Astrology of This Week : April 19 – 25





First Quarter Moon 


April 19, 2021 


11:58pm PDT





Focus on:  What actions are you taking that are born from strength?   What actions are you taking that speak to creativity?   What actions are you taking that are bold and energetic?   Where are you being a big shot?  How can you run a victory lap on something you have accomplished?  Go for it. 




Special Note


4/23 Mars enters Cancer





Gibbous Moon


April 23, 2021


2:44pm PDT 






We refine our information.  We pick and choose, we discriminate, and we organize to be ‘Virgo’ like.  We sort through details.  Have we missed something?  How are we sifting through the information?  Go back and make sure something hasn’t been neglected.  Refine our actions.  



Focus on:  How are you sorting your schedule?  How are your daily actions speaking to what you want in this coming year?   Where do you need to stop down and look at the details?  How do you need to tidy up your health?   What dots are you making and t s that you are slashing? 




Special focus


4/23: Mercury conjunct Uranus.  Nothing like an odd, weird conversation and thinking to make a day interesting.   


4/24: Venus square Saturn.  Money/resources/values feel strained.  Wanting to hang on when novelty may need to be included. 


4/25: Mercury square Saturn.  Thinking is tough, narrowed, feels strained.  How to bring in originality when feeling stuck is important. 


4/25: Mercury conjunction Venus.  Values are in sync with thinking.  Perhaps values have morphed in the last week and need a new thought process.  




Pluto Stations Retrograde: April 27





Pluto Retrograde 



April 27, 2021


1:01pm PDT 


26 Capricorn 48



Station Direct 


October 6, 2021


11:28am PDT


24 Capricorn 19 




Every year Pluto spends five months retrograde.   On April 27 Pluto will station retrograde where it will transit back from 26 degrees of Capricorn back to 24 degrees.   For those people who have planets between 24-27 degrees of; Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra you have been dealing with the dental drill that is Pluto for the last couple years.   Finding your power has been difficult, no doubt, while you have been asked to shed what no longer works.  



For those of us in the United States this is the last retrograde before the USA has its Pluto return on Feb 21, 2022. No human can ever live long enough to personally experience a Pluto return since it takes over 250 years for Pluto to return to where it was at ‘birth’.    Most nations in the world history do not exist long enough to even experience a Pluto return.  Between coups and revolutions constitutions of nations will change and with the change there is a new Pluto placement in the chart.  The United States ‘birth’ is July 4, 1776 and Pluto will be exactly where it was on that date next February.    



For an idea what it looks like when a nation experiences a Pluto return, astrologers look at  The Roman Empire and The British empire for what happened to them during their Pluto returns.    The astrologer Ray Grasse has written about Pluto Return.  If you give it a read, you will see how other nations were impacted.   It is also clear in the USA that we have been influenced by Pluto’s growing intensity as it gets closer and closer to the 27 Capricorn 33 degree.   



Last year during the Pluto retrograde (April 25 – October 4) it showed us a lot of the tension that needed focus.    Just in the first month there was plenty of action:  On April 27, the USA passed the one millionth confirmed case of Covid.  On May 8, USA unemployment hit 14.7 %  and on May 25, George Floyd was killed.  During the summer there were protests,  slave owner statues were removed.   NASCAR banned the Confederate flags at their races. We were asked to look backwards at our history.   And then in one weekend, Thunderstorms triggered hundreds of forest fires  in California as a record- breaking heat wave taxed the power grid.   Power grids would come up again six months later in Texas.   What is our power infrastructure?  Could anything more than power grids speak to the power of Pluto in Capricorn?     Then on August 16, Death Valley recorded 130 degrees the highest temperature on Earth in 100 years.    George Floyd was certainly critical to a lot of the activity in the summer,  but the climate change was very critical to the Pluto in Capricorn era.  When there was the ‘Cardinal Climax’ earlier into the Pluto transit Capricorn I kept seeing signs of climate change events near critical dates such as huge ice sheets breaking off and melting.   I wrote then that I thought climate change would be THE issue when Pluto exited Capricorn.   I still believe this will turn out to be accurate.   



The Pluto retrograde is of course not the only reason for the 2020 events, Saturn and Pluto conjunction from earlier in the year spoke to some of the tension along with Mars who did a number for most of the year.   But still with Pluto we take a moment as we ponder what we want going forward.   It is a transformative period for the USA and we should not be surprised if more issues are exposed during this retrograde.   Once this retrograde completes, gentlemen start your engines as we head to the Pluto Return date in February.    Perhaps this Pluto retrograde cycle we will dust ourselves off admit our mistakes and lean into:  “Know better, Do Better.” 


