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April 2022 OVERVIEW
It’s always the tiniest changes that make the biggest differences. The habits you change on the most basic, atomic level can most easily sustain themselves over time. Get rich quick schemes, crash diets, and last-ditch efforts rarely yield great results, but Aries season stands in direct opposition to the “slow and steady” rhetoric. There are certain times where only a quick, decisive blow can get you the outcome you want. This is the most powerful time in the year to start new things, get things done, and stop messing around. With the influence of Taurus waiting in the wings until April 19 when it changes signs, expect to combine sustained efforts (Taurus) with directness (Aries) to get you where you need to be.
You’re riding high at the beginning of the month with the New Moon in Aries on April 1. Not only does this mark the first New Moon of Spring, it’s also in tight conjunction with the asteroid Chiron, the ruler of life lessons and karmic cycles. You’re being urged this month to act spontaneously, force your issues out in the open, and stir the pot for the sake of advancing the plot. With Mars ruling this New Moon, you’re not as concerned with long-term metrics—in fact, you’re focused on what you can get done quickly and what will yield the most dramatic results. It’s not bad to think with your gut, it’s actually an exercise in discerning instinct vs. anxiety. Use the impressions that come up to help you define a “F *** yes” from a “F*** no.”
In perfect balance with the strong feelings this month inspires, Venus makes its way into Pisces on April 5, initiating a soul-searching quest for what restores you, even as you’re busy challenging the system. Your focus may shift to your inner world until April 14, as Pisces urges you to lean into your own creativity and soften the definitive boundaries between self and other. The power that comes with vulnerability and softness can be reclaimed and repurposed to deliver wild results on creative projects, relationships, and attracting abundance right now.
As Mercury enters the hyper-feminine sign of Taurus on April 10, an intense restfulness of mind gives you clarity and purpose. For the first time this year, the classical “masculine” is subverted and you’re asked to pause. It’s a time to act with intention instead of reacting in fear. So much of who we are is rooted in maintaining a sense of security and protecting ourselves. The beliefs that we must hustle and grind by any means necessary to survive are so deeply ingrained that it feels like we are damned if we don’t. We feel like we have to feed the monster to feed ourselves. Now is a time to release that burden: Let what’s already coming come to you.
At the Full Moon in self-conscious air sign Libra on April 16, you’re realizing that being a slave to your own ego limits your ability to find personal fulfillment. You are not your career, your relationships, or your children. The ways you define yourself don’t always need to be filtered through some “imagined other.” This Full Moon is about taking back your power: It’s time to notice the ways you limit your identity by imagining how you are perceived.
As we close the month at the impressive partial solar eclipse in Taurus on April 30, you’re finally ready to take the next step in a big plan set to fully develop six months from now. You are leaning into the discomfort of fear and releasing self-doubt. What comes up at this eclipse may restructure your life for the long term. Limiting beliefs should never be the reason you choose not to go after your dream. As eclipse season begins, you will feel a strong push to commit to those small, slow, yet insidiously powerful habits that help push you closer to a new identity.
BIRTHDAY SPOTLIGHT: Aries (March 21 – April 19):
It’s your season, your vibe, your year bb Aries. With the New Moon in Aries on April 1, you’re turning over a new leaf and burning the past down. It’s a time to set boundaries, show your teeth, and claim what’s yours before it’s taken from you. This month, you’re ready to bite off so much more of life than you’ve been living and come to terms with the fear and self-sabotage that’s kept you stuck. With the asteroid Chiron aligned with your sign, you may feel pressure to change everything and destroy the shameful parts of your past by pretending you’re someone new. However, now is not the time to throw out everything in the spirit of renewal. There are a lot of beautiful skills and stories you’ve accumulated that could help others if you own your mistakes. You will find your voice this month and realize how to best package your humble beginnings without bruising your own ego. At the Full Moon in Libra on April 16, it’s like everything you have been putting off is suddenly due the same week. You have to act fast, prioritize, and come up with a serious plan to get it all taken care of. With Pluto and Saturn looming heavy here, you will experience outside events that force you to take action in a relationship or business partnership. Luckily, expect to catch a bit of a breath at the Solar Eclipse on April 30. Although the energy is high, you’re finally motivated to plant the seeds that will make the changes in your life for years to come. April is not a drill—if you have something that you know you need to do, it needs to be done now before you miss the opportunity and get taken off track altogether.
