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April 2018

Topped and tailed by challenging influences with an irritable, accident-prone Mars Saturn at the start and a risky, trapped Mars Pluto at the finish, April will have its tense moments. Mars Saturn usually brings blocks and delays so it’ll be a drag in week one. The pro-active Aries Sun will be in fiery gear, keen to take the initiative, but it will be negotiating its way through a slalom course of a Pluto road-block on the 11th and a disruptive Uranus on the 18th.

Luckily Venus in earthy, indulgent Taurus will prove an antidote to the agitation; as will a successful, confident and lucky Jupiter sextile Pluto midmonth And Mercury goes direct from the 15th which will also help to smooth out a few wrinkles.

The final ten days sees the Sun slowing in pace as it joins Venus in steady, enduring and placid Taurus. Though the Mars Pluto conjunction on the 26th will require perseverance, persistence and determination with relationships likely to be fraught.

PLANETARY ASPECTS:

1: Sun conjunct Mercury in Aries – in mental overdrive, chatty.

2: Mars conjunct Saturn in Capricorn – bad-tempered, requiring self-discipline and self-control. Hard work can soak it up.

4: Mercury square Mars – competitive, heated conversations, outspoken.

5: Mercury square Saturn – negative, serious thinking, critical.

7: Venus in Taurus trine Saturn – charming though cool, sophisticated.

11: Sun square Pluto in Capricorn – slow-going, requires persistence, power-struggles.

Venus trine Mars  – flirtatious, passionate, enthusiastic.

12: Venus sextile Neptune in Pisces  – dreamy, romantic, kind

14: Jupiter in Scorpio sextile Pluto – confidence plus determination will create luck; a triumph.

Mars sextile Neptune – glamorous, brings attention, with effort can make a small dream come true.

15: Mercury direct in Aries – communication delays and irritations recede.

16: New Moon in Aries – focus, get head and heart together.

17: Venus opposition Jupiter – frivolous, indulgent, extravagant and fun.

Venus trine Pluto – seductive, romantic, charming, persuasive.

18: Saturn retrograde in Capricorn till early September. Not much effect though need to rethink financial and organisational plans.

Sun conjunct Uranus – rebellious, sudden surprises, not in mood for compromise.

20: Sun into Taurus for four weeks – earthy, fixed, feet on the ground, practical, stubborn, indulgent, possessive.

22: Pluto retrograde in Capricorn till early October. Put thought into clearing out areas of your life.

24: Mars sextile Jupiter – pro-active, lucky, enthusiastic, good for starting new projects.

Venus into Gemini till May 19th – social butterfly, socially charming and superficial, emotions not constant, lovers need to be pals.

25: Mercury square Saturn – serious chats about practical matters, negative.

26: Mars conjunct Pluto – like wading through treacle I days before, pushing boulders up hill. Can be ruthless or risky. Power struggles.

29: Sun trine Saturn – sensible, good for planning, realistic.

30: Full Moon in Scorpio – pulled in two directions.

OUTER PLANETS

Jupiter in Scorpio from October 11 2017 till early November 2018 – could be a money-magnet, usually good for business and joint finances, or attracting bonuses. Interest in secrets and what lies beyond reality in the hidden realms of the paranormal.

Saturn: In Sagittarius from September 19th 2015 till late December 2017 – serious about knowledge, education, legal matters, religion. Defensive about criticism, self-righteous. Into Capricorn from December 20th till 2020/21 – usually coincides with a time of some financial shortages and the need to push ambitions ahead with persistence.

Uranus: In Aries from 1 March 2011 till May 2018 – hyper-active, energetic, determined to make new starts even if it means upsetting people, go ahead. From May 16th 2018 into Taurus for seven years – changing attitudes to handling of money, possessions and resources especially in agriculture and our attitude to nature.

Neptune: In Pisces from February 2012 for thirteen years – religious, spiritual, has resonances with Muslim history.

Pluto: In Capricorn for sixteen years from Nov 2008 till 2024 = complete deconstruction and reconstruction of global economic and commercial structures and systems, as well as major changes in way in which governments work. In past times of Pluto in Capricorn (approximately every 250 years) there was territorial domination on a grand scale by charismatic leaders and ultimately a time of culture, learning, justice and prosperity.

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