Revelations: The Astrology of April 7, 2017 – April 15, 201

Important Dates

All transits are in sidereal. If you’re curious about your chart using the sidereal zodiac you can find a guide with instructions on plotting your sidereal chart here, and a post outlining some of the philosophical differences between tropical and sidereal here.

I’ve been saying that the week of April 9 is the turning point, but the astrology of Friday April 7 through Saturday April 15 are probably the most intense days of the year, second only to late August when the total solar eclipse in Leo occurs and early September when the eclipse degree is triggered. Think of this as act one. Here is a rundown:

April 7

Saturn Rx, 3 Sagittarius

Uranus enters Aries

Sun opposite Jupiter

April 9

Mercury stations retrograde, 10 Aries

April 11

Full Moon conjunct Jupiter, 27 Virgo

April 12

Mars enters Taurus

April 13

Aries Ingress, Sun conjunct Uranus

April 15

Venus stations direct at 2 Pisces

This 9 +/- period augurs a cyclical shift that sheds light on previously unclear circumstances so that power dynamics change. It’s an overlap of cycles beginning and cycles ending. One thing resolves and another thing surfaces to be addressed. April is extreme, but May provides respite. Read on for a detailed look at each of this astro events.

The Astrology of April 7, 2017 - April 15, 2017 - @PeoplesOracle

Saturn Retrograde at 3 Sagittarius, April 7

Saturn has spent the last 2 years in Scorpio. He entered Sagittarius for a brief 6 months stay on January 26, 2017. I’ve made observations on Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius. I want to use this space to talk about Saturn re-entering Scorpio which happens June 20, 2017 through October 26, 2017.

Saturn will spend 4 months back in Scorpio to wrap up unfinished business. Saturn is about power and authority. It’s about sovereignty over ourselves. In Scorpio, Saturn answers to Mars and highlights our volition; do we submit to authority figures willingly or are we coerced?

Saturn breeds either humility or hubris. It can also breed humiliation. That’s where we find ourselves with Saturn in Scorpio. Does the exercising of our will come from:

  • An understanding that our power is limited and we are always subject to someone or something?
  • A belief that we can strong arm our way to positions of power?
  • Or do we feel bereft of personal power and influence in our world?

These are the questions that we will be answering the 4 months between June and October. What is our relationships with our own power and the power of others? This is a theme that manifests in our individual lives, personal relationships, and collectively.

Sun in Pisces opposite Jupiter in Virgo, April 7

Oppositions are a fulfillment of a promise made at the conjunction. Look back to late September 2016 when the Sun and Jupiter had their annual conjunction at 9 Virgo. As the Sun progressed past Jupiter on to a 90° square (28 Sagittarius/Virgo mid January 2017) we met a crises point and opportunity for breakthrough. Let’s look at what this signifies.

The Sun is the mind, the intellect. It is perception and the light of illumination. Jupiter is synthesis, contextualizing all that is perceived, crafting a narrative, and setting a precedent for possibility. When they are conjunct in Virgo, they are subject to Mercury’s need to concretize perception and synthesis into language and symbols, equations and data. We get numbers, facts, figures, and statistics.

When the Sun squares Jupiter from Sagittarius, we get the first challenge to the data. Perspective is provided and an alternative narrative is developed.

Now that we are reaching the culmination, the opposition of the Sun and Jupiter, it’s time for a revelation. The Sun shines light on Jupiter from Pisces. Read more on this opposition below, under the Full Moon in Virgo.

Uranus in Aries, April 7

The significations of Uranus can be gleaned from Mars and Mercury alone. But there is something to be said for the validity of Uranus acting like a fixed star, as I have personally experienced the herky-jerky tribulations of a Uranus transit.

Uranus entered sidereal Pisces for the first time back in 2009, but for good in 2010. This was a feature of the Uranus-Pluto square that has dominated the astrological landscape for the past several years (since 2012). Uranus entered Aries briefly last summer (2016) only just into the 1st degree. This time, Uranus is an Aries for good until 2024/2025.

While Uranus brings disruption and chaos, in Pisces that disruption can be diffuse and misdirected, revealing no clear aim. Uranus in Pisces is like lightning striking water. The electrical current of the bolt scatters over the surface of the water in all directions. Anyone swimming, or ships near the location of the strike, will most certainly be shocked, burned, or killed. But the depths of the water is left untouched.

