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April 2019

There is a little bit of everything this month but without any of the game changing events of the last few months. There are no solar eclipses, with don’t have Uranus changing signs as we did last month and Mercury is no longer in retrograde motion. We do have four planets turning retrograde this month, but this won’t trip us up in the way that a Mercury retrograde phase can and as these are some of the most important planets in the solar system, this is giving us permission to slow down.

Apart from the Sun, Mercury and Venus, who are always on the move, there aren’t too many shifts this month, with Mars managing to spend the whole month in Gemini, by the skin of his teeth. Without Mars shifting his focus from one area of your chart to the other this creates a sense of stability as well. In general, while there will be times when things become heated, this should be a good month and a chance for many of us to catch our breath.

When I am walking you through any month I always deliberate about where to begin. I know it doesn’t really matter, but like every story, it has to start somewhere. This month I am starting in Pisces, for no reason other than this is where Mercury has just turned direct and where he and Venus are tying up loose ends after the Sun left last month. Held back by a retrograde phase last year, Venus didn’t return until 27th March and is here until 21st March. Mercury, who returned in early February for what should have been a 14 to 15 day visit instead spent much of last month in retrograde motion, not turning direct until 29th March.

Mercury is in Pisces until 17th April and this is where heart and mind will be until then. This is also when dreamy Neptune will begin to fly solo. Once Venus and Mercury leave he will be on his own after Chiron left in February and it will stay that way until the Sun returns next February. This is the first time since Neptune returned to his home sign in 2012, that he is really able to make it his own.

This means Venus and Mercury won’t be there for a New Moon in Aries on 5th April. For that reason, while a New Moon will always create an opportunity for new beginnings, it might not be until the Moon comes full circle, early next month, that the real implications are experienced.

In the meantime, as is always the case, the Sun is spending the first three weeks of April in Aries. However, what is not normally the case is for the Sun to be confronted by a second Full Moon. At some point during the Sun’s month long visit to Aries, he will be confronted by a Full Moon in Libra. We had that Full Moon during the Sun’s early hours last month. However, with the Sun here for a month and the Moon coming full circle in 28 days, its return on 17th April will create a rare second Full Moon, on 19th April. This is the first time in 58 years that we have had two Full Moons in a row in Libra and this has another consequence, in that this is the reason why Easter is late this year.

As Easter falls on the first Sunday after a Full Moon in Libra and this can only fall while the Sun is in Aries and the Sun leaves on 20th April, you can thank this Full Moon for Easter’s long weekend coming late this year.

It is within hours of the Full Moon on 19th April that the Sun will return to Taurus on 20th April, just as Venus and Mercury are taking over from where he left off in Aries. The Sun will return to Taurus almost three weeks after Mars left, on 31st March, just hours before we moved into April. This is also Uranus’ first full month back in Taurus and here for the next seven years, in between Mars’ departure and the Sun’s return, there is a valuable chance to let things settle.

Meanwhile, 1st April is literally Mars’ first full day in Gemini, with the warrior planet of the cosmos making his first visit since 2017. Not leaving until 16th May, Mars will spend the whole of April here, firing up the Gemini ruled area of your chart. What is exciting about Mars’ position here is that he will be here in Air ruled Gemini, during the second Full Moon in Air ruled Libra. The Moon will move into a friendly aspect to Mars in the lead up to the Full Moon on 19th April, creating the potential to trigger exciting developments across the Gemini and Libra ruled areas of your chart. While a Full Moon can create tension, with support from Mars there is a chance to turn this into an opportunity for a breakthrough.

Your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you more information on which areas of your chart are ruled by Libra and Gemini, but as an example, for Aries, where the Full Moon is in your relationship sector and is putting pressure on you and your relationships, you have Mars in your communication sector. For Capricorn, the Full Moon falls in your career sector, with support from Mars on the job front.

The Sun, Mercury and Venus are the only shifts this month, with every other planet in the solar system staying put. The exception is the asteroid Juno, who will leave Gemini and return to Cancer on 21st April, ahead of Mars’ return next month. Four of the planets are not just staying put, but turn retrograde this month, taking a lot of urgency out of the year.

The first two planets to turn retrograde are Ceres and Jupiter in Sagittarius, Ceres on 11th April and Jupiter two days later, on 13th April. For Jupiter, it was always a given that he would spend the middle months of his 13 month visit to Sagittarius in retrograde motion. However, it is Ceres’ retrograde turn that is keeping this dwarf planet here for the majority of the year. Normally here for just three months and having returned in January, Ceres should be leaving this month. Instead, she is staying on to keep Jupiter company during his retrograde phase.

The other two planets turning retrograde this month are Pluto in Capricorn on 25th April and Saturn, who also turns retrograde here on 30th April. Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter are the three most influential planets in any given year and to have all three turn retrograde, really is dialling back the pace of the year and it will stay that way through the middle months of the year. When I say dialling back, I am not talking about everyone falling asleep at the wheel and more that things dial back to a more manageable pace.

What is interesting about Pluto and Saturn is that they both catch up with the South Node this month, Pluto in the early and Saturn in the later days of the month. The South Node represents where we hold onto the past and Pluto and Saturn’s conjunction this month is their first in Capricorn in our lifetime. Yet they happen in the same month and just as Pluto and Saturn are turning retrograde. Not just in the Capricorn ruled area of your chart but across the board, this will be a chance to lay some old ghosts to rest.

All the very best for what should be a less manic month, but also with Mercury no longer in retrograde motion, speedy where it needs to be and with little to trip us up. There might be some tension between Mars in Gemini and Jupiter and Ceres in opposing sign Sagittarius and between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and the North Node in Cancer. However, these are more balance issues and if you do find yourself under pressure or feeling tense, look at where things are out of balance. This is a little like knowing when your wheels need aligning in your car because the steering wheel gets shaky.

I will continue to keep you informed through the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes. A reminder that the General, Love, Money, Business, Chinese, Pet and Fashion Horoscopes are all available on the website but also that you do have the option of having not just the General Daily Horoscopes emailed out, but the Daily Love, Money and Business Horoscopes as well – click here for details.

Your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you more information on where all this month’s events are playing out, with the Monthly Reports getting right down into the details.

All the very best for the coming month
Anne Macnaughtan


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