April 2016
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

April has numerous energies working in confusing and/or complex ways. With the events initiated by last month’s eclipses along with three more planets entering retrograde this month, hold on to your hat!! This month is sure to be a roller coaster ride especially for Sun sign Gemini and Gemini rising. Be sure and double check anything that requires your signature or support this month.

April frowns on risk taking or impulsive actions. There will be slowing of energy as Mars and Pluto retrograde mid-month. By the end of the month, Mercury will also enter retrograde creating a climatic end to April. Although still effective, retrograde planets are weaker or slower in action than when in direct motion. It is best to not initiate NEW projects with Mercury or Mars is retrograde. Read more under Retrograde Planets.

All the cardinal planets (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) continue to be pounded by transiting energies. Moderation and patience will win over rash, impulsive actions/decisions.

Prepare in April to move into May with a better sense of direction, and a clearer focus. With Mercury still retrograde in May, it would be advantageous to go back over all that has been done, including the formation of friendships/partnerships and be ready to confirm or commit toward the end of May.

New Moon: Apr 07 at 7:24amET in ARIES at 18 degrees
Full Moon: Apr 22 at 1:24amET in Scorpio 2 degrees

Daily

Apr 01 - Moon continues in CAPRICORN from yesterday entering VOID at 12:39pmET until 9:37pmET when it enters the friendly and visionary sign of AQUARIUS. Finish up your any work related tasks early and then kick back and enter the afternoon. Always expect delays or unusual happenings when the moon is VOID. The evening should be easy going.

Apr 02 – The moon in AQUARIUS will encourage getting together with friends or maybe just trying a new adventure on your own. This is a great day to buy electronics so if the deal is right, go for it. Everything in the air, birds, smoke, airplanes, drones, etc will be highlighted.

Apr 03 – The moon continues in AQUARIUS until 7:16pmET. There is an unusual “feeling” in the air today. Pay close attention to things that repeat, to your dreams, to intuition. Perhaps an antique shopping trip would add to the excitement. LEO sun signs do not want to share the stage!

Apr 04 – The moon moved into PISCES after midnight. This brings a more sensitive and shy mood to start the week. The energy is quieter. This is a great time for a haircut if you want it to grow back fast! Enjoy movies, theater and children today. Take the time to hug your pets, too! VIRGO sun signs feel drained and misunderstood.

Apr 05 – The moon shifts from PISCES to VOID at 6:33amET and REMAINS VOID until tomorrow morning. Appointments, travel, and events scheduled today could be delayed, rescheduled or cancelled. Be prepared for the unexpected. Adding to the VOID energy is VENUS moving into ARIES and MERCURY into TAURUS. The desires are assertive now and competitive. The thinking, however, is more practical and grounded. This could create a very uneven energy… kind of like push-pull. If you really know what you want, then go after it. Pay close attention to the costs, however, as you could pay too much. #ITSATRAP

Apr 06 – The moon in assertive ARIES and joined by Venus in ARIES creates a day full of action. The energy is over the top as it builds for the New Moon tomorrow. Be extra cautious in all physical activities but especially those involving weapons, sharp instruments, fire and explosives. Control tempers and instead consider peaceful solutions. LIBRA sun signs should take the day off!

Apr 07 – NEW MOON at 7:24amET in ARIES at 18 degrees -- The moon is in ARIES until 10:56am when it enters VOID for the rest of the day until tomorrow. The morning has aggressive and pushy energy. Delays are everywhere. There are sudden separations and even endings. Be cautious in physical activities, especially at the gym. Today is a good day to take a walk (hikes maybe not!), read, order a pizza and stay home. Be careful in traffic as drivers tend to be more aggressive and careless.

Apr 08 – The moon shifted into TAURUS at 2:10amET. The energy is now more grounded and serious. The emotions are still “downshifting” from the past few days so take your time. Finish up whatever tasks you can and leave the rest for another day. Having a nice lunch or dinner is nice. Keep it simple. It will be easy to overindulge today keep it light. Listen to soft music.

