Groundhog or not, you're not quite ready to end this hibernation thing yet. Even though your neighbors are planting crocuses and enjoying mint juleps on their porches, you're still shuffling around in sheepskin boots, not quite ready to pack your winter gear away. That's cool, Capricorn. For the first three weeks of April, the energizing Sun is tucked into Aries, your fourth house of home and personal foundations. With four planets in this emotional and "feminine" sector of your chart for the first half of April, you're in the mood to nest and rest.
Roots matter, and you'll want to connect with your own in meaningful ways, perhaps by scheduling a fun ladies' brunch for all the women in your family. (Who says you only get the whole brood together at weddings, holidays and funerals?) Or maybe you fire up a nice pot of turkey chili and homemade cornbread and invite your closet friends over for a dose of nurturing energy. You're feeling especially sentimental and nostalgic now, so you might page through old photo albums or do something special to capture your favorite family memories.
Enjoy the domestic bliss while it lasts, though. On April 19, the Sun sashays into Taurus, your fifth house of love, fun and bold-self expression. You're all "Martha Stewart WHO?" (Or maybe not. This recent coverage of Stewart's devil-may-care attitude may come in handy for this fiery influence: http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/03/martha-stewarts-best-lesson-dont-give-a-damn.html.) Either way, it's goodbye, Toll House cookie dough binges…hello, starlit dinners a deux! Under this passionate cosmic influence, if it's not pleasurable, you're not interested.
As you're donning sequins and sparkles, you'll soon discover that your whole life is up for a radical makeover. (No biggie, right?) This comes courtesy of transformational Pluto, which has been moving through Capricorn since 2008, slowly and significantly changing your entire approach to, well, everything. From April 12 to September 19, Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in your first house of individuality, which could spark a small identity crisis—or at least, second thoughts about the way things in your life are progressing.
Your life has been on a new trajectory for five years now, and during this retrograde, you'll take stock of how far you've come. In fact, would you even recognize the person you were if you could meet up with your former self today? Probably not. During this five-month period, go over the nooks and crannies of your transformation. Remember when you were stuck in that soul-sucking job out of obligation? Well, you successfully created a better, more authentic reality. Or perhaps you were in a dead-end relationship you were loath to leave. Whether it ended or endured a profoundly transformative crisis, the point is that YOU endured. This knowledge should give you great confidence about the identity overhaul already in progress.
Before you start feeling too bad for yourself, remember: No one likes to wake up in the morning and think "Who the hell am I?" But the more you fear this change, the more difficult this time will be. The extent to which this period is positive will have everything to do with how well you know yourself and how comfortable you are with change…especially while other people are watching. The spotlight is on you, warts and all. Ugh, not pretty, but you know what? It's normal. Should you be forced to release the iron grip you have on your public image (because it's ripped away from you), this could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you. You're human, after all—just like the rest of us. When you stop trying to get out of that fact alive, you can start enjoying your life!
In other transition news, an April 25 Scorpio full moon eclipse in your eleventh house of group activity and platonic connections could bring a dramatic, powerful changing of the guard in your friendships. You might leave one group or affiliation and find a new tribe, one that speaks to the person you are now. This is linked to the bigger-picture overhaul you're undergoing. There's no shame in ending a toxic friendship or association. You are not duty-bound to stick by anyone who doesn't add positive energy to your life.
Since this potent eclipse is opposite hotheaded Mars in Aries, there could be some volcanic explosions or choice words uttered, either by you or a loved one. Suppressed emotions could come out in a fiery tirade. You will surely regret any exchanges driven by your brain's fight-or-flight mechanism…though you may have a hard time identifying the source of your anger. (For more on how brain function informs your everyday life, check out Joe Dispenza's Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself). The release, whatever shape it takes, is definitely necessary, though, so find a healthy outlet for that aggression, even if it means singing in the shower at the top of your lungs with fellow Capricorn Pat Benatar.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Home is where the heart is, Capricorn. This month, that adage has never been truer, especially as magnetic Venus and go-getter Mars in join forces in Aries, your domestic and sentimental fourth house. Your sign has a rep for being stoic, but this warm, nurturing influence helps you shift into a more heart-centered space. Is there someone who needs to hear just how much you love them, how your world would feel just a little less colorful if they weren't around? Maybe you need to own up to the fact that you're not always cool with plans changing at the last minute or that your feelings get easily hurt, despite your cheery "No problem!" refrain.
Single Caps might unleash this new emotional M.O. on close loved ones first, just to try it on for size. You never know what could happen when you decide to call up that friend and say, "You know, I really love that you're fearless, have rock-solid integrity and are completely real!" Yeah, the friend may do a double take and ask if you've been drinking. But something else will happen: You'll start inviting more real feelings into your day-to-day interactions, which will no doubt cascade into your love life. Coupled Caps can use this influence to be more expressive, too—through words and deeds. (Start with a surprise couples massage, or a little homemade rosemary-and-thyme-gnocchi dinner, perhaps?) While you might not need accolades, affection or affirmations in mega-doses, your partner might. Open up that empathy gateway and watch the sparks return.
On April 10, the Aries new moon illuminates your fourth house of personal foundations, igniting your deepest longing for emotional security. This watershed day could bring a heartwarming development on the baby front, since the fourth house rules motherhood and pregnancy. Or, you may decide to take things to the next level with your sweetheart, swapping keys to your respective apartments or even deciding to move in together. If cohabitation is your eventual goal but feels far off, this is a great day to start making physical space in your own place, e.g., clearing out room in your medicine cabinet, in your closets, even on your bookshelf (if you want to attract a reader, which you might!).
