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Astrological Forecast for April 2018

by Lou Valentino

Will April bring warmer weather to our New England States? After a brutal cold start to 2018 and back to back storms in March, we deserve a break.

April is the time when birds start to build nests, grass starts to turn greener, flowers begin to bloom and a passing shower can produce a rainbow.

We start off April 1st on a major holiday. Easter. No, that's not an April fools day joke. It's really Easter Sunday.

Astrologically, it's very quiet till the new Moon on April 15th in the sign of Aries around 26 degrees at 9:57PM EDT. Mercury stations direct in Aries at 5 degrees on the same day early in the morning at 5:21AM around 5 degrees of Aries.

The sign of Aries has been tested through the Mercury retrograde period that started on March 22nd. Trying to learn the lessons of patience and calmness. A great time to reflect on their lives but not a great time to act on their desires. If you have Sun, Moon or rising in Aries this influence was magnified.

Aries of all the signs enjoys putting energy into physical motion. If they forced physical motion from March 22nd to April 15, they may get into some kind of physical accident, have a short temper or arguments with others is also a side effect if they don't exercise enough or practice some kind of stress release through spiritual practices.

This new Moon is that time when they can put their best foot forward since this new Moon chart on April 15th has Sun, Moon and Uranus conjunct in Aries.

Between Mercury stationing direct in Aries, square to Saturn in Capricorn and both luminaries conjunct in Aries being awakened by Uranus, whatever the sign of Aries experienced over the last few weeks is now ready to move at lightening speed and I don't think the square to Saturn will stop it.

Any obstacles (Saturn) in the way of communications (Mercury) can be very explosive at the start of Mercury turning direct at 5:21AM till the new Moon starts at 9:57PM. If you have Sun, Moon or rising in Aries or other planets in Aries, see what houses they are in. This will give you an idea as to what issues you have been working on over the last 3 weeks.

When the new Moon starts at 9:57PM, it allows the energy to be more grounded because of Saturn's square. However, the squares coming from Pluto in Capricorn

can transform (Pluto) any issues that have been stuck since March 22nd.

One thing is for sure, there is major transformations in play for cardinal signs in opposition (Libra), square (Capricorn) and (Cancer) to this new Moon. These signs will take off like a rocket ship into life and some of the people in their lives will feel burned from the lightening strikes.

Some kind of military action could be taken from the new Moon to the full Moon. April 15th to April 29th. Issues surrounding nuclear power plants or other aspects of nuclear power. The electrical grid could be effected. Solar flares are also possible.

Remember, Uranus represents the younger generation and is at 28 degree getting ready to move into the sign of Taurus May 15th, 2018. Already the younger generation is fired up with an organization to stop gun violence. Uranus takes 7 years to move through a sign.

The Sun moves into the sign of Taurus on April 19th. Happy Birthday to the sign of Taurus.

Pluto stations retrograde in the sign of Capricorn at 21 degrees. Pluto is the planet of transformation. Those with Sun, Moon or rising in Capricorn are back to work on the inner planes of awareness looking more deeply at issues they may have ignored since Pluto went stationary. It will station direct on October 1st, 2018.

Venus moves into Gemini on April 24th till May 19, 2018. Gemini attracts more abundance and love during this time. Have fun if you have Sun Moon or rising in Gemini or other planets in Gemini.

The full Moon is on April 29th at 8:58PM EDT in the sign of Scorpio. This full Moon is at 9 degrees. Both the new and full Moon's this month do not have t-squares which is less stressful for all of the signs involved.

The full Moon is in its fall in Scorpio making it more problematic for those with Sun, Moon or rising in Scorpio. Full Moon's represent completions. This may indicate that projects started on the new Moon are at a turning point. A point of fulfillment.

Taurus is the natural ruler of the 2nd house of financial gains. Scorpio is the natural ruler of the 8th house of loss. The only way to gain money in the 8th is by borrowed money through loans or mortgages given by banks. You can also gain from a partner's financial gains with 8th house planets or through inheritance.

One thing is for sure, with this full Moon financial stability and balance are a key issue for those with Sun, Moon or rising in the signs of Scorpio or Taurus.

Since Taurus is known to ground energy, which is much different from the Aries new Moon this month, we have a more stable outcome from efforts made since the new Moon.

The close conjunction between Pluto and transiting Mars in Capricorn creates a workaholic for those with Sun, Moon or rising in Capricorn. It is time to close the deal and go home to your significant other/family. Addictions to work can eliminate loved ones and cause tensions that are not needed.

This is not a good month for President Trump when it comes to woman from his past and his present marriage. The new Moon in Aries at 26 degrees lands in his 9th house of legal affairs square to transiting Pluto in his 5th house of love affairs. Transiting Pluto is forming an opposition to his natal Saturn in the 11th house.

His progressed Moon is in the sign of Leo at 12 degrees making an exact conjunction to his progressed Pluto in the 12th house of past karma. Pluto is the natural ruler of the 8th house of sex. The 12th house is about secrets. The Moon represents woman.

I think there is a 50/50 chance he could be in legal trouble over any of his affairs but it certainly is painting an ugly picture of clean character who is supposed to be a role model for the American culture.

This could effect his bid for re-election if he is challenged by a woman again. The midterms is also effected as he needs both the younger voters and women to secure a Republican congress that supports him.

Look for the month of April for continued troubles surrounding past relationships with woman. Our first lady is very self sufficient and my prayers are with her.

Wishing everyone a very joyous April filled with singing birds and flowers. We have the summer to look forward too soon but the spring is always a time to reinvent ourselves and ascend to higher levels.

Lou Valentino has been doing astrological consultations for over 25 years. He gives both Western and Vedic readings. To schedule an appointment he can be reached at 860-574-9467 and visit his website www.yogavisionaries.com for services.

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