Famous Aries: Mariah Carey
Local Aries: Mariah Barlow, Realtor with F.C. Tucker Keystone and Great Dames & Co
Key dates: 4/1, 4/16, 4/29, and 4/30
Oracle message: Don’t ask permission. It’s purely conceptual and can’t contain you.
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Taurus (April 20 – May 20):
Amidst all the chaotic energy in the background with the Aries New Moon on April 1, you’re decidedly just vibing this month. There are a bunch of planets in your 12th solar house of chilling and you’re not about to let other people’s emergencies raise your pulse—instead, you’re comfortable staying in your lane. On some level, you’re sensing that rest is needed before everything starts firing on all cylinders. At mid-month, the tides shift, and a massive inflow of action items appears after a period of passive wakefulness. It’s time to move—physically and metaphorically. With Venus ruling the Full Moon in Libra on April 16 AND the Sun moving into your sign on April 19, you are being inspired to make decisions that will have a serious economic and emotional impact over the next six months. You’ll see the initial outcome of this decision bear fruit at the Solar Eclipse in your sign on April 30. That thing you think you’re not ready for? Suddenly it’s within reach and asking you to level up.
Key dates: 4/19, 4/29, and 4/30
Gemini (May 21 – June 20):
Your boundaries need to be downright impeccable this month, as April finds you wobbling between Aries immaturity and Taurus overindulgence. On top of that, with Venus and Mars entering Pisces, the universe is serving up fantasies that seem attainable if you bluff and play your cards right. Although you’re used to scheming (just a lil’) to get what you want, you’re loath to admit that you’re feeling intimidated by the troubling reality checks you encounter this month. Fake it ’til you make it, Gemini. With the Full Moon in friendly Libra on April 16, you’re quickly amassing ammunition to tackle the stress points you’re casually downplaying. Remember: Stalling is ok—in fact, it may be the best answer while you collect the skills, money, and/or clout to get yourself up to speed. Pull your best Anna Sorokin and tell them the wire transfer is in process. With Mercury entering your highly verbal sign on April 29, you will see a major shift in your charisma. Something you wished for is reaching coalescence.
Key dates: 4/5, 4/14, 4/16, 4/29
Cancer (June 21 – July 22):
You’re crying again. What happened? Only you’ll know for sure this month. At the New Moon in Aries in the first week of April, you’re faced with a challenge: to grow at the risk of being swallowed by your turgid past. If you don’t let go, you might be destroyed by the emotional tide. With a flurry of planets in water signs from April 5 until the end of the month, a toxic workplace and/or friendship is starting to leave you emotionally exhausted. It’s time for an attitude adjustment: Whatever haunts you in Aries season is coming up to be battled and not politely handled, as per your M.O. At the Full Moon on April 16, a climactic event has you questioning whether you deserve to be angry and whether it’s worth it to stand your ground (spoiler alert: you do, and it is). Don’t be gaslit. At the Solar Eclipse on April 30, you realize the seeds you plant now may give you the opportunity to rebuild your life … bullet-proof this time. It’s offense, not defense this month.
Key dates: 4/1, 4/8, 4/14, 4/16, 4/29
Leo (July 23 – August 22):
At the New Moon in fellow fire sign Aries on April 1, passionate energy and heavy Neptunian idealism fill your mind with tons of possibilities. It’s as if you’re suddenly inspired to rediscover what makes life meaningful for you. With Mercury entering the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus on April 10, the promise of a prize or special opportunity urges you to commit to a creative project that you lost touch with. Even if you realize that you’re better off as a hobbyist rather than a full-fledged aficionado, you’ll have picked up some skills by the Full Moon on April 16 that could have you putting money down on a retreat or important class to advance your portfolio. Whether it’s sculpture, crypto, cooking, or influencer shenanigan—this project will have serious potential to be monetized and lift your status in the industry. At the solar eclipse on April 30, use your immense sensuality and vision as a jumping-off point for the path you pursue. Expect whatever you plant at this time to flower wildly in November 2022.
