Security or freedom? This April, the planets are gathering in two contrasting corners of your chart, and you'll need to obey both calls. The Sun, Mercury and Uranus are in Aries and your stability-seeking second house—a realm that's all about hard work and consistent routines. But before you get too settled into a grounded groove, you'll hear the liberty bell of Mars, Saturn and Pluto ringing in Capricorn and your futuristic eleventh house, which is all about change and idealistic possibilities.
It's almost like you're living in two different time grids: the here-and-now reality of the second house and the "but wait, what if we tried it THIS way" spirit of the eleventh. Should you simply go with what's right in front of you and make it work—the "turning lemons into lemonade" approach? Or should you keep digging for other options before just settling on Plan A? Tough call… and even tougher for a dualistic sign like yours. You could go into full-on flip-flopping Fish mode if you feel pressured to make a decision.
One Pisces we know is confronting exactly this quandary: She signed a lease on a brand-new apartment only to find right before her move-in date that the construction was only partway done. She's weighing whether to walk away entirely and find something new—which would also mean losing her security deposit and accruing a stack of legal bills. Her other option is to couch-surf while waiting for the place to be finished, which could take a few more months. Luckily, since the eleventh house rules friends, she's got plenty of people willing to let her crash with them. But still…what's a sensitive Pisces to do?
If you find yourself on the horns of a dilemma, tap into some centering energy while the Sun is in Aries and your steady second house until April 19. This realm rules work, finances and procedures, and you will certainly find some serenity in taking things one day at a time. Stay productive, but make sure you're working smarter, not harder. With Mercury—the planet of communication, technology and travel—retrograde in Aries until April 15, you could easily squander your energy.
In the first half of April, take a step back to review whether your plans are airtight. From budgets to schedules to project phases, you'll want to have the facts and figures clearly defined before you invest an ounce of elbow grease. If you've crossed wires with a client or are having second thoughts about a job opportunity, press pause and work that through.
For some Pisces, the first half of April is ripe for reflection about your career path: Which parts of your current work (if any) DO you love? What moneymaking activities feel fulfilling and meaningful? Also worth considering is your overall relationship to money: Do you operate from a sense of abundance or scarcity? These tips can help you plug into a prosperity mindset that jibes with your Pisces nature. For a deeper dive, we recommend the book Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles by one of our mentors, Barbara Stanny. When Pisces take a holistic approach to their income, the bountiful energy starts to flow.
On April 15, just as Mercury returns to direct (forward) motion, the year's only Aries new moon brings a wave of fresh energy to this profitable and stabilizing sector. The fog lifts and you could soon get a clear sense of your next steps. If you've been stuck in a holding pattern, don't be surprised if the decision-makers finally arrive at a clear answer. Make your own follow-up calls now that the cosmic coast is clear. For job hunters, the next two weeks are perfect for applying and circulating your LinkedIn profile. Start new habits that help you feel grounded in your day-to-day life. Whether that's eating organic, tracking your spending or going to bed at a consistent time, the Aries new moon helps you streamline and simplify your life.
Now, let's talk about April's other prominent energy, which is coming from Capricorn and your eleventh house of teamwork, technology and the future. Action-planet Mars is here from March 17 to May 16, a visit that only happens every two years. You're excited by big, trailblazing ideas, and your activist spirit is on fire. As a Pisces, you loathe injustice, and with assertive Mars in the mix, you won't be able to stay quiet about it. This sector rules activism, and you could become the voice of an important social justice platform or the person who rallies everyone for a common cause.
Mars in Capricorn can speed up the action around a team project, but it could also bring stress and fighting. At moments, trying to get a group to agree on anything can be like herding cats. This is where your compassionate Pisces prowess can be a saving grace. If you step up and take charge, you could be like the conductor of a beautiful symphony, harmonizing all the players.
The caveat: You can't wait for permission or take a passive stance now. Assertive Mars pushes you to be more visible and vocal about your principles. Let people know exactly where you stand—whether that's on social media, at a client pitch meeting or in your circle of friends. Don't look the other way if you observe bullying or ruthless behavior. Call it out, Pisces.
Authoritative Saturn and powerhouse Pluto are also in Capricorn (for all of 2018 and beyond), which will lend you clout and depth through this Mars transit. Sober Saturn reminds you to choose your company carefully—the people you're around DO reflect on you. This could become painfully obvious once Saturn shifts into its annual retrograde slowdown from April 17 to September 6, followed by Pluto from April 22 to September 30. If you've been pushing TOO hard for change—and destabilizing yourself in the process—these retrogrades invite you to slow down to a more manageable pace.
Has a shady or manipulative person slithered onto Team Pisces? Fortify the borders and don't be too quick to trust, even if you feel insta-BFF chemistry with someone. Time is the marker of trustworthiness, and with Saturn (the ruler of linear time) in reverse, you should take twice as long to evaluate whether someone has earned inner-circle status.
If you're planning to launch an online venture, test it thoroughly and put in extra data security measures. Between Mercury being retrograde in the first half of April and Saturn and Pluto in the latter part, you don't want to be stuck mopping up your own mini-version of the Facebook Cambridge scandal. Use this month to update your public profiles, strengthen passwords and maybe run a Google search on yourself to see what comes up.
On April 19, the Sun shifts into Taurus and your third house of communication, local activity and ideas for a month. Your social side hits a high point now, an outgoing energy that pairs well with Mars, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and your networking zone. Find outlets in your neighborhood or community to share your big ideas. If you've been toiling away on a project, leave the office and go mingle. You'll accomplish more at an informal gathering or event than you will by being chained to your desk.
One day to escape the local scene arrives on April 29, when the year's only Scorpio full moon illuminates your ninth house of travel, learning and expansion. Take a risk and blast way out of the confines of your comfort zone, Pisces! Exciting news could arrive from afar. With this insightful moon in your truth-telling ninth house, you may have an important, air-clearing conversation where nothing is held back. Whew! While it might be a lot to take in at first, ultimately, this will set the stage for a more authentic relationship going forward.
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