Following is a general overview of how the
planetary trends for April/May 2016 apply to each sun sign.
If you know your rising
sign (Ascendant), read that, too,
for additional insights.
YApril’s new moon in your sign provides a
significant boost to your energy levels, while also increasing your
assertiveness factor a few notches. However, mid-April Mars, your
sign’s ruling planet, commences a rare retrograde phase through
June, during which time both your energy and assertiveness may be a
little below par, making this a much better juncture at which to be
more introspective, to do some inner searching, perhaps for the source
of your current motivations. During May the emphasis shifts to
finances, and ways to increase your bottom line. With Mercury
retrograde in your second house of income through much of May, hold off
on major purchases, and take at least a second look at any offers that
might seem too good to be true.way.
Your inspiration and creativity are soaring during
April, so be sure to note any brainstorms or bright ideas for future
action. With action planet, Mars, in retrograde in your solar eighth
house of joint financial matters for much of this forecast period, it
would be wise to hold off initiating any new ventures for a while, and
instead concentrate on bringing greater stability and security to your
long-term cash flow. Do what you can to protect your resources from
attrition. Doing so will enhance your sense of security down the road.
In May you could benefit from some especially good fortune. It may be
possible to get a second bite at a particular cherry, as a personal
opportunity you might have missed the first time around could now drop
right into your lap.
You could be especially busy with a partnership
project during April, when your diplomatic skills and ability to get
along with colleagues may be tested by the vicissitudes or
procrastination of others. With Mercury, your sign’s ruler, in
retrograde from the 28th to May 22nd, that challenge could be just a
little trickier. Not to worry, as you will likely be equal to the task.
Just don’t make any promises that you won’t be able to
keep. During May take some time to ground yourself and to connect with
your center, as it will help you to decompress from any work- or
home-related tensions. It would be wise to maintain a tight grip on
your purse strings, lest impulsive purchases get the better of your
Opportunities to advance your professional
aspirations could be more plentiful in April; however, getting along
with those with whom you work could pose challenges. Friends or
colleagues could change their minds about an important matter, which
might affect your own plans, and yet, in the interests of cooperation,
you adapt and go with the flow. A new project or game plan could be
conceived during May, though it might be wise to wait till the summer
to get the ball rolling. With Mercury, Mars and Saturn all in
retrograde now, your interests would be best served by reviewing your
options, strategy, and even your associates.
How can you enhance or leverage your financial
position? Take some time now to count the ways. Put your keen intellect
to work for you, while making good use of your business connections
could also pay dividends. You would do well to avoid speculation for
the time being, or buying in to a risky venture. If you have a new
project on the drawing board wait till summer before you launch it.
During May your professional prospects look even brighter, though it
may yet be a while before any promises come to fruition. Steadily
reinforce the financial foundations you’ve put in place, taking
nothing, and no one, for granted. Trust only the tried and true, while
keeping your options open.
Activities around the home keep you busy in April,
with some significant challenges to surmount. However, your innate
flexibility and creative ingenuity will ensure that you rise to the
occasion. This would be a good time to do some serious soul searching,
about what it takes for you to feel secure. Issues concerning intimacy
may also arise, particularly if you feel your needs are not being met.
During May you might have the opportunity to expand your horizons in
some way that could lead you closer to a cherished professional
objective. Scrutinize all offers closely, however, and get everything
in writing. With your ruling planet, Mercury, in retrograde through
much of May take absolutely nothing, or no one, for granted.
Some love-struck Librans may decide to formalize a
budding relationship during April, while others may be considering a
professional alliance that would allow you to express yourself through
your favored creative medium. Partnerships forged now, while
stimulating and with a hint of excitement around them, may yet need to
stand the test of time. Pay attention to any health conditions that may
be impacting your mobility or that in some way inhibit your outlook on
life, as now is the time to seek solutions to any such lingering
problems. May favors clearing out your emotional clutter… old
baggage for which you no longer have a use or that has no relevance in
your life today. You will eventually feel so much lighter for having
YYou have your work cut out for you in April, when
a succession of niggling challenges can come your way. However, you
learn much as a result of successfully dealing with each situation;
knowledge that you would perhaps never have gained in any other way,
and which may stand you in good stead down the road. Financial matters
might be giving you a few sleepless nights, but your keen intellect and
innate resourcefulness will ensure you find the right solutions.
Support for your endeavors comes freely from your inner circle, be they
partners, family or friends. You will need to be patient, as certain
issues may take time to resolve. As a result of these protracted events
your values and some priorities begin to change, and along with them
your plans and objectives.
Initiative and creativity are your strong suits in
April, and by combining the two in an innovative way you could advance
your career prospects. While you may not be entirely clear about which
direction your professional aspirations lay you are acutely aware that
you need to maintain, and ideally increase, your present cash flow. An
element of luck surrounds your activities now so make sure that
you’re at the top of your game, not only to make the right
impression on someone in a position to help you to get ahead, but also
to be alert to subtle cues. A new work opportunity could come your way
in May, but be sure to read the fine print on any contracts before
accepting another position or taking on more responsibility, as there
are likely to be elements involved that you might not have anticipated.
On the other hand, if you were previously passed over for promotion,
you might now get a second bite at the cherry.
Home may be where the heart is but right now
you’re keen to get away for a while and share some quality time
with friends. If you’re not in a position to travel then have
your friends come to you for an impromptu party. At the very least
spend some quiet time by yourself to recharge, and to reflect on recent
events. During May your creative juices are flowing freely, so be sure
to note all the great ideas that come to mind, as some of them are
likely to be fleeting. However, steer clear of unwise speculation; if
something seems to be too good to be true, the chances are it probably
is. Instead, consider your options for expanding your horizons, but
wait until early summer before making your move.
Progressive new ideas are flowing freely through
your mind in April, when you could stumble upon what might be an ideal
career path, and wonder why it hadn’t occurred to you before.
Sometimes it’s purely a matter of timing, or that you just
weren’t open to it previously. But with the skill sets
you’ve acquired through training, experience and practical
application, it might seem like a classic "no brainer" now.
However, present domestic constraints or obligations may preclude you
from changing horses in midstream and, given the retrograde activity in
the heavens right now, that is probably a good thing. Better to wait
until the summer before saddling up for your next bug adventure.
Professional responsibilities could be challenging
during April, when you will need to be at the top of your game. But
with a little help and encouragement from your inner circle, and a good
measure of patience, you will eventually succeed with flying colors.
Financial matters will also require your attention, with preserving
cash flow a major priority. Once again, with perseverance, and some
creative ingenuity, you will rise to the occasion and save the day. The
recent challenges you’ve been facing will also prove to be
educational, and highly stimulating to your keen intellect. Be sure to
note the expansive new ideas that come to mind now, as some of them
could prove to be the basis of a new outlook on life.
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