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April 2016 Horoscope: Predictions for Taurus


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We've divided our monthly horoscopes into 3 groups (or decanates) per sign for more accuracy. Remember that if you know your Ascendant, read forecasts for both your Sun sign and your Ascendant sign. If you know your birth time, but don't know your Ascendant, be sure to see How to Obtain Your Astrology Chart here.

 


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    Taurus born April 21 to 30    
    Taurus born May 1 to 10    
    Taurus born May 11 to 21    

 

 

Overview for this Month: Taurus (All)

April 2016

Introspection continues this month, dear Taurus, but slowly but surely, you are finding your voice and emerging from the relative backwoods. Mercury, the Sun, and Venus enter Taurus on the 6th, 19th, and 29th respectively, and you emerge from a period of withdrawal and emotional renewal. In the meantime, much is going on behind the scenes. You tend to keep a lower profile and your emotional distance. Major decision making may be deferred until you feel more confident. With Venus, your ruler, behind your sign much of the month, you have more "work" to do on your insides as you do some reorienting and processing of recent events.

You regain your voice after Mercury returns to your sign on the 6th. Your interest in some projects you've put on a shelf reignites. Creatively and romantically you are getting more attention, but your own feelings are still in a state of review for the most part. This can be a good time for gifts, bonuses, raises, and romantic attention. You're talkative and ready to offer your opinion in April.

The 9-12 is a good period for personal energy and appeal, coming to agreements, connecting romantically, romantic developments, and making business deals.

Desires are complex this month - they're either difficult to fulfill or you may not be completely sure you should pursue them. Mars turns retrograde in your intimacy sector on the 17th. The entire retrograde period lasts until June 29th and Mars will move back into your partnership sector towards the end of May, but for now, you're examining your deeper wants and desires. There is a lot going on under the hood. Some of you could be struggling with addictions, fears, and unusual desires, or a need to review your money situation. Watch your money closely this month and next - lending and borrowing may not bring desired results at this time. However, this is a great time to do some catch-up work and to look to the past for important things you missed the first time through. You may in fact see value in past projects (and possibly even relationships). Whether or not to revive them is a trickier matter. Watch for attraction to impractical ventures, both financial and emotional in nature.

This is an important time for following all the rules in your financial and business worlds. When it comes to direct personal income (your salary), money matters are strong much of the month. Other sources of support can involve some question marks for the time being, however.

From the 19th, you're more assertive and opportunities that emerge are a little clearer and more straightforward. Personal magnetism moves up a notch. You pay more attention to personal needs and wants, your image, appearance, and health. Around the Full Moon on the 22nd can be a time to reach out to others or to reach a compromise. There could be a personal epiphany and/or relationship drama in your life at this time. This can be a turning point - a time of pleasant surprises.

Around the same time that Venus enters your sign, Mercury turns retrograde in your sign, in the last couple days of April. This points to further boost to your appeal and a good time to pursue personal plans, but some need for further review and attention to what worked for you in the past. This is yet another indicator that it may be best to edit and refine rather than push projects and initiatives ahead.

 

See also This Month in Astrology.


 

Taurus (Born April 21 to 30) and Taurus Ascendant from 0 to 10 degrees Taurus:

April 2016 Taurus Horoscope: Love, Career, & General Trends
 

April 2016

 

Overview.

The Sun this Month: Central Focus, Consciousness

Until April 19th:

The Sun continues to shine its light on your solar twelfth house. This is the time to listen to your intuition, to take a break from the hectic pace of your life, and to reflect on what you have learned in the past year. You might naturally retreat a little and take more private time for yourself now. Your physical energy levels may not be up to par for the time being, and this is your body signalling you to take a break. This is not an ideal time for pushing forward with new personal projects and plans. It is better to finish up projects and tie up loose ends now.