The Queen & Her Prince

Prince Philip, the Queen, Moon-Neptune

It was announced today, April 9, 2021, that Prince Philip died peacefully this morning, a couple of months shy of his 100 year birthday. He was born on June 10, 1921.

It’s an extraordinary age and an extraordinarily long union and marriage with Queen Elizabeth. They met in 1939 and had known one another for 82 years. They had been married for 73 years. Some of us are lucky to reach the age of their marriage let alone their epic union.


So, what held these two extraordinary individuals together for so long. In classic sun sign compatibility, they were an odd pair – Sun Taurus (Queen), Sun Gemini (Philip).

Taurus is steady and stable and loves nature and all things country. While, Gemini is flighty and fickle and loves variety in life and the buzz of the city.

Yet, they remained together for a very, very long time. What may have helped is that they both had Capricorn rising, so Saturn was their ruling planet – duty & responsibility.

Moon Leo

Looking at the key synastry between their charts, it’s all about the Moon. They both have Cancer, the family sign, on their Descendant, the relationship point on the chart. Therefore, they are both looking for someone who holds family dear to their heart.

In both cases, the Moon was in Leo when they were born, the regal sign. In Philip’s case, he ended up with a royal partner and in the Queen’s case, she ended up with a man who was destined for royalty, like it or not.

Rather remarkably, if you look at the key connection between both their birth charts, it’s a Moon-Neptune conjunction that works both ways. The Queen’s Moon is at 12 Leo, Philip’s Neptune at 11 Leo. Philip’s Moon is at 22 Leo, the Queen’s Neptune at 22 Leo.

This is quite extraordinary synastry – there’s that word again, extraordinary. And, it had to be didn’t it for their relationship to survive so long with two obviously very different characters – if you haven’t watched The Crown, check it out.

Moon-Neptune conjunctions in synastry can be incredibly romantic or magical or destined or meant to be. It smacks of a fairy-tale marriage.

Yet, there’s a flip side which is to have your needs met never quite materialises or what you need or what gives you comfort always remains a little bit elusive.

It’s an idealistic combination and there’s a nod towards serving the greater good rather than getting your own needs met.

I do love that connection though between the two of them – and when you know someone for 82 years!!!! – yes, it’s worth that many exclamation marks, how remarkable was their connection.

Uranus Return

The Queen & Prince Philip were in each other’s lives for almost a whole Uranus Return, which lasts for 84 years. Impulsive Uranus was in Taurus in 1939, the year they met and it’s in Taurus once again as Philip leaves the Queen. It’s going to be a life-changing epoch for her.

astrology of Prince Philip
astrology of The Queen

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This week balsamic moon and the Aries new moon on Sunday.




This week is the final week of the Pisces Lunar Month that launched on March 13.   The 9th is a bit tough.  Thoughts and words could be rushed and spirited and energy could feel low or feel like it has no place to land.

On April  11 at 7:30pm PDT Aries New Moon launches and the energy will be way different.   More energized, more focused, more ‘on it doggone it’.   Feel the energy shift and consider what you want for the astrological new lunar year.   We will make our Treasure Maps!




Balsamic Moon Phase



April 7,2021


8:08pm PDT      



Balsamic:   We let go.  By releasing we can prepare for the new.  




Focus on How are you releasing victimhood?  How are you releasing confusion?  How are you releasing overly sentimentality?  





4/9: Mercury conjunction Chiron.  Thoughts about being independent, going own way. Growth in the thinking and communication. 


4/9: Mars square Neptune.  Actions based on ‘faith’ may be shaky.   Finding deeper connections to spirituality may be helpful.  


Mercury & Mars: Mutual Reception

Mercury Aries

On April 4th, Mercury enters Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and one of the fire signs. Fire sign motivation, joy & spontaneity was missing from January 8th to March 20th. The inner planets are currently making up for this as they leap into Aries.

This is a good time of the year to put yourself first and do whatever you need to gear yourself up and get motivated. Mercury in Aries is about speaking up and making things happen.

If you know someone with Mercury in Aries, you may notice that they speak extra fast or learn at top speed. You too may be getting ready to initiate something new. Do whatever feels right for you once Mercury is in Aries – Aries is the ‘me first’ sign – do it your way.

Mercury is currently moving at top speed through the zodiac and only remains in Aries for two weeks until April 19th.

Mars Gemini

Action planet Mars is currently in Gemini, Mercury’s star sign. When key planets are in mutable star signs, there’s a theme of change. A willingness to be flexible & adaptable, to be open to whatever comes along. Plus, mutable signs are about moving on, letting go, leaving behind.

Mars in Gemini is motor mouth, the fast talker, full of ideas and thoughts. This energy is brilliant for brainstorming, networking, multi-tasking and reaching out to others.

