Many Retrograde Planets This April
Seven planets are retrograde this month:
- Rahu is retrograde in Leo
- Ketu is retrograde in Aquarius
- Jupiter is retrograde in Virgo
- Venus is retrograde in Pisces
- Saturn goes retrograde on April 5th in Sagittarius
- Mercury goes retrograde on April 9th in Aries
- Pluto goes retrograde on April 20th in Sagittarius
While planets are retrograde, it is not easy to start something new. Instead, it is better to focus on things that need repair, healing or reworking. Learn more about how each planet is affected by retrograde.
Mars Wants Action
Mars is the only planet that is not retrograde this month (apart from the Sun and Moon which never go retrograde). Mars is transiting Aries – a sign that likes to initiate and begin new things. This is contradictory to the retrograde energy from the other planets, so we can expect frustration.
Mercury is with Mars in Aries. Mercury likes to negotiate while Mars wants action, is impatient, and tries to push his own agenda.
Mercury turns retrograde on April 9th, indicating a need to rethink one’s approach or strategy. On April 12th, Mars leaves Aries and moves into Taurus.
An Exalted Sun
Just after the departure of Mars from Aries on April 12th, the Sun enters Aries. The Vedic Sun returns to Aries every year in the month of April. It is here that the Sun is exalted.
April and Aries represent spring and new beginnings. It takes light and heat to manifest new life. Nature is assertive at this time and the Sun in Aries suggests assertion, exuberance, and will power.
The Sun expresses strength in Aries, and this position of the Sun is good for people in positions of leadership and authority. However, unresolved issues represented by many retrograde planets and a very powerful Saturn, suggest a need for caution and discipline at this time.
The Month that Saturn Stood Still
For nine days this month Saturn seems to be motionless. This planet stations at 3 degrees 41 minutes in Sagittarius during the first nine days of April and begins his retrograde motion on April 6th.
By April 30th Saturn’s position still remains at 3 degrees, but will have shifted to 3 degrees 11 minutes.
Saturn is close to the earth and has a great deal of strength during this time. If you have planets around 3 degrees Sagittarius you are likely to experience his restrictive energy. You are also influenced by Saturn if you have planets around 3 degrees in Gemini, Virgo and Aquarius. These are signs that currently receive Saturn’s aspect. Try to act with discipline and focus, and be sure to get plenty of rest. Saturn remains retrograde until August 25th.
A Saturnian Venus in Pisces
Venus moves direct again on April 15th after being retrograde since March 4th. Venus stations close to three degrees in the sign of Pisces. Venus and Saturn are in a close angular aspect and have a strong influence on each other throughout the month.
Venus is normally idealistic in Pisces but may feel disappointment and disillusionment due to the strong Saturnian influence.
The Outer Planets
The outermost planet in our solar system, Pluto, will also turn retrograde on April 20th in Sagittarius. A retrograde Pluto reveals the hidden effects of power, control and money. Pluto remains retrograde until September 28th this year.
The outer planet Uranus is in Gandanta this month moving from Pisces to Aries. Uranus desires independence but is unstable while in Gandanta. Pluto and Uranus are not part of traditional Vedic astrology but can provide us with additional insights.
This is an excellent time to deepen (or begin) your meditation practice. With many stressful situations in the world it becomes even more important to find one’s own center of peace within.
“You cannot drive the darkness out of a room by beating at it with a stick. But if you turn on the light, the darkness will vanish as though it had never been.”
Dates to Remember
- April 5th to August 25th: Saturn retrograde
- April 7th: Uranus in Aries
- April 9th to May 3rd: Mercury retrograde in Aries
- April 10th: Full Moon in Virgo (almost at midnight Pacific time)
- April 12th to May 26th: Mars in Taurus
- April 13th to May 14th: Sun in Aries
- April 15th: Venus moves direct again in Pisces
- April 20th to September 28th: Pluto retrograde in Sagittarius