April 2021 Horoscopes – Pluto Retrograde, Embrace Transformation  

by Kaitlyn De Leonardis
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April will propel us forward with Aries season and all the planets moving direct. That is until Pluto goes retrograde on April 27. Use the majority of the month to push ahead with plans and goals. This burst of cosmic power can really get the momentum going, especially with Mercury in Aries the first couple of weeks. Progress will feel somewhat stagnant throughout the rest of 2021.

The new moon in Aries will add some fire to mid-month, as we’re all racing towards our heart’s greatest desire. But when Venus moves into Taurus a few days later, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. Taurus season is asking us to be mindful and remain present in all areas of our lives.

The full moon in Scorpio at the end of the month will have us all craving a little more intimacy, whether that’s with ourselves or others. Gear up to dive deep into ourselves when Pluto Retrograde begins on April 27. The effects may not be felt right away, but the next five months call for some big changes. Out with the old, in with new.

April 2021 Horoscopes Important Dates:

Mercury transits Aries, April 3 – Expect people to have no filter. Words will definitely be exchanged as the planet of communication moves through expressive Aries. There may be a tendency to use our words as weapons, but we must try our best to avoid low blows.

New Moon in Aries, April 11 – Time to spring clean our emotional bodies. Get rid of any skeletons in the closet and embrace the fresh start.

Venus Transits Taurus, April 14 –  The planet of love and beauty is at home in sensual Taurus. Give in to the good vibes and take delight in everything life has to offer you at the moment.

The Sun and Mercury Enter Taurus, April 19 – The Sun and Mercury meet up for a conjunction as they move into Taurus, and this season calls us to get grounded. Stop focusing on the past or future and be in the now.

Full Moon in Scorpio, April 26 – This is a time to focus on how our bonds have strengthened and how we can make them even more durable. Conversely, this could also be a time where we break free from something that is tying us down.

Pluto Retrograde 2021

On April 27, disruptive Pluto goes retrograde until October 6. Pluto is the planet of deep transformation; to enter a new phase we must ditch the baggage we lug around. Pluto retrograde is a time for us to let go of the things that hold us back. It can bring about experiences that change who we are at the core.

Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will remain in this cardinal earth sign until 2024. As Pluto covers the final degrees of Capricorn, we’re on the precipice of a profound shift. We are all learning to show up with the determination and focus of Capricorn. The real go-getter, stop at nothing sign of the zodiac. Learn more here.

Aries  (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

Happy Birthday, Aries! ‘Tis your season, and when Mercury moves into your sign on April 3, you’ll have no problem focusing all your attention on numero uno. By the time the planet of the mind starts a supportive aspect with Saturn on April 10, you might realize that you are in fact an integral part of the groups you associate with, and others will seek you out for advice. Leading up to this, your ruler Mars is the focal point of the action. It all starts when Venus aligns with Mars on April 5. You may be recognized by your community or simply just connecting with the people around you. On April 8, Mars will get involved in a messy aspect with Neptune and you could have the tendency to get heated when things don’t go your way. Try your best to chill out over the weekend.

You’ll certainly want to be well-rested for the new moon in your sign on April 11. This time of year has new beginnings tied to it, for you more than most. Ask yourself, in what ways would you like to start over? As the Sun empowers Mars on the following day you’ll be ready to make some moves. Venus makes her appearance in Taurus on April 14 and the rest of this month a great time to really increase your earning potential.

The weekend of April 16 will feature a minor grand trine involving Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. This favors connections, so you might meet someone who could take your career to new heights. This is also a great time to talk about your goals and plans with friends. Be sure to take note of their valuable feedback and advice. When Mercury and the Sun join forces and move into Taurus on April 19, you’ll have some brilliant ideas on how to bring up that bank balance.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Aries in 2021

Venus and Mercury will meet up with Uranus back to back starting April 22. This could mean an unexpected payday is heading your way or an idea of yours could really take off. Just don’t forget to give credit and show your appreciation for those who helped along the way when Saturn gets involved on April 24. Be mindful of your sleep schedule around the full moon in Scorpio on April 26– adequate rest is extra important right now. When Pluto stations retrograde the following day, you’ll be reflecting on how you can transform your career over the coming months. Go for the gold, but take it slow.

Taurus (Apr 21 – May 20)

It may be best to take a breather as April gets started. With Mercury’s move into Aries on April 3, you may feel exhausted and restless all at once. Save your energy for your season which is rapidly approaching. On April 5 your ruler Venus is in a fabulous alignment with Mars, and you’ll find that taking a step back helps you find the value in yourself and your affairs.

