Do-overs and rebounds are de rigueur when Venus, the planet of love, retrogrades past Mercury this week. Mercury is the messenger planet in Astrology so you can expect to hear from an ex boyfriend, your divorced husband, and even some half-remembered crush from high school. This person will be full of nostalgia for the ways things used to be and heavy with remorse for the way that things turned out. It’s just the thing to make your heart soar. But be wary. Venus is still traveling backwards in the sky which means that this guy may be promising more than he can deliver. Now this isn’t a deal breaker. It’s a let’s-see-how-this-turns-out adventure. It’s true that nothing ventured is nothing gained but you’ll want to keep the rose-colored glasses tucked away in your handbag just the same.
ARIES (March 21- April 19)
Uranus, the planet of revolution and change, will exert a powerful influence this week. This is why you will be feeling antsy and like you want to make some big changes in your life. But change doesn’t mean kicking over the game board or ditching your commitments and obligations. That would only lead to even more restrictions. True change requires direction and that directing must come from you. Freedom of movement should be your top priority on Monday and Tuesday. You would benefit from a change of scene - even if it’s only an hour’s walk by yourself. Travel would also be a good idea as would visiting with people outside your circle of everyday friends. You need to be around fresh faces and new places in order to broaden your horizons. Uranus is the planet of revolution in Astrology, but it is also the planet of revelation. Its motto is “free your mind and the rest will follow.” Do this and you will be impressed with what transpires next week.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
This will not be your best week for love and money. Your ruling planet Venus is retrograde which means that she is threatening to undo all of the peace, romance, and prosperity that you have built in recent weeks. Instead of feeling like Nancy Kerrigan you’ll feel more like Tonya Harding. Venus retrograde can make you feel that people are out to get you or that they are looking to leave you. Nothing could be further from the truth, but you won’t be easily convinced which means that it’s up to you to put the brakes on those paranoid impulses and closet stalker tendencies that could lead to nasty scenes out of bad television for women movies. Days to watch out for are Wednesday and Friday. This is when you will be the most insecure and anxious. Thankfully the mood will lift on Sunday when Mercury forms a trine to Saturn. This is when you will regain your psychic equilibrium and be back on sure footing. It will also be when you hear about a refund that you had given up for lost.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Uranus, the planet of surprise twists, brings an unexpected development on Monday. Uranus is traveling through that part of your solar chart that pertains to hopes and wishes so the news will be good. In fact it will be so good that you will feel like you’re on a roll. But it’s always wise to quit while you’re ahead when you have Uranian energy coursing through your horoscope like this because there’s often a temptation to overplay your hand. You’re not reckless by nature, but Venus retrograding back over Mercury on Thursday and Friday could introduce a bout of temporary insanity. This is when you will feel compelled to demand an astronomical amount of money in a business deal or to leave the person you’re seeing to date “up” or maybe even bully someone into giving you what you want before they’re ready. Good fortune tends to be more ironic than fickle. That’s why it sets up these sorts of tests of character to see if you’re worthy. Humbly accept what you are being given for now and fortune will reward you with greater gifts later.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
You thought you would have to stop what you are doing cold turkey in order to start again from scratch somewhere else but it looks as if you will be able to transition from one situation to the next effortlessly. This will allow you to make a move without having to sacrifice any of your gains. This is a good thing and it provides a nice bridge from the past to the future. Unfortunately things won’t go as smoothly with transitioning a certain someone out of your life. Everyone has a friend that other friends can’t stand and this one will be making a reappearance on Wednesday. You’ve gone back and forth with giving her the heave-ho and with little success. If she’s going to be a part of your life (and it looks like she will for the time being) then you have to be smart about it. For instance don’t be so forthcoming about your plans for the future. These are your hopes and dreams and you really don’t need anyone poking holes in them. Change the subject whenever she asks you about what’s going on and you’ll remove the temptation for her to rain on your parade. This ensures that she’ll keep her gloomy prognostications to herself.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
It may feel like you made the wrong decision, but you need to assure yourself that what’s done is done and that it’s time to move on. It’s hard to leave a situation that others envy, but a golden cage is still a cage and you know you have your reasons. What you will get in return is true freedom and the opportunity to grow into yourself as a complete and fully realized person. No zodiac sign places such a high value on individuality as a Leo, which is why being true to yourself (even if you don’t always know what that means) is the most important truth of all. You will need to keep that in mind on Wednesday when the financial cost of your decision becomes glaringly apparent. Yes, you may not be able to meet expenses as quickly and as easily as you once did, but you will eventually. And when you do it will be on your own terms. Remember that your Ruling Planet is the Sun and that the Sun always rises on a new day. Never question your belief that life will always get better and you will see that it will – and sooner than you think.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
