STARGAZER FORECAST APRIL 2016

APRIL / ARIES ~ MONTH OF FIRE ~ RESURGENCE AND PURIFICATION OF THE SPIRIT REALM

The turbulence and general dankness of March recedes swiftly into the rear view mirror, replaced with fresh and enlivening currents of energy and enthusiasm as numerous Aries transits marshal in new beginnings and a pioneering, indomitable spirit. April speaks to the liberating power of Uranus, signaling a spontaneous new order – get ready to jump! Paradoxically, the actual inertia of our activities slows as Mars winds down to the pace of treacle, as the retrograde cycle commences mid month, turning us about face, where we are asked to evaluate the actions we have taken over the last 8 weeks, if not the last two years. Time for redux.

ARIES NEW MOON

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The ARIES NEW MOON occurring on April 7th, sets a dynamic tone, though the entire period from the 5th – 9th is emphasized as Sun connects to the major influencers – Saturn, Pluto and Uranus throughout the week. A very lively connection to Uranus on the 9th indicates real breakthroughs are possible now. Pluto still creates a tense atmosphere, with a Sun – Pluto square on the 6th bringing a very pervasively challenging circumstance to a head, culminating in some really critical (and ongoing) power struggles. There is a distinct possibility that doing something completely new or unconventional can help us make the breakthrough where Pluto has been a repressive influence. Slow and steady Saturn weighs in on the 5th, reminding us we are moving in the right direction as we steadily manage to complete our to do list. The combined forces of the Sun, Moon and Uranus on the 7th creates a very dynamic surge of energy, and the ambience for the first two weeks of April will be utterly electrifying and impulsive. With such incredible vitality available, thresholds we have been unable to cross can now be obliterated. Saturn oversees and is very supportive from Sagittarius, so while the New Moon conjunct Uranus is a very boundary breaking influence on it’s own, initiatives we put into place now augment our long range efforts for structure and security, and ultimately satisfaction, an issue that became a prominent theme as Saturn went retrograde last month.

The Saturn retrograde period (March 25 – August 13) is a time in which we must evaluate the structures we have built since last November. Their durability and strength will be considered and where we have not succeeded in creating an enduring framework that offers the security we are cultivating (signified by the area where Saturn transits in your chart,) we will have to make modifications and renew our efforts to find stability from mid – August onward. The retrograde of Mars (April 18 – June 30) reinforces this, as both are traveling through Sagittarius. At the crux of this karmic journey is to overcome feelings of restriction and oppression in relation to our personal expression, feelings of joy, and the ability to obey our impulses. We have so much more to explore during this passage, although it’s safe to say we’ll gain the most valuable asset of this transit when we completely release ourselves from a perceived outcome and throw ourselves in and simply learn from the experience itself. Saturn demands we practice this, to integrate it into the daily, weekly and monthly routine. Cultivating a genuine sense of freedom, and unconditional and uninhibited feelings of faith in a positive outcome are where we want to wind up. It is only through the mastery of this skill that Saturn will release the restrictions upon the area being transited in your chart. Sagittarius is always focused on a destination, but realizes upon arrival there is still more territory in which to expand the quest, and embraces the next adventure. It is this nature of expansion itself (think Jupiter!) that reminds us not to fear constructing reality on the fly. Be fearless! Stimulation from Aries planets will push us to remarkable new heights.

Mars in Sagittarius meanwhile provides enormous enthusiasm and bravery to venture into that very unknown, although the upcoming retrograde phase may have us reconsidering the route we will take to get there, or what the destination is. Stationing at 8 Sagittarius (for nearly the whole month) those of us with chart factors at 8 Sag, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces (give or take 2-3 degrees on either side) are really gonna get hit with this one, though it’s a bit like a volcano erupting in slow motion. Aries transits of the Sun, Mercury and Venus, after the 5th, all amplify the fiery nature of this month. Fire burns and purifies by relinquishing the detritus holding us back. Fire also is associated with self expression, creativity and imagination, so it’s quite possible a big artistic project is in the frame. The Sabian Symbol for 8 Sagittarius is “Within the depths of the earth new elements are being formed” or as Thomas Carlyle said: “No pressure, no diamonds” so there is the potential now for profound alchemical transformation of the inner realm, as there are significant changes taking place. It’s a lot of pressure for Mars to hinge on a single degree for this amount of time. A great deal of this is going to happen beneath the surface, and with Mars set to move back into Scorpio by the end of May, we will once again engage the depths of the psyche as we submerge back into Scorpios’ depths. Go deep and make your diamonds people! By November, this phase of the adventure comes complete, and with Mars and Saturn meeting up on the 24th of August, a significant leg of the journey will be made. Saturn is setting the goals, Mars will bring the energy to achieve them.

VENUS IN ARIES – The opportunity for clarification and resolution of old issues, a new beginning; symbolized by the Four of Rods – Aquarian Tarot

 

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Venus will be in Aries from April 6th, intensifying the ambience and making us receptive to passionate encounters. After the prickly relationship dynamics we endured last month – Venus square Mars, Venus square Saturn, Venus conjunct South Node 😦 we will thoroughly enjoy the positive, upbeat quality of time we get this month. Venus trine Mars (12th), Venus trine Saturn (18th) and Venus conjunct Uranus (22nd) will offer renewal and growth through our encounters with others, especially where the pleasure principal is highlighted. With Uranus in the mix there can be opportunities for enticing new liaisons, though with Mars going retrograde, maybe not the best time to start a major relationship, IMO

Mercury flies through Aries like a banshee, ending a brisk two week transit when it enters Taurus on the 6th. Mercury will be in Taurus for a lengthy total of nearly 10 weeks, finally leaving on June 13th. From Taurus the thought process is anchored intensively to the material realm, so it’s likely we’re negotiating financial agreements and attending to matters of security over the next two and a half months. By mid – April you’ll get the gist, and the 14th and 17th are exquisite for conversations or hatching ideas that will offer solutions, as long as you realize this is just the beginning of a dialogue that will continue through the end of May.

