Expansion, contraction: April could feel like a continuous balancing act as a passel of planets crowd into two signs, spotlighting contrasting areas of your chart. The Sun, Mercury and Uranus are in Aries, which rules your ninth house of growth and adventure. Especially while the Sun is here until April 19, you'll feel a tingling urge to take a leap of faith and explore new possibilities. As a Leo, you really love the idea of doing something big and bold. Most times, you're an immediate "yes!"
But have you performed all the safety checks and proper drills? A cosmic triumvirate (Mars, Saturn and Pluto) simultaneously roots into Capricorn and your sensible sixth house, demanding that you conduct due diligence first. It's like there's a wild start-up founder and a controlling project manager in your head at once, and at moments, their celestial civil war could be exhausting. Do you heed the helicopter parent, or just say "screw it" and jump?
Although compromise isn't your favorite activity, you'll need to practice it. This balancing act will pay off in the long run. Your goal: Healthy hedonism. Navigate between focused stretches of work punctuated by full-on breaks in which you go and do something totally outrageous. Block out time out for blue-sky brainstorming but also perform cross-checks to make sure your plans are viable.
You'll have plenty of options and opportunities to field thanks to the Sun in adventurous Aries, but the first half of the month is best for mulling them over. Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and transportation, is retrograde in Aries and your ninth house of risk-taking and truth-telling from March 22 to April 15. Those grand ideas might include a few greatest hits while others could wildly miss the mark. Watch your words, too, as you could accidentally offend by being overly blunt. At times, you might just feel like people don't "get it," even when you're convinced that you've got a bona fide brilliant concept here. Something to consider: Maybe you're talking TOO big-picture and need a 101 "For Dummies" version to explain your concepts to the uninitiated. Remember, not everyone can synthesize big-picture ideas as quickly as you do, Leo.
This is where the Capricorn planets in your orderly, health-conscious sixth house can be a blessing. Motivator Mars is making its biannual visit to Capricorn from March 17 to May 16, pushing you HARD to attend to the nuts and bolts of your life. Whether that means cleaning up your eating habits and exercising more regularly or taking a class to learn new skills, the red planet fuels you to put in the work. Mars here also sharpens your analytical abilities, which can help you break a meaty concept into small, bite-sized (and digestible) pieces.
You've probably been feeling this structured energy all year, ever since taskmaster Saturn—the personal trainer planet—started its three-year march through Capricorn and this methodical zone of your chart on December 19, 2017. There's no cutting corners or taking shortcuts allowed now. Luckily, when you DO put in the time, you'll feel pretty damn good about it—and with persistence, you'll see results. One Leo we know has become a workout queen since this Saturn cycle began; another is training for a marathon after overcoming a serious health challenge. Yet another has started a new tech job that's perfectly suited to her interests but also includes a steep-ish learning curve. Luckily, her new company offers an employee training program. Stay open to mentorship and ask for help when you need it. This lesson in humility that can be tricky for some Lions, but take the medicine!
Transformational Pluto is also in Capricorn for a long stretch (from 2008 to 2024), so there's been a slow-burning alchemy happening within you, one that will take concrete shape now that Saturn is cohabitating here. These planets are helping you create healthy habits and systems and gain mastery through diligent and dedicated work. Persistence will pay off.
Just be careful not to veer into perfectionism. With so much cosmic activity afoot, you could get stuck in "analysis paralysis" or slide into deprivation mode. That would cause you to miss out on all the new possibilities (and demi-decadence) that Aries season is also presenting. Build in some new system that support your goals, but give yourself room to improvise and freestyle!
On April 15, Mercury retrograde ends, and things should start to move forward with renewed clarity. That day also brings the year's only Aries new moon, which may blow open the floodgates and usher in exciting opportunities, especially ones related to travel, entrepreneurship, publishing and learning. In some way, this lunar lift will plant the seeds for you to explore new horizons over the coming six months. Set fare alerts for dream destinations, download a course catalog or sign up for a workshop. You could have a major a-ha moment on April 18, when the bold Sun (your ruler) makes its once-a-year meetup with innovator Uranus. Hello, stroke of genius!
When the Sun starts a monthlong trek through Taurus and your goal-oriented tenth house on April 19, start crafting some of those grand ideas into a solid plan. As an earth sign, Taurus' energy is much more aligned with the Capricorn planets' methodical style. In fact, you might get a little TOO serious at times. But Leos hoping to make some power moves will have plenty of motivation now.
Take your time, because in the second half of the month, Saturn and Pluto will turn retrograde in Capricorn for four months, sending you back to the drawing board. Saturn's backspin, from April 17 to September 6, may force you to cut back on stress and excess. Your health or a work situation might require dedicated, no-frills, daily discipline. If you've lapsed into caretaker mode or have been "overfunctioning," you'll need to stop enabling people and start demanding that Team Leo pulls its weight. Sticking to a routine could get harder, but any Saturn-related breakdowns are your prompt to delegate, hire solid help and streamline your life so you can focus on your priorities.
Inside-out wellness is also on the menu, as Pluto goes retrograde from April 22 to September 30. The transformational planet makes a U-turn for roughly these same dates each year, spurring a spring and summer of soul-searching. This retrograde could give you a front-row seat to any control issues you've been quietly harboring. Where are you micromanaging or afraid to let go? Perfectionism and body image issues can flare, and with probing Pluto in this reflective position, you might want to work through these with the help of a coach or therapist.
Pause for some friends-and-family downtime on April 29, when the Scorpio full moon illuminates your domestic fourth house. Indulge in self-care and set work aside to the degree possible. If you've been trying to numb out certain emotions, this nurturing and sensitive full moon could drive up buried feelings. Lean on a wise, supportive person who will give you unconditional love and a safe space to vent or cry.
For some Leos, this full moon could bring changes to your living situation—a move, an urge to redecorate or a new roommate, perhaps? Your relationship with your mother or another important woman could be in the spotlight. Prioritize your bond and use this air-clearing lunation to heal any rifts. Or do some soul-searching around your roots: How has your ancestry and upbringing shaped the person you've become? Honor the parts of your legacy that sustain you, and work on changing those inherited beliefs or patterns that don't.