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As our days grow lighter and our spirits brighten -- we have the opportunity to create new beginnings and future possibilities. With the Sun moving through fiery Aries we will push the boundaries of our world and set into motion positive changes. Mars is in Cancer pushing us to nurture ourselves and care for our domain. We also experience the Full Moon in Libra and the New Moon in Aries. Scroll below to see how this impacts your sign.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Happy Birthday, Aries! The Sun is now moving through your sign, which means it's your time of year to get energized! Others will be drawn to your light, so step forward and enjoy the opportunities that come your way. With Jupiter also in your sign (aligning together on April 11th), you're in for a stroke of good luck! This is an excellent time to plan for your new personal year. Relationships and new initiatives are particularly blessed this coming year because you feel more confident in yourself and the world around you. Mars is activating personal matters to do with home and family for the next few weeks, pushing you to take care of things. Focus on issues around the house. Tackle some difficult projects. The Full Moon on April 5th sits opposite your sign propelling you into motion. It's best to channel this energy into something positive like sports, athletics or body-conscious activities. Caution against knee-jerk reactions and impulsive decisions. Nonetheless, it's a good time for spring cleaning -- literally and metaphorically. Clear the clutter in your life to make room for new experiences. The New Moon occurring on April 19 is particularly auspicious, as it's the second one in your sign and it's occurring at a solar eclipse. What do you want to bring into reality for yourself? What would you like to accomplish?

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You'll find yourself feeling more reflective as your birthday approaches, Taurus. You might need some alone time to consider how things have been playing out and what's really important to you. Push yourself to wrap things up and clear the decks as you get ready for your personal new year. It's a good time to reconnect with friends and colleagues or get outside to meet your neighbours. You're craving more social stimulus as Mars pushes through your Third House of Communications -- sharing, learning and connection. The Full Moon on April 5th can bring to light issues with day-to-day routines that have become stuck or stagnant. You're ready to let go of negative belief systems and bad habits that aren't serving you anymore. It might be time to call it quits on something that causes too much grief. The New Moon on April 19th gives you an opportunity to get quiet and consider how you can best nurture yourself, especially emotionally and spiritually. Meanwhile, with Venus activating your House of Wealth and Resources, you're likely to come up with some money-making ideas and new investments. Your strength will increase and your sense of self will get a major boost! This is a favourable season for relationships to prosper! Singles? Put yourself out there and forget about being shy. Coupled? Plan a sexy getaway with your special person.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

It's time to spread your wings and flex your social muscles, Gemini. As the Sun makes its way through your House of Friendship (among other things), you're eager to reacquaint yourself with people you might have lost touch with, as well as make new connections in general. Gathering places where like-minded people meet up will be on your agenda, especially if there's a humanitarian element linked to it. Meanwhile, Mars is activating your House of Earnings, Wealth and Possessions making this a good time to go over money issues and re-evaluate what you have, what you'd like to have, and what you owe. Get out in front of things with a solid budgetary plan. You're eager to invest in yourself now and take yourself and your abilities seriously. Nonetheless, be careful of impulsive purchases for the next few weeks. (At the very least, look into the return policy.) The Full Moon on April 5th will activate your adventurous nature making it a good time to get creative and express yourself authentically. Carve out some time to play with those you love. Fair Venus moves into your sign on April 10th covering you in faery dust, and this further amplifies your desire for meaningful connections. Ooo, la la! Not only will you meet new people, and experience romantic trysts, your zest for life will be palpable. Others will be drawn to your passionate spirit! The New Moon occurring on April 19th offers you an excellent time for a replenishing rest. Cozy atmospheres and nourishing experiences await.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

The Sun activates your 'take charge' nature as it moves across the top of your chart, Cancer. You're looking at the big picture and considering your future goals amidst your current responsibilities. It's a powerful time to move a mountain or two and shoot for the stars! As Mars makes its way through your sign over the next few weeks, your sense of self gets stronger, making you a force to be reckoned with. You will easily deal with daunting tasks and plough through your to-do lists. This is also a good time to deal with authorities or difficult people, because your tenacity is strong and you're not likely to back down. Caution again overdoing things around the Full Moon on April 5th. Nonetheless, you will get more clarity about outer world matters that must be addressed related to issues at home. The New Moon occurring on April 19th offers you an opportunity to tune in with yourself and consider how to meet your current set of needs as you look to the road ahead. You're feeling more optimistic about your future, because now you can draw a map of where you want to go. Emotional bonds and friendship connections can also prosper under this influence, so be sure to carve out the time for creative play, romance and your favourite leisure activities.