Though Mercury is debilitated during it’s retrograde cycle (April 29 – May 23) the configuration it allows for is really quite incredible, as from Taurus Mercury completes a Grand Trine in the earth signs connecting Jupiter/North Node in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. The Sun in Taurus from April 20th adds palpable significance within this period and by May 1st, Venus joins the party, indicating a positive and attractive current of energy in relation to money, property and valuable possessions. This also has a very strong influence on our sense of security as we are likely to feel grounded and prepared to work productively towards goals. Of course – don’t think this one is in the bag, although you may find as early as May 7th or 10th that significant alliances are being formed or that prosperity and good fortune are moving in your direction. With Mercury retrograde, it’s very important to remain composed, especially if very big figures are involved, (and with Jupiter and Pluto involved, it could potentially be very big figures,) through the arbitration phase that is set to occur through May. A critical bit of information or a way better offer could be in store so you’ll do yourself the best favor to wait and hedge your commitments until the end of the month of May. Mercury stations from May 19 – 26 at 14 Taurus, in a pretty tight trine to Jupiter 13 Virgo. If nothing else, good moods and positive thinking will be pervasive, and with Jupiter direct (from May 9) it could be that we are putting the finishing touches on a very lucrative contract and working out all the juicy details. May the 30th is a good day to lock down agreements or dig a bit deeper in regard to your associates before you commit. Mercury activates the Nodal axis on the 21st and 22nd, offering a glimpse into what is ahead and what we should be striving for.

APRIL KEY DATES –

TUE 5 – VENUS – ARIES
               MERCURY – TAURUS

THU 7 – NEW MOON 18 ARIES

WED 13 – 2nd QUARTER MOON 24 CANCER

SUN 17 – MARS RETROGRADE 8 SAGITTARIUS

MON 18 – PLUTO RETROGRADE 17 CAPRICORN

TUE 19 – SUN – TAURUS

FRI 22 – FULL MOON 2 SCORPIO – EARTH DAY

FRI 29 – 3rd QUARTER MOON 10 AQUARIUS

VENUS – TAURUS

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STARGZER MONTHLY HOROSCOPE:

ARIES – Events this month have the potential to give you a brand new lease on life, and with Venus in your sign you will no doubt benefit from revealing your softer and more gentler side. Sparks of love that fly around the 12th and 22nd can kindle a new romance or take a current one to a whole new level. Exploration is key, and there is an exciting and spontaneous quality to connections you make now. Sneak in some kinky on the 12th, you earned it! The 18th can be ideal for establishing (or at least exploring,) a commitment with long range potential. A New Moon in your sign on the 7th connects to Uranus, signaling a desire to express complete authenticity, perhaps even making an unanticipated if unprecedented move. Professional obstacles or commitments not withstanding, you can feel a sense of urgency to make a radical change. Saturn is supporting your better interests, so go for it! Mind on your money and money on your mind from the 5th, as a two month transit involving Mercury (retrograde next month) impacts your house of income, personal resources and self worth. Think long game on this one: negotiations will see a few loops and turn arounds, and the conversations and agreements you enter into around the 14th and 17th bear fruit towards the end of May. Keep yourself open to changes and hang tight, this cycle can produce genuine prosperity, all the dirty details simply need to get hammered out first.

TAURUS – Your Sixth Sense is buzzing this month, and you have the potential of going deep within your psyche to retrieve treasures both forgotten and unknown. You would betray the best outcome right now by trying to extend your reach too far – think in internals, the best exploration you can make right now occurs within you. This inquiry, or maybe it’s a meditation (?) will help you unravel the knots of the current Mercury cycle, taking up a pretty solid 10 week stay in your sign from the 5th onward. On the plus, this cycle harmonizes a very positive potential for reaching a broader audience through a creative or personal undertaking. It’s also possible if you are looking to adopt a child from a foreign country, or in a relationship with someone from abroad, and if so, this matter is coming together for you in May. Conversations or insights that occur around the 14th and 17th set into motion the wheels for this opportunity, and although there may be a few detours, by the last week of May, things fall neatly into place. Mercury retro in your sign (from April 28 – May 22) can bring several reappraisals and shifting conditions. Meanwhile, Venus will enter your sign on the 29th, so you can expect some really delightful experiences throughout May, and it would seem likely people from your past play a role. A partnership matter comes to a head during the super emotive Scorpio Full Moon on the 22nd, and you need to decide if you are in or out. Unexpected, even unprecedented culminations in a relationship are possible. So are you?

GEMINI – Collaboration and team work is fruitful for you this month, as the energy of others spurs you to action, and offers inspiring insights that enhance your relationships with very positive influences. Romance can be found through friends or at a networking event. A key partnership is stimulated around the 12th, make the best of it. When Mars goes retrograde on the 17th you may find the flames of passion subside for a few months, which may be for the best if a relationship has been burning white hot and you need to tone it down. Surprises are in store on the 22nd, a partner may announce they are going away for work or travel, or you may meet someone completely new and unexpectedly. The gearshift to neutral comes courtesy of a 10 week Mercury phase occurring in your area of hidden treasures, endings and secrets which begins on the 5th. Your intuition will be very strong for the next two months, but this placement makes you highly empathic, and you readily pick up on the vibes of those around you, ESPECIALLY the bad ones, so choose your company carefully. During the retrograde cycle (April 28th – May 22nd) you will be mining some really interesting material from the way, way back of the deepest and darkest depths of your psyche. Pay attention for clues on the 14th and 17th as the topics revealed will likely speak to the ongoing process of resolution you seek to make within yourself during this cycle.

