Your Weekly Astrology Forecast for April 1–8, 2018

Nature is bursting into its spring season, with the Sun, Mercury and Uranus in the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, symbolizing spontaneity, adventure and quick—and sometimes reckless—movement. Mars is marching through Capricorn along with Saturn and Pluto. Capricorn symbolizes a different energy that is careful, calculating, rule-oriented and serious about getting things accomplished. Aries pushes Capricorn to take some risks and get moving, while Capricorn calls Aries to slow down and do at least a little planning before moving forward. Together, these energies are dynamic and can produce powerful results. Mercury is still in retrograde motion until April 15. When Mercury is retrograde, it is time to review, rethink, revise and renovate. Clean up email and clear clutter, rather than start new projects. This is a powerful week for getting things accomplished. If you are in the midst of a big project, now is the time to give it a big push forward. This week’s Mars-Saturn conjunction, and the strong Capricorn Moon energy next weekend, combined with the big three demanding planets Mars, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, make for an opportune work week. Plan accordingly and use it wisely.

The Week Begins with Relaxed Energy

Sunday glows in the light of the Libra Full Moon, but we may be reeling from the hard, challenging aspects of yesterday’s Full Moon. Lunar oppositions to Uranus and Venus may be destabilizing. A Sun-Mercury conjunction fosters kind and graceful communication. The Moon is Void of Course (VoC) from 11:29am to 3:57pm, signaling a time to relax. Enjoy a special family meal and take a leisurely walk. When the Moon is in Libra, we want to soak in the beauty that surrounds us. It could be a good afternoon to visit an art gallery or a public garden or park. Try something new and be open to surprises. Make room for the magic to reveal itself.

Mars and Saturn form an exact conjunction in Capricorn on Monday, headlining the day and the week ahead. Pedal to the metal on your work, and you will make the most of this strong, demanding duo. This day is for digging in, shouldering responsibility and solving difficult problems. The Mars-Saturn duo’s benefic sextile to the Scorpio Moon will help ease pressure.

A Scorpio Moon Brings Emotion and Intrigue

The Scorpio Moon on Tuesday draws us into the deep waters of emotion and intrigue. The Scorpio Moon’s energies are magnified by a sextile to Pluto and a conjunction with Jupiter. Emotional dramas may play out. Insight is possible. Healing may occur with the help of a Moon-Chiron trine.

Bounce out of bed Wednesday and head to the gym or out for a vigorous walk. We are fired up by the Sagittarius Moon, ready to reach for the stars. The optimism of the Sag Moon serves as backdrop, but Mercury is square to Mars and Saturn, creating a feisty, edgy energy. These are not the best days for confrontations, as our speech may be blunt and untamed. These are days to consider, as my parents always maintained, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it.”

Be Open to Adventure and Surprises Toward the End of the Week

Thursday starts slow and dreamy, softened by a Moon-Neptune square, but later in the morning we are inspired by a fiery, benefic Sun-Moon trine. The Sagittarius Moon loves adventure, especially outside. Take a bike ride or hike in a park. Thursday is Jupiter’s Day, and the Moon is in Sagittarius, which is ruled by Jupiter. The day is benevolent and twice blessed.

Friday morning starts with a Moon-Uranus trine, opening the day to surprises. It may be hard to get going, as the Moon is VoC until 11:01am PDT. Then a Capricorn Moon frames the entire weekend for work and responsibility. Plan a big project for the weekend and set out to accomplish it.

The Weekend is Primed for Hard Work

The cosmos holds a host of aspects that set forth a hardworking Saturday. Luckily, the demands of the day are graced with the influence of Venus. Venus in Taurus makes generous trines to the Moon and Saturn in Capricorn. The planetary energy could be employed to create a beautiful spring garden, paint a room in your home, or make a wise, well-considered purchase.

The weekend’s work demands continue on Sunday, even more charged than Saturday’s energy. The Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus. These challenging aspects demand attention, application and change. The Moon’s conjunction to Jupiter gives hope, optimism and courage for completing our worthy projects. The Moon is VoC at 7:40pm PDT, so at that time Sunday evening, relax and prepare for the week ahead.

The Week in Short

Sunday: Soak in the beauty and renewal of Sunday and make room for magic in unexpected ways.

Monday: Work hard, shoulder responsibility and solve problems.

Tuesday: Swim strong in deep emotional waters. Insight is possible.

Wednesday: Bounce out of bed for vigorous exercise, fire up, and reach for the stars! Watch what you say.

Thursday: Benevolent day that starts out dreamy. Plan an adventure.

Friday: Moon VoC until 11:01am PDT, and then a strong work weekend begins.

Saturday: Work hard and create beauty.

Sunday: Demanding work day. Courage and optimism help meet the challenges.

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About the author

Cathy Coleman, PhD, is an East-West Astrologer, meaning she incorporates both Western and Eastern astrological principles and analyses into her readings. She holds a doctoral degree in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has been a practitioner of astrology for over 35 years. She is an NCGR-PAA (National Council of Geocosmic Research-Professional Astrological Association) Level IV Consulting Astrologer. She was in the first graduating class of the Online College of Astrology (OCA)—now the International Academy of Astrology, and the Online College of Vedic Astrology, is a certified Astro*Carto*Grapher, and is an ISAR (International Society of Astrological Research)-Certified Astrological Professional. She was president of Kepler College from 2001–2003. 

Cathy is the president of the NCGR San Francisco Chapter and lives in Sonoma with her husband, Ralph Metzner. Her mission is to help people express the full potential of their lives and navigate through challenges using the ancient knowledge and wisdom of Eastern and Western astrology.