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April 2021 Aries Overview Horoscope
Ready for renewal? At this point, everyone on the planet is, and lucky for you, Aries, a fresh start is yours for the taking. The Sun is in your sign until April 19, anointing you the star of Aries season. If spending a second birthday in quarantine or with limited celebrations is bumming you out, no judgment. But here’s a little good news: April’s skies are mapped in your favor and opening up lots of opportunities for you to begin on a new path.
You don’t have to go it alone either! Your ruling planet, Mars, is in Gemini until April 23, energizing your third house of communication and kindred spirits. Since March 3, cosmic catalyzer Mars has been prodding your solo-act sign to be more vocal and to team up with people whose skills complement yours. Got a message to share? This is the month to shout it from the metaphorical rooftops—or maybe, hmm, sing it from the actual top of your building! (Never say never when there’s an Aries involved…)
When Taurus season begins on April 19, you’ll settle into a more grounded groove as the Sun heats up your stabilizing second house. It’s time to reboot your spring routines and start working steadily toward a few goals. This practical and productive four-week cycle spotlights your money—from earnings to savings to budgeting.
Ready to pursue a new direction? One of your birthday wishes or Aries-season epiphanies could start to take tangible shape. Test the waters with small, concrete steps for the next four weeks. For example, if you’re considering a relocation, rent an Airbnb in that town and see what it’s like to actually live there. You never know if an idea has real potential until you take action. Run any lofty ideas by your trusted crew (tip: avoid the fear-driven naysayers for now). Crunch a few numbers, make a list of the pros and cons, then, if it passes the test—give it a whirl!
Week 1: April 1-11
The first week and a half of the month is your time to bask in your solar power. Pursue your passion projects and personal initiatives without apology. Momentum builds in the days leading up to the year’s only Aries new moon, which arrives on Sunday, April 11. This lunar lift marks your “personal new year,” a fresh start that will become increasingly real between now and the October 20 Aries full moon. Give your dreams a six-month trajectory and start making moves!
But don’t leave it up to chance! We recommend using a technique by prominent Japanese astrologer Keiko called “power wishing” from her book The Power Wish. It helps you frame your new moon intentions with a new kind of clarity, helping you call in specifically what you want.
An important inventory to take this week: Are the people around you supporting your dreams or discouraging you, even subtly? On Friday, April 9, your ruling planet, Mars, locks into a befuddling square with hazy Neptune, driving up confusion and mixed messages.
It’s true that Aries tend to rush into things headlong (and headstrong), and some of those raised eyebrows your actions have provoked may have been duly earned. While it’s never a bad idea to look both ways before leaping, your nature is to blaze trails. You’ve been doing it your whole life! By now, you’re used to the overprotective types getting nervous at news of your grand adventures.
With forthright Mars in Gemini and your communication sector, you’ll be tempted to share prematurely or even to overshare. But the harsh beam from dodgy Neptune in Pisces and your twelfth house of the subconscious could trigger deep insecurities and doubt. That’s the last thing you need when you’re on a mission, Ram. Monitor your mindset. Be vigilant about what you take in because someone’s skeptical voice COULD become the voice in your head, chipping away at your willpower and resolve.
Balancing between your logical left brain and your intuitive right will help settle this Mars-Neptune square. If you find yourself overthinking this week, take some time out to meditate, journal or get out in nature so you can tune in to your inner guidance. On the other hand, if you’re drifting into an unrealistic terrain, pause to map out a budget and timeline and to get some sound advice. Talk to experienced people who can set aside their emotions and help you think it all through objectively.
Week 2: April 12-18
Your next big step
Well, now that you’ve had your big new moon moment, where do you go from here? This week helps you start playing out possibilities. But things come to an intense culmination on Saturday, April 17, a day that features two major planetary alignments: a Sun-Saturn 90-degree square (clash) and a fast-flowing 120-degree trine between energizer Mars and supersizer Jupiter. Everything from your visionary ideas to your most entrenched power struggles can crescendo quickly.
Let’s start with the square between the Aries Sun and powermonger Pluto, which is in Capricorn and your tenth house of career, public image and authority. There are two Sun-Pluto squares every year, and this one brings you face to face with the ways you may resist being told what to do. While you respect a strong alpha leader, you’re no beta. If somebody’s rules or protocols don’t make sense, there’s no way you’ll simply fall into lockstep.