CANCER – The emphasis shifts to the very top of your chart, highlighting your public image and reputation as well as profession, fame and the distinct role you play in society. With Venus here from the 5th you are benefiting from positive PR or may find you have really reached a pinnacle in your career. Stunning opportunities for advancement can be revealed on the 7th, 9th or 20th. Anything that comes up at these times will likely have a futuristic bent, or likely just come in right out of the blue. The influences are positive and tap into your long range objectives and the hard work you have done up to now. Nail down details and make commitments on the 18th. A really bold new enterprise can take shape during the New Moon on the 7th, though you and a business partner or spouse may be at odds as to how you should proceed. More favorable influences en route during the Full Moon on the 22nd highlight creativity and pleasure. You can tap into a more romantic vibe at this point. Friends and organizations, particularly those connected to your past will be a significant source of activities for the upcoming two months, a trend you will most likely enjoy. It looks as though those you will be spending time and catching up with may offer really favorable energies that will help you either meet someone with real partnership potential or help you expand your social network considerably.

LEO – The travel bug hits you hard this month, and you might decide to go off on an unexpected if not unprecedented adventure. The New Moon on the 7th could reveal an exciting opportunity to get on the road. A creative project you have been working on since last Autumn could play a role, literally, if you are an actor, writer or performer you might be going on a tour or lecture series. The influences at work produce decidedly *unexpected* circumstances. They are equally enlivening, and you will want to take advantage of what is on offer, especially if a key partnership is at stake. The caveat: your day job or an uncooperative health issue may hinder your availability to accommodate your spontaneity. If so, this is likely attached to an ongoing issue that is quite ready to be resolved. The solution lies in trying something so extraordinarily different from that which you have in the past (and quite possibly inspired by a brilliant, but unusual cohort,) that you finally make the breakthrough you have been seeking for ages. Two weeks later, April 21st, a Scorpio Full Moon sets you back down to the roots and your base. Where you are from, where you are now, all the changes you have endured in this area for the last several years in this arena flow through your consciousness. Even a year ago, you felt so close to the changes you sought to make but still had so much more work to do. At this point you can look around and feel confidence that the changes you have desired manifested.

VIRGO – As the surreal — if not completely — unreal influences of last month fade into memory, you will find that you are entering a relatively calmer phase. Mercury in Taurus from the 5th provides an ambience of precision and clarity aiding communication and negotiations. This is a longer trend that will influence you through May, there is a long distance connotation and you may be working towards a long range enterprise or adventure that’s going to require some tweaking. April is about grounding down, particularly in regard to relationships that were tricky over the prior period. A bevy of planets and a New Moon in the 8th house (sex, death, intimacy) signals you are in the process of deepening a commitment you made or began last month (if not prior,) or that you are in the alternate process of purging and releasing a relationship that has come to an end. This profoundly personal period taps you into the depths of your desires, many of which may catch you by surprise. Very interesting influences preside on the 9th and 20th in particular, though your love interest might be caught off guard if you intensify your commitment on the 6th or 19th and they aren’t quite ready. Early Virgo will be challenged/stimulated by Mars station at 8 Sagittarius for most of the month. All Virgo will experience the retrograde cycle (beginning April 17 – end June) as a slow down on the domestic front. Just as you were starting to make your climb on and up, residential matters, perhaps a move, sidestep for the time being. For now let the pleasurable influences (particularly those of next month) take precedence.

LIBRA – It’s not so much about the relationship itself, Libra, but your relationship to the relationship and the headspace you allow it to occupy. Uranus is providing a highly liberating influence, but you have to be willing to burn the old script and make a radical departure from the past to make it work. An enticing new cycle begins for you on the 7th, and there are incredible opportunities for you to connect, cultivate and invigorate your relationship to the relationship. A direct approach will work wonders, although you might find your prospects are limited or that a partner goes out of bounds while Mars is retrograde. A contentious energy associated with your domestic scene also seems to be thwarting your efforts to authentic partnering, someone or something finds your arrangement a little too unconventional and this has been a topic of heated debate. To this end the 19th specifically can prove to be a challenging day. What you can benefit from this month, however, is the ability to uncover a whole new approach that can bring about the solution to an ongoing issue. It’s not so much about being confrontational so much as discovering a new way to articulate your position. The week of the 17th provides volumes of information about who – what and where you are headed. From the 5th an emphasis on business partners and shared resources becomes the topic of serious conversation through the end of May. A negotiation may stall or require modifications next month, but stick this one out, as there is a potential for substantial gain that makes the long game worth playing. Conversations, ideas and insights on the 14th and 17th open doors and negotiations that will fall into place by the end of next month. Financials come into focus during the Scorpio Full Moon on the 21st and you may be leaving behind one source of income for another.

