Horoscopes for the Week of April 12th – 18th

(Mosaic Artist – Aubrey Henry Noel)

By tomorrow the Sun will close into a tight conjunction with the planet Uranus. Breakthroughs into more exciting realms are indicated – so is explosiveness, chaos, and the complete undermining of anything resembling stability. The energy is unpredictable and potentially dangerous. It could use some conscious channeling.

Now and for the next couple days is a good time to break with routines, to do something different, to be more innovative, and to consider far outlying possibilities. Engage your brain, study human behavior, organize some resistance, or otherwise shake things up. Bring attention to a worthy cause.

By the end of the week the Sun moves into the final degree of Aries before entering into the “often stabilizing, always sensual” sign of Taurus. We’re entering the final stages of a push to be more effective or decisive about choosing a life that reflects who we are and what we love.

Decisions can feel complicated with Saturn, Phollus, Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus currently in retrograde motion. On the other hand backtracking could actually clarify something we’ve missed. If we’ve achieved a new level of effectiveness it may be because we’ve stood our ground or got “more grounded. We may have confronted “the enemy” or figured out how to support something closer to the heart of what we need for our psychic survival. Financing it may be an issue we’re addressing. We may be more firmly connected to a source of courage than we were a few months ago.

Our home, the past, or something more personally valuable and gratifying may be sought. This week it’s time to move forward and to wind down an important phase that moves us closer to solidifying something we feel passionate about. Next Tuesday marks an ending and places us “hovering on the cusp” of phase two.

Early Saturday morning Venus turns direct at 26 degrees of Pisces. She’s been retrograding through Aries and Pisces since March 4th. At that degree she’ll be fused with Chiron, the wounded healer, and squared (challenged) by Saturn – the focused task-master.

The Sabian Symbol for 26 degrees of Pisces is a “Harvest Moon’ This represents the climax of a powerful healing cycle. Expect to move beyond your wounds fairly quickly if you’ve persistently focused on “fixing what ails you” and thoroughly addressed your personal, painful, chronic sticking point.

Easter Sunday looks cosmically miraculous – or at least pleasantly relaxing. Saturn hovers, though, to remind us that our expanding potential needs to be accommodated. That may involve a degree of flexibility and risk we’ve previously avoided.

Mercury in retrograde motion from April 9th through May 2nd is currently back-tracking through Aries. Rethinking actions, new beginnings, our appearance, and our approach to finances and indulgence is highlighted.

The energy this week is powerful and unusual. Be aware and mindful as you consciously channel it to benefit the world, yourself, those you love.

As always thanks for reading…


Holly RePenn
RN., MS., NMH., RYT., C.A.P.
Professional Astrology
31631 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA.


ARIES (March 21-April 21)
Aries generally doesn’t have the time to savor something sensually delightful, bursting with exotic flavor, lush, soft, spicy scents, or rich combinations of color that speak to and stimulate every cell in the body. But this week might be different. Mars in Taurus is showing Aries a more effective way to defeat the enemy within. He’s slowing her down, encouraging her to notice what she notices, to feel what her mind needs to know, and to absorb through the senses a critical understanding that her brain is incapable of processing. This is a week to accept only what is substantial, to identify what you value most, to relax into natural settings, to immerse yourself in art, music, and love. Astrologer Rob Brezsny suggests morphing into a voluptuous Italian for the week and speaking or listening to that lyrical language as you drink wine and feel yourself being freed from within. (I added the wine part). The alternative is to feed financial fears and sink into a disoriented state of confusion as old foundations crumble. If I was an Aries I’d go the more adventurous route and choose something sensually satisfying.

