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First things first: Mercury turned direct Wednesday night, but it'll take a few days for the weirdness associated with retrograde to evaporate. Go ahead and schedule appointments but don't get the expensive repair job just yet. There's a good chance you'll be willing, even eager to spend lots of money on non-essential items while luxury-loving Venus in Aries and lucky Jupiter in Sag trine on Thursday; maybe even acquire a major high-end product when artistic Venus favors well-constructed Saturn in Leo on Friday. While these astrological arbiters of consumer culture form a rewarding grand trine in high-spirited fire signs, the present can look particularly rosy. However, a challenging square to optimistic Jupiter from the wishy-washy Pisces sun this weekend might rain on your parade. Don't forget to change to Daylight Saving Time this Sunday.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Rams are rarely sensible about their love life, preferring to take a frisky, somewhat risky approach. Therefore it may come as a surprise that although romantic Venus is in your sign, you could choose to embark on a more conservative route. Is it age, fear or the recognition that you want this relationship to last longer than 15 fabulous minutes? That same safe-and-sane attitude can apply to other creative endeavors, especially projects involving art. To protect, preserve and, if you're lucky to have a long run, to profit.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Although Mercury is no longer in reverse, don't expect to see significant progress with a career matter that's been stalled during retrograde. It could take a few weeks before the details get ironed out to everybody's satisfaction. But with aggressive Mars in your Aquarius midheaven pushing for resolution, it's likely that negotiations will get rougher than they've been. Soften the edge by applying some of the charm your Venus ruler has endowed you with, or by upping the ante. Right now, you can afford to be generous.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
The trick— when it comes to maneuvering around the surprise sprung at work, things can get quite tricky—is to ask an ally to present an alternative solution that you know will satisfy a client or your boss. Since your Mercury ruler is still finding its footing (it only came out of retrograde Wednesday night), you might not be in a position to handle another challenge just yet. The same tactic would work regarding a family matter: let your partner deal with your parent's request until you are on firmer ground.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Hard work plus some judicious flirting (or is it called pandering?) could earn you a nice payoff while magnetic Venus at the apex of your solar chart forms a rewarding trine to responsible Saturn in your house of money earned. Since Crabs haven't received a whole lot of favorable financial forecasts lately, don't let this opportunity to acquire and appreciate high quality merchandise slip out of your reach. A trail-blazing artist might figure into this scenario or, because Venus is in Aries, a woman with balls.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Fire is your friend, at least until Venus leaves Aries on the 17th. Once the charmer enters earthy Taurus, a sign as stubborn as your own, you're liable to encounter mini-trials and tribulations from the same women who are being affable right now. So be sure you take advantage of any fortunate situation that pops up this weekend, i.e., a chance to have the kind of fun only Lions, Rams and Centaurs (your fellow fire signs) appreciate. How far over the top will you go? With circumspect Saturn entrenched in Leo, not far enough to land you in serious trouble.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
If you feel you're getting in over your head and you're counting on your partner to bail you out, stop deluding yourself this instant! Having high hopes is one of the misfortunes that can befall the Virgin when the Pollyanna-ish Pisces sun tests the power of expansive Jupiter in enthusiastic Sagittarius. One way or another, this weekend it'll be easy to wind up in situations that overwhelm as well as confuse you. Your rational Mercury ruler, stumbling from its recent shift out of retrograde, might not be much help.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
For some reason known only to Jungians, this time of year can be especially emotional for you. Because almost all of the planets are located in the bottom half of your solar chart, where your intuition and feelings are strongest, you shouldn't count on reaching an intelligent solution to a troubling situation. Happily, this week there no new problems on the horizon, so feel free to go with your gut reaction. If possible, try to include a well-respected colleague or a prolific photographer in your plans. Everybody, including your partner, benefits.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Water signs like yours are particularly sensitive this week to the vibes being emitted by the folks around you. That's because the empathetic Pisces sun is absorbing the "the more the merrier" message that optimistic, open-handed Jupiter is sending out. Such a rosy picture of the future could influence your behavior toward a lover or another team player. If you're going to drop your guard, think about the amount of financial help you're willing to offer. It's one thing to be a supporter, another to play the Big Benefactor.1
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