This is not to say that the many crises precipitated during Uranus in Pisces, especially its extended square with Pluto, didn’t change anything beneath the surface. It’s that Uranus in Pisces conceals the depths of Uranus’ change, it deceives the scope of the effect of the change. But Uranus in Aries comes to make it clear.

Aries doesn’t have the laser like precision of Scorpio. It’s more like an axe that hacks away till the tree comes down. But the tree will come down.

Uranus was last in Aries beginning in 1933. Anyone with just a cursory knowledge of history knows that year changed the trajectory of global politics and economics. I did an astrological comparison of Aries ingress charts from 1933 and 2017 in this post. And there you’ll learn that the Sun and Uranus are conjunct at 0 Aries in the Aries Ingress chart once every 84 years. So Uranus entering Aries is a BIG DEAL.

The next 7 years is a time where the change becomes permanent. Things are not going back to how they were. The Aries house in your chart is getting an old fashioned shakedown. It may be completely destroyed, or at least unrecognizable, after Uranus is finished. 

Most of you reading this have never experienced Uranus in Aries, so this is unprecedented in many ways. I’ll be sharing more about ways this may manifest in our individual charts in the near future​.

Mercury retrograde, April 9

Mercury in Aries is ruled by Mars. In Pisces, Mercury was a cauldron of symbolism, tasked with finding language for the unspeakable, the unspoken. Now, in Aries, the messenger becomes a bugle, a horn with a battle cry. Mercury in Aries is subject to the drive for self protection, and the will to survive. Words are weapons declaring war, meant to decapitate and permanently separate.

Mercury is following the path that Mars cleared just a few weeks ago. Mars was the bulldozer clearing the way. Mercury in Aries will reveal the messages on what has been cleared.

This is a particularly long retrograde. This one is almost 4 weeks, and it covers the first 10 degrees of Aries. The retrograde station is at 10 Aries on April 9, and the direct station is at 0 degrees on May 4, and that is conjunct Uranus. This is truly a time of dramatic change that upsets the status quo, begs for innovation, and requires constant adjustment.

The Shadow period began March 26, so you may be able to get an idea of what this period will feature for you as March ends and April begins. But we’re dealing with a volatile sign, and two unstable planets (Mercury and Uranus). If you have any angles in early Aries, or prominent planets there, then this may be a particularly busy time for you. And it’s only just beginning with Uranus coming.

It may be helpful to think back to May of 2016 which was the last Aries Mercury Rx. Thinking back to April 28 through May 22 of that year can provide clues to the topics and areas of life that may be up for review this year.

Mercury retrograde is a time to go back and review unfinished business, revisit past situations, and redo things that need to be adjusted. This period is also good for restarting things that didn’t work out the first time, or undoing things that turned out not to be a good thing.

Full Moon at 27 Virgo, conjunct Jupiter, April 11

Lunations are very important because the Moon’s phases are one of the larger cycles that often acts as a trigger for events. We can look at this Full Moon on April 11 as the bright light that illuminates everything else that’s going on. Particularly, the Moon’s conjunction with Jupiter is a trigger for other astro events that have been happening over the past 9 months.

All of the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) have made multiple aspects with Jupiter in Virgo. Jupiter in Virgo is a hardline logician. Not reason, but equations that provide measurable data.

Planets from Gemini squaring Jupiter in Virgo are spin masters, taking the hard data and spinning it like a magician (enter Donald J. Trump who has natal Mercury in Gemini square Jupiter in Virgo).

Planets in Pisces opposing Jupiter in Virgo work hard to contextualize that data into a larger scheme. We’ve watched a kind of two-way distillation process during sidereal Pisces season. So much information and varied data has been raining on our heads for months, but now it finally seems like we can understand exactly what is all of this data implies. Or maybe it means nothing at all?

Planets in Sagittarius squaring Jupiter in Virgo speak of  a partial breakdown. The zeal of dogma and the factuality of data squaring off head on. We’ve seen the zeal of both congress and the president receive pushback because the actual data and personal experiences of folks block bureaucracy

We’re going to see this square off politically as revelations RE Devin Nunes, the Trump family, Jeff Sessions, et al makes serious waves.

