Starla’s Starcast April 2018

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Mercury is still in retrograde until the 15th. Watch out world! I am sure it has already caused some waves in your life. Hopefully, you have kept some semblance of cool about your person. It goes direct soon but that doesn’t automatically mean roses and lollipops. Keep your wits about you and read on. Starla has some news for you…

(To inquire about Starla doing an astro chart and/or a personal consultation for you or as a gift for a friend, please email her at starsviastarla @gmail.com.  She also does gypsy readings—similar to Tarot, but using playing cards.)

aries starla's starcast on equality365.comAries
March 21-April 19

With Mercury still retrograde in your birth sign, delaying and thwarting your action-oriented persona, you’re close to losing your cool (what little you have).

Don’t…

Mercury is tangling with Saturn and your ruler Mars, both in Capricorn and your tenth house of fame and fortune. Fume and flounder to no avail; you have to deal with this frustration until Mercury goes direct April 15th. Meanwhile, put that fiery power to use by concentrating on on-going projects. Strengthen, refine, and ignore any negativity from others–and yourself. Repressed emotions may test your resolve. Face them, and then let sail away. Make peace with yourself, so you will have room for future triumphs.

Venus is making nice with your ruler Mars, and as a result, creative energy is stimulated. Beauty meets power. Psst! That goes for romance as well. On the 14th lucky Jupiter makes nice with Pluto the transformer, so change is eminent. And you’re not one to resist a challenge. On the same day, Mars is throwing kisses to dreamy Neptune. They’re quite a pair. One is all about action; the other all about dreams.

On the 15th, Mercury finally goes direct in your birth sign. Retro vibes hang on for a few days afterwards, so control your tendency to jump to conclusions. On the 16th, the Sun conjuncts the new Moon in Aries. So you can start putting some of your ideas into action. But you’ll need to be more organized and disciplined, because bossy-pants Saturn, astro’s teacher, goes retrograde in your tenth house of fame and fortune on the 17th until September 6th. He plans to herd you in the right direction, even if it seems as if he is going the wrong way. If you heed his guidance, freedom follows. Your creative juices are flowing. So are your sexual desires, and there’s a huge possibility that a friendship may evolve into an erotic interlude. Your urge for excitement and spontaneity is approaching the gates of indulgence, but before you crash through, you should know that the Sun and unpredictable Uranus are on the other side, planning some sort of a surprise, be it positive or negative.

Once the Sun enters Taurus and your second house of earned income on the 20th, there will be more stability in your life. You’ll need it, because Pluto the transformer goes retrograde in your tenth house of career on April 22. Again, when Pluto’s involved, it means transformation. And you don’t have a choice. But with your ruler Mars throwing kisses to expansive Jupiter (still in retrograde) near the 24th, bestowing enthusiasm and confidence your way, the outlook is positive and your timing is excellent for risk-taking and gaining support. On the 25th, Venus enters Gemini and your third house of communication. But you can hurdle any road blocks coming your way.

Now for the big Kahunas; on April 26, your ruler Mars makes a volcanic conjunction to Pluto, which it does every two and a half years. And it’s happening in your tenth house of career, fame, and fortune. Nix any negativity clinging to your soul and ego. Better to think of this aspect as an empowerment—rising like a Phoenix from the flames with courage and zeal. When these two planets conjoin, things also become incredibly sexy and make you literally unstoppable. Tip: Maintain control, no matter what occurs in the wider picture. The last two days of April bring stamina and concentration. You may not be bubbling over with cheerful repartee, but you can still celebrate your achievements. The full moon in Scorpio on the 30th tickles your deepest desires, located somewhere between (no, not there) the idea that you can do anything and the fear that you can do nothing.

taurus starla's starcast on equality365.comTaurus
April 20-May 20

As April begins, things are going on behind the scenes that you may or may not know about. This could explain the insomnia you are experiencing. But with your lovely planetary ruler Venus in your birth sign, you need to stay positive. Luckily, Taureans like to take it nice and easy. No storming the gates for you, earthy lazybones. Fie on friction; you’re biding your time. That doesn’t mean you should lie around like a sloth. With Mercury still retrograde in your twelfth house of secrets, seclusion, and spirituality until April 15th, you should probably hold off any long distant travel, so put those brochures away for now.

Expect challenges and be ready to defend your ideas. You may be forced to think on your feet as confrontations heat up. It’s up to you to stay calm and avoid comments that you can’t take back. Listen to what others have to say, and then choose your response carefully. If you can hang on until the 7th, pressures should ease. But the Cosmos won’t allow you to totally relax. Because the Sun plans to make a hard aspect with Pluto and you may have to deal with an incident you would prefer to avoid. Think of this as an opportunity to free yourself of old scars and grudges. On April 11th, your ruler Venus throws kisses to Mars, stimulating your passions and creativity, especially if you are involved in the arts. This also bodes well for romance and friendship. A friend may need your help at this time; don’t hesitate to give of yourself. Your kindness will come back ten-fold.

Jupiter, also in retrograde, and Pluto are urging you to take a good look at yourself. If changes are needed, embrace the possibilities. Connect with people who can help, maybe even a healer. Seek harmony and be ready to meet others half way. Go outside your usual social circle, if necessary. You could find the magic beyond even your dreams.

Get out the champagne on the 15th when Mercury goes direct, but don’t get so loopy you lose sight of your goals. You still have to deal with the action behind the scenes, but the new Moon in Aries should be energizing, which will help you find solutions and new ideas. When Saturn goes retrograde in Capricorn on the 17th until September 6th, you must be more organized in order to achieve your goals. It won’t be easy. Venus opposes Jupiter in your seventh house of relationships on the same day, sparking self-indulgence, extravagance, and laziness. On the positive side, you will be playful, good natured, and lucky. Venus ignites powerful passions. Whatever you’re doing will be even more beautiful than you originally thought.

