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Jodie Forrest Astrology

Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map.

01 April 2019

Stardate: Astrology Readings for April 2019

Jodie Forrest Astrology
STARDATE, April 2019: Sun Signs and Theme Songs of the Month


Aries: March 20 – April 20  Did you know that every month’s full Moon has an older, traditional name with roots in at least three cultures, Native American, Anglo-Saxon and Germanic? April’s names include the Pink Moon, the Egg Moon and the Hare Moon. In your case, Aries, this month has two names: the Moon of New Beginnings, and the Moon of Compromises. Some, although probably not all, of the compromises may relate to those New Beginnings. Remember that this month contained an ancient celebration of Spring, of Nature’s bringing new life back to the Earth, and that the Sun’s passage through your sign can bring you an influx of that timeless energy, Aries. Use some of it to keep up your efforts at work or in your vocation, some to communicate better, some to appreciate and create beauty or harmony, and some for a brand new experience.  (Amazon) Feeling Good, by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, sung by the great Nina Simone.



Taurus: April 21 until May 21 I’ll describing some homework for you this month, if you choose to accept it. First: Do at least one thing that’s entirely for yourself. It doesn’t have to be a huge, earth-shattering project or event, just something that you enjoy and that helps you feel more like yourself. Your deep self. Your real self, however it’s evolving and whomever you’ll become. Two: Set aside some time to daydream about your goals. By “daydreaming,” I mean indulge in some dedicated, extreme fantasizing that doesn’t necessarily have to be connected to Reality, Taurus. Write it all down if you like. Three: Go do that thing you’ve been scared of doing. I don’t know the details, but I have a feeling that you know all of them. It may involve acquiring or acting upon some information. It may involve a conversation. You may learn something important and encouraging about yourself, your main squeeze, or both of you in the process. (Amazon) Me, Myself, I, by Joan Armatrading. What a voice! Like the richest roasted coffee on Earth.



Gemini: May 21 – June 21  To paraphrase a greeting card I saw once upon a time: There are two ways for you to go through this month. You can either hide under the furniture and hope that nobody notices you down there, or you can get up, stand tall, put your hands on your hips and say, “Give it to me straight, and don’t be stingy with the jalapeño peppers.” I think you know which one I’m suggesting that you do, Gemini . . . And guess what? You could attract some allies who want to share those peppers and all their energy, sass, and in-your-face heat. That could be wonderful, huh? It could also be big fun, but if it should happen, please make sure that you’re the robust and spicy leader of that pack. Why? Because some of those allies could be overoptimistic, while others could be too pessimistic. You’re the one who needs to be enthusiastic but not subjective, to steer a middle course. You can do it! (Amazon) Times Like These, by Foo Fighters. That is a high-energy band.



Cancer: June 21 – July 23  My college suite-mate used to say, “Work expands to fill the allotted time.” To “work,” add tasks, projects, s’posed-tos and requests. Yours may expand to overflow the allotted time or even the allotted space. A lot’s on your plate right now. Two factors may be involved. One: You may need another lesson on how to say No to colleagues, friends or a lover who’ve mistaken you for a combination of Mother Theresa and Superman. You can do it. No one will expire from shock or (learned) helplessness. Two: your allotted work space may actually be too small, disorganized, or un-Feng-Shui’ed enough for you to be efficient. Yes? Call the friend who gets the most done without becoming exhausted, and the friend with the best knack for interior decorating. Take them to your work place for suggestions, and you may be pleasantly surprised. (Amazon) Dirty Man (Good Housekeeper), by Joss Stone. I know there are Portuguese subtitles—but just watch her sing, people. She cut her first album, The Soul Sessions, at age 16.



