Spring Has Sprung; We’re Ready for Action but Not in a Rush
As trickster Mercury moves forward he passes the retrograde baton to lucky Jupiter on the 10th, with Pluto and Saturn following suit at the end of the month. Over the next four to five months, all three of these planets will slow things down, asking us to reconsider the progress we’ve made so far this year. So, while some folks may have the Springtime urge to lunge ahead and start something new, things won’t really get moving until after the 17th. Listen closely, and pay deep attention so you can move forward with intention when the light turns green. It’s the tortoise, not the Easter Bunny, who wins the race this month.
Balancing relationships is where you’ll get the most bang for your buck this month. As the new and full moons in Aries and Libra highlight the tension between self and others, consideration of the way we interact gives way to richer, more meaningful progress.
By Lisa Lisa and the Star Jam*
ARIES (Mar 21-April 19) Those born during the sign of the warrior have a reputation for knowing what they know and not really caring about what they don’t; actions speak louder than words in the Rams’ playbook. Yet, this month you’ll not only do best to step back and listen to others, but also to take notes. It’s natural to want to spring into action during your birth month, just wait until you’ve collected enough data, come up with a contingency plan, and tested your theorem. Then after the 17th, shake off any inertia, step into the present without fanfare, and watch the doors swing open. We know such impediments inhibit you action-minded signs, but it looks like your most important work this month is downtime, with the intention of checking in with your deepest self before you hit the trail.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) While spring may conjure images of bulls strutting their stuff in front of the herd, the grass is greener on the metaphysical side of the fence. Dust off that yoga mat for a revamp on your daily practice and feed your brain with positive thoughts. It’s laughter and mirth that’s most likely to revitalize your body and soul throughout April. Should any issues crop up around money, you may need to reign in your investments. This is not a time to overspend or indulge in retail therapy; keep the credit card in the safe. Toward the end of the month, you may feel the urge to break free of all the shoulds. Go for it! Let yourself blossom into your fully unique you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) With energy to burn, you’re stoked and ready to go. The time is ripe to get physical, but don’t go it alone. Tap your new best friend for the latest marathon, triathlon, or tough mudder. Whatever the event, it’s bound to be fun and just the beginning of a season of high-intensity athletics, if you so choose. This is all good news, as getting involved in fresh challenges will help you to forge a new social circle of like-minded, high-energy folks. Further shake off the winter blues by hitting the road with a good friend or two. Adventure is calling, and the full moon on the 20th will have you blazing new trails. You’ve been delving some unusual depths for a while, Twins, and one way to recharge is to let loose and enjoy yourself.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) It’s time to release the mental detritus through journaling your heart out along with any form of spiritual exercise. Whether it’s shraddha yoga (funeral yoga), qi gong, or any one of the hundreds of options out there these days, just plug into one for that emotional heave-ho. Once you do, you’ll see some refreshing shake-ups in your career as well as space clearing around your homefront. Maybe you’ll be replacing the void with more exciting ideas, like trip-planning or publishing a novella. Toward the end of the month, the cosmic omens favor getting outside your comfort zone and connecting with folks beyond your usual cast. Come out, come out, wherever you are, Crabs. The rest of the ocean wants to meet you.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Lions will be plugged into their pride this month, getting energetic support from their social circles, hosting community meetings or a full-on regal banquet. Once you’ve completed the circle of reciprocity within your coterie, you may head off on a journey of the mind, exploring something rather esoteric on the continuing ed menu, or a buried gem in your psyche via dream analysis. For the roaming cats, you may find yourself yearning to hop on a plane to a faraway land. Either way, you’re looking for something deeper and more intimate this month. Mellow kitties on the quest for greater meaning may employ creativity or rediscover play on the path to enhanced self-expression.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Hardworking Virgos are motivated now more than ever to step on the gas in their career trajectory, with your energy best spent in projects where you are the boss or going solo. Meanwhile, major developments around shared finances and investments nudge you to start a financial plan or open joint savings. Now’s the time to file your taxes, as you may get a big refund. New insights into your partner (and yourself) pave the way to greater trust and deeper intimacy, as you’re willing to share more of yourself and your resources. Your sharper edges soften, this month; and a kinder, gentler side emerges which makes you just plain fun to be around. For single Virgos, this sweetening attracts potential partners. Later in the month, your earning power could pick up. And don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself flying off to Bali for a seminar or Earth Day project.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Who said you can’t write a book in two weeks? This month, you can. Or if you’ve already penned your memoir, you might travel to promote it. If publishing isn’t your jam, you may find teaching, learning, or sharing what you’re passionate about brings deeper meaning into your life now. On the relationship front, a new perspective around partnership shifts how you relate one on one. Your mirroring neurons are fired up. Instead of monkey see, monkey do, it’s more like monkey see, monkey feel. And as you refine your social intelligence, you become a more empathetic and responsive partner. For unattached Librans, romance is in the air. Later in the month, look for an unexpected windfall, perhaps in the form of a sizeable tax refund.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) This month Scorpios’ intense drive is directed at exploring the deep mysteries. As you plumb the hidden meanings behind life and death, you’re better able to make sense of your existence. At the same time, you’re called to do some soul searching around the sensitive realms of finances and worthiness. Familial patterns, especially around money and security, get stirred up and you can do some good healing work this month. In reassessing your values, you take a more realistic look at your earning power, what you do to make a living and how it aligns with your beliefs. Meanwhile, a new approach to balancing your body, mind, and spirit helps you connect the dots between your mental and physical health for optimum functioning.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Centaurs, you’re fired up around relating one-to-one and rearing to speak your mind. Just beware of how you share your truths, as your usual directness may take on a sharp tone this month. On the other hand, your frankness could be just what’s needed where a new romance is concerned. Your softer side comes out in the comfort of your home as you cozy up with family and focus on beautifying your space. As your ruling planet, Jupiter, turns retrograde on the 10th, it may be time to take a breather and recoup your energy. As you slow the pace and turn inward, your creativity takes off.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) As you forge ahead at work, the full moon in Libra on the 19th lights up your career house, shining a light on work/life balance. Putting energy into your home, picking out paint colors, rearranging the furniture, or relocating helps create the peaceful refuge you need. Your source of energy and will come from your daily exercise routine, so if you don’t have one yet—or dropped it a week or two after New Years—now is the time to kick into gear. While you’re at it, pay a visit to the dentist. Later in the month, kick up your hooves, sing karaoke; give us a kiss, you old goat.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) With so much cosmic energy focused this month on the give-and-take in relationships, don’t misread the signs and deny who you are just to keep the peace. As you well know, remaining true to yourself makes your connections more meaningful. Focusing on your passions keeps you motivated and fuels everything you do. Is the time you spend working to eke out a living truly worth it? A new social media project has the potential to open up more tangible income. Many water-bearers will find themselves busy clearing out the clutter and getting organized or maybe leaving it all behind with a sudden move, setting forth into a whole new world of freedom. Van life may be calling.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) The time is ripe for Pisces to share their visionary ideas as Mercury, planet of communication, moves forward in your sign, supporting you to articulate what is typically ambiguous. Whatever has been churning in your mind during the retrograde is ready for primetime. All the while, many fish will feel motivated to redo their inner sanctum, dusting off the shelves of the past, adding to their libraries, and organizing their family photos into albums. Don’t forget to make a new commitment to yourself around money matters. A new-moon ritual with a focus on financial prosperity could spawn a fresh stream of income.
If you know your rising sign, read that, too; it’s often relevant.
*Lisa Awrey and Lisa Carroll
illustration by @boccaccinimeadows