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April 2021 Forecast: Sprouting Up and Rooting Down

Our monthly planetary invitations help you find embodied alignment in your daily life through perspective, reflections, and inquiry. Here's what's in store for April 2021.

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April brings new energy highlighted by the first two signs of the zodiac: Aries and Taurus. Aries energy is pure creativity—it can forge something from nothing. Think of it like a child learning to walk: It’s a good time to try something fresh, such as a new yoga or meditation practice. Keep a beginner’s mind and a child’s sense of wonder and curiosity, taking notice of what arises for you. Often we get caught up in reliving the past, which can dilute the current moment and hinder progress. 

Aries also invites you to get back in touch with your primal sense of being this month. What is calling you instinctually? Do you feel pulled in a certain direction? It’s time to take action. The new moon in Aries on April 11 ignites a fire from within to scorch negative residue left over from the prior cycle. A week later, on April 19, the Sun moves into the earth sign of Taurus, crystallizing and consolidating the steps and actions taken in Aries. Things will slow down in late April as Venus and Mercury also move into Taurus: Ground down and clarify your essential needs now, so you can create a solid foundation from which to approach your hopes and dreams.

Key Planetary Dates

April 4: On the first Sunday of the month, Mercury moves into Aries, bringing a newfound sense of sharpness and directness to your mental state. This shift clarifies thoughts that may have lacked definition and direction in prior weeks. 

April 11: The new moon in Aries is quite dynamic, bursting forth and severing ties with previous experiences of feeling trapped or stuck. Practicing kapalbhati (or skull-shining) pranayama can ignite your metabolic fire as you embrace spring.

April 14: Venus, the planet of relationships, enters its earthy home sign of Taurus. Venus in Taurus brings a deep reverence for our relationship with both the planet Earth and our body. She invites us to lean deeply into our senses and re-enchant our connection with nature. If possible, take a walking meditation or sit quietly on the earth and focus your gaze gently on any greenery within your eyesight.

April 18: Today, Mercury “goes cazimi,” an astrological term meaning that a planet is in the heart of the sun. In Aries, this gifts us a reminder to infuse all of our mental state with a heart-centric orientation. This orientation invites gratitude in action by imploring us to share resources with those around us. 

April 19: The Sun enters Taurus, slowing the initial bursting forth energy of Aries to a steadier and more consolidated pace. Mercury also enters Taurus, which can create a more grounded mental state geared toward establishing roots for future growth. To continue cultivating this balance today, try nadi shodhana, or alternate-nostril breathing. 

April 22: Venus, the planet of relationships, joins Uranus, the planet that represents authenticity, in the sign of Taurus. The invitation is to find what authentic parts of yourself want to be held, sat with, and embodied. Authenticity blossoms forth from inner stillness. Consider finding a moment of pause, perhaps on your yoga mat, placing one hand on your navel and one on your heart to create space for embodied insights. 

April 23: Mars, the planet that represents drive and desire, enters the sign of Cancer, centering on our immediate emotional state of being. This transit invites us to simply be with whatever emotion arises. We do not always have to intellectualize what is happening. We all could do better to simply feel in order to allow healing to be possible. Let yourself take Balasana, or child’s pose, if you find it comforting.

April 26: The full moon in Scorpio invites us to drop into our full depth of emotion. The full moon is in a challenging square with Saturn. What from our past still leaves us feeling emotionally abandoned and stuck? Allow yourself to reflect here. Supported twists during this moon phase can be very nourishing.

April 29: As Uranus goes cazimi in Taurus, off the heels of the full Moon in Scorpio, your most genuine self is waiting to be empowered. But, you can only do so if you have acknowledged the ways in which you have previously abandoned your true self. Renewing a daily svadhyaya, or self-reflection, practice is always very revealing.