Joy is in the air! And it's about time, right? The Sun is blazing through Aries until April 19, heating up your fifth house of passion, creativity and self-expression. Aries is a fellow fire sign, and this season could turn out to be one of your favorite times of year. Spring has sprung, and possibilities abound, activating the boundless energy that your optimistic sign thrives on. You're emerging from the homebody hibernation of March’s Pisces season, ready to burst into vivid color like the nature around you.
While nothing can stop a Sag in bloom, you MIGHT want to look both ways as you poke your head out of that cave. Five (yes, five) planets will be retrograde this April, a challenging cycle that is ideal for inspecting and revamping. As the month begins, Venus and Jupiter (your ruling planet) are already retrograde, to be joined by Saturn, Mercury and Pluto. Retrogrades occur when the Earth and another planet pass each other in their journeys around the Sun, creating the illusion that one of them is moving backward. Since retrogrades govern the past, unfinished business often comes up to be handled, and people we haven't seen in a while (if not years) can resurface.
Translation? You'll be simultaneously putting yourself out there full-force AND finishing what you've already started. As the zodiac's visionary, you have a tendency is to start a million projects at once and to take on too much. This retrograde "high season" is the perfect time to revisit some of the gems you back-burnered and to clear your energetic space of any blocks. The past can be a powerful connector to your future—provided it's in its proper place. So have the tough but air-clearing conversation, repaint your apartment, go back to that manuscript. Turn your pioneering spirit to the goldmine you’re already sitting on instead of prospecting in unchartered terrain.
The saying "Change begins at home" could ring especially true now. Harmonious Venus, which has been retrograde since March 4, will back into Pisces and your domestic fourth house on April 2 until April 15. Is it time to increase the peace with roommates or relatives? Venus retrograde can stir up discord but also reveal cracks in a relationship that needs repair. Your mother, a child or an important female could be a source of contention. Time to make amends or set clearer boundaries? With beautifying Venus here, you might suddenly feel like upgrading your home decor. Proceed with caution, as this cycle can definitely create style misfires. Start that Pinterest mood board and collect paint swatches, but hold off on hard-to-change improvements like wallpaper or pricey new furniture.
Teamwork could prove tricky, since your ruling planet, Jupiter, is retrograde from February 6 to June 9. Jupiter is backtracking through Libra and your eleventh house of group dynamics, creating ripples among friends and collaborators. Ask yourself: Where (and who) are the weak links on Team Sagittarius? The eleventh house also rules technology, and with outspoken Jupiter gone rogue here, you might assume a lower profile on social media. Forgo posts that amplify the political echo chamber and publish thoughtful content that inspires people to look deeper within themselves. This is a good time to revamp a website or polish up your online presence. Jupiter will power forward in Libra from June 9 to October 10, making that an amazing time for a digital debut or launch a joint project. Can't wait? The April 11 Libra full moon brings a burst of energy to your group endeavors. Schedule a soft launch or hold a team summit to hash out any conflicts.
And now…on to this month's retrograde parade. It begins with structured Saturn, which happens to be in Sagittarius, putting you even more in the cosmic crosshairs. Saturn will backtrack through your sign from April 6 to August 25, a time to seriously tighten up your game. As the zodiac's risk taker, you're accustomed to leaping without a parachute and landing on your feet anyway. Well, time to get some travel insurance (and maybe skip the metaphorical skydiving). Do nothing—and we mean nothing—without a solid plan. Even if you have to scale back or delay, anything worth doing is worth doing right. Saturn rules mentors, so tap an experienced adviser or two. With the ringed planet in your first house of appearances, it may be time for a sophisticated style and image upgrade. Caution: It's a thin line between "sleek" and "severe," and no-frills Saturn could find you erring too much on the side of minimalism, chopping inches off your hair or filling your wardrobe with dull neutral tones.
Saturn also rules aging, and during this time you might be haunted with fears of being "old" or "irrelevant." This could force you to reckon with your fears surrounding identity, as well as with society's fierce ageism. (New platform for outspoken Sagittarians to take on?) While Saturn encourages you to embrace the process of becoming wiser and more mature, you can still explore ways to help your outer self match the vibrant light within. We love this thought-provoking article about "dressing your age" by former Lucky editor Kim France, who was our mentor back at Sassy magazine in the '90s. Whether through cosmetic tweaks, a wardrobe edit or a complete rebranding, the goal is to present your most aligned self to the world and magnetize like-minded souls.
Take your time with the process. Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, is retrograde from April 9 to May 3. Mercury retrograde has gotten a lot mainstream buzz in the last couple years, so you may already know the rules of thumb: Don't sign contracts you haven't reviewed with a fine-tooth comb (and maybe a lawyer), avoid buying new technology, and back up all data to the cloud. People will be obtuse and probably hours late; planes, trains and automobiles are likely to be delayed, so make sure all your devices are fully charged and you have plenty of snacks.
From April 9 to 20, Mercury will be retrograde in Taurus, snagging your sixth house of health and efficiency. Plot an epic decluttering mission or spring detox, and avoid snifflers and coughers like the plague they may be carrying. Since Mercury rules the mind, you might remove the clutter from THAT space too. Journaling and meditation can help you manage the stress that can rise up now. We love the concept of Inscape a drop-in meditation center and accompanying app that lets you grab mindful moments on the go. From April 20 to May 3, Mercury will reverse into Aries and your dramatic fifth house. You may need to navigate inflated egos and diva antics. Keep your own theatrics in check, Sag—you could easily cross the line between being entertaining and obnoxious, if not outright offensive.
Last in line on the retrograde chain is shadowy Pluto, which makes its annual U-turn in Capricorn and your second house of work and money from April 20 to September 28. Some old limiting beliefs around scarcity could crop up, and this reversal is a chance to heal any energetic blocks. You could do it through Feng Shui or space clearing—or by working with a healer to identify unconscious fears or confidence issues.
Luckily, a bit of grounding energy arrives from the Sun's month-long foray into Taurus and your orderly sixth house from April 19 to May 20. Adopt a "one day at a time approach" and focus on practical matters. When your world feels out of sorts, which it very well might, with all the retrogrades, calm the chaos by handling simple tasks. In other words, control the things you can. Exercise and healthy eating, along with adequate sleep, will do wonders to keep you feeling centered.
The Buddhist saying "Chop wood, carry water" speaks to the importance of being present in the moment. Sagittarius is the zodiac's blue-sky thinking, so living in the now can be surprisingly hard for your future-focused sign. The April 26 Taurus new moon is an excellent day to develop some new routines (or rituals!), even if it's something as simple as watering your plants every Wednesday, making your bed each morning or taking a ten-minute walk after dinner every night. The key is the consistent action, which will have a stabilizing ripple effect throughout your whole life. Make this simple activity non-negotiable. If you start a healthy-eating or exercise regimen, aim for creating habits you can stick with. It's not about what the scale says or your pants size, but making a long-term lifestyle shift. How do you feel, Archer? If you have inner peace and rootedness, that centered energy will radiate out from within.