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Let the energy radiating from yesterday's new moon in Taurus permeate your being before you set out to change the world. In spite of your best intentions there's a good chance you'll feel sucker-punched when justice-seeking Venus gets tested by manipulative Pluto this weekend. Not the best mindset for May Day protests or celebrations, either. Loving Venus finally discards her self-sacrificial stance after she leaves Pisces next Wednesday for Aries, the sign of the warrior. The better to deal with the changes coming down on the 4th as the sensual Taurus sun, Jupiter in sexy Scorpio and erotic Uranus in Pisces have a three-way.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
While not as spectacular a feat as winning the lottery, you could get a shot at earning a painless paycheck. Maybe not the reward you hoped for, but the sextile from the Taurus sun in your money house to your Mars ruler still supports your personal agenda which, we assume, includes a significant amount of financial gain. Attractive, affectionate Venus, by entering your sign on the 3rd for the next four weeks, makes it even harder for folks to not give you what you want. Figure that advantage into your agenda.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
It needn't turn into a contest, but while the sun in your sign confronts generous Jupiter, there's no telling how much of yourself you'll be willing to give to your partner, and vice versa. Let's hope a kidney is not at issue. And don't be surprised if altruistic friends offer to participate since they are under Jupiter's beneficent influence as well. While it might not change the course of history, the supportive trine between optimistic Jupiter and progressive Uranus should have a liberating effect on you and your closest companions. Where's the party!
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Echoes of Thanksgiving! No, not a repeat of the meal, but something similar to what happened the first time that innovative Uranus in your career midheaven received Jupiter's blessing. Their second trine occurs this week, so whether you deserve it or not, you're due for another bonanza. Maybe it simply will be recognition of your creativity, but since Jupiter also bestows bucks, it's safe to assume that more of those are on their way. Say around the 7th, about the time both planets trine energetic Mars in your money house.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
In case you hadn't noticed, 2006 is shaping up to be a good year to be an emotional, empathetic water sign. And this is the week to be grateful that, by underscoring your innate talents and traits, assertive Mars in Cancer is insuring that you benefit from the alliance between altruistic Uranus in Pisces and benevolent Jupiter in Scorpio. A grand water trine among three such positive forces for progress is a wonder to behold. For some Crabs, an exciting new adventure; for others, invaluable insights into family history.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Taurus is the time of year when your reputation can get either polished or tarnished. It depends on which avenue you decide to pursue when your sun ruler confronts expensive Jupiter in your home base and, at the same time, tests your partner's faith in a working relationship along with your ability to be both patient and constructive. This particularly trying dilemma is known as a Grand Cross, a configuration you won't have to deal with again for years to come. However, what you do now can have a significant impact around your birthday.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
A clever but somewhat unpredictable partner may be attracting most of the attention, but it's your resourcesintellectual and financialplus your willingness to invest them that'll advance both your careers. So step back from the spotlight, bide your time and see what happens as your joint project gains momentum. Before you have to call home for Mother's Day, you may be offered, if not a traditional payoff, then an opportunity to be part of something that is truly significant. Once your Mercury ruler leaves Aries for Taurus, your approach should become less strident.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
With so much going onsome of it relevant to society as a whole, some of it applicable to your circle of friendsdon't neglect the important fact that your Venus ruler is currently in Aries, the sign of your cosmic complement. If all you want at the moment is to concentrate on having a more meaningful one-on-one relationship, so be it. Over the next two weeks, money and goods will come and go according to the vagaries of complicated planetary configurations. Some tasks will be a snap, but most will be frustrating or difficult.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Put up or shut up! Sound familiar? This week, as generous Jupiter in your sign is confronted by the sun in your Taurus house of allies, you're liable to hear this challenge again. It's been 12 years since Jupiter was in Scorpio, so it's reasonable to assume that your circumstances have changed. Still, there's liable to be a partner out there who is demanding more of you than you're willing to give. Meanwhile your Mars co-ruler is perfecting a rewarding trine to erotic Uranus in your Pisces house of romance //and other enjoyable pursuits.1
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