SCORPIO – The emphasis for April is your wellness, body, it’s maintenance and your’ lifestyle. There are very positive influences to make long term gains financially as an element of luck and your obvious dedication at work will likely pay off for you in this phase. To the end you have been innovative in regard to your employment prospects, there may be a sudden opening or inspiration that triggers an exciting development. The 7th, 9th and 20th reveal the details. Currently, you have good energy to make money, the 5th, 12th and 18th are especially positive. However, with Mars going retrograde on the 17th, you may see a financial slow down, so while you can make some extra funds, it’s wise at this point to save that for a rainy day. The 17th and 18th see your double rulers, Mars and Pluto turn retrograde. Some of the candor and enthusiasm you felt since New Years will likely diminish as energy turns inwards, although the next few months take a very social turn and emphasize partnership as well as friends. You’ll come back strong in July. A Full Moon in your sign on the 22nd signals endings and culminations. You are ready to release much in this phase, and this serves you well with so much to gain over the coming months. You may have to look within for answers, but you will find them if you do! Mercury in Taurus from the 5th begins a significant 2 month transit affecting partnerships, with Venus to follow on the 29th. There may be some twists and turns on the road to an enduring commitment, but very positive influences assure a satisfying conclusion by the end of May.

SAGITTARIUS – Things get hot and heavy in your neck of the woods Sag, and the closer your b-day to November 30th, the more exquisite (or excruciating) the intensity you experience over the next month as Mars stations in your sign. The good news is there are electrifying currents due in your romantic, creative and self expressive realms, you can connect with an authenticity as well as foster new connections that allow you to express yourself in bold new ways you have never likely considered. The New Moon on the 7th sets the stage for incredible developments, especially strong signals appear on the 9th, 12th and 22nd. You are guided with incredible conviction, and feelings of bravery are strong in this period. There could be some discouraging news about the financials, and the 6th and 19th can be challenging in this regard. An inventive approach may trigger an answer to a long standing issue. Provocative meetings are on the way, even if your ardor is diminishing during the Mars retrograde phase, you can still explore what is on offer. A love relationship may stabilize on the 18th, or you see significant progress with a personal or creative project. You seek repose towards the end of the month, particularly around the Scorpio Full Moon on the 21st. It is appropriate at this time to reflect upon and release the past.

CAPRICORN – You are restructuring your life on a pretty fundamental level at this point, and it’s likely the changes occurring on the outside (most likely impacting your residence, or the relationship you have with the people within it) are starting to more accurately reflect what’s going on inside. Your inner landscape is ripe with fertile material you can use to create the soul home you seek. As the friction and growing pains of the last few years have given way to a whole new thinking about what the home/family dynamic can look like, you are probably willing to depart radically from what you have known in the past. Cues and clues revealed this month will point you in the right direction as you seek a more authentic space in which to dwell. Opportunities are abundant this month to initiate or make the changes that are long overdue in your private life. To seize this opportunity, you are going to have to employ all new tactics, throw out the script, and start over. If it didn’t work before, it won’t now. A seismic shift in perspective on the 7th will aid you in finding a new solution. Financially it’s a positive month, so you may uncover resources to make a long desired transformation in your living arrangements. Also on queue: from the 6th a long transit of Mercury will see you in a ongoing dialogue regarding a creative project, your children or a love relationship that can lead to having children. Although this negotiation takes time, there are very positive influences presiding over it, possibly someone at a distance or a media or publishing venture is playing a beneficial role here. Your personal passion for this also drives you to reach a successful conclusion. Look to the 17th for clues. More (much more) on this in May.

AQUARIUS – Your innate sparkle is utterly luminous this month, especially when you get out and walk and talk and in the subtle minutia of daily interactions and discourse. Writing, speaking and all communications are enhanced, also making this a great time to take a class or attend a lecture that will open your perspective and allow you to meet new people. You’ll seek mental stimulation and creative activities with a partner, or may even meet someone while simply in the process of your day to day activities. Ideas, flashes of inspiration and even pure genius should be anticipated, particularly between the 7th – 9th, when intellectual stimulation shoots right off the charts. Dialogue is incredibly stimulating for you right now, so rather than have that conversation with yourself in your head, seek the input of outside influences. A great deal of action will also be taking place in your domestic environment, from the 6th a very long transit of Mercury affects your home and private life. There may be a great deal of visitors, and if so they are likely people from your past who you reconnect with. These occasions should be joyous and revelry will warm your abode through May. There may also be reason to celebrate, it’s possible an inheritance or legacy is going to make a move possible, though there will be some turnarounds here too. Retro Mercury can stall paperwork or present an issue with the home itself that must be addressed before moving is viable. Positive developments on the 14th and 17th will point you in the appropriate direction, even if this one doesn’t get wrapped up until the end of next month. Accolades for a job well done on the 21st are the reward for your hard work in your profession.

PISCES – So March was maybe the dankest month on record, though hopefully with Venus in your sign you had some good fortune despite all the friction and upheaval! There is a massive shift in the energy fields as Aries dynamics really begin to take over, and by the 6th we won’t even remember some of the more intense passages endured last month. The New Moon on the 7th triggers an amazing new channel of resources for you – a breakthrough regarding your self worth and what you care about can occur now allowing you tap into an eclectic or novel new way to earn. The 9th and 22nd are also highlighted, resources can flow in now and will allow for an electrifying current of change within your values. What does slow down over the next 10-ish weeks are some reversals of course in your professional life, it looks like your going to be taking a detour to reach your aspirational goals. Reconsideration of your tactics, or your destination will be a fairly prominent feature of the next three months. The Scorpio Full Moon on the 21st may send you some positive signals of the direction you may choose to consider. Meanwhile your social life is set to pick up, with really fresh and stimulating influences will really enhance communication and your day to day activities. A project in your neighborhood can be a productive use of these transits, and you might bump into old friends in the course of your daily commute. The retrograde period of Mercury will not have a particularly negative effect, though you will be better off to avoid negotiations or filing any significant paper work, especially if money is involved. This would be a good time to edit or revisit a writing project however, as you may find stunning new ways to articulate your message.

