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Horoscope April 2023: brace yourself for change!!

On the 20th of the month, a Solar Eclipse in Aries heralds big changes and we are given the bravery we need to make moves based on our own needs

April ushers us into pivotal eclipse season and a Mercury retrograde, challenging us to embody self-mastery. We kick off the month in the self-starting sign of Aries, emphasising our individuality, purpose and drive. Late March, Pluto, planet of transformation, entered Aquarius for the first time in 220 years, inciting a new cycle of (more) collective changes. Pluto in Aquarius sparks revolutions, as the future hits us by force, ushering us into a period of community changes and an exposure of systems and networks. Organisations, communities, and social spheres are all subject to inspection, as hidden information comes to light.

With Saturn in Pisces, our propensity to feel may be at an all-time high, as we become more aware of the subtle energy between us and our counterparts. We are feeling downright psychic, and the lines between us and our fellows are increasingly blurred. A Full Moon in Libra on May 6 brings relational imbalances to a tipping point, as we are encouraged to speak up when we sense inconsistencies in our dealings with others. We are prompted by the Aries Sun to keep turning our focus back to our sense of self, even if it doesn’t make us popular. With Mars newly in Cancer, we may be more attuned than usual to lapses in empathy, eager for some TLC, and equally quick to point out when it’s not being given back.

On the 3rd, messenger planet Mercury moves into Taurus, placing our attention on the here and now, as we take tangible, actionable steps to build security and sensibility. It is an excellent time to examine our finances, and also our sense of esteem, particularly as Mercury will station retrograde on the 21st. Mercury retrograde in Taurus is a time to expand upon our self-worth, values and talents. We will feel the need to simplify, slow down and do less. Think growing a garden, conserving energy and admiring the beauty around us.

On the 20th of the month, a Solar Eclipse in Aries commands that we honour our own sense of individualism and trust our gut impulses. This is a call to action, a collective untethering from restrictive relationships. Solar Eclipses incite six months of changes, and we are given the bravery we need to make moves based on our own needs, rather than overextending ourselves for others. We are encouraged to embrace what makes us individuals, and march to the beat of our own drums. Temper tantrums or righteous rage may have us on a new trajectory, and the future feels free.

Taurus season begins on the 20th, and the earthy sign of the Bull ensures that we opt for stability and comfort over the combative outbursts of Aries season. The Venusian sign of Taurus enhances our mind-body connection, and tunes us into our senses. We are artistically inspired, as our desire to infuse our daily lives with beauty and simplicity is heightened. Ruled by Venus, Taurus wants us to feel comfortable and stable, and seek out people, places and environments that match our values.


March brought Saturn’s stern gaze into your sector of the subconscious, revealing intuitive hunches that you may have been ignoring. Listen to them. Become your own disciplinarian before reality smacks you in the face. April is your call to take action based on what you are sensing and feeling. You have to honour your own gut impulses, and move based on your own set of rules. 

On the 6th, a Full Moon in your region of partnership may illuminate incompatibilities between you and a counterpart, and you may be called to speak up, especially if you feel your values are out of alignment. A Solar Eclipse in your sector of self on the 20th will incite six months of new beginnings, so adjust your focus to what you want more of. With Mercury stationing retrograde the following day in your region of finances, it's an important time to conserve energy and resources.

Aries Beauty Recommendation: Mount Sapo All-Over-Oil


As birthday season approaches, you may be more inquisitive than usual, asking yourself about what it is you truly want. Mercury enters your sign on the 3rd, promising to keep you busy and curious. The messenger planet will station retrograde in your sector of self on the 21st. This is an excellent time to let your imagination lead, and ask yourself what your ideal life would look like. Let yourself daydream. 

It’s a season where you may unearth answers to the unanswerable. With a powerful Solar Eclipse in Aries occurring in your sector of subconscious, if you can dream it, you already have it. Allow your imagination to inform the physical, and not the other way around. Play with your beliefs, and let yourself be pleasantly surprised by the impossible. Expect miracles. 

Taurus Beauty Recommendation: Saie Glowy Super Skin Foundation


It’s a month of changes, as Aries season prompts you to become more assertive. It’s time to say what you mean, but avoid being mean when you say it. The solar eclipse this month incites a six month period of adjustments to your social circle. New friends and new dreams are your next endeavour. 

You are a social sign, limber in your perspective and generously charismatic. But with Mars leaving your sign and entering Cancer, you may find that you need more emotional reassurance than usual. There are friends who are fun but who may not fit the bill when it comes to facilitating emotional conversations. Say goodbye to fair weather friends. With Mercury stationing retrograde this month, reassess and reevaluate what you need from your network. April encourages you to find that sweet spot between work and play, as you make judgement calls about your grander mission.

Gemini Beauty Recommendation: Il Makiage Dirty Talk Lipstick in William


With Mars entering your sign, you are given a boost of vitality, self-assurity and newfound confidence. It’s time to examine your sense of purpose, and figure out where it is you want to go. There are no wrong answers. Take a risk, send out resumes or drive a racecar through your boss’s office. All bold career moves will be rewarded in April, as your sector of career is accentuated. You have a tendency to shy away from the limelight, but think of this as a warm candlelit spotlight shining on your professional endeavours.  

If you need a break from the pull of the public sphere, utilise the energy on the Full Moon in Libra on the 6th to cosy up and retreat inwards. Mercury stations retrograde later in the month, prompting you to reexamine your long term legacy. Who is it that you want to become? What are you fighting for? Working towards?

Cancer Beauty Recommendation: Nécessaire The Shampoo


With the Sun blazing in fellow fire sign Aries, your sense of confidence and purpose has been restored. The way reality treats you depends on your perspective, and you spent the past few years weeding out counterparts that kept you in victimhood. Not everyone can accompany you on your trajectory to greatness. With more breathing room, it’s time to develop a new philosophy. What truly matters to you, and what petty distractions need to be waned out of focus?

