11 to 17 April 2016 Weekly Horoscopes

Love Horoscopes for the week commencing 11th April 2016

This week is, well, dare I say it,  a tree-hugging sort of week. You know, you just want to put your arms round that oak tree, talk to a weeping willow or stroke a daffodil.  Go and do all those things and see how free it makes you feel, and, funnily enough, if single you'll probably meet a fellow nature lover. And if attached? Embrace your partner as you would the tree, talk to him as you would the willow, and caress his skin as you would the petals of the flower. It's time to trust in tenderness.

Venus gives you the voice and the insight to take as much as give, and a few cunning tactics (oh go on, you don't have to be a paradigm of virtue all the time) could put you in a position of sexual power. In fact, there's a change in the atmosphere as partners admire your ability to walk into a room with confidence and panache. Say to yourself every morning in the mirror that you're up for some kind of reward. The more you believe it, and the more you say it, the more you'll be in control of your life.  With the planets giving you the feelgood factor, it's the smaller things in life which hold the key to romantic happiness.

I guess you're feeling pulled in two directions about your feelings due to Neptune, the planet of dissolution and longing, and Jupiter the planet of enterprise and exploration. In other words, do you sacrifice your dreams or follow your instinct about one love relationship? Self-belief or self-sabotage? Think clearly and focus on what you truly want this week, and you won't have a problem, simply an incredible opportunity to make your love life what you want it to be.
Around the 12th, you're free to speak about your desires and needs, and if single, acknowledge the love of someone who you've resisted for some time.

As Jung said, 'what we resist, persists' - in other words the more you resist giving in to your heart the more the tension will continue. Be gentle and kind towards your feelings as you would the elderly or animals. You need to give inwards as well as outward. This week, a lover or partner will start to take notice instead of taking umbrage. Yes, you have moods and you're restless and unpredictable, but what's the problem with that? This is who you are, and if someone doesn't like it or sits in judgement upon your choices and behaviour (and I'm talking 'someone' being your man) then frankly, it's time to stand up for yourself and start to take responsibility for being who you are.

'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all,' wrote Elizabeth Barret Browning. A sentiment shared perhaps with a touch of cynicism by you right now.  But she's right. If you hadn't loved, you wouldn't have known what love is. If you hadn't made a commitment to someone, you wouldn't have known what intimacy and promises were. And if you hadn't lost, you wouldn't know what loss is like either. Of course, getting involved again is scary. It's scary because you fear rejection and loss, and perhaps assume that inevitably love will lead to pain again. But it  doesn't by necessity, unless we continue to make Mr Wrong a recurring habit. Change your habit and be reborn.

It's been rather like a long-haul flight with no sleep. Then the feeling slips away as you hear a clock chime or someone says, 'hey it's midday, let's grab a bite' and you're back in the world of manufactured time. Now Saturn, symbolises Time and Chronology,  (Saturn was known as Kronos in Greek mythology, the god of Time, and the root of the word chronology) and, oh no, not again, this planet is back in your sign. The planet's lumbering crawl over the past year or so has certainly made you aware of lack of time, too much time, the time it takes to get a reply from someone you love, and the time it takes between two lovers to get closer. And here you are again, feeling as if you're trapped by time, and its cause and effect. Prepare to free yourself and put 'time' well and truly behind you.

 Of course you don't NEED anybody else, you don't want to be dependent on HIM for anything, and NO way are you going to do things the way he thinks is best. In fact you feel pretty determined to be the most independent, self-poised, prestigious woman on the planet as you climb on board that metaphorical space-ship bound for distant galaxies. You're feeeling pretty good about yourself and you're in control of your love life. And if single, you begin to think and believe in the perfect match. It's exactly that kind of magical thinking which will create snychronicity in your life. But if attached, remember there is someone beside you. Don't forget your lover in your quest for self-awareness and becoming who you are.

It's funny how when we fall in love we feel released from the worries and anxieties of the world around us. We feel liberated from the past, and we hardly have time to imagine the future. Then paradoxically, as we get deeper involved, love seems to trap us, chains our hearts; binds us so we feel we cannot escape ever from its clutches. Love has such a hold over us that we use it to control others too. Some don't mind or cannot resist. But some of us do everything we can to free ourselves by perhaps falling in love with someone new and repeating the whole process again.  Hardly you, or is it? With the strange planetary activity this month there does seem to be a 'freedom trap' going on in your life. Watch out you don't fall into it.

You may not be conscious of it, but something has shifted in your love life, a cog has turned another wheel, or another reality or plane of existence has tapped into yours. The latticework of the universe, eternally dimensional, has hit the right chord and either way you're beginning to fall in or get out through love's  channels and threads which hold us all in the web. You too have been torn between mistrust and utter faith. Like the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, if you look back you lose all, if you move on and trust in the future, you will gain the love you truly seek. Yet something keeps telling you to turn round, to go back. And how can you trust something that you haven't experienced before? Follow your nose, not the expectations of others.

Long-lost lovers and new ones come to mind this week. Well, not so much lost, just those who maybe you've not been in contact with for some time. Rather like kitchen gadgets, I'm afraid our lovers sometimes outlive their usefulness, or they don't fit in with our current lifestyle. And then we have to move on, find new lovers or garlic presses. Then we sometimes remember X or Y, and wonder if we should call or mail them. What will they think, are they fuming because you lost touch? Do they even care?  Well this week, someone does need a call from you, and you'll benefit from making it too. The nodal axis - a 'power point' in the solar system concerned with 'fated encounters' - is making tracks through your sign right now, and someone from the past or someone new will cross your path and change it for the better.

This week, your man or admirer doesn't quite feel so feisty and motivated as you'd like him to be.  But luckily, that means you can take advantage of his laid-back willingness to be led astray or led up the altar. You see how to find a balance between your idealistic long-term vision of how love could be, and the reality of it all. One side of you says, 'you need a cooling off period, take it slow, don't be impulsive.' Hey, this guy may not even FEEL the same way as you. You might also begin to say, in the classic words of King Lear, 'I think I have observed a faint neglect of late'. Similarly, if attached, you begin to doubt your partner's feelings. Does he really love me? What does he think of me? I need proof of his feelings.  This week, be patient.  Things are about to get better.

Oh dear, you keep falling into that little Pisces trap of being totally available 24/7 to your man. "Of course I'll meet you after work, I've got nothing else I need to do!" (secretly you know you were going to meet your pal, but she'll understand).  Quite frankly, ask yourself what you truly want. An equal partner who loves himself  (because if he doesn't love himself then how can you?) as well as you.  And if you're the one doing all the 'loving' - in other words being indispensible day and night to his every whim and not giving yourself the right to say 'no', then what kind of love is that? Begin to see you and your lover or new admirer as just two players on the world stage; no more, no less. But yes, beautifully mirrored in each others eyes.


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