Break out the eco-friendly cleaning products! You're on an organizing rampage as the Sun and three other planets visit Aries, your fastidious sixth house of health, efficiency and fitness. If you were recently distracted by high-octane dramas or sultry romances, the pendulum is now swinging back the other way, motivating you to get life zooming along like a pristine, well-oiled machine. Dishes in the sink will drive you crazy, as will a messy storage closet. Take a trip to your local health-food store and stock up on your vitamins. With both motivator Mars and radical change-maker Uranus in Aries, too, you're capable of instituting sweeping reform at systemic levels now—whether that's in your nutritional habits, your closet organization or the people you rely on for help.
Speaking of wellness, your stress levels could elevate as shadowy Pluto, your ruler, moves retrograde (backward) from April 12 through September 19. Pluto is in Capricorn, your third house of communication. During this five-month stretch, watch your words and thoughts and how they affect your daily experiences. For example, if you walk into a meeting afraid you're going to bomb, well, you might. The good news is that the opposite scenario is equally likely, so bone up on your positive affirmations. (Say it with us, Scorpio: "I am an eternal soul whose power lies in my magnetism!" or "I value my badass ways!")
Under this influence, people could be indirect, requiring you to read between the lines. For example, a friend or sibling could pull away, leaving you to wonder if it's personal. It might be, in the sense that this person is in need of some privacy. Nonetheless, you could find yourself in situations where you are creating the narrative from whole cloth, because you don't have all the information you need. This period is ripe for soul-searching through writing and learning. Pick up an aesthetically pleasing journal and make a habit of morning pages—as advised by Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way— where you spill the contents of your barely awake mind onto the page. You might also decide to take a communication workshop or sign up for an open-mic storytelling night. (If the Moth has a story slam in your area, go check it out! http://themoth.org/events) Scorpios can be harsh or cutting in their speech, so why not have a little fun as you work on your bedside manner? Besides, with your expert powers of perception, your education goes deep when you observe how other people translate their thoughts and feelings into the written or spoken word.
Once your house is in order, you're ready to partner up, as the purposeful Sun moves into Taurus, your seventh house of relationships on April 19. With companionship on the brain, you're ready to plan some fun, flirty dates. If your significant other has a thing for botany, snag tickets to a local orchid show. An important ingredient in your one-on-one relationships is the identity overhaul you're in the midst of—courtesy of serious Saturn's retrograde (backward) trek through Scorpio from February 18 through July 7. This feeling of discomfort in your own skin makes it all the more important to connect with your loved ones during this transition. It's time to admit it, Scorpio: You can't do it all alone. And why should you?
Fasten your seat belt: April 25 brings a game-changing Scorpio lunar eclipse This is a banner day for you, bringing together exciting events that were sparked by the Scorpio solar eclipse on November 13, 2012. Though you're still in the midst of a long transition, this eclipse is a coming-out of sorts. Stand on your balcony, Evita-style, and wave, giving the world a glimpse of the new you. Perhaps you're inspired to make a major decision, such as moving to a new city, flying solo with a business venture or leaving a situation that's no longer serving you. While this choice might feel like it comes out of the blue—eclipses deliver the unexpected—this has been brewing for quite some time. A part of your identity has expired, and so this change is an appropriate stripping-away (or dismantling) of your former self.
Since this full moon is joined by stern Saturn, ruler of long-term plans and structure, your choices now may be driven by broader considerations. Or perhaps a more expansive view is required. Sure, saying "yes" to a thrilling offer might give you a zingy ego boost—but how does this opportunity mesh with your big-picture goals? As much as practicality can feel like a snooze, serious Saturn is asking you to take a sober look at where you'd like to be in 5 to 10 years. Reflect on how your choices and actions today support these objectives. For example, if you want to become a parent but are still hooked on a Peter Pan type, you might realize that you're capable of making more family-friendly choices right now. Each step you take brings you either closer to or farther from your highest goals.
LOVE & ROMANCE
Clean it up, Scorpio…that's your love mantra. While this doesn't exactly sound romantic, getting your life into fighting shape—catching up on dentist appointments, visiting your GP, ridding your closet of moth-eaten sweaters—will prepare you for lasting love. Since your sign is sensitive to the "unseen" forces, you might even want to scour your home and see if you have any physical objects that are messing with your love mojo—such as that photo album from your 2002 trip to Cabo with your ex-fiancé who left you for a younger amour.
