Paging all Rams! According to the cosmos, it's definitely Aries time, as four planets—the bold Sun, go-getter Mars, harmonious Venus and revolutionary Uranus—are transiting your sign until April 19, getting you back into the swing after a sleepy March. With renewed confidence, you're ready to take on the world and share your sparkling, energetic self with a wider audience. Schedule those facials and spring makeovers now.
On April 10, the Aries new moon marks your personal new year, a banner day with an unusual five planets in fiery Aries. This is your shiny debut, one that's been well-earned after a soul-searching Pisces season, in which you cleared your mental decks. Now that you've tied up loose ends, you're primed to make some big moves in April. On this day, set your intentions about your most personal desires—launching a new eyewear biz, getting engaged, revamping your personal brand—and get ready to take flight. New moons have a six-month arc that culminates at the corresponding full moon, so map out where you'd like to be by October.
As you're making those gigantic leaps forward, there's also some tidying up to do behind the scenes. On April 12, "shadow planet" Pluto goes retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your tenth house of career, a period that lasts until September 19. Pluto's back-flipping motion has been happening for roughly this same April-to-September timeframe since 2009 and will continue for several more years. Instead of carefree romps through the tulip patches and breezy summer afternoons by the pool, you're apt to find spring and summer a reflective, more internal time, as you review deeper issues around your life path and motivations. WHY is it you're doing what you do to earn that paycheck? Is your work in the ad agency or school—or wherever you've been mindlessly clocking in—in alignment with your soul? (Or is your soul crying out for some change?) Are there underlying power dynamics or challenges with authority—especially self-authority—that are holding you back? Since the tenth house rules fathers and men, this could be a great period to do some more digging around any "daddy issues" that might be getting in the way of your full functioning, especially out in the career arena.
Midmonth, the planets begin rooting into Taurus, your second house of work, money and security. Get ready to feel grounded! Plant those cherry blossom trees, both literally and metaphorically, as you keep an eye on long-term stability—especially in your bank account. Once the energizing Sun moves into Taurus on April 19, you will really get into the savings groove. By the end of the month, three planets in sturdy Taurus make you crave a solid routine, from which your impulsive sign will really benefit.
However, the firm ground you're standing on may get a seismic shake-up on April 25, when the first eclipse of the year arrives: This potent Scorpio full moon is also a lunar eclipse. Since Scorpio rules your eighth house of intimacy, long-term finance, spirituality and joint ventures, this supercharged full moon could bring manifestation or closure to a money or relationship matter. Trace your steps back to November 13, 2012, when the corresponding new moon—a Scorpio solar eclipse—set all-important events in motion. You may have been deeply transforming your approach to wealth, shared property, intimacy, even where and how you live. The past six months may have been intense—perhaps you slipped into the darker sides of life more than you'd care to admit, thinking about the brief yet eternal nature of existence—but now the unfolding mystery suddenly makes sense, as the full moon illuminates the hidden meaning.
Since it's a lunar eclipse, the earth will temporarily throw its shadow on the emotional moon, which will expose our "shadow" sides. Where are you "off" in your beliefs about love, money and spirituality? Unseemly issues of power and control can rise to the surface. Relationships of all types—professional, romantic, familial—may need to be recalibrated to a more equal dynamic. (Hint: This means your capable and sometimes controlling sign might have to back off to give others the space to assert themselves.)