Apr 09 – The moon in TAURUS shifts quickly into VOID at 5:49amET for the entire day. Expect delays... rescheduling of events, etc. ALWAYS expect unusual or unpredictable happenings. Go with the energy... take it slow and enjoy the day. If you are out shopping, today could bring a lucky find!

Apr 10 – The moon enters GEMINI at 1:59amET. The mood becomes lighter, more chatty and in some cases, indecisive. This is a great communication day. Answer emails, texts, return phone calls and generally get caught up on things. This is a great day for AQUARIUS sun signs if you want to socialize.

Apr 11 – The moon is in GEMINI until 2:57pmET then it enters VOID for the rest of the day. There are cross currents going on today between the need for emotional freedom and responsibilities. Take care of business early so you can enjoy a more laid back evening. Appointments late in the day may not happen. Be prepared for delays in commutes home.

Apr 12 – The moon moves into CANCER at 4:07amET. Cancer sun signs are emotionally sensitive. Their empathic nature involves them in other’s emotions too easily. So, it might be best for this sun sign to lay low today. If you are off work, this is a great day to stay in your PJs all day and watch movies. OR, you might want to paint a room or garden….all the home stuff works today.

Apr 13 – The moon is still in CANCER and brings challenging energy into play before noon ET. Be careful in conversations as it will be easy to hurt others feelings. This is a good day to move forward on home related projects, just keep your emotions calm. The moon enters VOID at midnight.

Apr 14 – The moon shifts into LEO at 9:53amET – Once we get going – and it could be slower this morning – the spotlight comes on and we are ready to sing and dance and play! Story telling hits a high note. Sports and children are featured. All leaders around the world are highlighted. AQUARIUS sun signs feel stressed out today!

Apr 15 – TAX DAY in US - Gosh, the moon is still in LEO and at odds with Mercury in TAURUS. Taurus is practical and Leo is extravagant. The two just create yuck today. I would err on the side of being practical as we have two planets preparing to retrograde within a few days. Any throat or heart issues that have not been addressed should be now without any more delays!

Apr 16 – The moon shifts out of LEO at 1:48pmET and into VIRGO at 7:23pmET. The morning will “shine” while the afternoon will slow down. It will be easy to be lazy this afternoon. Enjoy movies, sports, outdoor activities and lots of sunshine!Be careful as Mercury is stationing and with the moon in VIRGO, there is a tendency to be hypercritical.

Apr 17 – MERCURY STATIONS RETROGRADE in Sagittarius at 16 degrees. The moon is in VIRGO creating a bit of cranky energy especially for GEMINI and VIRGO sun signs as Mercury is their planetary ruler. Managed calmly this cranky energy could lead to accomplishing more today than thought possible. It is important to keep all communications simple and clear. So many times under this energy problems in relationships are created due to jumbled up communications.

Apr 18 – PLUTO STATIONS RETROGREADE in Capricorn at 17 degrees. Pluto rules SCORPIO. If you are a sun sign SCORPIO or have SCORPIO rising, you may feel a bit TESTY today. The moon in VIRGO starts out the day but quickly at 8:29amET enters VOID until tomorrow morning. Under VOID moon energy things seem to never turn out as planned. This could mean they could turn out better! Appointments are likely delay, reschedule or cancelled. Expect the unexpected to happen.

Apr 19 – The SUN moves into TAURUS at 11:30amET. Happy Birthday to all TAURUS sun signs. The moon in LIBRA as of 7:24amET gives a lot of energy to THINKING. This is a bumpy energy day! The late afternoon could bring angry conversations. Keep the peace!! This energy passes quickly. This is a very sensual sign and quite ARTSY! Use your intuition to the utmost today.

Apr 20 – The moon is still in LIBRA and has a pretty calm morning. The afternoon is again quite choppy and by evening it could really fall apart. Keep conversations to a minimum. SCORPIO sun signs should particularly pay attention. ARIES sun signs are jumpy!

