April 2018 Sun Sign Forecast

Stardate: April 2018
Sun Sign Forecast

Aries: You really aren’t a perpetual motion machine, although you may feel like one lately, especially if you were born on or before April 5th. This is a popcorn popper of a month for you, and a strong response to its challenges can leave you proud of yourself. You may need to set healthy boundaries around the 2nd especially at work, or anywhere else that puts you in the public eye or involves authority figures. Without those boundaries in place, you may be fuming around the 15th, especially if you feel that your independence is being threatened. Keep your temper, because a difficult situation may come to a head around the 17th and require realism and grounded effort from you, part of which is verifying important details. Near the 22nd, some soul-searching may be in order, but don’t accept any blame, guilt or responsibility that isn’t yours.

Taurus: Has it felt as though Life equals Stress and Responsibility lately? Then how about an experiment? At least until the 24th, practice as many random acts of kindness and beauty as you possibly can, particularly on the 17th and the 22nd . If you think you can do this all month, go for it, but tell no one what you’re up to. Pay attention to how being a generator of good vibes makes you feel, and notice who notices you being a stealth Samaritan. People who perceive and appreciate what you’re doing, especially late in the month, are good bets for a deep friendship or something closer. Arrange for some quiet time around the 15th and reflect on what you’ve learned from the experiment so far. The chores and the challenges won’t have disappeared, but there’s an excellent chance that your attitude and self-esteem will have improved.

Gemini: Remember the lesson about Boggarts in the Harry Potter novels? (Haven’t read them? Trust me and check them out of the library.) Boggarts emerge from a closet and immediately take the form of what you most fear. I don’t know exactly what that is in your case, but lately you or your mate may be facing some serious emotional intensity or major life transitions. Something’s ending; something else is arriving, and none of it’s simple. Since you can’t attend a Defense Against the Dark Arts course at Hogwarts (you’ll know what I mean if you went to the library), allow me to teach you a Boggart-defeating technique. Look it square in the face, say “Ridiculous!” and imagine the Boggart turning into something hilarious. If you find that difficult, then ask your silliest friend to help you visualize how Woody Allen might film your scary situation. (Check out Annie Hall, too.) Laughter shrinks those Boggarts down to size. So do minor self-indulgences, unstructured time, and good self-care. Reassess your plans around the 15th, with an eye to shedding goals and tasks that aren’t rightfully yours.

Cancer: A close friend or a partner may have had a rough row to hoe recently, along with sobering realizations around the 2nd, 17th or 22nd. You can’t fix everything for him or her. You can, however, be present and listen. Never underestimate the healing power of being fully seen and heard. You aren’t his or her only friend, so avoid burnout by getting some allies on board about providing company and confidants. Meanwhile, it’s high time to claim what you want at work or to establish your niche there. No one else can do that for you, although you might have help. You may appear controversial, puzzling, or wrong while you’re at it, particularly around the 15th, but so what? It’s your life, your job, and your reputation. Don’t be afraid to innovate, nor to take some time off after the 24th to recharge your batteries.

Leo: How do you get on with your extended family? Here’s some pleasant news: April’s a fine month to soothe or sweeten those relationships if you can listen well, stand your ground, stay in the present, and avoid knee-jerk reactions about assigning or accepting blame. If everything’s copacetic in your family tree, then April’s a good month to enjoy that blessed situation. Work’s taking a lot of time and effort and can be challenging or full of learning curves, but your relationships there can improve, too, if you’re realistic, forthright and remember your own worth while you negotiate and compromise. As my grandmother used to say, you’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Around the 15th, an unexpected event may challenge your world view. Stay open-minded but think for yourself; you don’t need a guru.

Virgo: If you do something creative, please dive into it this month with all the passion, energy and commitment you can muster. You’ll learn a lot and may have some breakthroughs or expand your audience, even if it feels as though you’re stuck sometimes. If you’ve met someone new, however, please don’t let yourself become so dazzled that you leap before you look. It’s better to explore a possible relationship with caution, realism, good boundaries, and a certain amount of suspicion. What does that mean? Ask yourself what could be wrong with this person. Maybe nothing! He or she could be as kind, compassionate and intuitive as your first impressions told you. But do keep your eyes peeled and ask lots of probing questions. If you feel crowded or sense any attempts to manipulate or control you, then respect your gut’s reactions rather than making light of them. Take your time. More could be revealed around the 15th, 17th or 22nd.

