Astrology Highlights ...APRIL, 2016
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By

Tim Gunns
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Planetary Highlights — April, 2016— (All Times PDT)

Only major aspects (conjunction, 0°; sextile, 60°; square, 90°; trine, 120°; opposition, 180°) between the sun and planets are included here. All lunar aspects (other than full and new moons) have been omitted, hence there is not an entry for every day. Aspect patterns frequently overlap; where there are several major aspects occurring on the same day, synthesize their combined characteristics to determine the overall trend, then act accordingly. But remember...YOU make the final call! An aspect's influence can last from a day or two, in the case of Mercury, Venus, or Mars, to several weeks and even months when the slower-moving 'outer' planets are involved. Times given are when aspects peak. In addition, planets periodically appear to slow down, stop, then change their orbital direction, turning Retrograde or Direct; these periods of apparent motionlessness are called Stations and for a week or two either side of them, all themes associated with the planet are greatly emphasized.

5 Sun trine Saturn retrograde
9:09am—Constructive progress can be made towards career goals; being both practical and creative achieves best results; advice from an elder or authority figure could prove helpful. Venus enters Aries 9:51am (till April 29)—Creative artistic pursuits are favored; emotions are more aggressively expressed; new romantic ties may be impulsively entered into; curb a tendency toward self-centeredness in relationships, and spending hard-earned money in haste. Mercury enters Taurus 4:10pm (till June 12)—Practical, down-to-earth thinking prevails; thoughts turn towards ways and means of generating income, and issues relating to one's personal values; let your instincts guide you in financial matters.

6 Sun square Pluto 1:10pm—An opportunity to transcend a behavior pattern that you've outgrown could arise; side-step conflicts, but rise to the occasion! Much inner strength and determination is called for to properly channel these powerful, transformative energies..."Luke, you must work with The Force; go within, be still, and seek guidance...then take control of your life!

7 New Moon 4:24am, at 18°04’ Aries—Communicate your thoughts and views, but be aware that others will have their views, too, so be prepared to listen as well. Last month's Vernal Equinox theme of initiation and new beginnings continues; prepare to launch new personal projects...but preferably after Mercury has completed its forthcoming retrograde phase,

9 Sun conjunct Uranus 2:27pm, at 20°27’ Aries—Investigate that new computer you've been promising yourself, perhaps to increase work efficiency; revolutionize business or career strategies...out with the old, in with new and improved methodologies; allow creative self-expression free rein.

12 Mercury sextile Neptune 2:40am—Intuitive awareness is strong, allowing insights into the workings of the subconscious mind; express yourself through music, dance or the written word. Venus trine Mars 12:17pm—Thrills galore! Harmony between the sexes; a day tailor-made for romance; seek funding for a pet project; favorable for most forms of creative self-expression.

14 Mercury trine Jupiter retrograde 8:27am—Sign contracts, conclude a deal; move forward with PR or advertising plans; open up to new ideas and philosophies; plan a trip.

17 Mercury trine Pluto 2:21am—Improve efficiency wherever possible; will-power gets a boost...but don't get carried away! A "No Fear" attitude could quickly get you into hot water; favors constructive activity. Mars stations Retrograde 5:14am, at 08°54’ Sagittarius (till June 29)—All "martial" themes are energized...desire, self-assertion, leadership abilities, and increased energy; the potential for conflict also exists.

18 Pluto stations Retrograde 12:23am, at 17°29’ Capricorn (till Sept 26)—Transcend past fears and failures; let go of that which (or whomever) no longer serves your needs, or is less than supportive of your personal growth and development. Venus trine Saturn retrograde 7:38am—Seek financial support for personal projects; a reestablishment of past ties may have karmic implications; constructive artistic work is favored; if you're considering an investment, look into art, precious metals, or real estate.

19 Sun enters Taurus 8:30am (till May 20)—Personal values and material resources, or the lack of them, are in focus for the next month; are the resources already at your disposal being fully utilized? Venus square Pluto retrograde 1:49pm—Emotions and passions are running high...channel this energy into creative outlets; thoughts may turn to improving one's financial position; handle sensitive relationships with extra care.

