Aries and Mercury into Taurus on April 5 are good for a boost in this regard. Creativity and well-placed passion are excellent fuel. Know that Eris is also triggered and that anger can get the better of you. Go ahead, get angry, but make it for justice or a just cause. Find a healthy outlet for the excess.
April 9 through the week that follows is a match-strike week. Use this week to discuss, convey, negotiate, stage, and to information gather. By the time both Mars (April 17) and Pluto (April 18) turn retrograde, it will be time to switch tracks. Your immediate needs and personal health will need more of your attention. Don’t dawdle, tend to yourself pronto quick. April 28 to May 22, Mercury travels retrograde in Taurus and it will be time for a re-evaluation.
GEMINI May 20 ~ June 20
Ready, set, go. Use the first two weeks of the month to spruce up, renovate, move; to scout, improve, and explore. A new goal, paycheck, or lifestyle could get a major kick start from the super new moon on April 7 and the sun’s alignment with Uranus on April 9. A risk can be part of the mix, but don’t let it stop you! Overall you should feel you are heading along the right track. April 9 to 16 is a good one for putting it into action and for getting a better feel. Along with the sun in Aries, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter make it a good week for meet and greets, for communications, negotiations, interviews, information gathering, marketing, travel, and learning. Its also a productive time to mentor, to work with an agent or advisor, or to get the scoop from one in the know.
A relationship or legal matter can hit a rapid move-along too. Once Mars (April 17) and Pluto (April 18) turn retrograde, you may have more questions and/or less conviction. Mars retrograde brings a time to pull back and to look inward rather than outwardly for answers, to read/see with your heart rather than your glasses. A key family member or person from your past can occupy you. Mars retrograde is an appropriate time to give someone or something another look/see or second chance. A move back home, or a visit back to someplace you’ve been previously suits the transit. On a karmic level, Mars retrograde can see you revisit the past in some significant way. When déjà vu hits, know there’s something of great importance to process or reclaim.
CANCER June 20 ~ July 22
Your new reality hits a faster trajectory as April opens. New priorities, opportunities, and challenges hit full swing too, especially so as of the super new moon in Aries on April 7. When Aries dominates, you have no other choice but to be a risk taker. The good thing about the stellar set-up for the first half of the month is the speed with which you can breaking new ground for yourself. The other part of this is the black and white of it. You’ll know right away what’s working and what’s not.
On April 5, Venus enters Aries and Mercury enters Taurus. Together they are enhancing and clarifying, setting the tone for lucrative action and profitable undertakings. Mercury loans you more sure footing. Pay close attention every step of the way – to what you hear, see, and take on. Mercury is on the set up for it’s retrograde cycle, April 28 to May 22. (Shadow time begins on April 14.)
April 5 to 16 is a key set-it-up time. What springs into being now will continue to be a driving force for next four years.
Mars in Sagittarius urges you to tackle the future now. Don’t put it off. You are being offered a window of opportunity now. What you set into play can set you onto a more fertile platform; it will give you ample to work with and toward, this regarding both the short and long term. Mars now compels you to confront the work, corrections, and upgrades that you know are so necessary and desired. It is an opportune time to explore a new line of work and to implement a new health regime. You’ll find the learning curve to be an especially productive undertaking. If Mars in Sagittarius piles it up too high and makes you feel like the work or the problem territory is running rough shod over you, look to Mars retrograde, starting April 17 to help you get in front of it better. Both Mars retrograde and Mercury retrograde are good for an internal reset and re-evaluation. The are both productive time-out or pull-back cycles. Use them to work the
insecurity, doubt, fear, or non committal residues out of your system. They gift you with a time extension. Use it wisely. Aim to get yourself better informed and prepared.