From April 19th forward:

The Sun illuminates your first house now, bringing issues surrounding your personal identity, appearance, outward behavior, and self-expression to the forefront. This marks the peak of your physical solar cycle, and you are in the position to make an impression on others, and to assert your personal influence. Spontaneity of expression is what this transit is about. You are ready to put your past behind you and to start a new personal cycle. You have presence and you project confidence. Increased energy and a renewed feeling of confidence is with you now, so take advantage. It's a great month to do something entirely new and pioneering—to go solo in some area of your life. This particular season of the year smiles on your personal endeavors. This is a time when you more easily get in touch with a true sense of your identity and purpose. The most enterprising side of your nature surfaces, and it's time to seize opportunities. Existing problems in your life may be overcome now by bravery and a straightforward approach to your life. There's nothing wrong with a bit of self-centeredness during this cycle, but avoid taking it too far. It's not the best time for team work and other cooperative endeavors. The spotlight is on you and your ability to lead, so make it a good one! Take steps to improve how you come across to others. It's time to carve your own path in life.

Venus this Month: Love, Romance, Social Life, Comfort

Until April 5th:

Venus continues to move through your solar eleventh house. This is a strong time for putting your ego aside and lowering your defenses and simply enjoying people. It's a good time for networking and settling disputes if there are differences to iron out with friends. Cooperation comes easily, and warm friendships can be made during this cycle. Personal freedom is especially important to you right now, and you won't enjoy any associations that limit you. It can also be a good time for earnings from business.

From April 5-29:

Venus is spending some time in "hibernation" in your privacy sector. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that your love life is stagnant, but that your affection is expressed behind closed doors. Attraction to secrets and whispers characterize this period, although for some, it can also be a time of endings, relationship concerns, and wistfulness. Personal and social contacts may be secretive, and there can be secret love affairs, or at least very private love feelings and longings. Shyness can lead to some loneliness or romantic frustration. However, this can also be a deliciously private and intimate time.

From April 29th forward:

You could find it hard to deny yourself anything during this cycle! This is a time when you naturally let loose your softer, receptive side. Romantic matters, as well as pleasure-seeking activities, come to the fore now. You are more likely to pay closer attention to your physical appearance and mannerisms, aiming to improve and enhance your attractiveness. Others find you especially agreeable and cooperative. You are more gracious, well-behaved (superficial if you are not careful!), and likeable now. Take advantage!

Mercury this Month: Communications, Learning, Connections, Transportation

Until April 6th:

Mercury continues to transit your solar twelfth house. This is a cycle in which clear decision-making does not come easily. You are paying more attention to unspoken or hidden elements of any circumstance. You are seeing all sides to any given story, and forming a definite opinion does not seem "right" for the time being. Thoughts turn to the past. It's a strong period for gaining different perspectives on problems or issues in your life, as well as for reflection and research, but not the easiest time for presenting your ideas.

From April 6th forward:

With Mercury in your solar first house, you are most inclined to speak up about matters that you previously were only mulling over. Your disposition is more intellectual than usual now, and self-expression comes easily. You are sharper than usual--more observant, and more inclined to "live in the head". Relationships with siblings, neighbors, classmates, and casual friends may become more prominent in your life now. It is likely that you will initiate discussions during this period, evaluate your appearance and the impact you have on those around you, and make contact with others rather than stay chained to any one place or activity. This is the time to be direct and to communicate your needs and interests. You are more inclined to talk about yourself and your personal past now. This may also be a restless time when it is difficult to turn the thinking process off when it would be better to relax! It is an especially fruitful time for any endeavor that requires dealing with words, ideas, and facts and figures. Your demeanor is more youthful, perhaps mischievous, light-hearted, and non-threatening so that others may be more inclined to turn to you for advice or pleasant conversation. Using the power of words to attract what you want or to further your interests works best for you now.

Mercury is retrograde from April 28th to May 22nd:

All Mercury retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of communications with lovers or children, and regarding financial affairs, because Mercury rules these areas of your life. Your judgment with regards to personal finances (Gemini-ruled for you) as well as romantic partners and creative endeavors may not be up to par just now, so do avoid "signing on the dotted line". Speculation is not advised during this cycle.

