Hurry up and wait is the mantra of April. The fiery Aries sun is chomping at the bit, but the time isn’t ripe: Both Venus and Mercury retrograde through most of April while Saturn and Pluto pivot and turn their backs. Push it now and you’ll run into blocks and delays. Too many details are unsettled; you’d only have to revise later anyway. Fortunately, the celestial currents calm down before the month comes to an end.
Instead, this month’s homework assignment is to focus inward to clarify your priorities and your core values.
Renegotiation of current partnerships and healing old relationships is the way to begin. The message of Saturn traveling in right angle to Venus is to rely on your own emotional and financial resources. Saturn removes your rose-colored glasses and eliminates what no longer serves you. Meanwhile, people from the past magically pop up; the better to examine old habit patterns.
Kitty is restless and a bit finicky. But this, too, shall pass. Find him searching out old hidey-holes and familiar toys. One happy result of this topsy-turvy month is a newfound appreciation for core relationships in your life; including your relationship with Kitty.
Aries (Mar 20 – Apr 19)
The days are getting longer, the sap is rising and you’re chomping at the bit. But Venus is retrograde until the 15th and Mercury, too, from the 9th through May 3rd. Chill. The time is not ripe. Instead, review your research and make sure all the puzzle pieces are in place before you make your move.
Or follow Kitty’s example. When he hunts for prey, he is patient. He takes his time positioning himself just right and then waits to strike until he is ready. And in the meantime, he takes care of his basic needs and sticks to tried and true routines.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Venus retrogrades back into Pisces to open your heart. For this you must be brave; an open heart is a vulnerable heart. But that is the path to the deepest and fullest love. Fortunately, Mars in your sign brings the gift of courage. And Saturn in right angle to Venus for much of the month pushes you to keep it real.
Kitty doesn’t need any prodding to open her heart. When she brushes your leg and purrs she demonstrates her deep bond to her pet parent.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Stepping back to figure out what really counts is your homework assignment this month. Figuring what is real, what is true, what is authentic … easier said than done when you are being pulled in different directions.
With your elastic ability to see more than one side of any situation and your ability to juggle more plates than a waitress at a greasy spoon, there can be more than one truth. But with Venus and your sun-sign-ruler Mercury retrograding, this is not the time to make major decisions and take on heavy commitments. Use the time to reflect, edit and gather information. Things will feel more solid in a few weeks.
In the meantime, your feisty feline has a few tricks up his sleeve. Bold and independent, he will take things into his own hands when he wants play and excitement.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
If only you could chuck it all, run away with an old lover and live in Tahiti. To lay in the sunshine and listen to the whispering waves of the ocean. If only you didn’t have to get up each day at the sound of that god-awful alarm and waste your days at some god-awful job. It’s not that you aren’t afraid of work—you can be counted to do more than your share. It’s just that the bosses are crazy and you are tired of their petty dramas.
But true liberation comes from honoring your commitments. Including the commitment to care for that feline critter that has taken up residence in your home. Even if she comes and goes as she pleases and acts like she owns the place.
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
Listen to what people say, but watch what they do. That’s because actions speak louder than words. Nonetheless, it’s useful to be adept at reading between the lines. This is not the time to enter into financial agreements. With Venus and Mercury retrograde, the potential for confusion and missed detail is high. And then Saturn squares Venus for most of the month. Sign on the dotted line and you’ll be held strictly to all of the terms, especially the small print.
Meanwhile, Kitty is checking out a long-forgotten hidey-hole or two in the basement. At heart, our beloved kitties are predators so they like their hidden places as well as a safe place to store the loot.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
“To thine own self be true” is advice worth taking to heart. Listen to your heart and dig deep to truly understand what makes you tick. Self-knowledge enables you to act authentically and honor your own truth. If you don’t like what you see, ditch the old habit patterns that no longer serve you. With Venus retrograde through the 15th, tending to emotional and financial unfinished business is time well spent.
Kitty is an excellent model of authenticity. As a feline she has her own innate grace and sense of integrity. She comes to you out of choice.
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
This month involves a lot of rethinking and a lot of redoing when your sign-ruler Venus and Mercury both retrograde. This is a chance to step back, take a deep breath and absorb the vast amount of change to which we’ve all been subjected. The rose-colored glasses come off when Saturn is positioned at a right angle to Venus for most of the month. Being made to see things for what they are is a gift; it ensures you value what is real.
But no down mood can compete with Kitty’s charm. He weaves his magic when he brushes up against you, purring all the while.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)
The universe wants you to know that, when you rely on your physical and emotional resources, you are beholden to no one. A review of your financial affairs ensures your expenditures properly reflect your priorities and heightens your sense of security.
Meanwhile, Kitty, duly appreciative of the free room and board you provide her, has no compunctions about flaunting her independence. Her sense of security is rock-solid knowing she can depend on the love and caring of her favorite pet parent.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Ups and downs mark this month. High-energy Aries planets keep you buzzing and there is a part of you that would like to break away and ditch it all. But Saturn ensconced in your sign pushes you to be the grown-up in the room. That doesn’t mean the children will listen. Pick your battles carefully, conserve your strength, and go with the flow.
Meanwhile, Kitty doesn’t always listen to you either. He does what he wants to do when he wants to do it. And you signed on to take him in anyway.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
People respect you, but they won’t go along if you overplay your hand. Those who feel they cannot stand up to you openly will work behind your back. But this month isn’t the time for execution; it’s the month for planning and strategy. That, plus tact and diplomacy, is how you turn no to yes.
If you’re wondering where Kitty wandered off to, try searching her old hidey-holes. She is not traveling very far—she knows where her bread is buttered.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Considering taking on a major commitment or beginning a large project? Wait until next month. With Venus and Mercury both retrograde it’s easy to miss a critical detail. And speaking of details, there’s just too much that is unsettled.
Instead, go back to the drawing board or resurrect a backburner project. Editing and re-doing is exactly what retrograde periods are designed for. Taking stock of your emotional and financial resources is another constructive use of the month’s energy.
Meanwhile, Kitty picks up on April’s restless energy. Keep the windows and doors closed—this kitty has itchy feet. Help him work off his energy with play and attention.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Venus backtracks into your sign on the 3rd and spends most of the month there to open your heart. Those born under the sign of the fishes are compassionate and like to see the best in people. But Saturn enters the picture to remind you that healthy boundaries are important, too. People from the past pop up so you can take care of unfinished business and heal an old wound. By the end of the month it gets easier and you’ll feel you are standing on solid ground.
As you ruminate on relationships that are important to you, one that stands out is the one you have with your resident feline. At times ornery and contrary, her antics make you smile.