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Horoscope: The April Forecast
[04/01/2003] [Sage]

Forecast for April 1 - May 1, 2003.

This Month's New Moon occurs at 11* Aries, on April 1st at 12:18pm MST. The next new moon will be May 1st, at 5:14am MST.

Happy New Year!

In astrology, we consider the New Year to start on the day the Sun reaches the Vernal Equinox. Usually falling on May 20, this is the beginning of Spring, and the first day of the astrological month of Aries. As such, this month is overwhelmingly about new beginnings, initiations, and firsts of all kinds. This is a natural time to be using the energetic fire around us to make substantial changes in our lives and the world around us.

For us individually, the greatest light will shine on what direction we are taking our careers (or allowing them to be taken), and our public roles. Maybe it's time for a promotion at work. The odd contrast is that the more nurturing sides of our personalities will be at the forefront as we deal with the world at large. We will tend to those we consider family, and frequently allow our emotions to determine where we put our best efforts. This can be either good or bad, so try to be aware of your feelings before making major decisions. Please think a good thought for fellow Amtgarders now deployed in Iraq. May they come home safe and sound.

Provincial Leaders If politics is your game, you're in top form. It's a great time to sit down and plan some good solid change--that actually makes a positive impact on your locality. It may require a bit of a hard sell to the populace, but trust in your plan. Your faith will speak volumes.

Bards Storytellers shall be well-placed at bardic-time. Tell of great struggles, and let your imagination fly. This month you've got the good discipline to write some very well-made work. Singers will crave new pieces entirely different from the rest of their repetoire. Push the limit.

Warriors, Paladins, Anti-Paladins April's looking to be another difficult month for injuries. Be prepared to get blind-sided. Wear your gear, especially proper footwear. Also, you may feel so incredibly on, that you neglect to check the intensity of your attack. Keep your head on.

Healers Stake out your turf and be fierce about it. Get a champion to defend you, if need be. This is also true of Med-Tent personnel. Use words to soothe bruised egos, but stick to your guns.

Mages This month expect to draw attacks like nobody's business. You're still under the weight of the same difficulty of getting spells to work well. It's mostly a matter of bad timing, rather than anything you can directly control.

Assassins Things are settling down into a quiet routine after March's high-profile killings. You seem more worried about the state of your home turf, and getting back into the rhythm of life...but you're actually up to no good at all, plotting your next devious attack.

Barbarians and All Monster Races It's Spring (at least here in Central Texas), and April is promising some serious monster-frolic. Birds & bees. Elves, faeries & trolls (oh my!). Some gender-bending. Maybe even some inter-species procreation happening. Definitely a whole lotta lovin going on. Whew....

Archers, Scouts, Druids, and Monks The spotlight is yours again, whether you like it or not. You have the attention of local leadership, so now's the time to say your piece. Be prepared to cope with something completely out of control affecting your character classes.

Garbers and Artisans April finds you working to cross purposes. On one hand, you want recognition for your work. On the other you just want to go to ground. Redecorate, but don't bankrupt yourself. Let yourself develop a new style.


Beyond the Game

Astrology is the study of the relationship between the orbital mechanics of our solar system and our daily lives. Newspaper Astrology misleads us by implying that the Sun is the only important point in the sky. That is not at all true. It's just the easiest, since it works by one day increments. To understand the rest of it, you need a natal chart. A natal chart is a snapshot of the solar system at the moment of your birth. (You can get a good free chart from the Astrolabe or Astrodienst websites.) Your birth chart is an entirely unique picture for everyone because it won't repeat again for 26,000 years.

Your chart may have the Sun all by itself in one sign, while there may be clusters of planets in others. When this happens, you will generally feel greater resonance with the cluster's sign than the Sun's. Realize that all the planets and signs are vital, and the interaction of their archetypes is just as complex and amazing as we are. Please note that if your Sun is on the cusp between signs, you have a blend of both types of energy. Any time you check your horoscope, always read your Moon (needs) sign, Sun (ego) sign, and Ascendant (personality).

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) Happy birthday! This month you have the ability to do some amazing things. You will be busy, but you can handle it. Be careful not to lose your patience, though. Lashing out will cause lasting damage.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) Your dreams are wild this month, and you're having serious thoughts about the direction your life is taking. Explore new possibilities of love and adventure...but be careful what you wish for. You may well get it.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Your relationships are under a great deal of pressure this month, yet your need to feel loved is very strong. Find the balance between wanting to meld and wanting to fight. Allow growth in new directions.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) You'll find fresh energy in your love relationships this month. Prepare yourself to deal with ego conflicts and hurt feelings. You may face fierce opposition. You must choose whether to attack or heal the rift with compassion. Choose well.

Leo (July 23-Aug 22) This month, you're very visible, highly energetic, and possibly overcommitted. Write everything down. Take extra care with miscommunication issues. Exaggeration and fuzzy logic will come back to bite you.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 22) With your good eye for detail, April will see you move much closer to fulfilling your goals. Don't let the intensity of your focus blind you to the rest of your life, though. You may find sudden surprises at home.

Libra (Sept 23-Oct 22) Beware workplace romance. If you feel sparks, run. Even if it seems ok at the time...because it will catch up to you in just a few weeks, and cause more grief than you know. Channel that energy into a safe outlet.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) Your creative streak flourishes this month. Health improves, and there's a nicely productive vibe at work. Heal misunderstandings before they fester. You may find yourself dreaming of houses.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) April's an excellent time to fulfill your need to travel. Energy is high, you feel very loving toward the world, and a bit of perspective helps. Don't overspend. Make something with your hands.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) The force of your personality may be daunting this month. Don't bury your feelings in workaholism. Take some time for spring cleaning. Reestablish home as your territory. Communication improves.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) People are still projecting a distorted view of themselves onto you, this month, and it's not going to change soon. Money matters improve. You need to feel heard. Unexpected allies. Anger could blindside you.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) Major change is happening in your relationships this month. You're feeling unusually sure of yourself. Be careful not to lash out blindly if you feel slighted. Talk it out. Pay close attention to your dreams.

* Amtgard horoscopes are drawn from New Moon charts set for El Paso, TX, because that is the birthplace of the game.

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