You're close the top of your own personal Kilimanjaro, Cancer. With a pack of planets in Aries, your tenth house of professional coups, you're slated for a career breakthrough—the result of steadily working your way up the ladder. Colleagues you once thought were "above you" are now tapping you for your unique perspective. Don't look behind you, thinking, "Who me?" You are the authority, Cancer…and everyone else can see it (even if you don't). Instead of following the crowd, you're taking the lead—and getting impressive results: scoring ace accounts, rubbing shoulders with high-status colleagues and possibly even landing a merit-based raise.
On April 10, the Aries new moon could bring an illustrious career victory, an opportunity or recognition that feels like a reward for all your recent hard work. Many Cancers have been slogging along, working diligently, but not seeing a whole lot in terms of payoff. Since June 2012 until this June 25, expansive Jupiter is in Gemini, your twelfth house of endings and illusions, making this the end of an important twelve-year zodiac cycle. Lots of Crabs have been feeling about as clear as pea soup, since the twelfth house can be pretty "swampy." Amidst this fog, you may have had some personal revelations (perhaps about emotions or old patterns that no longer serve you)—yet your external life still looks pretty much the same. This optimistic new moon could throw you a much-deserved bone, whether in the form of a promising partnership or a higher-up becoming interested in growing your passion project. The seeds planted now will reach full manifestation in the fall, at the Aries full moon.
If you're feeling happy in your career path, you may receive an exciting promotion, a five-star opportunity to see your name in lights, or a plum gig that highlights your "expert" status. Or, if you've been looking for a job or even considering switching fields, you may want to sit down with a recruiter, coach or placement service. The tenth house is also the "masculine" sector of the chart, so a helpful man (possibly your father, brother or a close male in your life) could be part of April's big events. The new moon could bring a fresh start with a guy in your life, if you've been adrift.
On April 19, the Sun moves into Taurus, your eleventh house of group activity. Warm up those spirit fingers, because it's teamwork time! For the next month, you may collaborate around a focused goal—perhaps an online venture or a charitable project. Rally the troops, Cancer (and don't forget to feed 'em)!
Coinciding with all the career action, your personal life is also in the spotlight. From April 12 to September 19, transformational Pluto moves retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your seventh house of committed relationships. During this five-month stretch, expect some slow-burning soul-searching around a key partnership. You're not the most patient when it comes to tolerating the "unknown," but in this cycle, the stars are asking you to dig, dig, dig, without the promise of a definite outcome. An important commitment could be tested, in love (or even work). You may have to face your own case of cold feet. Are your anxieties a product of a gut-level certainty that it's time to move on? Or does inching closer to a lifetime promise, even with the right person, trigger your worst "forever" fears? Take all the time you need to ponder this.
On April 25, a stirring lunar eclipse falls in Scorpio, your passionate fifth house. Self-expression, especially when springing from a deeply personal place, is the order of the day. Drama alert, though: This could easily be a "thar' she blows" moment, as the intensifying eclipse provokes the release of some deep-seated feelings. A simmering romance could reach full boil, leaving you suddenly swept up in the throes of hot-blood amour. Maybe you and your new suitor jet off to Paris for a whirlwind weekend…and you get a timely text from your other romantic prospect just before take-off. With game-changing eclipses, you just never know what can happen next!
LOVE & ROMANCE
Flowers, poetry and whispered sweet nothings? While the trappings of romance delight your sentimental sign, this month, you're more turned on by sweet everythings. With a cluster of planets in Aries, your tenth house of structure and stability, you're all about the long-term goals during the first half of April. So let the "everything" in question include a shared health insurance policy, 401(k)s and the storied diamond ring. You want guarantees now, Cancer, and a future you can bank on. Sure, your partner's ability to make you crack up laughing is important. But this isn't a Nora Ephron flick—this is your life. What you really want to know is if your values and visions are aligned. Do you have the same objectives when it comes to parenting, marriage, career and conflict, especially during the inevitable bumpy patches?
While you're raising these questions with your partner, you might find yourself doing a little introspective work, too, as karmic Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your seventh house of partnerships, from April 12 to September 19. As you become acutely aware of your own needs in a relationship, you might have second thoughts about a partnership. Does this person really support your best self? Or are you stuck in a codependent or even controlling relationship? Cancers give, give, give—all too readily—which is why it's important to choose your honey (especially if you're thinking marriage) wisely. Make sure they're worth the homemade gnocchi you slave over, your unfailing empathetic ear and your duty-bound trips to go see their cranky father in Tampa.
Shadowy Pluto can bring hidden agendas out into the open. It begs the question: how well DO you know the person sleeping in your bed? Don't ignore nagging suspicions or sweep them under the rug. If you've been putting on a happy face to make the world believe your relationship is perfect, Pluto could deliver a humbling wake-up call. (In a recent reality TV example, Real Housewives of Atlanta's Porsha Williams, a Cancer, was blindsided last month when her hubby filed for divorce…and she found out about it online.)
If you're certain that you're with your soul-mate/twin flame, you could feel an intense need to go deeper. Surface small talk about your daily routines will bore you now, as you're ready to relate on soulful, subterranean levels. Be careful of a strong (possibly unconscious) tendency to project your own issues and fears onto a significant other, though. Focusing on their issues, whether it's a fear of commitment or poor communication, will move your union down a destructive path. During this five-month cycle, root out some any power struggles that are tainting your duo's dynamic, including blaming, shaming, scapegoating and other indirect "emotional blackmail" moves. If you really want to make this relationship work, you have to take responsibility for your part. (If you just said out loud, "But I do! They're the one who…" then this applies doubly to you.) As fellow Cancer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in The Little Prince, "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." Don't forget that you chose this commitment; therefore, you should treat it with respect.
