First, I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. The world is changing rapidly and our community has been hit hard. The situation will almost certainly get worse before it gets better, but take heart: the astrology of the moment is pointing to radical progress.
On April 4, the two titans Jupiter and Pluto will be exactly aligned. Remember Jan. 12 when the Saturn-Pluto conjunction was supposed to bring about a monumental shift? On that day Chinese authorities shared the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus and now we’re feeling the impact on a previously unimaginable scale. Jupiter and Pluto will be treading the same territory in April. Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions have historically brought technological feats, but like in January we might not see the effects until much later. Then on April 11, Mercury dries off from the murky waters of Pisces and moves into Aries, sparking faster and clearer communication. We need creators now more than ever and this is the time for bold new ideas about how to move forward.
We’re so fortunate to live in a time when technology allows us to stay connected, even when we’re physically apart. Thanks to various initiatives, we’ve been able to see some of the most talented theater artists perform right on our phones. Despite these beacons, spending so much time in our homes is forcing us to realize the value of living, breathing connection. When we come out of this we’re going to have a deeper appreciation for the works of art that bring us together. That reflect the human condition back to us. We’re going to be hungry for catharsis. Get ready for that day, because the world will be waiting for you.
Remember, read your rising sign first! It will often be more on target than your sun sign reading.
- Aries (March 21–April 19)
- Taurus (April 20–May 20)
- Gemini (May 21–June 20)
- Cancer (June 21–July 22)
- Leo (July 23–Aug. 22)
- Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 21)
- Libra (Sept. 22–Oct. 22)
- Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21)
- Sagittarius (Nov. 22–Dec. 21)
- Capricorn (Dec. 22–Jan. 19)
- Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18)
- Pisces (Feb. 19–March 20)
You might not feel much like celebrating your season this year, but you can still find creative ways to make an impact. Tap into the deep wells of your resourcefulness this month. Ask yourself “what can I offer that no one else can?” Write down every idea that comes to you. With Mars squaring Saturn, it might feel impossible to move at the breakneck pace you’re used to. Progress can still be made in slow moments. Be scrappy, keep taking small steps, and know that your work will not go unnoticed. On April 4, Jupiter and Pluto create a major opening in your career sector–in spite of everything, there might be an all-consuming project on your horizon.
Change is hard, but it’s what you do with it that matters. When Venus moves into your House of Money and Resources on April 3, start thinking about the ways you can better support yourself as an artist. The traditional actor survival jobs in the service industry are on hold, so get creative about what digital resources you could provide. Take advantage of all the online courses being offered right now and master a skill that would lend your side hustle some extra credibility. On April 20 the sun moves into Taurus–you’ll be more than ready to launch your project and (virtually, not physically) put yourself out there.
Your natural ability to connect gets supercharged on April 3 when Venus moves into your sign and if anyone can maintain a social life during social distancing, it’s you. When Mercury joins the sun in your House of Technology and Community on April 11, pay attention to who you want to collaborate with and how you can do it remotely. Jupiter and Pluto might have you feeling particularly vulnerable this month and your appetite for self-excavation will only build as the year goes on. The current crisis will eventually pass. Start asking the tough questions about who you want to be when all of this is over.
Use this time as an opportunity to cultivate resilience. It’s easy to get lost in the news during times of crisis, but it takes courage to actually build something. Keep working on yourself and making career moves to the extent that you can. April also brings some much-needed wisdom and healing in the realm of your close relationships. Sure, the Zoom happy hours with 16 people are fun, but you crave a one-on-one connection. Check in on the people who might be struggling the most. Ask them how they’re really doing and take the time to unpack the answer.
Somehow despite a global pandemic, you’ve been busier than ever. This month, try not to get too frustrated with your life partner or creative collaborator. Yes, things are moving slower than you’d like. No, not everyone can move at your pace, especially in times like these. Double down on what you can do. Focus on the things you can control. This month is going to illuminate the ways in which you’ve felt stuck in your work routines and the project you’re working on now could have long-lasting implications. Learn how to work smarter, not harder. That way you’ll be able to hit the ground running for the rest of the year.
At the beginning of the month, work feels very stop and start for you. Things will pick up again, so why not use this time to focus on your creative projects? Master the art of the self-tape. Make silly videos to keep your friends entertained while they’re stuck at home. Write a play. Whatever it is, nurture the thing that’s been asking for your attention for the last two years. Now is the time to fully own it, warts and all. One piece of quarantine advice: it’s hard to ask for help, but do it anyway. You know how you like to feel useful? So do the people who care about you.
It’s hard to let go of the things you were excited about before COVID-19: creative projects, parties, job opportunities. But not knowing what’s coming next can be even harder. In the article “The Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief,” Scott Berinato talks about the concept of anticipatory grief: that feeling of dread and loss when the future looks grim. When you start spinning, April has some planetary resources to help you break the cycle. Jupiter and Pluto bring new ideas about how to get grounded: you might find yourself getting in touch with your feelings or making your home a sanctuary. Then Venus asks you to look for meaning. What good could come out of this? How can it make you a better artist?
Self-isolation is tough for everyone, but you might feel especially frustrated with your home life at the moment. Like all things, your situation and this crisis will pass. Fellow Scorpio Brene Brown calls the coming month of quarantine a “massive experiment in collective vulnerability”–lean into that. Admit where you’re struggling, even if it’s just to yourself. There’s a lot of talk about how getting dressed and getting into a routine is important right now. Take the advice with a grain of salt and do it in a way that makes sense for you. Always wanted to try “The Artist’s Way”? Now’s your chance. Whatever daily habit you start around April 4 will have major implications for the rest of your year, so think big and smart small.
April will have you focusing on how you’re going to support yourself and of course, you’re not alone. A lot of people are worrying about job security right now, but this has been on your mind for at least two years. Take this time to investigate where your ideas about how to make a living come from. How can you flip the script in a creative way? How can you use your natural ability to self-express when theaters are dark and productions are on hold? If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do but thought no one would ever pay money for, it’s time to question that assumption.
You’re going through a period of radical transformation right now. It would be a shock to the system even if it weren’t happening during a global pandemic, but here we are. It’s OK if work is a saving grace for you. Lean into the things that are keeping you sane. But make sure you also take the time to acknowledge the breadth and depth of your growth. Acknowledge the past hurts, rejections, and feelings of being misunderstood that propelled you on this path in the first place. If you don’t mourn the person you once were, it’s hard to appreciate the person you’re trying to become. This period of self-discovery is far from over.
Everyone’s been stuck at home for the last few weeks, but you might have been feeling particularly trapped. April is going to have you itching to get out of your home to connect, to protest, to burn it all down. Those feelings are valid. Pause to identify them and then take a trip inwards instead. The planets are conspiring to give you a creative surge this month, with Jupiter and Pluto asking you to investigate your feelings of isolation and Venus encouraging you to find a creative outlet for them. There’s a stage in the hero’s journey that happens after the hero has finished the quest, when she must return home and share what she’s learned with her community. That’s Aquarius. And that’s what April is calling you to do.
As the poet of the zodiac, you might be synthesizing a lot right now. Daydreaming, painting, getting lost in music or on long walks are all necessary coping mechanisms in times of crisis. Trust that it’s all part of the work, even if it doesn’t look like “work.” April 3 might be a particularly overwhelming day. If you can, take a moment to put pen to paper and see what comes up. April also gives you the opportunity to make an offering to your community, no matter how big or small. You might not see the impact immediately, but whatever you put out into the world this month will have a ripple effect.
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