We can be a little tight with our affection, feelings, and money or resources today, but loose with our lips!
- The Moon is in Gemini.
- The Moon is waxing and in its New phase until 8:13 AM, after which the Moon is in its Waxing Crescent phase.
- The New Moon occurred on April 15th in the sign of Aries. The First Quarter Moon will occur on April 22nd.
- Mercury is in its post-retrograde shadow until May 3.
- The Sun enters Taurus (the Sun transits Taurus from April 19-May 20).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
The day is likely to keep you on your toes, dear Aries. There is some tendency for people to cling to what they know and to feel threatened by change or confrontation, but this has more to do with their insecurities and fears, and less about you. The good news is that you might find it easier to detach yourself to get practical matters handled or to carve out some personal space. On the negative end, you may not be judging relationships, objects, and situations very well now, making it important to set big decisions aside. Hold off on a significant purchase, if possible. Distractions today are minor but interfering if you are trying to get to the bottom of a matter. There can be a situation of too much information to deal with logically, and it may be better to try to shut some of it out and focus on what you feel are priorities. Free-form thinking and activities, on the other hand, can do just fine right now!
With your ruler, Venus, in minor challenging aspect to Saturn today, dear Taurus, this is not necessarily a day to shine or push your agenda. Energy may be lower than usual. As much as you’d love to rely on others, they may not be very available or supportive just for the moment, perhaps as they could be wrapped up in their own problems and concerns. However, this kind of minor challenge allows you a bit of a break or space to handle other areas of your life. Resolve to do your own thing without worrying about what others are doing or not doing, and you’ll be in great form today. While there can be some disheartening moments today, overall you’re in an idealistic, hopeful frame of mind. Watch for a tendency to become hung up over a perception or revelation about a past matter, since the general inclination is to make more of a situation than it is, particularly about a relationship or a person’s feelings. Avoid clinging to a schedule and instead let your imagination go. Think big, then make edits as you go along.
There are a couple of picky aspects with us today, dear Gemini, that can lead to small discouragements or mild mixups. However, none of this is anything you can’t handle! Plus, the Moon in your sign can serve as a nice pick-me-up. At times today, there can be a reserved atmosphere around you, yet underlying tension or a general disconnect and lack of understanding. There could be a disappointment in your intimate life, such as a snub or a missed opportunity. Others may be hard to reach or on the fence, and so can you! Prepare yourself mentally for distractions so that when they inevitably come, you’re not so put out. There can be an exaggerated issue related to a friend, or there can be misleading information coming through your networks. Try not to put your faith in something you hear today, or at least avoid making big decisions based solely on it.
You could feel that others are withholding or distant today, dear Cancer, as Venus and Saturn form a minor but tense angle. They may be self-protective if insecure, but keep in mind that it’s unlikely about you. You may very well want a little distance yourself, although you can be back and forth in this regard. You may not be entirely sure if you want more or less from someone right now. Rest your brain on this front. A little bit of time and a little bit of space may be all that we need to sort things through, so there is no need to push. As well, today, you may be dealing with some level of exaggeration, and you may want to avoid making decisions based on what you hear. The pace is likely to be lively, and sometimes a little hectic. In professional settings right now, watch that you don’t say something that is too open to interpretation. Otherwise, be sure to take solid moments to wind down and relax.
Today’s minor but challenging Venus-Saturn connection suggests small discouragements or a slightly tense atmosphere socially, dear Leo. However, you can treat this as a natural time for backing off a situation, as it can give you a break to get other important things done, or it can simply give you some perspective. It doesn’t hurt to keep your plans to yourself just for now. You may not have a receptive audience at the moment, but it’s unlikely to have anything to do with the subject at hand, just the atmosphere of the day. On a mental level, you may be looking for something more as Mercury and Jupiter form a tense aspect today. You may not be seeing eye to eye with others just for now, but again, this doesn’t have to be a problem. In fact, taking some time to rest your brain or think things through can be very useful and even advantageous now.