Mutable star signs aren’t rigid or fixed. Instead, they are open-minded and move through life freely. Anything is possible and they like to find solutions to problems.

Mutual Reception

Once Mercury enters Aries, action planet Mars and talk planet Mercury are in mutual reception. This means that they are in the other planet’s sign of rulership and can work together. Mars rules Aries and Mercury rules Gemini – they’re doing a swap.

From April 4th to 19th, look out for the person who appears in your life, a ‘fix it’ person, someone who can help you resolve a situation and fast. This combination is about working alliances, finding the right contacts & connections to help you make progress & fast.

While Mercury & Mars are working together, this is your opportunity to walk (Mars) your talk (Mercury) and do (Mars) what you say (Mercury). Don’t hang about, however, as this helpful alliance is only active for the next two weeks.

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Aquarius Horoscope April 2021

It’s a lively start to April. The Sun is in fire sign Aries and your communication sector until the 19th. Venus, the planet of relating, is here until the 14th and talk planet Mercury is in Aries from the 4th to the 19th.

Fast Talk

Aries is a speedy sign, forthright and direct. Therefore, it might be hard to hold back this month, especially when Mercury is in Aries. Instead, you’re ready to speak up and find your voice.

Community matters as both Mercury and Venus are social planets. If you’re looking to network or sell, think about how you can tap in to your local community to find contacts and connections.

Together you’re stronger is a key theme of the social planets moving through Aries. Make new friends on or off-line, find your tribe and get together with people of like minds. Aries is the activist and your star sign Aquarius is humanitarian – make your mark.

It’s also important to notice who or what is holding you back. This is because of the planet Pluto which is the last of the slower-moving planets dragging its heels through Capricorn, the most hidden sector of your horoscope.

Pluto’s active on the 12th, 16th & 17th when it clashes with the inner planets in Aries. This coincides with a New Moon on the 12th, a symbol of new beginnings. Therefore, you need to ask what’s coming to an end or where you have to close the door on the past before you can start afresh.

Pluto’s influence can be useful if you harness it constructively and focus on personal development and inner transformation. In this way, you may get rid of negative thoughts that hold you back.

You could encounter opposition from other people during this period in the month. If so, choose your companions wisely and veer away from anyone who drags you down.

It’s one thing to be there for other people and help when you can. It’s another to end up feeling swamped by another’s person’s challenging emotions. It’s important this month to pay close attention to your own energy levels and do what you can to raise your positive vibes.

The 10th could be a key date in this respect when talk planet Mercury aligns with your ruling planet Saturn in your star sign Aquarius.

Making the right kind of connections can help you to feel more grounded or stable. Have those all-important serious discussions and be thorough in your reading, learning and research.

Play Time

For a good part of this month, the focus is on play rather than work and it’s here where you’re wise to focus your energy. This is because action planet Mars is in Gemini and your fellow air sign until the 23rd.

Gemini highlights the sector of your horoscope that rules romance and love affairs, children and pregnancy, entertainment and fun. You might feel at your best when you’re involved in high jinks and good times, so make the most of Mars’ move through Gemini and throw yourself into life. Do more of what you love.

If you’re looking for love, events could move swiftly this month, especially when Mercury and Mars are in mutual reception from the 4th to the 19th. This means they are in each other’s sign of rulership and working together. This would be a good time to ask someone out on a date and start talking.

There’s humour and lightness in this combination so seek more laughter and comedy and be around people who are good for you. Children are included here, younger people, teenagers. Line up some social events, reach out to others.

This is not a month to go it alone. Instead, there are huge benefits from teaming up with others, whether in the name of a good cause or to further your own interests, your own learning.

If you’re a typical Aquarius, you navigate towards groups and playing your part within society, activism, politics, the world. This is where fulfilment, purpose and meaning can be found.

Home & Family

Home and family affairs become more prominent as the month progresses. Venus, the planet of relating, enters Taurus and this sector of your horoscope on the 14th, followed by the Sun & Mercury on the 19th.

Taurus is a slow, steady earth sign encouraging you to put down roots and do what you can to feel grounded and secure. It’s a key period in the year to pay more attention to loved ones.

Yet, there’s a theme of the new when it comes to these areas of your life and this is because of your co-ruler, Uranus. Uranus in Taurus is an odd combination as Uranus represents change and Taurus wants and needs roots in life.

Uranus is active this month from the 23rd to the 30th. Your living situation could change suddenly during this period. Or, perhaps you choose to move into a commune or a collective living space. When Uranus is in the mix, anything goes and you’re more likely to enjoy an unconventional or alternative style of living.

During this same period of the month, your traditional ruling planet Saturn is involved and square to the inner planets in Taurus. This mirrors the major planetary aspect of 2021 – Saturn square Uranus.

