Weekly horoscopes: April 21 - April 27
This is the week of the cardinal grand cross. A cardinal grand cross occurs when there's a planet in each of the four zodiac signs associated with the solstices and equinoxes. These signs mark the four times of year when there is a change of seasons, so you expect extraordinary seasonal changes from April 20 to 24 as relationships that burned hot turn cold, opportunities go from dormant to budding and things that you thought would last forever disappear — only to be replaced by the unexpected fulfillment of past hopes and wishes. You'll feel like you're on an emotional roller-coaster ride, so eat light and keep your hands inside the car until the ride has come to a complete stop — which should be after April 28.
ARIES (March 20 - April 18)
Usually, you're the one who flies off the handle, so you'll be surprised to see that it's others — and not you — who need to dial it down this week. One of the pluses to being born under Mars is that the more heated the crisis, the more you keep your cool. This will be on display from April 21 to 23, when things will reach the breaking point in a highly fraught situation. You'll impress people with your ability to steer them through the rough passage to the calm waters on the other side.
TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)
Hindsight is 20/20. This will become abundantly obvious on April 24, when a Venus/Saturn trine shows that you were right to make the decisions you made regarding a relationship. It's not always easy to see in the moment, when you feel like you're letting the other person down or failing to deliver on your promises. That's the funny thing about Saturn. It throws obstacles in your path and thwarts your best efforts, yet it's these challenging circumstances that inevitably take you to the place you needed to be all along. It just doesn't make sense until afterward.
GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)
From April 23 to May 7, your Ruling Planet Mercury will be traveling through that part of your solar chart that pertains to self-undoing and secret enemies. It may sound cryptic, but when you think of all the times when you lent money without question, co-signed a friend's lease or entered into a business association without clarifying what was yours and what was someone else's, you'll see that this tends to be more of a bad habit than bad luck. Thank heavens that bad habits (unlike bad luck) can be broken.
CANCER (June 20 - July 21)
Jupiter is the planet of higher purpose in Astrology. When it's traveling through your sign, it lifts your sights and raises your consciousness. Right now, you're having a hard time putting your trust in an adventure that's just beginning. Maybe you're taking a chance in your relationship, starting a family or charting a new life course that will take you places you've never been before. This is one of those rare occasions when you really must give it your all. Jupiter rewards those who are willing to take a dive off the deep end.
LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)
If there were ever a time to fix your sights on your goal and pursue it relentlessly, then April 23 is it. This is when you will be tested spiritually. It's clear that you're the only one who believes in the path you're taking. Thankfully, you've got the thick skin and determination to see things through. As a Child of the Sun, you also know what it's like to be the single light burning in a world full of shadow and doubt. Be true to that spirit and it will light your way.
VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)
Do yourself a favor and stop trying to talk yourself out of wanting something you want. Let yourself want it. This frees you up to pursue that prize to the best of your ability. Do you risk disappointment and rejection? Certainly. But you'd be happier taking that risk than you would be clinging to the sidelines and always wondering what if. Virgos often have one foot in and one foot out of any given endeavor, but if you focus your energies on April 25, then you may wind up getting what you want after all.
LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)
You're probably wishing that you could go back the way you came. It wasn't your intention to make any trouble. You just saw an opportunity and made a grab for it. How were you supposed to know that the prize you sought was coveted by someone else and that he or she would fight you tooth and nail? Things will reach a fever pitch from April 21 through 24. After that, there will be a break — an uneasy truce. However, this is only round one. Round two begins on May 11 and lasts until May 18.
SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)
You are entering the most challenging time of year for you. This typically happens when the Sun is in your opposite sign of Taurus (April 19 – May 19). One's energy always drops when the Sun is in one's opposite sign, so you'll want to pace yourself accordingly. You will feel sluggish, insecure and prone to colds and the flu because your immune system won't be functioning at top capacity. Neither will your willpower. The best remedy for this is to move with the current of events and avoid pushing yourself. There's no point in running yourself ragged.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)
Who you are materially and who you are spiritually couldn't be more at odds. It's not unlike the feeling that some people describe of having been born into the wrong body or at the wrong time in history. But this doesn't have to be a hopeless predicament. Being caught between the forces of Uranus and Pluto can be overwhelming, but it can also be empowering if you learn to harness their energies. All you need is a vision of what you want to be and the spirit of adventure to pursue that vision wherever it may lead you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)
You are going to feel like you're racing through the collapsing corridors of a house of cards when Pluto activates the grand cross in your horoscope from April 21 to 24. Just about everything you've come to rely on will be shaken to its foundations. You are in the process of closing the book on one chapter of your life. Yes, it was a good read, but it was also fraught with tension, anxiety and dread. What comes next is an extraordinary period of time when you will truly come into your own.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)
Expect a lot of shake-ups on April 21 and 23. People who were at the top of the heap will find themselves at the bottom of the barrel, while others who were marginalized will suddenly be front and center. Where you fall in all of this depends on your ability to tune out the background chatter and focus on what you want. You've never been closer to one heartfelt goal in particular, and you could reach it by next week — but you must be unflinching in your purpose and unwavering in your pursuit.
PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)
It's slowly beginning to dawn on you that others need you to help them get to where they want to go. It's an invaluable realization because it bolsters your confidence and encourages you to up your game. You've often felt like people's emotional doormat — something they wipe their shoes on to get the mud off. But now that you see how you're more the door than the mat, you can decide who gets in and who stays out. This new attitude will attract many opportunities that will come knocking in weeks to come.