April 2019 Astrology Forecast:
Mercury has ended his retrograde cycle and slowly moves forward until it exits the shadow period on the 16th. That means you can get moving again, but pace yourself rather than charging forward too fast. The three heavy duty planets that are preparing to line up in Capricorn in 2020, are turning retrograde this month. Take a prophetic look into your life and the world to get a hint about what 2020 will bring. Pluto tells you to let go and let god. Saturn urges you to sacrifice in the short term for the long term good. And Jupiter wants to expand to the next level. Beyond that, Mars is in Gemini all month and that is good for exploring new possibilities. However, Mars in Gemini can create short attention spans, so be quick like a butterfly exploring a field of flowers.
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The moon moves into Pisces for April Fool’s Day, and that can make you especially gullible. Of course, it is also great for paying attention to your dreams and your spiritual practice. This ‘watch your dreams’ energy continues into Tuesday morning when Mercury (now moving forward again) aligns with intuitive Neptune. Some people will feel their psychic abilities peaking and others will feel spaced out. Practice compassion and forgiveness.
The Aries New Moon is on Friday April 5 (16 degrees Aries , 1:50 AM PDT). Mercury, Neptune and Venus are closely aligned in psychic Pisces, so pay attention to your dreams. Early risers will see Mercury and beautiful Venus in the eastern sky. Or, you may just want to hit the snooze button on your alarm clock and do some dream therapy. The bigger picture all month is that two of the three planets (Pluto and Saturn) that will be part of the triple alignment in 2020 are very close to each other now. That means you get a peek into your 2020 future if you open your higher vision, perhaps through meditation. But, the Aries new moon urges you to pick up the pace and get moving, so you need to balance all the gentle Pisces and slow Capricorn energy with the “move really fast” Aries energy.
On Saturday, the moon moves into Taurus for the weekend. Accomplish productive tasks and then give yourself a reward.
Sunday is one of those happy days where you just get in the groove and keep going. The bigger conversation for this week is Tuesday to Thursday. Tuesday evening would be nice for a movie and some romance as Venus aligns with Neptune, a gentle and easy to get along combination. However, the sun is making a challenging square to Saturn when most of the USA is asleep Wednesday morning, so not a good time to force anything. Then at 10 AM Pacific time, enthusiastic Jupiter turns retrograde until mid-August. The next several months has you reviewing big changes or cleaning up the past to prepare to move forward in bigger ways in autumn and next year.
Another quick challenge comes at the end of the day Thursday when your practical lower mind is in conflict with your higher philosophy. Since the moon is in Cancer on Thursday and Friday, emotions can be heightened so watch your words. Saturday is more playful under a Leo moon.
Wake up early on Sunday and take on a large project or attend a gathering as the life-giving Sun makes harmony with optimistic Jupiter. The moon moves into list-making Virgo on tax day (April 15), so tend to all those little details early in the work week. There is a minor relationship challenge on Monday afternoon, so take some quiet time and hold off difficult relationship conversations. We are leaving the shadow of March’s Mercury retrograde, and then Mercury moves into pioneering Aries late on the 17th. This will help you push your ideas forward, but do be careful of chasing shiny baubles that will fall away when the idea planet moves into Taurus on May 6.
The Full Moon is on March 19 at 4:12 AM PDT (30 degrees Libra-Aries). Think back to the previous full moon at spring equinox when the full moon was at the very beginning of Libra and Aries, because they are at the very ending of those signs now. Libra is about your relationships (including lack of relationships), and Aries is about exerting your independence. So the opportunity to re-balance your relationship and individuality needs continues. The difference is that there are an abundance of planets in action signs now, so boredom will not be an issue. Taking on too much now is more likely to be the issue! To push you to make changes, destructive Pluto and slow-but-sure Saturn in Capricorn are challenging this self vs. others balance. They are also slowing down to turn retrograde later this month, suggesting that there will be some big-time restructuring going on in the coming months. Take a few moments to look for hints about what might be coming for you in 2020.
On Saturday, the sun moves into practical Taurus for the coming month. At he same time, Venus enters one of her least favorite signs, Aries until May 15. This adds to the full moon re-balancing of self vs partnership.
For those who celebrate Easter Sunday, the moon is in Sagittarius. This supports a party, philosophical activities or sneaking off into nature. This is followed by Earth Day on Monday when the sun aligns with cutting-edge technology Uranus. Given that high school students were protesting the current political administrations policies to put money over the environment, this has the potential to be a vocal and revolutionary Earth Day.
The middle week supports hard work under a serious Capricorn moon. Tune in late on Wednesday evening to see if you can feel transforming Pluto turning retrograde. This is a subtle energy but worth paying attention to since it will be moving backwards until October 2. Something big is in the wings, and it definitely means changes. The moon is in friendly Aquarius for the weekend, so meet new people or try something out of your normal routine.
Have a quiet morning on Sunday, then a gentle afternoon or early evening movie as the moon enters soft Pisces at 3:11 PM PDT. On Monday, Saturn turns retrograde (and remember that Pluto turned retrograde on the 24th) until late September. So now, the three planets that will align in Capricorn in 2020 are moving retrograde until fall. This provides the opportunity to put your past in order as you prepare for the big changes that are coming later this year into 2020.
May 2019 preview:
May 18 has a seasonal blue moon, based upon an older definition of blue moons which says that the 3rd of four moons in a season is a blue moon (occurs about every 2.5 years). The modern interpretation of a blue moon being two full moons in the same month was actually a misinterpretation of the definition, but it has come into common usage. So both interpretations are now considered to be accurate. . Check back for details