April 2019 Astrology Forecast:
Friday, April 5:
The New Moon takes place this morning at 4:50AM EDT in sidereal Pisces in the lunar mansion of Revati Nakshatra. The planetary influences at the moment of the New Moon give an indication of the themes that are likely to characterize the lunar month ahead. On this New Moon, the Sun and Moon are in Jupiter’s sign, and from here Jupiter sits ten houses away in the area of the chart that rules profession, work and public life*. In addition to Jupiter’s 10th house placement, the powerful and slow-moving influences of Saturn and Ketu (the Moon’s South Node) are also here. While Jupiter is enlivening and encouraging, Saturn and Ketu’s effects are potentially obstructive and destabilizing.
This being said, the month ahead may bring some form of restructuring in the workplace, new responsibilities in a job or in one’s day-to-day interactions in public life. A new and welcoming opportunity (Jupiter) may overlap here with dutiful obligations (Saturn) that are still in the process of being completed (Ketu).
Additionally, from the New Moon the shadowy North Node Rahu transits four houses away, in the area of the chart that governs residence, home and vehicles. There may be matters to sort out in these areas that are characterized by Rahu’s traits of vagueness, indecision, or a weighing of several diverse possibilities. The blessing of Rahu is that it encourages solutions that come from a more open-minded or innovative approach than what has come before.
Mercury (who rules the 7th house of one-to-one partnership) and Venus (who rules the unsettled 8th house) both tenant the 12th house of detachment, where this influence may bring some form of distance from a partner or colleague, if perhaps only temporarily.
This New Moon takes place in the mild lunar mansion of Revati Nakshatra. One of the various traits of this compassionate star is that it has connotations of adoption or the care of children who are not one’s own. This influence that is like that of a gentle shepherd may play out fairly literally, such as helping out a friend by looking after their child or being in a mentor role, or more broadly or symbolically, such as supporting the sponsorship of children through a chartable cause.
This New Moon in Pisces also marks one of several New Year’s Days that is celebrated in India, where the chart that is cast for a country at the time of this New Moon are thought to give some indication of its trends for one year.
(*Jupiter has recently entered Sagittarius on March 29th for a very brief time until April 23rd, before it travels in retrograde motion back into Scorpio. And then on November 4th Jupiter will re-enter Sagittarius in earnest for one year.)
Saturday, April 6:
Today the Moon transits the revitalizing and swift-natured lunar mansion of Ashwini Nakshata, which forms a favorable combination when this transit coincides with a Saturday. This star especially favors activities that improve one’s health and that increase physical vitality.
Sunday, April 14 (Monday, April 15 in India):
For the first time this year, the Sun will be in sidereal Aries at sunrise this morning, where this solar ingress into the start of the zodiac is regarded as one among several New Year’s Days celebrated in India. In the South Indian state of Kerala, where this celebration is known as Vishu (that means ‘Equal’ as this day is near the Spring equinox when the day and night are of equal length), it is believed that the first sight a person sees on this morning indicates their luck for the next 12 months. To begin the zodiacal New Year on auspicious footing each household prepares an especially elaborate altar to view as their first sight upon waking, adorned with flowers, a flame, a picture of a beloved deity, fruit, gold coins, a favorite sacred book and various items that invoke a mood of illumination, devotion, luck, abundance, beauty and knowledge.
Friday, April 19:
The Full Moon takes place today at 7:10AM in sidereal Libra in the lunar mansion of Chitra Nakshatra. Symbolized as a shining gemstone, this captivating and zesty star encourages activities that allow one to shine, and enlivening acts of individuality and independence. When the Moon transits in this nakshatra on a Friday, this forms a combination that encourages accomplishment.
Sunday, April 21:
The Moon will pass through her monthly low point of debilitation in the early degrees of sidereal Scorpio today. This is a sensitive window, and a time to especially remember to listen to and honor one’s own natural pace, quiet gut intuitions, and the potential need for a simple schedule or more rest. The Moon’s passage through its maximum debilitation point takes place this morning at 6:55AM EDT.
