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The highpoint of the Cinco de Mayo weekend occurs during the favorable trine between happy-go-lucky Jupiter and success-oriented Saturn in the wee small hours of Sunday morning. The low point for some, a different kind of high for others, takes places while romantic Venus opposes down-and-dirty Pluto Sunday night. A jealous fit would be par for this course of action; murder most foul is another possibility. Mercury makes sure there are lots of discussions even though Venus leaves chatty Gemini for Cancer early Tuesday. The stubborn Taurus sun can pose a serious problem when it squares restrictive Saturn on Wednesday. Escape from that reality during the shocking Jupiter-Uranus square on Thursday.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Every sign should pay a modicum of attention to the rumors, hints and outright advice you get this weekend, but because Mercury is in your Taurus money house, Rams should really listen. Even if it's not what you want to hear, the role of the Messenger is to pass along what the gods have to say. However, while fortunate Jupiter and constructive Saturn are perfecting another of their rewarding fire sign trines, Aries can benefit from almost any activity that pertains to education and/or recreation. Tennis lessons, anyone?
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Passionate about a possession? If that's the case, then you may have to come to terms with an obsession when your Venus ruler confronts Pluto this weekend. Although their opposition often involves a sexual encounter that can leave a lasting impression, this time around, the challenging aspect might manifest as a tug-of-war over something else you value. Perhaps a family heirloom, more likely a family fortune. Relatives and real estate are particularly problematic while the Taurus sun puts pressure on Saturn in your Leo home base. Happy birthday?
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
You might not feel prepared for all the attention, but especially this week, other signs tend to turn to you for advice, perhaps to hear themselves talk. Chalk it up to your Mercury ruler touching bases with planets in our solar system. There's a good chance you'll be asked to mediate between advocates of Aquarian independence, Capricorn's traditional methods and Neptunian fantasies delivered with Martian aggressiveness. Too much work? Focus instead on the latest benefits of a partnership relationship.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Although it may seem fairly friendly out there in your protected part of the world, the atmosphere could get a lot warmer once romantic Venus enters your sign on Tuesday. Not only is the presence of the goddess a welcome addition to your pleasing personality, she'll also highlight your aesthetic sensibilities and social graces. Gallery hopping might not be your favorite way of spending a Saturday, but May would be a good month to try it. FYI: contradictory info about a financial matter, be it a debt to a co-worker or an item at auction.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Diverse opinions you received around the Scorpio full moon could take a few days to sort themselves out. Be patient. The information you eventually glean can help cut through the red tape that's been stalling a long-range objective. Also of help: a "sure-thing" tip on a sports event. Lucky Jupiter in your house of recreation and risk is eager to allay your fears while it trines cautious Saturn in your sign. Normally, you would opt for optimism but, on the 9th as it squares Saturn, your sun ruler says "no way!"
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Read for Gemini because it's Mercury, the ruling planet you share, that is dispatching your words to a variety of people. Since the Messenger is currently in your Taurus house of higher education and lifelong goals, that message is carrying more weight than usual. Academic types might feel comfortable projecting a sense of gravitas, but if you're not part of that circle, e.g., if you haven't been published, your contribution to your particular area of expertise may be challenged. Ask a militant ally to defend your position.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Your Venus ruler is on the verge of making your life a bit more complicated. As the goddess leaves Gemini, the articulate air sign that facilitates the flow of information and invitations, she may provide one hell of a sendoff this weekend by challenging potent and passionate Pluto. But after Venus moves on to protective Cancer, intelligent thought could give way to deep-seated emotions, the seeds of which were planted in childhood. Although you may not be able to control your feelings, at least you'll know where they're coming from.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Perhaps the best advice you'll get this week comes from your spouse or a business partner with close ties to folks who are in the know. While money might not be a significant factor per se, a real estate or a career matter could be high on your list of "things to be concerned about." What you shouldn't fret about is how to direct an abundance of physical energy toward attaining a coveted goal. Athletes should do especially well because both Pluto and Mars, your co-ruling planets, are encouraging you to make a concerted effort.1
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