Sunday, April 22 - Saturday, April 28
The waxing moon this week is a time for action and fulfillment leading up to next Sunday’s full moon in Scorpio. Pluto stations retrograde this Sunday, the day of the quarter moon in your sign. Pluto in Capricorn has been a cycle of transformation and truth in relationships for you since 2008. That becomes very clear this week, especially if Pluto is coming back to oppose your sun or ascendant. You can’t be anything less than honest about who you are, and that always affects your relationships, especially the ones that stood on shaky ground in the past. Mars conjunct Pluto this week, exact on Thursday, intensifies that transformation. A close friend or partner may be the one who makes an explosive change this time. However this aspect manifests, it will be a sudden and powerful change. Look for honesty and steadfastness in your relationships, and don’t compromise yourself for someone else’s comfort, even if it seems like it would be easier. You could make a powerful alliance this week.
Venus’ ingress into Gemini on Tuesday begins a cycle of rich imaginative potential for you. All kinds of beautiful ideas enter your head while Venus is here. Her immediate sextile to Chiron in Aries suggests that the ideas you’ve been hiding are the ones you need to show off proudly, as you continue this journey of authenticity. Mercury squares Saturn again on Wednesday, yet another aspect that suggests there will be some tension in relationships this week. This is a challenge to stay firm in your expression of yourself, and especially with any decisions you made about your career during Mercury retrograde. Mercury’s trine to the north node in Leo on Friday reminds you that authenticity comes from sticking close to your values and using your talents.
Saturday, April 14 - Friday, April 20
What are you planning to change in order to fulfill your vocation? You may have dropped some dead weight over this Mercury retrograde, leaving you lighter and free to pursue new opportunities once Mercury stations direct on Sunday. The new moon on Sunday night is conjunct Uranus and square Pluto, setting up a Cardinal T-square with your sign that’s like a trampoline launching you into the air. Prepare for surprising developments this week.
Chiron’s move into Aries on Tuesday is big news for you. It may feel like someone hid your armor away. Chiron can put you in situations that make you feel vulnerable, showing you where you must move through the fear to get what you want. Never forget that your vulnerability is actually a strength. It takes courage to be imperfect, to be real and emotional and still show up. This is a seven-year transit that urges you to come out of hiding. Venus plays along by opposing Jupiter and trining Pluto on Tuesday, blessing you with charm as you meet people and transforming your relationships to others. By coming out of hiding, you participate in the gift exchange with other people, sharing yourself with them and receiving love in return. Saturn joins in by stationing retrograde on Tuesday as well. It’s not the retrograde motion that matters quite as much as the possibility that Saturn may oppose your sun again (if you were born in June). In this case, he’s helping you to make big changes. Uranus will help Chiron with his project this week, too, bumping you out of your comfort zone. This is especially likely on Wednesday, when the sun and Uranus meet in the late degrees of Aries. The sun enters Taurus on Thursday, heralding an especially social season for you. Let yourself be seen.
Saturday, April 7 - Friday, April 13
It’s a waning moon week and Mercury stations direct with the new moon on the 15th. This means it’s a time of finishing small projects and reflecting on what’s coming next. Last week was intense. Now, at least for these seven days, you can do less and feel more. Venus makes a trine to Saturn on Saturday and Mars on Wednesday, suggesting that other people support your dreams. You get a sense of belonging from spending time with those who respect your boundaries. Note that strong boundaries don’t mean impenetrable armor: you also have to let people in so they can support you. The sun square Pluto on Wednesday highlights the slow transformation that’s been happening in your career. Jupiter is supporting your creative expansion with his applying sextile to Pluto and trine to Neptune. You have something wonderful to give to others. Enjoy the process of becoming.
Saturday, March 31 - Friday, April 6
Venus enters Taurus on Saturday, shifting your social life in a pleasing direction. Taurus season always brings you out of your shell, but Venus here is like the Empress of the tarot, promising abundant growth and the birth of something new. This is good, because the Libra full moon ruled by that Venus creates high tension in your life this weekend. Mercury retrograde has you cleaning out whatever is old and stale in your career, and Saturn in Capricorn has you raising the bar for the people you let into your life. Meanwhile, this full moon calls your attention to home and family. You may be having a conversation with a significant friend or partner to clarify the changes you’re making. You could either feel like releasing some of the career-related tension by spending time with the people who meet your standards of integrity, or retreating to your home to recharge. On Sunday, Mercury retrograde meets the sun and they trine the north node in Leo, reminding you that your creative talents have a place in your career. Be kind to yourself and others. You have planted something new, and you will see it grow.
Give yourself a gentle start to your week by doing something that feels good to you on Monday morning: rising early and making a nice breakfast, taking a few deep breaths, taking a walk -- whatever it is that helps you center yourself. Mars and Saturn make their exact conjunction on Monday, the one they’ve been building up to since the new moon in Pisces two weeks ago. This could symbolize an abrupt or upsetting development in a relationship. You may need to continue having difficult conversations with a partner, client, or friend, as Mercury squares Mars and Saturn on Wednesday and Thursday. Keep your resolve strong, and keep the key words of Saturn in mind: integrity, honesty, responsibility. Think carefully about what you say with Mercury retrograde. In better news, Jupiter begins to trine Neptune again on Thursday, building a beautiful grand water trine with your sign that supports fun, creativity, and fresh journeys.
