April 2018 Astrology Update

Dates are Pacific Time 

 

WOOD RABBIT  MONTH until April 14

March 17 2018 was a new Moon in Pisces that began the month of the Wood Rabbit. Gentle Rabbit brings a calming and beneficial energy for peace, gentleness, and tending the soul. Rabbit month is time for pleasure, family gatherings, and entertainment. Rabbit is artistic, so people appreciate the arts, gourmet food, and luxuries.

Rabbit month is lucky in this Dog year because Rabbit and Dog are strong allies. The element Wood brings optimism for growth in springtime, new life, and expansion.

 

MERCURY RETROGRADE until April 15

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But in Dog year, Mercury retrograde can be ideal to follow through, keep your word, and complete projects.

Mercury is retrograde in Fire sign Aries for strong communication and taking action. Fire brings energy and passion, so any impulsive or snap decisions can be corrected at a later time. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on April 15, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins the next lunar month of the Fire Dragon.

 

NEW MOON starts FIRE DRAGON MONTH April 15 – May 14

NEW MOON in ARIES

April 15 is a new Moon in Fire sign Aries. The new Moon, Sun, and Uranus are all in Aries making this lunar cycle the time for positive change and a fresh beginning.

This lunar month is excellent to start or launch an idea, product, or business. You can change your routine to clear limitations, and find or refine a form of self expression. Mercury is no longer retrograde for ease with technology, communication, and travel.

Venus in sensual Taurus trines Mars and Pluto for romance, and is favorable for all kinds of social and artistic activities. New relationships are lucky, and for those in a partnership this lunar month is ideal for a second honeymoon. Now can be a very productive time that sets a foundation for future development.

FIRE DRAGON MONTH

This new Moon begins the month of the powerful Fire Dragon. Energy is high during this Fire Dragon month to take action — and succeed! The Fire qualities of dynamism, passion, and leadership ability are readily expressed though the brilliance of the Fire Dragon.

Dragon’s strong healing influence brings dynamic growth for everyone, especially the Fire signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius and those born in Rat, Dragon, Snake, and Monkey years.

Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation for this vibrant Fire Dragon month. More information about Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood Dragons is in my book TAOIST ASTROLOGY.

 

FULL MOON in SCORPIO

April 29 is a full Moon in Water sign Scorpio. This full Moon is very fortunate because it conjuncts Jupiter! People feel generous, with increased compassion and empathy. Both the full Moon and Jupiter trine Neptune in Pisces. Answers can arrive in dreams. Intuition and imagination are stimulated for all types of creative and artistic work.

Some people may feel more sensitive to their environment, and the feng shui of their surroundings. There’s interest in psychic and spiritual ideals, and sympathy for the underdog that’s in synch with the values of this Dog year. 

To keep life grounded and balanced, all in Earth sign Capricorn are Mars, Saturn, and Pluto. Mars conjunct Pluto brings ambition, yet success is achieved through working for the common goal, not an individualistic power play. Still, there is a more spiritual focus than material. Emotional transformation is strongest for the Water signs Scorpio, Pisces, and Cancer.

 

2018 ECLIPSES

solar eclipse occurs on a new Moon when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The Moon’s shadow falls on the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. 

lunar eclipse occurs on a full Moon when the Earth, Sun and Moon align in space, with Earth between the Sun and Moon. Earth’s shadow falls on the full Moon, creating a lunar eclipse.

January 31 Super Blue Blood Moon total lunar eclipse in Leo and peak of Water Ox month.

February 15 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Aquarius starts Wood Tiger month, and year of the Earth Dog.

July 12 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Cancer starts Earth Sheep month.

July 27 Full Moon total lunar eclipse in Aquarius and peak of Earth Sheep month.

August 11 New Moon partial solar eclipse in Leo starts Metal Monkey month.

 

2018 MERCURY RETROGRADES

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But in Earth Dog year, Mercury retrograde can be a time to follow through,keep your word, and complete projects.

Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

March 22 – April 15 in Aries 
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Aries for strong communication and taking immediate action. Fire brings energy to complete projects, but impulsive or snap decisions can be corrected at a later time. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on April 15, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and the month of the Fire Dragon

July 25 – August 18 in Leo
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo when communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. But watch out if people become bossy or demanding. If there are ego disputes, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 9 that begins a new lunar cycle and Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month. .

November 16 – December 6 in Sagittarius and Scorpio
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Sagittarius November 16 – 30 to move quickly and complete tasks. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized.
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio December 1 – 6 when emotions come to the surface, with new intimacy in relationships. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on December 6, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and Wood Rat month. 

 

2018 RETROGRADE JUPITER, SATURN & MARS 

Jupiter is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio March 8 – July 10.
Time to refine your Dog year plans. Launch plans after the July 25 Mercury retrograde. 

Saturn is retrograde in Earth sign Capricorn April 17 – September 6. 
We slow down anyway during an Earth year summer after 2 Fire years — 2016 Fire Monkey and 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster). Take care of health and practical matters.

Mars is retrograde in Air sign Aquarius June 28 – August 28. 
Best to work collectively, with group consensus, under the influence of Aquarius and in Dog year.

 

2018 LUNAR MONTHS in Earth Dog Year

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Aquarius February 15 2018 starts Wood Tiger month and year of the Earth Dog.

New Moon in Pisces March 17 starts Wood Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries April 15 starts Fire Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus May 15 starts Fire Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini June 15 starts Earth Horse month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Cancer July 12 starts Earth Sheep month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Leo Aug 11 starts Metal Monkey month.

New Moon in Virgo September 9 starts Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month.

New Moon in Libra October 8 starts Water Dog month. Dog month in Dog year.

New Moon in Scorpio November 7 starts Water Pig month.

New Moon in Sagittarius December 6 starts Wood Rat month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Capricorn January 5 2019 starts Wood Ox month.

New Moon in Aquarius February 4 2019 starts Fire Tiger month and year of the Earth Pig.

 

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