Can we talk? April begins with four planets—the Sun, peacemaker Venus, go-getter Mars and radical Uranus—in your third house of communication, ideas and kindred spirits, making this a perfect time to get your social and multitasking groove on. Given all the mental activity, you might even consider cutting back on caffeine or eliminating a few stressful obligations that have cluttered your calendar. Save your attention span for those "eureka" moments and creative brainstorms. Inspiration is everywhere, so remember to take in your surroundings: gazing at treetops, architectural details on buildings, the passing crowds.
The April 10 Aries new moon emphasizes your third house of communication, bringing exciting news, ideas or even a meeting that sets off a six-month cycle of fertile growth. At this new moon, you may find the inspiration to start speaking up, perhaps for a cause that means everything to you, like water conservation or animal rights. Or perhaps you will have an opportunity to teach or write about what you're learning. Perhaps it's just time to stop second-guessing yourself and speak your truth. What's "obvious" to you is often totally fresh and original to others. This is a good time to welcome new friends and perspectives into your life, especially if you're in an intellectual rut.
You may come to rely on those out-of-the-box friends and opinions in the coming months. From April 12 to September 19, shadowy Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your twelfth house of closure, healing and the subconscious. During this stretch, you may really need to reckon with your own "shadow" side, looking at unconscious patterns that could have you spiraling down a negative path, or unhealed wounds that are manifesting as a heaviness, depression or even health issue. Instead of brushing off these inklings that something is not right, deal with them. If some kind of illness manifests, don't just treat the symptom. Now is your time to really root in and uncover the limiting belief or lack of closure that lies beneath.
If you've been bogged down by fear, shame, guilt or self-hatred, now is your chance to work on the toxic emotions that have been wreaking so much havoc in your life. When it comes to Pluto, show no fear. Just keep digging courageously and you'll get to the other (healthier) side eventually. If the excavation process gets intense, you can always live vicariously through Aquarian author Suzanne Guillette's memoir "Much to Your Chagrin," about how her gathering of other people's "light" embarrassing stories unwittingly led her to uncovering her own secret shame.
Your loved ones can also be a strong source of support later this month, too. On April 19, the Sun moves into Taurus, your fourth house of home and family. Rest your butterfly wings, and take a month to focus on personal and emotional foundations. Beautifying Venus is also in Taurus from April 15 on, making this a great time to change up your home decor or to spend quality time with family, especially female relatives (or close friends). Pull out your mother's lemon-square recipe, and invite your inner circle over for movie night or a catch-up over a glass of wine (or a cup of lavender chamomile tea).
Don't get too cozy, though. High-energy Mars comes barreling into Taurus on April 20, so the month won't be all knitting needles and nurturing bliss. Friction with a family member could put a crimp in your nesting. Or perhaps there's some kind of tension that gets in the way of total relaxation, e.g., maybe a roommate is being difficult, insisting on watching The Voice on full blast at 2 am, or there's noisy, disruptive construction on your block. Perhaps you need to do some streamlining and rearranging of your layout. (Paging the feng shui master!) Instead of resisting this dynamism in your home, you could also work WITH this energizing cycle and use your house as the launchpad for a cottage industry or lively, salon-style dinner conversations about politics and other controversial topics. One Aquarius we know used to invite an eclectic mix of folks to her home every week, an ongoing drop-in dinner party, only there was no convention. If people felt like eating her food and not talking, that was totally cool. Often Reiki masters would sit alongside sociology Ph.D.'s, finding common ground where everyone finds common ground: on YouTube's '80s channel.
On April 25, a Scorpio full moon lunar eclipse blasts into your tenth house of career and long-term goals. This eclipse could bring a dramatic shift in your work or life path, perhaps without much notice. In truth, this eclipse is the culmination of a cycle that started November 13 at the Scorpio solar (new moon) eclipse. If you've been vacillating over a job offer, you could hear news one way or another—and perhaps be forced to make a decision. Maybe you don't want to commit to teaching during the summer or taking on some extra responsibility at the office. But lunar eclipses bring closure or knock us off the indecisive fence—and they can also bring unexpected shifts, like a changing of the guard at your job, a client being "eclipsed" away (to be replaced with a better fit soon enough), or even a sudden promotion or job offer that can turn all your plans on their head. Suddenly, you're booking a ticket to Paris because there's an impossible-to-refuse project on the table? Oui, oui! You (and your professional stature) may feel the effects of this eclipse over the course of a month's time, or within a few days of it. Buckle up: You're zooming down a new career highway, whether you like it or not.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Turning lovers into friends and friends into lovers is said to be an Aquarian province. This month, with magnetic Venus and spicy Mars in Aries, your third house of kindred spirits, you might just be surprised by an off-the-charts chemistry you have with a friend or someone whom you first met as a platonic connection. When it comes to getting amorous, expect the unexpected—your spontaneous sign's favorite style. Perhaps you cross paths with a potential romantic partner at a friend's art opening, or some other social function in your neighborhood.
