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Retrograde Focus We’re all familiar with the annual urge to spring clean. As flower bulbs push through the ground and buds form on the branches, we’re equally inspired to breathe new life into our physical spaces. This April, we are also asked to clean up our psychological baggage. With a whopping four planets in retrograde, this is the granddaddy of mulligans, and our chance to try different approaches in order to manifest the results we are seeking. We will have lots of love in our corner as we endeavor to change the constructs that hold us back, as both the Libra Full Moon on the 11th, and Taurus New Moon on the 26th, are ruled by Venus, the Goddess of Love who encourages us to seek balance and beauty in our relationships to people, spaces and resources.
Our month of retrogrades begins with an Aries infused Venus moving back into Pisces on the 3rd. At this point, we’ve reassessed our personal values in relationships and can now apply them to reimagining our self-love and relationship ideals. This may work hand-in-hand with Saturn’s retrograde starting on the 6th, which pushes us to evolve our belief systems. If we do the work, we’ll be charged and open to receive the love we are seeking when Venus goes direct on the 15th. On April 10th, Mercury enters retrograde and brings communication challenges until May 3rd, encouraging us to practice serenity, patience and mindfulness. Finally, Pluto goes retrograde in Capricorn on the 20th, encouraging us to change the ways we have been approaching familial, social and political structures.
ARIES RISING OR SUN SIGN
During the first week of April, Venus retrograde brings focus to the roles of balance and ritual in your spiritual life, while Saturn retrograde allows you to begin replacing old and outdated world views. Mercury retrograde on the 10th may slow communications and transactions related to financial matters--wait until after May 3rd to move forward with major contracts. The Libra Full Moon may bring change to a business or romantic relationship around the 11th. During the last week of April, you may feel that your material and spiritual philosophies are at odds with each other. Writing down some clear and organized lists about your values will create clarity. On the 26th, the Taurus New Moon helps you manifest intentions for integrating your life values as well as seeking abundance.
TAURUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
Early this month, Venus retrograde invites you to rethink your approach to promoting equality and justice within your community, while Saturn retrograde helps you dissolve ineffective partnerships and make plans that will increase your access to other people’s resources. When Mercury goes retrograde from April 10th to May 3rd, you’ll experience difficulty expressing yourself and may feel some confusion about your place in the world. However, you’ll be making progress throughout the month and the more you can bring organization and structure to your thinking, the more clarity you’ll receive about who you are and what you’re here to do. On the 11th, the Libra Full Moon brings attention to support that helps you succeed at work, and is a good time to honor work relationships with gratitude. At the end of the month, you’ll be super motivated to grow your bank account, and the Taurus New Moon will further help you set intentions for accruing the resources you need.
GEMINI RISING OR SUN SIGN
Venus retrograde brings focus to your career early this month, encouraging you to align vocation and values and to seek balance in the workplace. From April 6th to August 25th, Saturn retrograde will impact your relationships by reorganizing the roles and responsibilities in personal or business partnerships. Following the 10th, Mercury retrograde may hinder communication with your inner-self or higher power. Try opening up different channels for spiritual expression at this time, and take it easy on yourself. The Libra Full Moon may deliver a creative charge, and by the end of the month, you’ll feel increased passion and drive to take life by the handlebars and ride with power. The Taurus New Moon at the end of the month will initiate a process of uncovering desires that have been lying beneath the surface. Connect with the earth to help unearth these feelings--it's time to start digging!
CANCER RISING OR SUN SIGN
Early this month you’ll start rethinking your ideals about beauty and how you give and receive love. You’ll also be restructuring your daily activities with an eye to living your truth and searching for meaning, even in menial tasks. Mercury goes retrograde on the 10th, potentially straining conversations within a community group. At the same time, the Libra Full Moon may bring attention to the balance of relationships in your family. A close relationship will undergo major evolution over the next five months while latent feelings or information begin to surface over this time. The Taurus New Moon at the end of the month helps open new dialogue within the community. Grounding exercises, moments of silence or checking in before meetings will further help group cohesion.
LEO RISING OR SUN SIGN
In the beginning of April, the energies are working to drive active change within the macro and micro aspects of your career. You will also be compelled to act on your philosophical viewpoints, although, you may face opposition or feel bound by daily responsibilities. Around the 10th, the Libra Full Moon may bring focus to sibling or neighbor relationships. As Saturn turns retrograde, you will be challenged to research and seek novel ways to access inspiration and express your creativity. At the end of the month, you may feel more vocal at work, however, communications will be challenged by Mercury retrograde--choose your words carefully. The Taurus New Moon is an opportunity to set intentions for your work to bring you abundance.
