Happy April, Virgo!
Virgo: Your Month Ahead
For you, Virgo, this month offers exciting opportunities to improve joint finances, fine tune insurance coverage, work on inheritance matters, explore sexuality and life’s other mysteries, and expand your life through travel or education.
April will usher in formidable forces with high potential for innovation and bold initiatives. It also presents its share of challenging energies, however, thanks to some key planetary alignments and shifts.
Although we have the energies of a new season and the new spiritual year favoring a fresh start, this month will require us to wait on launching anything so we can revisit the past first.
Read on to see how you can leverage April’s astrology to improve yourself and your life. As you do, you will expand your ability to help others.
April Astrology – Headline News
Your Money And Mysteries
As April begins, we have three planets in Aries:
- The warm and powerful Sun, who always shines his light freely and generously to bring joy and optimism to our world
- Mercury, who governs thinking, communication, and commerce and brings playfulness and curiosity wherever he goes
- Uranus, who governs inspiration, technology, and electricity and brings sudden change, freedom, and a quirky quality to our lives
We also will have a fourth factor in Aries, the asteroid called Chiron, who is associated with where we feel wounded and how we heal and then help others based on our experiences. Chiron has moved through Pisces since February 8, 2011, and leaves that sign for Aries on April 17. Chiron remains there for seven years, giving all of us plenty of time to reckon with Aries and adjust how we use its power so we’re applying that force constructively.
Aries is a fire sign symbolized by the Ram, a competitive, hard charging creature who leads with his horns, rushing head first into life and ever ready to do battle. Aries drives us forward, pushing us to focus on ourselves, our energy, and our goals. This high power sign allows us to overcome inertia so we can get moving, start anything we desire (and start over at any time), and rush out in front of others in order to lead. It also inspires us to serve as spiritual warriors who inspire by setting a noble example, using leadership for constructive purposes, and channeling resources toward worthwhile goals.
Find out more about Aries in my article, Aries Time: Face Who You Really Are. Also, you can tune in to this sign’s bold, take charge energies with The Aries Meditation, an uplifting, guided meditation.
For you, Virgo, planets in Aries always activate your eighth house of joint money, such as your partner’s income, alimony or child support, insurance, mortgages, venture capital, credit cards, bonuses or commissions, and inheritances. This area also governs your sexuality and life’s other mysteries related to birth and the afterlife. All the Aries planets will rev up your desire to settle shared financial concerns, negotiate better interest rates, settle an estate, rejuvenate your sexuality, and delve into mysteries through spiritual study and meditation.
Your Travel And Education
On April 19, the Sun leaves Aries for Taurus, which will start the month of the Bull. You’ll feel the energies shift away from the fiery, take charge power of Aries to the earthy, steady world of Taurus. This annual change brings needed calm after Aries and its high octane rush.
For you, Virgo, planets in Taurus bring a steady force to your pursuit of higher education or involvement in international travel or business because they put earthy practicality and focus into your ninth house of how you expand your world, from college study and philosophy to far flung people and places to publishing and broadcasting. This area also governs your beliefs and how well they support your evolution as a soul. As soon as the Sun enters Taurus, you may feel inspired to try a new type of cuisine, research travel abroad, apply for a degree program, or resolve a visa or immigration issue so you can move on to other goals.
Mercury Retrograde Ends
Last month, our solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, went retrograde, which it generally does three times annually for about three weeks at a time. As April begins, Mercury, also your ruler, remains retrograde.
The retrograde will end on April 15.
Until then, avoid starting anything new, and don’t sign contracts because you won’t have all the facts. Remain flexible and slow down even though the Aries powers this month (including Mercury in Aries) are pushing you to get going.
Instead, turn the Aries forces inward by working on your spirituality and meditating. Reflect on how the retrograde has affected you and your life and how well you’ve managed any surprises or challenges it has brought. Or direct the retrograde energies outward to anything “re”: review, redo, rethink, recycle, reverse, restore, repair, reconnect, and so on.
Learn more about Mercury retrograde, get all the dates for this year (and coming years), and get helpful recommendations for handling this period in my article, Mercury Retrograde Dates, Advice.
