Try to get all of your projects started before April 15, when our friend Mercury goes retrograde until May 15. Look for people to be more resistant than usual. It may take a lot of convincing to get people to see your point of view. • Saturn moves back into Virgo on the 7th, where she will stay until July 2010. This may bring on more financial concerns since this has an impact on the stock market. During the first half of the month we are feeling fairly energized, and this will continue well past the 15th. Try to work on existing projects, or finish up the ones at hand, and use that energized feeling in a positive way. • Easter Sunday is on April 4 this year. Easter always occurs on the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs when the sun enters Aries (spring). That is why Easter changes ever year. • The sun enters Taurus, an earth sign, on the 19th this year, just two days before Earth Day. Mercury is busy in Taurus as the month opens and then goes retrograde on the 15th. Communication will need to be extra clear for the next 30 days. Venus begins the month in her home sign, Taurus, and lightens it up when she moves into Gemini on the 25th. Mars is finally moving forward and energizing Leos everywhere. Saturn slips back into Virgo for the next couple of months. The rest of the planets are happy where they are.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). Happy Birthday to the Aries this month. This is your personal New Year when your star light is renewed and you look both backward and forward in your life. This will be a strong year in which you are really considering where you are going, and what you will be doing. Pay attention to your finances this month. You could get a chance to correct an error that has been occurring for a while and that will help you out financially. Relationships could be strained if you are pushing too hard. Take a breather by mid-month.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). You are “in between” this month. A part of you wants to see friends, get involved in organizations, and increase your social outlets. But there is a part of you that wants more secluded time. This increases as the month goes on. And with Mercury going retro in your sign, you need to pay attention to details. The first half of the month can be spent networking, taking clients to lunch, or just making contact with old friends. By mid-month, you will be focused on examining how you function or don’t function in your relationships. Keep your eyes open for ways to improve this part of your life. You will need more rest by the end of the month.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). This is a busy month for you. You can take several different paths this month. Your career is doing well, but you are still looking for something that really fits you. There are some new projects on the way. Be sure to network with people in your industry for hints or tips about new positions. With your ruler going retrograde in your area of spiritual retreat, you will be a lot more low-key. You will want to keep life much simpler and put a definite limit on the drama. Take care of existing conditions and don’t start any new projects.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). You’ve picked up your pace and intensity. You seem clearer about a direction than you have been in awhile. And while you will be busy with your work, you may over-commit yourself if you are not careful. With Mercury retrograde, old friends from your past will be contacting you. And you will generally consider the worth of the groups and organizations that you belong to. You may find that many don’t serve you as they did in the past. You are still working on setting up some new goals. Take your time—you won’t be able to put those goals into play until mid-May.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Finally, Mars, planet of action, is direct in your sign—so get out there and get it done. For the first half of the month, a great time to exercise, get started on a new project, or get out there and start dating someone new. You won’t be at your most patient, but you will be moving. By mid-month, it’s time to take a close look at your career. There could be some problems at work that come to light during this time. You will want to think things through before you act on them after May 15. You may want to take some time off so you can get a better perspective.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). Starting this month, Saturn, planet of evaluation and guilt, returns for a brief stay of three months. You can view this time as a last chance for making sure your plans are in order as you continue to get busier. Relationships are a bit more edgy. There is a definite need for renewal in your romantic routines. Boredom can be a real problem here. With Mercury, your ruling planet, going retrograde, you had better get as much done as you can before mid-month. After that, you will just work on existing projects and the ones that call from your past that need attention.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Maintaining a sense of balance and harmony will be more difficult this month. There seems to be a lot of fires to be put out. It also seems that you are the only one around to take on the responsibility. Boundaries are the thing. Are yours working? On a general level, all personal interactions are being scrutinized. You will not be very tolerant of people not fulfilling their obligations. Speak up and let us hear you! Keep a watch on money this month. There could be unexpected expenses near the end of the month.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). As the month opens, there is a lot of activity in your career and work arenas. You will definitely feel the impulse to act as resolutions finally come forth. This could be a time for you to launch a new career. Get as much done as you can before the 15th. After that, it is time to review your actions. Your relationships get center stage after the 15th. Old problems will resurface and give you a chance to examine them once more. For those of you in a relationship crisis, this could be a real turning point. You may be contacted by old flames from the past.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). You are feeling creative and playful this month. If you apply that at work, you will be enjoying what you do more. If you apply that to your life, you will find that you are looking to expand your social life and just have more fun. Children could be a source of greater pleasure at this time. By mid-month, it’s back to work, maybe to get that office reorganized. And don’t forget about those exercise routines you always promise yourself that you will do. This would be a good month for that.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Since you are in a larger period of review this month, home and family are the focus. You are looking at how to create a safer emotional nest, both internally and externally. Family relationships are being examined, and particularly those associated with your nuclear family. Some of you will be doing spring cleaning with this energy, both externally and internally. And with this comes a new set of boundaries. By mid-month, you are ready for a breather. Your overly serious tone is beginning to bother even you.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Relationship energies are reignited this month, so this is a good period for meeting someone new. After mid-month, date only people you already know. For those of you who are involved, this is the month for regenerating that existing relationship. Arguments will occur if you don’t find a way to confront this in a conscious way. After mid-month, you are more focused on your home and family, and you will be working to finish up old projects there. For many, this will be a great time to go back and visit family or old friends.
PISCES (February 19– March 20). This is such a busy time for you. Initially, you are focused on your financial picture. You are examining your sense of self-worth. You want to be valued and appreciated for who you are and what you do. And if you are not, you will be looking for greener pastures. In the career area, there are some new opportunities, and you are ready for a change. Your tolerance will be especially low by mid-month. You don’t want to be restricted, and you will be feeling that very strongly by the end of the month. Act more quickly, so you don’t feel trapped.
Read Lilly Roddy’s forecast for all of 2010, which appeared in OutSmart’s January issue. For more astro-insight, log on to lillyroddy.com.