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Hoping to avoid a tax audit? You would have had to mail your return while the Cancer moon was void-of-course - between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. PDT Wednesday night. The next moon-void doesn't occur until the morning of the 16th. Mercury's flip out of retrograde on the 12th threw all sorts of schedules and routines awry for a few days, making it harder to stay on track. The Mars-Neptune conjunction on the 13th emphasized your fanatic and artistic inclinations, not the best mindset for completing calculations. Pleasure-seeking Venus enters sensual Taurus on the 15th; the sun follows on Tuesday the 19th. Stop and smell the flowers.

Aries

The focus is on your value system: the attitudes, assets and material goods that still mean something and those that you've outgrown. While Mercury, finally direct in your sign, is retracing the steps it recently walked you through, you'll come across an opportunity to evaluate where you are and what the immediate future holds. Despite a generosity of spirit that can overwhelm you, a co-worker and your favorite charity case as the month ends, feel free to recycle. Keep telling yourself: What goes around comes around.

Taurus

Since Venus on Friday and the sun on Tuesday leave excitable, impetuous Aries for the serenity and sensuality associated with Taurus, you may become the center of attention, whether you want to or not. Thankfully, the buzz shouldn't go to your head, because, after many weeks of pure air and fire energy, the practical earth element has been re-introduced. Prudence and feasibility, plus a sincere appreciation of what feels, smells, tastes, sounds and looks good, can change the tone of whatever occasion you and your cronies are celebrating. Birthday? May Day?

Gemini

Slowly, step by step, the horror movie that played during the recent Mercury retrograde session is fading into history. While your Mercury ruler re-defines the path it led you to in early March, you'll make the necessary adjustments and excuses for what has happened between then and now. However, probably not until April is over will you make fresh inroads. Although the cast of characters, e.g., a colleague or a client, may change, the career objective you set for yourself - with a few "I can live with that!" modifications - remains the same.

Cancer

What was set in motion at the new moon/solar eclipse/papal funeral becomes dramatically visible right after the full moon/lunar eclipse on the 24th. Until then, a career-conscious Moon Child should continue on course, plugging away at his or her chosen mission of the month. However, keep an eye out for information you might have missed or misinterpreted and connections that weren't made while Mercury was retrograde. This is the optimum time to catch up, fill in the blanks and rectify whatever misconceptions were formed.

Leo

Lions and Crabs tend to stake out common ground during periods of significant change, e.g., the soli-lunar eclipses. If, fascinated by the pageantry of the papal funeral, you missed something that coincided with the solar eclipse, you should recover it around the time of the lunar eclipse on the 24th. The Taurus sun-Scorpio moon polarity, also known as the Buddha Festival, is a metaphysical high point celebrated around the world. Why not use this reason to rise to the occasion, especially an esoteric event of this magnitude?

Virgo

Virgins, along with the other earth signs, can breathe a sigh of relief once the sun gets to practical Taurus on the 19th. The firmer your grasp of reality, the more common sense there is pervading the atmosphere, the better you can function. It's enough to have to tiptoe your way through the remnants of Mercury's recent retrogression, without worrying that so many planets in high-spirited fire and air signs might ignite another heart-wrenching conflagration. Go slow, find time to pick up every stitch dropped in the last six weeks.

Libra

Rather than confront someone outright, you could opt for a more gentle approach now, once your Venus ruler leaves feisty Aries for Taurus, a sign that, like your own, prefers to live in harmony. Another advantage: a heightened awareness of the purely sensual pleasures you sometimes neglect in order to pursue interesting ideas and mind games. Wait until the Scorpio full-moon eclipse is over before undertaking a full-fledged review of your finances. Otherwise, you might not get the complete picture or notice where the potential for growth lies buried.

Scorpio

Significant as well as insignificant others play a more prominent part in your life, the deeper into Taurus we get. Starting with Venus' entry on the 15th and the sun's shift on the 19th, you should look forward to greater cooperation from co-workers and a stronger attachment to a health-care professional. Quick, book a massage, sign up for yoga, get your eyes examined. By the time the Scorpio full moon arrives, you could be totally infatuated. And yet, as Mars and Pluto, your co-ruling planets, align, remarkably well-balanced.

Sagittarius

A little extra work, a fair amount of play and lots of off-the-wall conversations. The possibilities may seem endless when you finally start doing some of the things you wanted to do, but had the foresight not to do, while Mercury was retrograde. As the Messenger and you revisit your original wish list, you might sense that safety and security are much more critical issues than they formerly were, and that, out of nowhere, you've become a practical person. The closer we get to the mysterious Scorpio full moon, the stronger your intuition. Follow it.

Capricorn

The down-to-earth attitude that value-conscious Taurus adds to the astrological atmosphere can restore your sense of balance and well-being. Especially when dealing with folks in the family as well as the people you choose to have fun with. Amenable, appreciative Venus' transit of sensuous Taurus gives the often-aloof Goat an invitation to experience pleasures denied at other times of the year. Make the most of the goddess' trip through your house of romance and recreation. After Mother's Day, she'll be gone.

Aquarius

Persons of interest and your area of interest may shift from the neighbors and the neighborhood to the relatives and real estate. Such is the nature of safety-first Taurus and its bullish natives. So, if growing a garden suddenly seems like a good thing or Grandma is demanding more of your time, chalk it up to a renewal of conservative earth energy. And don't be surprised if you decide to buy an experimental, ecologically sound product while your future-oriented Uranus ruler receives encouragement from the Taurus planets.

Pisces

If, following the Aries new-moon eclipse, you noticed a shift in your value system, a similar avenue of expression can open up after the Taurus-Scorpio full-moon eclipse on the 24th. A talent you underappreciated may become recognized, an asset you downplayed might be worth a lot more in today's market. A new day is dawning; a new era for the Fish, as the symbol of the Roman Catholic Church, is about to be launched. And just last week, while Mars met your Neptune ruler, you received your biannual energy boost. Where to put it?

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