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Sensitive souls, no doubt, will feel the changes before Mercury's turnaround on Friday. Maybe you were in a fender-bender, maybe the fax started working? Saturday's May Day celebration could be restrained by a sane and salubrious Jupiter-Saturn sextile, one of the few favorable economic indicators we've had since these planets met in May 2000. Don't party too heartily; the intensely jealous, spiteful and passionate Venus-Pluto opposition can make the weekend hellish. Then there's the full-moon eclipse in Scorpio Tuesday afternoon that echoes the full-moon eclipse in Taurus during the Harmonic Concordance last November. Remember that? It's also Wesak, the celebration of the Buddha's enlightenment, plus Jupiter comes out of retrograde, where it has been since the beginning of the new year. Finally, come Wednesday you'll want a margarita badly; it's Cinco de Mayo!

Aries

The head clears, the door cracks open, and you get a sense of the progress that is possible soon after Mercury goes direct in your sign on the 30th. Just give the planet of cogent communication enough time to gather momentum before complaining that things aren't happening fast enough to suit you. This might turn out to be a tricky week; along with the Mercury flip, your Mars ruler switches from speedy Gemini on the 7th to Cancer, a sign that tends to sidestep situations instead of dashing into them headlong. You could do the same.

Taurus

May Day, also known as Beltane, is an age-old celebration of Earth's fecundity and human sexuality that, this year, is reinforced by a polarity between passionate Pluto and your loving Venus ruler. Sparks fly, not only those released by the traditional bonfires, but also between lovers - present, past and future. The full-moon eclipse on Tuesday reaffirms the psychological changes you experienced during the Harmonic Concordance lunar eclipse of November 2003. (Remember that?) Bulls having birthdays this week are about to establish another set of priorities.

Gemini

You're in for a passionate, drama-laden weekend featuring subtle power plays and other artful manipulations. While vivacious Venus in your sign won't allow you to be a victim, the opposition (Pluto in your house of partners) is not above using dirty tricks to gain an advantage. Shortly after Mercury flips forward, trust that a colleague will come up with the info you've been asking for since last Sunday. Schedule a session with your chiropractor or masseuse soon; Tuesday's eclipse may enable them to spot something that's not quite right.

Cancer

Of all the planetary phenomena this week, the most promising aspect for the Moon Child is the opportunistic sextile between Jupiter, the god of good fortune, and Saturn in your sign. Jupiter supports the difficult work you've done and the sacrifices you've made and, no doubt, are still making. So when a bit of luck comes your way, don't ignore or denigrate it; follow where the opportunity leads. However, you might not be at your creative best during the lunar eclipse in Scorpio on Tuesday. If you're also a parent, keep an eagle eye on the kids.

Leo

This week's lunar eclipse can result in something similar to the changes you experienced around the Harmonic Concordance last November, which also was a lunar eclipse. Since the Taurus-Scorpio axis governs events and matters related to your career and domestic scene, Lions can't help but be affected by big doings in those signs, not to mention in your own sign as well. It may take a while to recognize the exact nature of the change that'll spring from this full-moon phenomenon, so watch for telltale signs and listen to your heart.

Virgo

After your Mercury ruler comes out of retrograde on Friday, the last thing you expect to encounter is another obstacle. Blame the standoff between Venus in your Gemini midheaven and Pluto in your Sagittarius home base, which puts Virgo squarely in the middle. Despite the goodies you anticipate receiving from Jupiter's turnaround in your sign, you may have to unravel the strings attached to your reputation at work or rehabilitate your family's good name. This situation might not be resolved right away; Venus goes retrograde in mid-May.

Libra

If the Scorpio full-moon eclipse this week brings up a new money matter, chances are you'll be dealing with it for months on end. Try to recall if something similar was in the works last November; that lunar eclipse took place in your Taurus house of assets shared with a significant other. And while the scenario might not be the same, there is a tie-in. Jupiter turning direct in your house of colleagues and social concerns increases the benefits you can receive from large organizations and their representatives.

Scorpio

If the Scorpio full-moon eclipse this week brings up a new money matter, chances are you'll be dealing with it for months on end. Try to recall if something similar was in the works last November; that lunar eclipse took place in your Taurus house of assets shared with a significant other. And while the scenario might not be the same, there is a tie-in. Jupiter turning direct in your house of colleagues and social concerns increases the benefits you can receive from large organizations and their representatives.

Sagittarius

Good news. Retrograde Mercury goes direct in your house of creativity, romance and risk on Friday, so Centaurs suffering from writer's block might get an original idea before too much longer. Don't sweat the timing; Mercury doesn't return to the spot where it flipped until the 17th, which is also when Venus in your Gemini marriage house turns retrograde. Will you become engrossed in a partner's poignant story? Then your Jupiter ruler flips forward, a few hours after the Scorpio full-moon eclipse on the 4th. Finally, a tasty, tempting career opportunity.

Capricorn

Mercury goes direct and the paperwork shows up, but the checks might still be in the mail. That's because nebulous Neptune in your personal-money sphere plays a role in the total lunar eclipse on Tuesday. Keep the faith. Jupiter, finally turning direct in your house of shared financial arrangements, can produce opportunities you figured would happen in January. Since that was when the planet of prosperity went into reverse, they may not have materialized. Again, faith, hope and charitable impulses are the assets to hold on to.

Aquarius

The total lunar eclipse on the 4th could send you into an elevated spiritual state, more in tune with unseen forces than you usually are. Because idealistic, imaginative Neptune in Aquarius forms a challenging square aspect to the dramatic sun-moon opposition, your dreams and doodling can reveal more of your psychological state than you want people to see. We know that you think you're totally up-front - a conceit we let you get away with - however, if the truth be told . . . This is the time to tell it to someone.

Pisces

Never forget that once upon a time, wise and generous Jupiter was, and still might be, your ruling planet. This was before Neptune's discovery in the mid???19th century. Because Jupiter finally goes direct this week - it's been retrograde since 2004 began - you can look forward to actually getting some of the goodies you anticipated the new year would bring. They'll probably come through the largess of a significant other, be it a spouse or the person you're suing, and they should show up before the autumnal equinox.


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