Key dates: 4/10, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30
Virgo (August 23 – September 22):
Your most powerful changes will appear in the smallest, most unassuming packages in April. As Venus and Mars enter Pisces at the beginning of the month, the optimism is high and you’re feeling oddly less curmudgeonly about the future. Typically you’re the evergreen realist, but the Neptunian vibes and the Full Moon in Libra on April 16 have you constellating enchanting fantasies about disappearing from your duties. It’s not a time to completely abandon post, but April may be just what you need to advance the plot and take the edge off your pragmatic (and limiting) beliefs. Play is important and you’ll be doing a lot of that this month. The hazy boundaries at the Solar Eclipse in fellow earth sign Taurus on April 30, although anathema to you, might actually be to your advantage. You’re being asked to dream bigger, ask for more, and put yourself out there after letting yourself go unnoticed. You’re not just the faithful soldier this Aries season, you’re also the rising underdog.
Key dates: 4/5, 4/14, 4/30
Libra (September 23 – October 22):
Thriving in relationships of all kinds is your forte and where you have recently asserted yourself or experienced a challenge is getting easier as this month starts with a New Moon on the first. You’re ruled by Venus, which makes your love of beauty a cornerstone of your personality, and as she enters Pisces on the 5th you’re unfurling like a rose. You’ve changed. It’s time to let your life change around you. Work it out, let it go, or move on. If things have been wildly active for you, it may be time to reexamine your priorities and give your routines a reset. This will be easier on April 10, when Mercury enters Taurus. Your health should be your first priority right now, and lots of things are coming up. It’s time for a check-up all across the board: sleep hygiene, mental health, and taking a look at your birth control come to mind. Energetic healing is coming for you, thankfully, by way of talk therapy, screenings, relationship counseling, etc. Leave no stone unturned. The need to pay attention to your health resurfaces on April 19 when the sun enters Taurus. But first, on the 14th Mars enters Pisces, and might we encourage you to expose a secret fantasy and indulge in it? Just a suggestion, because on the 16th, your sensuality is activated even further by the Full Moon in Libra. This is just an extremely Venusian month for you. We highly recommend relaxing into it and letting yourself feel good however that comes up for you.
Key dates: 4/5, 4/19, 4/14
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21):
Old habits die hard, but new ones emerge! You are lit from within this month and more inspired than ever, especially on the 1st as the New moon hits your house of productivity. You’re emerging from an all work and no play moment, and it’s easy to see how your diligence is paying off. You are ultra-inspired and making your dreams a reality feels much more natural as things simply fall into place around you. This is because of the boundaries and routines you’ve been setting up and enforcing, so give yourself a high five. This is exacerbated by Mars meeting up with Saturn on the 4th, putting more restrictions before you and making you feel even more like working harder is the answer. But don’t bite off more than you can chew and be mindful of the pressure you put on yourself to perform. It may not feel like you’re getting anywhere, but that’s just because it’s hard to see things coming together from where you are, especially when it doesn’t require force. Here’s the thing: Applying pressure can work sometimes, and sometimes it can force a tear. There’s no need to break! Especially when you keep in mind that you are not going at it alone. The need to be more productive than feels good while driving bigger results than you have the bandwidth for is a symptom of the systems in which we exist failing. In simpler terms, capitalism is fake and it’s making you feel like you’re not good enough, even though you’re doing amazing, sweetie. Choose to shift your determined energy away from striving and toward romance and partnerships. You’re coming off the high of making the impossible happen, and it’s time to let someone enjoy that with you as several placements conspire to bring more ease in love.
