Astrology for April 2023
SUN, MOON & PLANETS THIS MONTH
note: all dates and times in this article are based on Universal Time Zone (UT)
YOUR ZODIAC SIGN THIS MONTH
Generally speaking, the strongest influences will come from:
- the current position of your Ruling Planet and the aspects, patterns or connections it creates
(see the list of ruling planets at the end of this post)
- your Ruling Planet moving retrograde or direct
- planets passing through your Zodiac Sign
- New and Full Moons affecting your section of the Zodiac
PLANETARY PLACEMENTS & PATTERNS
This article gives the highlights in this month’s astrological cycles. Invite them to guide and empower your manifestation projects and ask for their assistance when you struggle to cope with the harsher aspects of life on Planet Earth.
MOVEMENT OF THE MOON
The Moon passes through your Zodiac Sign 1-2 times per month. Because La Luna affects your moods and emotions you may find that your feelings are more sensitive when she is in your sector of the zodiac. Your instincts are intensified at this time, and you are at your most intuitive and imaginative.
Strong reactions can be triggered by planetary contacts and patterns made by the Moon while in your sign, which can throw you off guard. It is important to protect yourself from unwanted energies and influences and to channel your Moon magic into manifesting benevolent outcomes for yourself and your loved ones. Read more about the Movement of the Moon
MOON VOID OF COURSE phases
When the Moon makes no more astrological connections to any planet before it moves into the next zodiac sign. Traditional astrology believes that anything important which is initiated during these times is unlikely to reap results or come to fruition.
THIS MONTH’S ASTROLOGY EVENTS
Aries Season began on 20th March and continues until 20th of this month when the Sun moves into the first earth sign Taurus. April is a solar blend of fire and earth elements which creates a sense of purpose that is based on sensible, sustainable principles and practices. All in all this is a positive energy combination, although a tendency to stick to simplistic solutions might not work well in complex situations which require a more subtle, multifaceted approach.
1-2 April Moon in Leo trines Chiron, Jupiter, Eris & Mercury in Aries and squares Uranus & Venus in Taurus. Under no circumstances should you feel forced to behave in ways that appear alien to you and which dishonour your authentic Self. Even if you are called on to play a specific role or part, your true character must be allowed to shine through. Be yourself at all times, take pride in who you are. 2 April UT 06:01 Moon goes void of course until UT 10:57 when Moon moves into Virgo.
2-4 April Moon in Virgo opposes Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, trines North Node, Uranus & Venus in Taurus and conjuncts Ceres in Virgo. Doubt and fear are your worst enemies. They hold you back from fulfilling your true potential by planting seeds of distrust in your own talents and abilities. Your life’s work is to make use of the gifts you were born with, practising and perfecting the methods and skills you apply to every single task you undertake. Each day is a mission to overcome any uncertainty you feel about whether you are good enough at what you do. 4 April UT 13:48 Moon goes void of course until UT 21:50 Moon moves into Libra.
2 April Mars in Cancer trine South Node in Scorpio. Strengths that have been inherited through your family tree can be called on to help you fight feelings which drive you to hide behind a defensive shell of shyness. Your ancestors contributed tough, resilient qualities to the gene pool you were born into. All you have to do is trust that, throughout your life, these powers will always be available to you.
3 April PLANET MERCURY MOVES INTO TAURUS square Pluto in Aquarius
This placement is particularly good for taking a more laid-back approach because when you stop and think about it, you realise that it is the simple things of life which are usually the most satisfying and enjoyable. At present you are looking to consolidate and reinforce your current position. You have learned to value genuine quality for its lasting effects and you prefer to select a few well constructed solutions over quantities of superficial stopgaps. It may take longer to process data, but the information will have been thoroughly absorbed and understood before being locked away in your memory banks.
The most serious threat to your peace of mind could come from a gathering gloom regarding the future of humanity. But this is a concern that is well beyond your control. Your valuable and lasting contribution to the collective is the sense of calm contentment you establish within your own sphere of influence.
Mercury meets up with the North Node in Taurus on 6 April, which could help you to look ahead with a more relaxed outlook. Che sarà sarà should be your motto as you move forward, serene in the knowledge that, as you travel along your lifepath, all your needs will be met.
