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April 2014 Horoscopes – Caution: Challenge Ahead

April 2014 Horoscopes

Caution: Challenge Ahead

By Maria DeSimone

April is filled with challenges and change, starting with an angry Lunar Eclipse mid-month. Then, get ready for an intense Grand Cross and the fifth and most powerful Uranus-Pluto square in the series that is transforming the world as we know it.

In other words, April is major month of ups and downs, but you can still make the most of this energy with key dates and predictions for every sign.

Key Astrology events to watch for this month include:

April 5: Venus in Pisces

April 14: Pluto Retrograde

April 15: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra

April 19: Sun in Taurus

April 20-22: Grand Cross

April 21: Uranus square Pluto

April 29: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus

Aries (March 21 – April 19): This month, expect challenges.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Although you may experience a certain amount of mild tension this month, you’re in good shape compared to some of the other signs.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Your love and social lives might feel like more stress than they are worth this month.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): You may have reached a breaking point when it comes to a domestic situation.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22): If you’re involved in any negotiation, you might feel tension reach a boiling point this month.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22): Money troubles may prove aggravating this month, thanks to an angry Lunar Eclipse on April 15 that sets off a panic alarm until at least April 24.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22): You most certainly are living in interesting times, Libra.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21): There’s so much going on inside of you these days, Scorpio, that it’s like bubbles underneath the surface of wallpaper.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21): Tension in your social life and with finances might try to get the best of you this month, but fortunately, if there’s one place you can find solace it’s with your family.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): Your professional life is at a crossroads, and if you don’t make a decision this month it’s possible one will be made for you.

Aquarius (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19): If you’re enrolled in a university or certification program, you might feel quite stressed. Perhaps there’s a vital exam looming ahead and you’re not as prepared as you’d like to be.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20): Finances might be a problem this month, and if that’s the case the only way to handle the situation will be head-on.

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Daily Horoscopes for November 3rd

There is nothing casual about our communication today because we want to be taken seriously. We may feel as if time is quickly running out and we’re backed up against a wall. However, the intense Scorpio New Moon at 7:49 a.m. EST is a Solar Eclipse that marks a turning point in an ongoing process. Whether we’re letting go of a previous attachment or firing up a new passion, it’s time to move ahead with a renewed sense of direction and purpose.

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Following through with your big ideas is difficult now because it seems like people say one thing yet mean something else. But it’s also about what you share with others today, too. A Solar Eclipse activates your 8th House of Intimacy, stirring your passions and intensifying your emotions. Nevertheless, it’s a luxury if you actually get to speak them out loud. Your feelings may not easily integrate into your life, so you must make a conscious choice regarding what is critical enough to reveal at this time.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

Your relationships are probably more complicated than you prefer now. Today’s Scorpio New Moon Eclipse falls in your 7th House of Others, adding boundary issues to your current struggles. You might strive for simplicity because you are happier when all is secure and stable. Paradoxically, in the spirit of getting back to basics, you could be willing to make your life even more complex for a short while. Keeping your goals in mind ensures that you continue to move along on your path

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Make simple adjustments to your daily routine today — ones that won’t turn your life upside down. But even the most subtle modifications can set into motion a series of profound consequences with the Scorpio Solar Eclipse rattling your 6th House of Self-Improvement. The potential to change direction is strong, so choose your actions wisely. However, being overly insistent could overwhelms others, causing your plans to backfire. Gentle persistence is much more effective now than one dramatic gesture.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You may feel as if your life has come to a standstill, but in truth it has not. In contrast, you’re on the verge of something big. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about starting a creative project or initiating action on the romantic front. With today’s New Moon Eclipse joining restrictive Saturn in your 5th House of Self-Expression, whatever it is won’t happen overnight, so be patient with yourself and others a little while longer. It’s always darkest right before the dawn.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your inner world of emotions may be at odds with your outer world of actions. You would like to withhold your feelings and smile now, but you might not be able to get away with it. Acknowledge your inner process while the Solar Eclipse is intensifying your 4th House of Security. Thankfully, you can change the rules of the game; instead of choosing emotions or logic, seek a position that honors both realms. Maintain your connection with your heart while making decisions with your rational mind.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

It is time to put your plans into action because this New Moon Eclipse shakes up your 3rd House of Immediate Environment. Use the powerful energy to get your ideas out into the open, whether verbally or written. There may not be a better time to take initiative on an important project. Nevertheless, it might be nearly impossible to follow through on everything you start today. Ride the waves of change with a healthy sense of humor, for the intense energy won’t last too long.

