The month of April is typically a dynamic month anyway, as history has shown time and again. I do think this particular April will be especially memorable, though I must caution it will be for very mixed reasons. We know we have to take the good with the bad and at the same time, right?
That said, the month starts off steady enough. Saturn stations retrograde at 27 degrees Sagittarius April 6th/7th, creating a temporary feeling of being unusually tired or weary or restricted. Saturn will also form two exact squares to Venus in Pisces in April. Venus will be in Pisces from April 2nd-28th, retrograde until the 15th. The first Venus-Saturn square occurs while Venus is still retrograde, on April 8th; the second square occurs April 21st with Venus direct. A one-two blow to the heart. Those are times of feeling especially poor and lacking in everything: love, money, vitality, health. Not a robust feel good time. This too shall pass, but while in effect expect some hurts.
The hurt becomes quite acute at the Venus direct station April 15th, as Venus will be at 26 degrees Pisces conjunct Chiron. If you’ve been dealing with relationship or self esteem issues since Venus went retrograde in March, take extra care of yourself at the Venus direct station. Try not to act on hurt feelings, as this too will pass and you don’t want to be left with the deeds done out of hurt, spite, humiliation, awkwardness. I must say that April is a spectacularly bad month to change up your appearance as well; put the shopping and haircuts and such off another month unless you really want to end up with a mullet or a bowl cut…
Mars will be in Taurus until April 21st, when it enters Gemini at 5:32 PM CST. Mars is in detriment in Taurus and slows the pace considerably until it enters Gemini, when it really picks up the pace. Now, here’s where some people won’t like what I’m writing but I have to urge caution and alert folks to April 14th-19th, when Mars in Taurus will be conjunct fixed star Algol. Algol is associated with a particular kind of cruelty and violence, and as Mars is the planet of war and aggression Mars conjunct Algol is not something to brush off. Again, mid April is famous for historical acts of violence… just be cautious of your surroundings and don’t take risks. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend traveling during this period if you can avoid it. Pluto stations retrograde April 20th at 19 degrees Capricorn; the long Uranus-Pluto square is over before months end but the Pluto retrograde might just throw in our face one last time the good, bad and ugly of rebelling against authority that we’ve seen since the Uranus-Pluto squares began. Pluto slowing to retrograde as Mars conjuncts Algol doesn’t look pretty to me. I say that hoping I’m proven wrong.
Things do begin to change very quickly right after, though. Mars enters Gemini April 21st; Gemini is ruled by messenger planet Mercury, which will be retrograde from April 9th until May 3rd. Oddly enough, if you’ve read my writeup on the Mercury retrograde then you know that some of the good things to come out of April will be a result of the inspired and ingenious Mercury retrograde. Mars in Gemini will quicken the rate that the eccentric ideas and conversations take place, leading up to Mercury Rx conjunct Uranus in Aries April 28th. This is the same day Venus enters Aries, now direct but still in the shadow of the retrograde station begun in March. This day looks to me like release, a lot of dead weight being thrown off and liberation of many varieties being found.
Saturn retrograde does square Chiron by months end, exact on April 30th. The first square occurred back on December 28th, so if you had a hard time dealing with the end of last year and New Year’s then expect to see a replay of that world weariness. The difference this time is that as we feel pulled under in some directions, we feel excited and newly alive and awoke in others. That’s an odd mix but that’s what we’re being challenged to make work.
The Sun enters the calm, steady sign of the Bull April 19th, 4:27 PM CST. In Taurus season, perhaps the most revolutionary act is to maintain cohesion and put one foot in front of another, avoiding the paths that are crumbling and staying on the ones that get us to the other side.