Coupled Aquarians should pump up the social factor and hang out with mutual friends. Set up a double date if you think there could be some "bromantic" chemistry between your guys, or if the ladies in your life seem destined to be BFFs. Instead of relying on your tried-and-true Netflix Fridays, mix it up by exploring new cultural events and spots in your neighborhood. With change-maker Uranus, your ruler, also in your third house, this is a great time to be spontaneous.
Midmonth, Venus moves into Taurus, your fourth house of domestic bliss. You're ready to swap back-to-back cocktail parties for picking out paint swatches or adding feng shui–inspired "pairs" like matching nightstands to your decor. During this time, you could either hear pregnancy news or heed some baby urges, since the fourth-house influence is tugging at your apron strings, saying, "Mama!" The fertile possibilities increase when the Sun enters Taurus on April 19, followed by steamy Mars on the 20th. A Taurus solar eclipse in May could bring a pregnancy, too, so keep on top of the ovulation calendar if you're feeling the urge to multiply. Having trouble getting pregnant? Check out the groundbreaking work of Alisa Vitti in her new book WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive and Become a Power Source.
Single Aquarians might want to make home feel a little more conducive to sexytime, amping up the sensual energy, especially if it's become cluttered with stuff or overtaken by children's toys. Don't keep your paperwork in the bedroom (especially if it contains libido-killing documents such as tax filings). Stock up on bath salts and candles. Set your home stereo as your morning alarm and wake up to atmospheric, romantic music. You might also want to tap into your own feminine energy, maybe trying a burlesque class or do some other heart-opening work, since your sign can be a bit emotionally detached or not always the girliest of the zodiac.
MONEY & CAREER
The world is your oyster, Aquarius…or at least that's how it feels, with a cluster of planets gathered in Aries, your third house of communication and ideas. April bustles with vibrant, new energy. With a light, free attitude, you're open to ingesting new perspectives and information—prepare to frequent the bookstore or keep your Kindle close at hand. The greatest lessons you learn may even be through stories that other people tell, inspiring you to draw parallels to your own life. Sign up for short classes that catch your fancy, e.g., Beginner Quantum Physics or How to Launch Your Own World-Changing Biz. When you're invited to networking mixers or other opportunities to get out and meet folks, say, "Yes!" You never know what could transpire weeks or months down the road from that coffee date you accepted. "Why not?" is your new mantra.
When it comes to selling yourself or your ideas, there's no better day than the April 10 Aries new moon, when five beneficial planets in this sector of your chart, including communicator Mercury, go-getter Mars, charming Venus and innovator Uranus. Your powers of persuasion are cranking full-tilt, so schedule those high-stakes meetings and pitches. With unpredictable Uranus and rash Mars in the mix, there's a chance you may hear news that's abrupt or upsetting—or that you may fly off the handle and blurt out something pointed you've been repressing. Ouch! Be mindful not to speak in an angry state now, simply because you don't have time for the cleanup job. For an interesting primer on how the reactive state can disconnect you from your purpose, read The Power of Kabbalah by Yehuda Berg.
On April 25, a Scorpio lunar eclipse in your tenth house of career shakes up your professional trajectory. What may seem like a sudden development, e.g., a promotion or big sale, actually has been brewing since the November 13 solar eclipse in Scorpio. This full moon is the bottom-line turning point of a six-month cycle sparked back then. Information that's been hidden or unclear could come out into the open. If the news seems promising, you might be tempted to throw all caution to the wind and jump in with both Louboutins. Well, that might not be the best idea, sorry to say. Instead of a blind leap, leave no stone unturned, asking all the questions that need to be asked, before you accept an offer.
Eclipses are radical change-makers, so something about this situation might be pressing some hot-button issues around authority, commitment, structure and leadership for you. Your rebellious sign has issues with all of the above, so when your fears of being boxed in get triggered, you often respond in a knee-jerk manner. If possible, remain detached until you have all the information you need. One job or part of your career path may be "eclipsed" away near this date, making room for something better to come along (likely within the next month).
