Important Dates: April 1, April Fool’s Day; April 14, Palm Sunday; April 19, Good Friday; April 20, Passover; (Sun enters Taurus), April 21, Easter Sunday; and April 22, Earth Day.
Planet Before Your Sun in Your Birth Chart
Do you ever feel that your sun sign does not exactly represent who you are? You kind of feel that the sign is generally right, but there are many variations or differences in the actual sun sign opposed to your in-depth personality, ego or characteristics?
There are many theories about if many planets are in a single sign that the sign would alter your personality according to the dominant sign. This is true to a degree, but I have a better explanation.
The real reason you may not feel like your particular sun sign is because the planet directly before your sun colors or adds dimensions to your sun sign. It can be confusing especially if you are a positive sign and the planet before your sun sign is in a negative sign or vice versa. For instance, your sun may be in Gemini and the planet before your sun is Saturn in Virgo. We know the Gemini, who is normally a lucky and carefree sign, would then have many issues, concerns, problems and hurdles to overcome in this lifetime because Saturn is one of the planets that insists on forcing you learn lessons, keeps you working hard to achieve your goals but also tries to instill patience and life lessons. It is also a planet that deals with karmic lessons. So, the Gemini, although friendly, fun and outgoing who can do many things well, will have a sort of a block in some areas of life. She may be shy or question her abilities. She may even lack self-confidence or self-esteem which would normally not describe a Gemini.
I have added a general short list of planets’ properties which could pepper your sun sign’s personality with the brief explanations below. Of course, this is just the planet’s characteristics which would also be altered depending upon which sun sign the planet was in.
It represents the Mother, the maternal instinct, protection of those you love, family oriented, overly sensitive and can be extremely emotional and hurt easily. One of the best parents of the zodiac, although they may try to shelter their offspring too much to face the real world later in life. Illusionary, deceptive, and creative, inspirational, motivational and helpful.
This quicksilver planet initializes the inquisitive mind, talking, intelligence and logic and tries to be fair in all dealings with others. It is creative, pioneering, inventive and ground-breaking. The native can’t sit still for ten minutes, always needs to be doing or accomplishing something, and they may not take care of their health properly because they want to get their “lists” done in a timely manner. Everything should have been done yesterday.
This is the beauty planet. Someone with Venus before their sun would be very good looking, accomplished, have fashion and makeup sense, and would always want the best out of life. They enjoy the finer things in life and can sway the opposite sex easily. They would prefer for everything to remain harmonious as they hate conflict or dealing with trouble on any level. Very sensual.
This planet keeps the person active at all costs. They hate procrastination and wants to get everything done NOW! They have a fiery temper when angered, but that is short-lived. These people do not sleep or rest as much as they should so many of them can have issues with health. They feel they are fit enough and can do anything that is asked of them. They usually take care of others who cannot take care of themselves.
This planet may make you have a hard time losing weight if it is the planet before your sun sign. However, it is also the best luck planet and will make you very lucky in all areas of life. It brings expansion, growth, optimism, joy, and the power of laughter. Jupiter people are funny, and love to joke. They are also into sports and like independence. This is the travel planet.
This planet is one of responsibility, obligations, getting the job done, it represents workaholics, very accomplished businessmen/women, getting to their career goals, family oriented, but they work very hard to keep money in the bank to take care of their family. Unfortunately, this is not enough. The family feels ignored although monetarily cared for, so this Saturn native should make time for their family or they may lose them. They usually don’t take normal vacations because they feel their business cannot thrive without them.
This individual, unusual, original, independent and self-sufficient planet would make anyone not interested in the norm whether it was norms in dress, social events, fashion, how they conduct business of their beliefs. They need a job in which they are not chained to a desk 9-5. They are ahead of their time and think far into the future. Sometimes people don’t understand where they get their ideas because they seem as if they come out of left field. Uranus natives cannot stand monotony and needs life adventures and excitement. They like to talk and have a wide variety of friends to match their wide variety of interests.
This is the illusion/delusion planet. It can color what you see in life the way you want to see it and it may not be the truth. Neptune can be deceptive and it makes you very naïve and gullible. You may attract negative people to you or you may be one. If you use Neptune in a positive way, you can use it to write, do art, poetry, singing, dancing or acting. Any art form you are interested in. It can be very spiritual or religious. It has many depths, but you want to keep your life private because deceptions and lies can follow you if others know your business.
