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April stands for “action” this year as two eclipses and an epic Cardinal Grand Cross compel us to break free of our comfort zones and spring forward into new life.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Stop waiting for your life to begin. There will never be a perfect time to start being who you really are — other than this moment. Sure, some people might feel hurt or accuse you of being selfish if you leave them behind to follow your dreams. But you are a performance artist and life is your canvas. “Exuberance is beauty.”

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Much of what happens in April is beyond your control. You could waste a huge amount of mental and emotional energy bemoaning the unforeseen. Or you could use it to heal your mind, master your responses to erratic people and unexpected circumstances, and become that most unusual of people — a true mastermind.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…It’s true not all who wander are lost. But it’s also true that it’s hard to reach your destination until you choose a place to go. We talk a lot about intention and the power of it, but few of us have the nerve to move beyond wishing and dreaming and claim what we really want. You might find the Universe has saved up a lot of wealth for you, just waiting for the moment when you would say “yes” to your dreams.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…The breakthrough you’ve been waiting for is here. To grab it, you need to (1) stay focused on what makes you unique and (2) be willing to radically redefine what success means to you personally. You get at least one flash of insight that is brilliant enough to empower you to rewrite the story of your life. But you’ll have to leave your comfort zone.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Your mind is the battlefield and you can claim a decisive victory this month. Ruthlessly root out the enemy beliefs tunneled deep into your mind. Blast the battleships of self-doubt clean out of the water. Shoot off rockets of enthusiasm and joy! Above all, stay vigilant and accept no thought of poverty or lack.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Imagine a life where you’re free to ask for what you want just because you want it. You might not always get what you ask for. But you’ll do a lot less of the guilt-motivated caretaking that breeds frustration and resentment. Notice that the most artful balance (think: dancers, buildings, bodies) is not static; it involves mastering the tension between structure and motion.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Make a list of every mistake you’ve made by prioritizing a relationship over your own needs and you’ll possess a treasure map to your dreams. Notice how each little betrayal of your soul saps your energy and confidence. Once you identify how this feels in your body, you’ll be hard-pressed to keep doing it. And, of course, you’ll attract partners who are equally authentic.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You uncover an error in thinking that has repeatedly blocked you from the love, intimacy and success you desire. Realizing that the emotional dishonesty you despise in others is simply the result of a repetitive mental mistake frees up your capacity to truly forgive both yourself and others. It also liberates the energy you need to create the life you want.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Your chart reminds me of the Tibor Fischer character who was kidnapped and handcuffed to a desk by his publisher to get him to finish his novel. Be willing to go to extremes of effort to overcome inertia and get your creative energy flowing. Your own secret to unlimited abundance can be found in the practice of following your bliss.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…Make Harry Houdini your muse for April. Houdini mastered his breathing and used tiny, intentional movements to perform his amazing escapes. Focus on mastering your own internal power and creating space within confining circumstances. When the energy clears after the 22nd, you will be exhilarated by your newfound freedom.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…You can blow the doors of perception right off their hinges, with Mercury (symbolizing human intelligence) and Uranus (cosmic intelligence) meeting in your 3rd House (thinking and communicating) this month. It’s a mental revolution! It’s an intellectual jailbreak! It’s time to free yourself of any and all thought-forms that deny your freedom to be totally, radically, rebelliously you.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Issues around money, support, and self-esteem come to a boil this month. The thing is, no one “out there” is stopping you from living the life you want. We’ve all been hurt, and it’s true you feel things much more deeply than most. But self-esteem is not a feeling. Self-esteem (and the wealth that comes with it) is the practice of making repeated choices to act in the direction of your dreams.

D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website: www.wordsforthepeople.com.

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