APRIL 2017 – Venus In Retrograde? Mercury Retrogrades Until May 3, 2017

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go. -Christopher Morley
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Dear Readers,

As Springtime on the planet signals a time of rebirth, new life bursting from old roots, and the sweet wonder of nature following its own orderly course, so too does springtime in the heavens as it offers the promises of new insights, fresh starts and the blessed comfort in observing the orderliness of change.

Astrologically speaking, Spring is all about purging, a time to rethink our old patterns, a period in which to reevaluate

VENUS, THE PLANET OF PLEASURE AND PLAY RETROGRADES BACK INTO PISCES – UNTIL April 15, 2017 – Venus in retrograde takes our hand and pulls us into the darkness of our relationships. A retrograde period of any planet is a retrospective of that planet’s themes. It is like going into the deep, dark cave of oneself in whatever area of life is covered by the planet that is retrograde. It is a time of moving backward, perhaps of going back to pick up pieces lost in the past. It is a retrieval, a turning inward, perhaps a letting-go. Since Venus’ domain is relationships, this turning inward will happen in that domain . Now retrograding back into Pisces, it brings forth deep seated emotions, lessons to be learned from past or present. You may become resonant to unresolved matters, clearly a period to assume closure. Under the retrograde influence, you must assess the severity of the problem and the “cost-benefit” of the relationship. Only after Venus turns direct should you initiate any alienation if this is deemed necessary.

MERCURY, THE PLANET OF CHAT & REASON – RETROGRADE from April 9 through May 3 – Moving from the fixed stubborn sign of Taurus into the self contained sign of Aries – A good time to rethink old patterns, old habits, not a good period to implement, however a good cycle in which to plan accordingly, then full speed ahead after May 3, 2017. Those born under Virgo, Gemini and Taurus may feel the confusion of this transit. Others may be affected by how it is taking place in your own charts.

SATURN RETROGRADE IN SAGITTARIUS – UNTIL JUNE 2017 – Since Saturn is the father of all planets, creating order and structure, lessons always to be learned we may find ourselves during this retrograde affected in ways where we seek out more stability, whether through finance. relationships, work/co-workers. Those born under Capricorn may feel the intensity as they’re ruled by Capricorn and may find themselves lost in a shuffle. Since it is occurring in the sign of Sagittarius, those born under Sag may feel restricted, and less likely to want to venture our, or explore, given their true nature. Those born under Pisces, Virgo and Gemini may feel the pressure within the confines of work as well as personal related. However as with most transits, this can be helpful in that it provides an opportunity to sit back and take a personal inventory. A good time to reexamine finances, and our political views/understanding.

FULL MOON IN LIBRA – April 11, 2017 – Libra, the sign that seeks partnership, balance and mutuality, is hosting the Full Moon opposite the Sun in dependent, uncooperative Aries on April 11. The struggle between compromise based on the Libra Moon versus the urge and desire fore freedom and personal space. For the next few days, even those Aries who manage to come across as pleasant Venusian Libras will find it challenging to sit still while the heat is turned up inside. Relational interactions will be challenging. Spring fever could bring out some definite urges to push for something physical or sexual on a personal level…..and things could get quite aggressive at work or in social settings. .

NEW MOON – APRIL 26 IN EARTHY TAURUS –
The New Moon in Taurus is one of my favorite lunations, because Taurus as an earth sign energizes our senses, enriches our soul, encompassing the wonderful green scent of spring and all of its beauty. The New Moon in Earthy, Venusian Taurus brings us back to reality, pulling us back into our bodies. It helps to create a footing as we begin better habits. This particular New Moon in sync with the transiting Sun, at odds with Uranus and Saturn, may help in allowing us a better platform in which to work with. It provides an opportunity to evaluate our physical reality, making this lunation the perfect time to see if we are living in reality, or just passing time. As idealism goes, it is standing in the way? Are we cutting off our nose to spite our face? Keep in mind that compromise is not a dirty word.

SIGNS:

Aries ( March 21- April 20) – This month with the influences of the Full Moon along with Mercury in retrograde, money related issues may trigger unnecessary spending habits. Be aware that emotional spending is not always a cure. In addition, the exchange with those you are connected to, both work and personal may be trigger an impulse to react. Better to step back then jump in. Trying to pull it together this month may take all the moxie you have.