When the Sun and Uranus (in Aries), conjoin on the 18th, your impulsive, spontaneous, and rebellious side take over. Before you become totally out of control, the Sun enters your birth sign on the 20th, and slows down the momentum. Hard work, patience and practicality are the keywords now. And just in time, since Pluto the transformer goes retro in Capricorn and your ninth house of travel, education and ethics on the 22nd—he’ll remain there until September 30th.  So memorize this over-used mantra: Practice makes perfect.

A bit of good news on April 24th: Mars in Capricorn gets friendly with Jupiter in Scorpio and your seventh house of relationships. Everything’s coming up roses and daffodils and enthusiasm. Long-distance travel may finally be on your agenda. The same day, Venus moves into Gemini and your second house of earned income and self-esteem. Communications flow through your iPhone. Look on the bright side and quell those doubts.

Gird your loins for fireworks when Mars conjoins Pluto in Capricorn on the 26th. It’s a spurt of energy resembling an erupting volcano, and it only happens every two and half years. Expect empowerment to come out of this event. You’ll also have a burst of sexual explosion. You’ll become a god or goddess, if you aren’t already one.

As April ends, the Sun and Saturn make nice, endowing stamina and concentration for whatever you are doing. The Sun in your birth sign opposes the Scorpio full moon in your seventh house of close relationships. Fulfillment is on deck. Bring it home, bull baby, bring it home.

gemini starla's starcast on equality365.comGemini
May 21-June 20

If friends and associates seem surly as April begins, blame it on Mercury’s retrograde in explosive Aries and your eleventh house of friends and associates. Unlike our dear leader, don’t get stormy (pun intended). Treat others as you want be treated. You don’t have to pander to them, just be civil until Mercury goes direct. After that, things will improve. If not, hogtie them and slap them silly (With a magazine?). In the meantime, Mars and Saturn are conjoined in Capricorn and your eighth house of other people’s money, erotic sex, and intimacy. Could be fun if you don’t allow anger and resentment to dominate your thoughts and actions. You need to be prepared for verbal confrontation, and it may be necessary to defend your ideas. Shouldn’t be a problem for a raconteur such as yourself. You are a master when it comes to thinking on your feet.

Come April 7th, pressures should ease. Lighten up and seek out a close friend for advice and hopefully, a giggle. If tensions remain or hidden agendas emerge, try to let go of destructive feelings. They take up emotional space that is better served with new ideas and possibilities. Venus and Mars are prescribing passion and creativity. And since Mars is in your eighth house, passion should be a shoo-in. Also, someone may reach out to you for help. Don’t turn your back–kindness begets kindness. On the 14th, Jupiter in Scorpio and your sixth house of health and work gets friendly with Pluto the transformer also in Capricorn and your eighth house. When Pluto’s involved, it’s a command. He wants you to take a look at yourself and decide what needs to be changed. And expansive Jupiter will help pave the way for any subsequent self-transformation. The good-luck planet plans to send people into your life that will support and inspire you. The ultimate goal is harmony and inner peace.

April 15th arrives—finally–and Mercury goes direct in Aries and your eleventh house. This bodes well for friendships you’ve been so worried about. So does the Sun’s conjunction with new Moon in Aries on the 16th. Brainstorm with abandon. Then on the 17th, Saturn the disciplinarian goes retro in Capricorn and your eighth house, forcing you to be more organized, especially when dealing with other people’s property. It’s not easy to switch between freedom and discipline, but your success at work depends on that maneuver. Venus talks Pluto into supplying powerful energy for your endeavors, be they creative or sexual. In fact, you could even experience an erotic interlude with a dear friend.

If you’ve been craving spontaneity and excitement, the Sun and unpredictable Uranus are putting their planetary chutzpah together in an effort to satisfy you. With Uranus involved, you are in for a big surprise. It could be wonderful or it could be disappointing. Unfortunately, you won’t know until it happens. Then on April 20th, the Sun moves into Taurus and your twelfth house of secrets, seclusion, and spirituality. You may have to do your brainstorming in private. Hidden agendas may impact the flow of communication. Whatever happens, a practical approach will be necessary.

On the 22nd, another retrograde comes into play. Pluto goes retro in Capricorn until September 30th. If you’ve avoided transformation up to now, the jig is up. Pluto’s tired of your runaround routine. Luckily, the 24th brings good news. Feisty Mars is making nice with Jupiter and your sixth house of work and health, inspiring enthusiasm, confidence and verve. And on the same day, Venus moves into your birth sign, and you’re dazzling others with your charm, brilliant mind, and witty rhetoric.

This all leads up to the big event on the 26th: Mars makes a volcanic conjunction to Pluto, which only happens every two and half years. Power, courage, and drive make you almost unstoppable; if necessary, you can work round the clock without a break. In Star Wars cant, the force is with you.

As the month ends, the Sun in your birth sign embraces Saturn in Capricorn, resulting in even more stamina, concentration, plus a throbbing libido. You can talk a mile a minute or keep your thoughts to yourself—your choice. As the full moon beams in Scorpio and your sixth house of work and health, you are surrounded by an inner awareness of your dreams and desires, as well as what is required to fulfill them.

cancer starla's starcast on equality365.comCancer
June 21-July 22

Despite the Sun conjoining Mercury in your tenth house of fame and fortune on Easter which is also April Fool’s Day, but it’s no laughing matter–your relationships will soon be under fire. Mercury the messenger is still retrograde, which puts a damper on your career. Mars and Saturn are conjunct in Capricorn and your seventh house of relationships. It’s a lot to handle when those two join forces. Mars is in a hurry, while Saturn is not. By the 4th Mercury picks a fight with Mars, so it’s personal relationships against career aspirations. Then on the 5th, Mercury, in a feisty mood, also picks a fight with Saturn. Again, personal relationships versus career aspirations. It’s enough to make Crabby Pants—that’s you–seek safety in his/her shell.