With a Venus-Saturn minor challenge today, on the surface of things, interactions can be polite, dear Virgo, but you are likely to notice they lack some intimacy, depth, or sincerity. This is temporary energy that may require backing off a little, gaining a new perspective, and making some edits to current projects. Giving others –and yourself– some space is appropriate now, as is being patient with yourself and others. In fact, this can be an excellent time to de-emphasize social activities and to pour a little more energy into your responsibilities or hobbies. Also today, there can be a situation of too much information or misinformation that throws you for a loop. Or, you can be confused about alternatives as your ruler, Mercury, forms a tense aspect to Jupiter. Allow yourself extra time to accomplish your goals.
With a Venus-Saturn minor challenge today, interactions can be a little strained, cool, or superficial, dear Libra. While this isn’t your favorite social climate, if you arm yourself with the knowledge that people are feeling a little self-protective right now, then you won’t be as inclined to take things too personally. It can be hard to get in real touch with your feelings and needs, and especially whether you want some distance or if you want to get closer to someone. Until you get that sorted, it’s best to avoid premature decisions and actions. Give others space and allow space for yourself as well. Counting on people to make you happy is always a losing strategy, so make the best of the realistic cast to the day and work on something that needs your attention. Your social life may very well sort itself out in the meantime, all on its own! Perceptions later today can be driven by a restless need to make more of our lives, and exaggerated claims can be the result. Avoid making important decisions based entirely on information coming in now. Tune into broader thoughts, feelings, and visions and save detail work for a better day.
With a Venus-Saturn minor challenging aspect influencing the day, dear Scorpio, there can be some extra reserve or sensitivity to perceived rejection or negative feedback. It can be challenging to come across warmly right now, or to receive warmth from others! Aim to get along with the people around you, but don’t put too much energy into trying to make a situation right if it’s just not going that way! A little space and time will iron things out. A Mercury-Jupiter aspect is also active now, and routine tasks are unlikely to satisfy you. Your mind is wandering or looking for something better. Alternatively, you’re grappling with a multitude of distractions. You may be seeking a higher purpose or something more satisfying related to work or routines and habits. While there can be some difficulties prioritizing, if you let go of this need, you’ll be in fine shape.
With Venus and Saturn forming a tense aspect today, dear Sagittarius, social affairs may not work out beautifully. Timing can be a little off, and so can people, in general! It’s best going into the day with an open mind and with a goal to avoid taking things too personally. Others may be a little withholding or distant in the better case scenario, or unsupportive on the other side. Revise, edit, go over, and reflect rather than make important decisions, since judgment may be a little skewed now. Also today, a Mercury-Jupiter influence suggests you may have too much information to make big decisions, or the news you receive now is missing key points or is misleading. Avoid clinging too strongly to schedules and rules and instead focus on priorities. Keep in mind that others may be exaggerating, and possibly without even realizing it. You’ll feel less stress if you let go of the need to find definitive answers today.
A Venus-Saturn aspect active today can have us turning our attention to the more negative possibilities, dear Capricorn. Worry is only good if it motivates you to fix a problem, of course, and if it doesn’t hang over you for too long, so you may want to aim to solve problems or work on those things you can control. There may be a snub or disappointment to deal with now, but it’s temporary. While it may not be the best time to address issues, you can certainly resolve to take care of them at a later date when you have a better opening. A Mercury-Jupiter aspect also active today suggests that you may have too much to think about to the point of stress, particularly related to your personal/home life or friendships. Meaningful, spirited conversations are favored over small talk, as the latter can fall short right now.
There a couple of picky aspects today that can result in some discouragement or ups and downs, dear Aquarius, but redirections now can be useful and even rewarding. With a Venus-Saturn aspect, there can be a little strain in relationships or in your interactions as others seem to be wrapped up in their own issues too much to reach out, and if they do, it may seem to be only if they want something! Try to do your own thing, stick to your goals, be polite, and not take things too personally now. If the social elements of your life leave something to be desired, which is entirely possible now, it does afford you the opportunity to detach yourself enough to really get things done. While you’re busy elsewhere, your social life may very well sort itself out! When it comes to decision-making today, there may be way too much information to wade through to get to realistic conclusions. Reality and your ideals clash. You might want to look for healthy ways to escape routine matters and enjoy some broad thinking or imaginative entertainment.
