For All Signs: Our most remote planet, Pluto, changes directions on April 16th, moving into “retrograde” (backward) motion. I have written about the god of the underworld often in recent years. Pluto’s motion is related to vast power and social/political judgments which affect the masses. It is well for all of us that a period of hesitation (retrograde) precedes such decisions. Pluto turns direct with its locomotive-like force on Sep. 30, 2018. This is the body that symbolically opened the 2008 can of horrendous fiascos in banking and the rest of the corporate world as it entered Capricorn in September. It remains in that sign until 2024. This year, Saturn in Capricorn is approaching a conjunction to Pluto while Mars, the warrior, is also in that sign. This grouping in the sign of government represents the fearsome and hawkish attitudes that have dominated the news and the people for quite some time. It also represents terrorism and force majeur in most of the world’s corners. Revolts and rebellions will be prominent at least for the next two years. Now that Pluto is turning retrograde, there should be a pause in the chaos.
Aries: Whatever is occurring in your life is clearly intense and emotion-laden. You may feel as though your very life depends upon making your point of view heard and acknowledged. It is important to play your personal political cards carefully. Don’t attempt a takeover unless you are prepared for a serious pushback.
Taurus the Bull: (Apr 20—May 20) The ancient goddess Venus is not getting along peacefully with anyone. She encourages you to pick fights and disagreements, along with spending lavishly on things you don’t really want. There is another aspect that may mitigate Venus’ energy into more flexibility. Explore and research whatever you need to know before attacking.
Gemini: You are coming closer to a decision on a situation that has been on hold for a few weeks. Somehow the right solution will evolve if you concentrate upon the reality of who you truly are. It is easier to ignore the issue entirely, but you cannot hold off more than about one more month.
Cancer: You are in a reasonably good place with yourself during this period. Your heart and mind are flowing together. You have no conflict between your feelings and your thoughts about those feelings. This is a time for reflection on important subjects. You can make good decisions now.
Leo: You have the practical experience and the imagination to find a solution to the problems around you. This is a call for the Humanitarian inside of you to come to the foreground. Others are likely to follow your lead. Don’t let the Inner Critic cause you to cover your light under a blanket of fear.
Virgo: You may need to concentrate to avoid critics, whether they be internal or external. Instead of accepting blame or guilt, use the energy to make improvements wherever they are needed. Avoid contracts and business negotiations for a week or so because misunderstandings may develop.
Libra: A family member may be angry with you. You have hurt someone’s pride. If this person is immature, he or she may not be speaking to you. Frankly, at this point that suits you, too. Keep your distance and don’t aggravate any further. Consider the big picture before you call it a lost cause. The issues can be resolved.
Scorpio: You have two planetary avatars: Mars, the god of war and Pluto, god of the underworld. They are conjunct in the sky this week. Together they represent intensity. No doubt others will let you speak, break in line, or generally do what you want to do. The best use of this power is to use it in a way that is good for everyone.
Sagittarius: The Full Moon in Scorpio occurs on the 29th this week in the arena of the unconscious. Something from your past may be exposed so that you can more fully appreciate how this has affected you. Give attention to dreams and their possible messages. Your intuition is strong.
Capricorn: Mars, the warrior planet, is rolling through your sign. His highest use is to use his tools (swords, guns, knives) to help and/or protect others. You may be tempted to growl and rant. That is not the best thing to do now. It will generate hate mail from your world.
Aquarius: Home, hearth and family offer significant support and comfort. You have always been the first to volunteer when something needs doing. Now the circumstances are flipped and you are repaid in like measure. Feel free to accept the help.
Pisces: This is a season in which you are unusually aware of your spiritual self. You will be recognizing things of life for which you are grateful. You prefer to seek the high road and maintain a positive attitude. You can see a bigger picture now. Hold onto it.
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