Relief comes on the 7th, when Venus in your eleventh house of friends and associates blows kisses galore to Saturn in Capricorn and your seventh house of relationships. But on the 11th, the Sun and Pluto are at it again. You’ve been avoiding a certain situation for some time but these two are forcing it into the open. You don’t have a choice—so deal with it. Venus comes to the rescue again on the same day. It’s a bit like having your battery charged. Passion and creativity bless your career, with a little help from your friends and associates. And if you’re in a relationship, kaboom.

More good news: On the 14th, lucky Jupiter in Scorpio (still retro) and your fifth house of true love, creativity and frolic invites Pluto in Capricorn and your seventh house of relationships to tea, and they hone in on ways you can transform yourself for the better. Take this opportunity to connect with powerful people and projects that bring out the best in you. Harmony is the keyword. VIP’s will be watching. It’s perfect timing, because Mercury turns direct in Aries and your tenth house of career on the 15th. And the next day, Sun conjuncts the new Moon in Aries. Just don’t rush into anything before you’ve taken time to look it over.

On April 17th: Saturn retrogrades in Capricorn (until September 6th), which may impact your relationships. You need to be more organized and disciplined if you want to succeed. This will be challenging, because Venus opposes Jupiter in Scorpio on the same day. You will be tempted to go off task and cavort, especially with romantic and creative vibes blowing your way. This could bring out the slut in you, and you could end up in bed with an associate. The outcome of your tryst will depend on the Sun’s rendezvous with Uranus, also in your house of career. He’s Mr. Unpredictable, so you’re in for a surprise. Will his actions thwart your new-found spontaneity? Who knows? But whatever happens, you’ve subconsciously been asking for it.

Luckily, the Sun enters Taurus on the 20th, and smooths out any friction between you and your friends. Taurus slows down the pace and encourages hard work, patience, and practicality. On the 22nd, Pluto joins Saturn in retrograde motion in Capricorn until September 30th. Changes are coming that are vital to your professional success.

During the final week of April, Mars makes nice with lucky Jupiter, so why not frolic with your friends? Also, Venus enters Gemini and your 12th house of secrets, seclusion and spirituality. This means time to meditate, especially when Mercury challenges Saturn. Again, personal relationships versus career aspirations. Just when you’re ready to tear out your hair, Mars turns friendly with Pluto. The warrior planet makes a volcanic conjunction to Pluto on the 26th. This eruption happens every two and half years. These two powerbrokers stimulate empowerment, concentration, and inner courage to make sure you reach your goals. At last, personal relationships align with career aspirations. It’s also incredibly sexy, and who doesn’t love a good romp?

On the last day of April, the full moon beams in Scorpio and your fifth house. Although you are often addled by La Lune, more fun and frolic await. Hopefully, with your true love. If you don’t have one, find one. Or just close your eyes and grab on to someone. Of course, in the current “Me Too’ climate, it might be a risk.

Leo starla's starcast on equality365.comLeo
July 23-August 22

Faraway places may be on your mind. But Mercury is still retrograde in Aries which doesn’t always bode well for travel. Especially with the planetary aspects bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball. One day there’s a planetary feud; the next day, they’re making out. For the most part, the action revolves around Capricorn and your sixth house of work, health, and daily routines. On the 2nd, Mars conjoins Saturn in Capricorn. This is not a good thing. On the 4th, Mercury challenges Mars in Capricorn. This is also not a good thing. Also on the 4th, Mercury challenges Saturn in Capricorn. Again, Not a good thing. Chances are, you won’t know if you’re coming or going. There is some respite on the 7th, when Venus in Taurus and your tenth house of fame and fortune compliments Saturn–and yes, he’s in Capricorn, Pressures ease, and if you’ve been overworking, spend time with a good friend. And smile.

By the 11th, your planetary ruler, the Sun, takes issue with Pluto in Capricorn, forcing you to face reality and deal with an unpleasant issue. However, on the same day, Venus rewards you by making nice with Mars, inspiring passion and creativity. You love beautiful things and have great style. No wonder you’re in demand romantically.

On the 14th, Jupiter in your fourth house of home and family befriends Pluto in Capricorn and your sixth house of work. Together they hope to inspire you to transform yourself. Although you already have a high opinion of yourself, the two planets have decided there’s room for improvement. Maybe you need a better connection with your loved ones or co-workers. You might sign up with a community organization to improve the quality of life in your hood. And perhaps, a little part of your soul needs healing.

Mercury goes direct in fellow fire sign Aries and your ninth house of travel, education, publishing, and philosophy. You’re ready for action, an urge reinforced by the new Moon in Aries on the 16th. However, the coast is not clear. Saturn goes retrograde in Capricorn and your sixth house on the 17th, which is bound to throw a few stumble blocks your way. He won’t go direct until September 6th. This forces you to be more organized and disciplined, taking a toll on your independent lifestyle. Venus mingles with Pluto, while self-indulgence and extravagance beckon. Make merry while you can. Of course, this revs up your romantic and creative urges. A close friendship or associate could provoke an erotic interlude. And that leads to more impulses, even rebellion, brought on by the Sun conjunct unpredictable Uranus. It’s a no-holds-barred moment, and not even you can predict the outcome.

On the 20th, the Sun enters dependable and hard-working Taurus and your tenth house of fame and fortune. It’s up to you to buckle down and work toward your destiny. Hopefully, it’s more than being the constant center of attention.