You may have something to celebrate the weekend of April 10, as Venus sextiles Jupiter. With Mars at odds with Neptune others may be envious towards you, which could kill your vibe a bit. The new moon in Aries on the following day makes it clear that this is the end of one cycle, and the beginning of another. It can be hard to let people go, but you simply can’t tolerate anyone who tries to undermine you. As the Sun aligns with Mars on April 12 you’ll be in a delightful mood, living in a  drama-free mindset will make you feel ten times lighter. When Venus enters your sign on April 14, you’ll have a strong urge to live authentically. People who don’t understand your needs simply have no place in your world.

April 17 features a minor grand trine between Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. A recent accomplishment will change the way you relate to yourself. This aspect will motivate you to take that next step, so get moving. When the Sun and Mercury enter your sign in unison on April 19, you’ll feel untouchable and on top of your game. Happy Taurus season! However, it doesn’t stop there. On April 22, Venus joins Uranus in your sign and you’ll likely receive a blessing out of the blue.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Taurus in 2021

The full moon in Scorpio calls your attention back to relationships on April 26. It’s time to come to peace with letting go of an important relationship, or simply letting go of the expectations you place on others. Pluto Retrograde gets underway on the following day. This marks the start of a five-month review of your deep-rooted beliefs. Perhaps there are some ideals that may be outdated, and some addendums to your personal rule book may be called for.

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Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

Mercury moves into Aries on April 3, calling you to connect with groups and friends you haven’t seen in a while. As Venus aligns nicely with Mars on April 5, social interactions will leave you feeling motivated, so surround yourself with uplifting people. When Mars gets involved with Neptune later in the week, the current goals you’re chasing might leave you feeling overwhelmed. Try not to wear yourself out.

Mercury connects with Saturn on April 10, making this weekend is ideal for catching up on work you may have been avoiding. Tackling things head-on will help that anxious feeling subside. Under the new moon in Aries on April 11, you might just realize that some of your hopes and dreams have changed in the last six months or so. This energy will help you clearly define the new direction you want to take. Venus moves into Taurus on April 14, and it would be wise to take a step back from all this big picture thinking and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer in the here and now.

Mercury will be instigating a minor grand trine with Mars and Jupiter on April 17. This upcoming weekend spends time with people who share the same ideologies. Magnificent things can happen when great minds discuss ideas. As Mercury meets up with Sun on April 19, they both step into Taurus together. You’ll be feeling ultra inspired, and while you may feel compelled to tell everyone, it’s best to hold out for a while. Make your moves in silence.  Mercury conjuncts Uranus on April 22 and you might receive some surprising news over the next couple of days.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Gemini in 2021

The full moon in Scorpio is a great time to take a break from the daily routines. Scorpio rules your sixth house and this area covers your health. If work feels like it’s too much to handle you shouldn’t feel guilty about taking a mental health day. Pluto Retrograde will start on the following day and for the next five months, you’ll be excavating any negative or limiting beliefs that run wild in your consciousness.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Think big this month. When Mercury enters Aries on April 3, now is the time to start moving and shaking towards your ultimate dream. As Venus sextiles Mars on April 5, you can expect creativity to flourish. The next three days are a wonderful time to work on projects. Do try to refrain from getting too caught up in the details. Doing so could leave your brain feeling fatigued, especially when Mars and Neptune end up in an unfavorable alignment around April 8.

You’ve got some lofty goals for yourself, and while you’re on the fast-track to them, remember that you’re not alone. As Venus and Mercury create helpful aspects to Jupiter and Saturn, leaning on the support and resources you have is a wise choice. Now that you’re heading in the right direction, the new moon in Aries on April 11 will ask you to really level up. Dwell on what’s next. In the coming week, the Sun will sextile Mars and you could learn something new that really changes your perception of things. Venus moves into Taurus on April 14 and it’s time to reconnect with your tribe.

A grand minor trine between Mercury, Mars and Jupiter will take place the weekend of April 17. This is all about how your career life sits with your spiritual side and your deep need to care for others. This alignment will help you restore the balance. When Mercury and the Sun meet up and move into Taurus on April 19 you’ll be focused on your loved ones. This is a good week to foster any relationships that need it. As Mercury catches up with Uranus around April 22, someone from your past might pop up out of nowhere. This will be a pleasant surprise.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Cancer in 2021

As the month draws to a close focus on the simple things. The full moon in Scorpio on April 26 is influencing you to let loose and have some fun. With Mercury and Venus linking up on the same day, plan a happy hour with some friends. The people in your life mean a lot to you, show them you care. It’s your close relationships that will be transforming as Pluto Retrograde gets started on April 27. For the next five months, you’ll be questioning some partnerships. Make sure that the people you spend the most time with align with your future goals.

