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Monthly General Horoscopes - April 2019
You are moving into your birthday month with an added advantage this year and in fact, several added advantages. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of April in Aries and whether you are a March or an April born Aries, this is when the largest chunk of your birthday month plays out, with the launch of your new solar year ending when the Sun leaves on 20th April. Or at least that is normally the case and this is where one advantage can be found. With Mercury not returning to Aries until 17th April and Venus until 21st April, your birthday month will end before heart and mind become engaged. While a New Moon on 5th February is a chance to commit to your new solar year, the future and the journey ahead, you have the rest of this month and the first half of May to work through the details. In addition, with Uranus gone from Aries, there is a lot less volatility and unpredictability this year, bringing a new sense of confidence and a more stable platform to start from. This comes at a time when a lot of the professional and financial urgency is dialling back. Mars left your income sector at the end of last month and while the Sun won't return until 20th April, there is enough support to keep the momentum going, though with less urgency. With Pluto beginning a five month retrograde phase in your career sector on 25th April and Saturn on 30th April, any professional urgency is dropping right back. Instead, there is a lot more time to focus on your personal life and on your relationships in particular. While there was a Full Moon in your relationship sector during the early hours of your birthday month, for the first time in 57 years the Moon will come full circle before it ends, creating a rare second Full Moon here on 19th April. Fortunately, this is something you are ready for from the get go and not just because you had a practice run last month. Mars' return to your communication sector on 31st March and his position here all month, turns this second Full Moon into an opportunity for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough.
Like a Roadrunner cartoon, where his feet keep peddling after he reaches the cliff, you are likely to be running on high octane at the start of the month, even though Mars left Taurus on 31st March. Fortunately, Mars has not left you hanging over a precipice and within a few days, you should start to notice that manic pace and need to be constantly active has dialled back. And just as well, for with the wind down of your old solar year underway, there is a need to recharge your batteries ahead of the start of your birthday month and new solar year on 20th April. It is that chance to pull back that will give you a chance to regroup, before the Sun's return to Taurus. In the meantime, Mars has moved all his passion, motivation and need for action onto the income front, where from the get go he now has you fighting for what you deserve. Venus only left your career sector on 27th March and with the Moon there until 2nd April, you will begin the month with your professional instincts and imagination fuelled, along with a clear sense of professional direction. With a second Full Moon in your work sector on 19th February, Mars will be on hand to exploit potential on the job and career fronts, mainly because it is in his own interests. This could create a surprisingly good month across the income, work and career fronts. Yet the Full Moon, because it falls just a day before your birthday month and new solar year begins, shouldn't interfere with the time that you need to spend in life's slow lane. In the meantime, Venus and Mercury are one step behind the Sun this month. While the Sun left your friendship sector last month, Mercury is still here until 17th April and Venus until 21st April, making sure that you remain plugged in socially. Then, while the Sun returns to Taurus to begin your birthday month and new solar year, Venus and Mercury will return to a nostalgic part of your chart just as he leaves, maintaining a need for time out to hear yourself think.
While the pace of this year is definitely slowing down, with four planets turning retrograde this month and with the Sun, Mercury and Venus are all on the move, the biggest impact on your month is from something that happened last month. And by last month I am talking the final hours of March, with an event on 31st March completely changing the dynamics of this month and what you might have expected, just 24 hours earlier. That event was Mars' return to Gemini and with 1st April his first full day, this is something that you will only just start to get a sense of as you move into the new month. It has been nearly two years since Mars, the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos was last in Gemini. Mars has not only returned to begin a new, nearly two year long Mars cycle, but to fill up your tanks with his energy, passion and enthusiasm. Having spent nearly seven weeks in a nostalgic part of your chart where you have been recharging your batteries while spending life in the slow lane, this literally changes every aspect of your life. Whether it is Venus and Mercury in your career sector or the Sun in your friendship sector, this and everything else in your life will be filled with more passion and the motivation to make things happen. Even the Sun's return to a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart on 20th April to begin the month long wind down of your old solar year will be impacted by this. This is a time when you move into review mode, reflecting back on the year that has been and recharging your batteries ahead of your birthday month and new solar year next month. This is when Mars will ask, 'but haven't we just been there and done that'? The answer is yes and while most of this has been covered and this might be a skinny version of the wind down your old solar year normally goes through, there is still a solar year to review.