Occurring in your solar first house this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to your body language. Others may misinterpret your body language, and you should be aware of a tendency to give off mixed signals. People in your life may complain that you seem emotionally distant. You may appear uncommunicative and hard to reach, or what you say comes out wrong. This is a time to review the manner in which you come across to others--not so much whether it truly reflects your nature, but more in terms of whether it is working for or against you. Don't worry too much if others aren't quite "getting" you for the time being. Things will change once Mercury turns direct, so you might decide to try to keep status quo for the time being. You might spend more time than usual when it comes to making decisions now, and this is natural. Rushed decisions may be regretted when you change your mind later on.

Mars this Month: Energy, Drive, Courage

Mars is retrograde from April 17-June 29

All Mars retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of your intuition and spiritual matters, because Mars rules these areas of your life. You may find that you are less able to rely on your intuition. Perhaps you're picking up the wrong cues or reading too much into situations. Whatever the case may be, for the time being, you may not feel that your intuition is serving you well. Keep an eye out for deceptiveness and falseness in others. It would be wise to be especially clear when it comes to communicating about your inner world now; or take this time to re-examine issues rather than communicating about them prematurely. Private affairs and solitary work might need to be put on the back burner, or you could show less enthusiasm for them.

From April 17th to May 27th:

Occurring in your solar eighth house this time, enthusiasm for intimate and sharing matters in general may wane, perhaps due to some problems or setbacks in these areas of life. Intimate matters may become more intense and complicated. Joint financial projects or initiatives may stall, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself in personal ways. A lover or yourself may especially intense or obsessive. Ambiguity with finances, particularly debts and shared money or resources, could dominate now. There can be magnification of fears and phobias, unexplored desires, and addictions now. Refocus, backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended. You could be exploring anger and assertion over deeply buried matters, and learning to better manage your life on an emotional level.

Overview Horoscope:

Introspection continues this month, dear Taurus, but slowly but surely, you are finding your voice and emerging from the relative backwoods. Mercury, the Sun, and Venus enter Taurus on the 6th, 19th, and 29th respectively, and you emerge from a period of withdrawal and emotional renewal. In the meantime, much is going on behind the scenes. You tend to keep a lower profile and your emotional distance. Major decision making may be deferred until you feel more confident. With Venus, your ruler, behind your sign much of the month, you have more "work" to do on your insides as you do some reorienting and processing of recent events.

You regain your voice after Mercury returns to your sign on the 6th. Your interest in some projects you've put on a shelf reignites. Creatively and romantically you are getting more attention, but your own feelings are still in a state of review for the most part. This can be a good time for gifts, bonuses, raises, and romantic attention. You're talkative and ready to offer your opinion in April.

The 9-12 is a good period for personal energy and appeal, coming to agreements, connecting romantically, romantic developments, and making business deals.

Desires are complex this month - they're either difficult to fulfill or you may not be completely sure you should pursue them. Mars turns retrograde in your intimacy sector on the 17th. The entire retrograde period lasts until June 29th and Mars will move back into your partnership sector towards the end of May, but for now, you're examining your deeper wants and desires. There is a lot going on under the hood. Some of you could be struggling with addictions, fears, and unusual desires, or a need to review your money situation. Watch your money closely this month and next - lending and borrowing may not bring desired results at this time. However, this is a great time to do some catch-up work and to look to the past for important things you missed the first time through. You may in fact see value in past projects (and possibly even relationships). Whether or not to revive them is a trickier matter. Watch for attraction to impractical ventures, both financial and emotional in nature.

This is an important time for following all the rules in your financial and business worlds. When it comes to direct personal income (your salary), money matters are strong much of the month. Other sources of support can involve some question marks for the time being, however.