With Mercury scheduled to station retrograde in your career region, you may find yourself revisiting abandoned projects, as your relationship to the material is emphasised. Stardom beckons, and you oblige. However, not everyone has been so ecstatic to see you succeed. You are seeking to balance your innate desire to light up everyone else’s light, and also be the centrepiece in your own. Remember, not everyone is on a path towards optimism. Let this solar eclipse invigorate your self-belief, and keep you glued to your own trajectory, even if it is brighter than that of your fellows. It is not your job to become anyone else’s epiphany.

Leo Beauty Recommendation: Westman Atelier Skin Activator Serum


On April 6th, a Full Moon in your sector of finances and self-esteem calls you to rebalance your focus. Are you taking on the opinions of others and adopting them as true? What projections need to be cleared from your concept of identity? How can you adopt greater faith in your own talent? If you radiate pride and self-ownership, your bank account will follow suit. It might be time to “fake it ‘til you make it” and calibrate your pocketbook. 

Make new demands in your work sector, and don’t be afraid to ask the universe for more. You are an unselfish sign, who acquires self-esteem from doing esteemable actions. Selfish people don’t worry about being selfish. A Solar Eclipse in your sector of intimacy embarks a six-month cycle of deeper awareness when it comes to how you share with others. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need.

Virgo Beauty Recommendation: Laneige Lip Treatment


Aries season lights up your sector of partnerships, and you may find that others seem more impulsive, combative and direct. A Full Moon in your sign on the 6th encourages you to reassess that fine line between codependency and interdependence. Where are the demands of others weighing on you too heavily? How can you maintain energetic hygiene when it feels like the world has gone mad?

Come up with your own rituals and routines. If something doesn’t feel or look good, you have a hard time following through. Pair your artistic vision with action, and build a life that incorporates psychic hygiene unique to you. A six-month cycle of new relationships incites on the 20th, followed by a slower Taurus season. As your appetite for self-nourishment increases, so do your steamy, dreamy romantic options.

Libra Beauty Recommendation: Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil


Part of the deal with coming to earth is you get to occupy a physical body. As much as you might occasionally prefer to be an amorphous blob, your vehicle has needs. Lean into its intelligence. Figure out what is fuel, food and a formula for longevity. Purge poison. April incites a six-month cycle of new beginnings in terms of health and daily routine. This may indicate a job change, or even a new intuitive intelligence operating through your senses. The way you treat and handle your health is directly linked to your channels of abundance and personal power. Experiment. Make adjustments. Tune in to micro-sensations that you would normally numb out.

Scorpio Beauty Recommendation: The Seated Queen Cassiopeia’s Serum Concentrate


Jupiter in fellow fire sign Aries is helping you kick start new beginnings, as you seek to follow your own gut impulse before the opinions of others. Your creative faculties are enhanced, as you transmute old energy, old ways of being, into new directions. This self-starting attitude continues for six months in your house of creative potential, encouraging you to recognize your own power. What you focus on, repeats. So use this configuration wisely, and separate the necessities from the distractions.

Learn the difference between running towards reality and running away from it. How can you keep your headspace clear, and find evidence that what you are looking for, is looking for you? Certainly not by being weighed down by the unnecessary dramas of others. As the month progresses, you are called to slow down your pace, and find a new routine. Taurus season enhances your mind-body connection, and a retrograde through it may help you pick up forgotten health habits.

Sagittarius Beauty Recommendation: Victoria Beckham Beauty EyeWear in Macaron


With Pluto finally out of your sign, your focus turns to finances, and how you can build upon your existing networks to further your reach. You are equipped to handle greater autonomy and authority, but you may find that the astrological weather has you feeling unusually sensitive and intuitive. The unexplainable has become a commonplace feature in your day-to-day. Lean into these new gifts, and try to play with your sensitivity. 

A Solar Eclipse in Aries on the 20th incites a six-month cycle of change in your home sector. This could mean it’s time for a move, or perhaps you are examining your roots and upbringing. Were you brought up with survivalist programming that no longer suits you? How can you facilitate a new living environment that feels nourishing and inspiring, rather than chaotic? Without regressing, you are pondering the past, and how the experiences of early upbringing shaped you. A rebirth is on the horizon.

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With Powerful Pluto newly stationed in your sign, it may feel like you can see through people, systems and networks. What you see, you may not like. Don’t be afraid to assert your perspective. Go where the love is, and gravitate towards creative individuals who share your passion for change. It’s an important time astrologically, as we see two extremes building. People who are choosing escapism, and people who are choosing creation.

The things you pedestal and place great weight on have shifted. Take this time to embrace transmutation, revelation and lasting change. You came here for this. With Mercury stationing retrograde, you are ready to address issues that have been swept under the rug, and assert where your values don’t match that of your fellows. It doesn’t have to be a judgement call, but it can lead to inciting some lasting resolutions.

Aquarius Beauty Recommendation: Soho Skin 24/7 Treatment


The upcoming solar eclipse in Aries incites a six-month cycle of prosperity and abundance, if you are willing to take it. With Saturn newly in your station of self, you are becoming more boundaried. Don’t become a cynic, and ditch the victimhood mentality. Look for evidence that the world around you is conspiring to shower you with blessings. Look for evidence of miracles.

You are becoming more disciplined, more truthful, and much better at following through. One of your gifts is your propensity to feel, so let it all out. Avoid numbing out to oblivion at all costs over the duration of this year, as the consequences will be lasting. In the same vein, the rewards for suiting up and showing up for your own emotional well-being will lead to bouts of luck. It’s time to formulate a new image of self, and build up your confidence.

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