Brace yourself. There’s another planet going retrograde on the 22nd—Pluto the transformer. That doesn’t mean he’s off your case; in fact, he’s more determined than ever to orchestrate your transformation. Lucky for you, fiery Mars and expansive Jupiter enhance your natural enthusiasm and confidence on the 24th. And when you give your all, there’s no stopping you, dynamic Leo. The same day, Venus moves into Gemini, bestowing her lovely essence on your eleventh house of friends and associates.

Now for the big bang of the month. On the 26th, Mars makes a volcanic conjunction to Pluto, which it does every two and a half years. This occurs in your sixth house of work and health. On the positive side, this means empowerment–rising like a phoenix from the flames. And with it comes a fire down below. But you know how to handle that.

As April comes to an end, the full moon beams in Scorpio and your fourth house of home and family. Domesticity calls. Take time to focus on your personal life. Or hire a maid. According to Stephen Sondheim, everybody ought to have one.

virgo starla's starcast on equality365.comVirgo
August 23-September 22

With your ruler Mercury still retrograde in your eighth house of other people’s money, erotic sex, and intimacy, you should look before you leap. And think before you speak, avoiding verbal confrontations unless you have no choice. On the 4th, you may be challenged to defend your ideas and methods, thanks to Mercury’s squabble with Mars in Capricorn and your fifth house of true love, creativity and frolic. The very next day Mercury picks a fight with Saturn, also in your fifth house. Others may try to push your buttons until you lash out at them. Tread carefully, or you won’t have anyone to talk with, or even make love to. If you can wait until the 7th, pressures will ease and you can find the right words without inciting a verbal riot.

That’s because Jupiter (also in retrograde) is spending his yearly sabbatical in Scorpio and your third house of communication, friends, and neighbors. Rather than get into a spat, use that energy creatively. With Mars, Saturn, and Pluto all sequestered in your fifth house, you should be a powerhouse of creativity. On the 11th, the love goddess Venus throws kisses to Mars. That should awaken your libido. Despite rumors that Virgos are prissy and prudish, you are a sensual lover, earthy and eager. You are also a perfectionist who can romp in Cupid’s lair with great agility.

Jupiter in Scorpio and your third house rendezvous with Pluto in Capricorn in your fifth house. They are leading the charge for your transformation. You may think you’re perfect the way you are. They want to make sure you connect with people and ideas that will improve your life or further your cause. Or both. Embrace and accept any challenge that comes your way. It’s one step closer to Nirvana. Not the rock band, you silly virgin, but the idyllic state of perfect happiness and harmony. Your ruler Mercury finally goes direct on the 15th, paving the way for communication and new opportunities. Just in time to celebrate the new Moon in Aries, which adds pizazz, vitality, and glamour to your modus operandi.

When Saturn goes retro in Capricorn and your fifth house on the 17th until September 6th, he dares you to be more organized and disciplined. Obviously, he’s missed a few memos. You’re already the most organized and disciplined one in the neighborhood. Could be he wants you to have a bit of fun—lighten up–without losing yourself to self-indulgence. With the fifth house overseeing true love, you might find “the one,” if you haven’t already. And when Virgos kick up their heels, they can be quite playful and spontaneous—even adorable. Your concern is that once you get frisky, you won’t be able to control yourself. How will you find out if you’re a stick-in-the-mud blah-butt? Don’t waste these magical romantic and creative energies coming your way. With the Sun conjoined with unpredictable Uranus, foreign shores may lure you to an exotic destination. Or maybe you could start gardening in the nude. If you don’t have a garden, buy a kilt and go commando. Just break out of your normal routine.

The Sun moves into your earthy cousin Taurus and your ninth house of travel and enlightenment on the 20th. Taurus offers stability, practicality and persistence. Which can also be applied to your sex life, since Taurus is ruled by sensuous Venus.

Another retrograde begins on April 22nd: Pluto goes retro in Capricorn and your fifth house until September 30th. Changes are vital for your professional success. And Pluto is all about transformation. Do it—or else. Luckily, feisty Mars and expansive Jupiter ride to the rescue bringing confidence and verve to the table. Follow your instincts—they’re on the mark. Venus enters Gemini and your tenth house of career and reputation on the 24th. If you stay focused and quell your inner doubts, you will survive your ruler Mercury’s tussle with bossy Saturn on the following day. Work out the kinks and don’t give in to negativity. Because the big guns are coming on the 26th, when Mars makes its volcanic conjunction to Pluto, which happens every two and half years. This powerful union should empower you with intensity and courage which almost guarantees success. Together these two powerhouses are nigh on unbeatable. And so are you. At month’s end the Sun and Saturn increase your stamina and concentration. The full Moon in Scorpio beams in your third house of communication. If there’s a debate, you’re more than ready to engage.

libra starla's starcast on equality365.comLibra
September 23-October 22

April highlights relationships: personal and professional partnerships, as well as issues with your home and family. As much as you hate conflict, you may have to take a stand. But timing is everything, if you want to have a productive heart-to-heart with a partner or family member. Some bad juju is ready to pounce. Mars and Saturn are fanning the fumes in your fourth house of home and family, while Mercury is visiting your seventh house of relationships. Between the three of them, things go from good to bad to worse then back to good when dealing with a lover, business partner, or family member. Mars is bold and Saturn gets rid of the trash (people and things you no longer need), while Mercury tries to make a connection of some kind, even though he’s retrograde.

On the 7th of April, your elegant planetary ruler, Venus in Taurus and your eighth house of other people’s money, erotic sex, and intimacy, makes an effort to ease Saturn’s obsession with family issues. Pressures decrease, and you try to relax. If needed, reach out to a trusted friend for advice. Pick someone who is not part of the fracas. You want answers before Round Two of the conflict begins, which it does on the 11th. This time the Sun in your seventh house is challenging Pluto in your fourth house. He has transformation on his mind, but you have inner peace on yours. You are the symbol of justice and fairness in the astro world. But it’s difficult to stay objective when others attack, bringing up old scars and emotions that have been repressed. Well, not any more, lovely Libra. You’re being forced to reevaluate close relationships. And competition and rivalry may be involved.