If you're single, this period can help you get to the root of your fears around commitment, which for secretly sentimental Cancers revolves around a worst-case scenario of being devastated or abandoned. To put yourself in a healthier frame of mind, we recommend Katherine Woodward Thomas' Calling in the One, an inspiring, how-to book that will help you clear out toxic patterns and plant you firmly on the path to true love.
Even as you're wading through murky waters, you'll get a much-needed reminder to live in the moment midmonth, when magnetic Venus and spicy Mars move into your gregarious, social eleventh house. Lighten up, Cancer! Dial up friends and hit the town, going out dancing, drumming up some late-night karaoke, crashing a cocktail party. Anything that brings out your lighthearted, quirky side should top the agenda. Since the eleventh house rules freedom, you might be driven by an unconscious desire to break loose.
If you've been contemplating a breakup because you want to get the procreation ball going in two years, while your partner envisions having kids in five years…well, don't act just yet. Wait until the end of the month before you're 100 percent sure this is a deal breaker. Besides, worrying is a complete waste of time, as you'll see at the clarifying April 25 lunar eclipse in Scorpio, your fifth house of fertility and romance. Eclipses bring sudden (and sometimes major) change. This one will resolve any questions you've had about your relationship (whether you like the answer or not). This situation has been building up since the November 13 Scorpio solar eclipse. Strong feelings, perhaps ones you've been suppressing for the past few months, could erupt, lava-like. Sure, you might have thought you were over a past conflict, such a betrayal or even just a disappointment. But what happens on this day could suddenly remind you that you're not. This day could be dramatic to say the least, but ultimately, the emotions expressed need to see the light of day. An unforeseen pregnancy is also possible, since eclipses bring surprises.
Another out-of-the-blue development could be the passionate consummation of the feelings between you and a love interest. Single Crabs, you could cross paths with the love of your life, in an unexpected, out-of-the-blue circumstance. (True story: Ophi met her husband on a fifth house solar eclipse, when she unwittingly sat next to him at a restaurant bar and struck up a conversation.) Or, if an unhealthy tie has been preventing love from entering your life, this toxic drunk-dialer or commitmentphobe could be eclipsed out of your life. (Good riddance!) Your sign is famous for clinging on, but if circumstances excise this person from your life, let the process of moving on begin.
MONEY & CAREER
Make your mark, Cancer! Your career prospects couldn't be better this month, as a small army of planets gather in Aries, your tenth house of accolades and professional recognition. If your work trajectory has felt slow or stalled, your ascent could turn suddenly meteoric. Perhaps you're inundated with public speaking requests, on a topic you hold dear. (The sustainable-food movement, perhaps?) Or you get the green light to publish an article you've been perfecting for an entire year. Maybe you're suddenly invited to all the fun, black-tie industry events. Make sure you have the snazzy, spotlight-worthy wardrobe to suit your new role.
On April 10, a long-held desire crystallizes, as an Aries new moon gives a healthy gust of wind to your sails. This is an excellent day for intention setting. You have clarity about the road ahead of you, where you want to go and a very solid idea of how to get there. (Hint: it's not through roundabout ways, as your normally side-stepping sign might prefer.) Since the tenth house also rules hierarchy and authority figures, so a higher-up could figure into events. With unpredictable Uranus and hotheaded Mars here, it's possible that a high-profile client, connection, or boss may sweep in (or out) of your world, with little notice.
From April 19 onward, your visionary side gets a chance to shine, when the purposeful Sun moves into Taurus, your eleventh house of idealism and group activity. Collaborations are favored, especially with kindred spirits. Since the eleventh house rules all things technological, your collective efforts could go toward a digital-based project. After the 20th, both harmonizer Venus and motivator Mars are also in Taurus, amping up the good vibes and team spirit. Can we get a "woohoo!" out of you?
This is also a great time to create innovative videos, podcasts and blogs, to market yourself as an entrepreneur. For some top-notch inspiration, check out Derek Halpern's Social Triggers (www.socialtriggers.com) or the amazing social media trainings of fellow Cancer Laura Roeder (http://lkrsocialmedia.com), which are available online, so that you can learn, grow, and expand, all while cozying up on your couch (with the Ben and Jerry's pint of your choice).
While you're busy high-fiving and back-slapping your comrades, just sleep with one eye open, too. Not everyone is worthy of your warm-hearted trust now—in fact, there could even be a couple of jealous haters in the mix. From April 12 to September 19, shadowy Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your seventh house of contracts and one-on-one partnerships. Be cautious during this five-month stretch, making sure that there are no hidden agendas and that everyone (including you) is being totally above board with your intentions. Strive for clarity and well-articulated terms. If someone seems to be tap dancing around the truth, halt the proceedings until you feel 100 percent clear and confident.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Need some tough love, Cancer? This month, structure and routine are your best assets, as a swell of planets in Aries fires up your tenth house of long-term stability. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for a reliable wellness regimen, even if that means toughing out a boot camp class or regularly scheduled early morning workouts. To keep your eyes on the prize, seek counsel from those whom you know, without a doubt, will keep you accountable (not to mention sweaty). Tap a stern trainer, one who will make you drop and give 'em twenty…newly-minted manicure be damned.
On April 19, the energizing Sun moves into Taurus, your eleventh house of altruism and teamwork. If you're looking to maintain your bikini bod just in time for summer, team up with pals for a charity walk or run, such as Team In Training. Or just organize your own tournament—volleyball, perhaps?—to raise money for a worthy cause. When you're working out for the benefit of others, you can't help but glow, from the inside out. The eleventh house also rules technology, so go high-tech with your workouts. Download one of the awesome fitness apps from Appcession (www.appcession.com), led by world-class experts in yoga, Pilates, kettle bell, ballet and boot camp. Once your iPhone or iPad is stocked up, you can work out virtually anywhere.