Taurus – ( April 21-May 20) – Though a creature of habit, out of character and without hesitation you welcome the changes ahead. These areas involve work as well as play. The anxiety that has occupied your area of work & mind, specifically Mercury in retrograde, will start to ease up by mid-May. More so, though the planets are in a frenzy, you may still be way ahead of yourself as whatever you seem to do falls into place.

Gemini ( May 21-June 20) – It has been said that to “Understand life it must be looked at backwards”Your mind as well as your body may be working overtime this month as Mercury in retrograde traveling through the private sector of your chart sparks a memory. Knowing this may help to create much needed resolution, whatever it may be. Also, biting off more off than you can chew may be your down fall, so know your limitations. Redirect.

Cancer ( June 21-Jul 22) – For the next few months or so, you may be driven to reestablish healthy guidelines/ priorities when dealing with friends and co-workers. Though your confidence level is favorable, your mind may still be working on overtime. Trying to make rhyme and reason on what is taking place around you could alter your current state of affairs. Also, your personal life may be unpredictable as Saturn continues in opposition to your natal Sign. Get what you need and not necessarily what you want.

Leo ( July 23 – Aug 22)- A mixture of very interesting influences gives you the green light to sweep away conditions and situations that no longer suit your purpose. During the next few weeks or so this is your time to buckle down and get down to business. Specifically speaking your career aspirations may be ignited, however with Mercury in retrograde hovering over the zenith part of your chart, confusion in decision making could be a factor. . Follow your instincts. Or wait until after May 3.

Virgo ( Aug 23-Sept 22) – As with most Virgo’s the pressure to produce, to always do well is a given factor. With Saturn at odds with your own sign, and Mercury, your ruler in retrograde, it’s all about timing, and keeping it steady. As with most Virgo’s they are their own task masters, pushing beyond limits. It’s the end result that matters. Also, health matters need your attention, a good period to start a health regimen of some kind. At least plan it and implement after May 3.

Libra – ( Sept 23 – Oct 22) – As always with most Libra’s, partnerships are the spice of life. As influences make their way in to your house of relationships, your motivation is clear. This is your month to pay attention to the details surrounding your financial needs. In addition, creating a new “normal” for yourself is well indicated. However with Mercury in retrograde, your sense of responsibility may be oppressive. Do what you need to do, then step back.

Scorpio ( Oct 23- Nov 22) – As with most serious-minded Scorpio’s, your sense of responsibility is absolute. This is your month to focus on words that attach themselves to those around you. Both work and personal connections may be the recipients. Mercury in retrograde can twist and turn creating a mountain of mixed messages. So be clear. Relationships can be over whelming. Time for you to set some healthy guidelines.

Sagittarius ( Nov 23- Dec 22) – Though Mercury the planet of chat is retrograding in your area of health, you may find yourself off the wagon, so to speak. Nevertheless,this is a good time, to plan, to sit down and take in every given detail of your expectations. Try not to get too ahead of your blueprint, just chart it out. Also, less impulsive spending, socking it away for a rainy day. You may need it.

Capricorn – ( Dec 22 – Jan 20) – Taking steps and becoming more deliberate may actually get you where you want to be this month. Also an interesting transit involving money can set you way ahead of your game plan.In addition, with Mercury in retrograde, things can get rocky where matters of the heart are concerned. Tread carefully, pay attention to your common sense before reacting. This may be a tough month, muddling through is the key.

Aquarius ( Jan 21-Feb 19) – Your given priorities lead you into the home base. Taking a step forward, having clear intentions, delving into much needed family time. Also, friendships, though important have been on the back burner. Nesting, and allowing yourself some much needed R & R, is a blessing without a disguise. A love interest from the past? Possibly a spiritual connection that has been long awaited. Timing is the key.

Pisces ( Feb 20- March 20) – Though you tend to be rather reserved you may find yourself feeling jumbled up,as Saturn at odds with your Sun sign, brings your energies out into the open. You may see yourself becoming a bit more industrious, more in-tuned to the outside realm of life. No longer the fantasy, but more of a reality. The transit of Mercury retrograde, may have you playing a guessing game.

Astrological Tips: Good period to focus on health matters. Best days April, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 21, 22

Janet Amid is a columnist that writes for Sylvania Advantage, and can be heard on 92.5 KISS FM Monday Mornings between 8:15 and 8:45 AM. She can reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at JanetAmid@aol.com. Check out our web site at www.JanetAmid.com