Get Ready For Retrograde Chaos! Your April Horoscope Is Here

The time has come

By Lauren Payne | 27th March 2024

Well, it’s finally here – the first Mercury retrograde of 2024. We all know just how chaotic Mercury retrograde can be, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare yourself so you can easily breeze through this tumultuous period. 

Mercury retrograde will begin on April 2 and end on April 26 and will stay in the sign of Aries the entire time. Because Aries is such a fiery sign, you may feel more frustrated than normal with all the setbacks and roadblocks that come with this kind of thing. However, if you have an idea about what’s coming, you’ll be able to keep calm and carry on. 

Ready to prepare for the first retrograde of 2024? Then read on to see what little Mercury has in store for you in April! 

Hot tip: Always read horoscopes for your rising sign first, and then your sun sign. If you don’t know your rising sign, you can generate your birth chart for free online using your birth date, location, and time. If you know your exact birth time, your rising sign will be more accurate!

March 21 – April 19

If you have a hair or makeup appointment booked in this month, I’d recommend rescheduling. Mercury retrograde will be happening in your first house of self, presentation, and motivation, and if you go ahead with this kind of appointment, you may not be pleased with the results. So, maybe wait a while, and have a think about how you’d really like to look when you step out into the world – you can thank me later. 

April 20 – May 20

This is a great time for you to retreat to your cosy nest and simply be. You’ve been extremely busy and haven’t exactly had heaps of time at home, which has no doubt annoyed you a little bit. You love your home, that’s why you’ve transformed it into your own special sanctuary. So, when your social battery has finally fizzled out, allow yourself to become a gorgeous little hermit before you say something you may regret later.

May 21 – June 20

This is a time for you to reflect on the people you surround yourself with and think about whether they’re helping you create the life you want for yourself or if they’re blocking you in some way. You may find yourself gravitating towards a new group of friends or professional connections. You may also start to notice that not everyone around you wants to see you shine and are doing a few shady things to stop you from moving forward. So, during this Mercury retrograde, just pay attention to the people around you and watch what you say to them.

June 21 – July 22

If you’ve got a project or business you’re wanting to launch soon, maybe hold off for the time being. With Mercury retrograde happening in your tenth house of career, vocations, and public image, any small mistake will be amplified and clearly visible to the outside world. So, to avoid a mad scramble to fix any issues, spend this month going over your project and refining things before you share it with the world.

July 23 – August 22

You’re itching to book an international holiday, aren’t you? Well, instead of booking your flights and accommodation right this second, it might be better for you to explore your options as Mercury retrograde goes through your eleventh house of travel, learning, and philosophy. You may find accommodation at a cheaper price or flights that better suit your schedule. You don’t want to get your dates mixed up either, so spend this month researching and planning your trip, rather than making bookings. Future you will thank you!

August 23 – September 22

Mercury retrograde will be moving through your eighth house of personal transformation, growth, and finances, which means you’ve got some deep reflection to do. Usually, Mercury retrograde urges us to edit and refine the part of our life it’s interacting with (aka the house of your birth chart it’s happening in), but in your case, it’s asking you to reflect on something deeper. You’ll be thinking about how you’ve gotten yourself to this point in life, where you want to be going next, and whether you’re financially prepared to head in that direction. I’d recommend writing down all your thoughts, so you don’t feel too overwhelmed. 

September 23 – October 22

During this Mercury retrograde, you may find yourself reconsidering a few relationships and partnerships you may have. Someone may have said something to annoy you or there may be a bit of miscommunication between you and your partner if you’re already coupled up. If you’re swimming in the dating pool, make sure you’re double-checking your messages, so you don’t accidentally send a text you weren’t meant to send or get the location of your next date wrong. Just stay alert this month to avoid any awkward mishaps. 

October 23 – November 21

While Mercury is in retrograde this month, it’s probably a good idea for you to double-check your work emails and deadlines, so you don’t accidentally miss something. With this month’s retrograde happening in your sixth house of work, daily life, and health, you may also want to keep a closer eye on appointment times and your to-do list, just so you don’t forget to attend a meeting or accidentally arrive to your client meeting three hours early (trust me it can happen!).  

November 22 – December 21

This Mercury retrograde may be fun for you because it’s moving through your fifth house of pleasure, joy, and creativity. This is a great time to moodboard and think about any creative projects you’d like to begin once things clear up a bit astrologically. So, write down all the things you’d like to try, artistic mediums you want to explore, and hobbies you’d like to have a crack at. Chances are, once you give them a go, you’ll discover something incredibly fun you may not have been normally tempted to try.   

December 22 – January 19

When mercury retrograde begins, you may have a disagreement or two with some family members. Why? Most likely there will be some miscommunication, an unanswered call, or some other issue that may become a mountain instead of a molehill. To avoid this, answer all calls from the fam, read over texts before you send them, and if you’re chatting in person, just pause before you say something that usually your family wouldn’t mind hearing, because right now everyone will be a bit more on edge and you don’t want to be the reason everything blows up. 

January 20 – February 18

Aquarius is an air sign, which means usually, your communication skills are on point. However, with this mercury retrograde going through your third house of communication, siblings, and local environment, you may have trouble articulating your thoughts and ideas. Instead, it may be best to write yourself a couple of notecards to read off if you’re giving a presentation, draft your emails in a Word document before you send them, and back up all your files so you don’t lose anything if your trusty tech crashes on you. If you take the time to check everything first, you’ll still be able to share your thoughts and ideas as seamlessly as you normally would.  

February 19 – March 20

You may be feeling a little sensitive during this month’s Mercury retrograde. You’re already a sensitive soul, but as Mercury goes retrograde in your second house of income, value, and self-confidence, you may find yourself reassessing either your income sources or your values and where you draw your self-confidence from. No matter where your focus is, it may rock you more than usual, so take a deep breath and remember that you’ve been through tough moments like this before and you’ve come out the other side unscathed, and you’ll no doubt do it again now. 

By Lauren Payne When she’s not chewing your ear off about the full moon, Lauren can be found making playlists and sipping her third coffee of the day.



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