Your horoscope for April 19 to 25, 2018

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      There’s never a dull moment in politics, or in the stars.

      On a rework-it program, Saturn has just begun retrograde; Pluto is about to do the same; and the sun now utilizes Taurus as its creative resource.

      The sun in Taurus puts even greater focus on issues to do with net worth and self-worth. Is it or are they worth our time, energy, and heart? Is it worth staying the course, or are there more fertile prospects to explore? Issues related to physical, material, and emotional well-being and actual survival and survivability continue as the main subjects du jour.

      Getting the goods, enhancing profit margins, making it look good/look better: the next few weeks call for more investment. There’s better than average potential now. Better strides can be made.

      Chiron, the healing crisis archetype, is freshly on tour in the sign of Aries. No pain, no gain. This rip-the-Band-Aid-off transit will continue as a significant driving force for some time to come. Face it now or face it later. Chiron can extract a hefty price, but when it comes to the karmic journey, short-term pain for long-term gain is a much better prospect.

      Venus in Gemini, starting next Tuesday, gets the money, the conversation, and the people moving. Next Wednesday, Mercury-square-Saturn hits strip it down and cut to the chase. Next Thursday, Mars-conjunct-Pluto ends a two-year “expand the scope/set the game board up” cycle. Harvesting a mix of rewards and consequences, the next two-year phase will put the finishing touches on a bigger-picture agenda that is slated for a ribbon-cut in 2020.

      March 20 - April 19

      There’s less to stop, restrict, or inhibit you and more incentive to draw from. On a fresh two-year initiative, Mars in Capricorn helps you take control, build it better, and net substantial results, especially regarding career and material aspirations. Monday/Tuesday are good for setting it in motion. Wednesday, strip it down; get straight to the point; make a sharp cut.

      April 20 - May 20

      The sun enters Turus late Thursday and Venus continues in your sign through Tuesday morning. Both help you make the most of what you have to work with, especially through Saturday. Monday/Tuesday, discuss, plan, go scouting, get it up and rolling. Wednesday, there’s more sorting out, streamlining, or effort needed, but don’t let that stop you. Spend the time; get the job done.

      May 21 - June 21

      Taurus month favours creative pursuits, soul-searching, or spending more quality time on yourself and your loves. Through Sunday, feel your way along; stay in your comfort zone. Monday and Tuesday light a fresh spark. Sharpening your powers of observation and persuasion, Venus begins a four-week tour of Gemini on Tuesday. You’ll feel an energy boost at all levels: physical, intellectual, and activity- and opportunity wise.

      June 21 - July 22

      Resist or reinvent: either way, risk is in the mix. Even so, know that the worthiest of potentials stack up on one side of the equation. Something fresh or new is your best bet. Saturday can see you wrestle with yourself, it, or another. Emotions stay on a ready trigger. Monday/Tuesday, there’s more to be gained. Wednesday, Mercury/Saturn hit cut to the chase.

      July 22 - August 22

      As of Thursday, the sun will shine a brighter light onto career, money, manifesting, and personal ambitions. On Tuesday, Venus enters Gemini, mobilizing matters pertaining to social involvements, communication tracks, and important paperwork. Overall, you should feel you are on a good move-along with both. Saturday, emotions can get the better of the day. Monday and Tuesday keep you or it on the upswing.

      August 22 - September 22

      The sun in Taurus, starting late Thursday, helps you gain on yourself and see through a fresh lens. Friday/Saturday, keep emotions on a ready dial-up. As best you can, try not to load yourself up with the extras or marginal. Concentrate on the essential priorities; skip the rest. Tuesday/Wednesday, get on it, push through it, then let it go.

      September 22 - October 23

      Have you been showing off a quicker-on-the-uptake/feistier side of late? Good. It’s an ideal time to test-drive a new you. The daily grind stays on a full-to-the-brim track for the rest of the month. Friday to Sunday, you can feel stretched, strained, spent, or triggered. Pull back as best you can. Monday/Tuesday, you’re on the upswing.

      October 23 - November 21

      It’s likely you’ve hit a fast learning curve. It’s likely there’s been plenty of trial and error in the mix. You can expect the process to continue, but now with a shuffled deck, thanks to the stars on the move. The sun in Taurus, starting Thursday, and Venus in Gemini, starting Tuesday, provide something more tangible to work with. Next Thursday, it’s a wrap.

      November 21 - December 21

      You could take on more than you let on over the next few days. The moon in Cancer heightens your sensitivity to surroundings, moods, feelings, and whatever you ingest. Stay alert for reactive emotions or physical responses. Know your limits; keep tabs on your tolerance level. Sunday through Wednesday gets something important out of the way. Monday/Tuesday, have the conversation; set wheels in motion.

      December 21 - January 19

      What a week it has been! While the emotional barometer continues to stay high (at least through Saturday), the sun in Taurus, starting late Thursday, helps you steady yourself and gain good ground. Monday through Wednesday, get moving on it. Next Thursday brings you to an important decision or finish line, and/or sets you onto something next.

      January 20 - February 18

      Aim to replenish body, mind, and soul this weekend. Choose healthy as your first go-to. If you have work, chores, or projects to get at, keep it simple. Err on the side of caution. Try not to bog yourself down unnecessarily. Sunday through Tuesday, you’ll hit an energy, social, or creative upswing. Wednesday, stick to the facts; streamline.

      February 18 - March 20

      Friday/Saturday, a change of pace does you good. Indulge yourself, enjoy time with your lover or loved ones. Don’t let anyone pressure you. While emotions run the show and some of the stress from earlier in the week remains, you are on the gain overall. Monday/Tuesday, hit it full swing. Wednesday, cross it/them off the list.