A second Full Moon in Libra is on its way this April, and with it comes tension between yourself and others. Luckily the soupy Mercury Retrograde that colored March is over, but we’re not totally in the clear yet. Anxieties are still likely to run high for the first half of April. Strive to only feed what you want to see grow in your life and the world around you.
Negative obsessions will only bring forth what you least want. Approach your feelings with intention, patience, and care this month.
April is a powerful time to look at what you need to let go of in order to leave room for what you truly want. If you skip essential steps or try to take short cuts, you’ll only succeed in slowing down your overall progress by creating situations that you have to come back and fix later. No matter how busy and exciting your schedule is, honor your truest priorities in the here and now, Aries.
When you don’t appreciate the abundance in your life, the result is closer to hoarding than to riches. The more you have, the more you have to lose. And the tighter you clutch onto what you’ve got, the more scarce it will feel. Apply faith and common sense to your relationship to your material world, dear Taurus. Don’t convince yourself that you don’t have enough just because you want more, my love.
Strive to act in accordance with what’s true for you instead of trying to figure out the “right thing” to do. April will confront you with mixed messages and confusing dynamics with others, which at times could make it feel like you’re spinning out. There’s so much that is out of your control, and so it’s important that you remember that other people’s opinions and judgments are their own problem to manage, not yours. Just do you, Twin Star.
It’s easy to show up for others when you feel good about yourself, but so much harder when you’re scared or suffering. This month you’re likely to be confronted by discord, but it’s not for nothing. When upsets occur, treat them with kindness, empathy, and patience. Act in accordance with your integrity without abandoning your boundaries or needs for self-care. In this way you can make compromises, but not in ways that compromise you, dear Moonchild.
This isn’t the time to maintain the status quo or strive for stability; you are growing, and that will require at least some measure of unpredictability in your life for a while. In the words of Octavia Butler, “All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you. The only lasting truth is change.” Be open to what comes next without needing proof that it’s worth your time at every step of the way, Leo.
Your relationships are confusing and complicated, beautiful and deeply important. You’re likely to find yourself tempted to be extreme this month, but it’s not going to do you any favors, Virgo. Strive to find balanced ways of engaging with others at least in part by not taking things so personally when they’re clearly not about you. Lead with compassion, not precision and survive the messiness of intimate connection by keeping your side of the road clean, Virgo.
On the 19th there will be the second Full Moon in your sign of 2019, and it’s really special. You are meant to be in your feels and have lots of stuff come up so that you can forgive and let go. You can’t change your past, but you can stop using it against yourself and deal with the present. Say what you have to say and honor what you feel; its time to stop waiting for others to manage your evolution, Libra.
A Capricorn said it, but it’s your lesson to learn right now: When they go low, you go high, dear Scorpio. Don’t allow the misdeeds of others to inspire you to act in ways that compromise how you want to be in the world—no matter how messy things get. Stay true to yourself when it would be easiest to cut corners, or hide behind any kind of “they started it” thinking. Your side of the road is your only job this month.
Don’t allow your circumstances to force your hand, Sagittarius. Whether we’re talking about fated relationships or pre-destined dynamics, you always have free will within your situation. This month it may feel like the momentum in your life has shifted, and it’s upsetting your sense of equilibrium. Strive to make choices that honor this moment as it is in the here and now. Make choices that reflect your intentions by first slowing down and getting centered, sweet Sadge.
In the wise words of Dolly Parton, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” That said, when you take charge, you also run the risk of inspiring the ire of others, too. As opportunities that require both leadership and collaboration from you emerge, you have choices to make. Invite others into your process. You don’t need to prove your worth to others to earn their respect; just be yourself, Capricorn.
If you’ve taken on too much in recent months, you’re likely to feel like things are both moving too fast and too slow at the same time. It’s time to learn this valuable lesson: You don’t need to move faster than your heart can bear. You’re coming to the end of a meaningful period of growth and as you move to the next level you’ve got to take time to nurture your feels.
It’s okay for you to do things at a pace that works for you, but it’s unlikely you’re going to get permission from anyone—you just have to trust yourself. Allow time and space to get comfortable with owning and integrating the changes you’ve made in recent months, Pisces. You don’t need to rush to share anything with the world right away. Learning to do things in a self-appropriate way is the key to not just being successful, but feeling successful, my love.
It’s Spring, babies! For the first half of April, Mercury will remain retrograde, leading us to a new moon—all in Aries, the sign that loves beginnings. Girlboss astrologer, Jessica Lanyadoo, is here for it and sharing your April 2018 horoscope.
Commit to spending the first half of April reflecting and the second for acting on what you’ve learned. This month is all about the two P’s; pace and patience. Just because you don’t see the way right now doesn’t meant that you won’t get there.
Don’t underestimate your capacity to grow your glow. Be here for your process, wherever you’re starting from.
