Cosmic Weather Horoscope: April 2018 by Jane Lyle
Welcome to April, 2018. April’s big astrology theme focuses on power, recycling, and regeneration on many levels – from spiritual development to plutocrats and global scientific projects, megawatt business ventures, and cultural projects.
This is thanks to a second meeting between two powerful planets, giant Jupiter and underworld Pluto. It locks into place on the 14th April, but is active all month long. It can be a very positive time to explore, learn, and expand. With Jupiter and Pluto in the financial signs of Scorpio and Capricorn, finances can benefit of course. But it would be a pity if that’s the only manifestation, since there’s rich potential for something deeper and more imaginative too.
Jupiter loves to travel and learn, and in Scorpio that could invite us to delve into the unknown, mysterious, occult or paranormal.
Pluto is very much a banker in Capricorn, but rules Scorpio and is right at home in the subterranean worlds of our imaginations too. Pluto’s forensic detective skills are intrigued by what lies beneath – whether that’s in the mind, the cosmos, or the earth itself. Pluto’s realms include buried treasure of many varieties.
So what might this potent April astrology uncover? Ancient sacred sites, amazing archaeological discoveries, and cash-in-the-attic are all in focus. And it’s worthwhile looking back over recent dreams, thoughts, and projects too. Jupiter is backtracking now, until July, so digging up something you’d overlooked or set aside in the last six months or so could bring pleasing results. Projects that started last autumn could benefit from a re-think now as well.
April’s exact sextile between Jupiter and Pluto is at 21 degrees of Scorpio and Capricorn, although they are working together all month. Their final meeting is in September, at 18 degrees. If you’ve got planets around these degrees in your own natal chart, especially in Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn or Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, then here’s a fertile opportunity that encourages expanding and refreshing some area of your life over the coming months.
Thought for April:
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
- Stephen Hawking, physicist, legend, inspiration, Capricorn 8th January 1942-14th March 2018
Image: ‘Bullfinch and Drooping Cherry’ by Katsushika Hokusai c.1834, Museum of Yokohama-shi via arthive.com
Enchanted April: Enjoying Venus in Taurus
Venus, goddess of love, art, money and pleasure, is earthy and sensuous in her home sign, Taurus, until 24th April. And while there’s plenty to concern us this month, the April journey of Venus in Taurus brings us all some beautiful opportunities for enjoying passion, indulgence, art, food, music and nature.
During April, Venus makes some luscious astrological aspects. These phases favour doing something lovely, seeing friends, and above all tuning in to ideals of universal love, and beauty in the natural world. Yes, Venus in Taurus can be extravagant, greedy, or rather too fond of money. Yet there’s a wonderful spring-time life force here, and awareness of this – and all the shimmering goddesses that embody it - is free.
Image: Venus on a sea shell, Pompeii, Italy, 1st Century AD, via Wikimedia Commons
Here are three special times to celebrate the many pleasures of Venus this April:
Monday 9th April – Thursday 12th April:
1: Yin and yang are in harmony, as active and receptive energies dance together. They create an affectionate, graceful, sensuous atmosphere in one corner of the cosmos. This easy, flowing moment will be exact at 14 degrees on Wednesday 11th April. Could be a beautiful moment for indulging in love, friendship, and cake, obviously.
The aspect is: Venus in Taurus trine Mars in Capricorn, 14 degrees.
2: On Thursday, 12th April, Venus works with dreamy Neptune in Pisces, emphasising music, movies, fantastical fashion design, and the beauty of water. Hearts open, dreams are vivid. It can be bewitchingly romantic. A symbolic setting for this beguiling pair could be found in a dream-like garden beside a lake, or a grove of trees growing close to the sea.
Your creativity and imagination are enhanced if you have planets or points at around 14 – 16 degrees in your own natal horoscope, particularly in Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn or Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. A sextile aspect is very productive and dynamic if we choose to work with it.
The aspect is: Venus in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces, 15 degrees.
Tuesday 17th April:
3: It’s a steamy moment. On one level it symbolises deep passion, desire, and even obsessions about sex, art, or music. On another astrological level there’s money, and our relationship with it. Magnetic Venus nudges the oligarchs and power brokers - Jupiter and Pluto - wealth, mergers, and acquisitions are highlighted in the news. Powerful women are in focus too.
This aspect is exact today at 21 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn, but begins building on Saturday, 14th April. Taurus, Scorpio, and Capricorn are all connected with banking, money, security, assets and wealth in astrology.