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your sense of adventure and the desire to spread your wings is strong, Leo. The Sun is activating your House of Travel, Higher Education, Discovery and the quest for knowledge among other things. This is a great time to explore opportunities that get you meeting people who can broaden your worldview. Interesting conversations and people from other cultures and different backgrounds will arise. You're eager for a better understanding of world issues that are important to you. This is an excellent time to open up to career opportunities because you're more open-minded and receptive to new ideas. At the same time, you're ready to let go of old patterns that don't suit you any longer as Mars activates your 12th House. It's a good time to clean house literally and metaphorically. The Full Moon on April 5th might activate your impulsive nature. Be sure to check in with yourself (and maybe those close to you) so you don't leap too far before assessing the risks. Venus will stimulate your need for connection and friendship, making this a wonderful time to reconnect with people you haven't seen for a while -- or make some new friends. The New Moon on April 19th offers you time to reflect on the journeys that you feel pulled to experience. This might be in the form of a creative project that you eventually share with others. Open up to the creativity that awaits!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

It's a potent time of growth, Virgo. The Sun is now teamed up with Jupiter in your 8th House, pushing you to recharge yourself through deep and powerful transformations. Like a snake shedding its skin, you're ready to embrace the season that awaits you while patiently taking care of things from the past. As Mars activates your Eleventh House of Friendship, you're giving a lot of thought to your future and the people who matter to you most. You might also be thinking about how you can make this world a better place, and how you influence others -- and those that influence you. You're eager to take action in a meaningful way that can benefit everyone. The Full Moon on April 5th can bring up issues in your personal relationships that require healing attention. Listen to what your instincts are saying and move at your own pace. Meanwhile, as Venus crosses the top of your chart, others see you in an attractive light. This bodes well for advancements in your career as well as attracting romantic partners and fresh connections. The New Moon on April 19th allows you to reflect on your innermost values and consider what you really want to invest in. It's a potent time for health, healing and tapping into your deeper potential. Relationships with others might feel more intense than usual as you crave a high content of exchange in your interactions. Personal ties will deepen, providing you with a strong sense of belonging.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The Sun sits opposite your sign now, Libra, pushing you to go beyond your regular routines and check in with those around you. Think of the relationships you have with others and what you might do to improve upon them. Investing some quality time in your key connections can sow the seeds for rewards later. New acquaintances are possible now as you step beyond your comfort zone and get to know people better. You might be more direct in your approach as Mars moves across the top of your chart, giving you a stronger sense of ambition and refocusing your drive. You can see the larger picture and you're not intimidated by setbacks. This is a good time to embrace your goals, take charge of matters and tackle difficult tasks. Your natural diplomacy skills can go a long way now as you get others on board with your vision. The Full Moon on April 5th will bring to light issues in your closest relationships that need attention. Don't push matters to the back burner; now is the time for honest conversations and sharing your needs and wants with those you really value. The New Moon on April 19th offers you chance to reflect and connect with yourself. This is a good time for joint projects and teaming up with others because you're eager to put your best foot forward. Weekend workshops and playful activities are great ways to spend time with friends that share the same interests.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You're keen to get more organized across the board, Scorpio. Addressing your day-to-day habits such as the rituals on how you start your day and end your day can be small but meaningful actions. It's a good time to consider your overall health -- physical, mental, emotional and define the activities that will help you improve your well-being. You're also more motivated to get through to-do lists, be that around the house or also in relation to your workflow. These efforts will pay off, which in turn, will benefit by making your days run more smoothly. As Mars moves through your fellow water sign Cancer, this gives you an energetic boost, pushing you to explore more of the world around you. Plan a day trip with a friend or an evening out on the town. It's time to shake things up and get some fresh perspectives. Connections with those that have like-minded interests will be a strong draw. The Full Moon on April 5 might cause some tension with others. Be patient and take things in stride. Insight about internal blockages can be revealed providing you with opportunities for healing. Your personal wellbeing continues to be paramount as the New Moon occurs on April 19th. You will likely need some extra rest or quiet times so you can tap into your inner resources. Consider how you can best take care of yourself so you can be there for those who need you.