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GENERAL FORECAST: On Saturday, celebrate Cinco de Mayo as well as Mercury's entrance into Gemini, a sign it so nobly rules. Call everyone on speed dial to see how the Jupiter-Pluto opposition is affecting them philosophically; we have a pretty good idea what it's doing economically. Although the Taurus-Scorpio full moon isn't exact until Monday at 6:53 a.m., feel free to celebrate the Buddha festival all weekend long. The rest of the week can seem strange because Neptune is turning retrograde on Thursday, likewise Mars on Friday. Get the "What were you thinking?" gift and the fight with your sibling out of the way before Mother's Day.

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Your career and/or reputation is about to veer off its current path, on to a more ambiguous, somewhat more artistic bend in the road. Having faith in yourself, your vision and your ability to manifest that vision is the test idealistic Neptune will put you through after it turns retrograde on the 10th. Mars, your ruling planet, flips the next day. Retrogression isn't necessarily regression. By taking advantage of opportunities to refine your vision, you can make noticeable progress. But will you be ready for your closeup when Neptune changes focus again in October?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Does the Birthday Bull want to know what lies ahead? How thrilled are you to learn that generous Jupiter, planet of expansion and enthusiasm, goes back and forth in your money house for most of the rest of the year? However, so does restrictive, anxiety-ridden Saturn. If you plan on enjoying a spending spree, do it soon and avoid that guilty feeling. Once Jupiter gets to Cancer in July, traveling won't be as broadening, but the care and feeding of loved ones can be as fulfilling, maybe even more rewarding. Consider catering.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

One of your closer relationships might suddenly change focus after Mars in your Sagittarius marriage house turns retrograde. If there's been friction between you, you'll be motivated to explore its source and, before Mars goes direct in July, do something, besides talk, about it. Martian action is far from subtle, so you're apt to undergo experiences that'll either strengthen your bond or tear it to shreds. Right now, transiting Mercury in Gemini increases the insights that'll come under review next month when your ruler goes retrograde.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The beatific Buddha full moon festival on the 7th lays its message of serenity and infinite understanding on the Moon Child with a pretty heavy hand. You've beem selected to hold significant others together if their work scene changes, debts pile up or an illness crops up when Mars flips. But don't assume you must make more sacrifices or stay in martyr mode much longer. With so much air sign energy blowing fresh ideas every which way, you're free to bail without severing the ties that bind.

LEO (July 23-August 22)

Lions have become quite adept at releasing what you sense is already slipping away and not holding on, like you once did, until the bitter end. Therefore, when nebulous Neptune in Aquarius, your cosmic complement, changes direction on the 10th, it won't be that difficult to let go of a vision you share with a partner or co-worker. Something more energetic, more physically beneficial will pick up the slack until your birthday comes around. For some it can be a sport; for others, another pastime just as thrilling.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Taurus time usually soothes the savage beast that lurks in the Virgin's breast. However, this year, there's a lot of pressure bearing down from your Gemini midheaven -- where is the career going? -- and the Sagittarius nadir -- where will this personal transformation take you? While the earth-bound, pleasure-loving Taurus sun rewards some of the practical choices you've made, five planets in the other two signs are asking questions and making you nervous. Over the next two weeks your Mercury ruler should come up with a few answers.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

No effort necessary. You might have to adjust your attitude a bit when dealing with other people's resources, especially the Taurus', but other than that, nothing stands in the way of Librans who want to feel up, rise above petty concerns, get away from the madding crowd and generally enjoy a swell time. This lack of blood, sweat and tears comes courtesy of a sky filled with planets in air and fire signs, the elements that best support the Libran ethic: Make it, take it easy. Once Gemini starts, you'll soar even higher.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

You may not be able to put your finger on it, but after Neptune turns retrograde, you could notice a strange odor, sense a noxious presence in the neighborhood or suspect that something close to home isn't quite kosher. As your Mars co-ruler is also flipping, consider reviewing the financial records of the past few months, taking a slightly jaundiced look at what you've put out and what or whom you've brought into the house. This is the time to recoup losses, and like Aries, refine your vision. Cleaning the windows couldn't hurt.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

The big, wide, wonderful world out there might hold very little appeal since all the planets are currently below the line. Not that your costs are. However what is generating any interest is probably confined to yourself, both the physical and metaphysical aspects; your values and assets; home and family; play, work and the people you do them with. Throw the occasional massage therapist into the pot, and there you have it, the first six houses of your solar chart. Mars going retrograde in your sign calls for repeating acts of courage, not reckless behavior.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 20)

You won't entirely lose interest in the progress you've made artistically or in your spiritual development, but once Neptune stops moving forward on the 10th, you might choose to take the rest of spring and all summer off. To see what sort of fun you can have now that your Saturn ruler is in the playful sign of Gemini? But if you insist on toeing the line, keeping your nose to the grindstone -- seen "Blow" yet? -- don't take a vacation from therapy. You can still do excellent work along those lines.

AQUARIUS (January 21-February 18)

Neptune turns around at 9 degrees of Aquarius on the 10th, and while some say that outer planets don't have much of an effect when they are retrograde, you, especially if you were born on or about January 28, are in a position to report otherwise. Will you become more of a spiritual being, more psychically attuned? Will the music you play get any worse, better or will you find something else, like sailing, to take its place? How about your drug and alcohol intake? Are you becoming obsessed with the Hobbit and Harry Potter movies? Let us know.

PISCES (February 19-March 19)

You may as well read for all the signs since it's your Neptune ruler that's turning around and taking practically everybody else with it. Since Neptune flips each year around this time, you might not notice anything different -- spring is spring; summer, summer; the friends are spaced-out, but oh, so talented. Some pals may become more so, and try to lead you down their road. Careful, it's your affiliation with groups that's suspect, i.e., under Neptune's delusional influence, not what's in your head and heart.


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