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APRIL 2018

April is a month of transitions. Mercury is retrograde for half the month and goes direct on April 15. You need to go over everything you write and try to think before you speak.

Chiron changes signs in April 17 and enters Aries. He says it’s time to let go of what is truly finished and now start to heal the flaws in your personality. The last time he moved through Aries was 1968-1977. Think about what happened in your life then as there will be something similar starting now.

Saturn and Pluto both turn retrograde in the sign of Capricorn. It’s time to review your career plans.

April 1 – Moon in Libra, VC from 2:29 pm until 6:57 pm when it enters Scorpio. The Sun and Mercury meet and their merger offers you new insights that will sprout later on. It’s a good day to stop and look back and see how far you have come in implementing past ideas. The people you interact with will be pleasant and polite but you won’t know what they are really thinking.

April 2 – Moon in Scorpio. Mars and Saturn meet in perfectionistic Capricorn You’ll have to halt and take a good look around you and consider your actions up until now. It will feel as if you stepped on the brakes just in time to avoid crashing into the wall. You need to take it one baby step at a time. Try to keep a handle on your moods as you face frustrating situations.

April 3 – Moon in Scorpio, VC 12:06 pm. Start early to get as much done as you can before noon. Spend the afternoon cleaning and discarding. Try to be tolerant of other people’s ideas even though they don’t agree with what you think. Hold back on angry words. Work off that energy in the gym or outside on a trail. You need some alone time.

April 4 – Moon in Sagittarius. The Sun and Moon are both in fire signs and they give you the push to get moving. Review travel plans and dream up new ones.  You can envision a positive future for you and for your community. Your mind will take you on exotic journeys. It’s a good day for energetic philosophical discussions.

April 5 – Moon in Sagittarius. Reread what you have written recently. You can do a good amount of technical writing and editing today. Your decisions will be apt and to the point. Rethink your commitments and promises to see if they still feel right to you. Do some roaming, or at least take a different route to work. Have a little adventure.

April 6 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 9:36 am until 2:01 pm when it enters Capricorn. You’ll wake up and stop daydreaming when the Moon changes signs in the afternoon which gives you the chance to make up for lost time. This is a weekend when you will want to keep on with your work, so decide what you’ll bring home.

April 7 – Moon in Capricorn. Venus and Saturn give you an extra dose of common sense. Although you shouldn’t act on it yet, you can do the research and make some good decisions concerning your finances. You can do some smart shopping at yard sales and other places to buy bargains. Check in with your elderly friends and relatives.

April 8 – Moon in Capricorn. It’s a serious, nose-to-the-grindstone kind of day. It’s not a day to rest or play. Take care of responsibilities and obligations. Do that thing you’ve been putting off doing. You’re not in the mood for surprises and will feel better sticking to a plan. You can get a lot done and finished.

April 9 – Moon in Aquarius. Remember that Mercury is still retrograde and will be for another week. Today is a good time to do some serious thinking about what you want your future to look like. Then catch up on your correspondence and work on emptying your inbox. Write a fan letter to an author or politician you admire. He/she will be happy to receive it.

April 10 – Moon in Aquarius. Keep thinking big thoughts. Check and see if any organization that serves your community needs some help. You don’t need a long-term commitment but can stand in and be of assistance where needed. Read up on the new technology and think about your next phone and/or computer and/or tablet. Escape into a science fiction world tonight.

April 11 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 10:55 am until 2:40 pm when it enters Pisces. The day is colored by the Sun and Pluto who are in a tense aspect. Expect to be involved in a power struggle at some point in the day. The message is to let go of what you no longer need before it is yanked away from you. Have a brainstorming meeting with co-workers to iron out what doesn’t work anymore,

April 12 – Moon in Pisces. It’s a day when you do your best by serving others. Let your intuition make decisions and guide you through the day. Put more art and music into your life. You will receive inspiration if you are quiet and create the right channel. Take care of tomorrow’s important business today. Finish your taxes so that you can mail them tomorrow after you double and triple check your figures.

April 13 – Moon VC Pisces. When the Moon is VC all day during a Retrograde Mercury period, it’s best to use the day as a mini-retreat. Give yourself a personal day if you can. Meditate, practice yoga, chant, and read spiritual literature. Take a long walk by yourself in nature and go by water if you can. Listen to your inner voice tell you how to heal what’s wounded inside you.

April 14 – Moon in Aries. You can feel your impatience rising to take action but you really need to wait a few more days. Concentrate on taking the next step as you look back to see the direction of your path of transformation. Put your energy into finishing up old projects. Push yourself physically and try to excel in your favorite sport.

April 15 – Moon in Aries. Mercury turns direct at 5:21 am. He is still motionless so don’t rush out and initiate your new ideas. Today’s new Moon wants you to start fresh so get rid of old, used up ideas and objects. You need to be on your own today and not be following someone else’s agenda. Do what you need to do to boost your self-confidence.