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You are not saying everything you know today, but whatever secrets you keep to yourself may actually be more important than what you share. It’s critical to increase your awareness by realizing your own core values, including the obvious issues of money, love and power. Today’s Scorpio New Moon Eclipse falls in your 2nd House of Personal Resources, possibly making you feel less confident about your financial issues. Pushing through your resistance is not about denying real concerns; it’s about facing them head-on.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You can do nearly anything now if you set your mind to it as today’s New Moon Eclipse empowers your emotionally intense sign. It’s as if you are carrying a secret vial of superpowers, but you must use the potion carefully or you’ll create more problems than you solve. There’s nothing wrong with trying to save the world, but acknowledging your limits today can save you from disappointment tomorrow.

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You might miss an opportunity to make a meaningful connection with someone close to you in your desire to demonstrate your competence to the world. You seem to be emotionally present and living in the moment, but no one really knows for sure as today’s Scorpio Solar Eclipse occurs in your 12th House of Secrets. Deep soul-searching might reveal that you are not yet ready to share your vulnerability with anyone else. Don’t push it; you will know when the time is right.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Shine your awareness onto the outer world now, as you are quite skillful engaging in the social scenes unfolding around you. But your ideas may be more fixed than anyone realizes, and you really don’t want to change your plans with the Scorpio New Moon Eclipse landing in your 11th House of Goals. You can engage others with calculated precision as if you are playing a game of chess. Trust your intuition; you know exactly what moves to make. Keep your eyes on your goals; your single-mindedness might just bring you the treasures you seek.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

Your career goals are more important than anything else now that the Scorpio Solar Eclipse emphasizes your 10th House of Public Responsibility. Your ability to control your emotions can create a magnetism that could have people eating out of your hand. But this isn’t about manipulating anyone else. Instead, it’s about using your powers of persuasion carefully so others will line up to be on your team. Integrate your altruistic intentions with decisive action for the best results.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Successfully planning for your future requires that you have a good map showing the lay of the land. But sometimes it’s quite challenging for you Fish to get your bearings, especially now that the mysterious Scorpio New Moon is being eclipsed in your 9th House of Journeys. Nevertheless, you should land safely at your desired destination just in time, as long as you continue to visualize your arrival. Take an extra step and make an itinerary for the months ahead so you can stay on track as you move toward fulfilling your dreams.

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Lunar Eclipses and Solar Eclipses

Lunar Eclipses and Solar Eclipses

What’s the difference between a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse?

Tarotcom Staff Tarotcom Staff on the topics of solar eclipse, new moon, lunar eclipse, full moon, astrology

Eclipses are pretty major events, especially in Astrology, but that doesn’t mean everyone understands the difference between a Solar Eclipse and a Lunar Eclipse — not to mention how they affect your life.

A Personal Moon report can help explain just how much the Moon affects your emotions. But in terms of eclipses, let’s start with the basics: A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun.

Full Moon vs. the New Moon

With a Solar Eclipse, which can only happen at the New Moon, the shadow of the Moon is cast on the Earth and fully or partially blocks the Sun. Sometimes you can see a “ring of fire” glowing around the Solar Eclipse, but when there is a Total Eclipse of the Sun, the sky can grow dark in the middle of the day.

In Astrology, the darkness associated with a Solar Eclipse also casts a shadow on our innermost selves — it’s a time when we are reminded to turn inward, tap into our emotions and reconnect with the past. Solar Eclipses are about taking care of unfinished personal business before you can move on to new projects.

With a Lunar Eclipse, which can only occur at a Full Moon, the shadow of the Earth is cast on the Moon. This happens when the Moon passes behind the Earth and the Earth blocks the Sun’s rays, so it can only happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are very closely aligned.

Lunation’s to spur personal growth

It’s much more common to view a Lunar Eclipse because they last longer (hours as opposed to minutes) and they can be seen from anywhere on Earth where you can see the Moon. During a Lunar Eclipse the sky will be very dark, but the Moon will appear Full and luminous, with a soft orange or pinkish hue.

Just like its softer visual appearance, the Lunar Eclipse has a softer astrological effect on our emotions, too. A Lunar Eclipse is a bit less intense, as it helps you to question less and feel more ready to let go of the past, shed old fears and habits, and finally feel light enough to move forward.

To dig deeper into the meaning of each Solar Eclipse or Lunar Eclipse, you’ll want to know in which sign each is taking place, as that will affect the overall forecast. But generally speaking, both Solar and Lunar Eclipses are special lunation’s that spur personal growth.

