Venus enters Aries on Monday, April 25th.
The planet of Romance, Agreement, Guidance, Finance, etc., will be in the Proactive sign of the Ram for the next three weeks, until May 19th. Aries is not a favored sign for Venus because it is a sign of Mars, and therefore more inclined to use force to get what it wants, which is contrary to Venus's naturally more gentle approach. Therefore Venus in Aries brings out more of the negative qualities of Venus, such as selfishness, self-indulgence, vanity, jealousy, etc.
Mercury begins a Retrograde Period on Thursday, April 28th.
Mercury is Stationary this week, at the very end of Aries, 29 degrees. The planet of Rational Thinking, Making Decisions, Communications, etc., will be "backwards" in the zodiac for the next three weeks, until May 22nd.
The usual Mercury Retrograde precautions apply:
expect Delays, Misunderstandings, Equipment Malfunction, Mistakes in Transactions, etc. This Mercury Retrograde period is likely to be worse than usual due to Mars, Mercury's dispositor (ruler of Aries), also being Retrograde, which will compound the damage to Mercury. The involvement of Retrograde Mars brings the potential for more Tension and Stress, which can explode. Example: reacting with Anger to a Misunderstanding.
There will be 4 retrograde planets in the zodiac for two weeks.
Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all retrograde simultaneously. With so much backwards energy in the Heavens, this is not a good time to begin anything of importance. Ongoing projects will encounter delays and obstruction. The number of retrograde planets will reduce to 3, when Jupiter ends its retrograde period on May 9th.