You also get a well-needed respite on the 11th, when your ruler Venice makes nice with fiery Mars. Your love of beauty and style meshes, with a possibility of collaboration. Romantic relationships have some sweet moments. You have a chance to show your unselfish side to your partner. Although a true gift is given without expectation, you’re secretly hoping your ardor will be returned.

Jupiter, who is basking in Scorpio and your second house of money, makes a friendly overture to Pluto the transformer in Capricorn on April 14th: They are issuing a challenge. It’s not a punishment. They are asking you to look in the mirror and take inventory of your inner self. This is all about self-transformation and instilling harmony in your life. Philosophical and spiritual growth is encouraged. Expand your horizons and connect with people or ideas that make a difference in the world. And be willing to compromise for the higher good. That should keep your infamous scales of justice balanced.

On April 15th, Mercury goes direct in Aries and your seventh house. Even though the planetary coast is clear for the moment, don’t rush decisions (As if you ever would; it takes you forever to make any decision—unless it’s about your wardrobe). The very next day the new Moon beams in Aries, so your relationships should be on track.

Three things go down on April 17th. First, Saturn goes retrograde in Capricorn until September 6th, a plea for order and discipline. Second, your ruler Venus opposes Jupiter, which tempts you to go off task and cavort with your lover in an extravagant escapade. Oh, what the heck, just go for it. And third, the Sun and Uranus inspire a rebellion of sorts. Maybe you will abandon Chanel for Dior or Versace. Or maybe you’ll reach out to an up-and-coming couture designer, Randi Rahm, whose exquisite creations are making waves in the industry. If you haven’t heard of her, you soon will.

Once the Sun enters Taurus, the pace turns from frantic to nice and easy as well as stability and hard work. This bodes well for other people’s money and sexual delights. You’ll have just enough time for an erotic romp before Pluto the transformer goes retro on the 22nd until September 30th. You know the drill. Don’t launch new projects, sign contracts without your lawyer reviewing them, or have a facelift, etc. during this period.

The last week of April kicks off with good will between Mars and Jupiter. This is great for earned income and making nice with your family. Maybe you should buy them a few presents. Venus moves into Gemini, your airy cousin. There’s a slight hiccup when Mercury the messenger squares Saturn the taskmaster. Then Mars makes its volcanic conjunction to Pluto, which happens every two and a half years. As a result, you’re empowered and ready to take on the world. At least, your world. And with your legendary charm and elegance.

April ends with a full moon in Scorpio and your second house of earned income. The Sun in Taurus and your eighth house opposes this moon. Voila! You have another chance for an erotic rendezvous. There’s an alternative. You could throw off your cloths, prance around outside in your birthday suit during the full moon, and make a wish. No guarantees, buttercup.

scorpio starla's starcast on equality365.comScorpio
October 23-November 21

With Mars and Pluto co-ruling your birth sign, it’s no wonder Scorpio earned the reputation of “the toughest sign” in the Zodiac. Mars is an extrovert planet with animal passions. Pluto may no longer classify as a planet, but he’s still in charge of life, death, and regeneration.

April begins with the Sun and Mercury conjoined in Aries and your sixth house of work. By the way, better check your blood pressure and cholesterol. Before you know it, your ruler Mars and bossy Saturn are conjoined in Capricorn and your third house of communication. This can cause frustration, conflict, and resentment. Then Mercury faces off against Mars in Capricorn (where he is exalted). Co-workers may work up the nerve to challenge your ideas and plans, fools that they are. The very next day Mercury faces off against Saturn. There’s a good chance you’ll be dodging obstacles and dealing with doubt, maybe even of your own making. Best stay calm during this hullabaloo. Put on your cold, calm face, all the better to mask your inner seething. Vow retaliation, but in your own time, no matter how long you have to wait.  .

Venus in Taurus and your seventh house of relationships has a blissful moment with Saturn in Capricorn and third house of communication. As tensions temporarily ease–which includes financial matters–you might want—or need—a libation to unwind. Or as the Brits say, “wet your whistle.”

The planets go at it again on the 11th, when the Sun feuds with your ruler Pluto the transformer. To hold a grudge or end your ire? That is the question. On the same day lovely Venus gets friendly with your other ruler Mars. Distance yourself from the first aspect and embrace the second. Your obsessive passion is best used for creativity and ingenuity. And sex is recommended—some still claim it’s a cure for everything.

Despite its retrograde, lucky Jupiter (also in retro motion), happily basking in your birth sign, gets cozy with your ruler Pluto on the 14th. You’re ready to face whatever they throw at you. In fact, you thrive on challenges.

Mercury ends his retrograde on the 15th and goes direct in Aries. Work-related issues decrease. The very next day the new Moon shines in Aries, bringing fresh energy to the workplace. Decisions are needed. Quickly, if possible. Cautiously, if not. No matter, you’ll do whatever you want, anyway.

On the 17th, Saturn goes retrograde in Capricorn until September 6th. You may be forced to toe the mark by reorganizing your life. But you’re restless and inclined to liberate yourself from disagreeable tasks. So you do you. It’s a self-indulgent moment, and you plan to enjoy it. Venus joins up with your ruler Pluto, and romance beckons—at least lust does. Maybe with a close friend. As Cole Porter once said, “It’s just one of those things.” Whatever the outcome, your impulsive, charismatic side is running the show, thanks to the Sun’s conjoining Uranus, the surprise guru of the Zodiac. Spontaneity isn’t your usual modus operandi. You’re far more calculating and manipulative.

