General Predictions for April 2018

Affirmation of the month for the Four Elements: 

For Aries, Leo and Sagittarius: Keep the Dream Alive!

For Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn: Trust in the Universal Power of Love to Protect and Guide you!

For Gemini, Libra and Aquarius: Life is a Journey of Infinite Possibilities and not a Destination!

For Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces: Stay Calm and Do Not allow anyone to Drag you into their Drama!

As true astronomical spring takes hold in the Northern Hemisphere, the planetary activity shifts from inward to outward. Mercury continues its retrograde cycle until April 15th, but you may want to wait a couple of more days to see improvements in terms of communications, technology and other areas ruled by the Messenger planet.

On April 18th, Saturn will slow down and mover Retrograde also. Saturn movements are very slow, so the next time the old grouch moves forward, it will be the first week of September at 2 degrees of Capricorn. I don’t find Saturn Retrogrades that different, except for getting a chance to slow down, consolidate and look after our physical self. Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra are the signs most affected.

Pluto will join Jupiter and Saturn in retrograding on April 23. Again, this is a very subtle influence unless you are a true Plutonian type: meaning lots of personal planets in Scorpio. The rest of us will hardly feel a pinch.

Interestingly enough, this April is as much about Capricorn energy as Aries and that’s a good thing, because Saturn and Mars in Capricorn, although still frustrating, are at home working hard, re-focusing on what needs to be done and looking at life realistically. Of course, if your favorite planet is Neptune, you may feel downright old or depressed.

The first 7 days of the months include the tail end of a Full Moon, Easter, Passover and yes, the April Fool’s Day. That hasn’t happened since 1956!

If you want to avoid stress please cooperate, but without selling your “soul” to the devil. We have to deal with a harsh Mars/Saturn conjunction in the sign of the Goat, followed by a nasty Mercury Rx square to both planets. Since Aries is involved would say, expect some angry outbursts and /or depressing news. Don’t panic; don’t rush to respond until Saturday when Venus will make it a productive day with regards to making decisions.

Now, the Last Quarter Moon will once again try our patience. Uranus will rattle our nerves, but only if we take ourselves or the situation too seriously. A lovely and cheerful Jupiter sextile asks us to make fun plans and ignore the bullies.

The second week looks more promising and it will culminate with an energetic, youthful true Aries New Moon cycle just as Mercury stations Direct. But first, we’ll have to deal with a Sun/Pluto square late Tuesday, early Wednesday. Take care while driving to avoid tickets, stay away from authorities or dark places and intense situations.

Thursday the 12th is a lovely day for lovers, dreamers and creative folks. If you’re single, go out and play! Venus, Neptune and even Saturn are on your side.

Yet, another meeting between expanding Jupiter and forceful Pluto makes it an interesting weekend for Scorpio and Capricorn. A soft sextile between Mars and Neptune echo a call to simply be and not push yourself or others. You can take a well calculated risk, decide to pursue a goal, promote your products or start a dreamy new relationship.

The week of April 16 through the 22ns poses some challenges. We have Saturn and Pluto Retrogrades, an unrealistic, waist expending Venus/Jupiter opposition and a Solar change from fiery Aries into earthy Taurus.

The most important thing to know is to avoid taking on debt and being extremely caution with new investments. I also expect some social unrest or more digging up dirt and that makes a poor climate for taking risks.

A nerve wrecking Sun/Uranus conjunction on Wednesday, April 18th may seem exciting, but I’ll pass on this type of excitement. The good news is that this is the last time Uranus will meet with the Sun in fiery Aries until the end of the 21st Century! Hang on folks, the very next day should feel much more stable.

The First Quarter Moon cycle in Leo over the weekend will bring mixed energy for Aries, Cancer and Capricorn; while Pisces and Scorpio shine. Take a nice walk or a bath, eat something delicious, buy a new perfume, but don’t dig too deeply. If you’re out and about Saturday night, stay close to your friends and family.

The last part of the month starts on the 23rd with a success building, optimistic sextile between Mars and Jupiter. The constructive pattern continues into Tuesday as Venus moves into playful, chatty Gemini.
April 25 and 26 demand a good deal of resolve and fortitude. 

Do be prepared for somber communications or serious planning when Mercury will square off with Saturn. Again, the Cardinal Signs: Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra are stressed. The exact hit involves folks with personal planets between 6 and 12 degrees; the exact degree being 9. If you think that’s the worst f it, you haven’t seen a potentially destructive Mars/Pluto conjunction around the 21st degree of Capricorn.

If your birthday is today, please watch out for aggression, propensity toward violence and make sure your personal safety is a priority. The other birthdays that also need to pay attention are a few days before or after July 13 (A Solar Eclipse Day!), October 14, and January 11.

The Last major lunation in April is a Full Moon in intense, passionate Scorpio, but this one is all about healing and transformation. Clean your closets, literally and figuratively, leave the past behind, make positive plans and focus on getting things done.

April 30th ends this month on a high note, especially for the Earth and Water signs, when the Moon finally gets along with trouble making Mars and Pluto, while being supported by gorgeous Jupiter and magical Neptune. Enjoy!

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