Apr 21 – The moon shifts from LIBRA to VOID at 2:13amET and stay VOID all day until evening at 8:17pmET. This is another one of those EXPECT the unexpected... and things never seem to come down as planned days. If you have projects that must be finished today, be prepared to exert twice the energy in order to complete the task. The energy will FEEL high and quirky as we prepare for the full moon tomorrow.

Apr 22 – FULL MOON in SCORPIO at 2 degrees and EARTH DAY. Wow – talk about intense energy. This is definitely a day to be watchful of sneaky happenings, unforeseen events, darkness moving into the light, etc. There is a serious tone to the energy today. There could be craziness in the markets. Secrets are moving into center stage!

Apr 23 – The moon continues in SCORPIO until late afternoon at 5:46pmET when it enters VOID for overnight. Today brings a quieter end to the week. Perhaps being alone is wonderful way to spend today. If you enjoy reading, this is a good day for that. If you refinish old furniture, this is a great day for that. LISTEN today more than talk. AQUARIUS sun signs have a challenge now.

Apr 24 – The moon moves into SAGITTARIUS at 8:46amET and is the ONLY day this month with no major aspects happening! This can mean there is no support to make things happen or things happen quite easily. I see weather problems, however. Perhaps they will not manifest today but I see unusual weather activity so keep an eye on your weather forecasts!

Apr 25 – The moon continues in SAGITTARIUS. Foreign places and leaders, education, and judges are highlighted. The morning is testy while late afternoon things smooth out and give a nice even energy for the evening. GEMINI sun signs are not in the best of moods today! Take a long distance trip or perhaps a ride to the countryside.

Apr 26 – The moon shifts from SAGITTARIUS into VOID at 11:51amET. It doesn't’t move into CAPRICORN at 7:54pmET so we have a VOID midday and afternoon. Expect the unexpected. Be careful with money/markets. Court delays are likely. Mercury is preparing for retrograde so be watchful of bank accounts, credit cards, etc.

Apr 27 – The moon is in CAPRICORN. Now comes the time for frank talks. This is a good day for negotiations but prepared for no mercy/compassion being shown. It is all yes or no. Nothing in between today although the energy is great for compromising. CANCER sun signs feel sluggish today. This is a great day for the dentist!

Apr 28 – MERCURY STATIONS RETROGRADE in TAURUS at 23 degrees. The moon is in CAPRICORN. Both are earth signs so the energy works a little better emotionally today. Read about Mercury under Retrograde Planets below. The energy is rather easy during the day but the evening is difficult. Transportation problems are likely overnight.

Apr 29 – The moon moves from CAPRICORN into VOID at 3:07amET and then into friendly AQUARIUS at 4:47amET. Electronic communications are highlighted. Be cautious with electricity or electrical equipment. Today is a great day for brainstorming. Shop for unusual items today or maybe shop in antique stores for rare finds.

Apr 30 – The month ends with the moon in AQUARIUS. During the day the energy is positive for healthy workouts, having lunch/dinner with friends, finding answers to problems and/or helping those less fortunate. Be guarded against injury to the lower legs and ankles especially late afternoon and evening.

Noon Cycles including Void of Course Moons (VOC or VOID)

New Moon: A new moon initiates energy that is very strong for four weeks or one lunar cycle but influences the year until another new moon occurs in that same sign - usually a year later. What that energy involves is indicated by the sign in which the new moon occurs and personally, which house/aspects etc are activated in your astrological chart. If the new moon is an eclipse the energy is tripled.

Full Moon: The full moon that follows two weeks after the new moon brings the energy of the new moon out into the open, or to a peak. It continues to unfold energy for two more weeks until the next new moon when the cycle begins all over again highlighting a different area of our lives. Those emotional influences can last a year.

Void Moon: When the transiting moon makes no aspect to a transiting planet, it is considered to be VOID. During these void periods - which can last a few minutes or a few days - it is best to avoid signing sign contracts, interviewing for jobs, or setting important appointments. Why? Because appointments are usually delayed or rescheduled altogether or they do not turn out as expected. Contracts have delays or have to be re-negotiated, etc. Job interviews turn out to be non-productive or empty promises are made. If, for instance, a first interview does occur and appears positive, you may be asked to start ASAP or have to interview with additional people. Individually, if you are under excellent aspects from transiting planets, this will then be a good time to proceed even though the moon is void.