From the 19th, you're more assertive and opportunities that emerge are a little clearer and more straightforward. Personal magnetism moves up a notch. You pay more attention to personal needs and wants, your image, appearance, and health. Around the Full Moon on the 22nd can be a time to reach out to others or to reach a compromise. There could be a personal epiphany and/or relationship drama in your life at this time. This can be a turning point - a time of pleasant surprises.

Around the same time that Venus enters your sign, Mercury turns retrograde in your sign, in the last couple days of April. This points to further boost to your appeal and a good time to pursue personal plans, but some need for further review and attention to what worked for you in the past. This is yet another indicator that it may be best to edit and refine rather than push projects and initiatives ahead.

See our Time Line Forecast report for a personalized forecast for the year ahead.

Get your unique Personalized Horoscope for the year ahead—over 100 pages long—for a detailed guide to your best days and your most challenging days for attracting love, career success, communication, and more.

 

Know More About Yourself and Others

Try Cafe Astrology's in-depth
birth chart reports, relationship reports, future forecasts, and more.

 

Love & Romance Forecast Report

Love outlook for the year ahead. Try our
Love & Romance Forecast report.

 

Romantic Compatibility Reports

Try Cafe Astrology's in-depth
romantic compatibility reports, including
the Synastry and Love Ties reports.

 

See also general trends for Taurus in 2016.



 

Taurus (Born May 1 to 10) and Taurus Ascendant from 10 to 20 degrees Taurus:

April 2016 Taurus Horoscope: Love, Career, & General Trends
 

April 2016

 

Overview.

The Sun this Month: Central Focus, Consciousness

All month:

The Sun travels through your twelfth house now, marking a time of retreat and regeneration. Think about the attachments you have--to things, people, and routines--and consider which ones are dragging you down. This is a time when competitive energies and the ego are on a bit of a break. It's not the time to push ahead with brand new projects. Rather, it's a time of reflection, dreaming, and recharging your batteries. Situations that have naturally outgrown their usefulness in your life can now be put behind you. Endings of natural cycles may be part of the picture at this time of year. Your energy is largely applied to personal and private affairs now. Your disposition is introspective. Rest and reflect, and prepare for a more outgoing cycle when the Sun moves into your first house.

Venus this Month: Love, Romance, Social Life, Comfort

Until April 13th:

Venus continues to move through your solar eleventh house. This is a strong time for putting your ego aside and lowering your defenses and simply enjoying people. It's a good time for networking and settling disputes if there are differences to iron out with friends. Cooperation comes easily, and warm friendships can be made during this cycle. Personal freedom is especially important to you right now, and you won't enjoy any associations that limit you. It can also be a good time for earnings from business.

From April 13th forward:

Venus is spending some time in "hibernation" in your privacy sector. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that your love life is stagnant, but that your affection is expressed behind closed doors. Attraction to secrets and whispers characterize this period, although for some, it can also be a time of endings, relationship concerns, and wistfulness. Personal and social contacts may be secretive, and there can be secret love affairs, or at least very private love feelings and longings. Shyness can lead to some loneliness or romantic frustration. However, this can also be a deliciously private and intimate time.

Mercury this Month: Communications, Learning, Connections, Transportation

Until April 12th:

Mercury continues to transit your solar twelfth house. This is a cycle in which clear decision-making does not come easily. You are paying more attention to unspoken or hidden elements of any circumstance. You are seeing all sides to any given story, and forming a definite opinion does not seem "right" for the time being. Thoughts turn to the past. It's a strong period for gaining different perspectives on problems or issues in your life, as well as for reflection and research, but not the easiest time for presenting your ideas.