If you were clinging to an outworn professional identity or industry, expect the calcified layers to dissolve. The pay-the-bills work you're doing may be smothering your soul. If you're conservative at heart but toiling away for a liberal cause, for example, you might just be forced out of your political closet. A longtime manager or boss could suddenly depart, leaving you to grapple with that person's absence. Rationally, you know you'll get along fine without them; the deeper issue is your ability to accept (gracefully) the natural ebb and flow of life. If your company restructures, eliminating departments and reconfiguring roles, you could experience the same discomfort. Instead of holding on to what was, embrace the new guard, remaining flexible and open.
With maturity planet Saturn hovering nearby this full moon in Scorpio, you may feel a certain letter-pressed gravitas around events now. Yes, even your free-spirited sign appreciates security and will make the necessary structural changes to satisfy your warring desires for freedom and stability. These two elements don't have to be at odds, after all. You don't want to be bored (your eleventh commandment could easily be "Thou shalt never watch paint dry"). But, on the other hand, your soul may be feeling the inevitable burnout of the nomadic lifestyle that so many Aquarians favor.
Could it be that your resistance to being a "suit" is really a front? Maybe you're enacting some kind of unconscious rebellion against authority. Since both Saturn and the tenth house rule fathers, there could be some deep-seated daddy issues happening here. Perhaps you need to shed an old, outmoded belief about "bosses" and how they need to act. For an inspired success story, read renegade Donny Deutsch's memoir on entrepreneurship, Often Wrong, Never in Doubt.
Perhaps you're craving more purpose in your life. If you're frustrated with an endless stream of superficial Facebook status updates, consider logging off for a bit, so that you can get in touch with your deeper longings outside of a 140-character world. Author Annie Dillard once said, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Maybe you're not quite ready to declare what you want to do for "the rest of your life," but you know you can put yourself on more solid ground right now, without having to know the end game. Even just intending to get on your path can help you shift your perspective. Regimented Saturn rules mentors, so you might want to work with a seasoned coach to help you sort all this out.
Since this potent eclipse opposes stressful Mars in Taurus, your fourth house of home and family, you may have to widen the scope of your considerations. Perhaps you receive a promising offer with mind-blowing benefits (winters in Telluride!), a fancy title (Chief Intelligence Officer!) or real opportunity for growth (you'll be running the show in five years!). But these carrots could come with strings, e.g., you have to work longer hours, relocate or spend more time away from your family than you'd like. Is the upending of your current lifestyle worth the payoff? Only you can decide for sure.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Sweep those karmic decks, Aquarius. On April 12, plumb-the-depths Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your twelfth house of closure, healing and the unconscious. Just when your lighthearted sign thinks all is well, the stars demand that you to deal with deep, old wounds, including addictions and other behaviors that undermine your best self-improvement efforts, between now and September 19. This is the house of karma, so be very mindful of the energy and thoughts that you put out. If you need to process anger you've been harboring, especially if it's aimed at a particular person, we recommend taking extra precautions before spewing venom.
During this time, you may have to deal with an illness or a challenging situation related to some kind of loss. Perhaps someone close to you is battling an addiction or recovering from an earth-shattering transition, such as a divorce. While you're always ready to be a good friend, you need to be careful not to get sucked into a codependent dynamic. Besides, these outside psychological dramas will only distract you from your own heavy thoughts and moods, which are especially notable at this time. This is a good stretch to sign up for some therapy or energy healing to get to the root of your issues. Get comfortable sitting with uncomfortable thoughts. For some guidance, we recommend Buddhist nun Pema Chodron's Comfortable with Uncertainty.
There's a strong activation of both your unconscious (thanks to shadowy Pluto)you’re your subconscious (thanks to the foggy twelfth house). You might begin a regular meditation practice or go on a silent retreat. If you're mourning a loss of a loved one, read Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani, a stirring tale about one woman's incredible near-death experience and spontaneous healing from cancer. Moorjani recounts her experience on the "other side," and reading about this can give you great comfort that your loved ones are always with you, even when their existence transcends the physical plane.
The self-care emphasis gets even stronger on April 19, when the energizing Sun moves into Taurus, your fourth house of domesticity. Get back to your roots, Aquarius, as a month of family and nurturing has you reaching for the old family photo albums. With stressful Mars entering Taurus on April 20, you might experience some tension on the home front. Instead of bickering over who said what at that unforgettable Mother's Day brunch in '98, rally the troops for some physical, energy-moving activity, like group walks or workouts.