AriesMarch 21 to April 19
When you’re feeling challenged is when it’s easiest to be a jerk, but that doesn’t make it right. People are likely to trigger you this month, and you can blindly react or you can try to dig deeper. Investigate what you really believe and where you need to take a stand, versus where you’re tempted to do some fiery grandstanding. Sit with your reactions so that you can channel your passions into making your life better instead of into power struggles that keep you stuck.
TaurusApril 20 to May 20
You aren’t meant to be perfect, Taurus, you’re only meant to be whole. When life takes you on a circuitous route, when it seems like nothing is happening, or when your plans fail altogether, you are not screwed. When you don’t get what you want, it’s an opportunity for something else to come through. Don’t be so attached to what you desire that you block something better from coming in. Learn from your setbacks and they become successes (even if they’re annoying ones).
GeminiMay 21 to June 21
Wait until after the April 15—when your ruling planet starts moving in the right direction again—to strike out. You may find yourself chomping at the bit this month, restless to make progress, even if you’re not quite ready yet. After the new moon in Aries on April 15, you can expect a burst of clarity that you can use to advance your goals. It’s important that you try to pace yourself so that you can gauge your choices and behaviors before they snowball on you, Twin Star.
CancerJune 22 to July 22
It’s time to do some Spring cleaning—but the emo kind. Clear out your distractions so that you can tend to what really matters. People are likely to trigger pretty intense responses in you this month, so you will need to be centered and patient in order to make sense of them. Your initial reactions are likely to be a bit too raw to trust, so take your time. Say what you mean, and mean what you say, or you’ll just end up being mean, Moonchild.
LeoJuly 23 to Aug. 22
Change may be inevitable, but growth certainly isn’t. It’s time to really try, Leo. Make sure that you are striving to improve your life instead of only to evade your problems. This month will bring you lots of opportunities to see things from a new and clearer vantage point, but you have to grab at them. Do your homework so that by the time the full moon in Scorpio happens on April 29, you’re ready to quit a destructive or stuck habit, relationship, or situation.
VirgoAug. 23 to Sept. 22
Growth, like both happiness and grief, is not linear. You may be going in what feels like circles or struggling with feeling stuck this month. It’s important that you stay present without judgment for what you’re experiencing in the here and now. Love yourself through your process, wherever you’re at in it, Virgo. Only by first accepting your situation can you discern what’s really going on with you and the best ways to handle it. Be patient and keep on keeping on, my love.
LibraSept. 23 to Oct. 22
When people reveal themselves to be unkind or unjust, it’s important that you pay attention. Believe others when they tell you who they are, whether it’s by word or deed. You can fight them, but to what end? If you’re going to engage in fights (which you may just have to do this month), make sure you’re fighting for something and not out of spite or hate. When someone does you wrong, that’s a reflection of them, but how you chose to respond is all you, Libra.
ScorpioOct. 23 to Nov. 21
The sun moves into your relationship house and the moon is full in your sign on April 29; it’s your time to shine, Scorpio! Here’s a pro tip for doing it right: Chose your battles wisely. It may be tempting to get swept up in the current of other people’s drama, but all that’ll do is move you off course of your own goals. Write your own story; dance to the beat of your own drum. Make choices that reflect your best self, my love.
SagittariusNov. 22 to Dec. 21
How you relate to your resources and opportunities is being tested. If you find yourself with less money, less support, or whatever else you feel you need this month, there’s a bigger picture to consider. You are meant to learn how to make do, Sagittarius. You aren’t being punished, but this is a bit of a test. Whether you need to learn how to innovate, ask the right people for help, or to be more conservative, the onus is on you to do what’s needed without losing track of yourself.
CapricornDec. 22 to Jan. 19
It’s time to step into the light, Cappy. From April 4 through 25 is a particularly fertile time when what you do counts. What looks good on paper is not necessarily good for you or right for you at this time. Take on new projects or relationships after appropriate introspection, and do whatever you do with care. This month you’re either going to get more present or feel like you’re caught up in a great wind, casting your seeds wildly. Your patience and intention will be all the difference.
AquariusJan. 20 to Feb. 18
You can’t avoid worry; it’s an inevitable part of being a person. What you can do is practice moderating the attention and value you give your anxieties, Aquarius. This month will test your relationship to stress. Pay attention to how quick you are to shut down, distract, or constructively cope with life’s upsets. You’ll have the chance to make changes that stick, especially in the second half of April, so do your best to show up, especially when you’re at your worst.
PiscesFeb. 19 to March 20
Do what’s right for you this month, even if it’s the more complicated choice or it takes you on the longer path. Life is messy, and there are always so many moving parts to consider. Instead of projecting into what you think others want you to be, just manage focus on what’s authentic to you. All you can really control are your thoughts and actions. It’s time for some major changes, and you need them to reflect your best self, not your worst fears, my love.
This story was originally published on March 30, 2018. It has been updated (and will continue to be updated) to include new tips, advice, and guidance, to ensure we are always giving you the best, most valuable resources.