21 Full Moon 10:24pm, at 02°31’ Scorpio—Wesak, the Buddha Festival, celebrating the annual reemergence of the Buddha energies on Earth, widely held to be the most powerful and spiritual full moon of the year. Meditate on love; be prepared for what you value highly to be put to the test, including your attachment to people, places, belongings or even habits. Be honest with yourself about your needs, and your means. Safeguard your income sources, and assets; passions and desires intensify; chill out!

22 Venus conjunct Uranus 2:00pm, at 21°11’ Aries—Business or social connections may unexpectedly be made, or severed; consider investment options; the urge to socialize is strong, get out and have some fun.

28 Mercury stations Retrograde 10:20am, at 23°36’ Taurus (till May 22)—Plans or arrangements of any importance should be implemented prior to this period...unless you like surprise endings. However, while Mercury is Retrograde, you may safely make revisions or otherwise go over previously covered territory for inconsistencies or errors.

29 Venus enters Taurus 5:36pm (till May 24)—Money, possessions, and personal values are emphasized; treat your home to a few new indoor plants; get "outdoors" more often...ground yourself; plant a tree!.

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EXPANDED FORECAST FOR APRIL, 2016


Constructive progress can be made towards career or educational goals as the sun aligns in a flowing trine with Saturn on April 5th. Advice from an elder, a mentor, or authority figure could prove helpful. Being both practical and creative achieves best results now.

Venus leaves the water world of Pisces and joins the sun and Mars in fiery Aries also on the 5th (till April 29th), when creative artistic pursuits are favored. Emotions are more aggressively expressed with Venus in this ardent sign, and new romantic ties may be impulsively entered into. Curb a tendency toward self-centeredness in relationships, or spending your hard-earned money in haste.

Mercury enters earthy Taurus later on April 5th (till June 12) in which practical, down-to-earth thinking prevails. Thoughts turn towards ways and means of generating income, and issues relating to one's personal values. Let your instincts guide you in financial matters.

Tension mounts as the sun squares Pluto early on the 6th when circumstances may bring you an opportunity to transcend a behavior pattern that you've outgrown. Side-step potential conflicts now, but rise to the occasion as needs dictate. Much inner strength and determination is called for to properly channel these powerful, potentially transformative energies.

A new moon occurs on April 7th, in 18°04’ Aries, underscoring last month's vernal equinox theme of initiation and new beginnings. Launch new personal projects now, You'll be keen to communicate your many new thoughts and views, but be aware that others will have their views, too, so be prepared to listen as well.

Investigate that new computer you've been promising yourself when the sun aligns in conjunction with Uranus on the 9th, in 20°27’ Aries, perhaps to increase work efficiency. Revolutionize your business or career strategies...out with the old, in with new and improved methodologies. Allow your creative self-expression free rein.

Venus trines Mars on March 12th, a positive connection when harmony exists between—and within—the sexes, making this a well-starred day for romance, or at least a pleasant social outing. Most forms of creative self-expression are supported. Seek funding for a pet project.

Sign contracts, conclude a deal, plan a trip, or move forward with PR or advertising plans when Mercury trines Jupiter on the 14th. Be open to new ideas and philosophies now.

Improve efficiency wherever possible when Mercury trines Pluto on the 17th, a motivational transit that can give willpower a boost...but don't get carried away! A "fearless" attitude could quickly get you into hot water.

Celestial warrior, Mars, officially beats the retreat by stationing retrograde in 09° Sagittarius later on April 17th, commencing a rare, six-week backward trek through the zodiac till June 29th, temporarily diminishing the traditional Martian assertiveness factor. In this mode, Mars is more reluctant to act, instead, holding back energies that might actually be better off expressed. Thus, hostilities can erupt as pent up energies accumulate, evolve into acute frustrations, attain a critical mass and go ballistic. This is, in fact, a most appropriate time to seek a compromise with an antagonist, as people may be more conciliatory, or especially patient. Nevertheless, impulsive tendencies exist, and motivations need to be questioned—your own, as well as those of others. This is not the ideal launch window for a new venture, or for making a major purchase, as the motive force required to get a project off the ground may be insufficient to overcome the inertia, while financial prudence could be in short supply. Instead, check your moral compass, your game plan, and, most importantly, your motivations, and focus on tasks requiring patience in the meantime.

