Hooray! This month is all about every Libra's favorite topic: relationships. Four planets, including the energizing Sun and magnetic Venus, your ruler, visit fiery Aries, your seventh house of committed partnerships. During the first three weeks of April, you're heavily focused on what it takes to create the perfect "we," as opposed to charging ahead as a solo "me." Though you're often attuned to others' needs, under this influence you take a clear look at how you function best as an interdependent duo (as opposed to thinking of yourselves as two halves of a whole). This might mean maintaining some of your independence and feeling strong in your self-identity so that your partnership can truly flourish. So don't skip out on regular get-togethers with friends to be available for your sweetheart 24-7. You may, however, want to plan some elaborate tête-à-têtes with your honey so you can romantically reconnect.
After solidifying the ins and outs of your partnership, get set to go even deeper when the purposeful Sun moves into Taurus, your eighth house of intimacy, on April 19. Forget the breezy date nights, Libra. Are you ready for some serious soul-merging…and for the lifelong, inked-in-blood type of commitments? Those may be coming your way, even as soon as the April 10 Aries new moon, when five planets will occupy your partnership house.
The eighth house also rules shared resources, and that includes financial ones. Later this month, you may be offered a joint venture or an opportunity to merge your assets and talents with another entity. If you're hesitant, don't worry: The May 9 Taurus solar eclipse will make all the hazy details crystal clear. In the meantime, explore the possibilities and see if you both bring equal value to the table.
In the meantime, a little reality check: On April 12, plumb-the-depths Pluto moves retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your fourth house of family and personal foundations. This sparks deep reflection on your roots, where you've come from and how your past might be influencing you now. With shadowy Pluto moving backward in this sector of your chart until September 19, you may have to confront old and possibly unpleasant family dynamics. If there was a turning-point crisis that had lasting effects on your clan—such as a tragic loss or other dramatic event—you may have to face the ways in which you're still carrying the fallout. Did your family go silent on the matter? Or become incredibly fearful of any kind of loss? To live fully, you're going to have to clear out the old ancestral basement, Libra. Your physical home may also need a space clearing or feng shui to remove old heavy or negative energies. Viva sage wands and smudge sticks!
On April 25, a game-changing lunar eclipse falls in Scorpio, your second house of money and self-worth. Cha-ching! The eclipse pushes you to prioritize your dreams, no holds barred. It also lays down the gauntlet: How much do you value yourself and your ideas? Enough to, say, deactivate your Facebook account temporarily while you finish that novel? Or to stop believing you're "bad with numbers" long enough to craft a business plan for your gourmet-food-truck dream?
This is the first eclipse of the year, and it's also the grand finale (or manifestation) of the November 13 Scorpio solar eclipse. In the past six months, a new source of work and income could have entered your life. You could have an undeniable aha moment about your life purpose, which prompts you to rethink how you make a living. For example, if you work in events, you might realize that your exceptional mediation skills will be best used as, oh, say, a wedding planner. Or a sudden change at work might be even more dramatic, as you leave a once-beloved job or end a significant career chapter. This "goodbye" has been a long time in the works, but that doesn't mean you were ready to deal. Such is the power of eclipses: They knock us off the wishy-washy fence. If a source of income is suddenly "eclipsed" away, don't worry…it will soon be replaced by a better fit, something more in line with your overall ethics.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Viva romance! With a high concentration of planets in Aries—your seventh house of committed partnerships—you're focused on making your closest relationships even stronger. You're feeling openhearted and generous, primed to do the necessary tune-ups, possibly even see a couples therapist to maximize your heart-to-heart connection and remove all obstacles to a strong, devoted union. You might even have marriage on the brain, since the seventh house rules relationships under contract.
The April 10 Aries new moon sparks a fresh chapter in your love life, one that's especially potent since five planets will be in Aries that day. Engagements or a promising meeting of the hearts could arise near this date. This would be the day for single Libras to dress up and "act as if" your soul mate could be next to you in the Starbucks line or the takeout counter. (For a little prep work, read Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks.) With motivator Mars and revolutionary Uranus in Aries, you may be swept up in a strong desire to refresh your relationship, especially if you've been in a long-time commitment. Open up those windows and let in some spring air.
Old "mother issues" might crop up in your rose garden, though, while subconscious Pluto moves retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your fourth house of family, nurturing and roots, from April 12 to September 19. Perhaps you're unconsciously playing out an old dynamic, e.g., your mother had unfulfilled longings in love, yet stayed married out of her sense of duty…and now you've scooped up her martyr-like baggage, opting to "cope" with a stiff upper lip instead of dealing with the issue directly. Or, you might feel some resentment of a family member who's all too happy to offer an unsolicited opinion about your relationship. (If you hear, "This is what your problem is…." one more time, your normally even-keeled sign might burst.) Examine the situation more closely: Have you created this codependent dynamic by giving someone too much of a "vote" in your love life? Before you start to feel wronged, take some responsibility. The onus is on you to establish new boundaries, even if it could create an awkward dynamic while you both get used to your new power balance.
On April 19, the Sun dives into Taurus, your eighth house of intimacy. If it's not a deep, all-encompassing kind of love, why bother? You want soul-stirring, passionate connections, the kind you'd consider laying down your metaphorical life for, Libra. Perhaps you start the ring-shopping process under this influence, or you get more serious about moving in together. Or maybe there's even a pregnancy in the works. Coupled Libras may also have serious discussions about the way you share responsibilities such as housework, bills, child care, dog walking, etc. It doesn't have to be 50-50, but it should be an arrangement that feels fair to you both.