Stern Saturn is also in Scorpio, throwing its heavy energy into the cosmic mix. Gird yourself and your relationships by setting up new boundaries. These new agreements are likely part of the inevitable change ushered in by this eclipse. For example, if you've been borrowing or loaning money and being fuzzy about the terms…or have an intimate relationship with no clear commitment that's gone from delicious to dicey…it's definitely time to draw those parameters. Even if you can only give a small amount of cash toward repayment, getting on a schedule is key right now. Same goes for couples who aren't on the same page; you may need to lay out ground rules for getting there. Perhaps The Commitment Dialogues by Matthew McKay and Barbara Quick can put you on the right path to healing a troubled relationship.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Ask and you shall receive, Aries. You're not normally shy, but this month, with magnetic Venus and action-loving Mars (your ruler) both in Aries for the first half of the month, you're downright brazen. We won't see you standing coyly on the edge of a cocktail party, waiting for your crush to notice you (as if you'd waste that kind of time!). Nor will you settle for a wait-and-see type exchange. You want that hottie to know exactly what you're intending when you hand your business card over, e.g., a Saturday night date. In matters of the heart, use this go-getter energy to make your intentions clear and known. The person who falls for you now is going to admire your chutzpah! With impulsive Uranus also in Aries, you just might be inclined to do something extra spontaneous (like hop on a plane to visit your sweetie on location). If you're in a dead-end situation, you may just find the confidence to fly solo, possibly even using this sudden, lightning-bolt energy to catapult yourself into your next romantic chapter. Your need for independence is at an all-time high, requiring some personal space in even the most satisfying of relationships.
Centered in your own romantic needs, you're ready to gain perspective around your long-term goals, especially after plumb-the-depths Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your tenth house of men and authority, from April 12 through September 19. Perhaps you're having second thoughts about a significant man in your life. Or "father issues" may come up and manifest as a power struggle in your relationship. If you grew up watching your father hold the purse strings, you may feel extra sensitive around issues of money and dependency in your current relationship, for example. Whatever kind of conflict arises, examine it from all angles, even the ones that are uncomfortable. Whether or not this lesson is wrapped in a pretty box, your job is to open the box, fearlessly…not stopping until you get to the root of the matter.
As your personal excavation process gets underway, love planet Venus moves into Taurus, your second house of luxury and security, on April 15, to be joined by sexy Mars just a few days later, on April 20. Whereas before you were all about the excitement, now you're into more practical considerations. What do you need to do to build security within yourself and your relationship? Do your values sync up with those of your love? Perhaps you could pencil in regular date nights, instead of last minute spontaneity. This is a great time for planning dates that help you luxuriate in sensual bliss: reservations at an upscale Indian restaurant (coconut shrimp biryani, anyone?) or running a rose petal and milk bath for two. Solo Rams can use this indulgent time to get in touch with their own sensuality. Pick up a bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers or treat yourself to a vodka limeade (or some other fun cocktail) at a swanky hotel bar. You never know who else might be sitting there…
Expect a major, no-turning-back point in a relationship around April 25, when a potent full moon eclipse in Scorpio lights up your eighth house of intimacy, sex and soul-merging. This day could bring an engagement, baby news or a major move. (Adding a name to your lease, perhaps?) However, before you break open the Cristal and start calling the 'rents, you may need to reckon with some inner gunk first, because of the moon's placement in shadowy Scorpio. Sure, things seem copacetic on the surface, but when you start digging, perhaps you find some old baggage or hurts that need to be cleared before you can begin celebrating your new milestone. Think of this as a necessary detour, not a derailment.
Also, this heavy full moon is side by side with structured Saturn in Scorpio. Translation: no cutting corners. If the relationship is not working, don't kid yourself and thinking that a commitment will be the panacea. Commitments come after you and your honey have done the honest, soul-baring internal work…not before. So instead of telling yourself that ring shopping will solve all, take off the Harry Winston goggles and really ask yourself: How will I feel about this person's quirks ten, twenty years from now if they never change? If you, say, rushed off to Vegas in your white sequined minidress earlier this month, an annulment may be in order. There's no shame in slowing things down a little so you can move forward with certainty.