From April 12th forward:

With Mercury in your solar first house, you are most inclined to speak up about matters that you previously were only mulling over. Your disposition is more intellectual than usual now, and self-expression comes easily. You are sharper than usual--more observant, and more inclined to "live in the head". Relationships with siblings, neighbors, classmates, and casual friends may become more prominent in your life now. It is likely that you will initiate discussions during this period, evaluate your appearance and the impact you have on those around you, and make contact with others rather than stay chained to any one place or activity. This is the time to be direct and to communicate your needs and interests. You are more inclined to talk about yourself and your personal past now. This may also be a restless time when it is difficult to turn the thinking process off when it would be better to relax! It is an especially fruitful time for any endeavor that requires dealing with words, ideas, and facts and figures. Your demeanor is more youthful, perhaps mischievous, light-hearted, and non-threatening so that others may be more inclined to turn to you for advice or pleasant conversation. Using the power of words to attract what you want or to further your interests works best for you now.

Mercury is retrograde from April 28th to May 22nd:

All Mercury retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of communications with lovers or children, and regarding financial affairs, because Mercury rules these areas of your life. Your judgment with regards to personal finances (Gemini-ruled for you) as well as romantic partners and creative endeavors may not be up to par just now, so do avoid "signing on the dotted line". Speculation is not advised during this cycle.

Occurring in your solar first house this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to your body language. Others may misinterpret your body language, and you should be aware of a tendency to give off mixed signals. People in your life may complain that you seem emotionally distant. You may appear uncommunicative and hard to reach, or what you say comes out wrong. This is a time to review the manner in which you come across to others--not so much whether it truly reflects your nature, but more in terms of whether it is working for or against you. Don't worry too much if others aren't quite "getting" you for the time being. Things will change once Mercury turns direct, so you might decide to try to keep status quo for the time being. You might spend more time than usual when it comes to making decisions now, and this is natural. Rushed decisions may be regretted when you change your mind later on.

Mars this Month: Energy, Drive, Courage

Mars is retrograde from April 17-June 29

All Mars retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of your intuition and spiritual matters, because Mars rules these areas of your life. You may find that you are less able to rely on your intuition. Perhaps you're picking up the wrong cues or reading too much into situations. Whatever the case may be, for the time being, you may not feel that your intuition is serving you well. Keep an eye out for deceptiveness and falseness in others. It would be wise to be especially clear when it comes to communicating about your inner world now; or take this time to re-examine issues rather than communicating about them prematurely. Private affairs and solitary work might need to be put on the back burner, or you could show less enthusiasm for them.

Occurring in your solar seventh house this time, enthusiasm for a partnership or coming from a partner could appear to be waning. A partner could seem to be less direct or could be harder to reach. Partnering projects or initiatives, or negotiations, could stall, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself well in a one-to-one manner. Watch for pent-up anger and passive-aggressiveness with partnerships. A lover may be especially intense or obsessive, or you could experience this in your own behavior. Refocus, backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now. This cycle forces you to reorganize your energy with regards to people and partnerships. You could be re-assessing the ways in which you approach relationships, as well as what it is you want from your relationships. You are doing very important "work" that can benefit you greatly. You have the chance to reassess how you've been dealing with partners or potential partners, and you may be finding new and improved ways to get along. If you're stimulating angry situations, you need to consider your role in the interaction. If you're coming on too strong, you need to find ways to tone things down.

Overview Horoscope:

Introspection continues this month, dear Taurus, but slowly but surely, you are finding your voice and emerging from the relative backwoods. Mercury, the Sun, and Venus enter Taurus on the 6th, 19th, and 29th respectively, and you emerge from a period of withdrawal and emotional renewal. In the meantime, much is going on behind the scenes. You tend to keep a lower profile and your emotional distance. Major decision making may be deferred until you feel more confident. With Venus, your ruler, behind your sign much of the month, you have more "work" to do on your insides as you do some reorienting and processing of recent events.

You regain your voice after Mercury returns to your sign on the 6th. Your interest in some projects you've put on a shelf reignites. Creatively and romantically you are getting more attention, but your own feelings are still in a state of review for the most part. This can be a good time for gifts, bonuses, raises, and romantic attention. You're talkative and ready to offer your opinion in April.