STARGAZER WEEKLY FORECAST APRIL 12 – 18, 2015

Greetings Stargazers! This will be my last post for a bit, as my other commitments will make it impossible to keep up this column and I’ll be moving to a monthly essay beginning May 1st. You can always get my daily aspects + general forecast and your personal 2015 and monthly horoscopes by sign on the Stargazer App on iTunes. XOXO

Venus began it’s transit of flirtatious, social butterfly Gemini Saturday the 11th, the tone in romantic affiliations is light and breezy. Keeping it casual will be the way to go for the upcoming weeks, and affection will be expressed through shared intellectual activities, social events and parties. Communication is enhanced during this transit, and partnered or not, there will be pleasure derived through writing, speaking and learning. The first stage of this journey may prove challenging, as Venus opposes Saturn midweek, and affections and finances are tested and even stressed. Saturn in Sagittarius is pointing us in the direction of something specific, and Gemini prefers to scatter it’s energy. The challenge here lies in the desire to reach out to new and ephemeral activities and attachments, Saturn reminds us of the long range goal, perhaps presenting an obstacle, financial or otherwise to our aims. This is the culminating opposition of the Venus – Saturn cycle, which began November 13, 2014 at 25 Scorpio, so we see the manifestation or maturation of objectives or relationships that started around that time. There can be feelings of fleeting depression or negativity with this transit, which requires a serious appraisal of what is and what is not working. Realizing that certain activities are not yielding the consequences we had sought may be disheartening, but it’s also an opportunity to lessen the load and get rid of things that have become superfluous.

Mercury enters Taurus on Tuesday the 14th, providing a more stable ambience for laying down the groundwork of our plans, likely stimulated during the electrifying impulses and awareness released during the passage through Aries. We can ground our efforts into tangible form now and come up with methods and agreements that facilitate our endeavors. Use this while you can, the upcoming Mercury shadow and retrograde phase from May into June will throw us all for a loop, making the next two weeks integral for putting forth our best efforts and getting to work towards the objectives that have likely eluded us so far this year. Mercury quincunx Saturn on Thursday will require modifications be made to existing plans, as new information surfaces and clarification and refinement of objectives must be made. Here again, we are reducing the superfluous elements from the plan and moving forward with a more simplified agenda. Communication may be tense around this period, so maybe not the best date for your most important negotiations.

Pluto retrogrades on Thursday at 15′ 33″ Capricorn, signaling the intensity level is about to diminish. Pluto has been pretty active this year so far, so for many it will be a welcome reprieve from all that transformative energy that has abounded in the atmosphere. The retrograde phase lasts through September 25th, when it will reactivate the necessity toward inner psychological change. For now, we digest the profound encounters and personal revelations that have transpired since the end of September last year.

Mars from Taurus is active this week, sextile Neptune on Sunday, stimulating fantasy and visionary tendencies. There is a real soft edge to the energy at this time, and it can be satisfying to indulge day dreams or or gratifying experiences through engagement with music, cinema or art. Spiritual tendencies are also highlighted, and we’ll see the progression of an inspirational quest that initiated January 19th, when these planets were conjunct at 5 Pisces. By the end of the week, Mars reaches Jupiter, as the two fiery planets square off in a battle royale. The Moon from Aries adds a stimulating emotional undertone, and there may be a propensity towards brash and big ventures or risk. This is the closing square in the Mars – Jupiter cycle initiated July 23rd, 2013, so we will urgently seek to complete the business of what we began at that time. We will work very hard now to bring these to a conclusion, to make space for the new cycle which begins on October 16th, when the energy renews at 13 Virgo.

The week culminates in the Aries New Moon on Saturday, illuminating a sense of rebirth and renewal as we continue to move forward towards our new horizons. The lunation is essentially unaspected, but some of the heat of the Mars – Jupiter square will be present and infuse our passion and vitality. The crucial (and in some cases intense,) beginnings made in these prior weeks come to root now as we begin to really perceive what the future can be, and take action to get there. The eclipses shook us out of complacency and brought numerous endings as well as stimulation to build up new aspects of our lives based on new awareness. From Aries, the planets aroused the pioneer spirit, and we can bravely move towards the objectives illuminated over the prior month.

Weekly Highlights:

April 12: Mars sextile Neptune – 8 Taurus/Pisces
April 14: Mercury – Taurus
April 15: Venus opposite Saturn – 4 Gemini/Sagittarius
April 16: Mercury quincunx Saturn – 4 Taurus/Sagittarius
April 17: Mars square Jupiter – 12 Taurus/Leo
April 18: New Moon 28′ 25″ Aries

WEEKLY HOROSCOPES:

ARIES: The intensity with which you have been pursuing your ambitions recedes through September. You can take what you have learned since last Fall and refine your strategies as you see what proves successful and that which has not. You may also find there are less conflicts in this arena, and that setting the course for your professional goals becomes easier as a result. The upcoming period is best used towards self expression and romantic engagements. A child may feature, and you may decide to have one or otherwise link up with someone who brings you into contact with the younger generation. Finances will also continue to require attention and the next two weeks are advantageous for negotiating contracts and getting a budget together. A conflict may arise towards the end of the week in which you may have to curtail your activities as a result of being financially overburdened. Meanwhile social activities will also provide luminous exchanges, and day to day discourse, communication and writing will all be enhanced positively. Though the social arena is lit brilliantly for you, you may experience ideological conflicts with someone as a confrontation emphasizing values may prove a bit of a shake up midweek. A partnership may also require appraisal and a significant conversation with a spouse or someone you are linked to in business could be a feature. The New Moon in your sign heralds a new beginning for you, and with so much having transpired in recent weeks – from shake ups to break ups – you are ready to get things back on track, and are prepared to see a new world order on queue for yourself in the very immediate future. There has been a great deal of food for thought about where you want to go next, what is the next cycle of evolution in your life. You can set your intentions for a new beginning on Saturday based on your new awareness and move forward graciously towards the next destination.

