April 2023 Horoscope: Eclipse and Retrograde Season Are Here

April comes in like a Ram, with an active Aries season and the year’s first eclipse. But after April 20, things slow down—and you might be grateful for the break. Here’s your April 2023 horoscope.

April 2023 is about taking bold risks, then pausing to integrate. Without those vital breaks, you’ll be living in disorientation nation. March served up two massive cosmic changes. On March 7, Saturn moved into Pisces for the first time since 1996 and Pluto took its first dip into the Aquarian seas since 1798. And this April 20, eclipse season begins, as a double-header Aries new moon arrives as a solar eclipse.

Aries season provides the glide into April astrology

For the first three weeks of April, the Sun is in Aries, the first zodiac sign, prompting us to take initiative around our personal passions. And El Sol’s got a sidekick in that department. Expansive and ebullient Jupiter is spending its last full month in Aries, thrusting us all out of our comfort zones…ready or not. 

Even better? On April 11, the Sun and Jupiter make their once-a-year-meetup, believed by some astrologers to be the luckiest day of the year. The Sun-Jupiter conjunction has been called The Day of Miracles—and we hope you have plenty!—but that doesn’t mean you can’t be proactive about boosting the odds that you’ll manifest your desires. Fortune favors the bold that day, especially since this event takes place in can-do Aries. Make the first move and watch the results come back double.

Of course, when you focus on yourself and what you want, you naturally begin to see where relationships are out of alignment. The April 6 Libra full moon, which will oppose Chiron, offers a chance for healing and recalibration. Where could you use more support? And where are certain relationships off-balance, leaving little room left for yourself? 

Earth Day and an eclipse color your April 2023 horoscope

While some people will be celebrating Earth Day or debating cannabis strains on April 22, the planets will be having their own kind of festival. A few days before, on April 20, there’s an Aries solar eclipse. Then the Sun shifts into Taurus for a month, bringing us back down to earth. The following four weeks offer a chance to slow down and reconnect with what matters: your values, priorities and the physical plane.

If Aries season got you too high on your own supply, you might experience a minor crash when Mercury, the planet of communication and technology, turns retrograde in Taurus from April 21 to May 14. Nearly the entire Taurus season will be taken up by this signal-scrambling cycle, so use it as an opportunity to process all the new energy that’s come in.

And there’s a lot of energy for your April 2023 horoscope! With go-getter Mars in domestic Cancer (it’s most challenged “fall” position) until May 20, scattering your energy in too many directions isn’t worth it. Better to use this time for emotional processing and to get anchored back in yourself.

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Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are the founders of Astrostyle.com and the authors of multiple bestselling astrology books. Their horoscopes reach millions here and through their resident astrologer column at ELLE Magazine.