April 1, 2017
Happy April Fool’s Day Friends!
As always on this day that celebrates fools I think of the famous fools throughout time who make us laugh at the ways of world. Mark Twain, Will Rogers and Charlie Chaplin were these kinds of fools in earlier eras and in today’s world people like Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Alec Baldwin’s current portray of Donald Trump on SNL point out life’s absurdities and help you realize when you take life and more importantly yourself too seriously things gets to be a drag. But when you laugh and find joy in whatever comes your way, life quickly becomes lighter, brighter and easier and more fun!
You’ll need a Fool’s temperament this month because April’s astrology is filled with backward energy! Venus is currently retrograde and Saturn, Mercury and Pluto all go retro this month too. No sign is left out, everyone is affected – read all about it below. And when you read your personal sign messages you’ll note they are longer than usual because of this too.
On every April 1st the Sun happily travels in bright fire sign Aries, the first sign in the zodiac wheel. Aries is ruled by the planet of action – Mars, and its symbol is the Ram. Aries are the warriors, leaders and pioneering spirits throughout time. Aries has the purest focus of any sign and like their symbol the Ram will fearlessly barge through any barrier to reach their desired goal. Aries are the big idea generators in each generation who are ahead of the curve carving out new paths for the rest of us to follow.
Find more pics of that Aries look at Famous Aries Celebrities
When born with Sun in Aries above all you are here to learn to follow your own path of heart with courage and passion. The best natives of this vibrant sign teach the rest of us what it means to live life without looking backward and and move into the future with no regrets! Here are some quotes from Sun in Aries folks to get the idea:
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. ~ Jane Goodall
I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back…. ~ Erica Jong
But the true voyagers are only those who leave, Just to be leaving; hearts light, like balloons, They never turn aside from their fatality, And without knowing why they always say: “Let’s go! ~ Charles Baudelaire
In this Aries time my wish for you is to have a heart as light as a balloon, and a spirit that says, “Lets go!”
Note: I’ve posted several new articles on my website. Here they are:
Heavenly Messages for April 2017
Your Handy Astro Facts: The Full Moon (21° Libra) is on 4/10 at 11:08p PT and on 4/11 at 2:08s ET and The New Moon (6° Taurus) is on 4/26 at 8:16a. Venus retrograde re-enters Pisces on 4/2 then turns direct at 27° Pisces on 4/15. Mercury turns retrograde on 4/9 at 7:15p at 4° Taurus (thru 5/3), Saturn turns retrograde on 4/5 at 27° Sagittarius (thru 8/25). The Sun enters Taurus on 4/19 at 5:27p, Pluto turns retrograde on 4/20 at 19° Capricorn (thru 9/28), and Mars enters Gemini on 4/21 (thru 6/4). Unless noted all times are Eastern Time. Read April’s Individual Sign Messages HERE
April, with its usual vibrant Aries energy is normally a forward moving month – not this year! April begins with Venus retro then three planets turn retrograde during the month – Mercury, Saturn and Pluto. Every sign is affected, some more than others. Here is the macro information and for more personal advice read your April Individual Sign Messages.
On April 1st Venus is reversing in Aries as she has since 3/4, but the next day on 4/2 she re-enters Pisces. Venus rules romance and relationship and resources too (like your income). Look back to late January-early February when Venus was last here. Themes activated then return but you have a chance to get a fresh perspective, especially when Venus turns direct on 4/15 (at 26° Pisces). After turning direct Venus re-enters Aries on 4/28 where she’ll be until 6/6.
In the larger picture this Venus retro has been very obvious. Venus rules women and the Trump administration is pushing hard against women’s reproductive rights, and their unsuccessful Trump-Care bill had provisions to kick mothers and children off Medicade. Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to pass and anti Planned Parenhood bill. Venus also rules resources and the environment and once again Trump is actively pushing back. On 3/28 President Trump signed an executive order which in effect erases environmental protections made not just during the Obama administration but in the last several decades. Earth Day is on 4/22 this year, a day when the state of the environment gets major attention. Venus will be moving forward again and a few days later re-enters feisty Aries (on 4/28). Will more voices be raised against these backward moves then?
April starts on a tense note when Pluto at 19° Capricorn forms an exact challenging 90 degree square to Jupiter at 19° Libra on 4/1. This square is a saber-rattling one! Capricorn rules governmental bureaucracies and potent Pluto has been churning away at the old way of governing since he entered Capricorn in the fall of 2008. Jupiter is in Venus-ruled Libra now, but is retrograde (until 6/9) which means his mighty energy is more internalized now. Peace and diplomacy are keynotes of Libra and this seems to be the last thing on the Trump administration’s agenda. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his recent visit to South Korea announced that “the policy of strategic patience has ended….[and] all options are on the table.” leaving open the possibility of pre-emptive military action. (Tillerson said this on 3/17, which is yet another indication of Venus retrograde.)
