Feather your nest, Capricorn. Home is where your heart is this month as the Sun visits Aries, your domestic fourth house, through April 19. While much of your attention has been on work lately (so what's new, right?), the first three weeks of April afford a rare opportunity to shift your focus to your personal life. If you're a parent, take advantage of spring break to emotionally reconnect with your kids. If you're not, visits with family should be harmonious, especially once communication planet Mercury goes direct (forward) on April 4. You may have had some tension on the home front last month; now's your time to make up for it. Your inner decorator comes out this month, too, so pick up a copy of Elle Decor or House Beautiful for inspiration, or create some dream-home virtual vision boards on Pinterest. The Aries Sun could inspire you to redecorate, move, or look for a summer beach house to rent (it's never too soon to plan). If you're lucky enough to have a garden, plant some flowers, or even put in seeds for a vegetable patch if it's warm enough. If not, a kitchen herb garden on your windowsill could thrive under your Capricornian green thumb-you are an earth sign, after all.Your homebody days will be numbered later this month, however. Once the Sun moves into Taurus on April 19, your lesser-seen wild side could emerge. Taurus rules your fifth house of passion, playfulness, and romance. You'll be in the mood to dress up, flirt. and go out on the town. Thinking of expanding your family? Both Aries and Taurus rule the parts of your chart associated with pregnancy and fertility. When the Sun and Mars (both associated with virility and life) align harmoniously April 23 through April 25, you're in the zone for conception- take note!Caution: a small identity crisis could be on the horizon. From April 10 through September 17, transformational Pluto will be retrograde (backward) in Capricorn. You may question some of your values and decisions, or you may need to do some inner work to reconnect with your beliefs and truth. Who are you, and what do you stand for? That may have changed, or it could be in flux. Try not to make any rash life decisions now. If you're pondering a major change, it might be driven by unconscious forces that aren't necessarily in your own best interest. You may have the urge to blame, project, escape, or even do something a little shady or secretive now. Check yourself before you wreck yourself, Capricorn. Restrain yourself from taking any potentially regrettable actions and instead, figure out what's motivating these ill-advised moves.
It's time to get healthy about romance! Love-planet Venus begins a lengthy stay in Gemini from April 3 through August 7. Gemini rules your sixth house of well-being, order, and service-not exactly terms that conjure up a windswept summer romance, but as a Capricorn, that's probably okay with you. Ask not what your partner can do for you, but what you can do for your partner. If you're in a relationship, you might want to plan some outdoorsy activities (a hiking or kayaking vacation, for instance) or even try a yoga class together if you're both so inclined. If you're single, you could meet someone at the gym or while doing something sporty, or even through volunteer work in your community. Pluto, ruler of our hidden urges and unconscious mind, goes retrograde (backward) in Capricorn from April 10 through Septemer 17. This could be a period of confusion, a time when you need to dive into your psyche to sort out who you really are. The tendency to project negative feelings onto your partner is strong now, so notice when that dormant emotional volcano seems like it's about to blow. You may be dealing with some repressed feelings that are a legitimate source of anger or frustration for you. Take care, Capricorn: if you feel even the slightest bit dominated or suppressed during Pluto retrograde, your fighting side will certainly come out. Much like plumbing backing up (ewww), your legitimate feelings will be mixed in with a lot of unfiltered garbage. Before you react on some self-righteous tirade, do some analyzing and work on yourself first. Retrogrades bring back the past, and you may find yourself wandering down some poorly lit back alleys of Memory Lane. You're no stranger to nostalgia-no sign can pine for an ex (or feel more embittered about one) like yours-and Pluto retrograde could stir secret thoughts about "the one who got away." You may start to wonder, "Did I make a mistake? Should you get back in touch?" This would actually be the time NOT to trust your so-called gut, as Pluto retrograde can cast strange shadow plays on your normally sensible thought process. At the very least, you might want to deconstruct some of your darker urges with a therapist or an extremely levelheaded friend.
Are you feeling at home in your body-and in your personal space? While the Sun visits Aries through the 19th, focus on regaining comfort in your skin, and on making your household into a cozier, more relaxing space. Your eating habits may have slipped into unhealthy terrain-perhaps some emotional eating or rigid control due to job frustration. If you've found yourself body bashing or just feeling antsy, use this month to recover that sense of equilibrium, and to reconnect with your gorgeous inner glow. Spending time with family can be part of that-or perhaps putting up more boundaries with well-meaning but critical relatives.With beautifying Venus in your sixth house of health from April 3 through August 7, self-care can quickly become one of your favorite indulgences. Capricorn, there's really no such thing as being too nice to yourself. Quit parceling out the self-love in meager doses. The kinder and more loving you are to you, the more those good vibes will fan out to the rest of your life...and to everyone in it."
On April 6, your hard work of the past six months could finally pay off. That day, a Libra full moon illuminates your tenth house of career and fame, bringing some of your goals together with a flourish. It's about time! Your ruler, tough Saturn, also happens to be retrograde (backward) in Libra from February 7 through June 25, which has made slogging through your workdays a bit burdensome and uninspiring. This Libra full moon will remind you that you haven't been paying dues for naught, Cappy. However, Saturn will remain retrograde until late June, so you'll need to be patient for the big payoff. The full moon may give you a sneak preview of what's ahead.In the meantime, expand your horizons instead of trying to force one specific thing to happen. On April 13, go-getter Mars goes direct (forward) after a three-month slowdown, revving up your ninth house of travel, education and entrepreneurship. Between now and July, expose yourself to new ideas and perspectives. Push yourself out of any ruts and open your mind, perhaps by taking an inspiring workshop or by signing up for a class. If you've ever wanted to learn a foreign language, this is a great time, too. You may travel for business, perhaps more than you're even comfortable with, or you could just feel cagey when sitting still for too long. If you can, break up a rote workday with a lunchtime bike ride or power walk. Get outdoors into wide-open spaces! Stock up your phone or e-reader with inspiring books (or audio books) for your commute.