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Lots of subtle changes this Easter holiday, starting with Jupiter's turnaround in Sagittarius on Thursday. The gentle giant's retrograde trip will last until August 6, the highly anticipated date of the Saturn-Pluto trine. Apropos for Good Friday, Mars trades Aquarian rationality for Piscean fantasy and faith. Easter Sunday itself is blessed by a high-spirited trine between the crusading Aries sun and tradition-bound Saturn in Leo. More good fortune on Monday while the sun trines Jupiter, the most favorable aspect of them all. On Tuesday Mercury abandons poetic Pisces for Aries' no-nonsense stance. And on Wednesday Venus exits Taurus, the sensual sign she rules, for the variety and vicissitudes of Gemini.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
"Easy come, easy go?" Not necessarily. You've waited a long time to be in this rewarding a position. As you celebrate Easter and the sun's annual visit to your sign, recognize that prosperous Jupiter and productive Saturn have been invited to the party. Saturn brings the gifts of greater stature and stability while Jupiter offers wisdom, wealth and a few raunchy jokes. For a classic Arian Lone Ranger, this "more the merrier" guest list could contradict the vows of Piscean piety that your Mars ruler suggests you take on Good Friday.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Since your flirtatious Venus ruler leaves your sign on the 11th, don't be shy about capitalizing on the personal magnetism you're radiating. Once the goddess enters general-interest Gemini, she'll be attracting a variety of valuable assets, not the least of which is more money. Need to target a date when you'll be at your most charming and persuasive? How about Saturday morning? That's when Mercury adds its familiarity with numbers and other pertinent data to the sales pitch you have your heart set on.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Who knew that Gemini could be a necessary ingredient in the grand fire trine taking place this holiday weekend? Without an air sign like yours to fuel their high-minded intentions, the current triumvirate of the sun, Jupiter and Saturn won't be able to succeed with their plans. Whether you're lending a bit of charm to the presentation or adding a crucial detail, be sure that your contribution gets some credit. If not, you may be stuck with Pisces' reputation for self-sacrifice well after your Mercury ruler enters the realm of Arian self-interest.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
If it seems like a lot is going on or that too many potentially profitable opportunities are in the works, and you're wondering what's the best thing to do, try to decompress over the weekend and relax. Hide some Easter eggs, take the pup to a parade and feed the flock. The answers to your questions should reveal themselves once the sun in your Aries career house completes its favorable trine to pragmatic Saturn in your Leo house of values and assets. Also after Sol's trine to beneficial Jupiter in your house of health, co-workers and the beloved pet on Monday.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
A slight shift in planetary perspective and suddenly the same sob story you've been hearing from the folks you've been dealing with is gone. Take some time off, e.g., all of Easter week, before they come up with a different tale of woe. Meanwhile, you're free to go whole hog and enjoy all the pleasures that generous Jupiter, in your house of fun and games, is offering. It hardly makes a difference when your Leo birthday falls; every Lion I know still feels the stiff arm of Saturn holding you back from the kind of good time you were used to having.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Although Virgins tend to react to subtle changes in tempos and temperaments sooner than the rest of us, FYI: Militant Mars drops some lethal weapons when it enters simpatico Pisces on Friday. Your Mercury ruler exchanges your acceptance of Pisces' "all and everything" philosophy Tuesday for the "what's in it for me" motivation Aries provides. And on Wednesday affectionate Venus saunters into the sign of the Twins for another round of "love the ones you're with." Note the plural, also the favorable tie between Venus and Mercury that'll boost your charisma.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
It's the self-directed Aries natives in your life who are generating the heat you're feeling this week. Even if it's too hot for an air-sign's comfort, consider getting out of the way so that significant others can do their thing. And don't worry that they'll go overboard; their assorted passions are being held somewhat in check by Jupiter's rule of law and Saturn's wealth of experience. Once your Venus ruler enters literate Gemini, your attention may shift from pleasing the people you're so fond of to initiating more serious discussions with them.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
By now anticipation could really be driving you mad. Instead of twiddling your thumbs this weekend, waiting for manna from heaven to rain down on you, you'd be wise to ignore the triple threat, i.e., the spectacularly rewarding grand fire trine, and focus instead on your Mars co-ruler's entrance into Pisces. This way, when the career kudos and financial pay-offs do show up, you'll be deep into the suitably spiritual, cosmically conscious mindset of the Fish. You'll have until mid-May to decide whether to join an ongoing crusade or start one of your own.1
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