The 9-12 is a good period for personal energy and appeal, coming to agreements, connecting romantically, romantic developments, and making business deals.

Desires are complex this month - they're either difficult to fulfill or you may not be completely sure you should pursue them. Mars turns retrograde in your intimacy sector on the 17th. The entire retrograde period lasts until June 29th and Mars will move back into your partnership sector towards the end of May, but for now, you're examining your deeper wants and desires. There is a lot going on under the hood. Some of you could be struggling with addictions, fears, and unusual desires, or a need to review your money situation. Watch your money closely this month and next - lending and borrowing may not bring desired results at this time. However, this is a great time to do some catch-up work and to look to the past for important things you missed the first time through. You may in fact see value in past projects (and possibly even relationships). Whether or not to revive them is a trickier matter. Watch for attraction to impractical ventures, both financial and emotional in nature.

This is an important time for following all the rules in your financial and business worlds. When it comes to direct personal income (your salary), money matters are strong much of the month. Other sources of support can involve some question marks for the time being, however.

From the 19th, you're more assertive and opportunities that emerge are a little clearer and more straightforward. Personal magnetism moves up a notch. You pay more attention to personal needs and wants, your image, appearance, and health. Around the Full Moon on the 22nd can be a time to reach out to others or to reach a compromise. There could be a personal epiphany and/or relationship drama in your life at this time. This can be a turning point - a time of pleasant surprises.

Around the same time that Venus enters your sign, Mercury turns retrograde in your sign, in the last couple days of April. This points to further boost to your appeal and a good time to pursue personal plans, but some need for further review and attention to what worked for you in the past. This is yet another indicator that it may be best to edit and refine rather than push projects and initiatives ahead.

See our Time Line Forecast report for a personalized forecast for the year ahead.

Get your unique Personalized Horoscope for the year ahead—over 100 pages long—for a detailed guide to your best days and your most challenging days for attracting love, career success, communication, and more.

 

Know More About Yourself and Others

Try Cafe Astrology's in-depth
birth chart reports, relationship reports, future forecasts, and more.

 

Love & Romance Forecast Report

Love outlook for the year ahead. Try our
Love & Romance Forecast report.

 

Romantic Compatibility Reports

Try Cafe Astrology's in-depth
romantic compatibility reports, including
the Synastry and Love Ties reports.

 

See also general trends for Taurus in 2016.



 

Taurus (Born May 11 to 21) AND Taurus Ascendant from 20 to 30 degrees Taurus:

April 2016 Taurus Horoscope: Love, Career, & General Trends
 

April 2016

 

Overview.

The Sun this Month: Central Focus, Consciousness

Until April 9th:

The Sun continues to put a spotlight on your solar eleventh house. During this cycle, you are planting seeds for the future, dreaming up plans that you might begin to develop two months down the road, if they still seem viable then. You are more aware of the benefits of networking, and you might find some great ideas through others now. You might be working in a team now. You could be questioning some of the rules you have been living by and you could be ready to try something totally new. You are more attracted to that which is progressive or unconventional during this cycle.

From April 9th forward:

The Sun travels through your twelfth house now, marking a time of retreat and regeneration. Think about the attachments you have--to things, people, and routines--and consider which ones are dragging you down. This is a time when competitive energies and the ego are on a bit of a break. It's not the time to push ahead with brand new projects. Rather, it's a time of reflection, dreaming, and recharging your batteries. Situations that have naturally outgrown their usefulness in your life can now be put behind you. Endings of natural cycles may be part of the picture at this time of year. Your energy is largely applied to personal and private affairs now. Your disposition is introspective. Rest and reflect, and prepare for a more outgoing cycle when the Sun moves into your first house.

