Ideas into action! You're ready to start crafting your grand visions into tangible form. The Sun makes its annual sojourn through Aries and your second house of work, money and security until April 19. It's a productive time to get down to business. February 26 brought a Pisces solar eclipse, a grand finale of a two-year cycle that's completely refashioned your priorities—if not your whole identity. Now that you've finished this cosmic reinvention tour, you're ready to start building a life that matches the person you've become.
But before you set anything in stone, know this: Five (yes, five) planets will be retrograde this April, which can throw some roadblocks in your path. While you may not knock out every item on your list in record time, this challenging cycle IS ideal for inspecting and revamping. As the month begins, Venus and Jupiter are already retrograde, to be joined by Saturn, Mercury and Pluto. 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.
Venus, the planet of beauty, love and harmony, is retrograde from March 4 to April 15, and she may have been rattling your confidence or stirring up unresolved tension in a relationship. When she backs into Pisces on April 2, you could feel the tension acutely. Is your image due for an upgrade? With Venus doing backstrokes in your first house of appearance, you might suddenly decide you've outgrown everything from your wardrobe to your decor. Don't rush to revamp, though, since Venus retrograde can lead to major style misfires. Make a mood board on Pinterest, rifle through magazines, consult a colorist (but schedule your appointment for after the 15th). Since your sign famously self-soothes with retail therapy, you're probably due for a closet edit and a couple trips to the Goodwill. Use the retrograde to donate clothes and furnishings that no longer suit your style.
By doing so, you could unblock the flow from an energetic and spiritual perspective as well. Expansive Jupiter is retrograde in Libra and your eighth house of intimacy and transformation from February 6 to June 9. Many of your possessions may hold a "charge" related to an associated person or memory. For example, wearing your grandmother's ring or grandfather's pocket square can evoke a sense of safety, while sleeping on a mattress and sheets you bought with your ex keep you energetically connected to him or her. Obviously you don't want to get superstitious about it, but take a look around your environment and see if you're holding onto a piece of the past that needs to be released.
The eighth house also rules sex, emotional bonds and shared finances—anything from investments to real estate to binding legal contracts. With Jupiter retrograde here, you could start obsessing over an old lover or creeping back into unhealthy but charged entanglements. Relationships might become fraught with power struggles like these, where you get caught in a demand/withdraw pattern or "repetition compulsion," an unconscious replicating of a toxic old dynamic. This can happen with anyone—a romantic partner, client or friend. Couples might decide to call off an engagement or delay baby-making plans. A joint business venture or real estate search could slow down now. Use this time to research and reflect. Leaping blindly into a major decision, which your sign has done more than once in this lifetime, could backfire now.
Your reward for not impulsively pursuing instant gratification? Jupiter corrects course and powers forward this June, remaining in Libra until October 10. The soul-searching you do now will pay off and help you make a serious decision with a LOT more clarity. Money that was tied up could flow in again, and a sputtering relationship might pick up speed—this time rooted in reality rather than fantasy.
You might get some earlier clear signals on April 11, when the Libra full moon illuminates this intense part of your chart. If you're 100 percent ready to dive in—or call the whole thing off—you might do it now. Either way, this lunar light will be eye opening when it comes to your most important bonds. Thanks to a harsh beam from shadowy Pluto, you may come across a disruptive email or text or hear disturbing news from a friend. Investigate before jumping to conclusions or freaking out, Pisces. (Besides, what WERE you doing in their inbox anyway?)
Speaking of boundaries, stern Saturn is April's first planet to go retrograde. The ringed taskmaster backs through Sagittarius and your tenth house of long-term goals, career and authority from April 6 to August 25. Are you setting well-defined limits and expectations with people? Saturn reveals where you may be giving away your power or avoiding responsibility. Feeling jaded about your professional path or adrift in life? This reflective time can be fruitful for reaching out to old colleagues and clients or getting additional training so you're better positioned for a major change. Avoid shortcuts or get-rich-quick schemes like the plague. Cutting corners will only come around to bite you, so follow protocol even if you're allergic to it.
While Saturn backspins for the next five months, you may be in the home stretch of a demanding gig. You sold them on the project, and now it's time to put in the time. Pay your dues, Pisces, and your hard work will pay off. At the very least, you can exit stage left with integrity and a clear conscience once Saturn departs from this demanding part of your chart on December 19—not to return until 2044!
Be careful not to overpromise in the meantime, especially while communication planet Mercury is retrograde from April 9 to May 3. Mercury rules technology, interpersonal matters and travel, and it makes this U-turn three or four times a year. Back up your data and devices, triple-confirm all reservations and itineraries, and hold off on signing contracts if possible.
From April 9 to 20, Mercury backflips through Taurus and your social third house, which could cause you to be wildly misunderstood, both in person and on social media. Fly beneath the radar and catch up with old friend, or read that stack of books and magazines you've been wanting to attack all year. Be excruciatingly cautious about what you put in writing. This is one of those times when the snarky email about your boss accidentally goes TO your boss because you've hit "reply all" instead of just pinging your coworker. The third house rules anything with wheels, so research cars and bikes, but hold off on buying. Get inspired by this gilded skateboard halfpipe that's doubling as a community/interactive art installation in Detroit (created by our friend Everard Findlay, who has Pisces rising!).
Beginning April 20, Mercury backs through Aries and your financial house, creating an auspicious opportunity to revamp your budget and trim extraneous costs. Rethink any big purchases (especially electronics) and wait until Mercury's mayhem subsides on May 3 if you can. Friction can arise with colleagues and clients, especially over responsibility and money. Check your bank statements to make sure there aren't any erroneous charges on there.
Last in line for the retrograde brigade is crafty Pluto, which will backspin through Capricorn and your group-activity zone from April 20 to September 28. A frenemy type could emerge, so be careful whom you take into your confidence. Since the eleventh house also rules technology, take extra measures to protect your identity, changing to stronger passwords and backing up your important data to the cloud. Someone in your circle could be jealous or subtly undermining, so keep an eye out.
When all else fails, blow off steam with some lighthearted local fun. From April 19 on, the Sun is in Taurus and your communal third house, putting you in social spirits—retrogrades be damned. Your neighborhood could be a hotbed of inspiration: Check out small festivals, street fairs and pop-ups. Hit the library before ordering Amazon Prime and try to shop from independently owned businesses when you can.
The Taurus new moon on April 26 could spark exciting dialogue or introduce you to a kindred spirit whose skills complement yours. Test the waters by collaborating on a small project together. New moons take up to six months to fully unfold, meaning conversations started today can really take flight in the coming half-year. An exploratory meeting or pitch session may not deliver an immediate yes, but it could plant the seeds for an important connection.
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