In April, the rascally messenger planet has recovered fully from being retrograde in Pisces and is pretty much up to his usual speed. It’s “back to business” as we leave the confusion of March behind and mid-month Mercury whips into Aries, a sign characterized by haste, impatience and love of speed. Expect your projects to move quickly at that point—and beware of tripping up in haste! Here’s more about Mercury Retrograde.
Monthly Astrology Forecast: Seasons
April begins with the Fiery Cardinal sign of Aries. Aries encompasses the first 30 degrees of arc the sun travels through after crossing the equator. The traveling sun brings light that warms the earth up in springtime and continues north to bring summer to the northern hemisphere, leaving the southern hemisphere in winter. Life has been reborn after winter’s death and bursts forth fiercely. The pure Aries temperament is pushy, brash and self-centered, as is appropriate to this infant season of the year. Celebrate the sense of wonder your Aries friends possess, and their ability to start over. This year Aries lasts from March 20th through April 19th.
On April 19th, the rocketlike pace of Aries relaxes into the earthy slowness of Taurus. Flowers are blooming and the earth is showing her fecundity. The pagan festival of Beltane features the raising of the maypole, a phallic symbol of life and fertility. Fields are fertilized and crops are beginning to raise their budding heads above the ground. Taurus takes the initializing force of Aries and steadies it, bringing continuity and the capacity to finish what was started. Enjoy nature during this pastoral, earthy sign.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.