April Horoscope By Alex Trenoweth
I am delighted to introduce you all to the wonderful Alex Trenoweth, as our very talented new astrologer. Alex takes over the stellar reins from my colleague, Victor Olliver, with his blessing. Victor brilliantly arranged the match-making, as he is now very busy editing The Astrological Society Journal, a job he does brilliantly!
Alex is an acclaimed astrologer, teacher, author and winner of the coveted “Best International Astrologer, 2015” prize from The Krishnamurti Institute of Astrology. Although Alex works with people from all walks of life, she specializes in the astrology of adolescence and works extensively with parents and teachers of adolescents as well with clients who are seeking to heal the wounded adolescent within. Her book “Growing Pains” focuses on taking advantage of the opportunities available for success to help people get the most out of life. On top of a busy writing and lecturing schedule, she is also a jazz trumpeter with the South London Jazz Orchestra.
With all the excitement of the equinox, the eclipses and Mercury burning through your chart, it can be a little difficult to believe the party will come to an end. Whilst you may have thrived on all this excitement, there is a part of you that will need to concentrate on how all much all this activity will cost. You have your savvy hat on as the month goes on and you’ll be fearless in the face of extravagance. Far from being a penny-pinching bore, you are saving your cash for those bargains that are truly worth investing in and leaving all the meaningless lavishness to the improvident. This is a high-octane month for all your intellectual pursuits and you will be demonstrating your ample wit, humour and ability to think on your feet. Save your best performances for the audiences that really count and dazzle your doubters with your expertise. When it’s time to leave the stage, do so graciously and put your feet up. You’re going to need the rest.
You’ve missed all the action and couldn’t really be bothered. As others are at the maniacal best, you can recline in the best chair in the house and let them get on with it. It’s fun to watch everyone else run around like chickens with their heads cut off—right up until the moment your realize you have good reason to get up and join the affray. This month it is important to remember you have work to do and leaving things to their own devices is surely the worst idea in the known universe. As difficult as it may be to motivate yourself, to make lists and to keep yourself busy, it is exactly what is required. What’s that? You can’t be bothered? Well, dear Taurus, there’s money at stake and if you could just open your ears you will hear the sound of the cash registers going ker-ching. As they say in the business world: you snooze and you lose. Get in there quick.
You have some big ideas there, Gemini but the problem is the folks around you are too busy getting all emotional about other things to listen to what you have to say. Whilst it is easy to look down your nose at all the romantic fools around you, bear in mind these are the very people who have the patience to listen to your latest schemes, grandest ideas and every morsel of gossip you have to offer. What you need to do is be selective about all you have to say. Choosing your words carefully has never been your forte but if you listen to your often very soft voice of intuition, you will be in touch with the best way to get your point across. Be ready to share all you have learned in the coming weeks but until then it may be worth bearing in mind the element of surprise can soften the harshest critics. Remember, the least said is often better.
Fortune smiles sweetly upon you but in order to take advantage of this, you have to face up to making some serious changes. You have long cultivated the reputation for playing it safe so when the gambler in you comes out to take a chance, others can’t quite believe their eyes. Yes, that would include your boss whom you my have noticed has not paid you such close attention in very long time. Although it would be foolish to say anything that comes to mind, it would be equally so if you kept all your innovative ideas to yourself. Use your intuition to tap into what other people need and then build a plan to bring stagnant projects to fruition. It’s time to come out of your shell and let others know what you’re made of. In the process, you will find that you have your own team of loyal, if often silent, supporters who have been waiting a very long time to shower you with praise. And you’re just not the type to let anyone down.
Yes Leo, we see you. You’re a natural performer and when given the opportunity to shine, no one can take centre stage like you. The problem is, first of all, that unless you feel appreciated, it can be very hard to persuade you to let someone else take your place. The second problem is that is can be very hard to show you enough appreciation! For you, this means you simply try too hard and then come under fire for not being sensitive to the feelings and ambitions of others. As difficult as this may be, it really is a month for taking a back seat and letting friends and loved ones do the driving. In the process you will find the admiration you’ve been searching for and you may even be able to find the time to think through some of your more complicated visions and projects to move forward in the areas of your life where you have felt stuck and stagnant. Sometimes, you just have to try something different.