On 4/5 Saturn begins his annual 4+ month retrograde period. Saturn turns around at 27° Sagittarius and returns to 21° before turning direct on 8/25. Saturn represents form, function, discipline and governs worldly authority structures. Stern Saturn is the teacher we hated, but we learned how to write a good term paper! As the 2nd largest planet, Saturn affects everyone which means we all need to work a bit harder to stay focused on the road ahead, and dig deeper to find order in your life.
Saturn rules Capricorn who are more affected by Saturn’s retrograde periods, and Satgittarians born from Dec. 13 – 19th are too, as Saturn re-crosses your Sun, as well as anyone with Sagittarius Rising from 21° thru 27° or other important planet like the Moon at these degrees too. See your Individual Sign Messages for personal insight.
Next up is Mercury who makes his 2nd retrograde journey this year beginning on 4/9. Mercury reverses at 4° Taurus, returns to Aries on 4/20 and moves forward again on 5/3 at 24° Aries. Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo so Mercury’s retro travels affect you more, but you are more used to handling it too. And for this current Merc retro, Taurus and Aries need to pay more attention. The main thing for everyone to know when Mercury is retrograde is to Check, Check and Double Check everything you write (especially contracts) and stop and think harder before you open your mouth too. This is doubly important when Mercury is in pop-off Aries! See my Mercury Retrograde article for the full story.
Later in the month Pluto begins his annual 5 month retrograde on 4/20 reversing until 9/28. Pluto’s astrological function is transformation. Pluto was named after the old Roman god of Hell and faithful to that name brings up muck from the deepest levels of your psyche so you must stop denying it exists and can begin the process of change. When Pluto goes retrograde this process becomes more internalized. The general effects of Pluto retrograde are subtle, but become very personally obvious if Pluto is crossing back over important angles or planets in your birth chart, most especially your Sun sign or ascendant.
Pluto moves very slowly turning around at 19° Capricorn and only traveling back to 16° Cap before moving direct again on 9/28. Pluto rules Scorpio so you Phoenixes feel Pluto’s movement more than most. And for Capricorn, especially those born from January 6-9 will again have Pluto’s transformational energy re-crossing your Sun sign, and if you are Capricorn rising from 16-19° Pluto is giving you an opportunity to completely transform into an entirely new self! Pretty powerful stuff.
Pluto may be tiny, but his transformational effects are powerful. If you fall into this category Pluto demands that you transform in major ways, and if you are unwilling Pluto becomes relentless! Also if you have your Moon or other planet at these degrees (16-19° Cap) you’re in the bulls eye too. If this is you, it’s a good time for a 10,000 mile astrology check-up.
The President of North Korea Kim Jung-un happens to be born with Sun in Capricorn (1/8/1984) at 16° Cap the very degree Pluto returns to in September. Considering the powerful square on 4/1 between Pluto and Jupiter discussed above, well let’s just say, Kim Jung-un had better be very careful during this Pluto retrograde time!
I liked this article about the April retrogrades Seeing Red – Retrograde Alerts by Tara Greene.
On 4/21 Mars leaves earth-bound Taurus to enter light and airy Gemini for the first time since May 11. 2015, and travels in Gemini until 6/4. Mars is the planet of action and in air sign Gemini activates communication and other mental activities. Gemini/Mars is extremely talented, very social, likes to have fun and lightens things up, but is also a dizzy juggler with too many balls in the air.
Famous comedians are often born with a Gemini Mars like Steve Martin, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and Damon Wayans. Mars in Gemini often breeds great writing talent too as Charlotte Bronte, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Erica Jong prove.
Testy-Warrior Mars can also bring strife to the sign in which he travels. I just found this article about a possible writers’ strike by the Writers Guild of America’s who essentially write all the movie and TV scripts. Seems very Mars in Gemini for sure! (Go writers!). Mars in Gemini can also whip people up with shallow platitudes urging them to do stupid things, which seems to be happening more and more these days with Tweeter in Chief President Trump in power. In his Gemini travels Mars connects with Donald Trump’s Uranus (planet of the unexpected) and his Sun, but that’s a story for June’s issue.
Mars/Gemini’s story for April is more about being able to connect with your silly side and finding humor in every situation. An important quality in the times we’re in, wouldn’t you agree?
Here’s another quote from Erica Jong who has both Sun in Aries and Mars in Gemini herself: The trick is not how much pain you feel–but how much joy you feel. Quite a trick, but well worth it!
IMAGE NOTE: I chose this painting, Stairway at Auvers by Vincent Van Gogh for two reasons. First, Van Gogh himself was born with Sun in Aries – on March 30, 1853, and second because this painting of his with his characteristic bold and vibrant Aries energy, depicts people coming and going with some looking backward and some forward. Seems appropriate for this retrograde Month!