The more, the merrier! This month begins with four planets—the Sun, harmonious Venus, motivator Mars and revolutionary Uranus—in your eleventh house of groups, teamwork and technology. Since your sign practically invented witty banter, you're in your schmoozing element—and under these quirky skies, you can let your freak flag fly. If you find yourself deep in an electrifying conversation and you want to share about the time you were arrested for disorderly conduct, well, maybe you should. You've never been one to fit neatly into a checkbox, Gemini, so why start now?
On April 10, a new moon in Aries lights up your eleventh house of networking, making this an excellent time to join a new group or association. Or, since the eleventh house also rules technology, you may decide to launch a new online venture, perhaps a site that connects people to their humanity using the power of narrative. (For inspiration, we like Post-Secret: http://www.postsecret.com/.) Brainstorm ways to reach the masses with your brilliant message via a web-related endeavor. Chances are, your interest in "the people," springs from a burning desire to be of service…so if there's an opportunity to become more deeply involved with a charitable effort or social cause, jump on it! There are whales (and more!) waiting for your helping hand.
Once you've used up all your social butterfly capital, you're set for a little R&R, once the bold Sun moves into Taurus, your twelfth house of rest and endings, on April 19. This kicks off a month of wrapping up loose ends, as you wind down another solar year. You're not the same person you were when you celebrated your last dance around the Sun, so using this time to take important stock of where you've been is incredibly valuable. What did you learn over the last year? How did your perspective shift? If you've been in denial or have unfinished business, clean up any messiness. Since the twelfth house rules dreams, you may find important clues while you sleep. Tempted as you might be to run out of the starting gate, the best use of this healing energy is to focus on solemn endings, not shiny new beginnings.
From April 12 to September 19, subterranean Pluto moves retrograde (backward) in your eighth house of intimacy and soul merging. Some old trust and vulnerability issues of the deepest order could surface. Over the next five months, you might end up feeling too close for comfort, finding yourself picking on the way your partner sips coffee. The real issue is, of course, not the style of cappuccino ingestion, but your own fears about what it means to really be "with" someone. Just contemplating this could give you the Gemini impulse to lace up your Nikes and bolt. (Or worse, start a clandestine Facebook affair that you tell yourself is "harmless," when this faux-mance tears at the fabric of your solid relationship.)
Examine your old "demons" around money, shared resources and, yes, vulnerability. Perhaps some second thoughts bubble up to the surface about a relationship, collaboration, investment or some other "merger." Your sign is famous for cold feet (one Gemini we know received socks as a "joke" gift from her future mother-in-law, when word got out she was seriously reconsidering the union). But instead of acting stoic and telling yourself these second thoughts are just sabotaging your own happiness, use this Pluto cycle to delve into below-the-surface issues. This may not be comfortable. But if you don't address the roots of your relational insecurities, who will?
April 25 brings a health-focused full moon eclipse in Scorpio, your sixth house of fitness, wellness and organization. Lunar eclipses can bring sweeping change and unexpected events, and this one is the culmination of the November 13, 2012 Scorpio solar eclipse. Trace back to anything sparked six months ago for clues. While your sign is normally pretty conscious about your well-being, you may have an epiphany around your current habits, feeling an urgency to radically revamp your eating and exercise habits. Or maybe the inspiration for change comes from an unsettling wakeup call, e.g., you get strict doctor's orders to change your diet or high-stress lifestyle. You might heed a larger call to clean up your whole physical and mental system, opting to begin with a major shift, such as trading your BBQ wings for bulgur wheat, as you go completely vegan. You may also find the motivation to bring your exercise program up a notch or ten, adopting a radical fitness program, such as PX90 or some other blood-pumping activity.