TAURUS (April 21-May 21)
The highest accomplishment of which Taurus is capable is the achievement of the freedom to be who they are without reservations, with special emphasis on highlighting their most unique and off-beat qualities. Since June of 2010 Taurus has struggled with the need to expose the parts of themselves that are most brilliant and ground-breaking. Gestating beneath the surface for seven years has been an alchemical transformation into useable form of the gift they most need to share with the world. The finishing touches are being set in place. May 15th of 2018 is the date you burst onto the scene in rare form. But by the end of this week you tease the world with a preview of what’s to come. You expose a vital part of the gift that’s been carefully protected and cultivated for the past seven years. You emerge as an example of what it looks like to be almost free for those currently currently struggling to release themselves from old chains and confining habits. You lead and others are drawn to follow. It’s just a taste though. What’s in store is something bigger and freer.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
What’s most significant for Gemini this week is a coalescing of the powerful healing energy of Chiron, of Saturn (the self-disciplined master of focus and difficult challenges),the North Node angular in the communicative sign of Virgo, and the Sun in its last leg of a transit through courageous Aries. Putting this all together, the message I get is the need for Gemini to be courageous about sharing some hard truths or sensitive information with someone who is wounded and needs to hear it. Gemini can skim the surface, miss the big picture, jump from one shiny object to the next, and fail to fully understand how the information they provide is truly a magical gift. Gemini possesses crystal clear perceptive abilities that most don’t. This week your ability to muster the courage you need to tell another the unvarnished truth is energized. Your ability to heal is also highly energized. You are a powerhouse this week. Be courageous and share your gift.

CANCER (June 21-July 21)
When Jupiter retrogrades in a sensitive part of your chart, sometimes confidence wanes. Jupiter is currently retrograding through your 4th house of home, family, roots, and deeply embedded familial inheritance. That’s a very sensitive part of your chart. It will be important now to channel that Jupiter in the direction of reframing or putting old memories in a broader, kinder, truer context. For example, you may remember a time when you tried really hard to create something brilliant, unique, or beautiful and instead of applause you received harsh criticism. If you concluded that you weren’t capable, or not very talented, or crazy for thinking you could delight anyone with your crazy creations in the first place, it’s time to conclude something different. There are many possibilities. Pick the one that feels truest and most affirming – and stick with it. This week you may face mixed reactions to your offerings. It’s important for the sake of creative flow and for your sense of confidence and your self-image to be aware of the meaning you ascribe to the feedback you get. Be cautious and discriminating about what you choose to download into your psyche.

LEO (July 21-Aug 21)
If you’ve ever thought about coming up with an invention that you could patent now is the time. Currently this is a highly energized aspect of the unparalleled creative talents you possess. The flavor is along the lines of something pioneering or ground-breaking. This is a time when you could come up with something that others will be smacking themselves in the head saying “why didn’t I think of that? It does require a small shift in thinking or a step beyond simply noticing that a task is difficult – inconvenient, awkward, inefficient, messy, too expensive, too wasteful, etc. Your next thought needs to be what you would do, or what would need, if you wanted to fix the situation. It seems a partner may be helpful in some way – energizing or stimulating your thoughts while encouraging you to harness your hallmark creative brilliance. Innovative breakthroughs are always possible but this week they’re more likely. Enlightened thoughts are being energized by the Sun. Time to think in terms of experimentation and innovation. Set aside some time.

VIRGO (August 21-September 21)
The life span of your continued confinement, self-limiting situation, and sacrificial tenancies is about up. You’ve toned it down and held your tongue for long enough. What was once a meaningful challenge that honed your self-discipline and diplomatic skills has just about lost its luster. You’re getting too big for your britches and its about time. There is no going back. You don’t have to mount a prison escape tonight, but you do have to start the preparations. By my calculation you have about 27 more days to get the ball rolling. Whatever spacious imaginings, expansive life visions, or unrestricted freedoms you have in mind, it won’t be long before you will be able to accommodate those. You’re really good at taking the details into consideration, tying up lose ends, cleaning up, and locking the door behind you. Imagine yourself taking a deep breathe and really exhaling for the first time in a long time. Things are about to become as free, as loving, and as much fun as you will allow them to be.

LIBRA (September 21-October 21)
Libra seem to be on track for an acceleration of progress toward a new and different approach to life – especially within the realm of relationships. Currently you may be in the process of reviewing what roles you’re willing to continue to play and which ones you’d like to reverse. Justice and fairness, equitability, and “supportive versus leadership” considerations may be in play. Do you retreat too often or overwhelm the opposition at every opportunity? Balance is key. What you choose to lose may be most important. Some kind of release appears to produce the most promising kind of realignment. What may need to be released is your willingness to sacrifice too much of yourself or to carry too much of the burden for the sake of peaceful outcomes. It may be time to tell yourself the truth about what you really desire. It may be time to align beliefs with the un-refutable facts. Expect a breakthrough, accelerated progress, a stronger sense of confidence and more happiness by mid-June.