April 16 – Moon in Taurus. The work week begins with fresh energy. You can begin to implement all those things you waited to do over the past three weeks. Enjoy the relative stability of the day as there are big planetary changes coming this week. Start with what’s real and take care of finances, buildings, and landscaping. Celebrate the day with a gooey dessert.

April 17 – Moon in Taurus, VC 6:05 pm. Chiron enters Aries early this morning. You may find there’s a shift in your sleep pattern and in the subject of your dreams. He turns his healing gaze on you and your identity. Saturn turns retrograde late tonight which gives a stagnant feeling to the day. Venus tries hard to smooth ruffled feathers and keep things pleasant.

April 18 – Moon VC Taurus, enters Gemini 8:02 pm. Expect more fireworks today as the Sun and Uranus have their annual meeting. Nothing will go as planned and you must be ready to jump on it when you get an unexpected offer. Stay open to new possibilities, especially those which come out of the blue and are outside your comfort level. Drive defensively and be careful when handling anything explosive or flammable.

April 19 – Moon in Gemini. Today is the last day of Aries as the Sun enters Taurus at 11:13 pm. The energy of the day is unstable as it is on all days of planetary transitions from one sign to another. It’s a good day to go over all the mistakes and misunderstandings that happened over the past three weeks. You’ll find the right words this time.

April 20 – Moon in Gemini, VC from 8:05 am until 10:26 am when it enters Cancer. Take a deep breath and calm down. Starting today, life will begin to settle into a routine. Pay attention to your intuition when you have to make a decision or interact with another person. Everyone is feeling sensitive today so be kind. Have dinner with family tonight.

April 21 – Moon in Cancer. Today is very fertile and a prime day for planting. Visit the nurseries and buy new bushes and maybe a tree. The work you do in the garden and yard will have good results. Start home projects and continue getting the house ready for Spring. Make plans for family visits, either them to you or you to them. Cook your favorite childhood foods for dinner.

April 22 – Moon in Cancer, VC from 10:58 am until 1:09 pm when it enters Leo. Pluto turns retrograde today to add power to the Earth Day celebrations. This is always an intense time when explosions of some kind happen. Spend the morning planting and cooking. Invite friends and family for a late brunch. Take the kids to do something for Mother Earth today.

April 23 – Moon in Leo. Once things settle down from yesterday’s highly charged energy, this week will go along on an even keel. You can be creative and think of new ways to do things in every aspect of your life. You’ll have the ability to finish what you start and do so in a good mood. Have a romantic evening with your beloved.

April 24 – Moon in Leo, VC from 2:39 pm until 4:40 pm when it enters Virgo. Venus enters Gemini today and she urges you to explore and find new things to love to do. She wants to feed your mind with beauty. There is great energy for being innovative and productive. Make a mess while you create and leave the cleaning up until later in the day.

April 25 – Moon in Virgo. Today is the day to get caught up on work and chores. You need to do two days’ work today as tomorrow is a full VC day. Set things up so you can just follow along with what you’ve started. You’ll be able to see things clearly and make choices which are sensible. Make appointments for health care check-ups or to deal with a long-time issue that’s been bothering you.

April 26 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 9:13 pm. Lay low and don’t make waves today. Stay away from potential dangers. Mars and Pluto meet which makes the energy volatile and people touchy and quick-tempered. It’s best to just putter along cleaning, filing, recycling, and making order out of messes. Donate to the food bank, do some volunteer work, help someone.

April 27 – Moon in Libra. You need to relax after yesterday’s intensity. Venus rules the day and she wants you to find pleasure in the beauty of the season. She’s a peacemaker and gives you good negotiating skills if you have to step in and find a compromise. Give your opponent some flowers. Have a date night with your favorite friend.

April 28 – Moon in Libra. You don’t want to be alone today. It’s a good day to visit friends. Browse the art galleries to buy something beautiful to put on your walls. Go to the nurseries and buy flowering plants and bushes. You may have to either sidestep someone’s emotions or try to comfort them.  Go hear some live music tonight.

April 29 – Moon in Scorpio. Today’s full Moon is known in the East as the Wesak festival which celebrates the birth of Buddha. It is a holy day. Quiet your mind and mediate on the teachings of the Buddha and the absolute peace that can be found inside you, Embrace simplicity and honor nature. Do an act of kindness. Plant a tree in a beloved’s memory.

April 30 – Moon in Scorpio. Hold on to the feeling of stillness and the strength that it gives as you start the week. You can feel what you need to do and then be able to make it happen. Take time to do some research so you can understand a subject in depth. Look back on this month and see what you learned. Plant seeds and ideas on this fertile day.





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