04-16-2018 to 04-22-2018
As eager as you are to dive into a new investment or partnership, pause for a very important cause: your security. You may need to put clearer agreements in place when cautious Saturn shifts into his annual retrograde on Tuesday, April 17—this year through your eighth house of intimacy and joint resources until September 6. The conservative taskmaster is spending three years here (from December 19, 2017 until December 17, 2020), and you may already be learning a few adult lessons about commitment. Deals that sound a little too good to be true, potential partners who seem "perfect"—these could be red flags that are worthy of your attention. This doesn't mean you have to be a solo act for the next five months, but it should make you sit up and deeply consider things, and people, before you get attached at a deeper level. Later this week, on Sunday, penetrating Pluto also swings into reverse in the same zone, and will backpedal until September 30. This will intensify Saturn's mission—so consider yourself on notice! This can give the nudge you need to clarify any and all terms of engagement. In professional matters, put things in writing, get them notarized and maybe have a lawyer draw up a legally binding contract. If you're commingling finances with a business or romantic partner, treat it like an official business deal, with all necessary documentation and terms. In affairs of the heart, maybe take a little more time to get to know someone before you jump into bed. Sex and intimacy can complicate a situation, keeping you in too long if it's nice, and pushing you away if things don't get off to a high-intensity start. Pluto's reversal here can churn up strong emotions like obsession or jealousy–– both major buzzkills. But follow his lead and act with caution, and you could turn a new or simmering relationship into something deep and lasting. Just be willing to look at your own behavior clearly, and be honest and vulnerable.
Also on Tuesday, you can take a giant step toward improving your well-being as beautifying Venus connects with expansive Jupiter in your sixth house of health and service AND with transformational Pluto. Get proactive about things that have been bothering you, whether a pain or just your regular checkup. You don't want to let small things escalate into real problems. Even if everything is in perfect working order, this is a good time for energy work or preventive care, like a consultation with a nutritionist. And with Venus and Pluto in grounded earth signs, you might enjoy doing more outdoorsy activities: Pilates in the park, perhaps?
Even as you're getting your healthy on, you may feel a strong pull to stay in and cocoon for the next four weeks in a mini private retreat. That's the effect that Taurus season has on you, as the Sun dips into the sign of the Bull and your sleepy, introspective twelfth house. This coming month is the final phase of your celestial year—a perfect time to catch up on your sleep and reflect on what you achieved in the past year and what you aim to accomplish in the upcoming one. So give yourself permission to downshift and recharge your batteries. You'll need all the energy you can muster once Gemini season kicks off on May 20!