People may be a little stiff with their affections today, dear Pisces, with a Venus-Saturn challenge active. While it’s a minor aspect, the atmosphere can be somewhat discouraging if we’re invested in others’ responses. As such, the trick is to focus on other priorities! It’s a better day to focus on yourself and your obligations than to worry too much about what others are or aren’t doing. Both social clumsiness and oversensitivity are increased today, so be patient with others and yourself for best results. A Mercury-Jupiter aspect also active today suggests that exaggerated claims or perceptions might invade upon practical thinking. Keeping things simple in the real world, and letting your imagination go elsewhere, makes the most sense now.
* Remember to read horoscopes for your Ascendant sign and Sun sign. If you don’t know your Ascendant sign (and you know your birth time), you can look it up here.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Gemini
Description: The Moon in Gemini
We are attracted to new ideas, but we need to discriminate more so that we don’t become too scattered. Communications mean more to us than usual.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 0:08 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Ves
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Vesta
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 2:56 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Pallas
This is a time of imagination and intuition, when we can draw upon our internal wisdom. There is a good ability to successfully combine logic and intuition, and to understand problems taking into account the human element. There is sensitivity to people’s issues now. Cooperation. Effective, sensitive decision making.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 3:14 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Nod
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting North Node
A good time for dealing with the public, for making connections, and for taking positive steps towards a personal or professional goal. You are able to make changes. This is a feel-good time for embracing new opportunities.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 6:47 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Ura
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Uranus
We can easily find ourselves all wound up and nervous. Unpredictable responses from others (and ourselves). Emotional eruptions are possible. Not a good time to make permanent decisions, particularly about relationships and family/domestic matters.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 8:13 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Sun
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Sun
What we feel and what we think we should do can be at odds with one another temporarily. There can be discontent or indecisiveness. We could be feeling out of sorts. Tensions will pass.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 10:10 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Neptune
There can be confusion, misunderstanding, or some level of chaos and uncertainty. Avoid money transactions or new business initiatives – it can be difficult to think clearly. There may be deception or self-deception to deal with. We might have an emotional urge to escape. Feeling out of sorts and don’t know why? Relax and listen to some inspirational music. Honor your need to feed your more refined or spiritual side, and the difficult feelings will soon fade away.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 2:14 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Mar
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Mars
There can be tension and feelings of restlessness or impatience, as what we want to do may not feel perfectly right, or we may be lacking the courage. Avoid taking it out on the wrong things or people.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 5:55 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Venus
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 6:47 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Jupiter
Watch for moody decisions and excesses now.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 7:48 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Pluto
We may not be aware of our more demanding or controlling tendencies. We may feel vaguely frustrated, powerless, or tense. There can be undermining going on in our interactions and relationships. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 10:48 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Cer
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Ceres
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 11:12 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Cnj Tau
Description: Transiting Sun Entering Taurus
Use the strength available now to consolidate any shaky areas of your life. Be tenacious. Also enjoy the sensual side of life.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 8:23 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Sqq Jup
Description: Transiting Mercury SesquiSquare Transiting Jupiter
Mentally pushing the limits — overassimilation. Interest in learning and travel. Overconfident judgments. Opinions.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 5:22 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Ven Sqq Sat
Description: Transiting Venus SesquiSquare Transiting Saturn
Interactions may not be flowing freely. There can be some concern about feelings, loyalties, money, and relationships. We are not as demonstrative and perhaps less appreciative. Small obstacles or hurdles require patience.
Date & Time: Apr 19 2018 9:06 am
Event: Tr-Tr Pal Sxt Nod
Description: Transiting Pallas Sextile Transiting North Node
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Today’s Emphasized Signs of the Zodiac
Initiating, pioneering energy. Independent, bold, courageous, assertive, fiery, inspirational, direct, decisive. Can be egotistical, impulsive, impatient, aggressive, lacking subtlety.