Of course, it's not just about the other person. This eclipse will plainly reveal some of your own shadows and deeper issues around intimacy. What transpires now is a culmination of events that sparked back at the November 13, 2012, solar eclipse in Scorpio, so flip back a few calendar pages to get some hints on the situation that's reaching its denouement. Expect subtle dynamics, things you've been accepting as a "given," to come to the fore now, begging for healing. Have you gotten caught in a power struggle or using your sexuality to control a situation? Are you engaging in emotional blackmail (like, say, essentially telling your mate they're history if they don't see things your way) or carrying old baggage around past heartbreaks and betrayals? Now is the time to deal with whatever trust or control issues are popping up. For guidance in clearing old wounds, we recommend Colin Tipping's excellent Radical Forgiveness.
Since the eighth house can rule buried feelings, you may find your own sexuality coming into question at this full moon, or some previously hidden desires making themselves known. Maybe you're secretly turned on by your former boss and find the power dynamic sexy…in an inappropriate-but-hot, Fifty Shades kinda way. Perhaps you've been suppressing a past trauma. This is an excellent day to air whatever is bugging you, and even if you don't, the eclipse will probably pull it out of you. You may learn some private information or have a soul-baring moment. Hello, true confessions!
MONEY & CAREER
Ready to see your name in lights, Aries? With a small army of planets in your sign for the first half of the month, this is your time to make a splashy move and get your name out there. Your direct, action-oriented manner serves you especially well now, whether you're negotiating for a raise, launching your new tech startrup or assembling your dream team. On April 10, an Aries new moon is a turbo-charged moment to make a fresh start. This moon gets added fuel from four other planets in Aries (including motivational Mars, your ruler). When it comes to setting intentions, you may decide to explore the many ideas and passions crossing your transom. This is not necessarily a time to commit, but to experiment and explore. How do different titles—teacher, public speaker, angel investor—fit with the new you?
Earlier in the month, however, the ready-for-anything Aries planets will be at odds with intense Pluto in Capricorn, which turns retrograde (backward) in your tenth house of career recognition and authority, from April 12 to September 19. You may feel some subtle or underlying resistance if you rush headlong into anything or try to turn that new page too quickly. Perhaps you need to reckon with the powers that be, who seem to be thwarting your efforts or throwing up roadblocks. As much as you may want to thumb your nose at the old guard, you can't—not entirely. So figure out how to be savvy and move past any objections to your ideas in a genuine way. Practice the art of persuasion, rather than the, uh, art of stampeding.
During this period, if you find yourself at odds with an authority figure, the rebel in you may just want to strike out on your own. But that's not quite possible now, and besides, your lesson is to mine this potentially grating situation to find the gem. Where are you disavowing your own authority? Sure, you may be telling everyone you're ready to go solo, but deep down, an unhealed part of you might crave the security of a symbolic "parent"—via a paycheck, manager, someone in a position of accountability. You may find yourself struggling between doing what your impetuous soul desires and what's most prudent for your future goals. Find a balance between acting in accordance with your long-term needs versus your in-the-moment gut reactions. Gregg Levoy's book Callings could help you hit the perfect note between practicality and inspiration.
Some practical relief arrives on April 19, when the purposeful Sun moves into Taurus, your second house of work and money, joined by energizer Mars, your ruler, the next day. This planetary power combo really turns up the heat on your cash and career prospects. If you're not the "numbers" type, that will change under this influence, as you're attuned to the flow of finances and how it's related to your own self-worth. Instead of splurging on that massage, you'll check your budget first, a small act that results in a confidence boost. You might even try an online money-tracking tool like Mint.com. Or, delve deeper and find out what your relationship with money says about you at Katenorhtrup.com. Kate, a fellow Aries, offers a free money quiz that goes more in depth than others we've seen. (We're counting the days until her book Money: A Love Story comes out in September!)
Since the presence of Mars can also bring stress, you might find some tension at the office for the next few weeks, perhaps in the form of demanding clients, short deadlines and friction with coworkers. Calgon can't take you away from that gossipy cubicle mate, but you can use this conflict-laden energy to keep the ball moving and turn your focus back to your top priorities. Strike while the iron is hot!
