The tulips are in bloom…and so are you! As the energizing Sun moves through Aries, your fifth house of romance and creativity, you're in a passionate, feel-it-all kind of mood. Several other planets also gather in this fiery, self-expressive sector of your chart. Beware: You could easily get bitten by the karaoke bug (guilty as charged for our Sagittarian selves!) or caught dancing on tabletops until sunrise. Even the shier Archers are swept up in this acute case of spring fever.
As the temperatures rise and flowers poke out of the ground, you feel exceptionally alive. So grab a paintbrush, a microphone, a monologue…or your honey, and start sharing your unique self. As Martha Graham once said, "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost." Let this call to self-expression guide you.
The lighthearted revelry will offset the intense reflection that begins on April 12, when shadowy Pluto moves retrograde (backward) in your second house of work and money, where it will stay until September 19. During this five-month period, you may be visited by the low-self-esteem ghosts of your childhood past. Yikes. We know, this doesn't sound like the fun, glitzy after-party you prefer, but these issues, which may include a stalwart (even calcified) poverty consciousness, must be dealt with. Perhaps there are some roller-coaster twists and turns with your finances or a job. (Keep an eye on your blood pressure…) Instead of focusing exclusively on the practical level, mine these situations for the deeper message. For example, if you're out on an important client dinner and your credit card comes back declined—ooh, that poor waiter's face as he asks for another card—consider that you might be unconsciously manifesting this cringe-worthy situation (or others like it). When it comes to your daily gig, you may be prompted to soul-search and ultimately transform how you bring home the bacon. If it's not moving you on the deepest levels, you may just decide to move on to something that does.
Practical concerns take precedence after April 19, when the bold Sun moves into Taurus, your sixth house of organization and fitness. Hello, health kick! Do you have all of your systems (including the most important physical system, your body) in working order? No matter how good you are with your wellness routines, you'll amp 'em up a notch now. Pay your favorite doctors (and dentist) a visit for checkups. Join a gym and commit to a regular cardio-boosting routine. Beautifying Venus and motivating Mars in your sixth house can really get you going—and glowing. Sneak preview: On May 9, a solar eclipse in this same sector will further boost your efforts to create optimum health, the most valuable commodity you can own.
The month ends with a watershed healing moment, when an April 25 full moon lunar eclipse in Scorpio lights up your twelfth house of closure and spirituality. With this potent eclipse conjunct serious Saturn, an ending or change you've been resisting can no longer be postponed. It's time for you to deal, Sag. Snap out of the denial (however convincing it might be) and take a hard look at what it's costing you to avoid this situation. The price is stiff, you'll soon realize…and that could easily lead you to this set-in-stone conclusion: The status quo is no longer an option. Perhaps you were clinging to a certain situation or set of circumstances (despite knowing that exciting new chapters are on your horizon) because you can't bear the thought of the inevitable loss that comes with saying goodbye, even to unhealthy people or dynamics. For some assistance in shifting such patterns, read Melody Beattie's seminal book, Codependent No More.
For clues to what this eclipse could bring, flip back in your calendar to November 13, 2012 the date of the corresponding Scorpio solar (new moon) eclipse. Look to events that began near that date, or in mid-October and mid-December. A situation that began brewing then may be coming to fruition. While there may be some abrupt endings, you could also be suddenly lifted to a whole new level of reality. Since the twelfth house rules guardian angels, an otherworldly, high-minded mentor might just take you under her gilded wing, creating a magical moment where doors fly wide open. All you have to do? Pick a great song to put on the stereo as you easily glide on through. Ah, arrival never felt so sweet. Instead of feeling like you have to make every inch of your success happen on your own, surrender and accept the helping hand. If this kind of invitation arrives, it means you've karmically earned it. You're hereby released from paying dues.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Romantic téte-à-téte, anyone? With a stack of planets in Aries, your fifth house of va-va-voom-action, you're on the amorous prowl. Love is flirty, fun, impulsive and impossibly sensual. This is not a month to roll around in your "shy librarian" outfit (unless, of course, that's part of your seduction strategy). Pull out your most sizzling getup…and sashay through your neighborhood, bars, parties or any social exchanges like you own 'em. You're feeling bold, sexy and confident about what you have to offer the long list of suitors lining up to win your affections. So who, Sagittarius, gets your undivided attention…at least for the moment?
If you were in a romantic rut earlier in the year, your love life gets a complete makeover on April 10, when a new moon in Aries—along with a whopping five planets—glows in your fifth house of passion. Perhaps a new love arrives on the scene, sweeping you off your wandering feet, or you have an all-encompassing reawakening of passion. Get your candlelit dinners and power ballads on…you don't want to miss one inch of this heart-swelling day. Since the fifth house rules fertility, you could make a pregnancy pact with your S.O. or even get knocked up (a high possibility with this cluster of planets in your baby-making house). Viva amor!
