Put the pedal to the metal, Cancer. April is a productive month, and you'll want to accomplish as much as you can. The Sun spends the first three weeks in Aries, your tenth house of career and ambition. March may have had its setbacks and slowdowns, but here's your chance to make up for lost time. Channel "La Generalisima" and get the troops in motion-better that you play the master strategist, and then find others to carry out the tasks. Don't worry about being nice. Delegate!On April 19, the Sun moves into Taurus, your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. You can lighten up a little now and mix business with pleasure. It's a great time for networking with like-minded people or forming a fruitful collaboration. The April 21 Taurus new moon is a promising day for meetings, events, or even a website launch. On a personal note, you could meet a fabulous new friend or connect with a great contact online.Busy as this month is, there won't be much time to nest, so reserve the April 6 Libra full moon and its surrounding days for family time. Libra rules your domestic fourth house, so there's a chance you could move, close on a property, or just do an extreme home makeover for spring. Family, particularly children and female relatives, could be the focus of this full moon, too.
While your career is going strong, your love life might need some extra TLC right now. Perhaps it's showing signs of wear and tear, or even (yes) neglect. You've been a busy bee for the last couple of years, and rightly so. With game-changers Jupiter and Uranus in the ambitious houses of your chart since 2010 and 2011, this has been a key time to lock into some impressive career advances. You may be the one bringing home the bacon. Time for romance? Not so often!This month, romantic Venus is in Gemini, your twelfth house of closure, healing, and hidden information. For single Cancers, this could bring a soulmate (the twelfth house can be a karmic and magical space)...or an epiphany about dating patterns that you need to break. You may have a dream, vision, or deja vu-or just an awakening that throws you off-center and rearranges some stagnant molecules. This might sound alarming, but it's actually a good thing. You're ready to make a seismic shift in the way you approach love and partnership, and if you're holding onto the past, to really (we mean, REALLY) let it go.If you're in a relationship, you may find out that your partner is feeling a little lonely, resentful, or even emotionally needy. While it might seem like one more hungry bird to feed (when you're already overtaxed), remember that you're likely the one who put him/her on this starvation diet. You know the whole "six small meals a day" concept that nutritionists advise? Apply that same theory to your love life. However, you can't just throw your honey some empty calories and buy his/her silence. If there's stuff that either one of you has been holding in, it will have to be addressed. Fortunately, peacemaker Venus can help your dialogues stay diplomatic.Some seriously deep, dark stuff may come out now, however. From April 10 through September 17, transformational Pluto goes retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your seventh house of relationships. Pluto rules the unconscious, our "shadow selves," and all those dark corners where we need to shine a flashlight of self-awareness. During this time, your tendency to project your crap onto your partner will be stronger, so get thee to a couple's therapist if that starts to happen. You may find yourself attracted to someone on the side or pining for an ex. Consider this a message that you desire something you're not currently getting from your relationship. Rather than ditch your current partner, find a way to bring that energy into your love life now. For single Cancers, Pluto retrograde may draw you to a dangerous liaison: a flirtation with a boss or coworker, for example, or a person with crazy chemistry but absolutely no commitment potential. (You know the type: they'll waste years of your life shamelessly, constantly stringing you along with that drug called "hope.") If you find yourself pulled to something that you know isn't really in your best interests, Pluto retrograde is pushing you to resolve some baggage from childhood, to re-pattern your love style and even whom you're attracted to (which actually CAN be changed with consciousness shifts). When you have that intense but off-kilter feeling in the pit of your stomach, ask yourself, who or what does this remind me of? Explore the swirling emotions and ask them to show you what they're really trying to teach. Our culture feeds us a diet of movies and hyper-sexualized media portraying danger as sexy. But how backward is that? The adrenaline-fueled "fight or flight" response is what we now associate with attraction. In a way, it makes sense: when your body prepares for danger, you're suddenly fueled with oxygen and other chemicals, making you feel awake, alive, and excited. Back in cave days, we had to be one hundred percent "on," in case, say, a tiger wanted to eat us. So when you're feeling a bit bored with life in general, that surge of energy can have a powerful draw. If that happens, it's time to seek more excitement through your hobbies, social life, and other areas. Book a trip, sign up for a class, or do something that gets you jazzed about your OWN life again. Cliche? Yes, but it's a worthwhile prevention strategy for Pluto retrograde.