4-7 April Moon in Libra trines Pluto in Aquarius, squares Mars in Cancer and opposes Chiron, Sun, Jupiter & Eris in Aries. It is very difficult to find a harmonious balance between trusting to the powerful instincts that control your destiny and obeying the emotional urge to take action. It is possible to satisfy both of those inner drives, so long as the final say on how to be guided is given to your gut feelings, whose wisdom and experience has been accumulated over eons of time and light years of space. 6 April UT 12:41 Moon goes void of course until 7 April UT 06:29 when Moon moves into Scorpio
5 April Sun conjunct Chiron in Aries. This is the perfect time to launch your self-healing programme for 2023. Remember that this is a process which cannot be pushed or hurried. There are no short cuts. Your courage to complete what you have started is the key to achieving your goal of resolving the painful problems in your life.
“The Wounded Inner Child is the primary gateway to healing and integration. When you invite your woundedness out of subversiveness and into your awareness you finally begin to honour the past pain. You also minimize its contractive influence on your life. And you begin to offer yourself the potential of something more.” Markus William Kasunich
6 April FULL MOON IN LIBRA opposing Chiron in Aries
You may be evaluating decisions that were taken earlier in your current creative phase. As this process carries the potential for self-healing you must be very careful not to feel any regret or remorse over the choices you made. It is possible that the need to compromise on specific points will prove painful but your willingness to negotiate could achieve favourable outcomes. Do not be afraid to ask for advice from others before you seal the deal. Try to maintain a balanced attitude, especially if your emotions are being pulled in opposite directions or you are feeling frustrated by your apparent inability to take decisive action. Trust your judgement to select the perfect priorities for you.
7-9 April Moon in Scorpio squares Pluto in Aquarius, trines Saturn & Neptune in Pisces and Mars in Cancer, conjuncts South Node in Scorpio and opposes Mercury, Uranus & Venus in Taurus. The need to be tenacious in your belief that one day your vision will be realised strengthens your trust in your ability to make dreams come true. This conviction carries you through many types of challenging circumstances and reversals of fortune until you finally manifest the rich rewards earned by your unwavering faith and effort. 9 April UT 09:07 Moon goes void of course until UT 12:56 when Moon moves into Sagittarius
8-11 April Ceres in Virgo trines Venus in Taurus and opposes Neptune in Pisces. This energy flow is very helpful if you are putting your talents and abilities to good use in some form of practical productivity. Your fertility is enhanced by your natural gifts and reinforced by your ability to apply the correct skills and techniques at precisely the right phase in your creative project. You are involved in an organic process that should be allowed to happen on its own terms and in its own time and which will benefit from your loving care and protection. Do not forget to check in for a few minutes each day, otherwise you might miss the miraculous mutations taking place between one state of being and the next.
9-11 April Moon in Sagittarius squares Saturn & Neptune in Pisces and Ceres in Virgo and trines Chiron, Sun, Jupiter & Eris in Aries. A positive, optimistic outlook is essential if you are to avoid getting bogged down in anxiety, doom, gloom and despair. While it is sensible to stay abreast of the possible pitfalls that may lie ahead, your willingness to adapt a “come what may” attitude of adventure will defeat any doubts about gaining the prize you have set your sights on. 11 April UT 10:46 Moon goes void of course until UT 17:32 when Moon moves into Capricorn
11 April 2023 Sun conjunct Jupiter in Aries
“There is abundant reason to believe that optimism – big, little, and in between – is useful to a person because positive expectations can be self-fulfilling.” Christopher Peterson
This supercharged planetary energy is guaranteed to boost your levels of optimism and enthusiasm, confidence and courage, turning you into a magnet for opportunity and abundance. The only downside to what would normally be interpreted as a very positive astrological event is its tendency to create an atmosphere of recklessness which can cause already unruly types to take risks before bothering to consider the consequences of their actions.
11 April PLANET VENUS MOVES INTO GEMINI
This placement enhances your popularity potential with local contacts and acquaintances, which makes this a favourable time for networking in your neighbourhood. It is especially helpful if you have something to sell because your clients, contacts and pals are likely to offer their support as PR agents. You can return the favour by putting your services at their disposal. Venus becomes a social butterfly in Gemini, with a persuasive charm that is hard to resist. Very helpful if you are hoping to negotiate favourable deals on any or all of the ways you stay mobile, linked in and in the know!