TAURUS: The thunderbolts and interior revelations that clamored within the nether regions of your psyche over the prior weeks begin to dwindle, and with Mars and Mercury (from Tuesday) transiting your sign, you’ll feel more clarity towards your life direction can really begin to assert and articulate yourself as you steer closer to your birthday. The New Moon next Saturday will allow you to clear the decks of your subconscious and offers a sense of renewal where you have likely made numerous adaptations in your private life over the last 6 weeks. Feelings of romantic revelry will likely stir Sunday, this is an auspicious time for a date or social event that can bring a fortunate acquaintance into your life. Your imagination is stimulated so this is a good time for an event connected to art, music or cinema especially. Wednesday can be a bit more vexing, particularly where finances are concerned. You may find a debt forces you to curtail a desired luxury purchase, though you will find improved conditions after this week to bolster earnings even if you feel the pinch now. Further concessions or adjustments may need to be made Thursday, this is a good time to address a budgetary issue or contemplate your repayment schedules. From Thursday Pluto retrograde signals a less intense ambience for your academic life, but can also represent a gear shift in a partnership as well. (Pluto rules your 7th house of committed relationships.) There could be a relationship with someone connected to your academic life or someone from a distance with whom you have shared a passionate exchange over the prior months that recedes for a while. This applies to any close partnership as well, not just romantic ones. There could be a clash within your domestic world at the end of the week and you may clash with someone in your home environment or simply feel frustrated about your circumstances. There is initiative available to you to take action at this time on a situation that has stagnated since the end of last year. By Saturday night you are more in your element as the moon transits your sign. Slow and steady.

GEMINI: With your ruling planet moving into slow and steady Taurus on Tuesday, the pace will be a bit more measured for you over the coming two weeks. (Enjoy it while you can, you have nearly 10 weeks of Mercury transiting your sign beginning on the 30th!!!) Meanwhile a Venus transit genuinely brightens your days though could signal some growing pains mid week as you desire to connect to another only to run into obstacles. If someone comes off as detached or closed off you may have to consider the signals you are sending, you may just be getting a reflection of what you putting out there. As you are in a heavy period of appraisal of what a committed relationship means to you, and it’s possible people perceive your introspection as a form of withdrawal from the relationship. These Saturn transits will reveal a great deal to you in regards to where you really stand and are quite crucial to your inquiry, so heed them. Venus makes far better aspects for you next week and you’ll find more favorable conditions socially and romantically. The eclipse may have stirred feelings towards a romantic encounter as well, with next week really exceptional to follow through on what culminated at that time. You’ll meanwhile find some of the financial emphasis comes off and have may recently completed paying off a large debt or will soon do so. The New Moon next weekend amplifies your social connectivity and benefit immensely through the presence of Venus to engage with pleasurable activities and people. Watch your words on Friday, though, a belligerent and outspoken energy presides and you may push hard (or be pushed hard upon) in conversation. Rash decisions may lead to accidents! Be careful out there!

CANCER: There is a tenuous balance forming between fantasy and reality this week. Venus begins a transit of your house of all that is hidden and secret, stimulating your latent and etherial essence, meanwhile commitments at work draw your attention. Mid week sees a conflict between a desire for quiet reflection and even intimacy with the demands of your work schedule. Adjustment will be required here and you’ll be reflective about your obligations and duties and how well they are serving your interior motivations. This transit will likely stimulate some very imaginative energies, and the focus of your wishful thinking will likely feature romantic day dreams. This may not seem particularly productive, but can be useful as you’ll be able to tap your deepest realms of fantasy and these can point you to what you are missing or that which you seek. It’s also likely your dreams will be very active and the symbols or patterns revealed can be very instructive in revealing what you are seeking and what is ready to be released. Some of the heat or tension in a partnership may come off while Pluto retrogrades through September. It’s a positive period to digest and address the significant transformations that have occurred since last September. Social life and time with friends will be featured, and many communications and events will fill your schedule through the end of the month. things get a bit contentious Friday night, there may be an argument over money or you may be tempted to overdo it and spend lavishly at a fun event. The New Moon Saturday brings home all of the permutations that have occurred for you professionally over the last 6 weeks, and prepares you to accept a new role or position of authority or responsibility. Chaotic energies that have been precipitating may also have culminated in a decision to strike out on a whole new path and try for a whole new career. The stage is set for a new beginning here. Tune in to what you really want Friday, and take steps next weekend towards a new destiny on the New Moon.

LEO: More emphasis comes into your professional arena this week and you may find yourself quite busy over the rest of the month with conversations, projects or negotiations surrounding your career. Discussions may become a bit contentious Thursday, so do carefully consider your words before you speak. It’s also possible an agreement or arrangement stalls and needs to be modified in someway before you can move forward. A love affair may conflict with your affiliations in a peer group or an association mid week. You may use what is uncovered here to consider to what and to whom you chose to be bound to. Venus in Gemini amplifies a desire to connect socially, and there will be many positive opportunities over the upcoming week to seek and find pleasure through group events and occasions. This road bump may prove divisive to a forming love relationship, as you may choose the approval of others over your own need for steady cultivation of self expression or with someone for whom you feel affection. If this pisses you off somehow, use that feeling to determine what is right for you and set some boundaries with the people involved. Mars continues in your 10th house of fame, profession and honors and you seek the limelight of success. You experience a brilliant serendipity on Sunday through a private exchange that enhances or reinforces your desires in this realm. There may also be a sense of inspiration towards the appropriate path to find the recognition you seek. A very exciting opportunity may come your way Friday, you won’t be able to contain your excitement! Meanwhile, the pressure and intensity you have been experiencing in your work life may dissipate as Pluto retrogrades through September. The New Moon Saturday is divine for connecting with the sacred within you and finding a new boundary to cross on the route to self awareness and discovery. A sense of the magical and divine opens to you, and you likely feel both powerful and resolved.