VIRGO RISING OR SUN SIGN
Early this month, a creative class may inspire activism that aligns with your worldview. The Saturn retrograde period, starting on the 6th and lasting four months, will serve to realign familiar structures that may have become imbalanced. Additionally, romantic relationships may feel more confusing than usual during the first few weeks of April. Wait to make any moves until after the 21st. You may also be taking action in your career at this time. It will be helpful to collect all the data before going head to head with a colleague. The Taurus New Moon on the 26th is a time to start considering if your material belongings are aligned with your global viewpoints.
LIBRA RISING OR SUN SIGN
In the beginning of April, consider the changes you can make in your daily routine to welcome beauty into your life. This may be as simple as stopping to smell the roses. Saturn retrograde encourages you to restructure opportunities for learning and sharing information, while the Libra Full Moon on the 11th may help to bring balance, bolster confidence and even make your physical appearance more attractive. Toward the end of April, you may find yourself focused on shared experiences of intimacy, shared finances or supernatural events. The magic will be in your corner if you plan to participate in a witchy ritual to honor the Taurus New Moon.
SCORPIO RISING OR SUN SIGN
Early this month, Venus retrograde encourages you to explore new opportunities for creative expression and to reconsider what “beautiful” really means in a creative context. You may also start to realign your material possessions with your values if the two have become disconnected. Starting around the 10th, you may be rethinking some of your relationships. Wait to take action until after May 3rd. The Libra Full Moon will serve to dissolve the ego and deepen your connection with your inner-self. This will ground you and prepare you for relationship development, which will be the focus of your Taurus New Moon on the 26th.
SAGITTARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
Early this month you’ll be thinking of new ways to give and receive love and create balance within familial relationships. Be open to course corrections during the four month Saturn retrograde period as it helps you refine your direction and get back on track. When Mercury goes retrograde on the 10th, expect some challenges with technology and transportation. The Libra Full Moon may bring attention to your diplomacy in a community matter. Later this month you’ll feel heightened passion in a romantic relationship. The Taurus New Moon on the 26th encourages grounding exercises like gardening or enjoying herbal tea to nurture your daily routine.
CAPRICORN RISING OR SUN SIGN
Early in the four month Saturn retrograde period, you may rethink opportunities for creative expression, and the Taurus new moon on the 26th, will further encourage this artistic experimentation. Saturn retrograde will also brings focus to your spiritual belief systems and encourages you to create an action plan for spiritual development. The Libra Full Moon may illuminate opportunities for greater balance in your career around the 10th. During the last week of April, you’ll be energized and action oriented when it comes to your daily checklists.
AQUARIUS RISING OR SUN SIGN
Take time in the beginning of the month to inventory your values, and assess new opportunities for developing resources through the law of attraction. You may see some restructuring of your community groups over the next four months. Starting on the 10th, Mercury retrograde may challenge communication with family members, and around this same time the Libra Full Moon will illuminate your personal connections to global matters. Later this month, you may feel particularly invested in improving your home life. Around the 22nd, you’ll become passionate about a creative project, and you’ll have all the moxie and drive to pull it off. On the 26th, the Taurus New Moon offers an opportunity to invite love and abundance into your family. Celebrate this day with a family outing in nature.
PISCES RISING OR SUN SIGN
At the beginning of April, place your focus on self-love. Be kind and patient with your self, allowing time for reflection and meditation in order to develop a deeper connection with self. Over the next four months you may experience some restructuring in your workplace. Be patient and wait to see what develops before taking action. On the 11th, the Libra Full Moon will heighten expression of intimacy in a relationship. Mercury retrograde will slow the spread of information until May 3rd, further testing you to practice patience. On the 26th, the Taurus New Moon will help to remove blockages in communication.
Ashley Quinn is an astrological researcher and writer dedicated to accumulating knowledge, detecting trends and sharing meaningful impressions for harnessing planetary powers. Ashley is a second year graduate of the Portland School of Astrology, a certified yoga instructor, and holds a B.A. in Psychology. She is currently engaged in bringing together these disciplines to offer astro guidance and remediation for individuals and couples, and will be taking new clients in the Fall of 2016