Sunday, April 22 - Saturday, April 28
Pluto has been transforming your ambitions since 2008, asking you to let go of anything inauthentic in your career and move towards your true desires. As a result, you’ve changed a great deal. You’re much stronger now, and more aware of what you want. Pluto’s station retrograde on Sunday will mean another exact transit to the sun, ascendant, or midheaven for some. For all Aries readers, though, Mars conjunct Pluto is the big news this week. Mars is your ruler, and his meeting with Pluto (exact on Thursday) signifies serious motivation in your career now. You are highly ambitious this week, and it shows. Use this energy to make big moves. Mars sextile Jupiter on Tuesday implies courage from deep inside of yourself, and perhaps support from an intimate partner as well. Mercury square Saturn again on Wednesday suggests that what you learned about yourself during the retrograde over the last month can be applied to your career as well. Ambition suits you.
Venus moves into Gemini on Tuesday, making an immediate sextile to Chiron in your sign. This suggests that expressing yourself to others goes a long way towards healing the vulnerability wound that Chiron opened up last week. You may be courageous, but you still need other people. Enjoy good conversation while Venus is in Gemini. Learn from others, ask questions, and practice communicating your truth with a touch of Venus’s charm. Mercury trine the north node again on Friday reminds you to play. With all of the serious Capricorn energy so far this year, don’t forget to have some fun!
Saturday, April 14 - Friday, April 20
Have you been using Mercury retrograde to plan your makeover? Get ready to put those plans into action starting Sunday, when Mercury stations direct just ahead of a new moon conjunct Uranus. Finally, the Mars-Saturn chains come off and you’re free to run straight into the future! In fact, Mars conjunct Lilith this week (exact on Thursday) gives you some Xena Warrior Princess energy to use in your career. This is a major outer-planetary week, especially for you, so expect high weirdness and surprises. Being agile and ready for anything is the key. For the adventurous mad scientist type, this is the ideal zone.
The real news headline for you is Chiron in Aries. After seven years in Pisces, Chiron is jumping into your sign on Tuesday, and staying there until September 26th. During this five-month visit from the Cosmic Healer, you’ll get an idea of what to expect when he moves in with you from 2019 - 2026. Your new roomie will replace the old one (Uranus) and start cleaning up after him. No doubt Uranus has been fun to play with -- giving you lightening-bolt ideas, blowing stuff up, morphing the old you into Future You at warp speed. But there may be some unfinished business that Uranus is too impatient to address. Like how it’s easy for you to present yourself as a strong leader, but much harder for you to show others your vulnerability. That’s where Chiron comes in. He’ll help you heal any wounds that you have around your true identity, so that you can show up in your life and relationships more authentically. Go into the emotions; let them move through you. Uranus zaps you with the unpredictable again on Wednesday, when the sun meets him in your sign. Then, on Thursday, we begin Taurus season: a time of focusing on your values, your money, and the Real. Let Taurus ground you in the small pleasures while you’re going through all of these hardcore changes.
Saturday, April 7 - Friday, April 13
The Mars-Saturn conjunction is still in effect, but it’s less intense this week. Venus in Taurus trine both Saturn and Mars (exact on Saturday and Wednesday, respectively) supports you in bringing your values to your career. This is a good time for you to set intentions around earning and spending, and to bring your talents into the public eye. Jupiter in an applying sextile to Pluto also supports financial transformation. As this is the last week of Mercury retrograde, you’re seeing the shifts you want to begin making in your self-image, and therefore in your public image. The sun square Pluto on Wednesday challenges you to be authentic. Next week’s new moon is going to be an extraordinary boost for you, not to mention the era-shifting transit of Chiron’s move into your sign on the 17th. Spend this week getting things in order so you’re ready for what’s coming.
Saturday, March 31 - Friday, April 6
Venus leaves your sign and moves into Taurus on Saturday, helping your talents to flourish. Abundance is in reach when Venus is here. Feel confident in your unique gifts. Open to the possibility of receiving more money. Saturday’s full moon in Libra brings a conversation with a friend, partner, or a contact who can help you in business. You’ve been powerful in your career lately. Some resolution or reward is coming, if you’ve been honest with yourself and others about who you truly are. Trying to balance your relationships with your work and keep everyone up to date with how much you’re growing isn’t easy. Find some peace with home and family this weekend if you can.