April is always an important point in your professional year and is often the first chance to really gain some professional momentum. For with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of April in your career sector, this is when the solar spotlight turns onto your career and professional situation, matters and options. However, this is a professional year that has been active from the get go and not just because you had Mars return to your career sector on New Year's Day. For the first time in 12 years, you moved into 2019 with lucky Jupiter in your work sector and not leaving until December, this has been a busy year from the get go. You would think then that the Sun would add to that, but in reality, you may finally find the slower pace you have been craving all year. This is partly because the Sun makes everything more transparent and that includes revealing that professionally, things have become a lot less volatile and a lot more stable. In addition, with Ceres turning retrograde in your work sector on 9th April and Jupiter on 11th April, the professional gods themselves are putting the brakes on. While a New Moon on the career front on 5th April is usually a point for drawing a new line in the sand and for taking action, with Mercury not returning until 17th April and Venus until 21st April, you can afford to wait. Another major factor when it comes to a drop in urgency has been Mars' return to a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart on 31st March. Monday 1st April is the first full day of the nearly seven week wind down of your current Mars cycle and preparation for his return to Cancer next month. This can often take the wind out of your sails, with the most active planet in the solar system and the planet that can create urgency, calling for time out. With Pluto turning retrograde on 25th April and Saturn on 30th April, across the solar system the pace is slowing down and rather than a problem, this is a very, very good thing.
Right up to the final hours of March you are likely to have been caught up in a manic professional pace, with nothing to suggest that the pace would not only drop back on the job and career fronts at the same time, but so suddenly. This is almost like a switch being flipped as you left March, with a completely different dynamic as you walk into April. What is even better, is that there is just enough momentum, opportunities and support on the job and career fronts, just not the urgency or intensity. It is unusual for one event to have a simultaneous impact on the job and career fronts at the same time, as they are two different areas of your chart. However, until leaving your career sector on 31st March, Mars' urgency and passion there was infecting both planets in your work sector as well. It was Mars' alignment with both Pluto and Saturn in your work sector in the final two weeks of March, brought them together. Yet Mars' departure alone shouldn't see the urgency drop on the job front. It is the fact that Saturn and Pluto are already slowing down ahead of retrograde turns later this month that means they are more than ready to slow down. Had it not been for Mars, the pace would have dropped back on the job front last month. Pluto won't turn retrograde until 25th April and Saturn until 30th April, giving work and job matters a chance to slowly wind down. They are not the only planets turning retrograde this month, with Ceres turning retrograde in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on 9th April and Jupiter two days later, on 11th April. With the Sun spending the first three weeks of April in an adventurous part of your chart, Mercury returning on 17th April and Venus on 21st April, there is a much better chance this month to find a balance between work and play. At the same time, Mars makes this an active and productive month for personal and professional networking.
As far as your professional year is concerned, it is a case of jumping out of the pan and into the fire, except both are places you want to be. While the Sun left your work sector in February, held back by a retrograde phase last year, Venus was late returning and therefore late to leave, with a push to get work and job matters up to speed for the year having just ended in the closing days of March. With the Sun not returning to your career sector until later next month, there should be a chance to catch your breath this month. Instead, Mars' return to your career sector on 31st March has already seen the next wave begin. The rationale from the professional gods is 'why not strike while the iron is hot' and this works to your advantage, with a rare second Full Moon in your income sector on 19th April. This is on the heels of a Full Moon here last month, creating the first back to back Full Moons in your income sector in 57 years. Why wouldn't Mars want to rush to return to your career sector, to ensure you first had the right professional momentum? With Venus having just left your work sector in the closing days of March and the Moon there until 2nd April, this will be an unexpectedly good month across the income, work and career fronts. Meanwhile, we have four planets turning retrograde this month, but only impacting two areas of your chart. No, this is not a riddle but is where the gods are throwing out the anchors in order to slow things down, creating a better chance to maintain the right work/life balance. The reason why four planets turn retrograde but only two aspects of your life are impacted is because you have two planets in each area. Ceres will turn retrograde in your home and family sector on 9th April, followed by Jupiter on 11th April. Meanwhile, Pluto will turn retrograde in a playful part of your chart on 25th April and Saturn on 30th April.
