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What the First Half of April Has in Store for Your Zodiac Sign

A bi-monthly look at what's to come for your sign courtesy of T&C's master astrologer, Katharine Merlin.
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Aries: March 21-April 20


Maya Angelou

If you can agree to disagree with others near the 4th, you'll be able to work out charged issues after Mercury turns direct on the 15th. You're feeling driven and revved up and there really is a great deal you can accomplish. Jupiter in Scorpio accents the importance of research and detective work, and whatever occurs near the 25th challenges you to not take no for an answer and to persist and stick to your plans and convictions.

April 1-15: Whatever occurs near the 2nd defines the challenges you must face to reach your goals. Your determination will serve you well, but being argumentative won't—so maintain your cool and avoid power struggles. Venus in Taurus promises financial breakthroughs near the 7th, and deals that you strike near the 14th should set you on a new road.

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Taurus: April 21-May 21


Audrey Hepburn

The good news is that Venus in your sign sweetens the rather tricky planetary mix this month and you'll be besieged by attention and affection. And although some personal or professional issues going on behind the scenes may be keeping you awake at night, what you should focus on are your contacts and connections. The last few days of the month offer real opportunities to reach new understandings and establish the kind of rapport you've hoped for.

April 1-15: Until the 6th, you really should give yourself a break and let complex issues sort themselves out in their own time. Agreements reached on the 7th should lift a burden from your mind, and with beneficial aspects occurring near the 12th it's time to follow your heart wherever it might lead. The 14th is a particularly favorable moment to link up with those you admire and support.

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Gemini: May 22-June 20


Josephine Baker

If everyone seems contentious and grumpy early this month try not to go there yourself. With Mercury—your ruler—out of sync until the 15th, issues—particularly the financial kind—won't find easy solutions. At least the new Moon of the 16th sheds light on confusing predicaments involving friendships and associations, and with Saturn turning direct on the 18th you'll begin to see what steps you need to take to get on a more secure path.

April 1-15: Try to keep an open mind no matter what occurs near the 5th. As soon as the 7th, you will be seeing charged issues from a new perspective, and with Jupiter trining Pluto on the 14th, be ready to explore possibilities you've not considered and to say "yes" to plans that have the potential to change your luck. By the 15th, you'll begin to see the path ahead far more clearly.

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Cancer: June 21-July 22


Princess Diana

Partners and associates do not appear to be seeing eye-to-eye with you as April kicks off and their intractable behavior is bound to get on your nerves. Focus on developments near the 7th that offer new views and solutions. With the new Moon of the 16th happening at the zenith of your chart, this really is the right time for start-ups and new plans despite what others may think. Your social life, at least, promises to be a delightful compensation.

April 1-15: Mars at the nadir of your chart stirs up irksome issues, especially at home, and when it collides with Saturn on the 2nd you're bound to feel stymied or annoyed. Happily, Venus in Taurus is opening up new personal vistas now, and with Jupiter beautifully aspected on the 14th, close connections can be fortified and favorable agreements will guide you in a new direction.

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Leo: July 23-August 23


James Baldwin

"To go or not to go?" seems to be the question this month or you otherwise appear to be caught up in debates that aren't easily resolved. Your travel angle is activated by the Sun until the 20th, and while distant spots may beckon you also seem to be focused on projects and plans that are intensely engrossing. After the 15th, you'll be able to get a firmer grasp over your affairs, and the full Moon of the 30th is about strengthening those ties that bind.

April 1-15: Don't take communication issues that crop up near the 4th to heart and keep focusing on your goals. With Venus at the top of your chart and well aspected near the 7th, your charm and tact will win the day. And with Jupiter in a brilliant trine to Pluto on the 14th, your ability to hit on the right solutions will be a game changer.

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Virgo: August 24-September 23


Freddie Mercury

Whatever occurs near the 4th, your aspects indicate that your best course is to reserve judgment and get the facts straight. With Jupiter now in the most mentally acute angle of your solar chart, your outlook is expanding and you're right to be exploring new angles and possibilities. The new Moon of the 16th is a go signal to focus on joint ventures and new arrangements and with Venus on the rise, you'll begin to attract more attention all around.

April 1-15: If you run into obstacles on the 2nd, be a stoical Virgo and soldier on. Others aren't likely to understand your intentions and with your ruling planet, Mercury, out of sync until the 15th, details aren't likely to fall easily into place. Fortunately, your good judgment will be steering you toward new success near the 14th and you'll be entering smoother waters.

