April 11-17, 2008
This week is about rumor and discovery, followed by swift action,
as curious Mercury and the independent Aries sun get ready to merge on the 16th.
Their six-times-a-year conjunctions tend to change the way we think about a topic
that's very much in the news, so don't be surprised if you're
taken by surprise.


Too many choices? That would be the price you're paying for having magnetic
Venus in your sign, attracting a range of people and their flattering propositions.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by these options, take a minute on the 16th,
when the Aries sun and well-informed Mercury convene, to pay attention to the
messages you're receiving. They should help you eliminate the least feasible
or least financially viable. However, the conflict between your career and a romance
or feeling content at home could last through the 23rd.


A surge in self-esteem begins with Mercury's entrance into Taurus on the
17th and the realization that you're a lot smarter than people give you
credit for. While you might not have predicted the ebb and flow of global markets,
you seem to have a handle on how to use other people's money (loans) and
tax write-offs. Look for more insights into where and with whom you want to spend
your birthday during the Scorpio full moon the weekend of the 19th. That's
the time deeply buried desires tend to surface.


Not only is more happening than meets the eye, there's more activity going
on that depends on your well-connected Mercury ruler than there's been in
a while. You're likely to be extremely busy while the Messenger speeds through
Aries and most of Taurus before this month ends. But don't think this frantic
pace means that you'll do a half-ass job or jump from pillar to post, person
to person. Cultivate the inspiration (and information) you receive during the
sun-Mercury merger on the 16th with care so you can maximize long-range results.


Is that a chip on your shoulder? Assertive Mars crossing in and out of your sign
for the past six months may have given the Crab a bigger set of balls and a harder
shell than we're used to seeing. Have you been lifting weights as well?
You'll get to watch your independent attitude play out over the next two
weeks, because the god of war forms an alliance with innovative Uranus in time
for Earth Day. Then Mars manages to provoke Venus, the goddess figure who's
keeping the peace at work. Where is the love, the romance, the apology?


More constructive results than you figured you'd achieve in this short a
time. Congratulations for integrating the imagination and divine inspiration a
partner brings to the table with uncommon common sense and consistency. This is
the first spring in a while that your sun ruler is forming beneficial trines to
Saturn and Pluto, the planets responsible for governmental rules and regulations
and the powerful people who make and break them. For the next four weeks, these
agents and agencies shouldn't present any problems.


You might feel you're going too far out on a limb as expansive and educated
Jupiter tests your Mercury ruler by broadening your expectations. But as the month
ends, you're more likely to land in the lap of luxury than flat on your
ass. There's a lot of cautious advice being offered right now, so if you
need to wrap yourself in a security blanket for a while, you probably should heed
it. However, the payoff for playing it safe isn't due to show up until your
birthday, and for most antsy Virgos, that's too long to wait.


Until solar Aries ends on the 19th, your partner's activities could be the
energy lighting up your life. Not that your interest is due to expire on that
date, but the main focus could easily shift to what this person, or the relationship
you've forged, can do for you personally. As long as your amenable Venus
ruler is still in your Aries marriage house, i.e., until April 30, why not use
its position, and the social benefits the goddess bestows, to attract whatever
is currently near and dear to your own heart?


Anticipate receiving affirmation as newsworthy Mercury, followed by the creative
sun, favors your Pluto co-ruler's efforts at fixing a financial matter.
This show of support from the cosmos can also improve your standing with your
employer, a parent or a familiar pack of critics-at-large. Simultaneously, your
impulsive Mars co-ruler is urging you to decide ASAP where you should spend your
next vacation, also how you should get there. Isn't it time for a new set
of wheels? A mountain bike for touring or a hybrid for the road?


Your participation in the daily grind could be dulling the healthy glow the Archer
likes to exude, but there are rewards in store for toeing that line. Nonetheless,
there's also a fine line between fulfilling your obligations and feeling
put upon. Pressure is mounting for a major confrontation in another week between
pushy Mars in Cancer and your generous Jupiter ruler, fairly content in your Capricorn
money house. Knowing that soon you could be under the gun, start now to protect
your position. Court an ally.


December Goats get the good news this week and get to enjoy the results of their
good work next week. Celebrate with the extended family by spending some of those
bucks. To those born in January, take note: Opposition to your recent generosity
is mounting. It makes no difference if it originates with your spouse or your
business partner, you'd best be prepared to defend those well-meaning intentions
of yours. You could also try a bribe, e.g., a much-desired item for the house
or the office, anything to keep the peace.


Be patient: In one way or another, what you need to know will filter down to you.
Maybe through a link someone e-mails, maybe while you overhear a conversation
you shouldn't, maybe via Oprah, the Aquarius fairy godmother of us all.
Also get ready for Earth Day, which conveniently coincides with a favorable trine
to your erotic Uranus ruler from horny Mars. However, for this hookup to succeed
in accordance with both parties' desires, words shouldn't be necessary.
You can pretty much size each other up by a look and a vibe.


Sensitive Fish can thank their partner or a co-worker for knowing when to criticize
and when to shut up. Does “Discretion is the better part of valor”
ring a bell? However, if someone's bravery is in question next week, be
prepared to watch a loved one confront a colleague, a casual acquaintance or perhaps
an entire organization. No matter who wins that argument, you'll come out
okay, knowing you're protected on all sides. You might even make some money
when the Taurus sun finds favor with powerful Pluto at the top of your chart.

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