April is a time of year when it is rarely about you, with the one exception. This is a year that is so not about you that the focus is on your relationships, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of April in your relationship sector. This is halfway between your last birthday month and the next, bringing you as far away as you can get from planetary activity in Libra and from any cosmic support. However, the scales are being balanced a little more evenly this year. The one point during the Sun's month long visit to your relationship sector that the tables are turned and your own needs get a voice, is during the Full Moon in Libra that always falls at some point during that month. You had that Full Moon just hours after the Sun returned last month, but because he is here for the month and it only takes the Moon four weeks to come full circle, for the first time in 57 years you are about to experience a rare second Full Moon. This time the Moon will return to Libra on 17th April, ahead of a Full Moon on 19th April. This time around you not only have a practice run under your belt, but two days to adjust to any rise in personal and/or relationship tension. In addition, thanks to Ceres' retrograde turn in your communication sector on 9th April and Jupiter's on 11th April, they'll be on hand to give your emotional responses, relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. In the meantime, this Full Moon will play out in a very different atmosphere to last month, with everything feeling different from the moment you move into April. This is a good different, with a sense of excitement, fun and even adventure in the air. You can thank Mars for that, with his return to an adventurous part of your chart on 31st March, not only making this an adventurous month but setting the scene for an adventurous chapter that will run through to July. While things are still unfolding on the job front, things are not as busy as they have been or as busy as they will become from mid May.
It is a common occurrence for a shift in planetary activity in one area of your chart to have an impact on an unrelated area, but this month two events will change the dynamics of your financial year. Jupiter is still the dominant planet and your income sector until December, this will remain a lucrative year. However, Ceres' retrograde turn here on 9th April and Jupiter's on 11th April begins a four month review phase, with income matters taking a back seat. This comes on the heels of Mars' return to your financial sector on 31st March, with the power shifting to money matters this month. However, this isn't about financial housekeeping, with the warrior planet of the cosmos having returned to fuel your financial passions and fighting spirit, as he encourages you to fight to take your financial power back. Jupiter and Ceres aren't the only planets turning retrograde this month, with Saturn and Pluto both turning retrograde in your communication sector, though not until later in the month. Mars only left your relationship sector on 31st March, with Saturn and Pluto still working to keep the communication lines open and moving forward. Pluto's retrograde turn on 25th April and Saturn's on 30th April, will shift the focus onto giving your heart and your relationships a voice. Before returning to your relationship sector on 20th April, the Sun will spend the majority of the first three weeks of April in your work sector, as he does at this time every year. With Mercury not returning until 17th April and Venus until 21st April and as they are the planets that will bring things home, this allows you to use the Sun's time here to simply observe. Everything is more transparent when the solar spotlight is on your work situation, matters and options. Until returning to your work sector to take over from where the Sun leaves off, Venus and Mercury are still in a playful part of your chart, working to maintain a balance between work and play.
A combination of four planets turning retrograde and the fact that Mars left your busy work sector on 31st March, combine to create a slower and more relaxed pace this month, something that will be felt across the board. The busiest weeks of any two year period is often when Mars moves through your work sector, with his manic pace and need for action not only creating a busy time on the job front, but with whatever it is that keeps you busy. It is as though you spend the nearly seven weeks that Mars spends here with a neon sign over your head that reads 'want something done, this is the go to person'. From out of the woodwork, everyone wants your help. This is the reason why, when Mars does leave, you often need a rest, with your energy levels dropping. Two of Mars' main supporters have been Saturn and Pluto in your income sector, yet they are two of the planets turning retrograde this month, with the pace dropping back there as well. Pluto will turn retrograde on 25th April and Saturn on 30th April, giving you the majority of the month to adjust to this slower pace. With the Sun returning to your work sector on 20th April, but for a lot less hectic visit, this will ensure income and job matters continue to evolve. The Sun will be there to exploit the doors that open to the past, second chances and untapped income potential. The other two planets turning retrograde this month are Ceres and Jupiter in Sagittarius. With Ceres turning retrograde on 9th April and Jupiter on 11th April, on the heels of Mars' departure from your work sector on 31st March, this could see a call to pull back hit quite forcefully in the first week or two of April. This is a good thing and not something you need to fight, for the gods recognise a need to spend some time in the slow lane. Fortunately, you have the Sun in a playful part of your chart until 20th April, with Mercury returning on 17th April and Venus on 21st April. This will help to ensure a better balance between work and play.
