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Mercury coming out of retrograde on the 19th isnt license to relax your vigil. Continue to drive carefully, dings and dents may still await you. Messages arent back on board yet, and deliveries might not be dropped off in time. That said, go ahead and celebrate the summer solstice on Friday with the gusto and/or reverence it deserves. Just cut it off by Saturday morning. Daredevil Mars opposition to other-worldly Neptune warns of a DUI in the making, perhaps a religious conversion as well. On Thursday, Uranus in Pisces turns retrograde, joining Neptune in Aquarius, Jupiter in Capricorn and Pluto in Sagittarius as they reexamine the recent past.
It might not be your top priority for the summer; nonetheless, this would be an excellent time for the Ram to undertake a do-it-yourself project around the house. The Crab governs the foundation of your solar chart, your family tree and its roots, how you were nurtured and where you find shelter from the storm. Since its also where some of those storms originated, try to begin repairs before June ends, before your truth-seeking Mars ruler crosses from warm-hearted Leo to critical Virgo for the next seven weeks.
(April 20-May 20) Now that Mercury is moving forward again, financial matters should start straightening themselves out. However as the Messenger proceeds through your Gemini house of acquisitions and assets, remind yourself that it wont return to where it was when it went retrograde on Memorial Day until Independence Day. Best to go slow and see what happens before making major purchases or signing deals. Also good to know: unpredictable Uranus in your house of colleagues and group activity is in abeyance from 6/26 until Thanksgiving.
Read for Taurus. Although your entire life can be affected by which direction -- forward or backward -- your Mercury ruler is facing, what Twins tend to notice first is whats going on with the money. Where did you last use that credit card? Did you pay the phone bill in time? You would know immediately that you have a flat tire and need to fix it, but do you have to buy four new ones? Try to take some time to see what falls into place, what should be done sooner rather than later. Mercury remains in Gemini until 7/10.
Make the celebration last. Whether its the summer solstice, a wedding, your birthday or preparing for the July Fourth holiday, try to turn the festivities into a real vacation. While magnetic Venus is still in your sign, it would be criminal not to take advantage of how attractive youll be to almost everyone you come in contact with. Therell be time for the serious stuff, like working hard and worrying about money later on, but while this irresistible force is with you, use it to make friends and influence influential people.
You have until July 1 before the boost of physical energy and motivation Mars has infused you with runs out. Once the red planet leaves Leo, itll be sixteen months before it returns, October 2009 before you can kick ass as thoroughly as you have been. So either act real fast right now or else start devising your comeback. The good news is that, instead of its usual six- or seven-week tour of duty, Mars will remain in your sign until June 2010, retrograde from the winter solstice until mid-March. Make a note, plan ahead.
One signs loss is anothers gain. Courageous Mars brings its me first leadership qualities to Virgo for the first time since the summer of 06. If you enjoyed a particularly productive or successful time of it then, you can look forward to having another one now. But if you were laid up, badly bitten, sunburned, bruised or broken, then you know that Martian energy, that extra shot of derring-do, can be dangerous, particularly for a Virgin who isnt in the habit of throwing caution to the wind. Forewarned, forearmed.
Press worthy career accomplishments may not be necessary; you could receive acclaim, gather genuine compliments too, simply because your Venus ruler is currently in your Cancer midheaven. The career component is also unnecessary; perhaps its your family name, specifically a woman in it, thats attracting so much attention. Over the next four weeks, as the sun transits the sign of the Crab, itll shine even more light on how the rest of the world perceives you. If youre auditioning for Top Chef, youre in luck.
Attention to career concerns may start to wane when your Mars co-ruler leaves Leo, the sign ruling your reputation and success. While the god of strife is transiting discerning Virgo, youll be amazed at how precisely youll be able to analyze what you did well and what went wrong. Meanwhile, inventive Uranus in your Pisces house of pleasure and romance, retrograde until Thanksgiving, is urging you to repeat memorable experiences youve shared with interesting people. The risks you convinced yourself to take wont seem as risky.