I find that during void moon energy, solutions to problems can be found. Therefore, it is an excellent time for lawyers to find loopholes in cases or uncover evidence that will turn a case in their favor. Lost items are found or returned during this energy at a higher percentage than when the moon is not void. Any computer glitches that have evaded solution can suddenly be resolved. You can be lucky and win a lottery or raffle. Keep in mind that during a VOID MOON, any activities undertaken usually take TWICE as long to accomplish!!! There is an element of LUCK associated with VOID energy. Use it wisely!

One thing is for certain -- always expect the unexpected during the time of a VOID of COURSE MOON -- good and bad -- and be prepared for delays or cancellations.

Eclipses in 2016

Sep 1st SOLAR eclipse: in Virgo at 9 deg 21 min
Sep 16th LUNAR eclipse: in Pisces at 24 deg 20 min

Retrograde Planets in 2016

When a planet is retrograde, its energy is weakened, misunderstood or projected in an unclear manner. The sun signs, industries, activities and so forth ruled by the retrograde planet, will feel held back, restricted, misunderstood or weakened. This is also a time when you are given an opportunity to re-do, re-evaluate these areas. Many times it brings about a better solution or happier direction.

Mars: April 17th - June 29th

Mars is a strong, yang energy. In your astrological chart it shows how you project or use your own energy as well as how we project that energy into the environment and on to others. Mars rules the assertive, aggressive sign of ARIES and, according to old history it co-ruled SCORPIO. This gives you an idea of how strong the energy can be. WHEN IT IS RETROGRADE, the oomph we all need to get things going will be diminished or challenging. Those born under the sign of ARIES or who have an Aries rising may feel held back or like walking thru deep mud when it is retrograde. Mars travels in each sign about 6 weeks. When it retrogrades, however, it can remain in the sign for months. That is happening this time around. Mars entered Sagittarius on March 5th. It will still be in Sagittarius when it retrogrades Apr 17th. It does not return to direct motion until the end of June!!! So, you can see how, at times, it will stay longer than 6 weeks in a sign! With Mars retrograde in Sagittarius, (it will move back into Scorpio right before turning direct), check the astrological house in your chart that it is transiting to get a “feel” for what areas in your life are slowing down for review. If possible, wait until Mars is in Direct motion again to implement any changes, etc.

Mercury: April 28th - May 22nd; August 30th - September 22nd; December 19th - January 8th 2017 when Mercury retrogrades

When Mercury is retrograde communications, electronics, transportation all hit a snag. Satellites go down, electronics breakdown, emails/texts etc are erroneously sent, weak relationships break up (business and personal), trains/airplanes are challenged or in the news and… the flow of money stalls or slows down. That means that “check in the mail” probably will not arrive until after Mercury goes direct! Watch the stock markets. Be cautious in all money dealings. If you have electronic equipment that has been showing signs of needing to be replaced, it will probably break down during the retrograde. This is NOT the time to initiate anything new, especially personal relationships. The retrograde period should focus on OLD business/relationships or projects already in motion before the retrograde cycle began. Many times the Mercury retrograde period allows for resolution of problems. Agreements can be finalized, etc. Just be careful with any of the “numbers” in the paperwork. If possible delay the signing of a contract until after Mercury is direct to avoid complications. Never make a major purchase under Mercury retrograde unless you have overwhelmingly good aspects!

Jupiter: January 7th - May 9th

Jupiter is a benevolent (kind) planet and usually brings goodness and protection. When it is retrograde, it loses some of its strength. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius sun signs and, therefore, will create a few challenges for this sun sign that normally they would have more protection from. Jupiter is a benefic planet bringing a cushion in times of falls, luck in times unexpected. It is like having an angel on your shoulder when it is in your sun sign. Jupiter can also bring legal matters into focus. Religions, higher institutions of learning, foreign places and people, judges and court rulings are all ruled by Jupiter. When it is retrograde, it pulls back or reduces the energy. It becomes weak. It is still active, just not as strong. If you are involved in any of the above mentioned subjects, these could slow down or be put on hold until Jupiter returns to full power in May. This slowdown allows time for review of what has already occurred. The sign of Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. If you are born under this sign, you may feel as though you are a little slower than usual during this retrograde period. Use the time wisely to “catch up” and be ready to push forward once the retrograde period is over.

