Avoiding issues? They’re coming to the surface.
By Lilly Roddy
April is a time when we focus more on ourselves. Issues that we might have been avoiding come to the surface as Mars, planet of action and anger, goes retrograde until mid-July. With Mars retrograde, we are encouraged to take action on our needs and not let the pot boil over so that we have to do something! Put on your running shoes—you will need them. We are also taking care of issues from the past with Mars retrograde.
And yes, then we have Mercury, our communicator and organizer, going retrograde on the 24th. With both Mercury and Mars retrograde, make sure you get your new projects started well before the 10th, or you may be delayed until mid-July. The first half of the month should be easier to manage than the last half, even though the first half is busier.
Better days this month are the 12th and 14th. Not-as-good days are the 6th, 7th, 9th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, and 28th.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). This is your personal yearly cycle when the sun returns to move through the sign of Aries, so you can think of this as your personal New Year. Normally this is a time of setting sail for new adventures in your life. Because you’ll be paying more attention to your current projects, you may not feel this is the best time to start something new; especially with your ruling planet, Mars, retrograde until mid-July. Relationships are also part of your focus this month, and you want more attention and appreciation from your partner. Finances, personal resources, and improving your sense of self-worth become more important toward the end of the month.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). This month is more of a time for you to step away from your routines for some personal retreat time and self-healing. The personal self-reflection is more intense as Mercury, the planet of communication and routines, goes retrograde in your sign near the end of the month. If you have projects to get started, make sure you start them before the 13th. Near the end of the month, you are feeling more grounded and more like yourself. With Mercury retrograde, you should be hearing from people from the past and reviewing decisions that you had previously made. Focus on the details!
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). This month the energies in the sky are really highlighting your relationships. For the next two months, Mars (planet of confrontation and renewal) is visiting your relationship sector. You can use this time to actively pursue improving relationships and renewing bonds—or wait for things to get so bad that you have to address them. This applies to romance, close friendships, and business relationships. You could use this energy to clear the air, or perhaps to set out on a unique new path. Continue to take a leadership role in business and community organizations. As we get into the latter part of the month, you will want to take some time for yourself.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). The Moon Kids continue to be busy and active this month with a focus on their career. You are in a time of leadership, and should step up to put your words and feelings into action. Your good business sense helps you to generate ideas and create projects that make people want to follow you. Continue on your health regimen. This is a good time for you to see doctors, hire a personal trainer, and develop some consistency in improving your health. In the latter part of the month, your business organizations become more important and you may find that you have to step in and lend a hand. Don’t be surprised if you hear from people you haven’t heard from in a while with Mercury retrograding in your friendships sector.
LEO (July 23–August 22). April is a bit more laid-back for you, and you should definitely take advantage of this time for rest. You are in a much more creative and playful mood, and should try to find some time to get away from your routines. Your children could be more demanding of your time and attention. This is your built-in excuse to go out and play with them. Toward the end of the month, you are more focused on your career and long-term security. This will be very evident as Mercury goes retrograde in your career sector from the end of April through the end of May. Used positively, this can be a time to review problem areas within your company and eliminate troubles that are habitual. This Mercury retrograde can also be a time when you are ending your association with your current company if things are not going as well. But do it on your timeline and not theirs.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). With Mars, planet of action and impatience, in your home and family sector, you are likely to be putting a lot of energy into making your home a safer and more comfortable place by confronting the problems that exist. There is also an overall element of reevaluation and a resetting of priorities. Even though you are busy and your mood is upbeat, you are not willing to relax and you keep pushing yourself forward. Taking care of past financial problems and freeing yourself from that unseen burden is a high priority this month. If you do take action on this, you will be making some real progress at this time. Make sure you are exercising and getting out to release some of the pent-up hostility that you are feeling. The latter part of the month can be good for writing or re-communicating some of your ideas from earlier this year to your coworkers and friends. You are a bit more laid-back at the end of the month.