(For more on what happens to your brain in love, check out this Psychology Today article: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/201203/why-love-is-neurochemical-roller-coaster)
Taking care of yourself can be a challenge this month with your super-packed schedule. The key is to keep a simple structure, stick to routines, and not to add a lot of new things into the mix. Keep your eye on the ball, Cancer. With beautifying Venus in your twelfth house of spirituality and healing, little dips into the spa, even for a twenty-minute massage, can make all the difference. Set little rewards-a facial, a date with your acupuncturist, or even a bubble bath-and give them to yourself each time you hit a milestone. It will keep you going through this month!On April 6, the Libra full moon illuminates your home and family sector. This is a great moment for a time-out to reconnect with your clan. Cancer rules the zodiac's fourth house, so you're in your element here. Remind yourself that the work can wait, and go connect with your loved ones. Are you feeling a bit guilty or even codependent with someone in your clan? While intense Pluto is retrograde in your relationships house from April 10 through September 17, you'll need to tease that out and find the right way to support those you love. Empower rather than enable, Cancer. It can be so tricky to see them wobble, shake, and fall, but unless they learn to dust off and get themselves back into the game, they'll never learn the life skills that will help them feel proud and self-sufficient. Remember this when you're tempted to make it all better...thus babying an able-bodied person in the process. "
April could be a kick-butt month for your career. With the Sun in Aries, your tenth house of success, you're primed to achieve some of your 2012 resolutions! Kick off the year's second quarter with some lofty new goals and set clear milestones for yourself. Time is precious, so what will you focus on, and what can wait? Get clear on that, or you can be pulled in too many directions. These days, it looks like everyone wants a piece of your time and talent, but you can only give so much.If conversations have been tense (even argumentative) lately, that changes mid-month. Energetic Mars has been retrograde (backward) in your communication house since January 23, ramping up the tension with friends and coworkers. Your own patience may have been short, causing you to be snappish or rude. Perhaps the people around you have been frazzled, too-not exactly conducive to conversation. The Sun moves into Taurus, your eleventh house of group activity, on April 19. You'll have a little more breathing room now, as this is a social part of your chart, as well as an ambitious one. Working with great people is key to getting your ideas off the ground, so use the last days of April to make sure you've got the right players on Team Crab. Cast a wider net and head to networking parties, benefits, and industry events. Later in the month, you'll actually achieve more meeting people at a cocktail mixer than you will chained to your desk. April 23 through April 25 brings a super-charged Sun-Mars trine that gives you rockin' persuasive powers. April 23 through April 25 brings a super-charged Sun-Mars trine that gives you rockin' persuasive powers. Pitches, sales meetings, deals, presentations, parties-put them on the calendar this week.On April 19, communication planet Mercury meets innovative Uranus in Aries for the third and final time this year. This could bring radical change, a big idea, or an opportunity that alters your path unexpectedly. Both planets are associated with technology, so this could be a great time to launch a website or social media campaign, or even to post some online videos. A Taurus new moon on the 21st sparks fresh prospects around teamwork, collaboration, or spreading your message through technology. You may meet some unusual or offbeat people near this date-don't dismiss them, because they may point you in an important new direction.A powerful Sun-Mars trine (angle of opportunity) from April 23 through April 25 gives you the gift of gab, as well as the clout to sway group opinion. You could make a case for just about anything now. If you're trying to seal the deal or win an account, schedule meetings and appointments near these dates.