Tuesday, April 30:
Today Saturn and Ketu, the shadowy Moon’s North Node whose effects are sharp and sudden, are conjunct within exact degree in sidereal Sagittarius. This is a volatile alignment that brings a higher potential for destabilizing and extreme world events in the second half of April into May. Within this overall window of time, this is an especially sensitive day of especially gritty influences. Also today the Moon transits the especially intense lunar mansion of Poorva Bhadrapada Nakshatra (a star symbolized as the front half of a funeral bed), and severe Saturn casts a very close planetary aspect onto the receptive Moon, where this is a day when keeping sight of equanimity and a sense of inner fullness may be especially helpful.
Jupiter Enters Scorpio in October 2018:
This month Jupiter the Great Benefic planet changes signs on Thursday, October 11, 2018 to enter sidereal Scorpio until November 4, 2019. As the planet of abundance, wisdom, and overall blessings, the house that coincides with the sign of Scorpio in one's individual birth chart receives a gracious planetary boost for the next one year. To offer a general overview as to how Jupiter's transit may play out for each rising sign (ascendant), please read on. If you don’t know your Vedic ascendant (a primary consideration), then you can instead read from your Vedic Sun sign, since this functions as an alternate ascendant that is especially revealing of one’s public life, profession as well as physical health. In Vedic astrology, the Ascendant, Sun and Moon signs all provide interrelating layers of important information. Remember that Vedic astrology uses the sidereal Zodiac that is based on the backdrop of the fixed stars, instead of the western Tropical zodiac that is based on the seasons.
The dates of the Vedic Sun sign are here as follows (approximately, give or take a day or so depending on your exact birth year):
April 13- May 13 (Aries)
May 14 – June 13 (Taurus)
June 14 – July 15 (Gemini)
July 16 – August 15 (Cancer)
August 16 – September 15 (Leo)
September 16-October 15 (Virgo)
October 16 –November 14 (Libra)
November 15 – December 14 (Scorpio)
December 15 – January 12 (Sagittarius)
January 13 – February 11 (Capricorn)
February 12 – March 13 (Aquarius)
March 14 – April 12 (Pisces)
ARIES: Jupiter's transit through the deeply transformative yet intense 8th house may bring gains that come from unusual or secret sources like inheritance or receiving gifts with complex strings attached. There may be radical acts of free-thinking independence, and secretive or possibly controversial interests (like in shamanism, the occult or psychic development). As the house of the sub-conscious mind, this 8th house transit may also give an attraction to psychotherapy or unearthing the very roots of what makes one tick.
TAURUS: Jupiter's transit through the 7th house of romantic relationship and marriage encourages a love-interest commitment or may bring clearer discernment and more sensitivity in relationship, and this transit may improve the life situation of one's spouse in various ways. This is also a house of general one-to-one partnership, where this transit encourages business partnership and colleagues. For those who work intimately with others in fields such as counseling or other one-to-one therapeutic work, this transit encourages healing potential for clients and patients, as well as encourages natural suitability with them.
GEMINI: Jupiter's transit takes place through the 6th house of service work, daily habits, tests of endurance and efforts to improve one’s station in life. This influence may bring uniquely fitting opportunities to be of caring service to others and new capacity to face life’s challenges with patience, enthusiasm and compassion for all. Those in healing, health care or social work professions may especially benefit professionally from this transit. There may be the welcome reversal of a nagging life situation or chronic health condition that is born out of new steadfast resolve to overcome unproductive tendencies, as this transit encourages fresh and welcome understanding of the smaller daily routines or attitudes that have shaped a bigger life situation.
