April Horoscope 2017 – CANCER (or Cancer RISING)

Astrological Themes in April for Cancer

April is a time to rediscover your inspiration! Focus on the things that truly bring you joy, feelings of passion and love, or that fuel your creative energy.  If you are looking for a new spark of inspiration, reflect on what truly brings you happiness in life and how you can direct your energy towards those pursuits. This is a great time to seek new ideas and new wisdom or to be reminded of those things which ignited your inner fire in the past – and rekindle the flame. This type of reflection may lead to a realization that you need to let go of certain relationships or other engagements which are no longer truly in line with your personal goals. Remember that by letting go we are able to make space for new opportunities. Change always involves endings as well as new beginnings and this is a terrific time to release any barriers to your success and to your ultimate happiness.

April is also a great time to expand your social network or to reconnect with old contacts and friends, especially to engage with fresh points of view or to ask for advice. This type of interaction can bring you an ‘ingenious’ solution that suddenly solves a problem you have been facing. You can meet someone who will have significant influence in your life this month, in an unexpected way.  

Astrological Transits in April 

Venus Retrograde continues for the first two weeks of April so this is a dicey time for relationships and finances. This time can bring pressure, anxiety and arguments but will start to diminish slowly after April 15th. Remember to avoid making commitments in relationships or to make hefty new financial investments now, and it’s best to wait to pursue these until we are clear of the post-retrograde shadow, which will be after May 19th. We are also in the Mercury retrograde shadow during the first week of the month and Mercury will be retrograde as of April 9th, so it’s definitely time to slow down and not to be rigid with plans. Mercury rules our ‘direct actions’ and communications, so when it is in retrograde, it interferes with our ability to get things done or to start new projects successfully.  

For more information about Venus retrograde and relationships, click here for some tips to help manage through this challenging energy.  

Even though it’s not a great time to start new projects, you may discover new inspiration related to your long-term goals and plans, including personal, relationship and business aspirations. This can be a great time to engage new ideas or to explore a different point of view. While it’s a good time to explore new options, remember to wait to make anything official during the personal planet retrogrades (until the 3rd week of May).  

The week of the full moon on April 11th will be intense and can represent a culmination or the experience of matters ‘coming to a head’, especially for romantic relationships and business partnerships. This energy is reinforced by the tensions that have been heightened throughout the months due to Venus coming to the end of her retrograde phase. Unresolved issues can lead to drama and elevated emotions, but a ‘twist of fate’ is also possible so don’t assume you know exactly how things are going to turn out.  

This is also a time for healing of all kinds; it can lead to a ‘breakthrough’ that brings you more aligned with your inner happiness; it can also bring a welcome resolution to relationship issues that you have been working through over the past several weeks. Forgiveness, release of long-standing resentment or other insecurities allows us to make space for new love and new possibilities for happiness.  

The month ends on a reflective but optimistic note: take things easy as the residual effects of recent developments are still falling into place.  For a more detailed explanation of Astrological Transits in April, click here to read more.

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