How about a little downtime, Capricorn? The Sun is making its annual sojourn through Aries and your domestic fourth house until April 19, giving you a chance to finally slow down and catch your breath. It's been a busy, active year, and you could use a minute (or a few hours—or days) to reconnect with family or do some much-needed nesting at the Sea Goat Inn.
The cosmos will clamor to support this, as five (yes, five) planets will be retrograde this April, including your celestial ruler, Saturn. Retrogrades are like review periods, when we're encouraged to slow down and correct course—an energy that fits with the Sun's travels for most of April. As the month begins, Venus and Jupiter are already retrograde, to be joined by Saturn, Mercury and Pluto in progression. Retrogrades occur when the Earth and another planet pass each other in their journeys around the Sun, creating the illusion that one of them is moving backward. Since retrogrades govern the past, unfinished business often comes up to be handled, and people we haven't seen in awhile (if not years) can resurface.
In fact, it could be reunion central from April 2 to 15, when Venus (which has been retrograde since March 4) moves into Pisces and your third house of friends and communication. That said, because Venus rules harmony, her backspin can stir up discord. You may spend the first two weeks of April ironing out differences with a sibling or neighbor, or pondering which friendships are really worth your time. Honest talks can be healing, as long as you don't abandon tact and diplomacy—a risk during Venus retrograde. Watch your demeanor on social media. Those prickly posts could garner the kind of attention you don't want.
Meantime, your career may sputter a bit, as expansive Jupiter is retrograde in Libra and your professional tenth house from February 6 to June 9. Don't panic, Cap. This speed bump is a chance to slow down and make sure you're moving in the best direction for the long hauls. It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose your focus on big-picture objectives. Reconnect with old colleagues and employers if you're job-hunting or just to keep your connection fresh. During a retrograde, the best opportunities often come through people we already know. You might pick up an abandoned project, realizing that the timing is now right to invest time and resources into it. Avoid making risky or snap decisions while gambler Jupiter is retrograde. Insist on more time if someone's pressuring you for an answer. Under-promise and over-deliver, instead of the opposite. From June 9 to October 10, Jupiter will power forward through Libra, bringing a huge professional boon. Use this retrograde to plan and prepare, and you'll be in a position to take full advantage.
Now, on to April's newest members of the retrograde brigade. It starts with your ruling planet, structured Saturn, which is backtracking through Sagittarius and your hazy twelfth house from April 6 to August 25. If you have unfinished business or forgiveness work to do, this Saturn cycle will push you to deal with it. The twelfth house marks transitions and brings the opportunity to let go of the old so you can clear way for the new. Saturn's U-turn may force you to confront some pain, like a loss you never mourned. You might need to repair a rift, setting ego aside in the name of making things work.
Saturn's retrograde can also spotlight your health, since the twelfth house is associated with healing. You might get doctor's orders to slow down or plan a necessary procedure. Avoid trendy wellness fads and get a second or third opinion. If you've lapsed into an addictive pattern, you may decide to do some formal recovery work or go into therapy. There's no shame in that, Capricorn, so don't let your sign's prideful tendencies stop you from working on yourself. Your energy could be a bit low at moments, signaling a need for solitude, self-care and for some, a deeper spiritual foundation. That could be anything from a reawakened religious practice to spending more time in nature—whatever your preferred method of connecting with something bigger than yourself.
You'll have plenty of time to reflect while Mercury is retrograde from April 9 to May 3. Mercury retrograde is the most "famous" retrograde, though ALL planets (except the Sun and moon) have these cycles. But since Mercury rules communication, technology and travel, most people feel its chaotic about-face in their immediate lives. Computers crash, flights are canceled without notice, arguments break out over the stupidest things. You'll need to tap your sign's patience and persistence more than ever now.
From April 9 to 20, Mercury will back through Taurus and your passionate fifth house, which could stir drama in your love life. Watch your own temper because you'll be prone to knee-jerk reactions. Even those Caps that normally don't take the bait might waste hours fuming. An ex may resurface, stirring up mixed feelings. Mercury will back into Aries and your domestic fourth house, causing friction on the home front. A woman, possibly a relative or a coworker, could be the source of the crazymaking. Be careful not get hooked into her web of chaos. If you're a parent, you could find yourself at odds with a willful child, struggling to "adult" when your buttons are pushed. Plans to move or spruce up your home might be delayed by Mercury's machinations.
Last in the retrograde parade is transformational Pluto, which is making its annual backspin through Capricorn. (A little salt in those wounds, Goat?) Pluto goes retrograde for roughly the same five-month period each year, and in 2017, it's from April 20 to September 28. This is the ninth consecutive year Pluto has backtracked through Capricorn, and it will continue to do so until 2024. So strap yourself in for the ride, because once again a small identity crisis could be upon you. Not that it HAS to go that far. But shadowy Pluto will push you to take a deeper look at your own priorities and the way you present yourself to the world. Are you asserting clear boundaries? Are you hiding your light? Pluto is the mythic god of the underworld, so prepare for some subterranean soul-searching that could be uncomfortable but will ultimately transform you.
If all else fails, dance it off! The Sun moves into Taurus and your flamboyant, playful fifth house for a month on April 19. Don't allow yourself to feel an ounce of guilt should you decide to escape your troubles with some earthly delights—a lusty spring fling, two-for-one margarita nights, a little glamorous retail therapy. Every now and then, your measured sign NEEDS to let loose, learning what Mae West meant when she famously said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." Creative expression is also calling. Maybe it's finally time to get that tattoo or publish your online photography portfolio?
A hedonistic high point could arrive at the April 26 Taurus new moon—the year's first supermoon. This lunation will kick off a six-month cycle around love, creativity and announcing your passions to the world. Come out, come out, Capricorn! Since the fifth house also rules fertility, a pregnancy or adoption is possible. Or you may be "ripe" with a creative brainchild. Either way, you have the opportunity to step into a more visible and outspoken role. Just make sure, given the retrogrades, that it's one you WANT to be known for in the long term. Will you still be proud of this in ten, 20 years? Pause and assess before diving in.