April 2019 - Spinning Forward

So we can all shake off the lingering effects of Mercury Retrograde from last month. Even though April has 3 planets moving retrograde, these periods will be more reflective than chaotic, allowing us to get plans moving.  We still have plenty of that Aries (until the 20th) energy to ignite our plans going forward.

The Moons this month offer some insights into our relationships.  While the Aries New Moon on April 5 is usually a time for new beginnings, its wild square with Saturn restrains the typical “leap before looking” Aries M.O. But it helps us to be cautious and not repeat old patterns.  The Full Moon on April 19 is the second Libra Full Moon this year. As the Moon will be on the final 29th degree of Libra, it’s critical that we resolve issues in our relationships. Individual freedom versus the need for working partnerships in all ways is a challenge.

On April 10 Jupiter will begin its retrograde period. Since Jupiter rules expansion and exaggeration, these regular turning-back periods are kind of like a self-cleaning oven: They keep things from getting out of hand. Retrograde motion slows down Jupiter’s tendency to make things bigger. It’s almost a sort of automatic braking system. Inner growth must be matched with outer growth. Sagittarius energy can get carried away, buoyed on a tide of optimism. Whilst Jupiter is King here, there is still the danger of going too far too fast. The retrograde period gives us some natural time for reflection.

Mercury enters Aries on April 17 and marks a time when ideas move quickly and words tend flow without reflection. Aries opens doors through which others will follow. Pioneering thinking is about pushing the envelope. Watch out though, aggressive speech may come too easily, so temper these impulses, if you can.  Avoid the tendency to over-share as well.

The Sun then enters Taurus on April 20 and this transit asks that we focus on practicalities and appreciate the simple life. Taurus likes things to be as uncomplicated as possible. Whether we’re tending the garden or doing the accounts, we need to just focus on the task at hand. Venus also changes signs into Aries on the same day. While it isn’t the sign where Venus functions at her best, hearts are bursting with fiery passion. If we can combine that with the Taurus Sun’s steady pace than this could be perfect for creative projects and adds a little spice to relationships. Yet we must exercise caution against it being all about "me" or the next 6 weeks could be constant struggle between your needs over your partner's.

On April 24 Pluto in Capricorn is transiting retrograde, we are urged to let go of attitudes, thinking or communication patterns, security drives, rigid emotions; a time to undergo an internal form of house cleaning. It is a good time to research into our own Souls in order to determine exactly what we do or do not need. Because Pluto retrograde imparts an intense power for investigation, we should use this time to assess what reoccurring patterns in our lives make us feel out of control, where and why do we continually give our power away, and under what circumstances do we react so defensively that we elicit attacks from others.

There’s a troublesome 3 day transit beginning on April 27 when Mars squares Neptune.  It can be a very debilitating. It brings confusion, low energy and feelings of discouragement. You may feel like doing nothing at all for the duration of this transit. There is a tendency to deceive others or be deceived. Dealing with others is challenging now. They may try to discourage you even further or make you do something you do not really want to do. Doing something very impractical is likely during this transit.

We end the month with Saturn turning Retrograde on the April 29. The planet of order's retrograde period is a time to cultivate discipline, patience and self-restraint. Retrograde Saturn gives us an opportunity to look over our personal set of rules. Saturn in reverse means that the external boundaries we live within take a backseat to our rich inner world.

 Sun Sign Horoscopes for the Sun in Taurus


The Sun in your 2nd House of Resources supports you in strengthening your financial foundation. Take time to clarify what you have, what you need and what you want. The more you align your work with your values and passions, the easier it will be to create the prosperity you desire.


Happy Birthday, Taurus! The Sun in your own sign and your 1st House of Self marks the start of your personal new year, and a time for getting in touch with your desires. Pay attention to what feels fun, exciting and expansive and take the risk of incorporating more of these elements into your life. When you value yourself enough to act on your deepest yearnings, you break through any blocks to abundance.


The Sun eases into your 12th House of Dreams and Imagination, calling you to slow down your social life and turn your attention inward. Nurture your body and spirit through rest and retreat as your personal cycle comes to an end and you prepare for the start of a new birthday year. Pay attention to your dreams, feelings and intuition for practical guidance on how to strengthen and stabilize your inner world.


In your 11th House of Groups and Friends, the Taurus Sun invites you to build a stronger social network by reaching out to people who share your values and ideals. This is an auspicious time for networking and attracting allies who support you in realizing your dreams.


The Sun in your 10th House of Career helps you create a secure foundation for professional success. Make the most of this time by taking concrete steps toward achieving long-term goals, and be willing to take on greater power and responsibility in your work life. Reconsider what you love and value about your work to help you define your goals for the future.


The Sun shines on your 9th House of Expansion, inspiring you to step outside your everyday life and view your world from a higher perspective. Broadening your physical, mental and spiritual horizons -- through travel, study or meditation -- gives you valuable new insights into how to create greater security and abundance. Take the risk of acting on your intuitive knowledge rather than relying on logic.


In your 8th House of Intimacy, the sensual Taurus Sun entices you to deepen your bond with a significant other. Build a solid foundation for intimate relationships by openly communicating your feelings, needs and values. And with opportunistic Jupiter also moving through Taurus and your 8th house, you should feel an extra boost of positivity that can help you further expand and deepen your connections.


The Sun lights up your 7th House of Partnership a time for fortifying your relationships by intentionally devoting time and energy to the people you love. Make a point of telling friends and partners what you appreciate about them to increase the flow of love. Partners from the past may reappear, helping you clarify what's most important to you in the present.


The pragmatic Taurus Sun in your 6th House of Daily Routines invites you to simplify your schedule, get organized and become more efficient. Use this earthy influence to implement new and improved self-care habits and strengthen your overall sense of health and well-being. When you feel good in your body, it's easier to achieve your professional and financial goals.


The Sun energizes your 5th House of Fun and Romance, signaling that the most practical thing you can do is take time to play.  Having fun helps you open to new perspectives and possibilities, renewing inspiration for achieving long-term goals. Romance is also highlighted show your sweetie how much you care by planning a special date or buying flowers.


In your 4th House of Foundations, the Taurus Sun offers opportunities for strengthening your base of support. Take time to go inward and clarify what you need to feel more secure, safe and comfortable. On a physical level, this could mean making changes in your home. On a deeper level, you can now become aware of and shift old emotional patterns that keep you from feeling supported.


Lighting up your 3rd House of Communication, the Sun stimulates you to speak your mind. Through communicating your thoughts, feelings and needs, you energize your relationships and increase opportunities for receiving support. This is also an auspicious time for fortifying your mental realm with new information and perspectives study up on practical subjects like money management.

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