Volatile Energies – Proceed With Caution
The Sun entered Aries last month on March 20 and remains there until April 19.
Aries brings the power needed to birth the new. Imagine the force required for a seed to sprout or a chick to break out of its shell. Or the effort needed for a new business to take hold or a new fitness regimen to become a habit.
Aries and its fiery ruler, Mars, drive us to move quickly and make things happen. They can help us compete and accomplish what seems impossible.
Yet their powers can be explosive and dangerous, as when a child too young to understand fire plays with matches or gets too close to a hot stove. As a result, as beneficial as Aries time can be, it also is associated with violent incidents throughout history.
Find out more about this pattern related to Aries time in my article, Aries And A History Of Violence.
In addition, several planets currently sit in Capricorn (including Aries’s fiery ruler, Mars). That means they are challenging all the planets now in Aries and raising the stakes. These alignments can create great good if we use them wisely to turn a corner on major problems.
The movement of Chiron, the healing asteroid, into Aries on April 17 can help us overcome the negative expressions of Aries. Chiron will move through this sign for seven years, helping us come to terms with impulsiveness, violence, inappropriate risks, and all other misuses of Aries energy.
Throughout this month, stay aware of this potential so you can avoid serious mistakes and help others do the same. Also, remember your ability to serve as a force for peace and a nurturing presence. The new and full Moons this month will bring particularly high energies, making them good times to focus on spirituality and the highest good and best outcome for all.
A New Era Coming In May – How To Get Ready
Seven years ago, Uranus left Pisces for Aries on March 11, 2011.
Uranus is the Great Awakener, the liberator, the planet that forces us to evolve by bringing sudden change as well as lightning flashes of inspiration. It helps us tap our genius so we can direct it toward helping others.
Its time in Aries has brought great challenges, especially from 2012 through 2015. In those years, Uranus made seven difficult alignments with Pluto in Capricorn. All of us felt powerful forces urging us to overcome obstacles, turn a corner on longstanding problems, and reinvent ourselves and our lives. We also saw these pressures on the world stage, manifesting many changes.
For you, Virgo, Uranus in Aries has brought shakeups in the money you share with others through alimony and child support, credit cards and loans, venture capital and crowdfunding, and inheritance and gifts. It also may have affected your spiritual and sexual nature. The connections with Pluto in Capricorn likely affected your children, romantic life, and creativity as well.
Think back over the past seven years. How has your life changed? What have you overcome? And how have you freed yourself and struck out in bold and visionary directions?
Also, consider how much the world has changed since 2011.
This month, reflect on all that’s happened for you, your friends and family, all humanity, and our planet. Honor how much you’ve learned, achieved, and grown.
Accept any mistakes and missteps and make peace with who you’ve become so you’re ready to move on to a new stage because the Uranus in Aries era will end next month, on May 15. That’s the day Uranus heads into earthy Taurus and brings changes to all things associated with the Bull.
Next month’s horoscope will give you more details on this momentous shift. For now, get ready by looking back on the last seven years so you can gain valuable perspective and get ideas on how you want to shape the coming seven years.
Plan Your Month: Important Dates In April
This month brings several key dates to watch as you plan your month. Mark your calendar and take action (or rest) as recommended on the dates listed here so your efforts can bring progress in all areas of your life.
April 1: A stressful full Moon on March 31 may continue to reverberate, so continue spiritual efforts based on whatever came up for you. Also, retrograde Mercury joins with the Sun in your eighth house of joint finances. Look back at how you used to handle money with your partner, an ex, or a bank or credit card company; note the progress you’ve made and see if you have forgotten any techniques that still have value.
April 2: Mars and Saturn come together in your fifth house of children and romance, allowing young people to surprise you with a blend of boldness and maturity. Also, an older love interest may entice you with new zest for sports, a shared hobby, or novel ideas for fun.
April 7: Venus in your ninth house of expansion connects well with Saturn in your creative house. An international opportunity to showcase your artistry may stabilize your career, or you may find creative solutions to travel, education, visa, or immigration concerns for yourself or a child.
