April begins with the new Moon in Aries at the onset of the month, the first of three lunations. The new Moon offers a heightened sense of sensitivity and an awareness of either subtle issues from the past that are arising to be addressed or stored pain from long ago that we’re inaccurately projecting onto current situations. A couple weeks later, the full Moon in Libra brings an invitation to find more solid footing, which makes way for a healing second half of the month, which concludes with a second new Moon and a partial solar eclipse in Taurus.
Key planetary dates
March 31 or April 1: New Moon in Aries
The new Moon is co-present in the fire sign of Aries with Mercury, the planet of our thought processes, as well as the asteroid Chiron, which represents being highly attuned. Being attuned simply means that we are sensitive to situations and circumstances. This can bring two different types of experiences: being able to handle delicate situations as well as finding ourselves in situations in which we feel delicate. During this new Moon, make a conscious decision to observe this in yourself and others. Be exceptionally mindful of your words—both to others and yourself—as well as how you receive words from others until the full Moon.
April 2: Mercury cazimi in Aries
When a planet goes cazimi, it is so close to the Sun that it essentially infuses itself with the energy, which in turn enhances the energies of the planet. Mercury in Aries invites us to speak words in a courageous manner and Mercury enhanced by the Sun brings our words into alignment with the centralizing force of our hearts. Speaking from and with the heart is always a good idea. Mercury cazimi, in particular, asks us to get clear about the messages from the heart that we are ready to proclaim.
April 5: Mars conjunct Saturn in Aquarius
Mars and Saturn, known as the “malefics” in ancient astrology, possess a reputation for causing issues and obstacles in personal and collective experiences. Mars cuts ties and Saturn restricts and limits us. Both of these planets meet in the sign Aquarius, which is about technology, science, and innovation. The invitation is to use this malefic energy wisely. Ask how can you disrupt or destroy negative behavior patterns that you have adopted as a result of your relationship with technology? How is your posture when on your laptop or checking your phone? How does blue light influence your nervous system? These are important questions that it would do well for the collective to begin to consider on a more daily basis in order to make adjustments. Be mindful to go in a new direction in a disciplined way.
April 6: Venus ingress Pisces. When Venus, the goddess of love, is positioned in the empathetic and compassionate water sign of Pisces, she becomes even more exalted. This transit offers an opportunity to dissolve boundaries that were created long ago as a protective mechanism but that currently detract from the giving and receiving of love. The invitation is to elevate your individual and conditioned tendencies toward love of a higher order. Unconditional love is a beautiful thing—remember, though, that unconditional love does not include surrendering boundaries of the healthy sort.
April 15: Mars ingress Pisces. The potent planet of Mars enters into the oceans of Pisces. When Mars, the planet of direct action, is in this water sign, its direct and sharp qualities feel a little diluted and it is sent into a more diffusive aim. This brings the invitation to put action towards dreaming dreams and to take a moment away from the chasing of them.
April 16: Full moon in Libra (Square Pluto). If we heed the call to watch our words during the Aries new Moon, we will understand with clarity how power dynamics are playing out in our relationships and the relationships around us by the time the Libra full Moon arrives in mid April. This full Moon can create an upsurge of unconscious, unprocessed emotional material that needs to arise to be handled.
The key to this lunation is to be mindful of the ways you potentially go to extremes in order to avoid vulnerability. Do you stay silent in order to not feel needy, do you project your thoughts, feelings, and disappointment of unmet expectations while taking no responsibility for your emotions? Finding a way express your feeling while also owning them is the sweet spot between the extremes.
April 17: Mercury conjunct Uranus in Taurus. An earth sign, Taurus slows down any planet that visits. However, when the quick wit of Mercury meets up with Uranus, the planet of unexpected changes, things are sure to seem more volatile. Taurus holds space for Mercury and Uranus’ volatility so they have a place to land, be contained, and stay held. Mercury and Uranus in Taurus can be the moment you receive insight that comes with more concrete plans that allow you to begin putting in effort immediately. This transit can also bring with it a wake up shock that you need to just lay, relax, and allow your electrical system to reboot.
April 20: Sun ingress Taurus. The Sun enters the stable sign of Taurus and shines its light on the most embodied sign of the zodiac. During the Sun’s journey through Taurus, you are invited to drop into your body, experience your senses, and find gratitude for the simple things in life. Taurus calls us to acknowledge the wealth of the earth through appreciating it and understanding its value.
April 24: Mercury in Taurus square Saturn in Aquarius. Mercury, the plant that rules our thought processes, is in the weighted sign of Taurus. Saturn, the taskmaster, is in Aquarius, the sign of innovation. These two planets, when in these energies and in juxtaposition with one another, experience a more combative relationship. If you are doing the necessary work to make change beyond yourself, your thoughts have to be grounded in what is best—but outside of conditioned societal thought patterns that do not allow for basic care for all.
April 30: New moon in Taurus. The new Moon in Taurus brings a luxurious moment of silence. Shortly after the exact moment the new Moon commences, Venus meets Jupiter in Pisces, making for a day that can have a dream-like quality. Given the alignments, feel into luxury in any way that you can—buy yourself something nice, anoint yourself in oils, be in the arms of your beloved. You deserve to experience the beauty, abundance, and riches that life has to offer. I haven’t often observed indulgence as an invitation, however, this is a moment that invites you to be a bit more decadent in whatever way is accessible for you. Since this new Moon is an eclipse, you would do well to only indulge in things that promote health, peace, and transcendent experiences.
About our contributor
Cameron Allen began his path to understanding mind-body awareness with a degree in health and sports science and psychology. Beyond the colonized education system, he began seeking understanding through direct experience with nature, Astrology, herbalism, rootwork, yoga, and other indigenous technologies. Cameron is a herbalist, astrologer, and writer. Cameron is a student of life and continues to deepen his studies of ancient wisdom and apply it to modern life.