There's a heavy focus on issues surrounding intimacy + power for you this month, Taurus, but it's also your Solar Return! It'll be a very transformative period for you, as with any new beginning, there has to be an ending. There are 5 retrogrades, so the energy is high + the emotion is intense. Don't let it steer you off your path, though. There's a really constructive light at the end of this tunnel, and you'll be starting May hella fresh with a firm sense of identity + purpose.
Saturn, the planet of discipline, challenges + daddy issues, goes retrograde on the 6th. It will remain in retrograde until August 25th, so it’s time to buckle in for Saturn’s ride. Saturn goes retrograde once a year for about 4.5 months. The last time it was in retrograde last year was from March 25th to August 13th; in the same sign of Sagittarius too! So try + think back to the challenges you were facing during this time, as similar themes will pop up again this year. This shitty planet retrograde will be all about how you get what you want. So in regards to power, think of themes such as dominance + honesty. There's no right or wrong answer--all we have are tools of light + darkness in order to guide us in life. You may very likely be experiencing power struggles during this time. Or maybe you're the one causing the power struggle? As it's retrograde for a while, there's not just one area that this will apply to. However, with the themes of relationships this month, in addition to the dark 8th House vibes, this could affect areas of intimacy in your life.
Mercury, the planet of communication + information, goes retrograde on the 9th. It will remain in retrograde until May 3rd, so we all have about a month of putting up with Mercury’s annoying bullshit. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times a year, for about 3 weeks each. The last time Mercury Retrograde was in the Taurus sign was from April 28th through May 22nd of last year. What annoyances and disruptions were you experiencing around then? How others perceive you will be the main focus during this retrograde. And as annoying as that is, you'll be so fixated on yourself (Taurus season, holla!) that you'll want to improve anyways. As you delve deep inside, trying to figure out who you are, who you want to be, and how you want to come off--this is the perfect opportunity to shape that through whatever resources you have. Be cautious of technology during this time, as others may perceive you in a certain way if you don't clean some of that up. AKA, get rid of those pictures on Facebook of you when you were 16. Why are those still on there, anyways? Other than that, normal Mercury Retrograde bullshit: don't forget stuff, double-check you locked your door, and don't sweat the small shit when things (inevitably) go wrong.
There’s a Full Moon (the Pink Moon!) in Libra on the 11th. This Moon is really about relationships and partnerships this month, and things aren't looking too good right now, Taurus. This Full Moon is honestly bringing up a bunch of old crap you thought you wouldn't have to deal with again, as it pertains to your health: think addictions or addictive behavior. While you're sorting through some of this mess on a very personal + private level, Uranus comes in and sort of just takes all of that stuff going on in your head like a stack of papers, and dumps them all over the place out in the open, for everyone to see. The good news is this will be a very transformative moon for you, and while it may not seem like it now, there is much good to come from all of this in the future. Hang in there!
Venus Retrograde, which was mostly in Aries, ends on the 15th, stationing Direct in the sign of Pisces. For the past month or so, you were re-assessing your relationships + budgets, and feeling out what fit + and what didn’t. In the beginning, the Aries energy had you wanting to take action relationship-wise, but left you feeling frustrated instead. Towards the end, the Pisces energy likely had you dreaming up some unrealistic views + thoughts about said relationships. Nevertheless, lessons have been learned and you can now move forward + progress further in these themes of your life with the Venus Retrograde behind you. Maintaining friendships--as it seems like you've had them on the back burner for a little while there, Taurus, while you were sorting out which ones you still needed in your life--has not been an easy task as of late. With Venus Direct, things should re-stabilize for you. Put a lot of emphasis on your friends now, the ones you decided to keep around, and really appreciate them. Not all is lost, of course, but now is the time to enjoy your friendships, is all.
The Sun enters your sign on the 19th, bringing in the season of the bull. Happy Solar Return, Taurus! I don't think I have to tell you to spend this time to appreciate the finer things in life--because you are 100% already on it. Embrace your sensual sign + get into your Taurean comforts this month.
Pluto, the planet of power, transformation + rebirth, goes retrograde on the 20th. It will remain in retrograde until September 28th, so. Pluto goes retrograde once a year for about 5 months. Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, and will continue to remain in that sign until 2024. This long period of time (coincidentally lining up with previous presidential elections), has been about revealing the truth within government and authority figures. While it’s in retrograde, expect new information to be revealed to you. In addition, be conscious of your own greed + desire for power. There are some positive aspects that will help you succeed in your goals, but there are quite a few obstacles as well. As it transits in your 9th House, you'll likely feel the urge to pursue travel, religion, and/or philosophy in order to better understand your views on power + transformation. And it'll also likely change your previous perceptions, whatever they may have been. It doesn't mean that these soul-searching quests will go smoothly, however, so remember that you'll need to keep an open mind in more ways than one.
There’s a New Moon in Taurus on the 26th. Now is a good time to go inside of yourself + think positive thoughts in regards to your self-esteem, finances + values. The Full Moon in Taurus is on November 4th of this year, so you can expect to manifest what you set your intent to now. Finish out this month with a firm sense of identity. There were some not-so-great stuff in the middle of April, sure, but move forward as an even stronger individual because of it, Taurus. Although you do like to be stubborn, there are some really great transformative opportunities this month which will help you loosen up a bit + see things in a different light--and may even change your own opinion. See you next month!