With Mercury and Venus retrograde, it’s time to gear up.
By Lilly Roddy
As the month opens, we are still under the influence of retrograde Venus, planet of love and money. With this planetary influence, we are paying particularly close attention to the functioning of our relationships and how well we are fulfilling our own needs, both emotionally and financially. Venus is finally direct on April 29, but Mercury, planet of communication and transportation, goes retrograde on April 5 through May 9. This will extend the slow beginning of the year that we are all experiencing. As with all retrogrades, we need to take care of what’s on our plate before we add any more to it.
Positive days this month are the 5th, 7th, 16th, 17th, and 24th. Days to stay in bed are the 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 20th, and 28th. With both Venus and Mercury retrograde, take care of past issues. Next month, May 9 is a good time to start those new projects and buy those cars, cell phones, marriage licenses, and some new furniture.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). Happy birthday, Aries! This is your personal yearly cycle when you have the opportunity to review last year’s goals and set new aspirations for your personal birth year. With Venus (the planet of relationships) moving through your sign, you have been in an especially introspective time. A lot of the focus has been on your self-worth in relationships. It would be best to put off starting your new projects until mid-May. You will get a burst of energy at the end of the month!
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). This month, you will experience various energies pulling you in several directions at the same time. With your ruling planet, Venus, retrograde, you have been rethinking your relationships and commitments from the past. With Mars (planet of action) in Taurus, this is a good time to take action with people and events from your past. You’re headstrong, so you could be short-tempered during most of the month. Focusing on diet and exercise could be especially helpful. Mercury is retrograde in your sign for the first half of the month. This will make the Mercury retrograde seem very personal. Pay attention to details, and don’t sign things you haven’t read!
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). This is a busy month as you experience a lot of activity with friends, community organizations, and perhaps even your children. April is a wonderful time to connect with old friends or school chums from your past. You are still evaluating your current career situation and considering a possible relocation. About midmonth, you are ready for a break in the action. However, by the end of the month you are back into action! It’s a great time for exercise, dieting, and just getting clear about what it is that you want to do.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). As the month opens, you continue to be focused on career and long-term emotional and financial security. With both Venus and eventually Mercury retrograde in your career sector, you are definitely looking back at what you’ve accomplished—or what you haven’t done particularly well. This can also be a nostalgic time as you look back and reconnect with your family. Community or business organizations will really benefit from your participation, and you may connect with old friends there as well. The end of the month is a busier time for you.
LEO (July 23–August 22). As the month begins, you are mentally open to new ideas and differ-ent points of view. You are communicating your ideas more clearly, and with Mercury retrograde occurring on April 5, you have the opportunity to restate your position and share your point of view in greater detail. It’s a very good month for writing, traveling to places you’ve previously seen, or finishing up contract negotiations. You are taking more of a leadership role at work, or possibly considering starting something on your own. You will be speaking with a louder voice, especially at the end of the month. Pace yourself, as you will continue to be busy through the end of May.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). Your focus in April is on getting your financial picture in order. This is actually a very good month for you to be working on your taxes. You have been looking at all sorts of ways to improve your financial picture. You will want to make better use of your dormant skills. April is also a good month for writing or attending some additional educational classes. With your ruling planet, Mercury, going retrograde, pay more attention to the details around you. This retrograde is always a good time to clean out your files, your pantry, or your garage. You will take on more of a leadership role at work toward the end of the month. Don’t be afraid to step up!
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). With Venus retrograde, this month forces you to focus on your relationships. You will be working to improve how you get in and get out of them, and how to create more balance so you experience a greater sense of fairness. The relationships that aren’t shaping up will be shipping out, but you are also looking to reestablish and confirm the sincere feelings you have about the relationships that continue. Personal self-worth plays a big role in determining how balanced your relationships are. This is also a good month for you to pay attention to your financial investments and sticking with your budget. Even though it continues to be busy through the end of the month, you are looking for some getaway time, especially after the 25th.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). This month you are working extremely hard on getting your work/life behaviors, health habits, and coworker relationships improved so that everything works more efficiently. Watch for potential computer, Internet, or communication problems this month, especially at work. You are more direct with people—even with the people you like! You may feel that you have to stand your ground, and you could potentially feel challenged. With the Mercury retrograde this month, you may connect with old friends and lovers, or even coworkers that you really liked. You continue to focus on your long-term financial future with an extra burst of energy at the end of the month.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). Although you are plenty busy, you are trying to make time for yourself and reconnect with your family. Friends, business and community organizations, and travel are all open to you this month. This can be a good time for adult education, writing, publishing, and reconnecting with colleagues. At the end of the month, you are paying more attention to your health and exercise routine. This month is also very good for spending time with your children and learning how to play. In the background, Saturn is still pushing us to let go of things from the past and to create new pathways for career and social opportunities. This Saturnian energy will be with you through the end of this year.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Your home and family life are especially active this month, with both Venus and Mercury retrograding through the area of your Zodiac that represents home, genetics, and family traditions. You will want to make your nest as comfortable as possible. This may include remodeling, redecorating, and potentially moving. This same energy is also stimulating your career sector, so there could be new opportunities showing up for you. It would be best for you to wait until mid-May before making any permanent decisions. Exercise and an improvement in your diet and health habits show up toward the end of the month.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You are working behind the scenes to get your life more organized, both in terms of making the best use of your time and taking care of the small chores that have been pestering you for the last couple of months. You may be thinking that you want to reconnect with your family, and especially your siblings. The energies are especially positive this month for you to work on your book or blog, and to improve your social-media connections. This is an especially good month for you to be reworking or reediting any documents that you have been focused on. You will remain attentive to making your home a more comfortable place well into May. At the end of this month, you are interested in having more fun and working less!
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You are much more focused on your earning potential and financial security this month. If you feel that you aren’t appreciated enough by those you work with, you may be looking for a new place to work. Although this is a good time to do research about what else is out there, it would be best if you waited until mid-May before making any specific decisions. This is an excellent month to consider your long-term financial security, especially for the future when you retire. Toward the end of the month you are more direct in your conversations. You may feel impatient with people who can’t seem to follow instructions. At the very end of the month, you are ready for a break in your routines. Take some time to get away to a favorite vacation spot, or just turn off your phone and sit on your patio to enjoy a time of reflection.
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