April 2023

We come into April with a burst of energy wanting to spread our wings and put our individual mark on our involvements. We do have to be wary of costs involved, expenses we might either negate or dismiss as irrelevant to consider.

We enter April with a Stellium in Aries with the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter all in the Cardinal Fire Sign. We may be more focused on what we want to do rather than how we are going to do it. We could easily buy into the affirmation of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’.

If our willfulness doesn’t trip us up, we can be more grounded and willing to do our due diligence as the shift from an Aries Stellium to a Taurus Stellium occurs with Mercury’s exit of Aries and Mercury’s entrance into Taurus on the 3rd of April [12:22 PM EDT] with Mercury joining Venus and Uranus in the Fixed Earth Sign.

As Mercury enters Taurus, Mercury squares Pluto on the 3rd. Practicality can intrude upon our hopes and wishes as we consider details that are liable to deflate our flights of fancy. Unless we have vetted our prospects, we could find that concept falls far short from realistic implementation. We may not like having the kibosh put on some of our plans, but it would be far better for us to realize the limitations or restrictions to our intended involvements before we invest too heavily in any castles in the air.

Once we find our footing and rein in overconfidence, we can take a practical approach in dealing both with what we need to get done and advancing our long-term interests. Mercury sextiles Saturn on the 5th. By strategizing our course of action, we can be effective and productive in advancing our goals. No longer are we liable to go on ‘a wing and a prayer’ but are more likely to devise a best practices approach to achieve successful results.

The Libra Full Moon on the 6th of April [12:34 AM EDT], when the Sun opposes the Moon, might provide a crescendo with our relationships. We could come to realize that our interactions serve us on an emotional level, as supportive advocates of our efforts and as providing objective critiques and insightful suggestions for a wise pursuit of our interests.

Even if we wish to withdraw, hold our cards close to our chest and not reveal much about ourselves, Friday the 7th can be a truly Good Friday with Venus sextile Neptune. Coming off the Full Moon, we may feel inspired by someone, a sense of karmic connection with someone whereby our comfort and familiarity may be stronger than the amount of time or the experience that we have had with that person. A sense of deep connection can be made with someone on this Friday. They may seem to get us, no matter how withdrawn we might appear to be. This Friday can be a special day with a kindred spirit and could enliven the depth of our sense of being.

The 8th of April has Mercury sextile Mars and provides us the impetus of a good spring cleaning. ‘Out with the old, in with the new’ may be our mantram for the day, as we use this Saturday to clean up and clear out the refuse of our lives. While this process could open a Pandora’s Box of memories, the main thing is for us not to get stalled by recapitulations or walks down Memory Lane. This is spring, a time of rebirth and new beginnings and in the process a time of letting go of the outmoded and no longer useful.

The Stellium of three planets in Taurus ends on the 11th of April as Venus exits its own Sign of Taurus and Venus enters Gemini [12:47 AM EDT]. Venus trines Pluto to begin the day, and the Sun conjuncts Jupiter at the end of day. We could be flying high on this Tuesday. There is a lightening up with people more optimistic and confident of their abilities. Expanding our reach and engaging more activities and especially those that have a real purpose for us can be our focus now. Spring is about new beginnings, rebirths, renewals, all of which we are likely to be feeling. We just need to be certain that we are not being lulled into a false confidence and neglecting important factors that might hinder our forward progress.

While we could be feeling at the top of our game, our enthusiasm might be squelched on the 14th of April when Venus squares Saturn. Perhaps we haven’t taken into account all the necessary components that make up the conceptualized whole of our involvements. We could also run afoul of someone’s opinions. In this post-modern era [or is it error?] where subjectivity tops the objective, fiction replaces facts, opinions matter more than empirical data, we have to be wary that our studied belief doesn’t run counter to someone’s emotional feelings. With the increasing divisiveness in our society where an attitude and behavior of ‘either you’re with me or against me’ reigns, it’s important we avoid confrontational discussions that can only be no-win situations and crazymaking at the same time.

The 20th of April has the Aries New Moon [12:13 AM EDT], a Solar Eclipse, as the Moon conjuncts the Sun in the last ten minutes of the last degree of Aries. The Sun then enters Taurus [4:14 AM EDT] where the Sun squares Pluto. With the New Moon right on the cusp of Aries – Taurus, the signature for the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on May 5th gives us both the impetus to spread our wings, expand our horizons and to start the seed planting of our intentions. We may feel as though we are hitting the wall by questioning whether we have the resources to carry out our greatest ambitions. Confidence and persistence go a long way in making our dreams a reality. Often it is all about timing, and the timing now may be more appropriate for consideration and strategizing rather than the actual implementation, since the 21st of April brings us under the three-week influence of Murphy’s Law.

With the Sun entering Taurus on the 20th, the Fixed Earth Stellium is recreated as the Sun joins Mercury and Uranus in Taurus. Some of our fiery temperament with a desire to stretch beyond our normal parameters may be toned down with a tendency for us to take things more step-by-step rather than great leaps forward.

Mercury turns retrograde on the 21st of April [4:35 AM EDT] and will be retrograde until late on the 14th of May. Yes, Murphy’s Law of ‘whatever can go wrong could go wrong’ is in effect. With Mercury initially retrograding through the second decanate [Virgo] of Taurus, we might have to retrace and rework the details and particulars of some of our involvements. As the saying goes: ‘the devil is in the details’, and that statement could be especially true as we trudge through the first week of May.

This three-week period of Mercury retrograde is not a time for important decisions or significant commitments. It is better served going back over things, reworking or tweaking them and especially looking at the specific details of some of our actions.

The Mercury retrograde sextiles Mars on the 23rd. Mercury direct sextiled Mars back on the 8th, and these two weekends are prime for good spring cleanings. Whatever we didn’t accomplish on the weekend of the 8th, we can clean up and clear out on the 23rd. Let’s bear in mind that spring is the season of rebirth, renewal and new beginnings with an emphasis on ‘out with the old, in with the new’. We may need to make space for the new and not be encumbered by our past.

The 25th of April has the Sun sextile Saturn. If we keep our expectations manageable and have a schedule for this day, we could accomplish a great deal. We are less likely to be distracted and more focused on what is right in front of us. We can be effective and productive in addressing our responsibilities and our normal tasks.

On the weekend of April 29th, Mars sextiles Uranus. Two earlier weekends this April, back on the 23rd and on the 8th, we had the opportunity for good spring cleanings, clearing things out, cleaning things up. This last weekend of April could prove a good time to concentrate on home projects. As the saying goes: ‘the cup has to be emptied before it can be filled’. We may have cleared our space those two earlier weekends, and now we can spend time with our springtime home projects, fixing things up, enhancing our environment. We might become aware of increased shopping activity at Home Depot, Lowe’s or Ace Hardware as people make changes to their living environment.

April 2023… Springing into Action…