Astrology for April
April Celestial Events:
- April 5 – New Moon in Aries, set an intention to commit to action, take a risk, step into something new. With the Moon soon to square Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, create a structure to continue to follow through with your plans.
- Apr 9 – Venus conjuncts Neptune in Pisces. This is a day for love and compassion.
- Apr 10 – Jupiter turns retrograde. What has been growing these last months now will slow to deepen
- Apr 16 – Mercury enters Aries, communications become sharper, as we leave Mercury in Pisces behind. We are more able to focus on our own initiatives and less susceptible to the energy and dynamics around us.
- Apr 19 – Full Moon in Libra. With the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Libra we balance our needs with our collaboration with others, seeking harmony between self and others. The Moon conjuncts Uranus. We are open and flexible to new possibilities and breakthroughs.
- Apr 20 – The Sun enters earthy and practical Taurus. Solidify what was started last month.
- Apr 24 – Pluto in Capricorn goes retrograde, themes of transformation and change are strong.
- Apr 29 – Saturn in Capricorn goes retrograde, combined with Pluto, the structures or what is certain is giving way to upheaval and change (see below)
Saturn in Capricorn is closing in on Pluto in Capricorn. Both planets cut away the nonessentials. Now is the time to prune back what is nonessential and unauthentic, what is of the past and is ready to be transformed. We want to free ourselves from clutter, and transform self-judgment into openness. While committing to these tasks we remind ourselves continually to tune into Jupiter in Sagittarius. This means to broaden our vision, and allow movement into uncharted territories.
The Twelve signs for March 2019: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): With Mars now in light and speedy Gemini, you shift gears this month and things move more quickly. You are full of ideas and ready to go. So plant that seed of intention on the new moon (April 5) as your navigating star. Mid month, with Mars aspecting Neptune, situations slow. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed or indecisive. Take a deep breath and center. Mercury is now in Aries and your thinking can get right to the point of your situation. Trust it.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): Dear Taurus, such a need to change things up! You may feel restless. You are seeking something new, something that can break you out into a new life and revelation! Don’t procrastinate, but take the time to contemplate what is calling to you and how to bring it into your life. Mostly, be aware of and open to new possibilities. Take up that offer, that opportunity. Your imagination is strong this month. All artistic pursuits are favored. In fact you encounter deep appreciation and love this month.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Dear Gemini, Mars moves into Gemini and you are ready to go! Your motivation increases as well as your ability to stand up for yourself. Your communicative abilities are more active and you are able to get your point across. It is so welcome after this last Mercury retrograde period in Pisces, when clarity was lacking. This is a good month to start something new, to make a proposal, or start a new exercise or yoga practice. After the full Moon on the 19th, it is best to slow your momentum and step into imagining what might be accomplished next. On the 27th with Mars squaring Neptune, bring your sharp mind to witness and watching. It’s not a good day for strong action.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): This new moon in Aries is a good time to set your goals and intentions toward accomplishment. There is an emphasis on stepping out, of putting yourself out in the public. Perhaps you have been imagining, creating, deepening in contemplation what you are developing and hoping to communicate. When Mercury enters Aries on the 16th, bring your voice out. Give it a try, a test run; make space for new possibilities to arrive into your life. You may alternate between being quiet, working in your own private space and bringing yourself out into the public domain.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Dear Leo, spring can always get you going! That fiery Aries energy motivates your own fire. This is a good time to take a class, go to a workshop, and extend your horizons into something new. Or perhaps you will travel, or go on an adventure. The 10th through the 13th the Sun squares Pluto and Saturn, so slow yourself. Take time to clear out the old clutter and eliminate things that have been bogging you down. On the 22nd the Sun conjuncts Uranus, and you are activated into new insights. Do something completely unique that day, to open yourself into new dimensions of perception.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): The New Moon opens with a bang for you! With Uranus in Taurus and Mars moving into Gemini you are stepping out in a way you haven’t before, at least not too often. You are called upon to communicate something of significance. And now you have the motivation and courage to do just that. It is a breakthrough point for you that opens the door to more possibilities. There’s a poetic voice that has stirred and is ready to become more public. When Mercury enters Aries on the 16th, it becomes easier to communicate exactly what you are thinking.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Dear Libra, with the Sun now in Aries you feel the thrust of new and resurging motivations. Yet Venus, your planet, now travels through Pisces, increasing your sensitivity to others. Mid month, Venus conjoins Neptune, so it can be challenging to find your boundaries. Your heart feels open and generous. It can be a particularly rewarding time to enter the studio, to go into creative pursuit, or to refine your craft. To gain the benefits of that, it is best to invite in Saturn, meaning schedule these times into your calendar. You may not want to come out!
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Dear Scorpio, you may find that the intensity of the last couple months is now lessening. Your heart is lighter and more playful. Communication is strengthened as well. With things lightening up you may be tempted to take on many more interests. That would be too scattering for you at this time, so choose a couple things. But definitely have some fun! With Venus now in water sign Pisces all creative and imaginative endeavors are favored. You may feel more love as well. With Uranus aligning with the Libra full Moon be sure to keep your center and balance. Be open to new possibilities!
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): Dear Sagittarius, with Jupiter now in your sign and trining the Aries Sun this month, you feel more confident and positive about your future. Collaborations with others can be beneficial now as long as things are clearly defined. Toward the end of the month when Mars squares Neptune, be sure not to overlook any details. Take some time and space to go inward, connect with the greater and broader consciousness that is so akin to your nature. As Venus enters Aries on the 20th, you may continue to feel more fortunate and abundant!
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Dear Capricorn, it always benefits the Capricorn to attune to his or her inner direction. There is a natural urge to manifest more of who you really are, so you can accomplish what your heart desires. At this Aries New Moon, know there is no other person like you. Honor your uniqueness, and listen to it, just like you would honor some one you admire. Then take a risk and go for it! Simplify as much as you can so your focus becomes clear and directional. With Uranus now transiting another earth sign, aligning with yours, be open and flexible when opportunities present themselves, but, of course, don’t over commit.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Dear Aquarius, as Jupiter begins to trine Uranus, (the first few weeks of April, and more solidly next year), look around. What is begging to be changed? So change things up. Bring in something new. Collaboration now with others can be beneficial and enjoyable! There may be something from the past that you need to complete. Now is the time to set that into motion. With Saturn entering Aquarius next year, you start on a new round of being, taking up another level of skillfulness in your life. Mars in Gemini coaxes you to come out and play!
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): With Venus now in Pisces, as it does so once a year, your affection and appreciation increase. You experience the beauty of spring, family, and friends. Venus conjuncts imaginative Neptune on the 9th. This is a wonderful time for love, for sweetness, and connection. As Mercury moves out of Pisces on the 16th, situations and daily life just seems easier and moving forward in a more direct way, with fewer interruptions. You might utilize this new Moon time to set an intention around financial matters, clarifying whatever needs to be clarified. But most of all enjoy yourself and those you love this month!
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 35 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.