Venus this Month: Love, Romance, Social Life, Comfort

Until April 22nd:

Venus continues to move through your solar eleventh house. This is a strong time for putting your ego aside and lowering your defenses and simply enjoying people. It's a good time for networking and settling disputes if there are differences to iron out with friends. Cooperation comes easily, and warm friendships can be made during this cycle. Personal freedom is especially important to you right now, and you won't enjoy any associations that limit you. It can also be a good time for earnings from business.

From April 22nd forward:

Venus is spending some time in "hibernation" in your privacy sector. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that your love life is stagnant, but that your affection is expressed behind closed doors. Attraction to secrets and whispers characterize this period, although for some, it can also be a time of endings, relationship concerns, and wistfulness. Personal and social contacts may be secretive, and there can be secret love affairs, or at least very private love feelings and longings. Shyness can lead to some loneliness or romantic frustration. However, this can also be a deliciously private and intimate time.

Mercury this Month: Communications, Learning, Connections, Transportation

Until April 20th:

Your mind is focused on private matters and past issues while Mercury transits the twelfth house of your solar chart. This is a time when you are least likely to speak out of turn or to express yourself freely. You're searching behind the curtain, and examining the past for answers. This is a good time for research, quiet contemplation, and meditation; but do avoid getting dragged down by issues that have outgrown their worth and purpose. Examining the past in order to improve the future is certainly worthwhile, as long as you don't waste your energy on guilt. Creative endeavors could prosper now, particularly those that draw upon the emotions or that require creative visualization skills, such as poetry, art, acting, and other such activities. You are likely to require a certain amount of solitude in order to get your thoughts together or to be mentally productive. You are less likely to chat indiscriminately during this transit, and tend to be a little secretive or tight-lipped for the time being. This may be important, in fact, because this position of Mercury is sometimes associated with the uncovering of secrets, so discretion may be in order.

From April 20th forward:

With Mercury in your solar first house, you are most inclined to speak up about matters that you previously were only mulling over. Your disposition is more intellectual than usual now, and self-expression comes easily. You are sharper than usual--more observant, and more inclined to "live in the head". Relationships with siblings, neighbors, classmates, and casual friends may become more prominent in your life now. It is likely that you will initiate discussions during this period, evaluate your appearance and the impact you have on those around you, and make contact with others rather than stay chained to any one place or activity. This is the time to be direct and to communicate your needs and interests. You are more inclined to talk about yourself and your personal past now. This may also be a restless time when it is difficult to turn the thinking process off when it would be better to relax! It is an especially fruitful time for any endeavor that requires dealing with words, ideas, and facts and figures. Your demeanor is more youthful, perhaps mischievous, light-hearted, and non-threatening so that others may be more inclined to turn to you for advice or pleasant conversation. Using the power of words to attract what you want or to further your interests works best for you now.

Mercury is retrograde from April 28th to May 22nd:

All Mercury retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of communications with lovers or children, and regarding financial affairs, because Mercury rules these areas of your life. Your judgment with regards to personal finances (Gemini-ruled for you) as well as romantic partners and creative endeavors may not be up to par just now, so do avoid "signing on the dotted line". Speculation is not advised during this cycle.

Occurring in your solar twelfth and first houses this time, extra care should be exercised when it comes to body language and intuition. Others may misinterpret your body language, and you should be aware of a tendency to give off mixed signals. People in your life may complain that you seem emotionally distant. This is a time to review the manner in which you come across to others--not so much whether it truly reflects your nature, but more in terms of whether it is working for or against you. You may find that you are less able to rely on your intuition. Perhaps you're picking up the wrong cues or reading too much into situations. Whatever the case may be, for the time being, you may not feel that your intuition is serving you well. Be as non-judgmental as you can, but do keep an eye out for deceptiveness and falseness in others. It would be wise to be especially clear when it comes to communicating with close partners and family members; or take this time to re-examine issues rather than communicating about them prematurely.