Your attention turns to your boudoir on April 20, when spicy Mars enters Taurus, your eighth house of sexuality. Add some flavor to your sex life, or deepen the spiritual element of it by trying out some tantric moves. If you're a holdout who hasn't read the 50 Shades series, you might be a come-lately adopter. Or, if you prefer to try slightly more highbrow erotica, may we suggest Happiness by French journalist Denis Robert, or Anais Nin's Little Birds.
MONEY & CAREER
Is it time to form a dynamic duo? April features a heavy concentration of planets in Aries, your seventh house of contracts and partnerships. Even if you're an avowed "solopreneur," you'll have good fortune when you seek out quality collaborations, catapulting both parties to stratospheres you couldn't reach alone. (Just think of the glittering possibilities when you merge your contact lists.) If you're involved in a long-term business partnership, you may need to revisit the terms of your arrangement. Perhaps you started out with clearly defined roles (e.g., you were the "face" of the operation, while your associate handled nitty-gritty details), but now those roles need an update to reflect where each of you is now. Compromise is key, and with a planetary pileup in your house of diplomacy, you can handle this situation with incredible gravitas.
Long-term financial plans come into focus on April 19, when the Sun begins a monthlong visit to Taurus, your eighth house of joint ventures and shared resources. A collaboration could become more than just symbolic, as each of you invests money, sweat equity or some other tangible asset into the mix. Although tax season is officially over as of April 15, you could hear news of a great refund coming your way (here's hoping). You may be in the market to buy or sell real estate, change residences or handle a legal matter. Stay tuned: On May 9, a Taurus solar eclipse could bring a sweeping new start to your long-term finances.
Your work life could take a surprise detour on or around the April 25 full moon lunar eclipse in Scorpio, your second house of work and money. The events that transpire now have actually been building since November 13, 2012, when a solar eclipse in Scorpio planted new work and money seeds. Perhaps an illustrious job offer or high-profile account will come to fruition. Or, a source of income could be "eclipsed" out of your life. If, say, you've been frustrated in a particular position but hesitant to give it up—for all the wrong reasons—don't cry too hard when it suddenly evaporates. Whatever happens now will be for the best, even if you're not crazy about having to ride the mega-winds of change. Take heart, Libra, and accept that the whole universe has your back. For some assurance during this time, read Callings by Gregg Levoy, a book that will remind you of your place in the larger cosmos. All of life, including your career trajectory, is a process. This may sound clichéd, but that old Zen saying is true: Every step of the journey IS the journey.
Since this potent full moon will travel with taskmaster Saturn, you may encounter some tough lessons along with the events of this eclipse. Whatever comes your way, whether it's a wake-up call about how you've been spending money or a sudden change in your job, address it directly and systematically. Tap a trusted mentor for advice. Pick up a journal and devote three mornings a week to writing about your dream job. Commit to a more positive frame of mind, perhaps by listening to Esther Hicks and her inspiring YouTube channel, which features Law of Attraction teachings: http://www.youtube.com/user/AbrahamHicks.
Another possibility is that you may receive new and slightly intimidating levels of responsibility, along with a fancy title or jump in income. Your mixed feelings are likely just fear, a hurdle you can absolutely cross. You feel like your boss just handed you the keys to her Porsche…and the last time you drove was in '99, when your mother forced you. Well, now is the time to graciously accept your new way of being, your self-authorized attitude. This new opportunity to grow could mean sacrificing some of your freedom or that flexible schedule you've grown so attached to. Most likely, though, your momentary pangs for your two-hour midday yoga class will disappear as you see just how much this new gig offers you, especially in terms of personal growth. And in those doubtful moments, there are always evening yoga classes. Namaste, there's bills to pay.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Howdy, partner! With a cluster of planets in Aries, your one-on-one relationship zone, buddy up to make your fitness routines all the more effective. Getting yourself to an early morning boot-camp class is way more likely if you know your BFF is counting on you to meet her there. Or, maybe you want to hire an expert, someone with whom you can dissect whatever obstacles might be getting in the way of your optimum health. To motivate you on your wellness path, find a reputable trainer or a knowledgeable nutritionist.
After April 19, the purposeful Sun glides into Taurus, your eighth house of regeneration, making it a perfect time for a deeper emotional, spiritual and all-around rejuvenation. If you're craving more privacy than usual, don't be afraid to look beneath the surface to figure out what is really going on. Perhaps an outworn dynamic (or toxic friend) is zapping your energy. Instead of "muscling" through, press the pause button and ask: What am I supposed to be learning from this situation? Guard your personal energy. If you feel especially sensitive, check out Cyndi Dale's seminal book Energetic Boundaries.
From April 12 through September 19, intense Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your fourth house of home and family. During this five-month stretch, you may see an unprecedented amount of old crap (to use the technical term for long-buried emotional debris) resurfacing, especially related to female relatives, parents and children. Perhaps you feel the uncomfortable biological clock tick-tick-ticking away, even having a dream about a child you're "meant" to have, since Pluto energy can bring out-of-the-blue psychic flashes. This is a perfect time to feng shui your home, shifting once-stagnant energy around, since Pluto can bring attention to the unseen forces in your personal space. If you've been clinging to a photo of your ex, you might need to move it out of your room, in a metaphorical gesture of "clearing" the past.
One woman we know had issues with the old-girlfriend relics her live-in boyfriend held on to, such as luggage tags, old Valentines and suggestive postcards. Her attempts to get him to "clean up" were unsuccessful (until an eruption more furious than Mount St. Helen's) and highly symbolic of the deeper issues between them. These are the kinds of energetic dynamics you'll become more sensitive to during this five-month stretch. You may need more privacy and solitude during this time, especially if a relative is being extra difficult or in need of additional care, perhaps dealing with an illness or hardship. If you're struggling with a family member, this is a great time to get into family therapy, to root up old dynamics. For help finding a qualified therapist, check out Internal Family Systems' website: http://www.selfleadership.org/about-internal-family-systems.html.