Agile, versatile, inquisitive, flowing, conversational, airy, many ideas. Can be volatile, superficial, changeable, restless and inconsistent.
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
Today’s Elemental Balance
There may be some insensitivity or lack of empathy now. We may be out of touch with what we’re feeling or with our emotional needs. We may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations than we are to listen to our intuition.
Today’s Modal Balance
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
Today’s Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: CRESCENT
Moon 45 to 90 degrees ahead of the Sun.
This is an eager, impulsive, and progressive time. We are motivated and ready to take on challenges.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on April 19th:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected–or will perfect–in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours so that if an aspect involving the Moon is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect involving inner planets has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a lifetime).
THE MOON IN GEMINI
We are attracted to new ideas and are especially curious. We may need to discriminate so that we don’t become too scattered. Communications mean more to us than usual.
17TH DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: First rib
Sabian Symbol: The head of a youth changes into that of a mature thinker.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
QUINCUNX MARS Orb 1°17′ Applying
You suffer from irritability and nervous tension. You need to make adjustments and slow down.
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 1°05′ Separating
We may feel a need to escape or to rewrite our lives in various ways – by seeing what we want to see, for example. This is a short time in which there can be lack of clarity. Emotional and physical sensitivity.
THE SUN IN ARIES
You are an assertive and freedom-loving individual. You have a strong need for independence, and may tend to display self-concern assertively.
30TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Parotid gland
Sabian Symbol: A duck pond and its brood.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION URANUS Orb 0°59′ Separating
You are a rebel but also a leader. You are innovative and original. Others may see you as arrogant, wilful and disruptive at times. Life will be full of surprises. Politics, science or computing appeal to you.
MERCURY IN ARIES
You are an independent thinker. You talk quickly, and like to think up new ideas. You may experience flashes of intuition.
6TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Eye Socket, orbital cavity
Sabian Symbol: A square brightly lighted on one side.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
SQUARE SATURN Orb 3°36′ Applying
Critical thinking that can skew to overly negative, rigid, nit-picky, or narrow. Communications are guarded and unnatural, not flowing. There can be delays or frustrations getting from point A to point B, and getting our message across. A time for editing.
CONJUNCTION CHIRON Orb 5°25′ Separating
Early childhood education or communication were a source of pain for you. You grew up believing something was wrong with the way you communicated with others, or that you were not intelligent. As an adult you are a good listener and understand the pain of other people.
VENUS IN TAURUS
For you romance and reliability go hand in hand. You approach relationships slowly and steadily, looking for someone who will prove solid and secure. You enjoy sensuality, and are reliable with finances.
24TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Upper jaw
Sabian Symbol: A warrior rides proudly.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
TRINE MARS Orb 5°56′ Separating
You have a talent for relating to other people. You are a loyal and fun loving partner with an ability to balance intimacy with independence. You may take your own creative talents for granted and fail to make the most of them.
OPPOSITION JUPITER Orb 3°09′ Separating
You are a social climber. You grapple with extravagance, wastefulness and a child-like expectancy that someone will come to your rescue. Your conflict is that you have become dependent on other people and have forgotten how to stand on your own. The lesson is moderation.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 2°35′ Separating
We’re a better judge of value right now — who and what are important to us. We might see one another, and our relationships, in a different light. We could reconnect with someone or improve an existing bond. We could be up for a challenge now. Increased insight in relationships, with money, and in business.
MARS IN CAPRICORN
You will pursue your personal desires in a responsible and methodical manner. You have strong ambitions, and may be domineering if threatened.
18TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Ligaments of right knee
Sabian Symbol: The union jack flies from a new british destroyer.
ASPECTS OF MARS
SEXTILE JUPITER Orb 2°47′ Applying
You can create opportunities to achieve your personal goals. You will always be able to find the energy level you require.
