Rockie Horoscope

Like the Super Tuscans, the superromantic atmosphere imposed by the Venus-Neptune square this weekend can dwarf everything else being offered. Experimenters might prefer exploring where the innovative sun-Uranus sextile leads, but that's an option for trendsetters and daredevils. Saturday, Mars shifts from Aquarius to Pisces, exchanging intellectual curiosity and humanism for emotional sensitivity and spiritualism. Militant Mars, in the sign of the Fish for the first time in two years, suggests a crusade of sorts. Beltane, a.k.a. May Day, marks the midpoint of spring; celebrations continue through Cinco de Mayo and the Mother's Day new moon.


Money and material goods are usually not major issues for Rams, but there are times, primarily during Taurus and Scorpio, when they appear to be of utmost importance. Figure out the return you're getting on the time and thought you've invested and, while Mercury is still in Aries, speak up. You might become even more aggressive in June, when your Mars ruler is no longer floating through supersensitive Pisces absorbing soulful feelings. Until then, consider dabbling in other art forms, finding other uses for your imagination.


The best birthday present, or the biggest surprise, could be the attention the public will pay to your latest accomplishment. Although you might not be completely comfortable with the glare of the spotlight, the buzz surrounding your name can inspire better work. It'll also present interesting opportunities to strut your stuff. The path you're currently on could veer off in another direction shortly after the Taurus new moon on Mother's Day initiates a new cycle of growth and consolidation.


How dramatic does a surprise have to be before a Gemini admits that one, if not both, of its Twin personalities is properly impressed? Do you need more than one or two minishocks to realize that things are in flux and that you are facing some interesting, if not outright intimidating, choices? Parents behaving badly can put you closer to the edge, but while your Mercury ruler is in outspoken Aries, you won't brook their bullshit. The world will feel more comfortable if you can connect to folks on a spiritual as well as an intellectual level.


Say it loud, say it proud. Vocal Mercury at the top of your chart is campaigning for an announcement of sorts, e.g., word about a work in progress. At the moment the Messenger is your main motivational force, so if you're reaping a reward for a deed already done or simply enjoying a respite from the daily grind, consider putting pen to paper (so to speak) and giving shape to whatever is in the forefront of your mind. Whether you get an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is depends on how your Mother's Day goes.


Feel free to break a few rules and regulations, to try out something new and different, even thrilling. While you're exploring activities influenced by barrier-breaking Uranus, the call will be "no harm, no foul." Maybe you'll have an opportunity to take a moneymaking idea someplace where it's never been before? Do it sooner rather than later, because over the Mother's Day weekend, nebulous Neptune in your house of partners may cast a spell on your sun ruler and replace brilliance and breakthroughs with delusions or doubts.


Smart yet sensible, seductive and scintillating. Appreciative Venus in Taurus can be a comfort for the nit-picking, hair-splitting Virgin. Because the goddess sensitizes you to beauty in its many forms, a well-constructed concept could be as appealing as a well-prepared meal. And, no matter what the language, the songs will all sound good. Look outside a significant relationship for a source of satisfaction; with Mars in your Pisces house of partnerships, chances are he or she is becoming more aggressive, more unpredictable too.


Just when you thought you'd had it with the martyr bit, Venus, your amenable ruling planet, reaches out yet again to self-sacrificing Neptune. A situation that began around Valentine's Day, when these die-hard romantics initiated another phase of an idealistic relationship, can reach a turning point this week during their first big test, the waxing square. You would be a saint indeed if you could resist the temptation to follow where their overwrought spiritual devotion or over-hyped artistic inspiration leads.


Will you be the foil who lets your partner pull the wool over your eyes? Pretending already? How many times can you buy into the victim routine? Who in the family is so delusional that they believe their own publicity? "The willful suspension of disbelief," the credo of those crazy romantics, can drown the current atmosphere in fantasy fulfillment and fabulousness. Just know that even if the hype doesn't affect you personally, it is a force to be reckoned with. P.S. The Taurus new moon might bring another ally to the table.


Somehow the Archer can ignore the comings and goings, the subtle changes scheduled for the period that ends with the new moon on Mother's Day. Until loving Venus gets to your Gemini house of partners on the 9th, there's nothing or no one special enough to attract your attention, engage your interest or, more importantly, tug at your heartstrings. Solidify what you've been building on so far, enjoy the springtime celebrations, and steel yourself for the problem that crops up when Mars meets Uranus midmonth and disrupts your domestic scene.


Your romantic and recreational pursuits may get a new lease on life from the Taurus new moon on the 9th, but until then, secure what you've already laid claim to. Right now, loving Venus and your Saturn ruler are on friendly terms as they close a chapter of the partnership matter that began last summer. This harmonious interlude will last until June 25, when the two planets meet once more in your Cancer complement. After that, who knows? Once Saturn moves on to fiery Leo in mid-July, a significant relationship could change dramatically.


Do something nice for the house, ditto for the people in it. Artistic Venus, encouraged by the sensual Taurus sun-and-moon merger, is determined to make your domicile more attractive. Since right now Venus is appealing to impressionable Neptune in your sign, this would be the appropriate time to stop resisting and unleash your aesthetic sensibilities. Maybe the results will be bizarre, maybe just "different" enough to attract notice, maybe so out-and-out gorgeous that our perception of you is altered forever.


The tense romantic atmosphere could be palpable as Venus issues demands to your Neptune ruler. You might be able to alleviate the pressure by running for the hills, perhaps to smell the flowers. An equally effective alternative would be to hide out at your neighborhood spa. Wandering through art galleries could help, as long as your aesthetic appetite is constantly fed. Don't be shy; having militant Mars in your sign, from April 30 until June 11, adds the air of authority to your requests. Take it easy, though; Mars may make you irritable and irritating to be with.


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