A word of caution: With these Aries planets forming a "square" to subconscious Pluto in your second house of self-worth and security, you might just have to confront some buried shame and insecurity that's interfering with your ability to give and receive pleasure. Perhaps an old memory pops up, from when you first started equating money with affection—perhaps via your parents' dynamic—and it's now rearing its inconvenient head, just when you thought you had open arms to receive all the fun and romance you deserve. Instead of hiding in a corner or rushing off to some monastery, take a deep breath and fight through your feelings of self-consciousness or inadequacy.
We promise: These thoughts and beliefs, no matter how ancient, will begin to lose their power over you once you dare to sit with them. Even a few minutes of sober reflection can clear the way for that fun, celebratory night out with your sweetheart. Recommended reading is Scorpio Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are. Brown, an expert on shame and authenticity, gave one of the most-watched TED talks on the power of vulnerability.
On April 25, a Scorpio lunar eclipse sends ripples through your twelfth house of endings, perhaps ushering in closure on an issue with someone that has been brewing since the November 13 Scorpio solar eclipse set events in motion. Perhaps your own unconscious relationship to sexuality and power has contributed to a troubling dynamic with a loved one. Have you been using sex as leverage? Or holding onto an illusion of "power," e.g., thinking that if you don't articulate your true feelings then you'll always have the upper hand?
Well, Sag, if you have issues like this, they could come to a head now. Deep-rooted past patterns are coming up to be cleared, and they might materialize in a startling package. Instead of resisting, embrace these developments—even if that means the end of a relationship or a need to radically change your lifestyle. Perhaps you have a sudden clear picture of your own codependence, fear and control issues…and how they have been disintegrating the fabric of all your relationships. Have you been relying on outside validation or approval too heavily? Giving in an effort to control someone? Your generosity is one of your greatest assets, but you can also exploit it as emotional blackmail, creating unhealthy dependencies with others. If you're always the mama bird or sugar daddy and your partner is the disempowered "child" in the relationship…well, how satisfying will THAT be in the long haul?
Since the twelfth house rules delusions, you might even find yourself projecting your own baggage onto the other person…or refusing to let anyone in, out of a need to be in control of the situation. If you're metaphorically bleeding, Sag, and someone offers you a bandage, take it, please. Yes, these are some pretty dark and unpleasant feelings to address, but don't you want to be free of them? Be brave enough to let them see the light of day, so that you can release them. If you've been having trouble getting over an ex or letting go, this eclipse may come along and force you to release this situation, so that it no longer imprisons you and your ability to be happy.
MONEY & CAREER
Make way for a stroke of creative genius! With a small army of planets in Aries, your self-expressive and artistic fifth house, you're called to share of your talents in new, imaginative ways. Even if you're in a more "linear" field, such as business, finance or law, you're channeling your inner Picasso this month, breaking boundaries and thinking out of the box. (Still doubting your ability? Fellow Sag Walt Disney was once fired for having a "lack of imagination.")
With all these bold new ideas and projects percolating, you don't want to hold back, so share your cutting-edge thoughts with colleagues. Perhaps you revolutionize an information system. Or you give a lagging project a much-needed overhaul. However your creativity is manifesting, you could blaze your way into the spotlight. With all this blood pumping in your veins, you might just achieve some degree of fame, especially on April 10, when a new moon in Aries favors the launch of your innovative ideas or a new creative venture. (For help structuring your new venture, check out Twyla Tharp's book The Creative Habit.) Or perhaps you use the fresh energy of this day to stand up and speak out. Nobody says it plain like a Sag can…so when it comes to marrying your self-expression with your famously direct communication, this is the day to rock the mic!
Your moment in the sun will give you the confidence to do some deeper digging midmonth, when penetrating Pluto turns retrograde (backward) in your second house of work and money, from April 12 to September 19. During this time, you may become aware of deep-rooted and unconscious limiting beliefs about security that are clogging your prosperity pipes. Do you equate your bank account with your self-worth? Does your attachment to money—and what you think it can do for your self-esteem—cloud your dealings with others and ultimately compromise your integrity?
The best (and only!) Drano for this clog is to simply blast these limiting beliefs away. You could even use hypnosis or past-life regression, since the negative thoughts could be buried in your soul memory or psyche quite deeply, even from a precognitive part of your childhood. If one or both of your parents was adamant about disavowing materialism, for example, the layers of shame could run pretty thick here. Sure, you know that these limiting beliefs are incorrect, but they have a hold on you nonetheless.
For a deck-clearing dose of soulful straight talk, pick up Marianne Williamson's Law of Divine Compensation. As she so wisely points out, the opposite of fear is love. And fear, especially when it gets smothering and oppressive, is the root of all un-wellness. Let's face it, few (if any) human beings are truly fearless around finances. Money represents a (false) guarantee that we'll always be okay, that we won't die alone in a cardboard box eating cat food, even that we deserve to be here on this earth (and you might just go that existentially deep during this period). In these five months, take space to rethink your definitions of wealth and security. What really makes people happy is love, and money can't buy it, as the Beatles famously said. Or, as Virgo Mother Teresa said, "The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved."