The Sun enters Taurus and your seventh house of relationships on the 20th. The pace decreases, but opportunities increase. This is your marriage sector. If you want a commitment from your partner, tell him/her. If you’ve split up with your sweetie-pie, but still miss each other, this is favorable time to patch things up. Or permanently end it with dignity.

Your ruler Pluto goes retrograde in Capricorn until September 30th. So pay close attention to all communications to avoid possible snafus. There’ll be some changes made which will involve transformation. Your ruler Mars makes nice with lucky Jupiter in your birth sign on the 24th. Enthusiasm and confidence reign. With your powerful drive and psychic instincts, this is a win-win situation.

Wave goodbye to Venus as she moves into Gemini and your eighth house of other people’s money, erotic sex, and intimacy. If you score two out of three, you’ll be happy. With Jupiter stirring up luck and abundance in your birth sign, you should be celebrating.

On Apr 26, your ruler Mars makes a volcanic conjunction to your other ruler, Pluto, which occurs every two and a half years. What an explosion, with empowerment rising from the flames like a phoenix. Powerful desires, stamina, and courage add to your natural drive and intensity. Nothing, well, almost nothing–can stop you now, so choose your destiny and go forth. (PS: this conjunction bodes well for sex). Not that sex is ever off your mind. April ends with a full moon—you guessed it—in Scorpio, and yes, you are still the magnetic master of astro territory. .

sagittarius starla's starcast on equality365.comSagittarius
November 22-December 21

With Easter coinciding with April Fool’s Day, you may be up to mischief. In some astro circles, you’re known as a prankster. If someone dares you to attend Easter service dressed as a bunny, resist the temptation. With the Sun and Mercury conjunct in Aries and your tenth house of fame and fortune, it’s not worth the risk unless Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates comes out in bunny couture.

The month gets off to a rocky start, with Mars conjunct Saturn in Capricorn and your second house of earned income. You’d think this would be a good vibe. Wrong. Instead you may be frustrated and stressed out—your self-esteem could take a huge hit, especially if you’re challenged to defend your actions and ideas. You’re a natural blurt-mobile, but you should opt for a cool head and avoid verbal confrontation. Mercury, still in retro motion, also makes trouble with Saturn, causing skepticism and self-doubt. Venus in your sixth house of work and health comes to the rescue on the 7th, casting her fetching gaze towards Saturn, the taskmaster.

Tranquility doesn’t last. On the 11th, the Sun conflicts with Pluto, bringing up buried emotions and resentments. Normally, you don’t hold grudges, but there are times when something sticks in your craw, and you can’t let it go. However, now is the time to do just that… So be a good little soldier and forget about it. You’ll be glad you did, because Venus and Mars are inspiring passion, romance and creativity. This is right up your alley, since Sagies are natural performers. You don’t even need a stage.

Your planetary ruler, Jupiter (now retrograde in Scorpio and your 12th house of secrets, seclusion, and spirituality), is cozying up to Pluto the transformer. Hidden agendas may emerge, but they aren’t necessary negative. Actually, this powerful aspect bodes well for making connections and sharing information with like-mind professionals.

Mid -April inspires your dreams for the future. You need to make a plan, so you’ll be ready when your ruler, expansive Jupiter, moves into your birth sign come November 8th. Mercury the messenger goes direct in Aries on the 15th, and a day later the Sun conjoins the new Moon in Aries and your fifth house of true love, creativity, and frolic. You heart be throbbing with anticipation.

Saturn goes retro in Capricorn and your second house from April 17th to September 6th. You may have to forego that happy-go-lucky work ethic you espouse. Organization and discipline are now priorities. And if you don’t make an effort, Saturn will find a way to punish you. He means business—always. On the same day, you have difficulty staying on task. You want to go out and play. Luckily, Venus has given permission, and Jupiter thinks you need a break. You’re known for your generosity, and today is no exception. Your romantic hormones are flowing, or should we say, overflowing. The Sun conjoins unpredictable Uranus in Aries and your 10th house, to provide a little excitement and spontaneity. Uranus has a surprise, and no one knows what it is. Not even him.

On the 20th, the Sun enters Taurus and your sixth house of work and health. The mood at work will stabilize and patience becomes your buzz word. Keep your nose to the grindstone, and respect will come your way. Two days later Pluto goes retrograde in Capricorn until September 30th.  Change is afoot in your financial arena. Pluto demands transformation, and it’s in your best interests

As April winds down, Mars makes nice with Jupiter, and joy and confidence abound. Venus enters Gemini and your seventh house of relationships on the 24th, and your mind goes a mile a minute. If you want to take a risk, this is the day to do so.

On the 26th, Mars makes its volcanic conjunction to Pluto, which it does every two and a half years. This volatile combustion will stimulate powerful desires and courage. It rises like a phoenix from the flames. It’s empowering and incredibly sexy and will impact your second house of earned income. You’ll be driven to succeed. And when the full moon beams in Scorpio and your 12th house on the 30th, you will become aware of your deepest desires. All you have to do is fulfill them.

capricorn starla's starcast on equality365.comCapricorn
December 22-January 19

As April begins, the Sun and Mercury are conjoined in your fourth house of home and family, while fiery Mars, bossy Saturn (your planetary ruler), and pushy Pluto are settled in your birth sign and your first house throughout the month.

Mars and Saturn may be conjoined in your birth sign, but they both like to shove everyone around. So it’s not a peaceful aspect. In fact, frustration and friction are causing stress-related issues. To survive their antics, stay focused on your goals. Be patient with yourself, as well as the world. Rid yourself of things you don’t need anymore. Unfortunately, Mercury, still in retrograde in your fourth house of home and family, faces off against Mars on the 4th, so your ideas and attitude may be challenged. Keep a cool head and avoid verbal confrontations. And whatever you do, don’t wear red. If something needs fixing, fix it. The very next day, Mercury takes on Saturn, who won’t budge an inch. Again, stay calm and stay positive. By the 7th, Venus in Taurus and your fifth house of true love, creativity and frolic enters the picture and calms Saturn down. Take a moment to relax and lighten up. Since Venus represents love and money, this might even be a good day to make an investment, followed by dinner with a charming friend.