SCORPIO (October 21 – November 21)
Scorpio may be feeling confused or victimized as relationships they enjoyed and may have closely identified with appear to be stalled or in the process of changing course. Jupiter retrograde in the relating sign of Libra, in the hidden 12th house, seems to suggest the need for a more sensitive, truthful, self-aware, approach to revealing secret information or the nature of behind the scenes conversations. With Scorpio motivation is always an issue. Darker motivations and cut-throat competitiveness may be skillfully disguised as innocent revelations, slips of the tongue, or unintended leaks. The problem is that Saturn is doling out some pretty stiff sentences for those who pretend to be something they’re not. To unravel a mystery or to connect the dots it may be time to back track through old conversations and information shared with the intent of clarifying what was meant to hurt and what was meant to heal. Scorpio’s blessing and curse is their unusual talented in the art of illusion and disguise.

SAGITTARIUS (November 21- December 21)
What seems to be required now is the ability to release an old love, an old tendency to feel victimized, battered, bruised, and incapable of operating at full capacity. At stake is the ability to restructure your approach to life in a way that makes useful your vast stores of wisdom. You are the sage who knows what he knows because he’s experienced it directly – the full range of pain, defeat, pleasure, and triumph that a human being is capable of experiencing. He knows what he knows not from reading about it in a book or from listening to what others tell him. He knows it first-hand. It seems you may be on the verge of stepping into a new, more expansive role you’ve unknowingly been preparing for your entire life. It’s a lot more fun with infinite opportunities for love and creative independence. On May 10th you may notice a change in focus. But by mid June you notice an acceleration in the direction of something that appears to reflect everything you love about who you’ve become.

CAPRICORN (December 21-January 21)
Capricorn continues to make progress integrating the pieces of themselves they’ve disowned and making friends with personal qualities that make them uncomfortable – like flexibility. Capricorns like structure and sameness – something they can count on. Changing course makes them nervous. They’ll present themselves as cautious and responsible as they attempt to hold back the tides of change, but it’s really just fear. There’s is mounting pressure that encourages you to bend before you break. You may be softening to some extent or you may just be going through the motions to take some of the heat off. Only you know for sure. The possibilities being laid out before you may be critically life enhancing and soul-satisfying, even though to you they have the flavor of defeat. It’s time to push yourself to cooperate with something outside your comfort zone. Consider moving in the direction of something you could love instead of away from something that terrifies you. It’s the best, most valuable kind of progress you can make. And it goes to the core of the nature of your current cosmic challenge.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 21)
Most likely you feel antsy, impatient, and too confined. What else is new? Possibly your ability to create and manifest a major breakthrough. At the moment you might be unusually persistent and committed to your personal dreams, your own untethered philosophy of life, and identifying allies who can help you get to where you want to be. This week you have some major cosmic encouragement to press forward. Your mind is unusually sharp and your opinions strong. You may not be apologizing for or sugar-coating what you have to say about your need for more cooperation and support. You may be expanding your ideas about how to deal with financial realities, and possibly identifying what you can eliminate that would more closely align you with the everyday freedom you crave. By mid June the coast is clear and your progress in the direction of your dreams accelerates. In the meantime insist on continued support from yourself and others no matter how inconvenient accommodating your dreams may be.
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PISCES (February 21-March 21)
For about six years now Pisces has been involved in an intense healing phase – advancing and expanding their own healing capacity to provide better service to others, or for the purpose of healing themselves. Most likely it was both. This week some real evidence of how far you’ve come may surface. A culmination of energy may be clarifying. It might be interesting to remember back to Jan/Feb 2011. At that time you had your work cut out for you. A major loss, possibly, thew you back on yourself. Until the spring of next year you’re tying up loose ends or making up for lost time. But the bulk of this seven year healing phase is about over. It’s time to introduce yourself to what its like to operate from a stronger, healthier, more balanced, and integrated core. Your capacity is now most likely beyond anything you’ve previously known. Time to begin the task of updating your life and re-aligning yourself with yourself. Your home is the most accurate reflection of your evolving emotional state. How does it feel?

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