* weekly * horoscopes - april 26 / may 2, 2016
- aries : the ram - aries
march 20 - april 19
Venus arrives in Taurus: a sign linked with money, property and your material affairs. That is a fortuitous development, since this most striking planet has long been connected with the sign of the Bull. Less than two days beforehand, Mercury turns retrograde and starts to backtrack through the same region of the heavens. While these planets will not conjoin for some days, the need for a few ideas is palpable and you don’t have to go it alone. You’ll do best at what comes naturally and bringing your creative talents to bear, while you shouldn’t be afraid to involve others with a project or to brainstorm ideas at the planning stage.
taurus - taurus : the bull -
april 20 - may 20
You are in the spotlight with three planets in your sign. Mercury turns retrograde on Thursday, while Venus joins both it and the Sun a couple of days afterwards. The usual warnings concerning these cycles apply especially, so allow extra time for important journeys and don’t rush to conclude a major purchase, sign paperwork or to finalise any crucial deals. It would be prudent to ensure your chosen mode of transport is up to the mark, while doing anything with electronics in an tearing hurry is simply asking for trouble. Still, a focus on first impressions means, this a great time for a new hairstyle or to consider altering your look…
- gemini : the twins - gemini
may 21 - june 20
Mercury turns retrograde three times each year, for roughly three weeks every one hundred days. It is not unusual then, for this celestial body to engage reverse, although you probably notice these occasions more than most, due to the traditionally strong connection between the Winged Messenger and your sign. Besides the usual delays, transport chaos and misconstrued communication typical of these periods, the fact that Mercury sits in the sign before yours, is significant. A cycle of thinking draws to a close, only before you’re ready to leave yesterday behind, you must look at any unproductive patterns of behaviour…
cancer - cancer : the crab -
june 21 - july 22
An unusually favourable configuration links together three areas of the sky. For you, this serves to highlight the other people in your life and your relationships with them. This might include your friends, neighbours, brothers and sisters, more distant relatives, or those you live amongst and around within your immediate community. Or it could rather represent your spouse, a business partner, your associates and acquaintances, maybe even a professional advisor. Intimate links with an emotional component are the most fraught by miles, yet that doesn’t imply the eventual consequences won’t be correspondingly fruitful.
- leo : the lion - leo
july 23 - august 22
The arrival of Venus at the apex of your horoscope does wonders for your professional ambitions, along with your goals and objectives generally, as you take a few steps closer to their attainment. While opportunity knocks, you will need to answer the door, as the results are directly in proportion to the effort you expend. Five of the eight planets in our solar system are now retrograde and seem to be heading backwards through the zodiac, so these issues are nothing new. They relate to ongoing aspirations that have featured for ages and the pursuit of which could prove more gainful, if only you could figure out how.
virgo - virgo : the maiden -
august 23 - september 22
There is much that is good in the skies right now, but plenty that is more trying too. Curiously, this is an ideal state of affairs, as often in entirely simple and straightforward circumstances there is no motivation or necessity to achieve all that you might. Jupiter in your sign is frequently linked with broader horizons and foreign travel, but in combination with Mars and Saturn around the foundations of your horoscope, you need to be careful you aren’t running away from issues you intend not to face. Consider how far you will allow problems at home and within your family, to impinge on whatever you’d rather be doing instead.
- libra : the scales - libra
september 23 - october 22
Jupiter takes approximately twelve years to circuit the entire zodiac. This means one year to traverse each of the twelve zodiac signs and this coming September, after a long wait, it arrives in yours. The world will be a different place for you once its visit has finally concluded, but in the meantime there are many loose ends to be secured, plans to be formulated and strategies to be put into place, so that you hit the ground running once this happy eventuality arrives. The months until then might feel like you’re treading water, but when it comes to the point of this preparatory phase, nothing is further from the truth.
scorpio - scorpio : the scorpion -
october 23 - november 21
You need a distraction from your financial affairs. With the money landing in your pocket still in short supply compared to how fast it flows out from your other hand, a nonchalant or detached attitude is a hard call to muster alone. But with the help of those closest to you it becomes more of a possibility, providing you leave your worries at the door. You can drag an anxious or sombre mood around with you, or relax and discover what others have to say. In practical terms this might make little difference, but a break from your responsibilities with the chance to see how other people deal with their fears, proves invaluable.
- sagittarius : the archer - sagittarius
november 22 - december 21
Mars and Saturn join up together and form dynamic aspects to Jupiter and Neptune. This is a powerful configuration, but the problem comes with making the most of it and ensuring it’ll work to your benefit. As an expansive and optimistic person, you don’t take naturally to double-checking every detail or to the “Two steps forward, one step back…” approach this combination dictates. However, if you need twice as long, to achieve what you used to do in half the time, there is a straightforward solution. Instead of shouldering the burden entirely by yourself, communicate your needs to a trusted confidant, who will help.
capricorn - capricorn : the sea-goat -
december 22 - january 19
Pluto is extreme. This distant and icy world, with a surface temperature that could freeze oxygen, deals in superlatives: the furthest planet from the Sun, the first demoted to dwarf status by astronomers, the coldest planet in our Solar System and the last to be discovered or to be visited by a space probe. You’ll have heard about its downside: jealousy, possessiveness, power and control issues, conflict, subterfuge, breakdown and decay. However, there is a better side of Pluto it is easier for you to contact and embrace now. Passion and intensity are only the start, as you unravel your conditioning and grow as an individual…
- aquarius : the water-bearer - aquarius
january 20 - february 18
Problems with those around you are not what they seem, nor will they turn out so badly as you fear. Isolation has helped you reach a new level, where those who previously formed the mainstays of your social circle, no longer play such a prominent role and perhaps, don’t feature on your radar. Some within society, among your contemporaries or in your social group, are angered at the way you have redefined yourself, when they are still enduring the same messy compromises. But obviously, they do not recognise, the sacrifices you’ve made to reach this point. Others spot this instantly, without you needing to elucidate…
pisces - pisces : the fishes -
february 19 - march 19
Relationships of all sorts prove rewarding this week. Even casual and routine encounters as you go about your daily business, could contain the seed of a future development that in the end will change your life. A throwaway comment or an unintended prompt can initiate a chain of events, that in retrospect you’ll notice had enormous consequences years down the line. The most likely source of inspiration will be somebody hailing from a different background to you, another age group, cultural milieu, region of the world or ethnic origin. You are drawn to those with a packed agenda, who don’t mess about or have time to waste…
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