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Monthly General Horoscopes - April 2020
Whether you are a March or an April born Aries, March is your birthday month and until the Sun leaves on 20th April, this is a chance to lay down the foundations and the parameters for your new solar year. A New Moon in the early days of your birthday month means that this new solar year has already been given the green light and with Venus already been and gone, you have known what you want from the get go. However, it is not until Mercury returns on 11th April that you will have a chance to get your head in the game. Until leaving on 28th April, Mercury will help you make your game plan and resolutions for the coming year. Meanwhile, you are moving into a new solar year where there is a lot happening, both in terms of new developments and a settling down in others. Where things are settling down, becoming a lot less volatile and a lot more predictable is on the income and career fronts. Saturn and Mars both left your career sector in the closing 10 days of March and that has taken the two extreme ends of the spectrum out of the game. This allows Jupiter and Pluto to plot a more steady and even course, giving this professional year more stability. In a month that begins with Venus in your income sector and ends with the Sun and Mercury here, professional stability will increase their income potential. The new developments are on the personal or interpersonal side of life, where you are becoming more connected. A combination of having Saturn and Mars in their first full month in your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking, Venus returning to your communication sector on 4th April and a Full Moon tapping into already active forces on the relationship front is galvanising everything. This is creating a fairly radical shift towards a world that is more interconnected and especially for communication, personal and professional networking, friendship and relationship building, especially online or through digital platforms.
While the Sun won't return to Taurus until 20th April to begin your birthday month and new solar year and Mercury until 28th April, the month begins with Venus already here. This is giving you a jump on your birthday month at the same time that Venus' departure on 4th April will create a sizeable firebreak between the two. There are 16 days separating Venus' focus on giving your heart a voice and the start of your birthday month and new solar year. This gives Venus time to first focus on the 'what' before you need to look at the 'when, where and how'. Until leaving Venus is taking advantage of a friendly aspect to the planets in an adventurous part of your chart, where things are becoming more confident but also more low key and stable. This is something that the Sun and Mercury will tap into when they return. Yet the month begins with your old solar year still playing out and the Sun in a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart until 20th April, until then you may find that the lines between the past, present and future are blurred. This is a time of year for reflection and this is why a Full Moon on 8th April will put a balance between knowing when to keep your work hat on and when to take it off to the test. This is a Full Moon that will always fall in your work sector at some point during the month long wind down of your old solar year and is always a valuable chance to put this to the test. However, with this Full Moon part of an explosion of potential across the income, work and career fronts, the timing couldn't be better. It was Saturn and Mars' return to your career sector in the final 10 days of March that has turned this professional year on its heels, just as Venus' return to your income sector on 4th April will begin the most potentially lucrative months of 2020.
A lot of planets are either on the move this month or they have been on the move in the final 10 days of March, changing the dynamics of the year. The Sun, Mercury and Venus will normally start the month in one area of your chart and end it in another but this month Mercury will make two moves and you have just had two major moves in the final 10 days of March. Those moves were Mars' departure from your financial sector and return to your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery on 31st March, just nine days after Saturn made the same move. This is part of a bigger shift that is broadening your life. That shift is not just towards life's more adventurous aspects but towards matters of the heart and all things fun, playful, romantic and creative. This is partly because you have Juno in a playful part of your chart and a Full Moon there on 8th April. However, this is being largely led by Venus, the planet of love's return to Gemini on 4th April, for what should be a 24 day visit. Venus will spend her early days at a friendly aspect to Saturn in an adventurous part of your chart, before going on to form a friendly aspect to both the Full Moon and Juno in a playful part. Instead of moving through, Venus will stay in Gemini until August, with Saturn in an adventurous part of your chart until July and Juno in a playful part until September. Although the Sun will spend the first three weeks of April in your career sector and Mercury is there from 11th April to 28th April, the message from the stars this month and moving forward is that life can no longer be all work and no play. Fortunately, you don't have to choose, with no reason why you can't have it all. In the meantime, things should stabilise financially, with the swings or volatility of the past behind you.