(Even though science has downgraded this planet, astrologers still use it as a planet). Pluto is a very dominant, assertive, overbearing and bossy planet. It would help someone with self-esteem issues. It makes you very confident and ready for anything. It can be a planet of trauma, drama and upheaval, so with the strength of Pluto, you can handle anything. You can rise out of the ashes like the Phoenix. You are a born leader and take control of projects, situations and obligations from the start because you want it done right.
|MOON PHASE||DATE||DEGREE, SIGN & MINUTES||TIME|
|New Moon||05||15 Aries 17||04:50 AM|
|First Quarter||12||22 Cancer 35||03:06 PM|
|Full Moon||19||29 Libra 07||07:12 AM|
|Last Quarter||26||06 Aquarius 23||06:18 PM|
|Planets in the morning sky||Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. Do not confuse Venus with Mercury mid-month. Venus is brighter.|
|Planets in the night sky||Mars|
|Retrogrades||Jupiter on the 11th, and Pluto on the 25th.|
|The sun will go into Taurus on April 20th.|
ARIES – March 20 – April 19
Deciding what you want to do with the rest of your life, and especially your career, is at hand this month. At this time, you feel as if you want to change many areas of life as you may be getting a bit bored or think you are not getting your fair share. Relationships may be touchy and you should tread lightly. Make a plan for all the things you want to change in your life and start working towards them one at a time. Think of everyone involved in the changes you wish to make and how they will affect others. But on a personal level, you are doing well. You can do wonderful things, finish projects, start new endeavors and go in a new direction. The world is opened up to you, but you have to take the first step to do something about how you proceed.
TAURUS – April 20 – May 20
Many changes are coming your way. Your job and friends seem to be the likely target. You may also meet new friends and perhaps even join new groups and associations. This is a great time to get involved with those who have similar interests. You may even be interested in furthering your education or career by taking some classes, either formal education or auditing subjects of interest. There is a lot of personal energy to help you develop whatever you want to do – plans for your future seem to be underway. Wanting a more positive future is an encouraging step towards achieving your goals and dreams. Keep at them so they become true before you know it.
GEMINI – May 21 – June 20
It seems as if you are finally getting back into the swing of things. You’re ready to go out and conquer the world. You have so many wonderful ideas about what you should be doing that you may find it hard to actually pick one thing to start with. Working from home is always a possibility; all you have to do is pick the area of interest you would like to work in and go fro there. There are many opportunities around you. You are thinking in a more positive way and finishing chores and projects that have been sitting around during the winter months. Accomplishing your goals is of great importance now. Being with those you love is important, but be sure to get some “alone time” to catch up on your projects, your sleep and your hobbies. Make sure you don’t give up on old friendships. All you have to do is make the effort to contact the people you haven’t had time for and you’ll be back on track.
CANCER – June 21 – July 21
This is your month. You have so many wonderful opportunities around you, but you have to grab them or they may pass you by. Luck is also on your side now, so if there was something you were procrastinating on or not dealing with, this is the time to move towards your goals and dreams. You see the world differently now. Things you thought were stable, may change. Life happens and you seem to be going along for the ride. Don’t be surprised if others do not agree with you on decisions or the direction you are proceeding. There may be some breakups in romantic relationships, but they have not been the right person for you anyway. Keep the faith and start moving towards your ultimate dreams; you deserve them.
LEO – July 22 – August 22
Money and personal belongings are important to you now. You want to keep more of the money you earn and are not spending it on just anything. You may be saving up for a large purchase or you may just want your bank account to grow in case of an emergency or lay off, etc. Work appears to be going well, although you could institute a few more efficient changes if you wanted to. Also, health matters are positive; however, if there is something that occurs that you don’t think is right, it would be a good idea not to ignore it and get it looked at promptly by a physician. Whatever it is will be easily cured or handled if it is taken care of quickly. Exercising and eating right (maybe even losing a few pounds) will be very beneficial to your health. Keep striving to be your best – because you can do it so easily.
VIRGO – August 23 – September 22
Family issues and concerns may make you feel a bit overwhelmed, but this is the time to handle anything that makes you (or your family) feel uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to confront those who want to make you feel badly about any decisions you’ve made. You are doing fine handling your life on your own. It doesn’t matter if anyone agrees with you or not, as long as you feel you are on the right path. Fixing up your home, redecorating, a fresh coat of paint, purchasing new furniture or getting exciting accessories makes you feel very good about your sacred space. This is a time where your home should be your sanctuary, so make sure you do everything you can to keep it tidy and in order so you won’t have to do a lot of cleaning while you should be resting, or just chilling in your home.