LEO July 22 ~ August 22
Intuition, creativity, forward thinking, and great timing are on a strike-it-hot cycle April 7 to 9. Go exploring, try your luck, travel, relocate, perform, call the shots, be the front-runner. Aim to broaden, market, or rebrand yourself. For the most part, Mars in Sagittarius and the Aries backdrop (Sun, Venus, Uranus) keep that good fire going strong through mid month. Thanks to the transiting Leo moon and Ceres fresh on the move, April 14/15 provides another fresh fuel boost.
Once Mars (April 17) and Pluto (April 18) turn retrograde, it will be a time to redirect your attention away from the race ahead/chase-it-down, and to replenish and re-center yourself. Mars retrograde calls for you to strengthen and refortify from within and to stand apart from the rest in some dynamic way. Mars retrograde assists you to tap what is most natural and true for you; to create more distinction, uniqueness, and identifiable you. Throughout the process, Mars retrograde aims to reaffirm and/or put you back in touch with what your soul really wants, from you, from it, from them.
As of April 5, Mercury enters Taurus. Due to its retrograde cycle which occurs from April 28 to May 22, Mercury will stay in this sign until June 12. This Mercury transit is a more potent/dynamic one regarding the manifesting and karmic side of things. It can bring you to a long awaited end, beginning, reward, result, or goalpost. It puts added emphasis on career, self employment, finances, commitments, contracts, personal ambitions, and priorities. It also puts added importance and/or need on those who support, limit, or dictate your circumstances, i.e. authority figures, bosses, parents, dependants, etc.
VIRGO August 22 ~ September 22
Whether you are actively working your way toward it or it happens out of the blue, a new level of independence and freedom is on the April roster. Venus into Aries, starting April 5 could dish up fresh financial prospects, a new passion, or even a new love interest – although perhaps that new person on the scene is actually yourself. Targeting where and how you’ll extract from the greatest benefit, Venus in Aries and the super new moon cycle starting April 7, supports you to re-birth and embrace a new you. By all means, gift yourself with more of the good stuff. Mercury into Taurus, starting April 5 increases your desire to stay more consistent and committed to self-honoring. Both Venus and Mercury are firmly invested in helping you to increase your net-worth and self-worth. Whether you experience it as a breakthrough, a shatter through, or a sudden blast, watch for the super new moon April 7 and the Sun/Uranus conjunction on April 9 to strike flint.
Mercury in Taurus, a great manifesting influence, will assist you to build your inner resources and outer confidence through June 12. While in retrograde cycle, April 28 to May 22, Mercury pumps up your inner hearing. It also puts a magnetic force field around you, one that helps you to be more selective on the intake, to filter information better, and to match you up with what you need (like it or not). Ultimately Mercury retrograde helps to strengthen inner accord and resolve.
Mars retrograde, starting April 17, won’t let you escape a talk (perhaps its an argument) with yourself. This is a truth seeking influence, one that is meant to accelerate your growth and learning curve. It takes you through an intensified review and stage-setting cycle. Over the next couple of months, you are going to clear away and pack-in a lot more than you now anticipate. Mars can prompt a new address, a new family or living-with-yourself chapter. The intended goal is to move you to higher ground. Look to the end of August and the fall for a new chapter to begin.
LIBRA September 22 to October 22
While health upgrades, work, and working-it-out continue to keep you completely immersed, Venus into Aries, starting April 5, and the super new moon of April 7 pump fresh air into your tires. They ignite a feistier, more energetic and expressive side. Perhaps they’ll make you more competitive too. No matter what the prompt, if you are motivated to bettering your best, it’s a good thing. With Uranus so well ignited, someone or something could burst into your awareness, overtake you, or completely redirect you. April 7 to 9 is sure to speed up the action. The week that follows also keeps you on the fast track move-along. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. A risk is simply part of the new moon mix. Radical change and accelerated personal reinvention is too. Perhaps there’s no choice but to rise to the occasion. Mars/Venus (April 12) and Mercury/Jupiter (April 14) can get a good thing off to a terrific start.