Leo  (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Mercury moves into Aries on April 3 and you’ll suddenly have a real thirst for knowledge. If you’re interested in something, dive a little deeper over the next few weeks. As Venus joins forces with Mars on April 5, connect with people who have similar interests, you can still learn a lot from them. With Mars in a challenging aspect to Neptune on April 8, just don’t let insecurities or delusions of grandeur get in your way when it comes to making genuine connections.

The new moon in Aries on April 11 could open some new doors for you. Wisdom can be one of your greatest strengths, so share it often and apply it to your own life. As the Sun sextiles Mars on the following day, don’t hold back from spilling some secrets about yourself. Being an open book will have you feeling empowered. This will start a chain reaction, as you help others open up too. And with Venus’s move into Taurus on April 14, the spotlight will be just where you like it, on your’s truly. Over the next couple weeks expect to be making an ample amount of public appearances.

The weekend of April 17 there’s a minor grand trine between Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. You could come to an important realization about just how much the people you keep around truly provide for you, and not just in a monetary sense. Go the extra mile to show your appreciation. Mercury and the Sun will get together and enter Taurus on April 19. You’ll prefer to be in a diverse group setting at this time. All social interactions will be eye-opening experiences this Taurus season.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Leo in 2021

The full moon in Scorpio on April 26 is calling you to pay attention to your family. If you have some close relatives you haven’t spoken to in a while, this is a good time to pick up the phone and give them a call. Pluto stations retrograde on April 27 and you should use the next five months to re-establish some routines, particularly the ones related to your health. Start looking for the right diet and exercise routine that fits into your schedule and lifestyle. This transit will also give you a boost to kick any bad habits.

Virgo  (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

On April 3 your ruler Mercury steps into Aries. If you haven’t done your taxes, this transit will light the fire underneath you. Get ‘er done! The next two weeks are also a good time to settle any lingering debts you may have. As Venus aligns with Mars, facing finances head-on will be a rewarding experience. Just don’t get preachy as Mars aligns with Neptune on April 8. You may think you’re helping your friends, but money is a sensitive subject for some, and it’s best to keep your opinions to yourself right now.

The new moon in Aries on April 11 marks a fresh start when it comes to intimacy. How can you be a little more open within your close friendships? The Sun sextiles Mars the next day and you may find that letting certain people into your heart space fills the void you have been feeling lately. Venus enters Taurus on April 14 and this is an optimal position to expand your mind, there is a new lesson to learn every day. As both the Sun and Mercury each form a grand minor trine with Mars and Jupiter, take a look at the deepest parts of yourself. Coming to terms with your fears and anxieties will help them subside.

Mercury and the Sun get together on April 19 and make the move into fellow earth sign, Taurus. You’ll be ready to step into a higher vibe. If you are spiritual or religious, you may be called to pay more attention to this aspect of your life. Doing so will give you some profound insight as Mercury and Uranus meet up around April 24. This will feel like you’re fully stepping into your personal power. The following day Mercury gets involved with Venus, who is currently in an intense lock with Saturn. Something in your daily routine has to change. At first, you might not like it, but you’ll be aware that there are benefits to this.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Virgo in 2021

The full moon in Scorpio on April 26 is asking you to communicate. This is a good time to speak up about anything that has been getting under your skin. We know you don’t like conflict but sometimes it’s unavoidable. This is one of those times. The following day Pluto stations retrograde in Capricorn, and for the next five months, you’ll be restoring your creative life. In what ways can you generate inspiration? Get out there and find a new muse or passion.

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Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

When Mercury moves into Aries on April 3, you’ll be thinking a lot about others. Is there someone on your mind you haven’t heard from in a while? Reach out. As your ruler Venus makes a favorable alignment with Mars, conversing with people close to you will really open your eyes. They’ll help you see your problems from a new perspective. But you can’t rely on them to make the changes as Mars squares Neptune on April 8. Only you have that power, and it requires action on your part.

Venus and Jupiter are sending you some good vibes on April 10 and this is a magnificent weekend to spend with someone you’re fond of. There is an endless amount of innocent fun to be had, especially with the new moon in Aries on April 11. A relationship could enter a new phase at this time. As Venus moves into Taurus on April 14, focus on strengthening the bonds that are important to you. With a minor grand trine between the Sun, Mars and Jupiter on the following day, doing so will make you appreciate life on a grander scale. This is a time to express your love in unrestrained ways. Be open to receiving and giving, you know how important balance is in all your relationships.