Mercury retrograde reveals a lesson for you when he meets the sun on Sunday. Together, Mercury and the sun make a trine to the north node in Leo, reminding you that the way through any hardship you’re experiencing involves love and play. The rest of the week is, once again, all about you and your career. On Monday, Mars and Saturn make the exact conjunction they’ve been building up to since the new moon two weeks ago. Wield your powerful sword with integrity. Old paradigms are changing -- perhaps you’re the one changing them. You might have to fight for what you think is right this week, especially with Mercury squaring Mars and Saturn on Wednesday and Thursday. Because it’s Mercury retrograde, think carefully about what you say, and avoid the conflict if you can. The old may be giving way to the new, but character -- what Joan Didion once defined as “the willingness to take responsibility for one’s own life” -- will never be out of style.
“After all, people may really have in them some vocation which is not quite plain to themselves, may they not? They may seem idle and weak because they are growing. We should be very patient with each other, I think.”
— George Eliot, Middlemarch
April is a month of self-reflection and moving towards the vocation that is the truest expression of you. It may require some patience on your part, which is never what you want to hear. Your impulse to spring forward is being impeded a bit by Mercury retrograde and Mars’ meeting with slow, steady Saturn. The month begins with Mercury retrograde conjunct the sun in Aries and both trine the north node in Leo on April 1st. This is a reminder to have fun! Play around with self-expression to see what feels authentic. Mercury will give you the same reminder later in the month, on April 27th, so think of this as a theme for April.
Mars makes his exact conjunction with Saturn on Monday, suggesting that your determination will be directed toward your career in the first week of April. Mars in Capricorn is driven, and Saturn is tenacious. However, when the two malefics of the zodiac come together, they can challenge you by throwing an obstacle in your path. Mercury squares both of these planets on April 4th and 5th (and Saturn again on the 25th). What you’re uncovering about yourself has an impact on your career. This will take time to manifest. Stay strong and find the power in slowing down. Saturn is in Capricorn for three years. It will all come together.
Venus in Taurus helps you to see slow movement as an ally rather than an impediment. Look to Venus to find pleasure in the good life: a nice dinner, soothing music, quality clothing, beautiful weather. Venus here is also about appreciating the energy of money, the joy in the exchange of gifts, and all of the forms abundance takes. Feel your inherent worth on April 7th, when Venus makes a nice trine to Saturn, helping you to show your value at work. Your career takes precedence in the second week of April too. When the sun in your sign squares Pluto in Capricorn on April 11th, some powerful transformation may become apparent. Venus makes a trine to Mars on the same day, again helping you to bring your natural talents to your career or life path and receive value in return.
The really big stuff happens in the third week of April. On the 15th, Mercury stations direct in Aries. At this time, your mini identity investigation period will end and you can start to move forward a bit faster. To make this even clearer, we have a new moon in your sign on the same day. This new moon is conjunct Uranus and square Pluto, making it a high voltage beginning that catapults you into the lunar cycle. If the slowness of Mercury retrograde and Mars-Saturn was annoying to you, this new moon will bring you all the fire you want and more. The fires of transformation are burning brightly in your career. Next, the Big Kahuna: Chiron moves into Aries on April 17th. Chiron has been in Pisces for the last seven years, so this is a major shift for everyone, but especially you. Chiron will stay in your sign until September 26th, and then come back in February 2019 to stay until 2026. You are coming out of a period of healing in private. Now you are challenged to heal any wounds having to do with the authentic expression of your identity in the world. Privately, you have healed some old fears and wounds. Putting it into practice by showing your true self to others can be harder, though, even for an Aries. Chiron here might hurt at first. He is teaching you to integrate your whole self, including the shadow side. In time, you’ll learn to show others your own vulnerabilities to others, to be visible even though it makes you vulnerable, and by doing so, provide a healing example to others. Go gently and be patient with yourself.