One thing that is particularly significant is that this Full Moon in Virgo is ruled by a freshly retrograde Mercury. That means that Mercury is still moving very slowly and is apt to cause delays, reversals, and revisiting matters in your Virgo house and Gemini house.

This particular story has been building since last August, so it may be beneficial to do a personal recap of what was going on in your life at that time.

Mars in Taurus, April 12

The transit from Aries to Taurus is a big one for Mars. He goes from his domicile (home) to far away from home, his detriment. Mars will be in sidereal Taurus from April 12 until May 26.

Mars in Aries is the infantry soldier, the tree logger, and the knife sharpener. Mars answers to himself there. He doesn’t ask for permission. And he doesn’t apologize, he just goes for it.

But in Taurus Mars must answer to Venus who isn’t sympathetic to his needs. Mars is divisive, combative, and conflicting. Venus is unifying, assuaging, and harmonizing. You see the challenge here? When Mars has to get permission from Venus in order to act, Mars has to shed his usual demeanor and take on a more conciliatory approach.

Taurus is about decorum, beauty, sensuality. As a Venus ruled sign it puts Mars in a bind. Mars wants to fight. It wants to cut and separate. Divide and deconstruct. So how do you fight with decorum? Cut with beauty? Divide sensually? It’s a conundrum. You become passive aggressive.

Mars in Taurus is the nice-nasty friend who slides in digs with a smile. It’s “bless your heart”, when they really mean to curse you. It’s fighting while maintaining a connection. And the ultimate in latent aggression. Mars in Taurus isn’t a pushover, just someone who wants to maintain decorum in the midst of the fight.

Aries Ingress, April 13

I’ve already written extensively about the Aries Ingress. Instead of outlining things here I will provide a list of links. These are links to a post on my blog and threads on Twitter where I talking more about what to expect in the USA regarding the Ingress. If you are not clear on what ia ingress is, read the first link.

Venus Stationary Direct at 2 Pisces, April 15

Venus has been retrograde since March 4. That day she sat still at 19 Pisces and appeared to begin travelling backwards through the zodiac. By April 15, she will have landed at 2 Pisces and once again sit still, but this time appear to move forward. She’ll be slow for awhile, though.

Planets moving slower than their normal speed and direction demand our attention. With regard to Venus it’s a time for reexamination of our desires;

  • Do you really want what you said you wanted?
  • Will you maintain your commitment?
  • Or is it time for a renegotiation?
  • Do you need more time to make a decision?

This can apply to anything that requires a consensus or agreement between people. It can apply to our physical desires as well. The essence of it all is choice. Venus Rx is a time to consider (which means to examine the stars) why we have chosen or choose as we do. What motivates your choices?

As Venus slows between April 7 and April 15, it is a time to reckon up. We must make an account for how we’ve chosen to proceed in certain areas of our lives.

The direct station occurs at a time when so much else is happening in the sky that it may be hard to know what’s what. But the end of Venus’ retrograde travel is like the icing on the cake to a week of unrelenting activity.

Mercury’s retrograde station and Venus’ direct station overlap and can make for quite a confusing time. Just when you feel like you’ve gotten your sea legs with Venus, Mercury comes along to shake things up. If the work of Venus has mostly been internal for you, Mercury lays the cards on the table.

Are you ready!


2017 Aries Ingress: Predictions for the New Administration

In this post I made predictions about the internal workings of the Trump administration based on a chart cast for the place and time of the inauguration.  The Aries Ingress chart can give us a more comprehensive look at the administration, what its focus will be, and what it will contend with as it seeks to execute and implement its agenda.

The Aries Ingress is a tool of classical mundane (world affairs) astrology. It marks the point when the Sun reaches 0 Aries. The location is set for the capital of the country you wish to read for.

Mundane astrology has very specific rules for reading and interpretations. Each planet has specific significations. I will share what they are as I make read the chart and make predictions.

In this post, I will look at the 2017 Aries ingress chart to make predictions about new American president and administration.