It suggests that you have one foot in the past and one foot in the future but there’s conflict between the two. Ideally, you want to move forward and embrace progress without throwing out or getting rid of what’s of value and what’s already in place. It may feel like a tricky tightrope to walk, especially on or around the 25th.

Career Crossroads

Finally, new developments at work could be one reason why you’re thinking of or changing where you live. This is because action planet Mars moves into Cancer and your work and lifestyle sector on the 23rd. Plus, a few days later, the Full Moon falls in Scorpio and your career sector on the 27th.

This feels lively, thanks to Uranus. See what opportunities come your way and think outside of the box when it comes to your career and vocation.

You might find yourself at a crossroads and have more than one option ahead of you. If anything, you’re likely to choose the path which gives you more freedom and space in your life. Yet, it may also mean saying goodbye to something or someone which isn’t easy to do.

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Pisces Horoscope April 2021

April’s astrology is forward-moving on the whole and you’re wise to get in flow and in step with this feeling of progress.

This is particularly important for you when it comes to work and money matters. Talk planet Mercury is the last of the inner planets to leave your star sign Pisces on the 4th when it’s time to focus less on personal projects and more on your impact out in the world.

Money Matters

As April begins, there are two planets in Aries and your personal money sector – the Sun until the 19th and the planet of relating, Venus, until the 14th.

From the 4th to the 19th, they are joined by talk planet, Mercury. This combination is quick and speedy. Aries isn’t a star sign that procrastinates or stops to think. Instead, this is about cracking on with what needs to be done.

Home and family affairs may be one reason why money is more important or urgent right now. Action planet Mars is in Gemini and your home and family sector until the 23rd. More importantly, Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini are working together from the 4th to the 19th.

This is because these two initiating planets are working in mutual reception. This means they are in each other’s sign of rulership, a helpful and supportive influence. Line up new goals with your family this month and find ways to pool resources or help one another out financially.

You may earn money via your home, whether this includes having a clear out and selling unwanted items or moving in with someone to lower costs. Consider all your options and act swiftly to take advantage of new ideas or opportunities.

Act fast to get things moving with regard to home and family affairs. Sort out important correspondence and have those key conversations, the ones that really matter and make a difference.

Be careful, however, around people who aren’t on your side or who put you down. Pluto’s currently slowing down in Capricorn and your friendship and group sector ready to turn retrograde on the 27th. Before then, Pluto clashes with the inner planets in Aries on the 12th, 16th & 17th.

This coincides with a New Moon in Aries on the 12th, a symbol of new beginnings. You may have to say goodbye to someone or something on or around this date. There’s a theme of endings before you can start over.

And, it’s a good time to keep close tabs on your money and not get involved in anything underhand or corrupt.

Notice who’s helpful in your life and who’s not. Move away from a group, club or society if it doesn’t fit your needs or support your personal growth. Trust yourself and your own money-making initiatives and gravitate towards those people who will back your plans.

Community Goals

Life close to home could get busier from mid-month onwards, when you’re wise to focus on your community. This is when the inner planets begin to move into earth sign Taurus. Venus is the first on the 14th followed by the Sun & Mercury on the 19th.

Taurus rules your siblings and neighbours, your neighbourhood and local surroundings. This is your communication sector and you may find there’s lots to talk about from mid-April onwards.

You could make an effort to find out more about the people in your life, people you see on a daily basis. Taurus’ nature is kind and nurturing. By creating close connections with others, you not only help them but it can benefit your own life too. Reach out to others once Taurus is the sign of the moment.

This is your communication sector so consider what this means for you and how or why you want to speak up or say more. You might sign up to a public speaking course, write in to your local paper or start teaching a class from home. You may choose to help others, either personally or professionally and it’s an ideal time to find your voice.

Online Communications

Online communications are well-starred and this is because of the role of Uranus in Taurus, the planet of change. Uranus rules all things new and modern and is linked to technology.

Uranus is active this month from the 23rd to the 30th. These are dates when you may leap into action & things happen fast. Sometimes, Uranus can lead you down an unexpected path or take you on a diversion.

The Full Moon dominates on the 27th and lights up the Taurus/Scorpio axis of the zodiac. This is the time to broaden your horizons, expand your learning, think and research. Some people in your life could have a deep effect upon you during this Full Moon period.

Love & Passion

Finally, love could bring adventure your way towards the end of April. This is because passion planet, Mars, enters Cancer and your romance sector on the 23rd.

The period around the Full Moon feels especially passionate. Mars is adding heat to your close relationships. Whether it is passion or anger that ignites may depend on your current situation. Know that you have Mars in this part of your horoscope throughout May and for the first half of June.

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