Come out and play or stay in your cocoon? You'll need to dip in and out of the public scene this month, as the planets gather in two contrasting camps. The Sun, Mercury and Uranus are in Aries and your social third house, which will spark synergies and fill your calendar with lively invitations. But Mars, Saturn and Pluto are hunkered down in Capricorn and your hidden twelfth house, exerting a strong pull for you to slip off the grid or dive into some healing inner work.
Instead of setting every device to airplane mode for three weeks, choose your engagements carefully. You'll need to selectively show up to meetings and events while the Sun is in Aries until April 19. Even your naturally outgoing sign needs downtime, but isolation is a no-no. (When you get too lost in your thoughts, you can go waaaay out there, Aquarius!) The third house is linked to the verbal and more left-brained type of linear communication while the twelfth house governs the subconscious and right-brained creativity. Strike a healthy balance, leaving room for analyzing AND imagination.
Complicating this cerebral field, Mercury—the planet of communication, technology and travel—is retrograde until April 15, a time when all signals can get scrambled. With Mercury reversing through Aries and your communication zone, you could feel this cosmic chaos at double-strength. Hold off on buying new gadgets or vehicles (from bikes to cars to anything with wheels) if possible. Tension could spark with friends, siblings or neighbors in particular. Take extra time to explain yourself and make sure everyone is on the same page. If you're considering teaming up on a project, wait until after the retrograde to make any contracts official. An ounce of prevention is worth a half-ton of cure.
Meantime, your inner world is calling. Intensifier Mars, structured Saturn and insightful Pluto are all in Capricorn and your twelfth house of healing and closure. There's no ignoring the strong tug of your emotions or intuition. Mars is persistent (to say the least), and you may have no choice but to confront feelings you've been avoiding. Whether it's an addictive behavior pattern or a troubled relationship you've been in denial about, the red planet can give you the courage to step up and face your demons. If you're finishing up a project, pick up the pace and complete this already! The finish line isn't far off.
Luckily, steadfast Saturn will give you the stamina to go the distance. The maturity planet is here to help your process and could bring a mentor to guide you, especially when Mars and Saturn make an exact meetup on April 2. As eager as you are to rush ahead, Saturn reminds you to plot your moves with an eye to the big picture. If you're on a spiritual or an artistic path, Saturn can guide you through the right steps. With focused Pluto also in Capricorn, you might dive into an intensive certification program, like becoming a Reiki master or yoga teacher.
Caution: Combative Mars in your foggy twelfth house can also bring out a passive-aggressive streak. Don't expect people to read your mind—and be careful about sending anyone on a guilt trip. Emotional blackmail is no substitute for direct communication. A domineering person could stress you out with loyalty tests or by suddenly changing the "rules." Watch for signs of gaslighting behavior—and don't take the bait.
With Mars in this illusory zone, the lure of the forbidden is strong, and you might be tempted by taboos or a clandestine attraction, especially with Pluto, god of the underworld, traveling nearby. When Mars and Pluto make a rare conjunction on April 26, you could get an upfront view of your own issues and baggage, perhaps exacerbated by another person's off-kilter behavior.
Mars and Pluto in this mystical zone could bring near-clairvoyant flashes or intense dreams packed with messages. You might even receive some kind of communication from a departed loved one, such as finding pennies and dimes or hearing their favorite song on the radio at an eerily serendipitous moment.
In the second half of the month, Saturn and Pluto will slow into retrograde motion (Saturn from April 17 to September 6 and Pluto from April 22 to September 30). This could bring a period of sober self-reflection and deep inner transformation—provided you're willing to do the work. A therapist or healer can help you through the process. But you may be tempted to resist the deeper lesson, pointing the finger of blame or projecting your own problems onto other people. Careful not to shirk responsibility, or you could miss an important breakthrough.
You'll have an easier time settling into your feelings starting April 19, when the Sun starts a monthlong visit to Taurus and your fourth house of home, family and emotional foundations. After a whirlwind Aries season, you'll stop being tortured by indecision when you RSVP "no"—you've got carte blanche to binge-watch HBO or basically live in your yoga pants. Hunker down at home, do some spring-cleaning and reconnect with loved ones. If you're dealing with any tough emotional issues, leaning on your support system will soothe your soul.
But before you disappear into a flurry of fleece and flip-flops, drop your power gear at the dry cleaner's. On April 29, the year's only Scorpio full moon ignites your tenth house of career, bringing a peak professional moment. A goal you've been working toward for the past six months could come together with a flourish. If you're making a big public announcement, the stage is set for an impactful reveal! Your father or an important male could figure into events near the full moon. Thinking of pursuing a new path? This lunar lift could point you directly to the exit sign at work—and on to your next frontier!