Hello, everyone.

Welcome to the Astro4Business Monthly Forecast for April, 2011.  What are the planetary influences this month and how can we work with them?

  • We’ll start with the most long-range and overarching influences, the planets Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus, which you will notice do not travel far from month to month but stay in the same sector of the sky for many years.  These form the backdrop to our personal lives, affecting matters on a global stage.
  • Then we will look at the mid-range influences, Jupiter and Saturn, which stay in the same sign for 1 – 2.5 years.  These planets represent our interactions with our societal environment, its rules, regulations, belief systems, and benefits.
  • We’ll look at the personal planets, Mars, Venus, Mercury, and the Sun which stay in their respective signs for much shorter periods and primarily influence our day-to-day lives.
  • And last we’ll look at the sign and dates for the New and Full Moon, as these mark the waxing and waning cycles in our daily lives.

Pluto in Capricorn

We’ve spoken at length about Pluto in Capricorn, where it will remain until 2024.  In a nutshell, this long transit will bring upheaval and transformation to many of the structures we have come to rely upon:  government, organized religion, the economy, industry, and the military, to name a few.  This transit carries the energy of revolution and evolution and can be dramatic and at times overwhelming.  Pluto exposes what is hidden, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

Pluto hastens and intensifies the processes of endings and new beginnings, and in Capricorn will bring about the ending of our business pursuits that are no longer suited to our growth and personal evolution.  Whatever has been slowly leaking vitality will depart, including old business models, practices, and products.

Pluto turns retrograde on April 9.  You may notice a reversal which will lead you back to a problem you thought you had resolved.  If so, you’re not quite finished with it yet.  Excavate any lingering issues and put them finally to rest.

To read more about Pluto in Capricorn and its impact on your chart this year, see Pluto’s Journey through 2011.

Neptune in Aquarius/Pisces

Neptune starts the month in Aquarius but on the 4th slides into Pisces.  With Neptune in Aquarius since 1998, we’ve seen a growing global consensus regarding the equal value of all beings, shared responsibility for our planet, the distribution of technology to all corners of the world, and the right of each person to contribute to and further the base of common knowledge.

As Neptune transitions into Pisces we will begin to shift from mental associations and words-based networking to connections based on feelings and shared beliefs.  New groups will form around a unified vision for the future.  Borders will shift as disparate groups come together and merge into one larger whole while other sectors dissolve.  New tools and technology will pervade our business processes based on changing media which allow for more spontaneous creativity.  We will incorporate the senses more and more into products and services.  Look for breakthroughs in medical fields including alternative medicine and mental and emotional health.

To read more about Neptune in Aquarius and Pisces and its impact on your chart this year, see Neptune Swimming through 2011.

Uranus in Aries

Uranus left the sign Pisces and entered Aries on March 11 beginning a brand new 84-year cycle of scientific and political innovation.  Uranus embodies the principle of change, especially the kind of transitions that occur because of sudden breakthroughs and technological inventions.  Society is constantly moving forward and when the time comes when the traditional is just too safe and stale, the energy of Uranus bursts through the barriers and ushers in the new.

What does this mean for us in business?  We will probably feel compelled to take risks we would not even have considered in the past.  We may feel confined by the people around us or the structures we’ve implemented.  We may seek opportunities to bring scientific or technical discoveries into our products and services.  We may approach everyday challenges as battles to be fought and won.  We want out of our shell, even if we created it.

To read more about Uranus in Aries and its impact on your chart this year, see Uranus Flashes through 2011.

Saturn in Libra

Saturn in Libra is the antithesis of Uranus in Aries.  It counsels patience, persistence, responsibility, and humility in relationships, leading to cooperation and mutual support.  This planet of structure and discipline provides some much-needed grounding and circumspection to hot and erratic Uranus in Aries.

You may feel torn between the tried and true (Saturn) and the desire for breakthrough (Uranus).  Strive for balance bringing the best of the old along with you into new territory.

