DURING APRIL, IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT AS INDIVIDUALS WE ARE AWARE OF OUR ACTIONS. CHOOSING OUR BATTLES WISELY IS VERY NECESSARY RIGHT NOW.

The new moon, on April 7th, is in Aries. This moon will ask us to move beyond our established comfort zones. This new moon is also conjunct Uranus and square Pluto. It’s an energy capable of renewing and transformational effects. Expect some unexpected or disconcerting developments at this time and be prepared for quite an intense surge of energy. It is from this point that we’re really moving forward in the year at last, and we are doing so with great vitality!

Mars retrogrades on April 17th and something based in the past that you may have been thinking about recently will find its new place in your journey! You can revive old projects or complete unfinished business.

The full moon in Scorpio on the 22nd brings increased awareness and some “aha” moments.

Mercury retrogrades in Taurus on the 28th April, with all its attendant issues regarding travel and communication. Since Taurus has an affinity with nature and gardening, a good way to balance the Mercury retrograde instability is to work outside in the garden or just spend time outdoors in general.

Overall it’s a month of financial highs and lows and a general air of unpredictability. The Uranus-Pluto square, with its implied angst and surprises, has the potential for more global violence and confusion. Counteract this by focusing on sending out love and light energy.

 

YOUR HOROSCOPE + MONTHLY MEDITATION FOCUS

Aries

This month love, marriage and relationships will bring you some needed joy and satisfaction. Work and career can be contentious, as you feel like your efforts aren’t focused or that you’re not progressing fast enough. However, with patience and discipline you will eventually find what you are looking for.

Monthly meditation: “Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.” – Author unknown

Take a friend you haven’t contacted for a while and go for a walk in the country, a picnic at the beach or a jog in the park – share and enjoy!

Taurus

Financial matters are highlighted for you this month. You could be tempted to make important decisions but you are cautioned to weigh your prospects with great care. You feel inclined to enjoy life and have a good time, but do be careful, as your physical endurance is not as good as you’d like it to be this month.

Monthly meditation: “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” – Swedish proverb

You may already wake up earlier than you want to. But if you get up just five or ten minutes earlier – and breathe, sit quietly and allow peace to enter your being, you will bring your peaceful state into the entire day, and to all those you share time with.

Gemini

Relationships come under examination this month and it can be difficult. Saturn brings inflexibility, blockages or obstacles. Mars brings tensions, challenges, stress and perhaps conflict. Help yourself by remaining calm and being your most diplomatic self! Solitary pursuits are ideal, as are all home-based activities.

Monthly meditation: “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

Ancient Celts performed the anamchara, or friendship ritual, to formally acknowledge a bond of friendship. The ritual recognizes the partnership of friends and the ways in which friends balance one another. Each friend picks up a lit candle and together they light a third candle, reciting a declaration of unity: “By this ritual I am your anamchara, I am your friend, I am your teacher and I am your student. May our flames shine more brightly for our knowing of each other.” You may also like to give a small gift.

Cancer

A positive financial surprise could appear this month. Health needs attention now and it’s wise to listen to your body and act straight away if there are any issues. Much can be achieved now, but taking on more than you can handle will only delay accomplishments and complicate things.

Monthly meditation: “The past can’t see you, but the future is listening.” – Terri Guillemets

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and enjoy everything that you possibly can, for you will never be able to experience it again in exactly the same way.

Leo

This month’s astrological patterns encourage intellectual pursuits, higher education or research, cultural activities and philosophy. Activities related to travelling, commerce or long-distance business are also favoured. Money is also a major focus. You can gain a lot through your work, but speculation is not recommended.

Monthly meditation: “To freely bloom – that is my definition of success.” – Gerry Spence

Try a gentle meditation technique and focus on the breath for a few minutes each day, just observing it in all its aspects. Through observation of the breath you will cultivate the ability to be objective or to separate from objects while being keenly aware of them.

Virgo

You could find April difficult due to stress, pressure, fatigue and organizational difficulties. You tend to worry about all kinds of things, often more or less unfounded. Right now you need to relax, breathe deeply and let go. Set your priorities logically, focus only on what is indispensable, and don’t lose yourself in the details!

Monthly meditation: “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” ­­­– Albert Camus

Take a yoga class or go online and learn “salute to the sun.” Practice this each morning and let its warmth fill you with a sense of satisfaction.

Libra

It’s a big month for Libra and hot on the agenda is your public speaking or writing talents, your ingenuity, pioneering spirit, flexibility and agility, both mental and physical. Money will flow in abundantly, but the energy is demanding. Try to take things a tad lightly, and see the enjoyable parts.

Monthly meditation: “I think the key to life is just being a happy person, and happiness will bring you success.” – Diego Val

To learn to breathe more deeply into the abdomen, try this: Pant like a dog … it sounds ridiculous, but panting like a dog is a great way to do some instant deep breathing. You never see a dog breathing high up into their shoulders. So go on, give it a try. Open your mouth slightly, let your throat and tongue relax, and let your tongue fall forward over your bottom lip. Then breathe in and out through the mouth, taking in a good amount of air. When you pant like a dog the body’s natural response is to breathe deep into the abdomen.

Scorpio

Work is dynamic, but it’s imperative to know how to manage the money you earn this month. You probably feel the urge to make financial decisions and resolve particular issues. Weigh your actions judiciously and be prudent when spending. It’s best not to make big financial decisions after April 17.

Monthly meditation: “Clouds or no clouds, life is grand – be grateful for all the varieties of weather in your life.” – Terri Guillemets

Offer the “gift” of your time to three different people this week. This might be in the form of helping someone around their house, sharing a meal with someone who is lonely, or simply “being” and haring time with someone you care about. These “gifts” should be in addition to your planned activities.

Sagittarius

Your plans ought to work out well this month and your goals will be more easily attained. Career advancement is favoured and you possess increased confidence and ease. You feel an urge to break free and do something totally different from your normal routine. Stay active and be proactive rather than wait for change to happen to you.

Monthly meditation: “A day is eternity’s seed, and we are its gardeners.” – Erika Harris

Get out in the garden and get your hands dirty – weed, harvest, sow seeds and be happy! This can symbolise the weeding, planting and harvesting that you wish to do in your life. Think about this as you garden and dedicate some energy to the actions and changes you wish to make.

Capricorn

April is the best time to negotiate a better deal in any area of life, in business or at work, and in your personal relationships. You will make a good impression on others, so now is the perfect time to ask for a favour or apply for a new job or promotion. Schedule meetings and appointment now while you have clear thought and sound judgement.

Monthly meditation: “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Conficius

Practice walking meditation. Walking is therapeutic in itself. It has many health benefits, such as increasing endorphins that decrease stress, increasing hearth health and circulation in the body, and decreasing lethargy and blood pressure.

Aquarius

April sees an increase in your desire for social contact and enjoyment. Existing love relationships should flourish and this is the ideal time to address any persistent tensions within any relationships. There ought to be more of a focus on your home and family life at this time as well.

Monthly meditation: “I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.” – Author unknown

Write a letter of gratitude to someone who has had a positive impact on you. If feasible, you might consider delivering the letter to the person.

Pisces

This month sees a build-up of personal energy and a strong desire to assert yourself, sometimes aggressively. This can result in frustration and conflict. Creative energy is also heightened, so try to utilize this to calm yourself and find some grounding. Write your feelings down instead of airing them impulsively.

Monthly meditation: “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerosn

We often hear of the Salute to the Sun sequence in yoga, but equally as wonderful is the Salutation to the Moon – this sequence is a perfect pre-bed ritual. Give it a try.

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