Coupled Scorpios also get into the "housekeeping" swing. Perhaps you spend some spring Saturdays together in the garage or apartment, clearing out storage or reorganizing your paperwork. Or, you and your sweetie might decide to get on a health kick together, trading green-juice recipes and scouting out new raw-food restaurants in your area. While this isn't the kind of soul-burning passion you usually crave, it's the nitty-gritty reality that cements your bond…just like flossing your teeth is just something you've gotta do.
With sexy Mars and romantic Venus both in your health-and-fitness house for the first half of April, Scorpios on the hunt for romance just might find it in the health-food store, of all places. (We can hear you now, flirtatiously asking, "So…is that banana hemp cereal any good?") You could also find love on the elliptical at the gym, buying a new pair of sneakers or even while running your daily errands. Here's your mandate: Streamline, streamline, streamline, and let love find you along the way, even if it's in the elevator of your storage facility.
Midmonth, the sizzle returns, as magnetic Venus enters Taurus, your seventh house of relationships, on April 15, making you giddy with anticipation. Nothing makes your heart swoon more than a planned date (especially if there are, say, Kumamoto oysters with a champagne mignonette involved). Since Taurus rules indulgence and earthly pleasures, aim for evenings out that delight the five senses. Perhaps you can find an event like Savor Your Senses (http://savoryoursenses.com), run by Elaine Kwon, an award-winning concert pianist, who pairs world-class music with wine, for a uniquely engaging experience.
On the 20th, spicy Mars joins beautifying Venus in Taurus, dialing up the intensity of your committed partnerships. Since Mars can add fiery tension, you may end up in a playful téte-à-téte with your sweetie that edges into hostile terrain. Let the debates give way to disrobing, if you will. (Slipping into the boudoir is one of the best ways to channel your sparring instincts, after all.) Overall, coupled Scorpios should find this to be a harmonious transit, since the added heat will only bring you and your sweetheart closer. Single Scorpios might feel some added fire, too…and end up meeting someone with serious long-term potential. If you don't meet your soul mate this month, stay tuned for the May 9 Taurus solar eclipse to move events forward here.
On April 25, the Scorpio lunar eclipse may be the exception to the pleasurable vibes, though. Since this eclipse occurs in your sign, you may feel the urge to push forward with a personal goal, even if it means alienating your loved ones. Your motivation is high, and this could cause some uncomfortable ripples in your current family or relationship setup. While you're breaking out the bubbly, your honey (or others close to you) might be grumbling in the background. Is there an uncomfortable strand of competition here, e.g., you're making the grand move that your love only wishes he/she could? As much as you want to just ignore the naysayers, their concern may make you pause: How much stock should you give this resistance, and if you give it too much credence, how will it affect your big-picture plans? It could take a few days after the eclipse to sort the tension out.
MONEY & CAREER
Put on your organizational cap! Forget the big-picture strategy work, though. With a cluster of planets in Aries, your sixth house of efficiency and systems, you're rolling up your sleeves and focusing on the nitty-gritty details. This month is all about the clerical and administrative aspects of your work. What is your process for sending out thank-you notes? Is it time to switch to cloud storage? Since the sixth house rules support, perhaps a capable, energetic admin comes along and whips your whole operation into a lean, mean routine.
On April 10, a new moon in Aries gives you the green light for launching a new process, sending out resumes or making any kind of fresh start at work. Perhaps you put down a deposit on a new electronic filing system or hire that go-getter assistant. Since the sixth house rules service, you might also hire a new housecleaner, babysitter or landscaper. Ask your friends to refer their favorite service providers—within six months, you'll see a huge difference from putting a solid support team into place.
Is it time to partner up? Later this month, you could join forces with a like-minded yet complementary soul. The urge to merge gets strong after April 19, when the energizing Sun moves into Taurus, your collaborative seventh house. You could also be offered an exciting contract in the coming month. Stay tuned especially near the May 9 Taurus solar eclipse. If you're negotiating a deal, keep this date in mind as a great time to have all your due diligence wrapped up.