CANCER: Jupiter's transit through the expansive 5th house of creativity, intellect and devotion may motivate one to be a student for the love of it. As a primary house of poorva punya or 'past-life merit', this transit encourages the expression of unique and uncanny creative gifts that may have been cultivated over lifetimes. This is also the house of children, where Jupiter's transit may support fertility, benefit one's young ones or enhance one's relationship with them. It is also a house of financial speculation, which may give an opportunity or desire to invest money in stocks or other forms of taking a gamble.
LEO: Jupiter’s transit through the 4th house of one's environment, land, home (and other fixed assets) as well as vehicle related matters may bring changes in this area in the form of a possible move, gain, or significant home improvements. Among one's other family members, this transit is over the house of one’s mother, where either this person’s life situation or the relationship with her may undergo a transformation.
VIRGO: Jupiter through the 3rd house of short travels, uprooting and enterprising energy may take one to new locations on trips, and give one the opportunity and personal drive to learn a new set of practical skills, especially those that involve manual technique, such as playing musical instruments or painting. Also, this may be a good transit for those who are writers, and also for those in technology professions this transit may be professionally fortunate. Among various family members, this transit may also generally benefit one's siblings (especially those younger).
LIBRA: Jupiter rules the 2nd house, whose various meanings include speech, food and money. This transit encourages more eloquent and conscious communication, fitting improvements to one's diet, nicer personal belongings, and the inspired building of prosperity. The 2nd house also governs ancient wisdom that was originally passed down verbally, where one may become committed to studying a subject that has a strong sense of lineage and tradition. With the house of speech empowered, there may be a natural tendency to speak up freely with greater clarity and discernment.
SCORPIO: Jupiter's transit over the 1st house of the physical self imparts stronger personal autonomy and direction, and this transit may increase overall vitality, help stabilize a health condition, support enthusiasm, confidence, and impart a deeper maturity and a clearer sense of individuality. The 1st house represents the chart’s owner and is a microcosm of the whole chart, so this transit may be beneficial in numerous ways.
For those with the Moon in Scorpio: while this transiting effect might seem quite counter-intuitive, the transit of Jupiter over the house of the natal Moon itself is one of the fewer instances where this is actually regarded as one of the less-favorable transiting placements of Jupiter.
SAGITTARIUS: Jupiter's transit takes place over the 12th house that governs places of retreat or seclusion, foreign travel, the ego’s death, and expenditures of all kinds. This may bring necessary and desirable endings, bring financial spending under control through simplification, and may give a needed and deeply meaningful stepping away from the main-stream world. Those who work in fields that involve hospitals, monasteries, spas, or regular foreign travel may especially benefit professionally from this transit. Since Jupiter governs the 4th house of residence for this ascendant, this transit gives a higher probability of a move or travel.
CAPRICORN: Jupiter's transit over the abundant 11th house of gains and wealth, and friends and community brings more potential to feel more socially connected, to be drawn to big group projects, and to fulfill one's strongest worldly desires. For those in non-profit fields who receive professional endowments and financial grants this transit may be especially helpful. This is the house of one's older sibling, where this family member also receives overall benefit from this transit, which may improve the relationship with them of this person’s life situation.
AQUARIUS: Jupiter's transit through the 10th house of profession and public life is likely to breathe new life and opportunity as well as creativity into one's work life, bring more luck to interactions with the general public, more protection to one’s reputation, and may bring new avenues for professional networking and promotion. This is a year to step into greater personal authority. Also, since Jupiter governs the financial 2nd house for this ascendant, there may be a pay-raise at work, or the start of receiving incoming for a work project.
PISCES: Jupiter's transit through the 9th house of wisdom, ethics, higher education, pilgrimage, teachers, and general Grace encourages noble undertakings motivated by a sense of dharma (or one's most innately suitable path of right action). This transit facilitates greater proximity to spiritual teachers or clarity around spiritual practice. Also, for those working in fields of higher education, this transit may be especially professionally favorable. Among one's family members, the 9th house governs one's father, where he may generally benefit this year, or this relationship becomes more significant.