The Astrological Edge April 2017 by Stephanie Shea

We will experience several planets being retrograde this month, a phenomenon that will turn our attention inward and help us to resolve issues stemming from the past. The more we work with these energies to retrace our steps, reconsider our priorities, and revise works in progress, the better off we will be. April won’t be a month to try to force our way forward. Instead, we will be most successful when we shift our focus toward completing any unfinished business and recognize that next month will be a much more advantageous time to initiate new actions.

Venus Retrograde Offers the Opportunity for Relationship and Emotional “Do-Overs”
Venus, which stationed retrograde on March 4, will remain retrograde until the 14th of this month. Because of its “shadow phase,” we could continue to feel its effect until as late as May 3. Venus rules money, love, and values. When this planet is retrograde, we are encouraged to take stock of our emotional and material resources.

Economic growth often slows down during a Venus retrograde. World events may reflect financial slumps. From the stock market to international trade, it is possible that we will witness a sluggish economy. Although its effects may not look good on paper, retrograde Venus serves a productive purpose. The slowing effects of retrograde Venus can help temper the volatility of rapidly changing economies that have gotten out of control. Government and financial leadership could make the most of this time period by addressing debt and reevaluating budgets.

On an individual level, we will be reassessing our values and have an opportunity to make things right with a loved one. Unresolved issues from the past may resurface so that we can gain closure. Some relationships may be beyond repair, but it might still be possible to find a peaceful resolution. In other cases, an opportunity for a “do-over” may present itself so that we can demonstrate that we have learned from our past mistakes. Venus, which has been retrograding through Aries, will move back into Pisces on the 2nd. Between the 2nd and the 14th, while Venus is retrograde in Pisces, there will be an emphasis on forgiveness, emotional healing, and letting go of what is no longer serving us.

Mercury Retrograde in Taurus: Reconsidering Our Sense of Security
On the 9th, Mercury in Taurus will station retrograde, ushering in a cycle that will last until May 3. It is likely that we will begin feeling . . . . . Members can READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE.

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April’s New Moon occurs on the 26th at 7:16 A.M. E.S.T. The first eight hours after the New Moon is exact are the most powerful for wishing, but up to 24 hours later will still work. For the exact best times for writing your wishes, check out New Moon Power Days  within the three days prior to each New Moon.