On April 11th, there’s bad and there’s good. The Sun goes head to head with Pluto. A family member may bring up an old issue that still rankles your ideology. You won’t be able to ignore it, so stubborn as you are, it’s time to make peace. Luckily there’s a good aspect occurring on the same day. Venus throws kisses at Mars, sparking passion, creativity, and romance. As the Bard wrote, “All’s well that ends well.”

Mid-April, Jupiter in Scorpio (still in retrograde) and your 11th house of friends and associates embraces powerful Pluto in your birth sign. They have a question: What would you most like to change about yourself? It’s not a criticism, but an opportunity for self-transformation–Pluto’s specialty. With Jupiter’s blessing, you can connect with people who can inspire you to do greater things. This could be that remarkable experience you have only dreamed of.

Mercury finally goes direct in Aries on the 15th, which should benefit your home and family. You might want to redecorate. The next day the Sun conjoins the new Moon in energetic go-for-it Aries. It’s bound to rub off on you.

Saturn slows things down on the 17th, by going retrograde in your birth sign until September 6th. As organized and discipline as you think you are, Saturn thinks you could improve—no buts about it. Meanwhile, Venus opposes Jupiter and leadeth you into temptation. Even invincible Capricorns need a break from diligence and responsibility. Catch up with friends and don’t feel guilty. Laughter and comradery feed the soul. Pluto joins the happy fray, intensifying romance and friendship. So much so, you and a friend might end up in an erotic interlude.

A day later, the Sun cavorts with Uranus, Astro’s master of rebellion and surprises. This will impact your home and family, but no one, not even Uranus, knows what will happen.

The Sun enters fellow earth sign, Taurus, and your eleventh house of friends and associates on the 20th. Your life stabilizes, as patience and practicality reign.

Two days later, Pluto retrogrades in Capricorn and your first house until September 30th. Pluto is even more intense in retro mode, and as a result, you may become suspicious of others. You will also be more psychological with a greater insight in the subconscious. There will be times you need to isolate yourself to clear your mind of all the vibrations you’ve absorbed from others. When Pluto goes direct in six months, you will be transformed by the experience.

Meantime, the warrior Mars makes nice with expansive Jupiter, instilling enthusiasm and confidence. And Venus moves into Gemini (and your sixth house of work) on the 24th, sparking your intellectual interests and hobbies. All of this leads up to a planetary explosion in your birth sign and first house. On Apr 26, fiery Mars makes its volcanic conjunction to high-octane Pluto, which happens every two and a half years. Rising like a phoenix from the flames, this aspect is empowering and intense. Every desire and emotion will be magnified. Stamina and concentration are enhanced, as is your inner courage. If all goes well, you will be virtually unstoppable. Ruled by Saturn, you have a strong and honorable work-ethic and are dedicated to whatever path you have chosen in life. Every business deal you make is sacrosanct.

The full Moon in Scorpio on the 30th almost seems like a letdown, but it would be a mistake to dismiss it, because it’s beaming down on your eleventh house of friends and associates. After all, you gotta have friends.

aquarius starla's starcast on equality365.comAquarius
January 20-February 18

The Easter bunny may be busy hiding eggs on April Fool’s Day, but the Sun is conjunct Mercury in Aries in your third house of communication, siblings, and your neighborhood. With Mars, Saturn, and Pluto all in your twelfth house of secrets, seclusion, and spirituality, you’re surrounded by hidden agendas. You’ll be talking to yourself all month. First off, Mars conjoins bossy Saturn and stirs up frustration and friction. Then Mercury in Aries and your third house challenges feisty Mars to a showdown. But then Mercury is all air. Soon after that, he also challenges Saturn to a showdown. Again, he’s all air, but Saturn returns his challenge with road blocks and obstacles. Meanwhile, you’re furiously talking to yourself, trying to quell those negative voices in your head. Venus in Taurus and your fourth house of home and family beams her gracious ways toward Saturn, and pressures ease. Of course, you’re still talking to yourself or texting a family member to leave you alone. Your kinfolks have never been able to understand your urge to wander off alone.

On the 11th, the Sun challenges Pluto in your twelfth house and someone—maybe a neighbor—interrupts your introspection by digging up an old issue you have strong feelings about. And you’re not in the mood to discuss it. Take a page out of Scarlett’s book. Hand them a radish and tell them you’ll think about it tomorrow. The day isn’t a total loss. Venus makes nice with Mars, and stirs up passion and creativity. This could start you thinking about a past lover or hooking up with a new one. Your libido is broadcasting signals, but you draw the line when it comes to sexting. Or do you?

Jupiter in Scorpio (still retrograde) and your tenth house of career makes nice with Pluto the transformer on the 14th. Your mind is overflowing with new ideas and hypotheses. Your ruler Uranus has endowed you with scientific curiosity, originality, and forward thinking. You hope to transform the world. You can practice on yourself, if Pluto has anything to say about it. Don’t miss an opportunity to connect with people outside your usual social circle to grow philosophically, intellectually, and spiritually. Dare to dream.

Mercury goes direct in Aries and your third house on the 15th, and the Sun conjoins the new Moon in Aries on 16th. This energizes communications and the flow of information.

The pace slows down when Saturn goes retrograde on April 17th: Solitude beckons and you should use this time to organize and prioritize your thoughts and ambitions. Thanks to Venus and Jupiter, you’re torn between staying on task, or cavorting with abandon. If you choose the latter, you’re apt to overindulge. Venus also connects with Pluto to enhance your romantic and creative juices. BTW, sex may be involved. A day later, the Sun conjoins your ruler Uranus in Aries and your third house. This triggers your rebellious side, and there’s an element of uncertainty and spontaneity which adds to the excitement.

