April 2 – Mercury enters Aries. This helps create a certain wittiness and desire to be verbally playful. It is a good house (11th = gain and income) for the Geminis, but not as good for the other sign ruled by Mercury, Virgo. This represents their 8th house of transformation and vulnerability. We must also remember that Mercury has been combust the Sun since March 7th, creating a certain level of irritability or impatience, especially for those ruled by this planet. It will get out of combustion on April 6th.
April 13 – the SUN enters fire sign ARIES, where it is in exalted status. This brings a lot of personal power to those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, and also makes them want to be the center of attention now. It is also beneficial to Leos, which sign the Sun rules, as it now will be crossing the Leo’s 9th house of good luck, good fortune, destiny and Natural Law for one month.
April 17 – MARS GOES RETROGRADE. Mars has been crossing its own sign of Scorpio, where it would normally be pretty happy. The only thing is, Saturn got there first and will continue on here for some time. These two being “great enemies” does not make it comfortable for either, having them both under the same roof, so to speak. Plus, now they are BOTH going to be Retrograde, or “the appearance of moving backwards.” Expect logjams in your projects and internal conflict and tension, Scorpios. This is also not great for those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, as Mars rules this fire sign, too, and will be retrograde (with retrograde Saturn) in their 8th house of vulnerability.
April 24 – VENUS moves out of its Exaltation sign, Pisces, and into fire sign Aries now, where it joins the Sun and Mercury. This will add to the fun times for the Aries Rising and Moon sign chart owners. Libras will be thinking of love and partnership, with the ruler of their charts now in their 7th house. However, the Taurus Ascendants and Moon sign people, will experience the ruler of their charts crossing their 12th house of loss and expenses, so too much money may be going out, and they may also feel like isolating a bit more.
April 28 – MERCURY GOES RETROGRADE! This condition will last until May 22, bringing the usual snags or misunderstandings in communication. Since Mercury governs the latter, plus tactfulness and diplomacy, it may take more effort than usual to maintain civil conversations
April 30 – Both Venus and Mercury go combust the Sun. That means they are traveling too close to the fiery orb for comfort and may feel that their “wings are being singed” a bit. This condition for Mercury lasts until May 17, and for Venus, until July 13.
A PREVIEW OF CONDITIONS IN MAY: You now see that by the end of April we will have FOUR of the nine planets in retrograde condition: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Mercury. In addition, both Mercury and Venus are combust the Sun. This is bound to be an intense time, and whatever we have been most trying to avoid dealing with, such as unfinished business of the past, will inevitably bubble up now and must be resolved. In addition, I have concerns as to what all this intense energy will mean for both our national political scene and conditions around the world. Stay tuned.
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