Spring cleaning time! The Sun is making its annual visit to Aries until April 19, warming up your sixth house of health, fitness and organization. You're inspired to get your life and wellbeing into shape by trimming the excess and getting everything running like a well-oiled machine.
The timing couldn't be better for you to take inventory and make necessary course corrections. Five (yes, five) planets will be retrograde this April, a challenging cycle that, believe it or not, could be 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 a while (if not years) can resurface.
So how will these retrogrades affect you? Let's go through them one by one. Venus, the planet of love and harmony, is in reverse from March 4 to April 15. This cycle, which occurs every 18 months, can disrupt even the most stable bonds. On April 2, the love planet backs into Pisces, shaking up your fifth house of passion and self-expression. An ex could resurface, stirring up drama, or someone's ego-driven antics could complicate everything. There's a thin line between getting your needs met and being a demanding diva, and while Venus is retrograde, it's sure to be crossed. Watch those knee-jerk reactions during this short-fused reversal. Your explosive temper could create major chaos and messy cleanup jobs. Ten. Deep. Breaths.
Another reason to crank up the Zen factor? Expansive, philosophical Jupiter is retrograde from February 6 to June 9 in Libra and your twelfth house of compassion, closure and rest. Pace yourself with any projects, whether it's a spring fitness plan or a work endeavor. This could be a time for deep healing, grieving a loss or processing emotions you've swept aside. Sounds like a blast, we know—but at a certain point, the only way past it is through it. Or, as they say, you've gotta deal to heal. A therapist or an energy worker can help you tap into subconscious blocks and identify "blind spots" that are holding you back. (We all have 'em!) Your dreams could be rich and prophetic, worthy of a few journal pages. Tap your right brain (think: music, art and dance) because creative work can lead to major emotional epiphanies. The April 11 Libra full moon could be a watershed moment for forgiving and letting go.
While Jupiter is retrograde, it might feel like you're swimming upstream or that the world is conspiring against you. It's not, Scorpio, but your tunnel vision can certainly cause you to suffer! You may need to wave the white flag on a situation that's just not coming together with ease. Listen to us, Scorpio, and listen good: You simply can't force a situation to go your way now. We know you're accustomed to commanding the universe to bend to your will, but with Jupiter powered down, divine timing is everything. Here's a silver lining: On October 10, 2017, lucky Jupiter will enter Scorpio for a year, kicking off a brand-new 12-year life cycle. Between now and then, your main job is to identify what's no longer serving you and to release it from your life. Go inward and connect with your natural power sources—and learn the art of being in the present moment. When you attempt to force an outcome, it simply won't work. When you let the universe set the itinerary, miracles WILL happen. But you won't find out unless you trust and try!
Well, that would be enough for anyone to deal with in a single month—but there's more. April's first retrograde will be structured Saturn, making a U-turn in Sagittarius and your work-and-money house from April 6 to August 25. You may need to tighten your belt and cut out a few expenses or scale back an overly ambitious project. Your confidence could use some bolstering, but there's no bypassing the real inner work that's required to feel truly secure.
On April 9 Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, will join the retrograde brigade until May 3, scrambling interpersonal signals. Mercury retrograde happens three to four times a year, and it's a time when wild misunderstandings can flare up and electronics go awry. Mercury is retrograde in Taurus and your partnership house until April 20, which could muck up messages with your closest peeps. Be extra cautious about signing contracts or agreeing to any collaborations. An ex may come sniffing back around, hoping for a second chance. Proceed with caution! It could be that the timing is finally right for you two. But it's just as likely that this person is a messenger, returning to awaken you to a part of yourself that you've abandoned.
From April 20 to May 3, Mercury backs through Aries and your administrative sixth house, which may affect your work and daily routines. A normally reliable member of Team Scorpio could flake, and your tasks could get downright overwhelming. Streamline your schedule, and don't spread yourself too thin. Since the sixth house also rules health, it's all the more important to prioritize, because you're extra susceptible to getting sick now, especially with Jupiter retrograde in the other health-focused part of your chart. Take extra care of your mind, body and soul, and don't overdo it.
Last in line is your ruler, transformational Pluto, which will be retrograde in Capricorn and your third house of communication from April 20 to September 28. Pluto goes retrograde at approximately this same time every year, and it's a powerful time for introspection, spiritual healing and dealing with your unconscious "shadow" side. During this cycle, examine your interactions and unspoken dynamics, especially with colleagues, friends and siblings. You might become inspired to get involved in your community, tackling an injustice or connecting more deeply with your neighbors.
Relationships become a focal point near the end of the month, once the Sun starts its month-long journey through Taurus and your companionship house on April 19. Bring balance back to your closest ties and explore all serious opportunities to partner up. Single Scorpios could meet someone with long-term potential. Business connections can heat up, but take your time before committing to anything binding. With all the retrograde planets, it's crucial that you research and leave no stone unturned. The April 26 Taurus new moon is a good day to get negotiations underway or focus on what you want from a relationship. Seeds planted today will unfold in the coming six months, so meditate on your most important ties and what would make you feel the most fulfilled in them.