Saturn is still in its annual period of retrograde motion.  Moving retrograde for 4 ½ months each year, this phase provides the opportunity to examine whether our standard modes of operation truly spring from our own values, or have been imposed upon us by authority figures or societal norms.  It’s a time when our regular structures of support and stability may be withdrawn and we have to rely upon our own creativity and self-discipline to achieve our goals.

Jupiter in Aries

In January Jupiter entered Aries, where it will be until June 4.  Aries is a fundamentally aggressive mind-set, whether in the form of the lone-wolf entrepreneur or the established global company.  It brings a desire to take on the competition, expand into new territory, and develop new markets.

We are at the beginning of a new twelve year Jupiter cycle.  This is an excellent time to begin a whole new endeavor.  Aries is the first sign of the zodiac.  Can you think about the next twelve years and being “first” in some aspect of your industry?  Jupiter likes to think big!  It’s time to take a new plunge:  big plans, big risks.  This is a time of expansion, new projects, and bold moves.

Mars in Aries

Mars leaves Pisces and enters Aries on the 1st day of the month.  Your activity level and those around you should really ramp up now.  You’ll reach for new ideas and fresh projects to take advantage of the increase in vitality.  Your staff will enjoy a challenge, contest, or competition.

Impatience and irritation can be a feature of this time, especially if decision-making is moving too slowly.  Do what you can to keep resources moving to your people, and they will reward you with a fresh burst of energy and ideas.

Venus in Pisces/Aries

Venus is in Pisces until April 20, the time to catch your best creative ideas of the year.  Carry a recording device with you at all times because, while truly inspired, Venus’ gifts are subtle and can be elusive when she’s in Pisces.

When Venus enters Aries, she gets feisty.  This is the time to initiate new relationships and present bold propositions:  the flashier, the better.  Be careful about follow-through, though.  This flame can burn out quickly and move on to the next thing before the last is accomplished.

Mercury in Aries

Mercury in Aries revs our mental engines although from the beginning of the month until April 23, with Mercury in retrograde motion, we may be reviewing the past rather than looking to the future.  In either direction, our thinking becomes inventive and our communications persuasive.  Watch for aggressiveness; give others a chance to speak too.

You may have so many ideas and so much enthusiasm you’ll need extra help just to keep track of it all.  Watch for overload; headaches will be a sign to relax, cool your jets, and pace yourself.

Sun in Aries/Taurus

The Sun is in Aries until April 20 and then moves into practical, resolute Taurus.  The Sun in Aries is a time of heightened energy and new beginnings.  When the Sun enters Taurus, pick the best of the Aries-inspired product ideas and begin a mode of steady implementation.  Taurus brings form and functionality.

Phases of the Moon

The New Moon is in Aries on April 3, waxing to full in Libra on April 17.  Look for a new start on the New Moon in whichever house contains 13 degrees Aries.  For me, that’s the 11th house, collaboration and group endeavors.  (If you need a copy of your chart, see the box in the sidebar to request one free.)

Monthly Recap

High energy, high impact Aries continues to be featured this month with six planets in Aries and the New Moon.  This is a month of all-out activity although you may be cleaning up the past rather than creating the future until Mercury turns direct on the 23rd.  Saturn in Libra is the voice of reason, encouraging collaboration and coalition-building instead of going it alone.  Independence and inter-dependence must be in balance this month.

In case you are wondering how to get the most out of this monthly forecast, check out this link.  Some time ago a reader asked about it and you’ll see my instructions when you follow the link.

Are you in astrological overwhelm?  Check out this link on my other blog for 5 simple ways to get your feet wet in astrology without drowning.  Astrology is so Vast; Where Do I Start?

Have a great month and let me know how it all plays out!

Key Dates for the Month

April 1             Mars enters Aries

April 3             New Moon in Aries

April 4             Neptune enters Pisces

April 9             Pluto retrograde

April 17           Full Moon in Libra

April 20           Sun enters Taurus; Venus enters Aries

April 23           Mercury direct

For an overview of the current Mercury Retrograde Cycle, see Mercury Retrograde – What’s It All About?

To get an overview of the year, check out these posts:

Pluto’s Journey through 2011

Neptune Swimming through 2011

Uranus Flashes through 2011

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