Since the sixth house also deals with our administrative systems and helpful people, you might be set for a change-up on the support staff front. No-nonsense Saturn is in Scorpio, too, on this powerful day, so your personnel moves, if made with caution and due diligence, have the potential to dramatically affect your entire life, creating new levels of functionality and ease. Gemini, you're an excellent multitasker, but you can't do it all. Or even if you can, doesn't mean you should. Hiring a few rock-solid helpers will be worth the price, as they can help you rise to new levels of profit and productivity.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Romance equals freedom, Gemini—at least this month, as magnetic Venus and spicy Mars cruise through Aries, your eleventh house of free-spiritedness and friendships. Platonic lines could be crossed under this influence: you might just throw caution to the wind and blurt, "So why haven't we ever hooked up?" Or, mutual friends could be the ones who introduce you to that perfect quirky soul mate who loves every eccentric thing about you. Don't shun offers of a setup!
Coupled Geminis need some personal space this month, so make sure your calendar is a mix of couple time and solo outings with friends, networking events, and spontaneous adventures (bicycle season is starting!). Break out of any ruts now, too. No more quiet Fridays in, ready for a Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey marathon, thank you very much. You're in the mood to share your sweetie with your social circle, especially if there's not usually a whole lot of overlap. Forego the bubble-for-two and meet up with friends who are bubbly instead.
The atmosphere could turn downright intense after April 12, when transformational Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your eighth house of sex, intimacy and transformation, a period that will last until September 19. Your skittish, commitment-skirting ways (and yes, we're talking to all Geminis) are shifting, and there's a certain amount of mourning that comes along with this. There's a part of every Gemini that longs to be Peter Pan forever, and you might fear that the playful, flirty version of yourself will be suffocated by a commitment. Pluto retrograde confronts that idea, making you face the stark downside of always being the sparkly, unicorn riding elf-who-knows-best: you end up alone.
Not that "alone" equals "bad" (or lonely). But there's a certain depth that can't be reached when you insist on painting the world only from your own palette. And if you scratch the surface, you might actually find some control issues simmering under there, Gemini. Try as you might to distract yourself with your iPad, Pluto could give you get a bird's eye glimpse into your trust issues. This soul-searching (and soul-baring) isn't easy, but you are heeding a deeper calling to truly share yourself with another—and this means especially your "warts." All of you deserves to be loved, even the part of you that sometimes fantasizes about running off with the cute 20-something kid from your local deli and struggles with the looming role your love's mother plays in your life.
This five-month stretch could cement the bond you already have, bringing you and your sweetheart closer, or it may cause you to realize that you need something entirely different and deeper. The choice is yours, Gemini, as always…but with Pluto retrograde, you cannot deny the need for a strong emotional, sexual and spiritual connection. Before jumping to conclusions, e.g., you're with the wrong person, focus your attention on dissolving your own obstacles to true intimacy, which likely have to do with shame and fear of being known.
To shepherd you through these heavy waters, may we recommended Brene Brown's Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead. A writer, speaker and "shame researcher," Brown gave a well-known TED talk on the power of vulnerability—one of the most-watched presentations to date—and she does amazingly nuanced work that helps to heal the self-loathing, dark parts of ourselves that plumb-the-depths Pluto, um, bring to your attention. As the sign of the Twins, Geminis, especially, often feel like they're "hiding" something, and may live in perpetual fear of being exposed as a fraud. Brown's humane books and other work (at www.brenebrown.com) are a salve to this perpetual anxiety.
On April 15, love planet Venus shifts into Taurus, your twelfth house of fantasy, closure and hidden information, followed by spicy Mars on April 20. During this time, you could find yourself embroiled in a soul-mate romance (but since the twelfth house also rules clandestine affairs, do make sure you include "single" on your romantic wish list…no thorns in your unfurling romantic rose!) Perhaps the mere sound of your love's voice sends chills up your spine, causing full-throttle rapture. Or, if you're not in full on swoon mode, you might get an unforgettable lesson in discerning reality from illusion. Perhaps you're in love with the ex who was perfect for you…in 1995. If you get some tangible evidence of things not appearing as they seem, e.g., your sweetheart has another sweetheart in Des Moines, make sure you have the whole story before making any rash decisions. On the upside, this cycle could bring a feeling of divine timing, such as a pregnancy or an engagement—so keep your heart soft and open.