LIBRA – September 23 – October 22
Home life, especially things relating to your mother, take precedent now. Anything that has to be accomplished, started or finished in the home whether it’s interior decorating or just painting a few rooms to give your space a clean, fresh look, is important now. You need to feel more in control of your home, family and the direction you wish to go. Career and home life may be at odds with each other, but you have the fortitude to make the right decisions to keep going in the right direction. Do not get confused over decisions that you must make. Break them down into: This is in my best interest and this is not in my best interest. It will be easier for you to decide on a direction with only two choices. Try not to procrastinate in handling obligations since if you do not deal with them in a timely manner, they will get worse.
SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21
Fun and laughter, doing things that you didn’t recently have time to do, and just getting back out there to socialize and have fun is on your mind. You may even be looking for a partner or want to change the one you have. You feel unappreciated and want to have the spark of romance in your life. Talking to a partner about your wishes is always a good way to change what you don’t like. If he/she does not want to communicate properly, then you must seek other alternatives such as couples counseling, or making plans for a weekly date night with just the two of you away from your responsibilities and the kids. Career may be overwhelming at times, so be sure to take your personal days off when you need a change and give yourself a breather when you feel that everything is just not going your way. Your state of mind is the most important thing to keep in check. Depression can make you choose wrong directions, so try to talk to friends to let them know what is going on so that you remove some of the burden off of your shoulders. Be strong; you can do anything you need to do to move forward onto the right path.
SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20
Health issues should be looked into as soon as you don’t feel well and if you are overdue for your annual physical, this would be a good time to get it done and behind you. Things look good so perhaps starting or continuing a healthy diet with your meds or vitamins may be all you need to stay healthy. Exercise and good meal choices is also very important now. This is also a time where you may feel the urge to do more at work and be your best. It can also be a conflict between working and taking time off. You want to play; you want to get your job done properly, but you need some relaxation and fun now. It seems as if it’s been so long since you can recall having fun with family, friends or co-workers. Get out there and participate in something physical so your health will benefit and you will also feel as if you’ve gotten the relaxation you needed and wanted.
CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 19
The health of your marriage or partnerships may be hard to keep on an even keel. There are issues that may come to the surface that neither of you are ready to face. There can be upheaval and drama if you don’t get to the bottom of the uncertainty or jealousy. Communicate with one another. Get your issues or views out in the open. This may also carry over in to friendships or family matters. Career issues also need some attention. Disagreements, gossip and people who are not willing to do the work seem to surround you. Stay out of the drama and just do your job as efficiently as possible and go home when you are supposed to. Working harder and longer hours will not be rewarded at this time, so you might as well take some extra time to do whatever you feel is important for you.
AQUARIUS – January 20 – February 17
Dealing with unpleasant matters or those that you have to handle in some way will force you to be mindful of yourself and your family. Update wills, important papers and beneficiaries for the future so you really don’t have to worry about it any longer. You seem to be working too hard and as usual are unappreciated. The stress around you is overwhelming and it would be good to watch your health as closely as you can. You are not superwoman, although you’d like to believe you are. You need a more balanced regime between working and your personal life. You need to get out and have some fun, go to concerts, dances, local social events. Perhaps you need to socialize just so you have some adults around to talk to. Handling everything is what you are noted for, but that can be overdone. Limit yourself to several chores or projects per day so that by the end of the week or month, etc., you will have many of them completed. You can’t handle everything now but you will in due time.
PISCES – February 18 – March 19
Time to think about travel to foreign countries, learning a new language, or higher education including philosophies of life and just getting out into the educational world again to take classes, go to lectures or events that you are interested in. Use your Kindle or get audio books so you can gain information while you are driving or away from your home. Educational or historical subjects may be of interest as well as artsy types of pastimes. Make sure you have enough time to create and be cutting-edge in whatever you decide to do. Your creativity helps you unwind and relax so devoting some time to this outlet would be in your best interest. Emotions may be running on empty as you handle too much and take on too many other peoples’ troubles. If you could, let go of the people who really don’t need you and concentrate all your energy on solving your issues or concerns instead. You will feel more empowered if you have your life under control again.
Rev. Vikki Anderson has been a metaphysical teacher, writer and lecturer for over 46 years. She may be contacted at 570-215-4223 for a telephone or in-person tarot, astrology or Feng Shui consultation. www.vikkianderson.net and www.fengshuimoon.com.