by Lina Elisabeth Preston 3 min read

Mars continues his journey through Sagittarius throughout April where two powerful malefic planets (Saturn and Pluto) are already making their slow transit through this sign. Mercury is retrograde and debilitated in Pisces and Saturn turns retrograde on April 17th.

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Saturn can block and obstruct the energy of an assertive Mars. We have recently seen hundreds of thousands of people attending youth-led, anti-gun rallies, calling on lawmakers to tighten gun control in order to stop mass shootings and gun violence. This is a beautiful example of how Saturn (the masses) opposes Mars (violence) in Sagittarius. The two conflicting forces in Sagittarius bring out a sense of righteousness, indignation and anger.

The illustration above is an example of peaceful demonstrations against violence. However, a sense of self righteousness, indignation and anger can also be used to justify violence and war.  This is a time when the many tense and violent situations in the world today could erupt further and need to be dealt with special care and skill.

During the early days of April, the conjunction between Mars and Saturn is very close. On April 1st and 2nd the conjunction is exact.

Pluto is also with Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius. Pluto’s energy centers around power and control. The conjunction between Mars and Pluto is exact on April 27th in the Uttara Ashadha nakshatra and can manifest as a strong desire to win at all costs. The combination of Mars (violence), Pluto (deep power) and Saturn (destruction) could potentially manifest earthquakes.

This combination of planets can also express manipulation of power. We saw a similar energy expressed when Saturn was transiting Scorpio before the US presidential election.

The current transits could be bad news for Donald Trump. In his chart the malefic planets are in the eighth house (destruction) from his tenth house (career). These planets are in the fifth house (mind) from his Leo rising sign, which could lead to him to consider war.

The current malefic forces of Saturn, Mars and Pluto can stir people towards violence or bring courage needed to speak out for positive change. Pope Francis gave a speech on Palm Sunday that was a beautiful call to action to the youth of the world.

"Dear young people, the joy that Jesus awakens in you is a source of anger and even irritation to some, since a joyful young person is hard to manipulate," Pope Francis said. "The temptation to silence young people has always existed."

"There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive," the Pope said. "Dear young people, you have it in you to shout."

He quoted a Bible passage where Jesus responds to demands that he silence his disciples decrying injustice: “If these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

"It is up to you not to keep quiet," the pope said in his sermon. "Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders — so often corrupt — keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?

"Please, make that choice before the stones themselves cry out."

April 2018 Dates to Remember:

 April 1
Mars/Saturn conjunction 14 degrees Sagittarius
April 1
Sun/ Mercury Retrograde conjunction at 17 degrees Pisces
April 13
Sun in Aries
April 15
Mercury Direct in Pisces at 10 degrees
April 15
New Moon in Aries
April 17
Saturn goes Retrograde at 15 degrees Sagittarius
April 20
Venus in Taurus
April 27
Mars/Pluto conjunction at 27 degrees Sagittarius
April 29
Full Moon in Libra



Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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