Key dates: 4/1, 4/4, 4/16, 4/27
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21):
The past few weeks or months you’ve been down in the dumps, feeling like the ugliest duckling, but you’re about to have your “Swan Song” moment. Emerge from your chrysalis and tap in. It’s time for you to be seen and busy again. You’re way hotter and more beautiful than you know, and you’re definitely going to be feeling a revival of your confidence this month. And it’s a good thing that this is coming just in time for your personal sexual renaissance. Venus enters Pisces on the 5th hitting your social sector and potentially changing your social life in surprising ways. You are going to have this moment where you snap back to reality and realize what you’ve been settling for, and you know for a fact that you are worthy of demanding the most. Sparks fly on the 10th when Mercury enters Taurus, and you’ll find that when you demand more, you receive twice what you’re asking. Things are heating up majorly and now that you’re back in your body and in reality, you want passion. It’s truly time to explore your sexuality, so finding the spaces to do that is absolutely crucial. You need to feel safe enough to say what you want in the bedroom, with a receptive partner who is all too willing to fulfill your desires. It’s giving Jane Austen. It’s giving Baz Luhrmann William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. “O teach me how I should forget to think.” Examine your crushes and what about them turns you on. Don’t settle for mediocrity or downplay your sexuality.
Key dates: 4/5, 4/10, 4/14
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19):
You’re known for your ability to easily stick to the plan and staying sharp and focused usually comes naturally. But the New Moon on April 1 is hitting your fourth house of home and family, inspiring you to get back to your roots in a deeper way. It occurs to you that you’ve become a bit of a chameleon and you have adapted throughout your life to become the bearer of stability in any given situation. You have stayed grounded even in moments of instability, and it may seem that people have relied on you to be their wise sounding board. Right now, you just feel like going home, in the deepest meaning of the phrase. Allow yourself to return to a home base and give your root chakra some much-needed care. Home doesn’t have to be a literal place, remember. The wounded healer, Chiron, is also dredging up some ~feelings~ by interacting with the sun. Your connection to home might feel out of reach, but you’ll start to see things come back down to earth mid-month. April 12 brings a Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in your third house of communication, and while this connection impacts your life in seemingly cosmic ways, it’s actually bringing you closer to your roots and you could have the chance to create a new sense of “home.” Your career will be activated by the Full Moon in Libra on the 16th and things will start to pick up as far as streams of income and new ideas go. The main thing for you this month, bb, is to be extra sure you aren’t jumping the gun in your reactions to change. Maybe it’s time to fall in love all over again with something totally unexpected.
Key dates: 4/1, 4/12, 4/16, 4/30
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18):
You have never blended in, so why start now? Aquarius, you have a special intuitive gift, always, but that’s especially true this month. You may get more spiritual downloads or hits when you tap into your deepest emotions and “feel it to heal it.” However strange or out-cast you may feel, the reality is that everyone else sees you with stars in their eyes. Your individuality and charisma are charming; you light up a room. April is a time for you to love and accept yourself as you are, without shame or judgment. Growing up, the world scarred you, and in response, you thickened your shell. It’s easy for people to miscast you and read your apprehension as iciness. The good news is that you no longer need to protect yourself in that way. You are not as guarded as people think. Meditate on self-love, especially as Venus enters Pisces on April 5. Examine where you might extend more compassion to yourself. Last month, you thrived in your masculine energy and might have gotten obsessed with financial security, but now you’re realizing that maybe you can’t truly have financial security without security-security. Mercury enters Taurus on the 10th, allowing abundance to flow more naturally as you focus on your inner wellbeing. The Full Moon in Libra on April 16 gives you a second chance to listen to your creative urges and/or what feels physically good for you. It’s safe and you are, in fact, a cool kid now.
Key dates: 4/5, 4/10, 4/16
Pisces (February 19 – March 20):
What surfaces as heartache is actually your greatest gift this month. It may not look like much, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and even the tiniest spark provides guidance in total darkness. Even if you didn’t intend to set out on the journey you’ve been undertaking, it’s guiding you to better habits and a deeper connection with yourself. All of this will disperse and things will pick up for you soon. There’s really nothing to worry about; it’s just that it’s not very easy to examine your behaviors, beliefs, and habits under a microscope, but that’s what you’ve been doing, however unintentionally. Maybe it’s just suddenly apparent that you don’t like the way you’ve been looking at yourself. Let me be probably-not-the-first to say this: You don’t deserve such intense scrutiny. Even when you consciously and intentionally avoid depth, remember: You are a Pisces, love. Any lurking fears of digging deep go out the window. This month is affording you the opportunity to tap into your intuitive nature. Use this moment to recalibrate your routines so that you have space daily to listen to yourself spiritually. What you’ve been avoiding is the medicine.
Key dates: 4/4, 4/12, 4/27
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