Front and center! Aries season is in full swing, as the Sun makes its annual sojourn through your sign until April 19. The spotlight is beaming on your personal goals, prompting you to pursue them with extra gusto. Pack away the superhero cape and let others solve their own problems. Your focus belongs on your own passion projects and burning desires. Don't squander this once-a-year burst of solar power!
The Sun will have a few intense aspects this month, as it locks into stressful angles with three other planets, which are all in fellow "cardinal" (goal-oriented) signs. On April 7, the Sun in Aries will make an annual opposition to expansive Jupiter in your relationship house, tugging you between your own agenda and other people's requests. On April 9, el Sol forms a tense semiannual square to controlling Pluto in your career house. Professional demands could clip the wings of your free-flying solo ventures, stirring resentment and power struggles. The urge to act out impulsively strikes again on April 14, when the Sun and Uranus make their annual summit in Aries, sparking a "liberation or bust!" moment. Be careful not to burn a bridge in your attempt to prove that nobody owns you. You could wind up being your own worst enemy.
And that's not all—far from it, alas. This month may be one of 2017's most complex, because April will bring an especially high number of retrograde planets. Retrogrades occur when a planet passes the Earth in its journey 'round the Sun, causing it to seemingly spin backward. During a retrograde, everything that falls under that planet's astrological jurisdiction goes haywire, or plunges us back into the past to handle unfinished business. Translation? As exciting as April may be for new ventures, you may need to retrace some steps or add some finishing touches before your grand debut.
As April begins, Venus and Jupiter are already retrograde, and throughout the month, Saturn, Pluto AND Mercury will join the retrograde brigade. Whew! Navigating the cosmic cluster you-know-what could require extra vigilance. Expansive Jupiter is retrograde in Libra and your partnership house from February 6 to June 9, causing slowdowns around key negotiations and possible relationship setbacks. If you've zoomed into dynamic duo mode too quickly, Jupiter's backspin could cause you to pause and recalibrate, which might be a good thing! Your indie-spirited sign needs to maintain your individuality—you can only compromise SO much before you lose that Aries edge. The April 11 Libra full moon will bring an important commitment to a decisive turning point. Are you in or out? This lunar light could help you resolve a critical interpersonal matter. But with a tense square from power-monger Pluto, resistance and control issues could flare up. Don't let your ego prevent you from joining forces, but don't let a domineering person strong-arm you into doing anything that doesn't feel right.
Meanwhile, love planet Venus is retrograde from March 4 to April 15, and it's backing through YOUR sign until April 2. This may further complicate certain ties, leaving you craving more space and autonomy. The first half of the month may be a little bumpy, especially as Venus reverses into Pisces and your hazy twelfth house. Separating fact from fiction could be a little challenging this month.
Joining the retrograde lineup: We begin with structured Saturn, which is retrograde from April 6 until August 25 in Sagittarius and your risk-taking ninth house. Plans to travel, launch an entrepreneurial venture or take a giant leap of faith might stall. The silver lining? You may not have had a firm enough foundation. As staunch Saturn sends you back to the drawing board, you may discover that scaling back or slowing down an ambitious agenda gives you the time to do it right. A proper and well-mapped-out execution can ensure long-term success, so don't rush!
From April 9 to May 3, communication planet Mercury (whose retrograde is the most "famous") starts its backward march in Taurus until April 20, then (argh!) in Aries for the duration. Mercury retrograde can foil communication, technological endeavors and travel, so tread lightly in these areas. Prepare to be wildly misunderstood at moments, and hold off on any major announcements or unveilings until this cycle ends. A solo project might need extra attention, so use this time to polish and refine your final project. Heck, you might just want to keep your head down for the rest of April. With the Sun marching through Taurus and your productive second house from April 19 until May 20, it's the perfect time to roll up your sleeves. Keep busy with a focused plan of action and dodge the "retroshade" by knocking out items on your to-do list one by one. Don't you have some spring-cleaning to finish or a pitch deck to design, Ram? Don't think; just do it!
The grand retrograde finale arrives on April 20, as transformational Pluto tucks its tail between its legs until September 28. Pluto will back through Capricorn and your tenth house of career, men and authority figures. Old resentments could flare up with a key male, perhaps a father figure. (Time to work through those daddy issues for once and for all?) This could herald a cycle of soul-searching around your professional path. Are you doing what's true to you?
If not, good news: The April 26 Taurus new moon will kick off a six-month cycle of new opportunities for work, money and self-affirming habits. By the end of this twisty-turny month, you'll be supremely grateful for the grounding moonbeams of earthy Taurus. Use this annual lunation to start a new routine, apply for a promotion or get better with budgeting. Under all this cosmic calamity, adopt a "one day [or moment] at a time" mantra. Your visionary projects will have their chance to shine. This month, however, is about making sure you've got everything set on terra firma. Anything worth doing is worth doing right!
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