On the 20th, the Sun joins Venus in Taurus and your third house of communication, siblings, and neighbors. Your life stabilizes and settles down to an even but determined pace. This introduces a period of practicality combined with hard work, an anecdote for your recurring ennui. Pluto also slows down the pace when he goes retrograde in your twelfth house on April 22nd where he will stay until September 30th. He’s going deep into your psyche to orchestrate your transformation, whether you like it or not. Meanwhile feisty Mars joins Jupiter to enhance your enthusiasm and confidence.

Venus the goddess of love and money enters your fellow air sign Gemini on the 24th. You’re apt to get high on intellectual intercourse. Now for the tour de force. On Apr 26, Mars makes its volcanic conjunction to Pluto, which he does every two and a half years. And it’s happening in your twelfth house of secrets, seclusion, and spirituality. Out of the ashes, a powerful phoenix rises to take on all those hidden agendas your twelfth house has been harboring. Hopefully, this will lead to what Oprah calls an “Aha moment.”

pisces starla's starcast on equality365.comPisces
February 19-March 20

On Easter Sunday, the Sun conjoins Mercury in Aries in your second house of earned income. With Mercury and Jupiter still in retrograde, it won’t have the same impact. You are going to be super sensitive, thanks to Mars, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn and your eleventh house of friends and associates. Your feelings will be easily hurt, no matter how many times you tell yourself it isn’t personal. This conjures those old fears of resentment and neglect you’ve been hoarding. You need to let them go, so you can make room for more positive emotions. If irritable friends rattle your cage, blame Mars and Saturn and walk away. If you’re prone to worrying, on the 7th, Venus in Taurus asks Saturn to lighten up. You should do the same. But if you’re still fretting, reach out to someone with a serene nature. It might rub off on you. Venus rendezvous with Mars on the 11th, inspiring passion and creativity. If you work in the arts, this aspect should draw you closer to your bliss. This is especially true when Venus makes nice with dreamy Neptune in your birth sign on the 12th.

Mid-April, expansive Jupiter (still retrograde), your ancient planetary ruler, makes overtures to Pluto, which bodes well for your career. You have an opportunity to transform yourself, and in doing so, will connect with important people who admire your talents and want to help you gain the recognition you deserve. Harmony and spiritual growth will heal any leftover insecurity you may be harboring. Mars, who is exalted in Capricorn, teams up with your modern-day planetary ruler, dreamy Neptune (in your birth sign), to add a bit of pizazz to your efforts. Meanwhile, Mercury the messenger turns direct in Aries and your second house of earned income. And the new Moon beams in Aries encouraging new endeavors.

Come April 17th, Saturn turns retrograde in Capricorn until September 6th, forcing you to be more organized and disciplined. Sometimes your head is in the clouds and your feet barely touch the ground. It’s part of your charm, but you can mistake fantasy for reality and lose your way. You’re easily lured away from your work by the possibility of mirth and merriment. Some might describe this as laziness; you think of it as the joy of living. Venus and Pluto concur. Romance and creativity are overflowing and you should partake of both. You’re a sensuous being, and making love—you don’t think of it as simply sex—connects your soul to a higher plane.

The Sun joins Venus in Taurus and your third house on April 20th. Taureans may be more practical and stable, but thanks to their planetary ruler, Venus, they love the pleasures of life and prefer a luxurious setting to a cabin in the wild. Fine wine and cuisine are necessities, And when it comes to sex, sensuality reigns.

On April 22nd. Pluto goes retrograde in Capricorn until September 30th, so there could be a few setbacks in your career. Mars comes to your aid again when he makes nice with the good-luck planet, Jupiter to boost your confidence and enthusiasm. You have psychic abilities when you put your mind to it. You can look forward to some fun when Venus enters Gemini and your fifth house of true love, creativity, and frolic on the 24th. Join in the social whirl, and if you’re not involved in a committed relationship, you could meet the man/woman of your dreams. Your response depends on how many times you’ve been hurt.

Brace yourself. On Apr 26, Mars makes its volcanic conjunction to Pluto which it does every two and a half years. This explosive aspect will shake things up in your tenth house of fame and fortune. It can be detrimental; it can be sexy; it can be empowering. Let’s go with the latter. If all goes well, you will rise out of the hoi polloi like the phoenix rises from the ashes.

As the month ends, the Sun joins forces with Saturn, to make sure you have stamina and the ability to concentrate on your goals in a realistic manner. And you must take this seriously. On the final day of April, the full moon beams in mysterious Scorpio opposing the Sun in Taurus and your fifth house. Keep in mind that three planets are still in retrograde—Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto.

You’d like to say “So what?”

But don’t. You might offend the Cosmos.

(To inquire about Starla doing an astro chart and/or a personal consultation for you or as a gift for a friend, please email her at starsviastarla @gmail.com.  She also does gypsy readings—similar to Tarot, but using playing cards.)

Get more info from Starla’s 2018 Yearly Astrology Forecast (here)

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About Starla Smith

Starla Smith is a career journalist, writing features for such publications as The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily News, The Des Moines Register, Vibe and a prize-winning Gannett Newspaper. She helped launch Theater Week Magazine and eventually became its publisher. As a regular contributor to Playbill, her interviews and photos were featured in Playbill and Playbill-on-line. Smith was featured in the New York Times "Style" section for her "Word Portraits," specialized tributes, speeches, and presentation profiles. And she covered theater and features for City Search, Digital City, and the Tena Duberry WOW! Radio show. She previously served as astrology guru for Out Magazine, and she hastens to assure her readers that "Starla" is indeed her real name.

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