Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of April features Venus, Mars, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus and Pluto. These last four are in relatively close aspect to each other, with the Uranus-Pluto aspect, the much-discussed Uranus-Pluto square, moving to within 2 degrees of exact by the time of the April 10th New Moon in Aries. Regarding the revolutionary archetypal combination of these two powerhouse planets, the precise  months of their exact square aspect this year are coming up in May and September. By the time of this New Moon configuration, Chiron in the same degree of Pisces as Pluto in Capricorn is in thus in perfect sextile with Pluto, while Saturn makes a perfect quincunx to Uranus, sextile to Pluto and a trine to Chiron.

This same New Moon, taking place on Wednesday, April 10th  in the 21st degree of Aries, conjuncts both Mars and Venus. The Aries line-up at the time of this New Moon includes Uranus also. Regarding Mars and Venus, it turns out that these male and female personal planets are within a few degrees of each other for the entire early part of this month, with Venus beginning by trailing Mars, then passing, so that they are within orb of a conjunction until the 15th of April, when Venus enters Taurus. Mars enters Taurus himself on the 20th but it will be almost two years before they are again as close together in the sky as they were over these first two weeks of April.

Relationship issues take on a special quality over this first half of the month. There is a conscious and an urgent effort to achieve connection, and a testing quality to the connection achieved. It is interesting as well to note that while as the month begins, Venus is in the sign ruled by Mars, while by the last third of the month we find that Mars has entered Taurus, the sign ruled by Venus, which Venus then occupies. We therefore have a two-week period of Marsy relationship energy that is very action-oriented, yielding eventually to a more Venus-like period in the second half that is rather than urgent, is slower and more peaceful, relating for the pure physical pleasure of connecting.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, remains in the picture of this month’s energy in its combination with Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. At the time of the April 10th New Moon, it is possible for relationship fears to come up, especially relating to the fear of control either imposed upon you, which might represent your own projected authority, or else imposed by you on another. Either of these situations could be difficult, depending on your prior situation, especially regarding experiences arising out of the ancient past such as early childhood wounding. And yet fear is always an illusion.

There is a great mandate for change that is upon us now, both individually and culturally, so that the fear of change is another significant factor in this month’s astrology. We might recognize our dysfunction with certain issues, and yet hold onto it for all that we are worth to avoid the uncertainty of a changed situation that corresponds to the healing of these issues. This is the great conundrum of our times, applying equally to personal relationship wounds and to our society’s inability to deal rationally with problems such as hunger, environmental degradation and global warming. Only by somehow putting aside our fear of an unknown future can we proceed.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is an amazing and transformative month for you, Aries. You are full  of energy as everything that was building comes together, like a compressed spring bouncing free. You potentially need to be wary of even too much exuberance and enthusiasm. In the midst of a complex month that includes unexpected shifts in the psychic weather, beware also of reactive responses to sudden twists and turns of fate. It might be better to withhold judgment over whether any particular event bodes good or ill; after all, the one can sometimes morph into the other with amazing rapidity. Good advice that never seems to go out of style comes from the Chinese sages of the Tao Te Ching when they make the claim that success and failure could be considered as equal ailments.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This continues to be an interesting and quite rewarding period of time for you, Taurus, especially in terms of internal over external rewards. For the first half of an empowering month of April, you are reaching for the gold ring down inside; living within the illusory domain of a land of dreams, only partly involved with the machinations of the so-called real world. This changes dramatically after mid-month, but for these first two weeks you are dwelling into your own recent researches into a fully altered life direction, inwardly tuned in to otherworldly realms within you that contribute more than you might think to your everyday actions and decision making. By month’s end, new initiatives abound, made more poignant and emotionally realized by the weeks that you have spent dreaming the dark into renewed life.


GEMINI (May 20-June 20). This is an amazing month, Gemini, when you are coming into some very new goals and plans. For you, this springtime month of April begins like a lamb and then begins to roar.  With the advent of the Aries New Moon on the 10th, you begin a journey of exploration that takes you into some very altered and excitingly novel life directions. You have in some ways lately been putting yourself through the wringer, and everything in your everyday existence now begins to shine with renewed and purposeful meaning. You do well to reassess yet again your chances in the light of this fresh understanding, and yet if you resist the changes that the cosmos is offering there is no downside; the intensity of your situation will merely repeat until you get the message.


CANCER (June 21-July 20) It’s an interesting springtime that is emerging for you, Cancer. Through all the ups and downs you are experiencing a strong inner presence that transcends everything more mundane and sustains you through the rough places as you rethink your conscious priorities. Your inner guidance is more available to you than ever; it reflects back on and informs your higher mind viewpoint on your situation. Career and profession represent the dominant theme for you right now, pulling together nearly every other element of your life. It’s not that you are living strictly for your work in the world; it’s that your work focalizes all other aspects of your life and brings them into a form of integration that is new for you, going beyond anything that you have previously experienced.


LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) It’s a long road that has no turning, Leo, and you are more than ready for a change.  Startlingly novel perspectives are emerging to provide you with the perfect opportunity to experiment. You are on an important verge. You have for many weeks been delving down deep inside yourself, into the secret and hidden places of your soul, searching for answers and finding partial ones, or just getting confused. The magic of existence has perhaps been right there at your fingertips all along, yet remained obscure. Starting now you are wrapping all your previous experience into a ball; a new kind of knowledge that you can roll with you into an amazing and colorfully altered set of potentials; a different future than what you had been visualizing, but still, somehow, the right one.


VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Virgo. Important relationships have been mightily morphing recently and can now be seen in a new way. Is it the partnership itself that has changed, or merely your perception? Problems that as recently as last month seemed too vast are somewhat settling into place at last. This is not to say that no difficulties remain; it is more that these are present in less gigantic proportions, assuming their rightful place in the natural order of things – a part of the cosmic landscape. You are potentially feeling the vitality and freedom of a new mandate that allows you to step forward into wholeness. This applies to the evolving structure of your relationship dynamic and also to the dark places within yourself; now suddenly illuminated..


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is a pivotal month for you, Libra, in the midst of a crucial year. Partnership is very much on your mind. While this seems like business as usual, below ground the tectonic plates are shifting. Your metamorphosis involves taking personal responsibility for your own arc of development as you allow your interaction with others to inform your inner work. Relationship at times seems to flood you, and all this focus on others is powerful, but less so if only the warm security bath of a double fantasy. Somehow this experience of significant connection with others can and must be brought back home to your own evolving self-concept, as you forge ahead on your own unique path. Then you are set up in such a way that relationship in your life works to guide your own profound process of increasing awareness.


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) There is transformation in the air for everyone these days, Scorpio, and for you perhaps even more so. You are on the verge of new discoveries regarding gains in transcending a sense of limitation that you sometimes feel and additionally how you relate to important others in your life while proceeding along your own unique path of self-development. These last few weeks and months have been a time for getting your ducks in order and your act to where you would like it to be, in such a way that you might now be ready for launch. You are finding within yourself an unusual degree of dedication to finding the true fit between you, partners and soul purpose. You benefit by continuing to incorporate – to the extent that you can let it in – surprisingly deep intuitional clarity regarding these matters.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is a productive period for you, Sagittarius, in which you might find the resolution for several recent conundrums. There is a shift in the cosmic weather that presages if not exactly an easier passage, then at the very least a more fruitful one. You are in some sense being reborn in the current monthly time frame, particularly in the way that you apply your creativity. You are also, after a period of thoughtful reassessment, moving past some of the intensity in dealing with issues of self and other, working out where full-on partnership with significant others makes sense for you and where you must find your own way.  You win when you allow key relationships in your life to breathe, fostering closeness and creative tension and even distance in equal measure, neither actually taking over and swamping the boat.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is an important time of getting back to your roots, Capricorn. There is an emphasis on home, family and tribe, a sense that this area of your life provides for you important connection to the earth, and to your sense of ease and safety in a chaotic world. This thought could apply to your physical home or to the figurative baseline established by familial connections with those who are important to you in this way. As you enter into a new monthly cycle, you might find that home is suddenly a living experience, part of a significant  experiment in discovering for yourself new pathways forward that can outshine previous limitations and undo the conditioning of prior situations. Your heart is stirred and shaken, producing surprising and almost entirely positive results, especially when you take the long view.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a fascinating, difficult and ultimately rewarding period for you, Aquarius. You have been through a confusing time of reorientation. Informed by the reflective stance that you have been taking lately regarding inner priorities, you are beginning this month to spring forward into renewed action. Your real-world focus is amazing right now, and you are also beginning to trust that inner guidance could become an immense factor for you as you explore the full range of your possibilities. Working within the framework of consensus thinking is one thing, perhaps not truly satisfying, while putting your shoulder to the wheel in support of what you fully believe in, down to the ground, might yet be tentative. This month constitutes a time of experimentation and intense learning, when some of the answers that you seek begin to swim into view.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This season represents a new dawning for you, Pisces. An exciting month of renewed energy for projects and for stabilization makes up for a shaky start to the year. You are seeking a toehold on reclaiming ownership of your life purpose. This follows upon a time of personal reassessment and of questioning family values as the psychological basis for your own feelings of security. You have taken in recent events, and emerged out the other side with a firmer grasp on your own internal wounding. You are coming to see this as, rather than a stigma, part of an important process of growth, the acknowledged result of poorly digested prior run-ins with figures out of early childhood. The enlightenment from this period that you are now passing through is you most important product. It comes slowly but inexorably and it is lasting.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at

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