The big news for you this month is the fact that both your ruling planets turn retrograde within one day of each other on the 17th and 18th.
Your traditional ruler is Mars, the planet of passion and anger, and your modern ruler is Pluto, the planet of transformation and loss.
This indicates that events could peak around the middle of the month. When a planet stations ready to change direction, its energy is intensified.
Mars is currently in Sagittarius, one of the fire signs, which rules money in your chart. This is about your personal money but also your possessions and your values.
Mars hardly moves this month as it turns retrograde at 8 Sagittarius and is virtually halted throughout April. When Mars switches direction, this often indicates an about-turn, either a change of heart on your part or events which trigger a turnaround and you have to rethink, reorient yourself.
So when it comes to money matters, this is not the best time to be impulsive or take a big financial risk. In addition, you might find that money is not forthcoming or a project linked to earnings is abruptly halted.
If you’re waiting on money, you might have to wait a while longer so be prepared and build this possibility into your schedule. When Mars is on go slow, it’s a good time to turn inwards as this is where Mars energy is focused, on learning. Look at your money mind-set, read up about money, consider new ways of making money or investing. Once Mars is back to direct motion at the end of June, then you can put new ideas and methods into practice.
As April begins, there’s strong emphasis on another fire sign, Aries, and Aries rules your work and routine, your lifestyle and your health. This is where the action’s at and it’s wise to act fast as April gets underway if you’re looking for work, you’re ready to leave a place of work or you simply have things you want or need to do so you have a healthy and workable routine.
If you know already that money might not be forthcoming or you’re going to lose out in some way, then even more reason to get busy with new work ideas. The New Moon on the 7th takes place in Aries and new moons are a symbol of new beginnings. This is a chance to start afresh, to apply for a job and to set your intentions for the month ahead.
Plus this New Moon falls close to the planet of change Uranus and the Sun and Uranus connect on the 9th. Uranus rules modern technology so use the internet to good effect. Start an online business or use social media to get your message across. Your situation could change quickly between the 7th-9th and it’s important to remain flexible and try and take advantage of a last-minute invitation or offer.
The planet of relating, Venus, is also in Aries from the 5th-30th so use your contacts, your network. This is where you can find help and support and it’s not a time to go it alone. Even if you run your own business, team up with others, find someone you can be accountable to, a coach or support buddy. Teamwork will bring many added benefits to your life in the month ahead.
Remember too that Aries rules your health so it’s a good month to focus on your fitness or your diet. The more healthy you are in mind, body and soul, the more in tune you are with your stars. If you have a specific issue you want to address, now’s the time to make great strides.
Venus is also the planet of love and your partner planet so if you’re looking for love, you’re most likely to meet someone new at your place of work or on your daily commute. If you’re in a relationship or married, you might have issues to deal with that are linked to work, money or health but the stars suggest that your partnership is strong.
Venus and Mars unite in the heavens on the 12th and working alongside each other and being mutually supportive creates intimacy. Another lively day for love is the 22nd and this would be brilliant for a date or doing something special with love in mind.
When Mars does begin its retrograde phase, this can sometimes affect your energy levels and it’s important that you find a constructive outlet for any anger or frustration. Don’t overdo it on the fitness front but do take regular exercise as a retrograde Mars often indicates pent-up energy.
Mars also rules libido so if your sex life is faltering, confront matters directly with your other half. Here too it will help to be a supportive team.
Communication matters are intensified when Pluto turns retrograde on the 18th in your communication sector. This is a powerful time for you when it comes to expressing how you feel. Communication planet Mercury enters your relationship sector on the 5th so you need to talk openly and honestly with the people closest to you.
This includes not only your personal relationships but professional partnerships too. The period from the 14th-17th is especially productive for debates, conversation, intimacy. This is when you can lay down new guidelines, find the emotional security you need, reassure someone close or ask for reassurance yourself.
Don’t avoid a major conversation mid-April especially if there have been issues with a sibling or neighbour, as well as your nearest and dearest. There’s a chance of a breakthrough when you or someone close speaks from the heart.
Mercury too will turn retrograde on the 28th so it’s best to wrap up important projects before then and to get as organised as possible in all areas. You might find that one particular person goes quiet on you or is unavailable in some away after the 28th.
Before then however there’s a stunning Full Moon in Scorpio on the 22nd and this highlights close relationships. It’s another indication that this is a big month for love or for setting up a new partnership. Engage fully with life and don’t put off a major decision.