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The Sun is moving through your fellow fire sign now, which charges up your adventurous spirit, Sagittarius. Your passions increase and you're ready to express yourself creatively! Celebrate your natural talents and give yourself the space and opportunity to explore new ideas and fresh projects. You definitely want to have some fun, so get your dancing shoes on and turn up the music! Romance is in the air and your optimism is contagious. Others are drawn to your bright light, and this amplifies your excitement. Physical pursuits and artistic endeavours are blessed. The Full Moon on April 5th might leave you feeling restless. Try to channel excess energy into athletics or mentally stimulating projects. Avoid power struggles and needless arguments if you feel someone is trying to get your goat -- you have bigger matters to tend to. As Mars moves through your eighth House of Rebirth and Regeneration, you're motivated to look into your personal obstacles and transform them. It's a time for activated healing and authentic expression. This translates into profound personal growth as you embrace the complexity that is you. Important relationships are impacted and new levels of understanding can blossom. The New Moon on April 19th offers you a chance to reflect on these important areas of growth and what you want to actualize for yourself. Your commitment to self is an investment in the most important person in your world -- you.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Important improvements at home are in the works for you as the Sun joins Jupiter at the base of your chart. This can mean great strides in your personal world such as your family growing through birth, marriage or adoption. Friends and relatives might be coming to visit; or perhaps you're planning a major trip to connect with those you love. Changes to the family dynamic can promote better relations and healings that are now possible. This can imply a residential move or a renovation that leaves you feeling more emotionally grounded. The Full Moon on April 5th can pull you between the demands at work versus your responsibilities to your family. Be patient with yourself and others as you consider your options. Time alone for reflection can give you the space to see what really needs attention. As Mars moves opposite your sign this month, this will charge you up! On the good side, you're eager to make headway on projects and you might be more strident than usual. On the other hand, you might come across more bossy than you think so be sure to temper yourself accordingly. Channel this energy into physical pursuits, DIY projects or research and discovery. The New Moon on April 19th gives you an opportunity to commit to a new or revised plan to improve your home and family situation. That might be in the form of a particular project, an important relationship or steps towards necessary self care.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The pace of your days is picking up, Aquarius because the Sun is activating your 3rd House of Communications, Communities, and Connections. You're eager to get out and explore your neighbourhood, meet up with friends and collaborate with others on projects or events. This is a good time to get the gang back together and share your ideas and knowledge. If there's anything you're curious about, you'll stay up into the night discussing these topics or researching as much as you can. The Full Moon on April 5th will make your feel restless. Unexpressed emotions that are beneath the surface have a way of breaking through. Avoid triggering situations and get some space if you need it. As Mars moves though your House of Health and Work, you're motivated to streamline your efforts and take care of practical matters. You're willing to put in the extra time on projects because you're committed to doing quality work. The New Moon on April 19th is an excellent time to launch new initiatives related to your self care and personal health. Your discipline is strong and you can create a regime that you'll stick to. You're eager to see improvements making this a good time to create better habits. Venus forms a lovely trine to your sign opening you up to flirtations and romance. People from unique backgrounds or different cultures that you can learn from will attract you now.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You're eager to invest in yourself making this the perfect time to celebrate your talents and unique abilities, Pisces. Give some thought to the projects or skill sets you want to grow because this is a potent time to hone your craft. This could be related to money-making ventures or creative endeavours for the sake of creation itself. Either way, your confidence is growing and you're feeling more secure in the world. Commitment continues to be a major theme as Saturn moves through your sign. You can easily align your efforts to achieve your long term goals. The Full Moon on April 5th might create some tension making you feel restless. Avoid ego struggles with others and channel your energy into physical pursuits or personal projects. Mars is in a lovely dance with your sign, giving you a boost of energy now. This is a powerful time to express yourself creatively and nurture your talents. Playful occasions will break you out of routines and get those creative juices flowing. Dust off those art supplies or put some music on and let it take you away. Romantic opportunities are also in the mix as your inner light is shining brighter and attracting others to you. The New Moon on April 19th offers you a chance to be quiet with yourself and reflect on what your deeper needs are at this time. What activities and projects will truly fill your cup? Put some loving effort in the direction your heart is guiding you towards.