Here’s the 2017 sidereal Aries Ingress chart for the USA: Sun-0 Aries (sidereal) April 17, 2017 4:33:38pm, Washington, DC:

Chart for the 2017 Aries Ingress - Sidereal

1. Look to the ascendant. If a Cardinal sign is rising (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) the chart lasts for 6 months. Cast another chart at the Cancer ingress. That chart will last till the next Aries ingress.

If a common/mutable sign is rising (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces), the chart lasts for 3 months. Cast 3 more charts. Cancer ingress, Libra ingress, Capricorn ingress.

If a fixed sign is rising (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius), the chart last for the entire year.

Leo is rising and it’s a fixed sign. This chart will last all of 2017.

Here is the sidereal 2017 Aries Ingress with the outer planets added:

Chart for the 2017 Aries Ingress - Sidereal (with the outer planets)

I added the outer planets so that you can see both the Sun and Uranus at 00 Aries. THe Sun is actually applying with 20 minutes of orb. I normally don’t bother with outer planets unless they are less than 2 degrees from a personal planet or angle. In this case Uranus is less than half a degree from the Sun. Even though cazimi is 17 minutes, I’m willing to give this Uranus cazimi status. I don’t have any reason why except to say that having The Sun and Uranus this close is a rare occurrence. But, don’t quote me.

The first house and the planet that rules it represents the citizens and the general conditions of the country. Since Leo is rising, the Sun rules the first house. By nature of the chart the Sun is in Aries, exalted. Not in its own sign but the honored guest of the King, comfortable and very well taken care of. I’ll discuss exaltation again concerning another planet.

Sun, ruler of the ascendant, significator of the people and the conditions of the country is in an exact conjunction w/Uranus, and trine Saturn in Sagittarius. I know ya’ll think Uranus is all cute and exciting, revolutionary, quirky, eccentric, etc, but the Sun conjuncts Uranus in the Aries ingress chart every 84 yrs.

The last year the Sun and Uranus were conjunct in Aries? 1933. Do we need a brief history lesson? I believe so!

The history lesson that follows is brought to you by the every 84 years conjunction of the Sun and Uranus in Aries, in the Aries Ingress chart.


Franklin D Roosevelt was inaugurated as president during the darkest days of the Great Depression. He campaigned promising to undo the damage the previous president’s, Herbert Hoover, policies had done. Sound familiar? Hoover refused to intervene in the grave economic crisis that his policies were responsible for.

Now the Great Depression had already begun, but we didn’t know that it would be as bad as was. The unemployment rate peaked at 25%!

On the other side of the Atlantic, Hitler was elected and he swiftly dismantled all the other political parties leaving only the Nazi Party and he declared himself dictator. Simultaneously, the first concentration camp was being built land was soon complete. All of this was preceded by a painstakingly written plan outlining what he was going to do. Everyone read it, yet they didn’t believe it. Not even the USA.

Roosevelt’s first 100 days in office were unprecedented. He created new departments & programs meant to alleviate the dire conditions of American people.

Now would be a good time to compare the 1933 Aries ingress with the 2017 Aries ingress.

1933 Aries Ingress vs 2017 Aries Ingress

Comparing the 1933 and 2017 Aries Ingress Charts - Sidereal

Disclaimer: i’m not predicting another great depression or market crash.

To understand the difference between these two charts and what they indicate for the US, we’ll look at two things only: House place of the Sun/Uranus conjunction, and the placement of Aries’ ruler, Mars.


  • Sun/Uranus in the 4th house trine Mars in Leo in the 8th house.
  • 4th house is the land, crops, housing market, common people…
  • 8th house is death and mortality as well as financial considerations of and with foreign nations

For the most part the 4th house is self explanatory if you know history. Regarding the 8th house: USA left the gold standard which was a HUGE deal!


  • Sun/Uranus, 9th house. Mars in Taurus, 10th house
  • 9th house: courts & the judiciary branch, foreign travel, religion, universities
  • 10th house: the President & the administration, majority party.

Mars & Sun/Uranus are not in aspect. Sun/Uranus are in the 12th house of the house of Mars. The 12th house of any house can represent the undoing of that house, and hidden enemies of the people represented by that house. So the Sun and Uranus and powerfully undo or sabotage whatever Mars represents. His undoing may be an inside job.

Sun/Uranus in the 9th house shows the opposition to the majority party and the administration using the courts to undo the office and administration of the president. Whoever is opposing the presidential administration will be in position to control the office of the president.