And then…jackpot! On April 25, a lunar eclipse in Scorpio, your eighth house of joint resources, could deliver a windfall or payout—especially from projects that had a start or turning point near the November 13, 2012, Scorpio solar eclipse. You might discover you're up for a lovely tax refund, or if you have intellectual property on the market, you could receive a royalty check with an extra zero or two at the end. Holla! Or, a large expenditure could come due at this time, such as a tax bill or property-related expense. Perhaps you'll solidify a joint venture, or choose to end a business partnership that drains you of your resources, financial and otherwise. A brand new revenue stream could open up now, or you'll gain insight into how you see yourself on the wealth "food chain." Is there a perception that's holding you back, e.g., you've decided your salary cap is X amount of dollars and therefore you're not truly open to the universe's abundance?
Because this full moon links up with taskmaster Saturn, this eclipse comes bearing additional heft. This is not an inconsequential time. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and anything you do now has a serious tenor and should be built to last. Half-baked efforts will fall apart like a house of cards (which, incidentally is what some likened the unraveling of America's own intelligence arm to, when General Petraeus stepped down as director of the CIA, thanks to a scandal revealed right near the November 13 solar eclipse). If your own business or endeavor is in danger of vanishing into the cosmic ether, you may need to restrict spending or make serious cutbacks in some way. Reorganize your operation from the ground up, really going back to the drawing board and identifying the very foundations of your work. If you started a side business to make some extra cash and now you're touting it as the most cutting-edge blah-blah-blah, make sure you can stand behind your own hype. Don't let the lure of becoming a "cool kid" get in the way of your authentic self (and talents!) Leave no stone unturned in your review and get nakedly honest about your own money motivations and the role cash (earned or invested) really plays in your life.
Since this game-changing eclipse is opposite go-getter Mars in Taurus, your second house of money, you could find yourself scrambling to gather cash for an investment, or taking a chance on a potentially long-term payout that leaves you "cash poor" for the time being. Or, this eclipse could just bring you to your financial brink, making you decide that you're sick of scrapping for every last dollar. If that is the case, this full moon might illuminate ways you can move into passive income streams or find better ways of managing your dough, so you're not always in hustle mode. For some tips on "allowing," we recommend Esther and Jerry Hicks' classic book, Ask and It Is Given.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Hello, spring! You're feeling physically and energetically revitalized by all the Aries planets. Stay in high gear by taking power walks and scheduling extra sessions at the gym to keep the energy moving. Use this vast energy at your disposal by embracing more "yang" exercises, like boot camp or boxing. Just be careful not to push yourself too hard. Watch your stress levels with both hotheaded Mars and accident-prone Uranus in Aries for the first three weeks of April. Remind yourself to slow down, too!
From the 20th on, three planets—harmonious Venus, energetic Mars and the purposeful Sun—are in grounded, sensual Taurus, your second house of habits. Create pleasurable rituals that anchor you. Hit the spring farmer's market for fresh beets and heirloom tomatoes. Simplify your wellness routines. Practice more farm-to-table eating (think: less preservatives, the way your grandma would have done it) and cut out excess wherever possible. Lightening your mental load will also cut down on your stress.
The intense Scorpio eclipse may illuminate something deeply entrenched in your psyche or an emotional issue that is oh-so-rife for clearing. If you've been carrying around the belief that all men are untrustworthy or that your worth is measured by your bank balance, you might need to do some active weeding out, perhaps by replacing your negative thought patterns with healthier affirmations, such as the ones listed here on the late Debbie Ford's website: http://store.debbieford.com/pages.php?pID=59. The spiritual or energetic component is strong here, so look at the energy of your living space. Feng shui your home to get rid of toxic vibes and energy. An intuitive smudge ceremony might go a long way, too—and by "intuitive" we mean that you can buy a sage wand at Whole Foods and make up your own ceremony for releasing negativity. Your home, not to mention your health, will be happier for it.