Saturn and Pluto both station retrograde this month, but the retrogrades of slower planets have less impact than those of Mercury, Mars, and Venus. Saturn’s station is on April 17th (the same day Chiron enters Aries). If you were born in March, this will matter most to you, because Saturn will come back to square your sun again. You are challenged, once again, to develop an authentic, mature expression of your current self. On the 18th, the sun meets Uranus in your sign, sparking some inspiration and likely some restlessness. The sun then enters Taurus on the 19th, beginning a season of more focus on your values and boosting your confidence. Pluto stations retrograde at 21 Capricorn on the 22nd, but again, it matters most if Pluto is squaring your sun/ascendant or crossing your midheaven again. In this case, you are going through a prolonged period of transformation that strips away everything inauthentic and leaves you with the bare-boned truth of yourself.
On the same day, Venus enters Gemini, where she stimulates your curiosity and gives you all kinds of beautiful ideas. Mars meets Pluto on the 26th. This is a powerful conjunction that stokes the fires of transformation in your career no matter how it aspects your natal planets. The force of emotion inherent in this conjunction may make something about your vocation clear to you. Not everyone sees their true vocation plainly at first. Even if you have that rare kind of clarity about your life path, the process will never be complete. Take the flashes of insight as they come and have faith that you have a purpose. The full moon on April 29th is in Scorpio, square the nodes. This is a particularly mysterious moon for you. Open yourself to spiritual forces at the end of the month. Accept the gifts as they come, whether they make sense now or will reveal their meaning in time.
Major Transits in April
Dates and Times for New York, NY (EST)
Sun conjunct Mercury in Aries: Mar. 28 - Apr. 5
Exact Apr. 1
Mercury in Aries trine North Node in Leo: Mar. 22 - Apr. 10
Exact Apr. 1
Sun in Aries trine North Node in Leo: Mar. 27 - Apr. 6
Exact Apr. 1
Mars conjunct Saturn in Capricorn: Mar. 18 - Apr. 17
Exact Apr. 2
Mercury in Aries square Mars in Capricorn: Mar. 30 - Apr. 10
Exact Apr. 4
Mercury in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn: Mar. 27 - May 2
Exact Apr. 5 and Apr. 25
Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces (applying): Apr. 5 - Oct. 1
Exact May 20
Venus in Taurus trine Saturn in Capricorn: Apr. 2 - 14
Exact Apr. 7
Venus in Taurus square Nodes in Leo and Aquarius: Mar. 27 - Apr. 16
Exact Apr. 9
Sun in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: Apr. 4 - 19
Exact Apr. 11
Venus in Taurus trine Mars in Capricorn: Apr. 2 - 23
Exact Apr. 11
Venus in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces: Apr. 9 - 17
Exact Apr. 12
Jupiter in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn: Dec. 15, 2017 - May 19, 2018
Exact Apr. 14
Mars in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces: Apr. 7 - 24
Exact Apr. 14
Mercury stations direct at 4.46 Aries: Apr. 15
New Moon at 26.02 Aries: Apr. 15 at 9:57 pm
Venus in Taurus opposite Jupiter in Scorpio: Apr. 9 - 23
Exact Apr. 17
Chiron enters Aries: Apr. 17
Venus in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn: Apr. 12 - 23
Exact Apr. 17
Saturn retrograde from 9.08 Capricorn to 2.32 Capricorn: Apr. 17 - Sep. 6
Sun conjunct Uranus in Aries: Apr. 11 - 19
Exact Apr. 18
Sun enters Taurus: Apr. 19
Pluto retrograde from 21.17 Capricorn to 18.45 Capricorn: Apr. 22 - Sep. 30
Mars in Capricorn sextile Jupiter in Scorpio: Apr. 18 - May 2
Exact Apr. 24
Venus enters Gemini: Apr. 24
Venus sextile Chiron in Aries: Apr. 21 - 27
Exact Apr. 24
Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: Apr. 13 - May 12
Exact Apr. 26
Mercury in Aries trine North Node in Leo: Apr. 17 - May 2
Exact Apr. 27
Sun in Taurus trine Saturn in Capricorn: Apr. 22 - May 5
Exact Apr. 29
Full Moon at 9.39 Scorpio: Apr. 29 at 8:58 pm
Sun in Taurus square Nodes in Leo and Aquarius: Apr. 24 - May 6
Exact Apr. 30
Venus in Gemini sextile North Node in Leo: Apr. 30 - May 5
Exact May 3