This Saturday you may need to negotiate the delicate balance of asserting your opinions and NOT undermining others in the process. Keep your ego in check and prepare to navigate around people pulling rank. Note: You OR another person might be trying to force a self-serving agenda.
Has your life gotten TOO routine? This shake-up can actually help! The Sun-Pluto square could put you in touch with your own transformational powers, reminding you of your deeper purpose—as well as your need to express it.
You’ll get a big surge from Saturday’s Mars-Jupiter trine, a global megaphone for your visionary message. As these bold and pioneering planets connect in the most people-centric parts of your chart, collaborators and supporters could crop up from all directions. Bring on the thought leaders and fellow trailblazers! If you have a message to share, it could spread like wildfire, especially through your network of fans and friends.
Making a big ask? Don’t be shy about posting on social networks. Stay open to new ideas or input from people who may see things through a different lens than yours.
Watch your temper, though, because both of this week’s transits could activate your anger, which is already easily triggered when sensitive buttons get pushed. You may feel rushed into making a decision, or YOU could be the one pressuring someone into partnering up.
Week 3: April 19-25
Plan your work—and work your plan
Get ready to settle down a bit this week. On Monday, April 19, the Sun departs your sign and shifts into Taurus, putting its focus on building, practical planning and financial stability. Did Aries season spark some creative or novel ideas? Now you can get busy turning the best of the bunch into concrete plans.
While el Sol is in steady Taurus, you’ll win by taking a step-by-step approach to any project. Patience and sustained effort will be necessary, so watch out for your tendency to lose interest and chase after the next bright and shiny thing!
This isn’t a time to rush into uncharted waters or go deep on get-rich-quick schemes. Aim for long-term stability and gold-standard investments. Your payoff won’t happen overnight—but when it does, it will be worth the wait. Now’s the time to set clear and simple intentions and take the first steps. Trust that momentum will build slowly and steadily, a prudent approach in the Year of the Metal Ox as well.
Home is where the heat is on Friday, April 24, as feisty Mars (your ruling planet) enters emotional Cancer and your home and family zone until June 11. As forthright Mars exits your communication center, you may find yourself forced to face some hurt feelings or sullen silences.
The key to maintaining harmony at Chateau Aries? Harness the pent-up Martian energy into more physical activity. Make sure you get out of the house when cabin fever (and frustration) start to build. Take inspiration from Aries actor Kate Hudson, whose workout mantra is “break a sweat every day.” Invite relatives or roommates for a bike ride or to tackle a gardening project if you have outdoor space. It could break the tension and keep anger from boiling over.
Mars likes to keep busy, so you may be motivated to start a home-based business or launch some household improvements. Try rearranging the furniture with an eye to creating better flow. You may even want to give our Feng Shui course a whirl. If you end up with enough space to dance around the living room, so much the better! Considering a move? The next few weeks are a perfect time for your search.
Week 4: April 26-30
A fitting finale
The month comes together with a grand flourish on Monday, April 26, when the annual Scorpio full moon pierces the depths of your intimate, powerful eighth house. Something that’s been hidden could come into stark view—possibly even from the depths of your own emotional well. This lunar moment could bring a huge release or transformation.
If you’ve been moving toward a deeper commitment or merging your resources with someone, this could be a make-or-break point. Is it time to go “all in” instead of being semi-official? The eighth house rules extremes, so some Aries could officially part ways with a business or romantic partner, divvying up your assets and pursuing your separate paths.
The full moon will form a looser T-square with disruptor Uranus and structured Saturn, a three-way tug o’ war which could leave you torn between whether to make a huge change to your life or to stick with what you’ve already got. Your may feel this particularly around your work, friendships and finances.
Everything is likely to feel supercharged by the full moon, but on Tuesday, April 27, potent Pluto will start its annual five-month retrograde, giving you second thoughts. As transformational Pluto reverses through Capricorn and your tenth house of career, long-term goals and structure between now and October 6, you may do some serious soul-searching about your future.
You may have a few “WTF am I doing with my life anyway?” moments, which will only be amplified by the current state of the world. If you’re considering a reinvention of your professional path, the spring and summer stars support you taking your time to explore possibilities and dabble in new skillsets.
You could already have one eureka moment on Friday, April 30, when the confident Sun and trailblazer Uranus make their once-a-year conjunction (meetup). Under their electrifying connection in Taurus, they’ll charge up your second house of work and money. This is a day to break out of the box and expect the unexpected. You may just find yourself fielding an offer you simply can’t refuse.