April 2017 Highlights:
April will be a busy and challenging month as four planets change direction and the Cardinal Grand Cross that impacted us from 2012-2015 is activated again by the Libra Full Moon on April 10/11th. Saturn, the planet of structure and limitation, goes retrograde in free-wheeling Sagittarius on April 5/6th until August 25th. During this transit, we will deepen our awareness of how our choices can have long term effects on our lives. This is an opportunity to become more self-reliant and organized. Retrogrades remind us to slow down, be patient and re-evaluate. Make any important decisions or purchases before Mercury, the planet of communication and contracts, begins his second retrograde phase this year from April 9th-May 3rd. Confirm travel arrangements and make sure your computer is backed up. We'll breathe a collective sigh of relief as Venus, the planet of relationships and wealth, stations direct ending a tough 6 week retrograde cycle on April 15th. Pluto, the planet of deep transformation, makes his yearly station retrograde in Capricorn from April 20th-September 28th. We will review major life choices during this transit. Retrograde Venus re-enters Pisces April 2nd making us more sensitive and compassionate. We feel energetic and ready to get moving as Mars in Taurus trines Pluto on the 5th. Stay balanced as the Sun opposes Jupiter on the 7th. Tough decisions could come up on the 8th as Venus opposes stern Saturn and the Sun forms a harsh square to Pluto. Double check business details before flighty Mercury in grounded Taurus goes retrograde on the 9th. Relationships will be challenged by the Full Moon in Libra on the 10/11th. This lunation forms a Cardinal Grand cross of the Sun and Uranus aligned in Aries opposite the Moon and Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn. Ouch! This brings up issues we dealt with from 2012-15 so keep your temper and communicate effectively. Anger can arise as the Sun conjoins Uranus on the 14th. Take a deep breath and stay calm as Venus goes direct on the 15th. We can move forward with relationships now. We'll start to feel back on track as Venus forms a loving sextile to Mars on the 16th. Don't neglect responsibilities as the Sun trines Saturn on the 17th. We'll feel more grounded when the Sun enters Taurus on the 19th. Mercury kisses the Sun on the 20th just before he darts back into Aries. Be cautious and pay attention to what you're doing today as Pluto stations retrograde, the energy may be intense now. The shifts continue as energetic Mars enters flighty Gemini and Venus in sensitive Pisces squares Saturn in Sagittarius on the 21st. Mercury trines Saturn on the 24th bringing stability and focus. The New Moon in Taurus in the early hours of the 26th triggers us to get to work on what we want to manifest. We feel a sense of urgency to change things right now as retrograde Mercury conjoins Uranus. Gain clarity on what you intend to bring in and move steadily towards it. Work through relationship issues and set your mutual objectives as Venus re-enters forceful Aries on the 28th.