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AstroUpdate – April 2016

By webdev, 28-09-2016

Attracting the Perfect Partner Workshop

Saturday 9th April 2016 – SIX PLACES LEFT

If you’re sick of shallow relationships (or no relationship!) you might like to come along to my Perfect Partner Workshop on Saturday 9th April in South Caulfield. I’ll help you discover exactly what type of person would suit you best; uncover any blocks to finding love; help you heal or release these blocks and show you a whole series of practical and esoteric tools to attract love into your life.

Dear Stella, Many thanks for the Perfect Partner Workshop - it was amazing and such a great group of people. It will be so interesting to hear how things develop for all of us who were there. I am certainly feeling much more centred than I did beforehand and am looking forward to manifesting ‘him’. I read a lovely quote the other day - "Sometimes life is too hard to be alone, and sometimes life is too good to be alone!" Best wishes, Anne

Dear Stella - Will pass workshop details onto my single girlfriends! I have fallen in love and am living with my man and our four kids collectively. The work I learned from you is very powerful indeed! Love to do some one-on- one with you soon, to discuss creating more bliss with 6 different personalities in the home! Kelly

Workshop: The Seven Secrets of Attracting the Perfect Partner

Date: Saturday April 9th 2016 (10.30 am - 3.00 pm)

Cost: $125 includes morning tea and Perfect Partner Workbook

Venue: Qi Crystals, 743-745 Glenhuntly Rd, Caulfield South, Melbourne.

Bookings: Call Stella on 03 9534 5021 with your CREDIT CARD details or

BOOK ONLINE with PayPal/Visa/MasterCard or BANK TRANSFER to

Account Name: Stella Starwoman, BSB 063-131 Acct Number 1009 0630


Mars Retrograde in Sagittarius & Scorpio

Hold Your Horses!


Mars is a dual-faced god with a civilised side and a primitive side. The Roman god Mars embodies the civilised side of Mars – the desire to be powerful coupled with the courage and ability to take risks and achieve goals. By contrast, the Greek god Ares (cf Aries) represents the more primitive side of Mars - a fierce warrior driven by passion, rage and lust and the force behind accidents, injury and violence. This more primitive side of Mars tends to come to the fore during the Mars retrograde cycle, which occurs every 26 months.

Mars in the birth chart acts as CEO to the Sun, externalising the ego’s desire for accomplishment and helping us express our individuality. Mars themes include: will, desire, libido, courage, passion, energy, spirit and anger. When the Sun and Mars work together, we are able to achieve our goals in a bold and constructive fashion. Not so when Mars moves to oppose the Sun during the Mars retrograde cycle....the wilful CEO goes his own way instead of following orders! The symbolic purpose of the Mars retrograde cycle is to show us where our actions and goals (Mars) are out of alignment with our true nature and purpose (Sun). Once we understand this, we can take steps to balance these opposing forces and live a life of integrity.

Key Dates and Meaning of the 2016 Mars Retrograde Cycle

In the final week of March, the Sun and Mars formed a harmonious aspect in fire signs Aries and Sagittarius with projects moving along smoothly. At the beginning of this month, April, Mars will start to slow down and on the 17th will turn retrograde at 8° Sagittarius. He will then begin a 75-day backward journey through fire sign Sagittarius and water sign Scorpio. This most challenging part of the retrograde cycle lasts from mid-April to 22nd May when Mars at 1-2° Sagittarius opposes the Sun at 1- 2° Gemini. We could compare it to the build-up of energy in a pressure cooker or volcano. Those with birthdays between the 14th November and 3rd December or with planets or chart angles at 0-8° Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces or 23-29° Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius will be most affected.

Here are some common manifestations.

  • Daily progress is suddenly filled with effort.
  • Projects are delayed or cancelled.
  • Bad luck or fate appears to intervene.
  • Feelings of illness, exhaustion, depression and weakness.
  • Cessation of interest, drive, energy and focus in what might previously have been an important project or relationship.
  • Suppressed feelings of anger and hostility rise to the surface.
  • Psychological depletion or complete liberation.
  • Irrational action and forced introspection.
  • Conflict with friends, colleagues or partners.