VIRGO: Professionally you are ready to take on an exciting new role, this is an area of import for the next several months. Venus gliding through this part of the chart suggests this is a good time to pave the road with positive intentions as well as team build and cultivate positive associations that will help guide your passage. With Sun, Mars and a 10 week visit from Mercury due, there is a long-lasting emphasis on profession moving right into Summer you need to prepare for! Doing so now will aid you in success in the long run. You can use the positive energy on hand now to really tune into what you want. Wednesday is a bit of a challenge for all this, as you’ll be torn between domestic responsibilities and perhaps forced to choose between, say, an important networking event or familial commitments. This brings awareness to a shift you are going to have to make if you want to pursue the goals and aspirations you hold dear. There can be a painful episode where you may realize something is passing away in your life, or must be surrendered. This is a normal process in your evolution right now, tune into it and just let go. Pluto retrograde will take some of the pointed intensity out of a love affair or the relationship connected to your child or children. Meanwhile you continue to seek to broaden your mind, and there can be a very pleasurable and stimulating excursion, possibly with a  partner on Sunday. A more contentious vibration is due on Friday, where your privacy may feel violated and there is the potential for danger if you are traveling. Good news arrives towards at the end of the week regarding a grant, loan or a partners income. After months of volatility, you are ready for this one!

LIBRA: Mid week will be a bit of a challenge for you, and after a cathartic and dramatic period you are ready for reprieve! Ideas and beliefs can be at the crux of a conflict this week, and you may discover that coming to a mutual agreement with someone is next to impossible, which can be deflating. Things get easier as Venus transits Gemini, enhancing your charisma and affectionate nature, while putting you at ease with yourself. You will take enjoyment from cultural activities and engaging higher intellect through meeting people or through encountering those from other cultures. You will also be effective at promoting yourself in this phase. Better aspects upcoming will generate a very positive climate. You are tapped into the spiritual arena at the beginning of the week, as Mars – Neptune infuse you with creative awareness into the secrets of your own subconscious, perhaps through a deeply intimate encounter. This may have a positive effect on your health and productivity, or you may find a stream of revenue attached to your creative potential. Towards the end of the week, you may clash with a partner over social activities that seem to pull you away from the relationship somehow. There may also be a crisis in regard to finances, though this can be effectively dealt with by the beginning of next week. Mercury through Taurus gives you the words to articulate your desires for intimacy, allowing an important conversation in a love (or perhaps business alliance) through which you can express your deepest longings and desires. These have been stimulated by Venus and Mars recently, and by the time the Sun arrives to this area next week you will be able to pull the connection you seek with another towards you. All the changes you have gone through over the last month, particularly those in relation to your identity and the transformation of your ideals for a relationship as a result, come to crystallization of a whole new brilliant beginning during the New Moon on Saturday. Someone significant may (or may have recently) be entering your life, and there is propitious energy and the stage set to engage emerging partnerships wholeheartedly now.

SCORPIO: Partnerships continue to be emphasized, with a romantic relationship featured beautifully on Sunday and a pivotal business association in frame towards the end of the week. You can deepen a bond with the one you love on the 12th, really harmonious exchange taps right into your romantic desires and you find it easy to express your affection to the one you care for. Mercury in Taurus from Tuesday forward sees a great deal of connectivity and exchange in this relationship, and this is a good time to negotiate with business parters and to sign contracts. Venus in Gemini stimulates erotic and passionate intensity, you’ll likely desire to make a more significant commitment in a love relationship over the next few months as this area of your chart sees numerous transits. This is a good period to attend to joint financial matters, and if you are seeking capital from outside sources this is a favorable time over all. You may see challenges within a financial arrangement midweek, or come up short as bills become due. Assessment of the conditions of your earnings require appraisal and adjustment, though more flowing aspects through the rest of the month will help you generate more lucrative streams of revenue. For now it’s worthwhile to cut out what you can and address outstanding debt where possible. The New Moon next weekend points to a new role on the job, or changes at work that will enhance productivity. New people may arrive to your workplace, offering fresh energy and ideas that prove revitalizing to your team. This is precipitated by encountering (or seeking out) a very dynamic person who may seek to help you expand professionally. Events on Friday enhance your tendency toward ambitious enterprises, and a partner may have helpful ideas, if you are willing to hear them out! You’ll desire to take on a lot, stay focused and use the energy of the New Moon as it will assist you to manage your time and resources effectively.