April 10: The Sun in your joint financial house challenges Pluto in your children area. If you need help conceiving or want to enroll a child in an exclusive arts program, wait to speak with your partner, who may not be receptive to the costs involved. Avoid volatile encounters by tabling discussions for now. Instead, expand your horizons by enjoying a hobby, practicing foreign language skills with children, or cooking an international meal for your family, as Mars in your children and hobby area connects harmoniously with Venus in your international and expansion house.
April 12: Venus in your expansion house links lovingly with Neptune in your partnership house. Meditate with your partner, visualize world peace, or plan a vacation sponsored by a charitable group that lets you meet and help others in another land.
April 12 – 15: The Moon enters its balsamic phase, the "dark of the Moon" time before the new Moon. Slow down and review the past month since the new Moon that arrived on March 17. Meditate, rest, and reflect on what you want to do in the coming month. Find out more about this mysterious monthly time in my Balsamic Moon Phase article. Also, this period is excellent for spiritual work, meditation, and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
April 14: A helpful connection between Jupiter in your communication house and Pluto in your children and romance area may help you get through to teens about sensitive topics or take conversations and pleasure with your love to a new level of intimacy. Mars, also in your children and romance house, makes the same connection to Neptune in your partnership house, driving you to spiritualize your physical relationship or make dreams come true through a commitment.
April 15: A big day. The new Moon in Aries (and the two weeks following, until the next full Moon) normally would supply your best time all year for progress in joint financial matters or deep spirituality. Yet your ruler, Mercury, ends its retrograde this day, an often stormy time that can come with surprise technical or communication issues needing resolution. Uranus sitting very close to this new Moon suggests other unforeseen developments, and four planets in Aries spar with three heavy hitters in your children, romance, and creativity area. So expect the unexpected, see what comes to a head, and wait at least two days to start anything new. See my article, Mercury Retrograde Dates, Advice, for additional guidance.
April 16: Venus in your international area will face off with Jupiter across the sky in your communication house. Travel concerns, especially related to logistics, overseas contacts, and your ability to stay connected while away, likely will surface. You will help your situation by reconsidering all details and being realistic about what you want to achieve. Set aside negotiations or final decisions so you can reflect and gather facts. Consider working with a professional to help plan your trip or work out technology concerns related to communication.
April 17: Venus connects harmoniously with Pluto in your creative house, suggesting you may earn money or gain publicity from a hobby or your artistic talents through a media or international contact.
April 18: The Sun in Aries moves to an exact alignment with Uranus in the same sign. Shared finances will take center stage, and you may see a great opportunity or a breakthrough in a negotiation for financing or child support. You also may feel an urge to free yourself from debt by paying your mortgage off early, settling outstanding bills, or limiting credit card use.
April 19: The Sun enters Taurus. Pause and see if you can feel the shift from fiery, action oriented Aries to earthy, comfortable Taurus.
April 23: Mars in your romance house links helpfully with Jupiter in your communication house. An impulsive move could pay off with greater honesty in your love relationship, or if you’re unattached a sibling may help you take a daring step to meet someone new.
April 24: Venus moves into Gemini in your tenth house of career. Your persuasive ability will soar, gaining you support from VIPs, recognition through an award, or a raise or promotion reflecting your knack for getting along well with others.
April 26: Mars meets Pluto in your creativity and pleasure house, empowering your artistic output, driving a new intensity in a hobby, or inspiring you to join a sports team or enter a competition. Channel this energy well, and you can make extraordinary progress in whatever you choose to enjoy now.
April 29: The Sun nods fondly to Saturn in your romance and children house, helping to solidify a relationship with a love interest who has international connections or crystallize a study opportunity for a child. Also, a full Moon in Scorpio lights your third house of communication and siblings. Something related to your brothers and sisters, a writing project, or a sales initiative may peak around this time, and you may realize you need to make changes. Balance research and writing with big picture thinking so your project reflects an inspiring vision and expanded perspective. This day (and the day before and day after) favor spiritual work: plan time for meditation and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
As your April horoscope shows, this month offers plenty of opportunity if you can manage its tricky timing.
Bookmark this page and come back throughout the month to stay on top of April’s shifting energies and unfolding potential. Keep your eyes on the prize, and by month’s end you can have real accomplishments to show for your efforts.
Happy April, Virgo! I wish you a wonderful month!