Pluto: April 18th - September 26th

Considered to no longer be a planet, it still is one to me! Pluto takes many, many years to transit a sign. The transit of it through a sign will create an impact that could affect generations. It is considered to be a heavy weight when it comes to banking or financial institutions. Having Pluto retrograde also pulls back some of its great influence from Scorpio sun signs as it is the ruler of Scorpio. Pluto gets along really well with Jupiter. By the end of April, both planets will be retrograde. This could create challenges with foreign interests or countries, money, executive/legislative branches, banks, educational institutions and even pipelines! Scorpio sun signs and Scorpio ascendants may not have the gusto you crave, but you can still get a lot accomplished.

Saturn: March 25th - August 13th

Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn. It also rules the activities involved with government, authority figures, responsibilities and the elderly. Now is the time to think about your budget, commitments, etc that started back in Sep 2015. Are there any changes you want to make? Double check all credit card balances, bank accounts, and any legal papers you may have signed. This is a really positive time review your budget for beneficial changes. Now is not the time for committing to a relationship or additional responsibilities. Slow down. Review. If you are having any major dental surgery done during this retrograde, it would be wise to find the best energy day possible before you do it. Remember when a planet if retrograde, it is weak. Saturn rules the teeth!

Transiting Planets in 2016

If a slower moving planet connects with one of your personal planets such as your Sun, Venus, Mercury or Mars, it will initiate a reaction or event regarding the planet that is touched. Example: transiting Jupiter connects with your Venus. You could simply have a wonderful couple of "feeling good" days while this is active or maybe win a lottery, fall in love with someone or something, have a face-lift, settle a legal case, or set up a new banking account. It is helpful to know if this will be happening so you can plan better and be prepared to make it a good "connection". Here are the slower moving planets and the signs they will be travelling through in 2016:

Jupiter in VIRGO until September 9 when it enters the sign of LIBRA. Jupiter is the fastest moving of the slower planets, staying approximately one year in each sign. It takes approximately 12 years for Jupiter to travel through all 12 signs. Virgo sun signs can enjoy Jupiter in their sign until it leave and moves into LIBRA in September. This transit of Jupiter is a helpful energy for VIRGO sun signs. Keep your critical eye in check, though or you could be a little too much for people around you!! Keeping in mind the legal influence, you can also attract a legal situation if you use this energy in a negative way. For instance, receiving a speeding ticket, filing a lawsuit or being involved in one, or perhaps an inheritance/will etc. While Jupiter transits the sign of VIRGO there will be a focus worldwide on things ruled by VIRGO: Iraq, Army, chemists, dairy farmers, the Congo, Jerusalem, Los Angeles CA, chickens, doctors in general, Switzerland... to name just a few things influenced by this transit. In September when it enters LIBRA, the Libra sun signs will have this “guardian angel” with them until October 2017. The last few months of 2016 will find Jupiter giving positive energy to the arts, music, relationships, agreements, and even make-overs. Because LIBRA is a cardinal sign, those born under the sign of Capricorn, Aries and Cancer or who have planets in these signs, will experience the effects of this transit at some point as Jupiter contacts your sun sign.

