When the messenger planet slows down before going retrograde, it's said that Mercury enters its "storm" period, which is where we are now until Monday, when Mercury will go retrograde. The next three days are lucky for wrapping up projects, tying loose ends and finalizing deals. New ventures aren't favored and will likely get off to a slow start.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). After you make the magic happen, own it. You don't have to talk about it. You just have to know that this was your doing and stop yourself from giving anyone else the credit.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Set aside some money to be used in an unconventional, creative or risky way. Even a small amount will make a big difference in getting you on a track toward your dreams.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). People have their reasons for acting the way they do, but reasons are not excuses. If you want better behavior out of them (or out of yourself, for that matter), create and uphold a system of accountability.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). With Venus visiting your part of the sky, your heart-light is shining like a lighthouse beacon. The souls that are like lost ships in the night will find guidance in your love.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You like having conversations with people whose interests are wide and different from yours. However, that bossy person who insists that you try things is one to resist, if not totally avoid, now.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll entertain with style. An important part of this is showmanship. You'll be like the ringleader of a circus calling attention to the special acts and wonders around you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Ideally, you can get enthusiastic about the day's activities, but if not, don't let that stop you. Just showing up will be enough. The skills you've acquired through the years will carry you through.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you're interested in someone, you want to know the whole person, not just the small part shown to you within the confines of a particular role. Ask good questions, and you'll get the bigger picture.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The menial tasks have to get done, or you'll set yourself up for unnecessary problems over the weekend. Make it fun. Add music or comedy. The chores go by quickly when you're listening to a headset.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Bottom line: People are always more important than "stuff." Anyone whose behavior regarding material possessions suggests the opposite belief has issues. The best thing to do is steer clear.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll play the game of life with verve. Why saunter to the next spot when you can leap ahead? Your energetic approach will attract the attention of someone who will be good for you to know.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Though you prefer to stay on purpose, a certain tolerance for those who dillydally, lollygag and loiter will serve you well. You'll learn information in those easygoing moments that you would have otherwise missed.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 8). Work hard but not too hard, because it's this year's pleasant distractions that often serve to take you closer to your goals and purposes. Over the next seven weeks, your work will become more visible, and this will increase your influence, as well as your means. Someone will invest in you in June. Singles commit in August. Gemini and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 1, 28, 12 and 30.
WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: You're working on becoming the person you want to be in a relationship. TAURUS: Putting forth the effort to find the things that make you feel cool isn't shallow; it's part of what you give the people around you. GEMINI: No relationship is perfect, and the closer you get to a partner the more faults you'll be privy to. You love anyway. CANCER: When you're fortunate enough to spend time with someone you really enjoy, splurge! Make a memory. LEO: You love consciously. You'll challenge those you love to look at their automatic behaviors with new eyes. VIRGO: You're starting to see yourself as a loved one sees you. LIBRA: You like being pursued, but anyone who puts his or her wishes before yours isn't really pursuing you, so much as being creepy and pushy. SCORPIO: Your compassionate response will include separating the behavior from the one who enacted it. SAGITTARIUS: When a certain someone waltzes into the room, your heart feels like it's at a grand ball. CAPRICORN: All it takes is one beautiful soul to restore your confidence in love. AQUARIUS: Trouble comes in all kinds of packages -- for instance, sometimes it's dressed as an attractive person with a pretty smile. PISCES: Thoughtful planning will set you up for a successful date.
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: As the Taurus sun reflects off of the Aquarius moon this weekend, a fascination could develop between these two fixed signs, though it should be noted that neither is prone to fall in love quickly. Both learn early on that relationships require work. Determination is a mark of fixed modality signs, and both Taurus and Aquarius are driven to finish and perfect what they set their minds to.
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