Mars retrograde (April 17) and Pluto retrograde (April 18) are sure to produce a momentum shift. By this point you will have experienced, explored, gathered-up and/or taken-in enough. Along with Mercury’s about face (April 28 to May 22), the retrogrades take you through an intensified sort out it out and feel your way along qualifying period.
Due to it’s retrograde, Mercury will tenant Taurus from April 5 to June 12. In addition to a focus on finances, and relationship investments, this Mercury transit marks the now as a significant juncture/turnpike along your karmic path.
SCORPIO October 22 to November 21
Get ready for a particularly busy work or work-it-out month ahead. Thanks to Uranus so active, fresh challenge and fresh opportunity is part of the super new moon mix. You are wise to keep your schedule, your plans, and your thinking as open and flexible as possible so that you can drop-and-run or take it on when the moment arises.
Venus into Aries and Mercury into Taurus on April 5 can help you to streamline more quickly. Along with the super new moon on April 7, they’ll make the best race horse a more obvious pick.
Mars retrograde, starting April 17, and Pluto retrograde, starting April 18, prompt you to a major rethink, revisit, or revision. It’s the right time to cut back on social activities and involvements, unnecessary spending, and time wasters; to invest more quality time and attention to a particular project, relationship matter, or personal ambition. The next two to five months is a time to re-work and re-fortify, to build up resources and assets, to get a better foundation set in place.
Is what you want and desire within your reach? Are you getting enough out of your activities and involvements? It is to your advantage to get more selective regarding who and what gets a piece of you. Mercury retrograde in Taurus (April 28 to May 22) takes you through an important re-evaluation period regarding relationship involvements, money making options, and contracts, both actual and karmic.
SAGITTARIUS November 21 to December 21
Mars in Sagittarius continues to keep you stoked and moving fast through the first half of April. Venus in Aries, starting April 5, the super new moon on April 7, and sun/Uranus on April 9 keep the action, the intrigue, and serendipity on the ready dial-up. By all means, feel it, do it. When your hot/it’s hot, play it for all its worth. When the opportunity arises/the getting is so good, there’s no reason to hold yourself back. Stay open, ready, and available. With Uranus in the mix, there is likely to be a surprise or two tossed into the mix.
It’s a much different pace in the second half of the month once Mars (April 17) and Pluto (April 18) switch to retrograde. Mars, Pluto, and Mercury retrograde (starting April 28) bring a time to let the world spin on its own and to pull back from the over-activity. Give yourself more time to check-in with yourself again, to replenish energetically and creatively. Want it or not, Mars retrograde gives you on time extension. Mercury retrograde in Taurus can slow you down or stretch you financially. More patience and perseverance is required. Are you heading in the right direction? Is it shaping up the way you envisioned it? If yes, great. If not, what needs to be subtracted or added? Along with Pluto, the retrograde cycles test your ability to hold it steady. It also tests the strength of your resolve and ambition. Retrograde influences are best used to observe and listen more. The are great for inner exploration, soul searching, for re-centering yourself, and for creative undertakings.
CAPRICORN December 21 ~ January 20
Uranus and the new moon in Aries keep the action hot regarding through the first half of the month. Home life, a new family member or circumstance, real estate, a new business venture, and personal reinvention are among the key targets that gain a boost from the Aries initiative. It is a particularly vibrant time for all new starts and/or radical lifestyle changes. Fresh and new looks good on you. Venus in Aries and Mercury in Taurus, starting on April 5 are enhancing. They are great for investments and spruce-ups of all kinds.
Of course with Uranus in the mix, anything goes. There can be surprise upheaval, eruption, or a sudden carpet pull. Extra caution is advised at home, regarding family members or emotions on the edge. Be especially vigilant regarding the use of sharp objects and weapons, potential electrical or fire hazards, and break-ins. Don’t leave young ones unattended – ever.