So, in comparison, the 1933 chart the Sun/Uranus conjunction put the focused on domestic policy and its effect the citizens of this country, the land, and resistance to the establishment.

The 2017 Sun/Uranus conjunction focuses on public issues between the president, the courts, and an enemy/enemies of the administration.

Mars in a daytime chart (2017) is destructive and divisive. Mars in a nighttime (1933) chart is more self protective which we saw in FDR’s policies. We can expect that Mars in the 10th house of the 2017 ingress chart to be destructive and disruptive to the presidential administration.

Mars is a general significator for war. It’s position in the 10th house at the very least shows conflict and perhaps violence. The only other testimony for that is the fact that Moon is applying an opposition to Mars. That leads me to believe that this will be a war of policy and a war of protest against the administration. The Moon is a general significator for the people in general, and women specifically. But also this theme of hidden enemies resurfaces as the Moon rules the 12th house where Cancer is.

Sidenote: Moon in the 3rd house. News, media, publications, may be the venue of the people’s resistance, dissension, and opposition.


Significator for the President and the Administration

What planet signifies the president? Both Mars & Venus. Venus primarily, because it rules Taurus, the sign on the 10th house. And Mars because it’s in the 10th house.

We’ve already talked about Mars. Mars is some external or inner circle entity that disrupts and/or overtakes the presidential administration. But it is also the President himself. Mars being in the sign of its detriment and contrary to the sect of the chart brings out it’s more negative meanings. William Lilly says (as adapted by Deborah Houlding of

Manners when badly placed: Then he is a prattler without modesty or honesty, a lover of slaughter and quarrels, murder, thievery, a promoter of sedition, frays [36] , and commotions, and highway-thief, as wavering as the wind, a traitor, of turbulent spirit, perjurer, obscene, rash, inhumane, neither fearing God or caring for man, unthankful, treacherous, oppressors, ravenous, cheater, furious, violent

I had to look up some of these words. Needless to say, it describes the character and temperament of Donald J. Trump explicitly and accurately.

That leaves us with Venus. Venus rules Taurus which is the sign on the 10th house. Where is Venus? In hot feces, I tell you!

Venus is retrograde in Pisces in the the 8th house. The puts the new president and his administration in a dire predicament. The retrograde status of Venus emphasizes its significations, but challenges it’s effectiveness. It’s moving backwards. So, that’s not progress, that’s regression, revisiting, returning, and reversals. But, it actually gets worst!

Venus is in a terrible condition called besiegement. It’s separating from one malefic and applying to the other. Venus is separating from square with Saturn and mutually applying to a sextile with Mars. That “harmonious” sextile with Mars doesn’t mean much which Mars is powerfully placed and contrary to the sect of the chart. At most, it means the trouble it brings may be brought be a perceived friend.

Venus and Mars mutually applying means that they both have some interest in each other. But I’m not sure the president (Venus) is going to want what what the courts or his opposition is offering (Mars ruling the 4th & 9th house) is offering. The reception by sign (Mars being in Venus’ sign of Taurus) can mean that Venus has no choice but to accept what Mars is offering.

Based on the rest of the chart, it seems likely that Mars as ruler of the 9th house means some legal issues surface as brought about by opposition to the administration.

Besiegement ultimately means that the president is stuck between a rock and a hard place. From the trouble of foreign entanglements to legal problems domestically. He thinks Mars is is friend (sextile and in Taurus), but they are not his friends, perhaps only to save him from himself.

Saturn in Sagittarius (sidereal) – January 26, 2017

Saturn in Sagittarius (sidereal) in 2017

  • January 26 – April 7
  • October 26 – January 23, 2020

There is probably no greater, more stark contrast between adjacent signs in the zodiac than between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Only the contrast between Pisces and Aries can compete. The former moves from a Mars ruled sign to a Jupiter ruled sign, the latter from Jupiter to Mars.

As we embark upon Saturn in Sagittarius it also means we move closer to 2020 when the Great Conjunction occurs. That is the conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn. It happens every 20 years and it’s the marker of times of peace and times of war, times of plenty and times of scarcity.

