Happy April, Aries! And happy birthday to you!
Aries: Your Month Ahead
Aries, this is your special time of year, when the Sun occupies the sign under which you incarnated. It starts a new annual cycle and brings powerful energies for beginning anything important to you.
For you, Aries, this month offers exciting opportunities to showcase your personality and image, deepen your character, work on the projects most important to you personally, improve your health, and review your values and possessions.
April will usher in formidable forces with high potential for innovation and bold initiatives. It also presents its share of challenging energies, however, thanks to some key planetary alignments and shifts.
Although we have the energies of a new season and the new spiritual year favoring a fresh start, this month will require us to wait on launching anything so we can revisit the past first.
Read on to see how you can leverage April’s astrology to improve yourself and your life. As you do, you will expand your ability to help others.
April Astrology – Headline News
Your Health, Personality, And Personal Projects
As April begins, we have three planets in Aries:
- The warm and powerful Sun, who always shines his light freely and generously to bring joy and optimism to our world
- Mercury, who governs thinking, communication, and commerce and brings playfulness and curiosity wherever he goes
- Uranus, who governs inspiration, technology, and electricity and brings sudden change, freedom, and a quirky quality to our lives
We also will have a fourth factor in Aries, the asteroid called Chiron, who is associated with where we feel wounded and how we heal and then help others based on our experiences. Chiron has moved through Pisces since February 8, 2011, and leaves that sign for Aries on April 17. Chiron remains there for seven years, giving all of us plenty of time to reckon with Aries and adjust how we use its power so we’re applying that force constructively.
Aries is a fire sign symbolized by the Ram, a competitive, hard charging creature who leads with his horns, rushing head first into life and ever ready to do battle. Aries drives us forward, pushing us to focus on ourselves, our energy, and our goals. This high power sign allows us to overcome inertia so we can get moving, start anything we desire (and start over at any time), and rush out in front of others in order to lead. It also inspires us to serve as spiritual warriors who inspire by setting a noble example, using leadership for constructive purposes, and channeling resources toward worthwhile goals.
Find out more about Aries in my article, Aries Time: Face Who You Really Are. Also, you can tune in to this sign’s bold, take charge energies with The Aries Meditation, an uplifting, guided meditation.
For you, Aries, planets in your sign always activate your first house of physical incarnation: the body you live in, your health, your personality and character, and the activities dearly important to you individually. All the Aries planets will intensify your personality, revitalize your health and body, and jumpstart your desire to launch something new such as a major project or a personal improvement campaign.
Your Money And Values
On April 19, the Sun leaves Aries for Taurus, which will start the month of the Bull. You’ll feel the energies shift away from the fiery, take charge power of Aries to the earthy, steady world of Taurus. This annual change brings needed calm after Aries and its high octane rush.
For you, Aries, planets in Taurus stabilize your energy because they put earthy practicality and focus into your second house of earned income, possessions, and money management. This area also governs your values and how well they support your work life. As soon as the Sun enters Taurus, you may feel inspired to slow down a little for inner reflection so you can realign your outward striving with essential spirituality.
Mercury Retrograde Ends
Last month, our solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, went retrograde, which it generally does three times annually for about three weeks at a time. As April begins, Mercury remains retrograde.
The retrograde will end on April 15.
Until then, avoid starting anything new, and don’t sign contracts because you won’t have all the facts. Remain flexible and slow down even though the Aries powers this month (including Mercury in Aries) are pushing you to get going.
Instead, turn the Aries forces inward by working on your spirituality and meditating. Reflect on how the retrograde has affected you and your life and how well you’ve managed any surprises or challenges it has brought. Or direct the retrograde energies outward to anything “re”: review, redo, rethink, recycle, reverse, restore, repair, reconnect, and so on.
Learn more about Mercury retrograde, get all the dates for this year (and coming years), and get helpful recommendations for handling this period in my article, Mercury Retrograde Dates, Advice.
Volatile Energies – Proceed With Caution
The Sun entered Aries last month on March 20 and remains there until April 19.
Aries brings the power needed to birth the new. Imagine the force required for a seed to sprout or a chick to break out of its shell. Or the effort needed for a new business to take hold or a new fitness regimen to become a habit.