Spring-cleaning is something most people dread. Spring-cleaning with you is the stuff of nightmares. On top of having the natural desire to put everything in order, you are now in the mood for putting everything in order right this second to your often impossible standards. Under normal circumstances, you are a hard task-master when it comes to making your home well, a home. Now that you’re in maximum overdrive, you’re starting to scare everyone with your lists of things to do and your demands for all natural cleaning products that are, of course, environmentally friendly. The world needs people like you but what you have to bear in mind is your delivery of demands: you must remember not everyone shares your vision for perfection and yes, there are people who prefer to live in chaos rather than in a super tidy environment. In fact, you may actually live with someone who is going to challenge you over this at every turn. Ask yourself if it is really worth the battle and cool your perfect jets.
As you’re usually the life and soul of the party, it can be a little hard for friends and loved ones to understand why you’ve taken cover. Part of the reason why you need time to yourself is down to the pressure of having to take things seriously and make solid decisions (something you’ve never liked to do!). Another reason why you may not be in the mood for partying is that at this stage in your life, you’re happy to let others take on the social aspects in your place. No matter what people say, withdrawing from the public scene is necessary for you to have a deep think about what is most important to you, to decide who is most worthy of your attention and what you need to feel successful in life. Yes, it is a surprise to everyone that you can take life so seriously but you will emerge from you hibernation a happier, calmer and far more productive person. Do enjoy the solitude as there is a lot of action in the coming months.
With your ever discerning eyes, you are able to sort the good stuff from the stuff that wastes everyone’s time and money. On top of this, you can also find a clear path to put your own ambitions to good use. Although you’re not usually known for your networking skills, you have the uncanny knack of finding the right people at the right time. Added to this are ample financial skills and ability to drive a hard bargain. This may not be the easiest of months but these are the very talents that will ensure you get what you actually want in the long run. Listen to the buzz around you before making any moves and don’t be afraid to throw your weight around if required. You have the capacity to get important things done and getting the recognition you have been trying to achieve for some time. The people who can make a difference in your life are watching you carefully.
Although you may feel as if the weight of the world has been thrust upon your shoulders, you have not been given more than you can handle. What can be hard for you to grasp is the biggest challenges bring out the best in you. Whilst you will find this month is a demanding one, you should keep in mind things are just not as bad as you are imagining. You can always find a way of cutting corners and making compromises that ensure you are not unduly weighed down with cares. Even better, your capacity to have fun has not changed in any way. What you will find is that your colleagues rally around you when things get too difficult and there are enough distractions to keep you from feeling too hard done by. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it or to bark a few orders if it feels like you’re being taken advantage of. Grin and bear it Sagittarius!
Have a break and consider where you were a few years ago. Instead of worrying about what you don’t have yet, focus on how far you’ve come. This can be a challenge for someone who is so goal oriented as you are because unless you are achieving the impossible, you are under the impression you are doing nothing at all. When you are finished taking stock of your own life then you can begin looking at the difference you’ve made to others. Your child that was failing Maths who flourished under your stringent yet consistent tutoring, the colleague who was going nowhere fast, or the friend who was making truly horrendous decisions: you have made your mark in their lives and they are better off for it. No matter how slowly things seem to be going, they continue to move. Take a deep breath and go out, have some fun and make a few new friends who will help you see the wonderful progress you have made.
If loose lips sinks ships then my dear Aquarius, you are the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Whilst abject honesty has its places, “saying how it is” is not always the correct course of action. It can be so difficult for you to understand the feelings of others and to perpetually underestimate the power of your words but this month is the time to bear these things in mind. On top of irrevocably burning bridges, you run a very high risk of ensuring you will be on the receiving end of everyone’s need for revenge. You may think this is a small price for freedom but you will not be able to endure the fallout no matter how tough or right you think you are. The emotional wrecks you create this month have the capacity to last a very long time indeed. Be careful of what you say and whose feelings you think don’t matter or you will be in for some very unpleasant surprises.
Just when everyone thinks they understand you, you take everyone by surprise. And these days you are just full of surprises, dear Pisces. Usually one to be so reserved and conservative, you are spending a great deal of money on things that won’t last, engaging in emotional debates you won’t win or even care about winning or making a show of yourself in the workplace. The good thing about all of this risk-taking is that in the process of playing with fire, you are actually learning about how best to make everything right again. Like all messy children, there will be a time and a place to clear everything up and put it in order again but in the mean time, there is an awful lot of fun to be had. If you are fine with these consequences then there is nothing wrong with what you’re doing. But if spending months picking up the pieces doesn’t appeal to you then it is truly time to think about the chaos you are creating, how much energy you have to devote to dealing with the aftermath and never making a bigger mess than you want to clean.
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