Rest, Retreat & Spiritual Awakening
You may need to retreat more than most in April. This is because the Sun is in Aries and the most hidden sector of your horoscope until the 20th. This is about inner work and turning your attention to your personal development, your spirit and soul.
The Sun in Aries may offer you an opportunity to discover a rich inner life. This may be especially true on the 11th when the Sun teams up with big planet Jupiter, also in Aries. This combination is cited as one of the luckiest aspects of the year. The Sun represents your essence, your being and Jupiter expands what it touches.
You could experience a spiritual awakening or be aware of the wheel of fortune and good karma stepping in. At the very least, give yourself time to think and breathe this month, tap into your inner voice and bring a sense of knowingness to what’s right for you moving forward.
Sometimes, this is a period in life when you’re wise to take good care of yourself. Or, perhaps you’re caring for someone close. You may be closely tuned into your emotions, whether you’re drawn back towards the past or you have strong feelings for your family or a place that means a lot to you.
The Full Moon on the 6th would be an ideal date for meditation, for being quiet. This Full Moon is about doing what’s right for your work and health and finding ways to release stress. Notice where and how you can help and care for other people. You may be looking after someone at home or feel drawn towards a volunteering role.
Venus & Mars
Also in April, your ruling planet Venus is in your star sign Taurus until the 11th. Make the most of this indulgent combination, chill out, kick back and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Favour the simple life and appreciate what you have. Venus in Taurus is a sensual influence, an ideal reminder to surround yourself with beauty, be in nature and smell the flowers.
Action planet Mars is in emotional water sign Cancer throughout April, and Cancer is the star sign that represents home and family, the places and people that bring you comfort in life. Therefore, this is an ideal time to find your community and create loving bonds with your siblings, neighbours and people who live close by.
Solar Eclipse Aries
There is a powerful influence in the star sign Aries on the 20th, when there’s a New Moon Solar Eclipse taking place. This is the start of a new eclipse cycle which cuts across the Aries/Libra axis of the zodiac and lasts until March 2025.
This highlights your work and health, your lifestyle and routine and how you can be of service to others. This is the second New Moon in Aries as the first took place on March 21st. Something that began on or around this date may call your attention again.
Planets in Aries are often about what’s hidden for you, a time of preparation, release or letting go as you clear out what’s old in preparation for what’s new.
Plus, on the day of the Solar Eclipse, power planet Pluto clashes with the Sun in your star sign Taurus. This is about transformation and could coincide with an ending as well as a new beginning.
Consider where the theme of release or endings is pivotal in your life and be vigilant in taking a step back if necessary. You may want to create some time or space in your life to think things through carefully, especially if it looks as if a career path or future direction isn’t working out.
Taking a total step back might not be possible, because of the strong focus on your star sign Taurus throughout April. Communication planet Mercury is here from the 3rd. Other people may want to listen to you and what you have to say. You may be advising others or giving talks or workshops with Mercury in your star sign.
It is worth noting, however, that Mercury turns retrograde on the 21st, the day after the Solar Eclipse, and will remain on go slow until May 15th. Therefore, this is a strong indication that life could take you on a diversion. If you have anything important to pass on, say or initiate, make it happen before Mercury switches direction.
This month’s astrology indicates that you may have some big decisions to make about what next. Ideally, use the Mercury retrograde phase to work through your options ready to start afresh mid-May.
Yet, some beginnings may be necessary this month, especially when it comes to money. Your ruler Venus enters air sign Gemini and your personal money sector on the 11th. Air signs are strong throughout April and they highlight your work and finances. It’s here where you’re wise to adopt new technologies and initiatives to help you moving forward.
Venus in Gemini requires flexibility and adaptability and it’s a good time to gather information to boost your finances. Find things out, talk to other people and keep the lines of communication open. Look out for people who can step in to help you.
Ultimately, it’s an important time to make money moves which either free you from financial ties or help you secure your financial future. Build strong foundations and create a supportive team around you.
The Sun’s move into Taurus on the 20th is a potential turning point as the Sun brings vitality and warmth to your star sign. This is when you may gain a confidence boost to move your own plans forward or your energy returns.
Yet, remember to take a step back before leaping into a major new chapter because of the Mercury retrograde phase. Ideally, plan any new beginnings for mid-May.
Mercury Retrograde Do’s & Don’ts
Remember the Mercury retrograde mantra – put off the big decisions & major investments between April 21st to May 15th. Here are some top tips:
- triple check the tech
- be flexible, have plans B, C & D up your sleeve
- double-check everything, read the small print
- chase up old contacts, revisit the past
- use all the re-words – revise, rework, review, reconsider
- rest & retreat when you can
- do your research & explore your options ready to act when Mercury turns direct
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