You may need to be extra-careful with your language, as penetrating Pluto, your ruler, goes retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your third house of communications, from April 12 to September 19. A manner of speaking that has worked for you in the past, e.g., sarcasm, might not fly right now. (We can see it: You make a "joke" about the intern's wholesome boyfriend that sends her running to the bathroom in tears.) Or, you might run your empire like Scorpio fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, who titled her first book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You.
If you've become famous for your powers of intimidation, perhaps it's time to soften up a tad. Pluto is the lord of karma, and what goes around will surely come back. Maybe you're used to coming on strong, but under this influence, you're on the receiving end of a colleague who mirrors your unyielding style. All of a sudden, it makes you think twice about the countless times you've put someone in an uncomfortable position and how your strict parameters have impeded true connection. (If a colleague complains that they're exhausted and you repeat this back with a gesture of "air quotes"…that might not go over so well now.)
Be careful of what you put in writing during this time, too. If you're offering someone a courtesy view of, say, an important or even confidential project, hedge your bets and whip out the Non-Disclosure Agreement. Don't say, "I will definitely incorporate all of your concerns" if that's not a legitimate promise either. You don't want a hastily written email—especially if it's motivated by anger—to come back and bite you later on.
Not that you won't rise to the occasion in the face of conflict, Scorpio. One of the symbols associated with your sign is the phoenix rising from the ashes…and at the April 25 Scorpio lunar eclipse, you tap into that regenerative energy all over again. You might suddenly walk away from a part of your life that you're just over, whether it's a job, your career, a client who drains you, or even just an M.O. that no longer serves you.
Adding some extra positive intention will help counteract the presence of restrictive Saturn in Scorpio, which is cozying up to this full moon. Although one part of you is ready to soar, you may also feel like someone or something is holding you back. Saturn favors slow and steady progress—no cutting corners or quick fixes! If you feel weighed down by realistic concerns, remind yourself that all good things are worth the wait, especially if you've done your due diligence and put these new ventures on a rock solid foundation. Consider mapping out a master plan for your reinvention. Recommended reading: Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map (https://wt107.infusionsoft.com/go/desiremap/ophira/), which will help you dig deep into that which resonates with your soul. A little structure to back your lofty plans will carry you for miles (and hopefully years) to come.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
Health is your greatest asset, Scorpio. So, good news: This month features a planetary pileup in Aries, your sixth house of wellness. You're revved to make some serious changes to your diet and exercise routine. The same goes for your mental health. If you've been telling yourself negative things, e.g., "Nothing ever works out" or "My weight determines my worth," you may decide to pluck those weeds from the garden, replacing them with healthier affirmations. With motivator Mars here, you're feeling extra determined to whip yourself into shape on every level. Revolutionary Uranus and beautifying Venus are also in Aries, so this radical revamp could have some serious staying power…resulting in a personal "glow" impossible to miss. Just think of what 30 days of drinking green juice and eating omega 3–rich salmon will do for your skin, not to mention your soul.
A relationship with a brother or sister (or a sibling "type") may go through some bumpy patches while transformational Pluto is retrograde (backward) in Capricorn from April 12 to September 19. An old issue might rear its ugly head, perhaps related to a long-standing rivalry issue, e.g., you get a card from your cousin, congratulating you on a new venture, only she's managed to lace her well-wishes with backhanded compliments ("I'm too busy with family to make these kinds of sacrifices, but good for you!"). Reflect on which unhealed part of you this person's seeming attacks are triggering. Perhaps there's a part of you that believes you're selfish or unworthy, and this person is only mirroring that back to you. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Near the April 25 lunar eclipse in Scorpio, you can't hold back. There's a long-awaited truth that needs to be spoken, and trying to suppress it would be like trying to stop a volcanic eruption. We get it, Scorpio. You've been swallowing this for too long…but do you really need to spill your guts like this? You may also feel an overall sense of restlessness and perhaps a strong desire to transform your whole appearance. You're not just looking to burn dollars at Sephora. A makeover (or make-under) is the perfect accessory for this greater transformation you find yourself in. You probably don't feel like the same person you were even six months ago, so why not reflect this in your physical appearance too?