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The Daily Cosmic Calnedar for November 3

If you are having a difficult time seeing the start of November as positive, join the club. Friday’s fireworks, followed by Saturday’s lunar transit into Scorpio along with the heightening potency of the dark of the moon cycle, can leave many souls bewildered. However, several celestial alignments attempt a rescue mission as the Sun makes a physically and emotionally vitalizing, 60-degree tie with the red planet Mars (1:49AM PDT) — the last main aspect happening with daylight time in effect.  Once standard time is restored (in most locations across America and world-wide), today’s rescue mission continues as the Moon in Scorpio trines Chiron in Pisces (1:26AM PST and arriving with a boost for healing interests) while practical efforts lead to progress on the business front — courtesy of a Mercury-Saturn parallel (3:16AM and similar to a union in the zodiac).  The big event — the New Moon at 12 degrees of Scorpio (4:51AM) — is also a hybrid Total-Annular Solar Eclipse at 4:48AM. The area of the world influenced is primarily the Eastern zones of North and South America, the Atlantic Ocean, Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. One fortunate facet to any New Moon is that it tends to propel humanity forward rather than backward as it represents the seed-point for the coming solar-lunar dance in the zodiac over the next 29.5-days — until the next New Moon (in Sagittarius) takes hold on December 2. Therefore, utilize the hours after the New Moon/Total-Annular Solar Eclipse to take several giant steps forward in your main fields of expertise.  Productivity — especially in the arts — can rise as the largest asteroid Ceres enters affable, airy Libra (6:16AM) — a cycle that lasts until February 3. Be a keen logician and careful analyst when it comes to focusing on important business plans as the Moon makes its monthly union with Saturn (9:19AM).  A 15+ hour void lunar cycle starts during a mind-expanding Moon-Jupiter trine in water signs (8:24PM). This lunar twilight zone lasts until 12:15PM tomorrow when the Moon enters fiery Sagittarius. The big chill can enter affairs of the heart — on a temporary basis overnight — as Venus forms a frictional, 45-degree tie with Saturn (11:32PM). [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time -- starting at 2AM on the West Coast of the USA and Canada. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Current Moon Phase for Nov. 3rd – New Moon

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The New Moon is a time best suited for new beginnings! For the first 48 hours following the exact time of the New Moon each month, a window of opportunity opens for making wishes that, if noted, come true in the days and months ahead. There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the atmosphere, making it a great time to go forward and begin projects that you feel instinctively attracted to initiating. Follow your impulses and let yourself make new starts in areas that are important to you.

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Your Love Horoscopes for the Weekend of Nov. 1st – 3rd

Weekend Love Horoscopes

November 1-3: Emotional Intensity

Maria DeSimone    Maria DeSimone on the topics of love, horoscopes, astrology

When it comes to matters of the heart, you’ll do nothing halfway this weekend. On Friday and into early Saturday afternoon, the Moon will be in partnership-oriented Libra , keeping the focus on your place in a relationship and how to keep things on an even keel. While the testy Uranus-Pluto square on Friday morning might cause dissension for some, if you and your partner have something solid that’s not about to change.

The real lunar love news this weekend happens by early Sunday morning, when we experience a passionate Solar Eclipse in Scorpio. Desires are out in the open and you’ll feel a surge to get your needs met that will be impossible to ignore. A new beginning is possible in terms of your erotic life. Perhaps you and your mate will reveal parts of yourselves to one another that you never have before.

Remember, though, with this kind of deep Scorpio energy, the one who deserves to love your naked body will only be the one who loves your naked soul first!

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Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of October 28th

This week’s main event is a heady Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on Sunday, which will encourage you to leap into profound personal transformation. Scorpio is all about revealing yourself to someone close in the most vulnerable and soul-baring capacity. Between Mercury’s continued retrograde in Scorpio and this Eclipse, you’ll confront and hopefully eradicate at least one of your personal hang-ups in relationship. This will allow you to finally go “all in” with someone you love.
Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

This week you can’t escape it: When it comes to love, you’ll need to confront your darker side. Those walls of self-protection you hold up to avoid being hurt are about to come crashing down all around you. This is a good thing. If you’ve been the one who gets all dressed up in a suit of armor before going on a date, then it’s time to dress down. In fact, it’s time to disrobe. Surrender those fears and dare to feel something real

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

If you’re not being up-front with your partner about what’s holding you back from falling head over heels in love, then the only person you’re really fooling is yourself. Now, more than ever, the universe wants you to confront the naked truth about romance, relationships and your requirements pertaining to them. It’s OK to revise your concepts around these matters now — in fact, it’s called for. What’s not OK is to keep trying to ignore what needs to happen: Transformation.


Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

This week, trying too hard to control everything happening in your environment may leave little room for pleasure. Work may be all-consuming and you might also need to pay extra attention to your overall well-being. Still, there’s a nugget of gold available in your romantic life if you’re willing to mine for it. On Thursday, you’ll seize an intimate moment at home with a lover. Are you concerned about your sexual health? There isn’t necessarily anything to worry about, but it’s a good time to make an appointment with a healthcare professional. Take care of you.


Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Romance — or the lack thereof — will weigh heavily on your mind this week. If you feel as if you and your sweetheart have lost that loving feeling, this will be a good time to review potential explanations for why things have gone stale. An honest conversation may lead to you both making each other a priority once again. If single, you may struggle with pangs of loneliness or pessimism about love and your ability to “find the one.” It’s time to rewrite the script in your head.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Domestic distractions may challenge you so much this week that it takes your focus away from romantic pursuits. While it’s true you’ll have a lot going on at home, this will be the last week love planet Venus moves through the area of your chart that has to do with pleasure and romance. If you’re hoping to meet someone new and fall in love, there’s still time — but you must go out and mingle! Don’t expect the love of your life to come knocking on your door. Seize it!

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Expect serious and potentially significant alterations in how you communicate this week. Thankfully, these changes symbolize opportunity that will help you convey your deepest desires in a way that no longer makes you feel threatened. Penetrating dialogue between you and someone close will only support deeper intimacy. On Thursday, you and a lover might reach new heights together in the bedroom. With Sunday’s Eclipse, you might be ready to speak up to your mate about what you need emotionally to enjoy a true partnership.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Compared to the stress of last month’s Lunar Eclipse in your partnership sector, this week’s Solar Eclipse might feel like a cakewalk. There won’t be any relationship red flags to look out for or monsters in your love closet to ferret out. What the cosmic climate will demand you reassess this week, however, is your self-worth profile. The old saying is true — if you can’t love yourself, then it’s impossible to love someone else. Where do you stand when it comes to self-love? If you’re not standing tall then an adjustment will be in order.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Be gentle with yourself this week, because Sunday’s Solar Eclipse in your sign might leave you feeling both rattled and energized. On one hand, you know it’s time to make a change in your personal life. On the other hand, the steps you’ll need to take to get there may seem daunting — even terrifying at times. Remember that shedding the skin of what no longer serves you is part of the growth process. You’ll have more to offer someone you love when you have the strength to reveal authenticity.


Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Keeping all of your relationship fears neatly tucked away out of site might seem like a clever move. The truth however, is that you’re only playing yourself for a fool if you continue to ignore them. Most of us have suffered heartbreak and trauma at some point, but the trick to overcoming a broken heart is to keep it broken open. This week you may have a breakthrough if you’re willing to talk about these feelings you try so hard to hide. A conversation with a therapist or trusted friend will work wonders.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

It’s time to pay more attention to your social life — or lack thereof — and how it affects your love potential. Making new social contacts may be your key to inviting romantic prospects your way if single. The deeper meaning behind this week’s Solar Eclipse, however, is that it’ll challenge you to reconsider beliefs about your lovability. You don’t seem to have trouble giving love these days, but receiving love — truly being able to accept it — is another story. It’s time to make a change. You are lovable. Period.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

With the ruler of your romance sector, Mercury, now in retrograde motion, this week may be more about dwelling on the past in terms of your love life than anything else. Thankfully, a powerful Solar Eclipse in Scorpio will help you face painful memories of love lost or any betrayal you may have endured that has left you scarred. If you want to let love in, it’s time to give yourself permission to release the grip any trauma has on your heart.


Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

This week, you’re questioning everything you thought you knew about the world and your place in it. Not surprisingly, your ideals regarding love are also being challenged. To err is human, but you sometimes have trouble knowing the difference between a lover’s honest mistake versus an outright deception or lie. This is because you prefer to see the best in others and to love unconditionally. This week you may reexamine any overly naive approach in order to achieve healthier margins in intimate matters. A breakthrough is possible on Sunday.

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Daily Cosmic Calendar for Monday, October 28th

If you were thinking that the end of October and the beginning of November would be equivalent to a joyful walk in the park, think again. Today’s assortment of celestial seasonings are just an appetizer that leads to a full-course sampling of cosmic fireworks that will continue all week — building to a dramatic Uranus-Pluto square-off on Friday November 1 and a Solar Eclipse on Sunday November 3.  Right now you need to pay attention to a Venus-Vesta square (1:15AM) followed six hours later by an off-kilter, 150-degree tie between Mars and Juno (7:17AM). Psychic storm warnings are posted on the investment and partnership fronts. Use words to heal and comfort — not disparage and harm.  Coming to your rescue are a supportive, 60-degree tie between Chiron and Pluto (3:57AM) while the Moon in Leo trines Venus in Sagittarius (5:27AM). These two favorable sky patterns help to neutralize some of the discordant vibrations of the Venus-Vesta square and Mars-Juno at loggerheads. However, the Moon-Venus positive aspect (5:27AM) begins a long void lunar cycle that lasts until 8:46PM tonight when the Moon enters Virgo. During the void uncertainty zone, the Moon makes its monthly union with Pallas (10:11AM) — pointing you in the direction of solving problems and thinking more along strategic lines.  Once the Moon enters Virgo, turn your attention to health concerns, eliminating non-essentials and clean-up efforts. Be careful regarding love bonds as Venus makes a frictional, 45-degree tie with Juno (10:24PM). [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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