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


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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