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Libra: September 24-October 23


Alfred Nobel

Someone appears to be giving you a hard time this month, and as much as you prefer to avoid discord it simply won't be possible. Brutally frank discussions are the only way to clear up charged issues, but fortunate aspects involving your ruler, Venus, throughout April indicate that you'll be able to gain the upper hand. Whatever occurs near the 17th will assure you that you're on the right track and that your fortunes are on the rise.

April 1-15: With Mars conjoining Saturn on the 2nd, your challenge is to square your chin and rise to the occasion. And with the Sun in your relationship angle, others may require quite a bit of time and attention. Remember, too, that with Mercury, the communication planet, out of phase until the 15th, crossed signals are bound to occur, but in the end, logic will prevail.

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Scorpio: October 24-November 22


Indira Gandhi

With blissful Venus beautifully aspected in your relationship angle, you, more than others, should be able to dodge the bullets when nasty planetary configurations are going on near the 5th and the 11th. Work-related choices won't become clear until after the 15th, and some kind of worry or uncertainty will lift off once Saturn changes directions on the 18th. Agreements reached near the 29th are worth a celebration.

April 1-15: If you come across as judgmental and opinionated between the 2nd and 5th, you're going to alienate friends and family alike, so try to be very aware of how you express what you think and feel. Contests of will may be difficult to avoid but intervention from others near the 7th and 12th will help to harmonize tense situations, and your own good sense will win the day on the 14th.

Sagittarius: November 23-December 21


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Bruce Lee

Be ready to rethink various projects and plans early this month. Unforeseen complexities will throw you off course unless you take the time to scrutinize details. You do have some promising aspects, though, and they are all about being a diplomat and winning others over because you are so reasonable and cautious. Start-ups you initiate near the 16th will prove inspiring and successful, and close relationships enter a happier phase on the 24th.

April 1-15: Fact-facing is what it's all about between the 2nd and the 5th, and miscommunications are likely to contribute to confusion. Your efforts to harmonize with others near the 7th can lead to favorable outcomes, and so will your ability to step back and do some artful strategizing near the 14th. With Mercury changing direction on the 15th, new clarity will soon dawn.

Capricorn: December 22-January 20


Muhammad Ali

As aggressive Mars voyages through your birth sign, your tendency to go on the attack could stir up some difficult issues—especially at home. Others may not agree with your agenda, but April is very much a time when friendships and creative ventures will lift your spirits and your prospects. Changes going on in your personal life are going to set you on a new path near the 16th, and whatever occurs at month's end opens up new worlds.

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April 1-15: Whatever obstacles you encounter near the 2nd, with Mercury clashing with Mars and Saturn near the 4th it will be all too easy to let crossed signals and misunderstandings throw you off course. Step away from conflicts and power struggles on the 11th, and reach out to those who are eager to aid and abet you when Jupiter trines Pluto in your birth sign on the 14th.

Aquarius: January 21-February 19


Virginia Woolf

You seem to be grappling with difficult choices and to be a bit at war with yourself as April kicks off. Whatever reservations you might have, give yourself as much time as you really need to finally decide. With Venus at the nadir of your chart, familial and other close relationships are going to be in the stellar spotlight in the best possible way. It's all about following your heart right now and not letting negative thoughts sabotage your best interests.

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April 1-15: What's tricky about the first few days of April is that Mercury—the communication planet—is under attack by two powerful planets and everyone's getting annoyed and over-reactive. Your essentially kind nature, though, will enable you to not treat others unfairly and to work out all the right kinds of arrangements when Jupiter at the top of your chart works its magic.

Pisces: February 20-March 20


Nina Simone

Your plans may be in a bit of a tailspin as April gets underway. If friends and associates are behaving badly, blame it on Mars and Saturn and try to steer clear. Your conciliatory gestures near the 7th will turn the tide in your favor, and even though the clouds won't entirely lift this month, you'll get some encouraging signals that all will come right in the end. Any agreements reached near the 29th will prove to be highly beneficial.

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April 1-15: Mars in Capricorn is traveling through the part of your chart connected to hopes and wishes, and even though you may need to reset your compass when it conjoins Saturn on the 2nd, you'll be gaining a firmer grip in the long run. Financially, aspects near the 11th are telling you to trim your sails, but whatever occurs near the 13th will shed light on the path you can successfully follow.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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