Saturn in Sagittarius until December 2017. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was late 1985 into early 1988. It takes about 2.5 years to transit one sign. Scorpio sun signs are quite relieved as it finally exited Scorpio. It WILL return once again to Scorpio but only for very brief stay this summer and only effects 28 and 29 degrees of Scorpio. It is now Sagittarius' turn to feel the structuring, disciplining and in some cases restricting energy of this transit. Saturn's energy helps us better manage our talents and urges. It can bring unexpected responsibilities or even a health issue that requires discipline and focus to overcome. Commitments made during a transit of Saturn to a personal planet have endurance energy/longevity. Negatively, they can feel like heavy responsibilities! But it is not a bad energy for a good marriage or business partnership if all other aspects are supportive. This is the time to stay current with your medical exams especially if you are born under the sign of Sagittarius, OR have a personal planet in Sagittarius, OR have Sagittarius rising OR have Sagittarius on your house of health (6th house). If you have planets in the sign of Gemini, Saturn will, at some point, create an opposing energy. This can bring limitations (including medical conditions) or simply push you to organize and discipline your activities. It CAN feel really burdensome - even depressing - having Saturn in your sun sign (or opposing it), but you do not have to feel that way. With the ability to focus and accomplish, use Saturn's positive side to finish up projects or goals that have been set aside. Take on any added responsibilities as a learning experience that will benefit you. Hard work is usually required when Saturn is in your sign so be prepared to work hard and be rewarded accordingly. Remember, work smarter not harder.

Uranus, in Aries, will continue transiting the sign of Aries moving from 16 degrees to 24 degrees Aries but retrogrades back to 20 degrees by the end of 2016. If you have a planet in your astro chart at 16-24 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, Uranus will energize that planet sometime in 2016. Libra sun signs born Oct 9 -19 will feel this energy as an opposing force. It is challenging but not as aggressively challenging as those born in the sign of Aries will feel. You could suddenly want to quit a job, seek a divorce, change your hair style, or even relocate when this happens. The energy of freedom loving Uranus is not predictable except to say it is unpredictable. Sudden changes, accidents, changes in beliefs, strong desire to be free, etc. can all be part of this energy. Be careful in your desire to feel free, to break the rules, to make radical changes, especially if you are aged 41-43. Remember, once the transit completes, you will be living with the consequences of your actions and decisions! Uranus is sending kind vibes to Aquarius and Gemini but challenges Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, and of course, Aries.

Neptune, in Pisces, will move from 7 degrees to 12 degrees Pisces but during the year it retrogrades ending 2016 direct at 9 degrees. It is very slow moving. Be cautious in business dealings and LOVE as Neptune energy can be evasive and deceiving you before you know it. Neptune has a strong spiritual side and connects to the higher realms. It also rules all liquids and the oceans, water, floods, drugs, hospitals, jails, bodily fluids including perspiration! Perhaps if your planets are contacted by this transiting Neptune, you will find yourself returning to church, restoring your faith, being drawn to the beach, or finding that true love! Watch out, though! Make sure you remove your rose colored glasses before making major decisions. Virgo sun signs may find themselves working with Pisces sun signs or changing careers to work in a Pisces industry i.e., oil, ink, ocean liners, entertainment, singing, children, any music or acting, etc. Virgo sun signs will feel the opposing energy creating feelings of vagueness and mystery. Enjoy this opportunity to not only dream but to also see your dreams come true.

Pluto, in Capricorn, will transit 14, 15, 16 and 17 degrees of Capricorn in 2016. Those born Jan 4-9, Apr 3-8, Jul 5-9 and Oct 6-11 will most likely feel this transit more directly. In an astrological chart if you have personal planets at 14-17 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra, you will feel the transformative power of Pluto as it interacts with that planet. It can involve corruption, drugs, sexual desires, skin and teeth issues, government planning, the disciplining parent, deaths, and big business to name a few. Pluto in Capricorn helps define economic changes that will be beneficial and strong. Capricorn rules big business and government and government officials. In 2016, Pluto in Capricorn will provide the impetus to release or destroy anything that has served its purpose in our lives. The changes being made will be long lasting ones as Capricorn is cautious, practical and very responsible. A positive use of the energy would be to take the initiate and change areas of your life that need improvement – before it is done for you! Emotionally you could embark on a new way of looking at life. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Virgo and Taurus – fellow earth signs of Capricorn – should find the transformations and changes, very positive and easier to integrate than other sun signs.

May the force be with you!
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