April 2018 Planetary Overview by Jennifer Angel
A month to leave the past behind and embrace the future.
March closed with Venus, the ruler of love and money, having moved to Taurus, one of the signs it rules. The full Moon was also in Venus ruled Libra, so the month closed with a feeling of working with rather than against people to get the job done.
April kicks off shortly after the commencement of the spring equinox, which heralds in a new start that works best with a positive attitude and optimistic outlook. It’s a message to leave the past behind and open up to new adventures, possibilities and experiences. Add to this energy a Mars Saturn connection during the first week. The solid foundations of Saturn and motivating energy of Mars combined in business-oriented Capricorn can push forward to make sound progress.
Keep in mind that during all this activity, that Mercury, the communication planet, will be retrograde (out of phase) through to mid-April. As such, you will need to be careful of a few things: Beware of being overly controlling, speaking rashly, stepping on toes or defying authority, all of which can get you into hot water. However, Venus will interact favorably with Saturn later in the week, opening the doorway and your heart to embrace love and relationships that can last the distance of time.
During week two, the Sun will challenge Pluto, and the energy of these two power-planets can result in a few different ways. It can set up a power struggle, especially if you feel your integrity or authority is being questioned in some way. In the process, it can force you out of your comfort zone to stand up for yourself. This can be a good thing, even if it does feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable. It’s a message to do what is right for yourself, keeping in mind that there are times to make compromises and times to take a stand. However, this is a judgement that only you can make.
Mercury comes out of retrograde on the 15th, as well as a new Moon later the same day, both in the sign of Aries, the sun sign of new beginnings and initiation. This is a great sign of things to come and to put your hard work of planning, thinking and preparing into action. And as Uranus, the planet of unexpected developments, is close by, there is a feeling that anything can happen. Keep your mind open, your schedule flexible and attitude optimistic.
Week three commences with a Jupiter Venus opposition, which reminds you to be cautious with your money, rather than impulsive. Saturn, the planet of caution, will go retrograde at the same time, for a five-month transit, at which time you can gain a great deal of insight as to where you are and where you want to end up. This is a perfect time to plan, organize and restructure.
Mid-week, April 18, a Sun Uranus connection in Aries can cause life to be unpredictable, but it quickly settles down the next day when the Sun make his move to Taurus, a more grounded energy. A great time to revisit your finances and how you manage money.
At the end of this week, power planet Pluto will also enter a retrograde transit for a five-month period. As Pluto is the planet of transformation, you have a chance to deal with, or come to terms with anything you have been struggling with and do some personal house cleaning. It’s your chance to let go and discard old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve in you in a positive way.
During the last week of the month, on April 24th, Venus, planet of love and money, will move to creative and communicative Gemini, and lightens up the energy for easy interaction. The day after, Mercury challenges Saturn, which can prompt you to have a serious discussion with someone close. On the 26th, a Mars Pluto connection can either cause you to be assertive or aggressive, be careful it is not the later. Shortly after, the full Moon is in Scorpio on the 29th as well as a Sun Saturn interaction on the same day. This makes it an ideal time for a huge clean out, both physically and emotionally. A perfect way to finish the month!