SAGITTARIUS: With Venus transiting Gemini, you continue to put out positive energy that draws people to you. Your light is on, so to speak, and you can magnetize a mate or use this energy to develop and cultivate a more loving connection with someone you already care for. Wednesday could prove a bit more challenging for you, however, as your monastic tendencies as of late may have a debilitating effect on your ability to openly share your affection. You can use the triggers and cues you get around this time to see where you might be self sabotaging your own real need to find a meaningful connection to someone. Maybe you don’t desire a relationship right now? This is perfectly fine, though the universe seems to be suggesting that you are sending out signals that say you are, and events over the coming weeks (and months) may fling someone into your orbit, whether you believe you are ready or not. Mercury comes in to assist you with your workload this week, and this is a good time to find efficient methods and work on time management issues. There will likely be a good deal of communication at the workplace, expect a brisk pace on the job. Someone at the “office” (or your equivalent, since we don’t all work in offices, after all,) may really piss you off Thursday as a critical matter, perhaps an oversight impacts you rather personally. This can be an effective time to form a new strategy if things aren’t going smoothly. An episode Friday can lead to excess, wither you are celebrating a victory with your colleagues, or a disruptive event triggers a disagreement, expect a highly stimulated environment! Next Saturdays’ New Moon is a very personal beginning for you, and a creative or self expressive matter, even a new love affair can precipitate quickly where you may not have even been considering such a development. The more disruptive influences in this area are quieting down now and what was stimulated within you over the last two months can now take form and truly start now.

CAPRICORN: There are marked differences in the energy fields as compared to last week, one major feature will be the prominent renewal of your professional and work objectives. These were likely stimulated by the recent Libra eclipse, (April 4th) now with Venus in Gemini and your house of productivity, assignments and work, you start to feel the impetus to take some initiative pointing you towards success in your chosen career. Venus really improves the working conditions, as well as relationships with colleagues. Venus is the natural ruler of your house of fame, recognition and honor, so this is a favorable influence for doing or finding work that leads to a promotion or is otherwise connected to your professional aspirations. With Venus you get assistance from others or even financial help, perhaps a raise is on queue. (Look to really auspicious events that arise between the 22nd and 24th of the month, when Venus harmonizes the degree of the eclipse among other very favorable aspects to make important meetings or plan important initiatives!) It’s a bumpy start as a mid week Venus – Saturn opposition can swiftly remove the wind from your sails. It seems you have to prove yourself to someone to claim your prize or get your worth. Saturn reveals it’s prickly nature if someone calls you out especially, as it’s transiting an area of debilitation and potentially stirs feelings that call into question your own sense of personal value, making you quite vulnerable to such criticism. Rather than withdraw or retreat, try instead to regroup! No one is perfect, and just because your life is a work in progress does not mean you aren’t prepared to take on something new! Passion may dwindle somewhat through September, but so too will some of that life changing intensity! Absorb what you have been through so far and live the changes you have made since last Fall. Erotic intensity is still running high – you can communicate your hearts desire to the one you love early in the week, as Friday sees the currents of desire running at a high voltage and you seek an intensely intimate experience. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, Cap. Literally! The New Moon Saturday signals a significant development in your domestic life – possibly a change in residence you have sought to make for a really long time and stimulated immensely by events over these prior weeks.

AQUARIUS: Domestic concerns are still paramount, with interesting developments Sunday and Friday, though the more exciting news this week lies in the transit of Venus through Gemini, the area of your chart that corresponds with pleasure, self expression, creativity and true romance. With this area lit up so beautifully for the next four weeks, it might just be that all else takes back seat while you enjoy one of the more favorable periods of the year, no? This all gets off to a bumpy start this week, when Venus and Saturn aspect stressfully Wednesday. An obstacle associated with your profession or a social group or organization may interfere with personal objectives in a disheartening episode. Worry not! Things get much improved next week, and it’s important to enjoy this transit as much as possible. From the 30th you are going to have a 10 week tour-de-force in this area, featuring a Gemini lineup including the Sun, Mars and a lengthy visit of Mercury (due to upcoming retrograde), so enjoy the loverly Venus vibration while you can before things intensify! The domestic realm is of continued emphasis, and Mercury from Taurus, for a scant two weeks, allows you to speak with living mates or negotiate a lease to make improvements in your situation. You may just have an influx of visitors, or be seeking a new roommate, in some way the home is the scene for a lot of activity from Tuesday. Querulous developments set off at the end of the week can see you in a dispute with a partner. There could be disagreement about the arrangements of your relationship associated with your household. The ambience will be robust, but potentially very exciting and offer a needed breakthrough! The Aries New Moon allows a new social chapter, very much influenced by the strong energies and awareness that were stimulated in this prior phase and signaling new, creative opportunities for you to engage with like minded people.

PISCES: The strong values and earnings emphasis of the last few months culminates this week in the Aries New Moon next Saturday. The hunches and inspirations that have sent electrical currents through your earnings sector led you somewhere completely new in relation to your income, now you can make a move that is going to allow you to completely alter how you make money or form a new strategy as to how you’ll spend it. Sunday is your best for the week, as a Mars – Neptune sextile stimulates your innate sense of wonder and magic. Your social life is very vibrant in this phase, and this will be highlighted by the passage of Mercury from Tuesday. Numerous events, meetings and parties will keep the pace brisk through Spring. Meanwhile you’ll also see a shifting emphasis towards the home life as Venus transits Gemini over the next few weeks. This is an area that is going to be a huge topic for you over the next 2 – 3 months, and you may want to use this positive period during the Venus transit to make residential reforms and enhance the domestic environment with decor or a spring cleaning. Professional commitments may throw you for a loop midweek as Venus tangles with Saturn, you may have to curtail improvements you want to make at home in order to meet your obligations. The Moon in your sign at this time will keep you in tune with what you really want and you can go from there. Thursday also sends some contentious signals regarding the profession, a contract or agreement regarding a promotion may need to be renegotiated. Friday will see some interesting developments on the job, there can be a vibrant energy surrounding the work environment, and perhaps a huge breakthrough, but a lot of big personalities at the work space and potentially some disagreements. Arm yourself!