Distant Pluto stations Retrograde on April 18th, in 18° Capricorn (till Sept 26), heightening the potential for sudden events of great magnitude to take place for several days around this juncture. During the next five months while Pluto is in retrograde mode the wise will avoid power plays, as misguided attempts at domination or manipulation often accompany this transit. Cultivate self-discipline now. Investigate energy healing modalities. Intensify your spiritual studies.

Seek financial support for personal projects when Venus trines Saturn later on the 18th. A reestablishment of past ties may have karmic implications. constructive artistic work is favored; if you're considering an investment, look into art, precious metals, or real estate.

The sun enters tropical Taurus on April 19th (till May 20), placing personal values and material resources in the spotlight, prompting the question: Are the resources already at your disposal being fully utilized, or appreciated? Maximize your assets now. Make more of an effort to get out into nature and reconnect with Mother Earth. Ground yourself, it'll make you feel good! Indeed, the feel of the earth or sand beneath one's feet may seem like heaven to some, now, while others might prefer to exercise their green thumbs in the garden. Focus your efforts on practical endeavors. Plant a tree, vegetables, or an herb garden. As the 22nd is Earth Day, this would be a great way to celebrate.

Emotions and passions will be running high when Venus square’s Pluto later on the 19th, so channel this energy into creative outlets for best results. Handle sensitive relationships with extra care. Thoughts may turn to improving one's financial position.

When the full moon culminates in 07° Scorpio on April 21st, it also heralds the arrival of Wesak, the Buddha Festival, celebrating the annual reemergence of the Buddha energies on Earth, and is widely held to be the most powerful and spiritual full moon of the year. Meditate on love now. Be prepared for what you value highly to be put to the test, including your attachment to people, places, belongings or even habits. Be honest with yourself about your needs, and your means. Safeguard your income sources and assets. Passions and desires will intensify, so chill out! With Mercury opposing Saturn as the lunation occurs, do work requiring mental discipline or concentration. Some may feel the need to consult with a "father figure", or someone older and wiser, perhaps regarding life-direction. Take time out to relax.

Earthy Venus conjuncts electric Uranus precisely on the 22nd, in 22° Aries, when business or social connections may be made, or severed, quite unexpectedly. The urge to socialize is strong now, so be sure to get out and network—have some fun! Consider investment options.

Mercury stations retrograde on April 28th, in 04° Taurus (till May 22), so plans or arrangements of any importance should be implemented prior to this period. However, while Mercury is Retrograde, you may safely make revisions or otherwise go over previously covered territory for inconsistencies or errors.

After Venus enters its primary home sign of Taurus on April 29th (till May 24th) money, possessions, and personal values are highlighted. Treat your home to a few new indoor plants. Resolve to get outdoors more often, to ground yourself.

Tim Gunns is an astrological writer and consultant with over 25 years experience, a conference coordinator and producer, new age market and speaker consultant to the entertainment industry, formerly program director of the Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo, and of the national Whole Life Expos, and co-producer of the 1st Los Angeles Sound Healing Conference in 2008. To help you to better understand yourself and those you closely interact with, Tim prepares personalized no-nonsense interpretations of Natal Horoscopes ($40), Future Forecast Transit Reports ($75 for 1 full year) and two kinds of Relationship Compatibility analyses ($45 each). Private consultations with Tim by phone may also be scheduled, which must be pre-paid and scheduled in advance. Send Name (as you'd like it to appear on the chart), Date of Birth, time (as close as possible), place of birth (city/country, etc.) for each person, and return address & phone# to: Tim Gunns, 110 Hilltop Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786, USA, or phone 828-452-7885 or email: tgearthstar@aol.com to schedule a Consultation. Payment can be made via Paypal to tgearthstar@aol.com

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