April

 
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Often, when we move into a new month it is really just a different name at the top of the calendar, with not a lot actually changing. To begin with this will be the case with April, with the early days of the month likely to feel like a continuation of March and with that is likely to come some exhaustion. Can I really handle another month like the one I’ve just been through? The answer is yes and no. Yes, because the reality is that we can handle anything and far more than we give ourselves credit for, but also ‘no’ in that fortunately we don’t have to.

What is going to bring home the fact that this is a very different month is that when April finally hits, the disguise slips and it’s revealed in its all naked glory and it will be in one fell swoop.
 
It all takes place on Wednesday the 6th April and within the span of just one 12 hour period. This is not only set to break the tension of the last few months and especially what March has held, but also bring in something completely new, for the first time in a very, very long time – a real breath of fresh air.
 
Because you are spread out around the globe the day may have a different name for different people, but wherever you are on the globe the shifts will be taking place at the same time, whatever you call that time where you are. So much so that you may find yourself looking at other people during the course of the day, wondering if they can feel the shift as well.
 
It begins at 7 am New Zealand time on Wednesday the 6th April, so on the 5th April for those in the States and UK etc., earlier in the morning of the 6th April if you’re in Australia. Wherever you are and whatever time it is in your time zone, the shift will be felt globally and it’s the first of three shifts that will take place over the course of the next 12 hours.
 
What happens at 7 am (I’m rounding this up to avoid being pedantic, but it’s just before 7 am, as in 6.50 am) is that Venus will leave Pisces. That is a game changer, for the tensions that dominated March were caused by the pressure between the planets moving through Pisces and their opposition with Jupiter in Virgo. While the last of the planetary oppositions played out over Easter, as the last opposition was between Venus and Jupiter, for as long as Venus is still in Pisces that pressure was still easing back. Venus’ departure from Pisces and return to Aries takes her out of the game and you’ll feel the weight lift from your heart.
 
To start with there could still be some tension, for the Moon’s return to Pisces on the 4th April and opposition with Jupiter on the 5th April will see a flare up in Venus’ final hours, giving the sleeping bear one last poke with a stick just to see if there is anything left that hasn’t been flushed out yet. It’s the Moon’s departure from Pisces at 7 pm on the 6th April (New Zealand time) and by then in most other parts of the world as well, that brings this game changing 12 hour period to an end, for when the Moon leaves this will be like taking your finger off an inflated balloon – the tension will escape, for there will be nothing holding it there.
 
However, if Venus’ departure from Pisces at 7 am on the 6th April and the Moon’s departure 12 hours later at 7 pm brings a game changing 12 hour period to an end and there are three shifts that make it so game changing, then there has to be something else that happens during that time and it’s that ‘something else’ that literally changes everything.
 
At noon New Zealand time on the 6th April, almost halfway between Venus’ departure from Pisces and the Moon’s, Mercury will leave Aries and return to Taurus. That move is very different, for Aries is not a challenging area of your chart this year. It has been in previous years but not this year, so Mercury’s departure from Aries isn’t a relief and that’s not the game changer. What is the game changer is where he’s going, with Mercury’s return to Taurus on the 6th April literally having an impact across a wide area of your life.
 
To begin with the Taurus ruled area of your chart gets a massive break and obviously if you were born with your Sun in Taurus then this is good news. There has been no planetary activity in Taurus since the Sun left in May 2015, making this the area of your chart that has been without planetary activity or support for the longest. There is no other area of your chart that has had to wait longer than the Taurus ruled area, so Mercury’s return for that reason alone will be a gift. While the Sun will return on the 20th April, having Mercury return two weeks earlier is a chance to get your head in the game, ideas on the table and the communication lines open.
 
Even if this was a normal visit, in that a normal visit is Mercury moving through in 15 days, then this would have been an advantage and not just on the Taurus ruled front, which I’ll explain soon. However, that’s not what is due to happen and instead of rushing through Mercury will begin slowing down almost as soon as he arrives and will continue to slow down, until coming to a standstill ahead of his retrograde turn on the 27th April. That’s right, we have another Mercury retrograde phase, except this is not one you need to run for cover over and it’s all to do with timing.
 