Aries and its fiery ruler, Mars, drive us to move quickly and make things happen. They can help us compete and accomplish what seems impossible.
Yet their powers can be explosive and dangerous, as when a child too young to understand fire plays with matches or gets too close to a hot stove. As a result, as beneficial as Aries time can be, it also is associated with violent incidents throughout history.
Find out more about this pattern related to Aries time in my article, Aries And A History Of Violence.
In addition, several planets currently sit in Capricorn (including Aries’s dynamic ruler, Mars). That means they are challenging all the planets now in Aries and raising the stakes. These alignments can create great good if we use them wisely to turn a corner on major problems.
The movement of Chiron, the healing asteroid, into Aries on April 17 can help us overcome the negative expressions of Aries. Chiron will move through this sign for seven years, helping us come to terms with impulsiveness, violence, inappropriate risks, and all other misuses of Aries energy.
Throughout this month, stay aware of this potential so you can avoid serious mistakes and help others do the same. Also, remember your ability to serve as a force for peace and a nurturing presence. The new and full Moons this month will bring particularly high energies, making them good times to focus on spirituality and the highest good and best outcome for all.
A New Era Coming In May – How To Get Ready
Seven years ago, Uranus left Pisces for Aries on March 11, 2011.
Uranus is the Great Awakener, the liberator, the planet that forces us to evolve by bringing sudden change as well as lightning flashes of inspiration. It helps us tap our genius so we can direct it toward helping others.
Its time in Aries has brought great challenges, especially from 2012 through 2015. In those years, Uranus made seven difficult alignments with Pluto in Capricorn. All of us felt powerful forces urging us to overcome obstacles, turn a corner on longstanding problems, and reinvent ourselves and our lives. We also saw these pressures on the world stage, manifesting many changes.
For you, Aries, Uranus in your sign has brought shakeups in your public image, personality, health, and the projects and pastimes that mean most to you. The connections with Pluto in Capricorn affected your career as well.
Think back over the past seven years. How has your life changed? What have you overcome? And how have you freed yourself and struck out in bold and visionary directions?
Also, consider how much the world has changed since 2011.
This month, reflect on all that’s happened for you, your friends and family, all humanity, and our planet. Honor how much you’ve learned, achieved, and grown.
Accept any mistakes and missteps and make peace with who you’ve become so you’re ready to move on to a new stage because the Uranus in Aries era will end next month, on May 15. That’s the day Uranus heads into earthy Taurus and brings changes to all things associated with the Bull.
Next month’s horoscope will give you more details on this momentous shift. For now, get ready by looking back on the last seven years so you can gain valuable perspective and get ideas on how you want to shape the coming seven years.
Plan Your Month: Important Dates In April
This month brings several key dates to watch as you plan your month. Mark your calendar and take action (or rest) as recommended on the dates listed here so your efforts can bring progress in all areas of your life.
April 1: A stressful full Moon on March 31 may continue to reverberate, so continue spiritual efforts based on whatever came up for you. Also, retrograde Mercury joins with the Sun in your first house of health and personality. Look back at who you used to be and how others perceived your image in the past; see if you’ve left any parts of yourself behind that still have value.
April 2: Your ruler, Mars, and Saturn come together in your tenth house of career, giving you power and prudence. An older colleague may surprise you with a bold maneuver or could voice enthusiastic support for one of your pet projects.
April 7: Venus in your second house of earned income connects well with Saturn in your career house. A boss or other authority figure may help your career, or you might hear about new work responsibilities that come with more money or perks.
April 10: The Sun in your personality house challenges Pluto in your career area. Watch your temper, keep a low profile around VIPs at work, and avoid sensitive discussions. Instead, concentrate on building relationships with colleagues or improving your income, as Mars in your career area connects harmoniously with Venus in your money house.
April 12: Venus in your house of values links lovingly with Neptune in your spirituality house. Focus on meditation or other spiritual practices to align your soul with your livelihood.