You may find that things feel different this month, with less pressure. For some, this might feel like a huge weight has been lifted and that you can breathe again. For others, this might be a subtle sense that you are no longer under as much pressure as you were. This is regardless of whether anything has changed in your life or not, with the same challenges now coming with a lot less weight. This is because, in the closing 10 days of March, first Saturn and then Mars left your opposing sign Capricorn and are no longer in opposition. To have both leave within nine days of each other will make the drop off more noticeable. This will be especially noticeable on the relationship front, finding that all your relationships flow more smoothly. This comes just as there is an increase in social interaction and activity. At a time when 'social distancing' is the new norm, you are likely to feel more connected than ever. You might be finding creative new ways to connect but we live in a world and at a time when you can connect with anyone, anywhere on the globe. Facetime, Skype or any number of applications allow you to meet a friend for coffee on the other side of the world. This is very much a month that is about friendship and relationship building and this is a real positive right now. Yet at the same time, Venus' return to a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart on 4th April is also a chance to embrace social isolation when you want to. This is always a time of year when Venus brings pleasure from stepping back, enjoying a chance to make time to hear yourself think. This is also a chance to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. At the same time, with Saturn and Mars in their first full month in your financial sector, there is a real chance to take your financial power back.
This month is divided into three categories of planetary activity. The first is the normal planetary activity you would expect at this time of year and for you, this is the Sun spending the first three weeks of April in your financial sector, before ending the month in a more adventurous part of your chart. The second category is a taming or settling down of areas where there has been some volatility or a lot of ups and downs and that will see things become more stable and that is so on the job front or with any health issues or time restraints you have been juggling with. The third category is a whole new area of life opening up. The latter is on the personal or interpersonal front, led by Saturn and Mars' return to your relationship sector in the final 10 days of March. Just starting the month with either one of those planets here was going to put a whole new focus on your relationships but even more so with both. The last time that you had Saturn and Mars in your relationship sector at the same time was in 1994, so this is a big deal. However, what makes this a bigger deal is that Venus will return to begin a four month visit to your friendship sector on 4th April, just four days before a Full Moon in your communication sector on 8th April. As the Moon moves through from 8th April to 11th April, it will form a friendly aspect to Venus, Mars and Saturn while aligning with Juno, queen of commitment and especially commitment to your relationships here. This will amplify what are the early stages of a major new period for communication, personal and professional networking, friendship and relationship building that will continue through the middle months of the year. This is something that will have a huge and positive impact on your personal and professional relationships and interactions, with life becoming less busy but more connected.
If this month had a theme it would be the importance of having a balance between work and play. However, that implies that you have a choice when you don't because this is more a statement of fact than something to aspire to. You not only begin the month with Jupiter and Pluto in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart but with Venus in her final days in an adventurous part. While Venus will leave on 4th April, with Uranus here all month, the Sun returning on 20th April and Mercury on 28th April, this is something you can't avoid. Not that you would want to. At the same time, Jupiter and Pluto not only start the month aligned in a playful part of your chart but are spending their first full month here on their own. With Pluto turning retrograde on 26th April and Jupiter slowing down ahead of his retrograde turn here next month, playful forces are regrouping and are even preparing to open the doors to the past and second chances. So there is no getting away from the fact that there are playful and adventurous forces that you will find hard to ignore this month. Yet this comes just as Mars and Saturn are spending their first full month together in your work sector in three decades and as Venus not only prepares to begin a 24 day visit to your career sector on 4th April, but will end up staying until August. It is a Full Moon in your income sector on 8th April that will not only energise the planetary activity already there but across the income, work and career fronts. If the only problem you have this month is finding a balance between work and play then you don't really have one. Even if your relationships are in safe hands with Mercury, the planet of communication in your relationship sector from 11th April to 28th April.