“It is extraordinarily entertaining to watch the historians of the past...entangling themselves in what they were pleased to call the “problem” of Queen Elizabeth. They invented the most complicated and astonishing reasons both for her success as a sovereign and for her tortuous matrimonial policy. She was the tool of Burleigh, she was the tool of Leicester, she was the fool of Essex; she was diseased, she was deformed, she was a man in disguise. She was a mystery, and must have some extraordinary solution. Only recently has it occurred to a few enlightened people that the solution might be quite simple after all. She might be one of the rare people who were born into the right job and put that job first.”
— Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human?
Vocation is a personal and mysterious thing. It’s not always clear to people right away what their path will be. Even if you do know, there are always surprising turns in life. And often, when you do find your vocation, some people don’t understand. They will entangle themselves in the “problem” of you, trying to figure out why you are the way you are. This is a month for finding your direction and putting that first. Learn to be entertained by the people who don’t get it. When you stop listening to their opinions, the solution can seem quite simple, after all.
Mercury retrograde meets the sun on April 1st, and both trine the north node in Leo. You find your vocation through your values, and your confidence propels you towards it. This also suggests that the money will follow. This aspect repeats again on the 27th, echoing a theme that continues throughout the month. On April 2nd, Mars and Saturn come together in Capricorn. 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 way. Mercury squares both of these planets on April 4th and 5th (and Saturn again on the 25th). Your persona is changing, and so are your expectations in relationships. Saturn in Capricorn, for you, is raising the bar on your close friendships and partnerships. Mercury retrograde has you doing some “spring cleaning” in your career, tossing out what bores you to make room for the fresh and exciting. This may be a time when someone has a problem with your new boundaries. If someone wants you to continue doing things the old way, stay firm. It’s really about them.
On April 5th, Jupiter begins another trine to Neptune (exact May 20th) that makes a delightful grand trine with your sign. This gives you support for all kinds of emotional, intuitive developments, along with love, play, and exploration. If you’re going in the right direction, it should be fun! Try to relax and not take things too seriously with all of the cardinal squares this month. Venus makes a trine to Saturn from Taurus on April 7th, and another to Mars on the 11th. She’s supporting the growth of lasting friendships as you stretch further in the direction of your dreams. The sun square Pluto on April 11th suggests that the powerful transformations you’re making in your partnership expectations are transforming both you and your image.
The really big stuff happens in the third week of April. On the 15th, Mercury stations direct in Aries. Your career-oriented spring cleaning is done, and you can move forward with new plans. We have a new moon in Aries 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. A surprising, inspiring development may happen in your career, perhaps involving a partnership (either personal or business). Use this momentum to your advantage. Venus opposing Jupiter and trining Pluto on the 17th suggests that you are finding the best people to work with.
Now for the highlight of April: Chiron moves into Aries on April 17th. Chiron has been in Pisces for the last seven years, so this is a major shift. Chiron will stay in Aries until September 26th, and then come back in February 2019 to stay until 2026. He is teaching you to be yourself in public. Easier said than done, for someone who often prefers the safety of her shell. You are healing some wounds around your calling. Perhaps you haven’t yet allowed yourself to pursue the things you wanted to pursue, and perhaps other people’s opinions held you back. Chiron is here to teach you that only you can keep yourself from following that call. Maybe you’re not sure you have a calling, and in that case, you can be healing some of the wounds around everything you’re being told you should do when it’s enough to just be. It may be painful at first, but this is a seven-year cycle of accepting yourself so that you are strong enough to vulnerably, strikingly real, even in public.
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). This is most important if you were born in June, in which case Saturn is coming back around to make another opposition to your sun. This feels like Big Change. You’re getting serious about yourself, and it shows in your life. Pluto’s retrograde begins on April 22nd and may oppose your sun if you were born around mid-July. You’ll be pretty used to this by now, as Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, but you’re breaking out of your old shell and moving into a bigger, better costume that’s fitting for the person you are now.
The sun meets Uranus in Aries on April 18th, making this a day of potentially interesting developments or innovative ideas for your career. The sun then enters Taurus on the 19th, heralding a season of social activity and growing relationships with the groups in which you feel you truly belong. Venus leaves Taurus on April 24th, entering Gemini, where she plants an interesting variety of ideas in your imagination. Mars meets Pluto in Capricorn on the 26th, making quite the noise in your house of relationships. The powerful transformations you’re making here will be heard loud and clear on that day. On April 29th, the sun in Taurus makes a trine to Saturn in Capricorn, supporting the partnerships that fuel your dreams. The full moon on April 29th is in Scorpio, square the nodes. This is a creative, fun moon for you. It’s all about self-expression, which is ultimately what your vocation should be: an expression of your one unique spirit. Take some time to just be and enjoy yourself at the end of this month. When you’re moving in the direction of what you want, it’s supposed to be fun!
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