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April 21 in the stars: Mercury goes retrograde in Taurus today, until May 14. What does this mean for you? Find out below in our daily horoscopes for Friday April 21.
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Your daily horoscopes for Friday April 21, 2023
Aries (March 21-April 19) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Mercury turns retrograde today in Taurus, muddling your second house of finances and security until May 14. Things could veer off-course for the next few weeks as the communication planet spins backward. Be a watchdog with your spending habits, and try to pay attention to where every dollar goes. It will be all too easy to lose track. At work, misunderstandings could occur no matter how clear you think you’re being. If something’s important, put it in writing—and cc yourself. P.S. Be sure to edit before you press “send.”
Taurus (April 20-May 20) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Prepare for the unexpected, Taurus! Communication planet Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus today until May 14, a double whammy for your practical sign. You may think you’re expressing yourself clearly, yet people look at you like you’re from another planet. Even your best-laid plans can get messed up through no fault of your own. Slow down, scale back, and be flexible about last-minute changes (we know, not always your strong suit). This IS a good time to reflect on your personal brand, cataloging any changes that you think can improve your public image. Just wait until Mercury turns direct on May 14 to implement anything!
Gemini (May 21-June 20) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Mercury mishaps ahead! Your ruler, the communicator planet, turns retrograde in Taurus, your twelfth house of rest and closure, until May 14. Pushing through frustration and pain isn’t the way to go during this three-week cycle, so instead turn inward. Focus on acceptance and forgiveness. Pay attention to your dreams and other “hidden” messages that may come to light. Your hyperkinetic sign seldom unwinds enough to rest deeply, so try to see this three-week “forced slowdown” as a blessing in disguise.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Could your social butterfly wings use a rest, Cancer? At the very least, you might be more discerning about who you flap around with. Today, outgoing Mercury spins retrograde in Taurus and your group activities house until May 14. With the communication planet in reverse, you may experience uncharacteristic conflict in your friendships. Or IS it all that surprising? Take off the rose-colored spectacles, Crab, and see if perhaps someone isn’t the true-blue pal you (want to) believe. This three-week pushback can help you weed out the false friends that, truth be told, drain your energy.
Leo (July 23-August 22) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Buckle your seatbelt, Leo: Work could get a little bumpy over the next few weeks as communication planet Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus, your tenth house of career, until May 14. You might clash with an authority figure over ideals, but don’t let your know-it-all streak cause you to win the battle but lose the war. This “forced slowdown” is a great time to reflect on your highest goals. If you need to go back to the drawing board, use this opportunity to review and revise and come up with an even better plan for your future.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Your ruler, Mercury—planet of communication and technology—turns retrograde today in Taurus, your ninth house of travel, study and expansion. These coming three weeks are not the best time to initiate new projects or take a trip. Of course, if you’ve got something on the books, don’t cancel: Just take extra precautions, like double-checking all your reservations, leaving early and possibly buying trip insurance. This IS a great time to RE-visit old projects. What you cast aside last year might be a treasure in the making now. And if you need to learn something new to finish it up, you’ll enjoy that process mightily!
Libra (September 23-October 22) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
When mindful Mercury turns retrograde in your intimate eighth house today, it’s time to do some emotional housecleaning. Things in the outer world may slow down or even seem to backslide between now and May 14, but instead of getting frustrated at your lack of forward progress, see this as an opportunity to process some of the intense feelings that have been building up inside—ones that you haven’t had a chance to give proper focus. Once you know where you stand, air those feelings before you explode!
Scorpio (October 23-November 21) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
It takes two to tango, Scorpio, and as communication planet Mercury turns retrograde in your partnership house today, you may find interpersonal interactions fraught with misunderstandings. It may be hard to uncross those wires, so unless you NEED to express something now, hold off until this choppy cycle ends on May 14. Otherwise, you could dig yourself in even deeper. This is a good time for reflection and reconnection. But be extra patient and give others the benefit of the doubt. Don’t be surprised if an old friend or flame reappears since retrogrades have a special way of bringing blasts from the past.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
An ounce of prevention is worth a kilo of cure, Archer—especially when communicator Mercury turns retrograde in your health and fitness house until May 14. Mercury’s backspin is a signal to slow down and make wellness your top priority. Your sign can forget there are limits to things, and this forced retreat may be just what the doctor ordered to give you the R+R you need (but seldom take). Use this time to complete any unfinished projects. You’ll feel free and unburdened once you do!
Capricorn (December 22-January 18) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Communication planet Mercury turns retrograde in Taurus today, riling things up in your fifth house of love and self-expression until May 14. Your ambitious sign has a keen vision for your future, but during this “forced slowdown,” things from your past could hold more answers for you. What creative work can you RE-visit? A former flame could reappear during this time, or your love life may hit a speed bump, indicating that things you’ve swept under the carpet need to be dealt with. Like, NOW.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Family: The source of your greatest comfort—or just another “f” word, Aquarius? Things could be a little dicey starting today as communication planet Mercury turns retrograde in your domestic fourth house until May 14. Interactions with relatives, especially female ones, may be filled with more tension than ease. This is actually a good time to peer beneath the surface and decide whether a simmering resentment is worth bringing up. If so, be diplomatic (and forgiving) and take the first step toward resolving it openly. If you find yourself thwarted in any projects, put them on hold until late next month—if possible!
Pisces (February 19-March 20) daily horoscope for Friday April 21
Bite thy tongue, Pisces! Communication planet Mercury turns retrograde in your expressive third house today until May 14. No matter how carefully you rehearse your speech, it could come out sounding defensive or hostile. Or even when you get it right, people might misconstrue your meaning. Limit your interactions, especially those with important consequences, and do more research and revision. If you must go mano-a-mano, choose those battles carefully.