April Horoscope 2017 – ARIES (or Aries RISING)

Astrological Themes in April for Aries

Aries will be especially stimulated and ‘lit up’ by the abundant fire energy present this month, which is carrying over from March. This is a time to get organized and to focus (or re-focus) on your personal and/or financial goals.  Review your health habits, diet, sleep and other self care practices. You can find a boost of discipline now if that’s what is needed to keep you on track.

April brings major change and surprises for Aries and this can represent a shift in point of view, or unexpected opportunities. There can be strong impulses now to use all of April’s fire energy to take charge or take action, but be careful to heed the personal planet retrograde energy that is also present now (see more about this below) – watch for behaviour that is risky especially with your finances, and remember to think about your ‘long-term’ objectives.

Venus Retrograde also brings the opportunity to get more clear about your romantic relationships or business partnerships, and especially to see your role more clearly.  There may be a conflict that needs to be addressed involving your commitment to your relationships if it is out of balance with your need for personal freedom and independence.

Astrological Transits in April 

Venus Retrograde continues for the first two weeks of April so this is a dicey time for relationships and finances. This time can bring pressure, anxiety and arguments but will start to diminish slowly after April 15th. Remember to avoid making commitments in relationships or to make hefty new financial investments now.  It’s best to wait to pursue these until we are clear of the post-retrograde shadow, which will be after May 19th. We are also in the Mercury retrograde shadow during the first week of the month and Mercury will be retrograde starting April 9th, so it’s definitely time to slow down and not to be rigid with plans. Mercury rules our ‘direct actions’ and communications, so when it is in retrograde, it interferes with our ability to get things done or to start new projects successfully.

Fore information about Venus retrograde and relationships, click here for some tips to help manage through this challenging energy.  

Even though it’s not a great time to start new projects, you may discover new inspiration related to your long-term goals and plans, including personal, relationship and business aspirations. This can be a great time to engage new ideas or to explore a different point of view. While it’s a good time to explore new options, remember to wait to make anything official during the personal planet retrogrades (until the 3rd week of May).

The week of the full moon on April 11th will be intense and can represent a culmination or the experience of matters ‘coming to a head’, especially for romantic relationships and business partnerships. This energy is reinforced by the tensions that have been heightened throughout the months due to Venus coming to the end of her retrograde phase. Unresolved issues can lead to drama and elevated emotions, but a ‘twist of fate’ is also possible so don’t assume you know exactly how things are going to turn out.  

This is also a time for healing of all kinds; it can lead to a ‘breakthrough’ that brings you more aligned with your inner happiness; it can also bring a welcome resolution to relationship issues that you have been working through over the past several weeks. Forgiveness, release of long-standing resentment or other insecurities allows us to make space for new love and new possibilities for happiness.

The month ends on a reflective but optimistic note: take things easy as the residual effects of recent developments are still falling into place.  For a more detailed review of Astrological Transits in April, click here to read more.

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