We used to celebrate New Year’s on the spring equinox, until it was changed to January 1 in 1752. News didn’t travel very fast from Europe to the colonies, so most people continued to celebrate New Year’s on the first of the month following the spring equinox. This was great fun for those "in the know," and it’s the origin for April Fools' Day. Yet the Sun/Jupiter sextile on April 1 shows that you will have the last laugh with someone who thinks that you are living in a fool’s paradise. It’s the perfect day to turn the tables on an adversary.
ARIES (March 20-April 18)
Check in with that person you’re rescuing on Wednesday to make sure that she or he is still on board with what you’re doing. The problem with being born under the superhero sign of the zodiac is that you can rush to someone’s aid only to discover that they were perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. It’s an occupational hazard. Meanwhile, it looks like things will be heating up between you and a certain someone on Saturday. It’s not who you think it is, so it could get awkward.
TAURUS (April 19-May 19)
Thursday marks the halfway point of your trial by fire that began on March 11. The good news is that you’re through the worst of it, but you will still want to be on alert on April 6, 10 and 17. These are your red-flag days, and you know what bulls do when they see red. Curb the impulse to charge at anything that gets under your skin and you will get through this dicey period with sanity intact. Life returns to normal on April 19.
GEMINI (May 20-June 19)
Now that you’re over the hump, you need to start gunning for the future. There will be so much happening between now and June 19 that it will be all you can do just to keep up. Build on the momentum of events and take advantage of the people you know and the favors they bestow. They can introduce you to that guy, property or lead that you’ve been looking for. Just remember to repay them in-kind one day.
CANCER (June 20-July 21)
Did you know that crabs molt? They shed their shells just like a snake sloughs off its old skin. That’s what’s taking place now in your life. You’re letting go of the old way of doing things and moving into the new. It’s an organic process and one that doesn’t require anything more than patience and faith on your part. Trust in your inborn affinity for growth cycles and you can’t go wrong.
LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)
This is one of the most powerful weeks of the year for you. Your solar energy is at its most magnetic and charismatic. Just about anything you want is yours for the asking, but you have to ask and not assume. You are also undergoing a time when your horizons are expanding, your margins are widening and when you will see that there’s a greater selection of opportunities than the name brands you’ve been looking at. Try something new. You might like it.
VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)
The disparate pieces of your life will actually begin to make some kind of sense on April 1. This should bring a clear idea of what’s working. Thankfully your home life and relations with loved ones are in the plus category, whereas a personal dilemma still requires more time. You know what you have to do; you just don’t feel ready to do it. Meanwhile, good news about an investment or property concern will add a spring to your step on April 5.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)
It’s hard to agree to the current terms when you know that you deserve better. But what are you going to do about it? That’s the question that could stop you dead in your tracks on April 2. If you feel overwhelmed, then you should take another look at what you’re being asked to live with. It may not be as bad as all that. And if it really is a dealbreaker — then you should make plans to go your own way on April 10.
SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)
You could go into a downward spiral on Tuesday, when the Moon occults Pluto in Capricorn. Scorpios are always mistrustful of success because they can’t help but feel like the universe is setting them up for a pratfall. It’s not, but it’s also doubtful that anyone will be able to convince you otherwise before Friday. That’s when the Moon in Aquarius will bring a more balanced mood. You won’t exactly laugh off what you felt, but at least you can manage a tentative smile.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)
You were born under a sign that likes to be out and about. That’s why your energy falls flat if you are sidelined for too long. Instead of being light and perky, you’ll start to drag your feet. This feeling can weigh on you and make you susceptible to depression. Accept any and all invitations to get together with friends or to do something outside your normal routine — like attend a workshop or lecture — and you will start to feel that spark of enthusiasm again.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)
People make their own beds and then have to sleep in them. It’s a fact of life no matter how much you want to fluff up the pillows. You were born under a parental sign. You can’t help fretting about the choices that loved ones make. Right now a certain someone is making some pretty bad choices, but you can’t talk him out of it. All you can do is let him stretch out and discover for himself that it’s no bed of roses.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)
You have a funny relationship to change. You know that change is good (you were born under the most revolutionary sign of the zodiac, after all) but deep down inside you can’t stand it. In fact, you hate change. What gets you through these unpredictable passages that the stars throw at you from time to time is your unwavering faith that everything happens for a reason. Continue to fasten your gaze on that stellar truth and you will find that your faith isn’t misplaced.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)
Spring cleaning can be a mixed blessing, as a closer inspection of your closet or peek behind the couch can attest. But instead of making do with what you have, why not make a donation to Goodwill and treat yourself to something new? It would be perfectly in keeping with the Sun/Jupiter sextile for this week. And when your spouse groans about the cost, you can always say that it’s cheaper than purchasing a whole new wardrobe or redecorating the house from top to bottom.