Pluto retrograde in Capricorn, starting April 18, reinforces your need to get yourself or your life under better control; to create a greater degree of independence and freedom from that which is pulling on you, tethering you, or holding you back. (Stop with the guilt and the should!) Mars retrograde, starting April 17, operates as a background influence but it is none-the-less potent. Both retrogrades power-up your intuition and your desire to get yourself to someplace better. Mars will complete retrograde at the end of June but it won’t complete with Saturn until late August. By the end of September, you will be ready to rock and roll. Until then, it’s a matter of sorting it out, living through it, and paving a new foundation.
Mercury retrograde in Taurus, starting April 28 also helps you to get back in touch with what, where, how, and who is in your best interest. It is a good transit for taking more quality time out to yourself; to enjoy what you have earned and deserve.
AQUARIUS January 20 ~ February 18/19
More to do, to think about, talk about, and try on for size; Aries month has you on a great refuel. You feel well energized physically too. The learning curve goes a lot faster also. You’ll find yourself especially quick on the uptake. The transiting moon is in Aquarius April 1 to 3 makes for great synchronicity and a productive start to the month.
Uranus, your ruler, conjoins the super new moon on April 7 and the transiting sun on April 9. It’s sure to be an eventful, fast-track couple of days. Something or someone could jump out at you. When Uranus in Aries is triggered, it is always wise to use extra caution when driving, riding a bike, exercising, playing sports, or getting into something heated. These few days are great for social activity. Hire a new agent, introduce yourself or your business, try a first date, start a new conversation, attend a tradeshow, an opening, a special occasion, etc.; sign up for a workshop, etc. Buy new wheels, a new computer, the latest phone, or some other new toy.
The first half of the month is great for all new starts, for clearing the pathway, and for working your way to a finish line.
Watch for the energy and momentum to shift as of April 17 when Mars begins retrograde. April 18, Pluto begins retrograde. April 19, begins Taurus month, April 21 brings a full moon in Scorpio. That’s a lot of planetary switch-track in just a few short days. Perhaps it’s the end of a semester, project, trial period, or some other well-timed wrap-up. On the other hand, something could come to light that requires more evaluation, research, investment, staging, or time.
From April 14 onward, we hit the shadow period before the next Mercury retrograde which starts on April 28. Don’t dawdle on your taxes, get them done early if you can. Mercury retrograde in Taurus targets all money matters, especially those to do with home, family, real estate, and self employment. Mercury in Taurus also draws attention to all matters to do with appreciation, accumulation, feeling stifled or stuck, values, integrity, self honoring, personal needs, sexuality, appropriate boundaries, etc. On the personal note, its time to remind yourself who you really are, what you really want, and what/who you are doing this for.
PISCES February 18/19 ~ March 19/20
It can be a good money-making month. Then again with so many Aries planets in action, it can be easy to burn a hole in your wallet. To the plus, a concentration of both Pisces and Aries stars keep you and opportunity well energized. Watch for the super new moon in Aries puts pedal to the metal. April 6 through 16 is a burn-the-rubber time. There could be an unexpected extra or two thrown into the mix.
As of April 17, Mars begins a ten-week retrograde cycle. What are you willing to put up with? How much investment and time are you willing to give it? Is your life or your career meeting expectation/heading in the right direction? How much further do you have to go before you get to your goal post? While in retrograde Mars prompts you to rethink your priorities, commitments, obligations, rules, and expectations. Along with Pluto retrograde starting April 18, its time to figure out whether the game plan is delivering the goods, or whether you need to reprogram.
Mercury enters Taurus on April 5 and begins retrograde in this sign on April 28. While you may have been game earlier in the month, financially or otherwise, Mercury retrograde could cause you to rethink what you’ve taken on. Too, the cycle could see you change your mind about someone. Take your time to feel your way along financial and relationship plans and undertakings. Too, make sure your facts, figures, and paper work is in good order, that you’ve supplied all the required info. Mercury retrograde could necessitate a redo.