Mercury and Sun form a conjunction as they both enter Taurus on April 19. This will entice you to let go of the past. What’s done is done and it’s time to rid yourself of any guilt you may be hanging on to. As Venus meets up with Uranus on April 22, you may realize how your emotional blocks put restraints on partnerships. When your ruler moves on to Mercury, they both will feel the wrath of Saturn on April 25. Break free from the chains that hold you down once and for all, the resistance you’ve been feeling is of your own doing.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Libra in 2021

As an air sign, you tend to think of others more so than yourself, but the full moon in Scorpio on April 26 is asking for the opposite. Take time out to really center and care for yourself. Pluto stations retrograde on the following day and throughout the next five months of 2021, you’ll be excavating your emotional foundation. A change of house may be in order and you could start to plan a big move, but the decluttering process will be lengthy.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

As Mercury moves into Aries on April 3, your day-to-day life could get a little hectic, work and chores will be demanding much of your energy and resources. As Venus aligns with Mars on April 5, be sure to put aside some time for restorative relaxation. If you don’t take a moment to rest, you’ll be all tuckered out by April 8 when Mars is at a tough angle to Neptune.

The new moon in Aries on April 11 offers a fresh start when it comes to your daily routine. You may feel compelled to implement a new diet or exercise regime. Your work schedule might also be changed at this time. On the same day, Venus will get involved with both Jupiter and your ruler Pluto. Changes in your immediate schedule are never easy, but they are necessary. You’ll soon find that whatever is implemented at this time will have a positive effect on your emotional wellbeing. When Venus moves into sensual Taurus on April 14, you will likely to have love on the brain.

By the grand minor trine between Mercury, Mars and Jupiter on April 17, you will come to terms with the recent changes and feel empowered by them. As Mercury and the Sun meet up and move into Taurus on April 19, you can give your full attention to your social life. When both Venus and Mercury get involved with Uranus later in the week, the people closest to you will show up in unexpected ways. When Saturn butts in on April 25, an older relative may have some tough love for you. Remember at the end of the day that this advice still comes from a place of love.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Scorpio in 2021

The full moon in your sign on April 26 is a time to celebrate just how far you’ve come. When Pluto stations retrograde on the following day, this marks the start of a five-month transformation. During this time you’ll be working on your communication skills. How can you properly articulate who you are on the inside to the outside world? This transit will help you stop projecting your feelings unto others, you’ll be refining the art of expression.

Sagittarius  (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

As Mercury moves into Aries on April 3 you’ll be finding a new way to have fun in the here and now. You don’t have to travel far to have an adventure. As Venus sextiles Mars on April 5, this is an optimal time to plan a staycation with a good friend. Keeping an active itinerary will liberate you from feeling trapped as Mars squares Neptune around April 8. Spend the week exploring your local area or plan something for every night of the week if you can’t take time off.

Your ruler Jupiter will be in a favorable angle to Venus on April 10, making this the weekend to focus on any creative projects or pursuits. With the new moon in Aries on April 11, a fresh wave of inspiration will hit. Just run with it. As Venus moves into Taurus on April 14 you’ll have the capacity to give your craft some extra TLC. Over the next several days Jupiter will be aligned with the Sun, Mercury and Mars–this is favors for getting other people involved. The upcoming weekend is a good time to spend in the company of others.

The Sun and Mercury will join forces as they move into Taurus on April 19, prompting you to switch up the usual routine. You now have the ability to tackle the daunting task of daily life in fun and exciting ways. This transit will also help you really pick up the pace at work, your energy levels could receive a noticeable boost. Both Mercury and Venus cross over Uranus later in the week around April 22. Hang on, because things may get chaotic at work, but this should blow over quickly.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Sagittarius in 2021

Spend some time in solitude during the Scorpio full moon on April 26. You’ll be reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future at the same time. Sitting alone with yourself will give you overall clarity. Pluto Retrograde officially begins on the following day. Over the course of the next five months, reexamine your relationship with money. Some strict budgeting may be in order.

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Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Mercury moves into Aries on April 3 and your thoughts are drifting towards home. Perhaps you are moving or doing some major renovations. Whatever is going on, it is all-consuming. As Venus and Mars combine their energy on April 5, it may be best to take some time off of work to attend to these matters. If things at your living quarters aren’t in order, nothing else is. Get your chores and errands done early in the week. By April 8, Mars will be at odds with Neptune and you won’t feel like doing much.