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Relationships are highlighted this month as the planets move through the partnerships section of your Zodiac sign. If you’re in a relationship, this is an excellent month to put some energy into it and get some positive results out of it. If you are single, by midmonth you may find yourself being drawn back into previous relationships. Emotions are tense from the 6th through the 9th. Be careful what you say—it can have a long-term impact on your relationships. Toward the end of the month, you may need some time to yourself to reconsider your long-term position in both your relationship and your career. Finances play a highlighted role, especially after Mercury goes retrograde on the 24th. Watch your money carefully and don’t buy anything expensive without doing your research.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). As you start the month, you are taking needed time to better organize your work environment and continue working on improving your health regimen. You are continuing to work on getting your financial affairs in order. You are taking a hard look at your resource base and eliminating what you don’t need. You’re also trying to generate some new resources that you haven’t used in the past. Toward the end of the month, relationships take the focus in your life. And with Mercury (planet of communication and logic) going retrograde in your relationship sector, you will be reviewing the way you initiate relationships, maintain the relationships that you are in, and have ended relationships from your past. You may find that some of those relationships that you thought had ended come back to revisit you! This is your chance to say what you always wanted to say!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). The next two to three months are going to be very interesting with Mars, planet of action, visiting your sign and making contact with Saturn, planet of slow and deliberate movement. You just might be more energized, and find it harder to sleep and be relaxed at this time. Your feelings and emotions will be right on your sleeve, and you may find that you are more reactive and authentic. If you’re used to hiding and suppressing your anger, this can be a time when you feel very uncomfortable and potentially out of control. Mars always does better with some sort of physical expression, so get to the gym or to the park for a run. Make sure you use some of this energy to get out of town and have some fun, because you are definitely looking to shift and get away from your personal habits and routines. But don’t worry—your need to connect back to your routines comes on much stronger toward the end of the month. With Mercury retrograde through the month of May, take some time to review your work and health habits.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). This month the activity focuses on your home, family, and genetics sector of your horoscope. You will be putting more energy into making your home a safer and more comfortable place. This can also be a time when you may want to invite people into your home to be either with family or with friends for a celebration. You are likely to be very real and to-the-point with people from April 6 through the 9th. How you deliver your message may actually be more important than the message itself. By the end of the month you are more than ready for a break. Try to focus on things that are more relaxing, rather than just staying plugged into your career as your escape. A short vacation could do wonders for you. Your own children or other young people could also have a very powerful impact on you this month. They can remind you that this is all “pretend,” and we make the rules up as we go!
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You are paying attention to your immediate environment, and working to improve unconscious habits and routines. This could easily come from organizing your office, your desk, or even the pantry in your kitchen. You are feeling some pressure to make better use of your time and your resources. This is a good time to continue focusing on some special projects that you may have been working on. Communications this month are crisp and clear, and you are not mincing words with people. By the end of the month, you focus all of your energy on continuing to improve your home, making it a more beautiful and safe place for you to be. With Mercury retrograding in your home and family sector, you may hear from some relatives that you have not heard from in a while. This can also be a good time for you to go back and visit your hometown where you grew up. Friendships continue to be edgy and difficult, as you’re not very tolerant of behaviors that you once allowed. Friends have to act more adult-like.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You may feel that you are in a tense situation at work, with your relationships, and potentially even at home. You’ve been working at setting boundaries, and this month that process begins to focus on your finances and long-term investments. You are taking on more of a leadership role at work with Mars in your career sector for the next three months. This can be an indication that you need to take a stronger leadership role, or to totally disconnect and look for another place to apply your career goals. Partners are very supportive throughout 2016, even though they are very busy with their own schedules. As we get more toward the end of the month, you begin to level out and get a handle on stabilizing your routines. Communications may be slowed or difficult, especially after the 24th with Mercury retrograde. Slow down and enjoy the slow time!
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