But let me not get ahead of myself…

Saturn in Sagittarius by @PeoplesOracle

What is Saturn?

Saturn is cold and dry. It’s of the night time sect. Its home is in Capricorn and Aquarius, and it is an honored guest of Venus when in Libra. Saturn is far from home with no friends in Cancer and Leo, and it is antagonist to Mars when in Aries. In all of the other signs, Saturn is peregrine. It has no authority or agenda, neither inimical nor congruent with its own nature.

Saturn is the keeper of time, the builder of buildings, and the harbinger of death. And when he enters Sagittarius, he will have to answer to Jupiter. Jupiter seeks to establish a framework for synthesizing one’s experiences as a way to anticipate the future. Jupiter is the teacher, the preacher, and the guru. He’s the senator and the judge, the zealot and the proselytizer.

The placement of Jupiter during Saturn’s time in Sagittarius will inform the how we experience Saturn both individually and collectively.

Jupiter in Virgo

Saturn begins his first ingress of Sagittarius while Jupiter is in Virgo. And this is where Jupiter will be for most of Saturn’s time in Sagittarius this year. This puts the planetary behemoths in a square relationship by sign with Jupiter receiving Saturn because Saturn is in the home of Jupiter. But that square relationship is one of adjustment.

Jupiter is in its detriment in Virgo, far from home and family. But he’s been forced to adopt the ways of the land in which he finds himself. Virgo is the calculator and the categorizer, putting things in their right place. Jupiter here uses calculation, facts, and figures to anticipate the future. Logic is the measure of truth. What can be known is that which can be accounted for, measured, and solved.

Sagittarius on the other hand loathes paper and pencil as the tools of knowledge, unless of course he’s writing a memoir of his exploits. He must get out there and get his feet wet, as he craves lived experience as the measure for truth.

Since Jupiter receives Saturn, Jupiter must begrudgingly set aside his spreadsheet of poll data and consider that perhaps all of the answers can’t be found by taking a subset of the population as a representation of the whole.

Both Sagittarius and Virgo have their biases. We run into problems because Virgo believes the numbers can’t be biased, and Sagittarius knows he’s biased, but still believes he’s right.

Narratives of Saturn in Sagittarius

~The paternalistic zealot calls the statistician back home with his own version of the truth.

~The establishment, overtaken with a passion for truth, challenges the the data.

~The senator is met with resistance. He believes he’s got the numbers, but he never accounted for this change.

~The government moves forward eagerly, when they realize they must answer and the numbers don’t add up.

~The excitement of change is tiring when you’ve got the same problem but the solution changes every time.

~Bureaucracy faces off with the courts.

Saturn says, “Here is the spirit of truth to which we must be loyal.”
Jupiter replies, “But the numbers show that this is what the people really want. See?”
“What do you expect me to do with numbers? Numbers are meant to measure trees, and count objects. But numbers can’t measure truth, nor can they assess the motivations of the heart. You need wisdom for that. Here, take this. Proceed cautiously” the wise father replies.

Jupiter in Libra

Jupiter will be in Libra while Saturn is in Sagittarius from October 26, 2017 – October 11, 2018

Now the game gets fun! Saturn in Sagittarius will be in mixed reception with Jupiter in Libra. Libra is the sign of Saturn’s exaltation. And of course Sagittarius is the domicile of Jupiter. These two signs are in sextile. So they get to working together and making it happen.

Jupiter in Libra synthesizes by gathering all of the facts, it’s truth by way of reason. Of course, too many facts and too much reason can often lead one further from a truth that resonates personally. The letter of the law overrides the spirit of the law. Lucky for Jupiter in Libra, Saturn in Sagittarius can at least work with that.

The letter of the law meets the spirit of the law and they work together to find a workable solution. Saturn in Sagittarius’ thirst for truth is tempered by Jupiter in Libra’s penchant for reason.

This part of the year seems less volatile, but I wouldn’t be so sure. Never know what can happen when an overzealous bureaucracy meets with a judge with reason. He will judiciously gather all of the facts, but can he discern truth with empathy? When Venus is in Libra while Jupiter is there too will be the best of times for this transit. November 2, 2017 – November 25, 2017. I’d say that is the best time for the courts to have a say in all of the unconstitutional activity occurring in the new US presidential administration.