Libra: Your inner life wants more attention, even though it may be hard to take time to listen. However, you do have to sleep, and your “dream-maker” may send you messages then. If you’ve ever thought about keeping a dream journal, now’s the time. Don’t remember any? Before you fall asleep, tell yourself that you want to recall your dreams, and put paper, a pen, and a flashlight on your bedside table. As soon as you wake up, even if it’s the middle of the night—that’s why you have a flashlight—write down anything you remember. If you’re serious and persistent, you’ll recall more and more, particularly around the 2nd, 17th and 22nd. What might your “dream-maker” want to talk about? The most likely subjects include something about your childhood, your self-esteem, or your important relationships. Examine your early life and work on your self-confidence. Around the 15th,  observe your mate’s behavior. Is he or she pulling away? Are you? How can you be more yourself with this person?

Scorpio: Meet the foot on the accelerator: Jupiter in Scorpio since last October correlates with opportunities for increased self-confidence, recognition that you might have sold yourself short in the past, and a personal Renaissance. However, if these buoyant feelings go to your head, you might start acting bulletproof. Now meet the feet on the brakes: Since December, you’ve needed to communicate clearly, thoroughly, in a way that commands respect, and without boasting or exaggeration. Since mid-March, you’ve also needed to be assertive. How to handle all these energies at once? Practice! And know the difference between internal and external communication. One: If pep talks aren’t part of your inner monologue, then learn to give them to yourself. Your closest friends can help. Two: With the outside world, dot every I and cross every T, with dignity, and stick to the facts. Three: Speak up if you feel threatened, silenced, or angry, particularly around the 2nd or 22nd . If you heeded Step Two, you’ll have records or witnesses for backup. A test of these lessons in self-confidence, attention to detail, and speaking your truth may appear around the 29th.

Sagittarius: Money may be on your mind more than usual lately, especially around the 2nd. Whether you’ll lose it, how you can obtain it, how best to spend it, and do you deserve it? Don’t let that preoccupation or any other fears stop you from enjoying a new adventure, if one calls to you near the 15th. Yes, you can! Feel the fear and do it anyway; that’s the spirit. In general, interesting experiences can enrich you Sadgemos and widen your horizons more than money can. Should you find co-workers willing to fill in for you if you’re away, make sure you reciprocate if they need a favor from you at month’s end. Another suggestion for late April: Recharge your batteries still more with a long, lively conversation with your most fascinating friend, new, old, or somewhere in between.

Capricorn: Here’s the paradox. You probably feel like Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Fantasia, as if you’ve set ill-conceived plans in motion that are running away with you or collapsing around your ears. But you’re actually performing miracles of organization, strategic prioritizing, persistence, and solid accomplishment. Let yourself take that in, please? Around the 15th, someone you live with or a family member may chafe at the pace you’ve been keeping. They’re not trying to hold you back, just expressing a desire for your company. The more they feel that you’ve been neglecting your personal life (and theirs), the more loudly they may express themselves. Don’t automatically go on the defensive; hear them out calmly. A warm relationship and time spent with congenial friends can significantly improve your quality of life, health, outlook and, yes, productivity. An April weekend spent camping or doing something else you enjoy will do you more good than cramming one more meeting into your schedule.

Aquarius: Sometimes spiritual or personal growth feels wonderful, magical, or uplifting. Other times, it arrives in the form of a shock, a loss or a misstep that makes us question ourselves. And sometimes it’s scary. Around the 15th, don’t say or agree to anything that feels inauthentic to your deepest Self. Don’t assert yourself or pick a fight just for the hell of it, either. Speak your mind; speak your heart; speak your gut. It may give you a bumpier ride for a while than just keeping your mouth shut would have provided you. But in the long run, having the courage, maturity and honesty to communicate from your core is post-doctoral soul work for you, and you can do an important chunk of it this month.

Pisces: You’re halfway through the soul’s journey you began in 2011 and will complete in 2025. It’s a long, slow journey intended to transform you, to help dissolve the hold of your old habits, wounds, or perhaps karma upon you. What will remain, if you’re receptive to this process? A more compassionate, imaginative, and intuitive you, who took one step away from your illusions and one step closer to your mystical core. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Nevertheless, this month you may feel stressed, anxious or despondent about your future. These emotions may follow the 15th’s new Moon, which assigns you an essay question: What do you value the most? If it’s external—looks, strength, money—then your anxiety’s understandable, since we’ll all lose those things before we die. But if what you value most is preserving the planet for future generations, or if what you most treasure is tolerance, or peace, then the knowledge that you’ve upheld those values cannot be taken from you.