Welcome to April 2023, star babies. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining (more, at least), and the glorious revitalization of spring has officially arrived. With it comes warmer weather and a sense of renewal, plus several horoscope-impacting astrological dates and events to keep in mind as we enter the season.
The bad news is that this month brings the start of Mercury retrograde, a messy eclipse, and a potentially dramatic full moon. The good news is that if you read your horoscope and mark your calendar accordingly, you'll know how to handle all these cosmic occurrences seamlessly. April also marks the start of chill Taurus season, which is all about feeling good, having fun, and being present in the moment to notice the beauty around you. Do you want to know how to have the best April ever without the eclipse or Mercury retrograde getting you down? Keep reading to see what the cosmos have in store for your star sign.
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Are you excited for April, star children? On Monday, April 3, Mercury, the messenger of the gods, enters Taurus, setting the tone for the month through honest and direct communication. Taurus is a grounded earth sign ruled by pretty Venus, and this transit helps you express yourself honestly and kindly. Unfortunately, this month also brings a chaotic eclipse and Mercury retrograde, so try to get any crucial conversations out of the way early in the month.
The sky lights up like a disco ball with a full moon in Libra on Wednesday, April 5. Check your sun sign's horoscope for personalized details on what this full moon means for you. However, astrologers always warn that full moons can lead to drama. Because this one falls in lovely Libra, the other sign ruled by Venus, it's an ideal night to stay in and focus on wellness routines, such as skin-care rituals, long baths, and restful sleep. When Venus, who rules abundance, love, and beauty, enters Gemini, the social butterfly of the zodiac, on Monday, April 10, your calendar is likely to pick up with romantic dates and adventures with friends, so you'll be grateful for the rest.
Like the full moon, another night that's well-spent relaxing at home is Wednesday, April 19, which brings a new moon and solar eclipse in Aries. Astrologers refer to eclipses as "cosmic wildcards" because they can lead to sudden endings or beginnings and swift change. If you've been procrastinating ending a toxic relationship or putting off a difficult conversation, this eclipse may go ahead and make decisions for you. That's why it's so important to talk things out earlier in the month.
The sun enters sensual Taurus on Thursday, April 20 (enter 4/20 joke here). The next few weeks should be a laid-back time for having fun with friends, making out, enjoying warmer weather, and practicing mindfulness to notice the beautiful things in life. Taurus season is about stopping to smell the flowers, literally and figuratively. Just be aware that Mercury retrograde begins on Friday, April 21. Don't let this freak you out; the eclipse was stressful enough, and remember that you've lived through countless Mercury retrogrades before. Just remember to read the fine print and proofread important emails, allow for extra travel time, and ignore any texts or DMs from slimy exes. Keep reading to see what April and the start of Taurus season mean for your sign.
Important Astrological Dates in April 2023
To recap, here are the major dates you'll want to keep an eye on this month, no matter your astrological sign:
Monday, April 3: Mercury enters Taurus
Wednesday, April 5: Full moon in Libra
Monday, April 10: Venus enters Gemini
Wednesday, April 19: New moon and solar eclipse in Aries
Thursday, April 20: Sun enters Taurus
Friday, April 21: Mercury retrograde begins
April 2023 Horoscopes by Zodiac Sign
Not sure what your sun sign is? Here's a quick refresher of the dates for each. Click a specific zodiac sign below to open up your April 2023 horoscope and see what's in store for you this month, or keep scrolling to see an overview of all the signs.
Your season ends, and you must pass the torch to Taurus this month, Aries, but fear not. While astrologers can't promise money in this economy, early April indicates abundant good news, so the stars say you have reason to feel hopeful regarding professional or passion projects. April also brings increased intimacy and leveling up in your relationships. So, even though the sun leaves Aries, and April comes with a stressful eclipse and Mercury retrograde, your horoscope indicates that this will be a lovely month for you. Read your full April horoscope here, Aries.
Taurus(April 20 – May 20)
Happy solar return, Taurus. Your season begins this month, and you should absolutely celebrate your birthday all month long. However, messenger Mercury insists that you communicate with your friends and loved ones, so they know what to do for your birthday. So don't pretend like you don't care; you deserve all the cake and attention. There's an eclipse this month, which is best spent at home relaxing, plus the start of Mercury retrograde, but as long as you don't give in and text an ex, this month looks to be one of the most joyous times of the year. Read your full April horoscope here, Taurus.
