Lovers everywhere will celebrate Venus turning direct on April 17, 2009, which enables relationships to move forward after six weeks of backtracking. Creative projects will get a boost as well. Until then, retrograde Venus encourages the healing of past issues that keep your relationship stuck, or keep you from attracting someone new – and better!
Speaking of healing, transformational Pluto will be retrograde from April 4 through September 11. It’s time to clear away the junk you’ve been holding onto, like material stuff, emotional baggage, negative attitudes and unhealthy habits. Because Pluto is in Capricorn, the sign of structure, some of these changes may rock (or at least tweak) the foundation of your personal or professional life. So if you have to let go of someone or something you’ve depended on, be on the lookout for the (inevitable) open door that leads to a new path.
Practical discussions and activities are favored when Mercury and the Sun enter earthy Taurus on April 9 and 19, respectively. But Taurus isn’t just about practicality – it’s a sensual sign that can prompt some steamy encounters – if you keep it real. However, keeping it real will be difficult when Venus enters fantasy-prone Pisces on April 11. Then the planet of love moves into rambunctious Aries on the 24th, which heightens passion and impulsiveness in relationships. Finally, communications, travel and logical ideas get a boost after Mercury enters brainy Gemini on April 30.
The Full Moon in Libra on the 9th energizes relationships and artistic endeavors. Then the New Moon in Taurus on the 24th brings a fresh start to financial dealings and environmental causes. It also favors getting outdoors and enjoying nature (and getting cozy and enjoying other natural activities).
April 3: Venus square Pluto heightens jealousy, control issues and compulsive spending, especially for Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
April 4: Retrograde Pluto prompts a reevaluation of financial, emotional and spiritual foundations over the next five months.
Mars opposition Saturn pits passion against practicality, making it hard to take action, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
April 9: The Full Moon in Libra energizes romance and artistry.
Mercury entering Taurus favors practical ideas and a down-to-earth approach to communications.
April 10: Mercury trine Pluto favors financial discussions and agreements.
April 11: Retrograde Venus entering Pisces heightens romantic ideals and inspires creativity.
April 15: Mars conjunct Uranus accelerates innovative projects in the boardroom and impulsive hook-ups in the bedroom.
April 17: Venus turning direct gets relationships and creative projects moving forward again.
Mercury trine Saturn favors business activities and agreements.
April 19: The Sun entering Taurus accelerates artistic, financial and environmental activities.
April 21: Venus conjunct Mars in Pisces heightens the fantasy factor in relationships and energizes artistic endeavors.
April 22: Mars entering Aries can prompt some passionate (and impulsive) actions.
April 24: The New Moon in Taurus brings a new cycle of stability through practical ideas and solutions over the next two weeks.
Venus entering Aries heightens passion, willfulness and independence in relationships.
April 25: Mercury square Neptune causes miscommunications from fuzzy thinking, especially for Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.
April 26: Mars square Pluto can cause tempers to flare, especially for Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.
April 30: Mercury entering Gemini favors communications, travel and logical solutions.
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