April

An upfront, assertive Aries Sun for three weeks – first sign of the zodiac – should be go-ahead and impulsive. But there’ll be anchors dragging up to mid month with both Saturn and then Pluto in square.  So it’ll be stop start; with a smile of relief from the 14th when easier times come round courtesy of Jupiter turned direct in aspect to the Sun.

Venus and Mercury will quietly amble through sensitive Pisces, dreaming wonderful dreams and avoiding too much reality until into the third week, when they too shift into zippy Aries. Mercury here is outspoken and direct; Venus will be fiery, passionate though with a short attention span.

In the final days the Sun moves into steady, earthy Taurus though a lively conjunction with rebellious and inventive Uranus on the 22nd may bring a surprise or two.

Mars is unimpeded in Gemini most of the month, arguing with vigour and generally racing around; until the 27th when a square to Neptune could unpick a few plans.

PLANETARY ASPECTS:

2: Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces – vague, evasive, kind, creative.

5: New Moon in Aries – new beginnings

7: Mercury sextile Saturn in Capricorn – serious, practical, good for planning.

10: Venus conjunct Neptune – romantic, dreamy, can be disappointing in love.

Sun square Saturn – setbacks, delays, discouraging.

Mercury sextile Pluto – persuasive.

Jupiter direct in Sagittarius – subtle shift, which may bring better luck.

12: Mercury square Jupiter – confident chats, promise more than can deliver.

Venus sextile Saturn – sophisticated, cool, duty before pleasure.

13: Sun square Pluto – blocked, requires effort to overcome obstacles.

14: Sun trine Jupiter – good luck, enthusiasm.

Venus sextile Pluto – sociable, seductive.

15: Venus square Jupiter – frivolous, indulgent.

17: Mercury into Aries till May 6th – speaks directly, no deviousness or evasion, not always tactful.

19: Full Moon in Libra – pulled in two directions.

20: Sun into Taurus for four weeks – earthy, practical, indulgent, stubborn, possessive.

Venus into Aries till May 15th – upfront about desires and affections, resilient in the face of rejection, shrug and move one.

22: Sun conjunct Uranus – disruptive, innovative, uncompromising, new opportunities.

24: Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn till early October – can signal decay or blockage in outer events offering the chance for inner transformation.

27: Mars in Gemini square Neptune – can bring glamour or publicity or a sense that plans are dissolving.

30: Saturn retrograde in Capricorn until mid September – slowdown in practical projects, finances and organisational plans. Need for a rethink.

OUTER PLANETS

Jupiter into its own sign Sagittarius for a year from November 8 2018 until December 2019. Sagittarius is sporting, active, well-travelled, likes foreign cultures and countries; can also be philosophical, thoughtful, well-informed and narrow-minded.

Saturn: In Capricorn from December 20th 2017 till 2020/21 – usually coincides with a time of some financial shortages and the need to push ambitions ahead with persistence.

Uranus: In Taurus from May 15 2018– changing attitudes to handling of money, possessions and resources especially in agriculture and our attitude to nature. Stays for seven years.

Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.

Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.

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