Venus forms a harmonious trine to Pluto in fellow air sign Aquarius shortly after moving into Gemini, presenting the possibility that the power, style and trend of your message will appeal to a wider group than you were anticipating by attracting the attention of kindred spirit connections from all over the world.
11-13 April Moon in Capricorn trines North Node, Mercury & Uranus in Taurus and Ceres in Virgo, opposes Mars in Cancer and squares Chiron, Jupiter, Sun & Eris in Aries. The progress of your productivity is sustained so long as you are well prepared to encompass changes which will enable you to evolve your plans when necessary. Any sense that you are being denied the success you deserve will only get in your way. Sulky chagrin is guaranteed NOT to help you win your goals. 13 April UT 14:12 Moon goes void of course until UT 20:41 when Moon moves into Aquarius.
13-15 April Moon in Aquarius conjuncts Pluto, trines Venus in Gemini and squares North Node, Mercury & Uranus in Taurus. Your hopes for the future are reinforced by favourable news on powerful changes in prevailing trends. But significant shifts take time to establish themselves and therefore, cannot be relied upon to provide stability within present circumstances. Their transformational effects will be fulfilled as time moves forward. 15 April UT 15:14 Moon goes void of course until UT 22:56 when Moon moves into Pisces
14 April Sun conjunct Eris in Aries. Each one of us incarnates onto the earth plane as a warrior born to fight the forces whose aim is to extinguish light frequency consciousness on this beautiful planet. Each individual soul serves as a soldier in the war against annihilation.
“Life has tried to break me, the wounds have not yet healed.
But I am not a victim, never been and never will.
My heart was born a warrior, each day I’m fighting still.
I am everything the darkness could not kill.”
John Mark Green
14 April Saturn in Pisces squares Venus in Gemini and trines South Node in Scorpio. When we finally comprehend the full extent of spiritual strength that is always at our disposal, to be called on in the deepest and direst times of despair, all those feelings of loneliness and fear morph into a beautiful and carefree lightness of being.
16-18 April Moon in Pisces conjunct Saturn & Neptune, trines South Node in Scorpio & Mars in Cancer, squares Venus in Gemini and opposes Ceres in Virgo. Once you have imagined the vision that perfectly describes your own creative fulfilment do not allow ordinary, everyday concerns to distract you from the manifestation process which eventually turns your dream into reality. It will take time and work, but never doubt that it definitely will happen! 17 April UT 18:55 Moon goes void of course until 18 April UT 01:09 when Moon moves into Aries.
18-20 April Moon in Aries conjuncts Chiron, Jupiter, Sun & Eris and squares Mars in Cancer. The courageous fighting spirit that empowers and encourages you to confront and heal painful wounds is undermined by any tendency to wallow in self-pity. Your inner warrior feels much happier when taking a feisty, pro-active stance rather than hiding behind the sulky shell of a victim. 20 April UT 04:12 Moon goes void of course until UT 04:29 when Moon moves into Taurus.
20 April NEW MOON IN ARIES (Hybrid Solar Eclipse)
Intentions you set at last month’s New Moon in the early degrees of Aries could have become clearer simply because you are now focussed on goals that feel absolutely right for you. There is no point in wasting your energy on activities which drain rather than boost your motivation and drive. This is your chance to prove that if you want something enough, nothing can stop you from finding a way to win it. Subconscious emotions or unacknowledged behaviour patterns must not be permitted to undermine your achievement.
20-22 April Moon in Taurus conjuncts North Node, Mercury & Uranus, squares Pluto in Aquarius and trines Ceres in Virgo. The truth is, you are creating your own future from where you stand in the present. This is an organic process that draws on your natural resources – the talents and abilities you were born with. Powerful emotions like jealousy, envy, guilt and shame can manifest as negative forces which will sabotage your progress along your Soul path. Your life’s mission is to prevent these negative forces from interrupting your evolutionary journey. 22 April UT 03:39 Moon goes void of course until UT 10:10 when Moon moves into Gemini
20 April SUN MOVES INTO TAURUS
The Sun has now settled into the Earth element of Taurus, making this an excellent time to balance the books and take stock of your situation. Be sure to check that you have the material resources you need to provide a firm foundation on which to build. If they are scarce, do not be tempted to cut corners on quality but try to keep your overheads low. You may have to slow down for the time being, until you have replenished your reserves. Verify that your talents and abilities are being put to the best possible use, as they will help you generate the wealth that makes your life more enjoyable, comfortable and secure.