MONEY & CAREER
Team up, Gemini! This month, with a swell of planets in Aries, your eleventh house of group activity, you're focused on the overall vitality of your comrades and how your collective energy can catapult everyone to the next level. "For the good of the group!" could easily be your battle cry. Activities requiring cooperation are favored, since you're extra-stimulated by the interests, passions and skills of your colleagues. The more you can share your talents, perspectives and honest selves with one another, the more successful you will be. Once the deadlines have been met, plan a celebratory team lunch or some other social outing. Nothing says "We survived a month of 13-hour days" like a work karaoke outing or decadent group dinner.
On April 10, the Aries new moon lights up this collaborative sector of your chart with refreshing inspiration. This is a great day to launch a digital venture—perhaps an online retail business or something that reflects your highest altruistic intentions, such as a pet rescue app to connect would-be animal owners find the cat, dog or parakeet that needs them the most (and vice versa!). You may also begin a fruitful new collaboration around this date. Perhaps you find your merry tribe of designers, literary compatriots or just the people with whom you can let your guard down. If you've got on-camera aspirations, this is a great time to shoot videos of yourself and launch a YouTube channel. You're extra-charming once that web cam gets rolling! All things social media and online marketing are favored under this electric influence, too.
Even as you're buzzing, you may need to slow down, when shadowy, secretive Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your eighth house of joint ventures, real estate and long-term finance, from April 12 to September 19. You can't quite put your finger on it, but you feel the molecules shifting. Is every member of Team Gemini on the up and up, or is there something a little shady going on behind the scenes? Don't ignore any intuitive warnings you receive now, even if you think, How could I just know that? Pay attention. If you dream that, say, one of your colleagues is using your name to launder $25 million, well, that's a pretty good indicator from your subconscious (which Pluto also rules) that you don't really trust this person.
This five-month stretch is also a perfect time to really dig deep when it comes to your relationship with your finances, future goals and assets. Is there some long-buried or inherited belief that you need to pluck from your consciousness before you can establish the kind of lasting security you crave (and deserve)? Maybe you've inherited your father's overly anxious feelings about earning and saving, e.g., there will never be enough, even when there's more than enough. Or, you might have to deal with a past integrity issue around money, such as forking over money for back taxes, old debts or other things that are unconsciously haunting you. If you're looking to address old demons around money, we recommend Marianne Williamson's Divine Law of Compensation, which will help you understand the ebb and flow of dollars as a spiritual and energetic exchange.
On April 25, the Scorpio lunar eclipse illuminates your sixth house of efficiency and systems, bringing some long-awaited news or a possible change in the ranks. This is the culmination of a cycle that began on November 13, 2012, with the Scorpio solar eclipse. Was there an event or epiphany around this date that made you realize just how urgently you needed to whip your life and practices into tip-top shape? Though you're great with improvising, you may have been caught unprepared, perhaps for a pitch meeting or at an important client relations dinner. Whatever the case, you realized that it was no longer enough to charm, joke and ante-up a decent-enough answer. You saw a gaping hole in your preparations and realized the immense value of walking your talk and backing your ideas up with solid data and supportive research. Over the last six months, you've been pushed to work harder on due diligence—no more "fake it 'til you make it." Now, you'll see your efforts paying off.
Your sixth house rules helpful people—everyone from the gardener to the intern to your go-to junior colleague. Since eclipses can bring sudden changes, a "right hand person" could suddenly depart, evoking a short-term tailspin. Perhaps you had taken this person's presence in your life for granted and are completely befuddled as to how you're supposed to function without them. The intense Scorpionic influence could add the sting of betrayal—perhaps your loyal assistant accepts a job offer from a rival company, or your babysitter resigns with little notice, leaving you scrambling. Despite the bumps, you know that this change—when you really think about it—is for the best.
With businesslike Saturn here, along with the illuminating full moon, don't gloss over self-examination. Are you truly set up to fly, at the most elemental levels? If you're a business owner, you might especially look into this. There's no shame in not knowing how to do it all solo. You're not "less than" because you get stage fright before pitch meetings or hire someone to ghost write your blog. If the hours you spend every month gritting your teeth over billing are shaving years off your life, it's time to delegate.
