April 1 Mercury Retrograde in Aries

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If there is any year to not participate in any April Fools shenanigans, it would be this year. Our first Mercury Retrograde starts on April 1, 2024, and ends on April 24, 2024.

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury retrograde occurs 3–4 times during a calendar year and lasts about 21 days each time. Retrogrades are a phenomenon in astrology where the planets appear to move backward in their orbits. 

Mercury retrograde is the most well-known planetary retrograde. This time is associated with communication issues, technological glitches, and misunderstandings. 

Even though this fast-moving planet has gained a bad reputation, you can prepare yourself to use the energy of this retrograde to your advantage.

Understanding Mercury Retrograde in Aries

Mercury retrograde in Aries signifies a time when communication may become more impulsive and direct, leading to misunderstandings and conflicts. 

Aries’ bold energy amplifies Mercury’s tendency to rush into decisions without thorough consideration, resulting in hasty actions and potential disruptions in plans. 

Additionally, the impulsive nature of Aries may exacerbate technological glitches and transportation delays, further complicating matters during this retrograde period.

Astrological Insights

The influence of a Mercury retrograde on a person’s life varies depending on the sign the retrograde occurs in and the individual’s birth chart. across different zodiac signs and their respective houses in the birth chart. 

The Mercury retrograde on April 1st will be in Sidereal Aries at 3°1’. Fortunately, this retrograde won’t begin with any major aspects, so we only need to initially look at the effects of Mercury in Aries in each of the 12 astrological houses based on rising signs.

Some signs might feel the effects of this Mercury retrograde in Aries more than others. For example, Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn may feel the effects more intensely due to their cardinal nature, while Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius may experience a more moderate impact. 

Aspects and connections with other planets also play a significant role, either intensifying or easing the effects of Mercury retrograde in Aries based on their alignments.

Aries Rising

Aries Rising, this April 1st Mercury retrograde will occur in your 1st house and move backward into your 12th house. 

You may experience some isolation from your community or not feel like yourself. If you’ve been looking for a new mentor, you can use this time to make a list of your options so you can make your final decision at the end of the month.

Taurus Rising

The Mercury retrograde will take place in your 12th house and move into your 11th. 

If you have a social media presence, you’ll probably see a dip in your engagement. For those working a regular day job and have been waiting on a promotion or some information from their supervisor, you most likely won’t see any progress on this until the end of the month.

Gemini Rising

If you’re a college student, try to keep all communications between you and your professors, counselors, etc. in writing. 

With Mars ruling the retrograde in your 11th house from your 9th house, simple miscommunications might lead to something much bigger. Gemini Rising creatives might lose some steam this month. 

Mercury is also your chart ruler because it rules Gemini, so you may also experience some shift in your personal belief systems and your self-concept.

Cancer Rising

If you’re in the small group of individuals paying on your student loans, keep a close eye on your statement this month. 

Something might be a little off. Do your best to avoid heated conversations, not only because Mercury retrograde won’t provide any help with getting your point across but also because the stress from the situation might make you feel sick afterward. 

Find a different way to address your annoyance with people so the anger won’t be stuck in your body.

Leo Rising

Mercury retrograde will begin in your 9th house and move backward to join your chart ruler in your 8th house. 

I’m not a financial expert, but this probably isn’t the best time to be borrowing money if you can help it. You will have a stellium, which is three or more planets in one sign at a time, in your 8th house with retrograde Mercury, Sun, and Venus. 

Stelliums intensify the energy of the house and sign it’s in, and the 8th house deals with loss and debt. On top of that, Mercury rules your Virgo 2nd house, which covers income and personal value.

Virgo Rising

Virgo Risings, your first house is naturally ruled by the planet Mercury. 

Whenever Mercury is retrograde, you experience changes in yourself and your immediate environment. This month’s Mercury retrograde will take place in your 8th house of transformations. 

The changes you experience will be more significant than usual. Remember that not all change is negative.

Libra Rising

If you normally don’t read over contracts, don’t do that, especially artists and other creatives; look over contracts carefully. 

Pay attention to this Pisces stellium when Mercury moves into your 6th house. Trust your body this month; if something feels off, it probably is. Similarly, if something feels good, it’s probably great. 

You might experience some resistance if you’ve been trying to start or break a habit.

Scorpio Rising

Mercury retrograde will begin in your 6th house and move into your 5th house. 

There may be a mix-up in your job assignments, something like an incorrect due date or a missing task. This retrograde might also cause some issues at home or with your parents, particularly paternal figures. 

Speaking of parents, if you have children yourself, there may be a misunderstanding between you and your kid. Stick to the details instead of emotions as you deal with it.

Sagittarius Rising

With this retrograde starting in Aries and Mars currently in your 3rd house, this is not the time to start fights with anyone. 

You should even avoid putting out other people’s fires for a little while. Mercury will start in your 5th house and move backward into the 4th. 

Don’t be discouraged if you experience some writer’s or creator’s block during this retrograde. Use this time to find new ways to spark inspiration.

Capricorn Rising

Capricorn risings, this Mercury retrograde in Aries will begin in your 4th house and move into your 3rd house. 

You should delay any purchase relating to your home, even little decorations. You’ll most likely be unsatisfied with the item in a few weeks. Keep a strict eye on your budget (which you should be doing anyway with a Capricorn rising).

Aquarius Rising

Aquarius Risings, please stop ignoring the Christmas lights on your dashboard. This retrograde starts in your third house. If you’ve been holding off getting car maintenance done, it’s time to do it now. 

There’s a group that has car trouble every Mercury retrograde, and unfortunately, it’s you this time. Also, with Mars in your first house, you’ll probably say “Everything keeps happening to me” at least twice during these next few weeks.

Pisces Rising

Mercury retrograde starts in your 2nd house but will move into your 1st. 

The stellium that will occur when Mercury moves into Pisces will intensify whatever feelings you have toward your values and self-concept and possibly bring up some old insecurities. 

Use this retrograde to confront those ideals and determine whether or not you still subscribe to some of your personal beliefs.

Infographic explaining what you should do during Mercury retrograde

Coping Strategies and Precautions

To navigate the challenges brought by Mercury retrograde in Aries, adopting effective coping strategies is essential. Clear and concise communication, along with active listening, can help slow down misunderstandings and conflicts. 

Additionally, practicing patience and avoiding impulsive decision-making can prevent unnecessary disruptions and setbacks. 

Precautions such as backing up important data and double-checking travel plans can minimize the impact of technological glitches and transportation delays.

Productivity and Decision-Making

Staying productive during this Mercury retrograde in Sidereal Aries means staying disciplined and focusing on what’s important. 

Remember to take breaks to stay refreshed and avoid burnout. When making decisions, take your time, think things through, and ask for advice from people you trust to help you make informed choices during this period.


Mercury retrograde always presents unique challenges and opportunities for growth. 

By understanding its effects, adopting effective coping strategies, and maintaining realistic expectations, you can navigate this period with resilience and confidence. 

Understanding what’s in store for you based on your rising sign can help you prepare. 

As you embrace a proactive approach and maintain a positive mindset, you’re one step closer to harnessing the transformative potential of Mercury retrograde in Sidereal Aries and coming out stronger on the other side.

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