Week of April 19
By Sylvie Chace
It’s retrograde season! While Venus is now out of retrograde and sits in the emotional sign of Pisces, Mercury and Saturn have just transitioned and begun to mess with all the signs. If you’ve been experiencing some rifts in your day-to-day life or if you’ve been having a hard time finding words to explain how you feel, then Mercury has got its hold on you. The planet of communication will be in retrograde until May 3 and has just transitioned from the Venus-ruled Taurus, to the Mars-ruled sign of Aries. This sign takes no prisoners and tends to have a me-first attitude which could mean an amplified retrograde (yikes) or an amplified sense of self which can be harnessed to help us better handle the retrograde.
Aries 3/21 – 4/19
Take a step back there, Aries! You’ve been known to bite off more than you can chew and it sounds like this season of intensity and confusion has you going full-force when you should be sitting back. You may be feeling like you’re gliding through this retrograde with ease, but in reality you may not see what troubles lay ahead. Hold on to your fearless strength, but use it for self-reflection in these times of intensity.
Taurus 4/20 – 5/20
You are a child of Venus, and naturally love is what guides you and drives you. Hold onto that, Taurus. Right now there is a deep yearning to give and receive love in whatever form it takes. If you have a sweetie, hold them close. If you have a solid group of friends who you cherish, show them that you care. Your season is almost here, so lay the groundwork for a time of friendship and care.
Gemini 5/21 – 6/20
You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed, Gemini. You are someone who tends to put themselves out there and spread themselves thin. There is a whole world of opportunity out there waiting for you and you are eager to be a part of it and harness your powerful energy. However, with great power comes great responsibility and this may be a time to prioritize what endeavors are best suited for what you need right now.
Cancer 6/21 – 7/22
You are sitting with a lot of internal power right now. There are decisions that must be made, a whole list of tasks that must be attended to. It’s your time to stop focusing on pleasing all the other people in your life and listen to what you know is right, what you’ve always known you needed to do. Don’t be afraid to let your crab claws out and make your presence known. You can’t be everything for everyone.
Leo 7/23 – 8/22
Slow and steady wins the race, Leo. While patience might not be one of your most famous virtues, you may be finding that everything truly is going ok. Trust that you’re on the right path because if you look around you’ll find that your foundation is much more solid than you give yourself credit for. All road signs are leading to prosperity in your home life or work, so pace yourself, enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Virgo 8/23 – 9/22
While the world around you may be going through a time of intense planetary shifts you find yourself empty, Virgo. You may not be struggling necessarily, but there’s an emotionless pit in your stomach and it’s time to remedy that. Take a risk, go on a roadtrip, allow yourself to go out even if you don’t feel excited about anything right now. Sometimes we have to push ourselves to get back in a place where the world looks beautiful and alive.LIBRA 9/23 – 10/22
You’re in a space where you need to go real easy on yourself, Libra. You’ve been wounded, and you know it and you may be feeling some aches and sores. It’s okay to take it slow for a while and proceed with caution. You have the ability to keep incredibly level-headed in heated times, and this is an opportunity to harness your balanced energy and hold yourself close.
Scorpio 10/23 – 11/21
You may find yourself feeling confused at your life lately, Scorpio. Contrary to popular belief, you can be quite traditional and stubborn and you may have noticed that your typical way of handling things hasn’t been working well for you. This is a time to stop, reflect, and change your methods. When you most want to act, wait. When you most want your way, sacrifice yourself. The answers to your problems may lie in different ways of responding.
Sagittarius 11/22 – 12/21
You are the optimist of the zodiac, and with that comes the natural life-of-the-party personality you bring to the table. That side of you is so necessary in these times when everyone around you seems to be going through something. This is your chance to be generous, to give back and to reap the rewards of being a lively person and an available friend.
Capricorn 12/22 – 1/19
Keeping walls up and staying guarded is one of the ways you feel strong, Capricorn. However, people often don’t get to see the side of you that laughs and feels joy and is light-hearted. It’s in you, and now is a good time to find the humor in pain, to shrug off mistakes, to let your walls down maybe just a teensy bit and allow yourself to feel the beauty and joy of springtime.
Aquarius 1/20 – 2/18
Being an air sign, communication is something that comes to you with ease. However, during a Mercury retrograde you may be feeling a lack in your life. Something is coming up short, something in your life isn’t quite right. Maybe you can’t find the words to say, or you haven’t been around someone you can open up to. You may be feeling a bit isolated, Aquarius. And while you cherish your individuality, it’s nice to talk things out with someone else.
Pisces 2/19 – 3/20
With Venus now in your sign, you may be soaking up all that is beautiful to you right now. You’re feeling strong, and you have a deep inner emotional strength that people often don’t see or they may even underestimate you. During seasons like this, your powers to reflect are alive and well and this retrograde season is no different. Despite how others see you, know that out of all the signs you know best how to handle emotional turmoil and reflect on the past.