After all this nesting, the second half of the month brings a far more festive atmosphere, as magnetic Venus—plus the bold Sun and spicy Mars, just a couple of days later—traipses through Taurus, your fifth house of passion, romance and creativity. When it comes to amour, you're bold, fiery and full of energy. This influence lends your normally "all business" sign some much-needed playful energy. If you're single, you may get inspired by How About We, a dating site co-founded by Capricorn Aaron Schildkrout, that matches dates by activity—e.g., "How about we pretend like we're already married on our first date…" Coupled Caps should light those candles, put some logs in the fireplace, crank up the swoon-worthy tunes and spend time fully immersed in the sultry possibilities. During this transit, you're the queen (or king) of your lush, rapturous romantic scene. Make it worth remembering!
MONEY & CAREER
For once, your attempts at work-life balance aren't only skewed toward the "work" side! This month, you're unusually focused on your personal life—the state of your relationships, your most intimate desires, your physical home—thanks to a planetary pileup in Aries, your fourth house of domesticity and nurturing. This is a welcome change for your workaholic sign, known for firing off emails from your smartphone in bed.
For the first three weeks of April, clock out earlier than normal and carve out time to spend with your nearest and dearest, the ones who support you in your professional life. Heck, use some of those vacation days that you might normally allow to lay waste. Nobody ever had "company man" inscribed on a headstone, so drop the "'tis nobler to suffer" routine and lounge in your pj's all day for once. The April 10 Aries new moon is a perfect "staycation" day, since five planets will be in this homey part of your chart. Contrary to popular belief, you are not a machine, Capricorn. During April, your rejuvenation efforts will go a long way in refilling your tank, so that when you're back to your ambitious agenda, you'll have the stamina to keep reaching.
Adding to the internal vibe, intense Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your first house of personal identity, from April 12 to September 19. During this five-month stretch, you might be questioning everything, or even itching for a complete reinvention. At very deep levels, you might ache to transform yourself and your life. In fact, you've probably been feeling this way for a while, and under this introspective influence, you could press the pause button on the changes in progress and evaluate how your current platforms support where you ultimately want to go.
Are the activities and relationships you're investing your precious time and energy in giving you the proper ROI? If you feel you're not getting the outcomes you desire, consider reallocating your emotional and mental energy. Perhaps you've been fixed on a project or partnership that doesn't seem to be moving anywhere. Instead of getting frustrated, remove yourself from the situation altogether—or at least stop expending more energy than is required.
Now is also a good time to remember the Cherokee legend where a boy sees two wolves arguing in his head, one good and one evil. He asks his grandfather which will win, and the grandfather replies, "It depends which one you feed." Even though the overhaul you're going through is massive, it's important to stay positive throughout. Do the heavy-duty confronting of your personal demons, but also remember that "good wolf" voice, which is certain of the bright light at the end of this tunnel—even when you're not.
On April 25, a full moon lunar eclipse in Scorpio illuminates your eleventh house of group activity. Since eclipses usher in mega-change, this one could bring you into contact with a powerful group of heavy hitters. Or, it will show you just how much you need other people, especially if you're always running things lone-wolf-style. You don't have to go it alone anymore, Capricorn. If you're involved in a team effort, this eclipse could reveal massive breakdowns within the group, especially since serious Saturn is also in the mix of this moon. Perhaps the foundations of this collaboration are in need of a serious reworking, e.g., your team leader goes AWOL because of a personal matter, and suddenly no one is at the helm. If that's the case, you may need to embark on a thorough restructuring. Or, this could happen from the top down, without warning, leaving you in an uncertain place. Whatever the sudden change is, hold tight. Eclipse-ruled shifts are always for the best. Your silver lining, if not readily apparent, is just around the corner.
Since the eleventh house rules technology, this could be prime time for you to take your message out to a wider, more Tweetable audience. Perhaps you get more involved on the web, by launching a site, or you just become the social butterfly of social media, making your presence known online, with videos and possibly even television spots. Get that facial now, Capricorn…the spotlight awaits!
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Comfortable and cozy is your M.O. this month as four planets—the bold Sun, go-getter Mars, harmonious Venus and revolutionary Uranus—drift through Aries, your fourth house of self-nurturing and emotional foundations. Connect with female friends and relatives. Clear your head of any work-related or other static by just chilling. Parents or a female relative could figure prominently into events this month; take the time to connect and see if you can be of assistance in any way, even if it means just listening to your aunt as she navigates a life transition, such as job loss or even a death.
With motivator Mars and rollicking Uranus in Aries, too, you could get the urge to relocate or, at the very least, redecorate. Maybe your pal's uber-feng-shui-ed apartment inspires you to be more mindful about how you arrange your belongings and about the overall flow of energy. You could also have a sudden drive to put down roots or expand your brood. Any strong home-related wishes should be made on April 10, when an Aries new moon inspires exciting changes on the home front. Whether you want to become a parent or are craving more stability, the universe will happily take your "order" on this day.
With shadowy Pluto retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your first house of self, from April 12 to September 19, you'll be feeling adrift as you soul-search over the next five months. Curb your social agenda. You don't need to travel for every family obligation. Missing your niece's four-hour dance recital is not the end of the world, especially if you have to hop on a plane to get there. This is a time for diving deep within yourself; you are in the midst of a massive reinvention. During this retrograde, you might curl back up in your cocoon and spend time deeply reconsidering, well, everything: your message, your beliefs, your identity, how you handle yourself in the world. You may even find yourself redefining what it means to be "competent," trading your obligations to others for a more authentic obligation to yourself. Now, that's what we call freedom!