Leo: July 23 – August 23  After having stabilized for a bit, your work situation may feel as if, like Alice, you’d followed a rabbit who had a pocket watch and you’ve tumbled down to Wonderland. You’re “Alice,” and reality keeps changing. Someone may want you to play croquet with a flamingo for a mallet or believe six impossible things before breakfast. Things are indeed shifting at the office or in your community, perhaps in surprising ways. I suggest a few strategies: Find a playful friend who’ll help you laugh at the situation and yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that a piglet is really a baby; hold fast to your own perspective on reality. And to your principles, even though you may be rethinking them. Avoid any loose cannons yelling “Off with his head,” even if the head in question isn’t yours. Finally, inform yourself as accurately as possible about what’s actually happening at your job and why, which may take some digging. Hint: if something’s happening that you don’t and can’t like, you may need to change that environment or how you deal with it. There’s a possibility you’ll want to leave it, and another one that you could shake things up until they reach a better arrangement than they had before. (Amazon) What’s Going On, by Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson and Al Cleveland.



Virgo: August 23 – September 23  Need a pep talk? Ask your mate, for starters. If you don’t receive one—and you know that you should have, right?—consider it as having received some useful if unwelcome information about that person. But don’t stop there. Ask your friends; ask your therapist; ask your family, but probably not your kids, who might appreciate getting a couple of pep talks of their own. If it isn’t time for a performance review, don’t ask your boss. But most of all, ask yourself for that encouraging conversation. Sometimes there’s no one else around, so building your self-esteem from within is an excellent idea. If you need to take a day off for inner work, do so, especially if you can feel your temper fraying a lot more than usual. Is part of you wincing at the idea of a “mental health day”? Thank it for sharing, reassure it that it’s safe, and remind it gently that self-care is not the same thing as self-indulgence. (Amazon) Hall of Fame, by The Script.
If you want to skip the intro, the music starts at 0:31.



Libra: September 23 – October 23 You may feel caught between a significant other and a relative. If that’s the case, think carefully about where your responsibilities do and do not lie. Discussing that question with someone you can trust, but who doesn’t have a horse in this race, might be helpful. Unless you’re the parent of a minor—and the older the children, the more self-reliant they should be—you are not responsible for or in someone else’s happiness, livelihood, neuroses, battles or mistakes. You don’t have to mend anyone else’s life, and no one but you should control yours. With that in mind, of course you care about the significant other and the relative. Maybe they need to talk to one another. Maybe you need to have a “come to Buddha” meeting with each of them separately. Maybe some people involved truly do need help or insight that they can’t get on their own. Helping them is fine. A permanent surrender or disadvantage on your part is not. What could help? If you suspect you’re under-informed, go on a fact-finding mission. Also, if you’re 50-50 about a decision, move in the more assertive direction. (Amazon) Stuck in the Middle with You, by Jerry Rafferty and Joe Egan, cover by Michael Bublé.


Scorpio: October 23 – November 22 There’s a focus on work routines, colleagues, responsibilities and/or health this month. If it’s health, educate yourself about what’s happening, and rest and relax with your peeps as much as you can. If it’s the other items, think objectively about your work-life balance, even if you find that, as the Talking Heads’ lyric goes, “Facts don’t do what I want them to.” Later in the month, the Sun energizes your house of committed relationships, which includes close friends, while Uranus, Lord of Non-conformists, is already there. Make time for people who see you and support you as you are, and who won’t settle for the edited version. Mars, God of Heroes and War, is moving through the house that represents your mate, transformation, death, the occult, and the deep unconscious. You may be scared, angry or stressed about some of those areas; you may have a ghost bumping around in your psyche’s closet, or you may need a frank talk with a lover, but as a Scorpio, you’re well-equipped to handle these things. Watch your dreams and moods for clues about how Mars is manifesting in your case. If you can turn those uncomfortable feelings into energy, which Mars also rules, you could experience a pleasant increase of self-confidence. (Amazon) There Isn’t One Way, by Patty Griffin. (Note her Scorpio-themed clothing!)




Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21 Where the foot’s on the accelerator: Your ruling planet, Jupiter, stations (seems to stop moving temporarily and is more powerful) on the 10th through mid-May. Renewal! Hope! Opportunities! Be selective about them. Your house of creativity, performance, relationships’ beginnings, children and pleasures is emphasized by the 5th’s new Moon and the 19th’s full one, plus Mercury (communication) and Venus’s presence (relating and creating). The foot’s on the brakes with self-esteem and resources: Saturn (reality-testing) and Pluto (psychological “shadow” material) are both stationary in that area through June 5th (Saturn) and July 4th (Pluto). Also, Mars (assertion, courage) is in your house of “marriage” or long-term intimacy all month. Before you leap into a new relationship, especially with a potential housemate, make sure you’re not feeling even mildly angry or threatened by that person. Be direct, draw your lines in the sand, and watch what happens. If you feel bullied, pushed or manipulated, say so, and leave if it doesn’t stop. If everything checks out with this person but you’re still nervous about connecting more deeply, ask yourself why. It may be the sadder-but-wiser adult ambivalence about increased intimacy, or it may be your gut telling you something.
(Amazon) Shop Around, by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. The original Detroit version of this song starts at 0:48 on the video, but you’ll learn something about Motown history if you listen to the narrative from the beginning.


Capricorn: December 22 - January 22 Your personal life and choices need more attention this month than work does (surprise!), although work or your skills there may involve some challenges, too. You may be facing some difficult emotional situation or power struggle that doesn’t have an easy or definitive resolution. If so, you may need to acknowledge the whole truth of it, even if it’s only to yourself. Next, if there’s something you can do in order to accept what’s unchangeable in that area and move forward or let go, think it through and do it carefully. Quiet time and/or time with your family of choice (not necessarily your relatives) may help you figure what that something is. So might a trusted spiritual advisor—you’ll recognize the right person if you don’t see any self-importance, self-righteousness, or tendency to avoid “negativity” in him or her. Finally, sometimes we need to work our ya-yas out in less psychological ways, and release some of the tension from our physical selves. You’re an Earth sign; you might have somatized the stress (e.g., your body stored it). Take a hike. Play some racquetball or tennis, or go dancing. Just get moving; you could be amazed how much it helps. (Amazon) There Ain’t Nothing You Can Do, by Bobby Bland, covered by Van Morrison. Want more? (Amazon) Bobby Bland, who wrote it.

Jodie's YouTube horoscope video for Capricorn.




Aquarius: January 20 – February 18  My grandmother used to say, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” While that’s likely true in general, it’s especially true for you just now. Yes, it’s your month to practice silver-tongued deviltry and to not only contemplate but also reap the advantages therein. Even though you’re probably somewhat attached to The Truth, unless your chart has many factors attaching you to Tact instead, you’d be wise to do this. Why? Because you can either let old pain or habitual responses stop you from accepting opportunities to step onto a wider stage, or you can take a nice deep Air-sign breath, let go of the past, and dare to be eloquent, exciting and persuasive. Think of it this way: you aren’t catching flies; you’re making connections, networking, and laying some groundwork for a better future for you and yours. About that networking, you have another task this month: meet as many people as possible, spend as much time as you can with groups of people whose goals are aligned with yours, and take that eloquence with you. Go for it, Silver Tongue. (Amazon) Dare You to Move, by Switchfoot.



Pisces: February 18 – March 20  You’re in a popcorn popper’s worth of astrological influences this month. First, observe your wider circle of acquaintances and pay attention to how they make you feel. If someone’s negative, critical, touchy, or tries to be directive about your goals, consider whether you should avoid that person or group. You’re quite sensitive to others at the moment. Besides, it’s your life, and you have every right to live it your way. Second, let yourself be at peace with some uncertainty, with not having figured out all your next steps yet. Third, accept help if it feels right to you; you can learn a lot from well-intentioned friends. Finally, some professional opportunities are out there. You probably can’t accept them all, so choose wisely. I suggest making sure they include concrete, realistic plans whose progress is measurable, regular monitoring, and values that you share or at least don’t find out of sync with your own. I also suggest you find out as much as you can about the offers. The right ones will feel full of possibilities for growth or expansion. To claim them, you may need to contact your Inner Warrior, Mars, who’s moving through your house of home, your private identity, and inner work. Don’t let fear, anger, or possible issues with authority figures or relatives stop you. You’re stronger than you realize, more talented than you believe, and you’d probably be surprised by how many people love you and root for you. Take that in and let it settle into your bones, please. (Amazon) Firework, Katy Perry. (What a performance! Ignore the razzle-dazzle and the dancers if that’s not your thing; just turn it up and listen to that voice. )