April 12 – 15: The Moon enters its balsamic phase, the "dark of the Moon" time before the new Moon. Slow down and review the past month since the new Moon that arrived on March 17. Meditate, rest, and reflect on what you want to do in the coming month. Find out more about this mysterious monthly time in my Balsamic Moon Phase article. Also, this period is excellent for spiritual work, meditation, and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
April 14: A helpful connection between Jupiter in your shared money house and Pluto in your career area may bring favor from bosses or other powerful people that can boost your bottom line. Your ruler, Mars, also in your career house, makes the same connection to Neptune in your spirituality house, driving you to energize your spiritual practice and express more of your soul in your leadership.
April 15: A big day. The new Moon in Aries (and the two weeks following, until the next full Moon) normally would supply your best time all year for upgrading your image or health or starting anything you wish. Yet Mercury ends its retrograde this day, an often stormy time that can come with surprise technical or communication issues needing resolution. Uranus sitting very close to this new Moon suggests other unforeseen developments, and four planets in Aries spar with three heavy hitters in your career and honors area. So expect the unexpected, see what comes to a head, and wait at least two days to start anything new. See my article, Mercury Retrograde Dates, Advice, for additional guidance.
April 16: Venus in your earned income area will face off with Jupiter across the sky in your shared finances house. Money concerns, especially related to spending habits, likely will surface. You and your partner can benefit from rethinking needs versus wants and setting realistic goals. Hold off on delicate negotiations about sensitive topics as you reflect and gather facts. Consider hiring a professional to help you budget and manage assets.
April 17: Venus connects harmoniously with Pluto in your career house, giving your career and earning a needed boost from powerful people in your industry or company.
April 18: The Sun in Aries moves to an exact alignment with Uranus in the same sign. The spotlight will shine on you and could bring a sudden opportunity in a project or breakthrough in a health concern. You also may get the urge for a makeover or wardrobe update.
April 19: The Sun enters Taurus. Pause and see if you can feel the shift from fiery, action oriented Aries to earthy, comfortable Taurus.
April 23: Mars, your ruler, in your career house links helpfully with Jupiter in your joint financial house. Your brash, can do style can support financial progress or could secure progress in negotiations related to alimony, child support, a mortgage, or venture capital.
April 24: Venus moves into Gemini in your third house of communication and siblings. Your words and gestures can become sweeter, giving you the edge in sales through your persuasive ability or allowing you to improve communication with brothers and sisters or socialize happily with them.
April 26: Mars meets Pluto in your career house, empowering your work life and making you unstoppable as a competitor or a contender for the top job. Handle this energy with care so you can maintain good relationships even as you zoom toward your goals.
April 29: The Sun nods fondly to Saturn in your career house, helping to solidify career gains. Also, a full Moon in Scorpio lights your eighth house of shared finances. Something related to your partner’s income or to a mortgage, loan, insurance policy, or inheritance may peak around this time, and you may realize you need to make changes. Balance financial concerns with reflection on values so your earning and money management align with your higher self. This day (and the day before and day after) favor spiritual work: plan time for meditation and prayer. See my article on How To Relieve Stress – Meditate At The Right Time for details.
As your April horoscope shows, this month offers plenty of opportunity if you can manage its tricky timing.
Bookmark this page and come back throughout the month to stay on top of April’s shifting energies and unfolding potential. Keep your eyes on the prize, and by month’s end you can have real accomplishments to show for your efforts.
In addition to all these dates, Aries, your birthday arrives at this time of year. If your special day came in March, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration. And if it comes in April, may your plans to honor the day fill you with happiness.
Did you know that you begin a new cycle as of your birthday? Your personal new year starts on your birthday every year, giving you 365 days to grow more fully into your personality and your purpose.
Along with cake and candles and whatever traditions you enjoy, take time around your birthday to look back at the past year and reflect on how well you lived up to your best self. Notice any patterns, too: are there particular times of year that seem to be more challenging, year after year, or times that always feel wonderful? With awareness, you can plan ahead to manage challenges more smoothly and savor good times fully.
Also, the first part of your personal new year brings powerful energies for starting anything you wish. Focus your brilliant mind on what most inspires you right now and take the first step…and then the next…and so on. Use this time’s momentum to begin realizing at least one of your fondest hopes or wishes.
Happy April, Aries! And a very happy birthday to you! I wish you a wonderful month!