Two is the magic number in April—but you might need a few extra tricks to keep the sparks flying. The Sun is making its annual sojourn through Aries (until April 19) and Taurus, heating up the committed relationship houses of your chart. That's normally music to a Libra's ears, since you're the sign of partnerships and thrive in dynamic duos.
That would all be fine and dandy except that five (yes, FIVE) planets will be jammed up in retrograde motion this month, crossing signals and disrupting forward momentum. 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 a while (if not years) can resurface.
As April starts, two planets are already retrograde, and they uniquely affect YOU more than any other sign. One is Venus, which happens to be your ruling planet and is retrograde from March 4 to April 15. The other is Jupiter, which is backtracking through Libra from February 6 to June 9. If you've felt under the gun for the past month, this could explain it. Hopefully you've been able to view the retrogrades as an opportunity to tighten up your game and handle unfinished business. Libras hate to be rushed, so a little extra prep time never hurt!
Venus is associated with love and harmony, and while it's been retrograde in Aries, it's been disrupting your seventh house of relationships. Your closest bonds may have been put to the test, but this was also a chance to clear the air. One Libra we know finally stopped suppressing her true feelings in the name of keeping the peace and had a blowout argument with her boyfriend. It ended up being the most productive conversations they had in years, and he finally knows where she stands. Talk about a silver lining!
On April 2, Venus backs into Pisces and your sixth house of health, organization and helpful people. Friction could arise with an assistant or service provider. If someone on Team Libra seems to be throwing shade at you, address the situation directly and get to the bottom of any surly or passive-aggressive behavior. With aesthetic Venus awry in this perfectionistic zone, body-image issues could flare. Curb the negative self-talk and cut yourself some slack if you, say, fall prey to a sugar craving or your spring clothes are a little tight when you pull them out of storage. This is a great time to declutter and decide which relics to keep and which to purge. Your materialistic sign can be quite the accumulator. A Marie Kondo-style closet makeover (bottom line: remove anything that doesn't inspire joy) could lift your spirits by lightening your load.
Expansive Jupiter is on pause in your sign until June, slowing down independent ventures and pushing you to do personal growth work. Lucky and risk-taking Jupiter entered Libra on September 9, 2016, and is sticking around until October 10, 2017, a 13-month cycle that happens every 12 years. This grand opportunity (and adventure) kicked off a brand-new life chapter, sending you on a rapid-fire reinvention for the past six months. But in February, Jupiter's turnabout hit the brakes, giving you an opportunity to catch your breath and make sure you weren't rushing in without a proper plan. Jupiter retrograde could revive a back-burnered personal project or old passion. (Another Libra friend, a gifted photographer, picked up her craft again this year.) Use the time between now and June 9 to prep for a splashy launch, then make your grand debut between June and October. But first: Circle April 11 for a big moment, retrograde be damned! That day brings the year's only Libra full moon, a major manifestation point for everything you've been working on since your last birthday.
Another reason to polish up your act? Structured Saturn turns retrograde on April 6, backtracking through your third house of communication and ideas until August 25. Now is the time to hone your message, Libra, making sure you're conveying your capabilities to the world in the most direct and compelling way. Spend time crafting a marketing plan, building a gorgeous website (Squarespace and Wix have made this a no-brainer) or taking a class to polish your skills. Credentials count when the ringed planet comes knocking, so use this Saturn U-turn to acquire any official certifications or licenses you need to earn. You might be a natural-born masseuse with a gift for Shiatsu, but if logging the hours required by your state is keeping you from opening a full-on practice, maybe it's time you went for it. But think it through before you leap into any major commitments, like going back to school or partnering on a joint venture. Saturn demands a proper long-term plan.
Next in line for the retrograde parade is Mercury—the most "buzzworthy" retrograde that everyone and their labradoodle has heard of by now. Mercury retrograde can throw communication, technology and travel into a tizzy, as it probably will once again from April 9 to May 3. Heed the standard advice: Delay signing contracts and buying new electronics; think before you speak. And don the kid gloves for your closest relationships, which could be affected most by this round of Mercury retrograde.
Mercury will back through Taurus and your intimate, merger-minded eighth house from April 9 to 20, which could bring back an ex back into the picture or stir up passionate disagreements around money, sex and power. Controlling dynamics could intensify, so use this time to clear the air and address what's not being said. Engagements or big plans could be called off or delayed while you think this through more. (What's the rush anyway?) A budding joint venture could hit a sticking point in negotiations, or you may not see eye-to-eye with a close partner. Your long-term finances could be impacted by Mercury's mayhem. Change your passwords and guard against identity theft (get cash from a bank instead of that sketchy gas station ATM). Check your statements for errors and erroneous charges.
Last on the retrograde chain is transformational Pluto, retrograde in Capricorn and your fourth house of home and family from April 20 to September 28. Pluto reverses course approximately this same time every year, and it's in Capricorn from 2008 to 2024. For nearly a decade, your summers may have included some deep soul-searching around parent-child bonds (especially with your mother), where to live or what makes you feel safe in the world. With spiritual Pluto in reverse, you could shift the energy of your living situation with Feng Shui or perhaps explore a radically different lifestyle. Sick of being a city dweller and craving more nature? Do you long to be closer to family or part of a like-minded community? Give all of these desires some breathing room. Since Pluto rules the unconscious, meditation and journaling can connect you more deeply. You may crave more solitude and self-care during this phase. Pluto could also help you make contact with a departed female relative, possibly through a medium or your own dreams.
Going within becomes even more compelling when the Sun starts its month-long journey into Taurus and your private, intimate eighth house on April 19. This is your annual time to hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign, sticking to a tight circle of trusted confidantes and tuning out distractions. Put the blinders on and dive into soul-searching or a project that requires your intentional focus. The eighth house rules mergers—financial, sexual, spiritual—and you may move toward a more permanent status with a key person. The April 26 Taurus new moon could set the wheels in motion. Is it time to put a ring on it or make things official?