Mars this Month: Energy, Drive, Courage

Mars is retrograde from April 17-June 29

All Mars retrograde cycles particularly affect you in terms of your intuition and spiritual matters, because Mars rules these areas of your life. You may find that you are less able to rely on your intuition. Perhaps you're picking up the wrong cues or reading too much into situations. Whatever the case may be, for the time being, you may not feel that your intuition is serving you well. Keep an eye out for deceptiveness and falseness in others. It would be wise to be especially clear when it comes to communicating about your inner world now; or take this time to re-examine issues rather than communicating about them prematurely. Private affairs and solitary work might need to be put on the back burner, or you could show less enthusiasm for them.

Occurring in your solar seventh house this time, enthusiasm for a partnership or coming from a partner could appear to be waning. A partner could seem to be less direct or could be harder to reach. Partnering projects or initiatives, or negotiations, could stall, or you could find that you are less confident about expressing yourself well in a one-to-one manner. Watch for pent-up anger and passive-aggressiveness with partnerships. A lover may be especially intense or obsessive, or you could experience this in your own behavior. Refocus, backtracking, and review become necessary and recommended now. This cycle forces you to reorganize your energy with regards to people and partnerships. You could be re-assessing the ways in which you approach relationships, as well as what it is you want from your relationships. You are doing very important "work" that can benefit you greatly. You have the chance to reassess how you've been dealing with partners or potential partners, and you may be finding new and improved ways to get along. If you're stimulating angry situations, you need to consider your role in the interaction. If you're coming on too strong, you need to find ways to tone things down.

Overview Horoscope:

Introspection continues this month, dear Taurus, but slowly but surely, you are finding your voice and emerging from the relative backwoods. Mercury, the Sun, and Venus enter Taurus on the 6th, 19th, and 29th respectively, and you emerge from a period of withdrawal and emotional renewal. In the meantime, much is going on behind the scenes. You tend to keep a lower profile and your emotional distance. Major decision making may be deferred until you feel more confident. With Venus, your ruler, behind your sign much of the month, you have more "work" to do on your insides as you do some reorienting and processing of recent events.

You regain your voice after Mercury returns to your sign on the 6th. Your interest in some projects you've put on a shelf reignites. Creatively and romantically you are getting more attention, but your own feelings are still in a state of review for the most part. This can be a good time for gifts, bonuses, raises, and romantic attention. You're talkative and ready to offer your opinion in April.

The 9-12 is a good period for personal energy and appeal, coming to agreements, connecting romantically, romantic developments, and making business deals.

Desires are complex this month - they're either difficult to fulfill or you may not be completely sure you should pursue them. Mars turns retrograde in your intimacy sector on the 17th. The entire retrograde period lasts until June 29th and Mars will move back into your partnership sector towards the end of May, but for now, you're examining your deeper wants and desires. There is a lot going on under the hood. Some of you could be struggling with addictions, fears, and unusual desires, or a need to review your money situation. Watch your money closely this month and next - lending and borrowing may not bring desired results at this time. However, this is a great time to do some catch-up work and to look to the past for important things you missed the first time through. You may in fact see value in past projects (and possibly even relationships). Whether or not to revive them is a trickier matter. Watch for attraction to impractical ventures, both financial and emotional in nature.

This is an important time for following all the rules in your financial and business worlds. When it comes to direct personal income (your salary), money matters are strong much of the month. Other sources of support can involve some question marks for the time being, however.

From the 19th, you're more assertive and opportunities that emerge are a little clearer and more straightforward. Personal magnetism moves up a notch. You pay more attention to personal needs and wants, your image, appearance, and health. Around the Full Moon on the 22nd can be a time to reach out to others or to reach a compromise. There could be a personal epiphany and/or relationship drama in your life at this time. This can be a turning point - a time of pleasant surprises.

Around the same time that Venus enters your sign, Mercury turns retrograde in your sign, in the last couple days of April. This points to further boost to your appeal and a good time to pursue personal plans, but some need for further review and attention to what worked for you in the past. This is yet another indicator that it may be best to edit and refine rather than push projects and initiatives ahead.

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