Gemini(May 21 – June 20)
Watch out, Gemini. Your ruling planet, messenger Mercury, begins one of its infamous backward dances this month, and as usual, you may be affected more than other signs. However, the stars indicate that Taurus season should be quite promising for your career, so you'll likely be too busy even to notice the retrograde. Plus, Venus, the planet of love, enters your sign this month, Gemini, blessing your love life as well. Read your full April horoscope here, Gemini.
Cancer(June 21 – July 22)
If you have any disagreements or stress in your friendships, you can work them out early in April thanks to moves from messenger Mercury, Cancer. And, it's advised to take care of important conversations early in the month, as the latter half of April brings a potentially dramatic eclipse, plus the start of Mercury retrograde. However, the solar eclipse, which happens in bold Aries, may also bring welcome news regarding your work or passion project, giving you a reason to celebrate. Read your full April horoscope here, Cancer.
Leo(July 23 – August 22)
Early April presents networking opportunities, and in this economy, it's best to take advantage of them, Leo. And, while we're thinking about hopes and dreams, keep an eye on your inbox during the full moon in Libra, as you may hear welcome news regarding your work or passion project. This month also brings a stressful eclipse and Mercury retrograde, but with the proper self-care, you'll be just fine and ready to enjoy laid-back Taurus season. Read your full April horoscope here, Leo.
Your ruling planet, messenger Mercury, begins one of its infamous retrogrades this month, Virgo. As the healer of the zodiac, you know a thing or two about self-care. This month, you may be called to share your knowledge with others, whether through the power of social media or simply talking to friends. However, be as selfish as you want during the full moon in Libra. This beautiful lunation lights up the sky but may leave you feeling on edge, so make sure to treat yourself to wellness routines and plenty of sleep. Read your full April horoscope here, Virgo.
Libra(September 23 – October 22)
Your love life is currently experiencing a makeover, Libra. While it's absolutely for the best (the stars love you, especially your ruling planet, romantic Venus), transitions can be stressful. The second half of April brings a chaotic eclipse and the start of Mercury retrograde, so try to have important talks, especially about your romantic relationships, early in the month. And make sure to enjoy luxurious self-care during the full moon in your sign. Read your full April horoscope here, Libra.
Scorpio(October 23 – November 21)
You have a powerful and protective stinger, Scorpio, and you're not afraid to attack. However, your task this month is to be careful how to use it. While you crave love and intimacy, sometimes you can push (or sting) people away when what you truly desire is love and attention. So, during April (especially around the Libra full moon), make sure only to sting when truly necessary, express your feelings, and let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them. Read your full April horoscope here, Scorpio.
Sagittarius(November 22 – December 21)
You're the most independent sign of the zodiac, Sagittarius. As the bold archer, it's crucial that you get alone time to pursue your hobbies or intellectual interests as part of your ongoing, life-long quest for knowledge. However, during the full moon in Libra, prepare to hit the town with your closest friends and have a ball. Just beware of overconsumption of alcohol or other vices, as full moons can lead to drama. Read your full April horoscope here, Sagittarius.
Capricorn(December 22 – January 19)
The stars call you out this month, Capricorn. Are you putting enough energy into your personal and romantic relationships? You have a reputation for being a workaholic. While this is primarily an unfair stereotype, you can put people on the back burner while pouring yourself into a passion project or working to make a name for yourself. However, April brings an eclipse that may come with swift endings or beginnings, so if you don't remind your loved ones that you care about them, some distance may form in your personal life. Read your full April horoscope here, Capricorn.
Aquarius(January 20 – February 18)
Hey, Aquarius. Are you tired of being reminded that you have a reputation for trying to save the world but are unable to text your loved ones back? April presents you with some cosmic communication challenges in the form of an eclipse and Mercury retrograde. This month firmly asks you to prioritize your personal relationships. You may be known as the humanitarian of the zodiac, but to feel your best and do your best, you must nurture relationships and build a solid foundation at home. Read your full April horoscope here, Aquarius.
Pisces(February 19 – March 20)
You feel like a homebody for most of April, and that's okay Pisces. From a stressful eclipse to the start of Mercury retrograde, it's an ideal month to get cozy and catch up with loved ones (or your favorite TV show) at home. Just keep an eye on your inbox around the full moon on Wednesday, April 5. While astrologers can't promise cash, we can tell you what dates the stars indicate welcome professional news, and this is one of them. Read your full April horoscope here, Pisces.