However, this doesn't mean you unload all the gory duties on someone else and then disappear. You have to manage, supervise, check in and communicate openly with your team. This eclipse could bring a rude awakening, if you've operated on assumptions, e.g., just because your assistant was jazzed by a certain supplemental task in 2011 doesn't mean that the same assignment excites him/her now. This is a time to clarify, clarify, clarify. You may even want to adopt the phrase, "Just to be clear…"
Or, if you've been trying to save pennies by cutting corners or hiring less-than-qualified help, you might want to rethink that approach now. Cheapness begets more of the same and can also wear on morale. Reevaluate the situation and see where offering someone a raise (or altogether finding new help) can improve the quality of your operations.
Though some of the eclipse-inspired shake-ups could be jarring, you could also make a very promising, important hire or take on a competent consultant to help you revamp the way you do business, from your filing cabinets to the exchange of information. This is also a good time to hire a personal organizer to declutter part of your home. Instead of wading through dusty files all by your lonesome, get some qualified, expert help, so that you are truly set up to thrive. The time has come to let go of what no longer serves you, even if it all seems to be happening too fast for you to prepare. Just hang on tight, be flexible, and enjoy the ride.
Who knows what the "happy accidents" of this particular eclipse will be? If you happen to be an organizational whiz, like many Geminis, perhaps there's a budding business in the making. . With serious Saturn close to the moon in Scorpio, this could be an opportunity for you to really "own" your expertise and what it is you have to offer the world. Your vivacious sign can be incredibly innovative with health, nutrition and fitness, so maybe it's time you earned a living by combining these skills and your unique approach. For inspiration, check out the clever "Organize Yourself Sexy" program created by our Gemini friend and decluttering sorceress Teresa Nicola (http://www.collectedspaces.com/organize-yourself-sexy), who teams up with holistic health counselors and stylists, taking medicine cabinet and closet makeovers to a whole new level.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Purge, Gemini, purge! With subterranean Pluto retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your eighth house of cleansing, you're ready for an inside-out detox. Your entire system needs a reboot, and so all the unconscious muck that you've swept under the proverbial rug is coming up to be cleared. This emergence of deeply buried issues may not be the most pleasant thing in the world (and it's definitely not the witty conversational exchange you prefer). However, you do need to face these matters so they no longer have power over you. You've been holding on long enough! This is an excellent time to tap a trusted therapist or energy healer, so that when the skeletons come tumbling out of the closet, you have someone with whom to process.
Your desire for privacy increases after April 19, when the energizing Sun moves into Taurus, your twelfth house of rest and endings. Over the next four weeks, be kind to yourself. Take naps when you need a siesta. Listen to the rhythms of your body. Sign up for gentle yoga classes. Indulge in lavender-scented Epsom-salt baths, as needed. Most importantly, give yourself the space to process whatever needs to be processed.
The month ends with a powerful April 25 lunar eclipse in Scorpio, your sixth house of health and fitness, ushering in sweeping change to your diet and exercise habits. If you've been toying with eating better, you could adopt an entirely new lifestyle within the blink of an eye. Perhaps you want to go macrobiotic or raw (check out Raw Food Life Force Energy for a little inspiration). If you feel like you've been overdoing the caffeine, you may want to learn about the pH scale of acid versus alkaline foods, and try to add a few more alkalizing options listed on this food chart (http://www.acidalkalinediet.com/Alkaline-Foods-Chart.htm). Or perhaps you'll toss your favorite short ribs aside and go vegan…whatever the course, Gemini, you're all about improving your physical and mental health.
Your spiritual vitality could also get a boost from this eclipse, as you decide that a service component should be a regular part of your life. Perhaps you start giving back to a charity or begin volunteering at a local school or community-based organization. These words from JFK, a fellow Gemini, could stir you to act: "Ask not what your country can do for you…" And don't forget the courage of Anne Frank, another Gemini, who famously wrote in her diary: "I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that's why I'm so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that's inside me!" On this eclipse, do what you must to get out of your own way and contribute to the greater good.