So how are you doing with those big life changes that went down last week? If you’re like most Virgos you’re probably still clutching the handrail and praying that your life would stop lurching from side to side long enough for you to think straight. Unfortunately this won’t be happening any time soon. In fact you have two more surprise developments in store. The first will be on Wednesday when you learn that it’s all systems go for a project or enterprise you’ve been banking on and the second will be on Friday when you learn that a sale you’ve worked hard for will go through successfully. Now most people would celebrate these lucky breaks, but being a Virgo you can’t help but worry about the new set of complications that they will bring. It’s just who you are. You fret. Which is why it’s fortuitous that the Stars will be upending your expectations this week by giving you things that you actually want. This will shift your perspective from a glass half empty to glass half full view of life. It’s the Stars’ way of helping you to get your sea legs for the greater voyage to come.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
It makes perfect sense to hesitate at the threshold – and to even take a few steps back – with Ruling Planet Venus retrograding past Mercury on Friday. This is the Stars’ way of signaling that this isn’t the right time to move ahead with a cherished plan or venture. Either you don’t have the support you think you have or an unknown variable is about to enter the equation and upset your formula for success. This stems from events that took place around March 2, 2012 so you should check your calendar to see what transpired then. This will give you some idea of what to expect. Meanwhile you’re going to wish you had a few fashion magazines to flip through when you have to sit down for yet another long-winded and meandering discussion about why someone can’t date you anymore. The good thing about having sat through this so many times is that you really don’t care anymore. The bad news is that despite statements to the contrary, it’s starting to look like he does.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You have never liked a certain in-law or lover’s ex. This person has been nothing but trouble and has even been hell-bent on making your life miserable at times. So imagine your glee when you learn that she’s in deep trouble on Wednesday? Enjoy it while it lasts because your triumph will be shortlived when you learn that she will be coming to you for help and that you will be expected to give it. Be the bigger person and lend a hand. You may think it’s a wasted effort, but months from now you will know that this marked a sea change in your relationship. This weekend you will receive a strange message from someone you haven’t spoken to in ages. At first you might assume that this person emailed you or texted you by accident. There are no accidents when Venus is involved. But take a moment to reflect before responding. Things didn’t really end on the best of terms and you’ve moved on with your life. Yet you always wondered what he really thought and felt. To delete or not delete? That is the question
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Your patience will be tested this week as you come under fire from loved ones and friends alike. Just about everyone you know will have a bone to pick with you (the worse day will be Wednesday), so whatever you can do to placate them would be a good idea. You don’t want to do anything to escalate an argument when Mercury is square Mars in Virgo. In fact your beneficence and fair-mindedness will pay off by the weekend when those who criticized you so harshly will be lining up to apologize for having misbehaved so badly. Hold the moral high ground and you can’t go wrong. Friday will bring another round of are we on or are we off discussions about your relationship. You know what you want and you should put your faith in that. Your solid belief in your future together will gradually filter on through to your partner or spouse. It’s important to remember that this person’s problems are with himself and not you, which is why you need to stand tall now.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Just because you don’t have a clear idea of how things will pan out in the long run doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun seeing what unfolds along the way. This is the lesson that the Sun in capricious Gemini has to teach. Gemini is the sign of spontaneity and play. It delights in moving the goal posts just for the fun of it. This is why it’s so hard for you to get a solid sense of what colleagues or clients want. It feels like they’re always changing their minds – and the rules. This can make you feel vulnerable and insecure on Wednesday when it looks like you may have overstepped the boundaries, however don’t be surprised if you meet with a round of applause on Thursday and Friday for having pushed the envelope in the way that you did. Bear in mind that you are still making the transition from lone wolf to team player at work and you have yet to find your place in the new pecking order. Keep on rolling with what comes your way and you will discover that your place is somewhere near the top of the heap rather than the bottom of the barrel.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You won’t have any patience for a certain someone’s shenanigans on Monday. Not only is this person leading you on, but it looks as if he was using you to drum up interest from another suitor or buyer. It’s a rude awakening, but you’ve been in this REM cycle for a while. So long in fact that friends will be happy to learn that you’re finally waking up and smelling the coffee on Wednesday. This allows you to put your focus back on the things that truly matter like creative pursuits, your home and family, and even a neglected love interest. You may be surprised to discover this weekend that an old flame never stopped carrying a torch for you and that this person is keen on rekindling feelings. This could lead to something special if you’re willing to give it a second chance. Meanwhile you had a lot of projects in mind earlier in the year that seem to have gotten lost in the mix. It’s time to put them back on the docket and to pursue them with gusto.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Some lost causes don’t want to be found which is something you will have to accept on Wednesday when Mercury forms a telling square to Mars in Virgo. You held out hope that a prodigal type would change his ways, but it’s clear that he won’t and now you need to cut ties. You can’t afford to be drained any longer – especially when a sister, sister-in-law, or close female relative will need you on Friday. She has been struggling with a private matter for months and it looks like she’s on the verge of mastering it or breaking free from it. Your moral support and encouragement will surely tip the balance in her favor. It also looks like you will receive some surprising news about a longstanding financial concern. It looks as if something filed against you (like a complaint or a lien) has timed out and that the party who initiated it isn’t interested in pursuing it or in holding you accountable. You will need to wait until the end of June for the final word, but this is surely a positive development.