As the Sun moves into Taurus it forms a challenging 90 degree angle with Pluto in Aquarius which reinforces the need to be firmly rooted in your own abundant and fulfilled version of Life on Planet Earth. The sustained sense of wellbeing and contentment ensures that you are completely safe from the influence of toxic elements and energies.
21 April PLANET MERCURY MOVES RETROGRADE IN TAURUS
This is a time of retrospection, when you could be re-thinking some of your values and reinforcing your opinions about the basic standards and ethics that really matter to you. The most resourceful ideas you have are based on the principles you hold in high regard because their authenticity cannot be questioned. You have found the true and honourable standard you prefer to live by and you are not prepared to compromise on its quality. Trust that your view is the right one for you, because it is built on firm foundations.
22-24 April Moon in Gemini trines Pluto in Aquarius squares Saturn & Neptune in Pisces and Ceres in Virgo and conjuncts Venus in Gemini. The expression of your talents and abilities is far more important than you know. It goes way beyond simply sharing your thoughts and ideas. Whether you realise it or not you are constantly channelling messages from higher realms of consciousness which communicate with you through your waking imagination and sleeping dreams. It does not matter if you cannot understand the information you receive. Your mission is to be a medium who carries messages of inspiration to the Earth plane. 24 April UT 12:13 Moon goes void of course until UT 18:58 when Moon moves into Cancer
24 April Sun conjuncts North Node in Taurus
“Life can evolve in a most positive but unexpected manner if we do not resist it and kill its tender beauty with our fears. We all have inner abilities to fulfil, a path to patiently discover, people to connect with who will become pivotal in our life, and a love of certain things which make us feel glad to be alive. Every little step in that direction, every little decision to allow that movement to happen, every brave letting go, and every open embracing will bring us what we need.” Donna Goddard
24 April Jupiter conjuncts Eris in Aries. This energy in and of itself is neutral but it can be used for good or ill. Positively, it brings a great big boost of courage and confidence. Negatively, it can whip up extreme impatience and aggression. Make sure you choose the former option and refuse to have anything to do with the latter.
24-27 April Moon in Cancer trines South Node in Scorpio and Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, conjuncts Mars in Cancer and squares Chiron, Jupiter & Eris in Aries. When you have a strong emotional attachment to your goals it becomes almost impossible to hold you back. Painful problems, enormous setbacks and hostile opponents cannot deter you from clutching tight to the dream that instinctively, you feel you were born to make come true. 26 April UT 23:39 Moon goes void of course until 27 April UT 06:29 when Moon moves into Leo.
27-29 April Moon in Leo opposes Pluto in Aquarius, squares North Node, Sun, Mercury & Uranus in Taurus and trines Chiron, Eris & Jupiter in Aries. It may feel as though you are going against the grain of your life, but be assured that this is definitely not the case. True, you are being tested but this challenging time will bring out the best in you. Looking back you will come to recognise this era as one from which you learn a great deal about self-healing and personal development. 29 April UT 10:51 Moon goes void of course until UT 18:58 when Moon moves into Virgo
27 April Mars in Cancer square Chiron in Aries. If you experience the urge to engage with painful memories from the past please make sure you have identified a pro-active purpose for doing so. Your enemy is self-pity and you must fight any tendency to become a victim of its destructive influence.
29-30 April Moon in Virgo trines North Node, Sun & Mercury in Taurus and opposes Saturn in Pisces. Trust that you are well equipped with all the resources, gifts, talents and abilities you need to create an abundant and enjoyable existence which fits you like a glove. Please do not measure your contentment by comparing it to standards that are not yours to fulfil.
Planetary Rulers of Zodiac Signs
Planet Mars rules Aries, Planet Venus rules Taurus & Libra, Planet Mercury rules Gemini & Virgo, The Moon rules Cancer, The Sun rules Leo, Planet Pluto rules Scorpio, Planet Jupiter rules Sagittarius, Planet Saturn rules Capricorn, Planet Uranus rules Aquarius and Planet Neptune is ruler of Pisces. More about ZODIAC SIGNS and their Rulers.
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