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The main ‘astro news’ headlines this month involve two of our fastest moving planets, Mercury and Venus. Unfortunately they are both moving very slowly right now so expect some frustration to continue in the matters associated with these planets. Communications, ideas, information exchanges along with relationships, finances and social connections are all in the mix this month.
Venus, our love goddess helps to connect people together and draws what we desire closer to us so we can make it our own. Currently she is in her retrograde phase (appearing to move backwards) and in Aries, a sign that can make her feisty and at odds with harmonious co-operation. Since early February relationships have been strained and the emphasis has been on ‘going it alone’ even whilst in a partnership. There has been a trend to reflect and consider what is needed as an individual and this has left a sense of being out of step with others. After Venus moves backwards into the sign of Pisces on April 2, some of the conflict should resolve, at least internally on a personal level. She is much better suited to the Pisces nature but now she has restrictive Saturn making a difficult square angle to her for most of the month. Saturn, which is the planet of responsibilities, duty, commitments and learning through life lessons, is also about to turn retrograde and so this really puts a focus on this current dynamic. To add more to the story, there is Chiron, the wounded healer at the same position as Venus when she appears to come to her standstill before starting forward again on April 15.
Mercury turns to make it’s retrograde phase on April 9 and continues this way until early May. In the process he will connect with Uranus, (the eccentric planet of freedom and individuality) and they remain close until mid May. This will bring unexpected news, surprises and unusual turnarounds. This is not necessarily bad but can be disruptive with the need to adjust, as unpredictable events occur and plans have to be changed at short notice.
Around the Full Moon in Libra on April 11 will likely bring a lot of things to a head and we will see where things are not in balance. Are you doing too much or doing only what others want from you? Have you taken care of your personal needs and desires way beyond those of others? The theme is really about getting priorities right and to not allow anyone’s preferences to dominate in the longer term.
By the time of the New Moon in early Taurus on April 26, some more relaxed and easy energy will have emerged and there’s some time to assess your situation and breathe deeper for a while as the pressure lifts. Use this time to recognise that you have been on a grueling journey but now there is a sign of light on your horizon and it’s worth continuing onwards. Don’t allow your inner peace be disturbed by anyone else’s chaos or conflicts.
This month will ensure that long term problems are thoroughly reviewed and what needs to be addressed will be, but without the signs of any real resolution just yet. There’s a feeling of having been broken down and almost having given up under the overwhelming struggles in life. The value of accepting what cannot be changed, right now, will become apparent. Old wounds that have held us back in our relationships, our ability to become abundant or at peace, get some necessary exposure. Soon they can be dealt with, healed and we can finally move along into a new phase of life with greater strength, tolerance, compassion and patience, for ourselves and with others.
Full Moon is at 22° Libra on April 11 at 7:09am and New Moon is at 7° Taurus on April 26 at 2:57am.
Aries: This Full Moon is a good opportunity for dealing with any relationship issues. Personal and professional partnerships need your attention now. You are aware of how much you have to give but guard against taking others for granted; they won’t appreciate it if you do. You’ll be at your best when you can get things into a healthy balance so finding a win win situation for everyone has to be your goal. Interesting and stimulating people may come into your life now and you’ll want to find time for intimate encounters or shared experiences.
Taurus: This is a good time to organise your work environment and make it more efficient. You are prepared to do the tedious work and the necessary tasks that don’t reap obvious rewards. You’re not likely to feel at peak performance level so take a slow and measured pace and be surprised at how much can be achieved. Also, don’t take your health for granted; keep an eye on what you eat and pay attention to what you do physically during the Full Moon phase. You’ll benefit from making adjustments especially if you’ve been overdoing it lately.
Gemini: During this Full Moon period your imaginative powers are strong and you could enjoy an artistic success if you have creative talents. Whatever you do it needs to give scope to your originality and get you noticed. You want to have fun and taking chances might pay off. Not taking yourself too seriously will also reap benefits and you may surprise yourself at what you come up with by just playing around. Your feelings for loved ones are more intense now and children may take an important role in your life at this time.
Cancer: Home and family matters occupy your thinking during this Full Moon. Putting your energy into ventures that give you some sense of security and wellbeing will feel important now. You may just feel like staying home and building up your reserves so you have plenty spare for later. Sticking with familiar surroundings and intimate company takes the stress out of socialising and you need that freedom to nurture what’s really important. This is a good time to try and complete unfinished projects and don’t expect to get started on anything new just yet.
Leo: There may be increased contact with your neighbours and involvement in community activities during this Full Moon phase. You have the urge to get out and about and make connections. You may feel restless if you don’t find activities that stimulate your mind. A lot of energy can be used up in trivial or lighthearted conversation but going deep isn’t the mood of the moment. Seek out more information and alternatives to what you already know. This is a good time to catch up on correspondence or to do some writing.
Virgo: This Full Moon phase finds you concerned with your material and financial security. Impulse buying, or conversely, stinginess might be a problem now depending on how you feel about the state of your resources. This is a good time to consider if you are making the best of your natural skills and talents. You might be underestimating yourself or not yet utilising all the tools in your bag for your greater benefit. Actual money isn’t the only source of wealth and you may find you have abundance in another form.
Libra: During this month’s Full Moon phase you are concerned with your own needs and personal security. The emphasis is on putting the stamp of your individuality on everything you do. Domestic, family and property matters are likely to occupy your mind now. What’s important is how these areas of your life are impacting on your lifestyle and self-expression. You are especially sensitive to environmental conditions and your own moods. Getting a glimpse of your unique personality in action gives you a better sense of who you are.
Scorpio: During this Full Moon phase your inclination is to shun the limelight and keep pretty much to yourself. You can be very productive throughout this period by just quietly working away behind the scenes in seclusion. Taking time out to relax, daydream or meditate regenerates the spirit and brings you closer to your creativity. Reconnecting with your inner world is important for your sense of equilibrium. Valuable insights and breakthroughs are possible. Enjoy the quiet ‘alone time’ whilst you can as the demands of your outer world will encroach again soon enough.
Sagittarius: During this period it’s who you know rather than what you know that matters now. This is a good time to crank up your social life and meet people; the benefits will soon follow. This Full Moon highlights your position within your community, in group ventures, or projects, which involve others of like mind. The phrase ‘what you put in is what you get out’ holds very true for you now. You can see that what you have to offer is appreciated by those concerned and this is a time of reaping the rewards from your past contributions.
Capricorn: Vocational concerns are likely to dominate your thinking. If you’re not already striking out to fulfill your ambitions then now is the time to make plans for your future. Getting yourself some recognition for what you do well takes on extra significance during this Full Moon. Self-acknowledgement only takes you so far and for now you need some approval from those you respect. If you want to launch your career or go a step further then make the moves. But remember to balance the demands of your work or public life and the needs of your family.
Aquarius: During this Full Moon travel, higher learning, study and spiritual matters can occupy your mind. Not content with anything ‘hum drum’, you’re likely to want the freedom to explore new ground or invite new experiences into your life. This is a great time to think big and make the most of opportunities that come your way. An overseas contact may get in touch or new information provides the chance to break out from any restricting routines, so try something different. Be prepared to open your mind to new ideas and lifestyles.
Pisces: This Full Moon might be a trying period; you may feel anxious and worried about things. Your attention is being drawn to the patterns that create life’s ups and downs. During this phase you may be focused on the negative side of a cycle at the expense of the positive. This might be a slow growth point but it’s a necessary pause during which you can consider what is truly worth keeping and what you can dispense with. It’s a great time to clear out what doesn’t work well in your life in preparation for the next phase.