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* monthly * horoscopes - april 2017
- aries : the ram - aries
march 20 - april 19
A challenging planetary configuration that has dominated the heavens since last November, draws towards an end. It still manages to last out most of this month though and implicates the Sun, as our solar centre passes through your sign in rough correlation with your birthday. Such dilemmas remain sadly familiar, following on from a presence you’ll have noticed for over five months now. It is tough to fit together your personal ambitions or career objectives, the requirements of your family and the expectations of those close to you. Emotional needs and your home life must predominate, but it’s hard seeing it this way round.
taurus - taurus : the bull -
april 20 - may 20
Finally, there is action in your particular region of the sky. It is reasonably paced and doesn’t prove overwhelming, so essentially you can anticipate a more helpful vibration. The Sun enters your sign on April 19 and for just over thirty-seven hours, Mercury and Mars keep it company before the former ducks back into Aries and the latter advances into Gemini. If you were planning anything important and have an element of flexibility, this is without doubt the moment for your best shot. If you miss it or if circumstances seem to conspire against you, you get a second chance later this month around the new moon on April 26.
- gemini : the twins - gemini
may 21 - june 20
The red planet Mars, doesn’t enter your sign until April 21. The three weeks beforehand may feel long and tedious, yet there is a distinct divide between the six weeks preceding this planet’s arrival, compared to the forty-four days following. It is worth noting the ensuing period is a high point for you. A stage of planning and preparation has passed; you find yourself in the spotlight again and you had better be prepared, since events come thick and fast. You excel at thinking on your feet but deal with this situation most effectively, if you already have a clear strategy up your sleeve and have tied remaining loose ends…
cancer - cancer : the crab -
june 21 - july 22
Take solace in the knowledge that from later this month, some of the pressures you’ve been facing look set to ease. Only, this won’t be before the first part of April sees a resurgence of these trends, at their most intense during the initial four days of this period. With Pluto turning retrograde in your opposite sign and Saturn adding to the existing demands on your health and vitality, you are challenged once again to review some of your customary behaviours. How you interact and express your love or anger to those closest to you, is one major issue. In the light of day what other habits, are not exactly productive either?
- leo : the lion - leo
july 23 - august 22
So many issues are resolved, simply by looking inside yourself and trying to understand what drives you. These emotions may look unquestionable and you’d think everybody has much the same needs, but there are reasons for thinking and acting the way you do, that took root early in your childhood and have since melded into your psyche. Your own goals and objectives are important, yet there is a good feeling that comes from dispensing your largesse, even if this seems to your disadvantage. Approbation and applause are only one component of cultivating self-respect. Knowing that you did the right thing, is just as crucial…
virgo - virgo : the maiden -
august 23 - september 22
Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Pluto all change direction during April. Their motion is strongly retrograde, although Venus soon back in your opposite sign, turns direct on April 15. Astrophysicists might argue, all this toing and froing is simply an illusion on a cosmic scale, caused by our perspective from a similarly mobile Earth. That is true, but in order to measure the impact of our celestial neighbourhood on us, we must look at things from our point of view. Mercury and Venus return to areas of your horoscope linked with partnership and shared resources. Saturn highlights life at home, as you find you are at a crossroads.
- libra : the scales - libra
september 23 - october 22
The opposition between Jupiter in your sign and Uranus in your partnership zone, finally desists on April 19. It has characterised the skies since November, with a sense of instability prevailing amid the already topsy-turvy atmosphere, that has dominated your relationships since the turn of this decade. Partnerships prove most enduring when they are not formalised, so being overly hasty to sanctify your union or start a family for instance, is a recipe for disaster once responsibility takes over at the cost of true love. Ideally, those close to you are independent, with their own schedule and an agenda that lets you deal with yours…
scorpio - scorpio : the scorpion -
october 23 - november 21
No sooner do you think you are clear about things, than something else comes on the scene that puts you back to the beginning again. Your outlook on the world is certainly in flux, while some of what you are coming to understand, doesn’t fit comfortably with your existing views at all. To ease your transition to a wholly different perspective, try to learn all you can about the world and your position in it. Some of this knowledge you can acquire through direct experience, but for the remainder it is necessary to stand “on the shoulders of giants”, meaning those who have thought and spoken about such issues long before you…
- sagittarius : the archer - sagittarius
november 22 - december 21
Looking back to August, you feel that you’ve taken some significant strides. Saturn has been making good progress through your sign and by April 6, has only a couple of degrees left to cover. Unfortunately, this is precisely when the ringed planet starts its annual retrograde cycle, heading back over the course of the next twenty weeks and more, to a position it had already attained by the end of last year. Clearly, this seems discouraging; but backing up the lessons it has taught you with practical experience, is just how Saturn works. Impatience and petulance are not rewarded, but fortitude and perseverance pay dividends…
capricorn - capricorn : the sea-goat -
december 22 - january 19
You like to take a long-term view; to be prudent and cautious, keeping one eye on the future and allowing for the vagaries of fate. Thus, as Saturn turns retrograde through until the last week of August, it is time for taking stock and to review your revised trajectory. Once direct motion ensues this planet beats a path straight to your door, entering your constellation on the day before the December solstice and not leaving until 2020. Since Saturn is your traditional ruler you look forward to the rewards it is bound to bestow on you, for all your hard work. Remember, that it also governs karma; so your chickens come home to roost.
- aquarius : the water-bearer - aquarius
january 20 - february 18
Venus retrograde into your money zone, bodes well for your financial affairs. Don’t be under any illusion that huge sums of cash will land in your lap, but if you’re willing to take a calculated risk, you can have faith in a favourable outcome. Ideally, you wouldn’t want to risk more than you can comfortably afford, but given present circumstances you may not have much choice. Whatever eventuates, you’ll have given it your best shot, as one lengthy chapter in your affairs draws closer to its conclusion. Advertising what you’re trying to do, especially online and to a diverse or even international audience, must be a good idea.
pisces - pisces : the fishes -
february 19 - march 19
Retrograde through the zodiac since early March, Venus returns to your sign on April 3 and remains until its final few days. This repeats and underlines a visit, that began on January 3 and ran until the same date in February. Most people have heard about the classical association of Venus with the Roman goddess of love, while any period of retrograde motion that is so notable and pronounced, offers you a second chance at something you didn’t embrace the first time around. Neptune’s presence in your sign puts an idealistic angle on things, giving you the opportunity to heal and to address again, troublesome relationship issues…
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