There are three main themes or categories this month and in one there is a lot to be either excited or reassured about. Those three categories are first the normal planetary activity you would expect in April, the second a settling down of what might have been challenging areas of your life over recent months and the third category is exciting new developments. In the ordinary developments that you would expect at this time of year, the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of April in your relationship sector, before turning the solar spotlight onto your financial situation and money matters. This is something that happens on 20th April and at the same time every year. Mercury begins the month in your work sector, where he is tying up loose ends after the Sun and Venus have already moved through, before joining the Sun in your relationship sector on 11th April. Mercury will stay on until 28th April, continuing to give your relationships a voice in a way that only the planet of communication can. It is on 28th April that Mercury will join the Sun in your financial sector, giving you the smart head for money needed to get your head in the game. Venus begins the month in your financial sector and it is the financial wish list she will leave you with on 4th April that the Sun will use as a blueprint. Where you find that things are either less challenging or less volatile is on the home front. Where things may have swung from extremes you will now find that things are more stable and even, with things running more smoothly. It is the exciting new developments that really are exciting, with Venus beginning a four month visit to an adventurous part of your chart on 4th April, just as Saturn and Mars are spending their first full month together in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart since 1994.
Between them the Sun, Mercury and Venus, collectively the faster planets who return to the same areas of your chart at around the same time each year, will put and keep the focus on playful, work and relationship matters this month. While the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of April in your work sector before returning to your relationship sector on 20th April, Venus and Mercury can either be ahead or behind and this month it is a case of both. Venus is ahead and while she begins the month in your relationship sector she will be gone by 4th April, long before the Sun returns on 20th April and Mercury on 28th April. On the other hand, held back by a retrograde phase Mercury is running behind, though will catch up by the end of the month. Mercury will start the month in a playful part of your chart, where the Sun left last month and Venus the month before. However, after spending from 11th April to 28th April in your work sector, helping the Sun in his final days here, Mercury will end the month in your relationship sector. This is when, as the planet of communication, Mercury can turn his focus onto ensuring the communication lines are open. Venus will continue to move ahead of both the Sun and Mercury and on 4th April will return to your financial sector. It is here that Venus will be forced to wait for the Sun and Mercury to catch up, spending four months here rather than the 24 days she would normally spend fuelling your financial confidence, updating your financial wish list and attracting opportune outcomes. During this time Venus will enjoy the support of Saturn and Mars, who are spending their first full month together in your home and family sector since 1994.
This is a month for seeking out those born in fellow Fire signs, whether that be those born in Sagittarius as well or those born in Leo or Aries, for you all have a common phenomenon taking place this month. This is a huge surge in focus on social connecting and on communication, personal and professional networking, friendship and relationship building in general. That this comes at a time in history that is all about social distancing is no barrier at all, for the Fire signs of the world will be united in their mission to find creative ways to connect, either in small numbers or through technology. As three of the 12 Star signs are Fire signs that means that with a quarter of the planet leading this charge, the rest of us are likely to be following your lead. For each of the three Fire signs, this is being led by the energising of the three 'social' areas of the chart. For each is coming from a different place it is being led by Venus, Mars, Saturn and a conveniently placed Full Moon on 8th April. For you, this is being led by Venus' return to your relationship sector on 4th April and the start of a four month visit, just as Mars and Saturn are spending their first full month together in your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking since 1994. It is a Full Moon in your communication sector on 8th April and its link to Juno that will bring the queen of commitment and especially commitment to your relationships into the game. This comes just as things are settling down on the income and job fronts in a way that is evening out the highs and lows while creating plenty of potential on both fronts. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of April in a playful part of your chart and Mercury there from 11th April to 28th April, this will ensure life doesn't become all work and no play.