As you're weeding out this gunk, you begin to organize on other fronts as well, after the purposeful Sun moves into Taurus, your sixth house of efficiency and wellness, on April 19. It's time to get organized! Trips to The Container Store are your recreational activity of choice, as you clean up your work space, your wardrobe and all aspects of a well-oiled life, really. Since the sixth house rules support systems, use this time to improve relationships with the people who work for you—interns, employees, housekeepers or babysitters. The parameters of these relationships should be well-defined, so be careful of issues popping up if they are not, e.g., your sitter passive-aggressively starts ordering up a storm of takeout on your credit card because you're habitually 30 minutes late. Deal with any conflicts directly, and upgrade your players if need be.
An important professional relationship might change dramatically near April 25, when a full moon Scorpio lunar eclipse could reveal a hidden agenda or even someone who's definitely not on Team Sagittarius. If you've been getting a hunch that something is "off" with the colleague who says "yes, yes, yes" to everything you say but then acts in a more shadowy manner, well, you may get to the root of your unease around this day. Or, the eclipse could usher in a "made-in-the-stars" relationship with an important mentor or "guardian angel" type. Perhaps this person appears out of the blue with a five-star opportunity to do work that shakes you to the core—in the best, most soulful way you can envision.
If a person or situation is "eclipsed" out of your life, shore up the faith and trust that the universe has a better person or situation in mind. Stay open! If you face loss, remind yourself to have faith in the cosmic scheme of things. This could be a difficult boss, client or manager—or possibly a person whom you counted on for guidance and support, which could leave you scrambling a bit. But if you're honest, Sag—as only you can be—you'll know deep down that this departure is for the best, especially if you came to rely too heavily on this other person. The eclipse is doing away with all unhealthy dependencies, which keep you playing small.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Holy guacamole! And we mean that literally. The first three weeks of the month are super indulgent (as in, four-burgers-a-week, margarita-happy-hour indulgent). It's not your fault: The bold Sun and a host of other planets in Aries have you in 24/7 party mode. So don't worry too much if you have an extra glass of wine or linger a little too long at the fondue table. Once the Sun moves into Taurus on April 19, you can get into a more structured groove with your health and overall wellness. The last week of April, beautifying Venus, energetic Mars and the Sun all gather in your Taurus-ruled sixth house of health and fitness. Swap the pommes frites for parsnip fries, and make your "green juice" from veggies, not apple-martini mix.
Ingesting your daily dose of greens and vitamins will help later in the month, when an April 25 Scorpio lunar eclipse illuminates your twelfth house of closure. This change-maker eclipse is conjunct mature Saturn, so there could be a lightning-bolt moment of finality to a situation that's been draining your time, attention and vitality. Perhaps you've been giving away your precious energy to a relationship, situation or dynamic that is doing nothing but holding you back. With this sudden turn of events, you may even tell yourself that you didn't see it coming. But, the truth is, you've known deep down you had to sever this particular tie, especially if there's an underlying agreement that you "need" one another in order to maintain the status quo. Real friends will let you walk your own path…and vice versa, coming together from a more empowered place. If there's an ending, fear not. You might also experience a huge divine intervention of sorts on this incredibly spiritual and emotional day. It's hard to forget sometimes that we're spiritual beings having a human experience, but on this day you get a glimpse into the grand design of it all. Soak up the love, Sagittarius…it's been waiting for you.
You may experience a possible loss or betrayal at this eclipse, or hear some challenging news triggers that old emotions, ones that haven't surfaced since Reagan (or maybe even Carter) was the U.S. president. Associated with the phoenix rising from the ashes, Scorpio rules birth, death, karma and transformation…you know, those not-so-minor aspects of existence. If you need some help clearing a betrayal, may we recommend Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping.
Your keen awareness of what lies beneath the surface—and of just how hard it is for many of us to grapple with darker realities, such as abuse, trauma and broken trust—may prompt you to take a much-needed mental health break. Whew, you need to watch who you spend time with, as you're extra sensitive. Perhaps you can sign up for a session with a skilled, perceptive therapist or get on board with a new meditation routine. You might even just take a quiet retreat alone. This can be an intensely introverted or reflective time, which is not the usual Sag M.O. Around this potent full moon, you just can't be the life of the party…not when you need some support.
Is it time to release a toxic tie? Don't hesitate to give energy vampires and draining people the boot. No more saying, "But this person has done so much for me!" Just because someone was the right friend in 1999 doesn't mean you owe them the rest of your life, especially when they don't really respect the person you've grown into. You're not helping matters by keeping them around. Clock is a-tickin', Sag. The time has come to reallocate your energy and precious resources.