The gods give with one hand and take with the other this month, with a need to figure out a way to work smarter and to pace yourself. It is Mars' return to your busy work sector on 31st March that has kicked off a busy new phase, something because it only happened a few hours before moving into April, you might not have seen coming. The nearly seven weeks that Mars will spend in your work sector could be the busiest weeks of 2019 and not just on the job front, with everything that keeps you busy being impacted by this. This is good news, especially with a second Full Moon on the career front on 19th April and a lot of untapped income potential. The problem, if it can be seen as that, is that you have four planets turning retrograde this month and all in areas of your chart where it is important to pull over, finding time to hear yourself think. It begins with Ceres' retrograde turn in a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart on 9th April and Jupiter's on 11th April. This begins a four month review phase that will end in August, when Jupiter will begin the final leg of his journey back to Capricorn. Meanwhile, while Pluto won't turn retrograde in Capricorn until 25th April and Saturn until 30th April, they are already slowing down. These are some of the most powerful planets in the solar system and they are all calling for a slower pace, with time out to hear yourself think. And then along comes Mars. Neither is right or wrong, you do need to spend time in life's slow lane, but you also need to take advantage of the potential, not just on the job front this month, but across the income, work and career fronts. Fortunately, there is a lot of support on both the home and playful fronts this month, making it easier to maintain the work/life balance and the balance between work and play that should keep all the planets happy.
When Venus left Aquarius in the final days of March, she wrapped up all planetary activity here and with it, she brought the launch of this new solar year to a close. While the Sun left Aquarius in February, bringing your birthday month to a close, until Venus moved through your heart had yet to have its voice and until it did, you weren't ready to commit to anything. Venus' job, before she left, was to update your personal, romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year. As the planet of love, Venus was especially focused on the latter two and here there is every reason for confidence. It was in the final hours of March and just days after Venus left Aquarius, that Mars returned to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, for the first time in nearly two years. Mars will spend all April and the first half of May here, fuelling your romantic and creative passions. In addition, this year not only holds fewer challenges on the relationship front, there is an excess of support on the communication front, support that will only increase as the month progresses. In the meantime, with a second Full Moon in an adventurous part of your chart in as many months on 19th April, there is a fun and adventurous quality to the month. To start with Venus and Mercury are more focused on exploring and exploiting income potential, as well as working to leave you with a lucrative sense of direction. With Mars returning to your work sector next month and some stunning developments on the job front in the middle months of the year, Venus and Mercury are less worried about what's possible now, knowing the professional conditions will only improve. However, until Mercury leaves your income sector on 17th April and Venus on 21st April, they will have their eye on both the short and long term.
While your birthday month ended when the Sun left Pisces last month, the launch of your birthday month in terms of knowing what you want and having a game plan, doesn't end until Mercury and Venus leave Pisces. With Mercury, still in his early days in direct motion not leaving until 17th April and Venus until 21st April, you are still sorting this out during the first three weeks of the month. Mercury returned in early February for what should have been a 14 to 15 day visit, but instead spent the majority of March in retrograde motion, going back over old ground. Whether by coincidence or design, this gave Venus a chance to catch up. Finally, you have a chance to work on your game plan and resolutions for the coming year, while Venus works to update and cement your personal, romantic and relationship desires and expectations. For the first time in 17 years Venus, the planet of love is buoyed by the fact that you have the North Node in your romantic sector, Mars returning there next month and a total solar eclipse in early July. No wonder the bar has been raised and you are feeling a lot more confident when it comes to matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative. In the meantime, Mars returned to your home and family sector in the final hours of March, all of a sudden putting a lot more attention onto home and family matters. This creates the potential for an opposition with Jupiter in your career sector, but not until early May and even then, with little push back. With Ceres beginning a four month retrograde phase in your career sector on 9th April and Jupiter on 11th April, Mars has chosen the perfect time to put the focus on home and family matters. There could be a clash between your home and professional lives, but work/life balance will be a lot easier with the professional gods moving into a review phase.