The coming weekend is best spent cuddled up at home. You’ll be feeling extra comfy and cozy thanks to Venus sextile Jupiter, so get lost in a good book or Netflix binge. The new moon in Aries on April 11 might inspire you to update your digs. You’ll feel the urge to paint, rearrange and go for a whole new vibe. This is also an excellent time for some spring cleaning with Mercury influencing your ruler Saturn. By April 14, you’ll be enveloped in-home projects as Venus moves into fellow earth sign Taurus. While you thoroughly enjoy manual labor, take a break. When your mind is at play, inspiration will flourish, as Mercury forms a minor grand trine with Jupiter and Mars around April 17.

The Sun and Mercury join forces and transit Taurus together on April 19, prompting you to connect with your inner child and focus on the joy of expression. The energy around April 22 is electric as both Mercury and Venus conjunction Uranus back to back, before meeting up themselves. Being spontaneous could take you to some wonderful places. Do mind your spending around April 25 as Saturn gets involved or you’ll regret it in the near future.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Capricorn in 2021

April 26 marks the full moon in Scorpio, illuminating your social life. After a period of isolation, it could be time to rejoin the group. Socializing is a form of stress relief too, and your friends miss you. The next day of 2021 kicks off Pluto Retrograde. You’re currently Pluto’s long-term host, and this will be about getting to the core of who you really are. Things that no longer serve you will just have to make their way out the door over the next five months.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19)

Mercury enters Aries on April 3 and for the next couple of weeks, you’ll have no qualms about speaking your mind. The confidence you exude will have an effect on others as Venus aligns with Mars on April 5. However, around April 8 be careful with your word choices, as the people surrounding you are likely to be extra sensitive right now due to a Mars square Neptune. This alignment gives you our two cents the power to cut like a knife.

The new moon in Aries might put you in the mood to explore. If you haven’t gotten out much lately, this is the week to do it. With the Sun influencing Mars there is fun to be had, go seek it out and get lost in revelry. As Venus moves into Taurus, home is where the heart is. You will feel called to spend more time with family or tending to home matters. Doing anything centered around the home will have you feeling warm and fuzzy for the next couple of weeks.

The Sun and Mercury get together before they journey into Taurus together. You may recognize some emotions that have been stirring beneath the surface. Letting it out can have a positive outcome as both Mercury and Venus will visit your ruler Uranus back to back around April 22. Accepting a harsh reality is never fun, and as Mercury and Venus meet up on April 25, Saturn gets involved. There is a lesson to be found in this experience, even the emotionally tough ones. Once you deal with your feelings, you can finally put the past behind you.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Aquarius in 2021

The full moon in Scorpio on April 26 is asking you to take a step back and acknowledge just how far you’ve come. You’re in a much better place than the previous years, so take time out to celebrate that. This may also be a time where you achieve a goal and the glory is all yours. Pluto Retrograde begins the following day, and for the next five months, you’ll be re-examining your perspective of death and rebirth. Every ending is a beginning, so look toward the future with hope in your heart.

Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)

As Mercury moves into Aries on April 3, it’s time to pay attention to your money. If you haven’t been sticking to your budget, this is an excellent time to get back on track. Feeling down recently? Reach out to someone who can give you an emotional pep talk, with Venus in a favorable alignment to Mars on April 5. Around April 8, someone might pick a fight with you as Mars forms a challenging alignment with your ruler Neptune. Don’t feed into any animosity.

The new moon in Aries on April 11 is a great time to get your finances in order. Any long-term plans made now have the power to stick around. On the following days, Mars forms a magnificent aspect with the Sun, and this will help lighten the mood. As Venus enters Taurus on April 14, this is also an excellent time to get out and about. Afternoon walks can do wonders for your soul. The upcoming weekend will feature a grand minor trine between Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. Spend some time in solitude to sort out your feelings, it all boils down to your core values. Once you can embody those, the drama will no longer eat at you.

As Mercury and the Sun form a conjunction, they move into Taurus on April 19 and the focus will be on your communication skills and help you ensure that others clearly understand where you’re coming from. As Mercury and Venus meet up with Uranus later in the week around April 22, you’ll be surprised at how many blessings can pop up when you speak your peace with love.

How Pluto Retrograde Affects Pisces in 2021

The full moon in Scorpio on April 26 will have you feeling wise. You’ve learned a lot throughout the years and you can use this knowledge going forward. Pluto Retrograde in 2021 starts the next day. This marks a five-month reconstruction of your social life. You may be joining new groups or organizations, and cutting ties with any circles that no longer resonate with you. You are only as good as the company you keep, so make sure you consciously place yourself in high vibe environments.

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