SEXTILE NEPTUNE Orb 2°22′ Separating
You have a talent for music or art or for caring for others. You have great empathy with others.
CONJUNCTION PLUTO Orb 3°21′ Applying
You are resourceful and have a pool of enormous energy available when needed. You also have strong desires and a volcanic temper.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO
You are on an intense search for the truth. You have strong desires for sexual union and joint enterprises. You could be a transformative teacher.
21ST DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Sphenoid sinus
Sabian Symbol: A soldier derelict in his duty.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 5°09′ Applying
You are artistic and may also be religious. You have a need to help others and may feel you have a calling. You have the ability to inspire other people’s talents as well.
SEXTILE PLUTO Orb 0°34′ Separating
You have a chance to achieve a great deal. Your knowledge is broad as you are interested in so many things. You may make a career in the occult or studying the deepest mysteries of life.
SATURN IN CAPRICORN
Conservation, moderation, definition, structure, simplicity, and realism are themes now. We might also be striving for more authority in a particular area of our lives now. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes, particularly related to our life path choices, careers, and long-term goals. (from December 19, 2017, to March 21, 2020; and then from July 1 to December 17, 2020).
10TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Right cruciate ligaments
Sabian Symbol: An albatross feeding from the hand of a sailor.
URANUS IN ARIES
The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong during this cycle. (May 27, 2010, to August 13, 2010, then March 11th, 2011, to May 15, 2018, then November 6, 2018, to March 6, 2019).
29TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Auditory canal
Sabian Symbol: A celestial choir singing.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011, to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012, to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025, to January 26, 2026)
16TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Cruciate ligaments of right foot
Sabian Symbol: In a quite moment, the flow of inspiration.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008, to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008, to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023, to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024, to November 19, 2024).
22ND DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Muscle insertions of upper to lower legs
Sabian Symbol: A general accepting defeat gracefully.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and by Degree
CHIRON IN ARIES
Your sense of being has been violated in some way and you may fear asserting yourself. You may also over-compensate by attempting to be the first at everything. Physically you may suffer head wounds. You may become a pioneer in a way which will be of service to humanity.
1ST DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Cerebrum
Sabian Symbol: A woman has risen out of the ocean, a seal is embracing her.
VESTA IN CAPRICORN
You place importance on structure and order in the workplace. You have great discipline and personal ambition and can succeed in administrative and management positions. Workers will turn to you for a sense of stability and authority.
4TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Cutaneous nerves of lower leg
Sabian Symbol: A party entering a large canoe.
PALLAS IN GEMINI
You have a keen mind able to grasp many concepts. Therefore you are adept both in written and spoken language.
12TH DEGREE OF GEMINI
Part of Body: Tracheal mucosa
Sabian Symbol: A slave demands their rights.
JUNO IN PISCES
You want to be at-one with the world through your relationship. You crave for the highest romantic ideals within your relationship, and become disillusioned with reality.
26TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar nerves
Sabian Symbol: A new moon that divides its influences.
CERES IN LEO
You feel cared for when other people play with you and praise you. You like to show others you care for them by encouraging their creative talents and sense of fun.
8TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Inferior vena cava
Sabian Symbol: A bolshevik propagandist.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LEO
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
12TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Vertebral column
Sabian Symbol: An evening lawn party.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
12TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Left cruciate ligaments
Sabian Symbol: People on stairs graduated upwards.
**Conjunctions to Select Fixed Stars on April 19, 2018.**
Aspects to Ven 23°Ta52 +19°04′
Cnj 24°Ta26 CAPULUS— Male, sexual and/or aggressive
Aspects to Sat 09°Cp08 -22°14′
Cnj 08°Cp33 FACIES — Ruthlessness or the victim.
Aspects to Nep 15°Pi32 -06°32′
Cnj 15°Pi33 ACHERNAR Risk of rapid endings.
Aspects to Chi 00°Ar07 +03°11′
Cnj 29°Pi37 SCHEAT To be a thinker or intellect