Adventure is calling…but is that static we hear on the line? The Sun is making its annual bohemian sojourn through Aries until April 19, heating up your global ninth house. You want to be anywhere BUT within city limits. Cross-cultural connections heat up, and long-distance travel could be on the horizon. Can't leave town? Expand your horizons with a workshop or exploring a new district. Entrepreneurial Leos could dive into a startup or publishing venture, as el Sol in your expressive ninth house inspires you to take a risk.
Before you take those gambling urges to the high roller's lounge, know this: Five (that's right, FIVE), planets will be in chaotic retrograde motion this April. 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. As a result, everything that falls under that planet's jurisdiction can go haywire, stall or even fall apart. Since retrogrades govern the past, unfinished business often comes up to be handled. People we haven't seen in a while (if not years) can resurface, helping us gain closure or reconnect to an important piece of our personal history.
As April begins, Venus and Jupiter are already retrograde, and they'll be joined by Saturn, Mercury and Pluto. Whew! You may have a little work in front of you before you can plow full-steam ahead into your big plans. Allow us to guide you through April's many retrogrades now and what they'll all demand of you.
So, Leo, how are your relationships doing? Venus, the planet of love and interpersonal harmony, has been retrograde since March 4, and it will continue its backward slide until April 15. This cycle, which occurs every 18 months, can challenge even the closest ties. From April 2 on, Venus will be in Pisces and your eighth house of sex, intimacy and shared ventures. Can you say intense? Your most intricate bonds may get a bit tangled, and there could be some complex power dynamics to navigate. Be careful about diving all the way in with someone—in love OR business. Don't offer up your wholehearted trust without going through the proper channels, whether that means hiring an attorney or making sure someone's actions align with their lofty promises.
Expansive Jupiter is retrograde in Libra and your communication house from February 6 to June 9. Exciting news and conversations have flowed in this year, but where is this all going? Taking things from talk into action might not happen as swiftly as you hope—but maybe that's a blessing in disguise. During Jupiter's slowdown, you could be in a little holding pattern. Use any delays to research instead of putting all your eggs in one basket. When you know you have other options, you'll be in a stronger position to negotiate this summer. You might also want to lighten up your social calendar to get your bearings. Ease up on the multitasking and don't fill up all your free time. Leave room to take an evening workshop or catch up with longtime friends.
The Libra full moon on April 11 could bring a long-awaited conversation or big news. A synergistic partnership may become official. But with a tense square from crafty Pluto, make sure you've covered every micro detail, even if you think it seems petty. Open communication is the key to starting off on a solid foundation.
Speaking of foundations, structured Saturn will be the bandleader in April's retrograde parade, doing an about-face in Sagittarius and your romantic, creative fifth house from April 6 to August 25. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and do the hard but necessary work. You could have second thoughts about a fast-moving love affair or a passion project. Maybe you've got a killer idea but you need to go back to the drawing board and craft a marketing plan or strengthen the plotline of your screenplay. Saturn rules mentors, and working with a coach can help you polish and prep for the big leagues. Some Leos might take a break from dating or wise up about your romantic choices. Since the fifth house rules fertility, baby-making plans could stall, or you may experience trouble getting pregnant. Saturn retrograde helps you get your life in order so you actually have the space for a new addition to the family. Do the words "too much too soon" ring a bell? Tone down the drama and knee-jerk reactions and avoid people who push your buttons.
Another reason to dodge drama? Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, will turn retrograde from April 9 to May 3. Mercury retrograde happens three or four times a year, causing devices to crash, wires to cross and misunderstandings to occur. From April 9 to 20, Mercury will back through Taurus and your tenth house of career, disrupting professional progress. A boss or client could be especially difficult, or a work project could come apart at the seams. Tighten up those plans, Leo, and hold off on any big pitches or contract signings until early May if you can.
Since the tenth house rules men and fathers, you may need to resolve a conflict with an important guy in your life (possibly your dad). No more biting your tongue. but at the same time, you don't have to roar or rip him to shreds to make your point. When Mercury back into Aries and your outspoken ninth house from April 20 to May 3, you'll want to strengthen your filter settings even more. The ninth house rules travel, education and startups. Once again, hold off on big launches, but consider taking a workshop or short course to enhance your skillset. If you've planned a vacation or have a business trip scheduled, take every precaution: Arrive at the airport early, make sure your documents are up-to-date, and triple-confirm all reservations.
Last on the retrograde chain is Pluto, which will back through Capricorn and your sixth house of health, efficiency and helpful people from April 20 to September 28. Cosmic alert: You need to address the stress in your life and attend to your wellbeing, paying sharp attention to the mind-body-soul connection. A nagging ache or chronic symptom could be your soul's way of signaling the need for fundamental change. Check out Louise Hay's classic book You Can Heal Your Life for a full list of what, for example, that lower-back pain might be telling you about needing more support in your life.
Is someone on Team Leo being manipulative or shady? Shadowy Pluto might reveal someone's true colors, especially an employee's or a service provider's. Your own micromanaging could cause a breakdown in productivity. It's time to let go and delegate—but judiciously! Giving the right job to the right person is the secret of good management. With Pluto in reverse, you're wildly uncertain about whom to trust. Get crystal-clear about what you need from (e.g.) a babysitter or assistant. Write down the traits and personality the ideal person needs to have. For example, do you want someone who's talkative, or an introvert who quietly just does their job? The vibe between you HAS to mesh, so it's worth really thinking this through. Are your processes inefficient, or is an area of your life a mess? Call in the experts! From a professional organizer to a life coach to a job recruiter, you can unblock "stuck" energy if you strategically let go of the reins.
Hopefully a bit of stability will counter the retrograde mayhem from April 19 on, when the Sun enters grounding Taurus and your structured tenth house until May 20. This is your annual four-week period to focus on career and long-term goals, so set your sights squarely on that lofty mission. Yes, you will need to navigate some obstacles, but such is life. You're an unstoppable force of nature BECAUSE you're a Leo, so you've got this. During Taurus season, your best bet is to streamline and prioritize, taking on only a few select projects—if possible, no more than three. Whether that's cleaning out your storage space, painting the kitchen or pitching your idea for a YouTube series, give it your undivided attention.
Set clear-eyed goals and powerful intentions at the April 26 Taurus new moon. What "great thing" would you like to be remembered for in this lifetime, Leo? Map out concrete steps you can (and will) take to make this a reality. Break it down to one item a week between now and the November 4 Taurus full moon. If you start now, you could make major headway by fall!