The second half of the retrograde cycle lasts from 22nd May to the end of June. Mars stations (appears to stop moving) at 23° Scorpio and begins to move forward again on the 30th June. During this five-week period, any underlying grievances will become apparent. If you have a copy of your birth chart, look up the houses with 23° Scorpio to 8° Sagittarius to see which areas of your life will be affected.

Here are some common manifestations during this second half of the cycle.

  • A battle between conscious will and unconscious intent.

  • Festering energy explodes creating rage, passion, heat, libido and ambition.

  • If the Sun-Mars opposition hits a planet or angle it is even more powerful.

  • War is declared on oppressive situations.

  • Problems can no longer be ignored.

  • An understanding of what is needed to maintain integrity.

Once Mars has turned direct (30th June) it is time to deal with the fallout from the past couple of months. We instinctively know if a situation, circumstance or condition is unsustainable and are likely to make radical changes. There is usually a total re- evaluation of the course of action necessary to reclaim personal power. Matters should return to normal by mid-August when Mars will be back to full speed.

Sagittarius is a sign of passion, adventure, truth and belief, while Scorpio plumbs the depth of the unconscious to fearlessly expose deceit, denial or lack of integrity. If something’s not right in your life, you won’t be able to put your head in the sand when Mars is travelling backwards through these passionate zodiac signs. To prepare for the Mars retrograde transit, think about any area of your life where you’re doing things out of duty, habit or lack of will or energy to change. Ask yourself what action you can take to improve things. Or as Steve Jobs put it: “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you’re about to do today?”


Mars Retrograde Example with Key Dates A Young Woman Changes Course

Janie has a keen sense of social justice and has always wanted to study law. She began studying for a law degree at the University of Sydney in early 2015 which has been hard going, but she’s kept up with all the assignments and got good grades in her first year exams. Janie has just begun her second year of study, but in early to mid- April (as Mars slows down and turns retrograde) she starts to feel tired and depressed. She visits her doctor, but the doctor can’t find anything wrong her, though her iron levels are a little low. By the beginning of May she’s fallen behind on her assignments and has started to miss lectures. Her tutors advise her to take a week off to recharge her batteries so she decides to go and stay with her parents. During this week away (20th-27th May when Mars opposes the Sun), Janie suddenly realises that she’s not enjoying the law course because it’s not what she expected. Yes, she can do the work, but she finds it boring and can’t relate to the other students. At first she feels angry about her decision to study law, but then she has the idea of dropping out of the course and doing some volunteer work. Her parents advise her to stick it out to the end of the semester and then make a decision. Janie returns to university in early June (the second half of the Mars retrograde cycle) and starts making enquiries about switching from law to sociology and women’s studies. She is advised that if she completes the semester which finishes on the 25th June (close to the end of Mars retrograde), she will be able to use some of her law credits towards a new degree. Janie works hard, completes the semester and, feeling excited and re-motivated, plans some volunteer work with refugees over the mid-year break before starting semester two in the sociology department at the end of July (as Mars returns to normal speed).


April New Moon – Full Moon

The April new moon falls on the 7th in fire sign Aries. With the Sun and Moon conjunct erratic Uranus, square Pluto and trine Saturn the mood is rebellious and feisty, so be open to new ideas and follow your instincts. New moons signify new beginnings and with this one so close to revolutionary Uranus and in Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, we’ll be pushed to take bold steps in new directions. However as both the April new moon and April full moon occur in signs ruled by Mars (Aries and Scorpio) and with Mars slowing down and turning retrograde this month, our inner hero will be challenged and put to the test. Determination, persistence and courage will be needed to win the battle.

