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A chance to talk it over. Many constructive conversations over the weekend while Mercury contacts the planets governing the natives of a wide assortment of signs. Venus moves into Taurus, the fertile earth sign, she rules on Wednesday to accentuate the pleasure principle as well as prospects for a more peaceful coexistence. Favorable trines on May Day from the goddess to regenerative Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in discerning Virgo can increase the appeal of the usual powerbrokers. The next day, Mercury enters Gemini, the air sign it rules and, after almost five months retrograde, Saturn turns direct.
Once again push comes to shove as your independent Mars ruler opposes protective Jupiter in your career midheaven. Will this confrontation result in another delay or will you finally extricate yourself from domestic issues that intensified when Mars first entered Cancer in September? Will a new lease on life await you after Mars crosses into high-spirited Leo on May 9th, the same day that Jupiter turns retrograde for the summer? Because the Lion and the Ram play well together, expect four months of creative fun.
(April 20-May 20) Round two of the gifts being bestowed on you should take place shortly after your Venus ruler makes a grand entrance into Taurus on the 30th. Along with the beautiful stuff and desirability the goddess offers, this year, because she favors and is favored in return by both Pluto and Saturn, youre liable to draw some pretty powerful people to your side or to your current cause. The threesome can provide the stabilization that earthy Bulls thrive on, and, while there might be a sexual attraction, its not the main focus.
You know the direct-retrograde drill by now. Your Mercury ruler speeds up a little more each day until, just before it hits the wall and flips into reverse, the little guy is nowhere to be found. So, by mid-May, when nothing is moving fast enough, when Twins start to feel disoriented, dont ask, Is Mercury retrograde? Right now your ruling planet is racing along at two degrees a day. Since its next turnaround is slated for Memorial Day, how about ordering supplies, scheduling repairs, confirming reservations and generally covering your tracks now?
Before restrictive Saturn, still retrograde in early Virgo, and therefore still very much in most Moon Childrens second house of values, assets and acquisitions, turns direct on May 2, feel free to milk as much as you can from goods, services and the cold cash that have been previously promised. The official arbiter of constructive criticism will advance ever so slowly, revisiting situations that may have made you uncomfortable or, more to the point caused you to grow up sooner than you intended. Karma IS a bitch!
The main event may have already occurred last week when the down-to-earth Taurus sun at the top of your chart, where your reputation is made, energized forgive me Pluto and respect me Saturn. This week its Venus turn to shine her countenance on those stalwarts of the establishment. Since the goddess seeks both peace and pleasure, youre liable to be more popular and, we hope, less conceited than you were. One of the problems of being the king is that annoying sense of entitlement the other denizens of the jungle object to.
Trust the ambitious Virgin to use whatever respectability and/or modicum of restraint you may have gained last week, when your Mercury ruler formed an alliance with Saturn in your sign, to promote something huge. However, if your enthusiasm doesnt pan out according to plan, try laying the blame on the supportive trine between Mercury in Taurus and expansive or, in this case, extravagant Jupiter in your Capricorn your house of creativity and risk. Perhaps if you didnt ask for such a big bite of other peoples money?
Stop with the guilt; youre not being neglectful. Youre simply preparing to adopt a new set of priorities, something that naturally occurs whenever your attentive Venus ruler leaves one sign for another. While her transit of red-hot, true-blue Aries may have exposed a different aspect of an ongoing relationship, Venus visit to practical yet pleasure-seeking Taurus could show you yet another. Your best bet is to follow up on recent developments, polishing them so they reflect Libran grace, affability and charm.
Its possible that after gentle Venus enters your Taurus complement on the 30th, not only close co-workers, but other significant others will become more willing to embrace the softer side of the Scorpion. Not that youll let your guard down completely, but some allies, perhaps even a worthy antagonist, might ingest a temporary dose of goodness and mercy; and it wouldnt hurt to see those attributes in action. Another plus: these people could appear much more attractive to you. A win-win situation at last.