The aspect is: Venus in Taurus opposition Jupiter in Scorpio, trine Pluto in Capricorn. 21 degrees.
Sunday 15th April – Tuesday 17th April:
Back to the Future: Mercury turns direct, a buzzy New Moon rises, and Chiron dips into Aries
These April days could be a bit of a fight club, with the pioneering and adventurous sign, Aries, emphasised by three astrological events. These are days when we think actions speak louder than words. But we’re not always right about that.
1: Some sparky moments lie ahead, as media Mercury turns forward in eager, confrontational Aries on 15th April. Mercury battles on through Aries until 15th May. People want to tell it like it is, and hang the consequences. Yet there will be consequences, inevitably.
2: Then a tingly new Moon rises at 26 degrees of Aries on 16th April. It’s aligned with unconventional Uranus in Aries, ready to spark off a few lightning bolts, eureka moments, and original plots and plans now and in the month ahead.
3: Our third Aries event begins on 17th April, when Chiron enters Aries for the summer, leaving again on 25th September. The strange comet asteroid body returns to Aries in February 2019, staying there until 2027.
This summer gives us a hint of what’s in store. Since Chiron represents life lessons, and generally teaches us something, those lessons or pivotal moments will be filtered through sport, battles, fighting for our rights, and highlighting situations where we must ask questions about identity, ego, and what our mission might be.
These situations or motifs surface when Chiron activates another planet or planets in our own charts, or more collectively when Chiron aligns with other planets’ current orbits. I suspect that Chiron in Aries understands martial arts very well – and that the lessons of what happens when strength is pitted against balance, focus, and strategy will be highly visible this summer, and during the years ahead.
Image: Loving your smartphone, 1930’s style. Vintage illustration via Messynessychic.com PD
Rocky Road: April Astrology’s Mountain Trail
April astrology’s rocky mountain trail requires stout boots, stamina, and caution. Spring is here, yet the serious, dynamic, and wintry sign, Capricorn, has still got a lot to say. Mars, Saturn, and Pluto are all travelling through Capricorn – action, karma, and powerful forces are at work, challenged and set off by planets in hasty Aries.
Image: M.Weitzman for ‘See America’ series WPA Poster Collection, June 1939, Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons
The feeling that ‘enough is enough’ is carried through from struggles and clashes in March, with much chewing over the ‘facts’ as we perceive them. It’s certainly argumentative. The Sun and Mercury in Aries can be impatient and hot-headed, but action plans tend to be frustrated by risk-averse Saturn and Mars in Capricorn early this month.
Situations involving sport, military plans, media campaigns and sabre-rattling exercises are looking very tense. But projects needing hard work and patience can succeed, and eventually have enduring value. However, we can’t expect anything to be achieved in a hurry, and Saturn’s restrictions or limitations can seem immovable, much like a wall of rock. Some of these disagreements are still causing exasperation at the end of April, so it’s worth seeking ways to mediate certain situations this month, or maybe decide to just back off for a while.
We can expect high levels of ongoing global tension, civil unrest and probably mad weather in various locations including the UK, Australia, Haiti, and much of the EU. We’ll need to cultivate patience in our personal lives, or at work. Take extra care, this can be an accident-prone phase.
Tremendous energy wells up during April’s final week. By then, warrior planet Mars will be working with expansive Jupiter and brooding Pluto.
Watch out for some dramatic – possibly military or sporting - developments, secret negotiations, and a deep desire to regenerate, or flush out toxic elements in both society and from the polluted Earth itself. And although they are rarely out of the news, we’ll see some notable news or developments from Russia, China, and Germany at this time.
Monday 30th April:
Walpurgis Night and a Full Moon in Scorpio
So just how witchy do you want it to be? Walpurgis Night is May Eve, a traditional night for spirits and sorcery. It’s just like Halloween, but juicier. A full Moon in psychic Scorpio (9 degrees) is practically perfect.
A season of magic and mystery is about to entrance many of us between now and August. Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces are working together in subtle, yet spellbinding, ways during these months. They’ll connect exactly in May at 16 degrees, and again in August at 15 degrees. There’s some beautiful creative and intuitive potential here, if we care to tune into it.
So – to celebrate this uncanny moment - here’s the stunning, and darkly dramatic Walpurgis Night sequence from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ (1940). The music – ‘Night on Bare Mountain’, by Rimsky-Korsakov.
There’s more about this full Moon in the Moon Diary.
Image: ‘Night on Bare Mountain’ concept art by Kay Neilsen for Disney’s ‘Fantasia’