The April full moon falls on the 22nd in emotional water sign Scorpio. A T-square between Neptune, Jupiter and Saturn forces us to strike a balance between how things are and how we would like them to be. With retrograde Mars close to Saturn progress will be slow. The energy of this full moon is tense and explosive, so keep your cool and avoid making hasty decisions, especially in personal relationships. Seasonally and astrologically this is time to release the past in order to move forward but working through problems methodically and patiently will be easier said than done. Sometimes delays and setbacks can be blessings in disguise!


Sun in Aries – The Passion of Fire

From the 20th March to the 20th April, the Sun travels through masculine fire sign Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the seed, the new beginning, the hero. Its keywords are “I am” and “I initiate”. The symbol for Aries is the horned ram who rushes fearlessly into new situations, heedless of danger with no consideration for others. Arians are true individuals, keen to build their own personality and ego.

The typical Arian is independent and adventurous, displaying strength, boldness, initiative and courage. Negatively they can be angry, headstrong, selfish, domineering and arrogant. Arians need to learn how to cooperate with others, complete projects they have started and conserve their energy. If you want to annoy an Aries, boss them around or tell them to calm down!

Each zodiac sign rules a part of the body. For Aries this is the head. When Arians are out of balance they often suffer from headaches, migraines and injuries to the head. And the Aries colour is red. When we get angry we talk about ‘seeing red’.


Mercury Retrograde in Taurus Embracing the Physical

Mercury like Mars will be turning retrograde this month on the 29th April for a three week backward journey through earth sign Taurus lasting until the 22nd May. The Mercury retrograde transit occurs right in the middle of the Mars retrograde transit, providing even more impetus to look within for answers over the next couple of months. With Mercury retrograde in Taurus we will be re-examining all aspects of our physical lives and making any necessary changes. Are we happy with our health and the food we eat? What about our physical appearance, clothing and possessions? Do we feel financially secure and does our outer life reflect our inner values? And as always with Mercury retrograde, pay particular attention when driving, travelling, signing contracts, negotiating agreements and in all types of personal and business communication. Mercury retrograde can cause havoc, so slow down, be patient and double check everything.


April & May Moon Calendar

Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon.

The period between the New Moon and the Full Moon is the waxing moon (moon getting bigger and fuller). The period between the Full Moon and the New Moon is the waning moon (moon getting smaller and thinner).

You can use this moon table to select the most favourable days to slow or increase hair regrowth. Full instructions can be found in my Lunar Hair Care guidelines at but to get you started I’ve marked the best dates for waxing/shaving to slow regrowth in yellow and the best dates to cut hair for thicker, lusher growth in green. If you’re serious about Lunar Hair Care - order your own Moon Calendar from the Stella Starwoman Store then you’ll know exactly what time of day the moon changes from one zodiac sign to the next, meaning you can fine-tune your activities with confidence.

Date Moon Sign Element Moon Phase
1st-2nd Capricorn Earth Third Quarter
2th-4th Aquarius Air  
4th-6th Pisces Water  
6th-8th Aries Fire New Moon 7th
8th-10th Taurus Earth  
10th-12th Gemini Fire  
12th-14th Cancer Water First Quarter
14th-17th Leo Fire  
17th-19th Virgo Earth  
19th-22th Libra Air  
22th-24th Scorpio Water Full Moon 22nd
24th-27th Sagittarius Fire  
27th-29th Capricorn Earth  
29th-30th Aquarius Air Third Quarter
1st-2nd Aquarius Air  
2nd-4th Pisces Water  
4th-6th Aries Fire  
6th-8th Taurus Earth New Moon 7th
8th-10th Gemini Air  
10th-12th Cancer Water  
12th-14th Leo Fire First Quarter
14th-17th Virgo Earth  
17th-19th Libra Air  
19th-22nd Scorpio Water  
22nd-24th Sagittarius Fire Full Moon 22nd
24th-27th Capricorn Earth  
27th-29th Aquarius Air  
29th-31st Pisces Water Third Quarter
31st Aries Fire  


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PS – Don’t forget to check out your April Monthly Stars at to see what’s coming up this month. Happy Stargazing - Stella Woods