One of the biggest impacts on you this month will be from Saturn and Mars and that includes because of where they are and where they are not. Where they are not is in Capricorn, with Mars having left in the final hours of March and Saturn nine days earlier. As well as taking Saturn, hard taskmaster of the cosmos and your ruling planet out of the game for a few months, this has also taken Mars manic urgency away. Saturn and Mars are extreme opposites and where Saturn has had the pressure on you to show up and take responsibility since 2017, Mars has just spent nearly seven weeks pushing you to cram as much into every moment as possible. With Saturn and Mars gone their two extremes are gone, with Mars no longer hurrying you to move on and Saturn no longer holding you back. Instead, you begin the month with Jupiter and Pluto aligned in Capricorn, with the planets of luck and change coming together to occupy the middle ground. You will find life a lot easier, there will be less volatility and the highs and lows will be gone. With Pluto turning retrograde on 26th April and Jupiter next month, they are both slowing down, allowing for a more relaxed feel. Saturn and Mars are still somewhere, but their return to your income sector means that the impact is less personal. With Venus beginning a four month visit to your work sector on 4th April and a Full Moon in your career sector on 8th April linking to planetary activity there, this will energise forces across the income, work and career fronts and keep them energised for months. While Mars is here to exploit income potential now and to see you fight for what you deserve, Saturn is more focused on taking notes and helping you learn what you can. For after retrograding back into Capricorn in July, Saturn will return to your income sector in December and he will bring Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion with him.
Regardless of what is happening in the world and the constant references to the fact that these are not ordinary times, this was never going to be the case for you. This was never going to be just another ordinary month and instead is the most important in decades. This is the month that everything until now has led up to and everything from now will lead on from and is all because of the chance this brings to take your power back but also to move out of a period of preparation and into one of action. It was in 2017 that Saturn returned to a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart, where he would spend the majority of the next three years winding down a Saturn cycle that began in 1991. Pluto has been here since 2008, Jupiter since December 2019 and Mars since February, all winding down their current cycles and all in review phase. While life goes on, your birthday month came and went more than once and things never ground to a stop, with so many planets winding down cycles, it has been hard to move on. This is what makes April such a game changing month, for in the final hours of March Mars left a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart and returned to Aquarius, nine days after Saturn took the same step. The very first day of April is the first day of a new two year long Mars cycle and it comes just as you are getting your first look at a new three decade long Saturn cycle. Saturn will retrograde back out in July but by the time he returns with Jupiter in December to begin a new Saturn and Jupiter cycle in earnest, it will be with a practice run under your belt. Mars and Saturn will spend the whole month together in Aquarius, Mars fuelling your passions, drives and competitive spirit and Saturn giving you a chance to look to the future as you start to take your power back. However, there is a lighter side to this, with both benefiting from Venus' return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on 4th April, where she will spend the next four months and from an adventurous Full Moon on 8th April.
While your birthday month ended last month, until Mercury leaves on 11th April you are still finalising your game plan and resolutions for the coming year. From the moment Mercury returned in early February for what should have been a 14 to 15 day visit aimed at giving you the intellectually savvy edge needed to make smart choices, decisions and plans for your new solar year, there was no urgency. To start with that was because a retrograde phase means that Mercury is not only still here two months later, but after retrograding back out he returned 12 days later and began from the start of Pisces again. Yet even as he prepares to leave on 11th April, you will still find that there is no pressure to finalise anything and instead there is a call to keep your mind and your options open. That is because, while your birthday month ended last month, Mars' return to Pisces next month will open up a whole new raft of possibilities. Mercury is more focused on the short term choices, decisions and plans that will give this new solar year the right guidelines, knowing that not all your options are on the table yet. In the meantime, the Sun has moved on and will spend the first three weeks of April in your income sector, as he does at this time every year. While the Sun will leave on 20th April, Mercury will return from 11th April to 28th April with the smart head for money needed to get your head in the game. The Sun and Mercury will both end the month in your communication sector and this is where Venus begins the month, with the planet of love on a mission to give your heart and your relationships a voice before leaving on 4th April. It is then that Venus will begin a four month visit to your home and family sector, creating special conditions for home and family matters right through to August.