While the planets moving through Pisces over recent months have been under pressure from Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion has been under pressure as well and in retrograde motion in Virgo since the 8th January he’s in serious need of support. While he had the support of Pluto in Capricorn last month, as Mercury returns to fellow Earth sign Taurus this creates a triad of support that will dominate the rest of the month, but it will also trigger a surprising amount of solidarity.
 
With Jupiter due to turn direct on the 10th May this is his last full month in retrograde motion in Virgo, so with Mercury turning retrograde in Taurus on the 27th April this will make his final weeks in retrograde motion some of the best. But that’s not all, for on the 18th April Pluto will turn retrograde in Earth ruled Capricorn, creating a situation where by the end of the month Jupiter, Mercury and Pluto, all in a friendly alliance, will all be in retrograde motion at the same time. To appreciate how significant that is you’ve got to look at the areas of your chart they rule, which will be the three Earth ruled areas of your chart. For the Fire signs – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius this will see a sense of collaboration between your income, work and career sectors throughout the month and the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential on all three fronts by the end of the month. For the Water signs – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces this will play out on the communication, relationship and friendship fronts, the Earth signs – Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn on the personal, playful and adventurous fronts and the Air signs – Libra, Gemini and Aquarius on the intuitive, home and financial fronts.
 
As is always the case the Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you more details on how this will play out for you, but everything involved in shifting the focus from the challenges of the past few months to the opportunities that will open up this month, all come into being during that 12 hour period on the 6th April.
 
Jupiter, Mercury and Pluto aren’t the only planets either in retrograde motion or turning retrograde this month, with Saturn spending his financial and money matters in retrograde motion in Sagittarius after turning retrograde just before Easter and Mars turning retrograde there on the 18th April, the same day that Pluto turns retrograde.
 
Unlike the Taurus ruled area of your chart, where by the time Mercury turns retrograde on the 27th April the Sun, returning on the 20th April, will keep the forward momentum going and even more so once Venus returns on the 30th April, once Mars turns retrograde all the focus in the Sagittarius ruled area of your chart will be on the past. This is the point where Mars will do a U turn and begin trekking back towards Scorpio, where he left earlier last month. While Mars won’t return until late May, a Full Moon there on the 22nd April will help prepare for his return.
 
Almost as a foot note is the planetary activity in Aries, in a month that belongs to Aries energy, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of April here. While the Aries ruled area of your chart won’t be screaming for your attention, that’s mainly because there are no challenges and only opportunities. The only roadblock the Sun will face during his time in Aries was last month’s Full Moon and with that behind you, there will be nothing but plain sailing for the Sun and for Venus, who moves through from the 6th April to the 30th April. This month’s New Moon will fall in Aries on the 7th April and during Venus’ first full day that’s the perfect time to focus on a fresh start.
 
When the Sun, Mercury and Venus all moved through Pisces last month they were under pressure from Jupiter for almost the whole time they were there, but as they move through Aries there are no planets in opposition and nothing but support from Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius. The same happens when they move into and through Taurus, with no planets in opposition and nothing but support, this time from Pluto and Jupiter. Of course, the Full Moon on the 22nd April will create some pressure, but this is the bare minimum of wakeup calls you can expect.
 
So while to start with April might appear to be a continuation of March, once we reach the 6th April everything will shift, revealing itself to be a very different month, with a very different and exciting make up.
 
All the very best for the coming month and congratulations for weathering the storms of the last few months. Change is in the air as we move into autumn down under and as those in the northern hemisphere move into spring and is reflected in this month’s stars.
 
The April Monthly Horoscopes will provide more information on how April’s conditions will impact you, but the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide far more details. Just a reminder that these are on special and the moment. Normally $39.95 for a 12 month subscription, these are currently on special for just $15.00. In case you are new to the site or you’re not signed up to get your Daily Horoscopes and therefore didn’t get the email we sent out, as March was such a challenging month we put the March Monthly Reports on the website, for free. We will leave that there so that anytime, when you might be considering whether or not to get a 12 month subscription, you’re able to pop in and see what they entail. 

 

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All the very best for the coming month.

Anne Macnaughtan
anne@forecasters.co.nz
 
 

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