I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world or a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. E.B. White
Your persistence is finally paying off and you’re getting that zoning restriction lifted that frees your growing business to expand but you have to elbow your way through crowds of protestors to get into the courthouse where you have a 10:00 am appointment that until an hour ago was 11:00 but got moved up and it’s now 10:20 so you’re running in hopes the judge will see you anyway.
Burning desire. That’s April in a nutshell.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill
♡ Date Night: Venus and Mars in sensuous Taurus
Venus and Mars, together in Taurus, are happily enjoying the pleasures of life, feeding each other with sensual delights. This weekend your relationship is solar-powered, you’re emotionally in sync, and passions are cooking artfully on a slow, steady flame. This feast is meant for immediate consumption!
The Force of burning desire is with you.
Here’s your horoscope for the week of April 14-20, 2013:
(★ Astrology Wonks see bottom of page)
Aries ♈ (March 20-April 19)
The cauldron of creativity you’ve been constantly stirring for the past month must pass one last challenge in order for you to bring something new into your life. The god of lightning quick change, who’s been totally in your corner, is in a awkward tension with the stern and too serious requirements of a restrictive set of standards. You have a strong desire to break through anything that’s holding back your freedom. “Every person who wins at any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat.” (Napoleon Hill) Love this about yourself dear Aries, you know nothing about retreat!
Taurus ♉ (April 20-May 20)
The parade of five planets, previously clustered in Aries, start a slow crawl into Taurus this week. Venus brings you constant, lasting affections beginning Monday. The Sun enters your sign this Friday at 3:03 PM, and you’re on your way to your solar New Year on your birthday. Then Wall Street Warrior Mars adds actions that make money beginning this Saturday. Great deeds are calling you through this powerful alignment. You’ll discover that you love your life, and feel a deep sense of well being. “Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds.” (Goethe) This weekend in particular you’ll find you have a genius for organizing your projects, getting what you want most; practical results.
Gemini ♊ (May 21-June 20)
Believe it or not, Monday is your lucky day for fortunate actions that put you in the sunny spotlight. A Gemini Moon starts your week with incredible generosity of spirit and an opportunity for adventure and travel. Take advantage of the wind in your sails, especially midweek when you’ll be full throttle. You can get more done than your usual multi-tasking self can imagine! “Go forward with the great desire that beats at the door of your heart.” (Helen Keller) Jovial Jupiter is in your sign for another two months (since June 12, 2012) bringing a culmination to the gifts that are expanding your horizons, almost effortlessly. Sit still long enough to unwrap them!
Cancer ♋ (June 21-July 21)
You’re being challenged by an inner duel between wanting more freedom and having to deal with annoying and persistent restrictions to your efforts. Help arrives this week starting Monday when Venus moves into earthy Taurus, and turns your appreciative attention to adding values and valuables to your life that you love because they bring you comfort and a sense of security. Venus will also beautify your home and surroundings over the next three weeks. By Saturday you find the peace of mind you thought you lost, and you feel much more hopeful. “It’s not that we ask for too much, it’s that we settle for far too little.” A Course In Miracles
Leo ♌ (July 22-August 22)
Use the tailwinds you’ve been given to push your project to completion. Ideas that got sluggishly waterlogged over the past two months are drying out, and you need to put them into immediate action. Wednesday you feel triply blessed! You’ve got a roaring fire now, but fire moves on quickly. You know that the higher your goal, the greater the need for that deep foundation you been building. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.” (Kiyosaki)
Virgo ♍ (August 23-September 22)
Your mind-body connection has open lines of communication and messages are flowing easily between them. It’s as if you’ve completed that awesome journey out of your head and into your heart. Your natural commitment to excellence, even perfection, gradually fuels your energy throughout this week. By this Saturday evening you’ll be in the race with a winning combo of intelligence paired with pragmatism. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal...that brings success.” (Mario Andretti)
Libra ♎ (September 23-October 22)
Indulge in a big dose of optimism that’s coming your way, and you’ll start your week off with pleasurable adventures and high hopes (highly justified!). Put away your defensiveness. Remember the wisdom of Star Trek’s Scotty, “Our shields are draining our energy.” Venus moves away from opposing your Sun and into her vacation home in sensuous Taurus (Libra is her true home). You find you’re willing to commit, if it looks like security and steadfastness are part of the deal. You always love to be in love, and now money and a bit of opulence sweetens the pot.
Scorpio ♏ (October 23-November 21)
You’ve been hanging on, but your nerves are frayed at the edges! Early this week the goddess of love takes a comfortable seat in Taurus and helps you understand the misunderstandings. The past three to four weeks of rather impulsive energy may have left a resentment or two, but the ideas that came too fast are now falling to earth where they can take root. Warrior Mars marches into security conscious Taurus this Saturday, sits down in your house of relationships, and asks you to free yourself from oppressive dictators (especially those inside your head!). “Safe” is not free. “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desirable.” (Robert Frost)
Sagittarius ♐ (November 22-December 20)
Awkward April may challenge your patience (not your strong suit to begin with!) by seemingly throwing up hurdles on your path. It’s just that life has been moving too fast to keep up, even though it’s been loaded with positive gifts and opportunities. Around midweek you get solar-powered with warrior energy, which is invigorating and full of the innovation and the courage you need to bring projects from the past three to four weeks into conclusion. For you in particular, this is so true; “All that spirits desire, spirits attain.” (Kahlil Gibran). You know thoughts determine your reality.
Capricorn ♑ (December 21-January 19)
“Do not impose on others what you do not desire yourself.” (Confucius) If you’ve let yourself be moved by the itch to break out of your comfort zone, you’ll find that this week starts a period of gradual return on your investments. Nerves that have been a little fried get some wonderful, down to earth, relief Saturday when Warrior Mars marches onto the solid ground of Taurus. You get a 42 day liberty! You’ll feel stronger, but you’re also more unyielding. Too much of being “dug in” creates an imprisoning rut. Still, you can expect your desires to produce concrete results in the areas of creativity, romance, and children.
Aquarius ♒ (January 20-February 17)
Remind yourself that there’s plenty of time. Your mental processes catch fire with revolutionary new ideas, and you know just the one that only you can accomplish. It’s placed at your feet, with optimism, this Sunday. You feel more inspired than you have for some time, and you can see the how-to with clear vision. As this week unfolds, you find practical ways and means that hinge on taking life a little slower. Keep your eye on your prize values. “We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.” (Barack Obama)
Pisces ♓ (February 18-March 19)
Focus on what you desire, not what you fear, and enjoy the awe and wonder. Your anxieties were stirred up by all the planets in fiery Aries, but this week your energy gradually comes back down to earth and to a grounded understanding of the spiritual mysteries still floating inside your head. Out of the haze of too muchness, you hitch a ride on the steadfast Taurus tortoise who’s headed toward the finish line with your projects. Streamline your ideas. They’re taking practical form, gradually, beginning this week. “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” (Neil Armstrong)
✶ Astrology Wonks
The parade of planets, previously clustered in Aries, start a slow crawl into Taurus this week; Venus on Monday (12:24 AM, PDT), the Sun on Friday afternoon at 3:03, and Mars this Saturday (4:48 AM, PDT).